|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 chess.com)|
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 chess.com)|
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!
Part 1: https://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2018/02/tata-steel-chess-2018-highlights-part-1.html