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74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 (10)

Aronian maintains 1 point Tata Steel lead over Ivanchuk after crushing Giri in Round 10

Levon Aronian in action in Round 10. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos.

Levon Aronian in action in Round 10. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos. |

Levon Aronian won yet again in the 10th round of the 74th Tata Steel Chess tournament to move closer to a 3rd win in the event. Anish Giri chose a variation first brought to prominence by Aronian and found yet again (following his defeat to Gashimov) that a morning's preparation doesn't help against an opponent who has deeply studied a position. Aronian impressively outplayed his young opponent. Michiel Abeln annotates the game with the help of Aronian's press room demonstration of the game (also in PGN). Vassily Ivanchuk kept pace a point behind beating David Navara on the black side of the risky Benoni no doubt encouraged by his opponents poor form. He was rewarded with an error going up to first time control. Hikaru Nakamura as white against Magnus Carlsen was surprised in the opening and feeling slightly under the weather steered the game quickly to a draw. There were four wins in total for black with Topalov being crushed by Caruana and Karjakin losing again this time to Kamsky being the others. Remaining games drawn although Van Wely agreed a draw in a time scramble in a winning position. Rest day Thursday. 1st Aronian 7.5pts 2nd Ivanchuk 6.5pts 3rd-4th Carlsen, Radjabov 6pts 5th-6th Caruana, Nakamura 5.5pts. Tata Steel Facebook Page has photos and interviews and they also have a Twitter Account. Round 11 Fri 27th Jan 2012 12:30 GMT Carlsen - Topalov, Kamsky - Nakamura, Van Wely - Karjakin, Gashimov - Radjabov, Ivanchuk - Gelfand, Aronian - Navara, Caruana - Giri.

Giri lost to Aronian

Anish Giri against Levon Aronian

Anish Giri against Levon Aronian. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos:

Anish Giri lost his third game in a row in losing to Levon Aronian in Round 10. One has to remember that Giri is only 17 and he's probably learning some useful lessons. Today he chose a variation first introduced by Levon Aronian. Aronian said he had studied the whole variation in depth, Giri looked at it in the morning, played the sharpest lines and was so optimistic of his chances he allowed a dangerous exchange sacrifice in the hope of winning. Aronian went on make the win look very easy in a position where he felt at home and Giri did not.

Levon another win with black now. It seems you didn't have any problems in this game.

It was a very complicated game, actually I think I was the first person who ever played this 7.Be2 and 8.0-0 and I've played 8...Nb6 which may not be the best move but white has to know what to play. I think Anish didn't quite grasp the static assessments in the positions. After 13.Bf3 maybe it's an unclear position but it's quite easy for black to play, I have a clear plan, and after that he started playing very badly and I think he made some inaccuracies, maybe he was upset that it was not his preparation and later it was more or less easy for me.

Seems like a good strategy to play such a position against him with the material not being the same and some dynamics in the game.

It really depends if you're prepared or not, I knew this position, I analysed it quite deeply although just to 14.Bd6, I knew the whole ideas, there are also ideas for white but when you don't know them it is very difficult in a practical game so I think most of the players would go straight for the [unclear]. I hope I will be able to play as well as today in the next games.

Levon Aronian interview

Anish Giri interview

Levon Aronian in the press centre chats and demonstrates the game.

Giri,A (2714) - Aronian,L (2805) [D37]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 25.01.2012

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7

Before the game Aronian expected Giri to go for a complicated position, to go for a real fight.


but this was a surprise to Aronian, considering he developed this idea and played it with white in Moscow last year.

