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73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 (10)

Anand and Nakamura lead on 7/10 going into final rest day

Viswanathan Anand won a convincing victory over Alexei Shirov. Photo ©

Viswanathan Anand won a convincing victory over Alexei Shirov. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com

Viswanathan Anand beat Alexei Shirov and Hikaru Nakamura beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with white to lead on 7/10 going into the final rest day. The other two leaders Aronian and Kramnik had black and encountered Dutch opponents who were very happy to draw. These four will battle it out for the title as the aforementioned Vachier and World Number One Magnus Carlsen were defeated. Carlsen weakened his position in order to avoid a repetition against Russian Champion Ian Nepomniachtchi but was soon in a desperate battle to save the game, which in the end he was unable to do. Wang Hao was the only other winner when he beat a clearly dispirited Alexander Grischuk.

Hikaru Nakamura against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Photo © 2011 www.tatasteelchess.com.

Hikaru Nakamura returned to winning ways with a very easy win against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave who ended up with a lost position only 5 moves after known practice. Vachier had previously been undefeated but today he just never got going.

Nakamura,Hikaru - Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime [D86]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Na5 11.Bd3 b6 12.Qd2 e5 13.Bg5 Qd7 14.Bh6 Bb7

[14...Bxh6 15.Qxh6 f6 16.f4 Qg7 17.Qh4 exf4 18.Qxf4 Be6 19.Qf2 Rad8 20.Nf4 Bf7 21.Rad1 cxd4 22.cxd4 Rd6 23.Rc1 Rd7 24.d5 Nb7 25.Rc6 Nc5 26.Bc2 Re7 27.Qd4 Rd8 28.Qxf6 Qxf6 29.Rxf6 Nxe4 30.Re6 Bxe6 31.Nxe6 Rxe6 32.dxe6 Nc5 33.Rf7 Nxe6 34.Rxa7 Nc5 35.Ra3 Kg7 36.Kf1 Rd2 37.Rc3 1/2-1/2 Gelfand,B (2733)-Kamsky,G (2720)/Bazna ROM 2009/The Week in Chess 763]

15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.d5

A new move and one that works out very well for Nakamura.

[16.f4 f5 17.d5 fxe4 18.Bxe4 Nc4 19.Qd3 Qa4 20.f5 Nd6 21.Ng3 Ba6 22.Qe3 Bxf1 23.Rxf1 Rf6 24.Re1 Raf8 25.fxg6 hxg6 26.h3 Qxa2 27.Re2 Qc4 28.Qg5 Rh8 29.Rf2 Nxe4 30.Nxe4 Rxf2 31.Qxe5+ Kh7 32.Qe7+ Kh6 33.Qg5+ Kg7 34.Qe5+ Kh7 35.Qe7+ Kh6 36.Qg5+ 1/2-1/2 Leitao,R (2620)-Sutovsky,E (2657)/Bursa TUR 2010/The Week in Chess 792]

16...f5 17.f3 Rf7

Perhaps black's problem was that he mixed and matched ideas. If he wanted to play c4 he should probably do it here.

[17...c4 18.Bc2 f4]

18.exf5

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

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Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 18.exf5

18...c4?

[18...Qxd5 19.Qe3 gxf5 20.Qg5+ Kh8 21.Bxf5 is clearly better than the game.]

19.Bc2 gxf5 20.Rad1 f4 21.g3 Qd6?

A final error. White wins in a most straightforward manner from now on.

22.gxf4 exf4 23.Kh1 Re8 24.Rg1+ Kf8 25.Be4 Bc8 26.Nd4 Qf6 27.Ne6+

Black has to take this and white will win the exchange for nothing.

27...Bxe6 28.dxe6 Qxe6 29.Bd5 Qh3

Desperation, after a short think Nakamura works out that its just mate.

30.Bxf7 Qxf3+ 31.Rg2 Kxf7 32.Qd7+ Kf6 33.Qg7+ 1-0

Viswanathan Anand against Alexei Shirov. Photo © 2011 www.tatasteelchess.com.

Viswanthan Anand kept pace with Hikaru Nakamura when he demolished Alexei Shirov in the Cambridge Springs variation that Shirov played in Round 9 against Levon Aronian. Anand was happy to repeat (although afterwards he said he was in two minds about whether this was a good idea) and he crowned a favourable position with a sacificial attack on black's King winning in just 26 moves. Anand called this a difficult game and he only spotted the Be7 winning idea quite late in his calculations.

