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Carl Gorka
04-12-2014, 09:05 PM
The Challengers field has recently been announced and Ari will have an amazing time playing some absolute legends.

http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/how-to-become-strong-player.html

Navara is the top seed, but Dutch legend Timman is playing as well as 15 year old Chinese star Yi Wei and 13 year old US GM Samuel Sevian.

MichaelBaron
04-12-2014, 11:27 PM
Tough tournament for Ari to play in..but I am optimistic. If he starts well, I am confident that he will gain not only invaluable experience but also a respected score.

pax
05-12-2014, 12:50 PM
Wow, scary field!

Watto
05-12-2014, 01:42 PM
Wow, scary field!
Yes, pretty exciting. Starts 9 January. Both tournaments should be fantastic to follow. Good luck in the Challengers, Ari! :)

From the official website: http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/participants/year/2015/group/2

Participants of Tata Steel Challengers
Name Country Rating
GM Navara, David CZE 2727
GM Wei, Yi CHN 2668
GM Shankland, Sam USA 2642
GM l' Ami, Erwin NED 2613
GM Potkin, Vladimir RUS 2608
GM Van Kampen, Robin NED 2606
GM Timman, Jan NED 2592
GM Saleh, Salem UAE 2586
GM Michiels, Bart BEL 2554
GM Gunina, Valentina RUS 2522
GM Klein, David NED 2514
IM Sevian, Samuel USA 2511
WIM Haast, Anne NED 2360
IM Dale, Ari AUS 2252

Average rating : 2554

Participants of Tata Steel Masters
Name Country Rating Position
GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2863 1
GM Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2839 2
GM Aronian, Levon ARM 2797 4
GM Giri, Anish NED 2776 7
GM So, Wesley USA 2762 10
GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2751 14
GM Ding, Liren CHN 2730 22
GM Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2730 21
GM Ivanchuk, Vasil UKR 2726 25
GM Jobava, Baadur GEO 2722 28
GM Saric, Ivan CRO 2680 60
GM Hou, Yifan CHN 2673 71
GM Van Wely, Loek NED 2663 82

Average rating : 2747

Agent Smith
06-12-2014, 02:19 PM
Hou Yifan is getting close to the women's number 1 rating.

Standard Top 100 Women December 2014
Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2675 0 1976
2 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2673 0 1994

Agent Smith
08-12-2014, 07:59 PM
Ari played V, Anand in the London Chess Classic rapid !
He could have forced a draw at move 30 (according to Firenzina), but instead did a crazy pawn pinch against the ex world champ.

[Event "London Chess Classic Rapidplay"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.12.06"]
[Round "5.8"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Dale, Ari"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D94"]
[LiveChessVersion "1.4.3"]
[Annotator "Firenzina 2.4.3 xTreme Linux 64"]
[Depth "16"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.e3 O-O 6.Bd2 c5 {-0.08 Move out of book (gm2600: c6 100%)} 7.dxc5 {+0.06} 7...Na6 {+0.03} 8.cxd5 {-0.05} 8...Nxc5 {+0.01} 9.Bc4 {-0.10} 9...a6 {-0.05} 10.a4 {+0.00} 10...Nfe4 {+0.08} 11.O-O {+0.08} 11...Bg4 {+0.14} 12.Be1 {+0.06} 12...Rc8 {+0.00} 13.Be2 {+0.00} 13...Qb6 {+0.00} 14.Nd4 {+0.00} 14...Bxe2 {+0.00} 15.Qxe2 {-0.17} 15...Nxc3 {-0.01} 16.bxc3 {+0.04} 16...Rfd8 {+0.12} 17.e4 {-0.17} 17...e6 {-0.13} 18.a5 {-0.21} 18...Qd6 {-0.10} 19.f4 {-0.37} 19...e5 {+0.27} 20.fxe5 {+0.18} 20...Qxe5 {+0.17} 21.Bh4 {+0.26} 21...Rd7 {+0.30} 22.Rae1 {+0.19} 22...Re8 {+0.38} 23.Bg3 {+0.47} 23...Qe7 {+0.41} 24.d6 {+0.32} 24...Qd8 {+0.47} 25.Qc4 {+0.41} 25...Nxe4 {+0.39} 26.Nc6 {+0.40} 26...bxc6 {+0.40} 27.Rxe4 {+0.42} 27...Rxe4 {+0.35} 28.Qxe4 {+0.31} 28...Bf8 {+0.48} 29.Qc4 {+0.50} 29...c5 {+0.46} 30.Qd5 $201 {+0.00} 30...Bxd6 $2 $16 {+2.36 / +0.00}
( 30...Qxa5 31.c4 Qb6 32.Re1 a5 33.Re8 Qb1+ 34.Kf2 Qb2+ 35.Kg1 Qa1+ 36.Kf2 Qb2+ $10 )
31.Rd1 {+2.41} 31...Qxa5 {+2.35} 32.Bxd6 {+2.37} 32...h5 {+2.46} 33.Qe5 {+2.45} 33...Kh7 {+3.09} 34.Rf1 {+3.10} 34...Qb6 {+3.69} 35.Bxc5 {+3.69}
( 35.Bxc5 { 16:+3.69} 35...Qc7 36.Bd4 Qxe5 37.Bxe5 Re7 38.Bd6 Rd7 39.Rd1 a5 40.c4 Ra7 41.c5 Ra6 42.Rc1 Rc6 43.Rb1 Kg7 44.Rb6 Rc8 45.Ra6 Kf6 46.Rxa5 Ke6 47.Ra7 f6 48.Kf2 )
1-0


1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.e3 O-O 6.Bd2 c5 7.dxc5 Na6 8.cxd5 Nxc5 9.Bc4 a6 10.a4 Nfe4 11.O-O Bg4 12.Be1 Rc8 13.Be2 Qb6 14.Nd4 Bxe2 15.Qxe2 Nxc3 16.bxc3 Rfd8 17.e4 e6 18.a5 Qd6 19.f4 e5 20.fxe5 Qxe5 21.Bh4 Rd7 22.Rae1 Re8 23.Bg3 Qe7 24.d6 Qd8 25.Qc4 Nxe4 26.Nc6 bxc6 27.Rxe4 Rxe4 28.Qxe4 Bf8 29.Qc4 c5 30.Qd5 Bxd6
( 30...Qxa5 31.c4 Qb6 32.Re1 a5 33.Re8 Qb1+ 34.Kf2 Qb2+ 35.Kg1 Qa1+ 36.Kf2 Qb2+ )
31.Rd1 Qxa5 32.Bxd6 h5 33.Qe5 Kh7 34.Rf1 Qb6 35.Bxc5
( 35.Bxc5 Qc7 36.Bd4 Qxe5 37.Bxe5 Re7 38.Bd6 Rd7 39.Rd1 a5 40.c4 Ra7 41.c5 Ra6 42.Rc1 Rc6 43.Rb1 Kg7 44.Rb6 Rc8 45.Ra6 Kf6 46.Rxa5 Ke6 47.Ra7 f6 48.Kf2 )
1-0

Kevin Bonham
08-12-2014, 11:38 PM
Thanks for posting, I was not aware of this great experience! I'm doubtful that 30...Qxa5 leads to a forced draw so much as that it generates a position with equal chances. Anand would have ways to play on without being much worse if he wanted to avoid the perpetual.

Bollard
02-01-2015, 08:20 PM
Wijk Aan Zee is my favorite O/S tournament and love this time of year. I assume we'll want to start a new thread for the Masters section?

Kevin Bonham
02-01-2015, 08:26 PM
Wijk Aan Zee is my favorite O/S tournament and love this time of year. I assume we'll want to start a new thread for the Masters section?

I'm happy to have comments on both in the same thread. Chances are if there are two people will post content belonging to one to the other.

Bollard
02-01-2015, 08:31 PM
Ok, happy to go with that.

MichaelBaron
09-01-2015, 11:29 AM
Drawing of the lots has taken place for the Section ''Be''. Russian Chess-news site has some lovely photos from the ceremony but Ari could not be spotted on any of them so not putting the link here (may do so later when they update with more photos that may include him). Ari is white against second lowest seed Haast (2352) in Rd1. This is a very good pairing as it is a real chance to gain confidence from the start!

Bollard
09-01-2015, 08:21 PM
Awesome opportunity for Ari to mix it with some great players: David Navara, Erwin l'Ami, Jan Timman etc. Hopefully he's able to relax and take it all in.

Paul Cavezza
10-01-2015, 10:04 PM
G'luck Ari!!! https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/tataSteelChallengers2015/1/1/2

MichaelBaron
10-01-2015, 11:48 PM
Round 1. after 15. Nd2 - Ari's position is already strategically winning! Hopefully he will not let that young lady of the hook.

