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74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 (5)

Carlsen and Aronian both drew and lead Tata Steel on 3.5/5

Carlsen drew with Giri in a rather strange game. Photo ©

Carlsen drew with Giri in a rather strange game. Photo © | http://www.chessvista.com

Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian continue to lead the 74th Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee with 3.5 points after both drew in Round 5. Magnus Carlsen was held by Anish Giri in a very uneven game where neither player was quite at his best. Loek van Wely played a drawish variation with white against Levon Aronian in the hope of provoking unsound complications. Aronian instead just took a quick draw and more preparation time for round 6. Vassily Ivanchuk demolished Vugar Gashimov using a Pirc as black. Ivanchuk was equal out of the opening, Gashimov decided to go for an attack his position didn't warrant and Ivanchuk punished the idea. Hikaru Nakamura exploited his better knowledge of the unusual variation of the English Opening he chose against David Navara to build up a decisive king-side attack. Boris Gelfand went back to the Sicilian Najdorf as black and was rewarded with a win against Sergey Karjakin. The remaining games were drawn. Tata Steel Facebook Page has photos and interviews and they also have a Twitter Account. Round 6 Fri 19th Jan 12:30 GMT: Topalov-Ivanchuk, Aronian-Gashimov, Caruana-Van Wely, Giri-Kamsky, Navara-Carlsen, Gelfand-Nakamura, Radjabov-Karjakin.

Nakamura beat Navara

Hikaru Nakamura in interview

Hikaru Nakamura in interview. Photo © http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Hikaru Nakamura's preparation of a slightly unusual English Opening worked well against David Navara. Nakamura was probably right that he understood where the pieces and pawns belonged better than his opponent. In particular Navara turned down several opportunities to play f5 and that move seemed necessary, 18...f5 was his final chance instead Navara played 18...Na6? which left the knight perminantly out of play and Nakamura pounced quickly to drive home his attack finished with a crisp knight sacrifice.

Nakamura,Hikaru - Navara,David [A22]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (5.1), 19.01.2012

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bg2 Nb6 6.e3 c5

[6...Be7]

7.Nge2

[7.a4; 7.d3]

7...Nc6 8.0-0

[8.a3]

8...Be7

[8...Bg4; 8...Bd6]

9.f4

[9.b3]

9...exf4

[9...0-0 10.fxe5 Nxe5 11.d4 Ng4 12.h3 Nf6 13.d5 Nc4 14.b3 Ne5 15.Bb2 Bd6 16.Nb5 Re8 17.Rc1 b6 18.Nec3 a6 19.Nxd6 Qxd6 20.Rc2 Bb7 21.Rcf2 Nfd7 22.Ne4 Qg6 23.Rf5 a5 24.Rg5 Qh6 25.Rff5 Ng6 26.Qf3 Rxe4 27.Qxe4 Nf6 28.Qf3 Re8 29.h4 1-0 Soffer,R (2472)-Greenfeld,A (2585)/Tel Aviv 2011/EXT 2012]

10.Nxf4 0-0 11.b3 Bf5 12.Bb2 Qd7 13.Ne4 Rad8 14.Rf2 Nb4 15.Qf1 Bxe4 16.Bxe4

David Navara

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Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 16.Bxe4

16...N6d5

[16...f5 is a move that black needs to play at some point and it seems here would be the right place. 17.Bg2 Bf6]

17.Nh5 g6

Black really doesn't want to weaken the squares around his king.

18.a3

David Navara

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Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 18.a3

18...Na6?

White is already winning. This knight is a spectator for the rest of the game.

18...f5 taking a final opportunity to grab some central squares seems necessary. ; 18...Nc6 was also better than played.

19.Bxd5 Qxd5 20.Bf6 Qd6 21.Bxe7 Qxe7 22.Nf6+ Kg7 23.Qc4

White moves straight for the kill and black probably has to give up the exchange to stop white's attack but that wouldn't avoid the loss.

23...Qe5 24.Raf1 h5 25.Nxh5+

There are plenty of way to win but this knight sacrifice works very nicely.

