Magazine article The Spectator

Bilbao

Magazine article The Spectator

Bilbao

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With an average rating of 2789, the recently concluded super-tournament in Bilbao was able to boast the highest total of any official tournament since ratings were first instituted.

Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik emerged in top place with two wins and four draws, followed by reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand with one win and five draws. Magnus Carlsen disappointed, losing twice, winning once and drawing three times.

Alexei Shirov was the back marker with two losses and four draws.

This week I give some key extracts from this important tournament.

Kramnik-Carlsen, Grand Slam Masters, Bilbao 2010 I

n the first round Kramnik outplayed Carlsen to reach a position where Black was paralysed and had been reduced to shuffling a rook. At this point Carlsen abandoned the unequal struggle and the critical variation is 45 . . . Ra8 46 Rd6 Rb8 47 Ke4 when Black runs out of moves.

Carlsen-Anand, Grand Slam Masters, Bilbao 2010 Carlsen's loss to Anand was an unfortunate accident. …

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