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74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 (11)

Aronian defeated by Navara in Tata Steel Rd11 Carlsen and Radjabov close gap

Levon Aronian lost to David Navara. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos.

Levon Aronian lost to David Navara. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos. |

The 74th Tata Steel tournament saw many surprise results in the 11th of 13 rounds. Levon Aronian who had looked well in control in the event went down to David Navara when he mishandled the opening badly. Game annotations from the Navara press conference recorded by Michiel Abeln in PGN file. Magnus Carlsen also miscalculated and was lost against Veselin Topalov but the position was very difficult. Topalov had a lot of material some of which he returned to break Carlsen's attack but an initiative still remained and further errors meant that Carlsen even ended up winning. Vassily Ivanchuk subsided to a loss against Boris Gelfand in a way that it quite hard to understand. Teimour Radjabov is also half a point off the lead after beating Vugar Gashimov who again played terribly. Karjakin got back to 50% inflicting Van Wely's first defeat. Giri suffered his 4th consecutive defeat, this time to Caruana. Giri completely missed a key idea and he was immediately lost. Kamsky draw Nakamura. 1st Aronian 7.5pts: 2nd-3rd Carlsen, Radjabov 7pts: 4th-5th Caruana, Ivanchuk 6,5pts: 6th Nakamura 6pts. Tata Steel Facebook Page has photos and interviews and they also have a Twitter Account. Round 12 Sat 28th Jan 12:30 GMT Topalov-Giri, Navara-Caruana, Gelfand-Aronian, Radjabov-Ivanchuk, Karjakin-Gashimov, Nakamura-Van Wely, Carlsen-Kamsky.

Aronian lost to Navara

Levon Aronian against David Navara

Levon Aronian against David Navara. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos:

Levon Aronian has dominated the event since his defeat to Magnus Carlsen in round 2. It didn't seem likely he would run into trouble against tail-ender David Navara against whom he had a 6-1 career record. It all started to go wrong in the opening, 11...Na6 took Aronian by surprise, His 19.Ng3 must have contained an idea but he should have chosen 19.Nc3 instead as this knight was a spectator for most of the rest of the game. Aronian went active with 30.Rd7 putting up maximum resistance and he set up some very dangerous looking threats. At one point he was a rook down but Navara had to give an exchange back. The result remained unclear until move 46 when 46.g4? led directly to a loss rather than 46.Qe7 when things remained up in the air as to whether Navara could win.

So David great win today. I think you were slightly better and then afterwards even much better.

Navara: Yes, but it was a difficult game because Levon defended very well. OK after the opening I had a big advantage but it was very difficult to convert it into a full point. And I am rather tired now.

Aronian: It was a mistake in the opening I think. It was a mistake during the preparation, I didn't really account for 11...Na6. I didn't really like what I got, slightly worse, I think at one moment I was about to survive but then I probably made a mistake. Maybe I should take with 45.Kxe2 but I didn't trust in it.

Navara: In fact Levon had a score of 6-1 against me so I'm very happy that I managed to win. I wanted to win some game even though I did not believe I would win some.

Navara demonstrates the game.

Aronian,L (2805) - Navara,D (2712) [D90]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (11), 27.01.2012

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Qb3 Nb6 6.d4 Bg7 7.e4 Bg4 8.Bb5+ c6 9.Ng5 0-0 10.Be2 Bxe2 11.Nxe2 Na6

Aronian said afterwards "It was a mistake during the preparation, I didn't really account for 11...Na6."


out of prep

[12.Qh3 h6 13.Nf3 Qd7 14.Qh4]


[12...c5 13.dxc5 Nd7 14.Qa3; 12...e5 13.dxe5 Bxe5 14.Ne6]



13...Qb4 14.Qxb4

[14.Qc2 Qc4 15.Qd1 e5=]

14...Nxb4 15.Rfc1 e5

[15...Nd3 16.Rc2 e5]

16.Nf3 exd4 17.Bxd4 Rfe8

[17...Bxd4 18.Nfxd4 Rfe8 19.f3]



18...Kxg7 19.Ng3?!

