Tata Steel R6: Sole lead again for Aronian

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For the second time, it's Levon Aronian who is the sole leader at the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. On Friday the Armenian grandmaster defeated Vugar Gashimov, while Magnus Carlsen had to be satisfied with a draw against David Navara. The other decisive results were Giri-Kamsky 1-0, Gelfand-Nakamura 0-1 and Radjabov-Karjakin 1-0.

Levon Aronian making his first move in round 6

EventTata Steel Chess Tournament | PGN Group A, Group B, Group C via TWIC
DatesJanuary 13th-29th, 2012
LocationWijk aan Zee, The Netherlands
System3 GM groups with 14 players-player double round robin
A group
Carlsen, Aronian, Radjabov, Topalov, Karjakin, Ivanchuk, Gashimov, Nakamura, Gelfand, Caruana, Kamsky, Giri, Navara, Van Wely
B group
Bruzon, Potkin, Motylev, Tiviakov, Harikrishna, Ernst, L'Ami, Reinderman, Timman, Nyzhnik, Lahno, Vocaturo, Harika, Cmilyte
C group
Sadler, Turov, Adhiban, Tikkanen, Grover, Brandenburg, Danielian, Paehtz, Sachdev, Hopman, Ootes, Haast, Schut, Goudriaan
Rate of play100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.

It's a rare thing, to see a game between two of the world's best players finish in less than three hours and... the result not being a draw. This is what happened in Aronian vs Gashimov. Every now and then the Azerbaijani tries the slightly risky Benoni, and usually with good results. This time things went wrong at an early stage. Well, timewise, because half of the moves came on the board very quickly.

[Event "74th Tata Steel GMA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2012.01.20"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Aronian, Levon"]
[Black "Gashimov, Vugar"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A61"]
[WhiteElo "2805"]
[BlackElo "2761"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2012.01.14"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 d6 5. Nc3 exd5 6. cxd5 g6 7. Bf4 Bg7 8. Qa4+
Bd7 9. Qb3 b5 {A well-known pawn sacrifice. Black will win back d5 later.} 10.
Bxd6 Qb6 11. Be5 O-O 12. e3 c4 13. Qd1 b4 14. Ne2 Bb5 15. Ned4 (15. Nf4 Nbd7
16. Bd4 Qb7 17. Be2 Rfe8 18. O-O Bh6 19. g3 Nxd5 {
Kaluga,S (2216)-Badmatsyrenov,O (2450)/Barnaul RUS 2011}) 15... Nbd7 16. Nxb5
Qxb5 17. Bd4 Qxd5 18. Be2 Nb6 19. O-O Rac8 20. Rc1 Rfd8 21. Qe1 c3 22. bxc3
bxc3 23. Ba6 $1 {
With this intermediate moves White wins a pawn for the second time.} ({After}
23. Rxc3 Qxa2 {is possible.}) 23... Rc7 24. Rxc3 {Now Black cannot take on a2.}
Rxc3 25. Qxc3 Ne4 26. Qa3 Bxd4 27. Nxd4 Qc5 28. Qxc5 Nxc5 29. Bb5 {
and using fine technique Aronian won the ending.} 1-0

The winner of the game, and the 500-euro Piet Zwart Prize, said:

Actually I didn't really expect this line, I mean it's a very rare line and very risky. Maybe I wasn't playing precisely, but I was trying to play safe.

Well, this was enough apparently to score the full point. According to Aronian this

...can only be explained by my opponent's bad form.

And so in order to keep the pace, Magnus Carlsen needed to win with Black against David Navara, who hadn't made a very good impression so far. However, in no time a dead drawn position was reached in this game. The Norwegian played on for another few hours, because he felt the position had the "potential to be slightly better" for him.

I thought I wasn't going to be doing very much in the hotel anyway, so why not sit there for a while.

Magnus did have some advantage, according to Navara.

At least the advantage of the stronger player.

After this round Carlsen is sharing second place with Teimour Radjabov, who inflicted the third loss upon Sergey Karjakin. He felt it was a deserved win.

