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Qbert
15-01-2016, 04:37 AM
Starts tomorrow. Can't really go past Carlsen this time.

Adamski
15-01-2016, 09:13 AM
Karjakin may surprise so going with him this time.

MichaelBaron
15-01-2016, 09:29 AM
While Carlsen is obviouslty the main favourite, Giri is capable of a surprise. He is very solid and therefore hard to defeat. Also, It has been a while since Caruana won a super-tournament but his victory in St. Louis in 2014 was truly memorable. Lets see if he can do it again.

Bollard
15-01-2016, 08:01 PM
I've been a fan of Giri for a few years now. I know it's hard to go past Carlsen but Giri is my sentimental favourite.

Kevin Bonham
15-01-2016, 09:35 PM
I've gone for the obvious in the poll on the rather tenuous grounds that Giri, Caruana and Karjakin all have the Candidates coming up in a couple of months and may well be focused to peak at that.

Ian Rout
16-01-2016, 10:38 AM
Carlsen has to be a good chance, being World Champion, and in spite of his supposed form slump the world number one.

But I think there's scope for an upset here. Carlsen can't do it every time, and everyone has him in their sights. The players in the Candidates will be avoiding giving anything away and will just play chess and take the points that happen; that may help them because they won't be pressuring themselves but it also means that they won't be desperate to win game after game.

It always needs a couple of bits of fortune to win these events but you need to win games off your own bat as well. I therefore decided that Wei Yi would be a good bet because you can see him cleaning up the lower end of the list if he hits form, so if he's also the one who has the lucky breaks he could convert that to a high place.

MichaelBaron
17-01-2016, 12:24 AM
Carlsen played early g5!? against Carlsbad! Have not seen this idea before!

Kevin Bonham
17-01-2016, 09:50 AM
Is playing a line called "Carlsbad" against "Carlsen" an attempt to provoke him? :lol:

Good games round 1 (http://en.chessbase.com/post/tata-steel-rd-1-three-wins-four-draws). Only one boring draw.

Desmond
17-01-2016, 09:57 AM
Poll closed already?

MichaelBaron
17-01-2016, 11:13 AM
In tournament ''B'' not a single draw in the first round, therefore even greater fighting spirit!

MichaelBaron
19-01-2016, 09:16 AM
Rd 3 - lots of draws..and of course drama of the round - Mamedyarov blundering rook in one move to Eljanov!

Kevin Bonham
19-01-2016, 07:43 PM
Pretty amazing blunder - time control a factor?

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Nf3 e6 6.b3 Bb4 7.Bd2 0-0 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.Qc2 Qe7 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Ng4 12.f4 Bc5 13.Ke2 Rd8 14.h3 Nxe3 15.Bxe3 Bxe3 16.Kxe3 d4+ 17.Kf3 dxc3 18.Rad1 Bd7 19.Bxh7+ Kh8 20.Bd3 f5 21.Qxc3 c5 22.Kf2 Bc6 23.Be2 b5 24.Qe3 bxc4 25.Bxc4 Bb5 26.Be2 Bxe2 27.Kxe2 c4 28.bxc4 Qb4 29.Qb3 Qc5 30.Qc3 Rac8 31.Kf3 Kg8 32.Kg3 a5 33.Rxd8+ Rxd8 34.Rb1 a4 35.Kh2 Qc6 36.Qg3 Qe4 37.Qg5 Rc8 38.c5 Qxb1 0-1

Adamski
20-01-2016, 06:35 AM
Mickey Adams poor start. Hope he picks up.

MichaelBaron
20-01-2016, 09:45 AM
Mickey Adams poor start. Hope he picks up.

Accurate observation. Start was indeed poor. Could have been even worse though as in rd 4, he had to be careful to hold pawn down. I think Yi Wei did not take all the chances.

ER
20-01-2016, 10:04 AM
Hou Yifan!
Beats David Navara with a beauty!
Sounded cool, calm and collected
in the interview and post mortem analysis!

MichaelBaron
20-01-2016, 10:29 AM
And a special ''treat'' for endgame lovers. Check out Giri-Karuana endgame and find a win for black :). Was a surprising slip by Karuana. As for Giri, he is on 1.5.4...and extremely lucky to be -1 only as last round he was lost against Navara as well.

