Reports | January 29, 2012 12:19

Aronian draws with Radjabov in 12 moves, wins Tata Steel

Levon Aronian drew his last-round game with Teimour Radjabov in just 12 moves and thus secured clear first at the 74th Tata Steel chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. Pentala Harikrishna won the B group while Maxim Turov emerged as the winner in 'C'.

Levon Aronian giving the traditional winner's speech at the closing ceremony on Sunday night

Event Tata Steel Chess Tournament | PGN Group A, Group B, Group C via TWIC
Dates January 13th-29th, 2012
Location Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands
System 3 GM groups with 14 players-player double round robin
A group
Carlsen, Aronian, Radjabov, Topalov, Karjakin, Ivanchuk, Gashimov, Nakamura, Gelfand, Caruana, Kamsky, Giri, Navara, Van Wely
B group
Bruzon, Potkin, Motylev, Tiviakov, Harikrishna, Ernst, L'Ami, Reinderman, Timman, Nyzhnik, Lahno, Vocaturo, Harika, Cmilyte
C group
Sadler, Turov, Adhiban, Tikkanen, Grover, Brandenburg, Danielian, Paehtz, Sachdev, Hopman, Ootes, Haast, Schut, Goudriaan
Rate of play 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.

In the five and a half years that this site has existed, we have never witnessed what happened in the final round in Wijk aan Zee today: that a game between two elite players finished before the photographers had left the stage. The game between tournament leader Levon Aronian and runner-up Teimour Radjabov could have been an exicting one, because the player from Azerbaijan could still finish shared first if he won. Instead, already at move 10 the players started repeating moves and then shook hands. (Magnus Carlsen was the next player to shake Aronian's hand, and congratulated him.)

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Levon Aronian finished his game (and won the tournament) before finishing his tea

This was of course a big anti-climax of what had been a great tournament, and some (photo) journalists who were walking back from the stage to the press room, were joking whether they should be considering a different profession! Much has been said about short draws in chess, especially after the Candidates matches in Kazan last year, and also today this whole thing led to a heavy debat in the comments section below this article.

All we can add is that Aronian can certainly not be blamed. The Armenian played a fantastic tournament and finished as the deserved winner. In fact Aronian himself considered it to be the best individual performance in his career thus far, as he noted in a brief press conference on Sunday afternoon.

I woke up at 6am, went to bed at 1am. I had trouble sleeping as I wasn't sure what to play. I was in good form, but friends told me: 'You'll play for a win next time!' So I just tried to forget about te result and the tournament, but in the end I couldn't.

Aronian felt that his game in the penultimate round against Boris Gelfand had been his best.

Not because the game was good, but because it was was such a tense game. We both had timetrouble and the position was far from clear all the time. I think it was important that I managed to stay calm and he was the one who didn't handle the pressure.

The tournament winner felt that he had improved mentally.

I've been working on being able to strike back, not being upset about losing. [After the loss against Navara] I was very upset, but the more upset you are, the more you are motivated to come back. It's in any kind of activity that requires you to perform well all the time. I don't consider myself a good player unless I can strike back after a loss! Before the tournament I was thinking 'this might not be my tournament'. I felt I had problems in certain chess areas, and I would work on it in February, I would just do my best.. I still have those problems and I will still work on them!

Teimour Radjabov said about the short draw:

I was surprised by his opening choice. I had expected him to go for a win in an effort to reach first place on FIDE’s world rating list, and prepared for a completely different line. I ended up slightly worse with black and a draw was fine with me. I was happy to be the only player to remain unbeaten.

Radjabov eventually finished shared second with Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, who all scored 8/13, a point less than the winner. Carlsen tried to beat Loek van Wely, using the Stonewall, but only reached a slight advantage, not more.

Caruana joined the other two thanks to a last-round win against Boris Gelfand. The Israeli went back to his Petroff Defence, and the position was a draw for a long time, until Gelfand collapsed in the end.

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The Italian grandmaster, who will turn 20 later this year, won the 500-euro daily prize for this victory and he received the envelope on stage during the closing ceremony. He was also awarded a special 'young talent' prize and it was the now 101-year-old Professor Van Hulst who delivered it to him!

