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74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 (9)

Aronian a point clear of Tata Steel after Carlsen defeat in Rd9

Sergey Karjakin scored his first ever win at classical timerates against Magnus Carlsen in Round 9. Photo Frits Agterdenbos.

Sergey Karjakin scored his first ever win at classical timerates against Magnus Carlsen in Round 9. Photo Frits Agterdenbos. | http://www.chessvista.com

Levon Aronian took a 1 point lead after defeating Fabiano Caruana in the 9th round of the 74th Tata Steel tournament. Aronian's preparation won him a rook but he allowed his opponent counterplay via his central pawns. He did find the winning method coming up to move 40. Magnus Carlsen got no advantage from the opening against Sergey Karjakin and then played a poor idea with 17.f4? and 18.Ne4? and was slowly ground down. Anish Giri was doing well as black against Vassily Ivanchuk but was bamboozled with the shock move 34.Ne6 but even then he should have held the ending but allowed a lost King and Pawn ending instead. Remaining games drawn. Round 9 Leaders: 1st Aronian 6.5pts 2nd-4th Carlsen, Ivanchuk, Radjabov 5.5pts. 5th Nakamura 5. Round 10 Wed 25th Jan 2012 12:30 GMT Topalov-Caruana, Giri-Aronian, Navara-Ivanchuk, Gelfand-Gashimov, Radjabov-Van Wely, Karjakin-Kamsky, Nakamura-Carlsen.

Carlsen lost to Karjakin

Magnus Carlsen against Sergey Karjakin

Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com

Magnus Carlsen went down to defeat to Sergey Karjakin after making something of a mess of his opening. At first they transposed from a Queen's Indian into a sort of Tartakower Queen's Gambit where it was clear that black had completely equalised, and then Magnus played the bad sequence 17.f4? d4 18.Ne4? and after 18...Bxe4 19.Bxe4 d3 he was fundimentally lost although Carlsen tried to resist Karjakin brought home the point quite cleanly. This was Karjakin's first classical win against Carlsen and it returns him to 50% with 4 wins and 4 losses and just the one draw.

Carlsen,Magnus - Karjakin,Sergey [A15]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (9.4), 24.01.2012

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.Nc3 Bb7 4.d4 e6 5.a3 d5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.e3 0-0 8.Rc1 h6 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Bd3

[11.Be2 1-0 Piarnpuu,L (2227)-Muller,A (2135)/Istanbul TUR 2000 (41)]

11...c5

[11...Re8 12.0-0 Nd7 13.Nb5 Re7 14.Nxc7 Rc8 15.Nb5 Rxc1 16.Qxc1 Ba6 17.Qd2 Nf8 18.Rc1 g5 19.Nc3 Bxd3 20.Qxd3 g4 21.Ne1 Rc7 22.Qf5 Ng6 23.Qxg4 Kh7 24.Nd3 Bh8 25.Qf5 Qe8 26.h3 Qe6 27.Qxe6 fxe6 28.f4 Rg7 29.g4 h5 30.g5 Nh4 31.Kf2 Nf5 32.Nb5 a6 33.Nc7 1-0 Pavic,J (2096)-Cupic,L/Zagreb 2007/CBM 117 ext]

12.0-0

[12.dxc5; 12.Bb1]

12...Na6!

Black has the two bishops and "is more or less fine."

[12...c4 0-1 Ressler,V (2132)-Fenes,L (2348)/Slovakia 2001/Corr 2008 (32)]

13.Ne5 cxd4 14.exd4 Bxe5! 15.dxe5 Nc5 16.Re1 Re8

[16...Qg5 is an interesting alternative.; 16...d4 17.Ne4 Qd5 (17...Bxe4 18.Bxe4 d3 19.Rxc5! bxc5 20.Bxa8 Qxa8 21.Qxd3 winning a pawn.) 18.Bc4 Qxe5 19.Nxc5 Qxc5 20.Bxf7+ wins the queen.]

17.f4?

Sergey Karjakin

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 17.f4?

This is the move that gets Carlsen into trouble according to Karjakin.