Anand,Viswanathan - Shirov,Alexei [D52]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011
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1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 Qa5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qd2 Bb4 9.Rc1 h6 10.Bh4 c5 11.Bc4 Nxc3

A critical move. Perhaps after this game it won't be seen again.

[11...cxd4 12.Qxd4 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 0-0 14.0-0 N5b6 15.Bb3 Re8 16.Rfd1 Qh5 17.Bg3 e5 18.Qb4 e4 19.Ne1 a5 20.Qd4 Nc5 21.Rb1 Nxb3 22.Qxb6 Nc5 23.c4 Be6 24.Rd5 Bxd5 25.Qxc5 Red8 26.cxd5 Qxd5 27.Qc2 b5 28.Qb2 b4 29.Be5 Qd2 30.Qa1 Qe2 31.Bd4 Rab8 32.h3 f6 33.Rb2 Qb5 34.Qb1 Qd5 35.Qd1 Rbc8 36.Rd2 Qe6 37.Kh2 Rd7 38.g3 Rdc7 39.Bb2 Qxa2 40.Be5 Qxd2 41.Qxd2 fxe5 42.Qd5+ Rf7 43.Kg2 Rcf8 44.h4 Kh8 45.Qxe4 Rxf2+ 46.Kh3 b3 47.Nd3 b2 48.Qb7 R8f7 49.Qb5 a4 50.Nxb2 a3 51.Nd3 Rf1 52.Qa4 Rh1+ 53.Kg4 1-0 Aronian,L (2805)-Shirov,A (2722)/Wijk aan Zee NED 2011]

12.bxc3 Ba3 13.Rb1 a6 14.Be2 0-0 15.0-0 b5 16.c4 Bb4

[16...Qxd2 17.Nxd2 cxd4 18.exd4 Nf6 19.Bf3 Ra7 20.c5 was non too appetising for black.]

17.Qc2 Bb7 18.Rfd1 bxc4 19.dxc5 Nxc5

[19...Bc6 20.Rd4 Bxc5 21.Rxc4 Rac8]

20.Rd4 Rab8 21.Ne5

White now stands very well indeed.

21...Bd5 22.Be7 Rfe8

Seems to be losing out of hand.

[22...Be4]

23.Bd6 Rbd8 24.Bh5!

Alexei Shirov

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Viswanathan Anand

Position after 24.Bh5!

Played without hesitation. White now has many, many way to win.

24...Rxd6

Black is losing so he grabs a piece and hopes for an Anand miscalculation.

25.Bxf7+ Kf8 26.Bxe8

Very simply played and enough to get Shirov's resignation.

[26.Qh7 is very, very strong too.; 26.Bxe8 Kxe8 27.Qg6+ Kd8 28.Nxc4]

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Magnus Carlsen against Ian Nepomniachtchi. Photo © 2011 www.tatasteelchess.com.

Magnus Carlsen's push for another win in Wijk aan Zee was effectively ended by Russian Champion Ian Nepomniachtchi in the tenth round. Carlsen was outprepared by his opponent. It will be interesting to hear what Nepomniachtchi has to say about the game. Carlsen was seeking a win and Nepomniachtchi showed him that he was not averse to the draw by offering a three fold repetition. Carlsen felt obliged to continue to seek more and very quickly got into trouble. Indeed Nepomniachtchi hardly used any time up to and including the move 23...Nh4. Carlsen then had to be very careful and whilst he kept level material his king was seriously exposed. The rest of the game saw Carlsen desperately trying to stave off defeat but the position was really too hard to hold in the long term and Nepomniachtchi slowly brought home the full point.

