The defending champion of the tournament, GM Wesley So, finally bags home his first win in this event over his nemesis, Anish Giri, in the eighth round of Bilbao Masters Final 2016.
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]
Hikaru Nakamura stays unbeaten in this tournament as he drew his 8th round game against Wei Yi.[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
Replay the Bilbao Masters Final 2016 all games.
Photo credit: Bilbao Chess.
Honor goes to the U.S.A.
And Carlsen is the runaway leader at 16pts now…
He’s now at Top 7 ranked in the world but his elo rating goes back to 2770
Demetrick de Arroz
Kamukha q yan kaya saludo ako!!!!