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73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 (6)

Anand and Nakamura lead with 4.5/6, five tied a point further back

Erwin L'Ami turned down an early draw and was outplayed by Hikaru Nakamura. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

Erwin L'Ami turned down an early draw and was outplayed by Hikaru Nakamura. Photo © Michiel Abeln. | http://www.theweekinchess.com

Viswanthan Anand was the first player to finish in the A-Group when his quiet variation against Alexander Grischuk's Sicilian Najdorf led to a quick draw. Black won four games today without reply. Hikaru Nakamura joined Anand in the lead by gradually outplaying Erwin L'Ami in a queenless middlegame. Jan Smeets lost his third game with white in a row when he was quickly outplayed by Magnus Carlsen on a black side of a Berlin. A big opening novelty from Vladimir Kramnik on the black side of a Scotch (he had many, many more moves prepared than his opponent) led directly to a win against a suffering Alexei Shirov, although a Kramnik inaccuracy almost let him off. Anish Giri's ambitious but also suspicious setup against Ian Nepomniachtchi was just ripped apart by the Russian Champion. The remaining games were drawn. Luke McShane stays half a point clear of Zahar Efimenko in the B-Group after both won today. Read Michiel Abeln's annotations and comments on the round as well as his photos. A small amount of additional information and editing by Mark Crowther.

Round 6 was the round where the high rated players moved to the top of the list and all Dutch players played with white and lost. Two of them, Anish Giri and Erwin L’Ami, had the opportunity to take a quick draw, but decided to play on and were outplayed. That is just the little bit of luck that you need nowadays as a top player and having black. If white doesn’t take any risks, there is not much you can do. On the other hand, it is not always easy to achieve something with white and then it might be best to just take the draw as World Champion Viswanathan Anand and Ruslan Ponomariov did today.

Viswanathan Anand against Alexander Grischuk. Photo © Michiel Abeln. 2011 www.chess.co.uk/twic.

Anand could have played on in the final position as white in a Najdorf Sicilian against Alexander Grischuk. There black can prepare the d6-d5 breakthrough with Rb8 and Rb5, while white can reposition his bishop with Kb1, b3, Bc1 and Bb2, however it is very hard for white to find a constructive plan and to really achieve anything tangible.

Alexander Grischuk

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Viswanathan Anand

Final Position after 23...h6

Ruslan Ponomariov against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Photo © Michiel Abeln. 2011 www.chess.co.uk/twic.

Ruslan Ponomariov finished with the following position against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave's Gruenfeld where they agreed a draw.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

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Ruslan Ponomariov

Final Position after 22.g4

Erwin L'Ami against Hikaru Nakamura. Photo © Michiel Abeln. 2011 www.chess.co.uk/twic.

Hikaru Nakamura joined Anand in the lead by beating Erwin L’Ami today in a game he played very well. He figured before the game that L’Ami would play solidly today after yesterday’s painful experience and therefore Nakamura prepared a line that would give a playable position that is not always an immediate draw. Although L’Ami played what is nowadays considered the main line, black equalised comfortably. The position was not that exciting and Nakamura offered a draw around move 15. L’Ami decided to played on, believing the pair of bishops would give him an edge, however, black created a lot of counter-play and when white started to make some inaccuracies in time trouble the game was over.

Hikaru Nakamura

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Erwin L'Ami

Position after 32...a4. White's position is now very difficult and he lost very quickly from here.

The game concluded.

33. e4 fxe4 34. fxe4 Ndb6 35. e5 Be4 36. exd6+ Kxd6 37. Bg3+ Ke7 38. Kd1 Bxd3 39. Bxd3 Nxb2+ 40. Ke2 Nd5 41. Be4 Nc3+ 42. Kf3 b4 43. Be1 Nbd1 0-1

Levon Aronian against Wang Hao. Photo © Michiel Abeln. 2011 www.chess.co.uk/twic.

Levon Aronian was very close to narrowing the gap with the top group, but Wang Hao saved himself by a miracle, defending a worse ending that he also survived in the post-mortem.

