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75th Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee 2013 (10)

Carlsen wins continue to pile up at Tata Steel in Round 10

Magnus Carlsen in round 10. Photo ©

Magnus Carlsen in round 10. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com

Magnus Carlsen did just enough to beat Erwin L'Ami and move further clear of the field after 10 rounds of the Tata Steel chess tournament. He leads on 8/10 a point and a half clear of Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura. Carlsen was surprised in a Caro-Kann with 7...b5. Carlsen managed to make life difficult for his opponent and ground away until his opponent resigned on move 65. A workmanlike performance from Carlsen who now needs 2/3 in the final rounds to match Kasparov's 1999 record of 10/13 at the event. Carlsen seems determined to put down a marker for the rest of the year, especially the candidates. Levon Aronian made light work of Wang Hao who made several inaccuracies in the opening and was crushed. ("To tell it honestly he's just asking for it because you can't really play like this" Aronian comment after 15... Nd7"). Aronian made it clear he has ambitions to win the Candidates in London and by implication this event is about getting into shape to do that. Hikaru Nakamura took a leaf out of Carlsen's book and continued grinding against an out of form Fabiano Caruana until he got the mistakes in an ending that allowed him to win. Viswanathan Anand tried his best to make the most of a small edged against Sergey Karjakin but was frustrated by good defence. Anish Giri finally managed to find some form at Wijk aan Zee in the last few rounds. He played Loek van Wely in an interesting game where he took the initiative as black but couldn't turn it into anything more. Hou Yifan won a double edged rook ending against Pentala Harikrishna to score her second win of the event. She now has a performance well above her rating. She has lost against the top four in the standings but has a plus score against the rest of the field. Peter Leko hit Ivan Sokolov with a deeply prepared novelty and destroyed Sokolov in just a few moves after he tried to refute it. Round 10 Standings: Carlsen 8pts/10, Anand, Aronian, Nakamura 6.5pts, Karjakin, Leko 5.5pts Rest day Thurs. Round 11 - Fri 25th Jan 12:30pm Leko-van Wely, Karjakin-Sokolov, Hou Yifan-Anand, L'Ami-Harikrishna, Wang Hao-Carlsen, Nakamura-Aronian, Giri-Caruana.

Magnus Carlsen beat Erwin L'Ami

Magnus Carlsen won a long grind against Erwin L'Ami. This was a tough game where he was always a bit better but the win looked quite a long way off for a long time. "I thought I was a little bit better from the opening. The key is my dark squared bishop which may become very strong. I think he then played fairly well and it was more or less equal but then he started to drift a bit and I was clearly better. I think we both played too indecisively before the time control and after it I have some practical winning chances and fortunately that was enough today."

Q: You're 1.5 points ahead of the rest, it's incredible. Carlsen: Three wins in a row can do that.

Carlsen didn't do commentary on the game and it is a very difficult struggle to evaluate.

Carlsen,Magnus (2861) - L'Ami,Erwin (2627) [B18]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (10.4), 23.01.2013

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Bc4 e6 7.N1e2 b5

Erwin L'Ami

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 7...b5

A surprise move that hasn't been tested at any serious level before. It looks terrible but works out pretty well in this game in limiting the areas of the board where Carlsen could seek an advantage.

8.Bb3

[8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Nf6 10.0-0 Be7 11.b3 0-0 12.Ne4 Na6 13.c3 Nc7 14.Bg5 Ncd5 15.Nxf6+ 1-0 Wrinn,S-Cargill,K/corr 1983/Corr 2000]

8...Bd6

[8...c5 1-0 Savitskiy,S (2143)-Gudzovaty,Y (1846)/Salekhard 2008.]

9.Nf4 Bxf4 10.Bxf4 Nf6 11.0-0 0-0 12.c4

Carlsen has to try and fix a weakness somewhere.

12...bxc4 13.Bxc4 Qb6 14.Qd2 Rd8 15.Rfd1 Nbd7 16.Rac1 Nd5 17.Bd6 N7f6 18.Bc5

Erwin L'Ami

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 18.Bc5

Carlsen said "The key is my dark squared bishop which may become very strong."

