Thursday, September 29, 2011

4th Final Masters Round 3 Report

Magnus Carlsen suffered a shocking loss when he overlooked a simple tactic after blowing a winning position against Francisco Vallejo Pons.

As I said at the start of the event "The time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves then 60 minutes and 10 seconds per move for the rest seems calculated to produce more decisive, if not necessarily better, games."

Carlsen drifted into time pressure but on twitter he said it was unnecessary for him to do so.

World Champion and world number 2 Viswanathan Anand lost a complicated struggle on the white side of a Schliemann Ruy Lopez to the mercurial Vassily Ivanchuk who ground him down in a complex ending where Anand found many resources but Ivanchuk showed great skill and patience.
Full report on TWIC

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