Aronian,Levon - Wang Hao [D19]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (6), 13.01.2011
Annotator Michiel Abeln

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 Nbd7 9.Qe2 Bg4 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 0-0 12.Rd1 Rc8

Probably not black's best option

13.e4 e5 14.d5

[14.Be3 Qa5 15.Qf5 exd4 16.Qxa5 Bxa5 17.Bxd4 Rfe8 18.f3 a6 19.Kf2 Ne5 20.Be2 Rcd8 21.Be3 h5 22.g4 hxg4 23.hxg4 Ng6 24.Rxd8 Rxd8 25.Kg3 Re8 26.Rd1 Bc7+ 27.Kf2 Re7 28.Bf1 Nf4 29.g5 Nh7 30.Bxf4 Bxf4 31.Rd8+ Nf8 32.g6 b5 33.Bh3 fxg6 34.Ra8 bxa4 35.Bf1 Kf7 36.Bc4+ Ne6 37.Ne2 Bd6 38.f4 Kf6 39.e5+ Bxe5 40.fxe5+ Kxe5 41.Bxe6 Kxe6 42.Rxa6 Rb7 43.Nf4+ Ke5 Leko,P (2741)-Gelfand,B (2734)/Moscow 2006/CBM 116/1-0 (79)]

14...cxd5 15.Bxd5 Bxc3 16.bxc3 Nxd5 17.Rxd5

Aronian had studied this position long time ago (meaning about 6 months ago!).

17...Qc7 18.Qg3N

[18.Be3 Nb6 19.Rc5 Qb8 20.Rd1 1/2-1/2 L'Ami,E (2516)-Sedlak,N (2521)/Germany 2005/CBM 107]

18...Nb6 19.Rxe5 f6 20.Rb5 Qxg3 21.fxg3 Rf7 22.Bf4

Wang Hao

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Levon Aronian

Position after 22.Bf4

22...g5

[Probably black should have played 22...Nc4 23.Rd1 b6 24.Kf2 Re7 25.Rd4 Rc6 and Aronian's summary of the position was, 'black has no problems but will be in trouble!']

23.Be3 Rxc3 24.Bf2 Rc4 25.Ra5 Nc8 26.e5 b6 27.Rd5 fxe5 28.Rxe5 h6 29.Re8+ Kh7 30.Rd1 Rcc7 31.h4

[31.g4 Ne7 32.Bg3 Rb7 33.Rd6 Ng6 34.Ree6 Rg7 35.Bf2 Rbe7]

31...Ne7 32.Rdd8

With hindsight one can say Arionian was too optimistic here

[A very serious alternative was 32.h5 ]

32...Kg6 33.g4 Rc1+ 34.Kh2 Rxf2 35.h5+ Kg7 36.Rxe7+ Rf7 37.Re6

Wang Hao

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Levon Aronian

Position after 37.Re6

From here on Wang Hao defends very precisely

37...Rc4 38.Rg6+ Kh7 39.Rdd6 Rxg4 40.Rxh6+ Kg8 41.Rdg6+ Rg7 42.a5 Rxg6 43.Rxg6+ Kh7 44.g3 Rc4 45.axb6 axb6 46.Kh3

[46.Rxg5 Kh6 47.Rb5 Rc5; 46.Rxb6 g4 47.Rg6 Rc5]

46...g4+ 47.Kh4 b5 48.Kg5 b4 49.Rh6+ Kg7 50.Rd6 Rc5+ 51.Kxg4 Rb5 1/2-1/2

Jan Smeets against Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Michiel Abeln. 2011 www.chess.co.uk/twic.

Magnus decided to play the Berlin wall, which was a great choice against Jan Smeets, because instead of long forcing lines, there was, after 10 moves , "just" a playable position. Smeets failed to find a constructive plan and the combination of g3 and Rd3 gave black the chance to take the initiative after which the position quickly went downhill for the Dutchman.

