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Tata Masters: Karjakin Second Behind Aronian, Three Rounds to Go

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 1/21/14, 11:33 AM.

Sergey Karjakin moved up to clear second place in round 8 of the Tata Steel tournament's Masters Group. The Russian GM, who won the tournament five years ago, beat Boris Gelfand on Tuesday while the leader, Levon Aronian, drew with Anish Giri. In a bloody round, Caruana, Dominguez, Harikrishna and Van Wely won their games against Rapport, So, Nakamura and Naiditsch respectively. In the Challengers Group Ivan Saric beat Radek Wojtaszek and took over the lead from Baadur Jobava, who lost to Sabino Brunello. Benjamin Bok secured his GM title today by drawing his game.

In the 8th round Levon Aronian faced one of his closest pursuers, Anish Giri. The young Dutchman is supported by many local fans each day, but on Tuesday someone special dropped by. Nick Schilder is one of the two singer-songwriters of the famous Dutch duo Nick & Simon, and a friend of Anish.

Nick Schilder, singer, chess fan & member of Chess.com

Nick officially opened the round and then hang around for several hours, playing blitz and even joining the live commentary. As it turned out, he is quite a strong player himself (non-rated but roughly 1900 Elo by estimation) and a big fan of Chess.com! He said he often watches videos here while on tour, and he really liked the latest Chess Mentor!

Anish explaining his game to his friend

Nick, and the other Dutch fans, saw Giri playing another good game. The Dutchman, who was still looking for his first win ever over Aronian, got the advantage when his opponent played a careless move. “But after that he played very accurately,” said Giri. “I was slightly worse, but not the kind of worse I was going to lose,” said Aronian.

Amazingly, this was the only draw of the round! A few regular victories and some big mistakes led to five decisive games.

For example, Hikaru Nakamura went terribly wrong againt Pentala Harikrishna in a Sicilian where he had compensation for a pawn. He missed White's idea and could resign a few moves later.


Wesley So tried the Petroff against Dominguez, but quickly got into trouble and with a beautiful ‘silent’ rook move the Cuban finished the game before it had really started. “It was a matter of calcualting all the lines, but it was very natural to play like this,” said Dominguez.


Richard Rapport yet again played an off-beat opening (he alone is providing Jeroen Bosch enough ammunition for several new S.O.S. books!) but it seems that he played too risky against Fabiano Caruana. 



Sergey Karjakin profited from several inaccuracies by Boris Gelfand, but then spoilt some of his (winning) advantage in the rook ending. White could have promoted the b-pawn at some point, but Karjakin decided to cut off the enemy king, which eventually won as well.

Loek van Wely scored his second victory in a row, against Arkadij Naiditsch (thereby taking revenge over his loss in their Death Match!). 

Tata Steel 2014 | Masters | Round 8 Standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Aronian 2812 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 6.0/8
2 Karjakin 2759 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5.5/8
3 Caruana 2782 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 5.0/8 19.00
4 Dominguez 2754 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 5.0/8 18.75
5 Giri 2734 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5.0/8 18.50
6 Harikrishna 2706 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 4.0/8 18.25
7 Van Wely 2672 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4.0/8 13.00
8 So 2719 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 4.0/8 12.50
9 Rapport 2691 ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 1 3.0/8 11.00
10 Nakamura 2789 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 3.0/8 9.75
11 Gelfand 2777 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 2.0/8
12 Naiditsch 2718 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1.5/8


In the Challengers Group the top of the standings shifted as Baadur Jobava lost his first game in the tournament. In an Old-Indian (an old opening previously which Jobava had tried before) the Georgian GM built up a slight advantage as Black, but then lost track. After the time control White had the better chances and then Jobava made a big mistake on move 43.

Ivan Saric is the new leader thanks to a very quick win against Radek Wojtaszek, who seems to have completely lost the form he showed in Zurich and Basel a few weeks back.
There was double good news for the local fans. Benjamin Bok made his fourth GM norm (his third over nine games) and secured the title by drawing with Etienne Goudriaan, and Jan Timman moved to shared third place in the standings.

Tata Steel 2014 | Challengers | Round 9 Standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts SB
1 Saric 2637 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 7.0/9
2 Jobava 2710 ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 6.5/9
3 Timman 2607 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 6.0/9 27.25
4 Muzychuk 2566 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.0/9 22.00
5 Bok 2560 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 5.0/9 22.00
6 Reinderman 2593 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 5.0/9 21.50
7 Brunello 2602 1 0 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 4.5/9 20.00
8 Yu 2677 0 1 0 0 0 v 1 ½ 1 1 4.5/9 14.75
9 Wojtaszek 2711 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 4.5/9 13.50
10 Duda 2553 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 3.5/9 15.00
11 Troff 2457 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5/9 14.75
12 Zhao 2567 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 3.5/9 12.50
13 Van Delft 2430 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 2.5/9
14 Goudriaan 2431 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 1.0/9


The Tata Steel tournament runs 11-26 January and is held in Wijk aan Zee, Amsterdam and Eindhoven. You can find the official website here and the live games here. The live streaming commentary can also be found here on Chess.com

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  • 7 months ago

    albatrosses

    Gelfand deserves to be there, of course. There are three who don't.

  • 7 months ago

    DKNOT

    @albatrosses... what? They're almost all 2700+! Super strong! If you mean Gelfand doesn't belong, then you should know he's in top 10 and World Champion challenger in 2012! Naiditsch is just having a bad tournament. Rapport is also super strong although weaker than the others. He might not belong, that's true.

  • 7 months ago

    CP6033

    Naiditsch is just having a bad tournament, like Gelfand, GO ARONIAN! now you have to wipe Karjkan out. Naiditsch and Gelfand are at the bottom albatrosses, and if you are trying to say the the winner of the tal memorial, two Grand Prix, and the Alkeine memorial is not good enough for the tata steel, well your a bit odd.

  • 7 months ago

    P-e-t-e-r-P-a-w-n

    Are you trying to imply that fabulous GM Naiditsch from good old GERMANY is not good enough? Are trying to say that, albatrosses?

  • 7 months ago

    chichito

    @ albatrosses what few players dont belong? at the very bottom are naka and gelfand but they belong

  • 7 months ago

    Jimmykay

    What does Troff need to do in order to secure a GM norm?

  • 7 months ago

    albatrosses

    Becoming obvious a few players don't belong to the Tata masters group.

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