After congratulating Caruana (who by the way has entered the live ratings top 10!) Van Hulst urged him to enjoy other aspects in life as well, such as "art, literature and family!"

Gata Kamsky hasn't been given much attention in this event, but the American eventually finished his tournament on a respectable +1 score. In the final round he beat Veselin Topalov, who has been struggling with his form throughout the event.

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With a number of draws in the key games, nothing changed in the B group either and so Pentala Harikrishna of India maintained his half-point lead until the very end. He will be invited to the A group of the 75th edition in 2013.

Pentala Harikrishna receiving the first prize from the mayor of Velzen

In the C group Maxim Turov won another convincing game against Etienne Goudriaan and saw co-leader Hans Tikkanen getting into big trouble against Tania Sachdev. Eventually the Swedish GM managed to draw the game, but it meant that Turov will be playing in B next year.

Maxim Turov qualified for the C group by winning the BDO tournament last summer, and now qualified for 'B'!

The traditional pea soup dinner & closing ceremony

Levon Aronian holding the special Wijk aan Zee plaque... the traditional winner's speech...

...and celebrating his victory with his girlfriend Arianne Caoili, who played in the 9-round event and in fact won her group as well! Behind them is a delegation of local Armenians, who came along and brought a flag.

Daily official video

Games group A, round 13



Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group A | Pairings

Round 1 14.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 2 15.01.12 13.30 CET
Navara ½-½ Topalov   Topalov ½-½ Van Wely
Gelfand 0-1 Giri   Gashimov ½-½ Kamsky
Radjabov ½-½ Caruana   Ivanchuk ½-½ Carlsen
Karjakin 0-1 Aronian   Aronian 1-0 Nakamura
Nakamura ½-½ Ivanchuk   Caruana 1-0 Karjakin
Carlsen 1-0 Gashimov   Giri ½-½ Radjabov
Kamsky ½-½ Van Wely   Navara ½-½ Gelfand
Round 3 16.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 4 17.01.12 13.30 CET
Gelfand ½-½ Topalov   Topalov ½-½ Gashimov
Radjabov 1-0 Navara   Ivanchuk ½-½ Van Wely
Karjakin 1-0 Giri   Aronian 1-0 Kamsky
Nakamura ½-½ Caruana   Caruana ½-½ Carlsen
Carlsen 1-0 Aronian   Giri ½-½ Nakamura
Kamsky ½-½ Ivanchuk   Navara 0-1 Karjakin
Van Wely ½-½ Gashimov   Gelfand ½-½ Radjabov
Round 5 19.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 6 20.01.12 13.30 CET
Radjabov ½-½ Topalov   Topalov ½-½ Ivanchuk
Karjakin 0-1 Gelfand   Aronian 1-0 Gashimov
Nakamura 1-0 Navara   Caruana ½-½ Van Wely
Carlsen ½-½ Giri   Giri 1-0 Kamsky
Kamsky ½-½ Caruana   Navara ½-½ Carlsen
Van Wely ½-½ Aronian   Gelfand 0-1 Nakamura
Gashimov 0-1 Ivanchuk   Radjabov 1-0 Karjakin
Round 7 21.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 8 22.01.12 13.30 CET
Karjakin 1-0 Topalov   Topalov ½-½ Aronian
Nakamura ½-½ Radjabov   Caruana ½-½ Ivanchuk
Carlsen 1-0 Gelfand   Giri 0-1 Gashimov
Kamsky 1-0 Navara   Navara ½-½ Van Wely
Van Wely ½-½ Giri   Gelfand ½-½ Kamsky
Gashimov ½-½ Caruana   Radjabov ½-½ Carlsen
Ivanchuk ½-½ Aronian   Karjakin ½-½ Nakamura
Round 9 24.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 10 25.01.12 13.30 CET
Nakamura ½-½ Topalov   Topalov 0-1 Caruana
Carlsen 0-1 Karjakin   Giri 0-1 Aronian
Kamsky ½-½ Radjabov   Navara 0-1 Ivanchuk
Van Wely ½-½ Gelfand   Gelfand ½-½ Gashimov
Gashimov ½-½ Navara   Radjabov ½-½ Van Wely
Ivanchuk 1-0 Giri   Karjakin 0-1 Kamsky
Aronian 1-0 Caruana   Nakamura ½-½ Carlsen
Round 11 27.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 12 28.01.12 13.30 CET
Carlsen 1-0 Topalov   Topalov 1-0 Giri
Kamsky ½-½ Nakamura   Navara ½-½ Caruana
Van Wely 0-1 Karjakin   Gelfand 0-1 Aronian
Gashimov 0-1 Radjabov   Radjabov ½-½ Ivanchuk
Ivanchuk 0-1 Gelfand   Karjakin ½-½ Gashimov
Aronian 0-1 Navara   Nakamura 1-0 Van Wely
Caruana 1-0 Giri   Carlsen ½-½ Kamsky
Round 13 29.01.12 12.00 CET        
Kamsky 1-0 Topalov        
Van Wely ½-½ Carlsen        
Gashimov ½-½ Nakamura        
Ivanchuk ½-½ Karjakin        
Aronian ½-½ Radjabov        
Caruana 1-0 Gelfand        
Giri ½-½ Navara        

Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group A | Round 13 standings


Games group B, round 13


Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group B | Pairings

Round 1 14.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 2 15.01.12 13.30 CET
Reinderman ½-½ Motylev   Motylev ½-½ Potkin
Bruzon 0-1 Harikrishna   Tiviakov 1-0 Timman
Lahno 1-0 Ernst   Nyzhnyk ½-½ l'Ami
Harika ½-½ Vocaturo   Vocaturo 1-0 Cmilyte
Cmilyte 0-1 Nyzhnyk   Ernst ½-½ Harika
l'Ami 1-0 Tiviakov   Harikrishna 1-0 Lahno
Timman ½-½ Potkin   Reinderman ½-½ Bruzon
Round 3 16.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 4 17.01.12 13.30 CET
Bruzon ½-½ Motylev   Motylev 1-0 Tiviakov
Lahno ½-½ Reinderman   Nyzhnyk ½-½ Potkin
Harika 0-1 Harikrishna   Vocaturo ½-½ Timman
Cmilyte 1-0 Ernst   Ernst 1-0 l'Ami
l'Ami 1-0 Vocaturo   Harikrishna ½-½ Cmilyte
Timman 1-0 Nyzhnyk   Reinderman ½-½ Harika
Potkin 0-1 Tiviakov   Bruzon ½-½ Lahno
Round 5 19.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 6 20.01.12 13.30 CET
Lahno 0-1 Motylev   Motylev ½-½ Nyzhnyk
Harika 0-1 Bruzon   Vocaturo ½-½ Tiviakov
Cmilyte ½-½ Reinderman   Ernst 1-0 Potkin
l'Ami ½-½ Harikrishna   Harikrishna 1-0 Timman
Timman 1-0 Ernst   Reinderman ½-½ l'Ami
Potkin ½-½ Vocaturo   Bruzon 1-0 Cmilyte
Tiviakov ½-½ Nyzhnyk   Lahno ½-½ Harika
Round 7 21.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 8 22.01.12 13.30 CET
Harika ½-½ Motylev   Motylev 1-0 Vocaturo
Cmilyte ½-½ Lahno   Ernst ½-½ Nyzhnyk
l'Ami ½-½ Bruzon   Harikrishna ½-½ Tiviakov
Timman 0-1 Reinderman   Reinderman 0-1 Potkin
Potkin ½-½ Harikrishna   Bruzon 1-0 Timman
Tiviakov 0-1 Ernst   Lahno 0-1 l'Ami
Nyzhnyk 1-0 Vocaturo   Harika ½-½ Cmilyte
Round 9 24.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 10 25.01.12 13.30 CET
Cmilyte ½-½ Motylev   Motylev 1-0 Ernst
l'Ami 1-0 Harika   Harikrishna 1-0 Vocaturo
Timman ½-½ Lahno   Reinderman 1-0 Nyzhnyk
Potkin 0-1 Bruzon   Bruzon ½-½ Tiviakov
Tiviakov 1-0 Reinderman   Lahno ½-½ Potkin
Nyzhnyk 0-1 Harikrishna   Harika ½-½ Timman
Vocaturo 1-0 Ernst   Cmilyte 0-1 l'Ami
Round 11 27.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 12 28.01.12 13.30 CET
l'Ami ½-½ Motylev   Motylev ½-½ Harikrishna
Timman 1-0 Cmilyte   Reinderman 1-0 Ernst
Potkin 1-0 Harika   Bruzon 1-0 Vocaturo
Tiviakov 1-0 Lahno   Lahno 0-1 Nyzhnyk
Nyzhnyk 1-0 Bruzon   Harika 0-1 Tiviakov
Vocaturo 0-1 Reinderman   Cmilyte ½-½ Potkin
Ernst 1-0 Harikrishna   l'Ami ½-½ Timman
Round 13 29.01.12 12.00 CET        
Timman ½-½ Motylev        
Potkin 1-0 l'Ami        
Tiviakov 1-0 Cmilyte        
Nyzhnyk 1-0 Harika        
Vocaturo ½-½ Lahno        
Ernst 0-1 Bruzon        
Harikrishna ½-½ Reinderman        

Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group B | Round 13 standings


Games group C, round 13


Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group C | Pairings

Round 1 14.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 2 15.01.12 13.30 CET
Sadler 1-0 Hopman   Hopman 0-1 Turov
Tania ½-½ Grover   Schut ½-½ Danielian
Paehtz 0-1 Tikkanen   Haast ½-½ Goudriaan
Brandenburg ½-½ Ootes   Ootes ½-½ Adhiban
Adhiban 1-0 Haast   Tikkanen ½-½ Brandenburg
Goudriaan 1-0 Schut   Grover 1-0 Paehtz
Danielian 0-1 Turov   Sadler ½-½ Tania
Round 3 16.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 4 17.01.12 13.30 CET
Tania ½-½ Hopman   Hopman 0-1 Schut
Paehtz ½-½ Sadler   Haast 0-1 Turov
Brandenburg ½-½ Grover   Ootes 1-0 Danielian
Adhiban ½-½ Tikkanen   Tikkanen 1-0 Goudriaan
Goudriaan 1-0 Ootes   Grover 0-1 Adhiban
Danielian ½-½ Haast   Sadler ½-½ Brandenburg
Turov 1-0 Schut   Tania 0-1 Paehtz
Round 5 19.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 6 20.01.12 13.30 CET
Paehtz ½-½ Hopman   Hopman 1-0 Haast
Brandenburg ½-½ Tania   Ootes 0-1 Schut
Adhiban ½-½ Sadler   Tikkanen ½-½ Turov
Goudriaan 0-1 Grover   Grover ½-½ Danielian
Danielian 0-1 Tikkanen   Sadler ½-½ Goudriaan
Turov 1-0 Ootes   Tania ½-½ Adhiban
Schut 1-0 Haast   Paehtz ½-½ Brandenburg
Round 7 21.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 8 22.01.12 13.30 CET
Brandenburg 1-0 Hopman   Hopman 0-1 Ootes
Adhiban 1-0 Paehtz   Tikkanen 1-0 Haast
Goudriaan ½-½ Tania   Grover 1-0 Schut
Danielian ½-½ Sadler   Sadler ½-½ Turov
Turov ½-½ Grover   Tania ½-½ Danielian
Schut 0-1 Tikkanen   Paehtz 1-0 Goudriaan
Haast 1-0 Ootes   Brandenburg ½-½ Adhiban
Round 9 24.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 10 25.01.12 13.30 CET
Adhiban 1-0 Hopman   Hopman 1-0 Tikkanen
Goudriaan ½-½ Brandenburg   Grover 1-0 Ootes
Danielian ½-½ Paehtz   Sadler 1-0 Haast
Turov 1-0 Tania   Tania 1-0 Schut
Schut ½-½ Sadler   Paehtz ½-½ Turov
Haast 1-0 Grover   Brandenburg 1-0 Danielian
Ootes 0-1 Tikkanen   Adhiban ½-½ Goudriaan
Round 11 27.01.12 13.30 CET   Round 12 28.01.12 13.30 CET
Goudriaan ½-½ Hopman   Hopman ½-½ Grover
Danielian ½-½ Adhiban   Sadler 0-1 Tikkanen
Turov ½-½ Brandenburg   Tania 0-1 Ootes
Schut 0-1 Paehtz   Paehtz ½-½ Haast
Haast 0-1 Tania   Brandenburg 1-0 Schut
Ootes ½-½ Sadler   Adhiban 0-1 Turov
Tikkanen 1-0 Grover   Goudriaan 0-1 Danielian
Round 13 29.01.12 12.00 CET        
Danielian 1-0 Hopman        
Turov 1-0 Goudriaan        
Schut 0-1 Adhiban        
Haast 0-1 Brandenburg        
Ootes 0-1 Paehtz        
Tikkanen ½-½ Tania        
Grover ½-½ Sadler        

Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group C | Round 13 standings



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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Anonymos's picture

Most of those who are blaming Aronian or Radjabov are Magnus fanboys. They wanted to see Aronian losing and Magnus winning. And when they saw 12 move draw of Aronian and Radjabov they got frustrated! :) Well, Cheer up guys, Magnus doesn't have to win every tourney.

Thomas's picture

Carlsen wouldn't have won the tournament anyway as he couldn't beat van Wely, so this result between Aronian and Radjabov was actually best for him. A win by Radjabov would have meant "only" shared third place for Magnus. A win by Aronian would have meant that Levon gets quite close on the live rating list, and could overtake him if he wins his forthcoming match against Kramnik and/or some Bundesliga games (Gibraltar aside, these seem to be the next rated games by world-top players).

Anonymous's picture

strange decision by radjabov not to play. did he lose his nerve? was he afraid of losing to an armenian in the last round, given the history between azerbijan and that country?

understandable that aronian would like to take a quick draw. but radjabov? i'm sad for him that he didn't have the courage to play.

Anonymous's picture

Can we name one sport in which, the goal is not the final result,time waist ,to retain the achieved, or I'm wrong.

Rama G's picture

I like the point about the last leg of Tour de France and I also notice that in Basketball there are times when a team which is leading will play it safe and run down the clock rather than try to score an additional goal (and fans are not up in arms for these 'offenses'). However just to please those whose sense of propriety is offended, a system can be set up which fines the 'offending' player by deducting from his appearance fee and prize money for the non-contested game/s (decided by a committee set up by the organizers). So with this system Aronian would lose 1/13th of his pay. Since he is paid to contest chess games that is perfectly proportional to his 'offense'. Such an approach will not harm any player much unless he does it too much; and if the organizers are too punitive they will have a harder time getting that player back the following year.

On the other hand there is a very simple system which might help in double round robin tournaments (in which every player can be guaranteed an equal occurrence of colours); it is this - weight draws with black slightly more than those with white - so a draw with black is worth .6 while a draw with white is worth .4 and of course a win with either colour is still worth 1. Therefore if two players meet in the last round with an equal score then white is more likely to not be satisfied with a draw. Another way to express this would be the mathematically equivalent 10 points for a win (with either colour); 6 points for a draw with black and 4 points for a draw with white.

Bottom line however is that chess players salaries are not financed by ticket sales but by sponsors who want to be associated with this great mind sport.
As long as the sponsors are willing to cough up the money for chess AS IT IS
then the protestations of fans are not likely to carry much weight. So those
of you who are really offended can make REAL CHANGE by organizing a tournament
and instituting the rules that you see fit.

Anonymous's picture

all of you chess "fans" are owed nothing. how much did you pay to watch the games? it was a long tournament and these guys can draw the game - their excellent play throughout the tournament put them in this position. in just about every sport, when you are ahead, you can win by 'eating up the clock', and it's well deserved. organizers can make draw rules if they like, but this tournament showed that they do not need to. this was one of the best tournaments in history. any talk of changing the rules of chess is blasphemous.

The Devil's picture

Now we can understand atleast a little why Fischer hated quick draws. You didn't see him going for a quick draw in the Candidates matches did you, even though he was 5-0 against Taimanov and again 5-0 against Larsen. On the other hand I can't really blame Aronian for it, all he needed was a draw to be solo first anyways.

rajeshv's picture

I agree with most that the Short Draws argument sounds quite silly - and I think it has been adequately answered. Let me try a little differently - Consider boxing: A player scores a healthy lead over his opponent over n-1 rounds. After the break, coming back to the last round, all he has to do is avoid a KO blow by his opponent (his opponent can never catch up on points). So he decides to not throw any punches and simply defend any punches thrown by his opponent.

