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Carlsen, Giri, Mamedyarov Lead Tata Steel Chess
Anish Giri is still on top, but not alone anymore. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Carlsen, Giri, Mamedyarov Lead Tata Steel Chess

Anish Giri's sole lead at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament was short-lived as both Magnus Carlsen and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov rejoined him back in first place the next day. The 10th round of the tournament was held in Groningen.

The venue for today's round was the Academy Building of the University of Groningen, a solid two-hour drive from Wijk aan Zee, which the players had taken the night before. They still had to get up early because the program for these external locations is rather busy. Today, before the round, the 14 grandmasters visited the Groninger Museum, which exhibits mostly modern and contemporary art.

Grandmasters in the Groninger Museum, Chess 2018

Kramnik, Adhiban, and others observing a giant vase in the Groninger Museum. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

After mayor Peter den Oudsten hit the gong, a very entertaining round took off in Groningen. It's a city Vishy Anand has good memories of, as it was there where he won the 1993 PCA Qualifier Tournament, with Michael Adams. (Two of his good friends, Ian and Cathy Rogers, attended the tournament for the first day and Rogers has even better memories as he won three tournaments in the city!)

Perhaps inspired by the memories from 25 years ago, Anand defeated Gawain Jones with the black pieces. With it, Anand got to a point behind the leaders.

It was Jones who first erred in an Alapin Sicilian, where the new move 16.d4 is not great (16.d3 should be played). A positional exchange sacrifice left Anand with a dominating position.

Vishy Anand beats Gawain Jones in Groningen

A smooth victory by Anand vs Jones. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

By then Anish Giri had already drawn with Sergey Karjakin, without much of a fight. He must have hoped for his closest rivals to consolidate as well, but that didn't happen.

The first to catch the Dutchman in first place was Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who defeated Peter Svidler as Black in a rare Ragozin (with Bf4 instead of Bg5). White's somewhat slow play in the opening was nicely refuted with a double-pawn push and after one or two more errors, it was officially a complete off-day for Svidler.

Svidler loses vs Mamedyarov in Groningen, Tata Steel Chess

Svidler puts the kings on dark squares to indicate the electronic board should register a black win. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

It took him a bit lot longer, but at the end of the day, Magnus Carlsen found himself in shared first place as well. He won a long and difficult game against Wesley So where the opening was discussed between the same players in their 2017 Chess.com Speed Chess match.

Carlsen: "I think he played a little too passively. (...) He certainly gave me a pleasant initiative which he didn't think that he needed to do. He should have had comfortable equality there."

Carlsen vs So in Groningen, Tata Steel Chess

Photographers gather around the Carlsen board. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

"I was always kind of pressing but I allowed too much counterplay; I had to give up the bishop. Then he should have had excellent drawing chances I think although I am certainly the one who is pressing there still. But he certainly misplayed it.

"Once I get these four pawns two connected passers on each side then I think it should be comfortably winning. It was certainly a complicated game and I am very happy to beat a very strong player."

Dejan Bojkov's Game of the Day

In the interview, Carlsen not only speaks about the game but also about two special supporters. Today two famous Norwegian football players visited the tournament in Groningen to watch him play: SC Heerenveen's Morten Thorsby and his teammate, Martin Ødegaard, on loan from Real Madrid. 

Martin Ødegaard, Morten Thorsby and Magnus Carlsen meet in Groningen.

Martin Ødegaard, Morten Thorsby and Magnus Carlsen meet in Groningen. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

"I'm a big fan of them obviously," said Carlsen. "Ødegaard has been a major star in Norway for many years and he obviously plays for my favorite club. Also, Thorsby has been doing exceptionally well this year so I am very happy that they came today and supported me."

The two football players (and all the other fans) could even enjoy a fourth decisive game, as Vladimir Kramnik scored his fourth victory in the tournament. The 14th world champion is only half a point behind the three leaders. Uncharacteristically, the game saw errors from both sides.

