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Tata Steel 2013 Round 10 - Carlsen Does It Again

  • SonofPearl
  • on 1/23/13, 1:31 PM.

tata_logo blue.jpgThe 2013 Tata Steel Chess tournament is taking place from 12-27 January in Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands.

This famous annual tournament has three separate single round-robin competitions, the A, B, and C Groups, each featuring 14 players.

The strongest tournament is the A Group and this year features 6 out of the top 10 ranked players; world champion Vishy Anand, world #1 Magnus Carlsen, defending champion Lev Aronian, rising star Fabiano Caruana, world #6 Sergey Karjakin, and US champion Hikaru Nakamura.

Chess.com has live coverage and commentary of round 11 on Friday with IM Daniel Rensch & The Poet.  See here for the latest details (scroll down the page).

Chess.com coverage starts at 05:30 Pacific, 08:30 Eastern in the US (13:30 UTC).


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Round 10 - Official website report

In round 10 of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament Magnus Carlsen increased his lead to 1½ points by defeating Erwin l'Ami in a hard-fought Caro Kann. l'Ami threw up a barricade early on and toughly defended for many hours, only to falter in the final hour of play, as has happened to so many others facing the world number one.

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Meanwhile, after drawing several promising positions in the first couple of rounds, and suffering a devastating blow against Anand in round 4, Armenia's Levon Aronian has quietly been working on his comeback. Today he achieved his fourth victory, this time courtesy of Wang Hao, who played so passively that he was virtually lost the moment White crossed the middle of the board for the first time with 19.f5. A kingside attack was beckoning, but when presented with a couple of pawns, Aronian preferred this option and easily won.

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Now sharing second place, Viswanathan Anand had Sergey Karjakin in a stranglehold early on, but whereas many would have succumbed, the Russian Grandmaster withstood the pressure. Once the Indian Tiger had circled his prey a few times to no avail, Karjakin collected half a point.

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Hikaru Nakamura joined Anand and Aronian in second place by beating Fabiano Caruana after a long struggle. Playing Black the American of Japanese descent rapidly achieved a comfortable position out of an irregular King's Indian, an opening the Italian of American descent has little experience with, being mainly an e4-player. Utilizing his bishop pair, Nakamura kept leaning on White's position until finally Caruana slipped up, allowing a venomous tactic: 54...g4! 55.hxg4 h3! and White is lost on account of 56.gxh3 Rf8! 57.Kd3 Rf4 and Black wins a piece due to the threat of 58...Bxe4.

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The battle for best Dutchman of the tournament came to a head when Loek van Wely completely mishandled the White side of a Grunfeld Indian against Anish Giri. The young Dutch Champion ignored various promising continuations and chose a safe line, winning a pawn but handing over the pair of bishops. The six-time Dutch Champion confidently steered the game into safety, maintaining his standing as Best Dutchman.

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The remaining Netherlander, Ivan Sokolov, was less fortunate, meeting a well-prepared Peter Leko. Like Van Wely yesterday, Hungary's number one chess player opted for the Nimzo Indian against Nimzo expert Sokolov. At the 2012 Olympiad Leko had suffered a painful defeat at the hands of Arkadij Naiditsch in the same line that appeared on the board today, and found the novelty 15...Nh5! in his preparation of the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent in November of last year. Instead of defending a slightly worse position, Sokolov tried to punish Black's weakening of the b1-h7 diagonal with 16.Qc2, but was struck by the killer 16...g6 17.Rxe6 Nf4! winning an exchange, as for example after 18.Bxe7 Nxe7 19.Re3 Nf5 20.Re4 Black has the crushing 20...Nxg2! 21.Kxg2 Nxd4. Once the White attack had run out of steam, Leko took over the initiative and won quickly.

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Finally, former Women's World Champion Hou Yifan won her second game of the tournament, again with Black, this time versus Pentala Harikrishna. The Chinese Grandmaster obtained a pleasant endgame from a Sicilian Defence and managed to parlay it into victory deep in a rook endgame.

