Reports | January 25, 2013 22:07

Carlsen a point ahead of Aronian after Tata Steel's 11th round

After his draw against Wang Hao, Magnus Carlsen still leads by a point

With a quick draw against Wang Hao on Friday Magnus Carlsen got a bit closer to tournament victory in Wijk aan Zee. The Norwegian's lead in Tata Steel's A group decreased to a point as Levon Aronian won his game against Hikaru Nakamura. Fabiano Caruana is not having a great tournament and in this round the Italian got crushed by Anish Giri. Peter Leko defeated Loek van Wely in a rook ending and Ivan Sokolov got his queen trapped against Sergey Karjakin.

After his draw against Wang Hao, Magnus Carlsen still leads by a point | Photo © Tata Steel

In the B group Arkadij Naiditsch took over the lead from Richard Rapport by beating the Hungarian in a direct confrontation. The German grandmaster is on 7.5/11 just like Sergey Movsesian, who drew quickly with Jan Smeets. In C the fight for victory was and is still going between two players: Fernando Peralta and Sabino Brunello. Both are on 9/11 and two points ahead of the rest.

Event Tata Steel Chess Tournament | Games in PGN: A group, B group, C group via TWIC
Dates January 12th-28th, 2013
Location Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands
System 3 GM groups with 14 players-player round robin
A group
Carlsen, Aronian, Anand, Caruana, Karjakin, Sokolov, Nakamura, Wang Hao, Giri, Harikrishna, Van Wely, Leko, l'Ami, Hou Yifan
B group
Naiditsch, Movsesian, Edouard, Tiviakov, Turov, Rapport, Nikolic, Smeets, Dubov, Ipatov, Van Kampen, Grandelius, Timman, Ernst
C group
Peralta, Kovchan, Brunello, Mekhitarian, Gretarsson, Swinkels, Burg, Van der Werf, Klein, Goryachkina, Bitensky, Admiraal, Schut
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.

After the third and last rest day play resumed on Friday in Wijk aan Zee, where only three rounds are left, time flies! In order to have a really exciting weekend Carlsen basically had to lose, and at least one of his closest rivals, Anand, Aronian or Nakamura, had to win.

The second part of this scenario did occur: Levon Aronian won his game and so he got half a point closer to Carlsen in the standings. For a brief moment the first part seemed realistic as well, since Wang Hao got a clear advantage out of the opening against the tournament leader. However, actually winning the ending was not easy and as soon as he got the chance, Carlsen equalize immediately.

PGN string

Videos by Freshmen media

After winning last year's event, Levon Aronian is not doing badly either this year. In this 11th round he beat Hikaru Nakamura with the black pieces from a Chebanenko Slav. Afterwards the Armenian said that the start of the ending was already unpleasant for White, and that his preparation had paid off.

PGN string

Levon Aronian still has some chances to catch up with Magnus Carlsen

Vishy Anand seemed to be following suit; the World Champion won a pawn in the opening and eventually reached a knight ending that should have been winning. However, the World Champion messed up somewhere.

PGN string

Vishy Anand must have miscalculated in the knight ending

Sergey Karjakin had an easy day at the office. As he said himself, Ivan Sokolov isn't having a great tournament, and he played this game below his usual standard. Karjakin didn't have to do anything special to win. Still, the win came a bit sudden when the black queen got trapped.

PGN string

An easy win for Sergey Karjakin

Fabiano Caruana is another player who isn't having his tournament. The world's number 5 in fact dropped out of the live top 10 today after getting crushed by a player from his generation: Anish Giri.

PGN string

Peter Leko moved to "plus two" by beating Loek van Wely, who went for the Sicilian Dragon. Not expecting this opening, the Hungarian didn't go for the sharp 9.Bc4 but for 9.0-0-0 instead. His endgame advantage wasn't much, and the game should have ended in a draw, but after a tiny inaccuracy by Van Wely, Leko did get a slight advantage and after that the technique he showed was just splendid.