Agent Smith
11-01-2015, 05:41 AM
[Event "Tatasteel Challengers"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.01.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Dale, Ari"]
[Black "Haast, Anne"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[Annotator "Critter 1.6a 64-bit"]
[Depth "16"]

1.d4 Nf6 {+0.12} 2.c4 {+0.19} 2...c5 {+0.40} 3.d5 {+0.35} 3...e6 {+0.32} 4.Nc3 {+0.40} 4...exd5 {+0.44} 5.cxd5 {+0.45} 5...d6 {+0.44} 6.e4 {+0.44} 6...g6 {+0.53} 7.h3 {+0.49} 7...Bg7 {+0.46} 8.Bd3 {+0.46} 8...O-O {+0.45} 9.Nf3 {+0.47} 9...Na6 {+0.64} 10.O-O {+0.63} 10...Nc7 {+0.56} 11.a4 {+0.51} 11...a6 {+0.83} 12.a5 {+0.54} 12...Rb8 {+0.71} 13.Re1 {+0.71} 13...b5 {+0.92} 14.axb6 {+0.97} 14...Rxb6 {+0.99} 15.Nd2 {+0.95} 15...Nh5 {+0.97} 16.Nc4 {+0.97} 16...Rb4 {+0.80} 17.e5 {+0.38} 17...dxe5 {+1.10} 18.d6 {+1.01} 18...Nb5 {+1.07} 19.Nd5 {+1.07} 19...Rxc4 {+1.07} 20.Ne7+ {+1.07} 20...Kh8 {+1.07} 21.Bxc4 {+0.98} 21...Nxd6 {+1.01} 22.Nxc8 {+0.92} 22...Nxc4 {+1.00} 23.Qxd8 {+0.83} 23...Rxd8 {+0.88} 24.b3 {+0.88} 24...Rxc8 {+1.25} 25.bxc4 {+1.25} 25...Rc6 {+1.42} 26.g4 {+1.24} 26...Nf6 {+1.22} 27.Bb2 {+0.89} 27...h5 {+0.81} 28.g5 {+0.89} 28...Nd7 {+0.82} 29.Red1 {+0.67} 29...Nf8 {+0.61} 30.Rd5 {+0.66} 30...Ne6 {+0.69} 31.Bxe5 {+0.81} 31...Rb6 {+0.82} 32.h4 {+0.82} 32...Rb4 {+0.73} 33.Rc1 {+0.06} 33...Bxe5 {+0.06} 34.Rxe5 {+0.07} 34...a5 {+0.07} 35.Re3 {+0.00} 35...a4 {+0.00} 36.Kh2 {-0.06} 36...Rb2 {+0.24} 37.Rf3 {+0.21} 37...Kg7 {+0.17} 38.Kg2 {-0.14} 38...Nd4 {+0.00} 39.Ra3 {+0.00} 39...Nf5 {+0.00} 40.Rh3 {-0.04} 40...Rd2 {+0.00} 41.Ra1 {+0.00} 41...Rd4 {+0.00} 42.Rxa4 {+0.00} 42...Nxh4+ {+0.00} 43.Kf1 {+0.00} 43...Nf5 {+0.00} 44.Rb3 {+0.00} 44...Nd6 {+0.00} 45.f3 {+0.00} 45...Nxc4 {+0.08} 46.Ke2 {+0.12} 46...Rd2+ {+0.03} 47.Ke1 {+0.03} 47...Rb2 {+0.47} 48.Rxb2 {+0.54} 48...Nxb2 {+0.57} 49.Re4 {+0.53} 49...Nd3+ {+0.53} 50.Ke2 {+0.46} 50...Nb4 {+0.56}
( 50...Nb4 { 16:+0.56} 51.Re5 Na6 52.Ke3 Kf8 53.Kf2 Kg7 54.Kg3 Kf8 55.f4 Kg7 56.Re8 Nc7 57.Rc8 Ne6 58.Rc6 Kf8 )
1/2-1/2

MichaelBaron
11-01-2015, 10:05 AM
To credit the Dutch girl, she has been in deep trouble for most of the game - but managed to hold. Out of the opening her position was looking horrible but she managed to escape into an endgame exchange down for some pawns. The endgame was also not easy to hold. After 28.g5, I had a feeling that white will break through but unfortunately Ari did not finish her off. Not sure where he went wrong. May be 33. Rc1 is a bit too passive

Paul Cavezza
11-01-2015, 04:28 PM
To credit the Dutch girl, she has been in deep trouble for most of the game - but managed to hold. Out of the opening her position was looking horrible but she managed to escape into an endgame exchange down for some pawns. The endgame was also not easy to hold. After 28.g5, I had a feeling that white will break through but unfortunately Ari did not finish her off. Not sure where he went wrong. May be 33. Rc1 is a bit too passive

Yep, probably a bit too defensive in the early end-game. Must have been nerve-racking given the context!

Vlad
11-01-2015, 08:55 PM
64 Re4... was an easy win.

Ian CCC
12-01-2015, 06:10 AM
In Round 2, Ari again had the better side of a draw, this time with black against third seed Shankland (GM - 2652). (http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/livegames)

MichaelBaron
12-01-2015, 09:27 AM
In Round 2, Ari again had the better side of a draw, this time with black against third seed Shankland (GM - 2652). (http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/livegames)

Very good game! While the engines favour Ari throughout the battle, the posiition was very sharp so it was easy to go wrong. Ari had +1.2 advantage at some point but I would not say he missed a clear win.

Kevin Bonham
12-01-2015, 10:20 AM
Great result! Shankland won gold on board 5 of the Olympiad with 9/10 and a 2800+ PR. He's also been at the pointy end in the US Champs. In this case have to wonder what on earth he was thinking with the obviously bad Rxc6 but Ari's position was fine anyway.

Agent Smith
12-01-2015, 11:37 AM
> In this case have to wonder what on earth he was thinking with the obviously bad Rxc6 but Ari's position was fine anyway.

Hmm - "Obviously bad" ? It was all fairly deep, and he ended up with the rook.

In the Main event, Carlsen has two draws, Caruana two wins and Hou Yifan two losses. Not a bad start for Chucky 1-1/2

[Event "Tatasteel Challengers"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Shankland, Samuel"]
[Black "Dale, Ari"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Be3 e6 5.Nd2 Nd7 6.Ngf3 Ne7 7.Be2 Bg6 8.Nh4 Nf5 9.Nxf5 Bxf5 10.O-O Be7 11.g4 Bg6 12.f4 f5 13.c4 O-O 14.g5 Bf7 15.Qb3 Qb6 16.c5 Qxb3 17.Nxb3 a5 18.Rfc1 Rfb8 19.Rc2 a4 20.Nd2 b6 21.cxb6 Rxb6 22.Rac1 Rab8 23.Rxc6 Rxc6 24.Rxc6 Rxb2 25.Rc7 Be8 26.Bd3 Rxa2 27.Bb5 Bb4 28.Nf3 a3 29.Bxd7 Bxd7 30.Rxd7 Re2 31.Bd2 Rxd2 32.Nxd2 Bxd2 33.Kf2 Bc3 34.Rd8+ Kf7 35.Ra8 Bxd4+ 36.Ke2 Bb2 37.Kd2 Kg6 38.Kc2 Kh5 39.h3 Kh4 40.Rh8 Kxh3 41.g6 h6 42.Rxh6+ Kg4 43.Rh7 Kxf4 44.Rxg7 Bxe5 45.Ra7 a2 46.Rxa2 Kg5 47.Ra6 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
12-01-2015, 11:59 PM
Hmm - "Obviously bad" ? It was all fairly deep, and he ended up with the rook.

Shankland only ended up with the rook because Ari unnecessarily sacced the exchange with 31...Rxd2 instead of ...Bxd2 when white is a pawn down and has serious problems with the a-pawn. (That's not to say it's a trivial win for black by any means, just that black has all the chances.)

Kevin Bonham
13-01-2015, 11:48 AM
Another draw for Ari against a very strong opponent, Wei Yi (2675). Chessbase: "Ari Dale played a fantastic game filled with aggression and resourcefulness. "

Ari Dale - Wei Yi

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 b6 7. O-O Bb7 8. cxd5
exd5 9. Ne5 Bd6 10. Nb5 Be7 11. f4 c5 12. Nc3 Nc6 13. Qf3 Re8 14. g4 cxd4 15. g5
dxc3 16. gxf6 Bxf6 17. Bxh7+ Kf8 18. bxc3 g6 19. Ba3+ Kg7 20. Nxf7 Kxf7 21. Qg4
Ne7 22. f5 g5 23. Qh5+ Kg7 24. Rf3 Rh8 25. Rh3 Rc8 26. Qh6+ Kf7 27. Bg6+ Kg8 28.
Bh7+ Kf7 29. Bg6+ Kg8 30. Bh7+ Kf7 1/2-1/2

Chaos in the top division with Carlsen beaten by Wojtaszek and Aronian blundering against So. Caruana and Ivanchuk now lead on 2.5/3. So is now live #9 in the world and has overtaken Nakamura as the top US player on the live rating list.

MichaelBaron
13-01-2015, 01:28 PM
14.g4 is very interesting and 15.g5! is first line according to engines - so a truly impressive effort!
P.S. Nxf7 is also first line!

Paul Cavezza
13-01-2015, 01:34 PM
Great to watch. Hopefully giving Ari some good confidence going forward:)

Adamski
13-01-2015, 04:30 PM
Ari is picking up rating points every round!

damo
13-01-2015, 05:09 PM
Ari is picking up rating points every round!

36 point gain from 3 draws is great!

Vlad
13-01-2015, 08:11 PM
Ari's k factor is 20 because his rating has already been above 2300. That means that his increase is 18 points after 3 games.

His expected result is about 0.5/3. He has scored 1.5 which is one point more. That gives him roughly his k factor.

damo
13-01-2015, 08:24 PM
Ari's k factor is 20 because his rating has already been above 2300. That means that his increase is 18 points after 3 games.

His expected result is about 0.5/3. He has scored 1.5 which is one point more. That gives him roughly his k factor.

Thanks, didn't notice that.

Capablanca-Fan
13-01-2015, 11:47 PM
Tata Steel Tournament (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=85130)

After three rounds, Caruana and Ivanchuk lead with 2.5. Carlsen lost in R2 to top Polish player Radosław Wojtaszek (2744) (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1782603) and has two draws as well.

Agent Smith
14-01-2015, 05:54 AM
Round 4

Ivanchuk's last two games are similar themes, great stuff. Carlsen finally found a nice win, while Hou was unlucky not to get a point. Lev is on a quiet 1-1/2 / 4 too.