Carlsen,Magnus - Nepomniachtchi,Ian [B92]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Kh1 Nc6 10.f4 b5 11.Be3 Bb7 12.a4 exf4N

[12...Nb4 13.Qd2 d5 14.fxe5 Nxe4 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.Nd4 Nd5 17.Nf5 Qc7 18.Bd4 e3 19.Qe1 Bc5 20.Bxc5 Qxc5 21.Bd3 Bc8 22.Nd6 Qd4 23.axb5 Be6 24.bxa6 Qxe5 25.Qh4 f5 26.Nc4 Qf6 27.Qh3 f4 28.Qxh7+ Kf7 29.Qe4 Kg8 30.Ra5 Rfd8 31.Nxe3 Nxe3 32.Rxf4 Nf5 33.Raxf5 Bxf5 34.Rxf5 Qh6 35.h3 Ra7 36.Qc4+ Kh8 37.Qc5 g6 38.Rf6 Rg7 39.Rf8+ Rxf8 40.Qxf8+ Kh7 41.Kh2 Qe3 42.Qd6 Qg5 43.b4 Re7 44.b5 Re5 45.Qxg6+ Qxg6 46.Bxg6+ Kxg6 47.a7 1-0 Carlsen,M (2813)-Dominguez Perez,L (2713)/Nice FRA 2010/The Week in Chess 803]

13.Rxf4 Ne5 14.Qd4 Nc6 15.Qd2 Ne5 16.Qd4 Nc6 17.Qd2 Ne5 18.axb5

Black played quickly up to here. Magnus is the one to avoid the repetition, as it works out perhaps he shouldn't.

18...axb5 19.Re1?!

[19.Rxa8]

19...Ng6 20.Rff1 b4 21.Nd5 Nxe4 22.Nxe7+ Qxe7 23.Qxb4 Nh4

Black continues to play quickly and now white has a lot of problems.

24.Bf3 Nxf3 25.gxf3 Qd7!

Ian Nepomniachtchi

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 25...Qd7!

A very strong multi-purpose move that sets up Ra4 first of all.

26.Bf4 Ra4 27.Qb6 Nf6!?

Black wants more than is available from:

[27...Nf2+ 28.Qxf2 Rxf4 29.Nd4]

28.Qxd6 Qg4 29.Nd4

Probably the best available here.

29...Rxd4 30.Qxd4 Bxf3+ 31.Rxf3 Qxf3+ 32.Kg1

If white can get queen's off he can hope for an advantage, but black is simply not going to allow that.

32...Qg4+ 33.Kh1 Qc8 34.Qf2 Qb7+ 35.Kg1 Ne4 36.Qd4 Re8 37.Re2

[37.c4 may well be stronger here. In addition to meeting all the threats Carlsen was in time pressure here.]

37...h6 38.h3 Re6 39.Kh2 f5

Ian Nepomniachtchi

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 39...f5

As play continues it becomes apparent that black is very close to winning here, black has so many attacking ideas it surely is impossible to cover them all in practical terms.

40.b4 Kh7 41.Re3 Rg6 42.Re2 Qb5 43.Re1 Rc6 44.Rxe4 fxe4

Played straight away but he did have an alternative that was probably stronger.

[44...Rxc2+! is a better move.]

45.Qxe4+ Rg6 46.Bg3 Qd7 47.h4 h5 48.c4 Qd2+ 49.Kh3 Qc3 50.Qf4 Qxb4

Wins but there was also

[50...Qd3 seems to be an immediate win.]

51.Qf5 Qxc4 52.Qxh5+ Rh6 53.Qf3 Qe6+ 54.Kh2 Rf6 55.Qd3+ Rf5 56.Qc2 Qd5 57.Bf2 Kh6

Rather odd but he can win by advancing the King.

58.Be3+ Kg6

[58...Kh5 59.Bf2 Kg4 might have been an attractive way to continue.]

59.Bf2 Kf6 60.Bg3 Rf1 61.Bf2 Rd1 62.Qc3+ Qe5+ 63.Qxe5+ Kxe5 64.h5 Kf6 65.Bh4+ Kf5 66.Be7 Rd7 0-1

Jan Smeets against Vladimir Kramnik. Photo © 2011 www.tatasteelchess.com.

The first game to finish was that between Jan Smeets against Vladimir Kramnik after about 90 minutes of play. Smeets played a quiet line against Kramnik's Berlin avoiding the critical lines and a very dull position resulted where there was nothing left to play for after 21 moves. Kramnik would have been hoping for more winning chances but one can hardly blame Smeets for his simplification here.

Smeets,Jan - Kramnik,Vladimir [C67]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 0-0 9.d4 Bf6 10.Re1 Re8 11.c3 Rxe1 12.Qxe1 Nf5

[12...Qe8 1/2-1/2 Polzin,R (2494)-Buhmann,R (2577)/Graz AUT 2011/The Week in Chess 846 (67)]

13.Bf4

[13.Bd3 0-1 Rimkus,B (2291)-Nisula,T (2322)/ICCF email 2007/Corr 2011 (55)]

13...c6

Seems to be new.

