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Kevin Bonham
12-01-2019, 10:42 PM
On now, live now:

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/tata-steel-masters-2019/1/1/1

Unfortunately chess24 charging for video; not sure if there is any good free commentary yet.

Kevin Bonham
12-01-2019, 11:06 PM
Live English commentary on Chessbase: https://en.chessbase.com/post/tata-steel-chess-2019-live though I am unconvinced by their current identification of "Anna Rudolf".

Kevin Bonham
13-01-2019, 01:51 AM
Ding - Carlsen

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b5 3.d4 e6 4.Bg5 c5 5.d5 Qa5+ 6.Bd2 Qb6 7.dxe6 fxe6 8.a4 b4 9.a5 Qd8 10.Bg2 Nc6 11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.Bxa8 d5 13.a6 Bd7 14.Bb7 Bd6 15.Bg5 Nf7 16.Bxf6 Qxf6 17.Nd2 0-0 18.0-0 Qxb2 19.e4 Qd4 20.exd5 e5 21.Nb3 Qe4 22.Qd3 Qg4 23.f3 Qh5 24.Nd2 Ng5 25.Bc6 Bh3 26.Bb5 Bxf1 27.Rxf1 Rxf3 28.Nxf3 e4 29.Qe3 Nxf3+ 30.Rxf3 Qxf3 31.Qxf3 exf3 32.Kf2 1/2-1/2

MichaelBaron
13-01-2019, 09:54 AM
Kramnik escaped by the skin of his teeth! Was totally lost at one point but opponent rushed into simplifications.

ElevatorEscapee
13-01-2019, 06:24 PM
Noting your comment, and the message in your signature, suggests that both Kramnik and his opponent, would have benefited from your chess lessons! ;)

Kevin Bonham
13-01-2019, 07:00 PM
Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi tonight. Tarjei Svenson just tweeted that Carlsen has a pitiable +0=4-4 scoreline against this opponent. Losses with white in 2011 and 2017. Bugbear!

MichaelBaron
13-01-2019, 08:00 PM
noting your comment, and the message in your signature, suggests that both kramnik and his opponent, would have benefited from your chess lessons! ;)

lol.

Kevin Bonham
14-01-2019, 12:38 AM
Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi tonight. Tarjei Svenson just tweeted that Carlsen has a pitiable +0=4-4 scoreline against this opponent.

Now +0=5-4.

MichaelBaron
14-01-2019, 12:46 AM
Nepo played an ''unrtodox'' kind of opening once again!

MichaelBaron
14-01-2019, 02:18 AM
And Kramnik appears to be in big trouble once again!

Desmond
14-01-2019, 08:25 AM
And Kramnik appears to be in big trouble once again!And this time loses:

Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS) - Giri, Anish (NED)
0-1
1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 Bc5 8. Be2 0-0 9. 0-0 Bb6 10. a4 Re8 11. Qc2 Qf6 12. Kh1 h6 13. Ng1 Qd6 14. f4 Bxg1 15. Rxg1 exf4 16. d4 Ne7 17. Ba3 Qd8 18. Raf1 Ng6 19. e5 b6 20. Bf3 Ba6 21. Rf2 c5 22. g3 fxg3 23. Rxg3 cxd4 24. cxd4 Rc8 25. Qf5 Bc4 26. Bd6 Be6 27. Qb1 Nf4 28. d5 Nxd5 29. Qg1 Kh8 30. Rd2 Nf4 31. Rd4 Ng6 32. Be4 Rc4 33. Rxc4 Bxc4 34. Qd4 Be6 35. Bc6 Ne7 36. Be4 Nf5 37. Bxf5 Bxf5 38. Kg1 Be6 39. h4 Qd7 40. Qe4 Rc8 41. h5 Rc1+ 42. Kh2 Qd8 0-1

MichaelBaron
14-01-2019, 12:23 PM
Apparently, Kramnik's glasses broke right before the start of the round...so he was playing without glasses! Not sure how much it affected his play though
http://chess-news.ru/node/25519

MichaelBaron
15-01-2019, 01:58 AM
rd3, Kramnik Lost again...- Nepo in the sole lead!

