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Tata Steel 2013 Round 8 - Magnus Leads

  • SonofPearl
  • on 20.01.2013, 13:15.

tata_logo blue.jpgThe 2013 Tata Steel Chess tournament is taking place from 12-27 January in Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands.

This famous annual tournament has three separate single round-robin competitions, the A, B, and C Groups, each featuring 14 players.

The strongest tournament is the A Group and this year features 6 out of the top 10 ranked players; world champion Vishy Anand, world #1 Magnus Carlsen, defending champion Lev Aronian, rising star Fabiano Caruana, world #6 Sergey Karjakin, and US champion Hikaru Nakamura.

Chess.com has live coverage and commentary of round 9 on Tuesday with GM Magesh & The Poet.  See here for the latest details (scroll down the page).

Chess.com coverage starts at 05:30 Pacific, 08:30 Eastern in the US (13:30 UTC).


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Round 8 - Official website report

While a fierce snow storm battered Wijk aan Zee, inside De Moriaan the audience was treated to a quiet round, occasionally upset by blunders that only can be explained in one way: Wijk aan Zee fatigue. The first player to drop a piece was Hou Yifan, who blundered a piece in a worse endgame against Levon Aronian, chasing a perpetual check that didn't exist. Instead of recapturing the e5-pawn, Black played 25...Rxa2? only to realize that after 26.Kb1 Rxf2 27.exd6 Rb7 28.Ka1 the intended 28...Rb6 with the idea Ra6 doesn't work after 29.Rd2.

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Soon after, several players in Group B joined the blunderfest. Nils Grandelius completely overlooked 13...Ne4? 14.Qxe5! against Predrag Nikolic, but Arkadij Naiditsch topped them all with the inexplicable 21...Bxh5? 22.Bxh5 handing the point to Robin van Kampen on a platter.

Pedrag Nikolic (left) defeated Nils Grandelius in Group B

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Back in the A-group Anand-Sokolov, Giri-Wang Hao and Leko-Harikrishna ended rapidly in a draw.

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Fabiano Caruana had an overwhelming position after the opening against Erwin l'Ami, but after several mistakes before the first time control the Italian Grandmaster had to start all over. Which he did successfully, raking in the full point before the second time control.

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Meanwhile Loek van Wely wasn't so lucky against Hikaru Nakamura. The American Grandmaster again confirmed his status as a “Spartelkoning” (Squirm King), to quote his Dutch opponent, and survived another lost endgame as he did earlier against Sokolov.

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Today's last man standing was Magnus Carlsen, who again takes the sole lead after defeating Sergey Karjakin in 92 moves. The critical moment occurred at move 67, when Carlsen decided force matters with 67.g4!? hxg4 68.h5. Karjakin fell for the bluff with 68...Rh1?, where he could have a draw after 68...gxh5 69.f5 h4 70.f5 Kg6 71.Rxf8 Kf5! and black will force a perpetual check, for example: 72.Rh8 g3 72.Ke1 g3 74.Kf1 Rb1 75.Kg2 Rb2.

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Group A Standings After 8 Rounds

1 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2861 6
2 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2772
3 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2802 5
4 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2769 5
5 Harikrishna, Pentala  IND  2698
6 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2780
7 Leko, Peter  HUN  2735 4
8 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2781 4
9 Van Wely, Loek  NED  2679
10 Wang, Hao  CHN  2752
11 Giri, Anish  NED  2720 3
12 Sokolov, Ivan  NED  2663
13 L'Ami, Erwin  NED  2627
14 Hou, Yifan  CHN  2603

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In Grandmaster Group B the crowd was delighted to see 61-year-old Jan Timman win for the third time in a row, thus joining Richard Rapport and Sergey Movsesian in the lead at 5½ out of 8. The Dutch living legend outplayed World Junior Champion Alexander Ipatov from a slightly better endgame.

Jan Timman joined the leaders in Group B

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Group B Round 8 Results

Van Kampen, Robin  1-0  Naiditsch, Arkadij 
Timman, Jan H  1-0  Ipatov, Alexander 
Nikolic, Predrag  1-0  Grandelius, Nils 
Rapport, Richard  0-1  Smeets, Jan
Edouard, Romain 1-0  Dubov, Daniil
Ernst, Sipke 0-1  Turov, Maxim
Movsesian, Sergei ½-½  Tiviakov, Sergei

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Group B Standings After 8 Rounds

1 Rapport, Richard  HUN  2621
2 Movsesian, Sergei  ARM  2688
3 Timman, Jan H  NED  2566
4 Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER  2708 5
5 Dubov, Daniil  RUS  2600
6 Smeets, Jan  NED  2615
7 Tiviakov, Sergei  NED  2655 4
8 Edouard, Romain  FRA  2686 4
9 Turov, Maxim  RUS  2630 4
10 Van Kampen, Robin  NED  2581
11 Grandelius, Nils  SWE  2572 3
12 Nikolic, Predrag  BIH  2619 3
13 Ipatov, Alexander  TUR  2587 2
14 Ernst, Sipke  NED  2556 2

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Italian Sabino Brunello again caught up with Fernanda Peralta to lead Group C with 6½ out of 8. While Peralta was unable to beat Mark van der Werf, head of the Dutch Chess Federation, Brunello ground down Krikor Mekhitarian's Tarrasch Defence. Local player David Klein is one point behind the leaders after beating Ukraine's Oleg Romanishin. The Dutch International Master now requires a win in round 9 for a GM-norm.

