Magnus has had a difficult streak in the past month, starting with the Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk. It carries over to the start of the Bilbao Final Masters. But never count this young phenom out. I have no doubt that he will bounce back soon.

Magnus did not want to take the easy draw in the endgame against Anand. He went for it and lost. Even though he lost, he did not lose his fighting spirit.

Bilbao Final Masters round 2 results:

# White Results Black
1 Magnus Carlsen 0-1 Viswanathan Anand
2 Vladimir Kramnik 1-0 Alexei Shirov

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