Reports | January 26, 2013 17:03

Carlsen wins 75th Tata Steel with a round to spare

Carlsen wins 75th Tata Steel with a round to spare

Less than 3.5 hours into the penultimate round, Magnus Carlsen has secured sole victory at the 75th Tata Steel chess tournament. The Norwegian crushed Hikaru Nakamura with White in 31 moves and not long afterwards his closest rival, Levon Aronian, drew with Anish Giri. Carlsen still has something to play for tomorrow: beating Giri would get him to 10.5/13, half a point more than Garry Kasparov's record score in Wijk aan Zee in 1999. (Besides, a win would also bring Carlsen's live rating closer to 2900 than to 2850...)

Magnus Carlsen wins the 75th Tata Steel | Photo © Tata Steel

Fabiano Caruana and Ivan Sokolov will be happy that the tournament is over tomorrow; both lost again, to Loek van Wely and Hou Yifan respectively. Vishy Anand beat Erwin l'Ami from what started as a very unclear ending where Black seemed to have the better chances.

The B group will see an exciting last round with Richard Rapport (who beat Jan Timman), Sergey Movsesian and Arkadij Naiditsch sharing first place. The C group hasn't been decided yet either as Fernando Peralta and Sabino Brunello are still tied for first.

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.

Well, that was quick. Carlsen-Nakamura, the big game that could change a lot for the tournament situation, was in fact the first to finish in the A group's 12th round. Somehow we had the feeling that if anyone was capable of bringing down the Norwegian it was perhaps the American, the fighter Nakamura, for whom there's no compromise. It was against the odds, however, as he had only beaten Carlsen once with Black in a classical game, and that was seven years ago. As it went, Nakamura didn't stand a chance. Here's the game and below Carlsen's explanation.

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The next game everyone was looking at was Levon Aronian vs Anish Giri. The Armenian still had a theoretical chance to finish shared first with Carlsen, but not long after Nakamura resigned, Aronian drew his game.

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This meant that in less than four hours of play the tournament was suddenly decided: Magnus Carlsen had won his third Wijk aan Zee tournament; it was his second sole victory. There's still enough drama in the B and C group, where nothing has been decided yet. But let's first finish the other games in the A group.

Vishy Anand faced an energetic Erwin l'Ami, who played the Najdorf and pushed his queenside pawns quickly towards his opponent's king. When the Dutchman missed a chance to get a slight advantage, he was slowly outplayed.

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Fabiano Caruana is really having a nightmare tournament and lost again, to Loek van Wely. The Italian now went from #5 to #13 in the world rankings.

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Ivan Sokolov prepared a rare line against Hou Yifan's Ragozin, and it paid off: the Dutchman was slightly better around move 20. However, a few moves later he blundered terribly and had to give a piece. Hou Yifan, who in fact thought her opponent had sacrificed the piece, played it well and didn't give him a chance.

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Peter Leko went for 1.d4 against Sergey Karjakin, whose Berlin Ending is extremely solid. Leko realized that his opponent plays more or less the same as he does against the Catalan, and so he decided to try a line that involves an early a2-a3, and just play. Even though he found a nice way to avoid an immediate draw (with Nxd5 and Qe4), soon the Hungarian had nothing left to play for.

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There's not much to say about Harikrishna-Wang Hao, a game that was about equal all the time.

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Group B

Anything can happen in the B group, where three players are still in contention for promotion to the A group next year: Arkadij Naditisch, Sergey Movsesian and Richard Rapport (and theoretical chances are still there for Jan Smeets and even Daniil Dubov). The first two names drew their games in round 12 while the Hungarian profited from a big mistake (21...h5) by Jan Timman (in an already difficult position). There was a small tragedy for Robin van Kampen, was slightly better against Predrag Nikolic throughout the game and then blew up his own position in his opponent's timetrouble.

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Group C

Not one but two players scored the splendid 10/12 in the C group: Sabino Brunello and Fernando Peralta. They are now 2.5 points ahead of the pack. The Italian has the better chances as he plays FM Miguoel Admiraal in the last round, while Peralta has to play against GM Alexander Kovchan.

