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Kevin Bonham
12-01-2013, 10:59 PM
Just putting up the obligatory intro post and poll for this, which I'd forgotten was on until Garrett just mentioned it in shoutbox.

Adamski
12-01-2013, 11:00 PM
No poll visible yet, Kev.

Kevin Bonham
12-01-2013, 11:04 PM
No poll visible yet, Kev.

That's because copying the 14 names in something like rating order took me longer than the minute it took you to reply.

Poll open for 48 hours.

Adamski
12-01-2013, 11:12 PM
Cool. Taking the obvious man this time!

Tony Dowden
13-01-2013, 08:20 AM
I've taken 'the obvious man' too

Sir Cromulent Sparkles
13-01-2013, 09:07 AM
i voted for karjakin because of the pink bar.........

i also hope pentala harikrishna does well

Qbert
14-01-2013, 09:14 AM
Aronian is 'overdue' for a result.:)
Caruana would be my other pick to upset Carlsen

Kevin Bonham
14-01-2013, 09:23 AM
Harikrishna and Karjakin won in round 1; all draws in round 2 though Sokolov was completely winning against Nakamura and stuffed the endgame. Hou Yifan also missed a win against van Wely and Carlsen certainly had the worst of it against Aronian. Games at http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/livegames and select round number on right.

Garrett
15-01-2013, 03:43 AM
Carlsen, Anand and Karjarkin win.

Karjarkin going well....

Kevin Bonham
16-01-2013, 02:09 PM
The world champion might be awake this year! Anand defeats Aronian in 23 moves of brilliance with black:

Aronian,L (2802) - Anand,V (2772) [D47]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bd6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Qc2 Bb7 11.a3 Rc8 12.Ng5 c5 13.Nxh7 Ng4 14.f4 cxd4 15.exd4 Bc5 16.Be2 Nde5 17.Bxg4 Bxd4+ 18.Kh1 Nxg4 19.Nxf8 f5 20.Ng6 Qf6 21.h3 Qxg6 22.Qe2 Qh5 23.Qd3 Be3 0-1

full analysis, videos etc http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=8776

Five games were decisive and the current standings are:

+2 Carlsen, Anand, Karjakin
= Nakamura, Leko, Caruana, Harikrishna, Wang Hao, van Wely
-1 Aronian, Giri, L'Ami, Sokolov
-2 Hou Yifan

Kevin Bonham
16-01-2013, 02:29 PM
In the above 12...c5 is a novelty, 15...Bc5 is still preparation from Anand's match against Gelfand, and Anand found the rest OTB.

Jesper Norgaard
16-01-2013, 08:35 PM
Way to go Anand! Beating (long time) world #2 with black in 23 moves - that is brilliant! The WC preparations have not been in vain. Since Anand apparently was a client of Levon losing the most silly games, this is a huge boost to Anand's self confidence. Even Magnus was amazed by the game.

A small sideline: 17.fxe5? Qxd4+ 18.Kh1 Qg1+! 19.Rxg1 Nf2+ smothered mate.

Or 17.dxc5? Qd4+ 18.Kh1 Nf2+ 19.Rxf2 (19.Kg1 Nh3+ 20.Kh1 Qg1+ 21.Rxg1 Nf2 ++) Qxf2 and curtains because of Qe1+ and Bxg2++

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2013, 12:28 PM
Couple of showy finishes:

Harikrishna - van Wely

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Be2 Nf6 6.
Nc3 d6 7. O-O Be7 8. a4 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. f4 Qc7 11. Kh1 Re8 12. Bf3 Bd7 13.
Nb3 b6 14. g4 Bc8 15. g5 Nd7 16. Bg2 Bb7 17. Rf3 Bf8 18. Rh3 g6 19. Qe1 Bg7 20.
Qh4 Nf8 21. Qf2 Nd7 22. Rf1 Nb4 23. Bd4 Bxd4 24. Nxd4 Nc6 25. f5 Nce5 26. Qh4
h5 27. Nde2 exf5 28. Nf4 Kg7 29. Ncd5 Bxd5 30. Nxd5 Qxc2 31. exf5 Rac8 32. Nf4
Rh8 33. fxg6 fxg6 34. Ne6+ Kg8 35. Bd5 Qd2 36. Qe4 Rc1 37. Rhf3 Kh7 38. Rf7+
Nxf7 39. Qxg6+ 1-0

