75th Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee 2013 (11)
Aronian wins and Carlsen survives in Tata Steel Round 11
Mark Crowther - Friday 25th January 2013
Nakamura was defeated by Levon Aronian who now has an outside chance of sharing first. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com
Magnus Carlsen got into a mess against Wang Hao on the black side of a 3.Bb5 Sicilian and should probably have had to pay for it with a full point. Wang Hao admitted that he was in a "very bad place" after gaining 1.5/6 in the previous rounds and was only thinking of a draw. Having the advantage came as a surprise to him but he couldn't see a clear way to exploit it and he soon allowed an immediate liquidation into a drawn ending. Levon Aronian played well and defeated Hikaru Nakamura comfortably after getting a good position straight from the opening. Aronian: "I think it was a bad start in the opening from my opponent and after that it was unpleasant to play for him. I'm happy I managed to prepare for the game well." Q: Still have a chance for shared first place? Aronian: "Two rounds to go, it's a difficult task but it's not unsurmountable anything can happen." Whatever happens Aronian has played himself into shape ahead of the Candidates. Anish Giri gradually been playing better and better after a poor start to the tournament. In Round 11 he crushed Fabiano Caruana in just 28 moves. Caruana just hasn't got into the tournament and today he was trying to avoid openings that he and Giri share in common due to having worked with the same trainer. Giri sacrificed a pawn and got a position he liked, Caruana was all at sea with inaccuracies making his position worse and worse. Giri brought about a picturesque finish where, still a pawn down, he had every single piece pointed at a shambolic black position and resignation was the most sensible option in spite of Giri having not executed any of his attacking options yet. Peter Leko got "zero out of the opening" after spending his rest day preparing for lots of options but not the Sicilian Dragon by Loek van Wely. However later van Wely slipped into a very unpleasant Rook and Pawn ending and was ground down. Leko has moved to +2 with the power to add. "I was very lucky today" as Hou Yifan took advantage of a terrible miscalculation in a winning position by Viswanathan Anand. Hou played enterprisingly in the opening but was then pushed back and they reached a knight and pawn ending where Anand's extra pawn was just winning. Then Anand carelessly traded into a King and Pawn ending that was just drawn. Sergey Karjakin moved to +2 and a "more or less decent result" against a totally dispirited Ivan Sokolov. "I think it's just a very bad tournament for my opponent. He to be honest played very badly and I didn't do anything special in this game. He was just giving up his position and I just took my point" was Karjakin's summary of the game. Pentala Harikrishna tried a press a small advantage against Erwin L'Ami but didn't get anything in the end. Leading R11 Standings: Carlsen 8.5pts, Aronian 7.5pts, Anand 7pts, Leko, Nakamura, Karjakin 6.5pts. R12 Pairings: 26th Jan 2013. 12:30pm GMT. Van Wely-Caruana, Aronian-Giri, Carlsen-Nakamura, Harikrishna-Wang Hao, Anand-L'Ami, Sokolov-Hou Yifan, Leko-Karjakin.
Wang Hao vs Magnus Carlsen
Carlsen: "I didn't like my position at all. I missed something and then we got this endgame which is [intake of breath and pulling a disgusted face] ah, it's unpleasant but fortunately it's not so easy to create something real and after what I got I managed to escape and consolidate it's not so much anymore.
Q: Did he miss a win anywhere? Carlsen "Ha, ha, ha, I don't know."
Wang,Hao - Carlsen,Magnus [B30]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (11.4), 25.01.2013
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5
A well known variation that kills the fun for black whilst giving white decent winning chances.
3...e6 4.0-0 Nge7 5.Re1 Ng6 6.c3 d5 7.Qa4 Be7 8.d4 0-0 9.exd5 Qxd5 10.dxc5
[10.c4 Qh5 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.dxc5 Qxc5 13.Nc3 Qb6 14.h4 c5 15.h5 Nh4 16.Nxh4 Bxh4 17.h6 Bb7 18.hxg7 Rfd8 19.Be3 Rd4 20.Bxd4 cxd4 21.c5 Qxc5 22.Qb5 Qc7 23.Ne4 Bd5 24.Rac1 Qf4 25.g3 Qg4 26.Qe2 Qxg7 27.Rc5 Be7 28.Rc7 f5 29.Nd2 Kh8 30.Rd7 Bc6 31.Qxe6 Bxd7 32.Qxd7 Bb4 33.Re8+ Rxe8 34.Qxe8+ Bf8 35.Qe6 f4 36.Ne4 fxg3 37.fxg3 d3 38.Qd5 Qxb2 39.Qxd3 Qa1+ 40.Qf1 1/2-1/2 Kuzubov,Y (2578)-Moiseenko,A (2632)/Polanica Zdroj POL 2008/The Week in Chess 720]
10...Bxc5 11.Nbd2 Be7 12.Nc4 Qd8 13.Bxc6 bxc6 14.Nd4 c5 15.Nc6 Qc7 16.Nxe7+ Nxe7 17.Qa5 Qxa5 18.Nxa5 Ba6 19.Bg5! Rfe8 20.Rad1 h6 21.Bxe7 Rxe7 22.c4
22...Kf8 23.Rd6 Bb7 24.Red1 Ke8
Loses all white's advantage.