1: Ivanchuk, V 2715 46 UKR 3.5 / 4 14w+ 10b= 12w+ 8w+ 3057 +16 (+3 -0 =1)
2: Caruana, F 2820 23 ITA 3.0 / 4 3b+ 9w+ 7b= 4w= 2929 +5 (+2 -0 =2)
3: Ding Liren 2732 23 CHN 3.0 / 4 2w- 13b+ 14w+ 10b+ 2931 +10 (+3 -1 =0)
4: So, W 2762 22 PHI 2.5 / 4 5w= 6b= 11w+ 2b= 2900 +8 (+1 -0 =3)
5: Wojtaszek, R 2744 28 POL 2.5 / 4 4b= 12b= 6w+ 11b= 2867 +7 (+1 -0 =3)
6: Carlsen, M 2862 25 NOR 2.0 / 4 7b= 4w= 5b- 12b+ 2739 -7 (+1 -1 =2)
7: Giri, A 2784 21 NED 2.0 / 4 6w= 11b= 2w= 13b= 2788 +0 (+0 -0 =4)
8: Vachier Lagrave, M 2757 25 FRA 2.0 / 4 13w+ 14b= 10w= 1b- 2712 -3 (+1 -1 =2)
9: Saric, Iv 2666 25 CRO 2.0 / 4 11w= 2b- 13w= 14b+ 2754 +5 (+1 -1 =2)
10: Radjabov, T 2734 28 AZE 1.5 / 4 12w= 1w= 8b= 3w- 2630 -6 (+0 -1 =3)
11: Aronian, L 2797 33 ARM 1.5 / 4 9b= 7w= 4b- 5w= 2652 -8 (+0 -1 =3)
12: Van Wely, L 2667 43 NED 1.0 / 4 10b= 5w= 1b- 6w- 2570 -4 (+0 -2 =2)
13: Hou Yifan 2673 21 CHN 1.0 / 4 8b- 3w- 9b= 7w= 2541 -6 (+0 -2 =2)
14: Jobava, Ba 2727 32 GEO 0.5 / 4 1b- 8w= 3b- 9w- 2395 -16 (+0 -3 =1)

MichaelBaron
14-01-2015, 09:31 AM
Dale-Navara opening was similar to Dale-Yi but Navara was better prepared for the centeral/kingside pawns' push. Shows that at this level it is hard to use the same idea twice. Amazing experience for Ari who nevertheless fought bravely once again!

MichaelBaron
14-01-2015, 09:34 AM
Round 4

Ivanchuk's last two games are similar themes, great stuff. Carlsen finally found a nice win, while Hou was unlucky not to get a point. Lev is on a quiet 1-1/2 / 4 too.


1: Ivanchuk, V 2715 46 UKR 3.5 / 4 14w+ 10b= 12w+ 8w+ 3057 +16 (+3 -0 =1)
2: Caruana, F 2820 23 ITA 3.0 / 4 3b+ 9w+ 7b= 4w= 2929 +5 (+2 -0 =2)
3: Ding Liren 2732 23 CHN 3.0 / 4 2w- 13b+ 14w+ 10b+ 2931 +10 (+3 -1 =0)
4: So, W 2762 22 PHI 2.5 / 4 5w= 6b= 11w+ 2b= 2900 +8 (+1 -0 =3)
5: Wojtaszek, R 2744 28 POL 2.5 / 4 4b= 12b= 6w+ 11b= 2867 +7 (+1 -0 =3)
6: Carlsen, M 2862 25 NOR 2.0 / 4 7b= 4w= 5b- 12b+ 2739 -7 (+1 -1 =2)
7: Giri, A 2784 21 NED 2.0 / 4 6w= 11b= 2w= 13b= 2788 +0 (+0 -0 =4)
8: Vachier Lagrave, M 2757 25 FRA 2.0 / 4 13w+ 14b= 10w= 1b- 2712 -3 (+1 -1 =2)
9: Saric, Iv 2666 25 CRO 2.0 / 4 11w= 2b- 13w= 14b+ 2754 +5 (+1 -1 =2)
10: Radjabov, T 2734 28 AZE 1.5 / 4 12w= 1w= 8b= 3w- 2630 -6 (+0 -1 =3)
11: Aronian, L 2797 33 ARM 1.5 / 4 9b= 7w= 4b- 5w= 2652 -8 (+0 -1 =3)
12: Van Wely, L 2667 43 NED 1.0 / 4 10b= 5w= 1b- 6w- 2570 -4 (+0 -2 =2)
13: Hou Yifan 2673 21 CHN 1.0 / 4 8b- 3w- 9b= 7w= 2541 -6 (+0 -2 =2)
14: Jobava, Ba 2727 32 GEO 0.5 / 4 1b- 8w= 3b- 9w- 2395 -16 (+0 -3 =1)
Ivanchuk is on fire! One should not forget that his chess has always been up and down (for the last 20 years anyway :) so hopefully he will keep it up for at least the rest of the tournament. He is one of my favorite players.

ER
14-01-2015, 10:38 AM
Ivanchuk is on fire! ... He is one of my favorite players.
I absolutely agree! He has been my favourite too since I saw him in Melbourne in the mid 80s. His blitz match versus our very own Chris Kolak at the CV Elizabeth St. venue must be one of the most interesting chapters of our chess folklore! During an impromptu interview after his win this morning, he was asking questions about bus departure times while analysing positions in his and Magnus's game. At one stage Yasser Seirawan was left speechless with Vasily's speed and depth in analysing a position!

MichaelBaron
14-01-2015, 05:20 PM
I absolutely agree! He has been my favourite too since I saw him in Melbourne in the mid 80s. His blitz match versus our very own Chris Kolak at the CV Elizabeth St. venue must be one of the most interesting chapters of our chess folklore! During an impromptu interview after his win this morning, he was asking questions about bus departure times while analysing positions in his and Magnus's game. At one stage Yasser Seirawan was left speechless with Vasily's speed and depth in analysing a position!

He is a bit crazy...just like a true genious should be ..but a totally amazing person!~

Agent Smith
16-01-2015, 05:52 AM
Ivanchuk holds for a draw with black.
Carlsen nicely out-played Lev in this one.


[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2015.01.15"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Carlsen, M"]
[Black "Aronian, L"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2862"]
[BlackElo "2797"]
[ECO "D38"]
[EventDate "2015.01.09"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bxf6 Qxf6 8.Qa4+ Nc6 9.e3 O-O 10.Be2 Be6 11.O-O a6 12.Rfc1 Bd6 13.Qd1 Ne7 14.a3 Rfd8 15.b4 Nc8 16.Na4 b6 17.Nb2 Ne7 18.Nd3 Ng6 19.a4 a5 20.b5 Re8 21.Rc3 Bf5 22.Rac1 Rad8 23.Nd2 Rd7 24.g3 Nf8 25.Bg4 Nh7 26.Bxf5 Qxf5 27.Qf3 Qg5 28.h4 Qe7 29.Rc6 Nf6 30.Nf4 g6 31.h5 Kg7 32.hxg6 fxg6 33.Nxd5 Nxd5 34.Qxd5 Bxg3 35.Qg2 Bd6 36.Nc4 Rf8 37.Ne5 Bxe5 38.Qxg6+ Kh8 39.Qxh6+ Kg8 40.dxe5 Qxe5 41.Rg6+ Kf7 42.Rc4 Qa1+ 43.Kg2 Rh8 44.Rf4+ Ke8 45.Re6+ Re7 46.Rxe7+ Kxe7 47.Re4+
( 47.Re4+ Kd7 ( 47...Kd8 48.Rd4+ Qxd4 49.Qg5+ Kc8 50.exd4 )
48.Qe6+ Kd8 49.Rd4+ Qxd4 50.exd4 ) 1-0

MichaelBaron
16-01-2015, 09:06 AM
Ari played Tarrash Defence (good idea I guess since priviously he played Gruenfeld Defence only so Timman was surely well-prepared for that) At some stage he reached equality but then could not sustain the pressure and the game went down-hill. However, once again - a great learning experience!

Agent Smith
16-01-2015, 09:53 AM
He was always behind it after he accepted Timman's complicated exchange offer
But 28. ... Ne4 was a missed drawing resource according to engine.

