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Tata Masters: Karjakin Second Behind Aronian, Three Rounds to Go

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 21/01/14 11:33.

Sergey Karjakin moved up to clear second place in round 8 of the Tata Steel tournament's Masters Group. The Russian GM, who won the tournament five years ago, beat Boris Gelfand on Tuesday while the leader, Levon Aronian, drew with Anish Giri. In a bloody round, Caruana, Dominguez, Harikrishna and Van Wely won their games against Rapport, So, Nakamura and Naiditsch respectively. In the Challengers Group Ivan Saric beat Radek Wojtaszek and took over the lead from Baadur Jobava, who lost to Sabino Brunello. Benjamin Bok secured his GM title today by drawing his game.

In the 8th round Levon Aronian faced one of his closest pursuers, Anish Giri. The young Dutchman is supported by many local fans each day, but on Tuesday someone special dropped by. Nick Schilder is one of the two singer-songwriters of the famous Dutch duo Nick & Simon, and a friend of Anish.

Nick Schilder, singer, chess fan & member of Chess.com

Nick officially opened the round and then hang around for several hours, playing blitz and even joining the live commentary. As it turned out, he is quite a strong player himself (non-rated but roughly 1900 Elo by estimation) and a big fan of Chess.com! He said he often watches videos here while on tour, and he really liked the latest Chess Mentor!

Anish explaining his game to his friend

Nick, and the other Dutch fans, saw Giri playing another good game. The Dutchman, who was still looking for his first win ever over Aronian, got the advantage when his opponent played a careless move. “But after that he played very accurately,” said Giri. “I was slightly worse, but not the kind of worse I was going to lose,” said Aronian.

Amazingly, this was the only draw of the round! A few regular victories and some big mistakes led to five decisive games.

For example, Hikaru Nakamura went terribly wrong againt Pentala Harikrishna in a Sicilian where he had compensation for a pawn. He missed White's idea and could resign a few moves later.


Wesley So tried the Petroff against Dominguez, but quickly got into trouble and with a beautiful ‘silent’ rook move the Cuban finished the game before it had really started. “It was a matter of calcualting all the lines, but it was very natural to play like this,” said Dominguez.


Richard Rapport yet again played an off-beat opening (he alone is providing Jeroen Bosch enough ammunition for several new S.O.S. books!) but it seems that he played too risky against Fabiano Caruana. 



Sergey Karjakin profited from several inaccuracies by Boris Gelfand, but then spoilt some of his (winning) advantage in the rook ending. White could have promoted the b-pawn at some point, but Karjakin decided to cut off the enemy king, which eventually won as well.

Loek van Wely scored his second victory in a row, against Arkadij Naiditsch (thereby taking revenge over his loss in their Death Match!). 

Tata Steel 2014 | Masters | Round 8 Standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Aronian 2812 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 6.0/8
2 Karjakin 2759 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5.5/8
3 Caruana 2782 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 5.0/8 19.00
4 Dominguez 2754 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 5.0/8 18.75
5 Giri 2734 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5.0/8 18.50
6 Harikrishna 2706 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 4.0/8 18.25
7 Van Wely 2672 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4.0/8 13.00
8 So 2719 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 4.0/8 12.50
9 Rapport 2691 ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 1 3.0/8 11.00
10 Nakamura 2789 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 3.0/8 9.75
11 Gelfand 2777 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 2.0/8
12 Naiditsch 2718 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1.5/8


In the Challengers Group the top of the standings shifted as Baadur Jobava lost his first game in the tournament. In an Old-Indian (an old opening previously which Jobava had tried before) the Georgian GM built up a slight advantage as Black, but then lost track. After the time control White had the better chances and then Jobava made a big mistake on move 43.

Ivan Saric is the new leader thanks to a very quick win against Radek Wojtaszek, who seems to have completely lost the form he showed in Zurich and Basel a few weeks back.
There was double good news for the local fans. Benjamin Bok made his fourth GM norm (his third over nine games) and secured the title by drawing with Etienne Goudriaan, and Jan Timman moved to shared third place in the standings.

Tata Steel 2014 | Challengers | Round 9 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 ½ 1 7.0/9
2 Jobava 2710 ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 6.5/9
3 Timman 2607 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 6.0/9 27.25
4 Muzychuk 2566 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.0/9 22.00
5 Bok 2560 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 5.0/9 22.00
6 Reinderman 2593 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 5.0/9 21.50
7 Brunello 2602 1 0 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 4.5/9 20.00
8 Yu 2677 0 1 0 0 0 v 1 ½ 1 1 4.5/9 14.75
9 Wojtaszek 2711 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 4.5/9 13.50
10 Duda 2553 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 3.5/9 15.00
11 Troff 2457 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5/9 14.75
12 Zhao 2567 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 3.5/9 12.50
13 Van Delft 2430 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 2.5/9
14 Goudriaan 2431 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 1.0/9


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

    b2b2

    Players must be fatigued:

    - Bok could have played 27....gxh6 followed by 28...e3 with winning game against Jobava.

