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Tata Steel 2013 Round 9 - Carlsen Extends His Lead

  • SonofPearl
  • on 22/01/13 13:27.

tata_logo blue.jpgThe 2013 Tata Steel Chess tournament 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).

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


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Round 9 - Official website report

In round 9 of the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament the world number one Magnus Carlsen increased his lead to a full point. Although the top seed quickly gained the upper hand with black against the bottom seed, Hou Yifan, the former Women's World Champion put up a fierce fight and only threw in the towel deep in a queen endgame.

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Viswanathan Anand, in second place at 6 out of 9, surprised Peter Leko with a Najdorf Sicilian, and a novelty. It did not give him more than equality and the game was drawn in 25 moves.

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On paper, Hikaru Nakamura seemed to have good chances to join Anand in 2nd place, playing White against Anish Giri. Since 2012 Tata, the American had played the Dutchman six (!) times, winning two games and losing none. However, as in Nakamura's previous encounters with the Dutch in this tournament, he again needed his Houdini-like qualities to escape from a lost position. In time trouble Giri lost control over a strategically dominating position with a pair of bishops and strong pawn center, and eventually had to force a repetition of moves when the time scramble was over.

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Levon Aronian was as fortunate as Nakamura and still shares 3rd place with the American. The Armenian Grandmaster had barely started the game when he overplayed his hand, pushing his h-pawn for an attack on Erwin l'Ami's king that never materialized. In the counter attack on the other side of the board the Dutchman was careless for one moment with 18.Qc2?! allowing Black to activate his h8-rook with a pawn sacrifice after 18...Rxc4 19.Qxc4 Ng4! 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Qd4 Nf6 22.Qxa7 Rc8. Instead, Aronian would have been in serious trouble after 18.Rxc8 Qxc8 19.Qa1! followed by Rc1.

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Also drawn were the games Karjakin-Harikrishna and Wang Hao-Caruana, although the latter game contained a highly entertaining tactical sequence: after Black played e6-e5 White trapped his own bishop with 17.Ne2!?. Then after 17...e4 18.Bxa6 Na7! 19.Ng3! Bxg3 20.fxg3 bxa6 21.Rc7 Rd7 22.Bb4 Rxc7! 23.Bxe7 Rxe7 24.Qb3 Rc8 25.Rxc8 Nxc8 the smoke cleared, revealing a highly irregular position in which Caruana eventually managed to block Wang Hao's queen and queenside pawns. In a last-ditch effort the Chinese Grandmaster gave back his queen to clear a path for his passed a-pawn, but Black countered by giving up his last knight to force a self-stalemate with 53...Ne6! 54.a7 Nc7 55.g4 Na8 56.Kb7 Kd7 57.Kxa8 Kc8.

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The only other decisive result of the round was produced by the all-Dutch encounter between Ivan Sokolov and Loek van Wely. The latter surprised his opponent by playing the Nimzo-Indian, as Sokolov is known as a leading expert of this opening, being the author of The Strategic Nimzo-Indian published last year. The game proved to be a rollercoaster ride that was decided in time trouble when, instead of 31.Qf4 Nxh5 32.Qxh4 Nxg7 33.Re5 with an overwhelming positional advantage, Sokolov played 31.Nf4? Nf7! and all of a sudden White is in tremendous trouble due to the potential pins along the c1-h6 and h2-b8 diagonals. Sokolov was unable to parry all the threats and resigned on move 39. Van Wely continues to be the best Dutchman in the A Group at 4½ out of 9.

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Group A Standings After 9 Rounds

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

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In Grandmaster Group B Sergei Movsesian, one of the pre-tournament favorites, is in a clear lead for the first time. The Armenian surprised his opponent Maxim Turov with a devastating attack along the h-file immediately following the first time control.

A watch and some chocolate...tools of the trade for Sergey Movsesian

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The Dutch fans had high hopes that Jan Timman would win his fourth game in a row, this time with Black against top seed Arkadij Naiditsch. To their disappointment, the Dutchman first squandered his endgame advantage, and then blundered, handing the point to the Germany's number one who now shares 2nd place with Hungary's Richard Rapport at 6 out of 9.

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Group B Round 9 Results

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

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Group B Standings After 9 Rounds

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

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As in Group B, Group C witnessed a bloodbath today with decisive results in 5 of the 7 games. Among the winners was Sabino Brunello who now leads at 7½ out of 9, half a point ahead of Fernando Peralta.

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3rd Placed David Klein needed to beat 13rd seed Miguoel Admiraal for a GM norm, but was checkmated brutally after a very nice display by Admiraal worthy of a brilliancy prize.

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Group C Round 9 Results

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

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Group C Standings After 9 Rounds

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

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

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  • hace 21 meses

    rubensrocha

     "A year from now, if you had to chose between 2900 and world champion, which would you choose?"

    Answer: "Both" Smile

     

    Magnus looks to make the better choice... wonder what Houdini would say Wink

  • hace 21 meses

    chichito

    kasparov who? I kno I kno, this and that at the laundromatUndecided, whateverCool props to magnun

  • hace 21 meses

    kvlc

    I have to wonder why Hou chose the Ponziani of all openings.  Seems to let Carlsen equalize way too easily.

  • hace 21 meses

    TheMagicianPaul

    Capablanca is revived in Magnus body :)

  • hace 21 meses

    SonofPearl

    Don't miss the question to Magnus at the end of the analysis video, "A year from now, if you had to chose between 2900 and world champion, which would you choose?"

    Answer: "Both" Smile

    Carlsen's live rating is currently 2869.7! Cool

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