74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 (2)
Aronian beats Nakamura and leads alone after Tata Steel Round 2
Mark Crowther - Sunday 15th January 2012
Levon Aronian Photo © Frits Agterdenbos. | http://www.chessvista.com
Levon Aronian defeated Hikaru Nakamura in the second round of the 74th Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee to lead alone on 2/2. Aronian sacrificed his Queen for Rook, Bishop and Pawn and at first the assessment was unclear but later the position became much easier for him to play and he drove Nakamura back and won further material. Fabiano Caruana was the only other second round winner beating Sergey Karjakin (the only player who remains on 0) after gaining a decisive advantage in only 27 moves although he was slow in finishing the game. Vassily Ivanchuk felt he was clearly better in a technical ending against Magnus Carlsen but didn't really come close to exploiting it against the top seed. Remaining games also drawn. Tata Steel Facebook Page has photos and interviews and they also have a Twitter Account. Round 3 Sunday 16th January 2012 12:30 GMT. Gelfand-Topalov, Radjabov-Navara, Karjakin-Giri, Nakamura-Caruana, Carlsen-Aronian, Kamsky-Ivanchuk, Van Wely-Gashimov.
Levon Aronian 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura
Levon Aronian. Photo © http://www.tatasteelchess.com/
Levon Aronian defeated Hikaru Nakamura after sacrificing a Queen for Rook, Bishop and Pawn following an opening that probably didn't go to plan. Aronian's plan with 11.d5 and 12.b4 against Nakamura's Dutch led to unusual complications not necessarily in white's favour. The queen sacrifice on move 25 was probably best but led to unclear complications. Aronian started to believe he was better after 31...dxc5 instead of say 31...Qf6 and pretty soon Nakamura was struggling to find a plan or even be able to move his pieces. Aronian moved in for the kill on the run up to second time control.
Levon Aronian commented afterwards:
I think it was an interesting game and I'm happy I managed to win.
[Was it an easy win?]
No it was very complicated, lots of unclear things happened, I can't really say at any moment I thought that I'm better because it was very sharp. Only at that moment when he captured on c5 and then on e6 that I already had the feeling I have a clear advantage. Maybe I'm still overly-optimistic from a practical way of looking [at it] white has a clear plan while black is just suffering with his pieces.
Aronian,Levon - Nakamura,Hikaru [A88]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (2.2), 15.01.2012
1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 c6 8.Qb3 Kh8 9.Rd1 Na6 10.Qa3 Nc7 11.d5
A strange idea that probably won't get many followers but it does take the game into unique channels.
[12.Rb1 1-0 Aleshin,O (2410)-Ivanov,A (2419)/Moscow 2006/EXT 2007 (50)]
12...cxb4 13.Qxb4 Na6 14.Qb1 Bd7 15.Nb5 Rc8 16.Nd2 Qb6 17.e3 Nc5 18.a4 Qa5 19.Ba3 a6 20.Bb4 Qd8 21.Nd4 Nxa4
Ambitious from Nakamura and probably justifiably so.
22.Ne6 Bxe6 23.dxe6 Qe8 24.Bxb7 Rb8 25.Bxa6
White sacrifices his queen for Bishop, Rook and Pawn.
[25.Qc2 Rxb7 26.Rxa4 is not at all in Aronian's style.]
25...Nc3 26.Bxc3 Rxb1 27.Rdxb1 g5 28.Rb7 Ng8
Black doesn't want to lose e7.
29.Bxg7+ Kxg7 30.Rb5 Qg6 31.c5
Aronian felt confident after this and Qxe6.
[31...Qf6 Looks like a better chance. 32.Ra4 Qc3 33.Nf1 dxc5]
32.Rxc5 Qxe6 33.Nf3
This is a position that is very difficult to evaluate.
33...Qd6 34.Nd4 Kh8 35.Rc6 Qd7 36.Rac1 f4 37.Bc8 Qa7 38.Ne6 Rf6 39.exf4 gxf4 40.Rc7 Qa4 41.Nxf4 Rd6
[41...Rxf4 Opening up white's king was Jan Smeets suggestion in ICC commentary. Indeed he almost insisted on it. 42.gxf4 Qxf4]
42.Be6 Rd1+ 43.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 44.Kg2 Nf6 45.Rxe7
White has a big advantage and plenty of practical chances to win.
