The game opened with the classic Giuoco Piano. Eventually, they found themselves maneuvering the game with four-knights play leading towards the endgame, until strategic play led Wesley So to be up by a clear pawn by move 46. Anish Giri found himself trapped in a mating net and resigned after white’s 57th move. See diagram of the game below:
And thus, here, Giri cannot stop the mate by the next move in either 58. Rg7+ or 58. Nh4+.[replay]
Because of that win, Wesley So is now number 8 in the live ratings ranking, overtaking Anand and Karjakin:
Meanwhile, Sergey Karjakin failed to even his score against the World Champion Magnus Carlsen in their last two games leading to the World Championship in November, after they drew their Round 8 game. Carlsen won against Karjakin in Round 3 of this event.[replay]
At the end of Round 8, Wesley So is tied at 3rd place with Wei Yi.
Bilbao Masters Final 2016 Ranking after Round 8
Photo credit: Bilbao Chess.