75th Tata Steel Round 2013 R7: Anand, Carlsen Lead
In round 7 of the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament World Champion Viswanathan Anand caught up with leader Magnus Carlsen by defeating Loek van Wely. 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! Carlsen was nowhere near a win with Black against Peter Leko, but despite trying for 83 moves, neither was the Hungarian Grandmaster. Click on links to watch games with Chess King.
Group A: Round 7 - Saturday January 19
Vishy Anand - Loek van Wely 1-0
Ivan Sokolov - Pentala Harikrishna ½-½
Peter Leko - Magnus Carlsen ½-½
Sergey Karjakin - Levon Aronian ½-½
Hou Yifan - Fabiano Caruana ½-½
Erwin L'Ami - Anish Giri ½-½
Wang Hao - Hikaru Nakamura 0-1
The number three in the world, Levon Aronian was poised to win his third game in a row, this time at the cost of Sergey Karjakin. The Russian Grandmaster was completely outplayed in an Anti-Marshall of the Ruy Lopez, but just before the first time control Aronian missed a golden opportunity. In the game Karjakin's king escaped and Aronian even had to sacrifice an exchange to avoid trouble, with a draw as a result.
The remaining three games, Hou Yifan-Caruana, l'Ami-Giri and Sokolov-Harikrishna, quickly transposed into equal endgames, resulting in three logical draws.
Van Kampen's loss was especially striking; trading his dark-squared bishop in a King's Indian he created a weakness that eventually became his downfall.
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