[25.a3 Looks like a real alternative to the game. 25...Rc7 26.b4 Ke7 27.b5]
25...Bxc6 26.Rxc6 Rb7 27.b3 a5 28.Rxc5 a4 29.h4 axb3 30.axb3 Rab8 31.Rd3 1/2-1/2
Hikaru Nakamura vs Levon Aronian
Aronian took an opening advantage and produced a nice win with black against Nakamura.
Nakamura,Hikaru - Aronian,Levon [D45]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (11.5), 25.01.2013
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 a6 6.c5 Nbd7 7.Na4 b5 8.cxb6 Nxb6 9.Bd2 Nxa4 10.Qxa4 Bd7 11.Qc2 Qb6
[11...Ne4 12.Bd3 Nxd2 13.Nxd2 Bd6 14.Nb3 a5 15.0-0 h6 16.Rac1 0-0 17.Nc5 Bc8 18.Be2 Qc7 19.g3 Bxc5 20.Qxc5 Ba6 21.Rfe1 Bxe2 22.Rxe2 Ra6 23.Rc3 Rb8 24.Rec2 a4 25.Qa3 Rbb6 26.Rc5 Qb7 27.Qc3 Rb4 28.a3 Rb3 29.Qd2 Rab6 30.Qa5 Rxb2 31.Rxb2 Rxb2 32.Qxa4 Ra2 33.Rc1 Qb2 1/2-1/2 Nielsen,P (2626)-Krivoshey,S (2495)/Solingen GER 2003/The Week in Chess 476]
12.Rc1 Rb8 13.Bd3 Qxb2
Already it is clear that black has won the opening battle.
14.0-0 Bd6 15.Ne5 Qxc2 16.Rxc2 c5 17.Nxd7 Nxd7 18.Bxa6 c4
Black now has all sorts of chances based on this advanced pawn.
19.a4 Bb4 20.Bc1 Nf6 21.f3 0-0 22.e4 Ne8 23.Bb5 Rb6 24.Bf4 Nd6 25.Rb1
[25.Bxd6 Rxd6 26.Kf2 and just try to hang on maybe.]
25...Ba5 26.Kf1 f6 27.Rcb2 Rfb8 28.h4 c3!
Already Nakamura is in serious trouble.
[29.Rb3 dxe4 30.Bd7]
29...e5 30.dxe5 Nxb5 31.axb5 d4 32.Rd1 Rxb5 33.Rc2 d3
[33...fxe5 looks thoroughly miserable for white but black goes straight for the jugular.]
34.Rxd3 Rb1+ 35.Bc1
35...R8b2 36.Rcxc3 Bxc3 37.Rxc3 Rd2 38.Rc8+
38...Kf7 39.Rc7+ Ke6 40.exf6 gxf6 41.Kg1
Loses out of hand after a couple of accurate moves from black.
41...Rd1+ 42.Kh2 Rbxc1 43.Rxh7 Rd7 44.Rh6 Rcc7
Nakamura spent a bit of time here thinking and shaking his head. No doubt working out what went wrong.
45.Rh8 Rh7 46.Re8+ Kf7 47.Ra8 Rxh4+ 48.Kg3 Rh1 0-1
Anish Giri beat Fabiano Caruana
Anish Giri talked through his crushing win against Fabiano Caruana. Afterwards he talked through his chess ambitions which have been on hold this year as he takes his exams. I think it has been very clear that because he can only work on chess part time he's gone backwards compared to some of his rivals. Fortunately as soon as theexams are out of the way and assuming he passes them he plans to concentrate on chess.
Giri on his chess ambitions: "At the moment I want to finish my school after the tournament because if I don't finish it this year then I won't be able to improve my play next year either. Then there are many things to do for me, many directions where I can improve. If I pass them [exams] I will focus on chess for a while I think because I like the game very much and I have a feeling I can do good at some times. Sometimes this feeling betrays me but after games like this it comes back."
Giri,Anish - Caruana,Fabiano [D31]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (11.6), 25.01.2013
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bb4 6.g3
Both players are trying to avoid their common opening repertoire. Caruana isn't an expert in the black lines and this probably shows.
"Kind of a mistake already." - Giri.
