A serious incident occurred between the two halves of the Grand Slam Final. Vassily Ivanchuk and his wife were held up just outside their hotel and various affairs were stolen including his wife's passport.
Not an ideal preparation just before facing some of the best players in the world! As a result, he had difficulties getting to Spain, which explains why he is not on the photo.
However, fortunately for us, the leader was willing and finally able to get to Bilbao for the resumption of play.
In his game, Ivanchuk generated a strong attack against Nakamura's Sicilian Kan and the American was unable to stem the tide.
Aronian handled the Queen's Gambit Accepted in an unusual manner, but despite a wierd set-up was able to gradually equalize.
Magnus Carlsen was able to make a slight dent in Viswanathan Anand's pawn structure, but this wasn't enough to give him any advantage.
Here are the results from the sixth round:
|Vassily Ivanchuk||UKR||2765||1-0||Hikaru Nakamura||USA||2753||French Classical|
|Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2823||½-½||Viswanathan Anand||IND||2817||Spanish with d3|
|Francisco Vallejo Pons||ESP||2716||½-½||Levon Aronian||ARM||2807||English Opening|
The tournament table takes into account the Sofia rules: 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, but the traditional scoring system can be found in brackets.
|1||Vassily Ivanchuk||UKR||2765||*||*||1||½||.||1||.||1||0||.||1||.||13 (4½)|
|2-5||Hikaru Nakamura||USA||2753||½||0||*||*||½||.||.||½||.||½||1||.||7 (3)|
|2-5||Viswanathan Anand||IND||2817||0||.||.||½||*||*||½||.||½||½||.||1||7 (3)|
|2-5||Levon Aronian||ARM||2807||0||.||½||.||.||½||*||*||.||½||1||½||7 (3)|
|2-5||Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2823||.||1||½||.||½||½||½||.||*||*||.||0||7 (3)|
|6||Francisco Vallejo Pons||ESP||2716||.||0||.||0||0||.||½||0||1||.||*||*||4 (1½)|
As a reminder, here is what happened in the earlier rounds in Sao Paulo:
|Levon Aronian||ARM||2807||1-0||Francisco Vallejo Pons||ESP||2716||Slav Defence|
|Viswanathan Anand||IND||2817||½-½||Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2823||Spanish Berlin|
|Hikaru Nakamura||USA||2753||½-½||Vassily Ivanchuk||UKR||2765||Keres Defence|
|Vassily Ivanchuk||UKR||2765||1-0||Francisco Vallejo Pons||ESP||2716||English Opening|
|Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2823||½-½||Levon Aronian||ARM||2807||Spanish with d3|
|Hikaru Nakamura||USA||2753||½-½||Viswanathan Anand||IND||2817||Semi-Slav, Botvinnik|
|Viswanathan Anand||IND||2817||0-1||Vassily Ivanchuk||UKR||2765||Spanish Schliemann|
|Francisco Vallejo Pons||ESP||2716||1-0||Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2823||Modern Opening|
|Levon Aronian||ARM||2807||½-½||Hikaru Nakamura||USA||2753||Slav/Grünfeld|
|Levon Aronian||ARM||2807||0-1||Vassily Ivanchuk||UKR||2765||Queen's Gambit Ragozin|
|Francisco Vallejo Pons||ESP||2716||0-1||Viswanathan Anand||IND||2817||English Opening|
|Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2823||½-½||Hikaru Nakamura||USA||2753||Queen's Gambit Declined|
|Vassily Ivanchuk||UKR||2765||0-1||Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2823||French Classical|
|Viswanathan Anand||IND||2817||½-½||Levon Aronian||ARM||2807||Spanish with d3|
|Hikaru Nakamura||USA||2753||1-0||Francisco Vallejo Pons||ESP||2716||English Opening|
The official site for additional information www.bilbaofinalmasters.com and live games.
The remaining games will be on the 7th and 8th, followed by a rest day on Sunday the 9th, and then the final two rounds will be on the 10th and 11th.
All the rounds will be at the following times:
4pm Bilbao and Paris
10am (New York)
7am (Los Angeles)
1am next day (Sydney)