[Event "Tatasteel Challengers"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.01.16"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Timman, Jan H"]
[Black "Dale, Ari"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2593"]
[BlackElo "2291"]
[TimeControl "120/0"]
[Annotator "Critter 1.6a 64-bit"]
[Depth "17"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.dxc5 {+0.16 Move out of book (gm2600: g3 88% Bf4 12%)} 6...d4 {+0.27} 7.Na4 {+0.25} 7...Bxc5 {+0.25} 8.Nxc5 {+0.25} 8...Qa5+ {+0.34} 9.Bd2 {+0.30} 9...Qxc5 {+0.29} 10.Rc1 {+0.27} 10...Qb6 {+0.34} 11.e3 {+0.31} 11...Nf6 {+0.32} 12.exd4 {+0.24} 12...O-O {+0.16} 13.Bc4 {+0.21} 13...Re8+ {+0.13} 14.Be3 {+0.21} 14...Qxb2 {+0.30} 15.O-O {+0.28} 15...Bf5 {+0.31} 16.Bb3 {+0.28} 16...Rad8 {+0.41} 17.Rc5 {+0.43} 17...Be6 {+0.72} 18.d5 {+0.71} 18...Bg4 {+0.75} 19.Bc1 {-0.13} 19...Qb1 {+0.00} 20.Bf4 {-0.26} 20...Qf5 {-0.09} 21.Bc7 {-0.07} 21...Ne5 {+0.56}
( {[Critter 1.6a 64-bit] 16:-0.02} 21...Rc8 22.Bg3 Ne4 23.Rc4 Na5 24.Rxc8 Qxc8 25.Re1 Nc3 26.Rxe8+ Qxe8 27.Qd3 Ne2+ 28.Kh1 Nxb3 29.axb3 h5 )
22.Nd4 {+0.64} 22...Qf4 {+0.92} 23.f3 {+0.53} 23...Qe3+ {+0.53} 24.Kh1 {+0.52} 24...Nd3 {+0.89} 25.Bxd8 {+1.05} 25...Qxd4 {+1.27} 26.Rc2 {+1.17} 26...Rxd8 {+1.17} 27.fxg4 $201 {+1.17} 27...Re8 $4 $18 $201 {+4.19 / +1.17}
( 27...Ne4 28.Qe2 h6 29.Qf3 Ng5 30.Qf5 g6 31.Qf6 Qxf6 32.Rxf6 Nc5 33.Rf1 b6 34.Bc4 Nge4 35.Re2 Kg7 36.Kg1 a5 37.Rb2 Nd6 38.Bb5 $14 )
28.h3 $4 $10 $201 {+0.00 / +4.19}
( 28.d6 Ne4 29.Qf3 Nef2+ 30.Rcxf2 Nxf2+ 31.Rxf2 Kh8 32.Qxf7 Re1+ 33.Rf1 Rxf1+ 34.Qxf1 Qxd6 35.Qf5 )
28...h6 $6 $14 {+1.34 / +0.00}
( 28...Ne4 29.Kh2 Qe5+ 30.Kg1 Qd4+ 31.Kh2 $10 )
29.Qa1 {+2.01} 29...Qe3 {+2.55} 30.d6 {+2.50} 30...Rd8 $201 {+3.12} 31.Kh2 $6 $16 $201 {+1.99 / +3.12}
( 31.Rc7 Nf2+ 32.Rxf2 Qxf2 33.Rxf7 Kh7 34.Qe5 Rd7 35.Re7 b5 36.Be6 Rxe7 37.Bf5+ Kh8 38.dxe7 Ne8 39.Bg6 Qf6 40.Qxf6 Nxf6 41.e8=Q+ Nxe8 42.Bxe8 b4 43.Bg6 Kg8 44.Kh2 Kf8 45.Kg3 Ke7 46.Bc2 $18 )
31...Rxd6 $2 $18 {+4.64 / +1.99}
( 31...Qb6 32.Bxf7+ Kh7 33.Rxf6 gxf6 34.Qxf6 Qxd6+ 35.Qxd6 Rxd6 36.Rc7 b6 37.Be8+ Kg8 38.Rxa7 Nc5 39.Bb5 Rd4 40.Rc7 Rb4 41.Bc6 Rd4 42.Kg3 Rd3+ 43.Kh4 Rd2 $16 )
32.Rc8+ {+4.64} 32...Kh7 $201 {+4.64} 33.Rf3 $2 $16 $201 {+2.35 / +4.64}
( 33.Bc2 Qe4 34.Rf3 Nd7 35.Rxf7 Qe5+ 36.Qxe5 Nxe5 37.Rxb7 Kg6 38.Bxd3+ Nxd3 39.Rg8 Kf6 40.Rbxg7 Ne5 41.Rxa7 Nd3 42.Rh7 Ke5 43.Re8+ Kd4 44.a4 Ra6 45.Rd7+ Kc4 46.Red8 Nc5 47.Rd6 Rxa4 48.Rd4+ Kc3 49.Rxa4 Nxa4 $18 )
33...Qe2 $4 $18 {+5.74 / +2.35}
( 33...Qe5+ 34.Qxe5 Nxe5 35.Rf5 Nfd7 36.Rc7 b6 37.Rxa7 f6 38.Bc2 Kg8 39.Rf1 Nc6 40.Rd1 Rxd1 41.Ra8+ Kf7 42.Bxd1 Ndb8 43.Kg3 b5 44.a4 bxa4 45.Bxa4 Ke7 46.Bc2 Nd7 $16 )
34.Bc2 {+5.94} 34...Nd7 {+6.06} 35.Rxf7 {+5.12} 35...Ne5 $201 {+5.37} 36.Qf1 $2 $18 $201 {+3.77 / +5.37}
( 36.Rcc7 Nxf7 37.Rxf7 Rg6 38.Qc3 Qe5+ 39.Qxe5 Nxe5 40.Bxg6+ Kxg6 41.Rxb7 a5 42.Rb5 Kf6 43.Rxa5 Ke6 44.Ra6+ Kd5 45.Ra7 g5 46.Rh7 Nd3 47.Rxh6 Nc5 48.Kg3 Ne4+ 49.Kf3 Nd2+ 50.Ke2 Ne4 $18 )
36...Qd2 $4 $18 {+327.44 / +3.77}
( 36...Qxf1 37.Rxf1 Nc6 38.Rd1 Nb4 39.Rc3 Nxc2 40.Rxc2 Nb4 41.Rxd6 Nxc2 42.Rd7 b5 43.Rxa7 Kg6 44.Ra6+ Kf7 45.Kg3 b4 46.Ra7+ Kf6 47.Rb7 g6 48.Rh7 $18 )
37.Qf5+ {+327.45} 37...Rg6 {+327.47} 38.Rxg7+ {+327.48 Black resigns}
( {[Critter 1.6a 64-bit] 64:M2} 38.Rxg7+ Kxg7 39.Qf8+ Kh7 40.Qh8# )
( 38.Rxg7+ { 2:+327.48} 38...Kxg7 39.Qf8+ Kh7 40.Qh8# )
1-0

Zwischenzug
16-01-2015, 11:37 AM
[Event "Tatasteel Challengers"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.01.16"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Timman, Jan H"]
[Black "Dale, Ari"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2593"]
[BlackElo "2291"]
[TimeControl "120/0"]
[Depth "17"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. dxc5 d4 7. Na4 Bxc5 8.
Nxc5 Qa5+ 9. Bd2 Qxc5 10. Rc1 Qb6 11. e3 Nf6 12. exd4 O-O 13. Bc4 Re8+ 14. Be3
Qxb2 15. O-O Bf5 16. Bb3 Rad8 17. Rc5 Be6 18. d5 Bg4 19. Bc1 Qb1 20. Bf4 Qf5
21. Bc7 Ne5 22. Nd4 Qf4 23. f3 Qe3+ 24. Kh1 Nd3 25. Bxd8 Qxd4 26. Rc2 Rxd8 27.
fxg4 Re8 28. h3 h6 29. Qa1 Qe3 30. d6 Rd8 31. Kh2 Rxd6 32. Rc8+ Kh7 33. Rf3 Qe2
34. Bc2 Nd7 35. Rxf7 N7e5 36. Qf1 Qd2 37. Qf5+ Rg6 38. Rxg7+
1-0

Had to strip out the engine comments for easier viewing.

Kevin Bonham
16-01-2015, 04:28 PM
Apparently you don't play the Dutch against Wojtaszek - Caruana joins Carlsen in losing this way.

MichaelBaron
17-01-2015, 02:13 AM
Unfortunately Rd 6 did not go well for Ari. 15. Ne5?? lost the game on the spot!

Kevin Bonham
17-01-2015, 02:46 AM
Yes, Ari's been so good so far but tonight was a disaster game.

Carlsen's beaten Caruana with black and moved into a tie for second half a point behind Ivanchuk.

jammo
17-01-2015, 07:39 AM
Unfortunately Rd 6 did not go well for Ari. 15. Ne5?? lost the game on the spot!

I'm more puzzled why you would spend 27 minutes on move 14 and then decide to move your B from d3 (a good square) to f1 (a bad square). Perhaps he is analysing too much?

Agent Smith
17-01-2015, 09:32 AM
Magnus def Caruana

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2015.01.16"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Caruana, F"]
[Black "Carlsen, M"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2820"]
[BlackElo "2862"]
[ECO "B31"]
[EventDate "2015.01.09"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg7 6.h3 Nf6 7.Nc3 b6 8.Be3 e5 9.O-O O-O 10.a3 Qe7 11.Qb1 Nh5 12.b4 f5 13.bxc5 f4 14.Bd2 bxc5 15.Qb3+ Be6 16.Qa4 Rac8 17.Qa5 g5 18.Na4 g4 19.hxg4 Bxg4 20.Qxc5 Qf6 21.Nh2 f3 22.Nxg4 Qg6 23.Qe7 fxg2 24.Rfb1 Qxg4 25.Qg5 Qe2 26.Qe3 Qg4 27.Qg5 Qxg5 28.Bxg5 Nf4 29.Bxf4 exf4 30.Kxg2 f3+ 31.Kf1 Rf4 32.c3 Rd8 33.d4 Bh6
( 33...Bxd4 34.cxd4 Rh4 35.Ke1 Rxd4 36.Rb8+ Kg7 37.Rb7+ Kg6 38.Rg7+ Kxg7 39.Rd1 Rh1# )
34.Ke1 Rxe4+ 35.Kd1 c5 36.Kc2 cxd4 37.Kd3 Re2 38.c4 Rxf2 39.Rd1 Re2 0-1

MichaelBaron
17-01-2015, 11:24 PM
I'm more puzzled why you would spend 27 minutes on move 14 and then decide to move your B from d3 (a good square) to f1 (a bad square). Perhaps he is analysing too much?

I also do not like Bf1. I guess he was worried about some threats along g file/pressure on g2 pawn. However, it is Ne5 that lost the game.

Agent Smith
18-01-2015, 05:05 AM
Unfinished, but looks like Ari is toast today. Ivanchuk should draw. Carslen has beaten Hou Yifan after she made a nasty error.