[17.Nb5 Nxd3 18.Qxd3 Ba6 19.Qb3 Bxb5 20.Qxb5 and the game should be drawn.; 17.Bf1 Karjakin's suggestion which is about equal.]

17...d4 18.Ne4?

is maybe not the best either according to Karjakin.

[18.Nb5 already playing for a draw is also possible. 18...Ba6 (18...Qd5 19.Re2 Nxd3 20.Qxd3 Ba6 21.a4) 19.a4 Bxb5]

18...Bxe4 19.Bxe4 d3

Sergey Karjakin

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 19...d3

Black is in the broadest terms winning. Carlsen makes Karjakin work hard for the point but he just can't save this.

20.Rc4?!

[20.Rxc5 bxc5 21.Bxa8 Qd4+ is the big difference over the previous line, black has a check.; 20.Bxa8 and Karjakin thinks he is close to winning but maybe is does offer some chances over Rc4 which seems to be losing out of hand. 20...d2 21.Bc6 Qd4+ 22.Kh1 dxe1R+ 23.Qxe1 Nd3 24.Qf1]

20...Rc8 21.Bf5 Qd5

[21...b5 is also very playable.]

22.Rc3 Rcd8 23.Qd2 Qd4+

[23...g6?! 24.b4! and white is ok. (24.Bg4 Ne4 wins.) ]

24.Kh1

[24.Qf2? Qxf2+ 25.Kxf2 g6 26.Bg4 (26.b4 Na4) 26...d2; 24.Kf1]

24...a5

White doesn't really have any moves.

25.Rb1 a4 26.Rd1 Rd5

Which is very close to winning with Rd8 and g6 to follow.

[26...g6 27.Bxd3 Ne4 28.Bxe4 Qxd2 29.Rxd2 Rxd2 and Karjakin wasn't completely sure it was winning.]

27.h4

White's position is dire and he fears g5.

27...g6

[27...Red8 28.h5 and maybe white doesn't lose immediately.]

28.Bxd3 Red8

[28...Ne4 29.Bxe4 Qxd2 30.Rxd2 Rxd2 31.Bc2 was another possibility.]

29.Qe1

only move.

29...Qxf4 30.e6 Nxe6

[30...Nxd3 31.Rdxd3 Rxd3 32.Rxd3 Rxd3 33.e7 Re3 34.e8Q+ Rxe8 35.Qxe8+ Kg7 is not the kind of complication that black wants.]

31.Bc2 b5

Black is a clean pawn up and with the better position.

[31...Re5 32.Rxd8+ Nxd8 33.Qg3 with chances to hold.]

32.Rxd5 Rxd5 33.Re3 Nd4! 34.Bd3

[34.Bxg6 Black needed to calculate this. 34...fxg6 35.Re8+ Kg7 36.Re7+ (36.Qe7+ Qf7) 36...Kf6 37.Re4 Qd6 Both winning for black.]

34...Kg7 35.Kg1 Qf6

Sergey Karjakin

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 35...Qf6

36.Kh2?

The decisive mistake. White had to try.

[36.Qf2 Nf5 37.Bxf5 (37.Rf3 Qd6 wins. ) 37...Rxf5 38.Rf3 Rxf3 39.gxf3 still hard to win for black.]

36...Rh5 37.Rh3

[37.Re4 Nf3+ 38.gxf3 Qd6+ 39.Kg2 Qxd3]

37...Ne6 38.Rf3 Rxh4+

Winning a second pawn removes any doubt that Karjakin will win.

39.Kg1 Qd4+ 40.Qf2 Qxf2+ 41.Kxf2 b4

Karjakin thought this completely winning but said that in fact there were at least some practical chances for white.

42.Re3 Rd4 43.Bb5 Kf6 44.Rf3+ Ke7 45.Rd3 bxa3 46.bxa3 Rf4+ 47.Ke3 f5 48.Rd7+ Kf6 49.Rd6 Re4+ 50.Kf2 Kg5 51.Be8 Nf4 52.Bb5 Re5 53.Bc4 Nh5 54.Ra6 Nf6 55.Rxa4 Ng4+ 56.Kf1 Kh4 57.Be2 Kg3 58.Bxg4 fxg4 59.Rb4 h5 60.a4 Kh2 0-1

Karjakin demonstrated the game afterwards.