PGN string

The game l'Ami vs Harikrishna followed an old line in the Queen's Indian which in fact leads to a kind of Grünfeld structure. The players reached an ending with BB vs BB and a passed a-pawn for Black against an extra pawn in the centre for White. Not much really happened until the players shook hands at move 54.

PGN string

B group

The big game in the B group was of course Arkadij Naiditsch, the highest rated player there, against Hungarian talent and co-leader Richard Rapport. The German grandmaster played a quiet game but a great one, in the style of Capablanca – the computers only understand that Black is lost a few moves before the end!

Naiditsch vs Rapport, an instructive endgame

After two losses Jan Timman returned to his good form with an excellent win over Predrag Nikolic. Daniil Dubov crushed Sergey Tiviakov and both Romain Edouard and Sipke Ernst won their games with Black.

PGN file

C group

In a so far disappointing tournament, Lisa Schut won her second game; the 18-year-old WIM managed beat IM Mark van der Werf who is now in last place instead of her. Fernando Peralta could have gotten into trouble if Miguoel Admiraal had found the zwischenzug 36.b5 but instead the Dutch FM lost himself in the complications. Sabino Brunello was held to a draw by Twan Burg in a Caro-Kann with Fischer's 5.Nc5!?.

Lisa Schut beat Mark van der Werf

PGN file

Tata Steel 2013 | Grandmaster Group A | Round 11 standings



Tata Steel 2013 | Grandmaster Group A | Pairings

Round 1 12.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 2 13.01.13 13.30 CET
Aronian ½-½ Van Wely   Van Wely ½-½ Hou Yifan
Carlsen ½-½ Caruana   l'Ami ½-½ Karjakin
Harikrishna 1-0 Giri   Wang Hao ½-½ Leko
Anand ½-½ Nakamura   Nakamura ½-½ Sokolov
Sokolov ½-½ Wang Hao   Giri ½-½ Anand
Leko ½-½ l'Ami   Caruana ½-½ Harikrishna
Karjakin 1-0 Hou Yifan   Aronian ½-½ Carlsen
Round 3 14.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 4 15.01.13 13.30 CET
Carlsen 1-0 Van Wely   Van Wely 1-0 l'Ami
Harikrishna ½-½ Aronian   Wang Hao 1-0 Hou Yifan
Anand 1-0 Caruana   Nakamura ½-½ Karjakin
Sokolov ½-½ Giri   Giri ½-½ Leko
Leko ½-½ Nakamura   Caruana 1-0 Sokolov
Karjakin 1-0 Wang Hao   Aronian 0-1 Anand
Hou Yifan ½-½ l'Ami   Carlsen 1-0 Harikrishna
Round 5 17.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 6 18.01.13 13.30 CET
Harikrishna 1-0 Van Wely   Van Wely 1-0 Wang Hao
Anand ½-½ Carlsen   Nakamura ½-½ l'Ami
Sokolov 0-1 Aronian   Giri 0-1 Hou Yifan
Leko 1-0 Caruana   Caruana ½-½ Karjakin
Karjakin ½-½ Giri   Aronian 1-0 Leko
Hou Yifan 0-1 Nakamura   Carlsen 1-0 Sokolov
l'Ami 0-1 Wang Hao   Harikrishna ½-½ Anand
Round 7 19.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 8 20.01.13 13.30 CET
Anand 1-0 Van Wely   Van Wely ½-½ Nakamura
Sokolov ½-½ Harikrishna   Giri ½-½ Wang Hao
Leko ½-½ Carlsen   Caruana 1-0 l'Ami
Karjakin ½-½ Aronian   Aronian 1-0 Hou Yifan
Hou Yifan ½-½ Caruana   Carlsen 1-0 Karjakin
l'Ami ½-½ Giri   Harikrishna ½-½ Leko
Wang Hao 0-1 Nakamura   Anand ½-½ Sokolov
Round 9 22.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 10 23.01.13 13.30 CET
Sokolov 0-1 Van Wely   Van Wely ½-½ Giri
Leko ½-½ Anand   Caruana 0-1 Nakamura
Karjakin ½-½ Harikrishna   Aronian 1-0 Wang Hao
Hou Yifan 0-1 Carlsen   Carlsen 1-0 l'Ami
l'Ami ½-½ Aronian   Harikrishna 0-1 Hou Yifan
Wang Hao ½-½ Caruana   Anand ½-½ Karjakin
Nakamura ½-½ Giri   Sokolov 0-1 Leko
Round 11 25.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 12 26.01.13 13.30 CET
Leko 1-0 Van Wely   Van Wely - Caruana
Karjakin 1-0 Sokolov   Aronian - Giri
Hou Yifan ½-½ Anand   Carlsen - Nakamura
l'Ami ½-½ Harikrishna   Harikrishna - Wang Hao
Wang Hao ½-½ Carlsen   Anand - l'Ami
Nakamura 0-1 Aronian   Sokolov - Hou Yifan
Giri 1-0 Caruana   Leko - Karjakin
Round 13 27.01.13 12.00 CET        
Karjakin - Van Wely        
Hou Yifan - Leko        
l'Ami - Sokolov        
Wang Hao - Anand        
Nakamura - Harikrishna        
Giri - Carlsen        
Caruana - Aronian        

