Anand Wins With Flair, Joins Giri In Lead
Anand beat Caruana in a nice game and caught Giri in first place. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Anand Wins With Flair, Joins Giri In Lead

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
Jan 15, 2018, 1:46 PM |
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With some cute tactics, Viswanathan Anand nicely defeated Fabiano Caruana today at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. The Indian grandmaster joined Anish Giri in the lead. Anton Korobov and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi are tied for first in the challengers.

A five-time world champion and five-time winner in Wijk aan Zee, Viswanathan Anand is not showing any fatigue at 48 years old. Having just won the World Rapid Championship in Riyadh a few weeks ago, the Indian legend started pretty well at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Today he moved to plus-two with a fine win over Fabiano Caruana.

Viswanathan Anand on 2.5/3 in Wijk aan Zee 2018

Viswanathan Anand is on 2.5/3 in Wijk aan Zee.

Caruana came well prepared with a piece sacrifice in a Petroff, which Anand could have seen coming as he was quite deeply preparing himself. A long and complicated middlegame arose, with Anand impressing commentator GM Robin van Kampen with his bishop maneuver Bb2-c1-f4-d6.

It still wasn't the end of the world for Black until Caruana took on b4. Anand: "axb4 was a gift because after Qxb4 I just get a free shot at b7."

Chess Game of the Day, GM Dejan Bojkov

Tournament leader Anish Giri drew fairly quickly with Peter Svidler as Black. Magnus Carlsen spent more than double the number of moves to reach the same result against Wei Yi—this time it not only seemed an equal endgame, it actually was.

Tata Steel Chess, 2018 Wijk aan Zee

Carlsen again plays each game on the central board due to a fixed camera for Norwegian TV. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Carlsen did not give an interview to either the official broadcast nor Norway's TV2,  leaving journalists wondering once again what is stipulated in the players' contracts.

Magnus Carlsen to TV2's Tarjei Svensen:

Carlsen to TV2's Tarjei Svensen: "I have nothing to say." | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Later in the day, Carlsen was active on social media. About his own game, he gave a pretty clear assessment, in a photo posted on Instagram.

How I feel about these dull draws with white

A post shared by Magnus Carlsen ( @magnus_carlsen) on

Carlsen also graciously gave kudos to the man whom he dethroned in Chennai in 2013:

After losing her first two games, Hou Yifan had the tough task of facing Vladimir Kramnik as Black but she did just fine and drew her game without much trouble. Mamedyarov-Matlakov and So-Karjakin were also drawn.

At the end of the day, 2017 qualifier Gawain Jones managed to get to plus-one with a win over Baskaran Adhiban, the Indian player did so well as a qualifier last year.

Adhiban didn't fully equalize in a French Tarrash as he put his rooks on the wrong squares. When Jones found the excellent mini plan 19.Nxf6+ and 20.Ba6! he won a pawn and kept control as all the tactics favored White. "I am not sure the engine will approve of the game but of course I'm very happy," said Jones.

2018 Tata Steel Masters | Round 3 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts SB
1 Anand 2767 3040 ½ 1 1 2.5/3 2.75
2 Giri 2752 3024 ½ 1 1 2.5/3 2.75
3 Mamedyarov 2804 2850 ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 1.75
4 Jones 2640 2860 ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 1.75
5 Carlsen 2834 2856 ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 1.5
6 Karjakin 2753 2733 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 3
7 So 2792 2759 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 2.25
8 Svidler 2768 2717 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 2
9 Kramnik 2787 2725 0 1 ½ 1.5/3 1.25
10 Caruana 2811 2627 0 ½ ½ 1.0/3 2
11 Wei Yi 2743 2676 ½ ½ 0 1.0/3 1.75
12 Matlakov 2718 2668 0 ½ ½ 1.0/3 1.75
13 Hou Yifan 2680 2502 0 0 ½ 0.5/3 0.75
14 Adhiban 2655 2468 0 0 ½ 0.5/3 0.75

In the challengers, both Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Anton Korobov won their games, and are now tied for first with 2.5 points. Korobov won against the winner of the 2017 Groningen tournament, Benjamin Bok. White's advantage in the endgame "only" consisted of the bishop pair, but in the hands of the Ukrainian GM this was enough:

Anton Korobov, Wijk aan Zee 2018

Anton Korobov. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Vidit beat Bassem Amin as Black in what was one of the top games of the tournament rating-wise. Both players seemed very well prepared in this 3.Bb5 Sicilian but when the tactics started, Amin missed a thing or two.

Bassem Amin vs Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Wijk aan Zee 2018

Vidit vs Amin, a top clash in the challengers. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

2018 Tata Steel Challengers | Round 3 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pts SB
1 Korobov 2652 2906 ½ 1 1 2.5/3 2.75
2 Vidit 2718 2933 ½ 1 1 2.5/3 2.5
3 Gordievsky 2622 2692 ½ 1 ½ 2.0/3
4 Xiong 2634 2583 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 2.5
5 J. Van Foreest 2629 2581 ½ 1 0 1.5/3 2.5
6 L'Ami,Erwin 2634 2621 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 1.75
7 Harika 2497 2644 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 1.75
8 Girya 2489 2632 0 ½ 1 1.5/3 1.75
9 L. Van Foreest 2481 2633 0 1 ½ 1.5/3 1.5
10 Tari 2599 2487 ½ ½ 0 1.0/3 2.25
11 Amin 2693 2496 0 ½ ½ 1.0/3 1.5
12 Krasenkow 2671 2491 0 ½ ½ 1.0/3 1.5
13 Bluebaum 2640 2470 0 1 0 1.0/3 1.5
14 Bok 2607 2474 0 ½ ½ 1.0/3 1.5

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