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Tata R11: Aronian Blunders, Gelfand & Naiditsch Win Again

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 2014.01.26. 11:56.

Levon Aronian had already won the Masters Group on Saturday and finished his tournament with a good game, but a bad blunder. The Armenian grandmaster lost his only game to Dutch GM Loek van Wely, but still gained 13.7 rating points in Wijk aan Zee. Boris Gelfand and Arkadij Naiditsch both won again and can go home with at least a few wins.

“I tend to expect to play well in tournaments,” said Aronian at the traditional press conference given by the winner. He called Wijk aan Zee his favorite tournament, and clearly was happy with his fourth victory. (Later, at the closing ceremony he would state that he plays his best chess in Wijk!) Here's that press conference:

Even though he had already won the tournament, Aronian was clearly playing for a win in the last round, but ended up losing. He called the fight with Loek van Wely the most interesting game he played in the tournament. “It wasn't my intention to get in timetrouble but I did, and then I blundered a mate in one,” said the Armenian.

Arkadij Naiditsch ended last, but he did finish with two wins. On Sunday he beat Richard Rapport in a nice attacking game, and so the two both scored 3.5/11. “Rapport seems to be in an even worse shape than me here. The game reminded me of my game with Harikrishna, but with opposite colors. I am happy that I won a few games, so that you don't have to go home with the feeling: maybe it's time to switch jobs,” said Naiditsch.

Boris Gelfand also won two games in a row at the end of the tournament. His win over Pentala Harikrishna was a fine one; White kept the initiative from the start and even with equal pawns he was better. It's always a bit special when a pawn ending comes on the board at this level; in this case Gelfand had clearly seen that it was winning in all lines.

Anish Giri finished shared second with Sergey Karjakin, and this was the best performance by a Dutch player since Jan Timman's victory in 1985. In the last round Giri once again showed how solid he had been in Wijk aan Zee this year - he finished undefeated, in fact. 

“Ne5 was new (to me at least). The way I played it was kind of safe; I gave a pawn but I had compensation. Later I had to give another pawn but I felt I should have enough for equality. I missed the whole idea of the queen to e8 so I was quite fortunate that it was a draw,” said Giri, who also revealed new ambitions for future events: “I think I should have played a little more risky and perhaps lose a game or two but maybe win three, four more.”

“I might have missed one or two chances but I think I played wel. To Anish's credit, I think he defended precisely. I had an extra pawn but I think it was always going to be a draw,” said Nakamura.


Sergey Karjakin could have finished in sole second place, but the Russian GM also drew, with Leinier Dominguez. In fact it was Giri who could have finished sole second because Karjakin blundered a pawn in the opening and was just lost around the time control. However, Dominguez got very tired, as he stated himself, couldn't calculate accurately anymore and eventually failed to convert the ending.

Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So also finished with a draw. The two followed a very theoretical line of the Grünfeld that leads straight to an ending, and soon after deviating from a correspondence game, the players started repeating.

Tata Steel 2014 | Masters | Final Standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Aronian 2812 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 8.0/11
2 Giri 2734 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6.5/11 34.25
3 Karjakin 2759 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 6.5/11 31.00
4 Caruana 2782 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 6.0/11 31.00
5 Dominguez 2754 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 6.0/11 31.00
6 So 2719 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 6.0/11 29.50
7 Harikrishna 2706 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 0 0 1 5.5/11
8 Van Wely 2672 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 5.0/11 27.25
9 Nakamura 2789 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 5.0/11 24.75
10 Gelfand 2777 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 4.5/11
11 Rapport 2691 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 1 0 3.5/11 19.75
12 Naiditsch 2718 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 3.5/11 17.75

Ivan Saric, the winner of the Challengers Group, almost finished his tournament with a loss as well. Around the time control things seemed to go really well for Sabino Brunello, but eventually Saric managed to hold it. 10.0/13 and a 2783 perfomance is of course a fantastic result for the young Croatian grandmaster.

Jan Timman can look back at an excellent tournament. It would have been quite a story if he would have qualified for the 2015 Masters Group, and he got close! Eventually the Dutch legend, who drew with Radek Wojtaszek in the last round, tied for second place with Baadur Jobava, who drew with Kayden Troff. In the all-Dutch game between Dimitri Reinderman and Merijn van Delft, Black allowed himself to be checkmated.


