74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 (8)
Carlsen and Aronian continue to lead Tata Steel after draws in Round 8
Mark Crowther - Sunday 22nd January 2012
Levon Aronian Photo © Frits Agterdenbos. | http://www.chessvista.com
Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian continue to lead the A-Group of the 74th Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee after both drew with black in Round 8. Carlsen was more or less level against Teimour Radjabov but tried to press anyway before drawing by repetition. Aronian pointed to one moment where Veselin Topalov could have complicated although not necessarily in his favour after which the game drifted to a draw. Anish Giri tried to target struggling Vugar Gashimov for a win but instead played something not very good that his opponent understood better than he did and went down to a crushing defeat. Gata Kamsky allowed Boris Gelfand to escape a lost position with a draw. The remaining games were drawn. 1st-2nd Carlsen, Aronian 5.5pts. 3rd Radjabov 5 pts. 4th-6th Ivanchuk, Caruana, Nakamura 4.5pts. Rest day Monday. Tata Steel Facebook Page has photos and interviews and they also have a Twitter Account. Round 9 Tue 24th Jan 2012 12:30 GMT Nakamura-Topalov, Carlsen-Karjakin, Kamsky-Radjabov, Van Wely-Gelfand, Gashimov-Navara, Ivanchuk-Giri, Aronian-Caruana.
Radjabov drew with Carlsen
Teimour Radjabov against Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Magnus Carlsen said after his game today that "You should expect to fight for every half point." Carlsen felt he had a small initiative in a more or less equal position and so turned down Rajdabov's offer on move 19. Play was quite tricky for both sides and the game finished in a repetition after 44 moves.
Today you did't play on until two kings on the board.
Carlsen: No it ended in a repetition instead.
Was it a correct draw?
Carlsen: I don't know. I think the position never strayed beyond the realms of a draw. I had some advantage, maybe then even he could at some point play for a win because I overpressed but there was nothing clear. In the end a draw was logical enough.
Radjabov: OK he was playing this position until the end but he never risked to lose at any point. [Radjabov then commented that even in the final position there were tricks for both sides if there hadn't been a repetition]
Carlsen: He offered me a draw even after like 19 moves today but at that point I thought I was slightly better so there was no sense in accepting.
I think your opponents become really afraid because you play on to the end so they know they have to fight until the end.
I think that's correct in a way. You should expect to fight for every half point.
You can also watch some of their post-mortem in the press room.
Radjabov,Teimour - Carlsen,Magnus [A07]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (8.2), 22.01.2012
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d4 c6 5.0-0 Nf6 6.Nbd2 0-0 7.c4 a5 8.b3 a4 9.Bb2 Bf5 10.Ne5 Nbd7
12.Bc3 axb3 13.axb3 Bg4 14.Rxa8 Qxa8 15.h3 Bf5 16.Qa1 h5 17.Qxa8 Rxa8 18.Ra1 Rxa1+ 19.Bxa1
Accompanied with a draw offer from Radjabov.