7...dxc4 8.0-0 Nb6

[8...c5 9.dxc5 Nxc5 10.Bxc4 a6 (10...Qxd1 11.Rfxd1 b6 12.Nd4 Bb7 13.f3 (13.Rac1 a6 14.b4 Nce4 15.Nxe4 Bxe4 16.a3 Rfc8 17.f3 Bb7 18.e4 a5 19.Nxe6 axb4 20.axb4 b5 21.Nc7 bxc4 22.Nxa8 Bxa8 23.Bd6 Kf8 24.Bxe7+ Kxe7 25.Rd4 c3 26.Rd3 c2 27.Rd2 Nxe4 28.Rdxc2 Rxc2 29.Rxc2 Nd6 30.Kf2 Kd7 31.Ke3 Nb5 32.Rc5 Bc6 33.Kd3 f6 34.Rh5 h6 35.Kc4 Nc7 36.Ra5 Kd6 37.Kd4 g5 38.Ra1 f5 39.h4 f4 40.hxg5 hxg5 41.Rh1 g4 42.fxg4 Bxg2 43.Rh6+ Ne6+ 44.Kd3 Bf3 45.Rf6 Bxg4 46.Ke4 f3 47.Ke3 Ke5 48.Rxf3 Bxf3 1/2-1/2 Gelfand,B (2744)-Kramnik,V (2800)/Moscow RUS 2011/The Week in Chess 890) 13...Rfc8 14.Rac1 a6 15.a3 Nh5 16.Be5 Nf6 17.Bg3 Kf8 18.e4 Ke8 19.Bf1 g6 20.Bf2 e5 21.Nc2 Nb3 22.Rb1 b5 23.Ne3 Rd8 24.a4 Nd2 25.axb5 Nxb1 26.Rxb1 Bc5 27.Nc4 Bxf2+ 28.Kxf2 axb5 29.Nxb5 Kf8 30.Nxe5 Bxe4 31.fxe4 Nxe4+ 32.Kg1 Nd2 33.Rc1 Ra2 34.Na3 Rxb2 35.Nac4 Nxc4 36.Nxc4 Rc8 37.Ra1 Rc2 38.Ne5 Rc1 39.Rxc1 Rxc1 1/2-1/2 Anand,V (2811)-Kramnik,V (2800)/London ENG 2011/The Week in Chess 892) 11.Nd4 (11.Ne5 Ncd7 12.Be2 Nxe5 13.Bxe5 Qa5 14.Bg3 b5 15.Bf3 Ra7 16.Ne2 Bb7 17.Bxb7 Rxb7 18.Nd4 Rd7 19.Qc2 Bd6 20.Nc6 Qb6 21.Bxd6 Rxd6 22.Rac1 Kh8 23.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 24.Qxd1 h6 25.g3 Qc7 26.Rc2 Rc8 27.Qd3 Ng4 28.Rc3 Qb7 29.Qd6 Qa8 30.e4 Nf6 31.f3 a5 32.Qc5 b4 33.Rc4 Qa6 34.b3 Kh7 35.Qd6 a4 36.Rc2 axb3 37.axb3 Qa1+ 38.Kg2 Qb1 39.Qd2 Qxb3 40.Nxb4 Rb8 1/2-1/2 Aronian,L (2802)-Gelfand,B (2744)/Moscow RUS 2011/The Week in Chess 890) 11...Bd7 12.a3 Rc8 13.Rc1 Nce4 14.Nxe4 Nxe4 15.Bd3 Rxc1 16.Qxc1 Nf6 17.Rd1 Qb6 18.Bc2 Rc8 19.Qb1 h6 20.Nf3 Be8 21.Be5 Bc6 22.Bd4 Qc7 23.Be5 Qb6 24.Bd4 Qc7 25.Be5 1/2-1/2 Aronian,L (2802)-Anand,V (2811)/London ENG 2011/The Week in Chess 892; 8...Nd5 9.Bxc4 Nxf4 10.exf4 c5 11.dxc5 Qc7 12.g3 Qxc5 13.Qe2 Nb6 14.Bd3 Qh5 15.Qe3 Bf6 16.Ng5 Bxc3 17.bxc3 h6 18.Be2 Qg6 19.Nf3 Qf6 20.Ne5 Bd7 21.c4 Qe7 22.Qe4 Bc6 23.Nxc6 bxc6 24.Qxc6 Rac8 25.Qe4 Rc7 26.Rfd1 Rfc8 27.Rd4 g6 28.Rad1 Qf6 29.Qc2 Rc5 30.Qb3 Qe7 31.Bf1 R5c7 32.Qb5 Rc5 33.Qb4 R5c7 34.Qxe7 Rxe7 35.Rd8+ Rxd8 36.Rxd8+ Kg7 37.c5 Nd5 38.Bc4 Nf6 39.Rc8 Rd7 40.Bb5 Rd1+ 41.Kg2 Ra1 42.a4 a6 43.Bc6 Rc1 44.Ra8 Rxc5 45.Rxa6 Rc2 46.a5 Ng4 47.Be8 Kf8 48.Ra8 Rxf2+ 49.Kg1 Ra2 50.Bb5+ Kg7 51.a6 Nxh2 52.Rc8 Nf3+ 53.Kf1 Nd4 54.Bc4 Ra3 55.Rc7 Nf5 56.Bxe6 Rxa6 57.Bxf7 Kf6 58.Bc4 Ne3+ 59.Kf2 Nxc4 60.Rxc4 1/2-1/2 Aronian,L (2802)-Anand,V (2811) /Moscow RUS 2011/The Week in Chess 889]