David Navara


Levon Aronian

Position after 19.Ng3?!

This knight proves to be a bystander for much of what follows.



[19...Nd3 20.Rc2 Nf4]


draw offer

20...Rd2 21.a3 Nd3 22.Nxd3

[22.Nf1 Nxc1 23.Nxd2 Rd8]

22...Rxd3 23.Rab1?!



[23...Rb3 24.Nf1]

24.Rd1 Rxd1+

[24...Rb3 25.Ne2 Na4 26.Rd2 (26.Nd4) 26...Reb5]

25.Rxd1 Rb5 26.b4 Nc4

[26...a5 27.bxa5 Rxa5 28.Rb1]

27.Rd3 a5 28.bxa5

[28.Rc3 axb4 29.Rxc4 bxa3 30.Ra4 Rb1+ 31.Nf1 Ra1 32.f3 b5]

28...Rxa5 29.f4 Rxa3



David Navara


Levon Aronian

Position after 30.Rd7

White goes for complications.


[30...Ne3 31.Rxb7 (31.e5) 31...Ra1+ 32.Kf2 Ng4+ 33.Ke2 Ra2+]

31.e5 b4 32.e6 b3 33.Rxf7+

[33.e7 Ra8 (33...b2 34.e8Q b1Q+ 35.Nf1 Qf5 36.Rd8) 34.Rd8 (34.Ne2 b2 35.Nc3 Re8 36.Rb7 Kf6) 34...b2 35.e8Q b1Q+ 36.Kf2 Qb6+]


[33...Kg8 34.Ne4]


[34.e7 Ra8 35.Ne2 Nd6]

34...b2 35.Kf2

[35.e7 Re3]


[35...Re3 36.Rxb2 Rxg3 37.hxg3 Nxb2 38.e7]


[36.e7 Rxb7 37.e8Q b1Q 38.Qf8+ Rg7]


[36...Re7 37.f5]

37.Rb7 Ra2 38.Ne2 Nd6

[38...Ra7 39.Rb8 Kg7 40.Nc3]

39.e7 Nxb7 40.e8Q b1Q 41.Qf8+ Kh5 42.Qe7

David Navara


Levon Aronian

Position after 42.Qe7

42...Qb6+ 43.Kf3 Qb3+ 44.Kf2 Rxe2+ 45.Qxe2+

[45.Kxe2 Aronian's post-game suggestion. He had the feeling he should survive at one point. 45...h6! (45...Qc4+ 46.Kf3 Qc3+ (46...Qd3+ 47.Kf2) 47.Ke2) 46.h3 Qg3 47.Qe5+ g5 48.Qe8+ Kh4 49.Qxc6 Qxf4 50.Qxb7 Kg3]

45...Kh6 46.g4?

The decisive error.

[46.Qe7! and the game remains difficult.]


[46...Qf7 47.g5+ Kg7 48.Qe5+ Kg8 49.Qb8+ Qf8 50.Qxb7 Qxf4+ 51.Ke1 Qxg5 52.Qc8+ Kg7 53.Qd7+ Kh6 54.Qh3+ Qh5 55.Qe3+; 46...Qb6+? 47.Kf3 Qc7]

47.Qe7 Ne6



[48.f5 Qc2+ 49.Ke1 (49.Kg1 Qd1+) 49...Qc1+]

48...Kg7 49.Qe7+ Kg8 50.Qe8+ Nf8 51.Qxc6

Black now has everything covered and can move in for the kill.

