Bilbao: Nakamura beats Carlsen

by André Schulz
7/13/2016 – The first round of the Masters in Bilbao started with a bang. For the first time in his career Hikaru Nakamura won against Magnus Carlsen in a game with classical time control. World Champion Carlsen played too aggressively and an unimpressed Nakamura countered. The two other games were drawn. Wei Yi successfully defended a difficult ending against Anish Giri while Sergey Karjakin and Wesley split the point after some excitement in the middlegame.

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Friendly gestures before the start of the
game between Wesley So and Sergey Karjakin

Fully focused: Hikaru Nakamura

For a long time it seemed as if Hikaru Nakamura was cursed when playing against Magnus Carlsen. No matter how good the American stood in some games, before Bilbao he had never managed to beat Carlsen in classical chess.

But Bilbao is not the first tournament in which
Carlsen started badly - and often he has won in the end.

Hikaru Nakamura



Sergey Karjakin at the start of his game against Wesley So

Wesley So on his way to Berlin

Anish Giri played with White against Wei Yi and thanks to the bishops pair he had a slight endgame advantage. However, against Wei Yi's tenacious defense he failed to convert this advantage into a full point.



Results of round 1

Board Title Name ELO Result Title Name ELO
1 GM Sergey Karjakin 2779 ½ - ½ GM Wesley So 2775
2 GM Magnus Carlsen 2851 0 - 1 GM Hikaru Nakamura 2787
3 GM Anish Giri 2790 ½ - ½ GM Wei Yi 2694



Standings after round 1

  Title Name Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts. TB
1 GM Hikaru Nakamura 2787           1 1.0 / 1  
2 GM Anish Giri 2790         ½   0.5 / 1 0.25
3 GM Sergey Karjakin 2779       ½     0.5 / 1 0.25
4 GM Wesley So 2775     ½       0.5 / 1 0.25
5 GM Yi Wei 2694   ½         0.5 / 1 0.25
6 GM Magnus Carlsen 2851 0           0.0 / 1  

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André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.