[13...d5 14.Bxc7 Qf8 15.Nd2 Be6 16.Be5 Kh8 17.Nf3 a6 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.Qd2 Qg7 20.Qf4 Rg8 21.Re1 h6 22.g3 Qg4 23.Qxg4 Rxg4 24.Bh3 Re4 25.Rxe4 dxe4 26.Bxf5 Bxf5 27.Nd2 Kg7 28.Kf1 h5 29.Ke2 Bg6 30.Ke3 f5 31.Kf4 f6 32.Nc4 Bf7 33.Nd6 Bxa2 34.Nxb7 Kf7 35.Nd6+ Ke6 36.Nxf5 1-0 Swiderski,R-Meiners,W/Amsterdam 1899/EXT 2001; 13...d6 14.Nd2 Be6 15.Bd3 Nh4 16.Ne4 Ng6 17.Bd2 d5 18.Nc5 Bc8 19.Qe3 b6 20.Nb3 Qd6 21.Qe8+ Nf8 22.Re1 Bb7 23.Qe3 Ne6 24.Qf3 Rd8 25.Qf5 Nf8 26.Bf4 Qc6 27.Nd2 Bc8 28.Qh5 g6 29.Qe2 Ne6 30.Bg3 Qb7 31.Nf3 c5 32.dxc5 bxc5 33.Ne5 c4 34.Bb1 Bg7 35.Rd1 Bd7 36.Qf3 Be8 37.Nxc4 dxc4 38.Rxd8 Nxd8 39.Qe2 Ne6 0-1 Steinitz,W-Zukertort,J/USA 1886/MainBase]

14.Nd2 d5 15.Nf3 Nd6 16.Bd3 Bf5 17.Bxf5 Nxf5 18.Qe2 Qe7 19.Qd3 Nh4 20.Nxh4 Bxh4 21.g3 Bf6 1/2-1/2

Vladimir Kramnik

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Jan Smeets

Position after 21...Bf6

Anish Giri against Levon Aronian. Photo © 2011 www.tatasteelchess.com.

Anish Giri made a quick draw with Levon Aronian on the white side of a fairly unusual Slav where both sides castled queenside. Both sides had plenty of opportunity to sharpen the struggle in particular it seemed that with moves such as Na2 that Giri rather sensibly was choosing his battles carefully and decided that playing for a win against Aronian was not a particularly good idea. In the end Aronian was also happy enough to repeat and draw with black.

Giri,Anish - Aronian,Levon [D17]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Bg2 g5 12.Ne3 gxf4 13.Nxf5 0-0-0 14.Qc2 fxg3 15.hxg3 Kb8 16.0-0-0 Bb4 17.Na2

[17.f4 Ng4 18.Ne4 Qb6 19.Kb1 Nc5 20.Rxd8+ Rxd8 21.Nxc5 Bxc5 22.Rxh7 Nf2 23.Ka2 Qb4 24.Qb3 Rd2 25.Qxb4 Bxb4 26.Kb3 a5 27.Rxf7 Nd1 28.Bf3 Rxb2+ 29.Kc4 Rc2+ 30.Kd4 Nb2 31.g4 Rc4+ 32.Ke5 Bc3+ 33.Ke6 Rxf4 34.g5 Nxa4 35.g6 Nc5+ 36.Kd6 Na6 37.Ke7 a4 38.Nd6 Rb4 39.Ne4 Bb2 40.Nf6 a3 41.g7 a2 42.Rf8+ Kc7 43.g8Q a1Q 44.Nd5+ cxd5 45.Qe6 Bf6+ 46.Rxf6 1/2-1/2 Eljanov,P (2663)-Morozevich,A (2707)/Beer Sheva ISR 2005]

17...Bc5 18.e3 a5 19.Kb1

[19.Rd2 Ba7 20.Rhd1 Nc5 21.Nd4 h5 22.Kb1 Ne6 23.Nxe6 fxe6 24.Rxd8+ Rxd8 25.Nc3 Ng4 26.Ne4 Bxe3 27.fxe3 Nxe3 28.Rxd8+ Qxd8 29.Qe2 Nxg2 30.Nc3 h4 31.Qxg2 Qd3+ 32.Kc1 Qxg3 33.Qxg3+ hxg3 34.Kd2 1/2-1/2 Abbasov,F (2578)-Damia,A (2222)/Sautron FRA 2008/The Week in Chess 730]

19...Bb6 20.Nc3 Nc5 21.Nd4 h6 22.Rh5 Na6 23.Na2 Nc5 24.Nc3 Na6 25.Na2 Nc5 26.Nc3

There were plenty of alternatives for both sides rather than repetition but both decided a draw was enough.