51...Qe6 52.Qf3 Nd7 53.h3 Kf7 54.Qc3 Qd5 55.Kg3 Nc5 56.Kh4 h6

[56...Qd8+ 57.g5 Qd6 58.Qb4]


[57.Qe3 Qe4 58.Qd2 Qe7+ 59.Kg3 Ne4+]

57...g5+ 58.fxg5 hxg5+

[58...Qxg5+ 59.Kg3 Ne4+ 60.Kf3 Qf6+ 61.Qxf6+ Nxf6]

59.Kh5 Qe4


60.Kxg5 Ne6+ 0-1

Carlsen beat Topalov

Magnus Carlsen against Veselin Topalov

Magnus Carlsen against Veselin Topalov. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

Magnus Carlsen scored a wild victory against Veselin Topalov which with the defeat of Aronian and Ivanchuk put him half a point away from the lead. Carlsen played a Bb5 Sicilian which turned into a sort of Ruy Lopez. With 19.Nh4 Carlsen more or less committed himself to sacrificing the b2 pawn. He had seen some interesting attacking ideas if Topalov played 19...Nc5 20...Nxb2 but when he got there he couldn't make any of them work. Whilst with a computer the position seems totally winning for black it remained a very difficult game in practice. After 23.Qg4 Carlsen believed himself to be totally busted because of 23...Kh7 but that move seems to be only equal for black after 24.Nxg7. Topalov's 23...Be4 and and the alternative 23...Re6 are both probably winning moves for black. Topalov was already in time pressure when he decided to give up his queen with 25...Qxf7 to emerge with Rook and two minor pieces for the queen and white's knight was also in jeopardy. However this didn't actually break Carlsen's attack and shortly afterwards it was clear that Carlsen had at least enough initiative for the material. Instead the clever 25...Bd3 was probably still winning for Topalov, even in practical terms, almost certainly after giving up the queen the win had gone. Carlsen's Queen and 4 Pawns vs Rook, 2 Bishops and Pawn were definitely the easier to handle. Topalov was quite close to a draw and the decisive error was probably 47...Bd3? instead of 47...Rd3+ with some checks and general activation of the rook may well have secured him this draw. As can be seen in the Carlsen interview Topalov smiled when he finally resigned, it seems to me he's accepted this tournament is just not going to go his way at all. With the defeat of Aronian the battle for first place is well and truly on.

What a crazy game that was.

Carlsen: Oh yeah. I had a slightly better position, I thought anyway, then I blundered and actually I saw a lot of interesting attacking opportunities so I sort of thought nevertheless I was going to create a brilliancy. Then I realised I probably was just lost after he took my rook. When I played 23.Qg4 after 23...Kh7 it would be totally over [In fact after 24.Nxg7 this position is not clear at all]. Then he played 23...Bxe4 and I got some hope, I wasn't so sure after takes [24.Nxh6+] 24...Kh7 25.Bxf7 what was happening but at least I didn't see a forced win for him. And then when he sacrificed his queen I thought already I have the initiative. Almost right to the end with the rook and two bishops he has excellent drawing chances but somehow I managed to win.

It was exactly as we thought Nxb2 was kind of a surprise?

Carlsen: No, there are a lot of interesting possibilities. [21.Nxh6+ or 21.Nd5] but "unfortunately none of them seem to work."

So now you're totally back and still playing for the tournament victory.

Carlsen: Ah yes of course it didn't hurt with Navara with his new name today [no idea what that is referring to] got a victory.

Veselin Topalov: There is a big difference between my preparation for the game and then my practical abilities during the game. I'm almost always getting very good positions but then over the board I make too many mistakes and that's [why I don't have a very good result]. It's simply maybe I'm lacking practice.

From long Question and Answer with Veselin Topalov on his current form, past world title matches, declining form and hope for the future recorded the previous day.