I kept pressing. I was slightly better all the time but to make it a point is hard.

The finish was pretty:

[Event "74th Tata Steel GMA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2012.01.20"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Radjabov, Teimour"]
[Black "Karjakin, Sergey"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E15"]
[WhiteElo "2773"]
[BlackElo "2769"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "8/r4p2/6p1/1P5p/P2kp2P/2RbN1P1/5P1K/8 w - - 0 60"]
[PlyCount "5"]
[EventDate "2012.01.14"]

60. b6 $1 Rxa4 61. b7 Rb4 62. Rc4+ 1-0

Just when he seemed to be doing quite well in the tournament, Boris Gelfand blundered terribly against Hikaru Nakamura. Although it still might have been a draw at the end, according to the Israeli grandmaster he played the whole game "horribly".

[Event "74th Tata Steel GMA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2012.01.20"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Gelfand, Boris"]
[Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A88"]
[WhiteElo "2739"]
[BlackElo "2759"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "3r2k1/p6p/1pR5/8/4r3/BP2b1P1/P4p1P/1R3K2 w - - 0 35"]
[PlyCount "2"]
[EventDate "2012.01.14"]

35. Rc2 $4 (35. Rd6) (35. Bb2) 35... Red4 0-1

Anish Giri won his second game of the tournament, against Gata Kamsky. At first the Dutchman was winning, then he spoilt it but in the ending that resulted, according to Giri his opponent

misplayed it completely; allowed me too much.

[Event "74th Tata Steel GMA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2012.01.20"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Giri, Anish"]
[Black "Kamsky, Gata"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "2714"]
[BlackElo "2732"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "2r1k2r/p3ppb1/3p1np1/Qp1P3p/3n4/4N1PP/Pq1BPPBK/R3R3 w k - 0 18"]
[PlyCount "136"]
[EventDate "2012.01.14"]

{"Never take on b2, even when it's good." Black's queen is about to be trapped,
so he has to take drastic measures.} 18... Ng4+ 19. hxg4 hxg4+ 20. Kg1 Nxe2+
21. Kf1 Nc3 22. Bxc3 Qxc3 23. Qxb5+ Kf8 {
This should be over, but Kamsky defends like a lion for a long time.} 24. Rad1
f5 25. Qb1 Qb2 26. Qxb2 Bxb2 27. Rd3 Kf7 28. Rb1 Bf6 29. Ke2 Rc5 30. Ra3 Rh2
31. Rh1 Rxh1 32. Bxh1 Rc1 33. Bg2 Bd4 34. Rd3 Bc5 35. Rd1 Rc3 36. Rd3 Rc1 37.
Rd1 Rc3 38. Rd2 Rc1 39. f3 gxf3+ 40. Bxf3 Kf6 41. g4 Kg5 42. gxf5 gxf5 43. Bg2
Kf4 44. Nf1 a5 45. Kd3 a4 46. Rc2 Rd1+ 47. Ke2 Rb1 48. Rc4+ Kg5 49. Kd3 Rb2 50.
Rc2 Rb4 51. Nd2 Rg4 52. Bh1 Rd4+ 53. Ke2 Rb4 54. Bf3 a3 55. Nb3 Bb6 56. Rc3 Rh4
57. Bg2 Rg4 58. Kf1 Rb4 59. Bf3 Kf6 60. Ke2 Rh4 61. Bg2 Rg4 62. Kf1 Rb4 63. Rc2
Rg4 64. Nd2 Rb4 65. Ke2 Bc5 66. Nf3 Re4+ 67. Kd3 Re3+ 68. Kd2 Re4 69. Bf1 e6 {
Perhaps it was better to continue waiting?} 70. dxe6 Rxe6 71. Rc4 Re8 72. Rh4
Be3+ 73. Kc2 Bc5 74. Bc4 Re3 75. Bd5 Re2+ 76. Kd3 Rf2 77. Rh6+ Kg7 78. Re6 Rf1
79. Kc4 Rd1 $6 (79... Rc1+ 80. Kb3 Rb1+ 81. Kc3 Rc1+ 82. Kd2 Rf1) 80. Re1 $1 {
The rooks will be exchanged and then it's easy.} Rxe1 81. Nxe1 Kg6 82. Nd3 Ba7
83. Kb3 Kg5 84. Kxa3 f4 85. Kb3 Kg4 86. Ne1 1-0

