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76th Tata Steel Tournament 2014 (2)

Five way tie after Tata Steel round 2

"Any win in such a strong tournament is important" - Aronian after beating Fabiano Caruana. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

The second round of the Tata Steel tournament saw three more decisive games and already no-one has a 100% score. Wesley So, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin, Hikarua Nakamura and Anish Giri all have 1.5/2.

Levon Aronian beat Fabiano Caruana in the top battle of the day between potential winners of the tournament. Caruana took on a Gruenfeld type position in spite of the start with 1.c4 and Aronian it seems got a good position. Aronian was glad he managed to win from there implying he hadn't been entirely happy with his play in the middle-game. In the end Caruana couldn't save the ending a pawn down.

This tournament is a new start for Anish Giri with a new coach in Vladimir Tukmakov. Giri got a winning advantage which he would have crowned with 20.Bxe7 but instead 20.g4 was inaccurate and he had to win the game again which he did after the inaccurate 24...Na5 combined with Naiditsch's time pressure. 30...e5 put black's king in a mating net.

The final win of the day came from Richard Rapport whose incredibly risky choice of the Budapest Gambit against Boris Gelfand seemed to score a bulls-eye. Gelfand played dreadfully missing quite a lot and becoming quite lost although Rapport said afterwards that he then did his best not to win the game he got over the line in the end.

Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura played for the first time and it finished in a draw. They both seemed to be saying that after their post-mortem the game was pretty balanced, it did look like So was at least slightly better throughout.

Sergey Karjakin got close to nothing against super-solid play from Pentala Harikrishna in the Queen's Gambit and they drew in 40 moves.

Leinier Dominguez Perez surprised Loek van Wely in the opening with 6.Na3 leading to a huge think from the Dutchman, 6...Qa5 seemed to surprise in reverse and 7.Qd5 again after a big think definitely isn't the most testing. The game was eventually drawn in 26 moves.

In the B-Group seven players Dimitri Reinderman, Baadur Jobava, Sabino Brunello, Xue Zhao, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Benjamin Bok, and Kayden W Troff all have 1.5/2.

Round 2 standings: So, Aronian, Karjakin, Nakamura and Giri 1.5pts/2: Harikrishna, Dominguez, Rapport and Caruana 1pt: Van Wely 0.5pts: Gelfand, Naiditsch 0pts.

Round 3 pairings 13th Jan 2013: Van Wely-Giri, Harikrishna-Dominguez, Caruana-Karjakin, Rapport-Aronian, Nakamura-Gelfand, Naiditsch-So.

76th Tata Steel Masters Wijk aan Zee (NED), 11-26 i 2014 cat. XX (2743)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. So, Wesley g PHI 2719 * . . ½ . . . . 1 . . . 2933
2. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2812 . * . . . ½ . 1 . . . . 2937
3. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2759 . . * . . ½ . . . 1 . . 2882
4. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2789 ½ . . * . . . . . . . 1 2911
5. Giri, Anish g NED 2734 . . . . * . ½ . . . . 1 2929
6. Harikrishna, Pentala g IND 2706 . ½ ½ . . * . . . . . . 1 2785
7. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2754 . . . . ½ . * . . ½ . . 1 2703
8. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2782 . 0 . . . . . * . . 1 . 1 2794
9. Rapport, Richard g HUN 2691 0 . . . . . . . * . 1 . 1 2748
10. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2672 . . 0 . . . ½ . . * . . ½ 2563
11. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2777 . . . . . . . 0 0 . * . 0
12. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2718 . . . 0 0 . . . . . . * 0
Round 2 (January 12, 2014)
So, Wesley - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 27 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 58 A34 English Symmetrical
Karjakin, Sergey - Harikrishna, Pentala ½-½ 40 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Giri, Anish - Naiditsch, Arkadij 1-0 33 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Van Wely, Loek ½-½ 26 B27 Sicilian Early Fianchetto
Gelfand, Boris - Rapport, Richard 0-1 60 A52 Budapest Defence Main Line
Tata Steel Challengers Wijk aan Zee (NED), 11-26 i 2014 cat. XIV (2579)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Reinderman, Dimitri g NED 2593 * . . . . . . . ½ . 1 . . . 2831
2. Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2710 . * . . ½ . . . . . . . 1 . 2685
3. Brunello, Sabino g ITA 2602 . . * ½ . . . . . . . 1 . . 2815
4. Zhao, Xue g CHN 2567 . . ½ * . . . . . . . . 1 . 2709
5. Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2553 . ½ . . * . . . . . . . . 1 2763
6. Bok, Benjamin m NED 2560 . . . . . * . ½ . . . 1 . . 2850
7. Troff, Kayden W m USA 2457 . . . . . . * . . . ½ . . 1 2763
8. Saric, Ivan g CRO 2637 . . . . . ½ . * . ½ . . . . 1 2583
9. Muzychuk, Anna g SLO 2566 ½ . . . . . . . * ½ . . . . 1 2600
10. Timman, Jan H g NED 2607 . . . . . . . ½ ½ * . . . . 1 2601
11. Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2711 0 . . . . . ½ . . . * . . . ½ 2332
12. Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2677 . . 0 . . 0 . . . . . * . . 0
13. Goudriaan, Etienne m NED 2431 . 0 . 0 . . . . . . . . * . 0
14. Van Delft, Merijn m NED 2430 . . . . 0 . 0 . . . . . . * 0
Round 2 (January 12, 2014)
Reinderman, Dimitri - Muzychuk, Anna ½-½ 38 A37 English Symmetrical
Zhao, Xue - Brunello, Sabino ½-½ 20 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Duda, Jan-Krzysztof - Van Delft, Merijn 1-0 67 B17 Caro Kann
Bok, Benjamin - Yu, Yangyi 1-0 36 B42 Sicilian Paulsen
Troff, Kayden W - Wojtaszek, Radoslaw ½-½ 32 E00 Catalan
Timman, Jan H - Saric, Ivan ½-½ 51 B60 Sicilian Rauzer
Goudriaan, Etienne - Jobava, Baadur 0-1 43 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo

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