Reports | January 15, 2013 19:39

Tata R4: Carlsen & Anand join Karjakin in the lead

Viswanathan Anand played one of his best games ever

After four rounds the A group of the Tata Steel tournament has three leaders: Vishy Anand, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin. The World Champion won a magnificent game with Black against Levon Aronian; the Norwegian defeated Pentala Harikrishna from a... Ponziani Opening! Loek van Wely, Wang Hao and Fabiano Caruana also scored full points on a bloody day. Sergey Tiviakov and Richard Rapport maintained their shared lead in "B" while Fernando Peralto is half a point ahead of the pack in "C".

On Tuesday Viswanathan Anand played one of his best games ever | Photos Tata Steel, more here

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
Players
A group
Carlsen, Aronian, Caruana, Karjakin, Sokolov, Nakamura, Wang Hao, Karjakin, Giri, Harikrishna, Van Wely, Leko, l'Ami, Hou Yifan
Players
B group
Naiditsch, Movsesian, Edouard, Tiviakov, Turov, Rapport, Nikolic, Smeets, Dubov, Ipatov, Van Kampen, Grandelius, Timman, Ernst
Players
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.

Winter has arrived in the Netherlands and in Wijk aan Zee

On a day when the Netherlands, including Wijk aan Zee, was covered under a thick pack of snow, inside the playing venue "De Moriaan", and of course over the internet, hundreds of thousands of spectators saw a fantastic, spectacular round of chess with only 8 out of 21 games ending in a draw. The game of the day was Aronian-Anand, the second consecutive victory for the World Champ. and a magnificant game it was!

It's interesting to note that three of Anand's seconds (Surya Ganguly, Radek Wojtaszek and Rustam Kasimdzhanov) recently played games in this line of the Semi-Slav. And, the Indian revealed that he found the key move 12...c5! while preparing for his match against Boris Gelfand. He also compared his game with the classic Rotlewi-Rubinstein, Lodz 1907 and felt that by winning like this, against his "nightmare opponent", it must have been one of his best games.

Magnus Carlsen later stated that the game was "mindblowing" and "really something special". Judit Polgar tweeted:

Wow, what a game by Anand against Aronian in Wijk aan Zee! Today Vishy found himself, he played his very best! Impressive game!

It was the first time that the organizers held a press conference, and you can replay this in the video below the game viewer.

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Videos by Freshmen media

And imagine, this was only the start of what would become a memorable Tuesday. Magnus Carlsen scored what looked like a vintage Carlsen victory, playing a quite irregular opening (the Ponziani this time) and slowly but surely outplaying his opponent. However, the Norwegian felt that both players made several mistakes and just before the time control he wasn't sure at all about his (winning) chances.

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Sergey Karjakin drew with Hikaru Nakamura and so the Russian GM had to allow Anand and Carlsen next to him at the top of the leaderboard. In fact Karjakin was in clear danger of losing after he had to let go of one of his hanging pawns. Nakamura wasn't sure if he had been winning or not.

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Fabiano Caruana recovered well from his loss against Anand the previous day. The Italian kept a nice advantage out of the opening – obviously a Ruy Lopez, with Ivan Sokolov behind the black pieces.

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In the all-Chinese encounter Wang Hao vs Hou Yifan the higher rated player won in typical style: on the board there doesn't seem to be happening anything special, but his moves were just a little bit more to the point and he needed less time for them on the clock.

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Wang Hao beat his compatriot Hou Yifan

And there was even more. Also in the game between Dutchmen Loek van Wely and Erwin l'Ami a "friendly draw" was never an option as it is basically never an option when KingLoek is involved! Last year he tried the Trompovsky against Anish Giri and this year he played it against another compatriot. Somehow Erwin l'Ami didn't react well, and got into trouble. After giving an exchange he got some compensation, but as soon as his h-pawn dropped it was a technical win for White.

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With all the fireworks there was one game that really stood out: the uneventful draw between Anish Giri and Peter Leko!