Smeets,Jan - Carlsen,Magnus [C67]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (6), 13.01.2011
Annotator Michiel Abeln

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Bd7 10.h3 b6 11.b3

[11.Rd1 Kc8 12.g4 Ne7 13.Ng5 f6 14.Nf7 Rg8 15.Ne4 fxe5 16.Nxe5 Be8 17.f4 Nd5 18.b3 a5 19.a4 Kb7 20.c4 Nf6 21.Ng3 h5 22.g5 h4 23.Nf5 Ne4 24.Be3 Rh8 25.Kg2 g6 26.Nd4 Bd6 27.Ndf3 c5 28.Rd3 Ng3 29.Re1 Rh7 30.Nxh4 Bxe5 31.Kxg3 Bd6 32.Nf3 Bd7 33.h4 Rah8 34.Bd2 Bc6 35.Bc3 Rf8 36.Ne5 Rg8 37.Ng4 Bxf4+ 38.Kxf4 Rxh4 39.Bf6 1-0 Rasmussen,A (2513)-Pedersen,N (2417)/Denmark 2008/EXT 2010]

11...Kc8 12.Bb2 h5N

[12...h6 13.Rad1 Ne7 14.Nd4 c5 15.Nde2 h5 16.Nf4 Bf5 17.Rd2 Kb7 18.Ncd5 Nxd5 19.Nxd5 Rd8 20.Rfd1 h4 21.c4 Re8 22.f4 Rh5 23.Kf2 Be6 24.Kf3 Kc8 25.Bc3 Kb7 26.Ne3 Be7 27.Rf2 g6 28.Ke4 Rg8 29.Rfd2 Kc8 1/2-1/ 2 Emms,J (2537)-Ferguson,M (2376)/Birmingham 2002/CBM 084 ext]

13.g3

[13.Rad1 Be7 14.Ne2 c5]

13...Be7 14.Rad1 a5 15.a4

[15.Ne4 a4 16.Nfg5]

15...Re8

Magnus Carlsen

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Jan Smeets

Position after 15...Re8

16.Rd3

[16.Ne4]

16...c5 17.Nd5 c4 18.Rc3

[18.bxc4 Bxa4]

18...Bc5 19.Kh2 Bc6 20.bxc4 Bxa4 21.Ra1 Bc6 22.Rf1

[22.Kg2]

22...a4 23.Ba3 Ra5 24.g4 hxg4 25.hxg4 Ne7 26.Nb4 Bb7 27.Kg3 Ng6 28.Re1 Bxf3 29.Rxf3 Rxe5 30.Rd1 Re4 31.Rxf7 Rxg4+ 32.Kxg4 Ne5+ 33.Kg3 Nxf7 0-1

Shirov against Kramnik. Photo © Michiel Abeln. 2011 www.chess.co.uk/twic.

Vladimir Kramnik was happy after his win, which was based on excellent preparation that provided at least a draw and in many lines a dangerous initiative. In the game the computer shows that there was one hiccup  where black could have won directly with Re8+ Be2 Qc1, a line which Kramnik of course saw, but he thought the game continuation would lead to a simpler win. In practice that was the case, however, the computers disagree and show that on the very next move Shirov had two surprising lines to equalise again, instead of which he the played Kg4 after which the game could no longer be saved.

Shirov,Alexei - Kramnik,Vladimir [C45]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (6), 13.01.2011
Annotator Michiel Abeln

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.Bd2 g6

[10...0-0-0 11.0-0-0 Re8 12.f4 f6 13.exf6 gxf6 14.Qh5 Rd8 15.Bd3 Qg7 16.Qa5 Qxg2 17.Qxa7 Qh3 18.Kc2 Rg8 19.a4 d5 20.a5 dxc4 21.Bf1 Qf5+ 22.Kc1 Bc5 23.axb6 Rxd2 24.Rxd2 Be3 25.Nb1 cxb6 26.Bxc4 Qc5 27.b3 Kc7 28.Qa2 b5 29.Qa5+ Kb8 30.Kd1 Bc8 31.Be2 Qf5 32.Rd3 Qe4 33.Rf1 Rg2 34.Nc3 Qe6 35.Qa2 b4 36.Na4 Ba6 37.Qc2 Bd4 38.Re1 Bf2 39.Rf1 Bd4 40.Re1 Motylev,A (2570)-Zhang Zhong (2607)/Linares 2001/CBM 081/1-0]

