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78th Tata Steel Masters 2016 (6)

Carlsen joins Ding and Caruana in the Tata Steel Masters lead after 6 rounds

Tomashevsky lost to Carlsen in round 6. Photo ©

Tomashevsky lost to Carlsen in round 6. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Magnus Carlsen made light work of Evgeny Tomashevsky in the sixth round of the Tata Steel Masters to win in just 30 moves of a London System. Tomashevsky seemed thrown by the choice of opening and allowed a dangerous attack, when he traded to an endgame to try and defend his position was close to hopeless. Carlsen's second win in a row allowed him to join Ding Liren and Fabiano Caruana in the lead on 4/6.

Anish Giri finally got back to 50% with a win against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Giri was one of the pre-event favourites but has struggled so far however with the tournament only passing the half way mark tomorrow he has plenty of time to improve his standing.

Joint leader Fabiano Caruana had to work hard to defend against Wesely So but eventually reached a drawn endgame. The other leader Ding Liren had a large opening advantage against David Navara but his 18.e3 (18.Bf4 or 18.g4 are better according to the computers) lost most of this edge and Navara then managed to hold.

Loek van Wely found a nice combination to win a pawn against Michael Adams but the englishman managed to find sufficient counterplay for the draw. Hou Yifan got a winning endgame against Wei Yi but an inaccuracy allowed counterplay and after giving up the exchange her position was only good enough for a draw. Sergey Karjakin against Pavel Eljanov liquidated to a drawn endgame after only 28 moves.

Aleksey Dreev and Baskaran Adhiban lead the Tata Challengers with 5/6.

Round 6 Standings: 1st-3rd Caruana, Ding Liren, Carlsen 4pts 4th-6th Wesley So, Hou Yifan, Eljanov 3.5pts 7th-9th Giri, Wei Yi, Karjakin 3pts 10th-11th Navara, Mamedyarov 2.5pts 12th-13th Tomashevsky, Van Wely 2pts 14th Adams 1.5pts

Round 7 Sat 23rd Jan 2016 Navara-Karjakin, Caruana-Ding, Wei-So, Mamedyarov-Hou, Van Wely-Giri, Tomashevsky-Adams, Eljanov-Carlsen.

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 4 2890
2. Ding, Liren g CHN 2766 . * . ½ ½ . ½ . 1 ½ . . . 1 4 2872
3. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2844 ½ . * . . . . ½ . ½ ½ 1 1 . 4 2848
4. So, Wesley g USA 2773 ½ ½ . * ½ . 1 . ½ ½ . . . . 2810
5. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2673 ½ ½ . ½ * . . ½ ½ 1 . . . . 2812
6. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2760 0 . . . . * . ½ ½ . 1 ½ 1 . 2786
7. Giri, Anish g NED 2798 ½ ½ . 0 . . * ½ . ½ 1 . . . 3 2751
8. Wei, Yi g CHN 2706 . . ½ . ½ ½ ½ * . . . ½ . ½ 3 2757
9. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 . 0 . ½ ½ ½ . . * . . 1 ½ . 3 2723
10. Navara, David g CZE 2730 . ½ ½ ½ 0 . ½ . . * . . . ½ 2709
11. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2747 . . ½ . . 0 0 . . . * ½ ½ 1 2695
12. Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2728 . . 0 . . ½ . ½ 0 . ½ * ½ . 2 2619
13. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2640 . . 0 . . 0 . . ½ . ½ ½ * ½ 2 2640
14. Adams, Michael g ENG 2744 0 0 . . . . . ½ . ½ 0 . ½ * 2536
Round 6 (January 22, 2016)
Ding, Liren - Navara, David ½-½ 41 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Carlsen, Magnus - Tomashevsky, Evgeny 1-0 30 A46 Queen's Pawn Opening
So, Wesley - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 80 C50 Giuoco Piano
Hou, Yifan - Wei, Yi ½-½ 66 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Giri, Anish - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 66 A13 Reti Opening
Karjakin, Sergey - Eljanov, Pavel ½-½ 28 E00 Catalan
Adams, Michael - Van Wely, Loek ½-½ 39 B91 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.g3
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. Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2644 * . . . 1 . ½ 1 1 . ½ . . 1 5 2819
2. Adhiban, Baskaran g IND 2653 . * . . ½ . . ½ 1 . . 1 1 1 5 2791
3. Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2653 . . * . . . . 1 ½ 1 . ½ ½ 1 2713
4. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g GER 2679 . . . * . 1 . ½ ½ ½ . ½ ½ . 2592
5. Antipov, Mikhail Al. g RUS 2567 0 ½ . . * . 1 . 0 . 1 . . 1 2624
6. Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2485 . . . 0 . * . ½ . 0 1 1 1 . 2624
7. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2627 ½ . . . 0 . * 0 ½ . . . 1 1 3 2533
8. Bok, Benjamin g NED 2607 0 ½ 0 ½ . ½ 1 * . . . . . . 2566
9. Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2548 0 0 ½ ½ 1 . ½ . * . . . . . 2580
10. Sevian, Samuel g USA 2578 . . 0 ½ . 1 . . . * 0 1 0 . 2502
11. Van Foreest, Jorden m NED 2541 ½ . . . 0 0 . . . 1 * 0 . 1 2479
12. Abasov, Nijat g AZE 2556 . 0 ½ ½ . 0 . . . 0 1 * . . 2 2473
13. Admiraal, Miguoel m NED 2441 . 0 ½ ½ . 0 0 . . 1 . . * . 2 2487
14. Haast, Anne wg NED 2391 0 0 0 . 0 . 0 . . . 0 . . * 0
Round 6 (January 22, 2016)
Dreev, Aleksey - L'Ami, Erwin ½-½ 36 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Antipov, Mikhail Al. - Adhiban, Baskaran ½-½ 41 B40 Sicilian Classical
Bok, Benjamin - Batsiashvili, Nino ½-½ 39 D34 Tarrasch Defence, Main Line
Ju, Wenjun - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ½-½ 44 A21 English Opening
Van Foreest, Jorden - Abasov, Nijat 0-1 75 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Admiraal, Miguoel - Sevian, Samuel 1-0 54 B83 Sicilian Scheveningen
Haast, Anne - Safarli, Eltaj 0-1 31 C61 Ruy Lopez Bird's Defence

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