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Monday, October 11, 2010

Bilbao Final Masters 2010 :The Highest-level tournament in Chess History

The 3rd Final of the Masters of Grand Slam Chess has become the highest-level tournament in the history of the discipline, with four players taking part. In the final this year are Viswanathan Anand, current world champion and world number two; Magnus Carlsen, winner of the Wijk aan Zee, Nanking and Bazna tournaments and current world number one; Alexei Shírov, best Spanish player and ranked tenth in the world; and Vladimir Kramnik, world number five. These last two qualified after placing first and second respectively in the preliminaries played in Shanghai from September 3 to 8. These four players raise the Bilbao Final to level 22, making it the highest-level tournament in Chess history, surpassing in ELO points the first Masters Final, also held in Bilbao in 2008 and which also achieved the same level.
The presentation of the tournament which took place today, Friday 8, in front of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum was attended by the Mayor of Bilbao, Iñaki Azkuna, and the four main stars of the Final. Also attending the ceremony were Coordinator of the Final, Andoni Madariaga, and Juan Carlos Fernández, Technical Director, together with representatives from collaborating companies and institutions.
The Tournament, which is officially recognized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE), will again be played in Bilbao for the third time, with the Grand Slam Chess Association...(
Standings after 2 rounds:
1 Vladimir Krámnik 2w 0d 0l 6 points
2 Viswanathan Anand 1w 1d 0l 4 points
3 Alexei Shirov 0w 1d 1l 1 point
4 Magnus Carlsen 0w 0d 2l 0 point
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