Saturday, 16 July 2016

And two in a row for Carlsen

World Champion Magnus Carlsen has bounced back from his first round loss to Hikaru Nakamura to lead the Bilbao Masters after 3 rounds. In round 2 he defeated Wei Yi, while his third round win was over his World Championship challenger, Sergey Karjakin.
Carlsen chose a fairly unambitious Anti-Silcilian line, although Karjakin did not fall for the trick of taking the e pawn on move 4 (4... Nxe4?? 5 Qa4+). After some play on the queenside, the action shifted across the board and just as they approached time control, Carlsen broke through with a winning attack.
With the other 2 games drawn, Carlsen leads with 2 wins (and a loss), while Nakamura is second with 1 win (over Carlsen).

Carlsen,Magnus (2855) - Karjakin,Sergey (2773) [B50]
9th Masters Final 2016 Bilbao ESP (1.2), 13.07.20169th Masters Final 2016 Bilbao ESP (3.2), 15.07.2016

No comments: