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Metro
08-01-2020, 12:55 PM
The 2020 Tata Steel Challengers is taking place from 11-26 January in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. The 14-player single round-robin offers the winner an automatic place in the 2021 Tata Steel Masters.GM Anton Smirnov 2604 is seeded 9.

https://www.tatasteelchess.com/players/challengers/all-challengers
live https://www.tatasteelchess.com/live/live-games-challengers
live https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/tata-steel-challengers-2020

Desmond
08-01-2020, 11:03 PM
Good luck Anton. What an amazing experience that would be to play the masters.

lost
11-01-2020, 06:31 AM
Here is the draw for the Challengers event:




Round 1 - Saturday the 11th
Saduakassova, Dinara - Mamedov, Rauf
Anton Guijarro, David - Abdusattorov, Nodirbek
Smeets, Jan - Van Foreest, Lucas
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar - Warmerdam, Max
L'Ami, Erwin - Smirnov, Anton
Keymer, Vincent - Eljanov, Pavel
Nihal Sarin - Grandelius, Nils

Round 2 - Sunday the 12th
Mamedov, Rauf - Grandelius, Nils
Eljanov, Pavel - Nihal Sarin
Smirnov, Anton - Keymer, Vincent
Warmerdam, Max - L'Ami, Erwin
Van Foreest, Lucas - Ganguly, Surya Shekhar
Abdusattorov, Nodirbek - Smeets, Jan
Saduakassova, Dinara - Anton Guijarro, David

Round 3 - Monday the 13th
Anton Guijarro, David - Mamedov, Rauf
Smeets, Jan - Saduakassova, Dinara
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar - Abdusattorov, Nodirbek
L'Ami, Erwin - Van Foreest, Lucas
Keymer, Vincent - Warmerdam, Max
Nihal Sarin - Smirnov, Anton
Grandelius, Nils - Eljanov, Pavel

Round 4 - Tuesday the 14th
Mamedov, Rauf - Eljanov, Pavel
Smirnov, Anton - Grandelius, Nils
Warmerdam, Max - Nihal Sarin
Van Foreest, Lucas - Keymer, Vincent
Abdusattorov, Nodirbek - L'Ami, Erwin
Saduakassova, Dinara - Ganguly, Surya Shekhar
Anton Guijarro, David - Smeets, Jan

Round 5 - Thursday the 16th
Smeets, Jan - Mamedov, Rauf
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar - Anton Guijarro, David
L'Ami, Erwin - Saduakassova, Dinara
Keymer, Vincent - Abdusattorov, Nodirbek
Nihal Sarin - Van Foreest, Lucas
Grandelius, Nils - Warmerdam, Max
Eljanov, Pavel - Smirnov, Anton

Round 6 - Friday the 17th
Mamedov, Rauf - Smirnov, Anton
Warmerdam, Max - Eljanov, Pavel
Van Foreest, Lucas - Grandelius, Nils
Abdusattorov, Nodirbek - Nihal Sarin
Saduakassova, Dinara - Keymer, Vincent
Anton Guijarro, David - L'Ami, Erwin
Smeets, Jan - Ganguly, Surya Shekhar

Round 7 - Saturday the 18th
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar - Mamedov, Rauf
L'Ami, Erwin - Smeets, Jan
Keymer, Vincent - Anton Guijarro, David
Nihal Sarin - Saduakassova, Dinara
Grandelius, Nils - Abdusattorov, Nodirbek
Eljanov, Pavel - Van Foreest, Lucas
Smirnov, Anton - Warmerdam, Max

Round 8 - Sunday the 19th
Mamedov, Rauf - Warmerdam, Max
Van Foreest, Lucas - Smirnov, Anton
Abdusattorov, Nodirbek - Eljanov, Pavel
Saduakassova, Dinara - Grandelius, Nils
Anton Guijarro, David - Nihal Sarin
Smeets, Jan - Keymer, Vincent
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar - L'Ami, Erwin