[Event "FICS unrated standard"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.01.18"]
[Round "?"]
[White "GMMichiels"]
[Black "IMDale"]
[Result "*"]
[WhiteElo "2563"]
[BlackElo "2291"]
[TimeControl "120/0"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Na4 Bd6 11.b3 Re8 12.Bb2 Bg4 13.Rc1 Qe7 14.h3 Bf5 15.e3 Be4 16.Nd4 Ne5 17.Nc3 Nd3 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Nf5 Qe6 20.Nxd6 Nxb2 21.Qe2 Qxd6 22.Qxb2 Rad8 23.Rc4 Qd2 24.Qb1 b5 25.Rc2 Qb4 26.Rd1 h5 27.Qc1 Rxd1+ 28.Qxd1 Qe7 29.Qc1 Rd8 30.Rc7 Rd7 31.Rxd7 Qxd7 32.Qc5 a6 33.Qb6 Qc8 34.a4 Nd7 35.Qd4 Nc5 36.axb5 axb5 37.Qd5 g6 38.Bxe4 Nxe4 39.Qxe4 Qd7 40.Kg2 Kh7 41.b4 Kg8 42.Qd4 Qc6+ 43.e4 Qa6 44.Kf3 Qe6 45.Qd8+ Kg7 46.Qd4+ Kg8 47.h4 Qb3+ 48.Kf4 Qe6 49.Qe5 Qa2 50.Qc5 Qd2+ 51.Ke5 Qd3 52.Qd4 Qc2 53.Qc5 Qd3 54.Qd4 Qc2 55.Kd5 Qc8 56.Kd6 Qc4 57.Qc5 Qxe4 58.Kc7 Qe2 59.Kb6 Kg7 60.Ka6 Qe8 61.f4 f6 62.Qxb5 Qa8+ 63.Kb6 Qb8+ 64.Kc5 Qc7+ 65.Kd4 Qd6+ 66.Kc3 Qd1 67.Qd3 Qe1+ 68.Kb3 Qe6+ 69.Kb2 Qb6 70.b5 Qc5 71.Kb3 Kh6 72.Qc4 Qg1 73.Qc3 Qb1+ 74.Kc4 Qe4+ 75.Kc5 Qe7+ 76.Kb6 Qd8+ 77.Kb7 Qd5+ 78.Qc6 Qb3 79.b6 Qf7+ 80.Kc8 Qf8+ 81.Kd7 Qf7+ 82.Kd6 Qf8+ 83.Ke6 Qg8+ *

MichaelBaron
18-01-2015, 09:06 AM
Ari survived the opening and successfully exchanged most of the pieces..but got outplayed in Q+R+minor piece ending. Was a long struggle with both players (possibly due to exaustion) not playing their best in the endgame.
Re Ivanchuk - he did survive in the end but was totally lost at some point.

Agent Smith
18-01-2015, 11:56 AM
Hmmm - Engines can find wins at huge depth for Giri between moves 84 and 90 (iirc), but Vasily was good enough to hold on.

Ari started with three draws, but has run-up four straight losses now. He tried to cheekily swindle a stalemate yesterday.
1. 47 [M3] 124.Kxd7 Kh7 125.Qxg6+ Kh8 126.Qf8#
2. 46 [M10] 124.Kb8 Qb5+ 125.Kc7 Qa5+ 126.Qb6 Qxb6+ 127.Kxb6 Kg7 128.Kc7 Kh7 129.Qf7+ Kh8 130.Kb7 g5 131.hxg5 h4 132.g6 h3
3. 46 [+0.00] 124.Qdxd7
4. 46 [+0.00] 124.Qexd7
2K5/3q4/3QQ1pk/7p/7P/8/8/8 w - - 23 124

Agent Smith
18-01-2015, 11:58 AM
1: Ivanchuk, Vassily 2715 46 UKR 5.0 / 7 14w+ 8b= 12w+ 5w+ 3b= 11w= 6b= 2881 +16 (+3 -0 =4)
2: Carlsen, Magnus 2862 25 NOR 5.0 / 7 6b= 4w= 7b- 12b+ 10w+ 9b+ 13w+ 2907 +4 (+4 -1 =2)
3: Ding, Liren 2732 23 CHN 4.5 / 7 9w- 13b+ 14w+ 8b+ 1w= 5b- 12w+ 2829 +9 (+4 -2 =1)
4: So, Wesley 2762 22 PHI 4.5 / 7 7w= 2b= 10w+ 9b= 13w= 14b+ 8w= 2867 +11 (+2 -0 =5)
5: Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 25 FRA 4.5 / 7 13w+ 14b= 8w= 1b- 12w= 3w+ 11b+ 2804 +4 (+3 -1 =3)
6: Giri, Anish 2784 21 NED 4.0 / 7 2w= 10b= 9w= 13b= 14w+ 8b= 1w= 2811 +2 (+1 -0 =6)
7: Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2744 28 POL 4.0 / 7 4b= 12b= 2w+ 10b= 9w+ 13b= 14w- 2808 +6 (+2 -1 =4)
8: Radjabov, Teimour 2734 28 AZE 3.5 / 7 12w= 1w= 5b= 3w- 11b+ 6w= 4b= 2726 -1 (+1 -1 =5)
9: Caruana, Fabiano 2820 23 ITA 3.5 / 7 3b+ 11w+ 6b= 4w= 7b- 2w- 10b= 2763 -6 (+2 -2 =3)
10: Aronian, Levon 2797 33 ARM 2.5 / 7 11b= 6w= 4b- 7w= 2b- 12b= 9w= 2655 -14 (+0 -2 =5)
11: Saric, Ivan 2666 25 CRO 2.5 / 7 10w= 9b- 13w= 14b+ 8w- 1b= 5w- 2644 -2 (+1 -3 =3)
12: Van Wely, Loek 2667 43 NED 2.0 / 7 8b= 7w= 1b- 2w- 5b= 10w= 3b- 2605 -5 (+0 -3 =4)
13: Hou, Yifan 2673 21 CHN 2.0 / 7 5b- 3w- 11b= 6w= 4b= 7w= 2b- 2600 -6 (+0 -3 =4)
14: Jobava, Baadur 2727 32 GEO 1.5 / 7 1b- 5w= 3b- 11w- 6b- 4w- 7b+ 2507 -19 (+1 -5 =1)

MichaelBaron
19-01-2015, 01:29 PM
Ari, is starting to struggle :(. His opening against Salem was ok but then he got outplayed. Hopefully, he will regain his form and optimism and do well in the last rounds

MichaelBaron
19-01-2015, 04:56 PM
And re: strength of the event: Ari is on 1.5/8 - yet performing above his rating!

Ian CCC
21-01-2015, 06:30 AM
And re: strength of the event: Ari is on 1.5/8 - yet performing above his rating!

No pressure.....

2823

Agent Smith
21-01-2015, 06:51 AM
Haha.. Magnus is a great kind of world champ.

Kevin Bonham
21-01-2015, 09:00 AM
Jobava's creative style is getting horrendously "found out" in this tournament. Crushed by Aronian in 24 moves and now on 1.5/9. Which is less than Ari, who now has 2/9 after drawing with black against Potkin (2608)! Wesley So doing very well, equal second and undefeated.

I think Potkin was better out of the opening but should have played 16.Nxb6 instead of 16.e4. Also at a number of points white seemed to have a close to winning edge in the double rook ending but failed to do enough with it. 38.Rf3 especially seems to be winning (well, it wins two pawns anyway). Maybe Potkin was in time trouble. Very good to see Ari can get draws vs 2600+s by gritty defence too.

Potkin - Dale

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 c5 3. c4 e6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. g3 Nc6 6. Bg2 Nf6 7. O-O Be7 8.
dxc5 Bxc5 9. a3 Ne4 10. Nfd2 Nxd2 11. Qxd2 Be6 12. b4 Bb6 13. Nc3 d4 14. Na4
O-O 15. Bb2 Bd5 16. e4 Bb3 17. Nxb6 Qxb6 18. e5 Rad8 19. Rfe1 Rfe8 20. Qd3 Bd5
21. f4 Bxg2 22. Kxg2 a5 23. b5 Rd5 24. bxc6 Qxb2+ 25. Kf3 Rc5 26. Rab1 Qc3 27.
Qxc3 Rxc3+ 28. Ke4 bxc6 29. Kxd4 Rxa3 30. f5 a4 31. e6 fxe6 32. fxe6 Rb3 33.
Ke5 Reb8 34. Rbd1 Kf8 35. Rd7 R3b7 36. Rf1+ Ke8 37. Kd6 a3 38. Ra1 Rb3 39. Rxg7
Rd3+ 40. Kxc6 Rb2 41. Ra7 Rc2+ 42. Kb5 Rb3+ 43. Ka4 Rcb2 44. Rxa3 Rb4+ 45. Ka5
Rb5+ 1/2-1/2

MichaelBaron
21-01-2015, 10:01 AM
I believe 34.Kd6 would put Ari into difficult position in the endgame. later on, there were some other opportunities (including Rxb3 that looked like a forced win for white) but the endgame was hardly complex for both players to play. Well done to Ari for holding on.

pax
21-01-2015, 11:06 AM
No pressure.....

2823

What an experience!

Kevin Bonham
21-01-2015, 03:33 PM
I left the end position of the 38.Rf3 line I had been looking at on my computer all day and it returned the immortal 0.00 (with white two pawns up) so it's probably not all that simple for Potkin.

