74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 (3)
Carlsen leads Tata Steel after defeating Aronian in Round 3
Mark Crowther - Monday 16th January 2012
Magnus Carlsen defeated Levon Aronian in Round 3 of the Tata Steel tournament. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos. | http://www.chessvista.com
Magnus Carlsen leads the 74th Tata Steel A-Group tournament alone on 2.5/3 after defeating Levon Aronian. Carlsen played an interesting variation of the Queen's Gambit and got a big advantage after Aronian's attempt to solve his problems tactically backfired. However Carlsen almost let him off the hook on the run up to first time control and he had to work hard to try and win Bishop, Knight and Pawns vs Rook and Pawns that proved very tricky. In the end Carlsen's persistence paid off and he won in 68 moves. Teimour Radjabov had a fairly easy win against David Navara in spite of being critical of his own play he seemed to maintain the advantage straight from the opening to a win in 32 moves. Sergey Karjakin beat Anish Giri after the latter's dynamic f5 in the French backfired on him. Remaining games drawn. Tata Steel Facebook Page has photos and interviews and they also have a Twitter Account. Round 4 Tuesday 17th January 2012 12:30 GMT Topalov-Gashimov, Ivanchuk-Van Wely, Aronian-Kamsky, Caruana-Carlsen, Giri-Nakamura, Navara-Karjakin, Gelfand-Radjabov.
Magnus Carlsen 1-0 Levon Aronian
Magnus Carlsen against Levon Aronian. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Magnus Carlsen defeated second seed and early leader Levon Aronian in 68 moves to take the lead alone on 2.5/3. Carlsen chose an interesting variation of the Queen's Gambit where he got a strong centre and active piece play. Aronian tried to turn this around with the dynamic 29...Qa7 which looks very strong but turns out to be a mistake. Carlsen then got a huge advantage which he wanted to finish in the most accurate way. This didn't happen and although Carlsen won material his Bishop and Knight by no means guaranteed victory against Aronian's Rook. Only a detailed analysis of this ending will produce a definitive assessment but Carlsen continued to look for wins and after a few wrong turns found that losing his h-pawn actually made the path to victory more obvious and he got the full point after 68 moves.
I was completely winning of course and I tried to find the most accurate and a great way to win and evidently I didn't. Probably it was winning to the end and if so it was only by luck. A win is a win.
How did he feel when he realised he had blown much of his advantage?
I didn't feel good obviously but I had to continue to look for a win, if it was still there. Fortunately when I blundered my pawn because I was trying to juggle everything, taking his pawn and not losing mine, fortunately it was probably winning anyway although I didn't play accurately 6, 7 moves from the end I should have given a check on d4 first before pushing my pawn restricting his options. At the end he had to try Kf6 instead of Kg4 because after that it's straight forward.
Carlsen,Magnus - Aronian,Levon [D31]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (3.5), 16.01.2012
1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.Qc2 Nf6 7.h3 g6
[7...0-0 8.e3 Bd6 9.Bxd6 Qxd6 10.Bd3 Be6 11.Nge2 Re8 12.g4 g6 13.Ng3 Na6 14.Bxa6 bxa6 15.g5 Nd7 16.Kf1 c5 17.Rd1 f5 18.Nge2 c4 19.Nf4 Bf7 20.h4 Nb6 21.Kg2 Rab8 22.Rh3 Qe7 23.Rdh1 Kg7 24.h5 Rh8 25.Qb1 a5 26.R1h2 a6 27.Qh1 Qxg5+ 28.Kf1 Rhg8 29.hxg6 hxg6 30.Rg3 Qd8 31.Rh7+ Kf8 32.Ne6+ Bxe6 33.Qh6+ Ke8 34.Rxg6 Rxg6 35.Qxg6+ 1-0 Kononenko,T (2305)-Sharevich,A (2266)/Vladimir RUS 2004/The Week in Chess 528]
8.e3 Bf5 9.Qd2 h5 10.Bd3 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 Nbd7 12.Nge2 a5 13.0-0 0-0
Carlsen has chosen an interesting setup which is surprisingly hard for black to meet.
14.f3 b5 15.e4 dxe4 16.fxe4 Nc5 17.Qf3 Ne6 18.Be3 b4 19.Nb1 Nh7 20.Nd2 Rc8 21.Rad1 Bh4 22.g3 Bf6 23.Nc4 Bg7 24.b3 Qe7
[24...f5 25.e5 doesn't work for black.]
