Aronian Wins Again In Tata Steel

Aronian Wins Again In Tata Steel

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A fine technical victory with white over Gata Kamsky of the U.S. in fourth-round action brought Armenia’s Levon Aronian back on top of the standings in Grandmaster Group A of the 74th annual Tata Steel Chess Tournament at Wijk-aan-Zee Tuesday.

The world’s second highest ranked player was level with Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, who headed the field as the sole leader at the outset of the round but had to settle for a draw with black in a hard-fought Berlin Wall game against Fabiano Caruana of Italy.

Referring to his defeat at Carlsen’s hands the day before, Aronian expressed his joy at finding himself “on the other side today. This time it was me who was pressing, and even though I also managed to let my opponent get away, in the end he was the one to make the final mistake.”

Tata 2012 Round 4 Lev Aronian - Gata Kamsky.jpg

“It feels great, especially with the rest day ahead. On the whole, I think I’m doing alright. I mean, apart from yesterday, when I was playing badly …It is so eventful, this edition of the tournament! Normally, I win three games in a whole year. Here, I win three times in the first four rounds,” said Aronian, whose victory earned him the daily 500-euro “Piet Zwart Prize,” funded by the municipalities of Velsen and Beverwijk.



Carlsen, meanwhile, had the worse play in his encounter with Caruana. If he is to break Gary Kasparov’s Elo-record of 2851 points, as was suggested in a French chess publication recently, he’ll need more than the kind of draw with which he came away on Tuesday.

“Carlsen is going to suffer,” predicted Dutch champion Anish Giri, who was watching the Norwegian’s performance on a monitor in the press room after he had agreed to a quick draw in his own game with white against last year’s Tata winner Hikaru Nakamura of the U.S.

Tata 2012 Round 4 Fabiano Caruana - Magnus Carlsen.jpg


“Caruana has a clear advantage,” Giri evaluated the position after Italian’s 29th move, only to see Caruana propose a draw a mere five moves later. “Why offer a draw? The computer said you were vastly better,” Giri asked Caruana indignantly when the latter joined him in the press room. “Was I? I may have had some chances at one point, but it wasn’t that clear at all,” came the reply. “Anyway, a draw against Carlsen always is a good result.”

Carlsen seemed to agree. “My play wasn’t great today,” he admitted. “I did something wrong … well, I was worse, though I felt it may not have been as good for him as it looked.”



The second Berlin Wall game in Tuesday’s round produced a clear-cut win for Sergey Karjakin of the Ukraine, who had lost his games in the first two rounds, recovered with a resounding victory over Giri in the third and notched up another full point against David Navara of the Czech Republic in the fourth.

Tata 2012 Round 4 David Navara - Sergey Karjakin.jpg

“Two wins in a row,” a relieved Karjakin told reporters after the game. “You’ll understand I’m in a great mood. Actually, with the queens off the board so quickly, as is usual in this opening, chances for a draw are high and normally, he should have agreed to a draw by repetition. But after we had repeated moves two times, he decided to try for more. He should have been more careful. But he went too far and my position gradually became better and better,” Karjakin said. After 60 moves Navara resigned the resulting pawn ending.



The other games of the round were all drawn, with most attention going to the encounter between Vassily Ivanchuk of the Ukraine and Holland’s Loek van Wely. Playing black in a Catalan, ‘Lucky’ Loek seemed to be in for a rough ride but found a nice way out sacrificing a bishop. ‘Chucky's mistake was 25.h4? Had he gone 25.Rc1 instead, he would have prevented Van Wely’s 25…d4!, which was the introduction to the sacrifice.

That was fun, to be sure – for Van Wely and his Dutch fans in the audience, that is – but even more fun was Chucky's subsequent reaction. The Ukrainian, clearly disgusted over his own dismal performance, sadly shook his head, groaned audibly while signing his score sheet, then tried to rip the hair from his scalp and finally left the tournament arena after a nasty karate kick against the door guarding the players’ exit.

Tata 2012 Round 4 Vassily Ivanchuk - Loek Van Wely.jpg




The other games ended more peacefully. Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan sacrificed a rook to obtain a perpetual check against Israel’s Boris Gelfand after 30 moves from a King’s Indian.