Agent Smith
21-01-2015, 05:04 PM
After his poor start, Magnus has won 6 straight

1: Carlsen, Magnus 2862 25 NOR 7.0 / 9 6b= 2w= 9b- 13b+ 10w+ 7b+ 11w+ 14b+ 8w+ 2965 +11 (+6 -1 =2)
2: So, Wesley 2762 22 PHI 6.0 / 9 9w= 1b= 10w+ 7b= 11w= 14b+ 8w= 4b+ 3w= 2883 +14 (+3 -0 =6)
3: Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 25 FRA 6.0 / 9 11w+ 14b= 8w= 4b- 13w= 5w+ 12b+ 6w+ 2b= 2842 +10 (+4 -1 =4)
4: Ivanchuk, Vassily 2715 46 UKR 5.5 / 9 14w+ 8b= 13w+ 3w+ 5b= 12w= 6b= 2w- 9b= 2810 +13 (+3 -1 =5)
5: Ding, Liren 2732 23 CHN 5.5 / 9 7w- 11b+ 14w+ 8b+ 4w= 3b- 13w+ 12w+ 6b- 2807 +9 (+5 -3 =1)
6: Giri, Anish 2784 21 NED 5.0 / 9 1w= 10b= 7w= 11b= 14w+ 8b= 4w= 3b- 5w+ 2800 +2 (+2 -1 =6)
7: Caruana, Fabiano 2820 23 ITA 5.0 / 9 5b+ 12w+ 6b= 2w= 9b- 1w- 10b= 13b+ 11w= 2786 -5 (+3 -2 =4)
8: Radjabov, Teimour 2734 28 AZE 4.5 / 9 13w= 4w= 3b= 5w- 12b+ 6w= 2b= 9w+ 1b- 2743 +2 (+2 -2 =5)
9: Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2744 28 POL 4.5 / 9 2b= 13b= 1w+ 10b= 7w+ 11b= 14w- 8b- 4w= 2750 +1 (+2 -2 =5)
10: Aronian, Levon 2797 33 ARM 4.0 / 9 12b= 6w= 2b- 9w= 1b- 13b= 7w= 11b= 14w+ 2702 -13 (+1 -2 =6)
11: Hou, Yifan 2673 21 CHN 3.0 / 9 3b- 5w- 12b= 6w= 2b= 9w= 1b- 10w= 7b= 2644 -3 (+0 -3 =6)
12: Saric, Ivan 2666 25 CRO 3.0 / 9 10w= 7b- 11w= 14b+ 8w- 4b= 3w- 5b- 13w= 2610 -6 (+1 -4 =4)
13: Van Wely, Loek 2667 43 NED 2.5 / 9 8b= 9w= 4b- 1w- 3b= 10w= 5b- 7w- 12b= 2592 -8 (+0 -4 =5)
14: Jobava, Baadur 2727 32 GEO 1.5 / 9 4b- 3w= 5b- 12w- 6b- 2w- 9b+ 1w- 10b- 2484 -25 (+1 -7 =1)

pax
21-01-2015, 11:11 PM
Magnus is just incredible. He hardly has a bad event: when is the last time he finished worse than second in a major classical tournament? Caruana, Aronian and the rest are superb on a good day, but just can't string it together like Carlsen.

MichaelBaron
22-01-2015, 09:52 AM
100 move draw for Ari in rd 10 against Gunina. Long struggle. In the end, he had to defend K+R vs. K+R+Knight

Kevin Bonham
22-01-2015, 10:49 AM
Excellent! Meanwhile, Jobava loses again!

Agent Smith
22-01-2015, 04:48 PM
Ivanchuk halted Magnus' winning streak with a draw.

Chessbase did a Challengers write up, with a photo
http://en.chessbase.com/post/in-depth-look-at-challengers-in-tata-steel

Ari Dale is a 16-year-old Australian IM who has qualified to the tournament by virtue of winning the top amateur tournament in the 2014 TATA steel chess festival. He has scored four draws including a very brave double piece sacrifice against the current tournament leader Wei Yi which ended in a draw.

Agent Smith
23-01-2015, 11:12 AM
Great tournament
https://scontent-b-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t31.0-8/p960x960/10904546_958961417448175_6687939766337511873_o.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/p960x960/10914939_958961224114861_6085823373178064039_o.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/p960x960/10918935_958961304114853_1070505706386156033_o.jpg

MichaelBaron
24-01-2015, 01:37 AM
Sevian-Dale: quick yet eventful draw - Ari could have obtained an edge at one point but overall, the struggle was truly tricky!

Kevin Bonham
24-01-2015, 10:41 AM
Sevian-Dale: quick yet eventful draw - Ari could have obtained an edge at one point but overall, the struggle was truly tricky!

Yes Ari did very well to lure Sevian into that mess. There are several critical points:

- on move 12 Sevian declined a line which gives him Q for RBP. The computer thinks white is about +1 but I am not sure the advantage is that big.
- on move 14 if Ari played ...c3 it seems that white doesn't have enough compensation.
- on move 15 Sevian appears to have missed an extremely complex winning line.
- after that it's all a draw.

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Ne7 8.0-0 Nbc6 9.Bb5 Qc7 10.c4 dxc4 11.Na3 Bd3 12.Qa4 [12.Bxc4!? Bxf1 13.Ndb5 Qxe5 14.Nd6+ Qxd6 15.Qxd6 Bxc4 16.Nxc4 Nd5 17.Qg3] 12...Bxf1 13.Rxf1 Rc8 14.Rc1 [14.Nxc4 Nd5 15.Na5 a6 16.Bxc6+ bxc6 17.Naxc6 Qd7=] 14...Nd5 [14...c3 15.Rxc3 Qd7 16.Nc4 Nd5 and white's compensation is becoming dubious] 15.Nxc6 [15.Rxc4 Nde7 16.Rc5! Rd8 (16...a6 17.Nc4!! Rd8 is the same(17...axb5 18.Nxb5 Qb8 19.Nbd6+ Kd8 20.Nxf7+ Ke8 21.Ncd6+ Kd7 22.Qd1 wins) ) 17.Nc4 a6 18.Nd6+ Rxd6 19.exd6 axb5 20.Rxb5 Qd7 21.dxe7 Bxe7 22.Nxc6 bxc6 23.Rb8+ Bd8 24.Bc5+-] 15...bxc6 16.Rxc4 Nb4 17.Bd2 Qd7 18.Bxb4 cxb5 19.Rxc8+ Qxc8 20.Qxb5+ Qd7 21.Qb8+ Qd8 22.Qb5+ Qd7 23.Qb8+ Qd8 24.Qb5+ draw

In the big league, So is just half a point off Carlsen and Giri becomes the 14th player whose peak live rating has exceeded Bobby Fischer's!

Oh and there was this:

Wojtaszek - Ding Liren

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Na6 7.0-0 e5 8.Be3 c6 9.d5 Ng4 10.Bg5 f6 11.Bh4 c5 12.Ne1 h5 13.a3 Nh6 14.h3 Nf7 15.Nd3 Bh6 16.b4 Bd7 17.Rb1 b6 18.bxc5 Nxc5 19.Nxc5 dxc5 20.a4 Nd6 21.Qd3 Kg7 22.Rb2 Bg5 23.Bg3 h4 24.Bh2 Qe8 25.Ra1 Nb7 26.Kh1 Qe7 27.Qc2 Bf4 28.Bg1 f5 29.Bd3 Rf6 30.d6 Rxd6 31.Nd5 Qf7 32.Qc3 Kh7 33.Re1 Re8 34.Rbe2 fxe4 35.Bxe4 Nd8 36.Nxf4 exf4 37.Bd5 Ne6 38.Bh2 Qg7 39.Re5 g5 40.Qf3 Kh6 41.Bxf4 Rf8 42.Rxe6+ Rxe6 43.Bxg5+ Kxg5 44.Qg4+ Kf6 45.Rxe6+ Bxe6 46.Qxe6+ Kg5 47.Qg4+ Kf6 48.Qe6+ Kg5 49.Qg4+ Kf6 50.Qxh4+ Qg5 51.Qe4 Qe5 52.Qh4+ Qg5 53.Qe4 Qe5 54.Qc2 Qe1+ 55.Kh2 Kg7 56.f3 Re8 57.Qf5 Qe5+ 58.Qxe5+ Rxe5 59.Be4 Re6 60.Kg3 Rd6 61.Bd5 a5 62.Bb7 b5 63.cxb5 c4 64.Be4 c3 65.Kf4 Rd2 0-1

Agent Smith
25-01-2015, 08:20 AM
Another draw, and Ari is now 3.5/12 (+16 elo), and ahead of Jan Timman.

In his last draw, Critter liked 23. Bf1

In the Open, Giri unded an undefeated streak of So, and is only 1/2 behind Magnus with one round left.

1: Carlsen, Magnus 2862 25 NOR 8.5 / 12 X = = = = = 1 1 1 0 1 1 . 1 2900 +5 (+6 -1 =5)
2: Giri, Anish 2784 21 NED 8.0 / 12 = X 0 1 1 = = = = . = 1 1 1 2867 +13 (+5 -1 =6)
3: Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 25 FRA 7.5 / 12 = 1 X = 1 0 . = = = 1 = 1 = 2833 +12 (+4 -1 =7)
4: So, Wesley 2762 22 PHI 7.5 / 12 = 0 = X = 1 = = 1 = = . 1 1 2845 +13 (+4 -1 =7)
5: Ding, Liren 2732 23 CHN 7.5 / 12 = 0 0 = X = 0 1 . 1 1 1 1 1 2837 +18 (+6 -3 =3)
6: Ivanchuk, Vassily 2715 46 UKR 7.0 / 12 = = 1 0 = X = = = = . 1 = 1 2811 +17 (+3 -1 =8)
7: Caruana, Fabiano 2820 23 ITA 7.0 / 12 0 = . = 1 = X = = 0 = 1 1 1 2795 -5 (+4 -2 =6)
8: Radjabov, Teimour 2734 28 AZE 6.0 / 12 0 = = = 0 = = X = 1 = = 1 . 2748 +2 (+2 -2 =8)
9: Aronian, Levon 2797 33 ARM 5.5 / 12 0 = = 0 . = = = X = = = = 1 2713 -14 (+1 -2 =9)
10: Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2744 28 POL 5.0 / 12 1 . = = 0 = 1 0 = X = = 0 0 2685 -11 (+2 -4 =6)
11: Hou, Yifan 2673 21 CHN 4.5 / 12 0 = 0 = 0 . = = = = X 0 = 1 2667 +0 (+1 -4 =7)
12: Van Wely, Loek 2667 43 NED 4.0 / 12 0 0 = . 0 0 0 = = = 1 X = = 2625 -6 (+1 -5 =6)
13: Saric, Ivan 2666 25 CRO 4.0 / 12 . 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 1 = = X 1 2617 -7 (+2 -6 =4)
14: Jobava, Baadur 2727 32 GEO 2.0 / 12 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 . 0 1 0 = 0 X 2475 -36 (+1 -9 =2)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
84 games: +26 -16 =42