Tata Steel 2013 | Grandmaster Group B | Round 11 standings



Tata Steel 2013 | Grandmaster Group B | Pairings

Round 1 12.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 2 13.01.13 13.30 CET
Rapport ½-½ Van Kampen   Van Kampen ½-½ Smeets
Edouard ½-½ Nikolic   Grandelius ½-½ Dubov
Ernst 0-1 Timman   Ipatov ½-½ Turov
Movsesian ½-½ Naiditsch   Naiditsch 0-1 Tiviakov
Tiviakov 1-0 Ipatov   Timman ½-½ Movsesian
Turov ½-½ Grandelius   Nikolic 1-0 Ernst
Dubov ½-½ Smeets   Rapport 1-0 Edouard
Round 3 14.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 4 15.01.13 13.30 CET
Edouard 1-0 Van Kampen   Van Kampen 0-1 Grandelius
Ernst 0-1 Rapport   Ipatov ½-½ Smeets
Movsesian 1-0 Nikolic   Naiditsch ½-½ Dubov
Tiviakov ½-½ Timman   Timman ½-½ Turov
Turov 0-1 Naiditsch   Nikolic 0-1 Tiviakov
Dubov ½-½ Ipatov   Rapport 1-0 Movsesian
Smeets 1-0 Grandelius   Edouard 0-1 Ernst
Round 5 17.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 6 18.01.13 13.30 CET
Ernst 0-1 Van Kampen   Van Kampen ½-½ Ipatov
Movsesian 1-0 Edouard   Naiditsch 1-0 Grandelius
Tiviakov 0-1 Rapport   Timman 1-0 Smeets
Turov ½-½ Nikolic   Nikolic 0-1 Dubov
Dubov 1-0 Timman   Rapport ½-½ Turov
Smeets 0-1 Naiditsch   Edouard 1-0 Tiviakov
Grandelius 1-0 Ipatov   Ernst 0-1 Movsesian
Round 7 19.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 8 20.01.13 13.30 CET
Movsesian 1-0 Van Kampen   Van Kampen 1-0 Naiditsch
Tiviakov 0-1 Ernst   Timman 1-0 Ipatov
Turov ½-½ Edouard   Nikolic 1-0 Grandelius
Dubov ½-½ Rapport   Rapport 0-1 Smeets
Smeets 1-0 Nikolic   Edouard 1-0 Dubov
Grandelius 0-1 Timman   Ernst 0-1 Turov
Ipatov 0-1 Naiditsch   Movsesian ½-½ Tiviakov
Round 9 22.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 10 23.01.13 13.30 CET
Tiviakov 1-0 Van Kampen   Van Kampen 1-0 Timman
Turov 0-1 Movsesian   Nikolic ½-½ Naiditsch
Dubov 1-0 Ernst   Rapport 1-0 Ipatov
Smeets 1-0 Edouard   Edouard 1-0 Grandelius
Grandelius ½-½ Rapport   Ernst 0-1 Smeets
Ipatov 1-0 Nikolic   Movsesian ½-½ Dubov
Naiditsch 1-0 Timman   Tiviakov ½-½ Turov
Round 11 25.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 12 26.01.13 13.30 CET
Turov ½-½ Van Kampen   Van Kampen - Nikolic
Dubov 1-0 Tiviakov   Rapport - Timman
Smeets ½-½ Movsesian   Edouard - Naiditsch
Grandelius 0-1 Ernst   Ernst - Ipatov
Ipatov 0-1 Edouard   Movsesian - Grandelius
Naiditsch 1-0 Rapport   Tiviakov - Smeets
Timman 1-0 Nikolic   Turov - Dubov
Round 13 27.01.13 12.00 CET        
Dubov - Van Kampen        
Smeets - Turov        
Grandelius - Tiviakov        
Ipatov - Movsesian        
Naiditsch - Ernst        
Timman - Edouard        
Nikolic - Rapport        

