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Bollard
09-01-2012, 05:20 AM
The annual super tournement at Wijk aan Zee starts in just under a week. A 13 round single round-robin amongst the 14 perticipants. All the info is here: http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Grandmaster Group A has 7 of the worlds top 10 participating and an average rating of 2755.

So who will win?

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen finished last year well winning the London Chess Classic - but that was 3-1-0 scoring;
Now having a secure grip on the world No. 2 spot Levon Aronian will want to press his claims;
Good to Veselin Topolov playing in this company - what fireworks can he produce;
Vasily Ivanchuk finished with a win at Reggio Emilia, over Hikura Nakamura;
Nakamura himself is the defending champion in this tournament;
Boris Gelfand, the challenger for the World Championship - Vishy Anand is skipping this tournament so who's preparation will be better?
Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri, the worlds top two ranked junior players - what can Giri produce in his "home" tournament?

lost
09-01-2012, 09:11 AM
I voted for Levon Aronian. The Armenian sportman has links to Australia so I have to go for the honouray Australian. GO LEV

lost

Rincewind
09-01-2012, 10:06 AM
I voted for Levon Aronian. The Armenian sportman has links to Australia so I have to go for the honouray Australian. GO LEV

Tom Cruise was once described as Australia's favourite son-in-law, and look how that turned out!

Kevin Bonham
09-01-2012, 11:08 AM
Any problem with me changing the poll to close after a few days of the event? Play starts on the 14th, we would normally close the poll about the 16th or 17th so so that people can base their votes on a round or two but no more.

Adamski
09-01-2012, 12:22 PM
Any problem with me changing the poll to close after a few days of the event? Play starts on the 14th, we would normally close the poll about the 16th or 17th so so that people can base their votes on a round or two but no more.
Saw this too late but I have voted for Karjakin to bounce back. He is overdue for another top-notch performance. But maybe after 2 rounds he will be on 0.5. Ah well, but Magnus can't win everything!

Tony Dowden
09-01-2012, 02:22 PM
Go Magnus!! :cool:

Bollard
09-01-2012, 05:04 PM
Any problem with me changing the poll to close after a few days of the event? Play starts on the 14th, we would normally close the poll about the 16th or 17th so so that people can base their votes on a round or two but no more.

I'm ok with that. When I was first setting it up I thought one week was too short as it captured the first round. I thought of ten days, but in the end just went with the even two weeks. It still seemed that it would be less than half-way through the tournment, but happy to go with an accepted standard.

ER
09-01-2012, 07:50 PM
I just clicked on the view poll results and I go this:

Invalid Thread specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator

Kevin Bonham
09-01-2012, 07:52 PM
That's because I was in the act of resetting as you did so!

Poll reset now as public poll.

If you've already voted, please vote again.

ER
09-01-2012, 07:54 PM
That's because I was in the act of resetting as you did so!

Poll reset now as public poll.

If you've already voted, please vote again.

OK thanks, I haven't voted yet, I only wanted to see the market trends and movements before I got involved.

Garrett
11-01-2012, 12:12 PM
Any problem with me changing the poll to close after a few days of the event? Play starts on the 14th, we would normally close the poll about the 16th or 17th so so that people can base their votes on a round or two but no more.

I probably should have waited until at least seeing the draw.

14 player single round robin I guess means some will have 7 white and 6 blacks which must be a slight advantage in this tourney.

Kevin Bonham
11-01-2012, 06:29 PM
I put the mockers on Topalov because he hasn't won a thing in ages and must be in danger of forgetting he exists if he doesn't win something again soon. :P

Bollard
12-01-2012, 04:39 AM
I've voted for Carlsen to win, but the player I most want to see do well is Anish Giri.

Kevin Bonham
12-01-2012, 10:02 AM
Karjakin's looking pretty good at the moment. Nobody has voted for him to win!

Sir Cromulent Sparkles
12-01-2012, 02:48 PM
Karjakin's looking pretty good at the moment. Nobody has voted for him to win!

grand theft auto .........................

Bollard
14-01-2012, 04:37 AM
Round 1 pairings are below. Play starts tonight at 10:30pm AEST.

Navara - Topalov
Gelfand - Giri
Radjabov - Caruana
Karjakin - Aronian
Nakamura - Ivanchuk
Carlsen - Gashimov
Kamsky - VanWely

Bollard
14-01-2012, 05:21 AM
The full draw is here
http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/schedule/year/2012/group/1

To answer Garrett's earlier question, the following players have white 7 times:
Carlsen
Gelfand
Radjabov
Karjakin
Nakamura
Kamsky
Navara

Another advantage for Carlsen, who also has white against Aronian in round 3.

Kevin Bonham
15-01-2012, 01:16 AM
Games are on at 11:30 PM our time

Strange early draw:

Nakamura - Ivanchuk

1.c4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.g3 b5 6.Bg2 Bb7 7.Ne5 Qc8 8.0-0 Nd7 9.b3 b4 10.Ne4 Nxe5 11.dxe5 c3 12.Qd3 a5 13.Be3 f5 14.exf6 Nxf6 15.Nxf6+ gxf6 16.Bf3 Kf7 17.Rfd1 h5 18.a4 Rb8 19.Ba7 Ra8 20.Be3 Rb8 21.Ba7 Ra8 ˝-˝

But after either 18... or 20...Be7 it seems black is just keeping the pawn for free with the line Qd7 c2! most likely leading to a double-bishops ending a pawn up.

Banda
15-01-2012, 03:06 AM
http://pakchess.org/images/stories/pakchess/tournaments/international-tournaments/2012/January/74th_Tata_Steel_Chess_Tournament/Tata_Steel_Chess_logo.jpg

The 74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament takes place Saturday 14th January - Sunday 29th January 2012. Magnus Carlsen is the top seed ahead of Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin and Veselin Topalov.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament has three main tournaments. They are played according to the 'round robin' system, whereby each competitor plays in turn against every other during the tournament. All three Grandmaster groups have 14 players. All rounds begin at 13.30 hours, except for the last round on January 29th, which begins at 12.00 hours. There are rest days: on January 18th, 23rd, and 26th. The time control is: 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.


Watch LIVE Games of all three groups in one window (http://pakchess.org/tournament-news/74th-tata-steel-chess-tournament-2012-wijk-aan-zee-live)

A-Group Wijk aan Zee NED Sat 14th Jan 2012 - Sun 29th Jan 2012

GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR 1 2823 1990
GM Aronian, Levon ARM 3 2807 1982
GM Karjakin, Sergey RUS 5 2772 1990
GM Topalov, Veselin BUL 6 2768 1975
GM Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 7 2765 1969
GM Gashimov, Vugar AZE 10 2756 1986
GM Kamsky, Gata USA 11 2756 1974
GM Nakamura, Hikaru USA 12 2753 1987
GM Radjabov, Teimour AZE 13 2752 1987
GM Gelfand, Boris ISR 15 2746 1968
GM Giri, Anish NED 23 2722 1994
GM Caruana, Fabiano ITA 32 2712 1992
GM Navara, David CZE 42 2705 1985
GM Van Wely, Loek NED 55 2689 1972


LIVE Games/ Details (http://pakchess.org/tournament-news/74th-tata-steel-chess-tournament-2012-wijk-aan-zee-live)

Bollard
15-01-2012, 05:12 AM
Round 1 winners:
Giri as black over Gelfand
Aronian as black over Karjakin
Carlsen as white over Gashimov

The other four games were all drawn. So only one winner with the white pieces in the first round.

Bollard
15-01-2012, 05:18 AM
Topalov - Van Wely
Gashimov - Kamsky
Ivanchuk - Carlsen
Aronian - Nakamura
Caruana - Karjakin
Giri - Radjabov
Navara - Gelfand

Bollard
16-01-2012, 05:11 AM
Winners in group A today were Aronian over Nakamura and Caruana over Karjakin, both with the white pieces. Most of the rest never strayed from equality though Topalov looks to have frittered away some chances against Van Wely.

