Archive for January, 2013

75th Tata Steel Chess R8: Magnus Carlsen – Sergey Karjakin 1-0

By the time you read this, GM Gawain Jones’ comment “Carlsen draws blood out of stone” would have already gone viral on the Internet. Jones would know. He dared sac his Queen against Magnus Carlsen at the London Chess Classic 2012 a few weeks back! The highlight of Round 8 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 was Magnus Carlsen’s win against Sergey Karjakin. The critical moment occurred at move 67, when Carlsen decided to force matters with 67.g4!? hxg4 68.h5. Karjakin fell for the bluff with 68…Rh1?, where he could have a draw after 68…gxh5 69.f5 h4 70.f6 Kg6 71.Rxf8 Kf5! and black will force a perpetual check, for example: 72.Rh8 g3 72.Ke1 g3 74.Kf1 Rb1 75.Kg2 Rb2. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video comment by Carlsen and read a report on Round 8 at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R7: Wang Hao – Hikaru Nakamura 0-1

In the seventh round at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013, the 2010 Tata Steel winner had a difficult pairing on paper, facing his nemesis Wang Hao with Black. Wang Hao was on plus 4 after just 7 games with Nakamura. However, the past was soon forgotten when the Chinese Grandmaster made a few errors in the opening, allowing the American Grandmaster to seize the initiative. Nakamura won an exchange and had no difficulties with the technical phase. Review the game with Chess King, watch the post-game comment and read a report on Round 7 at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R7: Viswanathan Anand – Loek van Wely 1-0

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 Round 7: Loek van Wely went for the Scandinavian Defense against Viswanathan Anand, but blundered in a very difficult position on move 35 and the game was over. Although the Dutchman achieved an adequate position on the black side of a Scandinavian Defence, his attempt to break free was ill-timed costing him first a pawn and then the game after 23.Qb1, the move Van Wely had missed in his calculations. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video and read a full account of Round 7 at the tournament at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R6: Levon Aronian – Peter Leko 1-0

Levon Aronian was back to his winning ways and beat Peter Leko in the Queen’s Indian Defense. Aronian held on patiently and prevented his opponent from steering the game to a draw. Watch the post-game video comment, run the game through Chess King and a full report on Round 6 is available at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R6: Anish Giri – Hou Yifan 0-1

The former women’s world chess champion finally got to score her first win at the 75th edition of the Tata Steel Chess in Round 6. Hou Yifan knew how to exploit her chances on the queenside as Giri ambled along planless. An exchange sacrifice set the Chinese GM on her path to victory and even the return sac was not enough to save the game for Giri. Watch the post-game video and run the game through Chess King. A round report is available at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R6: Magnus Carlsen – Ivan Sokolov 1-0

Round 6 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 made it clear that even a slight error against the World No. 1 is suicidal. Ivan Sokolov learned it the hard way. Here is the game you can replay with Chess King. Watch the pretty ending! A report on the tournament is available at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R6: Loek van Wely – Wang Hao 1-0

Round 6 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 saw Loek van Wely beat Wang Hao comfortably as the latter got lost after a pawn sac and could not hold up against Wely’s queenside pawn majority. Watch the post-game video and replay the game with Chess King. You can read a report on Chess Blog about the sixth round at the super chess tournament.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R5: Erwin L’Ami – Wang Hao 0-1

The Erwin L’Ami – Wang Hao game was one of the most spectacular ones of the tournament so far at the 75th edition of the Tata Steel Chess 2013. It included Queenside majority, piece sacrifice and a rolling pawn plus lots of fun. Here is the game with Chess King. You can read a report on Round 5 at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R5: Peter Leko – Fabiano Caruana 1-0

75th Tata Steel Chess: Peter Leko beat Fabiano Caruana in a Spanish that goes straight to the classroom with a display of the square c4’s importance in the line. You could learn a thing or two from the game about how to handle a locked queenside and set up an attack down the Kingside. You can replay the game with Chess King. A report on Round 5 is available at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R5: Hou Yifan – Hikaru Nakamura 0-1

