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Ivanchuk resumes winning ways in Bilbao

Five from six
Despite having a traumatic experience at the end of his stay in Brazil, Vassily Ivanchuk was able to focus his thoughts on his first game in Bilbao. His victory over Hikaru Nakamura has left him well in control of the Grand Slam Final. Ivanchuk has thirteen points, and the chasing group of four players only seven.

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:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Opening
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.

Rank Name Country Rating 1w 1b 2w 2b 3w 3b 4w 4b 5w 5b 6w 6b Points
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:

First round

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Opening
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

Second round

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Opening
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

Third round

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Opening
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 

Fourth round

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Opening
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

Fifth round

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Opening
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

3pm (London)

6pm (Moscow)

10am (New York)

7am (Los Angeles)

1am next day (Sydney)


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