Hello everyone and welcome to round 5 of the Tata Steel 2013 chess tournament. As the tradition goes, daily on Chessdom we have computer analysis by the strongest engine Houdini 3, as well as Grandmaster commentary provided by GM Christian Bauer, GM Damian Lemos, IM Perunovic, IM Hambleton, and IM Ponomarenko. Today, we add yet another feature to the user experience and this is the multi-live commentary. In minute by minute updates, you will be able to follow key moments of all games from Tata Steel, commented by the chess professionals team.
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Fernando Peratlta is leading Group C, closely followed by Sabino Brunello. Expect full Group C report here later today.
1 Peralta, F. 4.5 / 5
2 Brunello, S. 4.0 / 5
3 Klein, D. 3.0 / 5
4 Mekhitarian, K. 3.0 / 5
5 Gretarsson, H. 3.0 / 5
6 Kovchan, A. 3.0 / 5
7 Swinkels, R. 3.0 / 5
8 Burg, T. 2.5 / 5
9 Bitensky, I. 2.0 / 5
10 Romanishin, O. 2.0 / 5
11 Admiraal, M. 1.5 / 4
12 van der Werf, M. 1.0 / 4
13 Goryachkina, A. 1.0 / 5
14 Schut, L. 0.5 / 5
Richard Rapport is convincing in group B, leaving the favorites at least a full point behind.
1 Rapport, R. 4.5 / 5
2 Tiviakov, S. 3.5 / 5
3 Naiditsch, A. 3.0 / 5
4 Dubov, D. 3.0 / 5
5 Movsesian, S. 3.0 / 5
6 Grandelius, N. 3.0 / 5
7 Smeets, J. 2.5 / 5
8 Timman, J. 2.5 / 5
9 van Kampen, R. 2.0 / 5
10 Turov, M. 2.0 / 5
11 Nikolic, P. 2.0 / 5
12 Ipatov, A. 1.5 / 5
13 Edouard, R. 1.5 / 5
14 Ernst, S. 1.0 / 5
In the last game of the day from group A, Peter Leko achieved victory against Fabiano Caruana. Here are the standings after round 5.
1 Carlsen, M. 3.5 / 5
2 Anand, V. 3.5 / 5
3 Karjakin, S. 3.5 / 5
4 Nakamura, H. 3.0 / 5
5 Leko, P. 3.0 / 5
6 Harikrishna, P. 3.0 / 5
7 Wang, H. 3.0 / 5
8 Aronian, L. 2.5 / 5
9 Giri, A. 2.0 / 5
10 Caruana, F. 2.0 / 5
11 van Wely, L. 2.0 / 5
12 Sokolov, I. 1.5 / 5
13 L’Ami, E. 1.5 / 5
14 Hou, Y. 1.0 / 5
Group C is getting clear favorites for the first places. Peralta wins again with black and is firm leader with 4,5/5. Sabino Brunello is close behind with 4,0/5, while Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson and Robin Swinkels are with 3,0/5.
Multiple games have just finished with decisive result. Yifan Hou did not use the chance given and Nakamura closed the full point, getting closer to the top. There sit Anand and Carlsen, who made draw earlier, together with Karjakin who just drew with Anish Giri. Pentala Harikrishna is also getting closer after defeating Van Wely, while Hao Wang won with a massive pawn advance.
In group B Richard Rapport is sole leader, after defeating Tiviakov with black.
IM Ponomarenko (Grandelius – Ipatov): Ipatov with a huge blunder Rc8. Black should have played K:g7. After 22. K:e4 black position is losing.
IM Ponomarenko: Nakamura is about to let Yifan Hou with practical chances for draw. Several blitzed moves give an opportunity to the Chinese player.
GM Sergey Movsesian is the first one to win in Group B. At the same time Hao Wang goes from bad to worse, and now on the brink of losing against L’Ami.
