Anand, Carlsen Lead Tata Steel Chess After Great Wins
Amateurs playing with a view of the big playing hall. | Photo: Alina l'Ami/Tata Steel Chess.

Anand, Carlsen Lead Tata Steel Chess After Great Wins

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The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is down to two leaders as both Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen won excellent games in round eight. 

Vladimir Kramnik's suffering continued as he lost to Jan-Krzysztof Duda whereas Vladimir Fedoseev defeated Sam Shankland.

Carlsen's 21-game drawing streak seems part of a distant past now that he won his third game in Wijk aan Zee. His attacking victory against Richard Rapport was appreciated a lot by the fans, but the Norwegian star was more down to earth about it.

"I don't think it was a masterpiece by any stretch. I think I had very nice position early on and then it kind of played itself. And I missed a number of things. But it's good to get a win."

Two years ago, in the same eighth round, Rapport had managed to beat the world champion. "It was nice to get a revenge," said Carlsen.


Carlsen interviewed after the game. | Video: Tata Steel Chess.

Anand, the opponent of Carlsen in two world championship matches, won a splendid game as well, against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Interestingly, Black's mistake came quite early, on move 12, as Anand explained. White got a good setup on the queenside and then the desired break c2-c4 worked tactically as well. In fact, everything worked for White in this game.


Anand interview after the game. | Video: Tata Steel Chess.

What happened to Kramnik is what we have seen multiple times now: over-optimistic play, a crazy sharp game and in the end... a loss. The 14th world champion is now in last place.

Once again Kramnik pushed his h- and g-pawns, as if he doesn't know any other type of chess anymore than coffeehouse. Duda then nicely demonstrated that Black's king position was more weakened than White's.

"I think it's my biggest win in classical ever so far," Duda remarked. "I'm very happy with it."


Duda interviewed after the game. | Video: Tata Steel Chess.

Right after Shankland had won a good game, his first in the tournament, he had to suffer his second loss straight away. Fedoseev managed to outplay him with a non-theoretical double fianchetto setup.

"This game was even easier for me than others," said Fedoseev. "I got a positional advantage and then I just forgot about the strongest move and play with [an] edge and try to keep it as long as possible. It was forcing my opponent to make mistakes."


Fedoseev interviewed after the game. | Video: Tata steel Chess.

Tomorrow is the second rest day of the tournament. "Today wasn't the brightest of days. I wasn't in such a good shape so it's good to get a rest," said Carlsen.

Tata Steel Chess Masters | Standings

# Fed Name Rating TPR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Score SB
1 Carlsen 2835 2883 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5.5 / 8 18.25
2 Anand 2773 2886 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 5.5 / 8 18.25
3 Nepomniachtchi 2763 2878 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5.0 / 8 20
4 Ding Liren 2813 2832 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5.0 / 8 19.75
5 Giri 2783 2858 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5.0 / 8 17.75
6 Radjabov 2757 2788 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5 / 8 16.5
7 Vidit 2695 2748 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0 / 8 15.75
8 Duda 2738 2730 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 4.0 / 8 14
9 Fedoseev 2724 2697 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 3.5 / 8 15
10 Shankland 2725 2695 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 3.5 / 8 12.25
11 Mamedyarov 2817 2681 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.0 / 8 11.5
12 Rapport 2731 2686 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.0 / 8 10.75
13 Van Foreest 2612 2617 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 0 2.5 / 8 9.75
14 Kramnik 2777 2582 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 2.0 / 8 8

Pairings for round nine (Tuesday): Shankland-Carlsen, Radjabov-Fedoseev, Giri-Van Foreest, Nepomniachtchi-Vidit, Kramnik-Ding Liren, Mamedyarov-Duda, Rapport-Anand.

In the challengers group there's now a sole leader: Maksim Chigaev won again, and reached a score of 6/8. The 22-year-old GM from Kemerovo defeated IM Stefan Kuipers in "Kramnik style" but as we all know, running with the h- and g-pawns is usually safer when Black himself hasn't castled yet.

Black did castle behind those pawns and Kuipers found an interesting exchance sacrifice but failed to get the desired counterplay.

Somehow an already lightly annotated game wasn't included in yesterday's report. That was a mistake, but today is a second chance.

16-year-old Andrey Esipenko, now one of the two players trailing Chiagaev by half a point, won a great game yesterday against Anton Korobov with the move Nxf7 that was introduced by Veselin Topalov against Kramnik 11 years ago:

Andrey Esipenko Tata Steel Chess 2019Andrey Esipenko. | Photo: Alina l'Ami/Tata Steel Chess.
 

Tata Steel Chess Challengers | Standings

# Fed Name Rating TPR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Score
1 Chigaev 2604 2765 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 6.0 / 8
2 Kovalev 2687 2724 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5.5 / 8
3 Esipenko 2584 2728 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 5.5 / 8
4 Gledura 2615 2647 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 4.5 / 8
5 Van Foreest 2502 2633 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 4.5 / 8
6 L'Ami 2643 2598 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 4.5 / 8
7 Korobov 2699 2622 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 4.5 / 8
8 Bareev 2650 2595 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 4.0 / 8
9 Maghsoodloo 2679 2561 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 4.0 / 8
10 Keymer 2500 2533 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4.0 / 8
11 Praggnanandhaa 2539 2543 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5 / 8
12 Paehtz 2477 2431 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 2.5 / 8
13 Saduakassova 2472 2420 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 2.0 / 8
14 Kuipers 2470 2269 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1.0 / 8

Pairings for round nine (Tuesday): Praggnanandhaa-Korobov, Chigaev-Esipenko, Van Foreest-Kuipers, Gledura-Paehtz, Saduakassova-Maghsoodloo, Bareev-Keymer, Kovalev-L'Ami.


Replay the live broadcast of the eighth round.

The official video broadcast is "proudly powered" by Chess.com, which you can watch on both tatasteelchess.com and Chess.com/TV. All rounds start at 1:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. New York, 4:30 Pacific) in Wijk aan Zee, except for the following two rounds:

  • On January 23 (Leiden) the rounds starts half an hour later, at 2 p.m.
  • The final round, on Sunday January 27, starts 1.5 hours earlier, at noon local time.

Commentary will be provided by IMs Anna Rudolf and Lawrence Trent during the first week, and GM Robert Hess and IM Sopiko Guramishvili during the second week.


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