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75th Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee 2013 (8)

Carlsen beats Karjakin in marathon to take Tata Steel Round 8 lead

Magnus Carlsen won yet again after a determined effort against Sergey Karjakin. Photo ©

Magnus Carlsen won yet again after a determined effort against Sergey Karjakin. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com

Magnus Carlsen goes into the second rest day leading the Tata Steel A-Group on 6/8 half a point clear of World Champion Viswanthan Anand. Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura have 5. Carlsen defeated Sergey Karjakin in a gripping game over 92 moves. Carlen admitted that when he allowed black to set up the c5-d4 centre he was a little worse. By this time he was well ahead on the clock and eventually he got the Queens off and a level ending. Carlsen thought 42...Kf8 in conjunction with 43...Nc3 was an error. Carlsen cleverly won the exchange and returned it. "When we get this opposite coloured bishop ending it's always going to be very difficult for him." [Smiles] as Carlsen put it. Carlsen kept the pressure up whilst way ahead on the clock and made his move with 67.g4 and then 68. h5, this is a very nasty try but it seems to lead to a draw by perpetual check after 68.gxh5. After Karjakin turned this second pawn down it seems that Carlsen is pretty much home and dry and he finished it well. Joint leader Viswanathan Anand was not quite surprised by the Ruy Lopez Jaenisch Defence against Ivan Sokolov but admitted it wasn't at the forefront of his preparation. Anand quickly reached a position where he had no advantage at all and the game was soon drawn. Levon Aronian had himself analysed in the past the ending in the English that Hou Yifan chose against him. She sacrificed a pawn but hoped that she could hold on. Aronian said he remembered his conclusion was that it was tricky. After 24.f4 opening things up the game was effectively over. Fabiano Caruana got a very pleasant position against Erwin L'Ami which turned into a very good endgame. He got a bit short of time and didn't finish things off so accurately but he concentrated in maintaining control and was very accurate after move 40. Hikaru Nakamura pulled off a great escape against Loek van Wely. Van Wely got a wonderful bind but things seemed to get out of control for a while but with 43.Bg4 he seemed to be well on the way to a win. Van Wely didn't spoil anything but needed to be accurate and one move before time control he missed a clever liquidation to a drawn Bishop vs Rook and Pawn ending. Pentala Harikrishna and Peter Leko turned a lively Sicilian into a strategic game and the game eventually finished in a draw. Anish Giri drew against Wang Hao in an interesting semi-slav which Wang Hao found some creative ways to simplify to a draw which finished in perpetual check. Rest Day Monday. Round 9 Tue 22nd 12:30pm GMT. Sokolov-Van Wely, Leko-Anand, Karjakin-Harikrishna, Hou Yifan-Carlsen, L'Ami-Aronian, Wang Hao-Caruana, Nakamura-Giri.

Carlsen vs Karjakin

Carlsen: "It was an interesting game I thought, it had everything, some moves, good ideas, interesting ideas. Bad moves, half moves, waiting moves and so on. I thought I was a little better at first, then it was equal, then I allowed this c5-d4 which I just missed and then I was a little bit worse but very solid. From then on I just did what I thought I had to do, I exchanged the Queens then I thought I'd equalised and then I got to play I got to play 39.b3, still it was nothing and somehow he allowed something. I think this move 42...Kf8 which was very natural at least combined with Nc3 doesn't work tactically. When we get this opposite coloured bishop ending it's always going to be very difficult for him. [Smiles] but I'm not sure it's winning. I thought this g4 was the best try but whether it wins or not I'm not sure.

Carlsen,Magnus (2861) - Karjakin,Sergey (2780) [A11]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (8.4), 20.01.2013
[Crowther,Mark]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 c6 4.0-0 Bg4 5.c4 e6 6.d3 Nbd7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Qc2 Be7 9.Nc3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 d4 11.Ne4 0-0

[11...Nxe4 1-0 Loginov,V (2524)-Sinkevich,P (2323)/St Petersburg RUS 2003/The Week in Chess 468 (48)]

12.Nxf6+ Nxf6

[12...Bxf6 1-0 Loginov,V (2507)-Tunik,G (2451)/Togliatty RUS 2001/The Week in Chess 354 (43)]

13.Bd2 a5 14.a3 Nd5 15.Rab1 Qd7 16.Rfc1 Rfe8 17.Qc4 Nc7 18.h4 a4 19.Bb4 Nb5 20.Kg2 h6 21.Bc5 g6 22.Qb4 Bf6 23.Qd2 Kg7 24.Rc4 Ra6 25.Qd1 b6 26.Bb4 c5 27.Bd2

Sergey Karjakin

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 27.Bd2

After being a little better Carlsen said he missed the b6 c5 idea and was a little worse here but solid. He was however a long way ahead on the clock and so it seemed to me it was him that was probing.

