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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...
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...
Fabiano Caruana saves a lost game against Levon Aronian
Sunday, September 30, 2012 7:49
Fabiano Caruana will travel from Sao Paulo to Bilbao as the clear leader of the Masters Final. He'll start the second half of the tournament four points ahead of Levon Aronian, who was very close to beating the Italian on Saturday. Anand-Carlsen and Vallejo-Karjakin also ended in draws. Fabiano Caruana saves a lost game against Levon Aronian |...
Friday, September 28, 2012 23:32
With yet another win Fabiano Caruana extended his lead at the Grand Slam Masters Final in Sao Paulo to four points. On Friday the Italian defeated Paco Vallejo with the white pieces, while both Carlsen-Aronian and Karjakin-Anand ended in draws. On Saturday the fifth and last round will be played in Sao Paulo; then the players will travel to Bilbao...

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