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5th Final Masters Sao Paulo Bilbao 2012 (4)

Caruana threatens to run away with 5th Final Masters 2012

Number 1 and 2 in the world meet. Levon Aronian and Magnus at the start of Round 4. Photo © Albert Silver.

Number 1 and 2 in the world meet. Levon Aronian and Magnus at the start of Round 4. Photo © Albert Silver. | http://www.theweekinchess.com

Fabiano Caruana opened up a 4 point lead after defeating Francisco Vallejo Pons in the 4th round of the 5th Final Masters which started in Sao Paulo and which will finish in Bilbao. He leads Levon Aronian who he will face with black in the final round in Brazil. Aronian could have beaten world number 1 Magnus Carlsen in their individual game on move 27 but failed to take this single chance. World Champion Viswanathan Anand played for a draw against tail ender Karjakin and achieved this limited goal.

Everything is running Fabiano Caruana's way in the 5th Final Masters tournament so far. He set up a double-edged position against Francisco Vallejo Pons and after putting the pressure on in a French Defence leaving Vallejo with only one way out which he didn't find and went on to a speedy win.

Francisco Vallejo Pons

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Fabiano Caruana

Position after 20.Qf3

20. Qf3 Qd8?

The position is very sharp and Vallejo couldn't find the only move to continue.20... Qc7 21. Bxg6 Bxe3+ 22. Qxe3 fxg6 23. Rf6 Qc2 24. h4 and the position is balanced.

21. Nxf7

Just winning out of hand.

Bxe3+ 22. Kh1 Qh4 23. Bxg6 Bg5 24. Bh7+ 1-0

Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian drew a sharp and difficult struggle. On move 27 Magnus Carlsen played the risky looking 27.Bf4 which it turns should have lost exceptionally quickly to 27...R8f4! with a spectacular mate to follow. The game resumed a logical course after this and was drawn in 48 moves.

Levon Aronian

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 27.Bf4?

27. Bf4?

27. Qe2 or 27. c3 would all have been normal moves

27... Bc3?

27... R8xf4! 28. gxf4 Nxf4 29. Rg1 Qxh2+ 30. Kxh2 Rh3# {with a spectacular mate.

28. Qxf3 Bxa1 29. Qg2 Qf5 30. Bd2 Bd4 31. h3 Bc5 32. Bc3 Be7 33. Re1 b5 34. Kg1 b4 35. Bb2 Bd6 36. h4 Be7 37. Kh2 Ra8 38. Ra1 Rxa1 39. Bxa1 Nc5 40. Nd2 Bf6 41. Bb2 b3 42. Nxb3 Nxb3 43. cxb3 Qxd3 44. Qxc6 Qc2 45. Qe8+ Kh7 46. Qxh5+ Kg8 47. Qe8+ Kh7 48. Qh5+ 1/2-1/2

Solid play from black by World Champion Viswanathan Anand allowed him to draw with struggling Sergey Karjakin.

5th Final Masters Bilbao ESP (ESP), 24 ix-13 x 2012 cat. XXII (2781)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2773 * * . . 1 . ½ . 1 . 1 . 10 3110
2. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2816 . . * * ½ . ½ . ½ . 1 . 6 2869
3. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2843 0 . ½ . * * . . 1 . ½ . 5 2766
4. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2780 ½ . ½ . . . * * ½ . ½ . 4 2766
5. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2697 0 . ½ . ½ . . 0 * * . . 2 2610
6. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2778 0 . 0 . ½ . ½ . . . * * 2 2610
Round 4 (September 28, 2012)
Caruana, Fabiano - Vallejo Pons, Francisco 1-0 24 C02 French Advance
Carlsen, Magnus - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 48 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Karjakin, Sergey - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 31 D12 Slav Defence

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