11.Ne4 0-0-0 12.a4N

[12.f4 c5 13.0-0-0 Bg7 14.h4 d6 15.h5 h6 16.Nf6 Bxf6 17.Qg4+ Qd7 18.Qxd7+ Nxd7 19.exf6 Nxf6 20.hxg6 fxg6 21.Bc3 Rhf8 22.Rxh6 Ne4 23.Ba5 Rxf4 24.Rxg6 Nf2 25.Re1 Rf7 26.Be2 Rh8 27.Kd2 Rh2 28.Rg1 Bc6 29.Ke1 Kb7 30.Rg3 Be4 31.Re3 Rxg2 32.Rxg2 1/2-1/2 Alonso,R-Sidenko,A/LSS email 2006/Corr 2011]

12...Ba6 13.Qe3 Qxe5 14.Bc3 Bb4 15.Bxb4 Rhe8 16.f3 d5

Vladimir Kramnik

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Alexei Shirov

Position after 16...d5

17.a5

[17.cxd5 Bxf1 18.Kxf1 cxd5 19.a5 dxe4 (19...Nd7 20.Bc3 Qe6 21.Qxa7 dxe4 22.a6 Qc4+ 23.Kf2 Nc5 24.Kg3 Qd5) 20.axb6 Qb5+ 21.Kf2 Qxb4 22.bxa7 Kb7] is equal.

17...Nxc4 18.Qxa7 Qxb2 19.Qxa6+ Kd7 20.Rd1

[20.Bxc4 Qxa1+ 21.Kf2 Qd4+ 22.Kg3 Rxe4 23.Bxd5 (23.fxe4 Qe3+ 24.Kh4 g5+ 25.Kh5 Qxe4 26.g3 Qxh1) 23...Qe5+ 24.Kf2 Qxd5 25.fxe4 Qd4+ 26.Kf3 Rb8]

20...Qxb4+ 21.Kf2 Rxe4 22.fxe4 Qc5+ 23.Ke1 Qb4+ 24.Kf2 Qc5+ 25.Ke1 Nb2 26.exd5 Qc3+ 27.Rd2

Vladimir Kramnik

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Alexei Shirov

Position after 27.Rd2

27...Qc1+

[27...Re8+ 28.Be2 Qc1+ 29.Kf2 Qxd2 30.Rb1 (30.Qxc6+ Ke7 31.Qb5 (31.Rf1 Kf8 32.Kg1 Rxe2) 31...Qd4+ 32.Kf1 Nd1) 30...Qxd5 31.Bf3 Qd2+ 32.Kg3 Qd6+ 33.Kh3 Nd3]

28.Ke2 Re8+ 29.Kf3 Qxd2 30.Qxc6+ Kd8 31.Qf6+ Re7

Vladimir Kramnik

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Alexei Shirov

Position after 31...Re7

32.Kg4

[32.Ba6 Qe3+ 33.Kg4 Nd3 34.Qh8+ Kd7 35.Bc8+ Kd6 36.Qf6+ Re6 37.Qd8+ Kc5 38.Qxc7+ Kd4 39.Qa7+ Nc5 40.Bxe6 f5+ 41.Bxf5 gxf5+ 42.Kxf5 Qe4+ 43.Kg5 Qxg2+ 44.Kf4 Qxh1 45.Qxh7; 32.Kg3 Qe3+ 33.Kh4 Qe4+ 34.Kg5 Qxd5+ 35.Kh6]

32...Nd1 33.Qh8+ Kd7 34.Bb5+ c6 35.Bxc6+ Kc7 36.d6+ Qxd6 37.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 38.Bf3 h5+ 39.Kg3 Qe1+ 40.Kh3 Qe6+ 41.Kh4 g5+ 42.Kxg5 Qg6+ 43.Kf4 f6 0-1

Anish Giri against Ian Nepomniachtchi. Photo © Michiel Abeln. 2011 www.chess.co.uk/twic.