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013: Former Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan started off with a steady tackle of US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura’s Sicilian battle. However, she went in for a losing dissolution of pawns and gave up the point to stay at the bottom of the table after five rounds. Wrapping off the game was easy for the American Grandmaster as a matter of technique. You can read a full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R5: Ivan Sokolov – Levon Aronian 0-1

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013: After losing a sterling (for his opponent that is) game to the World Chess Champion in the previous round, Olympiad champion Levon Aronian did well to beat Ivan Sokolov in an easy game in Round 5. In fact, the Dutch Grandmaster went for an overkill that was unlikely to manifest into a win any way. Check out the game with Chess King. A full report on Round 5 is available at Chess Blog.
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No-Time-to-Waste Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

White has no time to waste in this chess puzzle. Black is all set to Queen that pawn and steer the game to a draw in all probability. But, can White win?… rather, checkmate in two?
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75th Tata Steel Chess R5: Spot Harikrishna’s Winning Combination versus Van Wely

The 75th Tata Steel Chess Group A witnessed exciting games all around in Round 5 even though the top game between World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen ended in a draw. This is a position from the Pentala Harikrishna-Loek Van Wely game. Can you spot White’s winning combination with a pretty conclusion? You can replay the game with Chess King to see the solution for yourself. Read a full report on Round 5 at Chess Blog.
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Mid-Week Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

A simple position in which White can checkmate in two. Can you spot it? Hint: Of course Black is in zugzwang and the Black King has nowhere to go. Have fun with chess and have fun making your chess truly strong with Chess King!
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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R4: Loek van Wely – Erwin L’Ami 1-0

One of the five decisive games in Round 4 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess in Round 4 witnessed Loek van Wely beating compatriot Erwin l’Ami. The latter sacrificed an exchange on the black side of a Trompovsky, but never got anything to show for it and White’s pawns were just rolling all that better. Watch a post-game video and run the game in the super Chess King applet.
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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R4: Fabiano Caruana – Ivan Sokolov 1-0

Italy’s talented Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana used a powerful central pawn majority to beat Ivan Sokolov in the fourth round of the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013. Watch the post-game comment video by Caruana and replay the game with Chess King.
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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R4: Wang Hao – Hou Yifan 1-0

Wang Hao was one of the five players who scored a win during the 4th round of the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013. At the losing end was former Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan. Wang Hao went for the classical Nimzo line that fetched him a solid structure that made the best of his powerful Bishop against a bad Knight. Hou Yifan tried, but eventually blundered in a very difficult position. Check out the post-game video and game with Chess King.
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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R4: Magnus Carlsen – Pentala Harikrishna 1-0

Who else could get away by tossing pawns for free at another Grandmaster? Magnus Carlsen showed why he is World No. 1 by beating Pentala Harikrishna in the fourth round at the ongoing 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 with a solid game. Check out the video comments and game with Chess King.
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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R4: Anand Demolishes “Nightmare Opponent” Aronian (Game + Videos)

The fourth round at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 witnessed World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand demolishing World No. 3 Levon Aronian. Anand said, “This could easily be one of the best games I have played. To win a game like this against Levon, who is my nightmare opponent, as you probably know, is definitely wonderful. Funnily enough both my black wins against him have been real classics. I don’t win that often, but when I do it is at least a good one.” Watch the two video statements given immediately after the end of the game and replay the game with Chess King.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R3: Viswanathan Anand – Fabiano Caruana 1-0

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 Round 3: World Champion Viswanathan Anand beat Fabiano Caruana in an exemplary Ruy Lopez. With small maneuvers – from controlling square d5, to dominating the c-file – the Indian chess wizard kept nagging the young Italian who drifted into time trouble. Anand was especially proud of 31.Kh1!, threatening Qc6. Black promptly made his decisive mistake with 31…Be7 after which White infiltrated with 32.Qc7, with the black king soon running for his life. Watch the video and run the game in the Chess King applet. You can also read a full report on Round 3 at Chess Blog.
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