18...Qb8 19.f3

Carlsen has a nice setup now but still has a tough time winning the game.

19...h6 20.Ne2 Nd7 21.Ba3 e5!?

A very commital move.

22.b3 Qb6 23.Nc3 N7f6 24.Bc5 Qc7 25.dxe5 Qxe5 26.Bd4 Qe7 27.Re1 Qd6 28.Qf2 Nxc3 29.Bxc3 Nd5 30.Be5 Qa3

Erwin L'Ami

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 30...Qa3

Carlsen was critical of both players play on the run up to move 40. This position certainly offers a lot of options, none particularly clear.

31.h4 f6 32.Bd4 Kh7 33.Bxd5 Rxd5 34.Rxc6 Qb4 35.Rc4 Qd6 36.Bc5 Qd8 37.Kh2 a6 38.Be7 Qb8+ 39.Qg3 Qxg3+ 40.Kxg3 Ra7 41.Rc6 a5

Erwin L'Ami

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 41...a5

White would have like to prevent this with b4 but didn't seem to have time. "I think we both played too indecisively before the time control and after it I have some practical winning chances and fortunately that was enough today." - Carlsen.

42.Bc5 Rad7 43.Be3 R7d6 44.Rc4 Re6 45.Kf2 Rde5 46.Rc3 Be8 47.Bd2 a4 48.Rxe5 Rxe5 49.b4 Bb5 50.Be3 h5 51.Rc7 Kg6 52.Ra7 Rd5 53.Kg3 Rd3 54.Bc5 Ra3 55.Bf8 Rxa2 56.Kf4 Kh7 57.Rxg7+ Kh8 58.Kf5 Rc2 59.Kxf6 a3 60.Ra7 a2 61.g3 Rc6+ 62.Kg5 Kg8 63.Bc5 Ba6 64.Bd4 Rd6 65.Ba1

Erwin L'Ami

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 65.Ba1

Erwin L'Ami resigned here in a terribly difficult position. The computers give Carlsen a pawn and a half advantage but certainly don't offer a direct win here but you can't see him saving it so you can understand his resignation.

1-0

Anand-Karjakin

Viswanathan Anand drew against Sergey Karjakin a Queen's Indian that simplified down to lead Anand with strong Queenside pressure that didn't in the end amount to anything after careful defence. "I succeeded in making life unpleasant for him [Karjakin] but it was not enough. He always defended very well and the thing about Sergey is that he always makes passive moves very exactly, he has no problems making passive moves."

Anand on Carlsen: "Magnus is much more efficient at collecting points, he's just winning every kind of position, that's an amazing skill that makes it very tough on the others to catch up. He's just converting almost every game, that's a huge disadvantage if you're trying to catch up with him."

Levon Aronian vs Wang Hao

Aronian: "It was the opening I didn't actually expect but I've played the English Opening for quite a long time."

Q: How do you feel about your tournament so far? It seems like the first four games you got promising positions and now all of a sudden Anand played this against you, but it seems you are slowly making a comeback.

Aronian: "I think I'm playing well here, I mean I'm trying to play well, that's actually more important, than playing well, when you put in some effort and I'm managing to do that, I stay focused, I've missed some chances that's inevitable because once in a while I get in this mood that every move wins and then I just get too relaxed but it's nothing out of the ordinary. So I am satisfied so far.

Q: What are your plans for this year?

Aronian: "Plans for this year? I guess to play well in the Candidates, by meaning play well you know it's a tournament of 8 people and 7 losers so everybody is going to consider playing well as winning, the rest is...

Q: Do you use any special preparation for a situation like that? Of course first place is nice but in this case it is the only place that matters.

Aronian: "I don't know what special preparation you can come up with to win a tournament because everybody wants to do it. Maybe use a shamen, or somebody who can help you.... [clearly joking and evading the question a little bit. Aronian rarely says anything useful to his rivals at press conferences]

Q: That's your plan? Have you used this in the past?