IM Ponomarenko (about game Harikrishna – Van Wely): In this game initiative continues to move from one side to the other. After 28. Nf4 Loek made blunder 28… Kg7. The correct is move 28… fe.
IM Ponomarenko (Hou – Nakamura): The problem for white is Na4 – this knight does not participate in the game. Step by step Hikaru moves to victory.
IM Ponomarenko (Harikrishna – Van Wely): Black needed to play 26. Nf8, now white has a good chance for attack…. but Harikrishna misplayed and went for 27. Nde2, which gives the initiative to black.
IM Ponomarenko (about game Hou – Nakamura): 22. f5 was blunder. Good chances for Nakamura after: 22… gf 23. ef Kh8 24. Rdg1 B:f5 25. Nd4 Bg4 26. Qd3 Rfa8
At the same time Aronian scores a full point and is back in the chase for the top positions.
IM Ponomarenko (Grandelius – Ipatov): There are complex trade-offs in this game. In such cases it is easy to make a blunder. After 16. B:e6 there was an intermediate move Rd8 and black had good position. But Ipatov chose another way. There followed 16… fe 17. N:a8 Q:a2 18. Nc7. with a very tense position
Ivan Sokolov misplayed the position against Aronian. Several imprecise moves one after the other lead to a decisive advantage for the Armenian. 15. h3, 16. Bg5, 17. dxe6 were all misplaced regarding the position on the board, and the last one is a blunder as …Ba6 now wins an extra exchange. IM Ponomarenko comments, “After Ba6 black has big chance to win. For ex.: 17. .. Ba6 18. e7+ Bc4 19. ed R:ad8 20. Be3 B:f1 21. R:f1 Rfe8.”
And as predicted, there was nothing more in the game Anand – Carlsen after the exchanges, the leaders shake hands for a draw.
IM Ponomarenko (Karjakin – Giri, 17. Nf5 ): After 17… N:e3 18. N:e3 Be6 black will get a good position. Possibly one of the most interesting games of the day, you can follow it live here
IM Ponomarenko Harikrishna – Van Wely): After 24. N:d4 white has the opportunity to start an attack to black King, while black pieces are situated on queen’s side.
20… Qxb2 from Carlsen, the most precise continuation. After multiple exchanges on the queen side, there will be little left in the game.
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Anand is thinking, another option for him besides the previously mentioned is 20… Qxb2 21.Rb1 Qxc2 22.Rxb7
IM Ponomarenko (Grandelius – Ipatov): The two players met during the World Junior championships and Ipatov won that game. Now at Tata Steel, after 12. f4 develops a frantic game, for example: 12. .. fxe 13. Nd5 Qa5 14. Nf6+ Kh8 15. Nc7 Rb8 16. Nce8 Qb6.
GM Ipatov is daily blogging on his facebook page IpaChess here
In Anand – Carlsen 20.Qxd5 Rxc2 21.Ne5 Nxe5 22.Rxe5 Qc6 will lead to initiative for white, but it is rather easy for black to counter it and bring the game to a draw.
IM Ponomarenko (Karjakin – Giri, 14. c5): Imprecise Giri’s move and now Karjakin can steal the initiative by move e5. He should have play …b5.
IM Ponomarenko (about game Tiviakov – Rapport): The leaders of the B group are playing French defense. After 11. Be3 the game is in theory and in equal position on the board.
IM Ponomarenko (Anand – Carlsen, 16. Bb3 ): Black has formed an isolated pawn. With the well placed figures, nice setup, and the isolated pawn, I expect a better position for Anand in the next moves.
Daniil Dubov takes early opening advantage against Timman in group B. The early queens exchange benefits white, let’s see what the young talent has prepared with his coach GM Shipov.
IM Ponomarenko (Karjakin – Giri, 12. Nc3 ): I think Karjakin’s move was not precise because of 12. .. Nc4.
IM Ponomarenko (Anand – Carlsen, 12… Bf4 ): Anand chose great setup for his pieces. For example: 12. Bf4 Bd7 13. Bc4 Ng6 14. Bg3 Qb6 15. Rb1 Rad8 16. Qd3 and black looks shy in this position.