[6...c5 was Giri's post-game suggestion with Nc6 to come. 7.Bg2 Nc6 8.Be3 (8.dxc5 Qxd1+ 9.Kxd1 doesn't look very good for white.) 8...Nge7 9.0-0 (9.dxc5) 9...Nf5 was an improvement to a game played by a Giri team mate in the Spanish League and he was wondering what to do to avoid this.]
7.Bg2 Nbd7 8.0-0
Giri considered this position fantastic "one of the elite group of positions I really can play quite good. There is nothing to worry about I have a bishop on g2."
"It's very difficult to play for black." - Giri.Whio says Caruana is a good calculator but there isn't much to calculate in thisposition.
[9.Nd2 Nb6 (9...e5 10.Nxc4 exd4 11.Qxd4 Nb6) 10.a5 Looks nice for white.]
"Very suspicious. He told me it might have been theory but I'm not sure." - Giri.
[9...a5 10.e4 Re8 11.h3 c5 12.e5 cxd4 13.exf6 d3 14.Qb1 Nxf6 15.Qa2 e5 16.Qxc4 e4 17.Ng5 d2 18.Qxf7+ Kh8 19.Qc4 Re7 20.Bxd2 Qxd2 21.Nf7+ Kg8 22.Nxe4 Nxe4 23.Nh6+ 1-0 Stupak,K (2504)-Posedaru,B (2294)/Chotowa POL 2010/The Week in Chess 822]
[10.Bf4 0-1 Goldin,A (2595)-Kaidanov,G (2550)/Philadelphia 1992/TD (63); 10.e4 "Is the kind of move I don't really want to play because .... I like to keep the diagonal open for my bishop." - Giri.]
[10...Be7 "Is a bit more to the point." - Giri. 11.Qxc4 (11.Bd2 Qh5 12.Qxc4 e5 I think white is better but I'm not sure. - Giri) 11...Nb6 12.Qc2 Qxa4 13.b3 isn't as good as in the game for white.]
[11.Bd2 Qh5 12.Qxc4 e5 was Giri's initial plan.]
Finally this seems to be new.
[11...e5 1-0 Ilincic,Z (2555)-Blagojevic,D (2450)/Nis 1996/EXT 1999 (41); 11...e5]
"Very, very risky, I think he played it because otherwise he's just worse." - Giri.
[12...Qf5 13.Qb3 and white's pieces are quite awkward.]
[13...Qb5 14.Ne5 and black is also struggling. 14...Bxe5 (14...c5 15.Nc3; 14...Nbd7; 14...Nbd5 15.Nd3 Nb6 16.Nc5 Nbd7 17.Ba3 with at least enough compensation.) 15.Nc3 Qb4 16.dxe5 with Ba3 to follow.]
[14...Bxe5 15.Bd2 Qb5 16.Nc3 Qb4 17.dxe5 Nfd7 18.Nd5]
15.Nc4 Qc7 16.Nxd6
[16.e4 Be7 17.Nc3 Nb6 in this kind of position you can miss a move and it's pretty much level.]
Grabbing the two bishops after which white will always have some kind of compensation for the pawn.
Anish Giri thinks that black did this a little bit out of desperation.
[17...Re8 18.e4 Qe7 and white is clearly on top. Now there is a massacre.]
After finding this black's position disintegrates very quickly.
[18.dxe5 Qxe5 initially Giri thought this was very good for white but couldn't find anything special after a think. 19.Bf4 Qh5]
This works out dreadfully. White is now winning.
[19...Qe5 20.Bxf8 Nxf8 21.Ne4 and Giri realised he was clearly better. 21...Bf5 (21...Nxe4 22.Qxe4 Qxe4 23.Bxe4) 22.Qc5! It was important to understand that this is something that white wants to get.]
[20...Qc7 21.exd4 Re8 22.dxc5 wins]
21.Rxd3 Qb8 22.Nd5 Nxd5 23.Rxd5
What follows is just grusome. Every piece ends up pointed at black's king whilst he can't develop at all.
This or b5 was black's last big idea for counterplay. But white won't take the exchange back.
"From now on I was trying to find a way to give my queen." said Giri who is obviously winning here but has a number of ways to go about it.
[25.Rh5 g6 26.Qf5 might well have done this but in a way the way the game finishes is even nicer.]
25...Re8 26.Rg5 g6 27.Bd5 Kf8
Giri was looking for flashy queen sacrifices but instead does something even more impressive forcing resignation without executing any of his threats.
There is not a single reason for black to continue.
Hou Yifan vs Viswanthan Anand
Viswanathan Anand is playing as well as he has done for some time. Today he completely outplayed Hou Yifan after surviving a tricky opening phase. However Anand does have a long record of carelessness in technical endings and he simply threw away a win when he was very close to brining it home.
