Bilbao, Rd. 2: Carlsen overpowers Wei Yi

by André Schulz
7/14/2016 – After his first round loss Magnus Carlsen was determined to strike back in round two. Playing with Black against Wei Yi he managed to reach a better endgame in which he finally overpowered the Chinese. Sergey Karjakin and Anish Giri threw it all at each other but after a long fight were forced to split the point in a basic pawn ending. The draw between Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So was much less exciting.

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Wesley So and Magnus Carlsen

Hikaru Nakamura was playing with Black against Wesley. The game was not that spectacular but lasted for no less than 46 moves  It still was the shortest game of the round.

The two other games offered more excitement.

After a loss the World Champion is usually determined to strike back. This showed in his game against Wei Yi, the youngest participant in Bilbao. After Wei Yi's 1.e4 Carlsen went for 1...g6 and reached a slightly better, tricky endgame, in which Carlsen found a number of tactical resources that helped him to win.

Wei Yi against Magnus Carlsen


Sergey Karjakin and Anish Giri showed fireworks and mutual attacks. Giri's king first came under heavy fire but Karjakin failed to find a way to win and the turbulent game finally ended in a draw.



Results of round two

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

Games of rounds 1 and 2



Standings after two rounds

In Bilbao the three-point rule applies.

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


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iamitok iamitok 1/16/2018 06:47
The Rules are well-written and totally reasonable. Not being a Premium member, I wonder what effect it would have if the editorial team exercised "as it sees fit" its reserve right on comments that comply with the letter and intent of the Rules. Thank you.
bobbybishop bobbybishop 7/15/2016 09:01
@KOTLD Thank you good Sir.
johnmk johnmk 7/15/2016 04:38
Thanks hnxm2018.

Game vs Dragan Solak in 2014. Thanks that's the fantastic Carlsen game I was looking for.
Rama Rama 7/15/2016 01:27
hnxm2018 hnxm2018 7/15/2016 10:21
@johnmk the comment article was"Magnus' Mighty Knight".
KOTLD KOTLD 7/15/2016 05:28
@bobbybishop: B06 Robatsch defence, Pseudo-Austrian attack.
GregEs GregEs 7/15/2016 04:53
ah nevermind, there's a note below the cross table

n Bilbao the three-point rule applies.

Tournament page...

GregEs GregEs 7/15/2016 04:51
The crosstable standings above is not correct. Remember that the scoring system at Bilbao is different. Bilbao scoring is 1 point for draw and 3 points for win.

Rankings should be:
1. Naka = 4 pts
2. Carlsen = 3 pts
3. etc
4. etc
5. etc
johnmk johnmk 7/15/2016 02:48
Does anyone remember a Carlsen game that was analyzed in Chessbase. The article was titled something like 'Magnus' Magic Knight'. It was a great ending but I can't find it by searching here.
diegoami diegoami 7/14/2016 11:56
That's the Carlsen we love ! Kudos also to Yi Wei, for giving Carlsen a run for his money.
bobbybishop bobbybishop 7/14/2016 11:55
Can anyone tell me what the name or ECO of the defense Carlsen played against Wei?