Sergey a win against the number one in the world?

I think I managed to play a good game today. He gave me a chance which I completely used. I think it was a more or less equal position after opening but he blundered when he played 17.f4. 17...d4 18.Ne4 is maybe not the best and after 18...Bxe4 19.Bxe4 d3 I think black is already much better. He was defending very well I think but basically the position is really very bad for white so I managed to win it.

So actually the whole game was around the pawn on d3 right?

Yes after I managed to put my pawn on d3 of course it is very hard for white to defend. It shows how good my position was.

Have you won before against Magnus?

I won against him in rapid but never in classic. Does it feel good? Yes sure!

Aronian beat Caruana

Levon Aronian against Fabiano Caruana

Levon Aronian against Fabiano Caruana. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com

Levon Aronian caught Fabiano Caruana in some deep preparation in the English. This was really a complex position so Caruana was at a major disadvantage against the well prepared Aronian Eventually Aronian won a whole rook however Caruana did have some powerful central pawns. It should not have been enough but Aronian missed "many, many good moves" and allowed a lot of compensation, perhaps even enough for the draw but Caruana, no doubt short of time, was definitely lost after the first time control and was checkmated quite quickly.

So Levon how did the game go and where was his decisive mistake?

Well I had a very good position out of the opening. I felt that I managed to get my opponent into my preparation and then it looked like a comfortable win and then for some reason I started to complicate it with each and every move so I'm not sure where was his last mistake, but I know where my mistakes are.

Where was the mistake then? Because you were like a rook up but the pawns were really dangerous.

They weren't that dangerous but they were suppressing my activity for some moment, but I had many, many good moves, instead of 27.Re1 I could simply play 27.Qe7 which was much more simpler decision. OK I have forgot the f4 pawn I can't really protect it well so when it falls he gets some counterplay. You're used to playing with mistakes when you're playing such a long tournament.

Your chances for tournament victory have increased after today because Magnus is drawing or losing.

I'm not really looking how my collegues play, I'll look at it not through the glasses of the result but more through simply chess interest. Yeah I think he blundered something.

Aronian,Levon - Caruana,Fabiano [A34]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (9.6), 24.01.2012
[Crowther,Mark]

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.e3 Nf6 5.d4 cxd4 6.exd4 e4 7.Ne5 Bb4 8.Be2 Qa5 9.0-0 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Qxe5 11.Bd2 Bc5 12.Nb5 0-0 13.b4 Be7

[13...Bd4 14.Nxd4 Qxd4 15.Bf4 Qxd1 16.Rfxd1 b6 17.a4 Bb7 18.a5 d5 19.a6 Bc6 20.b5 Bd7 21.Bg5 Be6 22.Bxf6 gxf6 23.cxd5 Bd7 24.f3 exf3 25.gxf3 Rfe8 26.Kf2 Rac8 27.Rac1 Kf8 28.Bd3 f5 29.Kg3 Ke7 30.d6+ Kf6 31.Kf4 Re5 32.Rxc8 Bxc8 33.Rc1 Be6 34.Rc7 Rd5 35.Be2 Rxd6 36.Rxa7 Rd2 37.Ke3 Ra2 38.f4 Ra3+ 39.Kd2 Ra2+ 40.Ke1 Ra1+ 41.Kf2 Ra2 42.Rc7 Bd5 43.Ke3 Ra4 44.Bd3 Ra3 45.Kd4 Ke6 46.Bxf5+ 1-0 Buhmann,R (2579)-Gschnitzer,O (2444)/Bonn GER 2011/The Week in Chess 864]

14.f4 Qe6

[14...Qb8 15.f5 d6 16.Bf4 a5 17.c5 Bd7 18.cxd6 Bd8 19.Nc7 Qa7+ 20.Kh1 Rc8 21.b5 Bxf5 22.Rc1 Bd7 23.Rc3 Ne8 24.Bg4 f5 25.Be5 Bh4 26.Bxf5 1-0 Kribben,M (2504)-Logdahl,H/ICCF email 2003/Corr 2006]

15.Be3 Bxb4 16.Nc7 Qc6 17.Nxa8 b6 18.Rb1 Bc5 19.Bxc5 bxc5 20.Rb8 Bb7 21.Rxf8+ Kxf8 22.Qb3 g6

[22...Ne8 23.Rb1 Bxa8 24.Qb8 a6 25.a4 is much better for white.]