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Tata Steel 2013 | Grandmaster Group A | Round 12 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 1-0 Caruana
Karjakin 1-0 Sokolov   Aronian ½-½ Giri
Hou Yifan ½-½ Anand   Carlsen 1-0 Nakamura
l'Ami ½-½ Harikrishna   Harikrishna ½-½ Wang Hao
Wang Hao ½-½ Carlsen   Anand 1-0 l'Ami
Nakamura 0-1 Aronian   Sokolov 0-1 Hou Yifan
Giri 1-0 Caruana   Leko ½-½ 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 12 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 0-1 Nikolic
Dubov 1-0 Tiviakov   Rapport 1-0 Timman
Smeets ½-½ Movsesian   Edouard ½-½ Naiditsch
Grandelius 0-1 Ernst   Ernst ½-½ Ipatov
Ipatov 0-1 Edouard   Movsesian ½-½ Grandelius
Naiditsch 1-0 Rapport   Tiviakov ½-½ Smeets
Timman 1-0 Nikolic   Turov 1-0 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 12 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 0-1 Kovchan
Gretarsson 1-0 Bitensky   Peralta 1-0 Klein
Van der Werf 0-1 Schut   Swinkels ½-½ Admiraal
Burg ½-½ Brunello   Brunello 1-0 Romanishin
Romanishin ½-½ Swinkels   Schut 0-1 Burg
Admiraal 0-1 Peralta   Bitensky ½-½ Van der Werf
Klein ½-½ Kovchan   Mekhitarian 1-0 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        



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chessmaster's picture

Carlsen = messi

PircAlert's picture

Anand = Houdini!

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Chess Fan's picture

What is wrong with you?

Anonymous's picture

Carlsen is tearing it up, but he's going to have to keep winning like this if he wants to reach 2900. Even the draws are starting to hurt his rating a bit. Nice game against Nakamura today. Nakamura looked visibly depressed at around moves 20-23

arkan's picture

Big congrats to Carlsen! Superb performance; i hope he wins tommorow as well to get kasparov's record

MagnusWatch's picture
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Bertil's picture

Magnus Carlsens first Murphy-game!

WHP's picture

Calsen is almost unstoppable with white, 6 wins, 1 draw. To make tournaments more interesting they should let him only play black.

Anonymous's picture

So how to explain the thesis of Magnus not preparing and not playing for an opening advantage and this alleged extra strength with white?

Thomas Oliver's picture

Part of the explanation is that white often can get a slight advantage even in non-topical sidelines. Another part is that Carlsen had mostly white against the lower half of the field, plus Nakamura against whom he always scores well - and today Nakamura played some sort of coffeehouse chess (while engines think that black is reasonably OK until about move 20, to me it looked dodgy earlier on). Plus Caruana against who he drew - in round 1 Caruana's bad form in the event wasn't yet known.
On the other hand, he had black against Aronian, Anand, Leko (hard to beat with either color) and Wang Hao plus a win against Hou Yifan.

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Septimus's picture

Now you are grasping at straws. How stupid can one get? "Carlsen won because he had white." Really?
What next, Carlsen wins because he is alive?

S3's picture

Rather, he is trying to explain why he scored better with white than with black but I guess you wouldn't understand even if you could read.

Septimus's picture

I suppose that is supposed to be a profound observation? Thanks for nothing captain obvious.

Anonymous's picture

No....MC wins because he's employed a witch doctor to stick pins in doll that is a reasonable likeness of his nex opponent.

FlatEarth's picture

Correct. The apparent result is totally distorted. Yet again in this round Anand the UndisputedWorldChampion outperformed Carlsen. Let's face it. Every once in a while Nakamura just throws in the towel and today was one of those days. He didn't even try. On the other hand, while Anand got a little embarrassed coming out of the opening, he soundly showed L'Ami how stupid it is to go prematurely tactical on the Champ. Yet again, therefore, Anand outperforms the pretender, as was the case yesterday and most other rounds. The fact that Carlsen has a better than even shot at besting Kasparov's record at Wijk is solely a function of Carlsen "converting points" in the earlier rounds, as Thomas (the charter member of the flat earth society) so eloquently explains above. As I have explained previously, and Thomas brilliantly amplifies, so-called "official" tournament scores are so often a distortion of the truth when Carlsen is involved. Ditto goes for ELO ratings when, like today, Carlsen merely converts a point against a lower rated player. I trust the fanboys are cringinging at Carlsen's actual unvarnished performance at this event, but it is no surprise at all to those who have always been able to see through the hype and simplistic (and indeed wildly distorted) prism of ELO and so-called "official" tournament scores. The clear headline for this year's Tata is the return of Anand as a tournament monster who consistently outperforms based on objective standards. Little else is noteworthy, certainly not another insignificant flash-in-the-pan from Magnus-the-hyped.

