Anand Wins Again In Wijk Aan Zee

Anand Wins Again In Wijk Aan Zee

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The players got back to work after their first rest day of the Tata Steel tournament and there were three winners in round five of the A Group.

Vishy Anand won his second game with the black pieces, this time overcoming Jan Smeets to push his score to an impressive 4/5 and take the sole lead.

Magnus Carlsen also had a much needed win, but it took him 94 moves against Erwin L'Ami in an error-strewn encounter. Carlsen commented on twitter, "Feels great to have won my first game today, although the game was not great to say the least. Need to play some decent chess again!"

Perhaps this will be the bit of luck that Maggie needs to get his tournament challenge started...

Finally, Wang Hao scored his first win of the event against Alexander Grischuk, thereby leapfrogging over him in the standings.

Luke Mcshane's lead in the B Group narrowed to half a point as he could only manage a draw.  Zahar Efimenko beat David Navara to close the gap.

Group C was once again chock full of decisive games, with only one draw among the seven encounters.  Daniele Vocaturo was one of the winners and stays at the head of the field.

World Champion Vishy Anand beat Jan Smeets in round five




L'Ami adopts an unusual defensive formation at the start of his clash with Carlsen




Negative body language from Grischuk against Wang Hao? (all pics from the official Facebook page)










Group A

Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ Ponomariov, Ruslan
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ Giri, Anish
Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ Aronian, Levon
Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 L'Ami, Erwin
Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ Shirov, Alexei
Wang, Hao 1-0 Grischuk, Alexander
Smeets, Jan 0-1 Anand, Viswanathan
Group B

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

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


Group A

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

McShane, Luke J ENG 2664 4
Efimenko, Zahar UKR 2701
Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2707 3
So, Wesley PHI 2673 3
Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2667 3
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2726 3
Navara, David CZE 2708
Nijboer, Friso NED 2584 2
Hammer, Jon Ludvig NOR 2647 2
Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2636 2
Spoelman, Wouter NED 2547 2
Li, Chao
CHN 2649 2
Le, Quang Liem VIE 2664
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2651
Group C

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


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