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Tata Steel 2013 Round 4 - A Superb Win By Vishy Anand!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 15/01/13 12:23.

tata_logo blue.jpgThe 2013 Tata Steel Chess is taking place from 12-27 January in Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands.

This famous annual tournament has three separate single round-robin competitions, the A, B, and C Groups, each featuring 14 players.

The strongest tournament is the A Group and this year features 6 out of the top 10 ranked players; world champion Vishy Anand, world #1 Magnus Carlsen, defending champion Lev Aronian, rising star Fabiano Caruana, world #6 Sergey Karjakin, and US champion Hikaru Nakamura.

Chess.com has live coverage and commentary of a selection of rounds.  See here for the latest details (scroll down the page). Wednesday is a rest day.

Chess.com coverage starts at 05:30 Pacific, 08:30 Eastern in the US (13:30 UTC).


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Round 4 - Official website report

It was a day full of wins and losses, twists and turns, but still one game stood out head and shoulders above the rest. World Champion Viswanathan Anand used the black pieces versus 2nd seed Levon Aronian to create an evergreen that left all present in awe, not in the least Magnus Carlsen who called it “mind blowing”.

As the Indian Grandmaster explained afterwards, he used the preparation for his World Championship's match against Boris Gelfand from last year. A novelty on move 12 was the prelude to a series of sacrifices starting with 15...Bc5! Aronian plunged into deep thought, but was unable to solve his problems and after 16.Be2 Nde5! 17.Bxg4 Bxd4 18.Kh1 Bxg4 19.Nxf8 Anand crowned his attack with the beautiful 19...f5! and White was unable to stop the black queen from joining the attack.

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Joining Anand at 3 out of 4 is the world's highest rated player ever, Magnus Carlsen, who slowly but surely increased the pressure on Pentala Harikrishna's position until it finally gave away. Harikrishna resigned before Carlsen could deliver the knock-out with 50.Nxf6!.

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Also at three points is Sergey Karjakin who was lucky to escape after misplaying the opening against Hikaru Nakamura. The American Grandmaster was carefully nurturing his extra pawn into a winning queen endgame, until one slip let the Russian off the hook.

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The best Dutchman after 4 rounds is Loek van Wely who moved back to 50% at the expense of his countryman Erwin l'Ami. The latter sacrificed an exchange on the black side of a Trompovsky, but never got anything to show for it.

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Also back on an even score is Wang Hao of China who used the advantage of a strong bishop over a stray knight to take down his fellow student at Beijing University, Hou Yifan.

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Italy's Fabiano Caruana bounced back from yesterday's loss at the hands of Anand by utilizing a 4-to-2 (!) central pawn majority to down Ivan Sokolov.

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The most balanced game of the day was the draw between Anish Giri and Peter Leko. The latter equalized easily in an endgame that arose after only a handful of moves.

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Group A Standings After 4 Rounds

1 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2861 3
2 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2772 3
3 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2780 3
4 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2769 2
5 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2781 2
6 Leko, Peter  HUN  2735 2
7 Harikrishna, Pentala  IND  2698 2
8 Van Wely, Loek  NED  2679 2
9 Wang, Hao  CHN  2752 2
10 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2802
11 Giri, Anish  NED  2720
12 L'Ami, Erwin  NED  2627
13 Sokolov, Ivan  NED  2663
14 Hou, Yifan  CHN  2603 1

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In Group B leaders Sergey Tiviakov and Richard Rapport opened a gap after winning once more. Tiviakov used his superior pieces to outplay Predrag Nikolic), while Rapport used a nice tactical motive to create havoc in Sergey Movsesian's position. After 18.Ne4 Nc6 19.Bg5 Qd8 Black missed the cunning 20.Bg4! and White won easily.

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Group B Round 4 Results

Van Kampen, Robin  0-1  Grandelius, Nils 
Ipatov, Alexander  ½-½  Smeets, Jan
Naiditsch, Arkadij  ½-½  Dubov, Daniil
Timman, Jan H  ½-½  Turov, Maxim
Nikolic, Predrag  0-1  Tiviakov, Sergei
Rapport, Richard  1-0  Movsesian, Sergei
Edouard, Romain 0-1  Ernst, Sipke

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Group B Standings After Round 4

