Bilbao, Rd. 4: Another impressive win by Carlsen

by Klaus Besenthal
7/16/2016 – With each round of the "Masters" in Bilbao World Champion Magnus Carlsen seems to get better. After his first round loss against Hikaru Nakamura he won three games in a row - in round four he defeated Wesley So in just 26 moves after a seemingly innocuous opening. It was the only decisive game of the round. Hikaru Nakamura drew against Anish Giri and Wei Yi drew against Sergey Karjakin. Carlsen now leads with 9.0/12.

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Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin explain their game
to Spanish chess journalist Leontxo Garcia and the public.

Fully focused: Magnus Carlsen - here during his third round game against Sergey Karjakin

Carlsen's concentration yielded results. He defeated Wesley So in just 26 moves and always seemed to be one step ahead of his opponent.


Results of round 4

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

Games of rounds 1 to 4


Standings after four rounds

In Bilbao the three-point rule applies.


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 Around 20:00
(at the end of the games)

Photos: Tournament page...

Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.


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