27...Nc7 28.Rcc1 Nd5 29.Qh1 Be7 30.Kg1 Rd8 31.Rc2 Qe6 32.Qg2 Ra7 33.Re1 Rad7 34.Kh2 Rc8 35.Qh3 Qxh3+ 36.Kxh3

Sergey Karjakin

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 36.Kxh3

Carlsen thinks this is equal again.

36...h5 37.Rb1 Ra8 38.Kg2 Ra6 39.b3

"I got to play 39.b3, still it was nothing." - Carlsen

39...axb3 40.Rxb3 Bf6 41.Rc4 Rd6 42.Kf1 Kf8? 43.a4 Nc3 44.Bf4 Re6 45.e3

Sergey Karjakin

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 45.e3

Now Carlsen is getting at least a little something.

45...Nxa4 46.Bd5 Re7 47.Bd6 b5 48.Bxe7+ Bxe7 49.Rxb5

Returning the exchange immediately.

49...Nb6 50.e4!

Sergey Karjakin

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 50.e4

Returning the exchange in the right way. It quickly becomes apparant that white has many, many tries in this bishops of opposite colours with rooks ending.

[50.Rcxc5 Bxc5 51.Rxc5 Nxd5 52.Rxd5 dxe3 53.fxe3 Ra2 Should he a drawn Rook ending.]

50...Nxc4 51.Rb8+ Kg7 52.Bxc4 Ra7 53.f4 Bd6 54.Re8 Rb7 55.Ra8 Be7 56.Kg2 Rb1 57.e5 Re1 58.Kf2 Rb1 59.Re8 Bf8 60.Rc8 Be7 61.Ra8 Rb2+ 62.Kf3 Rb1 63.Bd5 Re1 64.Kf2 Rd1 65.Re8 Bf8

White could try e6 followed by targetting the g-pawn but there is a danger the c and d pawns will run.

66.Bc4 Rb1 67.g4

Sergey Karjakin

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 67.g4

Played with force and then Carlsen left the table. This is his last try.

67...hxg4 68.h5 Rh1?!

It's very hard to see that this isn't the best.

[68...gxh5 69.f5 h4 70.f6+ Kg6 71.Rxf8 Kf5 72.Rh8 Rb2+ 73.Ke1 Rb1+ and white's king can't approach the rook to avoid the perpetual as the pawns queen so a draw.]

69.hxg6 fxg6 70.Re6 Kh6 71.Bd5 Rh2+

There probably isn't a way to save the game.

[71...Rb1]

72.Kg3 Rh3+ 73.Kxg4 Rxd3 74.f5 Re3 75.Rxg6+ Kh7 76.Bg8+ Kh8 77.Kf4! Rc3

[77...Bh6+ 78.Rxh6+ Kxg8 isn't an ending that works for black.]

78.f6 d3 79.Ke3 c4 80.Be6 Kh7 81.Bf5 Rc2

Sergey Karjakin

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 81...Rc2

Now white is winning in many ways. A nice line:

82.Rg2+

[82.e6 Re2+ 83.Kf3 Re5 84.Kf4 Threat checkmate. 84...Rxf5+ 85.Kxf5 c3 86.e7 Bxe7 87.fxe7 and white queens first.]

82...Kh6 83.Rxc2 dxc2 84.Bxc2

Carlsen has worked out that black can't stop the pawns because he can't get close enough with the king.

84...Kg5 85.Kd4 Ba3 86.Kxc4 Bb2 87.Kd5 Kf4 88.f7 Ba3 89.e6 Kg5 90.Kc6 Kf6 91.Kd7 Kg7 92.e7 1-0

On Twitter Karjakin said that this wasn't his worst game at Wijk aan Zee.

Aronian vs Hou Yifan

Aronian,Levon (2802) - Hou,Yifan (2603) [A18]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (8.3), 20.01.2013

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.e5 d4 5.exf6 dxc3 6.bxc3 Qxf6 7.Nf3 e5 8.Bd3 Bg4 9.Be4 Nd7 10.Bxb7 Rb8 11.Bd5 c6 12.Be4 Nc5 13.Qe2 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 Qxf3 16.gxf3 Bd6 17.Kd1 Kd7 18.Kc2 f5 19.d3 Rhf8 20.Rg1 g6 21.Bh6 Rf7 22.Rad1 Ke6 23.Bc1 Rb6?

Hou Yifan

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Levon Aronian

Position after 23...Rb6?

In a passive position this seems to lose by force.

