Pix 1. Hikaru Nakamura Pix 2. Playing Hall, Tata Steel Chess
(Pictures courtesy of Fred Lucas, http://www.fredlucas.eu/gallery/ta7/ )
23 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur - Mark Crowthers of TWIC reports the happenings of round 7, Tata Steel Chess - Hikaru Nakamura beat Jan Smeets to take the lead in the A-Group when his unusual variation of the Botvinnik Variation eventually paid dividends. Viswanathan Anand won't be too unhappy just yet after a very quick draw as black against Magnus Carlsen who really needed a win to get into contention but his opening choice was insipid. Levon Aronian moved 3rd after beating an out of sorts Alexander Grischuk. Vladimir Kramnik had a pretty easy win against Anish Giri. The remaining games were drawn with only Shirov - Wang having any real interest. The B-Group was blown wide open when Luke McShane blundered coming up to first time control against Le Quang Liem. Wesley So joins McShane on 5/7 after his third win in a row.
Results of Round 7:
Here is the game viewer of the 7th round game between Hikaru Nakamura against Jan Smeets of the Tata Steel Chess. White ends with three connected pawns charging down to the 8th rank to queen against black’s single rook.
- A-Group (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: GpA | LiveA
- B-Group (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: GpB | LiveB
- C-Group (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: GpC | LiveC