Carlsen,Magnus - Topalov,Veselin [B51]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (11.6), 27.01.2012

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.c3 Ngf6 5.Qe2 a6 6.Ba4 Qc7 7.0-0 e5 8.d4 b5

[8...Be7 9.Bg5 0-0 10.Bxd7 Bxd7 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.c4 Bc6 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Nc3 Rfd8 15.Rfd1 Be7 16.Rxd8+ Rxd8 17.Rd1 Rxd1+ 18.Qxd1 g6 19.Qd2 Kg7 20.Kf1 b5 21.Nd5 Qd6 22.b3 Bd8 23.Ke2 f6 24.g4 Qe6 25.h3 Qd6 26.Qd3 1/2-1/2 Klip,H (2361)-Ruck,R (2572)/Belgium BEL 2003/The Week in Chess 429]

9.Bc2 cxd4 10.cxd4 Be7 11.Nc3 0-0 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bh4 Bb7 14.Rad1 Rac8 15.Bb3 Rfe8 16.dxe5 dxe5 17.Bg3 Bf8 18.h3 Nb6 19.Nh4

Perhaps the start of Carlsen's problems. He thought he must have something strong in reply to 20...Nxb2 but when he got there he couldn't make anything work.

19...Nc4! 20.Nf5 Nxb2!

Veselin Topalov


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 20...Nxb2


Carlsen saw a lot of superficially interesting ideas here but "unfortunately none of them seem to work."

[21.Nxh6+ gxh6 22.Bh4; 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.Rxd5]

21...Nxd1 22.Bxf6 Nxc3 23.Qg4

Veselin Topalov


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 23.Qg4


[23...Kh7 Carlsen thought that it would be "totally over after 23...Kh7 but in fact white has very strong attacking ideas after Nxg7 in this position. 24.Nxg7 might even be quite equal.; 23...g5 24.Bxg5 Kh7 25.Nxh6 Bxe4; 23...Re6 was a strong continuation here suggested by a few commentators.]


[24.Nxg7 Again Nxg7 seems stronger. 24...Kh7 25.Nxe8 Rxe8 26.Rd1]

24...Kh7 25.Bxf7

Veselin Topalov


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 25.Bxf7

Carlsen said that he was playing moves here he couldn't see a direct refutation of.


Topalov who was already getting short of time decides to break the attack by sacrificing his queen after which he will have a lot of material. However sadly for him the position doesn't prove all that much easier to defend than before he gave the queen up.

[25...Bd3 with ideas of getting back the the knight to help defend seems the best here and is probably the most concrete win in a still complex position.]

26.Nxf7 gxf6 27.f4

White must get his remaining rook into the game before black consolidates.


White has full compensation for the material now.

28.Qh4+ Kg7 29.fxe5 Ne4 30.Rxf6 Bc5+ 31.Kh2 Nxf6 32.Qxf6+ Kh7 33.Ng5+ Kh6 34.Ne6 Rxe6 35.Qxe6 Re8 36.Qf6 Be7 37.Qxa6 b4

Whilst it is definitely white who is pressing here black should still hold.

38.Qc4 Bf8 39.g4 Kh7


40.e6 Bd6+ 41.Kg2 Be7 42.Qc7 Kg8 43.Kg3 Kf8 44.Qf4+ Kg7 45.Qd4+ Kg8 46.h4 Rd8 47.Qc4

Veselin Topalov


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 47.Qc4


Even at first sight this seems a strange move. Black should try and activate the rook. This looks to me to be the decisive error.

[47...Rd3+ 48.Kg2 Rd2+ 49.Kf3 Rd3+ 50.Ke2 Rc3 51.Qd5 Rc5 52.Qa8+ Kg7 53.Qb8 Rc2+ 54.Ke3 Rc3+ 55.Kd4 Rd3+ 56.Ke5 Re3+ 57.Kd5 Rd3+ 58.Ke5 Re3+]

48.Qc6 Bb1?

[48...Kg7 49.Qf3 Bg6 50.Qb7 Rd3+ 51.Kg2 Rd2+ 52.Kf1 Kf8 53.Qb8+ Rd8 54.Qe5 Kg8 55.h5 Rf8+ 56.Kg1 and things are starting to get hard.]

