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Kings Tournament & Bilbao are on, but weakened
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 14:10
Next month two "Grand Slam" tournaments will take place: the Kings Tournament in Bucharest and the Masters Final in Bilbao. It's great to see these tournaments continuing, but it's clear that both are suffering from the full chess calendar, with (slightly) weaker fields of participants than in previous years. Late August it was announced that the...
Logo Bilbao Grand Slam Masters Final
Thursday, January 24, 2013 16:56
The 6th edition of the annual Grand Slam Masters Final in Bilbao was announced yesterday in a press release. Specific dates are not mentioned, and it's also not clear whether the first half of the tournament will again be hosted by a different host city (like Sao Paulo in 2011 and 2012). The organizers are urging FIDE "to hold discussions in order...
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Thursday, November 29, 2012 23:10
It's episode #26, featuring: No Bucharest for the weary! Bilbao, London, Israel too. Congratulations to Martin Gill for winning our most recent raffle prize: The autographed Kramnik-Aronian postcard! About the Full English Breakfast Mission: Bring the serious chess news analysis. VERY serious, and not at all witty. Definitely not tongue in cheek...
Magnus Carlsen is the winner
Saturday, October 13, 2012 20:14
In an unexpected scenario on the last day, Magnus Carlsen won the 5th Masters Final in Bilbao. The final round started with a 19-move draw between Fabiano Caruana and Paco Vallejo, who went for a famous move repetition in the Zaitsev Ruy Lopez. Carlsen drew his game with Levon Aronian to finish shared first. The Norwegian then won both games in a...
The screen above the "aquarium" showing Friday's results
Friday, October 12, 2012 21:19
In a spectacular 9th round of the Masters Final in Bilbao all games were won by the white player. Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are still tied for first after they won against Vishy Anand and Levon Aronian respectively. Sergey Karjakin beat Paco Vallejo. In tomorrow's last round, which starts half an hour earlier, the pairings are Vallejo -...
Thursday, October 11, 2012 20:37
Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana continue to lead the Masters Final in Bilbao as all games in round 8 ended in draws. Levon Aronian was under big pressure with Black against Paco Vallejo and low on time as well, but still managed to hold the game. Lots of cameras inside the "aquarium" in the Alhondiga in Bilbao | Photos © Manu de Alba courtesy...
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 20:09
In Tuesday's seventh round of the Masters Final in Bilbao Magnus Carlsen won again. The Norwegian grandmaster beat Francisco Vallejo, and now shares first place with Fabiano Caruana, who drew his game with Sergey Karjakin. The encounter between Levon Aronian and Vishy Anand also ended in a draw. Wednesday is a rest day. Vallejo resigns his game...
Carlsen takes down Caruana, moves to 2nd place in Bilbao
Monday, October 08, 2012 21:24
In today's 6th round of the Masters Final tournament leader Fabiano Caruana lost his first game. The Italian GM was ground down in an ending by Magnus Carlsen, who avoided theory and started his game with a Philidor set-up. The other two games, Karjakin-Aronian and Vallejo-Anand, ended in draws. Carlsen is now 2 points behind Caruana with four...
Leontxo Garcia, Iñaki Azkuna, Viswanathan Anand
Sunday, October 07, 2012 13:32
Tomorrow the 6th round of the Masters Final will be played in Bilbao, Spain. It is the first of five rounds that form the second half of the tournament, and Fabiano Caruana (Italy) is defending a four-point lead. The first half took place September 25-29 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Journalist/commentator Leontxo Garcia, Bilbao mayor Iñaki Azkuna and...
Grand Slam Masters Final logo
Thursday, September 13, 2012 16:37
This week the organizers of the Grand Slam Masters Final, which will be held September 24th-October 13th in Sao Paulo and Bilbao, confirmed that the participants will be Vishy Anand, Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin and Francisco Vallejo Pons. In a press release sent on Tuesday, September 11th the organizers finally...

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