45...Qe1 46.Rf7 Qe4+ 47.f3 Qd4 48.Kh3 Qe5 49.Kh4 Qd4 50.Bg4!
Threat Rf8+ even if black plays Kg8. This move proves the key to unlocking black's position.
50...Qe5 51.Ne6 h6 52.Rf8+ Ng8 53.f4 Qb2 54.Kh3 Qa1 55.Bh5 Kh7 56.Rf7+ Kh8 57.Bg6 Nf6 58.Rf8+ Ng8 59.Bf7 1-0
Fabiano Caruana 1-0 Sergey Karjakin
Fabiano Caruana. Photo © http://www.tatasteelchess.com/
Fabiano Caruana felt in study that he should have a clear advantage against Sergey Karjakin's 9...b5 but things didn't turn out to be all that clear. That said Caruana pushed black's pieces back to passive squares and suddenly with no dramatic moves had a winning position after 27.Qd1. As he admitted afterwards Caruana didn't play the remaining phase terribly accurately but he was still winning just the same. A really bad start for former winner Sergey Karjakin who has recently been in poor form and is now alone on 0/3.
Fabiano Caruana interview
It was a very nice result and a good start to the tournament but probably I didn't play the technical phase very correctly. Probably I could have ended it a lot sooner. But I think I never ever lost the win.
[Was 9...b5 a new idea of his?]
I'd looked at this idea, there is many times that he can do this. But I thought that somehow I had the advantage with 10.Bd2 [followed by] 11.a4 but in the game it wasn't clear at all so maybe I didn't play accurately or maybe it's a good idea for him.
Caruana,Fabiano - Karjakin,Sergey [E46]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (2.7), 15.01.2012
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Nge2 d5 6.a3 Be7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.b4 c6 9.Ng3 b5 10.Bd2 Nbd7 11.a4 Bxb4 12.axb5 c5 13.Qb3N
[13.Bd3 c4 14.Bc2 Nb6 15.0-0 Re8 16.h3 g6 17.Qf3 Bb7 18.Rfb1 Bxc3 19.Bxc3 Ne4 20.Be1 Re6 21.Nxe4 dxe4 22.Qe2 Qd5 23.Ra5 f5 24.Rba1 Rf8 25.Rxa7 f4 26.Qg4 h5 27.Qh4 f3 28.g3 Rf7 29.Bb4 Kg7 30.Bc5 Kh6 31.g4 Nd7 32.Qd8 Kg7 33.Rxb7 Qxb7 34.Ra8 Qxa8 35.Qxa8 hxg4 36.hxg4 Nf6 37.b6 g5 38.b7 Nd7 39.b8Q Nxb8 40.Qxb8 Ra6 41.Qe5+ 1-0 Asis Gargatagli,H (2374)-Corrales Jimenez,F (2499)/Barbera del Valles ESP 2007/The Week in Chess 622]
13...Nb6 14.Be2 Qe7 15.0-0 Be6 16.Qb2 cxd4 17.exd4 Bd6 18.Rfe1 Rac8 19.Bd3 Qb7
Black moves his queen in order to give his King's Knight a retreat square following Bg5 but is in danger of being cut out of the action. White's pieces already make a better impression and in only a few moves white gets a decisive attack.
20.Bg5 Nfd7 21.Nce2 Nc4 22.Qb1 h6 23.Bf4 Be7 24.Nf5 Bf6 25.Neg3 Bxf5 26.Nxf5 Ndb6 27.Qd1!
White has a decisive advantage already.
27...Rfe8 28.Qg4 Kf8 29.Bd6+ Nxd6 30.Nxd6 Rxe1+ 31.Rxe1 Qc7 32.Qxc8+
Taking the game into a completely winning endgame. Caruana takes an age from here to exploit his advantage of the exchange but got over the line eventually.