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2015.01.24"]
[Round "12.1"]
[White "Dale, Ari"]
[Black "Klein, David"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2291"]
[BlackElo "2517"]
[ECO "E70"]
[EventDate "2015.01.10"]
[WhiteTitle "IM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "King's Indian"]
[Variation "4.e4"]
[WhiteFideId "3213145"]
[BlackFideId "1003623"]
[Annotator "Critter 1.6a 64-bit"]
[Depth "16"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O 5. Nf3 c6 {+0.43 Last book move (gm2600)} 6. Be2 {+0.51} 6. ... d5 {+0.35} 7. exd5 {+0.06} 7. ... cxd5 {+0.04} 8. O-O {+0.05} 8. ... Nc6 {+0.03} 9. h3 {+0.03} 9. ... dxc4 {+0.03} 10. Bxc4 {+0.04} 10. ... b6 {+0.03} 11. Ne5 {+0.00} 11. ... Bb7 {+0.03} 12. Nxc6 {+0.00} 12. ... Bxc6 {+0.00} 13. d5 {-0.04} 13. ... Bb7 {+0.00} 14. Re1 {-0.16} 14. ... a6 {+0.00} 15. a4 {-0.08} 15. ... Qd6 {+0.09} 16. Bg5 {+0.00} 16. ... h6 {-0.06} 17. Bh4 {-0.31} 17. ... Qf4 {-0.32} 18. Bxf6 {-0.32} 18. ... exf6 {+0.18} 19. Qb3 {-0.21} 19. ... f5 {-0.22} 20. Re7 {-0.29} 20. ... b5 {+0.03} 21. axb5 {+0.12} 21. ... axb5 {+0.12} 22. Rxa8 $201 {+0.16} 22. ... Rxa8 $6 $14 $201 {+1.29 / +0.16}
( 22. ... Bxa8 23. Nxb5 Qc1+ 24. Bf1 Qxb2 25. Qxb2 Bxb2 26. Bc4 Bf6 27. Ra7 Kg7 28. d6 Be4 29. f3 $10 )
23. Qxb5 $6 $10 {+0.00 / +1.29}
( 23. Bf1 Ba6 24. d6 Rf8 25. Qd5 Qg5 26. Ra7 b4 27. Rxa6 bxc3 28. bxc3 Bxc3 29. d7 Kg7 30. Rc6 Bf6 31. Qd6 Be7 32. Qe5+ Bf6 33. Qe8 Qh4 34. Rc8 Bd8 35. Qe3 Qe4 36. Qc3+ Kg8 $14 )
23. ... Qc1+ {+0.00} 24. Kh2 {+0.00} 24. ... Qf4+ {+0.00} 25. Kg1 {+0.00} 25. ... Bxc3 {+0.00} 26. bxc3 {+0.00} 26. ... Qc1+ {+0.00} 27. Kh2 {+0.00} 27. ... Qf4+ {+0.00} 28. Kg1 {+0.00} 28. ... Qc1+ {+0.00} 29. Kh2 {+0.00} 29. ... Qf4+ {+0.00} 30. Kg1 {+0.00} 30. ... Ba6 {+0.00} 31. Qc6 {+0.00} 31. ... Qc1+ {+0.00} 32. Kh2 {+0.00} 32. ... Qf4+ {+0.00} 33. Kg1 {+0.00} 33. ... Qc1+ {+0.00} 34. Kh2 {+0.00} 34. ... Qf4+ {+0.00} 35. Kg1 {+0.00} 35. ... Qc1+ {+0.00} 36. Kh2 {+0.00}
( 36. Kh2 { 16:+0.00} 36. ... Qf4+ )
1/2-1/2

Zwischenzug
25-01-2015, 09:48 AM
[Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2015.01.24"]
[Round "12.1"]
[White "Dale, Ari"]
[Black "Klein, David"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2291"]
[BlackElo "2517"]
[ECO "E70"]
[EventDate "2015.01.10"]
[WhiteTitle "IM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "King's Indian"]
[Variation "4.e4"]
[WhiteFideId "3213145"]
[BlackFideId "1003623"]
[Annotator "Critter 1.6a 64-bit"]
[Depth "16"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O 5. Nf3 c6 {+0.43 Last book move (gm2600)} 6. Be2 {+0.51} 6. ... d5 {+0.35} 7. exd5 {+0.06} 7. ... cxd5 {+0.04} 8. O-O {+0.05} 8. ... Nc6 {+0.03} 9. h3 {+0.03} 9. ... dxc4 {+0.03} 10. Bxc4 {+0.04} 10. ... b6 {+0.03} 11. Ne5 {+0.00} 11. ... Bb7 {+0.03} 12. Nxc6 {+0.00} 12. ... Bxc6 {+0.00} 13. d5 {-0.04} 13. ... Bb7 {+0.00} 14. Re1 {-0.16} 14. ... a6 {+0.00} 15. a4 {-0.08} 15. ... Qd6 {+0.09} 16. Bg5 {+0.00} 16. ... h6 {-0.06} 17. Bh4 {-0.31} 17. ... Qf4 {-0.32} 18. Bxf6 {-0.32} 18. ... exf6 {+0.18} 19. Qb3 {-0.21} 19. ... f5 {-0.22} 20. Re7 {-0.29} 20. ... b5 {+0.03} 21. axb5 {+0.12} 21. ... axb5 {+0.12} 22. Rxa8 $201 {+0.16} 22. ... Rxa8 $6 $14 $201 {+1.29 / +0.16}
( 22. ... Bxa8 23. Nxb5 Qc1+ 24. Bf1 Qxb2 25. Qxb2 Bxb2 26. Bc4 Bf6 27. Ra7 Kg7 28. d6 Be4 29. f3 $10 )
23. Qxb5 $6 $10 {+0.00 / +1.29}
( 23. Bf1 Ba6 24. d6 Rf8 25. Qd5 Qg5 26. Ra7 b4 27. Rxa6 bxc3 28. bxc3 Bxc3 29. d7 Kg7 30. Rc6 Bf6 31. Qd6 Be7 32. Qe5+ Bf6 33. Qe8 Qh4 34. Rc8 Bd8 35. Qe3 Qe4 36. Qc3+ Kg8 $14 )
23. ... Qc1+ {+0.00} 24. Kh2 {+0.00} 24. ... Qf4+ {+0.00} 25. Kg1 {+0.00} 25. ... Bxc3 {+0.00} 26. bxc3 {+0.00} 26. ... Qc1+ {+0.00} 27. Kh2 {+0.00} 27. ... Qf4+ {+0.00} 28. Kg1 {+0.00} 28. ... Qc1+ {+0.00} 29. Kh2 {+0.00} 29. ... Qf4+ {+0.00} 30. Kg1 {+0.00} 30. ... Ba6 {+0.00} 31. Qc6 {+0.00} 31. ... Qc1+ {+0.00} 32. Kh2 {+0.00} 32. ... Qf4+ {+0.00} 33. Kg1 {+0.00} 33. ... Qc1+ {+0.00} 34. Kh2 {+0.00} 34. ... Qf4+ {+0.00} 35. Kg1 {+0.00} 35. ... Qc1+ {+0.00} 36. Kh2 {+0.00}
( 36. Kh2 { 16:+0.00} 36. ... Qf4+ )
1/2-1/2

MichaelBaron
25-01-2015, 10:02 AM
Ari now departed from the last place in the event. And the tail-ender so far is..Timman who resigned in a better position against Gunina.

Agent Smith
25-01-2015, 10:48 AM
Hmmm - his position was pretty unpleasant even if engines can find a saving line.
[Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2015.01.24"]
[Round "12.2"]
[White "Timman, Jan H"]
[Black "Gunina, Valentina"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2593"]
[BlackElo "2538"]
[ECO "B12"]
[EventDate "2015.01.10"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "Caro-Kann"]
[Variation "advance variation"]
[WhiteFideId "1000012"]
[BlackFideId "4167570"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. O-O h6 7. Nbd2 Nd7 8. Nb3 Qc7 9. Bd2 g5 10. h4 Bg7 11. Bb4 g4 12. Ne1 h5 13. Bxe7 Kxe7 14. Bd3 Bg6 15. Qd2 Bh6 16. Qb4+ Ke8 17. f4 Qb6 18. Qc3 Be4 19. Bxe4 dxe4 20. Qe3 f5 21. exf6 Nxf6 22. Nd3 a5 23. a4 Kd8 24. Ndc5 Re8 25. g3 Kc7 26. Kh2 Rad8 27. Nxe4 Nd5 28. Qe2 Kb8 29. Nec5 Bg7 30. c3 Ne7 31. Rae1 Nf5 32. Qc2 Rd6 33. Ne4 Rd5 34. Ng5 c5 35. dxc5 Qc6 36. Re4 Qd7 37. Rf2 e5 38. Rd2 Rd8 39. Rxd5 Qxd5 40. Re2 Nxg3
( 40. ... Nxg3 41. Kxg3 exf4+ 42. Kxf4 Rf8+ 43. Ke3 Bh6 44. Nd4 Bxg5+ 45. hxg5 Qxg5+ 46. Kd3 Qxc5 47. Kd2 Qg5+ 48. Ke1 Qh4+ 49. Kd1 Rf1+ 50. Kd2 Qg5+ 51. Re3 )
0-1

