Bilbao, Rd: 3 Carlsen smashes Karjakin

by André Schulz
7/15/2016 – If the encounter between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin in the third round of the "Masters" in Bilbao is anything to go by Karjakin will not have an easy time in the World Championship match against Carlsen in November. But maybe this was only a final rehearsal that went wrong. At any rate, their game was a rather one-sided affair in which Carlsen smashed Karjakin in a smooth attack. With this victory Carlsen took the sole lead in the tournament.

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Before the encounter between Carlsen and Karjakin in round three tension ran high - after all the tournament in Bilbao is the last time Carlsen and Karjakin meet before their World Championship match in November. But the game itself was pretty one-sided. After a quiet opening in the middlegame the World Champion went straight for Karjakin's kingside which he destroyed with systematic and strong play that led to a devastating attack and a smooth victory for Carlsen.

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The two other games ended in with a draw and thanks to the three-point rule Carlsen now leads the tournament with 6.0/9.

Results of round three

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

Games of rounds 1 to 3


Standings after three rounds

  Title Name Nation Elo Perf. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts.
1 GM Magnus Carlsen
2851 +22 0       3 3 6 / 9
2 GM Hikaru Nakamura
2787 +106   3 1   1   5 / 9
3 GM Wesley So
2775 +10 1     1   1 3 / 9
4 GM Anish Giri
2790 -40     1   1 1 3 / 9
5 GM Wei Yi
2694 -5 1 0   1     2 / 9
6 GM Sergey Karjakin
2779 -94   0 1 1     2 / 9

In Bilbao the three-point rule applies (3 points for a win, 1 point for draw).

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DeepGreen DeepGreen 7/16/2016 04:01
"Smashed"? "Crushed" sounds much cooler :)

BTW, Karjakin will have no chance against Carlsen in the WC. Mark my words :)
lajosarpad lajosarpad 7/16/2016 02:02
Koko48, that's brilliant!
clkauto clkauto 7/16/2016 01:14
It is amazing how biased this website is. When Karlsen loses it is all "ohh....there was a disturbance in universe that happens only one in 25.000 years...bla, bla", and when he wins he never wins, it is always that he "smashed", "ripped apart" or "dominates". When he loses, it is like this: "Nakamura beats Karlsen".
Pathetic really.
Mel Griffin Mel Griffin 7/16/2016 01:03
@koko4...Car Jacking? Hilarious. That's a good one.
turok turok 7/16/2016 11:22
why play vs Carlsen so close to the championship-
koko48 koko48 7/16/2016 04:20
Carlsen's going to put some serious hurt on this boy in New York

Dare I say a Car Jacking?
algorithmy algorithmy 7/16/2016 02:30
Carlsen vs Karjaken is 5-1 so far! with 15 draws!
libyantiger libyantiger 7/16/2016 12:17
yet another one-sided world chess champion to come ...