25.Qg2 Nc7 26.Nxa5 Rfe8 27.e5 Nd5 28.Bd2 Red8 29.Nf4 Qa7?
This seems to be the start of black's real troubles. Probably Aronian overestimated his chances based on white's king position on the same diagonal as black's queen.
[29...Qc7 30.Nc4 Ra8 31.Be1]
30.Nxc6 Rxc6 31.Nxd5 Rc2
[31...Qxd4+ 32.Be3 Qxe5 33.Bf4 is better for white.]
[32.Nxb4 Rxd4 is better for black.]
32...Bf8 33.e6! Qa8 34.exf7+
[34.e7 Rxd5 35.e8Q Qxe8 36.Qxd5 Rxa2 37.Rde1 Qc8 (37...Qa8 38.Qxa8 Rxa8 39.Ra1 Rd8 40.Be3 Re8) 38.Qxf7+ Kh8 39.Rf2]
34...Kh8 35.Nf4 Qxg2+
Perhaps the start of things going wrong for Carlsen.
[36.Nxg2 Rxd4 37.Bc3 bxc3 38.Rxd4 Rxa2 39.Rc4 Bg7 40.Nf4 Nf8 41.Nd5 Rb2 42.b4 Be5]
36...Rxd4 37.Rf2 Rd6 38.Bc1 Rxf2+ 39.Kxf2 Rxd1 40.Bb2+ Nf6 41.Bxf6+ Kh7 42.Ne6 Bd6 43.Be5 Be7 44.f8Q Bxf8 45.Nxf8+ Kh6
Suddenly white has a lot of work to do in order to win. It might be that white is still winning but this ending would need a lot of work to establish that.
46.Ne6 g5 47.h4 gxh4 48.gxh4 Kg6 49.Nd4 Rd3 50.Nc6 Rd2+ 51.Ke3 Rxa2 52.Bd6 Ra1 53.Kd4 Rg1 54.Kc5 Kf5 55.Nxb4 Rc1+ 56.Kd4 Re1 57.Nc6 Re4+ 58.Kd5 Rxh4
The point of many of these lines is that white can afford to give this pawn up, win the rook for the b-pawn and easily stop black's h-pawn.
[59.Nd4+ is more accurate according to Carlsen.]
59...Rh1 60.b5 Rb1 61.Nd4+ Kg4?!
[61...Kf6 was black's last chance to make life difficult according to Carlsen.]
62.Kc6 Rc1+ 63.Kd7 Rb1 64.Kc7 h4 65.b6 Kh3 66.b7 Kg2 67.Nf5 h3 68.Nh4+ 1-0
Teimour Radjabov 1-0 David Navara
Teimour Radjabov beat David Navara. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Teimour Radjabov defeated David Navara in just 32 moves. Navara played the extremely poor 12...Qe6 and was in danger of being pushed off the board straight away. Radjabov thought 20 minutes over 16.Rxc4 which after the game he thought was the wrong decision with 16.bxc4 being almost decisive straight away. Although Radjabov said he thought black should now somehow equalise it is hard to see where and certainly by the time Navara dropped a piece to a small combination he was totally busted anyway.
From the start of the game I think he made a mistake with this 12...Qe6 and after 13.Ng5 I think it was almost winning and then OK I decided to go this 16.Rxc4. It's just a miracle. I thought for 20 minutes and made the wrong decision as sometimes happens. What for 16.Rxc4? 16.bxc4 and you have a very strong centre, two bishops and just e5 and d5 is coming.
Radjabov,Teimour - Navara,David [D73]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (3.2), 16.01.2012
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 d5 5.Bg2 dxc4 6.Na3 Nc6 7.Nxc4 Be6 8.b3 a5 9.Bb2 Bd5 10.Rc1 0-0 11.a3 Qc8
[11...Bh6 12.e3 e6 13.0-0 Ne4 14.Qe2 Qe7 15.Rfd1 Rfd8 16.a4 Qe8 17.Ba3 f6 18.Ne1 Bf8 19.Bxf8 Kxf8 20.Nd3 Nd6 21.Nxd6 Rxd6 22.Nc5 Nd8 23.e4 Bc6 24.e5 fxe5 25.dxe5 Rxd1+ 26.Qxd1 Kg8 27.Bxc6 Nxc6 28.Nxb7 Rb8 29.Nc5 Nxe5 30.Qe2 Nd7 31.Qxe6+ Qxe6 32.Nxe6 Kf7 33.Ng5+ Ke7 34.Rxc7 Rxb3 35.Ra7 Rb4 36.Rxa5 Kd6 37.Nxh7 Nc5 38.Rb5 Rxa4 39.Rb6+ Ke5 40.Rxg6 Ne4 41.Rg8 Kf5 42.h4 1-0 Wojtkiewicz,A (2567)-Kriventsov,S (2322)/Washington DC USA 1999]
This is almost the decisive mistake of the game.
