Summary Round 10 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
Yesterday’s 10th round was played in the stunning Academy Building of Groningen University, the second and last Tata Steel Chess on Tour stop, with a massive turnout of 3000 spectators throughout the day. They were rewarded with spectacular games, four decisive results and appearances in the commentary room (which was open to the public) by Carlsen, Anand, Kramnik and Giri.
The day started off quietly with two draws; one between leader Anish Giri and Sergey Karjakin and one between Wei Yi and Fabiano Caruana. But then the games sprang into action and Mamedyarov was the one to start proceedings as he won against Svidler in a mere 21 moves with the black pieces. Anand and Kramnik soon followed suit as they beat Jones and Matlakov respectively. It was past 8pm when World Champion Magnus Carlsen eventually overcame Wesley So in a topsy-turvy game. Last to finish were Hou Yifan and Adhiban, who drew their encounter in 78 moves. Going into the final weekend of the event Carlsen and Mamedyarov have thus caught up with Giri and all three share the lead on 7/10, with Kramnik just behind them on 6.5/10. After Thursday’s rest day all eyes will be on the Mamedyarov-Carlsen clash (who are not only the tournament leaders but also the world number one and two players on the live rating list) while Giri takes on Caruana with the black pieces.
Back in the Challengers group in Wijk aan Zee there were two decisive results: Matthias Bluebaum winning against Lucas van Foreest and Dmitry Gordievsky beating Benjamin Bok. This means there is a status quo in the tournament standings before the two leaders, Korobov and Vidit, meet on Friday. The young Indian player will have the white pieces in what could be a tournament deciding game.