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Tata Steel 10: Harikrishna holds the World Champion to a draw

by Sagar Shah - 26/01/2017

Harikrishna Pentala managed to hold the World Champion Magnus Carlsen to a draw in the tenth round of the Tata Steel Chess 2017. Adhiban showed some blistering levels of preparation in the Bg5 Najdorf against Ian Nepomniachtchi. He was very close to a win, but couldn't finish off his Russian opponent. In this report we have brief analysis using the Tactical Analysis feature of ChessBase 14. Full analysis along with annotations by 10-year-old Aditya Mittal to follow soon.

Masters tournament

Round 10 - Wednesday, January 25
Aronian, L. 1-0 Rapport, R.
Van Wely, L. ½-½ Giri, A.
Harikrishna, P. ½-½ Carlsen, M.
Adhiban, B. ½-½ Nepomniachtchi, I.
Eljanov, P. ½-½ Wei, Y.
Karjakin, S. 1-0 Andreikin, D.
So, W. 1-0 Wojtaszek, R.

The tenth round took place in Philharmonie in Haarlem

What a beautiful setting!

The commentary room!

Harikrishna with the white pieces played the four knights and drew his game without any difficulties against the World Champion

B.Adhiban played a wild and crazy game against Ian Nepomniachtchi and was almost on the brink of victory, before the game ended in a draw

Tactical analysis in ChessBase 14

The below analysis have been using the tactical analysis feature of the ChessBase 14. We will bring you full analysis of both Harikrishna and Adhiban games later in the day along with our star annotator Aditya Mittal analyzing Aronian vs Rapport.

Harikrishna vs Carlsen

[Event "79th Tata Steel Chess 2017-Masters"]
[Site "Haarlem"]
[Date "2017.01.25"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Harikrishna, Pentala"]
[Black "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C48"]
[WhiteElo "2766"]
[BlackElo "2840"]
[Annotator "Tactical Analysis 1.02 (1s)"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[SourceTitle "playchess.com"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceQuality "1"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Bd6 5. d3 O-O 6. O-O h6 7. a3 Re8 8. h3 {
LiveBook: 11 Games} Bc5 9. Be3 Nd4 10. Bc4 c6 11. Re1 Nxf3+ 12. Qxf3 Bxe3 13.
fxe3 b5 14. Ba2 a5 15. Ne2 d6 16. Ng3 Be6 17. Rf1 d5 18. Rf2 Ra7 19. exd5 cxd5
20. Nf5 Kh7 21. Qg3 Bxf5 22. Rxf5 Rc7 23. c3 b4 24. cxb4 axb4 25. a4 {-0.49/12}
({Better is} 25. axb4 $11 {0.12/13} Rb7 26. Rxe5) 25... b3 26. Bxb3 Qb8 27. Ra3
e4 {[#] White must now prevent ...Rc1+.} 28. Kh2 {The position is equal.} exd3
{Hoping for ...d2.} 29. Bxd5 d2 30. Rd3 Rc2 {And now ...Qxg3+ would win.} 31.
Qxb8 ({Not} 31. Bxf7 $2 Qxg3+ 32. Kxg3 Rxe3+ $3 33. Rf3 Ne4+ 34. Kf4 Rxd3 35.
Rxd3 Nf2 $19) 31... Rxb8 32. b3 ({Reject} 32. Bxf7 Rbxb2 33. Rf4 d1=Q $1 34.
Rxd1 Rxg2+ 35. Kh1 Rh2+ 36. Kg1 Rxh3 $17) 32... Nxd5 33. Rfxd5 d1=Q 34. Rxd1 {
R1d3 is the strong threat.} Rxb3 35. R5d2 Rxd2 36. Rxd2 Ra3 37. Kg1 1/2-1/2

Adhiban vs Nepomiachtchi

[Event "79th Tata Steel Chess 2017-Masters"]
[Site "Haarlem"]
[Date "2017.01.25"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Adhiban, Baskaran"]
[Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B96"]
[WhiteElo "2653"]
[BlackElo "2767"]
[Annotator "Tactical Analysis 1.02 (1s)"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[SourceTitle "playchess.com"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceQuality "1"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 h6 8. Bh4
Qb6 9. a3 Nbd7 10. Bc4 {LiveBook: 3 Games} e5 11. fxe5 dxe5 12. Nf5 {White is
slightly better.} g6 $1 (12... Qxb2 $2 13. Na4 Qxa1 14. Qxa1 $18) 13. Nd5 Nxd5
14. Qxd5 Rh7 15. O-O-O gxf5 16. exf5 Be7 17. Bxe7 Kxe7 18. Rhf1 Qf6 19. Bb3 Rh8
{0.06/11} ({Better is} 19... Kf8 $15 {-0.67/12}) 20. Rf3 Re8 {0.11/13} ({
Black should try} 20... Kf8 $15 {-0.54/12}) 21. Ba4 $11 Rd8 $1 22. Rg3 {
-0.99/13} (22. Rc3 $11 {0.11/13 remains equal.}) 22... b5 $2 {0.97/12} (22...
Ra7 $17 {-0.99/13 and life is bright.}) 23. Qxa8 $16 bxa4 24. Rc3 Nb6 (24...
Qg5+ $5 25. Kb1 $8 Nb6 26. Qa7+ Ke8 $16) 25. Qa7+ Rd7 {1.16/15} (25... Kf8 $14
{0.44/14} 26. Rxd8+ Qxd8) 26. Rc7 Kd8 27. Rdxd7+ Nxd7 28. Rc3 Qd6 ({Not} 28...
Qxf5 $2 29. Qc7+ Ke7 30. Rd3 $18 (30. Qxc8 Qf1+ 31. Kd2 Qf2+ 32. Kd1 Qg1+ 33.
Ke2 Qxg2+ 34. Kd1 Qg4+ 35. Ke1 Qe4+ 36. Kd2 Qg2+ 37. Kd1 Qf1+ 38. Kd2 Qf4+ 39.
Ke2 Qxh2+ 40. Kf1 Qf4+ 41. Ke2 Qh2+ 42. Kf1 e4 $11)) 29. Qa8 {White has strong
compensation.} Nc5 $1 30. Qa7 Nd7 $1 31. Rg3 {0.45/15} (31. Rd3 $16 {1.09/13}
Qc7 32. Qe3) 31... Ke7 {1.20/14} (31... Qb6 $14 {0.45/15} 32. Qxb6+ Nxb6) 32.
Rd3 Qc6 33. Rc3 $1 Qxg2 34. Rxc8 {Endgame KQR-KQN} Qh1+ 35. Kd2 {[#] Strongly
threatening f6+!} Qxh2+ 36. Kc3 {Hoping for f6+!} Qh3+ 37. Kb4 {aiming for Rc7.
} Qxf5 38. Qc7 {And now Qd8+ would win.} e4 39. Qd8+ Kd6 40. Qc7+ Ke7 41. c4
$36 {[#] Threatens to win with Qd8+. White has good play.} e3 42. Qd8+ Kd6 43.
Qc7+ Ke7 44. Qd8+ Kd6 45. Qc7+ {0.00/32} ({Much weaker is} 45. Kxa4 $6 e2 46.
Qc7+ Ke7 47. Qd8+ Kd6 $11) (45. Kc3 $16 {1.07/11}) 1/2-1/2

Wesley So beat Radoslaw Wojtaszek in a theoretical Catalan and now has a full point lead over the field

Levon Aronian played a gem of a game against Richard Rapport (full analysis by 10-year-old Aditya Mittal to be updated soon)

Playing in Haarlem is the part of chess on tour idea introduced at the Tata Steel 

Standings after Round 10