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Group A Standings After 10 Rounds

1 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2861 8
2 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2772
3 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2802
4 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2769
5 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2780
6 Leko, Peter  HUN  2735
7 Harikrishna, Pentala  IND  2698 5
8 Van Wely, Loek  NED  2679 5
9 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2781
10 Giri, Anish  NED  2720 4
11 Wang, Hao  CHN  2752 4
12 Hou, Yifan  CHN  2603
13 L'Ami, Erwin  NED  2627 3
14 Sokolov, Ivan  NED  2663

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Whereas tournament victory in Group A seems all but decided, the fight for first in Group B is reaching its climax. While leader Sergey Movsesian quickly drew against Daniil Dubov, Richard Rapport went the whole ten yards to bring down Alexander Ipatov. Close behind Movsesian and Rapport, Arkadij Naiditsch and Jan Smeets are in third place at 6½ out of 10.

Richard Rapport

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Group B Round 10 Results

Van Kampen, Robin  1-0  Timman, Jan H 
Nikolic, Predrag  ½-½  Naiditsch, Arkadij 
Rapport, Richard  1-0  Ipatov, Alexander 
Edouard, Romain 1-0  Grandelius, Nils 
Ernst, Sipke 0-1  Smeets, Jan
Movsesian, Sergei ½-½  Dubov, Daniil
Tiviakov, Sergei ½-½  Turov, Maxim

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Group B Standings After 10 Rounds

1 Rapport, Richard  HUN  2621 7
2 Movsesian, Sergei  ARM  2688 7
3 Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER  2708
4 Smeets, Jan  NED  2615
5 Dubov, Daniil  RUS  2600 6
6 Tiviakov, Sergei  NED  2655
7 Timman, Jan H  NED  2566
8 Edouard, Romain  FRA  2686 5
9 Van Kampen, Robin  NED  2581
10 Turov, Maxim  RUS  2630
11 Grandelius, Nils  SWE  2572
12 Nikolic, Predrag  BIH  2619
13 Ipatov, Alexander  TUR  2587 3
14 Ernst, Sipke  NED  2556 2

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In Group C the epic battle between Sabino Brunello and Fernando Peralta continued in full force. Both players gave everything they had to beat Oleg Romanishin and Mark van der Werf respectively. Brunello is still in the lead with 8½ out of 10, with Peralta still lagging half a point behind.

Sabino Brunello

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Group C Round 10 Results

Goryachkina, Aleksandra  0-1 Klein, David 
Kovchan, Alexander  ½-½  Admiraal, Miguoel 
Peralta, Fernando  1-0  Romanishin, Oleg M 
Swinkels, Robin 1-0  Burg, Twan 
Brunello, Sabino 1-0  Van Der Werf, Mark
Schut, Lisa 0-1 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn
Bitensky, Igor 1-0  Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag

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Group C Standings After 10 Rounds

1 Brunello, Sabino  ITA  2572
2 Peralta, Fernando  ARG  2617 8
3 Swinkels, Robin  NED  2508
4 Klein, David  NED  2445
5 Kovchan, Alexander  UKR  2579
6 Bitensky, Igor  ISR  2400 5
7 Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag  BRA  2543 5
8 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn  ISL  2516 5
9 Burg, Twan  NED  2492
10 Admiraal, Miguoel  NED  2321 4
11 Romanishin, Oleg M  UKR  2521 4
12 Goryachkina, Aleksandra  RUS  2402 3
13 Van Der Werf, Mark  NED  2450
14 Schut, Lisa  NED  2295 2

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Photos from the official website. Videos by Freshmen media. Games via TWIC.

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  • 15 months ago

    bullshark

  • 15 months ago

    ErwinSachs

    Wonderful to watch all of this Top Class players in all the groups.

    Thank you for putting together this great compilation....

  • 15 months ago

    Priteshrp87

    @KingsEye Thanks a ton, man

  • 15 months ago

    APawnCanDream

    Priteshrp87, 2700chess.com

  • 15 months ago

    Priteshrp87

    could anyone plz tell me where to see the live elo scores, thanks in advance. 