19...Bc2 20.e3 g5
[20...Ne4 21.Nxe4 dxe4 22.b4 Bd3 23.c5 (23.Bf1 Bxf1 24.Kxf1 b5) 23...f5 (23...g5 24.g4 hxg4 25.hxg4) 24.f3 (24.h4 Kf7 25.f3) 24...g5]
[21...Ne4 was Radjabov's post-game suggestion. He felt that the pawn on g4 was always a weakness but like the rest of the game it doesn't seem to be much at all. 22.Nxe4 dxe4 23.b4 Kh7]
22.hxg4 hxg4 23.Be2 Kh7 24.cxd5 cxd5 25.Bc3 Kg6 26.Kf1 Kf5 27.Ke1 Nd7 28.b4 e6 29.Nf1 Kg5 30.Nh2 Nf6 31.Bd2 Kf5 32.b5 Bf8 33.Ba5 Be7 34.Bc7 Kg5 35.b6 Bb3 36.f4+ Kf5 37.Kf2 Bc4 38.Bd1 Bb4 39.Bd8 Ba5 40.Kg2
[40.Bxf6 Kxf6 41.Nxg4+ Kg7 42.Ne5 Bb5 43.Bh5 f6 44.Nf3 Bxb6 45.f5 exf5 46.Nh4 Bd3 47.Ng6 Bc4 48.Ne7 Kf8 49.Nxf5 Bc7 50.Ke1 Bd3]
40...Bd3 41.Kf2 Ne4+ 42.Kg2 Nf6 43.Kf2 Ne4+ 44.Kg2 Nf6 1/2-1/2
Giri lost to Gashimov
Vugar Gashimov beat Anish Giri comfortably in Round 8/ Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Anish Giri has had a good tournament so far but it seems that when he feels under pressure to win things don't work out quite so well at the moment. He lost to Sergey Karjakin in quite a poor game after he tried to beat a struggling player and again today when facing Vugar Gashimov who has had a miserable tournament so far his choice of how to do it rebounded on him. Giri chose 1.e4 which is not his main first move and headed to a variation he hoped Gashimov would play with the idea from a single correspondence game he had seen. Whilst 10.Bd5 did indeed surprise Gashirmov on the day it had been part of preparation in the past and his conclusion was that it was a mistake even though he could not remember the details. Giri somewhat panicked with 17.Ra1 and Gashimov soon had a big advantage and Giri kept giving ground until he had to resign on move 38. Gashimov was pleased to get his first win and Giri will just have to put this behind him.
So first win of the tournament.
Gashimov: Yes, first win, but what Anish did it was a completely strange.
Giri: Yes today it was the highlight of my play, preparation and everything together.
What did you think when you played 10.Bd5?
Giri: OK I knew one correspondence game, I looked at it today morning, I thought it looks interesting.
Gashimov: I remembered I had this position in my home analysis but of course not today, many months ago but somehow after 9...b5 I was always looking 10.Bb3 and I found after 10.Bd5 black is better, but during the game I was not sure if I correct [ly remembered] everything but of course anyway 10.Bd5 it was a mistake.
Giri: In the endgame I thought I might have some chances to survive but even there I played too badly it was no hope.
Giri,Anish - Gashimov,Vugar [B94]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (8.5), 22.01.2012
Giri doesn't normally open with e4.
1...c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Bc4 Qa5 8.Qd2 e6 9.0-0-0 b5 10.Bd5
Not a new idea but it doesn't seem to have been played at the highest level.
[10.Bb3 1/2-1/2 Lehmann,H-Petrosian,T (2645)/Munich 1958/MCD (54)]
10...b4 11.Bxa8 bxc3 12.bxc3 Qxa2
[12...Nb6 13.Nb3 Qa4 14.Qd4 Qb5 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.Qxf6 Rg8 17.Nd4 Qc5 18.Bc6+ Bd7 19.Nxe6 Qa3+ 20.Kb1 Be7 21.Bxd7+ Kxd7 22.Qd4 Na4 23.Qxa4+ 1-0 Timmermans,I (2180)-Sawadkuhi,M (2263)/Hoogeveen NED 2002/The Week in Chess 415]
If Giri was hoping to surprise Gashimov then it didn't work because his opponent played fast then him. Be7 introduces the threat of Nxe4.
[13...Nb6 14.Bc6+ Bd7 15.Bxd7+ Kxd7 16.Nb3 d5 17.Rd4 Na4 18.Kd2 Nc5 19.Nxc5+ Bxc5 20.Bxf6 gxf6 21.Rd3 d4 22.cxd4 Qa5+ 23.Ke3 Bf8 24.f3 Qg5+ 25.Kf2 Rg8 26.g3 Qh6 27.Rb3 f5 28.Rb7+ Ke8 29.f4 Qf6 30.Qc4 Be7 31.e5 Qh6 32.Qc8+ 1-0 Espig,L-Roberts,M/Harrachov 1967/MCD]
14.Kd2 Nxe4+ 15.Qxe4 Bxg5+ 16.f4 d5
A small amount of panic.
