Chess24 Carlsen-Karjakin

78th Tata Steel Masters 2016 (12)

Carlsen leads Tata Steel Masters after round 12 of 13 but Caruana and Ding still in touch

Magnus Carlsen appeared happy after his draw in round 12. Photo ©

Magnus Carlsen appeared happy after his draw in round 12. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Magnus Carlsen secured a comfortable draw against Wesley So to be certain of a lead going into the final round of the Tata Steel Masters. Carlsen's opponent Wesley So wasn't precise in the opening and once he realised this he played to equalise. Carlsen wasn't sure if he should have tried harder but wasn't unhappy with a draw with the black pieces.

Loek van Wely went wrong in the Najdorf Sicilian quite quickly against Fabiano Caruana. Although Van Wely held his position together for a while and even came close to equalisation but once he missed a move from his opponent his position collapsed.

Ding Liren defeated Pavel Eljanov to give himself a chance of tournament victory with a win with black against Magnus Carlsen in the final round. Eljanov got himself into difficulties where there wasn't an obvious plan, most probably after 15...h6 and gave up a pawn to free himself but Ding brought home the point confidently.

Michael Adams got a slight advantage with black against Hou Yifan but had to be satisfied with a draw by repetition after the first time control. Wei Yi played a rare variation of the Breyer Variation against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov but couldn't make much of the small edge he eventually obtained. Anish Giri didn't have much trouble meeting Sergey Karjakin's 1.b3 surprise but the game didn't depart much from equality.

Round 12 Standings: 1st Carlsen 8.5pts 2nd Caruana 8pts 3rd Ding Liren 7.5pts 4th-5th Wesley So, Giri 6.5pts 6th-8th Wei Yi, Mamedyarov, Eljanov 6pts 9th-10th Navara, Karjakin 5.5pts 11th-14th Hou Yifan, Tomashevsky, Van Wely, Adams 4.5pts

Final Round 13 Pairings 31st Jan 2016 11am GMT: Mamedyarov-Karjakin, Van Wely-Wei Yi, Tomashevsky-Caruana, Eljanov-Navara, Carlsen-Ding, Adams-Wesley So, Giri-Hou Yifan.

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. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2844 * ½ . ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 2895
2. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2787 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ . 1 1 8 2870
3. Ding, Liren g CHN 2766 . 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 2832
4. So, Wesley g USA 2773 ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . 2774
5. Giri, Anish g NED 2798 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ . ½ 1 ½ 2778
6. Wei, Yi g CHN 2706 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ . ½ 6 2759
7. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2747 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 0 ½ . 1 ½ ½ 1 6 2745
8. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2760 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * . ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 6 2747
9. Navara, David g CZE 2730 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ . * ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 2718
10. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ . ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 0 2716
11. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2673 0 ½ ½ ½ . ½ 0 0 1 ½ * ½ 0 ½ 2662
12. Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2728 0 . 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 2658
13. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2640 0 0 ½ ½ 0 . ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ 2672
14. Adams, Michael g ENG 2744 0 0 0 . ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ * 2658
Round 12 (January 30, 2016)
Caruana, Fabiano - Van Wely, Loek 1-0 37 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Ding, Liren - Eljanov, Pavel 1-0 38 E15 Queens Indian
So, Wesley - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 28 A30 English Symmetrical
Wei, Yi - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 33 C95 Ruy Lopez Breyer
Navara, David - Tomashevsky, Evgeny ½-½ 32 E15 Queens Indian
Karjakin, Sergey - Giri, Anish ½-½ 30 A01 Larsen Opening
Hou, Yifan - Adams, Michael ½-½ 42 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
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 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ . 1 ½ 1 1 2719
2. Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2644 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 . 1 2731
3. Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2653 0 ½ * 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ . ½ 1 8 2694
4. Antipov, Mikhail Al. g RUS 2567 ½ 0 0 * . ½ 1 ½ 1 0 0 1 1 1 2595
5. Bok, Benjamin g NED 2607 ½ 0 0 . * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 2595
6. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g GER 2679 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * . ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 6 2562
7. Van Foreest, Jorden m NED 2541 1 ½ 0 0 1 . * 0 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 6 2562
8. Abasov, Nijat g AZE 2556 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * . 0 1 0 ½ 1 6 2565
9. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2627 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 . * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 6 2565
10. Sevian, Samuel g USA 2578 . 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 0 * 1 1 0 1 6 2561
11. Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2548 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 . 5 2528
12. Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2485 ½ 0 . 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ * 1 0 5 2512
13. Admiraal, Miguoel m NED 2441 0 . ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 * 1 4 2448
14. Haast, Anne wg NED 2391 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 1 0 * 2 2312
Round 12 (January 30, 2016)
Adhiban, Baskaran - Batsiashvili, Nino ½-½ 62 E31 Nimzo Indian Leningrad
Dreev, Aleksey - Abasov, Nijat ½-½ 55 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Safarli, Eltaj - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ½-½ 38 C07 French Tarrasch
Antipov, Mikhail Al. - Admiraal, Miguoel 1-0 36 B40 Sicilian Classical
Van Foreest, Jorden - Ju, Wenjun 0-1 44 C36 Kings Gambit Modern Variation
L'Ami, Erwin - Sevian, Samuel 1-0 44 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Haast, Anne - Bok, Benjamin 0-1 40 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation

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