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Group C Round 8 Results

Goryachkina, Aleksandra  1-0  Admiraal, Miguoel 
Klein, David  1-0  Romanishin, Oleg M 
Kovchan, Alexander  ½-½  Burg, Twan 
Peralta, Fernando  ½-½  Van Der Werf, Mark
Swinkels, Robin ½-½  Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn
Brunello, Sabino 1-0  Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag
Schut, Lisa 1-0  Bitensky, Igor

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Group C Standings After 8 Rounds

1 Brunello, Sabino  ITA  2572
2 Peralta, Fernando  ARG  2617
3 Klein, David  NED  2445
4 Swinkels, Robin  NED  2508
5 Kovchan, Alexander  UKR  2579
6 Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag  BRA  2543 4
7 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn  ISL  2516 4
8 Burg, Twan  NED  2492 4
9 Romanishin, Oleg M  UKR  2521
10 Bitensky, Igor  ISR  2400 3
11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra  RUS  2402 3
12 Van Der Werf, Mark  NED  2450
13 Admiraal, Miguoel  NED  2321
14 Schut, Lisa  NED  2295 2

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Photos from the official website. Videos by Freshmen media. Games via TWIC.

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  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Chess_Lover11

    Blunders all over! And yea i have to agree, Carlsen rocks! He is really a great psychological player.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    coolhandluke78

    @ Forrie;

    After 67 g4 the houdini evaluation fell from 0.5 to 0.00 - a dead draw. Houdini would not play that!!!!! Its not even one of its top 3 moves!!! But Carlsen played it for the psychological value of it and won!! The psycological value of sacrificing two pawns in an andgame must be great (the second sac was not accepted by Karjakin which was the mistake). Karjakin was really buffled as he also played the poor Rc2 later.

    Carlsen doesnt play like a computer but like the no 1 human in the world....


    Totally agree with you, but he does play accurately like a machine most of the time, the idea of moving his queen to h1 was alien to me (which isn't unusual), but the choice of Houdini during the game. Accurate evaluting of the position on the board and his opponents psychological fear = World No1!!

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Vivinski

    loving the updates

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    forrie

    right Sukhjinder_Pal , so you would have made it to move 68?

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Sukhjinder_Pal

    In carlsen-Karjakin game even a 1400 player like me would have played 68...gxh5 to get two connected passed pawns...I think its fear of Carlsen that makes GMs blunder on the board.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    shahrokh1975

    good games!

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    iguna

    Amazing MC!!

    So far, I believe, This year, MC will get: 1. 2900 ELO Rating

                                                               2. WCC crown 

    If MC can make it both, He will be the Greatest Chess Player ever...

    So, MC, please make it the History...

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    forrie

    After 67 g4 the houdini evaluation fell from 0.5 to 0.00 - a dead draw. Houdini would not play that!!!!! Its not even one of its top 3 moves!!! But Carlsen played it for the psychological value of it and won!! The psycological value of sacrificing two pawns in an andgame must be great (the second sac was not accepted by Karjakin which was the mistake). Karjakin was really buffled as he also played the poor Rc2 later.

    Carlsen doesnt play like a computer but like the no 1 human in the world....

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Champeknight

    As usual, van wely choked.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    PhilipN

    Quite disappointed not to see any video interview with Nakamura on how he survived or how Loek could've gotten him.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    edpratomo

    no, houdini didn't see 64. g4 Laughing

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    rubensrocha

    Congratulations Magnus Carlsen!!! Well deserved each of the 2868 points you have!!!Cool

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    APawnCanDream

    Carlsen was brilliant to get a win out of that position, I'm sure Karjakin was quite dismayed to have lost that game. How about Nakamura surviving another inferior end game this tournament to hold a draw? Pretty impressive in its own right!

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    MrMars

    more like houdini plays endgames like carlsen

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    nereverine

    Carlsen- Karjakin game exemplifies the kind of game that makes Carlsen a cut above the rest. He doggedly refuse to draw and patiently strive for a win in a position where most grandmaster would concede to draw. He is like a boa constrictor  killing  his prey to exhaustion 

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Vingore

    Magnus is the greatest endgame player of all time!  Incredible show! Great job! Truly the Mozart of chess.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    HyorioLee

    Nikolic,Pr (2619) vs. Grandelius,N (2572)..........that match was unbelieveably short xD

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    TheMagicianPaul

    Carlsen-Karjakin should be enough to get a warrant for closer examination of Carlsen's brain in case of a possible Houdini program installed in his brain.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    hakim2005

    magnus plays endgames like Houdini

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    NimzoRoy

    It's nice to see Timman back in action - and first place (so far) albeit in Group B.

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