Tata Steel 2013 | Grandmaster Group C | Round 11 standings



Tata Steel 2013 | Grandmaster Group C | Pairings

Round 1 12.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 2 13.01.13 13.30 CET
Peralta 1-0 Goryachkina   Goryachkina ½-½ Van der Werf
Swinkels ½-½ Kovchan   Burg 0-1 Gretarsson
Brunello 1-0 Klein   Romanishin ½-½ Mekhitarian
Schut ½-½ Admiraal   Admiraal ½-½ Bitensky
Bitensky ½-½ Romanishin   Klein 1-0 Schut
Mekhitarian 1-0 Burg   Kovchan 0-1 Brunello
Gretarsson ½-½ Van der Werf   Peralta 1-0 Swinkels
Round 3 14.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 4 15.01.13 13.30 CET
Swinkels 1-0 Goryachkina   Goryachkina ½-½ Burg
Brunello ½-½ Peralta   Romanishin 1-0 Van der Werf
Schut 0-1 Kovchan   Admiraal ½-½ Gretarsson
Bitensky 1-0 Klein   Klein 1-0 Mekhitarian
Mekhitarian 1-0 Admiraal   Kovchan 1-0 Bitensky
Gretarsson 1-0 Romanishin   Peralta 1-0 Schut
Van der Werf 0-1 Burg   Swinkels ½-½ Brunello
Round 5 17.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 6 18.01.13 13.30 CET
Brunello 1-0 Goryachkina   Goryachkina ½-½ Romanishin
Schut 0-1 Swinkels   Admiraal ½-½ Burg
Bitensky 0-1 Peralta   Klein 1-0 Van der Werf
Mekhitarian ½-½ Kovchan   Kovchan ½-½ Gretarsson
Gretarsson 0-1 Klein   Peralta ½-½ Mekhitarian
Van der Werf ½-½ Admiraal   Swinkels ½-½ Bitensky
Burg 1-0 Romanishin   Brunello 1-0 Schut
Round 7 19.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 8 20.01.13 13.30 CET
Schut ½-½ Goryachkina   Goryachkina 1-0 Admiraal
Bitensky ½-½ Brunello   Klein 1-0 Romanishin
Mekhitarian ½-½ Swinkels   Kovchan ½-½ Burg
Gretarsson 0-1 Peralta   Peralta ½-½ Van der Werf
Van der Werf ½-½ Kovchan   Swinkels ½-½ Gretarsson
Burg ½-½ Klein   Brunello 1-0 Mekhitarian
Romanishin 1-0 Admiraal   Schut 1-0 Bitensky
Round 9 22.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 10 22.01.13 13.30 CET
Bitensky 1-0 Goryachkina   Goryachkina 0-1 Klein
Mekhitarian 1-0 Schut   Kovchan ½-½ Admiraal
Gretarsson 0-1 Brunello   Peralta 1-0 Romanishin
Van der Werf 0-1 Swinkels   Swinkels 1-0 Burg
Burg ½-½ Peralta   Brunello 1-0 Van der Werf
Romanishin ½-½ Kovchan   Schut 0-1 Gretarsson
Admiraal 1-0 Klein   Bitensky 1-0 Mekhitarian
Round 11 25.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 12 26.01.13 13.30 CET
Mekhitarian 1-0 Goryachkina   Goryachkina - Kovchan
Gretarsson 1-0 Bitensky   Peralta - Klein
Van der Werf 0-1 Schut   Swinkels - Admiraal
Burg ½-½ Brunello   Brunello - Romanishin
Romanishin ½-½ Swinkels   Schut - Burg
Admiraal 0-1 Peralta   Bitensky - Van der Werf
Klein ½-½ Kovchan   Mekhitarian - Gretarsson
Round 13 27.01.13 12.00 CET        
Gretarsson   Goryachkina        
Van der Werf   Mekhitarian        
Burg   Bitensky        
Romanishin   Schut        
Admiraal   Brunello        
Klein   Swinkels        
Kovchan   Peralta        


