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Tata Steel 2013 Round 1

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12-01-13 13:59.

tata_logo.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).

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


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Round 1 - Official website report

The 75th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament took off to a slow start with the vast majority of grandmaster games ending in a draw. First exception was Sergey Karjakin of Russia who celebrated his 23rd birthday with a clean victory over 19-year-old Hou Yifan, the Chinese former Women's World Champion who makes her debut at the highest level in Wijk aan Zee. With 11.c4! Karjakin put his finger on the sore spot of Hou Yifan's off-beat French.

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The only other player making his debut in the A Group fared much better. Last year's winner of Group B, Pentala Harikrishna of India, punished Holland's number one Anish Giri for sloppy play in a rook endgame that still contained “a few tricks”, to quote Harikrishna.

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All the remaining games in Group A ended in a draw, although Peter Leko of Hungary came very close to victory when Dutch Erwin l'Ami inexplicably sacrificed a pawn with 15...Bf6. Leko missed several promising ways to consolidate his material advantage, but eventually allowed l'Ami to escape into a drawn rook-and-knight endgame.

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Also exciting was the battle in a sharp King's Indian Defence between last year's winner Levon Aronian and Wijk aan Zee Dinosaur Loek van Wely that soon left theoretically well-throdden paths. Van Wely picked up the gauntlet grabbing a b-pawn left undefended and then offering his queen for a rook and a minor piece a few moves later. This could have led to an unclear position, but Aronian refused to take the 'bait' with 17.Qc2 cxd5 18.Nb6 Ra6 19.Rad1 and instead went for a more positional approach with 17.Nb6 Ra6 18.Rb1. The pressure was on, but the Dutchman's stubborn defence kept the door shut.

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Despite a very sharp line of the French Defence, the split point between World Champion Viswanathan Anand and American Champion Hikaru Nakamura was much less exciting, as after just a few original moves game ended quickly.

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World Number One Magnus Carlsen on the other hand left mainline theory in no time and tried to squeeze water from a rock against Italy's Fabiano Caruana. After a slight inaccuracy by the star from Norway on move 28 a draw became inevitable.

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Finally, Holland's Ivan Sokolov had a slightly better game throughout with White against China's Wang Hao, but the student in advertising at Beijng University held his own.

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In Grandmaster Group B the Dutch T's Jan Timman and Sergey Tiviakov were the only victors with wins over Sipke Ernst, recent winner of the Groningen Open, and World Junior Champion Alexander Ipatov respectively.

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B Group Round 1 Results

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

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Three of the four top seeds, Fernando Peralta, Sabino Brunello and Krikor Mekhitarian, took an early lead in Group C.

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C Group Round 1 Results

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

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

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  • 16 maanden geleden

    Sahasrara

    Aronian's interview was best by far, composed, soft spoken and well mannered.

  • 16 maanden geleden

    Spacealien101

    2nd Round - All GAMES ARE DRAWN ( Group A )

  • 16 maanden geleden

    Chess_Lover11

    French all the way!

  • 16 maanden geleden

    Oraoradeki

    I wish I could understand what the Grandmasters are talking about in terms of chess moves in the interviews...

    "Bc6 Rc8 Bc6 Rc8....."

    o.O

  • 16 maanden geleden

    drumdaddy

    SOP keeps raising the bar on tournament coverage.

  • 16 maanden geleden

    TheMagicianPaul

    I wonder how Kanye reacted after he found out that Kim wanted to learn chess from no one else but Levon (and we all know the reason :))

  • 16 maanden geleden

    Lawdoginator

    Naka seemed happy with an easy draw with black versus Anand. 

  • 16 maanden geleden

    mobidi

    Giri,why 14....Be5?-ONLY 14...c5! was RIGHT (who is Your chess-coach?Cool).This move (14. ...c5!) is very simple-about 1800 ELO level-You need to know it if You are playing French Defence-especially Rubinstein variation.Funny ,but -You really had probblems with PAWN c7 !!! (after  14. ..c5!!-You had no pawn on c7Wink ).Chess is very DEEP GAME-You can to see it -if You play 14...c5! -you don't need 30....Rc5. (passive Rc5).

  • 16 maanden geleden

    mobidi

    Anand - Naka-funny game.22.Rb1 ?? Champion can to play ONLY 22. f5!!.Naka why You don't STUDY  CAPA ?-JUST LOOK AT THE BOOK! (and You will see how to play vs weak F4 (Capa BLACK!!! vs Nimc WHITE!!!-NEW YORK-USA, USA ,USA....).Funny japan-american boy.Wink

  • 16 maanden geleden

    a1h8

    Go Pentala harikrishna. Here is a bag of talent.

  • 16 maanden geleden

    et5555yang

    Kim Kadashian wanted to learn chess from Aronian? He too handsome for that.

  • 16 maanden geleden

    gregdocot

    Thank you, Chess.com for keeping us informed on this big chess event.

  • 16 maanden geleden

    stupid_chess

    Good game magnus

  • 16 maanden geleden

    maturner

    Thanks for reporting on this event. Chess.com pretty much does it all for me when it comes to chess.

  • 16 maanden geleden

    Arcturar

    Man, I feel really sad for Anand. He is just such fantastic guy and doesn't deserve to be going through this crap. It isn't his fault that Kramnik and Aronian lost to Grischuk and let Gelfand qualify, and it also isn't his fault that Gelfand blundered in Game 8 and couldn't take the crown. So reporters asking him idiotic questions like they did yesterday is just awful...Anand's self-esteem must be in the toilet right now, which is insane as he is such a legend. All the best of luck to him in the tournament. Personally, I hope he manages to take down Magnus and win the whole thing.

    Also, happy birthday to Sergey Karjakin, and congrats on the win! He is a very likable and funny guy, and I hope he cracks 2800 soon. NIce defense from Caruana as well; he managed to establish himself as a super-elite player very quickly.   

  • 16 maanden geleden

    Twobit

    Thanks for the coverage, great reporting!

  • 16 maanden geleden

    mychessapps

    Agree Eric.. Anand does not look Anand (meaning Happy). Already talking of forgetting his prep

  • 16 maanden geleden

    Champeknight

    Houdinivanov should be invited in group A. No strip search in Tata steel. Anyone caught cheating gets electrocuted.

  • 16 maanden geleden

    Strategy123

    How long are the games?

  • 16 maanden geleden

    Derived

    Sergei just cracks me up, that was a hilarious interview

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