After his fine game on Thursday, Jan Timman was defeated by tournament leader Pentala Harikrishna. The Indian grandmaster, who won the daily prize for this game, is a point ahead of Alexander Motylev.

[Event "74th Tata Steel GMB"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2012.01.20"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Harikrishna, Pentala"]
[Black "Timman, Jan H"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C02"]
[WhiteElo "2665"]
[BlackElo "2571"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "3r2r1/4n1pp/1kn5/pp1bN3/8/P1B4B/5PPP/1RR3K1 w - - 0 29"]
[PlyCount "23"]
[EventDate "2012.01.14"]

29. Nd7+ Ka6 30. Nc5+ Kb6 31. Nd7+ Ka6 32. Re1 g5 33. Nc5+ Kb6 34. Nd7+ Ka6 35.
Nf6 Rg6 36. Bg4 Bc4 37. Ne4 Nd5 38. Bd2 Nf4 39. Be3 a4 40. Nc5+ 1-0

In the C group Maxim Turov dropped his first half point, against the runner-up in the standings, Hans Tikkanen. A very entertaining draw was played between Matthew Sadler and Etienne Goudriaan.

[Event "74th Tata Steel GMC"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2012.01.20"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Sadler, Matthew D"]
[Black "Goudriaan, Etienne"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B53"]
[WhiteElo "2660"]
[BlackElo "2279"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "2r2rk1/1pq1bpp1/p1bppn1p/8/3NPP1B/2NQ4/PPP3PP/1K1RR3 w - f3 0 15"]
[PlyCount "42"]
[EventDate "2012.01.14"]

15... Nxe4 16. Bxe7 Nf2 17. Qg3 Nxd1 18. Bf6 Nxc3+ 19. bxc3 g6 20. f5 $5 exf5
21. Re3 Kh7 22. Qg5 Bxg2 23. Qxg2 d5 24. Nb3 Qf4 25. Rh3 Qg4 26. Rg3 Qd1+ 27.
Kb2 Rc6 28. Bd4 Re6 29. Qxd5 Re2 30. Qxf5 gxf5 31. Rg7+ Kh8 32. Rxf7+ Kg8 33.
Rg7+ Kh8 34. Rf7+ Kg8 35. Rg7+ Kh8 36. Rf7+ 1/2-1/2

