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4th Bilbao Masters Tournament

Vassily Ivanchuk15(+4 -3 =3)[games]
Magnus Carlsen15(+3 -1 =6)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura12(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian12(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand12(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons10(+3 -6 =1)[games]

Chess Masters Final: Bilbao / Sao Paulo

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½2820114th Bilbao MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
2. Nakamura vs Ivanchuk ½-½2820114th Bilbao MastersE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Aronian vs F Vallejo Pons 1-05320114th Bilbao MastersD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Carlsen vs Aronian ½-½5620114th Bilbao MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
5. Ivanchuk vs F Vallejo Pons 1-03720114th Bilbao MastersA20 English
6. Nakamura vs Anand ½-½3820114th Bilbao MastersD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. F Vallejo Pons vs Carlsen 1-04220114th Bilbao MastersA04 Reti Opening
8. Anand vs Ivanchuk 0-16920114th Bilbao MastersC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
9. Aronian vs Nakamura ½-½4620114th Bilbao MastersD94 Grunfeld
10. F Vallejo Pons vs Anand 0-15720114th Bilbao MastersA04 Reti Opening
11. Carlsen vs Nakamura ½-½4320114th Bilbao MastersD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Aronian vs Ivanchuk 0-13820114th Bilbao MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Nakamura vs F Vallejo Pons 1-05920114th Bilbao MastersA25 English
14. Anand vs Aronian ½-½4120114th Bilbao MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
15. Ivanchuk vs Carlsen 0-14520114th Bilbao MastersC11 French
16. Ivanchuk vs Nakamura 1-03920114th Bilbao MastersB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½4920114th Bilbao MastersE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
18. F Vallejo Pons vs Aronian ½-½3920114th Bilbao MastersD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. Aronian vs Carlsen ½-½5020114th Bilbao MastersD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Anand vs Nakamura ½-½3620114th Bilbao MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
21. F Vallejo Pons vs Ivanchuk 1-04720114th Bilbao MastersA15 English
22. Carlsen vs F Vallejo Pons 1-04620114th Bilbao MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Nakamura vs Aronian 1-07920114th Bilbao MastersD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Ivanchuk vs Anand ½-½5820114th Bilbao MastersE12 Queen's Indian
25. Carlsen vs Ivanchuk 1-03420114th Bilbao MastersE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
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Oct-12-11  znsprdx: All this discussion about relative player strengths should be posted in Cafe Kibitzer.

<Chessgames> makes no attempt to edit the tournament sites and send this stuff where it belongs. I guess they have put me on 'ignore' oooo-scary

I give up - I can't lick it so I might as well join in - here is my two cents worth...

<@scormus "Fischer at his prime outperformed his peers to a greater extent than any player since, but does that mean anything?"> ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING - it is probably the only meaningful basis for comparison

as stated by <nimh: "Fischer's level of play in both his 6-0 matches would be adequate to perform consistently 2800+ ...even in today's elite tournaments">

- the retrograde computer analysis of hundreds of games to establish some kind of statistical profile could still be subject to criticism - after all we don't know what Isaac Newton or Leonardo Da Vinci would have done having today's tools ...anymore than we can predict where Chess will be in a century from now - my guess as a game it will go the way of checkers - unless draw rules are resolved.

I admit to having a personal bias which suggests that Chess must return to its origins in geometry for it to continue to evolve. But then again - tennis will still be played in the same way in a hundred years....some things just are what they are....

Oct-12-11  frogbert: < it is probably the only meaningful basis for comparison>

but then there is the question: is it meaningful to make these comparisons to begin with? imho, no.

Oct-12-11  znsprdx: while I'm on a roll:)

<goodevans:"Until someone can come up with a scoring system that distinguishes between hard fought draws and dull safe draws">

The easiest way is NOT to reward White with an equivalent score as Black for the draw. For that matter this might even be applied with respect to wins. In single round robins or Swiss systems there could be further adjustments in terms of rating differences.

The justification is simple: Since the rules of Chess do not permit Black to reply to White's first check with a check in turn - which might be mate:)- then in terms of pure logic [having the first move odds]then a Black draw (or win) has to be worth more.