13.Ng5 Qg4 14.e4 Qxd1 15.Rfxd1 Bxc4 16.Rxc4?!
Radjabov was extremely critical of this move after the game which seems slightly over the top.
[16.bxc4 and white will push black off the board with e5 and d5 was Radjabov's preference after the game. He couldn't explain why he didnt do it even after 20 minutes thought.]
Radjabov thought black had more or less equalised but he was probably being a bit harsh as it isn't immediately obvious where black's improvements come. I couldn't find any position where a4, which was one of his suggestions, made sense.
This still looks quite strong for white.
17...Rfd8 18.Rcc1 exd5 19.exd5 Ne7 20.Bxf6 Bxf6 21.Ne4 Be5 22.f4 Bd6 23.Nxd6 cxd6 24.Rc7 Nf5 25.Rxb7 Rac8 26.Bf1 Rc2 27.Bb5 Ne3
[27...h5 was Radjabov's suggestion.]
28.Re1 Nxd5 29.Bc4 Nc7
A slightly tricky move but it drops a piece. However black is lost anyway.
[29...Rd2 30.Ra7 Kf8 and black is tied up.]
30.Rxc7 d5 31.Rd1 Re8 32.Bb5 1-0
Sergey Karjakin beat Anish Giri
Sergey Karjakin beat Anish Giri. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Sergey Karjakin will be a relieved man after getting off the mark with a win against Anish Giri in the third round after two losses. Giri's confidence must be fairly high now and after getting a reasonable position in a Tarrasch French he decided on the enterprising 20...f5 which Karjakin labelled as a mistake. Giri would surely have liked to follow this with moves like f4 and e5 and it is probable he missed something in his initial calculations because he never ended up pushing them and they ended up being decisive weaknesses.
Finally I'm happy because after two losses it was difficult to recover but I managed to play what was a good game today. It was wasn't an easy win. OK the opening today, I got a playable, maybe a better position, nothing special, but then he played the very bad move f5 and he made a lot of weaknesses, on e6 for example, that was the most decisive moment probably in the game.
Karjakin,Sergey - Giri,Anish [C07]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (3.6), 16.01.2012
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.dxc5 Qxc5 6.Ne4 Qb4+ 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.a3
[8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.a3 Qd6 10.Nf3 Nc5 11.Bb5+ Bd7 12.Qe2 a6 13.Bc4 Qc7 14.0-0 Bd6 15.b4 Rc8 16.Bb2 Na4 17.Bxe6 Nxc3 18.Bxd7+ Kxd7 19.Qd3 Rhe8 20.Ng5 Qc4 21.Qf5+ Kc7 22.Bxc3 Qxc3 23.Nxf7 Qc4 24.Nxd6 Kxd6 25.Qg5 Qg4 26.Qa5 Ke7 27.Rad1 Kf7 28.Qb6 Re7 29.b5 axb5 30.Qxb5 Qc4 31.Qb3 Qxb3 32.cxb3 Rc3 33.Rb1 b5 34.a4 b4 35.Rb2 Ne4 36.Rd1 Rec7 37.Kf1 Rc1 38.Ke1 Rxd1+ 39.Kxd1 Rc3 40.a5 Rc5 41.Ke2 Ke6 42.Ke3 Nc3 43.Kd4 Rxa5 44.Kc4 Nd5 45.Re2+ Kd6 46.Re8 Rc5+ 47.Kd4 Rc2 48.Rd8+ Ke6 0-1 Timofeev,A (2665)-Morozevich,A (2694)/Taganrog RUS 2011/The Week in Chess 868]
8...Qa5 9.Bd3 a6 10.Bf4 Nbd7 11.Nf3 Nh5 12.b4 Qd8 13.Be3 Be7 14.0-0 0-0 15.Ne4 a5 16.Rb1 axb4 17.axb4 Qc7 18.Nd4 g6 19.Nb5 Qb8 20.c4 f5?