Capablanca-Fan
20-01-2016, 12:14 PM
Pretty amazing blunder - time control a factor?

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Nf3 e6 6.b3 Bb4 7.Bd2 0-0 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.Qc2 Qe7 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Ng4 12.f4 Bc5 13.Ke2 Rd8 14.h3 Nxe3 15.Bxe3 Bxe3 16.Kxe3 d4+ 17.Kf3 dxc3 18.Rad1 Bd7 19.Bxh7+ Kh8 20.Bd3 f5 21.Qxc3 c5 22.Kf2 Bc6 23.Be2 b5 24.Qe3 bxc4 25.Bxc4 Bb5 26.Be2 Bxe2 27.Kxe2 c4 28.bxc4 Qb4 29.Qb3 Qc5 30.Qc3 Rac8 31.Kf3 Kg8 32.Kg3 a5 33.Rxd8+ Rxd8 34.Rb1 a4 35.Kh2 Qc6 36.Qg3 Qe4 37.Qg5 Rc8 38.c5 Qxb1 0-1

Between whom? White was just a clear P up with a good position besides.

Kevin Bonham
20-01-2016, 04:54 PM
Between whom? White was just a clear P up with a good position besides.

Mamedyarov - Eljanov as per the post above it.

Qbert
21-01-2016, 04:48 AM
Hou Yifan!
Beats David Navara with a beauty!
Sounded cool, calm and collected
in the interview and post mortem analysis!

Worth replaying here:
Hou Yifan vs Navara, David
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Nd7 6. O-O Bg6 7. Nbd2 Nh6 8. Nb3 Nf5 9. Bd2 Be7 10. g4 Nh4 11. Nxh4 Bxh4 12. f4 f5 13. c4 a5 14. a4 O-O 15. g5 h6 16. gxh6 gxh6 17. Kh1 Kh7 18. cxd5 cxd5 19. Rc1 b6 20. Rc6 Rc8 21. Rxe6 Bf7 22. Rd6 Be7 23. Bd3 Bxd6 24. Bxf5+ Kh8 25. Qg4 Rc7 26. Qh3 h5 27. exd6 Ra7 28. Be6 Nf6 29. f5 Qxd6 30. Bf4 Qd8 31. Be5 Bg8 32. Qxh5+ Rh7 33. Qg5 Qe7 34. Nc1 Qg7 35. Qxg7+ Rxg7 36. Nd3 Rg4 37. Nf4 Kh7 38. h3 Rg3 39. Ng6 Rxh3+ 40. Kg2 1-0

ER
21-01-2016, 10:00 AM
Nice Qbert thanks for posting this!

Agent Smith
22-01-2016, 08:08 AM
Carlsen is amazing. His first win of the tournament

[Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2016.01.21"]
[Round "5.2"]
[White "Van Wely, Loek"]
[Black "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2640"]
[BlackElo "2844"]
[ECO "D83"]
[EventDate "2016.01.16"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "Gruenfeld"]
[Variation "Gruenfeld gambit, Capablanca variation"]
[WhiteFideId "1000268"]
[BlackFideId "1503014"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 Be6 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Nxd5 Bxd5 9. Bxc7 Qd7 10. Bg3 Bxa2 11. Ne2 Bd5 12. Nc3 Bc6 13. h4 Rd8 14. Qb3 Qf5 15. h5 e6 16. hxg6 hxg6 17. Qd1 Nd7 18. Bd3 Qa5 19. Kf1 Nf6 20. Be5 Rac8 21. Qd2 Ng4 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. f3 Qg5 24. fxg4 Rxd4 25. Ke1 Qe5 26. Ne2 Rxg4 27. e4 Rxg2 28. Qh6+ Kf6 29. Rc3 Rd8 30. Qh3 Qg5 31. Rf1+ Kg7 32. Qf3 Rd7 33. Rf2 Rg4 34. Nf4 Qh4 35. Be2 Rg1+ 36. Bf1 Kg8 37. Ne2 Rxf1+ 38. Kxf1 Rd1+ 39. Kg2 Bxe4 0-1


