Bilbao Rd. 5: Three draws

by Johannes Fischer
7/17/2016 – Like it or not, Magnus Carlsen is the player who provides the greatest entertainment in Bilbao. In round five he played with Black against Anish Giri and managed to create winning chances from an equal position. However, Giri's tenacious defense allowed him to draw. Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura played an old line of the Queen's Gambit Declined and after an improvement by White Black quickly forced a draw. Wesley So tried hard to win against Wei Yi but had no success. After five of ten rounds Carlsen leads with 10.0/15.

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


In Bilbao the three-point rule applies.


Games Rounds 1-5




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  

Tournament page...

Topics: Bilbao Masters

Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".
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DeepGreen DeepGreen 7/19/2016 07:02

"and the capacity of Giri to often find the non-obvious only possible defensive move,"

Well, that "capacity" failed him miserably today. He made a blunder (32. ... Ke6??) in an even endgame versus Wei, and lost.
DeepGreen DeepGreen 7/19/2016 05:58

It was actually posted here on CB. They had two articles about it (they measured move accuracy). The last one (from 2013 I think) includes data about Carlsen from his match with Anand. I don't have the URLs right here, but if you Google or search here on CB you'll find it.
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 7/19/2016 03:43
The -Giri-Carlsen game was very entertaining - the good and patient offensive ideas of Carlsen, trying to extract water from a rock, the mine field of tactical traps on both sides (saw and avoided by each player), and the capacity of Giri to often find the non-obvious only possible defensive move, and at other times to find incredibly imaginative defensive ideas. Very high level.
Rama Rama 7/19/2016 05:26
Would you share a link to that historical comparison of accuracy of world champions? Thanks!
Wem420 Wem420 7/18/2016 06:37
Thomas Richter

considering were fucking humans, yes.
DeepGreen DeepGreen 7/18/2016 06:06
Thomas Richter wrote:

"At least Karjakin-Giri, Giri-So and Nakamura-Giri were also entertaining -"

Anish Giri entertaining?! A guy who plays for draws, even with white? (the way he played with white against Carlsen was pathetic: He didn't even try to win, and it almost cost him the game when Carlsen started to push with black). A guy who has not won a SINGLE game so far?

Compare this to Carlsen's 4 decisive games. I'd rather have MVL in this tournament (yeah, I know he's in Dortmund) than a "going for draw"-player like Giri.

Another thing is that Giri lacks killer instinct, he doesn't push for wins when he should. He's a solid player, but in order to win tournaments he needs to win games. And to win games you must dare to take chances sometimes. Trying to win is more important than constantly trying to avoid losses. Yes, there are players who lose fewer games than Carlsen in general, but Carlsen still wins supertournaments because he wins regularly.

The results in this tournament speaks for itself: Carlsen has lost 1 game, but still leads clearly because he's won 3 games. Giri has not lost a single game, but he's played 5 draws! (that's no good, especially in a tournament with a 3-1-0 scoring system).

Speaking of amount of mistakes: Carlsen is in general considered to be one of the most accurate players. In a historical comparison between world champions, Carlsen had the best score.
Thomas Richter Thomas Richter 7/18/2016 10:43
At least Karjakin-Giri, Giri-So and Nakamura-Giri were also entertaining - except if draws are discarded as boring without even looking at the game, or if one a priori focuses on Carlsen's games (when the first sentence of the article is a self-fulfilling prophecy).
Carlsen's games had more mistakes than parallel ones - by himself in round 1 against Nakamura, by both in round 2 against Wei Yi, by his opponents Karjakin and So in the next rounds. Mistakes = entertainment?
passiontolearn passiontolearn 7/18/2016 09:41
But as we can see.. Carlsen 'knows' other ways to win... ;)
passiontolearn passiontolearn 7/18/2016 09:41
That's because he keeps on fighting and fighting in positions that other top players would settle for a draw 20 or more moves before.... and even in seemingly dead drawn positions he tries hard to win and outplay the opponent..
eleuthero eleuthero 7/18/2016 02:40
As unspiek said, Carlsen's games have provided all of the sizzle in this tournament. it's kind of funny that Carlsen is regarded as "dry" by his critics but i've never understood that accusation.
Darkergreen1327 Darkergreen1327 7/18/2016 02:37
"Like it or not.." Seriously? Who wrote that part?
By the way your news reports are becoming weaker in terms of content. Earlier it was long detailed reports w/ interesting game analysis.
unspiek unspiek 7/18/2016 02:08
Well, 'like it or not,' every single decisive game in this tournament so far has involved Carlsen. He seems to be the one who wants to play chess.
tom fox tom fox 7/18/2016 12:20
Why 'like it or not'? What's there not to like?
KevinC KevinC 7/17/2016 11:37
@jamex, it is a very PRELIMINARY report.
jamex jamex 7/17/2016 10:59
The article lacks flesh