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80th Tata Steel Masters 2018 (9)

Giri leads the Tata Steel Masters alone after 9 rounds

Anish Giri beat Maxim Matlakov in Round 9. Photo ©

Anish Giri beat Maxim Matlakov in Round 9. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Anish Giri took the lead of the 80th Tata Steel Masters after defeating Maxim Matlakov in the only decisive game of the 9th round. The event now goes on its second awayday on Wednesday, visiting the University of Groningen's Academy Building.

Matlakov sacrificed a pawn with 9.b3 (previously seen in the game Eljanov-So from the Gashimov Memorial last year) a move Giri hadn't prepared for, however 14.Rfc1 was a mistake according to Giri but that his own follow up wasn't the best and Matlakov stood better (25.Rd1 instead of 25.Nd6 is the computer suggestion). Starting with 31...Rc8 Giri applied pressure and after 35.Rc1 (35.Ke2 looks necessary) Matlakov's position became difficult if not just lost and he had to resign on move 39.

Earlier Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen both played very solidly and agreed a draw in a Ruy Lopez after 32 moves. The other joint leader Shakhriyar Mamedyarov didn't get anything against Vladimir Kramnik and the game traded down to a draw. Gawain Jones looked to get back to 50% against Hou Yifan but he couldn't quite put his large advantage away and he was a pawn down and much worse at first time control and will have been relieved to draw in the end.

The remaining games Wesley So-Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin- Wei Yi and Fabiano Caruana-Adhiban were all drawn. Caruana will be the most disappointed of this group as he let a large advantage slip away.

Santosh Vidit and Anton Korobov still share the lead in the Challengers but Korobov was completely busted vs Dronavalli Harika but survived to draw.

Round 9 Standings: 1st Giri 6.5pts 2nd= Carlsen, Mamedyarov 6pts 4th= Kramnik, Wesley So 5.5pts 6th= Anand, Karjakin 5pts 8th Svidler 4.5pts 9th= Jones, Matlakov 4pts 11th= Wei Yi, Caruana 3.5pts 13th Adhiban 2.5pts 14th Hou Yifan 1.5pts

Pairings: Round 10 - Wednesday 24th Jan 2018 1pm GMT Groningen. Hou Yifan-Adhiban, Wei Yi-Caruana, Giri-Karjakin, Kramnik-Matlakov, Svidler-Mamedyarov, Carlsen-Wesley So, Jones-Anand.

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 1 . . . 1 2920
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2834 ½ * . ½ . ½ . ½ 1 . ½ ½ 1 1 6 2858
3. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2804 0 . * ½ ½ . ½ . . ½ 1 1 1 1 6 2868
4. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2787 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 . 1 ½ . 1 . . ½ 2833
5. So, Wesley g USA 2792 ½ . ½ ½ * . ½ ½ . ½ 1 ½ 1 . 2834
6. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2767 ½ ½ . 0 . * ½ ½ . 1 ½ 1 ½ . 5 2800
7. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2753 . . ½ . ½ ½ * . ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5 2777
8. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2768 ½ ½ . 0 ½ ½ . * ½ . ½ . ½ 1 2738
9. Jones, Gawain C B g ENG 2640 ½ 0 . ½ . . ½ ½ * . 0 ½ 1 ½ 4 2710
10. Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2718 0 . ½ . ½ 0 ½ . . * ½ ½ ½ 1 4 2707
11. Wei, Yi g CHN 2743 . ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * . . . 2682
12. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2811 . ½ 0 . ½ 0 0 . ½ ½ . * ½ 1 2658
13. Adhiban, Baskaran g IND 2655 . 0 0 . 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ . ½ * . 2599
14. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2680 0 0 0 ½ . . ½ 0 ½ 0 . 0 . * 2490
Round 9 (January 23, 2018)
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 27 C53 Giuoco Piano
So, Wesley - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 38 A48 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Anand, Viswanathan - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 32 C95 Ruy Lopez Breyer
Karjakin, Sergey - Wei, Yi ½-½ 36 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
Jones, Gawain C B - Hou, Yifan ½-½ 65 A14 Reti Opening
Matlakov, Maxim - Giri, Anish 0-1 39 A07 Barcza System
Caruana, Fabiano - Adhiban, Baskaran ½-½ 60 E71 King's Indian 5.h3
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 * . 1 . ½ . ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 . 2770
2. Korobov, Anton g UKR 2652 . * 0 1 1 ½ 1 . . . 1 ½ ½ 1 2772
3. Amin, Bassem g EGY 2693 0 1 * . ½ ½ . 1 ½ 0 . . ½ 1 5 2639
4. Van Foreest, Jorden g NED 2629 . 0 . * 0 ½ ½ ½ . 1 1 1 . ½ 5 2642
5. Bluebaum, Matthias g GER 2640 ½ 0 ½ 1 * . . . ½ . ½ ½ 1 0 2620
6. Xiong, Jeffery g USA 2634 . ½ ½ ½ . * ½ . 1 . 0 ½ ½ ½ 2607
7. Bok, Benjamin g NED 2607 ½ 0 . ½ . ½ * . ½ 1 ½ . ½ ½ 2592
8. Gordievsky, Dmitry g RUS 2622 0 . 0 ½ . . . * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 2601
9. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2634 ½ . ½ . ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ . ½ ½ . 4 2575
10. Van Foreest, Lucas m NED 2481 ½ . 1 0 . . 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ . 4 2587
11. Tari, Aryan g NOR 2599 ½ 0 . 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ . 0 * . . 1 4 2565
12. Krasenkow, Michal g POL 2671 0 ½ . 0 ½ ½ . ½ ½ ½ . * . 1 4 2568
13. Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2497 0 ½ ½ . 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . . * . 2551
14. Girya, Olga wg RUS 2489 . 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 . . 0 0 . * 2472
Round 9 (January 23, 2018)
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi - Bluebaum, Matthias ½-½ 44 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
Amin, Bassem - Girya, Olga 1-0 71 A07 Barcza System
L'Ami, Erwin - Xiong, Jeffery 0-1 58 A34 English Symmetrical
Van Foreest, Lucas - Gordievsky, Dmitry 0-1 77 B41 Sicilian Paulsen
Tari, Aryan - Bok, Benjamin ½-½ 18 A11 Reti Opening
Krasenkow, Michal - Van Foreest, Jorden 0-1 67 D20 QGA
Harika, Dronavalli - Korobov, Anton ½-½ 78 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto

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