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78th Tata Steel Masters 2016 (3)

Caruana leads on 2.5/3 after beating Adams in Tata Steel Masters

Wei Yi and Magnus Carlsen drew their first meeting. Photo ©

Wei Yi and Magnus Carlsen drew their first meeting. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Fabiano Caruana took an early lead in the Tata Steel Masters after a 49 move victory over a struggling Michael Adams. Adams had the better of the opening but in a double edged position his position went from better to much worse on the run up to first time control and was defeated in 63 moves. This left Caruana in sole lead on 2.5/3 half a point clear of Wesley So and Ding Liren.

Wei Yi's first game against Magnus Carlsen was a theoretical duel in the Ruy Lopez Marshall. Carlsen's 19...Qxf3+ was new after which both players used huge amounts of their remaining time for the next few moves in the complex position that remained. The game remained roughly balanced until near first time control when Wei Yi allowed Carlsen a little more play than he should have (a more active rook) but a few accurate moves confirmed the draw.

Pavel Eljanov was on the verge of resignation when he received an astonishing gift of the full point from Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who just dropped a rook.

Anish Giri almost lost his second game of the event when he missed a powerful rook sacrifice from David Navara. The computers found the powerful 28.Bd4! shot that should have finished things in Navara's favour. Navara was still much better but in time trouble he didn't find 39.Qg5! and the game was drawn soon after.

The remaining games Van Wely-Tomashevsky, Wesley So-Karjakin and Ding Liren vs Hou Yifan were also drawn

Aleksey Dreev leads the B-Group with a perfect 3/3.

Round 3 Standings: 1st Caruana 2.5pts 2nd-3rd So, Ding Liren 2pts 4th-11th Carlsen, Hou Yifan, Karjakin, Wei Yi, Tomashevsky, Van Wely, Eljanov, Navara 1.5pts, 12th-13th Giri, Mamedyarov 1pt 14th Adams 0.5pts

Round 4 Tuesday 19th Jan 12:30 GMT Karjakin-Tomashevsky, Eljanov-Van Wely, Carlsen-Mamedyarov, Adams-Wei, Giri-Caruana, Hou-Navara, So-Ding.

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 . . . . . 1 . . . 1 3055
2. So, Wesley g USA 2773 . * . . ½ ½ . . . . . 1 . . 2 2871
3. Ding, Liren g CHN 2766 . . * . ½ . . . . . . ½ . 1 2 2863
4. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2844 ½ . . * . . ½ . . . ½ . . . 2741
5. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2673 . ½ ½ . * ½ . . . . . . . . 2769
6. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 . ½ . . ½ * . . ½ . . . . . 2695
7. Wei, Yi g CHN 2706 . . . ½ . . * ½ . ½ . . . . 2777
8. Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2728 . . . . . . ½ * ½ . . . ½ . 2697
9. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2640 . . . . . ½ . ½ * . . . ½ . 2748
10. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2760 0 . . . . . ½ . . * . . 1 . 2746
11. Navara, David g CZE 2730 . . . ½ . . . . . . * ½ . ½ 2795
12. Giri, Anish g NED 2798 . 0 ½ . . . . . . . ½ * . . 1 2631
13. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2747 . . . . . . . ½ ½ 0 . . * . 1 2584
14. Adams, Michael g ENG 2744 0 . 0 . . . . . . . ½ . . * ½ 2488
Round 3 (January 18, 2016)
Caruana, Fabiano - Adams, Michael 1-0 64 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
So, Wesley - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 44 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
Ding, Liren - Hou, Yifan ½-½ 37 D38 QGD Ragozin
Wei, Yi - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 60 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall
Van Wely, Loek - Tomashevsky, Evgeny ½-½ 30 E17 Queens Indian
Navara, David - Giri, Anish ½-½ 42 D97 Gruenfeld Russian
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Eljanov, Pavel 0-1 38 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
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 1 . . . . . . 1 3
2. Adhiban, Baskaran g IND 2653 . * . . . ½ . . . 1 . . 1 . 2807
3. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g GER 2679 . . * . . . . ½ . ½ 1 . . . 2 2664
4. Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2653 . . . * . . . 1 . ½ . . ½ . 2 2650
5. Antipov, Mikhail Al. g RUS 2567 . . . . * . 0 . . . . 1 . 1 2 2618
6. Bok, Benjamin g NED 2607 0 ½ . . . * . . 1 . . . . . 2641
7. Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2548 0 . . . 1 . * . ½ . . . . . 2612
8. Sevian, Samuel g USA 2578 . . ½ 0 . . . * . . 1 . . . 2605
9. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2627 . . . . . 0 ½ . * . . . 1 . 2532
10. Abasov, Nijat g AZE 2556 . 0 ½ ½ . . . . . * . . . . 1 2536
11. Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2485 . . 0 . . . . 0 . . * 1 . . 1 2474
12. Van Foreest, Jorden m NED 2541 . . . . 0 . . . . . 0 * . 1 1 2356
13. Admiraal, Miguoel m NED 2441 . 0 . ½ . . . . 0 . . . * . ½ 2371
14. Haast, Anne wg NED 2391 0 . . . 0 . . . . . . 0 . * 0
Round 3 (January 18, 2016)
Dreev, Aleksey - Haast, Anne 1-0 54 D20 QGA
Adhiban, Baskaran - Bok, Benjamin ½-½ 71 A32 English Symmetrical
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Abasov, Nijat ½-½ 27 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Safarli, Eltaj - Admiraal, Miguoel ½-½ 95 B19 Caro Kann
Antipov, Mikhail Al. - Van Foreest, Jorden 1-0 30 B50 Sicilian Defence
L'Ami, Erwin - Ju, Wenjun ½-½ 69 E53 Nimzo Indian
Batsiashvili, Nino - Sevian, Samuel 0-1 58 E04 Catalan

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