Summary Round 11 Tata Steel Chess Tournament

27-01-2018

There were three decisive results in the Masters as the action returned to Wijk aan Zee for the final weekend of this year’s Tata Steel Chess event.

However, none of the above-mentioned decisive results affected the top of the tournament standings as the clash between Mamedyarov and Carlsen was a draw, while Giri successfully defended a slightly worse position against Caruana. Their closest pursuer Kramnik went down to Karjakin but Anand played a nice game to beat Hou Yifan and get himself back in the race for top places. Carlsen, Giri and Mamedyarov still lead on 7.5/11 and Anand now trails them by just half a point, on 7/11. Elsewhere So beat Jones, while the games Adhiban-Wei and Matlakov-Svidler ended in draws. In today’s penultimate round all leaders will be facing players from the bottom half of the standings, as Carlsen plays against Matlakov, Giri faces Adhiban and Mamedyarov has the black pieces against Jones.

In the Challengers the much-anticipated clash between leaders Vidit and Korobov ended in a draw. Jorden van Foreest took his chance to close the gap to the leaders by defeating Harika in what was the longest game of the day. Vidit and Korobov still share the lead on 7.5/11 (interestingly the same total as the leading Masters score), but Jorden Foreest is now just one point behind them, on 6.5/11. Today Korobov is White against Jorden’s brother Lucas van Foreest, while Vidit takes on Girya with the black pieces.