Carlsen Wins The Chess Masters Final

  • SonofPearl
  • on 13.10.2012, 13:41.

Magnus Carlsen official website 2.jpgMagnus Carlsen won the 5th Chess Masters Final in a tie-break playoff with Fabiano Caruana after both players drew their final round games in Bilbao.

Caruana took a quick draw with black against Paco Vallejo, who seemed happy to make a quick exit after announcing his retirement from chess after yesterday's painful loss to Karjakin.

Carlsen had to work a little harder before earning a draw against Lev Aronian, but the result never seemed in much doubt.

The tie-break was played over two games at the rate of 4 minutes plus 3 seconds increment.  Carlsen won with the black pieces in the first game and then took advantage of Caruana blundering a piece early in the second game to seal his triumph.

Vishy Anand seemed determined to finish his disappointing tournament on a high in a no-holds barred fight with Sergey Karjakin, but a draw left the world champion back in 5th place.

The final standings (3-1-0 scoring)

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2773 17
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2843 17
3 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2816 11
4 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2778 10
5 Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2780 9
6 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2697 6


Fabiano Caruana took a quick draw with Vallejo. A mistake in retrospect?

Bilbao 2012 Round 10 Fabiano Caruana Paco Vallejo.jpg



Magnus Carlsen drew his final game with Lev Aronian

Bilbao 2012 Round 10 Magnus Carlsen Lev Aronian.jpg




The playoff games



So in the end Magnus Carlsen made a remarkable comeback in the second half of the tournament in Bilbao to claim victory, repeating his success in last year's edition, also in a tie-break, against Vassily Ivanchuk.

Fabiano Caruana missed out on the tournament victory after a great start in Sao Paulo, but his live rating continues to soar, now placing him at world #5 ahead of Anand and Karjakin.

Hopefully Paco Vallejo will reconsider his hasty retirement decision.  The popular Spaniard was always going to be the underdog in this tournament, but his play was enterprising and deserved a little more luck as a reward.

World champion Vishy Anand had a very disappointing tournament, and has been playing below par for quite some time.  Can he regain his form and confidence before his next title defence, expected in October/November 2013?

Bilbao 2012 Round 10 Magnus Carlsen Winner.jpg


Games via TWIC. Photos from the Bilbao Masters official website.

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  • 4 lat temu


    Magnus is very close to Kasparov's rating record of 2851. What a player!

  • 4 lat temu


    "Caruana should and could have played for a W, but instead he opted for a quick draw and seemingly settled for a 2nd place"

    Maybe it seemed like a good idea to get a few hours rest before the tiebreak and at the same time hope that Aronian would beat Carlsen. Black against Aronian is a very difficult game and Carlsen was under slight pressure for a while. Aronian did win with white against Caruana in the last round of Tal Memorial so it wasn't impossible that he would win also today. As things turned out Caruana may well regret the quick draw but I think he should be happy with another very impressive tournament and care less about the tiebreak.

  • 4 lat temu


    Awesome coverage and photos.

  • 4 lat temu


    In professional chess a given game should and would never been taken out of the context of the event (a match or a tournament) it is played in.  Apparently Caruana has gone far above and beyond his plan (or possibly his wildest dreams) for the tournament result, that's why he played such a bleak game with the undisputed tournament underdog, Vallejo Pons.  Caruana should and could have played for a W, but instead he opted for a quick draw and seemingly settled for a 2nd place in his mind, probably realizing he is not as good as Carlsen in blitz.  As the games clearly showed, he wasn't up to the task.  Pity...

  • 4 lat temu


    wow carseln what a comeback congrats

  • 4 lat temu


    Cant wait for the Candidate tournament in 5 months...will be the toughest and strongest tournament I will be witnessing!!  Yeah Caruana shouldn't be disappointed...he is still 2 years shy of Magnus experience's...both has promising future ahead of them!

  • 4 lat temu


    Quite a sequence for Carlsen in his last dozen tournaments, 2815+ performance in every one of them, and 2830+ in the last nine:

    Nanjing 2010 1st +4 -0 =6 2901

    London 2010 1st +4 -2 =1 2815

    Wijk 2011 =3rd +5 -2 =6 2815

    Bazna 2011 1st +3 -0 =7 2853

    Biel 2011 1st +5 -1 =4 2833

    Sao Paulo/Bilbao 2011 1st +3 -1 =6 2842

    Tal Memorial 2011 1st +2 -0 =7 2849

    London 2011 3rd +3 -0 =5 2875

    Wijk 2012 =2nd +4 -1 =8 2830

    Tal Memorial 2012 1st +2 -0 =7 2848

    Biel 2012 2nd +4 -0 =6 2878

    Grand Slam final 2012 1st +4 -1 =5 2876

  • 4 lat temu


    Congrats Magnus! Great comeback.

    Fabiano has no reason to be disappointed; he proved he is one of today's best chess players in the world!

    Vishy, glad to see you try to win today! I hope you get back in form and show the kids who the "Tiger From Madras" is!

  • 4 lat temu


    Great game & tourney had fun following it Laughing

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