    - Against Saric, Wojtaszek missed 26...Rxe3, followed by Bg5 winning .  If 27. Ra7ch then Rc7.

  • 6 mesi fa

    SirFlintstone

    White has threats of  a)49. Rb8+ intending Qf5, and b) Qxf7 followed by Qg8 or Rg4.  Since he's already down a pawn in an inferior position he resigned

  • 6 mesi fa

    reyguapo

    can anyone please provide the possible continuation on Van Wely, L. (2672) vs. Naiditsch, A. (2718). what is the best continuation for white and what is the best defense for black? Thanks

  • 6 mesi fa

    SirFlintstone

    Jan Timman will win so he'll be invited back for Group A next year.                       

  • 6 mesi fa

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    "I noticed all the players today who played as white either won or tied.  Is their goal as black just to draw?? Is white that huge of an advantage?"

    It's actually unusual for players with the white pieces to dominate so heavily on a single day of one of these tournaments. Having white is an advantage, but GMs win and draw with the black pieces against other GMs all the time.

  • 6 mesi fa

    albatrosses

    Jobava just won playing reversed philidor with White. His attack was relentless.

  • 6 mesi fa

    Roeczak

    Rapport, who apparently doesn't belong to the tournament, is ahead of nakamura, despite playing  "unsound" openings...

    LOL

  • 6 mesi fa

    joshnaire

    why did GM So resign?

  • 6 mesi fa

    IndianHarry

    Nakumara made a blunder and lost the game against Hari. We can say like this Hari forced Naka to make a blunder in that game and win the game nicely. Naka again shows he is a overrated player and not consistent. We Indians love to see our country men play in big tournaments. All the best keep going Hari.

  • 6 mesi fa

    melvinbluestone

    Nakamura is crumbling like a stale cookie. He's folding like a cheap suitcase. He's collapsing like a house of cards. Oh well, enough with the stupid metaphors. Maybe Naka's partying too much. Giri and Caruana are having pretty good tournament here. Giri especially is amazing. 

  • 6 mesi fa

    xwarriour

    The tournament has been amazingly interesting because of the slightly different mix up of GMs. It seems good to have balance rather than the same old faces of the top 15 everytime.

    They can also have a team match "Masters Vs Challengers" after the rounds to spike it up. Nothing extravagant but just a couple of rounds and the challengers get to choose the openings!

  • 6 mesi fa

    Rommeldam

    I am sure that, according to his supporters, So again played superior today but unfortunately made a little mistake in the realisation of his advantage

  • 6 mesi fa

    Marcokim

    We were having a similar discussion in another forum.. "who should be invited to tournaments". Some strongly argued that one should just go through the rating list and invite the same ole faces... Kramnik, Anand, Carslen, Aronian and so on. But suppose Carslen and Anand don't want to play, should you just go down the rating table.

    The problem with this format is that it begins a process of elo inbreeding, small pool of players playing amongst each other tourney after tourney. After a while they will be playing sterile chess and soon they will begin demanding massage and jacuzzi in the playing hall, agreeing on quick draws etc.

    So maybe better to mix it up, bring in some young GMs, GMs from different nationalities etc. Rapport may have lost a few reckless games but he is creative, takes risks and has been rewarded twice, these lessons will help him one day. Harikrishna is playing as well as anyone in the top ten.

    My point is one can't be so rigid in the selection criteria.

  • 6 mesi fa

    b2b2

    The Super GM curse:  play and study chess every waking moment until you are so tired you lose games due to fatigue.

  • 6 mesi fa

    NM Petrosianic

    @ricardo:  the author, peter, is from the netherlands.  and obviously this was not a full report...

  • 6 mesi fa

    Ricardoruben

    I would like to make a small critic to the writers of the news. When Nakamura wins you praise him quite a bit here, how talented he is etc etc. But when he is crused like a paper cup (not that he is less than a magnific player anyway because of this, everybody looses), but we do not hear any comments about it. If it was Nakamura the one that won the way Harikrishna dispatched him I am almost sure the writers here would make us all note that game. I know you are americans, but to be a good journalist you must write objectively (even if you are not objective).

    In any case I enjoy very much all the news you post and appreciate your work. Keep it up! :)

  • 6 mesi fa

    CP6033

    albatrosses, i can only conclude that you think that Van Wely, Rapport, and Naiditsch are the ones you are thinking of,

  • 6 mesi fa

    reyguapo

    Aronian doesn't belong there cause he's above them all!

  • 6 mesi fa

    Wicked_Soul

    Yep, its a significant advantage to have white. A draw with black is considered a good result for these high-quality players.

  • 6 mesi fa

    CalPolyJohn

    I noticed all the players today who played as white either won or tied.  Is their goal as black just to draw?? Is white that huge of an advantage?

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