Capablanca-Fan
15-01-2019, 05:15 AM
rd3, Kramnik Lost again...- Nepo in the sole lead!

Game here (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/tata-steel-masters-2019/3/1/4).

Thanks to Kramnik's success with the ‘Berlin wall’, many top players are avoiding 5. d4 and instead try to gain an advantage with 5. Re1. White didn't have much until 27... b4; maybe Kramnik overlooked the sharp 29. Qd3. And 33... g6 was an inexplicable unforced error that I would not normally expect even from an average club player. What was he thinking, weakening his K-side and especially the long dark-squared diagonal when he lacks a dark-squared B while his opponent has one?

MichaelBaron
15-01-2019, 08:44 AM
Game here (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/tata-steel-masters-2019/3/1/4).

Thanks to Kramnik's success with the ‘Berlin wall’, many top players are avoiding 5. d4 and instead try to gain an advantage with 5. Re1. White didn't have much until 27... b4; maybe Kramnik overlooked the sharp 29. Qd3. And 33... g6 was an inexplicable unforced error that I would not normally expect even from an average club player. What was he thinking, weakening his K-side and especially the long dark-squared diagonal when he lacks a dark-squared B while his opponent has one?

and next up for Kramnik is Magnus who must be feeling disappointed he could not grind down Vidit in the endgame.

Desmond
16-01-2019, 08:34 AM
Giri beats Rapport to be half a point off the pace

Rapport, Richard (HUN) - Giri, Anish (NED)
Tata Steel Masters 2019 round 04

1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bf4 e6 4. Nb5 Na6 5. e3 Be7 6. Nf3 0-0 7. Bd3 c6 8. Nc3 Nb4 9. h3 Nxd3+ 10. cxd3 b6 11. 0-0 Bb7 12. Qb3 Nd7 13. Rfe1 Rc8 14. Rac1 h6 15. Bg3 a5 16. Na4 Ba6 17. Ne5 Nxe5 18. Bxe5 Bb5 19. Re2 Re8 20. Rec2 Bf8 21. Nxb6 Qxb6 22. a4 Ra8 23. g4 Qd8 24. axb5 a4 25. Qc3 cxb5 26. Qc6 b4 27. Bc7 Qg5 28. f4 Qg6 29. e4 h5 30. g5 h4 31. Kf2 a3 32. b3 Rec8 33. Qb7 dxe4 34. dxe4 f6 35. Be5 Rxc2+ 36. Rxc2 Re8 37. gxf6 gxf6 38. Kf1 Re7 39. Qc6 Rg7 40. Qxe6+ Kh7 0-1

MichaelBaron
16-01-2019, 03:56 PM
Carlsen is pressing in every game...but yet to win a game :(

Kevin Bonham
17-01-2019, 01:37 AM
omg Carlsen wins!

Desmond
18-01-2019, 04:01 PM
omg Carlsen wins!

ending a 21 game drawing streak ...

MichaelBaron
18-01-2019, 09:59 PM
And it was a good win too - on the black side of Sveshnikov.

MichaelBaron
19-01-2019, 11:41 PM
For those who are still awake and watching TATA Steel Live...Kramnik-Anand is highly recommended...

Kevin Bonham
20-01-2019, 04:51 PM
For those who are still awake and watching TATA Steel Live...Kramnik-Anand is highly recommended...