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IM Ponomarenko (Karjakin – Giri, 11. f4 ): This might be one of the most interesting games of the day. Karjakin behaves quite aggressively. The moves that may follow are: 11. f4 a6 12. Nc3 Qd6 13. Nf3 Na5 14. b3 Nc6 15.d5 Qa3 16. Kb1
Caruana and Leko are in long lines of the Ruy Lopez aka Spanish game.
After 11 moves, Anand and Carlsen are following a game of GM David Alberto (who recently became Italian champion). He managed to hold Konstantin Landa with black to a draw. But right at move 11 there is a deviation, Landa opted for 11. Bf4, while Anand is looking for space advantage with 11.d5, a move that is well known in theory today.
For the Gruenfeld fans, two of the most prepared players theoretically are Aronian and Sokolov and they are discussing the Grunfeld 5.Bg5 in their round 5 live game here
IM Ponomarenko (Anand – Carlsen, 6. .. Nf6 ): Alternative is …d5 and it has been the main move for many years. Now, this one is supposed to be slightly inferior, the question here is whether Carlsen is used to playing slightly inferior openings and rely on middlegame tactics, or he has something in hand to surprise Anand.
We are used to seeing Carlsen opt for different moves, but a Petrov by the young Norwegian has not been common in the past 5 years. When he was younger, Carlsen used it to draw or surprise stronger opponents, today it is back on the board.
Yifan Hou and Nakamura are in a long theoretical Sicilian game, while Karjakin entered a Neo-Grunfeld Defense.
Moves are flying on the boards, commentators are ready, we begin!
The central game of the round will be the match between the ELO rating record holder and the World Champion. Anand played an impressive game against Aronian last round, and today starts with slight psychological edge, as the overall score in classical games between Anand and Carlsen is +6, -2, =19.
Today is round 5 of the Tata Steel chess tournament. Co-leaders are Karjakin, Carlsen, and Anand, all with 3,0/4. Anand and Carlsen have their direct encounter in this round, while Karjakin will meet Anish Giri.
Here are the full pairings of the round
1 Leko, Peter (2) 2735 - Caruana, F. (2) 2781
2 Hou, Yifan (1) 2603 - Nakamura, H. (2) 2769
3 L’Ami, E. (1½) 2627 - Wang, Hao (2) 2752
4 Anand, V. (3) 2772 - Carlsen, M. (3) 2861
5 Karjakin, S. (3) 2780 - Giri, Anish (1½) 2720
6 Sokolov, I. (1½) 2663 - Aronian, L. (1½) 2802
7 Harikrishna (2) 2698 - Van Wely, L. (2) 2679
1 Ernst, S. (1) 2556 - Van Kampen (1) 2581
2 Dubov, D. (2) 2600 - Timman, Jan (2½) 2566
3 Grandelius (2) 2572 - Ipatov, A. (1½) 2587
4 Tiviakov, S. (3½) 2655 - Rapport, R. (3½) 2621
5 Smeets, Jan (2½) 2615 - Naiditsch (2) 2708
6 Turov, M. (1½) 2630 - Nikolic, P. (1½) 2619
7 Movsesian (2) 2688 - Edouard, R. (1½) 2686
Group C has the tournament leader Fernando Peralta (all info about him here) play with Bitensky.
1 Mekhitarian (2½) 2543 - Kovchan, A. (2½) 2579
2 Burg, Twan (1½) 2492 - Romanishin (2) 2521
3 Bitensky, I. (2) 2400 - Peralta, F. (3½) 2617
4 Brunello, S. (3) 2572 - Goryachkina (1) 2402
5 Schut, Lisa (0½) 2295 - Swinkels, R. (2) 2508
6 Gretarsson (3) 2516 - Klein, D. (2) 2445
7 Van Der We. (1) 2450 - Admiraal, M. (1½) 2321