25...Qxh5 26.Rxf7+ Rxf7 27.Rxf7+ Kh6 28.Qf4+ g5 29.Qf6+ Qg6 30.Qf1 Qh5 31.Rxb7 c4 32.Qf6+ Qg6 33.Qxd8 Qb1+ 34.Kf2 1-0

Hikaru it seemed like quite an easy win against David.

I wouldn't call it easy, I think that simply I understood the position, the pawn structure and the piece play in the opening and the middle-game a little bit better than he did. He came up with a plan that was a little bit dubious and because of that I was able to get a small advantage and slowly, just put more pressure on him and eventually he made two very serious mistakes in the middle and late-middegame.

Nakamura was asked if he was disappointed with his current 50% score after winning the event last year.

I'm not disappointed with my score considering the way that I've played the thus far. I felt that in the first three rounds I played very badly and I felt I was quite lucky to only lose one game as opposed to losing two or three and therefore it's a reasonable score, basically I was hoping for a better than even score after five rounds but it's a very long tournament and you have to take it one game at a time. So even though I'm probably one or two points out of the lead if I keep doing my thing, keep playing well, maybe by the end I'll be up near the top again.

Did the rest day help for your focus?

It may have helped, actually I think the game against Anish really helped because for whatever reason that game, it was very simple from start to finish, I didn't actually have to think throughout the game and because of that suddenly, I don't know why, chess felt very easy after that game. So I just had a very positive attitude and in some ways I wish I had been able to play yesterday.

Gashimov lost to Ivanchuk

Vugar Gashimov in interview

Vugar Gashimov in interview. Photo © http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Vassily Ivanchuk punished some over-ambitious play from Vugar Gashimov. Gashimov thought his play so bad that he deserved to lose. Gashimov was probably surprised by Ivanchuk's choice of the Pirc and white was not one bit better when he went for the aggressive 12.Ne1 and 13.g4. Ivanchuk went on the offensive himself and already had a winning advantage by move 20 and eventually forced resignation on move 35.

Vugar Gashimov interview

So disappointed with your loss of today?

Well I played bad so I deserved to lose today.

Gashimov was asked about his current form.

Well you never know when you're playing good or playing bad but today I played Ne1 and I pushed g4 it was too much probably. The position was equal so it was probably better to play just any moves. Re1, h3 but I tried to play for a win, it was not a good idea.

Gashimov,Vugar - Ivanchuk,Vassily [B07]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (5.7), 19.01.2012

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.f4 0-0 7.Nf3 Nb6 8.Be2 Nc6 9.0-0 f6 10.exf6 exf6 11.Bh4 d5 12.Ne1?

The start of a bad plan. Gashimov admitted afterwards that he wasn't one bit better here and that his plan was much too ambitious.

[12.a4 a5 13.Re1 Ne7 14.Bd3 c6 15.Qe2 Nf5 16.Bf2 Qd6 17.Nh4 Nxh4 18.Bxh4 Qxf4 19.Bg3 Qg4 20.Qe7 Bd7 21.Qc5 Nc8 22.Nxd5 cxd5 23.Qxd5+ Kh8 24.Re4 Qf5 25.Re5 fxe5 26.Bxf5 Bc6 27.Qc5 Rxf5 28.d5 Bf8 29.Bxe5+ Kg8 30.Qd4 b6 31.Kh1 Bc5 32.Qc4 Bd7 33.d6+ Kf8 34.Qe4 Rb8 35.Re1 Nxd6 36.Qh4 Kg8 37.Qh6 Rxe5 38.Rxe5 Nf7 39.Qf4 Nxe5 40.Qxe5 Re8 41.Qd5+ Be6 42.Qc6 Bf7 43.h3 Re1+ 44.Kh2 Kg7 45.c3 g5 46.b4 Bg1+ 47.Kg3 h5 0-1 Garcia Guerrero,I (2156)-Tristan,L (2412)/Montevideo URU 2009/The Week in Chess 779]

12...Ne7 13.g4?

Vassily Ivanchuk

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Vugar Gashimov

Position after 13.g4?

13...Nc4 14.Bxc4 dxc4 15.Ng2 b5 16.Nxb5 Rb8 17.Nc3 Rxb2 18.Na4 Rb4 19.Nc5 c3 20.Qe2 Nc6

White's position has already fallen to pieces.