Exciting game and Kramnik got away with 14.g4 more than he should have but eventually made too many mistakes.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 a6 6.Nd5 h6 7.c3 d6 8.h3 Ba7 9.a4 Be6 10.a5 Bxd5 11.exd5 Ne7 12.d4 exd4 13.Nxd4 0-0 14.g4 Nexd5 15.Kf1 Qd7 16.h4 Bxd4 17.Qxd4 Ne7 18.Be2 Qc6 19.Rh3 Qd5 20.Qxd5 Nfxd5 21.Bf3 c6 22.Ra4 b5 23.axb6 Nxb6 24.Re4 Rfe8 25.g5 hxg5 26.Bxg5 f6 27.Bc1 d5 28.Rg4 Nc4 29.Be2 Ne5 30.Rf4 Kf7 31.h5 Rh8 32.Ra4 a5 33.b3 Rab8 34.Bd1 Rb5 35.Bc2 c5 36.Rah4 c4 37.bxc4 Nxc4 38.Kg2 Rc5 39.Rg3 Rcc8 40.Rhg4 Rcg8 41.Rh3 Ra8 42.Rhg3 Rxh5 43.Rxg7+ Ke6 44.Ba4 Rah8 45.Bf4 Rh2+ 46.Kf1 Rh1+ 47.Ke2 Ra1 48.Bb5 Ra2+ 49.Kf1 Rh1+ 50.Kg2 Raa1 51.Bxc4 Nf5 52.Bxd5+ Kxd5 53.Kf3 Nxg3 54.fxg3 a4 55.Kg4 a3 56.Ra7 a2 57.Kf5 Rh2 0-1

MichaelBaron
20-01-2019, 08:35 PM
Kramnik's transition from being the most boring player years ago into the most exciting one is amazing!

Desmond
21-01-2019, 08:30 AM
Kramnik's transition from being the most boring player years ago into the most exciting one is amazing!

Outright last on 2/8 now.

MichaelBaron
21-01-2019, 03:37 PM
Outright last on 2/8 now.

But somehow I feel he is not too concerned about the results, and playing with the goal of having ''fun''. Against Duda - was yet another game where traditionally solid Kramnik kept on creating weaknesses around his King in order to attempt to create active play opportunities.

MichaelBaron
21-01-2019, 03:52 PM
Absolutely fantastic effort by Vishy so far!~ Hard to imagine the guy is almost 50yo!

Desmond
21-01-2019, 04:33 PM
But somehow I feel he is not too concerned about the results, and playing with the goal of having ''fun''. Against Duda - was yet another game where traditionally solid Kramnik kept on creating weaknesses around his King in order to attempt to create active play opportunities.

Well if his rating keeps dropping like a stone, wonder if he'll be invited for more fun next time :)
20 points in 8 games

MichaelBaron
22-01-2019, 10:15 AM
Well if his rating keeps dropping like a stone, wonder if he'll be invited for more fun next time :)
20 points in 8 games

I think he feels he is at the stage of his career where he does not want to worry about rating. His latest audio interview (in Russian unfortunately) is available on chess-news.ru and he does not appear to sound ''discontent with life and chess'' despite his poor result but we will see.

MichaelBaron
22-01-2019, 10:40 PM
Both Carlsen and Kramnik are playing interesting openings today. Good to see some top chess players deviating from boring long home-prepared lines.

Kevin Bonham
23-01-2019, 12:10 AM
Magnus' game reminds me of a player at our club who habitually plays both (a3 and h3)/(...a6 and ...h6) within the first eight moves or so, mainly to avoid any annoying B-N5 pins. At least establishing a pawn on d5 first has made for a less smashable version. I've found that proving any advantage with black against a white version of the same thing starting with 1.d4 isn't easy.

Capablanca-Fan
23-01-2019, 01:15 AM
At move 26, Carlsen is black with an IQP and bad B. He will probably hold, but if he (or peak-Karpov) had White, they would torture their opponents for ages and likely grind out a win.

MichaelBaron
23-01-2019, 09:44 AM
and Kramnik was confidently heading towards yet another loss if not for Ding's (who is usually very solid) sudden slip!

Kevin Bonham
23-01-2019, 10:11 AM
Nepomniachtchi - Vidit

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nd3 Nxe4 5.Qe2 Qe7 6.Nf4 Nc6 7.c3 Nc5 8.d4 Qxe2+ 9.Bxe2 Ne6 10.d5 Nxf4 11.Bxf4 Ne5 12.Na3 Bf5 13.Nb5 0-0-0 14.Nxa7+ Kb8 15.Nb5 Nd3+ 16.Bxd3 Bxd3 17.a4 Bc4 18.0-0-0 Bb3 19.Rd2 Bxa4 20.Nd4 Be7 21.b3 Be8 22.Ra2 Bf6 23.Rd1 Bxd4 24.Rxd4 Bd7 25.c4 b6 26.b4 Kb7 27.c5 dxc5 28.bxc5 c6 29.cxb6 cxd5 30.Be3 Ra8 31.Ra7+ Rxa7 32.bxa7 Bc6 33.Rg4 Rg8 34.Kd2 Kc7 35.Rb4 Bb7 36.Bb6+ Kc6 37.Ba5 1-0