Peter Doggers's picture
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.


FlatEarth's picture

Ha! Aronian and Karjakin were able to beat Wang Hao whereas Carlsen made no headway against him whatsoever, which of course is a very telling comparison indeed. Plus, if you combine Anand’s first part of this tournament with Aronian’s impressive recent rounds they would equal or better Carlsen’s performance, which likewise establishes that Magnus is in no way superior to either of these two great players. Anand’s missed win today doesn’t really matter. There is no concrete evidence proving that Carlsen could have done a better job in that Pawn & Knight endgame or that Carlsen would not have equally misread the King & Pawn endgame after the voluntary exchange of knights. In any event, as Vishy conceded at the end of the last round, Magnus may well be doing better at “converting points” against lower rated players. But, as I think the Undisputed-World-Champion implied, that is not really the most critical or worthwhile skill – it’s more like a cheap party trick that does little more than impress the fanboys. In any event, there obviously is little or no difference between drawing against Wang Hao and drawing against Hou Yifan. Therefore, Anand cannot be criticized without equally criticizing Carlsen. In fact, objectively speaking, equating their respective performances this round would not really be fair to Anand. Vishy’s game today was unquestionably of superior quality in every respect. Carlsen’s game was short and drawish and Magnus was too chicken to take any risks against a normal edge for White whereas Vishy’s game had some exciting imbalances for which he deserves full credit. Vishy had a won position at move 40. So enough said: advantage Anand yet again.

Jarvis's picture

If you also believe in a flat earth, yes.

Septimus's picture

That was exactly what I was going to say.

Flat Earth: You are an idiot and nothing in that blob of text makes any sense. First off, Carlsen is the tournament leader. Just because he had some issues against Wang by choosing a strange Sicilian setup does not mean he sucks. On the contrary, I think anybody else in this position would have lost very quickly.

If anything, Carlsen is proving that there is no such thing as an automatic loss solely based on opening choice.

RG13's picture

Septimus, he is not "an idiot" but rather an artist. He is speaking in character and so if you are familiar with the irony of 'damning with faint praise' then you will be able to understand him.

Ray's picture

Exactly! You have to love FlatEarth's tongue-in-cheek ad absurdum logic.
Of course the average internet kibitzer is so unused to this type of subtle rhetoric that he will immediately confront the perceived "troll" or "idiot"... But it's never too late to learn! ;-)

slymnlts's picture

So, what I understand from what you say:
Anand draws = Dog bites man
Carlsen draws = Man bites dog

I guess this simply shows who is the best...

pilto's picture

rather deep irony this...

eric's picture

Earth is not flat Dude! Just put your self together, than I will read your comment!