Vassily Ivanchuk

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Vugar Gashimov

Position after 20...Nc6

21.a3 Re8 22.Qxe8+ Qxe8 23.axb4 Bxg4 24.Bf2 Qd8 25.Nb3 Nxb4 26.Rxa7 Nxc2 27.Rc1 Qb8 28.Ra2 Nb4 29.Ra4 Nd5 30.Nc5 Bf8 31.Rca1 c2!

A final finesse, now white can just resign.

32.Nd3 Qb5

[32...Nc3 33.Ra5 Qb1+ ends things immediately.]

33.Nc1 Bh3 34.Ra5 Qc4 35.R1a4 Qc3 0-1

Carlsen draw Giri

Magnus Carlsen drew with Anish Giri

Magnus Carlsen drew with Anish Giri. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com

"The game was really strange from the start until the end" was Anish Giri's verdict on his draw with black against the leader Magnus Carlsen. Carlsen felt that Giri's opening setup was wrong but that he did nothing to put it under pressure. Once Giri played 20...Ng4 it seems black has all the prospects. Carlsen gave up the exchange for play and Giri could have gone for a queenside attack with b5. However time trouble and nerves intervened and Giri returned the exchange and then swapped off queens. Carlsen tried to make something of the ending but Giri was sure in holding the position after the first time control.

Magnus Carlsen interview

A draw against Anish Giri?

In the end a draw was an OK result, obviously at the start I wouldn't be too happy with that but yeah.

It happens?

Yes and I'm still leading the tournament.

How would you rate his play?

He played well. I thought the setup he chose out of the opening was dubious but then I made several mistakes and I couldn't exploit them. At one point... well I missed his 22....Qd4 and then I was worried I might be lost but then I had found a good idea and it turned out not that bad for me. After I took back the exchange and simplified the position should be drawn but still he didn't need to...

At that point you were a little better?

No at that point I was still worse but after he exchange queens. He played 34...Qe4, offered me a draw, I was very surprised by this move, I don't think he should exchange queens, so I declined but nevertheless the position was still well within the drawing limit and he managed to face it quite easily.

Below Magnus' interview followed by Giri's lengthier account of the game.

Carlsen,Magnus - Giri,Anish [E61]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (5.3), 19.01.2012

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 0-0 5.Bg5 d6 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 g5 8.Bg3 Nh5 9.Nd2 Nxg3 10.hxg3 e6 11.Qc2 Qe7

[11...f5 12.0-0-0 Nd7 13.f4 g4 14.e4 Bxd4 15.Rxh6 Bg7 16.Rxe6 Nc5 17.Rg6 fxe4 18.Ndxe4 Bf5 19.Rg5 Qe8 20.Bd3 Nxd3+ 21.Qxd3 Qe6 22.Qd5 Rae8 23.Nf2 Qxd5 24.cxd5 Rf7 25.Nxg4 Kf8 26.Kd2 Bxg4 27.Rxg4 Rfe7 28.Kc2 Re3 1-0 Moran,A (2392)-Mamedov,N (2403)/Istanbul TUR 2000]

12.Be2 a6 13.f4 f5 14.0-0-0 c5 15.d5 e5 16.Rh5 exf4 17.gxf4 gxf4 18.exf4 Nd7

On a direct route to g4. Giri was getting optimistic here.

19.Bd3 Nf6 20.Rhh1 Ng4 21.Rde1 Qf6 22.Re2 Qd4

Anish Giri

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 22...Qd4

Carlsen missed this move. Both players thought black was doing well here. Giri wasn't even sure that he should play this move.

[22...Bd7 stopping Na4 might be better first.; 22...b5 was maybe an option according to Giri.]

23.Na4!

Having missed 22...Qd4 Carlsen finds a move that Giri missed. Black's Queen's Rook and Bishop are "somehow stuck" according to Giri.

23...Ne3 24.Rxe3 Qxe3 25.Nb6 Rb8 26.Rf1 Re8 27.Kb1 Qd4

[27...Qe1+!? 28.Qc1 Qg3]

28.Nb3 Qf6 29.Nc1 Re7 30.Nxc8

Giri's play has been about trying to force white to take this bishop. Giri felt that Carlsen played this capture too early as Bd7 still isn't a threat.

