Tight At The Top In Tata

Tight At The Top In Tata

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jan 25, 2011, 1:00 PM |
33 | Chess Event Coverage

Vladimir Kramnik and Lev Aronian both won their games in round nine of the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk Aan Zee.

Aronian (pictured) beat Shirov to consign him to the bottom of the standings once again, while Kramnik benefited handsomely from a blunder by L'Ami to win their game.  The pair join Anand and Nakamura at a crowded top of the leaderboard with a score of 6/9.

The big clash of the round was between Nakamura and Anand, and the game didn't disappoint.  Nakamura was inventive and aggressive but the world champion was calm in response, gaining the better chances. Once the first time control was reached, the draw was a fair result.

Wang Hao bounced back from his loss yesterday to beat Ponomariov today, while Jan Smeets beat Nepomniachtchi with the black pieces.

Giri seemed to miss winning chances against Grischuk before a draw was agreed, but Vachier-Lagrave versus Carlsen was a closer contest where the small plus for the Frenchman didn't develop into a win.

Disaster was lurking for L'Ami against Kramnik in round nine

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The H Bomb was defused by the Tiger of Madras

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More misery for Shirov against Aronian

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In Group B the race for first place also tightened, with Wesley So's run of four wins coming to an end with his first loss of the tournament, to Li Chao.  With McShane getting a draw against Hammer, and Sargassian beating Wojtaszek, all three are now level pegging on a score of 6/9.

So suffered his first reversal of the tournament, but still has a share of the lead

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In contrast Group C has a clear leader, with Daniele Vocaturo winning yet another game today to lead by 1.5 points from Kateryna Lahno and Illya Nyzhnyk.

Daniele Vocaturo has 7 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss after nine rounds (pics from the official Facebook site)

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For all the games and more information visit the official website www.tatasteelchess.com

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The full results and standings after round nine:

Group A

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

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

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

 

 

Group A

















Aronian, Levon ARM 2805 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . 1 . ½ . . 1 1 6
Anand, Viswanathan IND 2810 ½ * ½ ½ ½ . . . 1 1 ½ 1 ½ . 6
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2784 ½ ½ * . . . 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 . ½ 1 6
Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2751 ½ ½ . * 0 . ½ . ½ . 1 1 1 1 6
Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2814 ½ ½ . 1 * ½ 0 . ½ . 1 1 . ½
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2715 ½ . . . ½ * ½ . ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
Giri, Anish NED 2686 . . 0 ½ 1 ½ * 0 . 1 ½ ½ ½ .
Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2733 0 . ½ . . . 1 * ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½
Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2744 . 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ * 0 ½ 1 . . 4
Wang, Hao CHN 2731 ½ 0 ½ . . ½ 0 0 1 * . . 1 ½ 4
L'Ami, Erwin NED 2628 . ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ . * ½ . . 3
Smeets, Jan NED 2662 . 0 . 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 . ½ * . 1 3
Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2773 0 ½ ½ 0 . ½ ½ ½ . 0 . . * 0
Shirov, Alexei ESP 2722 0 . 0 0 ½ 0 . ½ . ½ . 0 1 *
Group B

















Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2667 * ½ ½ ½ . ½ 1 ½ . . 1 . 1 ½ 6
McShane, Luke J ENG 2664 ½ * . 1 . 1 1 . 0 ½ ½ ½ . 1 6
So, Wesley PHI 2673 ½ . * . ½ 0 . 1 ½ 1 . ½ 1 1 6
Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2636 ½ 0 . * 1 . ½ . ½ ½ ½ 1 1 .
Efimenko, Zahar UKR 2701 . . ½ 0 * ½ . 1 . ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
Li, Chao
CHN 2649 ½ 0 1 . ½ * 0 . 1 . ½ 1 ½ . 5
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2726 0 0 . ½ . 1 * 0 1 1 1 . . ½ 5
Navara, David CZE 2708 ½ . 0 . 0 . 1 * ½ ½ . ½ 1 1 5
Le, Quang Liem VIE 2664 . 1 ½ ½ . 0 0 ½ * 1 1 . . 0
Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2707 . ½ 0 ½ ½ . 0 ½ 0 * ½ . 1 .
Nijboer, Friso NED 2584 0 ½ . ½ ½ ½ 0 . 0 ½ * ½ . . 3
Hammer, Jon Ludvig NOR 2647 . ½ ½ 0 0 0 . ½ . . ½ * 0 1 3
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2651 0 . 0 0 ½ ½ . 0 . 0 . 1 * 1 3
Spoelman, Wouter NED 2547 ½ 0 0 . 0 . ½ 0 1 . . 0 0 * 2
Group C

















Vocaturo, Daniele ITA 2570 * . . 1 . 1 ½ 0 . 1 1 1 1 1
Lahno, Kateryna UKR 2518 . * ½ . ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 . 1 . 6
Nyzhnyk, Illya UKR 2530 . ½ * 1 0 ½ . 1 . ½ 1 . 1 ½ 6
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas KAZ 2637 0 . 0 * . 1 0 1 . 1 . 1 ½ 1
Ivanisevic, Ivan SRB 2630 . ½ 1 . * . 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . 5
Bluvshtein, Mark CAN 2590 0 ½ ½ 0 . * 0 1 1 . . 1 . 1 5
Bok, Benjamin NED 2453 ½ 0 . 1 0 1 * . 1 ½ ½ . . 0
Tania, Sachdev IND 2391 1 0 0 0 1 0 . * 1 . . ½ . 1
Swiercz, Dariusz POL 2540 . ½ . . ½ 0 0 0 * 0 1 . 1 1 4
Van Der Werf, Mark NED 2439 0 1 ½ 0 ½ . ½ . 1 * 0 0 . .
Siebrecht, Sebastian GER 2439 0 0 0 . ½ . ½ . 0 1 * 1 ½ .
Van Kampen, Robin NED 2443 0 . . 0 ½ 0 . ½ . 1 0 * ½ 1
Pruijssers, Roeland NED 2484 0 0 0 ½ ½ . . . 0 . ½ ½ * ½
De Jong, Jan-Willem NED 2437 0 . ½ 0 . 0 1 0 0 . . 0 ½ * 2
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