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80th Tata Steel Masters 2018 (12)

Carlsen and Giri win to share the lead after Tata Steel Masters Round 12

Anish Giri defeated Baskaran Adhiban to stay in the joint lead of the Tata Steel Masters after Round 12. Photo © ;Michiel Abeln.

Anish Giri defeated Baskaran Adhiban to stay in the joint lead of the Tata Steel Masters after Round 12. Photo © ;Michiel Abeln. | http://www.tatasteelchess.com

Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri both managed wins with white to share the lead in the 80th Tata Steel Masters after 12 of the 13 rounds of the tournament. If there is a tie tomorrow there will be a blitz tie-break (two 5 minutes + 3 seconds a move games and then an Armageddon game if needed). Shakhriyar Mamedyarov agreed to a quick draw with black against a struggling Gawain Jones, from the outside this appeared to be an odd decision, he will however have white against Anand in the final round.

Anish Giri beat Baskaran Adhiban in an unusual Benoni. Giri was criticial of his opponent's opening play but said he let him off the hook with 8.Nbd2 which wasn't the best. Giri said he overlooked 11...c4 after which he didn't have much. 16.Bg5 did pose problems 16...Nf6 (16...Bf6 was expected by Giri) might still have been OK but after 17...Qb6 (maybe 17...a6 instead) black's position was already becoming extermely difficult. Adhiban hung in for a while but after 33...Nd3? Giri quickly forced a win.

Magnus Carlsen ground out a win in a Rook and Bishops of opposite colours endgame against Maxim Matlakov. Carlsen wasn't that happy out of the opening but had a long lasting small edge to play with, he also got a long way ahead on the clock and candidly admitted that with so little on the board he also needed time pressure. It's unclear quite when Matlakov was finally lost but Carlsen won in 62 moves.

Vladimir Kramnik was the other Masters Group winner and was pleased to defeat Fabiano Caruana, normally a tricky opponent for him. Kramnik thought 14...Nfg4 the start of Caruana's difficulties and 29...Qf6?! (29...Ra1+) was probably the losing move after which Kramnik brought home the full point.

Peter Svidler was a bit better against Sergey Karjakin but only drew. The games Hou Yifan vs Wei Yi and Viswanathan Anand vs Wesley So also finished in draws.

Santosh Vidit's defeat of Olga Girya gave him a half point lead in the Challengers over Anton Korobov with a round to go.

Round 12 Standings: 1st= Giri, Carlsen 8.5pts 3rd Mamedyarov 8.0 4th= Kramnik, Anand 7.5pts 6th= Karjakin, Wesley So 7pts 8th Svidler 5.5pts 9th Wei Yi 5pts 10th= Jones, Caruana, Matlakov 4.5pts 13th Adhiban 3.5pts 14th Hou Yifan 2.5pts

Round 13 pairings: 11am GMT: Wesley So-Hou Yifan, Mamedyarov-Anand, Matlakov-Jones, Karjakin-Carlsen, Caruana-Svidler, Adhiban-Kramnik, Wei Yi-Giri

80th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-28 i 2018 cat. XX (2750)
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4  
1. Giri, Anish g NED 2752 * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ ½ 1 1 1 2908
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2834 ½ * ½ ½ ½ . 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 2901
3. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2804 0 ½ * ½ . ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 8 2869
4. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2787 0 ½ ½ * 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 . ½ 2850
5. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2767 ½ ½ . 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 2839
6. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2753 ½ . ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 7 2800
7. So, Wesley g USA 2792 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 . 7 2809
8. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2768 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ . ½ ½ 1 2714
9. Wei, Yi g CHN 2743 . ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2693
10. Jones, Gawain C B g ENG 2640 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ . 1 ½ 2675
11. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2811 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ . ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 2656
12. Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2718 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ * ½ 1 2675
13. Adhiban, Baskaran g IND 2655 0 0 0 . ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 2597
14. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2680 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ . 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * 2522
Round 12 (January 27, 2018)
Giri, Anish - Adhiban, Baskaran 1-0 42 A10 Dutch, QI and KID Systems
Carlsen, Magnus - Matlakov, Maxim 1-0 57 B48 Sicilian Paulsen
Kramnik, Vladimir - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 52 B13 Caro Kann Exchange
Anand, Viswanathan - So, Wesley ½-½ 32 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Svidler, Peter - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 32 A07 Barcza System
Jones, Gawain C B - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 12 C42 Petroff's Defence
Hou, Yifan - Wei, Yi ½-½ 45 C42 Petroff's Defence
80th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-28 i 2018 cat. XV (2612)
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4  
1. Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi g IND 2718 * ½ 1 . ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 2759
2. Korobov, Anton g UKR 2652 ½ * 0 1 1 ½ . ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 8 2732
3. Amin, Bassem g EGY 2693 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ . 1 0 ½ 1 7 2662
4. Van Foreest, Jorden g NED 2629 . 0 ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 7 2658
5. Bluebaum, Matthias g GER 2640 ½ 0 ½ 1 * . ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 2636
6. Xiong, Jeffery g USA 2634 ½ ½ ½ ½ . * ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 2636
7. Gordievsky, Dmitry g RUS 2622 0 . 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 2636
8. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2634 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * . ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 2582
9. Tari, Aryan g NOR 2599 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ . * ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 2582
10. Bok, Benjamin g NED 2607 ½ 0 . ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 2576
11. Krasenkow, Michal g POL 2671 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ . 1 5 2559
12. Van Foreest, Lucas m NED 2481 ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ * ½ . 2546
13. Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2497 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ * ½ 2529
14. Girya, Olga wg RUS 2489 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 . ½ * 2475
Round 12 (January 27, 2018)
Korobov, Anton - Van Foreest, Lucas ½-½ 57 D39 QGD Ragozin
Van Foreest, Jorden - L'Ami, Erwin ½-½ 31 C42 Petroff's Defence
Xiong, Jeffery - Gordievsky, Dmitry ½-½ 44 B41 Sicilian Paulsen
Tari, Aryan - Harika, Dronavalli ½-½ 38 E06 Catalan
Bok, Benjamin - Bluebaum, Matthias ½-½ 39 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Krasenkow, Michal - Amin, Bassem 0-1 81 E90 King's Indian Classical
Girya, Olga - Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 0-1 26 A81 Dutch Leningrad

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