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Tata Steel 2013 Round 12 - Carlsen Wraps It Up

  • SonofPearl
  • on 26-01-13 11:55.

tata_logo blue.jpgThe 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.


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Round 12 - Official website report

Magnus Carlsen, the world number one from Norway, has won the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament with one round to spare. He took care of Hikaru Nakamura in spectacular fashion, and in short order. Nakamura resigned when he was unable to defend against the destructive 32.f7.

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As Levon Aronian was easily held to a draw by Anish Giri, Carlsen increased his lead to a point-and-a-half and will face Giri tomorrow in an effort to break Garry Kasparov's record of 10/13, set in 1999.

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Viswanathan Anand joined Levon Aronian in second place after defeating Erwin l'Ami. Even though the Dutchman got a better endgame with black out of the opening, the World Champion showed his true mettle this time, and outplayed his opponent gradually.

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In the battle for Best Dutchman of the tournament, Loek van Wely again took the lead recovering from a loss in the previous round, as he had done already twice before in this tournament. His opponent Fabiano Caruana had his back against the wall all afternoon, and eventually lost a race for checkmate.

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Ivan Sokolov's trouble is only increasing, and for the remaining Dutchman the end of the tournament can't come too soon. In a better position against Hou Yifan, he self-pinned his knight only to find out that keeping the piece out of harm's way cost him a pawn and the position.

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The games Harikrishna-Wang Hao and Leko-Karjakin ended in a draw from uneventful endgames.

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Group A Standings After 12 Rounds

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

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Whereas the fight for first in the A-Group proved to be a bit anti-climatic, the heat is on in Group B. Arkadij Naiditsch and Sergey Movsesian could only draw their games and Richard Rapport took advantage of this by beating Jan Timman, thus joining them in the lead with 8 out of 12. The three leaders will all face players from the bottom of the standings tomorrow.

Richard Rapport joined the leaders in Group B

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Group B Round 12 Results

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

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Group B Standings After 12 Rounds

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

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Sabino Brunello and Fernando Peralta again won their game in Group C and are now in first place with 10(!) points out of 12 games. In round 13 Brunello has the easier pairing, playing with black versus Miguoel Admiraal, while Peralta will face 2nd seed Alexander Kovchan, also with black.

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Group C Round 12 Results

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

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Group C Standings After 12 Rounds

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

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

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  • 15 maanden geleden

    Champeknight

    Kramnik will not make it because Carlsen will beat him, before challenging Anand. Carlsen does not need any seconds. Houdini is available to prep against Anand's openings.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    maturner

    What an awesome, dominating performance by Carlsen. He's in a class by himself.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    Absolute_1

    many people remark that carlsen plays like capablanca, so if he is history repeating itself then an alekhine is also coming. LOL

  • 15 maanden geleden

    imaginechess

    I dont think carlsen played well against Naka...i personally think naka made a  worst opening and carlsen used the advantage effectively..i predict that  vladimir kramnik will return and dispatch every player and will be taking anand in wc match...be aware of kramnik young one(carlsen)..

  • 15 maanden geleden

    andrushek

    Go Magnus! He has the old Russian secrets passed on from Botvinnik through Kasparov.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    Absolute_1

    i think Vladimir Kramnik will qualify for candidate not magnus, no offence

  • 15 maanden geleden

    Vingore

    Well, it's official.  I think everyone in the world except Magnus Carlsen should simply give up the game.  That's right.  Go become doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc.  Make a good living outside of chess.  Of course, you could still play chess as a hobby.  Face it.  This guy has taken chess to its final conclusion.  His endgames are science fiction, and he is completely unbeatable.  He has and will dominate this game at the highest level for the next thirty years.  So take my advice. Best wishes to all!

  • 15 maanden geleden

    lourivalsilva

    Parabens Krikor pelo ótimo desempenho... É um orgulho ter um brasileiro na primeira linha de GMs.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    takokak

    @ptrckmackay: thank you for the info.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    Melchizedek10

    Nakamura will rise to the top and became world champion after Anand retire...:)

  • 15 maanden geleden

    Twobit

    Naka had nothing to lose, so he tried to do something crazy...Anyway, I love these video interviews, these players are all wonderful, personable, humble and down to earth. How else could you get at least a peek into their personality than seeing how they react to victory or defeat? I enjoyed this coverage more than anything on chess.com. Thanks a lot!

  • 15 maanden geleden

    Aaronsky72

    Poor Fabiano, he's soooo much better than his result.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    Aaronsky72

    Levon is such a nice guy, giving Magnus his due praise.

    Congrats to Carlsen!

  • 15 maanden geleden

    jesterville

    Odds are "even" in Vegas for Carlsen to take the Candidates. I think most see him as destroying that field on his way to meet Anand. If he breaks Kasparov's record tomorrow that would be historic...and another record he has passed. What a time to be a witness of this great player.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    chapablanca2000

    Lost in all this praise for Carlsen is his instructive response to Nakamura's ....h5, which Carlsen graciously labelled "original but reasonable". White meets Black's premature flank attack with an attack in the center (f4), calmly castles kingside (because Black has ignored his development and can't bring  more than two pieces to the kingside anyway), grabs control of the light squares after Black exchanges off his bishop, seizes the initiative himself, and finally catches Black's king in the center. Naka's brazen disregard for conventional opening and positional principles ("I'm a tactical genius. I can play anything!") finally came back to bite him in the tukas. Awesome!

  • 15 maanden geleden

    P_G_M

    @ rubensrocha

    Anand has a winning record (classical chess games) against Carlsen of 6-2-19.

    @ tatokak

    Last time that Carlsen lost a classical chess game was on September 25, 2012 vs Caruana at the Bilbao's Masters which Carlsen won on tie breaker blitz games versus Caruana.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    chichito

    magnus goes little by little which is even harder for anad

  • 15 maanden geleden

    rubensrocha

    Reminding Anand's skills in counterplay (as kramnik said before, Anand is maybe the best counterplayer in the world), I'm not quite sure it will be an easy task for Carlsen to outplay the Indian player in a World Championship Match.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    Lawdoginator

    Wow!  Poor Naka got crushed by Carlsen.  

  • 15 maanden geleden

    takokak

    Does anybody remember when last time Carlsen lost a game?

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