78th Tata Steel GpA
Wijk aan Zee NED, 2016.01.16 - 2016.01.21
Average Rating: 2747 (Category 20)
Rtng Age Nat Score (Tie) C D H S C E K W M G T N V A Perf Chg
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1: Caruana, Fabiano 2787 24 ITA 3.5 / 5 8.00 X . = . = 1 . . . = . . . 1 2912 +8 (+2 -0 =3)
2: Ding, Liren 2766 24 CHN 3.5 / 5 7.50 . X = = . . 1 . . = . . . 1 2900 +9 (+2 -0 =3)
3: Hou, Yifan 2673 22 CHN 3.0 / 5 8.25 = = X = . . = . . . . 1 . . 2837 +12 (+1 -0 =4)
4: So, Wesley 2773 23 USA 3.0 / 5 7.50 . = = X . . = . . 1 . = . . 2819 +3 (+1 -0 =4)
5: Carlsen, Magnus 2844 26 NOR 3.0 / 5 6.75 = . . . X . . = = . . = 1 . 2794 -4 (+1 -0 =4)
6: Eljanov, Pavel 2760 33 UKR 3.0 / 5 6.25 0 . . . . X . = 1 . = . 1 . 2793 +2 (+2 -1 =2)
7: Karjakin, Sergey 2769 26 RUS 2.5 / 5 5.75 . 0 = = . . X . . . 1 . = . 2716 -4 (+1 -1 =3)
8: Wei, Yi 2706 17 CHN 2.5 / 5 5.50 . . . . = = . X . = = . . = 2774 +5 (+0 -0 =5)
9: Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2747 31 AZE 2.5 / 5 4.25 . . . . = 0 . . X . = . = 1 2743 -1 (+1 -1 =3)
10: Giri, Anish 2798 22 NED 2.0 / 5 5.75 = = . 0 . . . = . X . = . . 2680 -9 (+0 -1 =4)
11: Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2728 29 RUS 2.0 / 5 4.75 . . . . . = 0 = = . X . = . 2652 -6 (+0 -1 =4)
12: Navara, David 2730 31 CZE 2.0 / 5 4.50 . . 0 = = . . . . = . X . = 2694 -3 (+0 -1 =4)
13: Van Wely, Loek 2640 44 NED 1.5 / 5 3.50 . . . . 0 0 = . = . = . X . 2620 -1 (+0 -2 =3)
14: Adams, Michael 2744 45 ENG 1.0 / 5 2.25 0 0 . . . . . = 0 . . = . X 2507 -15 (+0 -3 =2)
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35 games: +9 -2 =24

MichaelBaron
22-01-2016, 09:22 AM
Interesting struggle between Van Wely and Carlsen. Finally Van Wely fell apart in severe time-trouble. Otherwise, would be an interesting endgame with Carlsen having 3 pawns for a piece. Also, I was pleased to see that Karjakin did not escape this time around (he has been saving many lost endgames recently).

MichaelBaron
23-01-2016, 01:32 AM
And today, Magnus scored an absolutely amazing victory over Tomashevsky in 30 moves in London system. According to Hammer (who has been following the game on the Norveigian TV) it is one of Magnus's best wins ever!

Agent Smith
23-01-2016, 06:34 AM
Hou Yifan is doing well.. I notice the younger players are mostly up the top.