23.Rb1 Bxa8 24.Qb8+ Kg7 25.Qxa7 e3 26.Bf3 d5 27.Re1

Aronian was critical of this move.

[27.Qe7 was Aronian's suggestion after the game as being simpler.; 27.Rb8 Nd7 28.Rxa8 is even stronger.]

27...Qd6 28.Qxa8 d4 29.Qa3 Qxf4 30.Rf1 Qe5 31.Qd3 Qe8 32.g3 h5 33.Bg2 Qa4 34.a3 Qa5 35.Bf3 Qa6 36.Be2 Qa5 37.Qb1 Qd2

Fabiano Caruana

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Levon Aronian

Position after 37...Qd2

38.Qe1?!

[38.Qb7 Qxe2 39.Qe7 Qxc4 40.Qxf6+ Kg8 41.Rb1 was the quick kill Aronian was seeking.]

38...Qa2 39.g4

Bad according to the computers and leaving black almost equal.

39...hxg4

White seems to be winning again now.

[39...Nxg4 40.Bxg4 hxg4 when there is at least a lot of work to do.]

40.Qg3 Qxe2

Now white has to break through.

41.Qe5 d3 42.Rxf6 Kh6 43.Rxf7 Qe1+ 44.Kg2 Qe2+ 45.Kg3 Qe1+ 46.Kxg4 Qg1+ 47.Kh3

There are no more checks and white is just mating.

1-0

Ivanchuk beat Giri

Vassily Ivanchuk against Anish Giri

Vassily Ivanchuk against Anish Giri. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com

Vassily Ivanchuk said he won a "hard fight with a lot of mistakes by both sides" to defeat Anish Giri. Giri seemed to be the one pressing for some time with black but then was blown off course with 34.Ne6 with some nasty threats to queen a pawn. Later Giri managed to get a drawish position but then mistakenly allowed a transition to a lost King and Pawn ending in a position that most likely he could have held.

Ivanchuk,Vassily - Giri,Anish [D31]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (9.2), 24.01.2012

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Bf4 Nf6 5.e3 0-0 6.Rc1 c5 7.dxc5 Qa5 8.Nf3 Rd8 9.Qc2 Nc6 10.a3 h6 11.Be2 dxc4 12.Nd2 Qxc5 13.Nxc4 Qf5 14.Bf3 Nd4 15.Qxf5 Nxf3+ 16.gxf3 exf5 17.Rg1 Kf8 18.Nb5 Ne8 19.Ke2 g5 20.Be5 f6 21.Bc3 Bd7 22.Nd4 Rac8 23.Bb4 Bxb4 24.axb4 Ke7 25.Rgd1 f4 26.b3 fxe3 27.fxe3 Be6 28.Ra1 a6 29.Ra5 Bxc4+ 30.bxc4 Nd6 31.c5 Nc4 32.Ra2 Kf7 33.c6 Rc7 34.Ne6

Anish Giri

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Vassily Ivanchuk

Position after 34.Ne6

This shock tactic seems to have turned the tables on Giri who never seemed to quite recover.

34...Rxd1

[34...Kxe6 35.Rxd8 Rxc6 36.Rc2 Ne5 37.Rxc6+ Nxc6 38.Re8+ Kf5 39.e4+]

35.Nxc7 Rb1 36.b5 Nd6 37.bxa6 bxa6 38.e4 f5 39.e5 Nb5 40.Nxb5 Rxb5 41.Kd3 Ke6 42.Rc2 Rb8 43.Kd4 h5 44.c7 Rc8 45.Rc6+ Kd7 46.Rh6 Rxc7 47.Rxh5

Anish Giri

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Vassily Ivanchuk

Position after 47.Rxh5

47...Rb7?

The losing error.

[47...Ke6 48.Rh6+ Ke7 and black has good drawing chances as pointed out by Ivanchuk after the game.]

