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78th Tata Steel Masters 2016 (13)

Magnus Carlsen wins his fifth Tata Steel Masters

Carlsen before his final round game against Ding Liren. Photo ©

Carlsen before his final round game against Ding Liren. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Magnus Carlsen won the Tata Steel Masters after a safe draw against Ding Liren. Ding could catch Carlsen with a win but this seemed unlikely with the black pieces and especially after Carlsen chose a solid line against his Open Spanish. Carlsen found a way to press in the endgame but Ding's technique held the Rook and Bishop vs Rook endgame convincingly. This is Carlsen's fifth win of the main event taking him alongside the record holder Viswanathan Anand and above Max Euwe, Levon Aronian, Viktor Korchnoi and Lajos Portisch all of whom have scored four.

Fabiano Caruana could have caught Carlsen with a win against the struggling Evgeny Tomashevsky but his choice of 4...b6 in the Nimzo-Indian wasn't a normal one for him and he later got his bishop trapped. Tomashevsky was winning but having struggled all tournament he made a bit of a meal of the conversion to a win, eventually managing it in 63 moves.

Pavel Eljanov finished his tournament with a win beating David Navara who didn't react correctly to his novelty 10.Bd3 and quick got into major trouble. Anish Giri was very fortunate to survive with a draw against Hou Yifan after his experiment with the London System completely backfired.

Michael Adams and Wesley So drew an Open Spanish in the same solid variation as Carlsen-Ding. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Sergey Karjakin drew in a Queens Gambit Accepted. Wei Yi got a small advantage with black against Loek Van Wely but not enough to win.

In the B-Group Baskaran Adhiban took first on tie-break from Eltaj Safarli and Aleksey Dreev after all scored 9/13. Adhiban will play in the Masters group next year.

Final Round 13 Standings: 1st Carlsen 9pts 2nd-3rd Caruana, Ding Liren 8pts 4th-6th Wesley So, Giri, Eljanov 7pts 7th-8th Wei Yi, Mamedyarov 6.5pts 9th Karjakin 6pts 10th-11th Navara, Tomashevsky 5.5pts 12th-14th Hou Yifan, Adams, Van Wely 5pts

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 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 9 2881
2. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2787 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 8 2831
3. Ding, Liren g CHN 2766 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 8 2833
4. So, Wesley g USA 2773 ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 7 2774
5. Giri, Anish g NED 2798 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 7 2772
6. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2760 0 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7 2775
7. Wei, Yi g CHN 2706 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 2750
8. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2747 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 2747
9. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 6 2716
10. Navara, David g CZE 2730 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ 2691
11. Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2728 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 2692
12. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2673 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ * ½ 0 5 2666
13. Adams, Michael g ENG 2744 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 5 2660
14. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2640 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * 5 2668
Round 13 (January 31, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Ding, Liren ½-½ 99 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Giri, Anish - Hou, Yifan ½-½ 95 A46 Queen's Pawn Opening
Eljanov, Pavel - Navara, David 1-0 36 E12 Queens Indian Petrosian
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 31 D27 QGA
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 63 E44 Nimzo Indian Rubinstein
Adams, Michael - So, Wesley ½-½ 33 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Van Wely, Loek - Wei, Yi ½-½ 31 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
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 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 9 2703
2. Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2653 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 9 2703
3. Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2644 0 ½ * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 9 2704
4. Bok, Benjamin g NED 2607 ½ 0 0 * ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7 2595
5. Antipov, Mikhail Al. g RUS 2567 ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 0 0 1 1 1 7 2598
6. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g GER 2679 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 2560
7. Van Foreest, Jorden m NED 2541 1 0 ½ 1 0 ½ * 0 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 2571
8. Abasov, Nijat g AZE 2556 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 2570
9. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2627 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 2564
10. Sevian, Samuel g USA 2578 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0 * 1 1 0 1 2568
11. Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2548 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 6 2541
12. Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2485 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ * 1 0 5 2488
13. Admiraal, Miguoel m NED 2441 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 * 1 2469
14. Haast, Anne wg NED 2391 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 2 2287
Round 13 (January 31, 2016)
Bok, Benjamin - Antipov, Mikhail Al. ½-½ 44 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Van Foreest, Jorden ½-½ 31 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Abasov, Nijat - L'Ami, Erwin ½-½ 24 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Sevian, Samuel - Adhiban, Baskaran ½-½ 45 B94 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5
Ju, Wenjun - Haast, Anne 1-0 35 A22 English Opening
Batsiashvili, Nino - Safarli, Eltaj 0-1 36 C01 French Exchange
Admiraal, Miguoel - Dreev, Aleksey ½-½ 45 B10 Caro Kann

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