49.h5 Bxa2

The position has gone but this makes life quite easy for Carlsen now.

50.Qe4 Kh8 51.h6

The best, white now has many direct threats and black can't meet them all.

51...Bf6 52.e7 Re8 53.Qf4 Bg7 54.hxg7+ Kxg7 55.g5 Kg8 56.Qf6 1-0

Ivanchuk lost to Gelfand

Vassily Ivanchuk against Boris Gelfand

Vassily Ivanchuk against Boris Gelfand. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos:

Boris Gelfand beat Vassily Ivanchuk with black in a Bogo-Indian. He felt he was almost equal out of the opening and even stood a tiny bit better after Ivanchuk's mistaken idea of 21.Ne1?! plan. Ivanchuk then didn't play precisely and went down to defeat in 42 moves. Most probably if he had played 26.c4 the game would have finished in a draw.

Gelfand: After move 20 I thought it would be a draw after a couple of moves because I equalised. He has very little advantage, very little. But OK basically nothing to do but he tried to go on playing and he didn't find the best plan. 21.Ne1 I don't think it's a good idea because after 22...Ne4 it's already OK, he has to be careful, and he didn't find the precise way to do it. Already unpleasant, I think, maybe it's a simple draw there also but already he has to be careful, psychologically not easy. Uncomfortable position and he has to play very precisely.

Ivanchuk,Vassily - Gelfand,Boris [E10]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (11.7), 27.01.2012

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qb3 Nbd7 9.Rc1 b6 10.cxd5


10...cxd5 11.Na3

[11.Nc3; 11.Bb4; 11.Bf4]

11...Bb7 12.Bb4 Bxb4 13.Qxb4 a6 14.e3 Rc8 15.Bf1 Rxc1 16.Rxc1 Qb8 17.Nb1 Rc8 18.Rxc8+ Qxc8 19.Nc3 Qf8 20.Qb3 h6 21.Ne1?! Qc8 22.Nc2 Ne4

Already unpleasant for white according to Gelfand.

23.Nxe4 dxe4 24.Qc3 Qxc3 25.bxc3 b5

Boris Gelfand


Vassily Ivanchuk

Position after 25...b5


This looks like the decisive error.

[26.c4 Looks equal.]

26...bxa4 27.Be2 Kf8 28.Kf1 Ke7 29.Ke1 f5 30.Kd2 g5 31.c4 e5 32.Kc3 f4 33.h3 exd4+ 34.Nxd4 f3 35.Bf1 Nc5 36.Kb4 Nd3+ 37.Bxd3 exd3 38.Kc3 Be4 39.c5 Kd7 40.g4 Kc7 41.Kd2 a3 42.Nb3 Bd5 0-1

Caruana beat Giri

Fabiano Caruana against Anish Giri

Fabiano Caruana against Anish Giri. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

Anish Giri went down to his fourth loss in a row, this time to Fabiano Caruana for whom this was his second win in a row. Giri seems to be missing all sorts of things now, probably the win in Reggio and the arduous schedule in Wijk aan Zee is catching up with him. Today Giri completely missed the possibility of Caruana's 17.Bxa5! which won three pawns for a piece and a huge position. He admitted "Normally when I make a blunder, you play a move and then you think "What have I done?", but now I play 16...f6 and start wondering "What is he thinking about?" I had no idea, this is really bad." Although Giri struggled on, Caruana finished him off reasonably efficiently.

So another win today.

Yes it's a good result. Last time I played white against him I lost so it was happy to have revenge. I think I got a slight advantage from the opening but probably wasn't anything big. Instead of playing 16...f6, it looks like a blunder, he should take on e5, 16...Nxe5 17.fxe5 and 17...f6 and maybe I'm slightly better but it's very close to equal. But he played 16...f6? and I think he missed 17.Bxa5! and I sacrifice a piece but I get three pawns and a very strong position, he gets no counter-play. At some point it got a little bit messy in time trouble but I think I was pretty much winning after 17.Bxa5!

