Reports | January 21, 2012 20:26

Tata Steel R7: Carlsen joins Aronian in the lead once again

Tata Steel R7: Carlsen joins Aronian in the lead once again

Once again Magnus Carlsen joined Levon Aronian in the lead at the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. In the 7th round, Carlsen beat Boris Gelfand with the white pieces while Aronian drew his game with Black against Vassily Ivanchuk. Still without playing a single draw, Sergey Karjakin defeated Veselin Topalov and likewise Gata Kamsky bounced back from a loss against David Navara.

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

On the second Saturday, the word ramptoerisme ('disaster tourism') was buzzing through the playing hall of the Tata Steel chess tournament. Many amateurs and spectators were having trouble reaching the venue in time, because of traffic jams on the highway to Beverwijk/Wijk aan Zee. The reason was a cargo ship that had run aground, in fact already on Friday morning, about two hundred meters offshore, nearby the Wijk aan Zee beach. On Saturday the ship was released - an operation that was watched by hundreds if not thousands of 'disaster tourists' from the rainy and windy beach.

Tournament leader Levon Aronian drew his game in the 7th round, but this could hardly be called a disaster, with Black against Vassily Ivanchuk. Aronian said about the game:

Vassily has a very good feel for these positions and although it's considered to be a draw, I think he had this cunning plan to play this in order to get me to lose my concentration and to beat me like that. But I think I stayed calm, and I was analyzing during his time, so I avoided the trouble.

Aronian's girlfriend Arianne Caoili is again playing in the 9-round amateur event

And so for the second time, Magnus Carlsen had a chance to rejoin Aronian in the lead. The Norwegian did so, won the daily prize (for his “fine display of his skill of exploiting microscopic advantages" - Ivan Sokolov) and explained afterwards:

It was just that (...) he exchanged queens one move too late. If he had simply played 30…Qc2 instead of 30…Nd7, there would have been no question of me having an advantage. When he came up with the exchange one move later, I won a pawn, and it became very difficult for him to fight his way back into the game.

PGN string

Magnus Carlsen defeated Boris Gelfand and caught Levon Aronian again

Gata Kamsky beat David Navara from the white side of a Berlin Endgame. The American said that at first Black was fine, out of the opening.

In the opening it was very slightly better for White, very close to equality. The way he played he had no counterplay at all.

PGN string

In one of the 'en passant' videos, Kamsky complimented the two opponents who had beaten him so far: Aronian and Giri.

Overall I was OK with my game except for the games I lost. The game that I lost to Levon, it was a fantastic game, because the only chance I could see for myself was at one point, Nb3 on the 40th or 50th move. You know, obviously when your only move is on the 50th move, the opponent is doing something really right! Yesterday, against Giri, I blundered in one move and then he just run me down like a professional!

Gata Kamsky

Sergey Karjakin hasn't drawn a single game yet. On Saturday the Moscovite won against Veselin Topalov, using the Grand Prix Attack. Topalov came up with an exchange sacrifice that was as typical for this variation as it was for the Bulgarian. As he won two more pawns on the queenside, Black seemed to be doing fine but eventually, when the ending was reached, White was "just" an exchange up.

PGN string

In the B group, Harikrishna maintained his one-point lead over Alexander Motylev as both players drew their games with Black. Ilya Nyzhnyk crushed Daniele Vocaturo in a Benoni and was awarded the daily prize. Sipke Ernst won another excellent game, with Black against Sergei Tiviakov, while Jan Timman blundered terribly.

PGN string

In the C group Hans Tikkanen is now just half a point behind Maxim Turov. The tournament leader was very realistic about his good start:

It's a result of the pairings. I didn't meet my main opponents yet.
On Sunday he will meet Matthew Sadler with the black pieces.
I expect a very difficult game.

The strongest groups in the 9-round amateur event which started on Friday. The two winners will qualify for 'C' in 2013

Daily video by the organizers

Games group A, round 7


Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group A | Pairings

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

Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group A | Round 7 standings


Games group B, round 7


Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group B | Pairings

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

Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group B | Round 7 standings


Games group C, round 7


Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group C | Pairings

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

Tata Steel 2012 | Grandmaster Group C | Round 7 standings



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arkan's picture

nasty fork by Ernst :) I guess Tiviakov was in severe timetrouble?

Mirlo's picture

An an amateur I found the Karjakin/Topalov ending very educational. Especially seeing Houdini declare mate in 43 from the Tata live games feed.

raving_mad's picture

Gelfand is hiding his preparation. He is hiding his middle-game play as well, and his endgame. But just wait for the wc-match, then all preparation will come to light and Anand will suffer. Or not.

harekrishna's picture

Rather not, I believe...

joey's picture

My guess is he will hide his prep in the wc match as well...

Abbas's picture

Gelfand is going to hide himself after the WC.

Anthony's picture

Tomorrow looks like a very crucial round. A lot can happen with that pairing.