You are evil man.....


@Flat Earth you are evil....

Kronsteen's picture

Indeed. Magnus seems to do well in Rook endings, which is another way of saying that he is scared of playing with Knights. Given this phobia - something to do with his Viking forebears? - there's every reason to think that he might have lost the ending against Hou Yifan. By holding the draw, Vishy once again demonstrates his superiority over the Kid.

FlatEarth's picture

I see your point. Much appreciated. In fact one of the hallmarks of the UndisputedWorldChamption is that he is a wizard with Knights. Voluntarily giving up his Knight today to get the resulting King&Pawn ending shows yet again what a gentleman Vishy is, effectively declaring that he would be willing to fight the rest of the battle with one arm tied behind his back.

Kronsteen's picture

Chivalry is not dead!

Guillaume's picture

I wouldn't take FlatEarth seriously. I doubt he believes a single word he is writing. He's not for real.

RealityCheck's picture

Yeah, a fool can see the sarcasm dripping from his, @flatearth's, brutish lips.

Septimus's picture

FlatEarth and S3 are the same person. In fact anybody trolling Carlsen is S3 in disguise.

ff2017's picture

This is quite excellent analysis. I went deeper and in fact if you combine the wins from the following specific players for the exact rounds in question, even including round 2 where everyone drew. You'd have a multiheaded monster that is 10.5/11!!! With a performance better than anyone in history!!! Simply Amazing!

1 Harikrishna
3 Karjakin
4 Van Wely
5 Leko
6 Hou Yifan
7 Nakamura
8 Caruana
9 Van Wely
10 Hou Yifan
11 Giri

So what flatearth is saying, taking the best partial results of 2 people you get better results that the average performance of 1 person who is doing better. Thanks for letting us know .75+.75 > 1.


@FlatEarth Magnus will soon convert many "cheap points" against Anand and I am pretty sure that then the Earth will be no flat anymore.

Anónimo's picture

If you still harbor doubts that FlatEarth is just being sarcastic you might do well in reading his comment on the Bilbao-FIDE row in this same website. You will know by then that he is just trying to ridicule here some of the most nonsensical comments by Carlsen's anti-fans.

Anonymous's picture

incredible the way Anand played his end game

in a WC match i would never give a chance to Carlsen, he should never think of going there with the sublime tiger

better make some elo points, and wait for inflation rating

strana's picture

Very precise, FlatEarth !! Carlsen has no rivals in beating weak players, like many in Wijk aan Zee. That is the reason why he won tournaments before and will continue to do so. But in Candidates, there will be another story. If Ivanchuk do not suffer a colapse, only strong players will be participating, so Carlsen will suffer to score. He is a Svidler customer, has also a negative score against Kramnik, is just +1 against the "old" Gelfand in about 10 games and can not dominate Grischuk ( who had beaten Carlsen many times in rapid and blitz) or Aronian. Only Radja has a bad score against Carlsen, but the azeri has the power to change it.... . So, Kramnik is the clear favourite to win. Another point: Carlsen had 3 bad positions ( Aronian, Leko and Wang Hao) untill now in Wijk, Anand had NONE !!!
All these many weak player are really decisive to define Wijk winner !!!

FlatEarth's picture

All good points, strana. Given that Carlsen's happens to have a tendency to "convert points," neither his rating nor his technically "official" scores in major tournaments is any indication whatsoever of how he will do the in the Candidates tournament. Pretty much everyone else in the Candidates event is demonstrably better than Carlsen when you look at it closely. And of course your are also right about the unimpressive positions Carlsen has gotten here at Wijk. As I have already explained, a full analysis of the underlying games, and not the mere facile counting of bare "points" is the only way to accurately assess the relative performance of the participants. When one does that (for example pointing out how Anand outperformed Magnus today), then Carlsen sadly lags behind several of the others at this event, which is hardly surprising to longterm observers who see Carlsen for the pretender that he so clearly is.

