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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Carlsen wins Grand Slam Chess Masters with blitz playoff against Ivanchuk

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Hello everyone,

Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen for winning the Grand Slam Chess Masters in his signature style. All credit to Vassily Ivanchuk for a tenacious show. Here are the final standings.

Grand Slam Masters Final 2011 | Round 10 Standings (football)
1-2 Magnus Carlsen, Vassily Ivanchuk 15
3-4 Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian 12
5 Vishy Anand 12
6 Francisco Vallejo 10

After the last round saw Carlsen and Ivanchuk tie for first, a tiebreak of blitz games were held which saw Carlsen drawing the first game with White but winning the second with Black and the title. Carlsen drew with Hikaru Nakamura, Ivanchuk drew with Levon Aronian while Viswanathan Anand beat Francisco Vallejo.

Here are all the games of the last round including the tiebreaks. Enjoy. You can access the official website at this link

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  • At October 12, 2011 at 2:07 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    Yes I knew Carlsen would win. I was the first to write on this blog. He is really the best now.

  • At October 12, 2011 at 2:11 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    Great win for Carlsen. This just increases his lead from the rest in the ratings. Maybe one day he would eventually go for the world chess title. It seems to await him.

  • At October 12, 2011 at 2:15 AM , Anonymous Sainath, Colombo said...

    All my sympathies for Ivanchuk. I really wanted him to win. He showed great strength. All that robbery thing too. Despite that.

  • At October 12, 2011 at 2:15 AM , Anonymous Sainath, Colombo said...


  • At October 12, 2011 at 2:20 AM , Anonymous Symeon, Athens said...

    I think it's an old strategy by Magnus Carlsen. He just goes after whoever is leading. So in the end it doesn't really matter if he lost a game or two against the others. Remarkable kid but.

  • At October 12, 2011 at 2:21 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    Whatever Carlsen's strategy. he is the best really - and don't forget Chess Queen beat him. :)

  • At October 12, 2011 at 2:26 AM , Anonymous Terrence, London said...

    What's coming next? Tal Memorial or London Classic? Great tournament.

  • At October 12, 2011 at 2:27 AM , Anonymous TSH said...

    Tal memorial 16-25 November in Moscow,

    Magnus Carlsen NOR 1 2823
    Viswanathan Anand IND 2 2817
    Levon Aronian ARM 3 2807
    Vladimir Kramnik RUS 4 2791
    Sergey Karjakin RUS 5 2772
    Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 7 2765
    Hikaru Nakamura USA 12 2753
    Boris Gelfand ISR 15 2746
    Peter Svidler RUS 16 2740
    Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 24 2718

  • At October 12, 2011 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous ST, Pune, India said...

    Kasparov was rated world No. 1 almost continuously from 1986 until his retirement in 2005 and holding the all-time highest rating of 2851. He was the world No. 1 ranked player for 255 months, by far the most of all-time and nearly three times as long as his closest rival, Anatoly Karpov. Way to go for Carlsen!

  • At October 12, 2011 at 2:43 AM , Anonymous Chris, New York said...

    One reason why Carlsen plays well is because he doesn't let the albatross of his reputation sit upon his shoulders maybe. I like this new generation of players like Carlsen, Kosteniuk, Giri, Morozevich, even Svidler - rather a mix of lot of talented chess players who are just such well-rounded individuals. Taking chess to a new universal level combining sharp intellect, intelligence, yet fun, panache, style - I just love chess particularly with all these lovely players of our generation.

  • At October 12, 2011 at 2:43 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    @Chris Are you trying to say the older chess players were boring?

  • At October 12, 2011 at 2:45 AM , Anonymous Chris, New York said...

    I of course loved those older players too. I am a great fan of the Capablancas and Kasparovs and all our great chess players in history. I just meant that as a non-pro chess player I really like this new trend of fresh young talent who have a different style. If I tell people I play chess - no longer people look askance as if i am kinda crazy. Today chess is big esteeem. I didn't mean to offend anyone. Apologies.

  • At October 12, 2011 at 3:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What's that trophy? It looks kinda strange to me, is it a chess piece moder art or something or is he holding it upside down?

  • At October 12, 2011 at 3:12 AM , Anonymous nini, bcn said...

    Its a knight

  • At October 12, 2011 at 4:51 AM , Anonymous PVF, Bilbao said...

    gran espectáculo Carlsen

  • At October 12, 2011 at 5:02 AM , Anonymous Olga, Moscow said...

    замечательный Карлсен

  • At October 12, 2011 at 5:07 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Just an update: In the closing ceremony, which was chaired by the Director of Tourism of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, Arenaza Gabino Martinez, the champion said, "The key to my victory was my victory with black against Ivanchuk, which made me believe again in my chances of winning the tournament." Indeed we knew if this were going to go into a tiebreak then Carlsen would have a psychological edge.

  • At October 12, 2011 at 5:11 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    Have you seen the video of the live program ETB broadcast on the event? it starts at 9:10

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  • At October 12, 2011 at 8:58 AM , Anonymous Keith Schmidt, Berlin said...

    Carlsen has done the psychological thing to Kramnik earlier in the year. I have a feeling he is still being coached by Kasparov SECRETLY and it is only a matter of time before he is the world champion. What remains to be seen is if he can beat the Kasparov highest-rating ever record.


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