Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Aronian starts with a win

The 2011 Grand Slam Masters Final in Sao Paulo started with a win by Aronian, as well as an interesting game (result wise anyway) between Anand and Carlsen. Aronian was paired with Vallejo Pons and seemed to pick up a huge advantage in the opening, which he converted into a kingside attack. Vallejo managed to avoid being mated, but ended up with a lost ending anyway.
The Anand v Carlsen game was a solid draw in the Berlin Ruy Lopez, but the main interest was in what it meant for both this tournament and future ones. Anand's choice of 1.e4 may be a deliberate strategy to disguise his opening repertoire for his upcoming World Championship match, while Carlsen's choice of the Berlin showed he was content to start the event with nothing more than a draw.

Aronian,Levon (2807) - Vallejo Pons,Francisco (2716) [D10]
4th Final Masters Sao Paulo/Bilbao BRA/ESP (1), 26.09.2011

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