So after 2 rounds the scores are:
2 Aronian
1.5 Carlsen, Caruana, Giri
1 Ivanchuk, Kamsky, Navara, Radjabov, Topalov, Van Wely
0.5 Gashimov, Gelfand, Nakamura
0 Karjakin

The Chesschat poll closes tomorrow evening, which is after the highly anticipated 3rd round game between Carlsen and Aronian.

Bollard
16-01-2012, 05:14 AM
Round 3 pairings are:

Gelfand, B. - Topalov, V.
Radjabov, T. - Navara, D.
Karjakin, S. - Giri, A.
Nakamura, H. - Caruana, F.
Carlsen, M. - Aronian, L.
Kamsky, G. - Ivanchuk, V.
Van Wely, L. - Gashimov, V.

Kevin Bonham
16-01-2012, 10:18 AM
A great win by Aronian who gave up queen for rook and piece on move 26 and gradually outplayed Nakamura in the unclear position that resulted:

Aronian - Nakamura

1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 c6 8.Qb3 Kh8 9.Rd1 Na6 10.Qa3 Nc7 11.d5 c5 12.b4 cxb4 13.Qxb4 Na6 14.Qb1 Bd7 15.Nb5 Rc8 16.Nd2 Qb6 17.e3 Nc5 18.a4 Qa5 19.Ba3 a6 20.Bb4 Qd8 21.Nd4 Nxa4 22.Ne6 Bxe6 23.dxe6 Qe8 24.Bxb7 Rb8 25.Bxa6 Nc3 26.Bxc3 Rxb1 27.Rdxb1 g5 28.Rb7 Ng8 29.Bxg7+ Kxg7 30.Rb5 Qg6 31.c5 dxc5 32.Rxc5 Qxe6 33.Nf3 Qd6 34.Nd4 Kh8 35.Rc6 Qd7 36.Rac1 f4 37.Bc8 Qa7 38.Ne6 Rf6 39.exf4 gxf4 40.Rc7 Qa4 41.Nxf4 Rd6 42.Be6 Rd1+ 43.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 44.Kg2 Nf6 45.Rxe7 Qe1 46.Rf7 Qe4+ 47.f3 Qd4 48.Kh3 Qe5 49.Kh4 Qd4 50.Bg4 Qe5 51.Ne6 h6 52.Rf8+ Ng8 53.f4 Qb2 54.Kh3 Qa1 55.Bh5 Kh7 56.Rf7+ Kh8 57.Bg6 Nf6 58.Rf8+ Ng8 59.Bf7 1-0

Topalov let van Wely off the hook and Karjakin's game against Caruana was all just a little bit miserable.

Agent Smith
16-01-2012, 04:56 PM
Yes - great win for Aronian.

Magnus played Ivanchuk, and i think the world no. 1 seemed to be playing for a draw way before Ivanchuk.

[Event "74th Tata Steel GMA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2012.01.15"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Ivanchuk, V"]
[Black "Carlsen, M"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2766"]
[BlackElo "2835"]
[ECO "D56"]
[EventDate "2012.01.14"]

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 O-O 7.e3 Ne4 8.Bxe7
Qxe7 9.Rc1 c6 10.Be2 Nxc3 11.Rxc3 dxc4 12.Bxc4 Nd7 13.O-O b6 14.Qc2 Bb7
15.Bd3 c5 16.Bh7+ Kh8 17.Be4 Bxe4 18.Qxe4 Rac8 19.Rfc1 Rc7 20.Qc2 Rfc8 21.
h3 Nf6 22.Rc4 Ne8 23.dxc5 Rxc5 24.Qb3 Rxc4 25.Rxc4 Rxc4 26.Qxc4 Nd6 27.Qc6
Kg8 28.Ne5 Qd8 29.Nd7 Ne4 30.b3 Nf6 31.Ne5 Nd5 32.g3 Qe7 33.h4 g6 34.Kg2
Kg7 35.Nd3 Qd8 36.Qc4 Nf6 37.e4 g5 38.hxg5 hxg5 39.Qc3 Kg8 40.Kf3 Nd7 41.
Ke3 Nf6 42.a4 Ng4+ 43.Kf3 Nf6 44.b4 Qd7 45.b5 Qd8 46.Ke3 Ng4+ 47.Ke2 Nf6
48.Qc4 Qa8 49.Ke3 Qd8 50.Kf3 Kg7 51.Qc3 Qh8 52.Qd4 Qh1+ 53.Ke3 Qd1 54.Ne5
Qe1+ 55.Kf3 Qh1+ 56.Ke3 Qe1+ 57.Kf3 Qh1+ 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
16-01-2012, 08:58 PM
Yes, rumours of Chucky having permanently lost his marbles during his previous tournament were clearly exaggerated.

Adamski
16-01-2012, 10:52 PM
Key matchup in Round 3 Carlsen - Aronian.

Kevin Bonham
17-01-2012, 02:31 AM
Aronian is trying to hold a very unpleasant ending; it could have been worse for him but the lines were quite complex.

Radjabov easily beat Navara and Giri got into trouble against Karjakin then put his king somewhere totally unsafe and lost. Rest drawn.

Bollard
17-01-2012, 04:52 AM
Round 3 results as Kevin said. Winners were Radjabov over Navara, Karjakin over Giri and Carlsen over Aronian, all with the white pieces this time.

Gelfand, B. - Topalov, V. ˝-˝
Radjabov, T. - Navara, D. 1-0
Karjakin, S. - Giri, A. 1-0
Nakamura, H. - Caruana, F. ˝-˝
Carlsen, M. - Aronian, L. 1-0
Kamsky, G. - Ivanchuk, V. ˝-˝
Van Wely, L. - Gashimov, V. ˝-˝


Standings after 3 round and just prior to our poll closing are:

2˝ Carlsen, M.
2 Aronian, L., Caruana, F. Radjabov, T.
1˝ Giri, A., Ivanchuk, V., Kamsky, G., Topalov, V., Van Wely, L.
1 Gashimov, V., Gelfand, B., Karjakin, S., Nakamura, H., Navara, D.

Bollard
17-01-2012, 04:55 AM
Round 4 will be played tonight and then the first rest day.

Topalov, V. - Gashimov, V.
Ivanchuk, V. - Van Wely, L.
Aronian, L. - Kamsky, G.
Caruana, F. - Carlsen, M.
Giri, A. - Nakamura, H.
Navara, D. - Karjakin, S.
Gelfand, B. - Radjabov, T.

For me, Giri v Nakamura will be the one to watch.

Bollard
17-01-2012, 05:24 AM
Carlsen v Aronian

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.Qc2 Nf6 7.h3 g6 8.e3 Bf5 9.Qd2 h5 10.Bd3 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 Nbd7 12.Nge2 a5 13.O-O O-O 14.f3 b5 15.e4 dxe4 16.fxe4 Nc5 17.Qf3 Ne6 18.Be3 b4 19.Nb1 Nh7 20.Nd2 Rc8 21.Rad1 Bh4 22.g3 Bf6 23.Nc4 Bg7 24.b3 Qe7 25.Qg2 Nc7 26.Nxa5 Rfe8 27.e5 Nd5 28.Bd2 Red8 29.Nf4 Qa7 30.Nxc6 Rxc6 31.Nxd5 Rc2 32.Kh1 Bf8 33.e6 Qa8 34.exf7+ Kh8 35.Nf4 Qxg2+ 36.Kxg2 Rxd4 37.Rf2 Rd6 38.Bc1 Rxf2+ 39.Kxf2 Rxd1 40.Bb2+ Nf6 41.Bxf6+ Kh7 42.Ne6 Bd6 43.Be5 Be7 44.f8=Q Bxf8 45.Nxf8+ Kh6 46.Ne6 g5 47.h4 gxh4 48.gxh4 Kg6 49.Nd4 Rd3 50.Nc6 Rd2+ 51.Ke3 Rxa2 52.Bd6 Ra1 53.Kd4 Rh1 54.Kc5 Kf5 55.Nxb4 Rc1+ 56.Kd4 Re1 57.Nc6 Re4+ 58.Kd5 Rxh4 59.b4 Rh1 60.b5 Rb1 61.Nd4+ Kg4 62.Kc6 Rc1+ 63.Kd7 Rb1 64.Kc7 h4 65.b6 Kh3 66.b7 Kg2 67.Nf5 h3 68.Nh4+

Can anyone explain what the black knight on h7 was meant to be doing?