48.Rh7+ Kc8 49.Rh8+ Kd7 50.Rh7+ Kc8 51.Rxb7

The pawn ending is just winning for white.

51...Kxb7 52.f4 gxf4 53.h4 a5 54.e6 Kc7 55.h5 a4 56.e7 Kd7 57.h6 1-0

Gashimov drew Navara

David Navara

David Navara. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com

Vugar Gashimov and David Navara are both having events to forget and todays meeting confirmed their bad form. Navara was quite comfortably placed out of the opening but suddenly after a couple of inaccuracies he allowed a decisive attack from Gashimov that should have been finished by the deflection sacrifice 25.Rxc7. It is reported that Gashimov spent almost no time on this move. Navara defended his king Gashimov's attack was only good enough for a draw by perpetual check.

Gashimov,Vugar - Navara,David [C65]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (9.7), 24.01.2012

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 0-0 6.Nbd2 d6 7.h3 a6 8.Ba4 Ba7 9.Nf1 d5

Hard to believe this is new but I couldn't find any games.

[9...Ne7 10.Qe2 Ng6 11.g3 b5 12.Bc2 d5 13.Ne3 Re8 14.h4 c5 15.h5 Nf8 16.Nh4 Ne6 17.Nhf5 dxe4 18.dxe4 c4 19.Ng4 Nxg4 20.Qxg4 Qf6 21.Qe2 Nd4 22.cxd4 exd4 23.g4 d3 24.Bxd3 cxd3 25.Qxd3 Bxf5 26.gxf5 Qxf5 27.f3 Qc5 28.Rf1 Rad8 29.Qb3 Qxh5 30.a4 Qh4+ 31.Ke2 Qh2+ 32.Ke1 Qg3+ 0-1 Lindberg,B (2412)-Semcesen,D (2416)/Sweden SWE 2010/The Week in Chess 837]

10.Qe2 b5 11.Bb3 d4 12.Ng3 a5 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bd5 hxg5 15.Bxc6 Rb8 16.cxd4 Bxd4 17.Rc1 Rb6 18.Qc2 g4 19.Nxd4 Qxd4 20.hxg4 Nxg4 21.Qd2 Qd6 22.Bd5

David Navara

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Vugar Gashimov

Position after 22.Bd5

22...a4?

Trying to cut off the retreat of the bishop. Black should probably drive the bishop off the diagonal immediately.

[22...c6 23.Bb3 a4 24.Bc2]

23.Nh5 Qe7?

[23...c6 24.Qg5 g6 25.Be6 Qxe6 26.f3 with the initiative for white.]

24.f3 Nh6

David Navara

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Vugar Gashimov

Position after 24...Nh6

[24...Nf6 25.Qg5 Qb4+ 26.Kf1 is winning for white too.]

25.g4?

Played almost immediately. If a player of Gashimov's class had spent event a minute here he would surely see the crushing win. Gashimov thought he was completely winning anyway.

[25.Rxc7 Qxc7 26.Qg5 and black can't prevent mate. 26...Rg6 27.Qxg6 Qc1+ After which Navara hoped he could hold but the king simply escapes checks.]

25...Rg6

A relieved Navara covers up on the kingside.

26.Ng3 Qd8 27.Rh5 Be6 28.g5 Bxd5 29.gxh6 Rxg3 30.Qh2 Rg5 31.hxg7 Kxg7 32.Rh7+ Kf6 33.exd5 Qxd5 34.Rh6+ Ke7 35.Rxc7+ Kd8 36.Rhc6 Qxf3 37.Rc8+

Forcing a draw.

37...Ke7 38.R8c7+ Kd8 39.Rc8+ Ke7 40.R8c7+ 1/2-1/2

Nakamura drew Topalov

Hikaru Nakamura against Veselin Topalov

Hikaru Nakamura against Veselin Topalov. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com

Veselin Topalov caught Hikaru Nakamura in the opening with some preparation in the English. This gave Topalov as black a nice advantage. Topalov said that he quickly checked after the game and he thought he had one major improvement (he didn't say what) but he was never winning. He praised Nakamura's play as the American found a way to liquidate into a drawn ending.

