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Friday, October 7, 2011

Grand Slam Chess Masters Bilbao R6: Ivanchuk beats Nakamura, others draw

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Hello everyone,

Vassily Ivanchuk is all engines go - full throttle. Coming into the second section of the Grand Slam Chess Masters, he began the Bilbao leg with a cool win over Hikaru Nakamura. Others drew their games.

The first leg of the Grand Slam was staged in São Paulo, Ibirapuera Park, from September 25th to October 1st, the second leg takes place in Bilbao, Alhóndiga, from 5th to 11th October. Tournament system: double round robin with six players over ten rounds. Time control: 90 minutes/40 moves + 60 minutes + 10 seconds/move starting with the first move.

Here are the games from Round 6 and pairings for Round 7 to take place on Friday. You can access the official website at this link.

Grand Slam Masters Final 2011 | Round 6 Standings (football)1 Vassily Ivanchuk 13
2-5 Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian,
Vishy Anand, Magnus Carlsen 7
6 Francisco Vallejo 4

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  • At October 7, 2011 at 1:14 AM , Anonymous Amrit Puri Knights Chess Club New Delhi said...

    Wow.What a game and they say the Sicilian is all mapped and decided. But Ivanchuk seemed to be just going great. Hope he wins.

  • At October 7, 2011 at 1:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Organisers thank Ivanchuk
    The organizers of the 2011 Grand Slam Masters Final Sao Paulo-Bilbao wish to thank Ukrainian player Vasily Ivanchuk, provisional leader of the tournament, for his efforts, and his complete and utter willingness to resume the tournament today in Bilbao, after the unpleasant incident of which both he and his wife were victims in Sao Paulo and which detained them in Brazil too long to arrange their arrival to Spain. His efforts and those of the Final’s organizers finally paid off yesterday as he is already in the Biscayan capital to begin playing this afternoon in the second round of the tournament, one of the foremost in the world.

  • At October 7, 2011 at 4:44 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    Surely all engines go. Guess Ivanchuk has got the title because he can only lose it if he loses two games which is unlikely in the last four games. Come on Ivanchuk. We should have a world title three-way match anand gelfand and chuky.

  • At October 7, 2011 at 5:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Idiots you were supposed to take just one bag - the one near his feet with the laptop. Damn.

  • At October 7, 2011 at 5:18 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    This scoring system is quite a lot of fun - Ivanchuk is making it look like the man among the boys. i wonder whats the standings situation in regular scoring.

  • At October 7, 2011 at 5:21 AM , Anonymous Sainath, Colombo said...

    With this victory, Ivanchuk's first place is almost assured, in spite of four rounds to go. Who will be second now?

  • At October 7, 2011 at 5:22 AM , Anonymous Sainath, Colombo said...

    Traditional scoring
    Ivanchuk 4.5 Carlsen, Nakamura, Anand, Aronian 3, Vallejo 1.5

  • At October 7, 2011 at 5:26 AM , Anonymous Sebastian Wolff, NY said...

    30.Nd3? I suppose 30.Ne4! Ivanchuk-Nakamura - great show Vassily

  • At October 7, 2011 at 5:49 AM , Anonymous ST, Pune, India said...

    Nakamura tweeted: "Not upset about losing today's game, but if time controls leading to these absurd blunders are more important than quality..." But then Ivanchuk had same time control?

  • At October 7, 2011 at 5:50 AM , Anonymous Brenda Kroll, Berlin said...

    Maybe Naka was rattled by the robbery

  • At October 7, 2011 at 6:12 AM , Anonymous Aaron, Wurzburg said...

    The psychological edge is giving Ivanchuk extra power. This is true chess mettle.


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