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Bilbao Masters Tournament

Levon Aronian10(+2 -0 =4)[games]
Michael Adams9(+2 -1 =3)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5(+0 -1 =5)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave5(+1 -3 =2)[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

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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
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

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Oct-07-13  Kikoman: First!
Oct-07-13  Kikoman: Official site:
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  parmetd: go Adams!
Oct-07-13  Ed Frank: My money is on Maxime.
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  virginmind: Happy birthday, Aronian!
Oct-07-13  messachess: Anyone know about what I read: MVL was a part time chess pro.; now he's full time?
Oct-07-13  waustad: It seems that there were problems with game transmission today. Hopefully the problems will have been worked out before tomorrow's games.
Oct-08-13  csmath: Mickey won the game according to even though the ending does not look as anything won. Mickey had a pawn up but the ending is possible to hold. The problem is that MVL has been in real bad time trouble. Loss on time!
Oct-08-13  messachess: Someone on Chessbomb said he lost on time.
Oct-08-13  messachess: Adams is like Gelfand, making a real push in their 40s.
Oct-08-13  Jigsaw42: Maxime lost on time on move 40 in a completely drawn position.
Oct-08-13  csmath: Yes, black returns the pawn on the next move and the resulting position is pretty much a clear draw.

But ... the time is a factor as it usually is.

Oct-08-13  waustad: TC:90m:60m+10spm(41)
He was a move away from getting increment too.
Oct-08-13  jhoro: The draw-masters of Bilbao would have had perfect score if it wasn't for MVL's time-lapse ;)
Oct-09-13  csmath: MVL beats Mamedyarov. Shark resigned ahead of losing the second pawn. Lost ending and he simply gave up.
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.
Oct-11-13  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.
Oct-11-13  Ragar: The live game on the official site seems to be down. Anyone following it somehow and able to show the position? Thanks
Oct-11-13  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.
Oct-11-13  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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