The young dutch star Anish Giri lost his first game of the tournament to a well-prepared Ian Nepomniachtchi. Black equalised comfortably after playing the rare Bg4 and on move 15 Giri could make a draw by repeating moves. He decided to play on with the risky Bf1, probably misjudging the position (white has some attacking chances and can chase the black queen, while black has a lot of pressure against d4 and a much better pawn structure). In the game it turned out that all tactics were working for black and the quick playing Nepomniachtchi won in record time.

Giri,Anish - Nepomniachtchi,Ian [D85]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (6), 13.01.2011
Annotator Michiel Abeln

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Be3 Bg4 9.Rc1 Bxf3

[9...Qa5 10.Qd2 Nc6 11.d5 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Rd8 13.Bd3 0-0 14.0-0 Qc7 15.Rfd1 b6 16.Qe2 Ne5 17.Bb5 g5 18.f4 Ng6 19.fxg5 f6 20.gxf6 Rxf6 21.Kh1 Qe5 22.f3 Rdf8 23.Rf1 Nh4 24.Bd7 Rxf3 25.Rxf3 Qxe4 26.Be6+ Kh8 27.Bd4 Qxf3+ 28.Qxf3 Rxf3 29.Bxg7+ Kxg7 30.Kg1 Kf6 31.Bg4 Rf4 32.h3 Ng6 33.Kg2 Ra4 34.Kg3 Rxa2 35.Rf1+ Kg7 36.Be6 Ra3 37.Rf7+ Kh6 38.Rf3 b5 0-1 Karjakin,S (2725)-Svidler,P (2750)/Nice 2010/CBM 135 Extra]

10.gxf3 cxd4 11.cxd4 0-0 12.f4N

[12.Qd2 e6 13.Bg2 Nc6 14.d5 exd5 15.exd5 Ne7 16.f4 Nf5 17.0-0 Re8 18.Rfd1 Nd6 19.a4 Qd7 20.Qb4 a5 21.Qb6 Bf8 22.Qb3 b5 23.axb5 a4 24.Qd3 Nxb5 25.d6 Rac8 26.Rc5 Nxd6 27.Rd5 Qc7 28.Bd4 Qc4 29.Qh3 Qb3 30.Be5 Nc4 31.R5d3 Qb5 32.Bd5 Nxe5 33.fxe5 Rc7 34.e6 Kg7 35.exf7 Re5 36.Qg3 Rce7 37.Qf4 1/2-1/2 Sundararajan,K (2449)-Gopal,G (2609)/New Delhi 2010/CB00_2011; 12.d5]

12...e6 13.Bg2 Nc6 14.e5

[14.d5 is drawish 14...exd5 15.Qxd5 Nb4 16.Qxd8 Rfxd8 17.0-0 Nxa2 18.Rc7 b5 19.e5 Rac8 20.Rxa7]

14...Qa5+

[a reasonable alternative is 14...Nb4 15.Bxb7 Rb8 is more or less equal 16.Bg2 Nxa2 17.Rc5]

15.Qd2 Qa6 16.Qe2 Qa5+ 17.Qd2 Qa6

And here white decides not to continue with repetition

18.Bf1

Ian Nepomniachtchi

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Anish Giri

Position after 18.Bf1

18...Qa4 19.Rc4 Qb5 20.Rc5 Qb1+ 21.Ke2 Qe4

[21...Nxd4+ 22.Qxd4 Rad8 23.Qa4]

22.f3

[22.Rg1 Rad8 is better for black]

22...Qf5 23.h4

Not only an attacking move, but also taking away important squares from the black queen

[23.Kf2 Rad8 24.d5 exd5 25.Rxd5 Bh6 26.Bc4 Rxd5 27.Bxd5 Qh3]