Did he underestimate 17.Bxa5 or did he just not see it?

I think he just didn't see it at all. Because if he had seen it then he would have started to calculate and seen. It's pretty obvious once you look at 17.Bxa5 that white just gets all these pawns and a big advantage. I saw that he wasn't doing all that well in the last few games. Everyone is very strong and he is a very strong player and he can come back at any moment. He could start to win a bunch of games or he could play great one game and bad the next. Anything could happen. Just concentrate on the game in front of you I guess.

Caruana,Fabiano - Giri,Anish [D15]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (11.1), 27.01.2012

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Nc3 b5 6.c5 g6 7.Ne5 Bg7 8.f4 a5 9.Be2 Qc7 10.0-0 h5

[10...0-0 1-0 Gelfand,B (2741)-Wang Yue (2752)/Medias ROU 2010/The Week in Chess 814 (82)]

11.h3 Bf5 12.Bd2 Nbd7 13.Bf3 h4 14.Qe1 Ne4 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.Be2

Anish Giri


Fabiano Caruana

Position after 16.Bxe2


[16...Nxe5 17.fxe5 f6]


and white gets a huge position for three pawns which is probably just winning.

17...Rxa5 18.Nxc6 Ra8 19.Bxb5 Be6 20.a4 f5 21.Qd2 Bf6 22.d5 Bf7 23.Rac1 Kf8 24.b4 Qc8 25.d6 exd6 26.cxd6 Qe8 27.Ne7 Be6 28.Rc7 Rh7 29.Nd5 Bd8 30.Rb7 Rc8 31.a5 Kg7 32.a6 Kh6 33.a7 Qf8 34.Ne7 Nb6 35.Qf2 Rf7 36.Qxh4+ Kg7 37.Qg5 Bd5 38.Qxg6+ Kh8 39.Qh5+ Kg7 40.Nxf5+ Kg8 41.Ne7+ 1-0

Van Wely lost to Karjakin

Loek van Wely against Sergey Karjakin

Loek van Wely against Sergey Karjakin. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

Sergey Karjakin continued his amazing tournament with another win to get him back to 50%. He defeated Loek van Wely who now has a tough finish (Nakamura, Carlsen) after drawing his first 10 rounds. He rather subsided to defeat. First Karjakin was equal as black in an English Four Knights, then he had the better prospects. When Van Wely played 28.Ng3? allowing Karjakin to swap the knight off leaving him with a bad bishop it was only really a matter of time before Karjakin brought home the full point. White simply lacked the counter-play.

Van Wely,Loek - Karjakin,Sergey [A28]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (11.5), 27.01.2012

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e3 Be7 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 Be6 9.a3 a5 10.Qc2 f5 11.Na4 Qd6

[11...Kh8 1/2-1/2 Kempinski,R (2590)-Sprenger,J (2537)/Godesberg GER 2008/The Week in Chess 692 (57)]

12.Rd1 Rad8 13.d4 e4 14.Nd2 Bf7 15.Nc3 Qh6 16.Nxd5 Bxd5 17.Bc4 Kh8 18.Bxd5 Rxd5 19.Nf1 Rd6 20.b4 axb4 21.axb4 Rd7 22.Bd2 Bd6 23.b5 Ne7 24.Ra7 b6 25.Rda1 Qe6 26.Ra8 Rdd8 27.Rxd8 Rxd8

Sergey Karjakin already liked his position, after white's next he is close to winning.


Sergey Karjakin


Loek van Wely

Position after 28.Ng3?

"Quite bad." - Sergey Karjakin.

28...Bxg3 29.hxg3 Nd5

"Black is clearly better I think." - Karjakin. Van Wely pointed to his lack of any real counter-play as a severe problem and black brings home the point reasonably easily.

