Summary Round 5 Tata Steel Chess Tournament


For today’s 5th round the Masters moved to the stunning ‘Beeld en Geluid’ (The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) in Hilversum – this year’s first Chess on Tour stop.

The afternoon kicked off with three rather uneventful draws (Anand-Wei, Matlakov-Karjakin and Jones-Giri), but the remaining games had the many chess fans who came to Hilversum on the edge of their seats. Right after the first time control two results came in at the same time as Peter Svidler beat Hou Yifan and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov got the better of Fabiano Caruana to claim the clear number two spot on the live rating list. Vladimir Kramnik was pushing in a slightly better rook endgame against Magnus Carlsen, but a draw was eventually agreed on move 63. So-Adhiban was another rook endgame, but in this one So was ultimately able to convert his extra pawn into a full point.
Going into tomorrow’s rest day Mamedyarov, Giri and Anand share the lead with 3.5/5 and when play resumes on Friday we can look forward to a big game between the latter two!

Meanwhile back in Wijk aan Zee, the Challengers upheld their routine of three decisive games per round. The result of the day was undoubtedly Anton Korobov outplaying Jorden van Foreest to storm into the sole lead as Vidit was held to a draw by l’Ami. Elsewhere Amin beat Gordievsky and Tari beat Xiong in a clash between two of the most promising junior players in the world. After five rounds we thus have a clearly defined podium in the Challengers: Korobov is the sole leader on a very impressive score of 4.5/5, followed by Vidit on 4/5 and Lucas van Foreest (who drew against Harika today) on 3/5.