Anonymous's picture

Did you mean Anand the player who retained his title by "Undisputedly" not winning his regular title match over a 2740 player? Did you mean he outperformed Carlsen today, and if so, how?

PircAlert's picture

Do you mean to say the so called great predecessors are only disputed champions by them agreeing to and sometimes retaining their title by virtue of a tie?

strana's picture

Yes, Anand is undisputedly World Champion. The player who has a positive score against almost everyone ( Kramnik, Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Svidler, Timman, Short, Grischuk, CARLSEN, Kamsky, Topalov, Salov, Radjabov, Karjakin,Karpov - ok, Tolya was already a decadent player but still stronger than many top Gms today -etc. Only Kasparov and Aronian are exceptions). And the same israeli 2740 player has, in more than 10 games, just a -1 against Carlsen... . Imagine if this weak 2740 were in his 20s , not his 40s !!!!

Bartleby's picture

I can't stop laughing. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous's picture

Many years ago Kasparov stated Carlsen is the future of chess.

PircAlert's picture

So Kasparov the official Chess Clairvoyant???!!! You know how such prediction works! Example, global warming.

Lee's picture

FlatEarth once more provides deep insight into the current state of the chess elite. I continue to be impressed by this young man's attempts to seek the truth and enlighten the masses.

ANand's picture

this is so stupid. not worth commentating

ANand's picture

this is so stupid. not worth commentating

thetruth's picture

You sound like an idiot making a bunch of excuses.

All the participants got their shot at winning Tata Steel.

Can't blame anybody but themselves for LOSING games and not winning more.

Any player could, in theory, have a bad day. But that's just part of the sport, or any sport.

If a player doesn't accept that condition, then they should't play at all. No excuses are tolerated. All whiners are losers.

All the credit for Carlsen taking first place. He won his games, that's what counts.

bronkenstein's picture

Interesting observation, actually something like that is almost necessary for gap like this one - quite untypical for Magnus, rather Kasparovian - to happen.

Morley's picture

Carlsen had victories with White against Karjakin and Nakamura, both of whom are top 10 players and both of whom were +2 when Carlsen defeated them. He also had White in victories againt Van Wely and Harikrishna, both of whom are on an even score and 2731 TPR. Finally, he had white against a solid Caruana before he fell into his present rut. So the claim that "Carlsen had mostly white against the lower half of the field" isn't really that accurate.

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That (mostly white against the bottom half by Elo) was my second point, let me first elaborate on my first point:
With white it is easier to find something non-theoretical that still leads to a playable position and doesn't require too much study - e.g. the Ponziani isn't promising objectively spoken but isn't bad either. This IMO already refutes Anonymous' statement to which I replied: "how to explain the thesis of Magnus not preparing and not playing for an opening advantage and this alleged extra strength with white?".

With black it's harder to surprise the opponent while keeping things under control - I cannot think of black equivalents for the Ponziani, 1.e4 e6 2.d3, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ etc. . Less "safe" uncommon lines such as Pirc or Aljechin may work as a surprise weapon, but you better study them in some detail or you run the risk that an opponent happens to be well-prepared.

Carlsen-Nakamura actually nicely illustrates my point: Nakamura played something he never played before, Carlsen played 6.g3 (rare but fine), Nakamura responded with 6.-h5!?? which is extremely rare - the only "significant" game I could find is a crushing loss by Nigel Short in Wijk aan Zee 1990 against John Nunn.