Vladimir Kramnik interviewed by Fiona Steil-Antoni in Groningen.

Vladimir Kramnik interviewed by Fiona Steil-Antoni.

2018 Tata Steel Masters | Round 10 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Score
1 Giri 2752 2903 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7.0 / 10
2 Carlsen 2834 2889 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7.0 / 10
3 Mamedyarov 2804 2895 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 7.0 / 10
4 Kramnik 2787 2860 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 6.5 / 10
5 Anand 2767 2818 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 6.0 / 10
6 So 2792 2799 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 5.5 / 10
7 Karjakin 2753 2772 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5.5 / 10
8 Svidler 2768 2709 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5 / 10
9 Wei Yi 2743 2695 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 4.0 / 10
10 Jones 2640 2683 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 4.0 / 10
11 Matlakov 2718 2682 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0 / 10
12 Caruana 2811 2667 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0 / 10
13 Adhiban 2655 2608 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 3.0 / 10
14 Hou Yifan 2680 2512 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 2.0 / 10

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The challengers do not join the top players at the external locations. On a half-empty stage in Wijk aan Zee, no fewer than five games ended in draws. Anton Korobov and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi remained at their 1.5-point distance with four players.

Lucas van Foreest seemed on his way to a grandmaster norm, but things are not going his way in the last few rounds. Today he lost to German GM Matthias Bluebaum, whose tournament went the opposite: a bad start with 0/2, but meanwhile on a plus-one score. He played a pretty cool game today.

Benjamin Bok lost as well, in an even sharper game, to Dmitry Gordievsky:

2018 Tata Steel Challengers | Round 10 Standings

# Fed Name Rating TPR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Score
1 Vidit 2718 2757 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 7.0 / 10
2 Korobov 2652 2758 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7.0 / 10
3 Amin 2693 2636 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 5.5 / 10
4 Bluebaum 2640 2642 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 5.5 / 10
5 J. van Foreest 2629 2645 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 5.5 / 10
6 Gordievsky 2622 2638 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5.5 / 10
7 Xiong 2634 2619 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 5.0 / 10
8 l'Ami 2634 2586 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5 / 10
9 Tari 2599 2578 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 1 4.5 / 10
10 Krasenkow 2671 2574 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5 / 10
11 Bok 2607 2560 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 4.5 / 10
12 L. van Foreest 2481 2559 ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 4.0 / 10
13 Harika 2497 2545 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.0 / 10
14 Girya 2489 2475 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 3.0 / 10
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Players arrive in Groningen, Tata Steel Chess

The players arriving in Groningen after a long bus ride. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Anish Giri in the Groninger Museum, Tata Steel Chess

Anish Giri pointing at one of the exhibits, a photo that inspired the tweet below. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Sergey Karjakin in the chair, Groninger Museum

Sergey Karjakin sitting rather comfortably. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Players on the stairs of the University of Groningen, Tata Steel Chess

Players on the stairs of the University of Groningen, Tata Steel Chess. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Playing hall, Academiegebouw, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Tata Steel Chess

The beautiful playing hall of today's round. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Anish Giri watching Magnus Carlsen vs Wesley So, Tata Steel Chess

Giri watching Carlsen vs So, Tata Steel Chess. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Anand meeting Ian and Cathy Rogers, Tata Steel Chess

Anand meeting with old friends Ian and Cathy Rogers. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Jeroen van den Berg, Martin Ødegaard and Morten Thorsby, Tata Steel Chess

Tournament director Jeroen van den Berg with Martin Ødegaard and Morten Thorsby. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Anand interviewed in a beautiful press room, Tata Steel Chess.

Anand interviewed in a very special press room. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Carlsen analysis in Groningen, Tata Steel Chess

Carlsen showing his game to the local and internet audience... | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Martin Ødegaard and Morten Thorsby at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament

...with Ødegaard and Thorsby having fun in the audience! | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.


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