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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bilbao Final Chess Masters 2010: Kramnik beats Carlsen

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Hi Everyone,

One of the most-awaited and top-rated chess events of the year has begun - Bilbao Final Chess Masters 2010.

The opening day was marked by Vladimir Kramnik's win over Magnus Carlsen in a Queen’s Indian game even while Alexei Shirov and Viswanathan Anand decided to draw their Berlin Wall game.

The 3rd Masters Final is taking place from October 9-15 in Bilbao, Spain. Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik and Alexei Shirov will be playing a double round-robin with a rate of play of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and another 60 minutes to finish the game, with 10 seconds increment from move 41.

The 'Sofia rule' at the tournament uses the scoring system where three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. You can watch the action live at the official website here.

Here are the round one games. You can watch them in flash below or run the moves through our pgnplayer.

PGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Nc3 Ke8 10. h3 h5 11. b3 Be7 12. Bb2 Be6 13. Rad1 a5 14. a4 b6 15. Ne4 c5 16. c4 Rd8 17. Rxd8+ Kxd8 18. Rd1+ Kc8 19. Kf1 Rd8 20. Rxd8+ Kxd8 21. Ke2 Ke8 22. Kd3 Bd8 23. Bc1 f6 24. g4 hxg4 25. hxg4 Nd4 26. Nxd4 cxd4 27. exf6 gxf6 28. g5 c5 29. Nxf6+ Bxf6 30. gxf6 Bf5+ 31. Kd2 Bb1 32. Kd1 d3 33. Kd2 Kf7 34. Kc3 Kxf6 35. Bf4 Ke6 36. Bc7 Ba2 37. Bxb6 Kd6 38. Bxa5 d2 39. Kxd2 Bxb3 40. Kd3 Bxa4 41. Ke4 1/2-1/2

PGN: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Qa4 Bb7 6. Bg2 c5 7. dxc5 bxc5 8. O-O Be7 9. Nc3 O-O 10. Rd1 Qb6 11. Bf4 Rd8 12. Rab1 h6 13. Qb5 Bc6 14. Qxb6 axb6 15. b3 g5 16. Bxb8 Raxb8 17. Ne5 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 Rbc8 19. e4 d6 20. Nd3 Kf8 21. h3 Nd7 22. f4 Nb8 23. Na4 Nd7 24. Nf2 Ra8 25. Rd2 Ra5 26. Nc3 Nb8 27. Rbd1 Nc6 28. Nb5 gxf4 29. gxf4 d5 30. exd5 exd5 31. cxd5 Rxb5 32. dxc6 Rc8 33. Ng4 Rxc6 34. Ne5 Re6 35. Kf3 Ra5 36. Rg2 f6 37. Nc4 Ra7 38. f5 Rc6 39. a4 Rb7 40. Rg6 h5 41. Rdg1 Ke8 42. Ne5 Rc8 43. Rg8+ Bf8 44. Ng6 Rf7 45. Rd1 1-0

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