São Paulo/Bilbao


On the other side of the world at the moment (Brazil to be exact) the Chess Masters Finals is happening. With a massive FIDE event happening in London at the moment it’s easy to forget what other chess is happening especially if we are sleeping while they are playing.

I’ve never been to Brazil but would love to go especially to see Carnival. There’s some not so good things about São Paulo, ‘A City with 180 kms of traffic jams’ which really do seem like a nightmare. I’m sure the chess will be good though with a super line up of Magnus Carlsen, Vishy Anand, Lev Aronian, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Fabiano Caruana and Sergey Karyakin. There has been 4 decisive results already after 2 rounds. Carlsen overpresssed against Caruana in Round 1.

Carlsen tweeted “Was close to winning, but he defended well, and seems there were always enough resources. #that‘s life”


Aronian-Karyakin was a long line of theory and novelty which both players blasted out but the game ended quickly when Karyakin found the wrong plan.

Games start at 15:00 local time which is 19:00 London time.


One Response to “São Paulo/Bilbao”

  1. Barone (Italy)
    October 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Amazing results also in the remaining rounds of the Brazilian half of the tournament for Caruana, with a wonderful winning game playing Black vs Vallejo and a really impressve “die hard” kind of save, also with the black pieces, in the draw vs Aronian (who had always won against the Italian-American player in previous encounters).

    With the one and only time control at move 40 and the increment reduced at the bare minimum of 10” from than on (I still don’t know if the players are forced to write down all the moves or not, and that’s not a meaningless detail when they start playing on the increment alone), this tournament sure features thrilling endgames!

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