Bilbao Chess Masters Final 2016The Bilbao Chess Masters Final 2016 took place in the Basque Country, Spain 12th-23rd July. Free day 18th July. 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, like in soccer. World Champion Magnus Carlsen wins Bilbao Chess Masters Final.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 17, 2. Hikaru Nakamura - 12, 3-4. Wesley So, Wei Yi - 11, 5. Sergey Karjakin - 9, 6. Anish Giri - 7.
Round 10: So-Carlsen 1/2, the Ragozin Defence, a draw in 38 moves. Karjakin-Wei 1/2, the Queen's Pawn Game, a quick draw in 26 moves. Giri-Nakamura 1/2, the Queen's Gambit Declined, a draw in 48 moves.
Round 9: Nakamura-Karjakin 1/2, the Queen's Gambit Declined, a draw in 34 moves. Wei-So 1/2, the Catalan Opening, a draw in 31 moves. Carlsen-Giri 1-0, with counterplay, but after the bad 21...Nxe5? White could prefer 23.c5! bxc5 24.Ra6 to win two pieces for one rook, with a clear advantage. However Magnus played the simple 23.cxd5, and after 27...Bc7 he had only a slight edge. Then Anish made a serious mistake, 37...Ra8? and Magnus obtained a huge edge with 38.Nxf5 and won the game and the tournament.
Round 8: Karjakin-Carlsen 1/2, the Ragozin Defence, a quick draw in 19 moves. So-Giri 1-0, the Italian Game, Wesley had an advantage in the endgame and won, 33...Qb7= was better. Wei-Nakamura, the Catalan Opening, Yi had a slight edge, a draw.
Round 7: Carlsen-Wei, the Gruenfeld Defence, with counterplay, a draw. Nakamura-So, the Queen's Indian Defence, a draw. Giri-Karjakin, the Catalan Opening, a draw.
Round 6: Nakamura-Carlsen 1/2, a draw in 32 moves. Wei-Giri 1-0, Anish made a mistake, 32...Ke6? and played without the bishop, 31...c4= and 32...c4 were better (also after 31...g5? White could have won with 32.c4!+). So-Karjakin 1/2, a draw.
Round 5: Giri-Carlsen 1/2, Magnus had the initiative in the endgame, a clear advantage after 39...Nd5, but Anish defended very well, a draw. So-Wei 1/2, with equality, a draw. Karjakin-Nakamura 1/2, a quick draw by perpetual check, threefold repetition.
Round 4: Carlsen-So 1-0, the Spanish Game, Magnus had a slight advantage, after Wesley's mistakes got a winning attack. Wei-Karjakin, a quick draw. Nakamura-Giri, unclear, a draw by perpetual check, repetition.
Round 3: Carlsen-Karjakin 1-0, Sergey had sufficient counterplay, but 20...Nc4 was better, so Magnus gained a small edge after 22.f4, attacked on the kingside with 31.g4, 33.h4 and beat the Challenger. Nakamura-Wei 1/2, Hikaru had the passed pawn in the centre, Yi gave the queen for this pawn, a rook and a knight, a draw. Giri-So 1/2, with good counterplay, but 31...f3 was interesting, Wesley had an extra pawn, a draw.
Round 2: So-Nakamura, the Nimzo-Indian Defence, a draw. Wei-Carlsen 0-1, a sharp fight, Magnus had an advantage in the endgame and won. Karjakin-Giri, Sergey attacked on the kingside, but 23.Bh6 was better, a draw.
Round 1: Carlsen-Nakamura 0-1, Hikaru grabbed a pawn, obtained a big edge in the middlegame and won. Karjakin-So 1/2, with equality, a draw. Giri-Wei 1/2, Anish had a small advantage, a draw.
© 2000-2016 Boris Schipkov
© 2000-2016 Boris Schipkov