17...Qxa1 18.Rxa1 dxe4 19.fxg5 h6 20.g6 f5!
At first it looks risky but this works out very well.
21.Nxe6 Ke7 22.Nf4
[22.Nxg7 doesn't seem to work. 22...Nb6 23.g4 Rg8 24.gxf5 Nc4+ 25.Ke2 Rxg7 26.Bxe4 Nd6 27.Bd3 Nxf5 28.Bxa6]
[23.Nd5+ Kf8 24.Ke3 Ne5 25.h3 Nc4+ 26.Kf4 Be6 27.Nc7]
White is forced to lose another pawn.
24...Nxc4+ 25.Kc3 Ne3 26.Bf7 Rd6 27.Ra5 Bd7
[27...Rc6+ 28.Kd2 Nf1+ 29.Ke1 Nxh2 30.Nh5 Ng4 31.Nxg7 f4 32.Bd5]
In a difficult if not losing position Giri drives black's king to where it wants to go.
28...Kf6 29.Rc5 Kg5 30.g3 Nf1 31.h4+
White is lost and this just accelerates it.
31...Kg4 32.Rd5 Rxd5 33.Nxd5 Kxg3 34.Nf6 e3 35.Bc4 Bb5 36.Nh5+ Kf2 37.Nxg7 Bxc4 38.Kxc4 e2 0-1
Topalov drew with Aronian
Veselin Topalov against Levon Aronian. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Veselin Topalov would have liked to bounce back with a victory after his defeat to Sergey Karjakin the previous day but Levon Aronian is incredibly solid with black and even a slightly new twist against the Queen's Gambit Declined with 5.Bf4 he held the draw relatively comfortably. Aronian felt that 11.e4 instead of 11.e3 was the most principaled continuation. He felt this was better for black although as he said computers do at least initially think otherwise. Once Topalov didn't play that Aronian shouldn't have had any difficulties at all. Aronian did feel he could have played slightly more accurately after that but the draw was agreed in 28 moves in a level position anyway.
Topalov,Veselin - Aronian,Levon [D37]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (8.4), 22.01.2012
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bf4 0-0 6.a3 b6 7.Qc2 c5 8.Rd1 Nc6 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.dxc5 bxc5
11.e4 complicates but after Nxf4 12.Rxd8 Rxd8 when Aronian thought he had the better of it.
11...Qa5 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.Bxe5 Rd8 14.Bd3 Ba6 15.0-0 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 Nxc3 17.Qxc3 Qxc3 18.Bxc3 Kf8 19.Rxd8+ Rxd8 20.Rc1 g6 21.Kf1 Ke8 22.Ke2 a6 23.g4 Rd6 24.Be5 Rd5 25.f4 f6 26.Bc3 f5 27.h3 Kd7 28.a4 1/2-1/2
Levon Aronian interview
So Levon was it a straightforward draw today?
I think it was a drawish line, I didn't know much about it but it felt very natural to play 8...Nc6 and all these moves. The most principled thing is 11.e4 instead of 11.e3 but then after 11...Nxf4 I have the feeling black is better although I think computers might think otherwise. Later on I committed maybe a couple of inaccuracies because I thought the game was already finished but then I collected myself and played correctly and it was a draw.
Caruana draw Ivanchuk
Fabiano Caruana. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Vassily Ivanchuk played for simplification with black in a French against Fabiano Caruana and by move 16 had a very active looking position. However Caruana had to act quickly before Ivanchuk completed his development and exchanged more pieces off, his 18.Rd7 sacrifice was an attempt carve open black's kingside but this proved only enough for a draw.
Quite a few piece sacrifices, did you think you were going to win?
