At the world-class tournament Chess Masters Final in Bilbao, the top-favorite player prevailed. The world’s number 2, Levon Aronian from Armenia, secured the title in the Spanish Basque region.
Levon Aronian top-favorite among four participants
Four chess world-class chess players were invited to the 6th edition of the Chess Masters Final in Bilbao. At an Elo of 2795 points and in runner-up position in world-rankings, Levon Aronain was rated top-favorite player of the event. The other three players were Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan (Elo 2759 / 11th), Dortmund-winner Michael Adams from England (Elo 2753 /
13th), and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave from France (Elo 2742 / 16th).
Therefore, this year’s edition of the Chess Masters Final in the Basque region was only plaed in six rounds.
Levon Aronian undefeated at Chess Masters Final
This year in Bilbao, Levon Aronian scored two victories and four draws. In the overall rating he obtained 10 points, as the winners receive 3 points for their victories – just like in soccer – and 1 point for a draw. In the end, Michael Adams came off 2nd at 9 points. The Englishman was able to obtain two victories and three draws, but was defeated by Aronian. Each 5 points were scored by Mamedyarov (3rd) and Vachier-Lagrave (4th). In summary, this means that Aronian made a strong 2871 performance, while Adams’ amounts to 2823.
Decisive match in round 5: Victory over Michael Adams
After the first three rounds it seemed, that the Armenian favorite would have to cede the victory to Michael Adams, who led the field of the world-class tournament at 5 points at half-time. However, in round five, Levon Aronian decided the entire event to his favor by defeating Michael Adams. The Englishman ended up in 2nd place after winning against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final round, in which Aronian and Mamedyarov shared the points.
Picture: Frederic Friedel
written by Michael, translated by Birthe