1/2-1/2

Levon Aronian

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Anish Giri

Position after 26.Nc3

Ruslan Ponomariov against Alexander Grischuk. Photo © 2011 www.tatasteelchess.com.

Alexander Grischuk is really suffering in the tournament and Ruslan Ponomariov added more pain today by grinding him down in a Saemisch King's Indian. Grischuk gave up his queen for two rooks, then he gave up an additional exchange, they missed something in a very difficult position and had to part with even more material. He just gave up after making first time control.

Ponomariov,Ruslan - Grischuk,Alexander [E81]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Nge2 c5 7.Be3 Nc6 8.d5 Ne5 9.Ng3 h5 10.Be2 h4 11.Nf1 e6 12.Nd2 exd5 13.cxd5 a6 14.a4 Bd7 15.a5

[15.0-0 b5 16.axb5 axb5 17.Rxa8 Qxa8 18.Bxb5 Bxb5 19.Nxb5 Qa6 20.Na3 Rb8 21.Qc2 h3 22.Ndc4 hxg2 23.Kxg2 Nfd7 24.Bf4 Nxc4 25.Nxc4 Nb6 26.Nd2 Na4 27.b3 Nc3 28.Nc4 Nb5 29.Rf2 Bd4 30.Qa2 Qc8 31.Rd2 Bc3 32.Rc2 Ra8 0-1 Overeem,M (2224)-Kollen,Z (2046)/Hoogeveen NED 2010/The Week in Chess 835]

15...b5 16.axb6 Qxb6 17.Ra2 Qb4 18.0-0 Bb5 19.Kh1 Rfb8 20.f4 Nc4 21.Bxc4 Bxc4 22.Ra4 Bxf1 23.Rxb4 cxb4 24.Na4 Bd3

[24...Bb5 might be better. At the moment black has two rooks for the queen, but he gives up an additional exchange.]

25.Nb6 Rxb6 26.Bxb6 Bxe4 27.Nxe4 Nxe4 28.Qe1 f5 29.Qxb4 Rc8 30.Bc7

Alexander Grischuk

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Ruslan Ponomariov

Position after 30.Bc7

30....Re8?

Now black's position goes down hill fast.

[30...Bd4 is a fairly startling move that stays in the game.]

31.Kg1 Kh7 32.Kf1 Rc8 33.Qb7 Re8 34.Ba5 Kh6 35.Be1 h3 36.gxh3 Nc5 37.Qc6 Re3 38.Bf2 Rf3 39.Kg2 Rxf2+

Giving up another exchange in the hope of a fortress, but after first time control black no longer believed in the idea.

40.Kxf2 Bxb2 41.Kf3 Ne4 42.Qxa6 Bf6 43.Qb7

There is nothing direct but surely white will win in the long term. Grischuk didn't even want to try and hold this.

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Erwin L'Ami against Wang Hao. Photo © 2011 www.tatasteelchess.com.

Erwin L'Ami started well enough but is now finding the tournament tough going with difficult games day after day for such a long event. Today he was gradually ground down by Wang Hao who played the Queen's Indian and gradually found a way to set L'Ami problems that he eventually failed to solve.

L'Ami,Erwin - Wang Hao [E15]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 d5 6.Bg2 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Be7 8.cxd5 exd5 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nc3 Re8 11.Re1 Bb7 12.Qc2 Nbd7

[12...a5 13.Bf4 Na6 14.Red1 1/2-1/2 Pankov,G (2349)-Grigorov,G (2456)/Plovdiv BUL 2008/The Week in Chess 704]

13.Bf4 a6 14.Rad1 Bb4 15.Ne5 h6 16.Nd3 Be7 17.Bc1 Ne4 18.Bb2 Ndf6 19.e3 Rc8 20.a4 a5 21.Qc1 Bf8 22.Re2 c5 23.dxc5 bxc5 24.Nxe4 Nxe4 25.Nf4 Qb6 26.Qc2 c4 27.Bd4

[27.bxc4 Rxc4 28.Qd3 with pressure in the centre.]