23...Qh5

to keep queen

24.Bf2

[A better option was 24.d5 exd5 25.Rxd5 Rad8 26.Kf2 Rxd5 27.Qxd5 Rd8 28.Qe4 Bf8 29.Bc4]

24...Rfd8 25.Bh3 Bf8 26.Bg4 Qh6

Ian Nepomniachtchi

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Anish Giri

Position after 26...Qh6

[Because black has the initiave in the game, there is no need to step on the break: 26...Qxg4 27.fxg4 Bxc5]

27.Rc4

[The game continues after 27.Rcc1 Bb4 28.Qb2 Qf8 although black is clearly better, he's far from winning]

27...Rd5 28.h5 Rad8 29.Rh3 Bc5 30.hxg6 Qxg6 31.f5

[31.Qc2 Nxd4+ 32.Bxd4 Bxd4 33.Qxg6+ hxg6 34.Rc2 is no picnic either]

31...exf5 32.Bh5 Nxd4+ 33.Kf1 Nxf3 34.Qxd5 Rxd5 35.Bxf3

[35.Bxg6 Nd2+ 36.Kg2 Nxc4 37.Bxh7+ Kf8 38.Bxc5+ Rxc5 39.Bxf5 Nxe5]

35...Bxf2 36.Bxd5 Qg1+ 37.Ke2 Qe1+ 38.Kf3 Qf1 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 . . . . 1 1 ½ ½ 1 . 2913
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2751 . * ½ . . . . ½ ½ . 1 1 . 1 2919
3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2805 . ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ . . ½ . . . . 2811
4. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2784 ½ . ½ * ½ . . . . ½ ½ . . 1 2819
5. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2733 . . 0 ½ * . . 1 . 1 ½ . . ½ 2807
6. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2715 . . ½ . . * . ½ ½ ½ ½ . . 1 2800
7. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2814 . . ½ . . . * 0 ½ . . 1 1 ½ 2764
8. Giri, Anish g NED 2686 . ½ . . 0 ½ 1 * . . . ½ ½ . 3 2717
9. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2744 0 ½ . . . ½ ½ . * . . ½ 1 . 3 2730
10. Wang, Hao g CHN 2731 0 . ½ ½ 0 ½ . . . * 1 . . . 2713
11. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2773 ½ 0 . ½ ½ ½ . . . 0 * . . . 2 2629
12. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2628 ½ 0 . . . . 0 ½ ½ . . * ½ . 2 2619
13. Smeets, Jan g NED 2662 0 . . . . . 0 ½ 0 . . ½ * 1 2 2609
14. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2722 . 0 . 0 ½ 0 ½ . . . . . 0 * 1 2470
Round 6 (January 21, 2011)
Anand, Viswanathan - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 23 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Aronian, Levon - Wang, Hao ½-½ 51 D19 Slav Defence
Giri, Anish - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 0-1 38 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 22 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
L'Ami, Erwin - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 43 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Smeets, Jan - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 33 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Shirov, Alexei - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1 43 C45 Scotch Game

Luke McShane against Radoslaw Wojtaszek. Photo © Michiel Abeln. 2011 www.chess.co.uk/twic.

Luke McShane beat elo favourite Radoslaw Wojtaszek and second placed Zahar Efimenko beat Jon Ludvig Hammer with black. McShane has 5/6 and Efimenko 4.5/6.