It is great to see that several posts support this concept- some of the ideas are even quite wild to say the least...

This certainly will remove the 'dull safe draw' problem - but isn't perhaps as satisfactory with respect to hard fought draws - as long the right to offer a draw is eliminated: positions must be played at least to the end of the maximum allowable time controls.

The natural synergy of the unfolding chess positions allows for unforeseen opportunities for attack or resources in defense.

Oct-12-11  frogbert: <I guess you will argue that today's decade is the strongest, and that Carlsen being top rated is the strongest player in history?>

i will argue that it's virtually impossible to make these comparisons, and that the typical debate (whether about "strongest player" or "strongest decade") only presents anecdotal evidence at best. the typical arguments are shallow and cherrypicked.

i've said elsewhere that professional chess has changed a lot over the last 3-4 decades, making even a comparison of 1990-95 with 2006-2011 a near-impossible undertaking.

and finally, it's probably better to ask rather than assume what my view on something is, vbd! :o)

Oct-12-11  znsprdx: @frogbert: < it is probably the only meaningful basis for comparison>: for those who wish to make the comparison - because it is a fundamental part of the human story....

Personally I would actually argue that we are far from evolving in many areas of greater significance that Chess (hard to imagine for we fanatics)- but that is a whole other matter....

Oct-12-11  Akavall: <I'm reminded of a silly cold war joke>

What about this:

Your country only qualified for the Euro Cup; my country advanced to play-offs!

A bit misleading isn't it.

Oct-12-11  Kanatahodets: <frogbert: <I guess you will argue that today's decade is the strongest, and that Carlsen being top rated is the strongest player in history?> i will argue that it's virtually impossible to make these comparisons, and that the typical debate (whether about "strongest player" or "strongest decade") only presents anecdotal evidence at best. the typical arguments are shallow and cherrypicked.

i've said elsewhere that professional chess has changed a lot over the last 3-4 decades, making even a comparison of 1990-95 with 2006-2011 a near-impossible undertaking.> 100% agree: it resembles our childish arguments; who is stronger lion or tiger. Even this simple argument is not easy to resolve; there are many conditions.

Oct-12-11  s4life: <Kanatahodets: it resembles our childish arguments; who is stronger lion or tiger. >

The tiger of course... it is known:)

Oct-12-11  vanytchouck: <Sem: Why do so many chess fans give this big, darkish, burly man the diminutive nickname 'Chuky'? He doesn't look it.> The worst is that is based on a false pronunciation of his name.

For the russian and ukrainians, it's "chookie" with "ch" like in "church" and "ookie" like in "rookie".

Oct-12-11  Bobwhoosta: <vanytchouck>

Hard to argue whether false or simply different. It's like when Ukranians and Russians try to say English words, they invariably have an accent and say some things differently than we do. Is this wrong, or simply Russian?

Oct-12-11  Everett: <frogbert>
I think you are right in that Kramnik, Anand, Aronian and Carlsen all distinguish themselves as being very complete and solid players, with high-level endgames. Perhaps the Moro-Topalov-Shirov-Tal types are not to be found at a high-level anymore, or that this style simply proves too inconsistent to cause the top four too many problems, until Anand and Kramnik at some point slow down due to age. Who knows when...

Still, I feel part of Shirovs match victory over Kramnik back in the late 90's had to do with styles, and Shirov was just irrational enough to throw Kramnik off his game, while Kasparov was slowly losing his tremendous volatility. Or not, maybe I'm just fishing.

You mention the time control, how tough it makes things... This is why those with outstanding endgames, with power and insight in "simple" positions will rise to the top and stay there. With little time left, these players will be able to squeeze out wins and hold draws more often.