Tata 2012 Round 4 Boris Gelfand - Teimour Radjabov.jpg



Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov and Azerbaijan’s Vugar Gashimov took a bit longer. Their Queen’s Gambit resulted in a Queens ending that lasted 55 moves before Topalov realized that his extra pawn was insufficient for a win.

Tata 2012 Round 4 Veselin Topalov - Vugar Gashimov.jpg



Tata 2012 Round 4 Anish Giri - Hikaru Nakamura.jpg




The standings after 4 rounds in Group A:

Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2835 3
Aronian, Levon  ARM  2805 3
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2736
Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2773
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2766 2
Giri, Anish  NED  2714 2
Van Wely, Loek  NED  2692 2
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2770 2
Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2769 2
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2759
Gashimov, Vugar  AZE  2761
Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2739
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2732
Navara, David  CZE  2712 1


India’s Pentala Harikrishna kept the lead in Grandmaster Group B with 3.5/4 after a 40-move draw with white against Lithuania’s Viktorija Cmilyte.

Tata 2012 Round 4 Harikrishna - Cmilyte.jpg




The 250-euro daily Piet Zwart Prize in this section of the tournament was awarded to Russia’s Alexander Motylev for his victory in 40 moves with white from a Scandinavian opening against Holland’s Sergei Tiviakov.

Tata 2012 Round 4 Motylev - Tiviakov.jpg



The results in Group B:

Harikrishna, Pentala  ½-½  Cmilyte, Viktorija
Motylev, Alexander  1-0  Tiviakov, Sergei
Reinderman, Dimitri  ½-½  Harika, Dronavalli
Nyzhnyk, Illya  ½-½  Potkin, Vladimir
Vocaturo, Daniele  ½-½  Timman, Jan H
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro  ½-½  Lahno, Kateryna
Ernst, Sipke  1-0  L'Ami, Erwin 


The standings in Group B:

Harikrishna, Pentala  IND  2665
L'Ami, Erwin  NED  2596
Motylev, Alexander  RUS  2677
Reinderman, Dimitri  NED  2581 2
Timman, Jan H  NED  2571 2
Tiviakov, Sergei  NED  2677 2
Nyzhnyk, Illya  UKR  2568 2
Lahno, Kateryna  UKR  2557 2
Vocaturo, Daniele  ITA  2545 2
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro  CUB  2691
Potkin, Vladimir  RUS  2684
Ernst, Sipke  NED  2606
Cmilyte, Viktorija  LTU  2503
Harika, Dronavalli  IND  2516


In Grandmaster Group C, the daily prize of 100 euros went to Baskaran Adhiban for his win over fellow Indian Sahaj Grover in 38 moves from a Nimzo Indian .

Tata 2012 Round 4 Grover - Adhiban.jpg



Maxim Turov of Russia downed Holland’s Anne Haast in 38 moves from a Caro-Kann, notching up his fourth consecutive win to remain on top of the field in this group.

Tata 2012 Round 4 Turov - Haast.jpg



The results in Group C:

Tikkanen, Hans  1-0  Goudriaan, Etienne
Sadler, Matthew D  ½-½  Brandenburg, Daan
Ootes, Lars  1-0  Danielian, Elina
Grover, Sahaj  0-1  Adhiban, Baskaran
Tania, Sachdev  0-1  Paehtz, Elisabeth
Haast, Anne  0-1  Turov, Maxim


The standings in Group C:

Turov, Maxim  RUS  2645 4
Tikkanen, Hans  SWE  2549 3
Adhiban, Baskaran  IND  2561 3
Sadler, Matthew D  ENG  2660
Goudriaan, Etienne  NED  2279
Brandenburg, Daan  NED  2527 2
Ootes, Lars  NED  2326 2
Grover, Sahaj  IND  2532 2
Paehtz, Elisabeth  GER  2454
Tania, Sachdev  IND  2411
Haast, Anne  NED  2290 1
Danielian, Elina  ARM  2490 1
Hopman, Pieter  NED  2342 ½
Schut, Lisa  NED  2290 ½



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