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Magnus Carlsen Wins Tata Steel 2013

  • SonofPearl
  • on 27.01.13 11:08.

tata_logo blue.jpgMagnus Carlsen completed his victorious Tata Steel 2013 tournament with a draw against Anish Giri to record a final score of 10/13, equalling Garry Kasparov's record score in the 1999 competition.

2012 champion Lev Aronian finished second with 8½/13, with world champion Vishy Anand and Sergey Karjakin on 8/13.

The B Group winner was Arkadij Naiditsch with a score of 9/13, while the C Group title was taken by Sabino Brunello with an excellent score of 11/13.

Many thanks to the organisers in Wijk aan Zee for all their efforts; especially for their excellent interviews with the players, and also for their prompt daily reports after each round!


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Group A Final Standings

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Final Round - Official website report

Magnus Carlsen has won the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament with a score of 10 out of 13, equalling Garry Kasparov's 1999 record win in Wijk aan Zee. In the final round of the tournament the world number one was a bit lucky his opponent Anish Giri allowed a drawing combination after reaching a nearly winning position. After 28.Qa3 Black would be in big trouble, but with 28.Qd6? White allows 28...Bxb3. However, Carlsen apparently was not satisfied with a draw and tested his luck one more time with 28...Ne8?!. Even though 29.Qa3 is still much better for White, Giri chose to force Carlsen to execute a drawing combination.

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Giri's draw was enough to tie for first in the battle for best Dutchman as Loek van Wely had already gone down in flames against Sergey Karjakin. The Russian Grandmaster was well prepared for Van Wely's second Sicilian Dragon of the tournament, and when the latter embarked on a faulty plan with 22...a5? 23.Qh4 a4? the game came to an abrupt end with 24.Bxf7! and White soon won.

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Battling for second place, last year's winner Levon Aronian was all set to make matters even worse for Fabiano Caruana, who had lost his last three games. Nevertheless, in the end Caruana rose to the occasion and managed to draw after 104 moves. Although his score of 8½ out of 13 would ordinarily suffice for first place, Aronian had to settle for the runner-up position.

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Aronian did not, however, have to share second place with Viswanathan Anand. The World Champion suffered a painful defeat at the hands of Wang Hao. The Chinese Grandmaster reached a slightly better endgame out of the opening and went on to exploit the advantage of a bishop over a knight in exemplary manner.

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Hou Yifan ended the tournament with a quick theoretical draw against Peter Leko. The former Women's World Champion started the tournament as bottom seed and had a rough start in the tournament. In the end, her fighting spirit and youthful energy prevailed and with a score of 5½ out of 13 she clearly exceeded expectations.

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In order to avoid last place, Ivan Sokolov gave it his all one more time, but Erwin l'Ami kept his cool and held the draw.

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Finally, Pentala Harikrishna tried to convert an extra pawn in an endgame against Hikaru Nakamura, but the American Grandmaster did not care for a third loss in a row and minimized the damage taking half the point.

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The winner of Group B only emerged after six hours of play and 82 moves when Arkadij Naiditsch finally brought Sipke Ernst to his knees in a queen endgame.

B Group Winner Arkadij Naiditsch

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Tied for first, but losing the fight for the right to participate in Group A on tie-break is Richard Rapport, who tricked Predrag Nikolic in a complicated position.
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B Group Runner-Up Richard Rapport

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Group B Round 13 Results

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

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Group B Final Standings

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Group C was won by Sabino Brunello with the massive score of 11 (!) out of 13. Fernando Peralta had quickly drawn his black game against Alexaner Kovchan, giving Brunello the chance to take clear first by beating Miguoel Admiraal.

C Group Winner Sabino Brunello

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Group C Round 13 Results

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

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Group C Final Standings

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

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  • vor 18 Monate

    shahrokh1975

    waiting for world championship tournament

  • vor 18 Monate

    Twobit

    Great tournament and great coverage!

  • vor 18 Monate

    DESTROYER8

    Congratulations to the winners and especially Hou getting a superb score! And like always great reports from Sonofpearl!

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