The second half of the tournament is going to be slightly more difficult for Carlsen. He had a few relatively 'easy' rounds.
But Aronian awaits a few more tests too.

Brecht's picture

I think all matches are pre-arranged! Gelfand loss was on purpose, to help Carlsen win the tournament, Carlsen paid two kg of gold for that!
Bobby Fisher was right! Chess is dead, long live Fischer Random Chess!

Guillaume's picture

It's worse than you'd think. Everything is pre-arranged, including Fisher random and quantum measurements:

Louis van Meegeren's picture

This article needs attention from an expert on the subject.

Bert de Bruut's picture

When you see prearrangements everywhere, or rather conspiracies, it's time to go see a doctor.

Guillaume's picture

Agreed. My comment was ironical.

Septimus's picture


classic's picture

Overall I think Aronian has been the most impressive player so far. Carlsen perhaps not in his best form, judging from the games against Caruana, Giri and Navara. Even the win against Aronian was a little rusty. Todays win against Gelfand was flawless though, and promises perhaps a sharper Carlsen in the second half.
Both Carlsen and Aronian should normally expect 4 points from the last 6 rounds.
But if either Carlsen makes a full point against Radjabov or Aronian makes a full point against Topalov in round 8 tomorrow, I believe we also see the winner of the tournament.

Anonymous's picture

Well it wasn't exactly "flawless", as carlsen admitted afterwards he blundered with 28.Nf4? allowing 28..g5 followed by 29..g4, equalising. Gelfand himself then blundered with ..Nd7? after which Carlsen played Be3 and it all fell apart.

The Player's picture

To lead the A-group "not being in his best form" must be a qualitystamp for Magnus ;)

Thomas's picture

Correct - a great player can do well (at least in terms of results) even if he isn't in his best form. I wouldn't put too much into Carlsen's game against Navara - even a relatively weaker player suffering from poor form can sometimes hold a draw with white.

But against Caruana and Giri Carlsen may have benefitted from his reputation or 'standing', Kramnik may well have a point:
"Of course Caruana has an advantage, against any other player he would now choose the objectively strongest move. But against Carlsen he picks the safest move. I noticed it more often, everyone is afraid of Carlsen." Quoted by IM Ligterink in "de Volkskrant" (same story for Carlsen-Giri?), Russian original here: with thanks to Colin McGourty.

Carlsen-Gelfand may be a bit related - Gelfand knew he was suffering (in an objectively holdable position) and didn't put up the best defense. Pointing out that the game wasn't flawless isn't Carlsen-hating unless Carlsen hates himself. The game says more about Gelfand's poor form than about Carlsen's form. And it probably got the daily prize because, and only because Karjakin's win against Topalov wasn't convincing but a seesaw game, and Kamsky's win against Navara was too easy.

Mattovsky's picture

Nice little trick from Reindeer Man :-)

Marcel's picture

These video's on the site are awfull! Hire some professional and stop asking bloody obvious questions!

Lee's picture

I think the problem is that by and large these super GM's are just terrible at being interviewed (with some exceptions). They just don't like to give anything away, they fail to elaborate unless pushed and are quite contrary in their responses to questions.

Added to which, they don't like to tempt fate by saying "I'm playing well" or "It was an easy game".

It makes for a hard target to get 30 seconds of decent footage out of I think.

I really don't think that for these short interviews there's anything better they can do then go with "How was the game" and "are you happy with your tournament so far?". Banal to be sure, but the players aren't likely to give insightful responses in these post game interviews anyway.

fen's picture

"Banal to be sure..."

Exactly the reason that the postmortems on the wooden boards are so important.

It amazes me that the folks at Tata Steel don't seem to understand the value of the GM analysis in generating interest in this tournament. Who cares whether there are journalists there or not? Most of the people interested in this tournament have to follow it on the website because we can't be there in person. Just have the players who win the Game of the Day prize do a postmortem. Film it, and then post it on the website.

Lee's picture

" Just have the players who win the Game of the Day prize do a postmortem. Film it, and then post it on the website."

I approve of this plan.

Ahmet Ünal GÜREL's picture

I totally back you up! I watch them only because I wonder the atmosphere.

Hughbertie's picture

As an Animal Farm analogy all GM's are equal but some are more equal than must be depressing for these average 27 something GM's. Surely they realise they are just making up the numbers, apart from Chuky and Radjabov the rest have wasted their lives and are not in Carlsens and Aronians class.
FIDE should organise a double round robin of Pug, Aronian, Kramnik, Radjabov and Anand, the winner declared World Champion for the credibility of the game. Would be brilliant.

Anonymous's picture

"the rest have wasted their lives" this is come from hughbertie, who I imagine is at best an 1800 player who works in mcdonalds and can only dream of being grandmaster strength. get a grip you loser and start treating decent players with respect.

The Devil's picture

Who cares what they do in real life apart from Chess? What matters is the fact that when you post on a Chess website, and have an interest in Chess, you're in their world. And in this world, they're the kings. Anyone in the A/B/C group could defeat you at any time of the day. Recognize who is superior and have some respect, and maybe learn a thing or two.