This move is very commital. Karjakin felt this was the decisive moment with black giving himself too many weaknesses.
If black is going to play f5 then he needs to make the whole pawn roller work quite quickly.
[21...f4 22.Bd4 e5 (22...f3 23.g3) 23.Nd5! may have been the finesse he missed.]
22.Be2 Ndf6 23.Nd4 Bd7 24.Bf3 Qc7 25.Bxa8 Rxa8
Although black gets some active play he is some way short of compensation for the exchange.
26.Nf3 Qxc4 27.Qd4 Qxd4 28.Bxd4 Rc8 29.g3 b5 30.Ne5 Be8 31.Rfc1 g5 32.Kg2 Kf8 33.Ne2 Ra8 34.Bc5 Nd7 35.Bxe7+ Kxe7 36.Nc6+ Kd6 37.Ned4 1-0
Hikaru Nakamura draw Fabiano Caruana
Hikaru Nakamura drew with Fabiano Caruana. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Fabiano Caruana reacted well to Hikaru Nakamura's novelty in the Gruenfeld. In fact Caruana probably got at least a small advantage, Nakamura thought it was quite a serious advantage, but the game ended in a draw after 42 moves.
Are you satisfied with a draw today?
Satisfied is a bit much, really I think so far I've played quite poorly in every single game and it's not a good start but after getting a position that was close to losing today, or at least much worse, I'm at least happy I didn't find a way to lose another game.
So how do you explain your play here?
I've been playing a lot of chess lately and because of that, I seem to be going in streaks, I either do really well or really badly, right now I seem to be doing quite badly. But this might be the one time I'm happy that a tournament is 13 rounds because it gives me a chance to maybe play some good chess before the end of the tournament.
Nakamura,Hikaru - Caruana,Fabiano [D86]
74th Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (3.1), 16.01.2012
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Na5 11.Bd3 b6 12.Qd2 e5 13.Bh6 exd4 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.cxd4 cxd4 16.f4 f6 17.f5 Nc6 18.Bb5 Ne5 19.Nxd4 gxf5
[19...a6 20.Ba4 Qe7 21.Rac1 Rd8 22.Bb3 Ra7 23.Be6 Bb7 24.Bd5 Bc8 25.Be6 Bb7 26.Qe3 Qd6 27.fxg6 hxg6 28.Rfd1 Qe7 29.Bh3 Kh7 30.Qf2 Nc6 31.Qh4+ Kg8 32.Nxc6 Rxd1+ 33.Rxd1 Bxc6 34.e5 Bd7 35.Qc4+ Kh8 36.Bxd7 Rxd7 37.Qc8+ 1-0 Giri,A (2642)-Bok,B (2430)/Eindhoven NED 2010/The Week in Chess 815]
[20.exf5 Kh8 21.Rad1 Bb7 22.Rf4 Qd5 23.Bf1 Rg8 24.Kh1 Rad8 25.Qf2 Rg4 26.Rd2 Rdg8 27.Ne6 Qc6 28.h3 Rxf4 29.Nxf4 Qe4 30.Nh5 Qc6 31.Kh2 Qc7 32.Kh1 Qc1 33.Kh2 Qc7 34.Kh1 Qf7 35.Nf4 Be4 36.Rd6 Qg7 37.Nh5 Qh6 38.Qh4 Bxg2+ 39.Bxg2 Qc1+ 0-1 Rodshtein,M (2609)-So,W (2674)/Biel SUI 2010/The Week in Chess 820]
[20...fxe4 was presumably the subject of some deep preparation from Nakamura.]
Preventing the bishop going to the long diagonal where it would prefer to be.
21...Bd7 22.exf5 Kh8 23.Qc3 Rae8 24.Rf4 Rg8 25.Bf1 Rc8 26.Qe1 Bc6 27.h3 Bd5 28.a4 Rg7 29.Qf2 Rcg8 30.Ne6 Bxe6 31.fxe6 Qxe6 32.Kh1 Rg6 33.Rd2 Qe7 34.Rfd4 Rc8 35.Rd1 Rgg8 36.Qd2 Qg7 37.Qf2 Qe7 38.Qd2 Rg3 39.Rf4 Rg6 40.a5 bxa5 41.Qxa5 Rgg8 42.Ra1
There are no real winning chances for either side.
