75th Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee 2013 (5)
Anand, Carlsen and Karjakin continue to lead after Tata Steel Round 5
Mark Crowther - Thursday 17th January 2013
Pentala Harikrishna had the finish of the day on a curiously unsatisfying day. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com
The leaders Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen drew a solid Petroff Defence in 24 moves. It emerged that Carlsen was feeling unwell before the round (there is a bug going round the Europe and the Netherlands in particular at the moment) but after a visit from the doctor he decided he was well enough to play. Anand could have played on at the end but it seemed Carlsen was already well on the way to drawing and highly unlikely to blunder. The other joint leader Sergey Karjakin already surprised his opponent Anish Giri with the choice of 1.d4 and quite soon it became clear he wanted to discuss a variation of the Gruenfeld and Giri was happy to let him do this. Giri had more than fine play after the opening but he got into some time pressure and eventually simplified down to a draw. Loek van Wely is an expert Sicilian player but he chose a dubious variation against Pentala Harikrishna where it looked likely he would be mated almost at any moment. Van Wely thought he had got back into the game towards the end but instead he had missed he was about to fall to a pretty checkmating attack. Even though the remaining games were all decisive it was a curiously unsatisfying days play with far too many games being settled by weak play. Round 6 Fri 18th Jan 2012. Van Wely-Wang Hao, Nakamura-L'Ami, Giri-Hou Yifan, Caruana-Karjakin, Aronian-Leko, Carlsen-Sokolov, Harikrishna-Anand.
Disappointing we didn't see a full blooded fight but Carlsen came for a draw after feeling unwell and got it.
Anand,Viswanathan - Carlsen,Magnus [C42]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (5.4), 17.01.2013
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6
Black has two options, one is to play d5 and fight for the centre and then its much more tactical because black is trying to justify his extra space. Or you can do what Magnus did and pull everything back. I think Wang Hao has showed already in a quite a few examples.
4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 Be7 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.0-0 0-0
"A very solid setup in the Petroff." - Anand.
"Maybe I should have skipped h3 I don't know." - Anand.
[9.Re1 1/2-1/2 Dolmatov,S (2573)-Andreikin,D (2418)/St Petersburg RUS 2004/The Week in Chess 498 (69)]
9...Nbd7 10.Re1 Nf8 11.d5 c6
[11...Bd7 12.a4 c6 13.Bc4 Ng6 14.a5 cxd5 15.Nxd5 Bc6 16.c3 Nxd5 17.Bxd5 Qc7 18.Bb3 Bf6 19.Be3 Re7 20.a6 bxa6 21.Rxa6 Bxf3 22.Qxf3 Rb8 23.Ra3 Bg5 24.Re2 Bxe3 25.Rxe3 h6 26.Rxe7 Qxe7 27.g3 Nf8 28.Qd3 Nd7 29.Bc2 Nf6 30.b4 Re8 31.Ra1 h5 32.Qd4 h4 33.Qxh4 Qe2 34.Bf5 1/2-1/2 Ould Ahmed,S (2166)-Engelhard,C (2044)/IECG email 2006/Corr 2008]
12.Bf4 Bd7 13.Bc4 Ng6 14.Bg3
Anand pointed out the bishop is misplaced here.
14...Rc8 15.dxc6 Bxc6 16.Bb3 d5
"Black just has too much play." Anand.
Essentially black is just fine according to Anand. He probably would have pressed against a weaker player than Carlsen but the Norwegian is so precise in this kind of position Anand soon gives up.
18.Nxd5 Bxd5 19.Bxd5 Nxd5 20.Qxd5 Qxb2 21.Rab1 Qxc2 22.Rxb7 Red8 23.Qb3 Qxb3 24.axb3
Anand could have played on for quite a while but Carlsen has earned the reputation of drawing these kind of endings very easily.
Most probably the most theoretically important game today. Giri was fine in this topical variation of the Gruenfeld.
Karjakin,Sergey - Giri,Anish [D70]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (5.5), 17.01.2013
A surprise from Sergey Karjakin who normally plays 1.e4.
1...Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3
Giri was curious as to what Karjakin had prepared.
3...d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nb6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 Qd6 10.Nb5 Qd7 11.f4 Qe6 12.Nc3 Nc4N
This sideline is a favourite of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and thus Giri was well prepared for it. This seems new but is a suggestion of Krasenkow's.
[12...Rd8 13.Nf3 Nc4 14.Qe2 Nxe3 15.Qxe3 Nb4 16.b3 Qb6 17.a3 Nc6 18.Na4 Qa5 19.d5 Nb8 20.Qc5 Qxc5+ 21.Nxc5 c6 22.Bc4 b6 23.dxc6 Rxd1+ 24.Rxd1 Nxc6 25.Bd5 Bg4 26.Bxc6 Rc8 27.Kb1 bxc5 28.Bd5 Bxf3 29.gxf3 Bh6 30.f5 gxf5 1/2-1/2 Mamedyarov,S (2747)-Negi,P (2641)/Caleta ENG 2012/The Week in Chess 899]
13.Qe2 N6a5 14.Nf3 c5
Karjakin was out of prep here and Giri was already very happy with his position but he soon started to get into time pressure.
