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Tata Steel 2013 Round 11 - Aronian Narrows Carlsen's Lead

  • SonofPearl
  • on 25.01.13 12:09.

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 12 on Saturday with BrotherJosh & GM Khachiyan.  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 11 - Official website report

In an exciting 11th round at the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament Magnus Carlsen was put to the test by Wang Hao who managed to reach a better endgame in a Sicilian Rossolimo. Just when the squeeze seemed to be on, the Chinese Grandmaster traded his active knight for passive black bishop, missing a clever defence that allowed Carlsen to completely equalize in the ensuing rook endgame.

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In the meantime it had become apparent that both Levon Aronian and Viswanathan Anand were en route to victories. As it turned out, only Aronian made good on the promise of his position and, albeit with a slight hiccup along the way, outplayed Hikaru Nakamura with the black pieces.

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World Champion Anand dropped the ball against former Women's World Champion Hou Yifan. What seemed destined to become a model endgame victory turned tragic for the Indian Grandmaster when he decided to transpose a winning knight endgame into a drawn pawn endgame. After, for example, 42...h5 Black should be winning, but after Anand's mistake 42...Nf5?, Hou Yifan found the narrow path to a draw.

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Holland's promise Anish Giri had seen many good positions dwindle away to nothing in recent days, but today he hit the jackpot against Fabiano Caruana. The Italian's greed in a Catalan was punished severely by the Dutchman who could chose between many roads to victory, but his choice of simply sending all troops to the enemy king turned out to be very effective. Black is up a pawn, but very passive and within a few moves his position becomes indefensible. Without waiting for 28...Re7 29.Qc3 Caruana resigned.

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Giri's compatriot Ivan Sokolov had a tougher nut to crack playing Black versus Sergey Karjakin. The Dutchman tried to keep a strategically inferior position together with all his might, but it collapsed when his queen was trapped with 32.Bc2!.

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The remaining two Dutchmen were pushed to the limit in an endgame in today's round. Where Erwin l'Ami eventually managed to save his skin against Pentala Harikrishna, Loek van Wely succumbed to the pressure in a rook endgame against Peter Leko.

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Group A Standings After 11 Rounds

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

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In Group B no fewer than six players are still in the running for first place. Sergey Movsesian drew with black against Jan Smeets, thus allowing Arkadij Naiditsch to join him in the lead. The German Grandmaster beat Richard Rapport, who is now in 3rd place with Smeets and Danill Dubov.

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With 6½ out of 10, Jan Timman still has a theoretical chance after beating Predrag Nikolic.

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Group B Round 11 Results

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

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Group B Standings After 11 Rounds

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

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In Group C Fernando Peralta beat Miguoel Admiraal to catch up with Sabino Brunello, who drew Twan Burg. They are now leading with 9 out of 11.

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Group C Round 11 Results

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

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Group C Standings After 11 Rounds

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

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

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  • vor 19 Monate

    kierkegaurdian

    It is going to be tough, but if Aronian stays on this tear he could catch Carlsen.  I think that Carlsen will be very motivated (as usual) with the White pieces tomorrow.  I think he will win, then draw in the last round.  He will break Kasparovs 1999 record, win the tournament by a massive score, and reach a personal best (and world record) rating.

  • vor 19 Monate

    mottsauce

    I think that's the closest Carlsen has come to losing so far this tournament.

  • vor 19 Monate

    shahrokh1975

    good games!

  • vor 19 Monate

    TheMagicianPaul

    Aronian has regained his 2nd spot on the live ratings, I hope that he puts up a fight in the remaining two rounds and keeps it.

  • vor 19 Monate

    FakeName6

    First to comment! Go Anand!

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