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1: Caruana, Fabiano 2787 24 ITA 4.0 / 6 12.00 X . = = = 1 = . . . . . . 1 2890 +8 (+2 -0 =4)
2: Ding, Liren 2766 24 CHN 4.0 / 6 10.75 . X . = = . = . 1 = . . . 1 2872 +8 (+2 -0 =4)
3: Carlsen, Magnus 2844 26 NOR 4.0 / 6 10.00 = . X . . . . = . = = 1 1 . 2848 +0 (+2 -0 =4)
4: So, Wesley 2773 23 USA 3.5 / 6 11.50 = = . X = . 1 . = = . . . . 2810 +3 (+1 -0 =5)
5: Hou, Yifan 2673 22 CHN 3.5 / 6 11.25 = = . = X . . = = 1 . . . . 2812 +12 (+1 -0 =5)
6: Eljanov, Pavel 2760 33 UKR 3.5 / 6 8.50 0 . . . . X . = = . 1 = 1 . 2786 +2 (+2 -1 =3)
7: Giri, Anish 2798 22 NED 3.0 / 6 9.25 = = . 0 . . X = . = 1 . . . 2751 -4 (+1 -1 =4)
8: Wei, Yi 2706 17 CHN 3.0 / 6 8.75 . . = . = = = X . . . = . = 2757 +5 (+0 -0 =6)
9: Karjakin, Sergey 2769 26 RUS 3.0 / 6 8.25 . 0 . = = = . . X . . 1 = . 2723 -4 (+1 -1 =4)
10: Navara, David 2730 31 CZE 2.5 / 6 8.00 . = = = 0 . = . . X . . . = 2709 -2 (+0 -1 =5)
11: Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2747 31 AZE 2.5 / 6 5.50 . . = . . 0 0 . . . X = = 1 2695 -4 (+1 -2 =3)
12: Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2728 29 RUS 2.0 / 6 5.50 . . 0 . . = . = 0 . = X = . 2619 -8 (+0 -2 =4)
13: Van Wely, Loek 2640 44 NED 2.0 / 6 4.50 . . 0 . . 0 . . = . = = X = 2640 +0 (+0 -2 =4)
14: Adams, Michael 2744 45 ENG 1.5 / 6 3.75 0 0 . . . . . = . = 0 . = X 2536 -17 (+0 -3 =3)
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42 games: +11 -2 =29

MichaelBaron
23-01-2016, 09:50 AM
Hou had some good winning chances (at least thats how it looked like) so she is a little bit unlucky not to be equal first!

Desmond
23-01-2016, 01:51 PM
And today, Magnus scored an absolutely amazing victory over Tomashevsky in 30 moves in London system. According to Hammer (who has been following the game on the Norveigian TV) it is one of Magnus's best wins ever!Yeah only 30 moves but it's a rather early resignation isn't it?

Geelong Grizzle
23-01-2016, 02:33 PM
Not with more active pieces and 3 passed pawns.

Adamski
24-01-2016, 12:01 PM
Sad to see my "namesake" Mickey at the wrong end of the field. Getting older I guess...

MichaelBaron
24-01-2016, 01:14 PM
Yeah only 30 moves but it's a rather early resignation isn't it?

And it all started with a dubious opening by Magnus. g5 looked reall strange in that kind of position..but it worked to provoke him!

MichaelBaron
24-01-2016, 01:15 PM
Sad to see my "namesake" Mickey at the wrong end of the field. Getting older I guess...

Sad to see Van Vely on even less points...he is even older though. Happy to see Carlsen and Caruana on +3 - they are both young

Agent Smith
30-01-2016, 09:02 AM
Adams missed a winning shot against Giri
23. Rd1

[Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2016.01.29"]
[Round "11.2"]
[White "Adams, Michael"]
[Black "Giri, Anish"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2744"]
[BlackElo "2798"]
[ECO "B31"]
[EventDate "2016.01.16"]
[Opening "Sicilian"]
[Variation "Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (with ...g6, without ...d6)"]
[Annotator "Critter 1.6a 64-bit"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. O-O Bg7 6. Re1 Nh6 7. c3 O-O 8. h3 f5 9. e5 Nf7 10. d3 Ba6 11. c4 d6 12. e6 Ne5 13. Nc3 Rb8 14. Nxe5 Bxe5 15. Na4 Qc7 16. Bh6 Rf6 17. Rxe5 dxe5 18. Nxc5 Bc8 19. d4 g5 20. Bxg5 Rg6 21. Qh5 Qd6 22. Re1
( 22. Nd3 Qxd4 23. Rd1 Bxe6 24. Nf4 Qxd1+ 25. Qxd1 exf4 26. Bxf4 Rxb2 27. Qd8+ Kf7 28. Qh8 Rb1+ 29. Kh2 h6 30. h4 Rg8 31. Qxh6 Bxc4 32. Qh5+ Ke6 33. Qh7 Rg4 34. Bg5 Rb7 35. Qg6+ Kd7 36. Qxf5+ Be6 37. Qd3+ Bd5 38. f3 Rgb4 )
22. ... Qxd4
( 22. ... e4 23. b3 Bxe6 24. Qh4 Re8 25. Rd1 Bf7 26. Rd2 e5 27. Be3 h6 28. dxe5 Qxe5 29. Bd4 Qd6 30. g3 Rd8 31. Bc3 )
23. Be3
( 23. Rd1 Qxc5 24. Rd8+ Kg7 25. Bh6+ Kf6 26. Be3 Qxc4 27. Qxh7 f4
( 27. ... Bxe6 28. Qh8+ Rg7 29. Bh6 Qc1+ 30. Bxc1 Rxd8 31. Qxd8 )
28. Qf7+ Kg5 29. h4+ )
23. ... Qxc4 24. b3 Qb4 25. Rd1 Bxe6 26. Nxe6 Rxe6 27. Qxf5 Rd6 28. Rc1 Qa5 29. Rc4 Rg6 30. Rg4 Rxg4 31. Qxg4+ Kh8 32. Qe6 Re8 33. Qxc6 Rd8 34. a4 Qd5 35. Qxd5 Rxd5 36. Bxa7 Rd1+ 37. Kh2 Rb1 38. Bc5 Rxb3 39. Bxe7 Rb2 40. Bf6+ Kg8 41. Bxe5 Rxf2 42. a5 1/2-1/2

