Reports | October 26, 2012 3:31

Univé R4: Tiviakov beats Hou Yifan, closes in on Nakamura

In the 4th round of the Univé tournament in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands Sergey Tivakov inflicted the second consecutive loss upon Hou Yifan. The Dutch grandmaster is now half a point behind Hikaru Nakamura, who drew his game with Anish Giri. In the open section GM Friso Nijboer grabbed the lead. He hayos 6/7, half a point more than IMs Riemersma and Willemze who drew quickly against each other.

Tiviakov beats Hou Yifan in round 4 | Photo courtesy of the official website

Event Univé Tournament | PGN: Crown | Open via TWIC
Dates October 19th-27th, 2012
Location Hoogeveen, The Netherlands
System Crown Group: 4-player double round robin
Open: 9-round Swiss
Players Crown Group: Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, Hou Yifan, Sergei Tiviakov

Open: Erwin l'Ami, Nils Grandelius, Jan Timman, Robin van Kampen are the top GMs
Rate of play

40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes to finish the game with a 30-second increment starting at move 1 (in both Crown and Open)

 

The venue is the Hoogeveen town hall

Starting the second half of the tournament with a full point lead was of course nice and comfortable for Nakamura. Although his closest rival in the leaderboard was Tiviakov, the American saw Giri as his biggest competitor. 

Anish is the one major threat here. Not to say that the other players aren't quite strong, but he is the most serious competition for me. I felt that as long as I don't do anything stupid against him I got a chance against the other players.

Giri, who arrived 20 minutes late at the board due to an issue with a train, got surprised by his opponent's opening choice. During his preparation he had spent time on the King's Indian, the Dutch and the Slav, but not on the Catalan. Nakamura:

I was on plus 2, I'm finally playing some good chess for a change so I just wanted to play something solid and not take too much risk. Everytime I tried to take risks recently I've done quite badly.

The playing hall during round 4

Giri decided not to follow the famous Anand-Topalov game from Sofia 2010, because he remembered a lot of subsequent games in which Black was doing alright. Instead, he went for an idea he already knew before Anand-Topalov: going with his knight to b5. He wasn't sure, however, in which position exactly the knight goes there.

After Nakamura's interesting 11...Na7 (in fact the novelty) White had a big choice. Giri felt that taking on a7 wasn't much for White, so he decided

just to play and hope he'll mess up.

Nakamura didn't mess up but instead continued energetically, sacrificing his b-pawn for active piece play. At move 25 Giri was thinking about offering a draw, but didn't ("because if he refuses I'm feeling a bit stupid"), and then Nakamura offered it.

PGN string

Giri and Nakamura, analyzing next to the amateurs

About his busy schedule, and his mixed results in the past few weeks, Nakamura said:

It feels like the last three weeks were some kind of nightmare, frankly. The most important thing is that I feel I'm playing well again, I'm excited to play chess. I'm not sure if playing four tournaments in a row was a good idea, but it was definitely a good learning experience.

Nakamura reading the latest New in Chess Magazine

After this round, in which he took his biggest hurdle, Nakamura will have to focus on the other Dutchman. Tiviakov defeated Hou Yifan to decrease the distance in the standings to half a point.

PGN string

Univé Tournament | Crown group | Round 4 standings

 

In the Open section Dutch GM Friso Nijboer (who retired a few months ago and has a day job now!) is in sole lead with 6/7. He beat Leonardo Valdes in the 7th round, while IMs Riemersma and Willemze quickly drew against each other. Two more draws were seen in Ernst-l'Ami (a tough fight) and Brynell-Timman (a more quiet affair). Again we provide a selection of games, from the last two rounds.

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Univé Tournament | Open group | Round 7 standings