Round 9 - Tuesday the 21st
L'Ami, Erwin - Mamedov, Rauf
Keymer, Vincent - Ganguly, Surya Shekhar
Nihal Sarin - Smeets, Jan
Grandelius, Nils - Anton Guijarro, David
Eljanov, Pavel - Saduakassova, Dinara
Smirnov, Anton - Abdusattorov, Nodirbek
Warmerdam, Max - Van Foreest, Lucas

Round 10 - Wednesday the 22nd
Mamedov, Rauf - Van Foreest, Lucas
Abdusattorov, Nodirbek - Warmerdam, Max
Saduakassova, Dinara - Smirnov, Anton
Anton Guijarro, David - Eljanov, Pavel
Smeets, Jan - Grandelius, Nils
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar - Nihal Sarin
L'Ami, Erwin - Keymer, Vincent

Round 11 - Friday the 24th
Keymer, Vincent - Mamedov, Rauf
Nihal Sarin - L'Ami, Erwin
Grandelius, Nils - Ganguly, Surya Shekhar
Eljanov, Pavel - Smeets, Jan
Smirnov, Anton - Anton Guijarro, David
Warmerdam, Max - Saduakassova, Dinara
Van Foreest, Lucas - Abdusattorov, Nodirbek

Round 12 - Saturday the 25th
Mamedov, Rauf - Abdusattorov, Nodirbek
Saduakassova, Dinara - Van Foreest, Lucas
Anton Guijarro, David - Warmerdam, Max
Smeets, Jan - Smirnov, Anton
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar - Eljanov, Pavel
L'Ami, Erwin - Grandelius, Nils
Keymer, Vincent - Nihal Sarin

Round 13 - Sunday the 26th
Nihal Sarin - Mamedov, Rauf
Grandelius, Nils - Keymer, Vincent
Eljanov, Pavel - L'Ami, Erwin
Smirnov, Anton - Ganguly, Surya Shekhar
Warmerdam, Max - Smeets, Jan
Van Foreest, Lucas - Anton Guijarro, David
Abdusattorov, Nodirbek - Saduakassova, Dinara




lost

ER
11-01-2020, 10:38 AM
Fantastic, thanks lost!

Alana
11-01-2020, 12:12 PM
Michael Kethro (ACT) is also playing in one of the Amateur Round Robin events.

https://www.tatasteelchess.com/players/amateurs/tournaments/2020/players/nine-round/2

MichaelBaron
12-01-2020, 09:06 AM
Rd1`game was very tough for Anton having to defend for many moves. His opponent was on fire sacrificing 2 exchanges and creating a good example to add to the ''Blockade'' chapter of Nimzovich's ''My System''.

MichaelBaron
12-01-2020, 09:07 AM
https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2020-tata-steel-challengers/01-L_Ami_Erwin-Smirnov_Anton

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Qb3 Qb6 6. Ne5 Bf5 7. cxd5 Qxb3 8. axb3 Nxd5 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Nxd3 Na6 11. Bd2 e6 12. Ke2 Be7 13. Na3 O-O 14. Nc4 c5 15. Rxa6 bxa6 16. dxc5 Rfc8 17. b4 f6 18. e4 Nc7 19. Bc3 Nb5 20. Ra1 Rc6 21. e5 Bd8 22. Nd6 Rb8 23. f4 h5 24. g3 Nc7 25. Ke3 f5 26. Bd2 Kf8 27. Kd4 g6 28. Ne1 Nb5+ 29. Nxb5 axb5 30. Rxa7 Rcc8 31. Nc2 Ra8 32. Rd7 Be7 33. Ke3 Ke8 34. Rd6 Bxd6 35. exd6 Kd7 36. Nd4 Ra2 37. Bc3 Ra1 38. Nxb5 Rh1 39. h4 Rg1 40. Kf2 Rd1 41. Nd4 Ra8 42. Ke2 Rg1 43. b5 Rxg3 44. Bb4 Rg2+ 45. Kd3 Rxb2 46. c6+ Kc8 47. Nxe6 1-0

antichrist
12-01-2020, 10:17 AM
Thanks Michael I appreciate when illustrative games are highlighted and downloaded .