Agent Smith
17-01-2012, 05:47 AM
Stockfish-2.2 has Nh7 as Aronian's best move for quite a while, but it only ends up second best.

1. 22 [+0.80] 19... Ne8 20.Nd2 Ng5 21.Qf4 Nd6 22.Rac1 Ra6 23.Rc2 a4 24.Rfc1 Ne6 25.Qf2 Qa8 26.Bh6 Rb8 27.Nf4 Ng5 28.Bxg5 Bxg5 29.Rc5 Rb5 30.Rxb5 Nxb5
2. 22 [+1.09] 19... Nh7 20.Nd2 Nhg5 21.Qg3 Nh7 22.Qf2 Bh4 23.g3 Bg5 24.Rac1 f5 25.e5 Qd5 26.Nc4 Rad8 27.h4 Bxe3 28.Qxe3 g5 29.Kh2
3. 22 [+1.05] 19... Rc8 20.Nd2 Nh7 21.Qf2 Nhg5 22.h4 Nh7 23.Bh6 Ng7 24.g3 Nf6 25.e5 Ng4 26.Qf4 c5


The tournament has a very nice live game page
http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/livegames

Bollard
17-01-2012, 06:03 AM
Thanks stevenaus, but I'm hoping to get a plain English description such as "It's supporting the g7 bishop in controlling the important f6 square", or something similar.

Even on the analysis line you've quoted the knight moves from h7 to g5 and then straight back to h7. So my question remains, what's the Knight on h7 meant to be doing?

Capablanca-Fan
17-01-2012, 12:25 PM
Carlsen v Aronian

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.Qc2 Nf6 7.h3 g6 8.e3 Bf5 9.Qd2 h5 10.Bd3 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 Nbd7 12.Nge2 a5 13.O-O O-O 14.f3 b5 15.e4 dxe4 16.fxe4 Nc5 17.Qf3 Ne6 18.Be3 b4 19.Nb1 Nh7 20.Nd2 Rc8 21.Rad1 Bh4 22.g3 Bf6 23.Nc4 Bg7 24.b3 Qe7 25.Qg2 Nc7 26.Nxa5 Rfe8 27.e5 Nd5 28.Bd2 Red8 29.Nf4 Qa7 30.Nxc6 Rxc6 31.Nxd5 Rc2 32.Kh1 Bf8 33.e6 Qa8 34.exf7+ Kh8 35.Nf4 Qxg2+ 36.Kxg2 Rxd4 37.Rf2 Rd6 38.Bc1 Rxf2+ 39.Kxf2 Rxd1 40.Bb2+ Nf6 41.Bxf6+ Kh7 42.Ne6 Bd6 43.Be5 Be7 44.f8=Q Bxf8 45.Nxf8+ Kh6 46.Ne6 g5 47.h4 gxh4 48.gxh4 Kg6 49.Nd4 Rd3 50.Nc6 Rd2+ 51.Ke3 Rxa2 52.Bd6 Ra1 53.Kd4 Rh1 54.Kc5 Kf5 55.Nxb4 Rc1+ 56.Kd4 Re1 57.Nc6 Re4+ 58.Kd5 Rxh4 59.b4 Rh1 60.b5 Rb1 61.Nd4+ Kg4 62.Kc6 Rc1+ 63.Kd7 Rb1 64.Kc7 h4 65.b6 Kh3 66.b7 Kg2 67.Nf5 h3 68.Nh4+

Can anyone explain what the black knight on h7 was meant to be doing?
No idea. I must admit that if any of my pupils made such weakening P moves on the Q-side (...b5, ... a5), especially allowing White a strong centre, then I would have told him that he needs to learn about sound positional play. But when a top grandmaster does it, that explanation won't work, which means I haven't any idea what he was planning. Didn't seem to work well all the same.

Bollard
17-01-2012, 03:57 PM
Thanks Jono,
I agree that the Q-side pawn moves looked suspect at the time. Of course we'd all be singing Aronian's praises now if he'd managed to disrupt Carlsen's game and get away with it.

Bollard
18-01-2012, 05:11 AM
Round 4 results saw Aronian over Kamsky with white and Karjakin follow up his win against Giri yesterday with victory over Navara with the black pieces.

Topalov, V. - Gashimov, V. ˝-˝
Ivanchuk, V. - Van Wely, L. ˝-˝
Aronian, L. - Kamsky, G. 1-0
Caruana, F. - Carlsen, M. ˝-˝
Giri, A. - Nakamura, H. ˝-˝
Navara, D. - Karjakin, S. 0-1
Gelfand, B. - Radjabov, T. ˝-˝

Standings going into the first rest day are:

3 Aronian, L., Carlsen, M.
2˝ Caruana, F., Radjabov, T.
2 Giri, A., Ivanchuk, V., Karjakin, S., Topalov, V., Van Wely, L.
1˝ Gashimov, V., Gelfand, B., Kamsky, G., Nakamura, H.
1 Navara, D.

Adamski
18-01-2012, 05:16 AM
Aronian bounced back well from his loss to magnus. Could even still win the event.

Bollard
18-01-2012, 05:19 AM
For me, Giri v Nakamura will be the one to watch.


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 O-O 9.Bc4 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6 11.Bb3 Qa5 12.O-O-O Rfc8 13.Kb1 b5 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nd5 Qxd2 16.Nxf6+ Kg7 17.Nh5+ gxh5 18.Rxd2 Rc5

Yeah, well that was a disappointment.:eh:

Desmond
18-01-2012, 07:05 PM
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 O-O 9.Bc4 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6 11.Bb3 Qa5 12.O-O-O Rfc8 13.Kb1 b5 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nd5 Qxd2 16.Nxf6+ Kg7 17.Nh5+ gxh5 18.Rxd2 Rc5

Yeah, well that was a disappointment.:eh:
an den...?

Bollard
18-01-2012, 07:19 PM
They declared a truce!

Bollard
20-01-2012, 04:49 AM
Round 5 result saw Gelfand and Ivanchuk win with the black pieces against Karjakin and Gashimov respectively and Nakamura defeat Navara with the white pieces. The other four games were drawn.

Radjabov, T. - Topalov, V. ˝-˝
Karjakin, S. - Gelfand, B. 0-1
Nakamura, H. - Navara, D. 1-0
Carlsen, M. - Giri, A. ˝-˝
Kamsky, G. - Caruana, F. ˝-˝
Van Wely, L. - Aronian, L. ˝-˝
Gashimov, V. - Ivanchuk, V. 0-1

Standings after 5 rounds are:
3˝ Aronian, L., Carlsen, M.
3 Caruana, F., Ivanchuk, V., Radjabov, T.
2˝ Gelfand, B., Giri, A., Nakamura, H., Topalov, V., Van Wely, L.
2 Kamsky, G., Karjakin, S.
1˝ Gashimov, V.
1 Navara, D.

Bollard
20-01-2012, 05:12 AM
Nakamura trounces Navara, who has now lost 3 games straight.

[Event "Tata Steel 2012"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "2012.01.19"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Nakamura, H."]
[Black "Navara D."]
[Result "1-0"]
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bg2 Nb6 6.e3 c5 7.Nge2 Nc6 8.O-O Be7 9.f4 exf4 10.Nxf4 O-O 11.b3 Bf5 12.Bb2 Qd7 13.Ne4 Rad8 14.Rf2 Nb4 15.Qf1 Bxe4 16.Bxe4 N6d5 17.Nh5 g6 18.a3 Na6 19.Bxd5 Qxd5 20.Bf6 Qd6 21.Bxe7 Qxe7 22.Nf6+ Kg7 23.Qc4 Qe5 24.Raf1 h5 25.Nxh5+ Qxh5 26.Rxf7+ Rxf7 27.Rxf7+ Kh6 28.Qf4+ g5 29.Qf6+ Qg6 30.Qf1 Qh5 31.Rxb7 c4 32.Qf6+ Qg6 33.Qxd8 Qb1+ 34.Kf2

Bollard
20-01-2012, 05:15 AM
Round 6 pairings are:

Topalov, V. - Ivanchuk, V.
Aronian, L. - Gashimov, V.
Caruana, F. - Van Wely, L.
Giri, A. - Kamsky, G.
Navara, D. - Carlsen, M.
Gelfand, B. - Nakamura, H.
Radjabov, T. - Karjakin, S.