Rank Name Score Fed. M/F Rating TPR W-We
1 GM Nijboer, Friso 6.0 NED M 2525 2584 +0.45
2 IM Riemersma, Li 5.5 NED M 2420 2595 +1.51
3 IM Willemze, Thomas 5.5 NED M 2377 2594 +1.88
4 GM L'Ami, Erwin 5.0 NED M 2631 2544 -0.56
5 GM Grandelius, Nils 5.0 SWE M 2593 2488 -0.68
6 GM Timman, Jan 5.0 NED M 2578 2427 -0.90
7 GM Van Kampen, Robin 5.0 NED M 2570 2471 -0.67
8 GM Ernst, Sipke 5.0 NED M 2554 2527 -0.06
9 GM Brynell, Stellan 5.0 SWE M 2500 2502 +0.14
10 IM Valdes, Leonardo 5.0 CRC M 2414 2563 +1.45
11 IM De Jong, Migchiel 5.0 NED M 2369 2420 +0.63
12 GM Kasparov, Sergey 4.5 BLR M 2476 2362 -0.91
13 IM Hendriks, Willy 4.5 NED M 2437 2433 +0.05
14 IM Guramishvili, Sopiko 4.5 GEO F 2418 2379 -0.19
15 IM Bosboom, Manuel 4.5 NED M 2402 2418 +0.16
16 IM Van Delft, Merijn 4.5 NED M 2395 2364 -0.20
17 IM Wiersma, Eelke 4.5 NED M 2367 2362 +0.07
18 FM Schoorl, Rob 4.5 NED M 2363 2420 +0.63
19 Ben Artzi, Ido 4.5 ISR M 2286 2226 -0.43
20 Kerigan, Demre 4.5 TUR M 2238 2371 +1.39
21 De Ruiter, Danny 4.5 NED M 2182 2436 +2.30
22 FM Okkes, Menno 4.0 NED M 2368 2208 -1.25
23 Hopman, Pieter 4.0 NED M 2344 2381 +0.37
24 FM Bezemer, Arno 4.0 NED M 2329 2371 +0.38
25 IM Afek, Yochanan 4.0 ISR M 2312 2245 -0.60
26 Donker, Roel 4.0 NED M 2228 2321 +0.98
27 Van Foreest, Jorden 4.0 NED M 2225 2373 +1.45
28 FM Clemens, Adrian 4.0 NED M 2213 2256 +0.29
29 Van Foreest, Lucas 4.0 NED M 1952 2325 +3.04
30 IM Vedder, Henk 3.5 NED M 2378 2222 -1.43
31 WGM L'Ami, Alina 3.5 ROU F 2376 2380 +0.04
32 IM Piasetski, Leon 3.5 CAN M 2298 2241 -0.55
33 Johansson, Linus 3.5 SWE M 2287 2266 -0.16
34 FM Vedder, Richard 3.5 NED M 2267 2277 +0.01
35 Lindgren, Philip 3.5 SWE M 2265 2263 +0.01
36 FM Heemskerk, Wim 3.5 NED M 2254 2185 -0.55
37 Timmermans, Ivo 3.5 NED M 2254 2241 -0.14
38 WIM Padurariu, Ioana-Smaranda 3.5 ROU F 2236 2161 -0.64
39 Grant, Jonathan 3.5 SCO M 2217 2142 -0.80
40 Kollen, Zyon 3.5 NED M 2174 2273 +0.84
41 CM Van 't Hof, Eric 3.5 NED M 2137 2203 +0.57
42 Lee, Kai Jie Edward 3.5 SIN M 2132 2350 +1.86
43 Sadallah, Osama 3.5 NED M 2126 2193 +0.61
44 Schoehuijs, Erik 3.5 NED M 2123 2263 +1.26
45 Vos, Tjark 3.5 AHO M 2003 2293 +2.24
46 Majhi, Ankit 3.5 NED M 1923 2239 +2.54
47 FM Van der Poel, Henk 3.0 NED M 2306 2051 -2.28
48 FM Lorscheid, Gerhard 3.0 GER M 2267 2250 -0.19
49 Vroombout, Enrico 3.0 NED M 2243 2061 -1.69
50 Veinberg, Nimrod 3.0 ISR M 2170 2089 -0.72
51 Van der Lende, Ilias 3.0 NED M 2169 2267 +0.80
52 Van der Raaf, Erik 3.0 NED M 2163 1986 -1.47
53 FM Vogel, Jaap 3.0 NED M 2158 2166 -0.01
54 WIM Kasparova, Tatiana 3.0 BLR F 2126 2170 +0.34
55 Hendriks, Richard 3.0 NED M 2123 2097 -0.28
56 Klomp, Robert 3.0 NED M 2119 2080 -0.53
57 Lessmann, Francis 3.0 NED M 2100 2090 -0.12
58 Baskin, Robert 3.0 GER M 2071 2190 +1.03
59 Henseler, Jorgen 3.0 NED M 2062 2164 +0.90
60 Haver, Daan 3.0 NED M 1985 2054 +0.60
61 Mellema, Andries 2.5 NED M 2181 1963 -1.80
62 Go, Benjamin 2.5 NED M 2175 2055 -1.23
63 Potze, Rudolf 2.5 NED M 2124 2052 -0.68
64 Ritsema, Ronald 2.5 NED M 2058 2015 -0.38
65 Voss, Herman 2.5 NED M 2015 2056 +0.34
66 WFM Kazarian, Anna-Maja 2.5 NED F 1864 2050 +1.40
67 Hovenga, Alje 2.0 NED M 2246 1936 -2.81
68 Stavast, Dick 2.0 NED M 2125 1900 -1.80
69 Hoffman, Ron 2.0 NED M 2107 1947 -1.67
70 WFM Slingerland, Caroline 2.0 NED F 2103 1962 -1.12
71 Van Osch, Mees 2.0 NED M 2083 2078 -0.12
72 Gieben, Stijn 2.0 NED M 2068 1984 -0.83
73 Haver, Bas 2.0 NED M 2044 2041 -0.08
74 Klapwijk, Bram 2.0 NED M 2039 2016 -0.25
75 Kolodkin, Daniil 2.0 NED M 1943 1973 +0.20
76 Van Wageningen, Arie 1.5 NED M 2044 * 1922 1922
77 Van der Lende, Nathalie 1.0 NED F 1968 1797 -1.26
78 Djuric, Olgica 1.0 SRB F 1880 1777 -0.72

Giri analyzing with his girlfriend IM Sopiko Guramishvili

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Comments

MW's picture

Go Naka! You can do it! - and by "do it" I of course mean not stick your foot in your mouth this whole tournament.

Anonymous's picture

Kudos to Giri - his girlfriend is really pretty!

Anonymous's picture

Nakamura offered a draw on move 25. I thought that would never happen. He must be really tired after all those tournaments.

Abbas's picture

Hou Yifan played well, despite she lost.

Anonymous's picture

Now a lot more reasons to be envious of Giri.

Casey Abell's picture

Both games in the fifth round were drawn. Naka and Hou Yifan played forever in a dead drawn position, for some reason.

Anyway, Tivikov has a chance to swipe the tournament tomorrow if he can beat Naka. Turns out Giri wasn't the major threat, after all. But Tivikov has black, so I wouldn't hold my breath.

As for Anish and Sopiko...I look at him, I look at her...I don't get it. Oh well.

By the way, there was a cute picture from Alina L'Ami on Chessbase of Sopiko playing a game of chess against Anish's little sister.

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