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Tata Steel 2013 Round 12 - Carlsen Wraps It Up

  • SonofPearl
  • on 1/26/13, 11:55 AM.

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.


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Round 12 - Official website report

Magnus Carlsen, the world number one from Norway, has won the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament with one round to spare. He took care of Hikaru Nakamura in spectacular fashion, and in short order. Nakamura resigned when he was unable to defend against the destructive 32.f7.

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As Levon Aronian was easily held to a draw by Anish Giri, Carlsen increased his lead to a point-and-a-half and will face Giri tomorrow in an effort to break Garry Kasparov's record of 10/13, set in 1999.

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Viswanathan Anand joined Levon Aronian in second place after defeating Erwin l'Ami. Even though the Dutchman got a better endgame with black out of the opening, the World Champion showed his true mettle this time, and outplayed his opponent gradually.

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In the battle for Best Dutchman of the tournament, Loek van Wely again took the lead recovering from a loss in the previous round, as he had done already twice before in this tournament. His opponent Fabiano Caruana had his back against the wall all afternoon, and eventually lost a race for checkmate.

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Ivan Sokolov's trouble is only increasing, and for the remaining Dutchman the end of the tournament can't come too soon. In a better position against Hou Yifan, he self-pinned his knight only to find out that keeping the piece out of harm's way cost him a pawn and the position.

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Tata 2013 Round 12 Hou Yifan.jpg

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The games Harikrishna-Wang Hao and Leko-Karjakin ended in a draw from uneventful endgames.

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Tata 2013 Round 12 Sergey Karjakin.jpg

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Tata 2013 Round 12 Wang Hao.jpg

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Group A Standings After 12 Rounds

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

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Whereas the fight for first in the A-Group proved to be a bit anti-climatic, the heat is on in Group B. Arkadij Naiditsch and Sergey Movsesian could only draw their games and Richard Rapport took advantage of this by beating Jan Timman, thus joining them in the lead with 8 out of 12. The three leaders will all face players from the bottom of the standings tomorrow.

Richard Rapport joined the leaders in Group B

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Group B Round 12 Results

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

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Group B Standings After 12 Rounds

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

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Sabino Brunello and Fernando Peralta again won their game in Group C and are now in first place with 10(!) points out of 12 games. In round 13 Brunello has the easier pairing, playing with black versus Miguoel Admiraal, while Peralta will face 2nd seed Alexander Kovchan, also with black.

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Group C Round 12 Results

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

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Group C Standings After 12 Rounds

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

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

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  • 20 months ago

    stupid_chess

    :-)

  • 20 months ago

    am573

    bravo Carlsen, I will be happy if you defeat V. Anand and will proof yourself....

  • 20 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    @macer75 Now it's Carlsen and Aronian, which is even less of a surprise.

  • 20 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    @jempty_method
    No, not kidding, but I see your point.

  • 20 months ago

    macer75

    Carlsen and Anand in top 2? No surprise.

  • 20 months ago

    melvinbluestone

    @KingsEye: "I'm probably one of the few who hopes Carlsen doesn't win the Candidates tournament and go on to become world champion this year. My worry is that if this happens, there might be an incentive for him to give up chess."

    Interesting take on the situation. You don't want Carlsen to develop an 'Orson Welles syndrome': where do you go from up? I suppose it could happen. If he does become WC this year and quickly gets bored with chess, he could take up bridge or Shogi or something. We'd still get to see Caruana, Aronian, Giri, etc., those 'second-stringers', battling it out. I guess we'll find out in a few months......

       Anyway, I thought Nakamura had moved on from his penchant for crazy opening ideas? You know, that 6...h5 thing. I guess even GM are entitled to flights of fantasy now and then. I wonder if he could have held on with 21...Bf6, instead of 21...Ng2. The knight move seems inspired by wishful thinking.......

  • 20 months ago

    APawnCanDream

    @TalShirov

    2900 rating is something I think Carlsen could reach, he is already closing in on that number with about 30 or so points to go (depending on how the Giri game finishes). 3000 would be extremely difficult as the the higher his rating the less points he'll gain on wins and the more he'll lose on draws and losses. He'd have to have Tata results or better all the time to have a chance to reach 3000 and it'd be over several year span and lots of tournaments. While possible it surely is improbable to me.

