Reports | January 17, 2013 20:29

Tata R5: Anand, Carlsen & Karjakin maintain their lead

Anand vs Carlsen, the top game in round 5

In the 5th round of the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee Vishy Anand, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin maintained their lead. The top clash Anand-Carlsen was a quick draw from a Petroff while Karjakin split the point with Anish Giri in a Grünfeld. The game of the day was Harikrishna-Van Wely (1-0) which finished in a nice mating combination. Ivan Sokolov suffered an opening catastrophe against Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura outplayed Hou Yifan with Black from a Dragon and Wang Hao defeated Erwin l'Ami. The last winner was Peter Leko, who brought down Fabiano Caruana.

Anand vs Carlsen, the top game in round 5

Richard Rapport is having a splendid tournament in the B group; in today's clash between the leaders he beat Sergey Tiviakov with Black. In "C" Fernando Peralta is still half a point ahead of Sabino Brunello.

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.

IM Gert Ligterink and GMs Hans Ree and Ljubomir Ljubojevic in the press room

On the rest day (Wednesday) it was exactly five years ago that Bobby Fischer passed away. Probably without thinking too much about that fact, the players of the different grandmaster groups produced an even bloodier round than the one before the rest day, with just 5 out of 21 games finishing in draws!

Another familiar (and famous) face: Vlastimil Hort

The first game to finish in the A group was one of these draws. The top encounter between World Champion Vishy Anand and the world's highest rated player Magnus Carlsen was quite disappointing for the spectators: a Petroff that finished peacefully after less than two hours of play.

Carlsen played a very solid set-up in the Petroff, following Wang Hao's handling of the position by postponing ...d6-d5. Black did end up with an isolated queen's pawn, but he had enough play (based on the move ...Qb6) as the white bishop wasn't ideally placed on g3.

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We asked if Anand was surprised about his opponent's opening choice.

Yeah, sure. It was the one opening I managed not to look at today. I can't recall him playing the Petroff.

Vishy Anand

Maybe the opening was related to Carlsen not feeling too well this day. He was a bit under the weather, and was in fact visited by the tournament doctor before the game. But the Norwegian decided to play Anand anyway, who didn't really notice anything special.

No, not really. I've also been nursing slightly, an infected throat, but it's no big deal. Well... maybe I should have drawn a connection for the fact that he was also drinking tea like me!

For the official website, Anand gave the following comments.

Videos by Freshmen media

Anand being interviewed for the official website

Not long afterwards the following game finished, but not in a draw: Ivan Sokolov basically miscalculated completely as soon as the opening phase was over and Levon Aronian had no difficulties refuting the Dutchman's moves.

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Wang Hao wasn't too happy about his opening play ("White is a bit better of course") but it seems that Erwin l'Ami chose the wrong plan, and then Black's queenside majority proved much more dangerous than White's army on the other side.

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Hou Yifan went down against Hikaru Nakamura. She felt she went for the wrong plan; White didn't get enough counterplay.

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Arguably the most spectacular game was Harikrishna-Van Wely. With remarkable ease the Indian debutant in the A group got his kingside attack going against the Dutchman's Scheveningen. The critical moment was reached on move 28, when the computer shows a defence that looks way too dangerous for humans.

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Peter Leko also won his first game, and it was a great one by the Hungarian. He outplayed Fabiano Caruana positionally, got full control over the queenside and then decided matters on the kingside. A model Ruy Lopez.

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Sergey Karjakin and Anish Giri drew in 38 moves in a Grünfeld (yes, Karjakin is trying 1.d4 more and more these days). The game looked fairly balanced from start to finish.

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Anish Giri and Loek van Wely analyzing their games

B group

In the B group Richard Rapport of Hungary took a firm lead thanks to a victory against co-leader Sergey Tiviakov. In Groningen Rapport had lost to the same opponent, so he was trying to take revenge.

Richard Rapport with Black against Sergey Tiviakov

He felt that castling queenside by White was too sharp. The 16-year-old Hungarian talent declined a draw offer at move 17 and went on to win. He told us that he needs to attend school for another 14 months, and then he plans to become a professional chess player. At the moment he is a private student, which means he has extra time to spend on chess. In Wijk aan Zee Rapport works with Hungarian GM Andras Flumbort. At the last World Junior Championship Rapport finished shared first with Alexander Ipatov but second on tie-break. Don't miss the spectacular game Grandelius vs Ipatov!

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The B group

Grandelius and Ipatov analyzing their amazing game

 

C group

Fernando Peralta is still going strong in C; on Thursday the Argentine GM beat Igor Bitensky of Israel with Black. Sabino Brunello is still half a point behind after beating Alexandra Goryachkina, and behind him a group of five players follows with 3/5. 

