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75. Tata Steel Chess Tournament

January 2013
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This event is taking place from January 12-27. The venue is as usual the traditional De Moriaan Center in the Dutch sea resort of Wijk aan Zee,. The tournament has taken place since 1938 and was known as the Corus Chess Tournament. The Indian company Tata Steel bought Corus (for US $7.6 billion) in 2006 and the chess event way renamed accordingly. The tournament has three Grandmaster Groups, which have 14 players and are held as full round robins (each competitor plays against every other). The rate of play for all three groups is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and finally 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 seconds/move increment starting with the first move of the game.

Round three report

Group A: Round 3 - Monday January 14
Magnus Carlsen - Loek van Wely
Pentala Harikrishna - Levon Aronian
Vishy Anand - Fabiano Caruana
Ivan Sokolov - Anish Giri
Peter Leko - Hikaru Nakamura
Sergey Karjakin - Wang Hao
Hou Yifan - Erwin L'Ami

The players seem to start warming up after a start of the tournament that featured too many draws. Some blood was finally spilled on the chess board today!

Magnus Carlsen opened up the day against the Dutch old-timer Loek van Wely. After the second player went for a dubious opening – "Maybe I mixed up the move order in the opening, and later I was trying to be tricky..." – he got into an endgame with a completely shattered structure. Rather than suffer for hours against the World Number 1 in a hopeless position, Loek decided resigning was in order.

The Chinese super star, Hou Yifan, played her first white today, but got less than nothing from the opening. Erwin L’Ami neutralized her completely and a boring draw ensued.

Leko-Nakamura also ended in a draw after some computer lines were repeated over the board, and although the theoreticians were licking their chops, probably none of the spectators were nearly as excited. You may be interested to watch their postgame analysis session here.

Ivan Sokolov vs Anish Giri (above) proved why the Grunfeld has been so successful in recent years. Mass exchanges left White up a pawn but with no activity, and the draw was very obvious to everybody.

A less obvious draw was Harikrishna-Aronian. After a boring opening Harikrishna decided to go for some hara kiri by not trading the rooks on the e-file. He was somewhat lucky to survive as Aronian seemed to be gradually improving his position.

The Indian fanbase did have a good reason to celebrate today, as the reigning World Champion took care of business and defeated Caruana in a stylish way. A positional dominance in the Spanish led to a surprising infiltration of White’s major pieces on the eighth rank. A blunder in move 34 allowed White’s attack to crash through, and Anand picked up a point.

Lastly, Wang Hao decided that his position was too good to give a draw, and ended up losing against Karjakin. Sometimes pushing too hard leads to bitter defeats, even at this level!

Summary by GM Alejandro Ramirez, screen shots from the official web site

The following annotation was sent to us from Wijk aan Zee by GM Efstratios Grivas:

