GM Viswanathan Anand won the 7th Grand Slam Masters Final held at Bilbao, Spain from September 14 – 20, 2014.
After 6 rounds of top-level chess, Anand was able to record with 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, garnering a total of 11 points (3 points per win, 1 point per draw).
In the last round, Anand lost the match against GM Levon Aronian. As in the previous round where he played against Ruslan Ponomariov, Anand had the black pieces and played using the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin variation. For the first 14 moves, the match between the former world champion and Armenian GM followed the drawn Ramirez vs. Cornette game from the 28th Capelle Open until Anand varied by taking the knight at e4 instead of moving Bd7-e8 attacking white’s queen at h5. The game looked like a draw but Aronian hammered away until he was able to trap Anand’s king after 46 moves.
Over on the other board, GM Francisco Vallejo Pons defeated GM Ruslan Ponomariov. Starting in the Nimzo-Indian Classical opening, Vallejo managed to keep out-maneuvering his opponent. He was able to hem in Ponomariov’s queen side rook on the h-file while threatening a fork and check between black’s king and remaining bishop.