Aronian: "No, no, you just have to give your best as in every tournament where the situation is like that.

Aronian,Levon - Wang,Hao [A29]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (10.2), 23.01.2013

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Nd4

4...Nd4 is one of the moves that are possible, earlier people used to play 4...Bb4 5.Qb3 Bc5, it's a bit trickier. But every move has its advantages. Once the Queen is on b3 then white is trying to play 0-0, Rd1, Na4 and d4 without playing d3.

5.Bg2 Nxf3+ 6.Bxf3 Bc5

White's idea now is to play Rc1 and stop d5 and then play with d4.

7.d3 h6

Aronian thought that 0-0 was more accurate here and then play as in the game. Aronian thinks it gives away a vital tempo.

8.0-0 0-0 9.Bg2 c6 10.Bd2

[10.Qb3 Re8 11.e3 d6 12.Na4 a5 13.Bd2 Ba7 14.Rac1 b5 15.Nc3 bxc4 16.Qxc4 Bd7 17.Na4 Nd5 18.b3 Ne7 19.Rfd1 Rf8 20.d4 Bg4 21.Re1 Be6 22.Qc3 exd4 23.exd4 Rc8 24.Qxa5 Bxd4 25.Qxd8 Rfxd8 26.Ba5 Re8 27.Nb6 1/2-1/2 Minasian,A (2460)-Hovhannisyan,R (2439)/Gyumri ARM 2009/The Week in Chess 760]

10...Re8

Wang Hao

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Levon Aronian

Position after 10.Re8

Because of the lost tempo black can't really play the desirable d5.

[10...d5 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Rc1 Bb6 13.Na4 White is pleasant for white with ideas of b4 and Nc5 in the air.]

11.Rc1 Bf8

Aronian thought this move came far too early.

[11...a6 12.Na4 Ba7 13.c5 d5 14.cxd6 should be looked at. ; 11...a5 12.h3 d6 13.Kh2]

12.e4

"It's not really easy to see what black has to do because if he plays with g6 then f4 and Qf3 this whole in is kind of in danger and if he doesn't I'm slowly playing f4-f5. Strangely enough its very unpleasant to play with black here." - Aronian.

12...d6 13.h3 a6 14.a4 Rb8

Aronian thought this was strange.

15.Kh2 Nd7

[15...b5 16.axb5 axb5 17.cxb5 cxb5 18.Na2 Looks very ugly for black.]

16.Be3

Wang Hao

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Levon Aronian

Position after 16.Be3

"To tell it honestly he's just asking for it because you can't really play like this, or so I thought." - Aronian.

16...a5 17.f4 Nc5 18.Rc2

"If the white person doesn't come up with serious stupidities then the position is won." - Aronian assessing this position.

[18.f5 was the alternative.]

18...Be6

"Really strange." Aronian.

[18...f6 White can play a couple of ways here. 19.Bf3 (19.f5) 19...Be6 20.Bh5 Re7 21.f5]

19.f5 Bd7 20.Bf3 b5 21.axb5 cxb5 22.Bh5 bxc4

[22...b4 23.Nd5 Ba4 "But then I have more than one win." Aronian. 24.Qg4 Bxc2 25.Bxh6 "with pieces like this it's completely hopeless." - Aronian, although the win from here a rook down isn't completely clear to me.]

23.dxc4 Be7 24.Bxc5 dxc5 25.Qd5

[25.Rd2 Rb7 26.f6 Bxf6 27.Bg4 Re6 28.Bxe6 fxe6 29.Rf3 was seriously considered by Aronian but "takes 2 pawns is safer."]

25...Rf8 26.Rd1 Be8 27.Qxe5 Bf6 28.Qxc5 Qb6 29.Qxb6 Rxb6 30.c5

Wang Hao

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Levon Aronian

Position after 30.c5

"You might have some troubles winning this if black protects his squares of entry but then you eventually will win. You don't really need to think." - Aronian.