Capablanca-Fan
12-01-2020, 11:37 AM
L'Ami, Erwin - Smirnov, Anton
Tata Steel Challengers 2020 round 01
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Qb3 Qb6 6. Ne5 Bf5 7. cxd5 Qxb3 8. axb3 Nxd5 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Nxd3 Na6 11. Bd2 e6 12. Ke2 Be7 13. Na3 O-O 14. Nc4 c5 15. Rxa6 bxa6 16. dxc5 Rfc8 17. b4 f6 18. e4 Nc7 19. Bc3 Nb5 20. Ra1 Rc6 21. e5 Bd8 22. Nd6 Rb8 23. f4 h5 24. g3 Nc7 25. Ke3 f5 26. Bd2 Kf8 27. Kd4 g6 28. Ne1 Nb5+ 29. Nxb5 axb5 30. Rxa7 Rcc8 31. Nc2 Ra8 32. Rd7 Be7 33. Ke3 Ke8 34. Rd6 Bxd6 35. exd6 Kd7 36. Nd4 Ra2 37. Bc3 Ra1 38. Nxb5 Rh1 39. h4 Rg1 40. Kf2 Rd1 41. Nd4 Ra8 42. Ke2 Rg1 43. b5 Rxg3 44. Bb4 Rg2+ 45. Kd3 Rxb2 46. c6+ Kc8 47. Nxe6 1-0

GeelongGrizzle
12-01-2020, 04:00 PM
Very very rare to see 2 fine Rook sacs by the same player in the same game.

GeelongGrizzle
13-01-2020, 02:59 AM
Round 2 - Anton was in control throughout and should have won. I was thinking 32.Rxf5 too and then he played it. But it was a mistake and only drew. 32.Ra8+ was +6.98 and clearly winning.

Adamski
13-01-2020, 07:36 AM
Very very rare to see 2 fine Rook sacs by the same player in the same game.It is no disgrace to lose to Erwin l'Ami.Not only a top GM but also a good writer in New in Chess e.g.

lost
13-01-2020, 10:10 AM
It is no disgrace to lose to Erwin l'Ami.Not only a top GM but also a good writer in New in Chess e.g.

…...and if I am not mistaken he is also Anish Giri's second in many tournaments.

MichaelBaron
13-01-2020, 05:24 PM
The game against Kreimer was interesting to. Anton was close to victory!

Desmond
14-01-2020, 08:48 PM
3 draws to start with for Carlsen in the Masters :hmm:

MichaelBaron
14-01-2020, 11:22 PM
Out of the opening, Anton's position against Grandelius is looking promising. Equal according to the engine though.

Vlad
16-01-2020, 08:39 PM
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Vlad
16-01-2020, 08:41 PM
Can you spot Anton on this photo?

Adamski
16-01-2020, 08:55 PM
Can you spot Anton on this photo?Third left from the polar bear?

Vlad
16-01-2020, 09:41 PM
Third left from the polar bear?

Really??

ER
16-01-2020, 09:57 PM
The only one who looks like a real football player, smiling third from the left (kids not counted) under the ZWART TECHNIEK sign! Is he now the tallest in the Smirnov family?

Vlad
16-01-2020, 10:27 PM
Good job! That is him.:)

He is not really a soccer player, but pretty good runner. He came first for cross country in his school in year 12 (300 kids in each year) and qualified for the competition that is two levels above the school and one level below the state. He could easily be one of the best runners among 2600+ GMs. :P

Nope, not yet. He is still a few centimeters short.:)

Frank
16-01-2020, 10:32 PM
Thanks Michael I appreciate when illustrative games are highlighted and downloaded .

Me too.