1 Tiviakov, Sergei  NED  2655
2 Rapport, Richard  HUN  2621
3 Timman, Jan H  NED  2566
4 Smeets, Jan  NED  2615
5 Dubov, Daniil  RUS  2600 2
6 Movsesian, Sergei  ARM  2688 2
7 Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER  2708 2
8 Grandelius, Nils  SWE  2572 2
9 Ipatov, Alexander  TUR  2587
10 Turov, Maxim  RUS  2630
11 Nikolic, Predrag  BIH  2619
12 Edouard, Romain  FRA  2686
13 Van Kampen, Robin  NED  2581 1
14 Ernst, Sipke  NED  2556 1

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In Group C Argentina's Fernanda Peralta moved into clear first with 3½ out of 4 after beating Holland's Lisa Schut, runner-up at the World Youth Girls Under 18 Championship (behind Russia's Aleksandra Goryachkina, also playing in this group).

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Group C Round 4 Results

Goryachkina, Aleksandra  ½-½  Burg, Twan 
Romanishin, Oleg M  1-0  Van Der Werf, Mark
Admiraal, Miguoel  ½-½  Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn
Klein, David  1-0  Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag
Kovchan, Alexander  1-0  Bitensky, Igor
Peralta, Fernando  1-0  Schut, Lisa
Swinkels, Robin ½-½  Brunello, Sabino

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Group C Standings After Round 4

1 Peralta, Fernando  ARG  2617
2 Brunello, Sabino  ITA  2572 3
3 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn  ISL  2516 3
4 Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag  BRA  2543
5 Kovchan, Alexander  UKR  2579
6 Bitensky, Igor  ISR  2400 2
7 Swinkels, Robin  NED  2508 2
8 Romanishin, Oleg M  UKR  2521 2
9 Klein, David  NED  2445 2
10 Admiraal, Miguoel  NED  2321
11 Burg, Twan  NED  2492
12 Van Der Werf, Mark  NED  2450 1
13 Goryachkina, Aleksandra  RUS  2402 1
14 Schut, Lisa  NED  2295 ½ 

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Photos from the official website. Videos by Freshmen media. Games via TWIC.

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Comentarios


  • hace 22 meses

    sunandthreestars

    Now Anand and Carlsen game should be interesting.

  • hace 22 meses

    mobidi

    Champion IS Champion !Cool

  • hace 22 meses

    Absolute_1

    great play by carlsen n anand

  • hace 22 meses

    CM Papa_Emeritus

    Great Victory of the World Champion

  • hace 22 meses

    mattoscarson

    i think all the anand haters can give it a rest now for awhile

  • hace 22 meses

    pyrta

    Danny Rensch must eat all crap he's been saying about Anand! 

  • hace 22 meses

    mottsauce

    It's okay, SerbianChessStar likes trolling. Pay no attention. Besides, if Carlsen says it's impressive, then it is.

  • hace 22 meses

    liencam2

    anand smokes aronian. who says there ain't no tactics at the top? 

  • hace 22 meses

    rubensrocha

    12...c5!, 13...Ng4!, 15...Bc5!, 16...Nde5! and 19...f5! Five reasons to remind people why Anand is the World Chess Champion!

  • hace 22 meses

    Ptolemeu

    A big up for Vishy!

  • hace 22 meses

    JBades6310

    I don't think I have ever agreed with anything SerbianChessStar has said

  • hace 22 meses

    ChocolateTeapot

    @SerbianChessStar, you could equally well argue that Rubinstein was lucky that his opponent tried to launch an attack while behind in development, and ended up exposing his own king.

  • hace 22 meses

    SonofPearl

    Fo those who missed it, Vishy Anand also joined the Chess.com live coverage for a quick interview with Ben Finegold and Danny Rensch after his game.  On the replay video at Chess.com TV, Vishy starts at around 02:35:30.

  • hace 22 meses

    SonofPearl

    @ geographybuff -  thanks, now corrected.

  • hace 22 meses

    APawnCanDream

    I think Carlsen and Anand should do a mini match like Aronian and Kramnik did awhile back. I'm sure they could find some sponsors. :)

  • hace 22 meses

    Melchizedek10

    When you add so many elements together and also his true self, virtues, Anand stand out...period!

  • hace 22 meses

    Aaronsky72

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  • hace 22 meses

    Vivinski

    Angstgegner? haha yeah anand plays in the bundesliga allright

  • hace 22 meses

    geographybuff

    Hou Yifan is spelled wrong.

  • hace 22 meses

    Melchizedek10

    Anand is the "Chosen One" of chess...stand out in so many ways...Unparallel period!

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