After 12 losses and 18 draws in their previous match ups, Hikaru Nakamura finally won against Magnus Carlsen in a classical format game. That happened in the very first round of the Bilbao Masters Final 2016.
The rest of the games were drawn, thus leaving Nakamura on the lead at the start of this tournament.
Bilbao Masters Final 2016 is one of those tournaments that award 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and nil for a loss, encouraging players to fight it out till the end instead of settling for easy draws. As such, standings after Round 1 follow:
Bilbao Masters Final 2016 Standings after Round 1
|1||Nakamura, Hikaru||2787||United States||3.0|
|4||So, Wesley||2770||United States||1.0|