32...Qxc8 33.Nxc8 Nxc8 34.Be2 Nd6 35.Ra1 Bxd4 36.Rd1 Bb6 37.Rxd5 Ke7 38.g3 g6 39.Kg2 Ke6 40.Rd1 h5 41.Bd3 Ke7 42.Re1+ Kf6 43.f4 Kg7 44.Kf3 Kf6 45.Re5 Bg1 46.h3 Bb6 47.g4 hxg4+ 48.hxg4 Kg7 49.Rd5 Bc7 50.Rc5 Bb6 51.Rc6 Ne8 52.g5 Kf8 53.Ke4 Ke7 54.Rc2 Nc7 55.Bc4 Ne8 56.Kd5 Kd7 57.Rh2 Be3 58.b6 Nd6 59.bxa7 Bxa7 60.Bd3 Be3 61.Ke5 Ke7 62.Rh7 Bc1 63.Bxg6 Bb2+ 64.Kd5 Bc1 65.Bxf7 1-0
Vassily Ivanchuk draw Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk drew against Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Vassily Ivanchuk got a small but long-lasting advantage against Magnus Carlsen on the white side of a Queen's Gambit Declined Lasker Variation. Ivanchuk thought he was "clearly better" but Carlsen is rightly respected for his endgame ability and never seemed in serious danger. Ivanchuk disliked his b4-b5 plan and thought afterwards 43.Ke2 might be better. The game was drawn in 57 moves.
Ivanchuk,Vassily - Carlsen,Magnus [D56]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (2.3), 15.01.2012
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.e3 Ne4 8.Bxe7 Qxe7 9.Rc1 c6 10.Be2 Nxc3 11.Rxc3 dxc4 12.Bxc4 Nd7 13.0-0 b6 14.Qc2 Bb7 15.Bd3 c5 16.Bh7+ Kh8 17.Be4 Bxe4 18.Qxe4 Rac8
[18...Rfe8 19.Rfc1 Kg8 20.h3 e5 1/2-1/2 Laurusas,T (2302)-Krivonosov,O (2440)/Palanga LTU 2011/The Week in Chess 869]
19.Rfc1 Rc7 20.Qc2 Rfc8 21.h3 Nf6 22.Rc4 Ne8 23.dxc5 Rxc5 24.Qb3 Rxc4 25.Rxc4 Rxc4 26.Qxc4 Nd6
White has a tiny advantage but with Carlsen as black it didn't seem at all likely that Ivanchuk would win.
27.Qc6 Kg8 28.Ne5 Qd8 29.Nd7 Ne4! 30.b3 Nf6 31.Ne5 Nd5 32.g3 Qe7 33.h4 g6 34.Kg2 Kg7 35.Nd3 Qd8 36.Qc4 Nf6 37.e4 g5 38.hxg5 hxg5 39.Qc3 Kg8 40.Kf3 Nd7 41.Ke3 Nf6 42.a4 Ng4+
[43.Ke2 was Ivanchuk's suggestion after the game.]
Ivanchuk didn't like this idea after the game.
44...Qd7 45.b5 Qd8 46.Ke3 Ng4+ 47.Ke2 Nf6 48.Qc4 Qa8 49.Ke3 Qd8 50.Kf3 Kg7 51.Qc3 Qh8!
Black now has full counterplay.
52.Qd4 Qh1+ 53.Ke3 Qd1 54.Ne5
White has threats of his own so black repeats.
54...Qe1+ 55.Kf3 Qh1+ 56.Ke3 Qe1+ 57.Kf3 Qh1+ 1/2-1/2
Tournament Hall. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Anish Giri draw Teimour Radjabov
Teimour Radjabov had to work hard against Anish Giri to get a draw in the King's Indian. It seems that the players didn't know the game Dreev-Espinosa from 2003. Black had to be in time with his counter-play before Giri played the plan f4 and e5 and this he managed. Radjabov thought the final position equal which is why he took Giri's draw offer, it looked a tiny bit easier for him to play.
