Chess24 Carlsen-Karjakin

78th Tata Steel Masters 2016 (7)

Carlsen and Caruana both win in Round 7 of the Tata Steel Masters

Magnus Carlen beat Pavel Eljanov in Round 7. Photo ©

Magnus Carlen beat Pavel Eljanov in Round 7. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Fabiano Caruana defeated joint leader Ding Liren whilst Magnus Carlsen won impressively against Pavel Eljanov. The pair lead the event with 5/7. At the moment Carlsen has played mostly against players in the bottom half of the table whilst Caruana has played the top 6 already.

Caruana played 11.Nh4 in a theoretically important position and obtained a big advantage over Ding out of the opening. However he admitted that he "spoiled it" and Ding had "very good drawing chances". 41..Qd7 is assessed as almost equal. Ding's 43...Qxa5 was the decisive error probably missing that 44.Rxd3 Rxd3 45.Rb8+ wins on the spot for Caruana.

Magnus Carlsen scored yet another powerful win, this time against Pavel Eljanov. Wittingly or not Carlsen's 10...g5 transposed to game 9 of the Petrosian-Botvinnik match of 1963. The position remained strategically complex. Eljanov gave up a piece for compensation but Carlsen found his way through the complications to a win.

Anish Giri's slow start is behind him after a victory over Loek van Wely took him within a point of the lead. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov beat Hou Yifan after the latter missed an important shot on the run up to first time control. Wei Yi's reputation as a dangerous tactician has maybe made his opponents avoid the sharpest struggles. He has drawn all his games so far including against Wesley So today. David Navara and Sergey Karjakin was an interesting draw in a semi-slav. Evgeny Tomashevsky against Michael Adams was a fairly tame draw.

Joint leaders Baskaran Adhiban and Aleksey Dreev met in round 7 of the Challengers Group with Adhiban winning in crushing style.

Round 7 Standings: 1st-2nd Caruana, Carlsen 5pts, 3rd-5th So, Giri, Ding Liren 4pts, 6th-10th Hou Yifan, Wei Yi, Karjakin, Eljanov, Mamedyarov 3.5, 11th Navara 3, 12th Tomashevsky 2.5, 13th-14th Van Wely Adams 2pts.

Round 8 pairings: Round 8 Sun 24th Jan 12:30pm Karjakin-Carlsen, Adams-Eljanov, Giri-Tomashevsky, Hou-Van Wely, So-Mamedyarov, Ding-Wei Yi, Navara-Caruana.

78th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 15-31 i 2016 cat. XX (2748)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2787 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ . . 1 . . . . 1 5 2923
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2844 ½ * . . . . ½ . 1 ½ ½ 1 1 . 5 2886
3. So, Wesley g USA 2773 ½ . * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ . . ½ . . . 4 2797
4. Giri, Anish g NED 2798 ½ . 0 * ½ . ½ . . 1 ½ . 1 . 4 2785
5. Ding, Liren g CHN 2766 0 . ½ ½ * ½ . 1 . . ½ . . 1 4 2803
6. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2673 ½ . ½ . ½ * ½ ½ . 0 1 . . . 2754
7. Wei, Yi g CHN 2706 . ½ ½ ½ . ½ * . ½ . . ½ . ½ 2760
8. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 . . ½ . 0 ½ . * ½ . ½ 1 ½ . 2724
9. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2760 0 0 . . . . ½ ½ * 1 . ½ 1 . 2745
10. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2747 . ½ . 0 . 1 . . 0 * . ½ ½ 1 2741
11. Navara, David g CZE 2730 . ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 . ½ . . * . . ½ 3 2716
12. Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2728 . 0 . . . . ½ 0 ½ ½ . * ½ ½ 2642
13. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2640 . 0 . 0 . . . ½ 0 ½ . ½ * ½ 2 2612
14. Adams, Michael g ENG 2744 0 . . . 0 . ½ . . 0 ½ ½ ½ * 2 2571
Round 7 (January 23, 2016)
Caruana, Fabiano - Ding, Liren 1-0 83 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Wei, Yi - So, Wesley ½-½ 70 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Eljanov, Pavel - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 34 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Hou, Yifan 1-0 55 D38 QGD Ragozin
Navara, David - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 35 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Adams, Michael ½-½ 34 D35 QGD Exchange
Van Wely, Loek - Giri, Anish 0-1 45 D11 Slav Defence
78th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 15-31 i 2016 cat. XIII (2569)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Adhiban, Baskaran g IND 2653 * . 1 . . ½ . 1 ½ . . 1 1 1 6 2845
2. Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2653 . * . . . 1 . ½ 1 1 . ½ ½ 1 2756
3. Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2644 0 . * . . 1 ½ 1 1 . ½ . . 1 5 2720
4. Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2485 . . . * 0 . 1 ½ ½ 0 . 1 1 . 4 2614
5. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g GER 2679 . . . 1 * . . ½ ½ ½ . ½ ½ 0 2515
6. Antipov, Mikhail Al. g RUS 2567 ½ 0 0 . . * 1 0 . . 1 . . 1 2579
7. Van Foreest, Jorden m NED 2541 . . ½ 0 . 0 * . . 1 1 0 . 1 2549
8. Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2548 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 . * . . ½ . . . 3 2565
9. Bok, Benjamin g NED 2607 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ . . . * ½ 1 . . . 3 2567
10. Sevian, Samuel g USA 2578 . 0 . 1 ½ . 0 . ½ * . 1 0 . 3 2516
11. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2627 . . ½ . . 0 0 ½ 0 . * . 1 1 3 2484
12. Abasov, Nijat g AZE 2556 0 ½ . 0 ½ . 1 . . 0 . * ½ . 2473
13. Admiraal, Miguoel m NED 2441 0 ½ . 0 ½ . . . . 1 0 ½ * . 2502
14. Haast, Anne wg NED 2391 0 0 0 . 1 0 0 . . . 0 . . * 1 2314
Round 7 (January 23, 2016)
Adhiban, Baskaran - Dreev, Aleksey 1-0 24 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Safarli, Eltaj - Antipov, Mikhail Al. 1-0 22 C12 French MacCutcheon
Batsiashvili, Nino - Ju, Wenjun ½-½ 62 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Haast, Anne 0-1 34 C53 Giuoco Piano
Sevian, Samuel - Bok, Benjamin ½-½ 62 B94 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5
L'Ami, Erwin - Van Foreest, Jorden 0-1 61 D10 Slav Defence
Abasov, Nijat - Admiraal, Miguoel ½-½ 55 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4

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