Caxias do Sul: Carlsen in form in Brazil

by Frederic Friedel
3/7/2014 – Actually the World Champion was stopped: by GM Gilberto Milos, 50, Elo 2583, six times Brazilian Champion, who got the only draw conceded Magnus Carlsen in the six game of the four-player double round robin. Carlsen, who had spent the morning playing blindfold against blind players, scored 5.5/6 in the semifinal stage. Big illustrated report with pictures from the Brazilian venue.

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The reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will play in the International Chess Festival “Festa da Uva” to be held in Caxias do Sul between March 6 and 9, 2014.

Caxias do Sul

Before we bring you the chess, here some background on the venue. This is a city in Rio Grande do Sul, Southern Brazil, situated in the state's mountainous Serra Gaúcha region. It was established by Italian immigrants on June 20, 1890. Today it is the second largest city in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Regarding historical architecture one can find a few houses built for rich families, public buildings and Neo-Gothic churches, like as the Cathedral and the Chapel of Santo Sepulcro (Sacred Tomb).

A colonial style house in Caxias do Sul...

... which you should contrast with a modern building

Catholic Church of St. Pellegrino Caxias do Sul,
which contains the magnificent frescoes of Aldo Locatelli

The famous Statue of Liberty in Caxias do Sul. The monument was made by Michelangelo Zambelli of the Zambelli family of Italian-Brazilian artists based in Caxias do Sul, who produced statuary and decoration of sacred temples and homes.

A shop with calabash gourd used for making the popular maté beverage

Maté (chimarrão in Portuguese) is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink which is prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water. It is traditionally drunk through a metal straw from a hollow calabash gourd – even when the water is supplied from a modern thermos.

II “Recreio da Juventude” GM Chess Tournament

The four player rapid chess knockout tournament started on Thursday, March 6th, at 15.00h; the finals on Friday, March 7th, at 14:00h. Before the start of the first round, at 10:00 a.m., Magnus Carlsen gave a blindfold simul against visually impaired players.

Leveling the playing field: the World Champion plays a four board blindfold against...

... genuinely blind players – Magnus won 3.5-0.5, with the national blind champion getting a draw

On the first day of the rapid tournament, a four player double round robin, with time controls of 16 minutes (first half) and 5 minutes (second half) and no increments. Carlsen was in great form and made
only a single draw. Here are the final standings (wins counted as three points, draws as one.

# Player Nat. Rtng
1a
1b
2a
2b
3a
3b
4a
4b
Pts 
1 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2881
 * 
 * 
1
3
3
3
3
3
16.0
2 Gilberto Milos BRA 2583
1
0
 * 
 * 
0
3
1
3
8.0
3 Andrés Rodriguez URU 2437
0
0
3
0
 * 
 * 
3
1
7.0
4 Rafael Leitao BRA 2645
0
0
1
0
0
1
 * 
 * 
2.0

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The event was staged in a sound-proof glass cube, here before the start...

... and during play, with Internet techs in the foreground

Andrés Rodríguez Vila, 40, 2437, best Uruguayan chess player in history, defeated
Rafael Leitao, 34, Brazil, Elo 2645, current Brazilian Champion, in round three in 35 moves

The game Magnus Carlsen against Rodriguez Vila (you-know-who won in 71 moves)

Gilberto Milos, 50, Brazil, Elo 2583, six times Brazilian Champion, got the only draw
conceded by the World Champion in this event so far, in their second five-minute game

Pictures by GM Sergey Tiviakov

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