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Masters Final R8: Carlsen and Nakamura narrow gap with Ivanchuk

Masters Final R8: Carlsen and Nakamura narrow gap with Ivanchuk

In the Grand Slam Masters FInal Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nalamura narrowed the gap with tournament leader Vassily Ivanchuk to 3 points on Saturday in Bilbao, Spain. Carlsen beat Francisco Vallejo, while Nakamura won against Levon Aronian. Ivanchuk drew with Vishy Anand. Sunday is a rest day.

Event 4th Grand Slam Masters Final  | PGN via TWIC
Dates September 25th - October 11th, 2011
Location Sao Paulo, Brazil & Bilbao, Spain
System 6-player double round robin
Players Carlsen, Anand, Aronian, Ivanchuk, Nakamura, Vallejo
Time control 90 minutes for the first 40 moves plus 60 minutes to finish the game, with 10 seconds increment per move from move number 41
Prizes Undisclosed
Notes Players are not allowed to agree to a draw without the arbiter’s permission. In case both players request it to him, the arbiter will make his decision after consulting with the technical assistant. The football scoring system is used: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 for a loss.

A huge crowd, bigger than on any day in 2010, had gathered on Saturday

Round 8

After the rest day (Sunday) the Masters Final tournament will have a great finale: on Monday, with White, Magnus Carlsen plays against Vassily Ivanchuk, who after the 8th round is just 3 points ahead of the Norwegian. Hikaru Nakamura also has chances to become the leader in the next round when he plays tail-ender Francisco Vallejo. Virtually without chances for victory, Anand and Aronian play each other on Monday.

But first round 7, when Vallejo played well again. From a Slav, the Spaniard reached an ending that was about equal, but then he took a poisoned pawn on g2 and suddenly he lost a piece.

PGN string

Carlsen waiting for his opponent to resign, Nakamura watching along

Nakamura played an impressive game against Aronian. From a Queen's Gambit Declined with 5.Bf4 and 7.g4 (the way Botvinnik and Kasparov used to play it!) he kept a small advantage into the ending. Perhaps Aronian could have drawn it somewhere but it wasn't easy and Nakamura showed fine technique.

PGN string

The two endings that both will finish in '1-0' still in progress

Ivanchuk played a good game against the World Champion. In a well-known line of the Queen's Indian the Ukrainian kept a small advantage into a knight ending, but Anand was never in real danger.

PGN string

During the rest day some of the players will do a showcooking in restaurante Yandiola with the cook Ricardo Pérez - they'll prepare special dishes of the famous brand Angulas Aguinaga with angulas (eels), pulpo (octopus) and mejillones (mussels).

Grand Slam Masters Final 2011 | Schedule & results

Round 1 26.09.11 20:00 CET   Round 6 06.10.11 16:00 CET
Nakamura ½-½ Ivanchuk   Ivanchuk 1-0 Nakamura
Anand ½-½ Carlsen   Carlsen ½-½ Anand
Aronian 1-0 Vallejo   Vallejo ½-½ Aronian
Round 2 27.09.11 20:00 CET   Round 7 07.10.11 16:00 CET
Ivanchuk 1-0 Vallejo   Vallejo 1-0 Ivanchuk
Carlsen ½-½ Aronian   Aronian ½-½ Carlsen
Nakamura ½-½ Anand   Anand ½-½ Nakamura
Round 3 28.09.11 20:00 CET   Round 8 08.10.11 16:00 CET
Anand 0-1 Ivanchuk   Ivanchuk ½-½ Anand
Aronian ½-½ Nakamura   Nakamura 1-0 Aronian
Vallejo 1-0 Carlsen   Carlsen 1-0 Vallejo
Round 4 30.09.11 20:00 CET   Round 9 10.10.11 16:00 CET
Aronian 0-1 Ivanchuk   Carlsen - Ivanchuk
Vallejo 0-1 Anand   Vallejo - Nakamura
Carlsen ½-½ Nakamura   Aronian - Anand
Round 5 01.10.11 20:00 CET   Round 10 11.10.11 16:00 CET
Ivanchuk 0-1 Carlsen   Ivanchuk - Aronian
Nakamura 1-0 Vallejo   Anand - Vallejo
Anand ½-½ Aronian   Nakamura - Carlsen

Grand Slam Masters Final 2011 | Round 8 Standings (football)

1  Vassily Ivanchuk 14
2-3  Hikaru Nakamura, Magnus Carlsen 11
4  Vishy Anand 9
5  Levon Aronian 8
6  Francisco Vallejo 7

Grand Slam Masters Final 2011 | Round 8 Standings (classical)



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Author: Peter Doggers

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lefier's picture

Anand claimed he would try to win tournaments and gain elo-rating this year. Well, he has gained some rating, but tournaments are yet to win.
So, unless he wins London classic in December, he has not achieved what one might expect. Still being a favourite in any wc-match - and especially against Gelfand - he is a worthy champion. But perhaps not a outstanding one.

giovlinn's picture

I was impressed with Nakamura's win. Indeed, Fischer like fighting spirit. I heard his trainer is Kasparov these days?

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