GM Grand's picture

Flatearth. Thanks for not believing the hype. Wake up chess world. Everything is not black or white. There are hispanics as well.

FlatEarth's picture

GMGrand: Only a fool would believe ELO ratings (number one on the list, highest rating ever, blah blah blah) and so-called “official” tournament scores. The many other aspects of the hype-machine also have to be looked at with a clear-eyed view -- like those Russians who give Carlsen the Chess Oscar every year. They obviously can’t be trusted as their standards are ADMITTEDLY completely subjective rather than empirical, leading to all sorts of bias that naturally cuts in Carlsen’s favor. By the gleeful reaction of his many fanboys, you would think that all the (undeserved) press attention Carlsen gets is actually good for the game of chess rather than the grotesque distortion that quite often can be.

Dudio's picture

"Those Russians" are creating the list for the Oscar by asking dozens of international journalists and organizers to give their top 10.

GM Grand's picture

FlatEarth: Aha. You too have heard about the "official" and "unofficial" tournament scores. The conspiracy is starting to unravel. When will people realize that winning is not the same as being the best?

redivivo's picture

This is just getting more and more hilarious every time it is repeated :-) Carlsen is a "Svidler customer" because he lost against him for the second and last time when he was 16 years 1 month and 2 weeks old.

He is "just +1" against Gelfand, but lost when he was 15 and has won the last games between them.

Grischuk has "beaten Carlsen many times in rapid and blitz" = Carlsen has a plus in rapid/blitz (as clear as 7-2 after 2008). Grischuk has never beaten Carlsen in classical.

Kramnik has a plus score against Carlsen = 4-3 in classical, 3-3 after Carlsen turned 17 (and Carlsen has 5-1 in rapid/blitz after 2008).

Aronian's score against Carlsen is 4-7 in classical.

"Only Radja has a bad score against Carlsen" but Ivanchuk is 2-8 in classical. Carlsen is 6-1 against Radjabov.

Anonymous's picture

You amuse me FlatEarth.

Sure, you're just an agitator looking to get a rise out of the people that are easily baited, but at least you put some effort into it.

bondegnasker's picture

Very nice and to the point, FlatEarth! I'd like to add just one detail: It seems to me that Carlsen's obsession with "converting points" is more than just a technical trick to "win tournaments". There's a deeply rooted psychological issue there IMO. Have you noticed that he's only playing lower rated people these days? In other words, is Carlsen a coward?

GM Grand's picture

Awesome points. Magnus is such a coward. Never realized that he has been playing lower rated opponents. That was not his style just a few years back. Sad development.

adam's picture

classic, man, you're getting better by the day :D the sad thing is that the ones addressed, along with replies below, will likely not understand...

adam's picture

(reply to comment #1)

baladala's picture

It was hard to imagine for me Vishy would ever fail like this. It is worse than some of his defeats in recent years. Simply Shocking.

Andreas's picture

Completely agree. As far as I know Anand had plenty of time to calculate. I dare to say I would have done the endgame from this point ahead better, as a 2100 patzer. Well, maybe not. Anyway, I guess this performance was a contribution to a little less 'undisputed-world-champion'

Thomas Oliver's picture

Anyone, even the very strongest, can make such rare mistakes or miscalculations. Was Kramnik an unworthy world champion because he once overlooked mate in one? One or two levels down, is Naiditsch a patzer because he gave a free piece to van Kampen (he was in that game, but not in the tournament as a whole)?

On the other hand, this was Anand's second big blunder in a short time, the first one was against Adams in London. Maybe he has a tendency to relax and become lazy in positions which he considers either dead-won (Hou Yifan) or dead-drawn (Adams).

redivivo's picture

Anand has indeed started to make more mistakes lately, he did also miss a win against Giri here, and a couple of them against Nakamura in London. Together with the Adams and Hou games that's four games of the last fifteen where mistakes by Anand changed the result, and this during a period when he has been playing relatively well otherwise.