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The C group at the start of the round

Tata Steel 2013 | Grandmaster Group A | Round 5 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 - Wang Hao
Anand ½-½ Carlsen   Nakamura - l'Ami
Sokolov 0-1 Aronian   Giri - Hou Yifan
Leko 1-0 Caruana   Caruana - Karjakin
Karjakin ½-½ Giri   Aronian - Leko
Hou Yifan 0-1 Nakamura   Carlsen - Sokolov
l'Ami 0-1 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 5 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 - Ipatov
Movsesian 1-0 Edouard   Naiditsch - Grandelius
Tiviakov 0-1 Rapport   Timman - Smeets
Turov ½-½ Nikolic   Nikolic - Dubov
Dubov 1-0 Timman   Rapport - Turov
Smeets 0-1 Naiditsch   Edouard - Tiviakov
Grandelius 1-0 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 5 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 - Romanishin
Schut 0-1 Swinkels   Admiraal - Burg
Bitensky 0-1 Peralta   Klein - Van der Werf
Mekhitarian ½-½ Kovchan   Kovchan - Gretarsson
Gretarsson 0-1 Klein   Peralta - Mekhitarian
Van der Werf ½-½ Admiraal   Swinkels - Bitensky
Burg 1-0 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 22.01.13 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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harvey's picture

A bit disappointing the Anand-Carlsen-game. Rumours are that Carlsen had some medical issue today though.

Thomas's picture

Yes Carlsen was/is sick - the live commentary today mentioned that he went to see the tournament doctor in the morning (and it might also be mentioned in the forthcoming full report). This might explain his opening choice, though my first interpretation was that he is, after all, scared of "Anand 2013".

Balderdash's picture

The fear must be mutual, considering how effortlessly Carlsen got a drawn position against the fearsome champ. Must not have any Gelfand prep in the Petroff left over..

Thomas's picture

In case you missed it, Carlsen didn't even play a "proper Petroff" but 5.-Be7 rather than 5.-d5 - sidestepping possible preparation by Anand? I could even imagine that Anand was gentle on a sick Carlsen.

Balderdash's picture

Be7 has been played there plenty of times. It isn't like it was a new move or anything. Not accounting for it would certainly make for bad prep, don't you think?

"I could even imagine that Anand was gentle on a sick Carlsen." I'm sure you can imagine all sorts of things that have no anchor in reality. In the interest of friendliness, I must admit that I can as well.

Thomas's picture

Of course 5.-Be7 "exists" - I did a quick database check and found 847 games (vs. 21282 for 5.-d5). While 5.-Be7 was used in the last century by Karpov, Salov, Portisch, Smyslov, ... currently Rozentalis seems (or seemed) to be the strongest GM to play it. Even Anand cannot prepare for every sideline.

Septimus's picture

What a stupid thing to say! Carlsen is not scared of anybody. Why should the top rated player in the world be scared of anybody?

Anonymous's picture

Septimus, have you never heard of Fischer ?

RealityCheck's picture

Medical issues? Let us hope it's nothing more than cold feet. The seasonal chill has finally set in....

Get well soon MC.

Anonymous's picture

so what. Karjakin was sick when he won the world rapid championship and when he played in Nanjing. Last year Aronian was sick at wijk. I suppose a lot of players get ill when they meet players from all corners of the world in a windy and cold wijk..

Evgeny's picture

Carlsen has just observed the game Anand played in the round before and could not sleep for two days, that why he got sick))))

barry's picture

What is this - Christmas? First levon and then magnus choose lines that would have been the first order of business for team- anand's prep against gelfand.

NN's picture

Reminds me of the famous quote "I' ve never won a game against a healthy player", or something like that, I can't remember its source.

giovlinn's picture

That was Bobby Fischer, in his match against Taimanov 6-0, the Russian got sick, same thing happened to Larsen.

Axel's picture

I think it was Judith Polgar.

eric's picture

No, she just has kids to take care of. That is her excuse.

Chessguy's picture

I hope this was not meant as condescending as it sounds! And btw, it's actually Judith quoting her sister Susan saying that she "never won against a healthy man" (http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/30/world/europe/judit-polgar/index.html).

Morley's picture

Great win by Wang Hao. The ending in that game and the Harikrishna game were both very beautiful looking. Quite a round ... 5 draws over 21 games! The tournament is settling earlier than I thought it would ... the four bottom seeds occupy the last four spots in the standings.

Thomas's picture

Van Wely is actually tied with Giri and Caruana, just behind on Sonneborn-Berger. And the fifth-lowest seed Harikrishna at least for the time being "refuses" to play according to expectations (Elo 2698, TPR 2839, latest entry to the live rating list which now has 52 players).