I thought it was very dangerous for him, probably I had something stronger along the way, maybe h3 wasn't the best. I was trying to prepare this sacrifice with Rd7 but I wasn't sure if I should play h3 or maybe h4, I thought I'll just get my backrank clear and I thought I would have something but at some point I thought I should just force a draw. Maybe 19.Re7 after 18...Qc8 and he can play 19...Bd5 or there was maybe Ng6 I was looking at. There is many moves... in any case I couldn't see anything. I was hoping after 20.Nh6+ he would play 20...Kh8 when probably I am winning with 21.Nf7+ but the way he played I didn't see anything. 20...Kh7 is just a forced draw.
This tournament you are playing very well. I think you don't have to be afraid of anybody. Do you think this way yourself too?
I missed a lot of chances I think probably I could have maybe a point or two more if I had made the most of all my chances but overall it's not so bad. I haven't lost a game yet so it's OK.
Caruana,Fabiano - Ivanchuk,Vassily [C10]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (8.1), 22.01.2012
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nbd7 6.Nf3 h6 7.Nxf6+ Nxf6 8.Bh4 c5 9.Bc4 cxd4 10.0-0 Be7 11.Qe2 Nd7
[11...0-0 12.Rad1 Qa5 13.Nxd4 Bd7 14.c3 Rad8 15.Rfe1 Rfe8 16.Bb3 a6 17.Qf3 Bc8 18.Re3 Qh5 19.Qxh5 Nxh5 20.Bxe7 Rxe7 21.g3 Red7 22.Rde1 Rd6 23.f4 Nf6 24.h3 Nd5 25.Rf3 Ne7 26.Rff1 b6 27.Kf2 Bb7 28.Rd1 Nc6 29.Nxc6 Bxc6 30.Rxd6 Rxd6 31.Rd1 Rxd1 32.Bxd1 Kf8 33.Ke3 Ke7 34.b4 Kd6 35.Kd4 f6 36.c4 e5+ 37.fxe5+ fxe5+ 38.Ke3 Bd7 39.Bg4 Bc6 40.h4 Bb7 41.a3 Bc6 42.Bc8 a5 43.Bf5 axb4 44.axb4 Be8 45.Kd3 Bf7 46.Kc3 Bg8 47.Bd3 Be6 48.Kb3 Bf7 49.Ka4 1/2-1/2 Dann,M (2381)-Archangelsky,M (2197)/Basel SUI 2012/The Week in Chess 896]
12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Rad1 0-0 14.Rxd4 Nf6 15.Rfd1 b6 16.Ne5 Qc7
White is looking for the best move that meets Bb7 that seems inevitable from black. This position looks threatening for white but there doesn't appear to be anything clear. But maybe deep computer analysis might find something. After the game Caruana said "maybe h3 move wasn't the best."
[17.R1d3 Bb7 18.Nxf7 Rxf7 19.Bxe6 Qc6 20.f3 Ba6 21.Bxf7+ Kxf7 22.c4 Re8 is equal.; 17.h4 Caruana suggestion after the game.]
17...Bb7 18.Rd7 Qc8
[19.R7d4 could still be tried by Caruana.; 19.Re7!? Caruana. 19...Bd5 forced. 20.Bxd5 exd5 and black should have solved his problems.; 19.Ng6 fxg6 20.Bxe6+ Kh8 21.Rxg7 Qc6 22.Rxg6 Qe4 23.Rxh6+ Kg7 24.Qxe4 Bxe4 25.Rh4 Rad8 26.Rxd8 Rxd8 is also interesting.]
[19...Rxf7 20.Qxe6 wins for white.]
A forcing line to the draw.
[20.Nd6 Qc7 21.Bxe6+ Kh8 22.Nxb7 Rae8 23.Qc4 seems equal as well.]
[20...Kh8 21.Nf7+ Rxf7 22.Qh5+ Kg8 23.Bxe6 wins.]