24.f4! Ra6 25.fxe5 Rxa2+ 26.Kb1 Rxf2 27.exd6 Rb7+ 28.Ka1 Kxd6 29.Rd2 Rf3 30.Re1 Rd7 31.Kb1 g5 32.Kc2 f4 33.Ba3+ Kc7 34.d4 g4 35.d5 cxd5 36.cxd5 h5 37.Be7 g3 38.Re5 Re3 39.d6+ Kc6 40.Rxh5 1-0

Van Wely vs Nakamura

I had him where I wanted him to be but he still managed to escape. - Van Wely

Van Wely,Loek (2679) - Nakamura,Hikaru (2769) [E11]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (8.5), 20.01.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 a5 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.Be3 exd4 9.Bxd4 0-0 10.a3 Bc5 11.Nc3 Re8 12.Qc2 c6 13.Rfd1 Qe7 14.h3 Ne5 15.Bxc5 Nxf3+ 16.Bxf3 dxc5 17.Bg2 Qe5 18.e4 g5 19.Qd2 g4 20.h4 Nd7 21.Na4 Nf8 22.Qd6 Qxd6 23.Rxd6 Ne6 24.e5 Kg7 25.Re1 Ra6 26.Re4 h5 27.f3 gxf3 28.Bxf3 Rh8 29.Be2 b6 30.Kf2 Nd4 31.Bd1 Ne6 32.Be2 Nd4 33.Bd1 Ne6 34.Nc3 Ra7 35.Ne2 Rd7 36.Rxd7 Bxd7 37.Nf4 Nxf4 38.gxf4 Bf5 39.Re3 Rd8 40.Bxh5 Rd2+ 41.Re2 Rd4 42.Kg3 Rxc4 43.Bg4 Bd3 44.Re3 Rd4 45.h5 c4 46.f5 Rd8 47.f6+ Kh6 48.e6 fxe6 49.Rxe6 Kg5 50.f7 Rf8 51.Rxc6 Rxf7 52.Rxb6 Rf1 53.Rb5+ Kh6 54.Rxa5 Rb1 55.Kf4 Rxb2 56.Ra6+ Kg7 57.Ke3 Rg2 58.Bf3 Rg3 59.a4 Kh7

Hikaru Nakamura

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Loek van Wely

Position after 59...Kh7

60.Rc6?

After doing so well Van Wely fails 1 move before time control.

[60.a5 Keeping the pawn seems to win. 60...c3 61.Rc6 c2 62.Kxd3 Rxf3+ 63.Kxc2 is the theory win.]

60...Bc2! 61.Rxc4 Bd1 62.Rf4 Rxf3+ 63.Rxf3 Bxa4

and this ending is a theoretical draw.