Levon Aronian


Anish Giri

Position after 9.Qc2

"Not the safest move" - Giri. He had looked at this position before the game.

[Aronian did some serious homework on this line last year, there are a lot of interesting possibilities still to be explored. 9.e4 ; 9.Ne5 was suggested by Giri as a strong alternative after the game. "Maximum black gets his equality. Probably it is just equality." 9...Nfd5 10.Bg3 c5 and so on according to Giri.; 9.Bg3]


"Looked a bit risky to me when I was preparing. I'm not sure it's good, it doesn't look good." - Giri.

10.Be5 f6 11.Ng5

[Perfectly playable but much less exciting is 11.Bg3 Nxg3 12.hxg3 Bd7]

11...fxg5 12.Bxh5 Bd7 13.Bf3

"A psychological mistake." - Giri.

[13.Bg4 was Giri's suggestion instead of Bf3.]


Levon Aronian


Anish Giri

Position after 13...Rxf3

This exchange sacrifice was studied by Aronian's second Pashikian and they both thought that the engines are too optimistic for white.


"I was not sure that the exchange sacrifice is good. If he takes it OK, I'll take it and I'll win the game, slowly. But then I realised it is very difficult." - Giri

14...Bd6 15.Qe4

Interesting idea from Giri

[15.Bxd6 cxd6 16.Ne4 Qe7 and black is ok]

15...Bc6 16.Qg4 Qe7 17.Bxd6

[17.Ne4 Bxe5 18.dxe5 h6]

17...cxd6 18.Ne4?

Levon Aronian


Anish Giri

Position after 18.Ne4

This loses too much time. The key question for white is how to open lines so his rooks become more powerful. In the game black wins a few tempi and as a result gets full control

[18.e4 Rf8 19.Qg3; 18.Rac1 h6 19.b3]

18...h6 19.Qg3?

[19.Rac1 Rf8 20.b3]

19...d5 20.Nc3?!

This is a bit passive. Giri said that he should try Nc5 here.

[20.Nc5 looks dubious but it's not easy to see how black can actually win the knight]

20...Rf8 21.Ne2 Rf5

This is a very powerful prophylaxis move. White really wanted to open lines for his rooks by playing f4 or h4, now both moves don't threaten to take on g5 anymore.


[22.Kh1 Qf8 23.f4]

22...Nd7 23.Rh1?

Levon Aronian


Anish Giri

Position after 23.Rh1?

Maybe engines can play this position, but from Giri's moves you can see he doesn't believe in his position anymore

23...Nf8 24.h4 Ng6 25.f4 Nxh4+

game over

26.Kf1 Qb4 27.Rb1 Be8 28.Nc3 Qe7 29.b4 Rf8 30.Rb2 Bg6 31.Ke1 Bd3

[31...Be4 32.Nxe4 dxe4 also looks nice for black]

32.fxg5 Nf3+ 33.Kd1 hxg5 34.Qh3 Qf6 35.Kc1 Bg6 36.a4 Rd8 37.Ne2 e5 38.Qg4 exd4 39.exd4

[39.Nxd4 Ne5]

