Nakamura Wins Tata Steel 2011

Nakamura Wins Tata Steel 2011

SonofPearl
  • 19,590 Reads
  • 99 Comments
  • Chess event coverage

Hikaru Nakamura has won the 2011 Tata Steel tournament, surely the best tournament result from an American since Bobby Fischer graced the 64 squares many decades ago.

In the best result of his career, Nakamura finished with a tremendous +5 score, beating a world class field which included the top four ranked players in the world; Carlsen, Anand, Aronian and Kramnik.

Quoted at the official website, Nakamura gave his reaction:

“I was sort of jumping up and down around the room. I was so happy. Winning a tournament is always nice but winning an elite tournament like this is something completely different. I cannot remember the last time an American won a major tournament. I hope my victory will make for greater interest in chess back home in the States.”

“I have become more serious about chess. No more 2.Qh5, no more crazy openings for me. My results have improved. Hopefully, I can keep it going. I hope to break 2800 by the end of this year,”

In the final round Nakamura achieved an early draw against Wang Hao, which left Vishy Anand trying to win his game against Nepomniachtchi to share first place.  However, Nepo managed to establish an unusual blockade to keep Anand at bay and ensure the Indian had to settle for second place.

With all the other Group A games also ending all-square, Carlsen and Aronian finished with a share of third place in what has been an event filled with lots of fighting chess in all three groups.

Luke McShane drew a hard fought final round game with co-leader Navara and is the winner of Group B by virtue of a superior tie-break score.  Both McShane and Navara will be invited to participate in the A Group next year.

In Group C, Daniele Vocaturo also held on in a thrilling game with leadership rival Illya Nyzhnyk to earn the draw he needed to claim first place and an invite to Group B in 2012.

Nakamura won €10,000 euros for first place in the A Group, which seems a rather modest reward for his efforts but all the players also receive appearance money (the amounts are not disclosed).  Mcshane and Navara share €5,500 and Vocaturo gets €1,000.

Nakamura earns a final round draw against Wang Hao...

Hao_Naka_Rd13.jpg

 

 

...and Nepo escapes against Anand to prevent the world champion from sharing first place

Nepo_Anand_Rd13.jpg

 

 

A determined McShane holds Navara to a draw to take first place in Group B

Navara_McShane_Rd13.jpg

 

 

A thrilling end in Group C as Vocaturo hangs on for a draw to take first place

Illya Nyzhnyk_Vocaturo_rd13.jpg

 

 

All the final round games can be found at the official website www.tatasteelchess.com

The final-round results and final standings:

Group A

Aronian, Levon ½-½ Smeets, Jan
Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Giri, Anish ½-½ Ponomariov, Ruslan
Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ Anand, Viswanathan
Wang, Hao ½-½ Nakamura, Hikaru
Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ Carlsen, Magnus
Shirov, Alexei ½-½ L'Ami, Erwin
Group B

Navara, David ½-½ McShane, Luke J
Efimenko, Zahar ½-½ Sargissian, Gabriel
So, Wesley ½-½ Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
Li, Chao 1-0 Tkachiev, Vladislav
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar ½-½ Le, Quang Liem
Spoelman, Wouter 1-0 Nijboer, Friso
Hammer, Jon Ludvig 0-1 Fressinet, Laurent
Group C

Vocaturo, Daniele ½-½ Nyzhnyk, Illya
Bluvshtein, Mark 1-0 Ivanisevic, Ivan
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas ½-½ Swiercz, Dariusz
Tania, Sachdev 0-1 Siebrecht, Sebastian
Van Kampen, Robin ½-½ Bok, Benjamin
Pruijssers, Roeland 0-1 Van Der Werf, Mark
De Jong, Jan-Willem 0-1 Lahno, Kateryna

 


Group A
















1 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2751 * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 9
2 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2810 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1
3 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2814 1 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 8
4 Aronian, Levon ARM 2805 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 8
5 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2784 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
6 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2715 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1
7 Giri, Anish NED 2686 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½
8 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2744 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½
9 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2733 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 6
10 Wang, Hao CHN 2731 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 * 1 1 ½ ½ 6
11 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2773 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 0
12 L'Ami, Erwin NED 2628 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½
13 Smeets, Jan NED 2662 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ * 1
14 Shirov, Alexei ESP 2722 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 * 4

Group B
















1 McShane, Luke J ENG 2664 * ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½
2 Navara, David CZE 2708 ½ * 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1
3 Efimenko, Zahar UKR 2701 1 1 * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 8
4 Le, Quang Liem VIE 2664 1 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0 1 1
5 So, Wesley PHI 2673 0 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ ½
6 Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2667 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
7 Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2636 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 7
8 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2726 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ * 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1
9 Li, Chao CHN 2649 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 0 * 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 6
10 Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2707 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 * 1 0 1 ½ 6
11 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2651 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 * 1 1 1
12 Spoelman, Wouter NED 2547 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 * 0 1 5
13 Hammer, Jon Ludvig NOR 2647 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 * ½ 4
14 Nijboer, Friso NED 2584 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ *

Group C
















1 Vocaturo, Daniele ITA 2570 * ½ 1 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 9
2 Nyzhnyk, Illya UKR 2530 ½ * ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½
3 Lahno, Kateryna UKR 2518 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 8
4 Ivanisevic, Ivan SRB 2630 1 1 ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
5 Swiercz, Dariusz POL 2540 1 1 ½ ½ * 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 1 1 1
6 Bluvshtein, Mark CAN 2590 0 ½ ½ 1 1 * 0 0 1 1 ½ 1 0 1
7 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas KAZ 2637 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 7
8 Bok, Benjamin NED 2453 ½ 0 0 0 1 1 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0
9 Tania, Sachdev IND 2391 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 ½ * 0 1 ½ ½ 1
10 Siebrecht, Sebastian GER 2439 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 * 1 1 ½ 0
11 Van Der Werf, Mark NED 2439 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 * 0 1 0 5
12 Van Kampen, Robin NED 2443 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ 1
13 Pruijssers, Roeland NED 2484 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 4
14 De Jong, Jan-Willem NED 2437 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 ½ * 4

 

We hope you have enjoyed all the Chess.com coverage of this fantastic event!

Online Now