30...Rxc8 31.Bxf5

Anish Giri

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 31.Bxf5

31....Rce8

[31...Rb8 32.g4 b5 33.g5 hxg5 34.fxg5 seems critical and black seems better.]

32.Be6+ Rxe6

Giri returns the exchange straight away whilst in time pressure. He felt the principaled plan in this position was Rb8 followed by b5 at some moment but he was frightened by white's counter play especially g2-4-5 by white. "Maybe it just doesn't work and I'm just winning, it's very possible." - Giri.

33.dxe6 Qxe6 34.Rf2

Giri is starting to play badly. He missed 34. Rf2.

34...Qe4?!

Anish Giri

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 34...Qe4?! and accompanied with a draw offer. Carlsen didn't like this move but Giri, short of time wanted to make time control. He was right, black didn't get in that much trouble after this.

With a draw offer. But it was precisely this move exchanging queens off that encouraged Carlsen to continue. He felt that black should keep queens on here. "I understood my Qe4 is not a good move. It was clear to me also. " He felt Carlsen had already escaped the worst and Giri just wanted to draw. In time trouble, 6 moves to make before time control and feeling "shakey" he decides to trade. He didn't think he would be slightly worse.

35.Re2 Qxc2+ 36.Kxc2 Rf8 37.Nd3 b5 38.b3

Carlsen manages to pose black some problems but the assessment must be that with best play it is drawn.

38...Kf7 39.Nf2 Rd8 40.Ne4 d5 41.Nxc5 dxc4 42.Nxa6 Ra8 43.Nb4 Bf8 44.Kc3 Bg7+ 45.Kc2 Bf8 46.Kc3 Bg7+ 47.Kd2 Bf8 48.Nc2 Rxa2 49.bxc4 bxc4 50.Re4 Ra4 51.Ke2 Bc5 52.Kf3 Kf6 53.g4 Kf7 54.f5 Be7 55.Ne3 Ra3 56.Rxc4 Bg5 57.Re4 Kf6 58.Re8 Rxe3+ 59.Rxe3 Bxe3 60.Kxe3 h5 61.gxh5 Kxf5 62.h6 Kg6 63.h7 Kg7 64.Ke2 Kxh7

King vs King is always a draw.

1/2-1/2

Karjakin lost to Gelfand

Sergey Karjakin lost to Boris Gelfand

Sergey Karjakin lost to Boris Gelfand. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com

Boris Gelfand got back to 50% after winning a theoretical battle in the Sicilian Najdorf against Sergey Karjakin. Gelfand followed a game he lost against Veselin Topalov in 1999 where he played 14...Qa5. This time he traded with 14...Nxd4 followed by 15...Qa5.

First win in the tournament are you satisfied?

Yes it's always nice to win a good game. I think Sergey made a few inaccurate moves but generally I played a good game.

So far you hadn't won a game yet. This was your first win, were you disappointed?

I had decent play, I cannot say I played so well but basically I didn't have so many chances. This game I had maybe a small advantage but nothing substantial, I played not fantastic but not bad.

Karjakin,Sergey - Gelfand,Boris [B90]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (5.2), 19.01.2012

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Bg7 10.h3 Ne5 11.f3 Nbc6 12.Bf2 Be6

[12...Ng6 13.Nd5 Rb8 14.Qd2 e6 15.Nc3 Be5 16.0-0-0 Qf6 17.Nde2 b5 18.h4 g4 19.Ng1 Bd7 20.h5 Nge7 21.Bh4 Qf4 22.Qxf4 Bxf4+ 23.Kb1 gxf3 24.Nxf3 f5 25.Ne2 Be3 26.Bxe7 Nxe7 27.exf5 Nxf5 28.g4 Ne7 29.Rxd6 Bc6 30.Bg2 Rf8 31.Nh4 Bxg2 32.Nxg2 Bg5 33.Nd4 Rf2 34.Ne1 e5 35.Nd3 Rf6 36.Ne6 e4 37.Ndc5 e3 38.Ne4 Rf3 39.N6xg5 hxg5 40.Nxg5 Rf4 41.Re6 Rxg4 42.Nf3 Rg3 43.Rxe3 Kf8 44.Rf1 Nf5 45.Re5 Nd6 46.Re6 Nc4 47.Ne5+ Kg7 48.Nxc4 bxc4 49.Rxa6 c3 50.b3 Rf8 51.Rc1 Kh7 52.a4 Rf5 53.h6 Rgf3 54.Rc6 1-0 Karjakin,S (2776)-Grischuk,A (2747)/Monaco MNC 2011/The Week in Chess 853]