39...Re8 40.Qd7 c3 41.Ra2 Ne1

A nice move to finish things off

42.Rxe1 Qf4+ 43.Kd1 Qe4 0-1

Levon Aronian


Anish Giri

Position after 41...Ne1

Topalov lost to Caruana

Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos:

Veselin Topalov kept looking like getting the confidence to play his best in the first half of the tournament but the loss to Sergey Karjakin seemed to knock the stuffing out of him. Today he faced Peter Svidler's fantastic new move 6...e5 in the Sicilian Kan which must be the novelty of last year, and in fact probably will soon demand a book of its own. Topalov got no advantage and then really went off the rails. 23.Bb3 was an error allowing the attacking 23...Ng4 whose power must have completely escaped him. Then he sacrificed the Queen unsoundly rather than accept a position a pawn down with reasonable chances to continue, then when he got chances he misplayed them and had his king position torn apart for what must have been a terribly dispiriting loss. I've no doubt Topalov will be back but even in interview earlier in the event you could sense his real frustration at not being able to get all the parts of his complicated style to function properly at the same time.

Topalov,Veselin - Caruana,Fabiano [B42]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10.7), 25.01.2012

1.Nf3 c5 2.e4 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.0-0 e5 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.Nf5 g6 10.Ne3 Bc5 11.Nc3 d6 12.Ncd5 Qd8 13.Kh1

[13.c3 Be6 14.Bc2 0-0 15.Ng4 Nd7 16.Nxh6+ Kg7 17.Nf5+ gxf5 18.exf5 Bxd5 19.Qg4+ Kh6 20.Qh3+ Kg5 21.Qg3+ Kh5 22.Qg7 Bf3 23.Qh7+ Kg5 24.Qg7+ Kh5 25.Qh7+ Kg5 26.Qg7+ Kh5 1/2-1/2 Karjakin,S (2763)-Svidler,P (2755)/Moscow RUS 2011/The Week in Chess 889]

13...Nc6 14.Ng4 0-0 15.Ngf6+ Kg7 16.c3 Be6 17.f4!?

17.Bc2 with the idea of Bb3 with a positional edge was quite promising.

17...Bxd5 18.Nxd5 exf4 19.Rxf4 Qg5 20.Qf1 Ne5 21.Rd1 Rae8 22.Bc2 h5 23.Bb3? Ng4! 24.g3 Rxe4 25.Rxe4 Nf2+

Fabiano Caruana


Veselin Topalov

Position after 25...Nf2+


This sacrifice doesn't look sound but even when Topalov got chances to use the rooks he gets it wrong.

[26.Kg2 Nxe4 27.Re1 is not a defense to everyone's taste just admitting he lost a pawn. Topalov still looks to have reasonable chances to save the game.]

26...Bxf2 27.Kg2 Bc5 28.h4 Qf5 29.Re2 Qg4

[29...g5 30.Bc2 Qd7 31.Ne7 gxh4 32.b4 Qg4]


[30.Re7 Had to be played with some pressure. 30...b5 31.Rf1 Qc8 32.Kh2 a5 33.a3 Qd8 34.Rf4 Bb6 35.Ba2 Qb8 36.Nf6 Qd8 37.Nd5 Bc5 38.b4 Bb6]


Black doesn't turn down a second inviatation to open up white's king.

31.Re4 Qf5 32.R1e2 gxh4 33.Nf4 Qg5 34.Kh1 d5 35.Bxd5 hxg3 36.c4 Qh4+


37.Kg2 Qh2+ 38.Kf3 Qh1+ 39.Kxg3 h4+ 0-1

Navara lost to Ivanchuk

David Navara against Vassily Ivanchuk

David Navara against Vassily Ivanchuk. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos:

Vassily Ivanchuk announced his aggressive intentions against tail-ender David Navara by playing the Benoni. This is a risky opening at this level, even if players such as Gashimov do play it regularly, especially if you aren't a regular practioner. Navara was doing fine for a while but the game remained in tense and starting with 28.g3? (Ivanchuk suggested 28.Ra4) he started to go wrong and then he just missed the power of the zwischenzug 30...Re2 after which Ivanchuk was just winning. Ivanchuk is now in clear second place a point behind Aronian.