Tata Steel 2014 | Challengers | Final Standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts SB
1 Saric 2637 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 10.0/13
2 Timman 2607 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 8.5/13 51.50
3 Jobava 2710 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 8.5/13 49.50
4 Muzychuk 2566 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 8.0/13 47.75
5 Reinderman 2593 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 8.0/13 44.00
6 Bok 2560 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 7.0/13 43.50
7 Yu 2677 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 7.0/13 38.75
8 Duda 2553 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 7.0/13 37.00
9 Wojtaszek 2711 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 7.0/13 36.50
10 Brunello 2602 ½ 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 6.0/13
11 Troff 2457 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 4.5/13 27.25
12 Zhao 2567 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5/13 23.25
13 Van Delft 2430 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 3.0/13
14 Goudriaan 2431 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 2.0/13


 

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  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    gregdocot

    There is no question, Levon did play well in the tournament. Congrats to Levon. 

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    drahcir_1125

    i would'nt call it a blunder, it just happened that van wely had a great combination in the game and made it happen.

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    Enthusiast14

    This win will set off a better start for candidate tournament for Levon.On the other hand it shaked Anish up badly being 2nd.Levon should have taken hot coffee before posing on press conference as he looks bit exhausted

    @bigchessenthusiast you are bigger than me ;)

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    BigChessEnthusiast

    That last game of Aronian was a mess, I tried to annotate it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB0zRVbViFA&list=UUmh4xiHdsOKcKBippNvaFtQ&feature=c4-overview

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    jocelasi

    Wesley So is a revelation in this tournament!  Congrats.

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    Lawdoginator

    Saric is the Croatian Sensation! 

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    ErwinSachs

    on to Zurich Wednesday, a very strong field, Magnus Carlsens 1st tournement since becoming WC & all 6 players have had a good 2013.

    Should be very interesting....

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    spikestars

    grats Aronian

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    JP510

    Ricardoruben Could somebody tell me why in the game Gelfand, B. (2777) vs. Harikrishna, P. (2706), move 20.Rxc6 fails? Thanks!

    I presume that after 20. Rxc6 you expect ...bxc6, 21. Nxc6 forking the King and Queen. But black can play 20. ...Rxe5, winning the potentially forking knight.

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    CP6033

    I feel really bad For Aronian, i was watching the game when it finished, he looked shocked, and horrified, and very very  frustrated with himself, i am glad he won the tournament in spite of that very very disapointing loss, I have never seen Aronian in time trouble, and as the commentaters said, Loek was used to time trouble, but Aronian was not. Ah well, go Get Carlsen in Zurich! and then take the Candidates, if he can do theses i will feel happy for him, well maybe not Zurich, but i hope the Candidates. 

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    eastyz

    When Aronian was being interviewed the day before his game against Van Wely, he made some remark about the difference between a strong player and a very strong player being that the very strong player knows when the engine is assessing a position incorrectly.  The game against Van Wely was the engine fraternity's sweet revenge.  No self-respecting engine would have blundered the way Aronian did.  It was actually a mate in a few and not just in one but the engines are not counting.  Aronian, of course, is a great player.

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    Ricardoruben

    Could somebody tell me why in the game Gelfand, B. (2777) vs. Harikrishna, P. (2706), move 20.Rxc6 fails? Thanks!

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    mjchessum

    Giri undefeated. Not bad :P

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    reyguapo

    Naiditsch a super GM is considering of switching job. Hmmm.. what are the "ordinary" GMs are thinking?

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    santalisis_apol

    Wesley So has been improving so fast, with his young age I hope that he would land in the Top Ten Tanking in the World in the Years to come. Go Wesley! Go!

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    Melchizedek10

    Was hoping Aronian won today and achieve a new rating and perhaps his best tournament victory...never expect to lose with white against a player who is 100 elo rating lower...so it does tell us that anything can happen in chess...Carlsen would have a big advantage over the four that just finish the tournament due to time of rest...Feel bad that Gelfand has become like the spotlight and it seem that players who play him has more enthusiam and will power to win against him...Keep charging and having fun Gelfand!..:)

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    trevi

    Very difficult and challenging  tournament but it is a success for Wesly So ..and for sure there will be more big games for Wesley to come....Gratuliere...

     

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  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    SmileyMileyMooMoo

    Is there anyone of these chess players with an ounce of fun...err..i played it solid..err.. i think it was good..err.. i think i was ok.. for crying out loud ...boring peoples.

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    Mulaton

    raport

  • 6 hónap ezelőtt

    melvinbluestone

    Heaven forbid, GM Naiditsch! Don't switch jobs! Your wonderful games are all some of us 'couch' patzers have to live for! Congrats on your win. And the same to Aronian. Levon seems like a nice enough guy, and I wish him well. But maybe he could have been a little more complimentary to Van Wely, who fought hard and got a well deserved win.

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