Magnus Carlsen in Sole Lead after Round 3 of Bilbao Masters Final 2016

Magnus Carlsen convincingly won against his would-be challenger in the world championship, Sergey Karjakin, to take the lead in the Bilbao Masters Final 2016 after Round 3.

The other games: Hikaru Nakamura vs. Wei Yi and Anish Giri vs. Wesley So were drawn.

With 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw, ranking after Round 3 are as follows:

Bilbao Masters Final 2016 Standings after Round 3

#NameCountryRtgPts
1Magnus CarlsenNorway28556
2Hikaru NakamuraUnited States27875
3Wesley SoUnited States27703
4Anish GiriNetherlands27853
5Sergey KarjakinRussia27732
6Wei YiChina26962

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Carlsen recovers with a win against Wei Yi, Round 2 Bilbao Masters Final 2016

World Champion Magnus Carlsen beats the Chinese Wei Yi in Round 2 of Bilbao Masters Final 2016, and just like that, he gets back into contention for the title. The rest of the games were drawn, again.

Wesley So drew his first two games in the tournament, first against Sergey Karjakin, and this time against Hikaru Nakamura.

Now, if it were a regular point-system, Wesley So would have been in second place and Carlsen in fifth in the ranking so far, which should look like as follows:

bilbao-2016-standings-r2

However, the three-point rule applies, thus Carlsen is up in second place with 3 points after that win against Wei Yi.

Nakamura Wins in Round 1 vs. Carlsen of Bilbao Masters Final 2016

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.

The Bilbao Masters Final 2016

For this year’s Bilbao Masters, Wesley So is the defending champion, when he defeated Anish Giri in blitz playoff last year.

The Bilbao Chess press release:

The Final completes its competitive line-up, the strongest in recent years, with So, the winner of last year’s tournament, Nakamura and Giri, who are among the top ten of the international ranking and the 16-year-old Chinese player Yi Wei, the sport’s emerging world star.

The tournament, which has been recognised as one of the most prestigious in the world, will take place between 13 and 23 July at the Campos Elíseos Theatre, alongside the Villa de Bilbao, one of the most compelling Chess Opens of the year in which 140 players will compete.

This year’s edition of Bilbao Masters has truly gone more exciting, because on top of the familiar rivalry between Wesley So and Anish Giri, the organizers are bringing us a treat with the preview of this year’s World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin.