76th Tata Steel Chess R10 Full Report: Aronian wins Masters Group, Ivan Saric wins Challengers Group in Penultimate Rounds!
76th Tata Steel Chess 2014: Here is the final report (via the official website) on Round 10 of which we shared a quick update yesterday - Levon Aronian has won the 76th Tata Steel Chess Tournament! He beat Leinier Dominguez in the penultimate round, bringing his total to an impressive 8.0/10. In a Ruy Lopez, the Armenian felt that Dominguez’ 17.Rfe1 was not the best move, making black’s position “slightly more preferable.” The Cuban committed several more inaccuracies, desperately trying to squeeze out of his predicament. Matters only got worse, however, and when Aronian obtained a menacing passed b-pawn, it was just a matter of time before Dominguez had no other option but to admit defeat.
He said that “If I’m able to stop his breakthrough with b5 I should be slightly better.” When he missed the sly 17.Ne5, with the idea of 17. …Bxg2 18.c4!, the Dutchman was unable to prevent the breakthrough with which Karjakin maintained the balance. Giri saw it coming and “just tried to make a draw.” He succeeded in doing so after 32 moves.
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The first result of the tenth round was the draw between Pentala Harikrishna and Wesley So. So opted for a solid line of the Berlin Wall, commenting he “wanted to avoid any theory”, and quickly equalized the game. As Harikrishna didn’t see any advantageous continuations, the Indian decided to exchange several pieces in order to reach an ending. Neither had any winning chances in the ending and a few moves later, a draw was agreed.
We have a winner in the Challengers group as well! Ivan Saric (see picture) outplayed Yangyi Yu during the time scramble and added another point to his total. Since Baadur Jobava lost to Dimitri Reinderman and Jan Timman drew Merijn van Delft, Saric now has an commanding 1.5-point lead at 9.5/12, making him the victor.
The tournament had a special guest today, as none other than Gary Kasparov paid Wijk aan Zee a visit! Among other things, the former World Champion performed the ceremonial hitting of the gong, as you can see in the picture.