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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tata Steel Chess 2012 R11 - Aronian leads amidst exciting chess!

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Hello everyone,

They say there's no show like show business. We say, there's no show like super GM show in an elite chess tournament! If you had attended the 11th round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 in Wijk Aan Zee, you couldn't have agreed more. You can access the official website here.

Round eleven
Group A: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 27th

Magnus Carlsen - Veselin Topalov 1-0
Gata Kamsky - Hikaru Nakamura ½-½
Loek van Wely - Sergey Karjakin 0-1
Vugar Gashimov - Teimour Radjabov 0-1
Vassily Ivanchuk - Boris Gelfand 0-1
Levon Aronian - David Navara 0-1
Fabiano Caruana - Anish Giri 1-0

The standings after Round 11:
Levon Aronian leads with 7.5 points while Magnus Carlsen and Teimour Radjabov are right behind at 7 points. Fabiano Caruana and Vassily Ivanchuk at 6.5 points each. Hikaru Nakamura is at 6. Gata Kamsky and Sergey Karjakin are at 5.5 points. We have Loek Van Wely and Boris Gelfand at 5 points. Anish Giri, Veselin Topalov and Vugar Gashimov at 4 points each while David Navara is at 3.5.

Don't go by the standings. Everyone's been beating everyone and it's great chess all around!

Here is the spills-thrills-chills game between Magnus Carlsen and Vaselin Topalov with Chess King. 

Carlsen,M (2835) - Topalov,V (2770)

Result: 1-0
Site: Wijk aan Zee NED
Date: 2012.01.27
[...] 1.e4 c5 2.¤f3 d6 3.¥b5+ ¤d7 4.c3 ¤gf6 5.£e2 a6 6.¥a4 £c7 7.O-O e5 8.d4 b5 9.¥c2 cxd4 10.cxd4 ¥e7 11.¤c3 O-O 12.¥g5 h6 13.¥h4 ¥b7 14.¦ad1 ¦ac8 15.¥b3 ¦fe8 16.dxe5 dxe5 17.¥g3 ¥f8 18.h3 ¤b6 19.¤h4 ¤c4 20.¤f5 ¤xb2 21.¥h4 ¤xd1 22.¥xf6 ¤xc3 23.£g4 ¥xe4 24.¤xh6+ ¢h7 25.¥xf7 £xf7 26.¤xf7 gxf6 27.f4 ¥g6 28.£h4+ ¢g7 29.fxe5 ¤e4 30.¦xf6 ¥c5+ 31.¢h2 ¤xf6 32.£xf6+ ¢h7 33.¤g5+ ¢h6 34.¤e6 ¦xe6 35.£xe6 ¦e8 36.£f6 ¥e7 37.£xa6 b4 38.£c4 ¥f8 39.g4 ¢h7 40.e6 ¥d6+ 41.¢g2 ¥e7 42.£c7 ¢g8 43.¢g3 ¢f8 44.£f4+ ¢g7 45.£d4+ ¢g8 46.h4 ¦d8 47.£c4 ¥d3 48.£c6 ¥b1 49.h5 ¥xa2 50.£e4 ¢h8 51.h6 ¥f6 52.e7 ¦e8 53.£f4 ¥g7 54.hxg7+ ¢xg7 55.g5 ¢g8 56.£f6

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