Black Is OK At Tata Steel

Black Is OK At Tata Steel

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It was a black day in the A Group at the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk Aan Zee.  There were four decisive games in round six and they all favoured the player with the black pieces.

Vladimir Kramnik finally opened his winning account against his old foe Alexei Shirov in an utterly wild Scotch Game. 

Magnus Carlsen won in just 33 moves with the Berlin defence to the Ruy Lopez against Jan Smeets.  That makes his results against the Dutch players in the event +2 -1 =0.

Anish Giri came unstuck against some clever play from Nepomniatchtchi in a Gruenfeld, and Nakamura displayed his endgame prowess once again to beat L'Ami and rejoin Anand as joint leader.

Shirov is unimpressed as Kramnik tries to make the first move with the black pieces




Fashion model Magnus Carlsen kibitzes on the L'Ami v Nakamura game





And that's how I did it! Nepo demonstrates his win against Giri (all pics from the official Facebook page)







The action hotted up in group B, with only one drawn game in round six. Luke McShane defeated top seeded rival Wojtaszek to keep his nose in front of Efimenko, while Wesley So earned his second consecutive win with the black pieces to move up to third place.

In the C Group leader Daniele Vocaturo lost to Tania Sachdev, allowing 14-year old Ukrainian prodigy Illya Nyzhnyk to join him at the top of the standings.



Brains and beauty - Tania Sachdev beat Daniele Vocaturo in round six



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Group A

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

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

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


Group A

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

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

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