15.e5 cxd4 16.Nxd4 Qb6 17.Nf5 Nxe3 18.Nxe3 Nc6 19.Ned5 Qd8 20.g3 Be6 21.Bg2 Rc8 22.Kb1 Qa5 23.Rd2 Rfd8 24.Rhd1 Kf8 25.h4 Rd7 26.h5 Rcd8 27.a3
27...a6 28.hxg6 hxg6 29.Bf3 b5 30.Qf2 b4 31.axb4 Nxb4 32.Nxb4 Qxb4 33.Rxd7 Rxd7 34.Rxd7 Bxd7 35.Be4 Bh6 36.Qa7 Bb5 37.Bc2 Bc4 38.Kc1 a5 1/2-1/2
Harikrishna demonstrated his win afterwards.
Nomatter what strength of player you are you'd always be happy to have a finish like this.
Harikrishna,Pentala - Van Wely,Loek [B85]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (5.7), 17.01.2013
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Be2 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.0-0 Be7 8.a4 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.f4 Qc7 11.Kh1 Re8 12.Bf3 Bd7 13.Nb3 b6 14.g4 Bc8 15.g5 Nd7 16.Bg2 Bb7 17.Rf3 Bf8 18.Rh3 g6 19.Qe1 Bg7 20.Qh4 Nf8 21.Qf2
The first new move. Most probably black is already seriously worse.
[21.f5 gxf5 22.exf5 Ne7 23.f6 Nf5 24.Qf2 Bxg2+ 25.Qxg2 Bh8 26.Rf1 Nxe3 27.Rxe3 Rac8 28.Nd4 Ng6 29.Nce2 Qc5 30.c3 Qd5 31.Qxd5 exd5 32.Rxe8+ Rxe8 33.Nf4 Nxf4 34.Rxf4 h6 35.h4 Kh7 36.Nf3 Kg6 37.h5+ Kh7 38.Rf5 hxg5 39.Rxd5 Bxf6 40.Rxd6 Re6 41.Rxe6 fxe6 42.Nh2 b5 43.Ng4 Bg7 44.axb5 axb5 45.Kg2 Kg8 46.Kf3 Kf7 47.Ke4 Ke7 48.Ne5 Bf6 49.Nc6+ Kf7 50.Nd4 b4 51.cxb4 Kg7 52.b5 Kh6 53.b6 Bd8 54.b7 Bc7 55.Nxe6 Bb8 56.Kf5 1-0 Popov,I (2516)-Grekh,A (2370)/Lviv UKR 2006/The Week in Chess 624]
21...Nd7 22.Rf1 Nb4 23.Bd4
Swapping a defender.
23...Bxd4 24.Nxd4 Nc6 25.f5 Nce5 26.Qh4
[26.Rxh7 There is no mate after this move even though it looks tempting. 26...Kxh7 27.Qh4+ Kg8 28.f6 Nxf6 (28...Ng4) 29.gxf6 Nd7 30.Nf5 exf5 31.Rxf5 Re6 32.Rh5]
26...h5 27.Nde2 exf5 28.Nf4 Kg7 29.Ncd5 Bxd5 30.Nxd5 Qxc2 31.exf5 Rac8 32.Nf4 Rh8 33.fxg6 fxg6 34.Ne6+ Kg8 35.Bd5 Qd2 36.Qe4 Rc1?
In a bad position black allows a devestating finish.
Loek van Wely
allowing a pretty mate in 3. "Two moves before the end I thought I was doing fine." - Van Wely.
[37...Rh7 38.Nf8+ Kg7 39.Ba2 Rxf1+ 40.Rxf1 Nxf8 41.Qa8 Rh8 42.Qd8 mates.]
38.Rf7+ Nxf7 39.Qxg6+
and Be4 mate.
Peter Leko played a very nice position game against Fabiano Caruana he secured a wonderful square on c4 for his knight and completely neutralised black's counterplay down the b-file. Leko then had a slow but probably unstoppable attack on the kingside. A strange thing happened at move 40 where Caruana played the losing 40...g5? Leko thought for 50 minutes before remembering that he could take the pawn en passant with a crushing position. This along with Harikrishna's win against van Wely was probably the game of the day, less spectacular at the end but a high quality positional effort from Leko.
Leko,Peter - Caruana,Fabiano [C84]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (5.1), 17.01.2013
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.Bc2 b4 11.Re1 Re8 12.Nbd2 Na5
[12...Rb8 1-0 Karjakin,S (2775)-Aronian,L (2815)/Beijing CHN 2012/The Week in Chess 945 (61)]
13.d4 Bf8 14.h3 h6 15.Bd3 bxc3 16.bxc3 c5 17.d5 Qc7 18.Nc4 Nxc4 19.Bxc4 Reb8 20.Nd2 Be8 21.Bd3 Nd7 22.a5 Nf6 23.Nc4 Bb5 24.Nb6 Ra7 25.Qe2 Bxd3 26.Qxd3 Nd7 27.Nc4 Rab7 28.Bd2 Rb5 29.Rf1 Be7 30.f4 Bf6 31.g3 R8b7 32.Kg2 Nf8 33.Rf2 Ng6 34.Raf1 Qe7 35.Kh2 Rb8 36.Rg2 Qc7 37.Rfg1 Rb3 38.f5 Nf8 39.h4 Qd7 40.g4
Last move before time control and black is lacking counterplay. His choice loses quickly but already it is hard to suggest something good.