L'Ami - Wang Hao

1. d4 Nf6 2.
c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 c5 5. Bxb4 cxb4 6. g3 O-O 7. Bg2 d6 8. O-O a5 9. a3
Na6 10. Nbd2 Qc7 11. Rc1 Rd8 12. Ne1 e5 13. Nd3 Bf5 14. e4 Bg4 15. f3 Bd7 16.
axb4 Nxb4 17. Nxb4 axb4 18. Qb3 Qb6 19. c5 dxc5 20. Nc4 Qa7 21. dxe5 Ne8 22.
Qe3 b5 23. Nd2 c4 24. Qxa7 Rxa7 25. Rfd1 Be6 26. Nf1 Rxd1 27. Rxd1 c3 28. bxc3
bxc3 29. Ne3 b4 30. Bf1 b3 31. Rd8 g6 32. Rxe8+ Kg7 33. Bd3 Rd7 34. Bb1 Rd1+ 35. Nxd1 c2 0-1

+2 Carlsen, Anand, Karjakin
+1 Leko, Nakamura, Harikrishna, Wang Hao
= Aronian
-1 Giri, Caruana, van Wely
-2 Sokolov, L'Ami
-3 Hou Yifan

So far Harikrishna is well and truly justifying his invitation, the Dutch players are down the bottom as usual and Caruana is struggling.

Kevin Bonham
19-01-2013, 01:53 PM
Carlsen has taken the outright lead and Hou Yifan has beaten Giri.

+3 Carlsen
+2 Anand, Karjakin
+1 Aronian, Harikrishna, Nakamura
= Leko, van Wely, Wang Hao
-1 Caruana
-2 Giri, Hou Yifan, L'Ami
-3 Sokolov

Qbert
21-01-2013, 05:55 AM
Wow. :clap: That was some ending by Carlsen to beat Karjarkin and take the sole lead again. He only has Nakamura and the backmarkers to play. Not only will he win, but he'll be knocking on 2900 in this form!

Jesper Norgaard
21-01-2013, 09:41 AM
Wow. :clap: That was some ending by Carlsen to beat Karjarkin and take the sole lead again. He only has Nakamura and the backmarkers to play. Not only will he win, but he'll be knocking on 2900 in this form!

Magnus is in great form it seems. However predicting a win of the tournament is pretty ludicrous at this stage, with 5 rounds to go. If Magnus draws the next round, and Anand wins, they are already equal on points, and with Anand earlier having more Neustadtl score (SB), I seem to recall. The opera is not over until the fat lady sings (would that be Hou by any chance?).

Concerning their opponents the only difference is that Magnus will meet Nakamura (4.th.) and Giri (11.th.) while Anand will meet Karjakin (6.th) and Leko (7.th). Seems pretty equal to me, just as a win and a loss equals two draws.

I root for Magnus, but I wouldn't make any predictions until 1 or at the most 2 rounds before finish.

Kevin Bonham
21-01-2013, 11:15 AM
Endings like that are why Carlsen is so far ahead of the rest at the moment. But not so far ahead in this tournament yet.

+4 Carlsen
+3 Anand
+2 Aronian, Nakamura
+1 Harikrishna, Karjakin
= Leko, Caruana
-1 van Wely, Wang Hao
-2 Giri
-3 Sokolov, L'Ami, Hou Yifan

Qbert
21-01-2013, 11:30 AM
Magnus is in great form it seems. However predicting a win of the tournament is pretty ludicrous at this stage, with 5 rounds to go. ...