Agent Smith
20-01-2012, 06:47 AM
I was looking forward to seeing how Topalov is going, but so far he's had 5 draws.
Actually - there's been quite a few of them 35 games: +8 =22 -5

And Giri looks like he's playing with a computer :D Well - this move is certainly one you expect from a chess engine - but i dare say they were just horsing around

63. ... Kg7

Carlsen, M (2835) -- Giri, A (2714)
Event : 74th Tata Steel GMA, Wijk aan Zee NED (2012.01.19, round 5) A15
Game: 31 Result: 1/2-1/2 Length: 64 Material: 1-0:+1
Move: 63. h7 Next: 63...Kg7
TB: = [Draw with 2 moves: Kg7, Kxh7 (all others lose)]
8/7P/6k1/8/8/4K3/8/8 b - - 0 63

Max Illingworth
20-01-2012, 07:05 AM
Nakamura trounces Navara, who has now lost 3 games straight.

[Event "Tata Steel 2012"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "2012.01.19"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Nakamura, H."]
[Black "Navara D."]
[Result "1-0"]


1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bg2 Nb6 6.e3 c5 7.Nge2 Nc6 8.O-O Be7 9.f4 exf4 10.Nxf4 O-O 11.b3 Bf5 12.Bb2 Qd7 13.Ne4 Rad8 14.Rf2 Nb4 15.Qf1 Bxe4 16.Bxe4 N6d5 17.Nh5 g6 18.a3 Na6 19.Bxd5 Qxd5 20.Bf6 Qd6 21.Bxe7 Qxe7 22.Nf6+ Kg7 23.Qc4 Qe5 24.Raf1 h5 25.Nxh5+ Qxh5 26.Rxf7+ Rxf7 27.Rxf7+ Kh6 28.Qf4+ g5 29.Qf6+ Qg6 30.Qf1 Qh5 31.Rxb7 c4 32.Qf6+ Qg6 33.Qxd8 Qb1+ 34.Kf2

Fixing PGN

Kevin Bonham
20-01-2012, 10:46 AM
Yes for the PGN display to work properly it's necessary to put the [pgn] tag after the bracketed game headers, not before.

Bollard
21-01-2012, 05:29 AM
Wins today to Aronian, Giri, and Radjabov with the white pieces and Nakamura beat Gelfand with black after the latter blundered on move 35.

Topalov, V. - Ivanchuk, V. ˝-˝
Aronian, L. - Gashimov, V. 1-0
Caruana, F. - Van Wely, L. ˝-˝
Giri, A. - Kamsky, G. 1-0
Navara, D. - Carlsen, M. ˝-˝
Gelfand, B. - Nakamura, H. 0-1
Radjabov, T. - Karjakin, S. 1-0


Standings after round 6 are:


4˝ Aronian, L.
4 Carlsen, M., Radjabov, T.
3˝ Caruana, F., Giri, A., Ivanchuk, V., Nakamura, H.
3 Topalov, V., Van Wely, L.
2˝ Gelfand, B.
2 Kamsky, G., Karjakin, S.
1˝ Gashimov, V., Navara, D.

Bollard
21-01-2012, 05:35 AM
Round 7 pairings are:

Karjakin, S. - Topalov, V. *
Nakamura, H. - Radjabov, T. *
Carlsen, M. - Gelfand, B. *
Kamsky, G. - Navara, D. *
Van Wely, L. - Giri, A. *
Gashimov, V. - Caruana, F. *
Ivanchuk, V. - Aronian, L. *

Nakamura v Radjabov and Ivanchuk v Aronian look to be the most interesting matchups. I expect the all Dutch battle to be a draw.

Adamski
21-01-2012, 01:36 PM
Go Levon! Beat Chukky and you are well on the way to winning the event, despite losing to Magnus.

Jesper Norgaard
21-01-2012, 03:31 PM
Something odd happened in the David Navara - Magnus Carlsen game. The following position occurred:

8/4Pb1k/7P/5K2/8/8/8/8 b - - 0 80

The game continued 80...Kxh6 81.e8=B Bxe8 according to both Chessbase and Chessvibes.

But everybody must be overlooking that the last move is not part of the game. After e8=B we have two bishops of the same color, for which it is impossible to construct a helpmate. Therefore the game is over, and 81...Bxe8 is not part of the game. I wonder if DGT software checks that?
It seems to me that David was well aware of this and wanted to end the game being witty, but Magnus just captured his bishop!? The thing is that if David had promoted to any other piece, the game would not be over yet, because helpmate would then be possible.

Bollard
21-01-2012, 08:18 PM
So is there any significance in this? Does the fact that it is absolutely a draw require an arbiter to officially declare that or is it deemed to have occurred?

For all practical purposes everyone seems to have agreed that this game should have been a draw since around move 30.

Kevin Bonham
21-01-2012, 11:38 PM
It seems to me that David was well aware of this and wanted to end the game being witty, but Magnus just captured his bishop!?

Disappointing if so; Magnus should have gone along with the joke and played 81...Bg6+!! But for some players it seems there is a moral satisfaction in being the one left with the minor piece.

Aronian's win against Gashimov was very convincing.

Kevin Bonham
22-01-2012, 01:27 AM
Nakamura v Radjabov and Ivanchuk v Aronian look to be the most interesting matchups.

The latter was a fizzer (first game finished). As I write Karjakin is in trouble.

Jesper Norgaard
22-01-2012, 03:14 AM
So is there any significance in this? Does the fact that it is absolutely a draw require an arbiter to officially declare that or is it deemed to have occurred?

Article 5.2.b
The game is drawn when a position has arisen in which neither player can checkmate the opponent’s king with any series of legal moves. The game is said to end in a ‘dead position’. This immediately ends the game, provided that the move producing the position was legal. (See Article 9.6)

The arbiter should intervene and show the game has ended at flag fall, stalemate, checkmate, dead position - if the players are not aware and pretend to make extra moves - unless it is blitz game without adequate supervision.


For all practical purposes everyone seems to have agreed that this game should have been a draw since around move 30.
I think Magnus still had hopes of mopping up all of the pawns and start playing for a win in a pure KRB vs. KR endgame. But David defended accurately to avoid that.


Disappointing if so; Magnus should have gone along with the joke and played 81...Bg6+!! But for some players it seems there is a moral satisfaction in being the one left with the minor piece.
The point is the arbiter should have intervened and stopped the game after 81.e8=B since that ended the game. 81...Bg6+ could also not be part of the game. This is just like allowing an extra move after checkmate:

r3k3/7R/4K3/8/8/8/8/8 w q - 0 1
Suppose the game went 1.Rh8+(checkmate) 0-0-0 1-0 Would you allow castle to be part of the game? I think an arbiter should intervene and inform the players that castling was not part of the game. It was only made worse by Chessbase and Chessvibes to publish the game with the extra move. No harm done, but it was incorrect.


Aronian's win against Gashimov was very convincing.
Aronian is on a roll right now. I wonder if he can keep up the steam for all 13 rounds. But it has been impressive up to now. He was very close to drawing instead of losing to Magnus.

Bollard
22-01-2012, 05:46 AM
Round 7 results saw Karjakin over Topalov, Carlsen over Gelfand and Kamsky over Navara, all with the white pieces. The Karjakin - Topalov game looked spectacular, Carlsen ground down Gelfand while Navara blundered against Kamsky just before the first time control.