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B group

In the B group co-leaders Sergey Tiviakov and Richard Rapport both won their games. The Dutchman's Queen's Indian looked as solid as ever and then a pawn grab by Predrag Nikolic proved too dangerous. A blunder in timetrouble did the rest. Rapport beat Movsesian, who erred in the early Chebanenko middlegame and was punished ruthlessly. Sipke Ernst, who was on 0/3, had Caissa on his side as Romain Edouard, an exchange up, fell for a nasty trap.

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C group

Of the four leaders only Fernando Peralta won in round 4; the Argentine grandmaster defeated Lisa Schut in a 8.Rb1 Grünfeld. Dutch IM David Klein had a good day beating GM Krikor Mekhitarian of Brazil.

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Tata Steel 2013 | Grandmaster Group A | Round 4 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 - Van Wely   Van Wely - Wang Hao
Anand - Carlsen   Nakamura - l'Ami
Sokolov - Aronian   Giri - Hou Yifan
Leko - Caruana   Caruana - Karjakin
Karjakin - Giri   Aronian - Leko
Hou Yifan - Nakamura   Carlsen - Sokolov
l'Ami - Wang Hao   Harikrishna - Anand
Round 7 19.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 8 20.01.13 13.30 CET
Anand - Van Wely   Van Wely - Nakamura
Sokolov - Harikrishna   Giri - Wang Hao
Leko - Carlsen   Caruana - l'Ami
Karjakin - Aronian   Aronian - Hou Yifan
Hou Yifan - Caruana   Carlsen - Karjakin
l'Ami - Giri   Harikrishna - Leko
Wang Hao - Nakamura   Anand - Sokolov
Round 9 22.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 10 23.01.13 13.30 CET
Sokolov - Van Wely   Van Wely - Giri
Leko - Anand   Caruana - Nakamura
Karjakin - Harikrishna   Aronian - Wang Hao
Hou Yifan - Carlsen   Carlsen - l'Ami
l'Ami - Aronian   Harikrishna - Hou Yifan
Wang Hao - Caruana   Anand - Karjakin
Nakamura - Giri   Sokolov - Leko
Round 11 25.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 12 26.01.13 13.30 CET
Leko - Van Wely   Van Wely - Caruana
Karjakin - Sokolov   Aronian - Giri
Hou Yifan - Anand   Carlsen - Nakamura
l'Ami - Harikrishna   Harikrishna - Wang Hao
Wang Hao - Carlsen   Anand - l'Ami
Nakamura - Aronian   Sokolov - Hou Yifan
Giri - 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 4 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 - Van Kampen   Van Kampen - Ipatov
Movsesian - Edouard   Naiditsch - Grandelius
Tiviakov - Rapport   Timman - Smeets
Turov - Nikolic   Nikolic - Dubov
Dubov - Timman   Rapport - Turov
Smeets - Naiditsch   Edouard - Tiviakov
Grandelius - Ipatov   Ernst - Movsesian
Round 7 19.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 8 20.01.13 13.30 CET
Movsesian - Van Kampen   Van Kampen - Naiditsch
Tiviakov - Ernst   Timman - Ipatov
Turov - Edouard   Nikolic - Grandelius
Dubov - Rapport   Rapport - Smeets
Smeets - Nikolic   Edouard - Dubov
Grandelius - Timman   Ernst - Turov
Ipatov - Naiditsch   Movsesian - Tiviakov
Round 9 22.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 10 23.01.13 13.30 CET
Tiviakov - Van Kampen   Van Kampen - Timman
Turov - Movsesian   Nikolic - Naiditsch
Dubov - Ernst   Rapport - Ipatov
Smeets - Edouard   Edouard - Grandelius
Grandelius - Rapport   Ernst - Smeets
Ipatov - Nikolic   Movsesian - Dubov
Naiditsch - Timman   Tiviakov - Turov
Round 11 25.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 12 26.01.13 13.30 CET
Turov - Van Kampen   Van Kampen - Nikolic
Dubov - Tiviakov   Rapport - Timman
Smeets - Movsesian   Edouard - Naiditsch
Grandelius - Ernst   Ernst - Ipatov
Ipatov - Edouard   Movsesian - Grandelius
Naiditsch - Rapport   Tiviakov - Smeets
Timman - 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 4 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 - Goryachkina   Goryachkina - Romanishin
Schut - Swinkels   Admiraal - Burg
Bitensky - Peralta   Klein - Van der Werf
Mekhitarian - Kovchan   Kovchan - Gretarsson
Gretarsson - Klein   Peralta - Mekhitarian
Van der Werf - Admiraal   Swinkels - Bitensky
Burg - Romanishin   Brunello - Schut
Round 7 19.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 8 20.01.13 13.30 CET
Schut - Goryachkina   Goryachkina - Admiraal
Bitensky - Brunello   Klein - Romanishin
Mekhitarian - Swinkels   Kovchan - Burg
Gretarsson - Peralta   Peralta - Van der Werf
Van der Werf - Kovchan   Swinkels - Gretarsson
Burg - Klein   Brunello - Mekhitarian
Romanishin - Admiraal   Schut - Bitensky
Round 9 22.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 10 23.01.13 13.30 CET
Bitensky - Goryachkina   Goryachkina - Klein
Mekhitarian - Schut   Kovchan - Admiraal
Gretarsson - Brunello   Peralta - Romanishin
Van der Werf - Swinkels   Swinkels - Burg
Burg - Peralta   Brunello - Van der Werf
Romanishin - Kovchan   Schut - Gretarsson
Admiraal - Klein   Bitensky - Mekhitarian
Round 11 25.01.13 13.30 CET   Round 12 26.01.13 13.30 CET
Mekhitarian - Goryachkina   Goryachkina - Kovchan
Gretarsson - Bitensky   Peralta - Klein
Van der Werf - Schut   Swinkels - Admiraal
Burg - Brunello   Brunello - Romanishin
Romanishin - Swinkels   Schut - Burg
Admiraal - Peralta   Bitensky - Van der Werf
Klein - 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        