...
I root for Magnus, but I wouldn't make any predictions until 1 or at the most 2 rounds before finish.
I thought making predictions was what this thread was all about.:eh:
Waiting until the last round reminds me of this story by flukey on Newsbisuit:http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2012/05/07/world%E2%80%99s-most-fickle-football-fan-poised-to-celebrate-another-title/:)

MichaelBaron
21-01-2013, 04:43 PM
Carlsen is simply amazing! :clap:

Adamski
22-01-2013, 05:51 AM
I thought making predictions was what this thread was all about.:eh:
Waiting until the last round reminds me of this story by flukey on Newsbisuit:http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2012/05/07/world%E2%80%99s-most-fickle-football-fan-poised-to-celebrate-another-title/:)
That flukey story is a good laugh!

Capablanca-Fan
22-01-2013, 06:43 AM
Wow. :clap: That was some ending by Carlsen to beat Karjarkin and take the sole lead again.
I wouldn't know, because it hasn't been posted here to assess ;)

Qbert
22-01-2013, 10:28 AM
I wouldn't know, because it hasn't been posted here to assess ;)
As requested...:)

[Event "Tata Steel (A), Wijk aan Zee 2013"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2013.01.20"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Carlsen, M."]
[Black "Karjakin, Sergey"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A07"]
[WhiteElo "2861"]
[BlackElo "2780"]
[PlyCount "183"]
[EventDate "2013.01.12"]
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bg4 5. c4 e6 6. d3 Nbd7 7. cxd5 exd5 8.
Qc2 Be7 9. Nc3 Bxf3 10. Bxf3 d4 11. Ne4 O-O 12. Nxf6+ Nxf6 13. Bd2 a5 14. a3
Nd5 15. Rab1 Qd7 16. Rfc1 Rfe8 17. Qc4 Nc7 18. h4 a4 19. Bb4 Nb5 20. Kg2 h6 21.
Bc5 g6 22. Qb4 Bf6 23. Qd2 Kg7 24. Rc4 Ra6 25. Qd1 b6 26. Bb4 c5 27. Bd2 Nc7
28. Rcc1 Nd5 29. Qh1 Be7 30. Kg1 Rd8 31. Rc2 Qe6 32. Qg2 Ra7 33. Re1 Rad7 34.
Kh2 Rc8 35. Qh3 Qxh3+ 36. Kxh3 h5 37. Rb1 Ra8 38. Kg2 Ra6 39. b3 axb3 40. Rxb3
Bf6 41. Rc4 Rd6 42. Kf1 Kf8 43. a4 Nc3 44. Bf4 Re6 45. e3 Nxa4 46. Bd5 Re7 47.
Bd6 b5 48. Bxe7+ Bxe7 49. Rxb5 Nb6 50. e4 Nxc4 51. Rb8+ Kg7 52. Bxc4 Ra7 53. f4
Bd6 54. Re8 Rb7 55. Ra8 Be7 56. Kg2 Rb1 57. e5 Re1 58. Kf2 Rb1 59. Re8 Bf8 60.
Rc8 Be7 61. Ra8 Rb2+ 62. Kf3 Rb1 63. Bd5 Re1 64. Kf2 Rd1 65. Re8 Bf8 66. Bc4
Rb1 67. g4 hxg4 68. h5 Rh1 69. hxg6 fxg6 70. Re6 Kh6 71. Bd5 Rh2+ 72. Kg3 Rh3+
73. Kxg4 Rxd3 74. f5 Re3 75. Rxg6+ Kh7 76. Bg8+ Kh8 77. Kf4 Rc3 78. f6 d3 79.
Ke3 c4 80. Be6 Kh7 81. Bf5 Rc2 82. Rg2+ Kh6 83. Rxc2 dxc2 84. Bxc2 Kg5 85. Kd4
Ba3 86. Kxc4 Bb2 87. Kd5 Kf4 88. f7 Ba3 89. e6 Kg5 90. Kc6 Kf6 91. Kd7 Kg7 92.
e7 1-0

Desmond
22-01-2013, 07:03 PM
Thanks Qbert, indeed a very nice win.

