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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bilbao Final Chess Masters 2010: Kramnik beats Shirov, Carlsen loses to Anand

Chess News and Chess Trivia Blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Hello Everyone,

While Vladimir Kramnik seems to be on a roll at the Bilbao Masters Chess, Magnus Carlsen seems to be out of synch. On the second day at the tournament in Spain, Kramnik beat Shirov while Carlsen lost to Anand.

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

You can also follow all the action at the official website in both Spanish and English here.

PGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 d6 5. O-O Be7 6. c3 O-O 7. Nbd2 Bd7 8. Re1 Re8 9. Nf1 Bf8 10. Ba4 h6 11. Ng3 Ne7 12. Bb3 Ng6 13. d4 c5 14. h3 Qc7 15. a4 a6 16. a5 cxd4 17. cxd4 exd4 18. Nxd4 d5 19. exd5 Rxe1+ 20. Qxe1 Re8 21. Qc3 Qxc3 22. bxc3 Re1+ 23. Kh2 Bd6 24. Nc2 Rf1 25. Be3 Rxa1 26. Nxa1 Be5 27. Bd4 Bxd4 28. cxd4 Ne7 29. Nc2 Nfxd5 30. Ne4 b6 31. Ne3 Nxe3 32. axb6 N3f5 33. Nc5 Nxd4 34. b7 Nec6 35. Ba4 Be8 36. Nxa6 Kf8 37. Kg3 Ke7 38. Kf4 Ne6+ 39. Ke3 Ned8 40. Bxc6 Nxc6 41. h4 Kd6 42. g4 Bd7 43. g5 hxg5 44. hxg5 g6 45. f4 Be6 0-1

PGN: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 e6 6. e3 c5 7. Bxc4 Nc6 8. O-O Be7 9. Qe2 cxd4 10. Rd1 O-O 11. exd4 Nd5 12. Bb3 Na5 13. Ba2 Nb4 14. d5 Nxa2 15. Rxa2 Bf6 16. dxe6 Qe7 17. Nd5 Qxe6 18. b4 Nc6 19. b5 Ne5 20. Nc7 Nxf3+ 21. gxf3 Qxe2 22. Rxe2 Be6 23. Nxa8 Rxa8 24. Bb2 Rc8 25. Rc1 Rd8 26. Bxf6 gxf6 27. Kg2 a6 28. bxa6 bxa6 29. Rc6 Kg7 30. Re4 f5 31. Rh4 Ra8 32. a5 Kg6 33. Kg3 Kg5 34. Rd4 h5 35. h4+ Kf6 36. Kf4 Rb8 37. Rxa6 Rb2 38. Ra4 Rxf2 39. Rxe6+ fxe6 40. a6 Re2 41. a7 1-0

Incidentally, the Bilbao tournament is of Category 22, making it the highest-level tournament in Chess history, surpassing in ELO points the first Masters Final, also held in Bilbao in 2008 and which also achieved the same level!

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  • At October 10, 2010 at 9:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    TY - I particularly liked the Kramnik game, its really quite elegant.

    I guess 14 ... Nxa2 was an error but it hardly seems one at the time, but White pushes back on the Queen side after Rxa2 and by Move 20 Blk has to accept the Exchange Sac, even after that, It seems Blk is never able to work up any serious counter play, (to this old woodpushers eyes) Honestly reminds me of the Cappa games I played out as a young man.


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