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Bilbao Masters Tournament

Levon Aronian10(+2 -0 =4)[games]
Michael Adams9(+2 -1 =3)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave5(+1 -3 =2)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5(+0 -1 =5)[games] Chess Event Description
Bilbao Masters (2013)

The 6th Bilbao Masters (previously: Grand Slam) "final" (as defined by the Bilbao Masters organising committee) was held in Bilbao, Spain 7-12 October 2013. 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) TWIC report: Crosstable:

01 02 03 04 1 Aronian ** 1 1 4 10 2 Adams 0 ** 11 3 9 3 Mamedyarov ** 0 2 5 4 Vachier-Lagrave 0 00 1 ** 2 5

Previous edition: Grand Slam Chess Final (2012). Next: Bilbao Masters (2014).

(1) Wikipedia article: Bilbao Chess Masters Final

 page 1 of 1; 12 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Aronian vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½432013Bilbao MastersD85 Grunfeld
2. Adams vs Mamedyarov  ½-½522013Bilbao MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
3. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Mamedyarov 1-0402013Bilbao MastersD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Mamedyarov vs Aronian  ½-½252013Bilbao MastersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
5. Adams vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-0402013Bilbao MastersB40 Sicilian
6. Aronian vs Adams ½-½402013Bilbao MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Mamedyarov vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½602013Bilbao MastersD90 Grunfeld
8. Mamedyarov vs Adams ½-½272013Bilbao MastersD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian 0-1562013Bilbao MastersA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
10. Adams vs Aronian 0-1432013Bilbao MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
11. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Adams 0-1412013Bilbao MastersE17 Queen's Indian
12. Aronian vs Mamedyarov  ½-½382013Bilbao MastersD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Oct-09-13  Everett: The line Adams played in the Sicilian morphs into a very un-sicilian like Tarrasch QGD. Bizarre.
Oct-10-13  SirRuthless: Great game from Levon. MVL had several chances to equalize or even possibly win but Aronian is so tricky. He always seems to be able to complicate the position even when he is worse.
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  Diademas: Bilbao normally uses football-score (3-1-0). I dont think this year is an exception.
Oct-11-13  Edmontonchessclub: I like this scoring system.
Oct-11-13  GlennOliver: Michael Adams v Levon Aronian at UTC 15:00 today.

As far as I can find, Micky has not thus far beaten Levon Aronian in classical chess, so today would be an excellent day to start.

Oct-11-13  GlennOliver: Aronian seems already to be playing for the draw.
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  haydn20: I'm a little surprized there is relatively interest in this intriguing tournament. Adams's revival continues to be interesting. His 11. h3 is new to this line in Opening Ex. I thought 17. Qxa4 might have been stronger. In any case, he might have a slight pull after 20 Rd1. I don't exactly agree that Aronian is playing to draw. Rather, he has chosen a positional line that won't explode on him. It's drawish, but not without chances, unlike say a Berlin.
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  Ragar: The live game on the official site seems to be down. Anyone following it somehow and able to show the position? Thanks
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  haydn20: <Ragar> It's on chessbomb. According to computer, Black should have taken the op to advance 22...a4. Instead, he wasted a tempo by 22...Bxc4?! which he could haved played in one move rather than two, AND he gives up the 2 B's. With this tempo loss he should be down at least -1.0 if not -1.3 or more.
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  haydn20: The position cried out for 25. Rd7; instead 25. Qa4 and after 25...Ne6 Black will equalize and after exchanges should draw.
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  haydn20: Instead, white throws good money after bad with 26. Qb5 and 27. c7. Alas, poor Micky--he may have drifted into losing territory.
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  Ragar: Yes it look very bad for him now.
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  haydn20: OC I meant 27 c5.
Oct-11-13  asiduodiego: Poor Micky. He's in trouble now. He's a full pawn down, and it seems he has some trouble to coordinate his pieces. Let's see if Levon can finish this.
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  haydn20: 35...a4 and the threat of this P shd win for White. I thought Mickey had 'im there for a minute.
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  haydn20: Ugh! 39. Kd3? loses immediately to ...Ra4. 39 Rd1 was necessary.
Oct-11-13  asiduodiego: It's official now: Aronian won. A good game by Levon, better than yesterday. He took some risks by playing 17 ... dxc3!? and 23 ... Bxc3!?, which, (according to Houdini), left him in a somewhat worse position. But, the plan was to support the passed a-pawn, and in the end, Adams just couldn't stand the pressure in the Queenside, and in the end, he ended up losing a piece in midst of the tactical complications.

Congratulations to Levon, a good game!.

Oct-11-13  Arcturar: Woot! Go Aronian! Both Lev and Vlad are back above 2800 on the live ratings, with Lev being slightly higher.
Oct-11-13  waustad: When I looked earlier today, neither was over 2800, but now they both are. Caruana is close too, so it could go from 1 to 4 in the 2800 club in a few days. It's just a number but it seems to be a psychological issue for many.
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  Shams: <waustad> And 2900 looms out there like a four minute mile.
Oct-12-13  csmath: Mickey won the game due to MVL blunder late in the game.
Oct-12-13  csmath: Absolutely horrible tournament for MVL.

One game he lost on time in drawn position, another one he missed a forced win in lack of time, and in the third he blundered in equal position right before the time control.

He clearly has issues with time control and he is too young for that. I am afraid that he will be losing a lot of games on time when he gets older.

Oct-14-13  savagerules: This scoring system in double round robin tournaments maybe is not the best due to the fact that two players could agree to each lose one game to the other resulting in 3 pts for each of them instead of 2 pts if they drew both games against each other. I'm sure with the players here that's not going to happen but in other cases that may not be the case.
Oct-15-13  Kikoman: Congratulations GM Levon Aronian! :D
Oct-18-13  Octavia: Mickey did ok overall :)
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