Veselin a draw against Nakamura, the term coffee house chess was mentioned in the press room.

No actually it was not exactly like that. I just checked more or less the quality of our moves. The opening went very well for me but actually maybe I was a bit too optimistic because in reality my position was not as better as I thought. Probably I could have improved considerably only in one move but even that it would not guarantee a victory for me. I only made one mistake but for the rest I think the game was quite interesting.

He played the opening quite strangely, was something wrong with him?

I think he made a mistake because he simply missed that I could go in the opening with the bishop on c5 attacking his pawn and then I don't have to... well I could leave my king in the centre. It was something I had prepared and he fell for it. So I was lucky but I couldn't... Then I had an advantage but he started to play quite well and I couldn't really find the best way.

Kamsky drew Radjabov

Gata Kamsky against Teimour Radjabov was a Steinitz Ruy Lopez with slow grinding technical play from both players. The position was more or less balanced throughout, Kamsky thought maybe he was slightly worse before the queens came off and slightly better afterwards but in a difficult position neither player was entirely sure. Draw after 55 moves.

Van Wely draw Gelfand

Loek van Wely drew against Boris Gelfand in a game in the Queens Indian that had almost completely been seen before. Gelfand's final move 19...Ke7 finally departed from Milov 0-1 Onischuk Polanica Zdroj 1999 and seems to have been accompanied by a draw offer in a level but still slightly unbalanced ending. This is Van Wely ninth draw out of nine.

74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-29 i 2012 cat. XXI (2755)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2805 * 0 ½ . 1 1 ½ 1 ½ . 1 . 1 . 2923
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2835 1 * ½ ½ . ½ . 0 . ½ . 1 1 ½ 2832
3. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2766 ½ ½ * . ½ ½ ½ . ½ 1 ½ . 1 . 2836
4. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2773 . ½ . * ½ ½ . 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ . 1 2831
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2759 0 . ½ ½ * ½ . ½ ½ ½ . 1 . 1 5 2796
6. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2736 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 . . ½ . ½ . 2765
7. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2692 ½ . ½ . . ½ * . ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 2748
8. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 0 1 . 0 ½ 0 . * 1 1 . 0 . 1 2760
9. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2770 ½ . ½ ½ ½ . ½ 0 * . . ½ ½ ½ 4 2709
10. Giri, Anish g NED 2714 . ½ 0 ½ ½ . ½ 0 . * 1 1 0 . 4 2715
11. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2732 0 . ½ ½ . ½ ½ . . 0 * ½ ½ 1 4 2701
12. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2739 . 0 . ½ 0 . ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ * . ½ 2670
13. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2761 0 0 0 . . ½ ½ . ½ 1 ½ . * ½ 2671
14. Navara, David g CZE 2712 . ½ . 0 0 . ½ 0 ½ . 0 ½ ½ * 2592
Round 9 (January 24, 2012)
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 47 A04 Dutch System
Carlsen, Magnus - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 60 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Giri, Anish 1-0 57 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 37 A23 English Opening
Van Wely, Loek - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 19 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Kamsky, Gata - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 55 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Gashimov, Vugar - Navara, David ½-½ 40 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin

Groups B-C

Organiser Jeroen van den Berg leaving the venue

Organiser Jeroen van den Berg leaving the venue. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com

B-Group: Pentala Harikrishna got back to winning ways defeating Illya Nyzhnyk with black whilst Alexander Motylev was held to a draw.

Elina Danielian and Matthew Sadler in thought

Elina Danielian and Matthew Sadler in thought. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com

C-Group: Hans Tikkanen and Maxim Turov continued their domination of the group with wins in round 9.

