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Tata Steel 2013 Round 7

  • SonofPearl
  • on 19.01.13 10:49.

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The 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 8 with FM Kostya Kavutskiy & GM Sam Shankland.  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 7 - Official website report

In round 7 of the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament World Champion Viswanathan Anand caught up with leader Magnus Carlsen by defeating Loek van Wely. Although the Dutchman achieved an adequate position on the black side of a Scandinavian Defence, his attempt to break free was ill-timed costing him first a pawn and then the game after 23.Qb1, the move Van Wely had missed in his calculations.

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Carlsen was nowhere near a win with Black against Peter Leko, but despite trying for 83 moves, neither was the Hungarian Grandmaster.

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After winning his second game, Hikaru Nakamura is only half a point behind the leaders. The 2010 Tata winner had a difficult pairing on paper, facing his nemesis Wang Hao with Black.  Wang Hao was on plus 4 after just 7 games with Nakamura. However, the past was soon forgotten when the Chinese Grandmaster made a few errors in the opening, allowing the American Grandmaster to seize the initiative. Nakamura won an exchange and had no difficulties with the technical phase.

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The number three in the world, Levon Aronian was poised to win his third game in a row, this time at the cost of Sergey Karjakin. The Russian Grandmaster was completely outplayed in an Anti-Marshall of the Ruy Lopez, but just before the first time control Aronian missed a golden opportunity: instead of 38...Bg4, he should have played 38...Re1!, forcing the white rook to protect the knight after which Black would have had a winning attack with 39...Rh1 40.Kg3 Qf6!. In the game Karjakin's king escaped and Aronian even had to sacrifice an exchange to avoid trouble, with a draw as a result.

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The remaining three games, Hou Yifan-Caruana, l'Ami-Giri and Sokolov-Harikrishna, quickly transposed into equal endgames, resulting in three logical draws.

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Group A Standings After 7 Rounds

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

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The leader in Group B, Richard Rapport, had no problem fighting off runner up Daniil Dubov's attempt to join the lead and the game was agreed a draw once an equal endgame arose. Sergey Movsesian of Armenia and Germany's Arkadij Naiditsch closed the gap with Rapport by beating the youngsters Robin van Kampen and Alexander Ipatov respectively. Van Kampen's loss was especially striking; trading his dark-squared bishop in a King's Indian he created a weakness that eventually became his downfall: 27...Nd3? 28.Rxd3! cxd3 29.Qh6 d2 30.Ra1! and White will soon checkmate with Qg7.

Sergey Movsesian

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Group B Round 7 Results

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

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Group B Standings After 7 Rounds

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

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In Group C Fernando Peralta of Argentina again took the sole lead, defeating Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson with the black pieces. The International Master from Iceland seemed oblivious to the dangers of his position when he played 21.Nb5. Peralta did not miss 21...Bg4! after which 22.f3 is not possible on account of 22...Nxf3 23.gxf3 Bxf3 with a winning mating attack. Even more devastating is 22.Re1 Nf3! 23.gxf3 Bxf3 24.h3 Rd1 25.Rc2 Qg5 26.Kh2 Bd1!. Gretarsson tried 22.Rd1 instead, but lost an exchange and then the game after 22...Bd7 23.Qa3 Qg5!.

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Group C Round 7 Results

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

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Group C Standings After 7 Rounds

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

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

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  • vor 23 Monate

    stupid_chess

    Go!!

  • vor 23 Monate

    kiloNewton

    Great Tournament.

  • vor 23 Monate

    Aaronsky72

    Twobit, Carlsen also could and did play out all the options of a dead draw in his head but Carlsen generally has an intuitive grasp of positions greater than that of his peers and often can't vocalise his intuition well in the form of variations , thus he comes across as non-communicative. Partly that's his personality sure. Just because he chooses not to vocalise very variation it doesn't mean he didn't consider them.

  • vor 23 Monate

    et5555yang

    Leko is very long winded. He likes interviews.

  • vor 23 Monate

    magic-yak

    I couldn't be happier. The world #1 and World champion are tied for first, and the American is in third!!! Things could be better.

    I can't wait for the Carelson Anand battle for World champion! (assuming carleson wins the canidates)

  • vor 23 Monate

    novzki41

    It appears Anand is back to his old form. Tournament chess is different from one on one chess.

    If Carlsen wins the Candidates, it will be very interesting to pit him with the old dog in Vishy.

  • vor 23 Monate

    rana2000

    Carlsen is a class on his own. The rest are equal.

  • vor 23 Monate

    btenorio93

    Actually Aronian would be the leader if he didnt mess up winning positions in like 3 games well but he is playing GMs after all so things are not so easy.

  • vor 23 Monate

    DESTROYER8

    OkaY RUSTY WTF IS YOUR PROBLEM THEY are just trying to play chess who cares if they draw, get a life.

    Great article btw!

  • vor 23 Monate

    kurunthalingam-mp

    7 rounds carlsen no win with black piece.

  • vor 23 Monate

    Champeknight

    Anand has not proven anything significant. But he played really well when he beat aronian. Leko is a great player and should not quit like drawnand should. Van wely is just pathetic when he mixes up opening lines or miscalculates.

  • vor 23 Monate

    HyorioLee

    Wow Anand kicked butt! Very effective play. Such a close match between Anand and Carlsen. We'll see who pulls out on top. Great play from everyone. Not giving up even if they are behind. =)

  • vor 23 Monate

    iRookie2011

    Rustyknife, since when does drawing the No #1 rated player in the world entail that Leko should quit chess? You don't have to be an exciting player to be a good player.

  • vor 23 Monate

    elcaminantemocano

    Carlsen-Leko  Even me a blunderer knew it was a drawn game

    20 moves before the end.   The organizer should do a Real Death

    Match. No A-B-C group; an open tournement between  them ,

    losers go home. 

  • vor 23 Monate

    MSC157

    Leko is just amazing! rustyknife, you're speaking non-sense. Analysing probably drawn position is just great. If he managed to find that zugzwang, the game could surpassed ARO-ANA one. One who draw at move #40 (in this position) should retire, not Leko...

  • vor 23 Monate

    Andromalius2002

    This is great coverage of this tournament. These post-game videos are great to watch!

  • vor 23 Monate

    TheMagicianPaul

    Roses are red, violets are blue, Aronian blunders a win and goes home in bad mood.

  • vor 23 Monate

    kvlc

    I half expected Carlsen to smack Leko for insisting on playing out that position.

  • vor 23 Monate

    Sahasrara

    @Rusty, didn't Leko win last game?

  • vor 23 Monate

    Twobit

    Interesting contrast between Carlsen, who almost fell asleep during the interview and Leko, who could play out 50 moves in his head analyzing all the options of a dead draw. By the way, Leko does not draw all his games all the time: he beat Caruana and lost to Aronian in just the last few days...

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