30...Rb4 31.Nd5 Ba4 32.Nxb4 axb4 33.Rc4 Bxd1 34.Bxd1 Rd8 35.Bb3 Rd2+

[35...Rd4 was Aronian's thought on Wang Hao's best practical chance when he was planning to play Rc2. 36.Rc2 Rxe4 37.c6 Re8 with a very passive rook.]

36.Kh1 Rxb2 37.Rxb4 Be5 38.Rb7

"He's losing the pawn and he's not even getting anything." Aronian after his "easiest game of the tournament."

1-0

Caruana lost to Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura said "I think throughout the game it was roughly balanced, more or less equal. I just decided to do what Magnus does just keep on playing until the very end and I still think in the endgame it's probably equal, Fabiano just got careless, he made this one slip with 51.Nf2 and maybe he can still hold but it's extremely difficult after that. It is what it is, I'll certainly take it. +3, at least I have a chance for second place!"

Caruana,Fabiano (2781) - Nakamura,Hikaru (2769) [A56]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (10.3), 23.01.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.Bd3 0-0 7.Nge2 Nbd7 8.Bc2 Ne8 9.0-0 Nc7 10.a4 Na6 11.f4 Nb4 12.Be3 e6 13.dxe6 fxe6 14.Qd2 Nf6 15.Rad1 Ng4 16.Bb1 Nc6 17.Kh1 Nxe3 18.Qxe3 Nd4 19.e5 dxe5 20.fxe5 Rxf1+ 21.Rxf1 Bd7 22.Nxd4 cxd4 23.Qxd4 Bc6 24.Qg4 Qe7 25.b3 Bxe5 26.Ne2 Rd8 27.Be4 Be8 28.Qf3 b6 29.Nf4 Bf7 30.Nd3 Bd6 31.Qe3 Qh4 32.h3 Qg3 33.Qxg3 Bxg3 34.Rf3 Bc7 35.Kg1 Rd4 36.Re3 g5 37.Kf2 h5 38.Re2 a5 39.Ke3 Rd8 40.Bf3 Kg7 41.Rb2 Bd6 42.Rb1 Kf6 43.Rf1 Ke7 44.Be4 Rg8 45.Rh1 h4 46.Bf3 Rf8 47.Rd1 Rd8 48.Rf1 Bg6 49.Be4 Bh5 50.Bf3 Rf8 51.Nf2?

A mistake that makes life difficult.

51...Bg6 52.Ne4 Bc5+ 53.Kd3?

Hikaru Nakamura

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Fabiano Caruana

Position after 51.Nf2?

[53.Nxc5 bxc5 54.Rc1 is a much better defensive chance. ]

53...Rd8+ 54.Kc2?

[54.Ke2]

54...g4 55.hxg4 h3 56.Rd1 Rf8 57.Kd3

[57.Kc3 Bxe4 58.Bxe4 h2 59.Rh1 Rf4 60.Kd3 Bg1 wins.]

57...h2 58.Rh1 Bg1 59.Ke2 Bxe4 60.Bxe4 Kf6 61.Bf3 Rd8 0-1

Hou Yifan talks about her win against Pentala Harikrishna

Harikrishna,Pentala (2698) - Hou,Yifan (2603) [B81]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (10.6), 23.01.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g4 h6 7.h4 e5 8.Nf5 Nc6 9.Bg2 g6 10.Ne3 Be6

[10...Be7 1-0 Santos Latasa,J (2309)-Doros,R (2338)/Albena BUL 2011/The Week in Chess 881 (44)]

11.Ncd5 Bxd5 12.exd5

Alternatives are fine for black.

[12.Qxd5 Nd4; 12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Ne7]

12...Ne7 13.Qe2 Bg7

[13...a6]

14.Qb5+ Qd7 15.Qxd7+ Nxd7

Hou thought the endgame might be slightly better for white.

16.Bd2

[16.Nc4 Nc8 17.a4 was perhaps better for white.]

16...Rc8 17.Bb4

[17.0-0-0 Nc5 18.Kb1 and Hou was struggling to find a plan for black.]