[Event "75th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2013.01.14"] [Round "3"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Van Wely, Loek"] [Result "*"] [ECO "E75"] [WhiteElo "2861"] [BlackElo "2679"] [Annotator "Grivas,Efstratios"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2013.01.12"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2012.10.19"] 1. c4 g6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 O-O 6. Bg5 c5 7. d5 e6 ({A more often met line is} 7... h6 8. Bf4 e6 9. dxe6 Bxe6 10. Bxd6 Re8 11. Nf3 Nc6 { played first in 1971. The best known game (out of around 120 published) is:} 12. O-O Nd4 13. e5 Nd7 14. Nxd4 cxd4 15. Qxd4 Nxe5 16. Bxe5 Qxd4 17. Bxd4 Bxd4 18. Rac1 Rad8 19. b3 Bxc3 20. Rxc3 Rd2 21. Bf3 Rxa2 22. Bxb7 Rb8 23. Bf3 Ra3 24. Bd1 a5 25. Rc1 Rc8 26. Re1 a4 27. bxa4 Rxc4 28. Rxc4 Bxc4 29. Bc2 Bd5 30. h4 Bc6 31. Rd1 Ra2 32. Bb3 Ra3 33. Rd6 Rxb3 34. Rxc6 Rb1+ 35. Kh2 Rb4 {1/2-1/2 Polugaevsky,L-Kasparov,G Bugojno 1982.}) 8. Qd2 {Otherwise Black will play 8... h6 for 'free'.} exd5 9. exd5 Qb6 ({An active continuation. The other line is} 9... Re8 10. Nf3 Bg4 11. O-O Nbd7 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Bxf3 $14 {, where White has won a fair amount of games, due to his bishop pair and the b4 idea, for example in Polugaevsky,L-Gligoric,S, Skopje 1968.}) 10. Nf3 Bf5 11. Nh4 $1 (11. Rc1 {leads to nowhere:} Ne4 12. Nxe4 Bxe4 13. b3 Bxf3 14. Bxf3 Re8+ 15. Be2 Nd7 $11 {Grivas,E-Sahovic,D Athens 1983.}) 11... Ne4 12. Nxe4 Bxe4 13. f3 Qxb2 14. Rc1 Bf5 $2 ({Not satisfactory as well is} 14... h6 15. Bxh6 Qxd2+ 16. Bxd2 Bf6 17. g3 Bxh4 18. gxh4 Bf5 19. Bf4 {, but Black should follow the idea of the late Leonid Yurtaev with}) (14... Qxd2+ 15. Kxd2 Bxd5 $1 (15... f6 $2 16. Bf4 $16) (15... Bf5 $2 16. Nxf5 gxf5 17. Rb1 b6 18. Bd3 $16 {Kachiani Gersinska, K-Berezina,I Istanbul 2000}) 16. cxd5 Re8 {and now: c)} 17. Bf4 $5 ({a)} 17. Rhe1 a6 18. Bf4 (18. Bd3 Nd7 19. a4 h6 20. Be3 Nb6 $44 {Legky,N-Yurtaev,L Soviet Union 1984}) 18... Bf6 19. g3 g5 20. Bxd6 gxh4 21. Bxc5 Nd7 22. Ba3 hxg3 23. hxg3 Re5 24. Bc4 $13 {Lerner,K-Yurtaev,L Tallinn 1983.}) ({b)} 17. Rb1 Re5 (17... Nd7 18. Bb5 Re5 19. Bxd7 Rxg5 20. Rxb7 Rxd5+ 21. Kc2 $16 {Lputian, S-Yurtaev,L Volgograd 1985}) 18. f4 Rxd5+ 19. Kc1 Nc6 20. Rxb7 Rd4 21. Nf3 Rb4 22. Rc7 Nd4 23. Nxd4 Bxd4 24. Bh6 Rab8 $44 {Legky,N-Monin,N Tallinn 1985.}) 17... Bf6 18. g3 (18. Bg3 a6 19. f4 Nd7 20. Bg4 Nb6 21. Bf3 Na4 22. Bf2 b5 $44 {Zaichik,G-Yurtaev,L Volgodonsk 1983}) 18... g5 19. Bxd6 gxh4 20. Bc7 Nd7 ( 20... a6 21. Rxc5 Nd7 22. Rc4 $14 {Sorin,A-Peralta,F Buenos Aires 1998}) 21. Bb5 $14 {Grivas,E-Kotronias,V Athens 1986. Unfortunately Loek didn't seem to know this idea, as I confirmed later with him in the Press center.}) 15. Nxf5 gxf5 16. Qxb2 Bxb2 17. Rb1 $1 $146 ({A logical novelty. Previously} 17. Rc2 $6 Be5 18. f4 Bd4 19. Bd3 Re8+ {was OK for Black in Bukhman,E-Nezhmetdinov,R Daugavpils 1973.}) 17... Bc3+ 18. Kd1 {White has a large advantage already, as he will regain his pawn, remaining with the strong bishop pair.} Re8 $6 ({I think that Black's last chance was laying in} 18... b6 19. Bd3 Nd7 20. Be7 Rfe8 21. Bxd6 Ne5 22. Kc2 Nxd3 23. Kxd3 $16 {.}) 19. Rxb7 Na6 20. a3 $1 {The black knight is a prisoner!} Rab8 21. Rxb8 (21. Rxa7 {is fine as well, but White is in no need to take any risks.}) 21... Nxb8 22. Bd3 Nd7 23. Kc2 Bd4 $6 (23... Bf6 {was a bit more stubborn, although Black will lose the ending after} 24. Bd2 Rb8 25. Rb1 Rxb1 26. Kxb1 Ne5 27. Be2 {.}) 24. Rb1 Nb6 25. Bf4 Be5 26. Re1 Kg7 27. Bg3 $1 Re7 28. f4 Bf6 29. Rxe7 Bxe7 30. Be1 $1 h5 31. g3 Bf6 32. Kb3 Kg6 33. h3 {And Black resigned as the coming g4 will net White a good pawn for nothing. An easy game for Carlsen, as Van Wely hadn't done his homework...} *

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Results of the B and C Groups

Group B: Round 3 - Monday January 14
Romain Edouard - Robin van Kampen
Sipke Ernst - Richard Rapport
Sergei Movsesian - Pedrag Nikolic
Sergey Tiviakov - Jan Timman
Maxim Turov - Arkadij Naiditsch
Daniil Dubov - Alexander Ipatov
Jan Smeets - Nils Grandelius
Group C: Round 3 - Monday January 14
Robin Swinkels - Alexandra Goryachkina
Sabino Brunello - Fernando Peralta
Lisa Schut - Alexander Kovchan
Igor Bitensky - David Klein
Krikor Mekhitarian - Miguoel Admiraal
Hjorvar Gretarsson - Oleg Romanishin
Mark van der Werf - Twan Burg

Commentary schedule

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15.01.2012 Round 4 Daniel King
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17.01.2012 Round 5 Daniel King
18.01.2012 Round 6 Maurice Ashley
19.01.2012 Round 7 Lawrence Trent
20.01.2012 Round 8 Lawrence Trent
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22.01.2012 Round 9 Yasser Seirawan
23.01.2012 Round 10 Daniel King
24.01.2012 Free day  
25.01.2012 Round 11 Yasser Seirawan
26.01.2012 Round 12 Yasser Seirawan
27.01.2012 Round 13 Daniel King

Interviews with players after round three

Hou Yifan

Sergey Karjakin
Pentala Harikrishna

Viswanathan Anand

Anish Giri

Ivan Sokolov
Hikaru Nakamura

Peter Leko
Magnus Carlsen
Loek van Wely

Friso Nijboer


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