 

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Comments

redivivo's picture

Only Leko's game was exciting today.

sadiq's picture

Wow ....what a game by Anand????? May be he has regained his confidence. Look how precisely he defeated his nemesis. May God help him in future.

Thomas's picture

I briefly wondered if Anand really had the black pieces ... I mean, this game is pretty reminiscent of some of his earlier losses with white against Aronian.

Is Vishy back? Tomorrow a rest day, then white against Carlsen ...

Anonymous's picture

Yes he is back like i said yesterday! Good there is a break..he needs time to settle down from all this excitement.

harami's picture

Absolute masterpiece by the World Champion.

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous's picture

Anand the master has a wonderful hair piece!

Chess Fan's picture

Very well and simply stated.

RG13's picture

ANAND IS BACK IN THE SADDLE!!

RG13's picture

At least now whoever gets through the candidates will have a real foe to contend with.

Morley's picture

Brilliant play from Anand today. The position after 16. ... Nde5 is great.

Good play from Carlsen as well. Harikrishna put up a good fight, but Carlsen had too strong of a lock on the position and Black made a few mistakes towards the end.

A pretty violent round! Anand-Carlsen is coming just in time.

saturnz's picture

I agree, beautiful play

ff2017's picture

Anand finally reveals his preparation.

Morley's picture

Based on Anand's comments after the game, it looks like up until move 18 or so he was still in prep for Gelfand during the match last year.

Morley's picture

Nevermind! He said specifically that 16. ... Nde5! was the first move he had to find over the board. Sure is a good move too :-)

Septimus's picture

LOL! But he did so in spectacular fashion.

AAR's picture

If Anand survives against Carlsen with a draw then he will surely win this tournament.

Saji Soman's picture

survives ??????? Come on.

Bartleby's picture

Seriously beautiful stuff by Anand. How do you defend against somebody who just ignores your defenses?

kuk's picture

Carlsen sets new live record!

RealityCheck's picture

GM Carlsen on WC Anand's game- "Mind-Blowing".

Chess Fan's picture

That is one thing about these genuises of our times (Aronian, Anand, Magnus etc.); they are gracious, gentlemanly, and objective about chess and their opponents.
Long live and bless the game that we all love.

kuk's picture

Carlsen sets new live record!

sasha's picture

It was sad to find Bc5 was preparation.i was already thinking what a beautiful game from the drawand. But yeah not all was skill.