Two rounds left, Carlsen + 1 ahead

1: Carlsen, Magnus 2844 26 NOR 8.0 / 11 39.50 X = . = . 1 = = = = 1 1 1 1 2909 +9 (+5 -0 =6)
2: Caruana, Fabiano 2787 24 ITA 7.0 / 11 39.25 = X 1 = = 1 1 = 0 = . = . 1 2857 +10 (+4 -1 =6)
3: Ding, Liren 2766 24 CHN 6.5 / 11 31.25 . 0 X = = . = = = 1 = = 1 1 2800 +4 (+3 -1 =7)
4: Giri, Anish 2798 22 NED 6.0 / 11 33.00 = = = X 0 = = 1 = . 1 . = = 2783 -3 (+2 -1 =8)
5: So, Wesley 2773 23 USA 6.0 / 11 32.50 . = = 1 X = = = = = = = = . 2772 -1 (+1 -0 =10)
6: Eljanov, Pavel 2760 33 UKR 6.0 / 11 29.25 0 0 . = = X = 1 . = 1 1 = = 2782 +3 (+3 -2 =6)
7: Wei, Yi 2706 17 CHN 5.5 / 11 29.75 = 0 = = = = X . 1 = . = = = 2761 +9 (+1 -1 =9)
8: Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2747 31 AZE 5.5 / 11 28.50 = = = 0 = 0 . X = . = 1 = 1 2749 +1 (+2 -2 =7)
9: Navara, David 2730 31 CZE 5.0 / 11 29.75 = 1 = = = . 0 = X = = 0 . = 2713 -2 (+1 -2 =8)
10: Karjakin, Sergey 2769 26 RUS 5.0 / 11 27.00 = = 0 . = = = . = X = = 1 0 2705 -10 (+1 -2 =8)
11: Van Wely, Loek 2640 44 NED 4.5 / 11 22.00 0 . = 0 = 0 . = = = X 1 = = 2692 +8 (+1 -3 =7)
12: Hou, Yifan 2673 22 CHN 4.0 / 11 22.00 0 = = . = 0 = 0 1 = 0 X = . 2648 -3 (+1 -4 =6)
13: Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2728 29 RUS 4.0 / 11 20.75 0 . 0 = = = = = . 0 = = X = 2645 -12 (+0 -3 =8)
14: Adams, Michael 2744 45 ENG 4.0 / 11 20.50 0 0 0 = . = = 0 = 1 = . = X 2650 -13 (+1 -4 =6)

MichaelBaron
30-01-2016, 09:50 AM
Lots of exciting games got drawn...and the games that were supposed to be drawn turned out to be decisive. Hou could draw against Carlsen and Tomashevsky had what appeared to be a totally drawn position against Ding.

Thebes
01-02-2016, 01:41 AM
Yi Liu and Pengyu are playing in the amateur event Round Robin event.
Yi's rating is going +37.6 after 8 rounds which puts him back over 2300 (I'm using January Ratings for his opponents as that's what is posted)
Pengyu's rating is going +12 after 8 rounds (again using January ratings for both Pengyu, Yi and their opponents.)

Yi won his group with 7/9, went +50 and has been invited to the top Amateur Event, the event Ari won a couple years ago.
Pengyu drew so finished on 5.5/9
They're both playing one more tournament in Austria before heading back to Australia both over 2300.