  • 15 months ago

    akazakev

    "I'm proposing 6 classical games for the first two rounds with no rest day during the match. For the final round I'm proposing 12 games match with no rest day.

    If the classical matches end in a draw then the next day (no rest day) the play continues with an active time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds, where they should play two games on the first day and if the draw continues then on the second day (no rest day) they flip a coin to see who plays white first and then play 60 minutes plus 30 seconds games until someone wins a game.

    The World Championship should be 24 games with no rest day. Let the more talented player be the world champion, not the one with the better team."--your format favors younger players, and those with better health and endurance, not the most talented. As chesspanzer so pithily stated, "players like Tal would probably die during the match"

  • 15 months ago

    Chesspanzer

    "Indeed I would be highly suspicious if Kramnik wins several of his games against the other Russians.

    The candidates should have been 6 games matches on the first two rounds and then in the final round a 12 games match to decide who will be the challenger to play against Anand.

    On the first round you have 8 players, on the second round you have 4 players and on the third round (final) you have two players."

     

    .. but players like Tal would probably die during the match :|

  • 15 months ago

    EmperorPenguin

    What is it with Magnus?  He will beat anyone.  Bring in Houdini and he'll beat it, too!

  • 15 months ago

    P_G_M

    Capablanca was the greatest chess player of all time and Carlsen is starting to play like Capablanca because he knows that the secret to win games is to learn how to simplify the middle game into a slightly better endgame. Endgame knowledge is more important that opening theory and Carlsen is living prove of this fact.

  • 15 months ago

    P_G_M

    @akazakev

    The 2011 Candidates matches were only four classical games.

    I'm proposing 6 classical games for the first two rounds with no rest day during the match. For the final round I'm proposing 12 games match with no rest day.

    If the classical matches end in a draw then the next day (no rest day) the play continues with an active time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds, where they should play two games on the first day and if the draw continues then on the second day (no rest day) they flip a coin to see who plays white first and then play 60 minutes plus 30 seconds games until someone wins a game.

    The World Championship should be 24 games with no rest day. Let the more talented player be the world champion, not the one with the better team.

  • 15 months ago

    ZerglingRush

    Magnus has momentum, youth and unmatched strength.  

  • 15 months ago

    shahrokh1975

    good games!

  • 15 months ago

    chapablanca2000

    Carlsen just understands chess and especially the ending better than his peers. 

  • 15 months ago

    jesiahrj

    anand always draw ..

    toinks LOL

  • 15 months ago

    Ironknight777

    Magnus is fantastic!

    2900....even that wont stop him. 

  • 15 months ago

    akazakev

    @ptrckmackay

    A few points:

    1. The system of match play which you propose was widely criticized for letting quick time controls to determine outcomes

    2. Let's stop with the conspiracy theories. During the Cold War, the Soviets wanted to prove that they were better than everyone else in chess. The Russian government does not care to the same extent.

    3. "Kramnik could be completely unaware that the Russian Chess Federation and Russian Government force Grischuk and Svidler to lose their games against him." Unlike the Soviet times, the Russian government has no more ability to force Grischuk or Svidler lose games to Krmanik than to force Carlsen and Aronian to lose to him

  • 15 months ago

    P_G_M

    @SerbianChessStar

    Indeed I would be highly suspicious if Kramnik wins several of his games against the other Russians.

    The candidates should have been 6 games matches on the first two rounds and then in the final round a 12 games match to decide who will be the challenger to play against Anand.

    On the first round you have 8 players, on the second round you have 4 players and on the third round (final) you have two players. 

  • 15 months ago

    APawnCanDream

    Sounds like some people still haven't moved on from the Cold War era. :P

  • 15 months ago

    P_G_M

    @JESTEVILLE

    Kramnik could be completely unaware that the Russian Chess Federation and Russian Government force Grischuk and Svidler to lose their games against him.

    It is impossible to demonstrate that someone loses a game intentionally.

    A very slight inaccuracy at the end of the first time control and another one at the end of the second time control is all it takes to lose a game against a very strong endgame tactician like Kramnik.

  • 15 months ago

    stupid_chess

    magnus is very good

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