And yes, he did NOT play the game in that round in the normal sense, the organizers do count the round, and do award the winner.

What is the problem?

Congrats to Aronian for an amazing tournament win!!
And congrats to Harikrishna and Turov!

sulutas's picture

The tournament has been already replete with so much excitement that I don't understand those who would have expected to see more excitement in the last round - from the point of view of a chess fan, we love to see but look at what Aronian says about his sleeping times; for two weeks, probably all players have been thinking about chess 24 hours a day and it should be really mind-boggling after a certain point. You look at your food in front of you at dinner and what you see is a dubious line in Petroff Defence, or you take a shower and you don't even realize that you just have washed your hair with your shampoo with a nice scent but rather your mind is stuck with that complicated line in Nimzo-Indian. "Enough!", one would easily say after some time, I guess.

I live in Boston and I definitely knew that when I woke up on Sunday morning many of the games would have finished with short draws already and didn't get surprised even for a second when I checked the results immediately - because this is what is happening in many tournaments and the players have every right to do so (especially when they repeat their moves).

Congratulations to the organizers; I think the tournament has been a success this winter in terms of the spectacle and excitement already, even without a real fight in the last round for some games.

PS: For the next year, it would be lovely to have live broadcasting as they do in Moscow during the games (even a standard quality in broadcasting would be enough, if there is any budget problem), and even if I like this old-fashion board demos, it would be again lovely to have the player of the day sit in front of a computer equipped with Chessbase or a program like that, and show his/her game, as they do in Moscow again. There are, in effect, thousands of people who follow this tournament live even if they are not there; and the organizers should do their best to keep this on-line interest alive.

And as always, thanks to Peter and the Chessvibes for the wonderful reports.

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Xeno's picture

Haha, the nutjobs around here busy hating the greatest players of our time as usual

giovlinn's picture

???? I would consider your remark as that of a nutjob. Hating the greatest players of our time? Hate has nothing to do with it.

Xeno's picture

Well, hopefully it's got more to do with ignorance or trolling in most cases

brabo's picture

If an organiser/ sponsor would divert from the classical pricemechanism then I believe it is possible to avoid (largely but not completely) the short draws.

One modest way to do is to set a price per scored half point (e.g. 500 euros).
Further finetuning can be done by raising the price per half point above a certain threshold (e.g. above 7/ 13 then price/ half point is raised with another 500 euro).
One radical way to set prices is to only give price/ full point so no price when a draw has been made. (e.g. 2000 euros which means Aronian would earn 14.000 euros).
The radical way is likely too harsh so I think we should search some balanced method. In the end draws will not be interesting financially for the player so there will be a serious financial incentive to avoid the draw.

Saji's picture

Everybody forget to congragulate Hari and Maxim, I do so. Aronian Played good chess.

Bob's picture

Great tournament, and congrats to Aronian, who was a deserved winner. I was surprised by the speed of the draw, but it's completely understandable from my perspective, for reasons stated repeatedly above. As for all this "moral" stuff, I wonder what all you armchair moral absolutists would have done in Aronian's chair. If one of the "best players ever" wants a draw with white, then good luck denying him.

giovlinn's picture

12 moves? That is ridiculous.

Horst's picture

the most comments are at a poor level, despite a nice tournament

Luzin's picture

quick draw is fine, Aronian deserved winner.

Giri took a deserved last place too, if only for calling those who beat him coffeehouse players.
And chessvibes should actually stress that statement imo, instead of being so surprised with the Aronian last round draw, like in the 5,5 years of running the site they have never seen a player forcing a last round draw to secure a tournament win again!

adam's picture

congrats to aronian for winning this very nice piece of tournament!
concerning his last game: it's completely understandable--he pulled 9(!) decisive games in a long, 13-round race--give him a break! however, imho, radjabov exactly because of such things (see the world cup for further reference) will not ever live up to the expectations many have from him...
i though caruana would enter the top 10 sooner or later, but so fast?! wow!
thx chessvibes for the coverage, players and organizers for the fun provided

giovlinn's picture

Maybe I overlooked some comments but Caruna had a great tournament as well.


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