21.Qh5 Nf6 1/2-1/2
Karjakin drew Nakamura
Sergey Karjakin scored his first draw of the event when he drew with Hikaru Nakamura in 31 moves of a Dutch Defence. Karjakin hardly ever plays anything but 1.e4 but today he chose 1.c4 which surprised Nakamura. "For some reason I decided to play something I haven't looked at for ten years" was Nakamura's description of the Classical Dutch he chose. He no doubt wanted to surprised Karjakin in turn. White looked a little better throughout but for Nakamura at least this was mostly optical and accurate play drew the game.
Gelfand drew Kamsky
Boris Gelfand against Gata Kamsky. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
"I played another poor game, I think I was losing, I saw two or three times how I could lose but luck was on my side today." was how Boris Gelfand summed up his escape against Gata Kamsky. "I thought at the beginning I had some idea what I was doing, but as the game progresses I was completely getting out of my mind and at the end I realised I see absolutely nothing. Just making solid moves and a draw!" was how Kamsky explained things. The heavy piece ending was indeed winning for Kamsky with 34...Qc7+ instead of 34...Re4+ after which Gelfand was almost equal later 40...Qh6 was Kamsky's last chance to play for a win.
Gelfand,Boris - Kamsky,Gata [D15]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (8.6), 22.01.2012
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.d4 d5 4.Nc3 a6 5.e3 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Qb3 e6 9.Rd1
[9.Bd2 Nbd7 10.a4 a5 11.Rfd1 Ne4 12.Be1 f5 13.Qc2 Qf6 14.Rab1 Kh8 15.b4 axb4 16.Rxb4 Nd6 17.Bd2 Ne4 18.Be1 Nd6 19.Bd2 Ne4 20.Be1 1/2-1/2 Yakovich,Y (2537)-Yilmaz,M (2489)/Izmir TUR 2011/The Week in Chess 864]
9...Nbd7 10.Qc2 Qc7 11.b3 b6 12.e4 dxe4 13.Nxe4 c5 14.Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.Bg5 cxd4 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.Rxd4 e5 18.Rd2 Re8 19.Qb2 Bb7 20.Rad1 Re7 21.b4 Ne4!
Suddenly after a quiet opening black has some very nasty threats.
Delaying the sacrifice a move hoping that the open a-file will help.
23.a3 axb4 24.axb4 Nxf2!
A nasty sacrifice that makes life very difficult for white. White may have a better defence in the next few moves.
25.Kxf2 e4 26.h3
[26.Qf6 Re6 27.Qh4 exf3 28.Bxf3 Bxf3 29.gxf3 Rae8 may be savable for white.]
26...exf3 27.Bxf3 Bxf3 28.Kxf3 Rae8 29.Qd4 Re6 30.c5 h5 31.Rcd2?
[31.Rd3 is only a little bit worse for white.]
[31...h4 32.Qxh4 Re3+ 33.Kf2 Qh2 34.Qg5 R3e5 35.Qg4 Re4 36.Rd8 Rf4+]
32.bxc5 h4 33.Qxh4 Qxc5 34.Kg3
Black is now only a tiny bit better.
[34...Qc7+ 35.Kf2 Qh2 36.Rc2 Re4 37.Qg5 R8e5 38.Qf6 Rf5+; 34...g5 35.Qd4 Qc7+ 36.Kf3 Qh2 37.Rf1 Rh6 38.Re2 Rxh3+ 39.Kf2 (39.gxh3 Qxh3+ 40.Kf2 Qh2+ 41.Kf3 Qxe2+ 42.Kg3) 39...Rxe2+ 40.Kxe2 Qxg2+ 41.Ke1]
35.Qf6 R4e6 36.Qd4 Qc7+ 37.Kf3 g5 38.g4 Re5 39.Kg2 Qc6+ 40.Kf2 R8e6?
[40...Qh6 and black is still pressing.]
41.Qb2 Rf6+ 42.Kg1 Rb5
[42...Re3 43.Rd8+ Kh7 44.Qb8 Re8 45.Rxe8 Qc5+ is a draw.]
