Bilbao, Rd. 9: Carlsen beats Giri and wins tournament

by André Schulz
7/22/2016 – Before Bilbao 2016 Magnus Carlsen had never won a game with classical time-control against Anish Giri. But in round nine of the "Masters" in Bilbao he finally did. This win must have been particularly sweet because it helped Carlsen to win the tournament with one round to go. Hikaru Nakamura and Sergey Karjakin drew and so did Wei Yi and Wesley So. Before the last round Carlsen now has 16.0/9 and is full five points ahead of Nakamura.

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Anish Giri has always been a difficult opponent for Carlsen and before Bilbao the Dutch number one was one of the few players against whom Carlsen had a negative score in games with classical time-control. In the past Carlsen had lost one game against Giri and drew all the others. But in round nine of the "Masters" the World Champion finally won.

Carlsen had White and his opening choice of 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4!? did not show much aggression but in the middlegame he clearly indicated that he was willing and ready to mate Black's king. In the end Carlsen did not mate Giri but he put him under constant pressure which finally proved to be too much. One inaccuracy cost Giri material, another cost him the game.

The beginning of the end of a series


Results of round nine

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

Games - Rounds 1 to 9


Standings after nine rounds

  Title Name Country ELO 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts. TB
1 GM Magnus Carlsen
2851   01 31 31 13 16.0 / 9  
2 GM Hikaru Nakamura
2787 31   11 11 11 11.0 / 9  
3 GM Yi Wei
2694 01 11   11 13 10.0 / 9 42.00
4 GM Wesley So
2775 11 11   11 13 10.0 / 9 38.00
5 GM Sergey Karjakin
2779 01 11 11   11 8.0 / 9  
6 GM Anish Giri
2790 10 10 10 11   6.0 / 9  

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


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