13.Qd2 Rc8 14.0-0-0

[14.Nd5 Nxd4 15.Bxd4 Bxd5 16.exd5 Qc7 17.c3 Qa5 18.Be3 Nc4 19.Bxc4 Rxc4 20.0-0 Be5 21.Qd3 Qb5 22.Rac1 Ra4 23.Qxb5+ axb5 24.a3 Kd7 25.Kf2 Rc8 26.Rcd1 f5 27.Ke2 Rg8 28.Kd3 h5 29.Rde1 h4 30.Bf2 Bf6 31.Rh1 Rh8 1/2-1/2 Karjakin,S (2776)-Nakamura,H (2774)/Medias ROU 2011/The Week in Chess 866]

14...Nxd4

[14...Qa5 15.Nb3 Qc7 16.a3 Bxb3 17.cxb3 Na5 18.Qc2 Ng6 19.Kb1 b5 20.Rc1 Qb7 21.b4 Nc4 22.Bxc4 Rxc4 23.Qd2 0-0 24.Nd5 Rfc8 25.Rxc4 Rxc4 26.Ne3 Rc7 27.h4 e6 28.hxg5 hxg5 29.Ng4 Qc6 30.Bd4 Bxd4 31.Qxd4 Qc2+ 32.Ka1 Qxg2 33.Nf6+ Kf8 34.Qxd6+ Re7 35.Qd1 Kg7 36.Nh5+ Kf8 37.Ka2 g4 38.fxg4 Qf2 39.Qd8+ Re8 40.Qd6+ Re7 41.Rc1 Kg8 42.Rc8+ Kh7 43.g5 1-0 Topalov,V (2690)-Gelfand,B (2713)/Bugojno BIH 1999]

15.Bxd4 Qa5

Only after exchanging does Gelfand now play Qa5.

16.Qf2

[16.a3 was the alternative.]

16...Rc6 17.g3 0-0

[17...Rg8 18.a3 Nd7 19.Nd5 Bxd4 20.Rxd4 Bxd5 21.exd5 Rc5 22.h4 Rxd5 23.Rb4 Qc5 24.Rc4 1-0 Pott,B-Hicdoenmez,H/LSS email 2007/Corr 2011]

18.f4 Nd7 19.h4 g4 20.Nd5 Bxd5 21.exd5 Rc5 22.Bxg7 Kxg7 23.Kb1 Rxd5 24.Rxd5 Qxd5 25.Bg2 Qc5 26.Qe2 Nf6 27.Qxe7 b5 28.Qb7 Re8 29.Rc1 Qf2 30.Bd5 Nxd5 31.Qxd5 Re1

Boris Gelfand

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Sergey Karjakin

Position after 31.Re1

Black is now seriously better.

32.Qxd6 Qxg3 33.Qd4+ Kg8 34.b3 Rxc1+ 35.Kxc1 Qxh4 36.Kd2 g3 37.Ke3 Qg4 38.Qd8+ Kg7 39.Qd4+ Kg8 40.Qd8+ Kh7 41.Qd3+ Qg6 42.Kf3 g2 43.Qxg6+ Kxg6 44.Kxg2 b4

White can't move his queenside pawns and so black wins easily.

0-1

Radjabov draw Topalov

Teimour Radjabov is one of the best players in the world but sometimes he shows very little ambition with white and that was the case today. In a Queen's Gambit Declined with 5.Bf4 Topalov took an isolated queen's pawn in return for simplification and free piece play. Shortly afterwards the players repeated to draw on move 28. Topalov has looked solid so far and the length of the event may eventually allow him to start to get back to something like his best which he is just a bit short of at the moment.