    I'm probably one of the few who hopes Carlsen doesn't win the Candidates tournament and go on to become world champion this year. My worry is that if this happens, there might be an incentive for him to give up chess. He's 22 years old, he'd have become the highest rated player of all time (by a large margin), dominated the chess scene for several years, and become one of the youngest world champions in history. What else would he have to play for, really? To maintain his title as World Champion for a decade or so? To grow his already record rating more? When you reach the pinnacle of achievements, and at such a young age, it could easily cause him to decide to move on to something else in life. I don't want another Fischer, I want another Kasparov who'll be around a long time to come. Do I want Anand to be dethroned? Yes! I think it is time for a new champion. I'd much rather see Kramnik, Radjabov, or Aronian win the Candidates tournament and go on to win the World Championship. Then maybe next cycle, a great match between that person and Carlsen for the World Championship. To me the World Championship is the last thing for Carlsen to achieve in chess really, and it needs to wait a year or two more. Then maybe another player (or more) will be in the scene to give Carlsen a greater challenge and keep his interest going in chess.

    I could be wrong, I probably am, but that is why I don't want Carlsen go on to win the World Championship this year.

  • 20 months ago

    Cerebral-tactic

    Carlsen needs only a few tournaments to match the best computer world champion... amazing for a player so young... However, it is taking forever for him to be world champion... a status kasparov got at 21... I doubt he can stand the rigors of world championship matches!!!

  • 20 months ago

    wrothgar

    Carlsen....

    powerful!!!

    a game and a half finish :)

  • 20 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    Not to be mean, but can you really call Caruana a 'rising star' if he's just lost 23 ELO points?

  • 20 months ago

    TalShirov

    Well done Magnus, another fantastic result, what a amazing player! He's playing chess on a different level to anyone, the kid is a chess genius. Still only 22 years old and getting better and better. He's sure to pass the 2900 mark, after all, a year ago, Magnus was on 2835, now he's on 2874 and that's before the final round against Giri, he's gained almost 40 rating points in a year! And if he beats Giri I think he'll be on 2876.9 (maybe they'll round it up to 2877) anyway ... at this rate he's sure to pass 2900 at some point and I wouldn't be surprised if it happened at the London Candidates in March. He's a fantastic player regardless of which country he's from, he's setting the chess world alight with his brilliant games. I think he'll be the first player to reach the magical 3000 mark. Many people have already said that 2900 would be out of reach, well it certainly looks like he's closing in on that fast, and some have said that 3000 will not happen for him, I disagree, I think he will reach 3000, and if he keeps gaining points at this rate it will happen sooner than people could ever imagine. There will always be some who want to see him fail or create an excuse (such as rating inflation or say that he's playing weak players) to dilute or scoff or sneer at his amazing achievements, but I think the vast majority of chess players out there would like to see Magnus become World Champion and reach that magical 3000 elo mark. It would be good for chess as a whole to have a young brilliant chess star at the top of the game setting new records and playing incredible chess. Good luck to him.  

  • 20 months ago

    Rasparovov

    Carlsen played extremely well against Naka.

  • 20 months ago

    Absolute_1

    that's not a rule, exceptions exist.

  • 20 months ago

    VivaCristoRey

    Great pic of Van Wely :)

  • 20 months ago

    Aaronsky72

    The _Absolute_One, perhaps you should admit what country you REALLY come from as no player from Norway would be against Magnus.

  • 20 months ago

    APawnCanDream

    @bigbikefan

    Hou Yifan is doing well, but she's only gained 12 points so far on the live ratings to 1615. 

  • 20 months ago

    mikenz7

    I love the analysis by each player.

  • 20 months ago

    IWillLoseToYou

    carlsen is #1 for a reason he will own kramnik and anand 

  • 20 months ago

    bigbikefan

    Hou's rating is gonna propel after such a performance.

  • 20 months ago

    Champeknight

    Kramnik will not make it because Carlsen will beat him, before challenging Anand. Carlsen does not need any seconds. Houdini is available to prep against Anand's openings.

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