43.Qd4 Rf4 44.Qd6 Qxd6 1/2-1/2
Navara drew Van Wely
Loek van Wely chatting with Veselin Topalov. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Loek van Wely returned to his old repertoire with the Sicilian against David Navara. Van Wely felt Navara had "bluffed him" with 19.fxe5 when he should play 19...Nxe3 with a "very pleasant game". Later van Wely said he did get the better chances but these were lost in time trouble. Game drawn in 62 moves.
|74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-29 i 2012||cat. XXI (2755)|
|8.||Van Wely, Loek||g||NED||2692||.||½||.||½||½||.||½||*||½||.||½||½||.||½||4||2749|
|Round 8 (January 22, 2012)|
|Radjabov, Teimour||- Carlsen, Magnus||½-½||44||A07||Barcza System|
|Caruana, Fabiano||- Ivanchuk, Vassily||½-½||21||C11||French Defence|
|Giri, Anish||- Gashimov, Vugar||0-1||38||B94||Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5|
|Topalov, Veselin||- Aronian, Levon||½-½||28||D37||QGD 5.Bf4|
|Karjakin, Sergey||- Nakamura, Hikaru||½-½||31||A97||Dutch Defence|
|Gelfand, Boris||- Kamsky, Gata||½-½||44||D15||Slav Defence|
|Navara, David||- Van Wely, Loek||½-½||62||B84||Sicilian Scheveningen|
Groups B and C
Jan Timman lost to Lazaro Bruzon. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Pentala Harikrishna leads the B-Group by half a point after drawing with Sergei Tiviakov. Alexander Motylev moved closer by defeating Daniele Vocaturo.
Hans Tikkanen joins Maxim Turov in the lead of the C-Group on 6.5/8. Both have been ruthless against the bottom half of the field and drawn three against the top.
|74th Tata Steel GMB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-29 i 2012||cat. XV (2603)|
|4.||Bruzon Batista, Lazaro||g||CUB||2691||0||½||½||*||.||.||½||.||.||1||1||½||1||.||5||2678|
|11.||Timman, Jan H||g||NED||2571||0||.||.||0||1||1||0||½||0||.||*||.||.||½||3||2540|
|Round 8 (January 22, 2012)|
|Harikrishna, Pentala||- Tiviakov, Sergei||½-½||61||A00||Irregular Openings|
|Motylev, Alexander||- Vocaturo, Daniele||1-0||35||C84||Ruy Lopez Centre Attack|
|Bruzon Batista, Lazaro||- Timman, Jan H||1-0||32||B42||Sicilian Paulsen|
|Ernst, Sipke||- Nyzhnyk, Illya||½-½||28||E92||King's Indian Classical|
|Reinderman, Dimitri||- Potkin, Vladimir||0-1||46||A13||Reti Opening|
|Lahno, Kateryna||- L'Ami, Erwin||0-1||35||C02||French Advance|
|Harika, Dronavalli||- Cmilyte, Viktorija||½-½||22||A37||English Symmetrical|
|74th Tata Steel GMC Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-29 i 2012||cat. IX (2454)|
|6.||Sadler, Matthew D||g||ENG||2660||.||½||½||.||½||*||½||½||½||.||.||½||.||1||4½||2506|
|Round 8 (January 22, 2012)|
|Tikkanen, Hans||- Haast, Anne||1-0||68||A09||Reti Opening|
|Grover, Sahaj||- Schut, Lisa||1-0||24||D80||Gruenfeld 4.Bg5|
|Brandenburg, Daan||- Adhiban, Baskaran||½-½||39||C45||Scotch Game|
|Sadler, Matthew D||- Turov, Maxim||½-½||31||E56||Nimzo Indian|
|Tania, Sachdev||- Danielian, Elina||½-½||51||D27||QGA|
|Paehtz, Elisabeth||- Goudriaan, Etienne||1-0||49||E63||King's Indian 6...Nc6|
|Hopman, Pieter||- Ootes, Lars||0-1||68||A04||Dutch System|
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