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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bilbao Masters 2010: round 1 Kramnik defeats Carlsen

The first round of the Bilbao Masters Chess Tournament was played today. Grandmaster Kramnik defeated Grandmaster Carlsen in one game while in the other game, Grandmaster Shirov and Grandmaster Anand drew their game.

You can play over these games (including analysis) by going to the following website:

A report concerning round one can be viewed at the Chessbase website:

 As a consequence of these games these are the standings after one round of play:

Bilbao system scores

Vladimir Kramnik
Viswanathan Anand
Alexei Shirov
Magnus Carlsen
 Here are the pairings for round 2:
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game)

Round 2:Sunday, October 10,2010

Anand- Carlsen




My boy Carlsen is going down! I'm curious to see if krammnik's pragmatic approach to chess will be enough. There is an interesting battle of "opposites" from being dynamic to being practical with moves. It was the same battle we saw between Kasparov and Karpov Capablanca and Alekhine. it seems like at that top level, it comes down to nerves and opening preparation. What do you think?

Wayne said...

Hi Israel,
nice talking with you again :)

Israel, for some reason Carlsen is not playing good chess of late, for whatever reason(s). However, he has ample time to turn his game around in this tournament. Carlsen is characterized as being a positional player like Karpov was, however this is not really correct because of late he has played very tactical and risky openings such as the Grunfeld Defense as Black against the Queen's Gambit: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3Nc3 d5 (probably because Kasparov was his trainer).

You are right about the fact that at the top of chess your nerves have to be sound and you have to be prepared in the opening. Some games in GM Chess go right from the opening to the endgame it seems, which requires the player spend alot of time memorizing opening variations.

Israel, according to the Chessbase website the Kramnik-Carlsen game was characterized as follows:

"...imprecisions by Carlsen, missing several opportunities to equalize, coupled with strong play by Kramnik with a nice finish gave the Russian a perfect start with a first round win..."

This shows how demanding chess is that even the best players can miss continuations which are the best. often because they have not played over-the-board for a while. You can study chess until you are blue in the face, however, unless you play against real human opponents and not a chess program, you are at a disadvantage. You may want to visit Carlsen's website and his blog to see if he will have anything to say about this first game:

Thanks for your comment it was very astute.I hope the rest of the weekend goes well for you,


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