Bilbao: Press conference and drawing of lots

by André Schulz
7/13/2016 – Today, 16.00 CEST the first round of the IX Bilbao Chess Masters Final begins, yesterday the opening ceremony took place. The players were presented to the press and the pairings were drawn. In round one Sergey Karjakin plays against Wesley So, Anish Giri faces Wei Yi and Magnus Carlsen plays against Hikaru Nakamura. You can follow the games live and with commentary on the playchess server.

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The IX Bilbao Chess Masters Final

The introduction of the players was presided by the first deputy mayor, Ricardo Barkala, and the Provincial Councillor for Economic and Territorial Development, Imanol Pradales, who represented the Provincial Council of Biscay. They wished all players luck and fighting spirit to help to consolidate the Bilbao tournament as one of the major events of the international chess calendar.

A picture and some non-committal moves for the press

After the press conference followed the drawing of lots.

Pairings for the first round:

Magnus Carlsen – Hikaru Nakamura
Anish Giri – Sergey Karjakin
Wesley So – Yi Wei

The Bilbao Masters is a double-round robin tournament and the players are not allowed to propose a draw ("Bilbao-Rules")

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All games are shown live on and commentated in German and in English (access to the live commentary is free for premium members).





Round 1

Oliver Reeh/Dorian Rogozenco

Yasser Seirawan


Round 2

Oliver Reeh/Merijn van Delft

Daniel King


Round 3

Merijn van Delft/Dorian Rogozenco

Daniel King


Round 4

Oliver Reeh/Merijn van Delft

Chris Ward


Round 5

Oliver Reeh/Merijn van Delft

Yasser Seirawan





Round 6

Klaus Bischoff

Daniel King


Round 7

Klaus Bischoff

Daniel King


Round 8

Klaus Bischoff

Yasser Seirawan


Round 9

Klaus Bischoff

Yasser Seirawan


Round 10

Klaus Bischoff

Simon Williams

Games and commentary start at 4pm CEST (round 10 starts at 3 pm).

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Parallel to the "Masters" the Ville de Bilbao Open takes place for which 140 players have registered.

The tournament is supported by the city of Bilbao and the province of Bizkaia. Tournament organiser is the Bilbao chess club "E4."


Round Day Time
Opening ceremony 12.July 16:00
1. round 13.July 16:00
2. round 14.July 16:00
3. round 15.July 16:00
4. round 16.July 16:00
5. round 17.July 16:00
Free day 18.July  
6. round 19.July 16:00
7. round 20.July 16:00
8. round 21.July 16:00
9. round 22.July 16:00
10. round 23.July 15:00
Closing ceremony... 23.July  

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


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