Tata Steel Round 2 Report

World Champion Viswanathan Anand and his predecessor Vladimir Kramnik sign a draw

Tata Steel Chess

The reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand and his predecessor Vladimir Kramnik have met in the second round of the Tata Steel 2011 chess tournament. Kramnik defended with his favourite d5 and b6 in the Nimzo-Indian opening and even managed to surprise Anand with an innovative setup. Black gave up the exchange for a wonderful compensation, but White didn’t take any risks, returned the material and took a draw.

Magnus Carlsen had another Scotch opening on the board, only this time from the Black side. Alexei Shirov explored the rare 10. Ba3!? and Carlsen responded by threatening the advanced e5-pawn. Shirov burned some time on the clock trying to find the most aggressive continuation, but Black defended with precision and eventually grabbed a perpetual check. A cocktail of Scotch and perpetual check for Carlsen in the first two games in Wijk aan Zee.

The last to finish was the only decided game in which Russian and European champion Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated China’s champion Wang Hao.

Tata Steel games with computer analysis

Round 2 results:

Viswanathan Anand IND 2810 – Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2784 draw

Wang Hao CHN 2731 – Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2715 0-1

Alexander Grischuk RUS 2773 – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2721 draw

Levon Aronian ARM 2805 – Hikaru Nakamura USA 2751 draw

Alexey Shirov SPA 2722 – Magnus Carlsen NOR 2814 draw

Anish Giri NED 2686 – Jan Smeets NED 2662 draw

Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2744 – Erwin l’Ami NED 2628 draw

Round 3 pairings:

Erwin l’Ami NED 2628 – Viswanathan Anand IND 2810

Jan Smeets NED 2662 – Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2744

Magnus Carlsen NOR 2814 – Anish Giri NED 2686

Hikaru Nakamura USA 2751 – Alexey Shirov SPA 2722

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2721 – Levon Aronian ARM 2805

Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2715 – Alexander Grischuk RUS 2773

Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2784 – Wang Hao CHN 2731