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Friday, October 15, 2010

Bilbao Final Chess Masters: Kramnik leads after 5 rounds

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Round 5 games at Bilbao
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Hello Everyone,

Vladimir Kramnik has but almost booked his crown at the ongoing Bilbao Final Chess Masters 2010 in Spain. He has 9 points out of five games. However, it's going to be a photo finish. Trailing him is Viswanathan Anand with 7 points, followed by Magnus Carlsen on 5 and Alexei Shirov on 3 points. A lot depends on the results of the sixth round to take place on Friday.

Since this is the Bilbao scoring tournament, there are 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. Which means things just might get tricky in the sixth and last round still to be played on Friday night. You can follow all the action live at the official website here.

Meanwhile, here are the round 5 games. Run the moves through our pgnplayer if flash below doesn't work for you.

PGN: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Rb8 8.axb5 axb5 9.c3 d6 10.d4 Bb6 11.h3 O-O 12.Re1 h6 13.Na3 exd4 14.cxd4 Na5 15.Bc2 b4 16.Nb5 Ba6 17.Na7 Bb7 18.d5 Ra8 19.Nb5 Nc4 20.Rxa8 Qxa8 21.Nbd4 Qa7 22.b3 Ne5 23.Bb2 Nxf3+ 24.gxf3 Qa2 25.Qc1 Bxd4 26.Bxd4 Nd7 27.Kh1 f6 28.Rg1 Rf7 29.Qd2 Qa8 30.Qxh6 Ne5 31.Bd1 Qe8 32.Qe3 c5 33.Bb2 Re7 34.f4 Nd7 35.Qg3 Qf7 36.Bf3 Ba6 37.Bg4 Nf8 38.Bf5 c4 39.bxc4 Bxc4 40.Qh4 Bxd5 41.f3 Be6 42.Bxf6 Bxf5 43.exf5 Rc7 44.Rxg7+ Qxg7 45.Bxg7 Rxg7 46.f6 Rd7 47.Qe1 d5 48.Qxb4 d4 49.Qc4+ Kh7 50.Qd3+ Kg8 51.f5 Kf7 52.Kg2 Kxf6 53.Kg3 Kg7 54.h4 Nh7 55.Kf2 Nf6 56.Qd2 Nh7 57.Ke1 d3 58.Qg2+ Kh8 59.Kd2 Nf8 60.Qg5 Kh7 61.h5 Kh8 62.f6 Kh7 63.f4 Kh8 64.h6 Kh7 65.f5 1-0

PGN: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qa5 9.Bd2 Qc5 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11.Nb3 Qe7 12.Bd3 Nc6 13.O-O O-O 14.a3 Bd6 15.Kh1 Be5 16.f4 Bxc3 17.Bxc3 e5 18.f5 Rfd8 19.Qe2 b6 20.Nd2 Bc8 21.Nf3 Bb7 22.Rae1 a6 23.Bc4 b5 24.Ba2 h6 25.Bd5 Nxd5 26.exd5 Rxd5 27.f6 Qxf6 28.Nxe5 Qe6 29.Nxf7 Qxe2 30.Rxe2 Rd7 31.Ne5 Re7 32.Ree1 Nxe5 33.Rxe5 Rxe5 34.Bxe5 Re8 35.Re1 Kh7 36.Bc3 Rxe1+ 37.Bxe1 1/2-1/2

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  • At October 15, 2010 at 9:21 AM , Anonymous Sebastian Wolff, New York said...

    Very interesting situation - I think if Anand wins and Kramnik loses then Anand is champion, if Anand wins and Kramnik draws or wins then Kramnik is champion and if Anand loses then Carlsen becomes second and Kramnik is champion.... as complicated as a chess game.

  • At October 15, 2010 at 9:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I think Mr Drawnik can sail through with a draw but what I am more interested is in Carlsen's game tonight. Is he going to fight it out or just settle for a draw with Anand or simply go back into the dungeons with a loss aaaaargh!


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