Topalov interview

So Veselin 5th draw in a row, when can we expect your first win?

Well I expect it to come as soon as possible but of course it's also true that everyone is playing very solid openings and it's not so easy to get an advantage and didn't really have so many options [chances]. Maybe only one real one against van Wely. But there are still many games and don't think all the games will finish like this one. And also they will be much more lively.

Today you didn't have any chances for more than a draw?

No, I was playing black and trying to equalise and I was a little bit worried but just solid enough. Of course I never had any chances.

And now your good friend Danailov has come maybe you'll win your next game.

It depends of course, tomorrow I'm playing Ivanchuk and he is very unprodictable and don't know what is his result now but I guess it will be a very fighting game.

Ivanchuk just won.

Yes well it looked like he was better so it's not a surprise he won. He's always dangerous.

Kamsky draw Caruana

Gata Kamsky

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

Gata Kamsky and Fabiano Caruana drew the final game to finish. It was a lengthy Ruy Lopez where Caruana had something of the better of it but it was mostly a lengthy grind where Kamsky looked likely to hold which he did in 84 moves.

Van Wely draw Aronian

Loek van Wely and Levon Aronian discussed a heavily analysed variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined with Bf4. White wins one or two of these but in general the position is very drawish and the players repeated on move 31 for a draw in the first game to finish. Van Wely hoped that black would take some risks to avoid the draw and thus give him some chances but Aronian felt that in such a long tournament a short draw with black wasn't a bad thing for him in such a drawish line.

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. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2835 * 1 ½ ½ . ½ . . . . . . 1 . 2905
2. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2805 0 * . . . . ½ . 1 . 1 1 . . 2906
3. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2736 ½ . * . ½ . . . ½ . ½ 1 . . 3 2845
4. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2766 ½ . . * . . ½ . ½ . ½ . 1 . 3 2827
5. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2773 . . ½ . * ½ . ½ . ½ . . . 1 3 2806
6. Giri, Anish g NED 2714 ½ . . . ½ * . . ½ 1 . 0 . . 2775
7. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2692 . ½ . ½ . . * ½ . . ½ . ½ . 2766
8. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2770 . . . . ½ . ½ * . ½ . . ½ ½ 2735
9. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2759 . 0 ½ ½ . ½ . . * . . . . 1 2746
10. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2739 . . . . ½ 0 . ½ . * . 1 . ½ 2747
11. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2732 . 0 ½ ½ . . ½ . . . * . ½ . 2 2680
12. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 . 0 0 . . 1 . . . 0 . * . 1 2 2669
13. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2761 0 . . 0 . . ½ ½ . . ½ . * . 2610
14. Navara, David g CZE 2712 . . . . 0 . . ½ 0 ½ . 0 . * 1 2522
Round 5 (January 19, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Giri, Anish ½-½ 64 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Radjabov, Teimour - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 28 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Van Wely, Loek - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 31 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Nakamura, Hikaru - Navara, David 1-0 34 A22 English Opening
Kamsky, Gata - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 84 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Karjakin, Sergey - Gelfand, Boris 0-1 44 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Gashimov, Vugar - Ivanchuk, Vassily 0-1 35 B07 Pirc Defence

B and C Groups

Sipke Ernst lost to Jan Timman

Sipke Ernst lost to Jan Timman. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com

Pentala Harikrishna drew with black against Erwin L'Ami but still leads the B-Group with 4/5. Alexander Motylev beat Kateryna Lahno to go into clear second with 3.5/5. Jan Timman joined Erwin L'Ami on 3 points after a second win, this time beating Sipke Ernst.

Maxim Turov dominates the C-Group with 5/5

Maxim Turov dominates the C-Group with 5/5. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com

Maxim Turov won a 5th game in a row (against Lars Ootes) to lead on 5/5 a point clear of Hans Tikkanen. Elo favourite Matthew Sadler again could only draw.

