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Grand Slam Chess Final Tournament

Levon Aronian13(+4 -1 =1)[games]
Alexander Grischuk8(+2 -2 =2)[games]
Sergey Karjakin7(+1 -1 =4)[games]
Alexey Shirov3(+0 -3 =3)[games] Chess Event Description
Grand Slam Chess Final (2009)

The 2nd Grand Slam Chess Final was held in Bilbao, Spain 6-12 September 2009. The tournament used the Sofia Chess Rules, which forbids agreed draws before 30 moves, and the "Bilbao" scoring system of 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss (though for ratings purposes the traditional scoring method is used). (1) Crosstable:

01 02 03 04 1 Aronian ** 01 1 11 4 13 2 Grischuk 10 ** 0 1 3 8 3 Karjakin 0 1 ** 3 7 4 Shirov 00 0 ** 1 3

Previous edition: Grand Slam Chess Final (2008). Next: Grand Slam Chess Final (2010).

(1) Wikipedia article: Bilbao Chess Masters Final

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karjakin vs Shirov ½-½242009Grand Slam Chess FinalB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
2. Grischuk vs Aronian 1-0522009Grand Slam Chess FinalD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Grischuk vs Shirov 1-0522009Grand Slam Chess FinalD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Aronian vs Karjakin 1-0302009Grand Slam Chess FinalE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
5. Shirov vs Aronian 0-1292009Grand Slam Chess FinalC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
6. Karjakin vs Grischuk 1-0392009Grand Slam Chess FinalC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
7. Shirov vs Karjakin ½-½362009Grand Slam Chess FinalC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Aronian vs Grischuk 1-0422009Grand Slam Chess FinalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Aronian vs Shirov 1-0432009Grand Slam Chess FinalA20 English
10. Grischuk vs Karjakin ½-½992009Grand Slam Chess FinalC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Karjakin vs Aronian ½-½362009Grand Slam Chess FinalC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
12. Shirov vs Grischuk ½-½472009Grand Slam Chess FinalB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Sep-06-09  Open Defence: started now.. Grischuk-Aronian is a Moscow Gambit I think
Sep-06-09  randzo: Grischuk vs Aronian is anti-Moscow and Karjakin vs Shirov is Dragon i expect blood today :D
Sep-06-09  Open Defence: interesting to see if Nxf7 will be played
Sep-06-09  Open Defence: Shirov-Karjakin is a Dragon
Sep-06-09  bobyrizov: is back in the loop! There are some fixes in the realtime computer analysis. Enjoy
Sep-06-09  returnoftheking: beware-the live video doesn't auto refresh..:p Games have started indeed and we have a dragon by Shirov vs Karjakin
Sep-06-09  percyblakeney: <returnoftheking> As you imply he probably felt that he had little to win in this event, where only clear first would have been seen as acceptable. Maybe also Topalov learnt something from 2006, when he was the most active of the top players but the match didn't go well.
Sep-06-09  percyblakeney: Oops, it has actually started...
Sep-06-09  randzo: Today it will be about Opening preparation
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  whiteshark: Grischuk - Aronian
<1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Ne5 Bb7 10. h4 g4 11. Be2 Nbd7 12. Bxg4 Rg8 13. Nxd7 >

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Opening Explorer 3 games:

Sep-06-09  randzo: 16.Kg8 is novelty by Shirov i think
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  Mateo: According to the opening explorer, 15.Qd2 (Grischuk) is a novelty.
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  Mateo: 15...Rxg3!? 16.fxg3 Qxd4 is an interesting challenge for Aronian.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Grischuk and Aronian also played an Anti-Moscow in Round 6 of Linares earlier this year (1-0 in 59 moves): Grischuk vs Aronian, 2009.

In the Linares game, 9. ... h5 was played. Today, Aronian varied with 9. ... Bb7.

Sep-06-09  randzo: Karjakin played it well we will see what Shirov shows for his pawn.Fritz says that Sergey has slight advantage
Sep-06-09  randzo: 20.Qa8 looks like a blunder to me
Sep-06-09  DCP23: Oh, they are playing already. Thought it would be tomorrow. An unusual time for the start of the round methinks, quite late in the day in Europe now. Will they play overnight?!
Sep-06-09  randzo: Karjakin found best move Ra1
Sep-06-09  cbpatzer: Spain is way out of its time zone, it should be -1, and it is +1. Anyhow, interesting games, according to there is danger of repetition after Rd8, while in the other Grischuk's novelty might bring results.
Sep-06-09  percyblakeney: Repetition in Karjakin-Shirov?
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  Peligroso Patzer: Grischuk must be feeling quite out of his element with a clock surplus of approximately 3/4-hour. He is taking his time over his 18th move (even though 18. Qe2 seems like the obvious choice) to address this imbalance.
Sep-06-09  randzo: yes Perpetual
Sep-06-09  siamesedream: Threefold repetition Karjakin - Shirov 1/2.
Sep-06-09  percyblakeney: I think it will be tough for Aronian to draw this.
Sep-06-09  returnoftheking: 24.Kf2 for Karjakin not good??
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