Bilbao, Chess Master’s Final 2012

World Champion Vishwanathan Anand failed to pocket a win out of 10 games. In the last round he played aggressively to secure at least a win but was not able to break the defences of Sergei Karjakin and settled for his ninth draw in 10 games apart from loss in the game against Magnus Carlsen.

In the final round Fabiano Caruana drew very quickly while in the game of Carlsen and Aronian, Aronian has an early advantage but Carlsen saved the game with his impressive efforts.

Carlsen, the World No. 1 chess player has proved once again that why he is in the top spot. After drawing with Levon Aronian, he outplayed co-leader Caruana in tie-break with the score of 2-0 and clinched the title.

Final Standing Table

Final Rank Name Starting Rank ELO Traditional Points Bilbao Points
1 Carlsen, Magnus 1 2843 6.5 17
2 Caruana, Fabiano 5 2773 6.5 17
3 Aronian, Levon 2 2816 5 11
4 Karjakin, Sergey 4 2778 4.5 10
5 Anand, Viswanathan 3 2780 4.5 9
6 Vallego Pons, Francisco 6 2697 3 6


Both Tie Break games are as follows:

Game – 1

Game – 2

Here are the expert’s comments on both games by Daniel King