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Aronian Wins 6th Masters Final in Bilbao

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 2013.10.12. 14:23.

Levon Aronian won the 6th Masters Final in Bilbao. The Armenian grandmaster drew his last round game with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to finish on 10 "football" points (two wins and four draws). Michael Adams beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the last round to finish in second place. Mamedyarov and Vachier-Lagrave shared third and fourth places with 5 points.

You might remember that at the half-way point Michael Adams was leading with 5 points. The tournament, which lasted only six rounds this year, didn't have a rest day and so only three days later it is time for a final report!

Thursday's fourth round saw a great fight between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian. In an English, the Armenian GM got an advantage thanks to some tactical tricks on the queenside. But after a big mistake in timetrouble the tables turned, and it was Vachier-Lagrave who got a devastating attack. But then the Frenchman first missed the win, and then also the draw...

Getting three "football" points for this win, Aronian caught Michael Adams in first place, as the English GM had drawn quickly with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Via an interesting move order, a Panov Caro-Kann came on the board and White got some activity, but not more than that.

In the fifth round, Levon Aronian won his second game in a row. This time the Armenian GM beat co-leader Mickey Adams and now, besides a new 2801.9 live rating, Aronian was suddenly three football points ahead in the standings. In fact this was one of the situations where there's not much difference with the classical scoring system, where Aronian would be leading by a point. In both systems, a draw with Mamedyarov on Saturday was enough for clear first. 

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave didn't seem to have Caissa on his side in Bilbao. For the second day in a row, the Frenchman picked the wrong square for his king after a check, where the difference meant half a point. Against Aronian it was Kg2 or Kh2, and against Mamedyarov it was the choice 44...Kd7 or 44...Kf7. Perhaps he should start treating such king moves like the famous "which rook" question: think about it, make a decision, and then play the other one!

On Saturday Levon Aronian managed to score the one point he needed to secure sole first place. It was the second victory for Aronian in Bilbao, who also won the second edition of the tournament in 2009.


Afterward, Aronian said he was both satisfied and disappointed.

“Satisfied for having won such a prestigious, world-class tournament as this one in Bilbao, but at the same time disappointed because I don't think I played well and I have to improve a lot.”


Aronian, who feels at home in the Basque country and recently bought a flat in San Sebastian, also said something that could be a major blow to many chess fans who are reading this. Laughing

“You get better in chess until you are twenty. Later you start to make little adjustments.”

Michael Adams can be satisfied as well, as he finished second, with a plus one score. He won 6 rating points and is even back in the world's top 10 in the live ratings. On the last day he beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who had the initiative for most of the game but then overpressed.

Levon Aronian, who received the traditional winner's txapela, won 6.4 points in Bilbao and is back to being a 2800 player.

Masters Final 2013 | Final standings (football score)

# Name Pts + = - Pts
1 Aronian,L 2795 2 4 0 10
1 Adams,M 2753 2 3 1 9
2 Vachier Lagrave,M 2742 1 2 3 5
4 Mamedyarov,S 2759 0 5 1 5

Masters Final 2013 | Final standings (classical score)

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 Pts
1 Aronian,L 2795 phpfCo1l0.png ½1 ½½ ½1 4.0/6
2 Adams,M 2753 ½0 phpfCo1l0.png ½½ 11 3.5/6
3 Mamedyarov,S 2759 ½½ ½½ phpfCo1l0.png 2.5/6
4 Vachier Lagrave,M 2742 ½0 00 phpfCo1l0.png 2.0/6

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  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Su27Flanker

    The field was not super-strong so Aronian's Victory is not a surprise. It would be surprising if he did not win. Anyway, congrats to GM Aronian.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    CP6033

    congragulations Aronian and adams. Fantastic play from both of them

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    PeterDoggers

    I assume you mean 42.Nd8+, but this is answered by 42...Ke8 43.Qg8+ Kd7 and White runs out of checks and 44...Qe1+ is next.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    noobstarrr

    Vachier Lagrave, M. (2742) vs. Adams, M. (2753) I think the resignation was premature. If 41. ...Kf7 then knight 42. d8+ opens up a fork for white or at possibly allows the queen to enter the attack. I don't know.. Can some one share any thoughts?

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Balachandar

    "Thursday's fourth round saw a great fight between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian. In an English, the Armenian GM got an advantage thanks to some tactical tricks on the queenside. But after a big mistake in timetrouble the tables turned, and it was Vachier-Lagrave who got a devastating attack. But then the Frenchman first missed the win, and then also the draw..."

     

    While I'm obviously not qualified to comment on Super GM games, I find it funny that reporters and fans alike label a game which has errors from both sides as interesting / great, but a game where both sides play well and none of them make a mistake is termed as a dull draw. 

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    TheMagicianPaul

    Nice tournament and high quality games, congratulations to Aronian!

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Wappinschaw

    Well done Lev,also nice to see Adams playing well.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    HristoProtos

    I also join ChocolateTeapot as the drink must be good :)

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    CodyM954

    And it's irrelevant, I like the tournament, a little short on players but not talent, I hope Michael Adams the candidates invite

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    CodyM954

    To chessdoggblack, when did defense become a tactic?

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    ChocolateTeapot

    I will have a pint of whatever chessdoggblack is drinking.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    This chessdoggblack stuff seems pretty off-topic.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    aravot

    Great win, congratulations!

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    -_KNiGHt_-

    This is cool!

     

    =)

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