Giri,Anish - Radjabov,Teimour [E81]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (2.4), 15.01.2012
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 c5 7.Nge2 Nc6 8.d5 Ne5 9.Ng3 h5 10.Be2 a6 11.a4 e6 12.0-0 exd5 13.cxd5 Bd7
[13...Nh7 14.Qd2 Re8 15.Nh1 Bd7 16.Nf2 f5 17.Rfe1 Qe7 18.Bf1 Qf8 19.a5 Re7 20.f4 Ng4 21.Nxg4 fxg4 22.e5 Bf5 23.Na4 Rc7 24.Nb6 Rd8 25.Bf2 Bh6 26.Be3 Qf7 27.Rac1 Be4 28.e6 Qf5 29.b4 Nf6 30.bxc5 Bxd5 31.Nxd5 Nxd5 32.Bc4 dxc5 33.Rcd1 1-0 Ermenkov,E (2463)-Nikolaou,G (2271)/Halkidiki GRE 2008/The Week in Chess 704]
14.h3 h4 15.Nh1 b5 16.Bg5 b4
Radjabov was already having to find this plan over the board. He has to get counter play before f4 followed by e5 can be played by white.
17.Nb1 c4 18.Bxh4 Re8N
[18...Qa5 19.Nd2 c3 20.Nb3 Qc7 21.bxc3 bxc3 22.Qc2 Rfc8 23.Bf2 Nh5 24.Qc1 Nc4 25.g4 Nd2 26.Nxd2 Nf4 27.Bd1 cxd2 28.Qxc7 Rxc7 29.Ra2 Nxh3+ 30.Kg2 Nxf2 31.Nxf2 Bc3 32.f4 Rb8 33.g5 Rb2 34.Rxb2 Bxb2 35.e5 Bc8 36.Rh1 Bd7 37.Kg1 Rc8 38.Kg2 Rc7 39.Rf1 Bc8 40.Rh1 Bd7 41.Kg1 Rc8 42.Kg2 Rc7 43.Rf1 dxe5 44.Nd3 Bd4 45.d6 Rc3 1/2-1/2 Dreev,A (2705)-Espinosa Flores,R (2415)/Merida 2003/CBM 099]
19.f4 Nd3 20.Bxd3 cxd3 21.Qxd3
[21.Nd2 Rc8 22.Nf2 Qb6 23.Qf3 White can't allow Qe3. 23...Rc2 24.Qxd3 Rec8 with active counterplay.]
21...Rxe4 22.Nd2 Re8 23.Ng3 Qb6+ 24.Kh2
and here Giri is not better and offered a draw but the position seems pretty complicated and it would have been nice to have seen more moves. 24...Re3 would have surely followed here. Radjabov thought the position equal.
[24.Kh2 Re3 25.Nc4 Rxd3 26.Nxb6 Rb8 27.Bxf6 Rxb6 28.Ne4 Rxd5 is a strange computer line.]
At some point the position felt very promising for me, I even thought it was going to be some nice easy win but then I started calculating deeper and I got a bit worried. [Two games in a row you took a pawn and sat on it and tried to win.] I thought so yes, but today it was not as easy. [Tomorrow will you try and grab a pawn too?] I think I play Karjakin he likes his pawns so I don't know if I'll manage but I'll try.
[Were you better in the final position?] No, no I think it was about equal and certainly black was playing for equalisation in general and in all the variations we had in the game certainly white was pressing somewhere and had a lot of possibilites and in general I think it's OK to escape with a draw in this position. And certainly OK white's chances are a bit preferable somewhere during the game, I don't know where, it has to be checked of course, I tried to create ... some counter chances in the middlegame and I managed to do it otherwise I think OK that there are plenty of variations where white is pressing with this f4 [followed by] e5 and some attacks on the f6 knight and it's hard to play with black and then I find these manoevers b4, c4 and Re8 and then it becomes tricky, I don't know if it's objectively good but it muddies the waters and then white has to find some strong resources to be able to get the advantage. [Before the game would you have been satisfied with the day?] It's hard to speak from this perspective. I'm coming [here] to play games and I try to play on the position, if I have a worse position I try to balance it and if I have better chances I try to win of course. Normal professional stuff.
Vugar Gashimov draw Gata Kamsky
Gata Kamsky played some preparation against Vugar Gashimov he had made for one of his matches Veselin Topalov in a variation of the Ruy Lopez Marshall. Gashimov played 15.c3 in order to escape this and a balanced position simplified to a draw. Afterwards both players seemed reasonably happy with their play as they seek to play their way into the tournament.
Kamsky: Well OK it was a decent game that was what was important I think. It was something I prepared for Mr Topalov a while ago, Vugar was lucky to receive it but at some point I forgot everything and it seems I was OK. White was also OK. It's a draw.