[40...Bd8 is better but probably not much better.]
41.fxg6 fxg6 42.g5 hxg5 43.Bxg5!
Now it's almost impossible to find a move for black here. Caruana thought for ages but was gone in two moves.
43...Bg7 44.h5 R8b4 45.hxg6 1-0
Hou Yifan was all over the place against Hikaru Nakamura's Sicilian Dragon (14.Qd2? passive and dropping at least a tempo, 21.f4? losing out of hand). Nakamura suggested she didn't understand the position at all and nomatter how un chivalrous that sounds it's hard to disagree with him. I had high hopes for Hou Yifan to perform to at least her rating in this event but she's going to have to dig in not to have a complete fiasco now.
Erwin L'Ami was tactically bamboozled by Wang Hao who suddenly ended up with an unstoppable rolling pawn mass on the queenside.
Ivan Sokolov played horribly against Levon Aronian and after miscalculating something played 15.h3 which is already practically losing. Sokolov likes the Gruenfeld as black and his choices as white against it have not been at all critical. Sokolov is another player you have to fear for now.
Official Video Review of the day
|75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-27 i 2013||cat. XX (2732)|
|11.||Van Wely, Loek||g||NED||2679||0||.||.||.||.||0||.||½||.||.||*||.||1||½||2||2646|
|Round 5 (January 17, 2013)|
|Anand, Viswanathan||- Carlsen, Magnus||½-½||24||C42||Petroff's Defence|
|Karjakin, Sergey||- Giri, Anish||½-½||38||D70||Gruenfeld Defence|
|Leko, Peter||- Caruana, Fabiano||1-0||45||C84||Ruy Lopez Centre Attack|
|Harikrishna, Pentala||- Van Wely, Loek||1-0||39||B84||Sicilian Scheveningen|
|Sokolov, Ivan||- Aronian, Levon||0-1||24||D91||Gruenfeld 5.Bg5|
|L'Ami, Erwin||- Wang, Hao||0-1||35||E11||Bogo Indian Defence|
|Hou, Yifan||- Nakamura, Hikaru||0-1||48||B35||Sicilian Defence|
|75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-27 i 2013||cat. XV (2620)|
|8.||Timman, Jan H||g||NED||2566||.||½||.||0||½||.||.||*||½||.||.||.||.||1||2½||2625|
|10.||Van Kampen, Robin||g||NED||2581||½||.||.||.||.||0||½||.||.||*||.||.||0||1||2||2538|
|Round 5 (January 17, 2013)|
|Tiviakov, Sergei||- Rapport, Richard||0-1||36||C03||French Tarrasch|
|Dubov, Daniil||- Timman, Jan H||1-0||53||E36||Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2|
|Movsesian, Sergei||- Edouard, Romain||1-0||26||C07||French Tarrasch|
|Grandelius, Nils||- Ipatov, Alexander||1-0||37||B60||Sicilian Rauzer|
|Smeets, Jan||- Naiditsch, Arkadij||0-1||35||C15||French Winawer|
|Turov, Maxim||- Nikolic, Predrag||½-½||55||A25||English Sicilian Attack|
|Ernst, Sipke||- Van Kampen, Robin||0-1||47||D85||Gruenfeld Defence|
|75th Tata Steel GpC Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-27 i 2013||cat. X (2476)|
|3.||Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag||g||BRA||2543||.||.||*||0||.||½||.||1||.||½||1||.||.||.||3||2543|
|5.||Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn||m||ISL||2516||.||.||.||0||*||.||.||1||.||1||½||½||.||.||3||2517|
|10.||Romanishin, Oleg M||g||UKR||2521||.||.||½||.||0||.||.||0||½||*||.||1||.||.||2||2408|
|12.||Van Der Werf, Mark||m||NED||2450||.||.||.||.||½||.||.||0||.||0||½||*||½||.||1½||2301|
|Round 5 (January 17, 2013)|
|Brunello, Sabino||- Goryachkina, Aleksandra||1-0||40||A37||English Symmetrical|
|Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag||- Kovchan, Alexander||½-½||52||B90||Sicilian Najdorf Variation|
|Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn||- Klein, David||0-1||61||E10||Blumenfeld Counter Gambit|
|Burg, Twan||- Romanishin, Oleg M||1-0||41||C45||Scotch Game|
|Bitensky, Igor||- Peralta, Fernando||0-1||43||B10||Caro Kann|
|Van Der Werf, Mark||- Admiraal, Miguoel||½-½||78||A25||English Sicilian Attack|
|Schut, Lisa||- Swinkels, Robin||0-1||45||C19||French Winawer|
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