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Aronian Keeps on Winning in Wijk aan Zee

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 18/01/14 17:21.

On Saturday Levon Aronian won yet again in round 6 of the Tata Steel tournament. The Armenian grandmaster beat Wesley So with the white pieces and increased his lead to a full point. Anish Giri and Sergey Karjakin are tied for second place. In the game between the two leaders of the Challengers Group, Baadur Jobava miraculously held the draw against Ivan Saric.

Levon Aronian is on a roll in Wijk aan Zee. In the 6th round the world's number 2 beat Wesley So, got his TPR above 3000 and his live rating to 2825.7 ("only" 46.3 points below Magnus Carlsen's). As so often, the Armenian made it look so easy! He showed his game in the press room and we're trying to get a video up, but in the mean time you can replay the game with his notes:

After an excellent first half, Anish Giri is still undefeated and is tied for second place with Sergey Karjakin. On Saturday the Dutchman was very close to beating Boris Gelfand in a Grünfeld:

Sergey Karjakin joined Giri in second place as he beat Arkadij Naiditsch in an Open Catalan. It seemd like Naiditsch tricked his opponent in the opening, because Karjakin spent a lot of time early on. However, it was well spent and White got a tiny edge in an IQP position with just heavy pieces. Normally that shouldn't be enough to win, but with Karjakin's splended technique and a Naiditsch not in top shape, it was 1-0 this time.

Hikaru Nakamura wasn't too happy with his play, but he got away with a draw as Black against Leinier Dominguez. The Cuban didn't shy away from the Berlin Ending's complications and he probably missed one or two chances for a big advantage.

Like Giri, Loek van Wely missed a win - in fact several. He really should have won this game against Rapport:

It was really a round of missed opportunities. Pentala Harikrisna got an ending with an extra Exchange, but failed to convert it against Fabiano Caruana:

 

Tata Steel 2014 | Masters | Round 6 Standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Aronian 2812 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 5.0/6
2 Giri 2734 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 4.0/6 9.25
3 Karjakin 2759 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 4.0/6 8.00
4 Dominguez 2754 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 3.5/6 10.00
5 Caruana 2782 0 1 0 ½ 1 1 3.5/6 9.00
6 So 2719 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 3.5/6 7.50
7 Harikrishna 2706 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 3.0/6 10.75
8 Nakamura 2789 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.0/6 7.25
9 Van Wely 2672 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 2.0/6 6.25
10 Rapport 2691 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 2.0/6 5.00
11 Gelfand 2777 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1.5/6
12 Naiditsch 2718 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1.0/6

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The Challengers group saw an amazing game between the two leaders, Ivan Saric and Baadur Jobava. The way the Georgian GM held the draw with Black was pure magic.

 

Tata Steel 2014 | Challengers | Round 7 Standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts SB
1 Saric 2637 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 5.5/7 16.00
2 Jobava 2710 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 5.5/7 15.75
3 Muzychuk 2566 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5.0/7
4 Timman 2607 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 4.5/7
5 Bok 2560 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 4.0/7 14.50
6 Wojtaszek 2711 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 4.0/7 8.00
7 Yu 2677 1 0 0 1 0 ½ 1 3.5/7
8 Reinderman 2593 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 3.0/7 12.00
9 Duda 2553 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 3.0/7 9.75
10 Brunello 2602 0 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ 3.0/7 9.50
11 Troff 2457 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.0/7 9.25
12 Zhao 2567 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 3.0/7 6.50
13 Van Delft 2430 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 2.0/7
14 Goudriaan 2431 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0/7

The Tata Steel tournament runs 11-26 January and is held in Wijk aan Zee, Amsterdam and Eindhoven. You can find the official website here and the live games here. The live streaming commentary can also be found here on Chess.com


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  • 6 mesi fa

    o_KingKull_o

    Aronian is an appealing player - seems to be a really good guy. So many chess players are total dicks (though admittedly these days the top players seem to be nicer people than those of decades past).

    This goes for Anish Giri as well - really bright kid, and a sporting and friendly character. I've learned to look forward to his reporting for New in Chess magazine. Too bad for him to have come of age in Carlsen's time - otherwise, he might have dreamed of being #1.

    Speaking of which, in a recent game (Topalov-Morozevich, Beijing) annotated by Topalov for that magazine, Topalov accused Morozevich of resigning in a very rude way. It bothered him enough to mention it in the magazine. (Morozevich just walked away to look at some other games for 10 minutes and then signed the score sheet without shaking hands.)

  • 6 mesi fa

    Lawdoginator

    Go Baddie Jobava!  Nice perpetual.  

  • 6 mesi fa

    Sleipn1r

    The Wesley fanboys give me such a headache.

  • 6 mesi fa

    CP6033

    Go Aronian! tackle Giri and sergy, and you'll breeze your way to first

  • 6 mesi fa

    kebanaboy

    Ouch. Naka had a 3-fold repetition with black for a draw vs. Van Wely if he wanted it, but he turned it down not understanding that the enginges evaluated his position about 8 pawns down.

    Lost 3 moves later. That would be heartbreaking.

  • 6 mesi fa

    Basrohs

    Magnus is taking a world champion break, but he'll be back soon.

  • 6 mesi fa

    milkey

    One thing I like about Levon is that he's always humble and never underestimates his opponents. Go Aronian, you're almost there. 

  • 6 mesi fa

    melvinbluestone

    Nakamura's tough in endgames, but he really pulled a rabbit out of his hat in his game with Leinier. I was watching the game live and thought, after 28.e6, Naka's done for. I mean, look at that bottled up rook on a8 and the passed pawns. Maybe white's pawn push to e6 was premature. It's hard to believe there weren't winning lines here for white.

  • 6 mesi fa

    Rommeldam

    "So did not offer a 3-move draw" Against a top GM? With black? Perhaps hoping that Aronian would die laughing? Top GM's have to make points against the second category, certainly with white.

  • 6 mesi fa

    TheMagicianPaul

    GM So played better but he made a move that made Aronian defeat him? Damn, these So fans are simply nuts.

  • 6 mesi fa

    shashanganramesh

    aronian go u can

  • 6 mesi fa

    kebanaboy

    Yeah Aronian seems like the player aside from Carlsen who plays closest to engine recommendations. It was great watching him find almost every move that Houdini found today. I'd love to see an Aronian vs. Carlsen WCC.

    And one day, when Naka has ironed out some still apparent kinks in his game, I think he will post a serious threat to Carlsen as well simply because his style contrasts so much (tactical and middle-game oriented vs. Carlsen's positional and end-game oriented).

  • 6 mesi fa

    jhamesbryan24

    I watch there match VIA live streaming...

  • 6 mesi fa

    jhamesbryan24

    GM WESLEY SO  played better.. but he  a move that makes Aronian to Defeat him...

    FOR Me GM WEsley SO might win that match... but GM ARonian.. made a amazing move.. 

  • 6 mesi fa

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    Wesley So seems very promising. But Aronian is just on fire now. He's back up to his peak rating, and looking like a strong contender for the upcoming candidates tournament. It would be amazing to see him in a WCC match with Carlsen, as both have been in top form of late.

  • 6 mesi fa

    albatrosses

    At least GM So fought hard. He did not offer a 3-move draw.

  • 6 mesi fa

    slashpile

    oooooo Mr. So was beaten

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