27...Qxb3 28.Qxb3 cxb3 29.Rb2 Bc6 30.Ra1 Rb8 31.Nd3 Rec8 32.Be5?!

Wang Hao

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Erwin L'Ami

Position after 32.Be5?!

[32.Bh3 Rd8 33.Bg4 Bd6 34.Bd1 Ng5 35.Rxb3 Rxb3 36.Bxb3 Nf3+ 37.Kg2 Nxd4 38.exd4]

32...Rb7 33.Bh3 Ra8 34.Bd4 Rab8 35.Bg4 Nd6 36.Nc5 Rb6 37.Nd7 Bxd7 38.Bxd7 Rb4 39.Bc6 Nc4 40.Rbb1 Nd2 41.Rb2 Nf3+ 42.Kg2 Nxd4 43.exd4 Rxd4 44.Rab1 Rb6 45.Bb5 Rxb5 46.axb5 a4 47.b6 Rb4 48.Ra1 Bd6 49.b7 Kh7 50.f4 Kg6 51.Kf3 Kf6 52.Ke3 Ke6 53.Kd3 Kd7 0-1

73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-30 i 2011 cat. XX (2740)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2810 * ½ ½ ½ ½ . . . 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 7 2890
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2751 ½ * ½ . 0 . 1 ½ ½ . 1 1 1 1 7 2884
3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2805 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ . ½ . . 1 1 2861
4. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2784 ½ . ½ * . ½ . 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 2839
5. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2814 ½ 1 ½ . * 0 ½ 0 ½ . 1 1 . ½ 2761
6. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2733 . . 0 ½ 1 * . 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 2770
7. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2715 . 0 ½ . ½ . * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 2767
8. Giri, Anish g NED 2686 . ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ * . 1 ½ ½ ½ . 5 2739
9. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2744 0 ½ . ½ ½ ½ ½ . * 0 1 ½ 1 . 5 2740
10. Wang, Hao g CHN 2731 0 . ½ ½ . 0 ½ 0 1 * . 1 1 ½ 5 2740
11. Smeets, Jan g NED 2662 0 0 . ½ 0 1 0 ½ 0 . * ½ . 1 2628
12. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2628 ½ 0 . 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * . . 3 2594
13. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2773 ½ 0 0 ½ . ½ ½ ½ 0 0 . . * 0 2555
14. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2722 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 . . ½ 0 . 1 * 2564
Round 10 (January 26, 2011)
Anand, Viswanathan - Shirov, Alexei 1-0 26 D52 Queens Gambit Cambridge Springs
Nakamura, Hikaru - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 33 D86 Gruenfeld Simagin
Carlsen, Magnus - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 0-1 66 B92 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2
Giri, Anish - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 26 D17 Slav Defence
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 43 E81 King's Indian Saemisch
Smeets, Jan - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 21 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
L'Ami, Erwin - Wang, Hao 0-1 53 E15 Queens Indian

Luke McShane against Zahar Efimenko in the B-Group. Photo © 2011 www.tatasteelchess.com.

Luke McShane was defeated by Zahar Efimenko in the 10th round of the B-Group to drop down the field. He is still in touch being only half a point behind Wesley So and Efimenko.