Vassily you seem to be in very good shape the last few days.

Yes looks like I'm in good shape fortunately.

Was a good game today?

I don't know, he just missed 30...Re2, position was about equal he could play 28.Ra4 instead of 28.g3. It wasn't simple, I wasn't sure I was in time trouble. Every

Navara,David - Ivanchuk,Vassily [A70]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10.1), 25.01.2012

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.Nc3 exd5 6.cxd5 g6 7.e4 Bg7 8.h3 a6 9.a4 Nbd7 10.Bd3 Nh5 11.Bg5 Bf6 12.Be3 0-0 13.0-0 Re8 14.a5 Rb8 15.Qc2 Ne5 16.Be2 Nxf3+ 17.Bxf3 Ng7 18.Bf4

[18.Na4 Bd7 19.Nb6 Bb5 20.Rfe1 Be5 21.Qd2 f5 22.Bg5 Qc7 23.Rac1 Qf7 24.b4 cxb4 25.Qxb4 fxe4 26.Rxe4 Nf5 27.Nc4 Bxc4 28.Rexc4 1/2-1/2 Demuth,A (2339)-Spraggett,K (2606)/Arinsal AND 2009/The Week in Chess 768]

18...b5 19.axb6 Rxb6 20.Ra2 Bd4 21.Ne2 Be5 22.Bxe5 Rxe5 23.Nf4 Bd7 24.Rfa1 Bb5 25.Be2 Qf6 26.Bxb5 Qxf4 27.Bd3 f5

Vassily Ivanchuk


David Navara

Position after 27...f5


[28.Ra4 was better according to Ivanchuk. 28...fxe4 29.Bxe4 Nf5 30.g3 Qg5 31.R1a3]

28...Qf3 29.exf5

[29.Ra4 fxe4 30.Bxe4 Qb3 31.Rxa6 Qxc2 32.Bxc2 Rxb2 33.Bd3 Ne8 34.Ra7 Rb4 35.Rd7 Rxd5 36.Ra8 Kf8 37.Bf1 h5]

29...Nxf5 30.Bxf5?

[30.Rxa6 Rxa6 31.Bxa6 Nd4 32.Qc3 Qf5 33.g4 Qf4 34.Qg3 Qe4 35.Qd3 Nf3+ 36.Kf1 Qf4]


Black is just winning now.

31.Be6+ Kf8 32.Qxe2

White has to give up his queen but there aren't really any saving chances.

32...Qxe2 33.b4 Qe4 34.Rxa6

[34.bxc5? Rb1+ 35.Kh2 Qh1#]

34...Rxa6 35.Rxa6 c4 36.Rc6 c3 37.Rc8+ Kg7 38.Rc7+ Kf6 39.Kh2 Qd4 40.f4 g5 41.fxg5+ Ke5 0-1

Karjakin lost to Kamsky

Sergey Karjakin against Gata Kamsky

Sergey Karjakin against Gata Kamsky. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

"Very strange game" was Gata Kamsky's verdict on his win over Sergey Karjakin. Kamsky had the feeling that he messed up the opening and that white was better. However his 18...Qc7 introduced the idea of ...Bd8 saving the two bishops which was part of white's strategy. Kamsky felt he was better after 23...Qc6 and eventually his rooks penetrated and he got a decisive attack. Kamsky felt that Karjakin was trying too hard to win, possibly as a result of the confidence he got with his previous days win against Carlsen and that might have contributed to his demise.