Karjakin, S. - Topalov, V. 1-0
Nakamura, H. - Radjabov, T. ˝-˝
Carlsen, M. - Gelfand, B. 1-0
Kamsky, G. - Navara, D. 1-0
Van Wely, L. - Giri, A. ˝-˝
Gashimov, V. - Caruana, F. ˝-˝
Ivanchuk, V. - Aronian, L. ˝-˝


Standings after round 7 are :

5 Aronian, L., Carlsen, M.
4˝ Radjabov, T.
4 Caruana, F., Giri, A., Ivanchuk, V., Nakamura, H.
3˝ Van Wely, L.
3 Kamsky, G., Karjakin, S., Topalov, V.
2˝ Gelfand, B.
2 Gashimov, V.
1˝ Navara, D.

Bollard
22-01-2012, 05:48 AM
Round 8 pairings are:

Topalov, V. - Aronian, L.
Caruana, F. - Ivanchuk, V.
Giri, A. - Gashimov, V.
Navara, D. - Van Wely, L.
Gelfand, B. - Kamsky, G.
Radjabov, T. - Carlsen, M.
Karjakin, S. - Nakamura, H.

Agent Smith
22-01-2012, 06:33 AM
Topalov lost his first game too , and is now minus for the tournament.
He made a nice rook for piece sack, which won 3 pawns, but lost in 99 moves after he seemed to decline a draw by repetition around move 30.

[Event "74th Tata Steel GMA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2012.01.21"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Karjakin, Sergey"]
[Black "Topalov, V"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2769"]
[BlackElo "2770"]
[ECO "B23"]
[EventDate "2012.01.14"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bc4 Nc6 7.O-O Na5 8.Be2
Nf6 9.d3 O-O 10.Qe1 Nc6 11.Qh4 Nd4 12.Bd1 Rc8 13.Kh1 b5 14.Nxd4 cxd4 15.
Nb1 Rc5 16.Nd2 Qc7 17.Nb3 Rxc2 18.Bxc2 Qxc2 19.Qg3 Rc8 20.f5 Qe2 21.Bg5
Qxb2 22.Rab1 Qxa2 23.Nxd4 Qa4 24.Ne2 Rc2 25.Qf3 gxf5 26.Ng3 fxe4 27.Nxe4
Nxe4 28.dxe4 f6 29.Ra1 Ra2 30.Rac1 Rc2
( 30...fxg5 31.Qf7+ Kh8 32.Rc8+ Bxc8 33.Qe8+ Bf8 34.Qxf8# )
31.Ra1 Qd4 32.Be3 Qe5 33.Bf4 Qe6 34.Qg3 Kf8 35.Rxa7 b4 36.Rb7 Re2 37.Qf3
Rc2 38.Rxb4 Qg4 39.Rb7 Qxf3 40.gxf3 Be8 41.Rc1 Rxc1+ 42.Bxc1 Bg6 43.Bf4
Bf7 44.Kg2 Be6 45.Bd2 Ke8 46.Rb5 Kf7 47.f4 Bd7 48.Ra5 f5 49.exf5 Bf6 50.
Kf3 h5 51.Ke4 Bc6+ 52.Kd3 Bg2 53.Be3 Bf1+ 54.Kd2 Bg2 55.Bb6 Be4 56.Ke3 Bc2
57.Bd4 Bxd4+ 58.Kxd4 Kf6 59.Ra8 Bxf5 60.Rf8+ Ke6 61.Ke3 Bg6 62.Kf3 Bf7 63.
f5+ Kf6 64.Kf4 Kg7 65.Rb8 Kf6 66.Rd8 e5+ 67.fxe6 Bxe6 68.Rxd6 h4 69.Rb6 h3
70.Rc6 Kf7 71.Ke5 Bg4 72.Rc4 Bd7 73.Rc7 Ke8 74.Kd6 Bg4 75.Re7+ Kf8 76.Re4
Bc8 77.Kc7 Ba6 78.Re3 Kg7 79.Rxh3 Kg6 80.Kd6 Kg5 81.Ke5 Be2 82.Rg3+ Kh6
83.Kf5 Bd1 84.Rh3+ Kg7 85.Kg5 Be2 86.Re3 Bd1 87.Re7+ Kf8 88.Kf6 Kg8 89.Kg6
Bc2+ 90.Kh6 Kf8 91.Rg7 Bd3 92.Rg5 Kf7 93.Rg3 Bc2 94.Rg7+ Kf8 95.Rg2 Be4
96.Rg4 Bc2 97.Rg5 Kf7 98.Kh5 Kf6 99.Kg4 1-0


74th Tata Steel GMA
Wijk aan Zee NED, 2012.01.14 - 2012.01.21
Average Rating: 2754
Rtng Nat Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Perf Chg
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1: Aronian, L 2805 ARM 5.0 / 7 9b+ 4w+ 2b- 10w+ 8b= 13w+ 5b= 2917 +10
2: Carlsen, M 2835 NOR 5.0 / 7 13w+ 5b= 1w+ 7b= 6w= 14b= 12w+ 2905 +6
3: Radjabov, T 2773 AZE 4.5 / 7 7w= 6b= 14w+ 12b= 11w= 9w+ 4b= 2844 +6
4: Nakamura, Hi 2759 USA 4.0 / 7 5w= 1b- 7w= 6b= 14w+ 12b+ 3w= 2799 +4
5: Ivanchuk, V 2766 UKR 4.0 / 7 4b= 2w= 10b= 8w= 13b+ 11b= 1w= 2814 +4
6: Giri, A 2714 RUS 4.0 / 7 12b+ 3w= 9b- 4w= 2b= 10w+ 8b= 2807 +9
7: Caruana, F 2736 ESP 4.0 / 7 3b= 9w+ 4b= 2w= 10b= 8w= 13b= 2810 +8
8: Van Wely, L 2692 NED 3.5 / 7 10b= 11b= 13w= 5b= 1w= 7b= 6w= 2754 +6
9: Karjakin, Sergey 2769 UKR 3.0 / 7 1w- 7b- 6w+ 14b+ 12w- 3b- 11w+ 2699 -7
10: Kamsky, G 2732 USA 3.0 / 7 8w= 13b= 5w= 1b- 7w= 6b- 14w+ 2690 -4
11: Topalov, V 2770 BUL 3.0 / 7 14b= 8w= 12b= 13w= 3b= 5w= 9b- 2694 -8
12: Gelfand, B 2739 ISR 2.5 / 7 6w- 14b= 11w= 3w= 9b+ 4w- 2b- 2659 -7
13: Gashimov, V 2761 AZE 2.0 / 7 2b- 10w= 8b= 11b= 5w- 1b- 7w= 2604 -14
14: Navara, D 2712 CZE 1.5 / 7 11w= 12w= 3b- 9w- 4b- 2w= 10b- 2538 -15
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
49 games: +14 =29 -6

Bollard
22-01-2012, 06:51 AM
It looked to me that in grabbing all those Q-side pawns Topalov neglected that his opponent still had both rooks. With the pawns gone there was a clear Q-side entry to black's back rank. All with the white Q still lurking near the black K.

Kevin Bonham
22-01-2012, 10:44 AM
Topalov had no hope. He probably had a won position at one stage but he was doomed by the curse of having been tipped by me in the poll.


The point is the arbiter should have intervened and stopped the game after 81.e8=B since that ended the game. 81...Bg6+ could also not be part of the game.

I'm well aware of that. But often in these situations the "capture" is made before the arbiter has time to realise the game should be stopped, and because allowing it has no consequences, hardly anyone cares. Technically the official PGN should expunge the non-move 81...Bxe8 from the record and show simply 81.e8=B 1/2-1/2.


Suppose the game went 1.Rh8+(checkmate) 0-0-0 1-0 Would you allow castle to be part of the game? I think an arbiter should intervene and inform the players that castling was not part of the game.

Castling is an illegal move in that position even if the game had not ended. It is also one that potentially affects the result. As such it is a rather more dramatic case.

Bollard
23-01-2012, 06:29 AM
Only one decisive result when Giri seemed to mishandle the opening against Gashimov and went down in 38 moves, though it was probably resignable around move 30. All the rest were drawn including Caruana - Ivanchuk in only 21 moves.

