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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Grand Slam Chess Masters Final R7: Ivanchuk loses to Vallejo but holds on to lead, others draw

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Hello everyone,

The chess news from the Grand Slam Bilbao Chess Masters is that - as luck would have it - tournament leader Vassily Ivanchuk lost to tail-ender Francisco Vallejo. Both Anand-Nakamura and Aronian-Carlsen ended in a draw, and so Ivanchuk is now still five points ahead of Anand, Aronian, Carlsen and Nakamura! You can access the official website at this link.

Ivanchuk on his way to giving Vallejo a win.

Grand Slam Masters Final 2011 | Round 6 Standings (football)
1 Vassily Ivanchuk 13
2-5 Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian,
Vishy Anand, Magnus Carlsen 8
6 Francisco Vallejo 7

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  • At October 8, 2011 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous Amrit Puri Knights Chess Club New Delhi said...

    That is the beauty of chess. The psychological factor, the physical state, the mental and emotional state. You could calculate like a computer but these other factors change the playing field. Makes it all so dynamic. Human chess will always be just more supreme than machine chess. Always.

  • At October 8, 2011 at 1:50 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    Well said. @Amrit. the beauty of human chess is unsurpassable.

  • At October 8, 2011 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    Possibly Ivanchuk lowered his guard cause he was facing the tailender. But then also Vallejo has the home ground advantage now.

  • At October 8, 2011 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Watch out for the Spaniard.

  • At October 8, 2011 at 2:01 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    España es el mejor

  • At October 8, 2011 at 2:29 AM , Anonymous Sebastian Wolff, NY said...

    Vallejo's endgame choices were killing.

  • At October 8, 2011 at 2:48 AM , Anonymous Symeon, Athens said...

    Is Anand able to hide his preparation or it doesn't really matter at that level.

  • At October 8, 2011 at 2:54 AM , Anonymous Star said...

    What's up with carlsen?

  • At October 8, 2011 at 7:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    At the Bilbao opening ceremony some players said that especially this year they liked the football scoring system, because even with Ivanchuk having such a big lead, 'anything can happen'. Wow

  • At October 8, 2011 at 7:32 AM , Anonymous Warren Rodriguez, Salamanca said...

    I like human chess - particularly the one with beauties and beauty wins.


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