Karjakin,Sergey - Kamsky,Gata [C84]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10.6), 25.01.2012

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4 Bd7 9.c3 0-0 10.Nbd2 h6 11.Re1 Re8 12.Nh4

[12.Nf1 Bf8 13.Ne3 Na5 14.Bc2 c5 15.h3 Nc6 16.Nh2 Be6 17.Nhg4 Nxg4 18.hxg4 Be7 19.Nd5 b4 20.a5 bxc3 21.bxc3 Nxa5 22.Ba4 Rf8 23.c4 Bg5 24.Bd2 Bxd2 25.Qxd2 Rc8 26.Reb1 Nc6 27.Bxc6 Rxc6 28.Rb7 Bxd5 29.exd5 Rb6 30.Ra7 Qc8 31.Qa5 Rb3 32.Qxa6 Qxg4 33.Qxd6 Rxd3 34.Qxc5 Rd4 35.Qc7 Qh5 1/2-1/2 Zhao Jun (2347)-Peng Xiaomin (2648)/HeiBei CHN 2001/The Week in Chess 351]

12...b4 13.Ng6 bxc3 14.bxc3 Na5 15.Ba2 Nh7 16.Qh5 Nf6 17.Qf3 c5 18.d4 Qc7 19.Qg3

[19.Nxe7+ should be played here. Kamsky said that Karjakin simply missed that Qc7 gave the bishop the d8 square. "His whole idea is to get the two bishops." - Kamsky. He also thought that Karjakin had the advantage out of the opening.]

19...Bd8 20.dxe5 dxe5 21.Nh4 c4 22.Nf5 Bxf5 23.exf5 Qc6

Gata Kamsky


Sergey Karjakin

Position after 23...Qc6

"Black is simply better because there are no tactics." - Kamsky.

24.Ba3 Bc7 25.Qe3 Rad8 26.Ne4 Bb6 27.Nxf6+ Qxf6 28.Qe4 Rd2 29.Rf1 Red8 30.Kh1 Nb3 31.Bxb3 cxb3 32.f4 Qh4 33.Rab1 R8d3 34.Bc1 Rd1 35.Ba3 Rxb1 36.Rxb1 Re3 37.g3 Qh5 38.Qg2 exf4 39.gxf4 Re2 40.Qg3 Qxf5 0-1

Nakamura draw Carlsen

Hikaru Nakamura against Magnus Carlsen

Hikaru Nakamura against Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

Hikaru Nakamura said that he had been under the weather for a few days now. Certainly not the condition to take on Magnus Carlsen, even if he had lost the previous day. Carlsen playing black surprised Nakamura in the opening but the position offered some interesting attacking chances for white if he had chosen to take them. Instead Nakamura steered quickly to a draw which was agreed on moves 21.

Nakamura: Magnus surprised me in the opening and I haven't been feeling well for a few days now so it just seemed like the practical thing to more or less simplify the game. I suppose earlier somewhere maybe I could have tried to go for something a little bit more but I didn't really see the need and onus isn't on me to beat Magnus, he's the one that's supposed to be the better player so a draws not so bad for me I think. You'd have to ask Magnus about it more. As far as the whole game goes.

Nakamura was asked if Carlsen wanted a draw after his loss the previous day.

Nakamura: I don't think so at all. I think one of the strongest points of Magnus' game is his ability to bounce back from losses and just come out and play a strong game the next day. I think time and time again we've seen this. Here last year he lost a horrible game to Anish Giri and ... I don't think he won the following day but he came back strongly and he almost was able to win the tournament I think he finished maybe half a point or one point behind me. Magnus certainly does not want quick draws I think he's shown us every tournament that he's played that he's always ready for a battle. It's very hard though if your opponent is white and you're black to really do much if your opponent wants a draw so, it's what it is.

Radjabov draw Van Wely

Teimour Radjabov against Loek van Wely

Teimour Radjabov against Loek van Wely. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos:

Teimour Radjabov and Loek van Wely played a very complex Dutch which was mostly balanced. In a time scramble Radjabov's 40.Qf3 was a bad error but was accompanied with a draw offer (this happens quite frequently it is almost as if once you decide to offer a draw you don't concentrate properly on the actual move), van Wely had 50 seconds left and took the draw. However if he had played 40...Ra2 he would have exploited the error for a win. Van Wely seemed quite relaxed about this in interview after the game. He certainly didn't believe that Radjabov saw he was losing and that is why he offered the draw.

See them anaylse after the game.