17...Nc5 18.0-0-0 0-0 19.h5

Fixing the pawn structure. I don't think this is the best move for white but she didn't see anything better during the game.

19...Bf6! 20.Kb1 Kg7 21.Nf1 Bg5!

Stopping any f4 plans.

22.Ng3 b6

[22...f5 23.hxg6 fxg4 24.Bxc5 Rxc5 25.Ne4 Rxd5 26.Rxd5 Nxd5 27.Nxg5 Nf4 was a position that Hou found difficult to assess. 28.Be4 hxg5 29.Rh7+ Kf6 30.c4]

23.Bxc5 bxc5 24.Ne4 Rcd8 25.hxg6 fxg6 26.Rh3 Rf4

[26...Ng8 27.Ra3 Rd7 28.Ra6 Rfd8 29.Rd3 is bad for black.]

27.Ra3 Rxg4 28.Bf3 Rf4 29.Rxa7 Rxf3 30.Nxg5 hxg5 31.Rxe7+ Kf6 32.Re6+ Kf5 33.Rd2

After a series of only moves the position is unclear but difficult for both sides.

33...g4 34.c3 Kg5 35.Re2 Rdf8 36.Rxd6 Rxf2 37.Rxe5+ R8f5 38.Re3 R5f3

[38...Rf1+ 39.Kc2 c4 40.Rde6 R5f2+ 41.Re2 g3 42.d6 g2 43.d7 is just equal but hard to work out at the board.]

39.Re5+ Rf5 40.Re3 R2f3 41.Ree6 Rf6 42.Re5+ R3f5 43.Rxf6 Rxe5 44.Rf1 Rxd5 45.Kc2 Rf5

[45...g3 46.b4]

46.Rg1 c4

Hou Yifan

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Pentala Harikrishna

Position after 46...c4. This is a very difficult ending which should probably finish in a draw.

47.Kd2

[47.b4 Rf2+ 48.Kb1 Kh4 (48...Kf4 49.b5 g3 50.b6 (50.a4 g2 51.Rxg2 Rxg2 52.b6 Rg1+ 53.Kb2 Rg2+ 54.Kb1 (54.Ka3 Rc2 55.Kb4 Rb2+ 56.Kc5 g5 57.a5 g4 58.a6 g3 59.a7 g2 60.a8Q g1Q+ wins for black.) ) 50...Kg4 51.Ka1 Rf8) 49.Rh1+]

47...Rf2+ 48.Ke3 Rxb2 49.Ra1 g3 50.Kf3 g2 51.Kg3 Rxa2 52.Rb1 Kf5 53.Kh2 Ke4 54.Rd1 Kf3 55.Rd6 Ra5 0-1

Sokolov vs Leko

Peter Leko was defeated in a painful game in the last Olympiad against Arkadij Naiditsch in the same line of the Nimzo-Indian chosen by Ivan Sokolov. Leko showed a very strong new idea with 15...Nh5 which equalises for black immediately which he knew in detail. Sokolov tried to find something wrong with the line and walked into a powerful prepared line and although he fought on Leko made no mistake.

Sokolov,Ivan (2663) - Leko,Peter (2735) [E53]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (10.7), 23.01.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3

[5.Nge2 d5 6.a3 Be7 7.cxd5 exd5 was Ivan Sokolov's choice against van Wely. Black isn't better but Leko observed that he isn't worse and what more can one want from an opening with black. 8.h3 a5 9.g4 c6 10.Bg2 Na6 11.b3 Nc7 12.Ra2 Nfe8 13.0-0 f5 14.Ng3 Nd6 15.f3 Bh4 16.Nh5 Ne6 17.Ne2 Qe8 18.a4 g6 19.Ba3 Qe7 20.Nhg3 Ng5 21.Qc1 Bd7 22.gxf5 gxf5 23.Nh5 Kh8 24.Nef4 Be8 25.Kh2 Rg8 26.e4 Bxh5 27.Nxh5 Ne6 28.exd5 cxd5 29.Re2 Qd7 30.Qe3 Ng7 31.Nf4 Nf7 32.Qc3 Rgc8 33.Qd2 Bg5 34.h4 Bxh4 35.Bh3 Bg5 36.Rg1 Qc7 37.Rxg5 Nxg5 38.Kg2 Qc6 39.Nd3 Qh6 0-1 Sokolov,I-Van Wely,L/Wijk aan Zee NED 2013]