Capablanca-Fan
23-01-2013, 04:30 AM
Thanks Qbert, indeed a very nice win.
What he said ^^^^^

Capablanca-Fan
23-01-2013, 04:37 AM
Endings like that are why Carlsen is so far ahead of the rest at the moment.
Indeed, it seems that most world champs bring something new. Fischer brought a new level of fighting spirit that crushed top GMs used to having it easy in those positions. Karpov showed that very small advantages could lead to a win in positions previously thought tenable. Kasparov showed that P storms could succeed even with centres not quite closed (the crush against Csom (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1069830) was surprising in its day), and that material could be sacrificed for initiative in more positions than previously though. Carlsen in his very young days seemed to be a gifted tactitian, but now seems to defeat the other best players in the world in what seems to be drawish endgames.

Kevin Bonham
24-01-2013, 01:47 PM
Five decisive games in round 10. 31/70 decisive so far. Hou Yifan impressively defeated Harikrishna with black.

+6 Carlsen
+3 Anand, Aronian, Nakamura
+1 Leko, Karjakin
= Harikrishna, van Wely
-1 Caruana
-2 Giri, Wang Hao
-3 Hou Yifan
-4 L'Ami
-5 Sokolov

Adamski
24-01-2013, 11:30 PM
Big lead for Magnus! He should win fairly comfortably.

Kevin Bonham
27-01-2013, 11:09 PM
Carlsen beats Nakamura to go +7 with a round to go and win the tournament, Aronian and Anand scrapping over second on +4, Caruana near the bottom with 25 ratings points dropped already.

Capablanca-Fan
28-01-2013, 10:06 AM
Wow. :clap: That was some ending by Carlsen to beat Karjarkin and take the sole lead again. He only has Nakamura and the backmarkers to play. Not only will he win, but he'll be knocking on 2900 in this form!
Indeed, Carlsen 1st with 10/13, with TPR of 2933 (http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/standings/year/2013/group/1), 1.5 points ahead of Aronian.

Kevin Bonham
28-01-2013, 11:50 AM
Pretty spread-out field.

+7 Carlsen
+4 Aronian
+3 Anand (losing in last round to Wang Hao), Karjakin
+2 Leko
+1 Nakamura
= Harikrishna
-1 Giri, Wang Hao, van Wely
-2 Hou Yifan (very good result)
-3 Caruana (not so good!)
-5 L'Ami
-7 Sokolov

Adamski
28-01-2013, 12:13 PM
No great surprise, but Carlsen still had to do the business, so well done to him.

Kevin Bonham
28-01-2013, 12:28 PM
Ari Dale wins his group in one of the support events. 8/9 and a PR of 2484

http://amateurevents.tatasteelchess.com/2013/standen/tien/2A.html

Finley Dale second in his group with 6/9

http://amateurevents.tatasteelchess.com/2013/standen/tien/5C.html

Well done gentlemen.

:clap:

Max Illingworth
28-01-2013, 01:10 PM
You beat me to it Kevin. Well done Ari! :clap:

Adamski
28-01-2013, 03:34 PM
Ari Dale wins his group in one of the support events. 8/9 and a PR of 2484

http://amateurevents.tatasteelchess.com/2013/standen/tien/2A.html

Finley Dale second in his group with 6/9

http://amateurevents.tatasteelchess.com/2013/standen/tien/5C.html

Well done gentlemen.

:clap:
Yes, a great result for them both!:clap:

peter_parr
29-01-2013, 09:55 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 28th January 2013.

Carlsen wins Wijk aan Zee
Peter Parr

World no 1 Magnus Carlsen (22) has won the Tata Steel tournament with a round to spare in the 75th annual event in Wijk Aan Zee, Netherlands. Leading scores after 12 rounds (14 players, 2732 average rating , 13 rounds ) :- M.Carlsen (NOR 2861, performance 2953) 9.5, World Champion V.Anand (IND 2772), World no 3 L.Aronian (ARM 2802) 8, P.Leko (HUN 2735), S.Karjakin (RUS 2780) 7, H.Nakamura (USA 2769) 6.5. Carlsen will need to beat A. Giri (NED 2720) in the last round to break the record score of 10/13 at Wijk aan Zee set by Garry Kasparov (RUS) in 1999.