Boris Gelfand draw Veselin Topalov
Boris Gelfand played quietly in the opening against Veselin Topalov's Semi-Slav but things became complicated for a while before the players traded into a drawn double rook ending.
Gata Kamsky draw Vassily Ivanchuk
Gata Kamsky chose a dull Nf3 variation against Vassily Ivanchuk's Slav/Gruenfeld structure. Queen's came off early giving black doubled b-pawns but Kamsky had too little to go for and the players repeated to draw in 30 moves.
Loek Van Wely draw Vugar Gashimov
Loek van Wely drew with Vugar Gashimov by repetition after 23 moves of a Symmetrical English. Neither player felt it was wise to avoid this. "It is very difficult to win in such positions when white is doing nothing. I tried with g5 ... Of course I could play on but I would have a worse position." - Vuguar Gashimov. "I didn't see how to proceed. The end was a boring draw anyhow." - Loek van Wely.
|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||.||.||1½||2754|
|Round 3 (January 16, 2012)|
|Carlsen, Magnus||- Aronian, Levon||1-0||68||D31||Semi-Slav Defence|
|Radjabov, Teimour||- Navara, David||1-0||32||D73||Gruenfeld 3.g3|
|Kamsky, Gata||- Ivanchuk, Vassily||½-½||30||D11||Slav Defence|
|Van Wely, Loek||- Gashimov, Vugar||½-½||23||A33||English Symmetrical|
|Nakamura, Hikaru||- Caruana, Fabiano||½-½||42||D86||Gruenfeld Simagin|
|Karjakin, Sergey||- Giri, Anish||1-0||37||C07||French Tarrasch|
|Gelfand, Boris||- Topalov, Veselin||½-½||35||D45||Anti-Meran Variations|
Groups B and C
Sergei Tiviakov beat Vladimir Potkin in the B-Group. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos: http://www.chessvista.com
Pentala Harikrishna leads the B-Group with 3/3 after defeating Dronavalli Harika with black. Sergei Tiviakov defeated European Champion Vladimir Potkin. Erwin L'Ami is in second place after beating Daniele Vocaturo. Maxim Turow has started with 3/3 in the C-Group. Matthew Sadler is on 2 points with a win and two draws.
|74th Tata Steel GMB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-29 i 2012||cat. XV (2603)|
|6.||Timman, Jan H||g||NED||2571||.||.||0||1||.||*||.||.||.||.||½||.||.||.||1½||2643|
|10.||Bruzon Batista, Lazaro||g||CUB||2691||0||.||.||.||½||.||½||.||.||*||.||.||.||.||1||2516|
|Round 3 (January 16, 2012)|
|L'Ami, Erwin||- Vocaturo, Daniele||1-0||51||A30||English Symmetrical|
|Timman, Jan H||- Nyzhnyk, Illya||1-0||97||B94||Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5|
|Lahno, Kateryna||- Reinderman, Dimitri||½-½||40||A41||Modern Defence|
|Bruzon Batista, Lazaro||- Motylev, Alexander||½-½||61||D45||Anti-Meran Variations|
|Potkin, Vladimir||- Tiviakov, Sergei||0-1||45||E18||Queens Indian|
|Harika, Dronavalli||- Harikrishna, Pentala||0-1||33||A05||Various|
|Cmilyte, Viktorija||- Ernst, Sipke||1-0||66||D10||Slav Defence|
|74th Tata Steel GMC Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-29 i 2012||cat. IX (2454)|
|6.||Sadler, Matthew D||g||ENG||2660||.||.||.||.||.||*||.||½||.||.||.||½||1||.||2||2527|
|Round 3 (January 16, 2012)|
|Turov, Maxim||- Schut, Lisa||1-0||67||D90||Gruenfeld Flohr|
|Goudriaan, Etienne||- Ootes, Lars||1-0||21||E68||King's Indian Fianchetto|
|Adhiban, Baskaran||- Tikkanen, Hans||½-½||39||B23||Sicilian Closed|
|Brandenburg, Daan||- Grover, Sahaj||½-½||60||C09||French Tarrasch|
|Tania, Sachdev||- Hopman, Pieter||½-½||54||A45||Trompowsky|
|Danielian, Elina||- Haast, Anne||½-½||47||D02||Queen's Pawn Game|
|Paehtz, Elisabeth||- Sadler, Matthew D||½-½||40||B06||Modern Defence|
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