Leo's picture

I don't see why that would be "sad". Opening preparation is a crucial part of competitive chess, and even more so on the very top level, of course. A beautiful game is a beautiful game.
It would be different if the whole thing was actually played before; then would just be a matter of knowing that game (or, from White's perspective, catastrophically *not* knowing it).

Leo's picture

... then *it would ... Sorry.

Septimus's picture

What a crushing win by Anand! Superb! Good to see him recover some of his killer instinct. More than Bc4, I liked Nde5!

In what is becoming the norm, Carlsen wins again from an equal ending! This guy is a beast! I don't think anybody can survive an ending against MC.

Thomas's picture

Now that I see reason to praise Carlsen for an exciting, dynamic and creative middlegame, someone else says he "wins again from an equal ending!".I dunno if there ever was an endgame, and if so it wasn't equal ... .

Septimus's picture

Why exactly is thy hallowed opinion sacrosanct? Are you always so boorishly pedantic?

S3's picture

If he was really boorishly pedantic he would have pointed out to you the difference between Bc5 and Bc4 (see your post above). And he is right about the absence of a drawish endgame, but what would you know about the value of a covered white passed pawn on e6..

RealityCheck's picture

AaaaaNaaaannnnD. Master piece !! Respect, hats off to Aronian for having the intestinal fortitude to challenge Vishy's Semi-Slav. What a game!

Morley's picture

Interviewer: What did you think of Vishy's game?
Carlsen: Mind blowing, something special.
Interviewer: Are you scared now that he is back in shape and you play him next?
Carlsen. No.

Lee's picture

I loved Magnus' response.

"No", with a little smile and a shake of the head. This is a man playing with immense confidence and tenacity.

I'm really starting to warm to him.

NN's picture

Just no. Epic answer (though the question was provocative).

Thomas's picture

Any answer to such a provocative question would be sort of funny, also "Yes" (with a similar smile) or "I will do my very best".

Epic's picture

No.

Balderdash's picture

There, see? Still epic, Thomas.

columbo's picture

Let's not forget Mr Rapport in the B group ... Great talent !

Balderdash's picture

Rapport is doing great so far. Incidentally, he is not too far behind the likes of Caruana and Karjakin. At age 16 years, 9 months:

Carlsen: 2714
Giri: 2690
Karjakin: 2672
Caruana: 2649
Rapport: 2621

S3's picture

Rating aside, I don't think a 16 year old ever has won the B group? (or perhaps Karjakin?) Still a long way to go of course.

FLM's picture

According to wikipedia Carlsen won group B in Corus in 2006 (shared first with Motylev with 9/13 (+6-1=6)). At that time Carlsen was about 15 years and 2 months old.

S3's picture

Wikipedia is wrong/incomplete. Motylev won that tournament on TB but Carlsen was still granted his promotion to the A group.
But Karjakin was sole first in 2005, so it has happened before indeed. Frankly I forgot it was that long back already.

columbo's picture

i think Karjakin won Corus B in January 2005 ... not bad !

adam's picture

The guys you mentioned were supported this or that way from quite an early age. According to several (bitter) interviews with Rapport, this is not the case with him... Btw, 2672 or 2649, and 2621 isn't that big of a difference and those two fellas both peeped into the top 5 only three-four years subsequently.

adam's picture

Ehh, I realized that you weren't bashing the guy but expressed a positive opinion. My bad, sorry.

redivivo's picture

Aronian had white in three of his first four games and played a couple of the 2600s but is still -1, he hasn't done that well lately and is just a point ahead of Radjabov and could easily fall out of the top three or even top five unpleasant he improves here.

redivivo's picture

Unless jees this autocorrect stuff

Balderdash's picture

Yeah, Aronian has dropped over 20 points in a month, and is currently at a cumulative -2, including his games from London. Way off form.

S3's picture

Judging by his play at Wijk he doesn't seem to be off form at all.

Balderdash's picture

He didn't play very well against van Wely, and let Carlsen off the hook in a much better position. I dunno, I think for a 2800 to not get anything against 2600s (both of whom Carlsen beat) seems off form.

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