Carlsen won this spectacular game on Saturday against the World no 9 and US Champion H.Nakamura the 2011 winner at Wijk aan Zee.

M.Carlsen (2861) v H.Nakamura (2769) Rd 12 B32
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. g3 h5 7. N1c3 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Nge7 10. Bg2 Bg4 11. f3 Be6 12. c3 h4 13. Nc2 Bxd5 14. exd5 Na5 15. f4 Nf5 16. g4 h3 17. Be4 Nh4 18. O-O g6 19. Kh1 Bg7 20. f5 gxf5 21. gxf5 Ng2 22. f6 Bf8 23. Qf3 Qc7 24. Nb4 Nb7 25. Nc6 Nc5 26. Bf5 Nd7 27. Bg5 Rg8 28. Qh5 Nb6 29. Be6 Rxg5 30. Qxg5 fxe6 31. dxe6 1-0

I.Sokolov (2663) v P.Leko (2735) Rd 10 E53
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 c5 6. Nf3 d5 7. O-O cxd4 8. exd4 dxc4 9. Bxc4 b6 10. Bg5 Bb7 11. Rc1 h6 12. Bh4 Nc6 13. Bd3 Be7 14. Bb1 Rc8 15. Re1 Nh5 16. Qc2 g6 17. Rxe6 Nf4 18. Rxe7 Nxe7 19. Qd2 g5 20. Ne5? Neg6 (better was 20..Ned5) 21. Nxg6 fxg6 22. Bg3 Nxg2 23. Qc2 Qf6 24. Be5 Qf7 25. a3 Nh4 26. Ba2 Qxa2 0-1 If 27.Nxa2 Nf3+ 28.Kf1 Rxc2 29.Rxc2 Ba6+ 30.Re2 Re8 wins

peter_parr
04-02-2013, 09:55 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 4th February 2013

Carlsen outclasses the field
Peter Parr

Magnus Carlsen (22) the top seed scored 7 wins and six draws to easily win the Wijk aan Zee, (NED) super grandmaster tournament above World no 3 Levon Aronian and World Champion Vishy Anand. Carlsen equalled the highest score ever of 10/13 at Wijk aan Zee set by Garry Kasparov (RUS) in 1999. Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan (CHN) seeded last scored a respectable 5.5/13.

Carlsen,M (2861) - Van Wely,L (2679) [E75] rd 3
1.c4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0–0 6.Bg5 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Qd2 exd5 9.exd5 Qb6 10.Nf3 Bf5 11.Nh4 Ne4 12.Nxe4 Bxe4 13.f3 Qxb2 14.Rc1 Bf5 15.Nxf5 gxf5 16.Qxb2 Bxb2 17.Rb1 Bc3+ 18.Kd1 Re8 19.Rxb7 Na6 20.a3 Rab8 21.Rxb8 Nxb8 22.Bd3 Nd7 23.Kc2 Bd4 24.Rb1 Nb6 25.Bf4 Be5 26.Re1 Kg7 27.Bg3 Re7 28.f4 Bf6 29.Rxe7 Bxe7 30.Be1 h5 31.g3 Bf6 32.Kb3 Kg6 33.h3! 1–0

Leading final scores (14 players, 2732 average rating, 13 rounds) :- M.Carlsen (NOR 2861) 10, L.Aronian (ARM 2802) 8.5, V.Anand (IND 2772), S.Karjakin (RUS 2780) 8, P.Leko (HUN 2735) 7.5, H.Nakamura (USA 2769) 7
GM B Group (14 players, av 2620) :- A.Naiditsch (GER 2708), R.Rapport (HUN 2621) 9/13. Ari Dale (14) of Melbourne rated 2160 won a supporting event with 8/9 for a 2484 performance rating.