Now to the second point: I wrote "mostly [sic] against the lower half of the field", so it's a partial explanation. I wouldn't conclude too much from Carlsen's game against Nakamura (it was sheer madness from Hikaru). As to van Wely, he has a 50% score because he did extremely well against the bottom five - 4.5/5 is better than anyone else's result, including Carlsen! But he clearly struggled against strong in-form players. Who knows if Caruana had already "fallen into a rut" in the first round IF Carlsen had really tested him? IMO Carlsen didn't, maybe he would have played more ambitiously if he had faced Caruana later in the event, knowing his poor form.

redivivo's picture

"I wouldn't conclude too much from Carlsen's game against Nakamura"

Or from any other of his wins, I guess? :-)

rogge's picture

Omg is this the real thomas? I thought he was an ironic humourist like FlatEarth, he he :)

Thomas Oliver's picture

Focusing on Carlsen's white games I can conclude something from each of them:
- that he can beat nominally weaker player and (against Harikrishna) show some creativity
- that he can outsit strong players (Karjakin) but also that such an approach can lead nowhere (Caruana).

Against Nakamura, I just conclude that Nakamura can self-destruct. If I saw the game score without players' names but saying "played in Wijk aan Zee", I would put this game in one of the amateur groups (not even the highest one) or maybe an evening blitz event.

Carlsen fans will claim that their hero made Nakamura look like a child, I say Nakamura played like a child, and Nakamura fans are silent.

Anonymous's picture

nakamura played horribly, you're lying, no one claimed carlsen made nakamura look like a child.

sab's picture

Did you actually read comments when Carlsen play against Naka?

Theo's picture

or maybe he could give queen odds? ;-)

MagnusWatch's picture

"Tata Steel 2013" main event has been won by the favorite, undisputed worlds best player, #1, indefatigable fighter, worldchamp, Tiger of Madras and Chennai and true gentleman: Vishy Anand.

The parallel comedy event "So You Think You Can Blunder" was won by Ivan Sokolov, and to no one's surprise Magnus Carlsen ended last after yet another embarrassing performance, as he didn't manage a single blunder in 12 games. To the chess world's indignation his rating has inflated to obscene proportions. His style has been compared to that of the mediocre Capablanca, who started blundering at the age of 5. His games are boooooooooring and ignored by all except for a shrinking group of degenerate fanboys and opening preparation freaks. Let us never forget that he was disrespectful once to poor poor Kosteniuk after a takeback attempt under time pressure in a blitz game. So unlike the rest of us, who always behaved impeccably when we were teenagers, but maybe that was just because there was always a camera recording our every move for youtube ...

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S3's picture

Magnuswatch/colombo/redivivo, you forgot to mention how he was also disrespectful /cheating/taking back moves against (amongst others) : Gashimov, Savchenko, Aronian and Morozevich as an adult. But here at Tata he behaved better, and played quite decently as well winning 7 games against an average rating of no less than 2701 and even drawing the world champ and world number 3 Aronian.

Apart from Magnus also kudo's to Hou Yifan who is already at 5 points, a lot more than most people predicted.

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous's picture

How can we thank you for keeping this unspeakably important record? I mean are you sacrificing all your spare time on this or are you the personal behaviours' record keeper for all worldclass players?

S3's picture

Magnus is the only pro player with a record of takebacks and incidents, so it doesn't take a lot of time to keep track.No need to thank me, but you can thank magnuswatch for bringing it up if you want.

Kasparov's picture

S3: You should be really careful about what you're saying. It borders on personal attacks, and could result in a ban. You're known for hating or disliking Magnus, and you seem obsessed with spreading your hatred/dislike for him. You should really cool down and think before you talk.

Are you aware that defamation and libel can be punishable by law? If you keep this going, you risk not only getting banned, but you risk getting prosecuted as well.



Anonymous's picture

or exposed first, after all, it's not very diffcult to find WHO is behind S3

S3's picture

That's a funny post "kasparov".
I'm a guest here so I'll always abide to the terms and conditions of this site and the law.
The incidents I mentioned are all facts and have nothing to do with libel. I didn't bring up the subject, I just added some info since "Magnuswatch" seemed interested. And I'll post it again for you to be clear:

Carlsen lied about touching a piece and taking it back against Aronian at Amber rapid. He also tried to take back moves in games with f.e. Gashimov, Savchenko and Kosteniuk.
This tournament he has played super and as far as I know he didn't cheat either. Hurray!

Epic's picture

I've seen claims you've been banned on other chess sites, is that correct? That would make you a troll, right?

Eadon's picture

S3 is a 15 you Anand fanboi. His posts are actually high comedy!

elgransenor1's picture

maybe carlsen is using an earpiece?


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