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5th Final Masters Sao Paulo Bilbao 2012 (2)

Fabiano Caruana rushes to a 2/2 score in Final Masters in Sao Paulo

Magnus Carlsen at the start of Round 1. Photo © Albert Silver.

Magnus Carlsen at the start of Round 1. Photo © Albert Silver. |

Fabiano Caruana was extremely impressive in taking a slight initiative in the opening through to a smashing attack against Sergey Karjakin and now leads on 2/2. Magnus Carlsen recovered quickly from his reverse in round 1 in outclassing Vallejo in powerful style in an ending. Viswanathan Anand and Levon Aronian traded pieces to a draw in a theoretical Berlin Defence.

Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana. Photo © Albert Silver.

Fabiano Caruana moved to 2/2 with the defeat of Sergey Karjakin on the black side of a Ruy Lopez. Caruana was more than fine out of the opening and his position just had the more potential and kept improving until a double exchange sacrifice carved open white's position for a decisive attack.

Fabiano Caruana


Sergey Karjakin

Position after 26.g4. White is in desperate straights and lashes out. His pieces are just so passive compared to black's.

26... Nxe4 27. Nxe4 Rxe4 28. Bxe4 Rxe4 29. Qc2 Qe7 30. Rg1 Rxe3 31. fxe3 Qxe3 32. Rbf1 Be2 33. Qf5 Bd3 34. Qd7 Be5+ 35. Kh1 Be4 36. Qe8+ Nf8 0-1

The event is also a chess festival

The event is also a chess festival. Photo © Albert Silver.

Magnus Carlsen made winning look easy against a 2700 player in defeating Francisco Vallejo Pons. Carlsen played the Pirc taking the game straight to a level ending where he proceded to quickly outplay Vallejo. Most probably Vallejo shouldn't have start with 4.dxe5 and but played 4.Nf3 which has a better percentage of results for white. Whilst objectively level black's play seemed easier and more active after that. Most probably 31.Rd1 was an improvement over 31.Rc1.

Magnus Carlsen


Francisco Vallejo Pons

Position after 30...Kd6

31. Rc1 Rxc1 32. Kxc1 h4 33. gxh4 gxh4 34. Nxa6 Bd3 35. Nb4 Bf1 36. Kd2 Bxg2 37. Ke2 Bh3 38. a4 Bf5 39. axb5 d3+ 40. Ke3 h3 41. Nxd3 Bxd3 42. Kd4 0-1

Viswanathan Anand could not break down Levon Aronian's Berlin Defence. They followed Aronian-Kramnik for 19 moves until the improvement 19...Rdg8 which led to simplification and a draw.

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