MichaelBaron
25-01-2015, 10:57 AM
Hmmm - his position was pretty unpleasant even if engines can find a saving line.
[Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2015.01.24"]
[Round "12.2"]
[White "Timman, Jan H"]
[Black "Gunina, Valentina"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2593"]
[BlackElo "2538"]
[ECO "B12"]
[EventDate "2015.01.10"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "Caro-Kann"]
[Variation "advance variation"]
[WhiteFideId "1000012"]
[BlackFideId "4167570"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. O-O h6 7. Nbd2 Nd7 8. Nb3 Qc7 9. Bd2 g5 10. h4 Bg7 11. Bb4 g4 12. Ne1 h5 13. Bxe7 Kxe7 14. Bd3 Bg6 15. Qd2 Bh6 16. Qb4+ Ke8 17. f4 Qb6 18. Qc3 Be4 19. Bxe4 dxe4 20. Qe3 f5 21. exf6 Nxf6 22. Nd3 a5 23. a4 Kd8 24. Ndc5 Re8 25. g3 Kc7 26. Kh2 Rad8 27. Nxe4 Nd5 28. Qe2 Kb8 29. Nec5 Bg7 30. c3 Ne7 31. Rae1 Nf5 32. Qc2 Rd6 33. Ne4 Rd5 34. Ng5 c5 35. dxc5 Qc6 36. Re4 Qd7 37. Rf2 e5 38. Rd2 Rd8 39. Rxd5 Qxd5 40. Re2 Nxg3
( 40. ... Nxg3 41. Kxg3 exf4+ 42. Kxf4 Rf8+ 43. Ke3 Bh6 44. Nd4 Bxg5+ 45. hxg5 Qxg5+ 46. Kd3 Qxc5 47. Kd2 Qg5+ 48. Ke1 Qh4+ 49. Kd1 Rf1+ 50. Kd2 Qg5+ 51. Re3 )
0-1
But resigning is not a solution!

Kevin Bonham
25-01-2015, 11:25 AM
Timman also lost strangely with a blunder on move 76 against Potkin the day before.

Agent Smith
25-01-2015, 11:33 AM
But resigning is not a solution!
It is if you want to go outside and get some sunshine instead of breaking your head for another two hours. :)

Ivanchuk played out a great draw with Caruana

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2015.01.24"]
[Round "12.6"]
[White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"]
[Black "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2715"]
[BlackElo "2820"]
[ECO "D91"]
[EventDate "2015.01.10"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "Gruenfeld"]
[Variation "5.Bg5"]
[WhiteFideId "14100010"]
[BlackFideId "2020009"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d5 5. Bg5 Ne4 6. Bf4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 c5 8. cxd5 Qxd5 9. e3 cxd4 10. cxd4 O-O 11. Be2 Qa5+ 12. Qd2 Qxd2+ 13. Kxd2 Nc6 14. Rhc1 Rd8 15. Ke1 Bf5 16. h3 h5 17. Nh4 Bc8 18. Bc4 Nxd4 19. Bc7
( 19. exd4 Rxd4 20. Nxg6 Re4+ 21. Kf1
( 21. Be3 Bxa1 22. Bd5 Rxe3+ 23. fxe3 )
)
19. ... Rd7 20. exd4 Rxd4 21. Nxg6 Re4+ 22. Kf1 Bxa1 23. Bd5 Bf5 24. Bxe4 Bxe4 25. Nxe7+ Kf8 26. Rxa1 Bd3+ 27. Kg1 Kxe7 28. Re1+ Kf6 29. Bg3 Rc8 30. Bh4+ Kg7 31. Re3 Bg6 32. Bg3 Rc4 33. f3 Bf5 34. Re7 Be6 35. Rxb7 Ra4 36. Rb5 Kg6 37. Be1 Rxa2 38. Ra5 1/2-1/2

pax
25-01-2015, 10:55 PM
Timman must be tired. He was already lost in about 13 moves today.

MichaelBaron
26-01-2015, 12:21 AM
Timman must be tired. He was already lost in about 13 moves today.

Funnily enough, now he is back in action: his position is unclear again

Agent Smith
26-01-2015, 10:05 AM
Ari and Timman both lost in the last round. Ari got beat up in a knight and plenty pawns end game.

Poor Lev had a shocker last round game... too sad to post even. He must have been out of sorts to soak up the punishment for so long. Chucky picked up ~ 17 points !, while Lev dropped ~ 21. Oh yeah, Magnus won

Aronian, Levon (2797) -- Ding, Liren (2732) (0-1)
7r/p3k3/3p4/1p1qp3/1P1B1p2/6q1/PKQR4/8 w - - 4 56


1: Carlsen, Magnus 2862 25 NOR 9.0 / 13 X = = = = = 1 1 0 1 1 = 1 1 2877 +1 (+6 -1 =6)
2: Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 25 FRA 8.5 / 13 = X 1 = 1 0 1 = = = 1 1 = = 2854 +17 (+5 -1 =7)
3: Giri, Anish 2784 21 NED 8.5 / 13 = 0 X 1 1 = = = = = = 1 1 1 2852 +12 (+5 -1 =7)
4: So, Wesley 2762 22 PHI 8.5 / 13 = = 0 X = 1 = = = 1 = 1 1 1 2854 +16 (+5 -1 =7)
5: Ding, Liren 2732 23 CHN 8.5 / 13 = 0 0 = X = 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2856 +22 (+7 -3 =3)
6: Ivanchuk, Vassily 2715 46 UKR 7.5 / 13 = 1 = 0 = X = = = = = = 1 1 2805 +17 (+3 -1 =9)
7: Caruana, Fabiano 2820 23 ITA 7.0 / 13 0 0 = = 1 = X = 0 = = 1 1 1 2769 -9 (+4 -3 =6)
8: Radjabov, Teimour 2734 28 AZE 6.0 / 13 0 = = = 0 = = X 1 = = 1 = 0 2717 -3 (+2 -3 =8)
9: Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2744 28 POL 5.5 / 13 1 = = = 0 = 1 0 X = = 0 = 0 2688 -9 (+2 -4 =7)
10: Aronian, Levon 2797 33 ARM 5.5 / 13 0 = = 0 0 = = = = X = = = 1 2684 -21 (+1 -3 =9)
11: Hou, Yifan 2673 21 CHN 5.0 / 13 0 0 = = 0 = = = = = X = 0 1 2664 -1 (+1 -4 =8)
12: Saric, Ivan 2666 25 CRO 4.5 / 13 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 1 = = X = 1 2641 -4 (+2 -6 =5)
13: Van Wely, Loek 2667 43 NED 4.0 / 13 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 = = = 1 = X = 2610 -9 (+1 -6 =6)
14: Jobava, Baadur 2727 32 GEO 3.0 / 13 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 = X 2536 -31 (+2 -9 =2)

pax
26-01-2015, 05:31 PM
Truly a remarkable group of players in equal second. And hints that China is set to rival Russia's domination of the sport with the likes of Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Yifan Hou and the astonishing Yi Wei.

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2015, 06:42 PM
Great win by Vachier-Lagrave with black against Caruana

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e5 7.Nde2 h5 8.g3 Be6 9.Bg2 Nbd7 10.a4 Be7 11.O-O Rc8 12.Be3 Nb6 13.b3 d5 14.Bxb6 Qxb6 15.Nxd5 Nxd5 16.exd5 Bd7 17.c4 Qd6 18.a5 f5 19.Qd3 h4 20.g4 O-O 21.Nc3 e4 22.Qe3 Bd8 23.Bxe4 fxe4 24.Nxe4 Qf4 25.Qxf4 Rxf4 26.f3 Be7 27.Kf2 Rcf8 28.Ke3 Be8 29.c5 Bb5 30.b4 Rxe4+ 31.Kxe4 Re8 32.Kf4 g5+ 33.Kf5 Kf7 34.Rfe1 Bd3+ 35.Re4 Bf6 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
27-01-2015, 07:17 AM
Oh and there was this:

Wojtaszek - Ding Liren

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Na6 7.0-0 e5 8.Be3 c6 9.d5 Ng4 10.Bg5 f6 11.Bh4 c5 12.Ne1 h5 13.a3 Nh6 14.h3 Nf7 15.Nd3 Bh6 16.b4 Bd7 17.Rb1 b6 18.bxc5 Nxc5 19.Nxc5 dxc5 20.a4 Nd6 21.Qd3 Kg7 22.Rb2 Bg5 23.Bg3 h4 24.Bh2 Qe8 25.Ra1 Nb7 26.Kh1 Qe7 27.Qc2 Bf4 28.Bg1 f5 29.Bd3 Rf6 30.d6 Rxd6 31.Nd5 Qf7 32.Qc3 Kh7 33.Re1 Re8 34.Rbe2 fxe4 35.Bxe4 Nd8 36.Nxf4 exf4 37.Bd5 Ne6 38.Bh2 Qg7 39.Re5 g5 40.Qf3 Kh6 41.Bxf4 Rf8 42.Rxe6+ Rxe6 43.Bxg5+ Kxg5 44.Qg4+ Kf6 45.Rxe6+ Bxe6 46.Qxe6+ Kg5 47.Qg4+ Kf6 48.Qe6+ Kg5 49.Qg4+ Kf6 50.Qxh4+ Qg5 51.Qe4 Qe5 52.Qh4+ Qg5 53.Qe4 Qe5 54.Qc2 Qe1+ 55.Kh2 Kg7 56.f3 Re8 57.Qf5 Qe5+ 58.Qxe5+ Rxe5 59.Be4 Re6 60.Kg3 Rd6 61.Bd5 a5 62.Bb7 b5 63.cxb5 c4 64.Be4 c3 65.Kf4 Rd2 0-1

Oh dear. Radosław Wojtaszek, who defeated the World Champ and World #2 (Caruana) lost a game where he could have taken a draw by perpetual check in several places (e.g. move 50).

pax
31-01-2015, 04:38 PM
Nice picture and mention for Ari on Chessbase:
http://en.chessbase.com/post/wei-yi-at-tata-steel-challengers-2
"The lowest rated player of the event, Ari Dale, was unable to win a game, but he scored seven draws and also gained 13 Elo points. One thing is sure, he goes back home with an unparalleled experience of facing great players in one of the best tournaments in the world."