Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tata Steel Chess 2018 Highlights: Part 2

In Part 1, we analyzed the games of two veterans: Anand and Kramnik. What happens when the two of them clash swords with each other? Between the Tiger of Madras’s tactical prowess and cold Russian positional grinding, who would prevail?

Cold, Russian Steel rolling down the board

Here is Round 7’s encounter by the two former world champions, where Anand’s weakening of his pawn structure lead to an instructive strategic win for Kramnik:

In the same round, Mamedyarov won his third game in a row to become the sole leader of the tournament. An impressive feat, but one that was short-lived: Giri proceeded to end Mamedyarov’s streak in the next round with a classic strong knight vs weak bishop situation:

Giri (foreground) vs Mamedyarov (Image from

The final game we will look at is by the tournament winner, Magnus Carlsen. While Giri was outplaying Mamedyarov, Carlsen experienced a very lucky escape against Gawain Jones. First, the Norwegian blundered horribly in a Sicilian Dragon, before nerves got the better of Jones, who allowed his advantage to slip and even lose the game altogether:

Has the Sicilian Dragon claimed another victim? (Image from

With that I wrap up my analysis of Tata Steel 2018 highlights. Congrats to Magnus Carlsen for winning the tournament a record sixth time, and here’s to more exciting tournaments in the future!

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