30.Ra7 h6 31.Qa2 Qe8 32.Qc4 Qh5 33.Ra1 Kh7 34.Bb4 Qg6 35.Be1 h5 36.Rc1 h4 37.gxh4 f4 38.Qe2 f3 39.Qf1 Qg4 40.g3 g5 41.Kh2 gxh4 42.Qh3 Qxh3+ 43.Kxh3 hxg3 44.Kxg3 Rg8+ 45.Kh2 Rg2+ 46.Kh1 Rg6 47.Ra1 Rg8 48.Rc1 Kg6 49.Rc6+ Kf7 50.Rh6 Ra8 51.Rh7+ Kg6 52.Rh4 Nf6 53.Bb4 Kg5 54.Rf4 Ra1+ 55.Kh2 Ng4+ 0-1

Gashimov lost to Radjabov

Vugar Gashimov against Teimour Radjabov

Vugar Gashimov against Teimour Radjabov. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

Teimour Rajdabov moved into joint second half a point behind the leaders after beating Vugar Gashimov who was clearly there for the taking today. Gashimov as white played a sideline of the Sicilian, lost the initiative in the opening and was ground down in what was a fairly gruesome spectacle.

Kamsky draw Nakamura

Gata Kamsky against Hikaru Nakamura

Gata Kamsky against Hikaru Nakamura. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

The all-American struggle saw Gata Kamsky quickly lose the initiative on the white side of a Sicilian Dragon. Nakamura grabbed a pawn on h2 and then exchange queens to be a pawn up. Kamsky however had distinct positional compensation for the pawn and this lasted until the end of the game when still a pawn down the position was going nowhere but a draw.

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 . 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ . 1 ½ 1 0 2882
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2835 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ . 0 . 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 7 2856
3. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2773 . ½ * ½ . ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7 2849
4. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2736 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ . 1 1 ½ . 2826
5. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2766 ½ ½ . ½ * ½ ½ . ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 2815
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2759 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ . 1 ½ ½ . 1 6 2795
7. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2732 0 . ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 0 . ½ 1 2747
8. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 0 1 0 0 . ½ 0 * 1 0 1 1 . 1 2751
9. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2692 ½ . ½ ½ ½ . ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2716
10. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2739 . 0 ½ . 1 0 ½ 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ 5 2717
11. Giri, Anish g NED 2714 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 * . 0 . 4 2658
12. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2770 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ . 0 ½ ½ . * ½ ½ 4 2656
13. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2761 0 0 0 ½ 0 . ½ . ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ 4 2650
14. Navara, David g CZE 2712 1 ½ 0 . 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ . ½ ½ * 2630
Round 11 (January 27, 2012)
Aronian, Levon - Navara, David 0-1 60 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Carlsen, Magnus - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 56 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Caruana, Fabiano - Giri, Anish 1-0 41 D11 Slav Defence
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Gelfand, Boris 0-1 42 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
Kamsky, Gata - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 44 B76 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Van Wely, Loek - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 55 A28 English Four Knights
Gashimov, Vugar - Radjabov, Teimour 0-1 53 B45 Sicilian Classical

B and C Groups

Daniele Vocaturo against Dimitri Reinderman

Daniele Vocaturo against Dimitri Reinderman. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

B-Group: Pentala Harikrisha lost a really wild game against Sipke Ernst but still leads the B-Group by half a point from Alexander Motylev (who he still has to play) and Erwin L'Ami.

Maxim Turov against Daan Brandenburg

Maxim Turov against Daan Brandenburg. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

C-Group: Hans Tikkanen beat Sahaj Grover to join Maxim Turov who struggled to a draw against Daan Brandenberg.