5...c5 6.Nf3 d5 7.0-0 cxd4 8.exd4 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b6

The Karpov system and expected by Leko as it had been tried by Sokolov against Harikrishna in a "high quality game from both players."

10.Bg5 Bb7 11.Rc1

Leko was well beaten in the Olympiad which cost Hungary a medal which caused him to take a look at this system.

11...h6

Leko prepared this for his recent events.

[11...Nc6 12.Re1 Rc8 13.Bd3 Be7 14.Bb1 Nb4 (14...Re8 15.h4 g6 16.a3 Rc7 17.Rc2 Nd5 18.Ne4 Nb8 19.Rd2 Kg7 20.h5 Bxg5 21.Nexg5 Nd7 22.Rc2 Rxc2 23.Bxc2 Qe7 24.Qd2 Nf8 25.Bb3 Rc8 26.Ne4 Nd7 27.Nfg5 gxh5 28.Ng3 Kh8 29.Nf5 Qf6 30.Nd6 Rg8 31.Ndxf7+ Kg7 32.Rxe6 Qf4 33.Qxf4 Nxf4 34.Re7 1-0 Naiditsch,A (2712)-Leko,P (2737)/Istanbul TUR 2012/The Week in Chess 931) 15.Ne5 Nc6 16.Qd3 Nxe5 17.dxe5 Qxd3 18.Bxd3 Rfd8 19.Bf1 Nd5 20.Bxe7 Nxe7 21.Nb5 Bd5 22.Nxa7 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 Bxa2 24.Rc7 Kf8 25.Rb7 Bd5 26.Rxb6 Ng6 27.Nc6 Bxc6 28.Rxc6 Nxe5 29.Rc5 Nd7 30.Rc2 Rb8 31.g3 g5 32.Be2 Ke7 33.Kf1 f5 34.Ke1 Nf6 35.Bc4 Ne4 36.Bd3 Nd6 37.Kd2 e5 38.Rc7+ Kf6 39.Kc3 e4 40.Bc4 h5 41.Rc6 Ke7 42.Rc7+ Kf6 43.Rc6 Ke7 44.Rc7+ Kf6 45.Rc6 1/2-1/2 Sokolov,I-Harikrishna,P/Wijk aan Zee NED 2013]

12.Bh4 Nc6 13.Bd3

[13.a3 0-1 Bartholomew,J (2442)-Kacheishvili,G (2582)/New York USA 2011/The Week in Chess 876 (76)]

13...Be7 14.Bb1 Rc8 15.Re1 Nh5!?

Peter Leko

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Ivan Sokolov

Position after 15..Nh5

"If black can play Nh5 without getting punished then he solves all of his strategical problems." - Leko.

[15...Re8 1/2-1/2 Khismatullin,D (2639)-Bocharov,D (2603)/Vladivostok RUS 2012/The Week in Chess 934 (60)]

16.Qc2

White understands that with all the normal methods he will not be better. But Sokolov presumably asked why hasn't this been played before?

[16.Bxe7 Nxe7 Black has a very nice position.; 16.Bg3 Nxg3 17.hxg3 Bf6 18.Qd3 g6 19.Rcd1 Nb4; 16.d5 Bxh4 17.Nxh4 Qxh4 18.Re4 Nf4 19.g3 Nh3+ 20.Kg2 Nxf2 21.gxh4 Nxd1 22.dxc6 Bxc6 23.Rxd1 f5]

16...g6!

Peter Leko

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Ivan Sokolov

Position after 16....g6

Sokolov was convinced f5 was necessary, but Leko has another way already worked out.