Radjabov,Teimour - Van Wely,Loek [A80]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10.2), 25.01.2012

1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.Nbd2 d5 5.e3 Be7 6.c4 c6 7.Qc2 0-0 8.Bd3 Ne4 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Ne5 Nd7 11.Ndf3 Qb4+ 12.Ke2 Ndf6 13.c5 Bd7 14.Rhb1 Be8 15.Kf1 h6 16.Kg1 Qa5 17.b4 Qc7 18.a4 a6 19.Ra3 Bh5 20.Rab3 Bxf3 21.gxf3 Ng5 22.f4 Nf7 23.Ng6 Rfb8 24.b5 axb5 25.axb5 Nd7 26.f3 Nh8 27.Ne5 Nxe5 28.fxe5 Ng6 29.Kh1 Qd8 30.Qg2 Nf8 31.Rg1 Qe7 32.Qb2 Rc8 33.Qd2 Ra4 34.e4 dxe4 35.fxe4 Rd8 36.bxc6 bxc6 37.exf5 exf5 38.Qxh6 Rdxd4 39.Qxc6 Qxe5

Loek van Wely


Teimour Radjabov

Position after 39...Qxe5


A blunder accompanied with a draw offer. Van Wely had only 50 seconds left and agreed to it. White has a couple of moves that should equalise.

[40.Qf3 Ra2 41.Rg2 Rxg2 42.Qxg2 Rxd3 43.Rxd3 Qe1+ 44.Qg1 Qe4+ 45.Qg2 Qxd3; 40.Bf1 Rd2 41.Rh3 Rb4; 40.Rb2]


Gelfand draw Gashimov

Boris Gelfand against Vugar Gashimov

Boris Gelfand against Vugar Gashimov. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

The end of the tournament probably can't come quick enough for either Boris Gelfand and Vugar Gashimov. Gelfand played what is quite an enterprising variation of the Queen's Indian as white but soon pieces were traded off and although white had an extra pawn his winning chances were virutally zero.

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 * ½ 0 . 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 . 1 . 2946
2. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2766 ½ * ½ . ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ 1 . 1 1 2861
3. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2835 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ . . 0 . ½ 1 1 ½ 6 2825
4. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2773 . . ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ . 1 6 2817
5. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2736 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 . . ½ . 2802
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2759 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * . . ½ ½ ½ 1 . 1 2797
7. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2692 ½ ½ . ½ ½ . * ½ . ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2750
8. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2732 0 ½ . ½ ½ . ½ * 1 . 0 ½ ½ 1 5 2746
9. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 0 . 1 0 0 ½ . 0 * 1 1 0 . 1 2721
10. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2770 ½ ½ . ½ 0 ½ ½ . 0 * . ½ ½ ½ 4 2679
11. Giri, Anish g NED 2714 0 0 ½ ½ . ½ ½ 1 0 . * 1 0 . 4 2691
12. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2739 . . 0 ½ . 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 4 2679
13. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2761 0 0 0 . ½ . ½ ½ . ½ 1 ½ * ½ 4 2678
14. Navara, David g CZE 2712 . 0 ½ 0 . 0 ½ 0 0 ½ . ½ ½ * 2566
Round 10 (January 25, 2012)
Radjabov, Teimour - Van Wely, Loek ½-½ 40 A80 Dutch
Nakamura, Hikaru - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 21 D15 Slav Defence
Karjakin, Sergey - Kamsky, Gata 0-1 40 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Topalov, Veselin - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 39 B42 Sicilian Paulsen
Giri, Anish - Aronian, Levon 0-1 43 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Gelfand, Boris - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 25 E15 Queens Indian
Navara, David - Ivanchuk, Vassily 0-1 41 A70 Benoni

B and C Group

B-Group. Pentala Harikrishna is a point clear of the B-Group after beating Daniele Vocaturo in 27 moves. Alexander Motylev beat Sipke Ernst and Erwin L'Ami beat Viktorija Cmilyte to keep pace a point behind.

C-Group. Maxim Turov has a half point lead again when he drew quickly with black against Elisabeth Paehtz. Joint leader Hans Tikkanen's position disintegrated on the run up to first time control against Pieter Hopman. Matthew Sadler scored only his second win of the event against Anne Haast.