Topalov, V. - Aronian, L. ˝-˝
Caruana, F. - Ivanchuk, V. ˝-˝
Giri, A. - Gashimov, V. 0-1
Navara, D. - Van Wely, L. ˝-˝
Gelfand, B. - Kamsky, G. ˝-˝
Radjabov, T. - Carlsen, M. ˝-˝
Karjakin, S. - Nakamura, H. ˝-˝

Standings after 8 rounds are:

5˝ Aronian, L., Carlsen, M.
5 Radjabov, T.
4˝ Caruana, F., Ivanchuk, V., Nakamura, H.
4 Giri, A., Van Wely, L.
3˝ Kamsky, G., Karjakin, S., Topalov, V.
3 Gashimov, V., Gelfand, B.
2 Navara, D.

Agent Smith
23-01-2012, 08:18 AM
Kamsky missed more than one crushing tactic against Gelfand

[Event "74th Tata Steel GMA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2012.01.22"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Gelfand, B"]
[Black "Kamsky, G"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2739"]
[BlackElo "2732"]
[ECO "D15"]
[EventDate "2012.01.14"]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.d4 d5 4.Nc3 a6 5.e3 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.O-O O-O 8.Qb3 e6 9.
Rd1 Nbd7 10.Qc2 Qc7 11.b3 b6 12.e4 dxe4 13.Nxe4 c5 14.Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.Bg5
cxd4 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.Rxd4 e5 18.Rd2 Re8 19.Qb2 Bb7 20.Rad1 Re7 21.b4 Ne4
22.Rc2 a5 23.a3 axb4 24.axb4 Nxf2 25.Kxf2 e4 26.h3 exf3 27.Bxf3 Bxf3 28.
Kxf3 Rae8 29.Qd4 Re6 30.c5 h5 31.Rcd2 bxc5 32.bxc5 h4 33.Qxh4 Qxc5 34.Kg3
Re4
( 34...Qc7+ 35.Kf2 Qh2 36.Qd4 {The threat is Kg7 and Rf6} 36...Re4 37.Qd6 Rf4+ 38.Qxf4 Qxf4+ )
35.Qf6 R4e6 36.Qd4 Qc7+ 37.Kf3 g5 38.g4 Re5 39.Kg2 Qc6+ 40.Kf2 R8e6
( 40...Qh6 41.Rf1 Qxh3 42.Kg1 Re4 43.Qd5 Rxg4+ 44.Rg2 Rxg2+ 45.Qxg2
Qxg2+ 46.Kxg2 )
41.Qb2 Rf6+ 42.Kg1 Rb5 43.Qd4 Rf4 44.Qd6 Qxd6 1/2-1/2

Adamski
24-01-2012, 10:47 PM
Rest day today?

Agent Smith
25-01-2012, 05:21 AM
Aronian leads by a point after he beat Caruana in an interesting game.
Ivanchuk ties for second after beating Giri.

[Event "74th Tata Steel GMA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2012.01.24"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Aronian, L"]
[Black "Caruana, F"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2805"]
[BlackElo "2736"]
[ECO "A04"]
[EventDate "2012.01.14"]

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.e3 Nf6 5.d4 cxd4 6.exd4 e4 7.Ne5 Bb4 8.Be2
Qa5 9.O-O Nxe5 10.dxe5 Qxe5 11.Bd2 Bc5 12.Nb5 O-O 13.b4 Be7 14.f4 Qe6 15.
Be3 Bxb4 16.Nc7 Qc6 17.Nxa8 b6 18.Rb1 Bc5 19.Bxc5 bxc5 20.Rb8 Bb7 21.Rxf8+
Kxf8 22.Qb3 g6 23.Rb1 Bxa8 24.Qb8+ Kg7 25.Qxa7 e3 26.Bf3 d5 27.Re1 Qd6 28.
Qxa8 d4 29.Qa3 Qxf4 30.Rf1 Qe5 31.Qd3 Qe8 32.g3 h5 33.Bg2 Qa4 34.a3 Qa5
35.Bf3 Qa6 36.Be2 Qa5 37.Qb1 Qd2 38.Qe1 Qa2 39.g4 hxg4 40.Qg3 Qxe2 41.Qe5
d3 42.Rxf6 Kh6 43.Rxf7 Qe1+ 44.Kg2 Qe2+ 45.Kg3 Qe1+ 46.Kxg4 Qg1+ 47.Kh3
1-0

In his game, Magnus got a nasty position, and flawless play by Karjakin gave Carlsen his first loss.


74th Tata Steel GMA
Wijk aan Zee NED, 2012.01.14 - 2012.01.24
Average Rating: 2754
Rtng Nat Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Perf Chg
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1: Aronian, L 2805 ARM 6.5 / 9 7b+ 5w+ 3b- 11w+ 8b= 12w+ 2b= 10b= 6w+ 2923 +14
2: Ivanchuk, V 2766 UKR 5.5 / 9 5b= 3w= 11b= 8w= 12b+ 10b= 1w= 6b= 9w+ 2836 +8
3: Carlsen, M 2835 NOR 5.5 / 9 12w+ 2b= 1w+ 6b= 9w= 14b= 13w+ 4b= 7w- 2832 -1
4: Radjabov, T 2773 AZE 5.5 / 9 6w= 9b= 14w+ 13b= 10w= 7w+ 5b= 3w= 11b= 2831 +6
5: Nakamura, Hi 2759 USA 5.0 / 9 2w= 1b- 6w= 9b= 14w+ 13b+ 4w= 7b= 10w= 2796 +5
6: Caruana, F 2736 ESP 4.5 / 9 4b= 7w+ 5b= 3w= 11b= 8w= 12b= 2w= 1b- 2765 +4
7: Karjakin, Sergey 2769 UKR 4.5 / 9 1w- 6b- 9w+ 14b+ 13w- 4b- 10w+ 5w= 3b+ 2760 -2
8: Van Wely, L 2692 NED 4.5 / 9 11b= 10b= 12w= 2b= 1w= 6b= 9w= 14b= 13w= 2748 +7
9: Giri, A 2714 RUS 4.0 / 9 13b+ 4w= 7b- 5w= 3b= 11w+ 8b= 12w- 2b- 2715 +1
10: Topalov, V 2770 BUL 4.0 / 9 14b= 8w= 13b= 12w= 4b= 2w= 7b- 1w= 5b= 2709 -8
11: Kamsky, G 2732 USA 4.0 / 9 8w= 12b= 2w= 1b- 6w= 9b- 14w+ 13b= 4w= 2701 -4
12: Gashimov, V 2761 AZE 3.5 / 9 3b- 11w= 8b= 10b= 2w- 1b- 6w= 9b+ 14w= 2671 -12
13: Gelfand, B 2739 ISR 3.5 / 9 9w- 14b= 10w= 4w= 7b+ 5w- 3b- 11w= 8b= 2670 -8
14: Navara, D 2712 CZE 2.5 / 9 10w= 13w= 4b- 7w- 5b- 3w= 11b- 8w= 12b= 2592 -14
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
63 games: +16 =39 -8

Bollard
25-01-2012, 06:27 AM
Aronian now has a full point lead over Carlsen, Radjabov and Ivanchuk with Nakamura a further 1/2 point behind. None of the rest can win it from here.

The run home for each of the leading contenders is:
(colour) is the colour of the primary player against their named opponent

Aronian: Giri(B), Navara(W), Gelfand(B) and Radjabov(W)
Carlsen: Nakamura(B), Topalov(W), Kamsky(W) and Van Wely(B)
Radjabov: Van Wely(W), Gashimov(B), Ivanchuk(W) and Aronian(B)
Ivanchuk: Navara(B), Gelfand(W), Radjabov(B) and Karjikan(W)
Nakamura: Carlsen(W), Kamsky(B), Van Wely(W), Gashimov(B)

It could go down to the last round when Aronian plays Radjabov while Carlsen will play Van Wely who has drawn every game so far.

With four round to play I'm changing my tip to Aronian!

Bollard
25-01-2012, 06:31 AM
Hey stevenaus, the crosstable you're posting shows Giri as being Russian.

He was born in Russia but is now a Dutch citizen and the FIDE ratings list shows his country as NED.

Just wondering where the crosstable is sourced from?

Agent Smith
25-01-2012, 11:03 AM
Hey stevenaus, the crosstable you're posting shows Giri as being Russian.