73rd Tata Steel GMB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-30 i 2011 cat. XVII (2659)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. So, Wesley g PHI 2673 * ½ ½ ½ . 1 ½ . 0 1 1 ½ . 1 2767
2. Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2701 ½ * 0 . 1 1 . . ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 2756
3. Tkachiev, Vladislav g FRA 2636 ½ 1 * ½ 0 . ½ ½ . 1 ½ 1 ½ . 6 2740
4. Sargissian, Gabriel g ARM 2667 ½ . ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 . . 1 ½ 6 2722
5. McShane, Luke J g ENG 2664 . 0 1 ½ * . 0 1 1 . ½ ½ ½ 1 6 2724
6. Navara, David g CZE 2708 0 0 . ½ . * ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ . 1 6 2735
7. Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2664 ½ . ½ 1 1 ½ * 0 0 . 1 . 1 0 2692
8. Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2726 . . ½ 0 0 0 1 * 1 . 1 ½ 1 ½ 2683
9. Li, Chao b g CHN 2649 1 ½ . ½ 0 0 1 0 * ½ . 1 ½ . 5 2668
10. Ganguly, Surya Shekhar g IND 2651 0 ½ 0 0 . 0 . . ½ * 0 1 1 1 4 2579
11. Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2707 0 ½ ½ . ½ ½ 0 0 . 1 * . ½ 0 2545
12. Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2647 ½ 0 0 . ½ ½ . ½ 0 0 . * ½ 1 2543
13. Nijboer, Friso g NED 2584 . ½ ½ 0 ½ . 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * . 3 2522
14. Spoelman, Wouter g NED 2547 0 0 . ½ 0 0 1 ½ . 0 1 0 . * 3 2531
Round 10 (January 26, 2011)
Tkachiev, Vladislav - So, Wesley ½-½ 19 D10 Slav Defence
McShane, Luke J - Efimenko, Zahar 0-1 48 A25 English Sicilian Attack
Le, Quang Liem - Sargissian, Gabriel 1-0 62 A22 English Opening
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw - Hammer, Jon Ludvig ½-½ 45 E55 Nimzo Indian
Li, Chao b - Navara, David 0-1 54 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Fressinet, Laurent - Spoelman, Wouter 0-1 39 D16 Slav Lasker/Smyslov
Nijboer, Friso - Ganguly, Surya Shekhar 0-1 51 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence

Just when 2/4 would have given him first place Daniele Vocaturo played rather poorly against Ivan Ivanisevic who also beat Illya Nyzhnyk. Vocaturo still leads (with 7.5/10) by a point with three rounds to go. Kateryna Lahno is having a fine tournament and is alone in second on 6.5/10. 14 year old Illya Nyzhnyk has started to fade and lost again.

73rd Tata Steel GMC Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-30 i 2011 cat. XI (2507)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Vocaturo, Daniele g ITA 2570 * . 0 . 1 0 ½ 1 . 1 1 1 1 1 2687
2. Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2518 . * ½ ½ . 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 . 2603
3. Ivanisevic, Ivan g SRB 2630 1 ½ * 1 . 0 1 . ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . 6 2552
4. Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2530 . ½ 0 * 1 1 . ½ 0 1 . ½ 1 ½ 6 2582
5. Kazhgaleyev, Murtas g KAZ 2637 0 . . 0 * 1 0 1 . 0 1 1 ½ 1 2513
6. Tania, Sachdev m IND 2391 1 0 1 0 0 * ½ 0 1 . ½ . . 1 5 2534
7. Bok, Benjamin m NED 2453 ½ 0 0 . 1 ½ * 1 1 ½ . ½ . 0 5 2519
8. Bluvshtein, Mark g CAN 2590 0 ½ . ½ 0 1 0 * 1 . 1 . 0 1 5 2500
9. Swiercz, Dariusz g POL 2540 . ½ ½ 1 . 0 0 0 * 1 . 0 1 1 5 2491
10. Siebrecht, Sebastian g GER 2439 0 0 ½ 0 1 . ½ . 0 * 1 1 ½ . 2488
11. Van Kampen, Robin m NED 2443 0 ½ ½ . 0 ½ . 0 . 0 * 1 ½ 1 4 2441
12. Van Der Werf, Mark m NED 2439 0 1 ½ ½ 0 . ½ . 1 0 0 * . 0 2409
13. Pruijssers, Roeland m NED 2484 0 0 ½ 0 ½ . . 1 0 ½ ½ . * ½ 2423
14. De Jong, Jan-Willem m NED 2437 0 . . ½ 0 0 1 0 0 . 0 1 ½ * 3 2358
Round 10 (January 26, 2011)
Lahno, Kateryna - Van Kampen, Robin ½-½ 28 B22 Sicilian Alapin
Ivanisevic, Ivan - Vocaturo, Daniele 1-0 37 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Bok, Benjamin - Tania, Sachdev ½-½ 70 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Swiercz, Dariusz - Nyzhnyk, Illya 1-0 47 B94 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5
Siebrecht, Sebastian - Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 1-0 51 E70 King's Indian Fianchetto
Van Der Werf, Mark - De Jong, Jan-Willem 0-1 63 D48 Queens Gambit Meran
Pruijssers, Roeland - Bluvshtein, Mark 1-0 53 B66 Sicilian Rauzer

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