64.Rf6 Be8 65.h6 Bg6 66.Rxg6 Kxg6 67.h7 Kxh7 1/2-1/2

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Tables

75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-27 i 2013 cat. XX (2732)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2861 * ½ ½ . 1 1 ½ ½ 1 . . 1 . . 6 2931
2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2772 ½ * 1 ½ ½ . . 1 1 . ½ ½ . . 2887
3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2802 ½ 0 * . ½ ½ 1 . ½ . . 1 . 1 5 2818
4. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2769 . ½ . * . ½ ½ . ½ 1 . ½ ½ 1 5 2796
5. Harikrishna, Pentala g IND 2698 0 ½ ½ . * . ½ ½ 1 . 1 ½ . . 2794
6. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2780 0 . ½ ½ . * . ½ . 1 ½ . ½ 1 2782
7. Leko, Peter g HUN 2735 ½ . 0 ½ ½ . * 1 . ½ ½ . ½ . 4 2751
8. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2781 ½ 0 . . ½ ½ 0 * . . . 1 1 ½ 4 2717
9. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2679 0 0 ½ ½ 0 . . . * 1 . . 1 ½ 2692
10. Wang, Hao g CHN 2752 . . . 0 . 0 ½ . 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 2654
11. Giri, Anish g NED 2720 . ½ . . 0 ½ ½ . . ½ * ½ ½ 0 3 2616
12. Sokolov, Ivan g NED 2663 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ . . 0 . ½ ½ * . . 2628
13. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2627 . . . ½ . ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ . * ½ 2586
14. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2603 . . 0 0 . 0 . ½ ½ 0 1 . ½ * 2597
Round 8 (January 20, 2013)
Carlsen, Magnus - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 92 A07 Barcza System
Anand, Viswanathan - Sokolov, Ivan ½-½ 24 C63 Ruy Lopez Schliemann
Aronian, Levon - Hou, Yifan 1-0 40 A18 English Opening
Harikrishna, Pentala - Leko, Peter ½-½ 30 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Caruana, Fabiano - L'Ami, Erwin 1-0 53 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Van Wely, Loek - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 67 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Giri, Anish - Wang, Hao ½-½ 39 D94 Gruenfeld Closed
75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-27 i 2013 cat. XV (2620)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Rapport, Richard g HUN 2621 * 1 . . ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ . . . 1 2767
2. Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2688 0 * ½ ½ . . 1 ½ . 1 . 1 . 1 2765
3. Timman, Jan H g NED 2566 . ½ * . 0 1 . ½ ½ . 1 . 1 1 2753
4. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2708 . ½ . * ½ 1 . 0 1 0 1 . 1 . 5 2711
5. Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2600 ½ . 1 ½ * ½ 0 . . . ½ 1 ½ . 2664
6. Smeets, Jan g NED 2615 1 . 0 0 ½ * . . . ½ 1 1 ½ . 2649
7. Edouard, Romain g FRA 2686 0 0 . . 1 . * 1 ½ 1 . ½ . 0 4 2618
8. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2655 0 ½ ½ 1 . . 0 * . . . 1 1 0 4 2628
9. Turov, Maxim g RUS 2630 ½ . ½ 0 . . ½ . * . ½ ½ ½ 1 4 2614
10. Van Kampen, Robin g NED 2581 ½ 0 . 1 . ½ 0 . . * 0 . ½ 1 2586
11. Grandelius, Nils g SWE 2572 . . 0 0 ½ 0 . . ½ 1 * 0 1 . 3 2526
12. Nikolic, Predrag g BIH 2619 . 0 . . 0 0 ½ 0 ½ . 1 * . 1 3 2538
13. Ipatov, Alexander g TUR 2587 . . 0 0 ½ ½ . 0 ½ ½ 0 . * . 2 2422
14. Ernst, Sipke g NED 2556 0 0 0 . . . 1 1 0 0 . 0 . * 2 2437
Round 8 (January 20, 2013)
Rapport, Richard - Smeets, Jan 0-1 55 D47 Queens Gambit Meran
Movsesian, Sergei - Tiviakov, Sergei ½-½ 32 B01 Centre Counter
Timman, Jan H - Ipatov, Alexander 1-0 49 D10 Slav Defence
Edouard, Romain - Dubov, Daniil 1-0 57 B67 Sicilian Rauzer
Van Kampen, Robin - Naiditsch, Arkadij 1-0 22 C19 French Winawer
Nikolic, Predrag - Grandelius, Nils 1-0 19 D70 Gruenfeld Defence
Ernst, Sipke - Turov, Maxim 0-1 52 E20 Nimzo Indian
75th Tata Steel GpC Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-27 i 2013 cat. X (2476)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Brunello, Sabino g ITA 2572 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 . . . ½ 1 . . 1 2724
2. Peralta, Fernando g ARG 2617 ½ * . 1 . ½ 1 . . 1 1 ½ . 1 2711
3. Klein, David m NED 2445 0 . * . . 1 1 ½ 1 0 . 1 . 1 2614
4. Swinkels, Robin g NED 2508 ½ 0 . * ½ ½ ½ . . ½ 1 . . 1 2533
5. Kovchan, Alexander g UKR 2579 0 . . ½ * ½ ½ ½ . 1 . ½ . 1 2515
6. Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag g BRA 2543 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * . 1 ½ . . . 1 . 4 2506
7. Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn m ISL 2516 . 0 0 ½ ½ . * 1 1 . . ½ ½ . 4 2491
8. Burg, Twan m NED 2492 . . ½ . ½ 0 0 * 1 . ½ 1 ½ . 4 2472
9. Romanishin, Oleg M g UKR 2521 . . 0 . . ½ 0 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 . 2403
10. Bitensky, Igor m ISR 2400 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 . . . ½ * . . ½ 0 3 2395
11. Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2402 0 0 . 0 . . . ½ ½ . * ½ 1 ½ 3 2385
12. Van Der Werf, Mark m NED 2450 . ½ 0 . ½ . ½ 0 0 . ½ * ½ . 2345
13. Admiraal, Miguoel f NED 2321 . . . . . 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 2311
14. Schut, Lisa wm NED 2295 0 0 0 0 0 . . . . 1 ½ . ½ * 2 2287
Round 8 (January 20, 2013)
Brunello, Sabino - Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag 1-0 52 D34 Tarrasch Defence, Main Line
Peralta, Fernando - Van Der Werf, Mark ½-½ 43 E55 Nimzo Indian
Klein, David - Romanishin, Oleg M 1-0 42 C45 Scotch Game
Swinkels, Robin - Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn ½-½ 25 A13 Reti Opening
Kovchan, Alexander - Burg, Twan ½-½ 50 B18 Caro Kann
Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Admiraal, Miguoel 1-0 38 D87 Gruenfeld Botvinnik
Schut, Lisa - Bitensky, Igor 1-0 39 C44 Scotch Gambit

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