RG13's picture

Richard Rapport is on fire. If he keeps this up it will be interesting to see what he does in the 'A' group next year.

Balderdash's picture

Not only are his results great so far, his path to them is great as well. With the exception of the first game, his technique has been very efficient. He is dispatching the top seeds in style.

RealityCheck's picture

Has he been accused of cheating, searched for electronic devises yet?

NN's picture

A beautiful game by Leko

S3's picture

Spot on. Leko's game was superb, a real classic.

arkan's picture

and Sokolov, wtf ?

columbo's picture

Can't wait the DUBOV - RAPORT match ! that will be the key of the B group ... But so far, i'm very impressed by Rapport style ... He is so precise !

filiusdextris's picture

As mentioned on ICC, what's especially cool about the Harikrishna mate is that the f1-Rook was superfluous. Had black inserted 37...Rxf1 38.Rxf1 the same mate sequence would still have occurred, a middle-of-the-board mate with only bishop, knight, and pawn.

RealityCheck's picture

Harikrishna has a very aesthetic style. Really looking forward watching more of his games.

Anonymous's picture

If you don't count mistakes, even my gramma could have such a style - so it's raw ability that really counts, and Harikrishna doesn't have the right stuff.

In this game, he badly blundered with 27.Nde2, then 28.Nf4 - even Houdini said so!! He's lucky there wasn't a better opponent to punish his mistake as black was in the driver's seat for the win.

RealityCheck's picture

Your gramma gave birth to your mamma who gave birth to you. An imbecile she never named. Go away. Go visit your twin, Septimus.

Anonymous's picture

Dont you feel shame to write like this. There were small mistakes in Hari's game but without computers you can not find it. Anonymous a below rated 2000 player with computer help find some mistakes and comment about a 2700 rated player. Come on go home that is better. Children.

Saji's picture

Dont you feel shame to write like this. There were small mistakes in Hari's game but without computers you can not find it. Anonymous a below rated 2000 player with computer help find some mistakes and comment about a 2700 rated player. Come on go home that is better. Children.

Septimus's picture

Rapport is on fire! What a fantastic tournament he is having. Definitely deserves to be promoted to the A group.

I enjoyed both Harikrishna and Nakamura's games. Hari's game had a few blunders, but they were not easy to spot without the computer. I thought Yifan made a few strange moves with the queen (maybe one too many) and perhaps 0-0 would have worked better after all.

slymlts's picture

I am very much looking forward to Rapport's games against Naiditsch as well as against Dubov. The first one will allow us how this young fella can handle a 2700er, and the latter one has the potential of a match-up between two youngsters who can play a world championship match in a few decades :-) Seriously, Rapport's rise reminds me of another blonde guy's spectacular rise to the top throughout 2000s - I mean, the one who recently broke Kasparov's record :-)

columbo's picture

I wish Illya Nyzhnyk could be around in the B group alongside these two young knives ! 1996 is a good year for Chess

columbo's picture

Dubov showed great skills in the Russian final, he has strong resistance ... Rapport is more " inspired ", so when in good shape, a fantastic player to watch, but he can also collapse for " no apparent reasons " at all ...

S3's picture

No drawnand commentaries today ? I wonder why..

pilto's picture

...perhaps because he - for once in a while - played some inspired chess yesterday against Aronian. So let us see if he can do the same for some more games, and the drawnand may disappear.

Anonymous's picture

Children

Saji's picture

Children

Saji's picture

Children

patyolat's picture

Rapport's performance rating (2999) is higher than Anand,s (2935) or Carlsen's (2895).

kha's picture

seriously, can someone with insight comment on whether or not Anand has a hair piece or not?

It looks ridiculous.

osafoewj's picture

Yes.. I too would like an answer to this question.

If he is someone should tell him the losing-hair-look is a lot more grandmasterly... and fewer people would make claims that he isn't working as hard.

Evgeny's picture

The Title should be "Anand, Carlsen & Karjakin were the only losers, which disappointed again in this round by a boring straightforward draw"!!!

arkan's picture

Really isn't there another layout possible? maybe the rankings & schedules should be click-to-open ? It makes loading/reading these round reports a nightmare

choufleur's picture

I can't help feeling sorry for Leko who failed to score his fifth draw in a row. What a pity.

Evgeny's picture

Yep, the question is if he can recover that fast, or will he fall back to his trade marked 50%

Evgeny's picture

Damn, Leko indeed blundered in probably dead drawn opposite color bishop endgame((

Thomas's picture

If a strong GM can blunder (and Leko is a strong GM), the endgame probably wasn't "dead" drawn ...

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