Hou,Yifan - Anand,Viswanathan [B94]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (11.3), 25.01.2013
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qe2 h6 8.Bh4 g6 9.f4 e5 10.fxe5 dxe5 11.0-0-0 Be7 12.Nf3 Qc7 13.Qc4 Qb8 14.Nd5 b5 15.Qc6 Nxd5 16.Rxd5 Qb7 17.Qc3 f6 18.Bf2 Nb6 19.Rd1 Na4 20.Qb3 Qc6 21.Qd5 Qxd5 22.exd5 Bc5 23.Bg3 Nb6 24.Bd3 Bf5 25.Bxf5 gxf5 26.Rhf1 0-0-0 27.Bf2 Bxf2 28.Rxf2 Rxd5 29.g3 Rxd1+ 30.Kxd1 Nd5 31.Nh4 f4 32.Rd2 Ne3+ 33.Ke2 Nc4 34.Rd1 fxg3 35.b3 Rd8 36.Rxd8+ Kxd8 37.hxg3 Nd6 38.Kd3 b4 39.c4 bxc3 40.Kxc3 Kd7 41.Kd3 Ke6 42.b4
[42...h5 43.a4 Kd5 is completely winning for black.]
43.Nxf5 Kxf5 44.a4
The pawn ending is completely drawn.
44...Ke6 45.g4 Kd5 46.Kc3 Ke4 47.Kc2 Kd4 48.Kb3 e4 49.b5 axb5 50.axb5 e3 51.Kc2 Ke4 52.Kd1 Kd5 1/2-1/2
|75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-27 i 2013||cat. XX (2732)|
|9.||Van Wely, Loek||g||NED||2679||0||½||0||0||½||.||0||½||*||1||.||½||1||1||5||2691|
|Round 11 (January 25, 2013)|
|Leko, Peter||- Van Wely, Loek||1-0||70||B76||Sicilian Modern Dragon|
|Nakamura, Hikaru||- Aronian, Levon||0-1||48||D45||Anti-Meran Variations|
|Karjakin, Sergey||- Sokolov, Ivan||1-0||32||C78||Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence|
|Giri, Anish||- Caruana, Fabiano||1-0||28||D31||Semi-Slav Defence|
|Wang, Hao||- Carlsen, Magnus||½-½||31||B30||Sicilian Rossolimo|
|Hou, Yifan||- Anand, Viswanathan||½-½||52||B94||Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5|
|L'Ami, Erwin||- Harikrishna, Pentala||½-½||54||E12||Queens Indian Petrosian|
|75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-27 i 2013||cat. XV (2620)|
|6.||Timman, Jan H||g||NED||2566||0||½||0||.||1||*||.||½||0||½||1||1||1||1||6½||2684|
|9.||Van Kampen, Robin||g||NED||2581||1||0||.||½||½||1||0||0||*||½||0||.||½||1||5||2589|
|Round 11 (January 25, 2013)|
|Naiditsch, Arkadij||- Rapport, Richard||1-0||58||C15||French Winawer|
|Dubov, Daniil||- Tiviakov, Sergei||1-0||29||E46||Nimzo Indian Rubinstein|
|Smeets, Jan||- Movsesian, Sergei||½-½||24||C41||Philidor's Defence|
|Timman, Jan H||- Nikolic, Predrag||1-0||44||C03||French Tarrasch|
|Turov, Maxim||- Van Kampen, Robin||½-½||25||A28||English Four Knights|
|Grandelius, Nils||- Ernst, Sipke||0-1||56||A13||Reti Opening|
|Ipatov, Alexander||- Edouard, Romain||0-1||62||A40||Unusual Replies to 1.d4|
|75th Tata Steel GpC Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-27 i 2013||cat. X (2476)|
|6.||Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag||g||BRA||2543||0||½||½||0||½||*||.||0||1||½||1||1||1||.||6||2504|
|7.||Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn||m||ISL||2516||0||0||½||0||½||.||*||1||1||1||½||.||1||½||6||2508|
|10.||Romanishin, Oleg M||g||UKR||2521||.||0||½||0||½||½||0||½||0||*||1||½||.||1||4½||2414|
|14.||Van Der Werf, Mark||m||NED||2450||0||½||0||0||½||.||½||.||0||0||½||½||0||*||2½||2267|
|Round 11 (January 25, 2013)|
|Klein, David||- Kovchan, Alexander||½-½||40||A15||English counter King's Fianchetto|
|Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag||- Goryachkina, Aleksandra||1-0||54||B11||Caro Kann Two Knights|
|Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn||- Bitensky, Igor||1-0||41||A56||Old Indian Defence|
|Burg, Twan||- Brunello, Sabino||½-½||38||B18||Caro Kann|
|Romanishin, Oleg M||- Swinkels, Robin||½-½||36||D12||Slav Defence|
|Admiraal, Miguoel||- Peralta, Fernando||0-1||57||D30||Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)|
|Van Der Werf, Mark||- Schut, Lisa||0-1||93||A10||Dutch, QI and KID Systems|
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