Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tata Steel Ends

Standings after round 13
1.H. Nakamura9
2.V. Anand
3.L. Aronian
M. Carlsen
5.V. Kramnik
M. Vachier-Lagrave
7.A. Giri
R. Ponomariov
9.I. Nepomniachtchi
Wang Hao
11.A. Grischuk
E. l'Ami
J. Smeets
14.A. Shirov4

American and St. Louis resident, GM Hikaru Nakamura, won nine of thirteen games in the 2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament 16-day tournament of elite chess players. Tata is the name of an Indian steel company that recently purchased the dutch Corus company and continued support of the prestigious chess tournament that attracts the top players in the world to Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.  Nakamura ended his last round with a draw against China's Wang Hao and patiently waited for his rival, GM Vishy Anand to finish his game.  Anand drew against Ian Nepomniachtchi to earn 8.5 pts. and second place allowing Nakamura to claim nearly $14,000 in prize money.  In addition to the Grandmasters in Group A, there were also two other groups competing.

Crosstable of grandmaster group A

1R. Ponomariov½1½½½½½01½½½06.5
2E. l'Ami½½00½½00½½½½½4.5
3J. Smeets0½0001½½0½1½04.5
4M. Carlsen½111½011½½½0½8
5H. Nakamura½11011½½1½1½½9
6M. Vachier-Lagrave½½1½01½½½½1½½7.5
7I. Nepomniachtchi½½0100½1½0½1½6
8V. Kramnik½1½0½½½½½½11½7.5
9Wang Hao11½0½½0½1½½006
10A. Grischuk0½1½0½½½000½½4.5
11L. Aronian½½½½½½1½½11½½8
12A. Shirov½½0½00½0½10½04
13A. Giri½½½1½½001½½½½6.5
14V. Anand1½1½½½½½1½½1½8.5

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