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Tata Steel 2013 Round 4 - A Superb Win By Vishy Anand!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 15.01.13 12:23.

tata_logo blue.jpgThe 2013 Tata Steel Chess 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 a selection of rounds.  See here for the latest details (scroll down the page). Wednesday is a rest day.

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


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Round 4 - Official website report

It was a day full of wins and losses, twists and turns, but still one game stood out head and shoulders above the rest. World Champion Viswanathan Anand used the black pieces versus 2nd seed Levon Aronian to create an evergreen that left all present in awe, not in the least Magnus Carlsen who called it “mind blowing”.

As the Indian Grandmaster explained afterwards, he used the preparation for his World Championship's match against Boris Gelfand from last year. A novelty on move 12 was the prelude to a series of sacrifices starting with 15...Bc5! Aronian plunged into deep thought, but was unable to solve his problems and after 16.Be2 Nde5! 17.Bxg4 Bxd4 18.Kh1 Bxg4 19.Nxf8 Anand crowned his attack with the beautiful 19...f5! and White was unable to stop the black queen from joining the attack.

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Joining Anand at 3 out of 4 is the world's highest rated player ever, Magnus Carlsen, who slowly but surely increased the pressure on Pentala Harikrishna's position until it finally gave away. Harikrishna resigned before Carlsen could deliver the knock-out with 50.Nxf6!.

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Also at three points is Sergey Karjakin who was lucky to escape after misplaying the opening against Hikaru Nakamura. The American Grandmaster was carefully nurturing his extra pawn into a winning queen endgame, until one slip let the Russian off the hook.

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The best Dutchman after 4 rounds is Loek van Wely who moved back to 50% at the expense of his countryman Erwin l'Ami. The latter sacrificed an exchange on the black side of a Trompovsky, but never got anything to show for it.

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Also back on an even score is Wang Hao of China who used the advantage of a strong bishop over a stray knight to take down his fellow student at Beijing University, Hou Yifan.

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Italy's Fabiano Caruana bounced back from yesterday's loss at the hands of Anand by utilizing a 4-to-2 (!) central pawn majority to down Ivan Sokolov.

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The most balanced game of the day was the draw between Anish Giri and Peter Leko. The latter equalized easily in an endgame that arose after only a handful of moves.

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Group A Standings After 4 Rounds

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

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In Group B leaders Sergey Tiviakov and Richard Rapport opened a gap after winning once more. Tiviakov used his superior pieces to outplay Predrag Nikolic), while Rapport used a nice tactical motive to create havoc in Sergey Movsesian's position. After 18.Ne4 Nc6 19.Bg5 Qd8 Black missed the cunning 20.Bg4! and White won easily.

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Group B Round 4 Results

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

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Group B Standings After Round 4

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

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In Group C Argentina's Fernanda Peralta moved into clear first with 3½ out of 4 after beating Holland's Lisa Schut, runner-up at the World Youth Girls Under 18 Championship (behind Russia's Aleksandra Goryachkina, also playing in this group).

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Group C Round 4 Results

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

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Group C Standings After Round 4

1 Peralta, Fernando  ARG  2617
2 Brunello, Sabino  ITA  2572 3
3 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn  ISL  2516 3
4 Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag  BRA  2543
5 Kovchan, Alexander  UKR  2579
6 Bitensky, Igor  ISR  2400 2
7 Swinkels, Robin  NED  2508 2
8 Romanishin, Oleg M  UKR  2521 2
9 Klein, David  NED  2445 2
10 Admiraal, Miguoel  NED  2321
11 Burg, Twan  NED  2492
12 Van Der Werf, Mark  NED  2450 1
13 Goryachkina, Aleksandra  RUS  2402 1
14 Schut, Lisa  NED  2295 ½ 

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

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  • vor 22 Monate

    jesterville

    What I really like about Anand is his honesty. He admitted that although this line was home prep for Gelfand about a year ago, he could not remember it clearly, and had to take time to find his way. It was a spectacular game. Aronian declared that he needs to do more work on his openings...and Carlsen has that swagger that says "Bring on The Tiger"...Anand vs Carlsen will be the match to watch...

  • vor 22 Monate

    SonofPearl

    I love Carlsen's comment in the interview when asked if he is worried about playing Vishy in the next round now that he's back in form - a simple "No" !

  • vor 22 Monate

    SonofPearl

    This is the game that Anand refers to in his interview, which has similar ideas to his amazing game!



  • vor 22 Monate

    EternalChess

    Anand game was nice, but not impressive.

    When you use home prep to win in 20 moves it kind of ruins the beauty of the position. If Anand played that by himself and not help by an engine it would have been nice.

  • vor 22 Monate

    TheMagicianPaul

    The snake has awoken the tiger!

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