He was born in Russia but is now a Dutch citizen and the FIDE ratings list shows his country as NED.

Just wondering where the crosstable is sourced from?
The info is from an outdated spelling.ssp file for Scid vs. PC.
This data file, available from http://linweb.ris.at/~nagl is the main resource for Scid's bibliographical data, and i should probably keep it more up to date, (and will do so now). I hesitate on this because this file has grown very large, and occupies 90% of Scid's startup time.
The spelling.ssp from Nov 2011 indeed has Giri's correct nationality

Title: Grandmaster [2722]
Country: Russia, Netherlands
Born: 1994
Biography: FIDEID 24116068

Bollard
25-01-2012, 02:32 PM
So are you loading the pgn's into SCID vs pc and then having that generate the cross table?

Agent Smith
25-01-2012, 06:26 PM
So are you loading the pgn's into SCID vs pc and then having that generate the cross table?
Yes - Scid loads the spelling.ssp file at start up and fills in information it can't gleam from the PGN with that from the Spelling file (which also contains player name aliases to help). Of course, this can be dangerous when player names are incorrectly matched....
The ELO, Title, Age, Nationality fields are optional, and i should probably hide them when posting crosstables in case of inaccuracies. Player order can also be sorted by a few criteria - Name, Ranking, Score, Nationality

Rtng Ti Age Nat Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Perf Chg
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1: Aronian, L 2805 gm 30 ARM 6.5 / 9 9b+ 10w+ 2b- 8w+ 14b= 4w+ 7b= 13b= 3w+ 2923 +14
2: Carlsen, M 2835 gm 22 NOR 5.5 / 9 4w+ 7b= 1w+ 3b= 6w= 11b= 5w+ 12b= 9w- 2832 -1
3: Caruana, F 2736 55 ESP 4.5 / 9 12b= 9w+ 10b= 2w= 8b= 14w= 4b= 7w= 1b- 2765 +4
4: Gashimov, V 2761 gm 26 AZE 3.5 / 9 2b- 8w= 14b= 13b= 7w- 1b- 3w= 6b+ 11w= 2671 -12
5: Gelfand, B 2739 gm 44 ISR 3.5 / 9 6w- 11b= 13w= 12w= 9b+ 10w- 2b- 8w= 14b= 2670 -8
6: Giri, A 2714 gm 18 NED 4.0 / 9 5b+ 12w= 9b- 10w= 2b= 8w+ 14b= 4w- 7b-
EDIT looking at this, the info for Caruana is probably wrong.
This looks like the correct player
Caruana, Fabiano
Title: Grandmaster [2736]
Country: United States of America, Italy
Born: 1992
Biography:
FIDEID 2020009
A lot of effort is put into the Spelling file, (by Nagl) but it's not perfect

I add an appropriate alias to the spelling.ssp
Caruana, Fabiano #gm USA/ITA [2736] 1992
%Bio FIDEID 2020009
= Caruana, F
and it works fine.

Bollard
26-01-2012, 05:10 AM
Four decisive games today with black winning all four. Winners were Caruana, Aronian, Ivanchuk and Kamsky. Van Wely took his 10th straight draw, even after Radjabov blundered on his 40th move. Surprisingly Carlsen couldn't find anything as black against Nakamura and a draw was agreed after 21 moves.

Topalov, V. - Caruana, F. 0-1
Giri, A. - Aronian, L. 0-1
Navara, D. - Ivanchuk, V. 0-1
Gelfand, B. - Gashimov, V. ˝-˝
Radjabov, T. - Van Wely, L. ˝-˝
Karjakin, S. - Kamsky, G. 0-1
Nakamura, H. - Carlsen, M. ˝-˝

Standings with only 3 round to go are:

7˝ Aronian, L.
6˝ Ivanchuk, V.
6 Carlsen, M., Radjabov, T.
5˝ Caruana, F., Nakamura, H.
5 Kamsky, G., Van Wely, L.
4˝ Karjakin, S.
4 Gashimov, V., Gelfand, B., Giri, A., Topalov, V.
2˝ Navara, D.

Adamski
26-01-2012, 07:29 AM
This really should end up as a great victory for Aronian, cementing his ranking as No. 2 in the world.

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2012, 12:29 PM
Another great win by Aronian - longterm exchange for pawn sac and finishing off with an unusual knight sac for forced mate.

Giri-Aronian

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Be2 dxc4 8.0-0 Nb6 9.Qc2 Nh5 10.Be5 f6 11.Ng5 fxg5 12.Bxh5 Bd7 13.Bf3 Rxf3 14.gxf3 Bd6 15.Qe4 Bc6 16.Qg4 Qe7 17.Bxd6 cxd6 18.Ne4 h6 19.Qg3 d5 20.Nc3 Rf8 21.Ne2 Rf5 22.Kg2 Nd7 23.Rh1 Nf8 24.h4 Ng6 25.f4 Nxh4+ 26.Kf1 Qb4 27.Rb1 Be8 28.Nc3 Qe7 29.b4 Rf8 30.Rb2 Bg6 31.Ke1 Bd3 32.fxg5 Nf3+ 33.Kd1 hxg5 34.Qh3 Qf6 35.Kc1 Bg6 36.a4 Rd8 37.Ne2 e5 38.Qg4 exd4 39.exd4 Re8 40.Qd7 c3 41.Ra2 Ne1 42.Rxe1 Qf4+ 43.Kd1 Qe4 0-1

Max Illingworth
26-01-2012, 01:15 PM
Aronian could even become the number one in the world on the conclusion of the tournament, provided the results go his way.

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2012, 02:26 PM
Aronian could even become the number one in the world on the conclusion of the tournament, provided the results go his way.

Yes, from setting his new highest live rating after round 3, Carlsen has now dropped to a live lead of only 7.3. Probably Aronian will take some draws to ensure the victory from here.

Bollard
26-01-2012, 09:31 PM
Third and final rest day today, before the three round sprint to the finish.

Round 11 pairings for tomorrow night are:

Carlsen, M. - Topalov, V. *
Kamsky, G. - Nakamura, H. *
Van Wely, L. - Karjakin, S. *
Gashimov, V. - Radjabov, T. *
Ivanchuk, V. - Gelfand, B. *
Aronian, L. - Navara, D. *
Caruana, F. - Giri, A. *

Capablanca-Fan
27-01-2012, 01:01 AM
Wow, that was a marvellous win by Aronian.

Bollard
27-01-2012, 07:57 AM
I found this video analysis quite instructive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ii2BNke6Q0

Adamski
27-01-2012, 11:34 AM
I found this video analysis quite instructive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ii2BNke6Q0
I agree. Includes interesting discussion of 3...Be7 versus 3...Nf6 in QGD and interesting game develops. Giri- Aronian.

Agent Smith
28-01-2012, 06:45 AM
Amazing win from Magnus over Topalov puts him back in second, half-point from Aronian.

[Event "74th Tata Steel GMA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2012.01.27"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Carlsen, M"]
[Black "Topalov, V"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2835"]
[BlackElo "2770"]
[ECO "B51"]
[EventDate "2012.01.14"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.c3 Nf6 5.Qe2 a6 6.Ba4 Qc7 7.O-O e5 8.d4 b5
9.Bc2 cxd4 10.cxd4 Be7 11.Nc3 O-O 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bh4 Bb7 14.Rad1 Rac8 15.Bb3
Rfe8 16.dxe5 dxe5 17.Bg3 Bf8 18.h3 Nb6 19.Nh4 Nc4 20.Nf5 Nxb2 21.Bh4 Nxd1
22.Bxf6 Nxc3 23.Qg4 Bxe4 24.Nxh6+ Kh7 25.Bxf7 Qxf7 26.Nxf7 gxf6 27.f4 Bg6
28.Qh4+ Kg7 29.fxe5 Ne4 30.Rxf6 Bc5+ 31.Kh2 Nxf6 32.Qxf6+ Kh7 33.Ng5+ Kh6
34.Ne6 Rxe6 35.Qxe6 Re8 36.Qf6 Be7 37.Qxa6 b4 38.Qc4 Bf8 39.g4 Kh7 40.e6
Bd6+ 41.Kg2 Be7 42.Qc7 Kg8 43.Kg3 Kf8 44.Qf4+ Kg7 45.Qd4+ Kg8 46.h4 Rd8
47.Qc4 Bd3 48.Qc6 Bb1 49.h5 Bxa2 50.Qe4 Kh8 51.h6 Bf6 52.e7 Re8 53.Qf4 Bg7
54.hxg7+ Kxg7 55.g5 Kg8 56.Qf6 1-0