74th Tata Steel GMB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-29 i 2012 cat. XV (2603)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Harikrishna, Pentala g IND 2665 * ½ . 1 1 ½ . . . ½ ½ 1 1 1 7 2815
2. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2596 ½ * . ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 . . . 1 1 6 2725
3. Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2677 . . * ½ ½ 1 . ½ 1 ½ ½ . 1 ½ 6 2716
4. Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2691 0 ½ ½ * . . . ½ . 1 1 1 ½ 1 6 2719
5. Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2568 0 ½ ½ . * ½ ½ . 1 ½ 1 0 . . 2613
6. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2677 ½ 0 0 . ½ * 0 1 ½ 1 . 1 . . 2610
7. Ernst, Sipke g NED 2606 . 1 . . ½ 1 * . 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 4 2536
8. Reinderman, Dimitri g NED 2581 . ½ ½ ½ . 0 . * . 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 4 2565
9. Vocaturo, Daniele g ITA 2545 . 0 0 . 0 ½ 1 . * ½ 1 ½ . ½ 4 2556
10. Potkin, Vladimir g RUS 2684 ½ . ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ * . ½ . . 2540
11. Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2503 ½ . ½ 0 0 . 1 ½ 0 . * . ½ ½ 2520
12. Timman, Jan H g NED 2571 0 . . 0 1 0 1 0 ½ ½ . * ½ . 2539
13. Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2557 0 0 0 ½ . . 1 ½ . . ½ ½ * ½ 2520
14. Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2516 0 0 ½ 0 . . ½ ½ ½ . ½ . ½ * 3 2477
Round 9 (January 24, 2012)
L'Ami, Erwin - Harika, Dronavalli 1-0 26 D87 Gruenfeld Botvinnik
Nyzhnyk, Illya - Harikrishna, Pentala 0-1 28 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Tiviakov, Sergei - Reinderman, Dimitri 1-0 30 C06 French Tarrasch
Vocaturo, Daniele - Ernst, Sipke 1-0 28 C50 Giuoco Piano
Potkin, Vladimir - Bruzon Batista, Lazaro 0-1 31 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Cmilyte, Viktorija - Motylev, Alexander ½-½ 30 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Timman, Jan H - Lahno, Kateryna ½-½ 49 D82 Gruenfeld 4.Bf4
74th Tata Steel GMC Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-29 i 2012 cat. IX (2454)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Tikkanen, Hans g SWE 2549 * ½ ½ . ½ . 1 1 1 . 1 1 1 . 2702
2. Turov, Maxim g RUS 2645 ½ * . ½ . ½ . . 1 1 1 1 1 1 2705
3. Adhiban, Baskaran g IND 2561 ½ . * 1 ½ ½ . 1 . ½ . 1 ½ 1 2620
4. Grover, Sahaj m IND 2532 . ½ 0 * ½ . 1 1 1 ½ ½ 0 . . 5 2481
5. Brandenburg, Daan g NED 2527 ½ . ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ . ½ . . ½ 1 5 2500
6. Sadler, Matthew D g ENG 2660 . ½ ½ . ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . . 1 5 2487
7. Goudriaan, Etienne f NED 2279 0 . . 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 ½ . ½ 1 . 4 2405
8. Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2454 0 . 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * . 1 ½ . . ½ 4 2440
9. Schut, Lisa wm NED 2290 0 0 . 0 . ½ 0 . * . ½ 1 1 1 4 2414
10. Tania, Sachdev m IND 2411 . 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 . * ½ . . ½ 2418
11. Danielian, Elina g ARM 2490 0 0 . ½ . ½ . ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 . 3 2336
12. Haast, Anne wm NED 2290 0 0 0 1 . . ½ . 0 . ½ * 1 0 3 2321
13. Ootes, Lars NED 2326 0 0 ½ . ½ . 0 . 0 . 1 0 * 1 3 2316
14. Hopman, Pieter NED 2342 . 0 0 . 0 0 . ½ 0 ½ . 1 0 * 2 2242
Round 9 (January 24, 2012)
Turov, Maxim - Tania, Sachdev 1-0 68 A05 Various
Adhiban, Baskaran - Hopman, Pieter 1-0 51 C41 Philidor's Defence
Goudriaan, Etienne - Brandenburg, Daan ½-½ 53 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Schut, Lisa - Sadler, Matthew D ½-½ 65 B27 Sicilian Early Fianchetto
Danielian, Elina - Paehtz, Elisabeth ½-½ 23 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Haast, Anne - Grover, Sahaj 1-0 39 C19 French Winawer
Ootes, Lars - Tikkanen, Hans 0-1 31 C11 French Defence

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