Lee's picture

This is like saying that the guys outside the top 2 in tennis or golf have wasted their lives.

I'm fairly sure that making a living doing what they love is a valid life choice. A waste... not at all.

Excalibur's picture

"As an Animal Farm analogy all GM's are equal but some are more equal than must be depressing for these average 27 something GM's. Surely they realise they are just making up the numbers, apart from Chuky and Radjabov the rest have wasted their lives and are not in Carlsens and Aronians class".
I now nominate this the daftest comment ever typed on Chess Vibes. Ever.

Mike's picture

It seems Carlsen is the "Capablanca of the computer era": he plays crystal clear good moves all the time creating some unsurmountable psychological pressure (the "vacuum pressure'..) over his opponents who eventually collapse into infantile week moves and lose even not knowing why they did so...

john.delpanjo's picture

if that is the case, then why carlsen has been unable to defeat Anand

Mike's picture

Off course I think we will see it....

S3's picture

So his opponents play infantile week (..) moves but don't know about it?

Mike's picture

Sometimes it's so difficult to explain...Of course a figurative expression..."infantile moves" are for example non-forced mistakes in a situation of slight disadvantage or so, when even a child would see them (loosing a pawn or a piece from nothing..), as viewed from the position of the external observer who is not immersed into the "psychological pressure"...Understand only who really WANT to understand....

S3's picture

Take for instance Gelfand's two move blunder. It's hard to explain. Maybe Carlsen forced that mistake by strong play. Or maybe Gelfand was just distracted by Carlsens stink breath. It's all speculation when we talk about the reasons of their mistakes.

Guillaume's picture

I have a challenge for you. Try to say something positive about Carlsen without insulting him in the same paragraph.

Pablo's picture

That's really not possible. S3 is really inmature.

The Player's picture

S3 is the biggest Magnus-hater in the World. I am so sick and tired of his childish and negative comments. Please get up in the morning, take a look at your sad face in the mirror, shout at your self for 10 minutes, and find another hobby. We don´t need you on this forum.

S3's picture

Maybe you guys misunderstood, I just meant to say that giving the reasons behind Gelfands blunder is pure speculation.
Given the choice between the above options I think the breath thingy more likely, as I don't see any real pressure of white before Gelfand starts to err.
For those who can read that's not really an insult, as it just goes to show how ridiculous the other explanation is.

redivivo's picture

You state that Gelfand being "distracted by Carlsens stink breath" is a more likely explanation for his loss than that he was put under pressure by Carlsen. GM Naiditsch said "for the next 40 moves we will see White pushing in a minimal better position and will be able to enjoy Carlsen's technical skills" around move 20. Gelfand found it increasingly difficult to hold the balance and got into time trouble. Not too surprising that he didn't find all the best moves in the end, but it certainly had something to do with the way his opponent played.

S3's picture

If anything, it only proves how biased some people are. After all, Naijditsch can't predict the future and indeed, he was wrong and had to criticize Carlsens play only a couple of moves later. Right until Gelfands blunder, accidentally!

It's possible that Gelfand blundered because of time trouble but judging by the simple nature of the mistake I think it had more to do with bad form than his opponent.

Thomas's picture

The truth (as far as we patzers can discern the truth in top GM games) may be somewhere in between. White had a slight but stable advantage (bishop pair) not because Carlsen did anything special, but because it's generally the case in this line of the Slav. However, black should be able to hold the position. Gelfand got into time trouble (again) not because Carlsen did anything special. Actually he often gets into time trouble, no matter if the position is better for him, worse or plain unclear.

Overall it was a regular and deserved victory by Carlsen, but let's not exaggerate calling it a masterpiece or something only Carlsen could do.

S3's picture

The game suggest that the psychological pressure was not really induced by precise play (as allowing g5 e.g. was good for black), so I think it likely that somehow he is putting pressure on the opponent away from the board. Is that an acceptable thought?

Anonymous's picture

you really are a miserable old troll aren't you s3

cak's picture
Hughbertie's picture

Has this site ran out of puff already????
what a shame.

Simple Pole etc.'s picture

In contrast, the site has been last updated on Sunday, March 25, 2012 (Воскресенье, 25 Март 2012). A neat trick!

columbo's picture

and don't forget S3 : while watching your face in the mirror, try to say " 2 " .. " 8 " ... " 4 " ... " 1 " , just in case if you can't follow the matches properly

Septimus's picture

Of all the players, I feel really bad for David Navara. He is having a horrendous tourney and will probably lose a ton of rating points.

Frits Fritschy's picture

By the way, so off topic (but no one reading this anyway probably): what a stunning photo of Wijk aan Zee. Fred Lucas? Reminds me of an impressionist painting I once saw, but couldn't trace it after googling an hour or so. Anyone any idea?

Peter Doggers's picture

Lucky shot with... an iPhone using Camera+ app!

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