--------------------------------------------------------------
1: Aronian, L 7.5 / 11 X 0 . 1 = 1 1 1 = . 1 = 1 0
2: Carlsen, M 7.0 / 11 1 X = = = = . 0 . 1 = 1 1 =
3: Radjabov, T 7.0 / 11 . = X = . = = 1 = = = = 1 1
4: Caruana, F 6.5 / 11 0 = = X = = = 1 = . 1 1 = .
5: Ivanchuk, V 6.5 / 11 = = . = X = = . = 0 1 = 1 1
6: Nakamura, Hi 6.0 / 11 0 = = = = X = = . 1 = = . 1
7: Kamsky, G 5.5 / 11 0 . = = = = X 1 = = 0 . = 1
8: Karjakin, Sergey 5.5 / 11 0 1 0 0 . = 0 X 1 0 1 1 . 1
9: Van Wely, L 5.0 / 11 = . = = = . = 0 X = = = = =
10: Gelfand, B 5.0 / 11 . 0 = . 1 0 = 1 = X 0 = = =
11: Giri, A 4.0 / 11 0 = = 0 0 = 1 0 = 1 X . 0 .
12: Topalov, V 4.0 / 11 = 0 = 0 = = . 0 = = . X = =
13: Gashimov, V 4.0 / 11 0 0 0 = 0 . = . = = 1 = X =
14: Navara, D 3.5 / 11 1 = 0 . 0 0 0 0 = = . = = X
--------------------------------------------------------------
77 games: +18 =43 -16

Bollard
28-01-2012, 08:39 AM
With Aronian and Ivanchuk losing today and Carlsen and Radjabov both winning it's now set up for an exciting last two rounds.

Amongst the leading contenders the run home is as follows:

Aronian: Gelfand(B) and Radjabov(W)
Carlsen: Kamsky(W) and Van Wely(B)
Radjabov: Ivanchuk(W) and Aronian(B)
Ivanchuk: Radjabov(B) and Karjikan(W)
Caruana: Navara(B), Gelfand(W)

I still think the final round game between Aronian and Radjabov could decide the winner.

Desmond
28-01-2012, 10:04 AM
Amazing win from Magnus over Topalov puts him back in second, half-point from Aronian.

[Event "74th Tata Steel GMA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2012.01.27"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Carlsen, M"]
[Black "Topalov, V"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2835"]
[BlackElo "2770"]
[ECO "B51"]
[EventDate "2012.01.14"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.c3 Nf6 5.Qe2 a6 6.Ba4 Qc7 7.O-O e5 8.d4 b5
9.Bc2 cxd4 10.cxd4 Be7 11.Nc3 O-O 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bh4 Bb7 14.Rad1 Rac8 15.Bb3
Rfe8 16.dxe5 dxe5 17.Bg3 Bf8 18.h3 Nb6 19.Nh4 Nc4 20.Nf5 Nxb2 21.Bh4 Nxd1
22.Bxf6 Nxc3 23.Qg4 Bxe4 24.Nxh6+ Kh7 25.Bxf7 Qxf7 26.Nxf7 gxf6 27.f4 Bg6
28.Qh4+ Kg7 29.fxe5 Ne4 30.Rxf6 Bc5+ 31.Kh2 Nxf6 32.Qxf6+ Kh7 33.Ng5+ Kh6
34.Ne6 Rxe6 35.Qxe6 Re8 36.Qf6 Be7 37.Qxa6 b4 38.Qc4 Bf8 39.g4 Kh7 40.e6
Bd6+ 41.Kg2 Be7 42.Qc7 Kg8 43.Kg3 Kf8 44.Qf4+ Kg7 45.Qd4+ Kg8 46.h4 Rd8
47.Qc4 Bd3 48.Qc6 Bb1 49.h5 Bxa2 50.Qe4 Kh8 51.h6 Bf6 52.e7 Re8 53.Qf4 Bg7
54.hxg7+ Kxg7 55.g5 Kg8 56.Qf6 1-0That was epic :clap:

tjebeyan
28-01-2012, 01:29 PM
I saw this way too late but no matter what tournament it is I will be voting for Lev because I too am Armenian.

Bollard
29-01-2012, 05:42 AM
Penultimate round results saw Aronian continue on his winning way with Black against Gelfand. Other winners were Topalov as White against Giri and Nakamura with White against Van Wely.

Topalov, V. - Giri, A. 1-0
Navara, D. - Caruana, F. ˝-˝
Gelfand, B. - Aronian, L. 0-1
Radjabov, T. - Ivanchuk, V. ˝-˝
Karjakin, S. - Gashimov, V. ˝-˝
Nakamura, H. - Van Wely, L. 1-0
Carlsen, M. - Kamsky, G. ˝-˝

So with only the last round to play the standings are:

8˝ Aronian, L.
7˝ Carlsen, M., Radjabov, T.
7 Caruana, F., Ivanchuk, V., Nakamura, H.
6 Kamsky, G., Karjakin, S.
5 Gelfand, B., Topalov, V., Van Wely, L.
4˝ Gashimov, V.
4 Giri, A., Navara, D.

The final round has Aronian v Radjabov and Van Wely v Carlsen.

Bollard
29-01-2012, 05:46 AM
Round 13 will start 1.5 hours earlier than normal at midday local time in Wijk aan Zee. This translates to 9pm AEST and 10pm AEDST.

The tournament website will be featuring live commentary by Ian Rogers.

Kevin Bonham
29-01-2012, 05:51 AM
Gelfand looked like drawing but then threw it away in a couple of moves and gave Aronian the full point.

ER
29-01-2012, 09:44 PM
No disrespect to Boris (Gelfand) but I don't think he has any chance vs Anand! Congrats to Levon and to my favourite Radjabov for (bar the final game*) playing a good tournament!

* Where are the Kiwi arbiters when you want them?

Agent Smith
30-01-2012, 06:40 AM
No disrespect to Boris (Gelfand) but I don't think he has any chance vs Anand!
Hmmm ... I'm sure Gelfand is concentrating on the World Match, and not this tournament.

ER
30-01-2012, 01:13 PM
Hmmm ... I'm sure Gelfand is concentrating on the World Match, and not this tournament.
Actually, you might be right, I never thought of it that way!

Kevin Bonham
30-01-2012, 03:05 PM
Gelfand didn't perform that far below his rating and a large part of him performing below his rating was the meltdown against Aronian from a level position. I don't think it's necessary to invoke a match that's months away to explain his result (or that it would explain it anyway, since that match should really be affecting his opening prep rather than how he played the rest of the game in each case). The real problem is he's just not all that strong by the standards of this sort of event in the first place.

Agent Smith
30-01-2012, 06:10 PM
I guess i mostly agree. Here's hoping he can suprise Anand.

Anyway, Aronian is a deserved winner. He drew only 4 games compared to 8 for Carlsen and Caruana, and 10 for the undefeated Radjabov.

Adamski
30-01-2012, 10:36 PM
Anyway, Aronian is a deserved winner. He drew only 4 games compared to 8 for Carlsen and Caruana, and 10 for the undefeated Radjabov.
Hearty congrats to Levon on a great victory!

Capablanca-Fan
31-01-2012, 02:35 PM
I guess i mostly agree. Here's hoping he can suprise Anand.

Anyway, Aronian is a deserved winner. He drew only 4 games compared to 8 for Carlsen and Caruana, and 10 for the undefeated Radjabov.
Yet certain drawophobic Australian organizers would contemn him for his short last round draw to assure victory. As you say, he amply proved his fighting spirit and great class for the rest of the tournament, so was perfectly justified to coast to victory.