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 ½ . 1 1 1 ½ 1 8 2830
2. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2596 ½ * . ½ 1 ½ ½ . 0 1 . 1 1 1 7 2739
3. Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2677 . . * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 . 1 ½ ½ 7 2741
4. Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2691 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ . 1 . ½ 1 . 1 1 2712
5. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2677 ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 0 . 1 ½ . . 5 2618
6. Reinderman, Dimitri g NED 2581 . ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 0 . ½ 1 . ½ ½ 5 2604
7. Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2568 0 ½ ½ . ½ 0 * ½ ½ . 0 1 1 . 2574
8. Potkin, Vladimir g RUS 2684 ½ . ½ 0 0 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ . . 4 2541
9. Ernst, Sipke g NED 2606 . 1 0 . 1 . ½ 1 * 0 0 0 0 ½ 4 2517
10. Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2557 0 0 0 ½ . ½ . ½ 1 * ½ . ½ ½ 4 2537
11. Timman, Jan H g NED 2571 0 . . 0 0 0 1 ½ 1 ½ * ½ . ½ 4 2537
12. Vocaturo, Daniele g ITA 2545 0 0 0 . ½ . 0 ½ 1 . ½ * 1 ½ 4 2534
13. Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2503 ½ 0 ½ 0 . ½ 0 . 1 ½ . 0 * ½ 2490
14. Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2516 0 0 ½ 0 . ½ . . ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 2489
Round 10 (January 25, 2012)
Harikrishna, Pentala - Vocaturo, Daniele 1-0 27 E06 Catalan
Motylev, Alexander - Ernst, Sipke 1-0 48 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro - Tiviakov, Sergei ½-½ 19 C10 French Rubinstein
Reinderman, Dimitri - Nyzhnyk, Illya 1-0 50 E94 King's Indian Classical
Lahno, Kateryna - Potkin, Vladimir ½-½ 50 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Cmilyte, Viktorija - L'Ami, Erwin 0-1 89 D15 Slav Defence
Harika, Dronavalli - Timman, Jan H ½-½ 46 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
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. Turov, Maxim g RUS 2645 * ½ . . ½ ½ ½ 1 . 1 1 1 1 1 8 2674
2. Tikkanen, Hans g SWE 2549 ½ * ½ ½ . . 1 . 1 1 0 1 1 1 2613
3. Adhiban, Baskaran g IND 2561 . ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ . 1 . 1 ½ 7 2586
4. Brandenburg, Daan g NED 2527 . ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . 1 1 . ½ 6 2532
5. Sadler, Matthew D g ENG 2660 ½ . ½ ½ * . ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 . 6 2500
6. Grover, Sahaj m IND 2532 ½ . 0 ½ . * 1 ½ 1 1 . ½ 0 1 6 2499
7. Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2454 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 . ½ ½ . . 2463
8. Tania, Sachdev m IND 2411 0 . ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ . . 2442
9. Goudriaan, Etienne f NED 2279 . 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 . . ½ 1 2424
10. Schut, Lisa wm NED 2290 0 0 . . ½ 0 . 0 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 4 2380
11. Hopman, Pieter NED 2342 0 1 0 0 0 . ½ ½ . 0 * . 1 0 3 2322
12. Danielian, Elina g ARM 2490 0 0 . 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ . * ½ 0 3 2319
13. Haast, Anne wm NED 2290 0 0 0 . 0 1 . . ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 3 2318
14. Ootes, Lars NED 2326 0 0 ½ ½ . 0 . . 0 0 1 1 0 * 3 2301
Round 10 (January 25, 2012)
Adhiban, Baskaran - Goudriaan, Etienne ½-½ 64 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Brandenburg, Daan - Danielian, Elina 1-0 49 B18 Caro Kann
Sadler, Matthew D - Haast, Anne 1-0 35 B40 Sicilian Classical
Grover, Sahaj - Ootes, Lars 1-0 34 E81 King's Indian Saemisch
Paehtz, Elisabeth - Turov, Maxim ½-½ 16 B16 Caro Kann
Tania, Sachdev - Schut, Lisa 1-0 59 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Hopman, Pieter - Tikkanen, Hans 1-0 41 D11 Slav Defence

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