Archive for Grand Slam

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...
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 23:06
Fabiano Caruana has taken the lead at the Grand Slam Masters Final in Sao Paulo, Brazil. On Tuesday the Italian grandmaster won his second consecutive game, with Black against Sergey Karjakin, with two exchange sacrifices. Magnus Carlsen recovered from his first round loss by beating Paco Vallejo in a B vs N ending. Vishy Anand drew his game, a...
The players during the opening ceremony
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Monday, September 24, 2012 13:23
Today the fifth Grand Slam Masters Final starts in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The first round, scheduled for 15:00 local time (20:00 CET) has the following pairings: Anand-Vallejo, Aronian-Karjakin and Caruana-Carlsen. The players during the opening ceremony on Sunday | All photos courtesy of the official website Event 5th Grand Slam Masters Final Dates...
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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...
Grand Slam Masters Final
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 11:48
For the second consecutive year Sao Paulo, Brazil will host the first half of the Grand Slam Masters Final. The dates for the first leg are September 24th-29th, 2012 while the second half will take place in Bilbao, Spain from October 8th till 13th. This was announced yesterday in a press release. On Monday morning the City Halls of Bilbao and Sao...
Tournament organizers and players not happy with Candidates Tournament dates
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 13:32
In a recent interview, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov mentioned the dates and location for the Candidates Tournament: 23 October-13 November 2012 in London. Thus far, FIDE hasn't published an official press release which confirms this, so nobody knows for sure what is the situation. One thing is clear: the players and the organisers of the...
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 20:07
Magnus Carlsen won the 4th Grand Slam Masters Final in Bilbao, Spain after beating Vassily Ivanchuk 1.5-0.5 in a blitz play-off. The two had finished shared first after drawing their last-round games. On the final day, Vishy Anand beat Francisco Vallejo. Event 4th Grand Slam Masters Final  | PGN & Playoff via TWIC Dates September 25th -...
Masters Final R9: Carlsen beats Ivanchuk in dramatic round
Monday, October 10, 2011 19:17
Magnus Carlsen beat Vassily Ivanchuk in the 9th round of the Grand Slam Masters FInal in Bilbao, Spain. The Norwegian now shares the lead with the Ukrainian, with one round to go. Levon Aronian defeated Vishy Anand but the biggest drama was seen in Vallejo-Nakamura: in a better position the American lost on time - but that wasn't the whole story (...
Masters Final R8: Carlsen and Nakamura narrow gap with Ivanchuk
Sunday, October 09, 2011 8:31
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...

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