[16...f5 17.Bg3 is very, very risky for black according to Leko who doesn't like his compromised structure.(17.Bxe7 Nxe7 18.Qb3 Nf4 19.Rxe6 Bd5 (19...Nxe6 20.Qxe6+) ) ]

17.Rxe6

White is committed to this otherwise he'll just be a pawn down for no compensation.

17...Nf4!

Peter Leko

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Ivan Sokolov

Position after 17...Nf4

Leko studied this before the Tashkent tournament and black is clearly better here. He was very happy to get in this "nice piece of work" for a change as usually this doesn't happen.

18.Rxe7

[18.Re4 Nb4 19.Bxe7 (19.Qd2 Bxe4 20.Bxe7 Qxe7 21.Re1 Rook up and with the move Leko is still not sure black has a way to win here as his pieces are all in a tangle.) 19...Nxc2 20.Bxd8 Bxe4]

18...Nxe7 19.Qd2

[19.Re1 Re8 with tactics in favour of black.]

19...g5 20.Ne5

[20.Bg3 Neg6 21.Bxg6 fxg6 22.Bxf4 Rxf4 23.d5 Qd6 should be winning for black too but might have been a better chance.]

20...Neg6 21.Nxg6

[21.Bxg6 fxg6 22.Bg3 Nxg2 23.Qd3 Qf6 24.Ng4 (24.Nd7 Qc6 25.Nxf8 Nf4 26.d5) ]

21...fxg6 22.Bg3 Nxg2 23.Qc2 Qf6 24.Be5

[24.Ne4 Qf7 (24...Bxe4 25.Qxc8!! Rxc8 26.Rxc8+ Kh7 27.Be5) ]