Thomas Oliver's picture

First time I read that Anand played "relatively well" in London ... . The games against Giri and Nakamura had missed opportunities but not outright blunders where players with Elo 2100 can (correctly or reasonably) claim "I would have done better than Anand" - but they wouldn't have survived earlier Najdorf complications against Hou Yifan to get the upper hand. It's at least progress (compared to the period when he drew almost all of his games) that Anand gets winning positions and also wins some of these games.

People may be more critical towards Anand because he (still) is world champion - like it or not, according to FIDE rules and tradition he will keep his title until he loses a WCh match. But, for the sake of argument, let's assume or "declare" that Anand is no longer world champion. Then his overall play in Wijk aan Zee might already put him in the same league as Kramnik (who also misses opportunities every now and then) or Aronian. To reach Carlsen's level - by which I don't mean bridging the rating gap but competing for tournament victories - further progress may be required, but Wijk 2013 is clearly a step in the right direction.

trollaras's picture

Yes, you would have done much better, you would have managed to lose.

redivivo's picture

Ah, the classical Chessbomb chat line: "Nf5 was not a mistake unless you would have played better yourself".

choufleur's picture

FlatEarth your analysis is nonsense

Bob's picture

Yes. I like flatearth, he is very funny.

Anonymous's picture

the earth is not flat but RC is

Morley's picture

Anand did blunder the win away, but kudos to Hou for calculating the right drawing sequence. Must take a certain amount of mental toughness to fathom that Nf5 is a huge mistake, even if it is played by the World Champ when he's up a pawn. Tough break for Anand.

Caruana and Sokolov are really imploding. I'm sure they will be happy when this is over. Carlsen had probably his worst position of the tournament today, I really don't understand why Wang Hao would give up that knight for the bad bishop. At least this was an improvement on his last few games against Magnus? Hard to see anyone catching the world no. 1, but Aronian seems to be doing everything he can.

Quite a mix up in the B group, with Naiditsch beating Rapport. Down to the wire, the Tata Steel 2014 A spot is really being contested.

Lisa Schut's game in C was crazy ... in a 92 move game, it took her queen 60 moves to overcome White's two rooks. Good stuff!

eric's picture

Why not 40... - Ne4+? Anand was really disappointing this time! Sorry about how he handled that position!

S3's picture

Congrats to Hou but finding the draw wasn't really that hard after ..Nf5. She had little choice to take and the following moves were not particulary hard to find.

Which makes it even more sad for Anand. My guess is he was too lazy/tired to calculate a bit and he just assumed that all pawn endings would be won. Not uncommon with older players.

And Morley, I don't wanna nitpick, but Carlsen had a worse, perhaps even lost, position against Aronian. Still Hao's Nc6 was almost as strange as Anands Nf5.

Morley's picture

Fair enough. I had forgotten how dire things were looking for black in that game. c6 is something of a miracle move, but if Aronian had gone into knight ending up a pawn by taking on f5 earlier, he might have been able to convert.

Thomas Oliver's picture

Wang Hao-Carlsen today was indeed an improvement over Wang Hao-Carlsen, Biel 2012. Then the Chinese also had an advantage but ended up losing that game.

FlatEarth's picture

JUSTICE, for a change. How little we see of that in matters concerning this pretender to the throne of the UndisputedWorldChampion.

RealityCheck's picture

Say it loud FlatEarth Justice for one, justice for all. Hooowleluuuya! Preach!

Anonymous's picture

Why you guy's on about this pampered goldfish? GM Susan Polgar soon be bringing The Great Wes Shark to the World Cup feast!

So will eat your pampered goldfish with tea and biscuits but not cheese. He hates cheese but he loves chess!!!


Latest articles