Metro
24-01-2019, 04:05 PM
and Kramnik was confidently heading towards yet another loss if not for Ding's (who is usually very solid) sudden slip!
Kramnik is having a nightmare event and is last on 2.5/10 (-5).Magnus leads on 7 points.
I would be surprised if Vladimir were not embarassed.He must be considering retirement (I would be).

ElevatorEscapee
24-01-2019, 08:20 PM
^^ Does that explain why we don't see your name in top GM chess tournaments Met? ;)

MichaelBaron
26-01-2019, 03:08 AM
Shankland resigned in a drawn position!

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2019, 09:28 AM
Oh dear.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Na4 Qe7 7.a3 Be6 8.Bxe6 Qxe6 9.b4 Bb6 10.0-0 0-0 11.c4 Nd7 12.Bb2 Nd4 13.Nd2 f5 14.Rc1 c5 15.exf5 Nxf5 16.Ne4 cxb4 17.Nxb6 axb6 18.axb4 Qg6 19.Ra1 Rxa1 20.Bxa1 Nf6 21.Nxf6+ Rxf6 22.Qf3 Nh4 23.Qd5+ Kh8 24.f4 h6 25.Qe4 Qxe4 26.dxe4 Rxf4 27.Rxf4 exf4 28.e5 dxe5 29.Bxe5 Ng6 30.Bc7 b5 31.cxb5 Kg8 32.Kf2 Kf7 33.Kf3 Nh4+ 34.Kxf4 Nxg2+ 35.Ke5 Ke7 36.Bd6+ Ke8 37.Ke6 g5 38.Kf6 Kd7 39.Bf8 Nh4 40.Bxh6 Nf3 41.h3 Ng1 42.Bxg5 Nxh3 43.Be3 Kd6 44.Kf5 Kd5 45.b6 1-0

Nice poker skills by Giri:


"I realized it was a draw so it was very difficult for me to behave," said Giri. "On the one hand I wanted to think about the position, trying to figure out if there is still a chance without going 45.b6, on the other hand I realized there's probably none and I thought after 45.b6 he thinks he's lost, so I decided to give it a shot and with a stone cold face I went 45.b6 and then he extends his hand, OK I shake it and to be sure I ask: 'Did you resign?' and he says 'yes', OK."

- https://www.chess.com/news/view/tata-steel-chess-giri-catches-carlsen-as-shankland-resigns-in-drawn-position


Ian Rogers
@GMIanRogers 6h
Anish Giri in Wijk aan Zee after Sam Shankland resigned a dead drawn endgame against him: "I would have accepted any offer. If he offers to resign, I accept, but if he offers a draw I would also accept!" Giri also immediately told the US GM what he had just done.

MichaelBaron
26-01-2019, 09:48 AM
And lady luck finally smiled at Kramnik after long and tense struggle. Van Forrest's Be8 was a disaster.

MichaelBaron
27-01-2019, 02:38 AM
Giri's opponent agreed to a draw in a much better (if not winning) ending! Endgame mysteries continue :)

Kevin Bonham
27-01-2019, 10:55 PM
Giri - Carlsen for the tournament on now but Giri needs to win. Exchange sac offer currently on the table from Giri.

MichaelBaron
27-01-2019, 11:06 PM
Giri - Carlsen for the tournament on now but Giri needs to win. Exchange sac offer currently on the table from Giri.

Can not see how Magnus can lose this position. White may be able to hold on due to a superstrong knight on d5...but re playing for win, I think only black can

Kevin Bonham
27-01-2019, 11:42 PM
And it's a draw so Carlsen wins the tournament.

MichaelBaron
28-01-2019, 02:16 AM
Kramnik's game is as crazy as always.