David Navara draw Boris Gelfand
David Navara drew against Boris Gelfand. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
David Navara played a sideline of the Petroff Defence against Boris Gelfand which amounted to nothing for white. Gelfand said there were a lot of sharp lines behind the scenes and he thought this event was excellent preparation for his match against Anand with so many strong players to test himself against.
Veselin Topalov draw Loek van Wely
Veselin Topalov against Loek van Wely. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Loek van Wely should be very pleased with his draw against Veselin Topalov. van Wely's sideline of the King's Indian Saemisch gave him a dynamically balanced position and the game finished in a draw by repetition.
|74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-29 i 2012||cat. XXI (2755)|
|8.||Van Wely, Loek||g||NED||2692||.||.||.||.||.||½||.||*||½||.||.||.||.||.||1||2751|
|Round 2 (January 15, 2012)|
|Aronian, Levon||- Nakamura, Hikaru||1-0||59||A88||Dutch Leningrad|
|Giri, Anish||- Radjabov, Teimour||½-½||24||E81||King's Indian Saemisch|
|Caruana, Fabiano||- Karjakin, Sergey||1-0||65||E46||Nimzo Indian Rubinstein|
|Topalov, Veselin||- Van Wely, Loek||½-½||58||E81||King's Indian Saemisch|
|Ivanchuk, Vassily||- Carlsen, Magnus||½-½||57||D56||Queens Gambit Lasker's Defence|
|Navara, David||- Gelfand, Boris||½-½||30||C42||Petroff's Defence|
|Gashimov, Vugar||- Kamsky, Gata||½-½||41||C88||Ruy Lopez Closed|
B-Group and C-Group
Sergei Tiviakov against Jan Timman. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Pentala Harikrishna leads the B-Group on 2/2 after defeating Kateryna Lahno. Sergei Tiviakov beat Jan Timman.
Kateryna Lahno. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Maxim Turov moved to 2/2 in the C-Group after beating Pieter Hopman. Elo favourite Matthew Sadler was held by Tania Sachdev in a Scotch Game.
|74th Tata Steel GMB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-29 i 2012||cat. XV (2603)|
|11.||Bruzon Batista, Lazaro||g||CUB||2691||0||.||.||.||.||.||.||½||.||.||*||.||.||.||½||2430|
|13.||Timman, Jan H||g||NED||2571||.||.||.||.||.||.||½||.||0||.||.||.||*||.||½||2487|
|Round 2 (January 15, 2012)|
|Harikrishna, Pentala||- Lahno, Kateryna||1-0||48||B84||Sicilian Scheveningen|
|Nyzhnyk, Illya||- L'Ami, Erwin||½-½||38||E60||King's Indian without Nc3|
|Vocaturo, Daniele||- Cmilyte, Viktorija||1-0||61||B23||Sicilian Closed|
|Motylev, Alexander||- Potkin, Vladimir||½-½||61||B60||Sicilian Rauzer|
|Reinderman, Dimitri||- Bruzon Batista, Lazaro||½-½||31||A15||English counter King's Fianchetto|
|Tiviakov, Sergei||- Timman, Jan H||1-0||38||B18||Caro Kann|
|Ernst, Sipke||- Harika, Dronavalli||½-½||77||A45||Trompowsky|
|74th Tata Steel GMC Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-29 i 2012||cat. IX (2454)|
|4.||Sadler, Matthew D||g||ENG||2660||.||.||.||*||.||.||½||.||.||.||.||.||.||1||1½||2569|
|Round 2 (January 15, 2012)|
|Sadler, Matthew D||- Tania, Sachdev||½-½||53||C45||Scotch Game|
|Tikkanen, Hans||- Brandenburg, Daan||½-½||93||A20||English Opening|
|Grover, Sahaj||- Paehtz, Elisabeth||1-0||58||D17||Slav Defence|
|Ootes, Lars||- Adhiban, Baskaran||½-½||61||B96||Sicilian Najdorf|
|Haast, Anne||- Goudriaan, Etienne||½-½||43||B90||Sicilian Najdorf Variation|
|Schut, Lisa||- Danielian, Elina||½-½||75||B41||Sicilian Paulsen|
|Hopman, Pieter||- Turov, Maxim||0-1||42||A57||Volga Gambit|
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