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 . 1 4 2812
2. Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2677 . * . . 1 ½ . ½ . ½ . 1 . . 2787
3. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2596 ½ . * . 1 . ½ . 1 . . . 0 . 3 2684
4. Timman, Jan H g NED 2571 . . . * 0 . 1 . ½ ½ . . 1 . 3 2688
5. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2677 . 0 0 1 * . ½ . . 1 . . . . 2619
6. Reinderman, Dimitri g NED 2581 . ½ . . . * . ½ . . ½ ½ . ½ 2588
7. Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2568 . . ½ 0 ½ . * . . ½ 1 . . . 2606
8. Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2691 0 ½ . . . ½ . * . . . ½ . 1 2599
9. Vocaturo, Daniele g ITA 2545 . . 0 ½ . . . . * ½ 1 . . ½ 2574
10. Potkin, Vladimir g RUS 2684 . ½ . ½ 0 . ½ . ½ * . . . . 2 2535
11. Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2503 ½ . . . . ½ 0 . 0 . * . 1 . 2 2521
12. Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2557 0 0 . . . ½ . ½ . . . * 1 . 2 2572
13. Ernst, Sipke g NED 2606 . . 1 0 . . . . . . 0 0 * ½ 2399
14. Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2516 0 . . . . ½ . 0 ½ . . . ½ * 2468
Round 5 (January 19, 2012)
L'Ami, Erwin - Harikrishna, Pentala ½-½ 35 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Timman, Jan H - Ernst, Sipke 1-0 33 A11 Reti Opening
Tiviakov, Sergei - Nyzhnyk, Illya ½-½ 30 C07 French Tarrasch
Potkin, Vladimir - Vocaturo, Daniele ½-½ 90 D38 QGD Ragozin
Cmilyte, Viktorija - Reinderman, Dimitri ½-½ 60 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Lahno, Kateryna - Motylev, Alexander 0-1 57 B01 Centre Counter
Harika, Dronavalli - Bruzon Batista, Lazaro 0-1 54 E81 King's Indian Saemisch
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 * . . . . . . 1 . . 1 1 1 1 5
2. Tikkanen, Hans g SWE 2549 . * ½ . . ½ 1 . . 1 . . 1 . 4 2702
3. Adhiban, Baskaran g IND 2561 . ½ * 1 ½ . . . . . ½ . . 1 2620
4. Grover, Sahaj m IND 2532 . . 0 * . ½ 1 . ½ 1 . . . . 3 2518
5. Sadler, Matthew D g ENG 2660 . . ½ . * ½ . . ½ ½ . 1 . . 3 2531
6. Brandenburg, Daan g NED 2527 . ½ . ½ ½ * . . ½ . ½ . . . 2495
7. Goudriaan, Etienne f NED 2279 . 0 . 0 . . * 1 . . 1 . . ½ 2397
8. Schut, Lisa wm NED 2290 0 . . . . . 0 * . . . 1 ½ 1 2409
9. Tania, Sachdev m IND 2411 . . . ½ ½ ½ . . * 0 . ½ . . 2 2431
10. Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2454 . 0 . 0 ½ . . . 1 * . ½ . . 2 2426
11. Ootes, Lars NED 2326 0 . ½ . . ½ 0 . . . * . 1 . 2 2428
12. Hopman, Pieter NED 2342 0 . . . 0 . . 0 ½ ½ . * . . 1 2252
13. Danielian, Elina g ARM 2490 0 0 . . . . . ½ . . 0 . * ½ 1 2180
14. Haast, Anne wm NED 2290 0 . 0 . . . ½ 0 . . . . ½ * 1 2213
Round 5 (January 19, 2012)
Turov, Maxim - Ootes, Lars 1-0 46 A49 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Adhiban, Baskaran - Sadler, Matthew D ½-½ 59 C03 French Tarrasch
Brandenburg, Daan - Tania, Sachdev ½-½ 44 C01 French Exchange
Goudriaan, Etienne - Grover, Sahaj 0-1 35 C07 French Tarrasch
Schut, Lisa - Haast, Anne 1-0 49 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Paehtz, Elisabeth - Hopman, Pieter ½-½ 24 B07 Pirc Defence
Danielian, Elina - Tikkanen, Hans 0-1 69 E60 King's Indian without Nc3

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