Sipke Ernst, who beat Pentala Harikrishan in a wild game in Round 11

Sipke Ernst, who beat Pentala Harikrishan in a wild game in Round 11. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos:

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 ½ . 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 8 2767
2. Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2677 . * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ . 1 1 ½ ½ 2726
3. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2596 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 . . 1 1 1 1 2731
4. Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2691 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 . 1 1 ½ . 1 1 2664
5. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2677 ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ . . 6 2648
6. Reinderman, Dimitri g NED 2581 . ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 . 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 6 2634
7. Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2568 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 0 . 1 1 . 2617
8. Ernst, Sipke g NED 2606 1 0 1 . 1 . ½ * 1 0 0 0 0 ½ 5 2560
9. Potkin, Vladimir g RUS 2684 ½ ½ . 0 0 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ . 1 5 2568
10. Timman, Jan H g NED 2571 0 . . 0 0 0 1 1 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 5 2563
11. Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2557 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ . 1 ½ ½ * . ½ ½ 4 2513
12. Vocaturo, Daniele g ITA 2545 0 0 0 . ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ . * 1 ½ 4 2502
13. Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2503 ½ ½ 0 0 . ½ 0 1 . 0 ½ 0 * ½ 2464
14. Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2516 0 ½ 0 0 . ½ . ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 2473
Round 11 (January 27, 2012)
L'Ami, Erwin - Motylev, Alexander ½-½ 32 A41 Modern Defence
Tiviakov, Sergei - Lahno, Kateryna 1-0 38 B22 Sicilian Alapin
Nyzhnyk, Illya - Bruzon Batista, Lazaro 1-0 42 A90 Dutch Classical
Ernst, Sipke - Harikrishna, Pentala 1-0 44 D56 Queens Gambit Lasker's Defence
Potkin, Vladimir - Harika, Dronavalli 1-0 42 E44 Nimzo Indian Rubinstein
Timman, Jan H - Cmilyte, Viktorija 1-0 38 A61 Benoni
Vocaturo, Daniele - Reinderman, Dimitri 0-1 28 B23 Sicilian Closed
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 0 1 1 1 2641
2. Turov, Maxim g RUS 2645 ½ * . ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 . 1 1 1 1 1 2653
3. Adhiban, Baskaran g IND 2561 ½ . * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ . 1 ½ ½ 1 2574
4. Brandenburg, Daan g NED 2527 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . 1 1 ½ . 2542
5. Sadler, Matthew D g ENG 2660 . ½ ½ ½ * . ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 2484
6. Grover, Sahaj m IND 2532 0 ½ 0 ½ . * 1 ½ 1 1 . ½ 1 0 6 2474
7. Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2454 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 1 ½ ½ . . 2480
8. Tania, Sachdev m IND 2411 . 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ . 1 2460
9. Goudriaan, Etienne f NED 2279 0 . ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ . 1 ½ 5 2413
10. Schut, Lisa wm NED 2290 0 0 . . ½ 0 0 0 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 4 2350
11. Hopman, Pieter NED 2342 1 0 0 0 0 . ½ ½ ½ 0 * . 0 1 2320
12. Danielian, Elina g ARM 2490 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ . * 0 ½ 2343
13. Ootes, Lars NED 2326 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 . . 0 0 1 1 * 0 2336
14. Haast, Anne wm NED 2290 0 0 0 . 0 1 . 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 * 3 2287
Round 11 (January 27, 2012)
Tikkanen, Hans - Grover, Sahaj 1-0 30 D11 Slav Defence
Turov, Maxim - Brandenburg, Daan ½-½ 44 A22 English Opening
Goudriaan, Etienne - Hopman, Pieter ½-½ 62 A41 Modern Defence
Schut, Lisa - Paehtz, Elisabeth 0-1 59 C97 Ruy Lopez
Danielian, Elina - Adhiban, Baskaran ½-½ 66 A46 Queen's Pawn Opening
Ootes, Lars - Sadler, Matthew D ½-½ 88 C11 French Defence
Haast, Anne - Tania, Sachdev 0-1 40 B41 Sicilian Paulsen

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