Oct-12-11  Everett: <s4life: <Kanatahodets: it resembles our childish arguments; who is stronger lion or tiger. > The tiger of course... it is known:)>

Which kind of tiger? ;-/

Oct-12-11  Everett: <folchal: Everett--<off topic>--I'm new here and would like to have an exchange with you about Seirawan's recommended openings and defenses at the end of Winning Chess Openings. I would have sent a message, but I don't see such a tool on this site.>

If you see this, let's swing it over to the Seirawan page. In short, he recommends the King's Indian from both sides (which is a Pirc vs e4), which is also suggested by Bronstein and Dvoretsky as good beginner's openings. This is not a bad entry point, but it is only part of an immense world of systems and set-ups... See you over at Seirawan's shack.

Oct-12-11  Wyatt Gwyon: So who won the tournament?
Oct-12-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Wyatt>

there was a tie break blitz match between Magnus and Chucky, which Carlsen won.

Oct-13-11  maelith: I agree with Visayandoctor , 1990s was probably the strongest decade in the history of chess. The top players in the 1990s like Anand, Ivanchuk, Krammnik, Kamsky, Topalov are still in the top 10 in world chess ranking today(even though they are no longer the player they used to be). Gelfand who is in the same era is even the new challenger of Anand in world chess championship.
Oct-13-11  SimonWebbsTiger: a cute Diaz cartoon on Bilbao
Oct-13-11  cbpatzer: Levon Aronian in interview here says he wants to play defensive chess and is in transfer phase.
Oct-13-11  WiseWizard: Wow the conditions in this tournament really sucked. That glass cube is full of people walking around making noise. They had like 6 camera men. What purpose did all those people serve? All you need is one camera man and the arbiter. It's surrounded by people too. Very distracting. A gdamn disgrace actually. In the middle they had to stop for 5 days and fly to a different continent and on top of that short time controls and this 3 point for a win bullsh**. Respect the art!
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  siamesedream: <Magnus Carlsen`s Blog

Sao Paulo & Bilbao 2011 Chess Masters Final Victor

Evidently there was a lot of nerve in the last round Tuesday. I was reasonably happy to avoid too much risk especially as co-leader Ivanchuk did not seem to play as ambitiously as earlier in the tournament. We both drew our opponents in about 2,5 hours. While we waiting for the tie-break games to start (to be broadcast live on local TV), Anand won against Vallejo to climb to shared 3rd � 5th with Nakamura (3rd on tie-break) and Aronian (4th). In the first blitz play-off game against Ivanchuk I was white and enjoyed a pleasant position in the middle game. It looked very promising at one point but I lost the thread and the ending resulted in a logical draw. In the second game Ivanchuk played an unusual variation in the opening and continued to play very quickly but too passively. I managed to build up a king side attack and still had some time left on the clock. After some reshuffling of pieces and a few inaccuracies from Ivanchuk the attack went through! My first Grand Slam Final victory! (I placed 2nd in 2008 and 3rd last year.) I have thoroughly enjoyed the stay in Brazil (one week in Rio and one in Sao Paulo) and in Bilbao. My heartfelt thanks to the Sao Paulo and Bilbao organizers for a great category 22 event staged in fantastic cities! Today I'm off to Stockholm for a TV show (Skavlan) and Saturday I'm giving a simul in Ålgård outside Stavanger on the Norwegian west-coast. My next big tournament is Tal Memorial in Moscow starting November 16th. Magnus Carlsen, October 13th, 2011

2011-10-13 11:10:24>

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  nimh: Since 1990-s included Kasparov in his peak, I also consider the probability of that decade being the strongest ever is very high. But yet I don't think Anand and Kramnik were weaker in 2000s than a decade earlier.
Oct-15-11  ex0duz: As far as i know, no one has passed Kasparovs rating yet or his reign as champ.. tourney after tourney. It's all Kasparov! He's chess living legend. He's Garry fcking Kasparov. Enough said?
Oct-15-11  sevenseaman: I echo < ex0duz>'s sentiments very sincerely. I do not think we will see a stronger champion in our life time. He is a colossus, there are no parallels.
Oct-20-11  Everett: Chess clocks during Morphy's era? Didn't he play quicker than everyone else anyway?

And scoring should not be changed, but I am all for Sofia rules.

Dec-05-12  Conrad93: Carlsen should have won this.

His score alone is just much better.

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