24...Qf7 25.a3 Nh4 26.Ba2

26...Qxa2 0-1

Official Round 10 video summary

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 ½ 1 1 ½ . . 1 1 1 8 2954
2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2772 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ . . . ½ 2858
3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2802 ½ 0 * . ½ 1 ½ ½ . . 1 1 ½ 1 2827
4. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2769 . ½ . * ½ ½ . ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 2821
5. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2780 0 ½ ½ ½ * . ½ . ½ ½ 1 1 ½ . 2774
6. Leko, Peter g HUN 2735 ½ ½ 0 ½ . * ½ . 1 ½ ½ . ½ 1 2780
7. Harikrishna, Pentala g IND 2698 0 ½ ½ . ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 . 0 . ½ 5 2739
8. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2679 0 0 ½ ½ . . 0 * . ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5 2726
9. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2781 ½ 0 . 0 ½ 0 ½ . * . ½ ½ 1 1 2690
10. Giri, Anish g NED 2720 . ½ . ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ . * ½ 0 ½ ½ 4 2635
11. Wang, Hao g CHN 2752 . . 0 0 0 ½ . 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ 4 2643
12. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2603 0 . 0 0 0 . 1 ½ ½ 1 0 * ½ . 2636
13. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2627 0 . ½ ½ ½ ½ . 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * . 3 2599
14. Sokolov, Ivan g NED 2663 0 ½ 0 ½ . 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ . . * 2563
Round 10 (January 23, 2013)
Carlsen, Magnus - L'Ami, Erwin 1-0 65 B18 Caro Kann
Anand, Viswanathan - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 46 E12 Queens Indian Petrosian
Aronian, Levon - Wang, Hao 1-0 38 A29 English Four Knights
Harikrishna, Pentala - Hou, Yifan 0-1 55 B81 Sicilian Keres Attack
Van Wely, Loek - Giri, Anish ½-½ 35 D11 Slav Defence
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 61 A56 Old Indian Defence
Sokolov, Ivan - Leko, Peter 0-1 26 E53 Nimzo Indian
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 . 0 ½ 1 . 1 ½ ½ ½ . 1 1 7 2766
2. Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2688 0 * ½ . ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 . 1 . 1 7 2771
3. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2708 . ½ * 1 ½ 0 1 . 0 1 1 ½ 1 . 2721
4. Smeets, Jan g NED 2615 1 . 0 * ½ . 0 1 ½ . 1 1 ½ 1 2719
5. Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2600 ½ ½ ½ ½ * . 1 0 . . ½ 1 ½ 1 6 2693
6. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2655 0 ½ 1 . . * ½ 0 1 ½ . 1 1 0 2660
7. Timman, Jan H g NED 2566 . ½ 0 1 0 ½ * . 0 ½ 1 . 1 1 2655
8. Edouard, Romain g FRA 2686 0 0 . 0 1 1 . * 1 ½ 1 ½ . 0 5 2613
9. Van Kampen, Robin g NED 2581 ½ 0 1 ½ . 0 1 0 * . 0 . ½ 1 2589
10. Turov, Maxim g RUS 2630 ½ 0 0 . . ½ ½ ½ . * ½ ½ ½ 1 2589
11. Grandelius, Nils g SWE 2572 ½ . 0 0 ½ . 0 0 1 ½ * 0 1 . 2511
12. Nikolic, Predrag g BIH 2619 . 0 ½ 0 0 0 . ½ . ½ 1 * 0 1 2519
13. Ipatov, Alexander g TUR 2587 0 . 0 ½ ½ 0 0 . ½ ½ 0 1 * . 3 2467
14. Ernst, Sipke g NED 2556 0 0 . 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 . 0 . * 2 2386
Round 10 (January 23, 2013)
Rapport, Richard - Ipatov, Alexander 1-0 72 D35 QGD Exchange
Movsesian, Sergei - Dubov, Daniil ½-½ 23 A11 Reti Opening
Tiviakov, Sergei - Turov, Maxim ½-½ 41 B18 Caro Kann
Edouard, Romain - Grandelius, Nils 1-0 40 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Van Kampen, Robin - Timman, Jan H 1-0 30 B81 Sicilian Keres Attack
Nikolic, Predrag - Naiditsch, Arkadij ½-½ 40 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Ernst, Sipke - Smeets, Jan 0-1 30 D17 Slav Defence
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 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 . . . 1 1 1 2771
2. Peralta, Fernando g ARG 2617 ½ * 1 . . 1 ½ 1 ½ . 1 1 ½ 1 8 2709
3. Swinkels, Robin g NED 2508 ½ 0 * . ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 . . 1 1 1 2596
4. Klein, David m NED 2445 0 . . * . 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 2561
5. Kovchan, Alexander g UKR 2579 0 . ½ . * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ 1 2497
6. Bitensky, Igor m ISR 2400 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 * 1 . . ½ ½ 1 . 0 5 2480
7. Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag g BRA 2543 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * . 1 1 ½ . . 1 5 2475
8. Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn m ISL 2516 0 0 ½ 0 ½ . . * 1 ½ 1 . ½ 1 5 2480
9. Burg, Twan m NED 2492 . ½ 0 ½ ½ . 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 . 2454
10. Admiraal, Miguoel f NED 2321 . . . 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 0 0 ½ ½ 4 2392
11. Romanishin, Oleg M g UKR 2521 . 0 . 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 * ½ 1 . 4 2404
12. Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2402 0 0 0 0 . 0 . . ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ 3 2313
13. Van Der Werf, Mark m NED 2450 0 ½ 0 0 ½ . . ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * . 2304
14. Schut, Lisa wm NED 2295 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . ½ . ½ . * 2 2250
Round 10 (January 23, 2013)
Brunello, Sabino - Van Der Werf, Mark 1-0 75 D41 Semi-Tarrasch Defence
Peralta, Fernando - Romanishin, Oleg M 1-0 65 A53 Old Indian Defence
Swinkels, Robin - Burg, Twan 1-0 47 D17 Slav Defence
Kovchan, Alexander - Admiraal, Miguoel ½-½ 44 B47 Sicilian Paulsen
Bitensky, Igor - Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag 1-0 58 A07 Barcza System
Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Klein, David 0-1 40 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Schut, Lisa - Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn 0-1 83 C51 Evans Gambit

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