Daily video by the organizers

Games group A, round 6


Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group A | Pairings

Round 114.01.1213.30 CET Round 215.01.1213.30 CET
Navara½-½Topalov Topalov½-½Van Wely
Gelfand0-1Giri Gashimov½-½Kamsky
Radjabov½-½Caruana Ivanchuk½-½Carlsen
Karjakin0-1Aronian Aronian1-0Nakamura
Nakamura½-½Ivanchuk Caruana1-0Karjakin
Carlsen1-0Gashimov Giri½-½Radjabov
Kamsky½-½Van Wely Navara½-½Gelfand
Round 316.01.1213.30 CET Round 417.01.1213.30 CET
Gelfand½-½Topalov Topalov½-½Gashimov
Radjabov1-0Navara Ivanchuk½-½Van Wely
Karjakin1-0Giri Aronian1-0Kamsky
Nakamura½-½Caruana Caruana½-½Carlsen
Carlsen1-0Aronian Giri½-½Nakamura
Kamsky½-½Ivanchuk Navara0-1Karjakin
Van Wely½-½Gashimov Gelfand½-½Radjabov
Round 519.01.1213.30 CET Round 620.01.1213.30 CET
Radjabov½-½Topalov Topalov½-½Ivanchuk
Karjakin0-1Gelfand Aronian1-0Gashimov
Nakamura1-0Navara Caruana½-½Van Wely
Carlsen½-½Giri Giri1-0Kamsky
Kamsky½-½Caruana Navara½-½Carlsen
Van Wely½-½Aronian Gelfand0-1Nakamura
Gashimov0-1Ivanchuk Radjabov1-0Karjakin
Round 721.01.1213.30 CET Round 822.01.1213.30 CET
Karjakin-Topalov Topalov-Aronian
Nakamura-Radjabov Caruana-Ivanchuk
Carlsen-Gelfand Giri-Gashimov
Kamsky-Navara Navara-Van Wely
Van Wely-Giri Gelfand-Kamsky
Gashimov-Caruana Radjabov-Carlsen
Ivanchuk-Aronian Karjakin-Nakamura
Round 924.01.1213.30 CET Round 1025.01.1213.30 CET
Nakamura-Topalov Topalov-Caruana
Carlsen-Karjakin Giri-Aronian
Kamsky-Radjabov Navara-Ivanchuk
Van Wely-Gelfand Gelfand-Gashimov
Gashimov-Navara Radjabov-Van Wely
Ivanchuk-Giri Karjakin-Kamsky
Aronian-Caruana Nakamura-Carlsen
Round 1127.01.1213.30 CET Round 1228.01.1213.30 CET
Carlsen-Topalov Topalov-Giri
Kamsky-Nakamura Navara-Caruana
Van Wely-Karjakin Gelfand-Aronian
Gashimov-Radjabov Radjabov-Ivanchuk
Ivanchuk-Gelfand Karjakin-Gashimov
Aronian-Navara Nakamura-Van Wely
Caruana-Giri Carlsen-Kamsky
Round 1329.01.1212.00 CET    
Van Wely-Carlsen    

Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group A | Round 6 standings


Games group B, round 6


Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group B | Pairings

Round 114.01.1213.30 CET Round 215.01.1213.30 CET
Reinderman½-½Motylev Motylev½-½Potkin
Bruzon0-1Harikrishna Tiviakov1-0Timman
Lahno1-0Ernst Nyzhnyk½-½l'Ami
Harika½-½Vocaturo Vocaturo1-0Cmilyte
Cmilyte0-1Nyzhnyk Ernst½-½Harika
l'Ami1-0Tiviakov Harikrishna1-0Lahno
Timman½-½Potkin Reinderman½-½Bruzon
Round 316.01.1213.30 CET Round 417.01.1213.30 CET
Bruzon½-½Motylev Motylev1-0Tiviakov
Lahno½-½Reinderman Nyzhnyk½-½Potkin
Harika0-1Harikrishna Vocaturo½-½Timman
Cmilyte1-0Ernst Ernst1-0l'Ami
l'Ami1-0Vocaturo Harikrishna½-½Cmilyte
Timman1-0Nyzhnyk Reinderman½-½Harika
Potkin0-1Tiviakov Bruzon½-½Lahno
Round 519.01.1213.30 CET Round 620.01.1213.30 CET
Lahno0-1Motylev Motylev½-½Nyzhnyk
Harika0-1Bruzon Vocaturo½-½Tiviakov
Cmilyte½-½Reinderman Ernst1-0Potkin
l'Ami½-½Harikrishna Harikrishna1-0Timman
Timman1-0Ernst Reinderman½-½l'Ami
Potkin½-½Vocaturo Bruzon1-0Cmilyte
Tiviakov½-½Nyzhnyk Lahno½-½Harika
Round 721.01.1213.30 CET Round 822.01.1213.30 CET
Harika-Motylev Motylev-Vocaturo
Cmilyte-Lahno Ernst-Nyzhnyk
l'Ami-Bruzon Harikrishna-Tiviakov
Timman-Reinderman Reinderman-Potkin
Potkin-Harikrishna Bruzon-Timman
Tiviakov-Ernst Lahno-l'Ami
Nyzhnyk-Vocaturo Harika-Cmilyte
Round 924.01.1213.30 CET Round 1025.01.1213.30 CET
Cmilyte-Motylev Motylev-Ernst
l'Ami-Harika Harikrishna-Vocaturo
Timman-Lahno Reinderman-Nyzhnyk
Potkin-Bruzon Bruzon-Tiviakov
Tiviakov-Reinderman Lahno-Potkin
Nyzhnyk-Harikrishna Harika-Timman
Vocaturo-Ernst Cmilyte-l'Ami
Round 1127.01.1213.30 CET Round 1228.01.1213.30 CET
l'Ami-Motylev Motylev-Harikrishna
Timman-Cmilyte Reinderman-Ernst
Potkin-Harika Bruzon-Vocaturo
Tiviakov-Lahno Lahno-Nyzhnyk
Nyzhnyk-Bruzon Harika-Tiviakov
Vocaturo-Reinderman Cmilyte-Potkin
Ernst-Harikrishna l'Ami-Timman
Round 1329.01.1212.00 CET    

Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group B | Round 6 standings


Games group C, round 6


Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group C | Pairings

Round 114.01.1213.30 CET Round 215.01.1213.30 CET
Sadler1-0Hopman Hopman0-1Turov
Tania½-½Grover Schut½-½Danielian
Paehtz0-1Tikkanen Haast½-½Goudriaan
Brandenburg½-½Ootes Ootes½-½Adhiban
Adhiban1-0Haast Tikkanen½-½Brandenburg
Goudriaan1-0Schut Grover1-0Paehtz
Danielian0-1Turov Sadler½-½Tania
Round 316.01.1213.30 CET Round 417.01.1213.30 CET
Tania½-½Hopman Hopman0-1Schut
Paehtz½-½Sadler Haast0-1Turov
Brandenburg½-½Grover Ootes1-0Danielian
Adhiban½-½Tikkanen Tikkanen1-0Goudriaan
Goudriaan1-0Ootes Grover0-1Adhiban
Danielian½-½Haast Sadler½-½Brandenburg
Turov1-0Schut Tania0-1Paehtz
Round 519.01.1213.30 CET Round 620.01.1213.30 CET
Paehtz½-½Hopman Hopman1-0Haast
Brandenburg½-½Tania Ootes0-1Schut
Adhiban½-½Sadler Tikkanen½-½Turov
Goudriaan0-1Grover Grover½-½Danielian
Danielian0-1Tikkanen Sadler½-½Goudriaan
Turov1-0Ootes Tania½-½Adhiban
Schut1-0Haast Paehtz½-½Brandenburg
Round 721.01.1213.30 CET Round 822.01.1213.30 CET
Brandenburg-Hopman Hopman-Ootes
Adhiban-Paehtz Tikkanen-Haast
Goudriaan-Tania Grover-Schut
Danielian-Sadler Sadler-Turov
Turov-Grover Tania-Danielian
Schut-Tikkanen Paehtz-Goudriaan
Haast-Ootes Brandenburg-Adhiban
Round 924.01.1213.30 CET Round 1025.01.1213.30 CET
Adhiban-Hopman Hopman-Tikkanen
Goudriaan-Brandenburg Grover-Ootes
Danielian-Paehtz Sadler-Haast
Turov-Tania Tania-Schut
Schut-Sadler Paehtz-Turov
Haast-Grover Brandenburg-Danielian
Ootes-Tikkanen Adhiban-Goudriaan
Round 1127.01.1213.30 CET Round 1228.01.1213.30 CET
Goudriaan-Hopman Hopman-Grover
Danielian-Adhiban Sadler-Tikkanen
Turov-Brandenburg Tania-Ootes
Schut-Paehtz Paehtz-Haast
Haast-Tania Brandenburg-Schut
Ootes-Sadler Adhiban-Turov
Tikkanen-Grover Goudriaan-Danielian
Round 1329.01.1212.00 CET    

Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group C | Round 6 standings



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