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. McShane, Luke J g ENG 2664 * . . . . ½ 1 1 . 1 ½ . 1 . 5 2914
2. Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2701 . * ½ . 1 ½ . . . . . 1 1 ½ 2848
3. So, Wesley g PHI 2673 . ½ * ½ . 1 . . ½ . . ½ . 1 4 2797
4. Sargissian, Gabriel g ARM 2667 . . ½ * ½ . . ½ . ½ . . ½ 1 2701
5. Navara, David g CZE 2708 . 0 . ½ * . 1 . ½ . . ½ . 1 2733
6. Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2707 ½ ½ 0 . . * . . . ½ ½ . . 1 3 2651
7. Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2726 0 . . . 0 . * 1 . ½ 1 . ½ . 3 2631
8. Li, Chao b g CHN 2649 0 . . ½ . . 0 * 1 . ½ 1 . . 3 2658
9. Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2664 . . ½ . ½ . . 0 * ½ 1 . 0 . 2575
10. Tkachiev, Vladislav g FRA 2636 0 . . ½ . ½ ½ . ½ * ½ . . . 2611
11. Nijboer, Friso g NED 2584 ½ . . . . ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * . . . 2 2549
12. Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2647 . 0 ½ . ½ . . 0 . . . * 1 0 2 2529
13. Spoelman, Wouter g NED 2547 0 0 . ½ . . ½ . 1 . . 0 * . 2 2553
14. Ganguly, Surya Shekhar g IND 2651 . ½ 0 0 0 0 . . . . . 1 . * 2490
Round 6 (January 21, 2011)
McShane, Luke J - Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 1-0 38 B23 Sicilian Closed
Navara, David - Ganguly, Surya Shekhar 1-0 35 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Fressinet, Laurent - So, Wesley 0-1 42 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Li, Chao b - Hammer, Jon Ludvig 1-0 35 D17 Slav Defence
Tkachiev, Vladislav - Sargissian, Gabriel ½-½ 45 E48 Nimzo Indian
Nijboer, Friso - Le, Quang Liem 0-1 29 B84 Sicilian Scheveningen
Spoelman, Wouter - Efimenko, Zahar 0-1 37 E20 Nimzo Indian

Mark Van Der Werf drew with Illya Nyzhnyk whilst Tania Sachdev beat leader Daniele Vocaturo so Nyzhnyk and Vocaturo share first with 4.5/6.

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. Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2530 * . . ½ 1 ½ . 1 . . . . ½ 1 2689
2. Vocaturo, Daniele g ITA 2570 . * . . 0 1 . 1 . ½ . 1 1 . 2684
3. Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2518 . . * 0 1 ½ ½ . . . 1 . . 1 4 2620
4. Van Der Werf, Mark m NED 2439 ½ . 1 * . . ½ . 1 ½ 0 . . . 2575
5. Tania, Sachdev m IND 2391 0 1 0 . * . 1 . 1 . . ½ . . 2595
6. Bluvshtein, Mark g CAN 2590 ½ 0 ½ . . * . 0 1 . . 1 . . 3 2539
7. Ivanisevic, Ivan g SRB 2630 . . ½ ½ 0 . * . . 1 ½ . . ½ 3 2454
8. Kazhgaleyev, Murtas g KAZ 2637 0 0 . . . 1 . * . 0 . 1 1 . 3 2503
9. Swiercz, Dariusz g POL 2540 . . . 0 0 0 . . * . 1 . 1 1 3 2463
10. Bok, Benjamin m NED 2453 . ½ . ½ . . 0 1 . * ½ . 0 . 2468
11. Siebrecht, Sebastian g GER 2439 . . 0 1 . . ½ . 0 ½ * . . ½ 2453
12. Van Kampen, Robin m NED 2443 . 0 . . ½ 0 . 0 . . . * 1 ½ 2 2393
13. De Jong, Jan-Willem m NED 2437 ½ 0 . . . . . 0 0 1 . 0 * . 2335
14. Pruijssers, Roeland m NED 2484 0 . 0 . . . ½ . 0 . ½ ½ . * 2323
Round 6 (January 21, 2011)
Van Der Werf, Mark - Nyzhnyk, Illya ½-½ 40 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Tania, Sachdev - Vocaturo, Daniele 1-0 51 A56 Old Indian Defence
Bluvshtein, Mark - Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 0-1 59 D10 Slav Defence
Ivanisevic, Ivan - Lahno, Kateryna ½-½ 41 D86 Gruenfeld Simagin
Bok, Benjamin - De Jong, Jan-Willem 0-1 40 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Siebrecht, Sebastian - Swiercz, Dariusz 0-1 52 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Pruijssers, Roeland - Van Kampen, Robin ½-½ 58 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation

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