Jesper Norgaard
20-01-2020, 10:45 PM
In round 8 of Tata Steel, Anand should have won against Caruana, but in the end lost. The final position is puzzling for me:

1r6/2KPkP2/4B1p1/8/8/7P/6P1/8 b - - 0 1
Why did Anand resign? I fail to see a clearcut plan to win the game. As a matter of fact I played it out against my Stockfish engine, and it failed to win. Is there something obvious I have overlooked? Black should play g5 in a few moves. If White wants to play g3 and h4, you play gxh4. If gxh4 Black plays Rxd7+ and Kxf7, or Kxe6 or Kxf7, in all cases we get an h-pawn that cannot win. If White answers gxh4 with g4 planning g5-g6, then after Rd8 g5 Rxd7+ Bxd7 Kxf7 Bf5 h3! he cannot maintain the g-pawn.

I think Anand resigned a drawn endgame!

Kevin Bonham
20-01-2020, 10:50 PM
In round 8 of Tata Steel, Anand should have won against Caruana, but in the end lost. The final position is puzzling for me:

1r6/2KPkP2/4B1p1/8/8/7P/6P1/8 b - - 0 1
Why did Anand resign? I fail to see a clearcut plan to win the game. As a matter of fact I played it out against my Stockfish engine, and it failed to win. Is there something obvious I have overlooked? Black should play g5 in a few moves.

What if White prevents g5 by playing h4 first? Then the plan is g4 followed by g5 then h5.

[EDIT: Indeed it may well be that against 1...Rd8, 2.h4 is the only winning move.]

Capablanca-Fan
21-01-2020, 12:57 AM
He is not really a soccer player, but pretty good runner. He came first for cross country in his school in year 12 (300 kids in each year) and qualified for the competition that is two levels above the school and one level below the state. He could easily be one of the best runners among 2600+ GMs. :P
He could be one of the best chess-players among competitive cross-country runners.

Desmond
21-01-2020, 08:49 AM
Carlsen has recorded his first win, in round 8!

Jesper Norgaard
21-01-2020, 09:07 AM
What if White prevents g5 by playing h4 first? Then the plan is g4 followed by g5 then h5.

[EDIT: Indeed it may well be that against 1...Rd8, 2.h4 is the only winning move.]

The biggest mystery is what my Stockfish was up to in the game I played against it from the position. Since I didn't save it, I'm unsure how we got to the h-pawn/wrong bishop endgame, but it cannot have been very bright from the machine. Playing around with Stockfish again, trying out different setups, I am beginning to realize why Anand had enough. Your idea with 2.h4 is certainly noteworthy, but not the only idea. A collection of ideas:

(1) Zugzwang combined with Bg6 or Bh5. For instance 1...Rd8 2.Bg4 g5 3.Bf5 Rf8 4.Bg6 Rd8 5.f8Q+ Rxf8 6.Be8 Rxe8 7.dxe8Q+ Kxe8 8.Kd6 Kf7 9.Ke5 and the pawn ending is winning with 2 pawns against one

(2) White can post bishop on c4 and king on c6, so Rd8 is no threat, and now push the pawns, for instance something like g5 and h4 and when the rook leaves d8, so Rxd7 is not an immediate threat, push h5, gxh5 g6 and now Rd8 g7 will not work

(3) Your plan starting with h4

I just wish Anand had played on a few moves to reveal how Caruana wanted to solve the issues - as a courtesy to the viewers.

Metro
21-01-2020, 11:56 AM
Anton is now 3/8 and his Round 9 opponent is 15 y.o. GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov 2635.He is from Tashkent,the capital city of Uzbekistan,Temur Kuybokarov's home city.

Metro
21-01-2020, 04:44 PM
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Credit: Vysotsky (Wikimedia) & licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Vlad
21-01-2020, 11:49 PM
The first time Anton has prepared something his opponent did not expect; importantly by himself. Other youngsters are being helped by former greats like Leko.

GeelongGrizzle
22-01-2020, 03:10 PM
Heartbreaker for Anton in Round 9. He had the advantage for most of what turned into a very tricky ending - he made plenty of Stockfish Number 1 moves - occasionally his opponent got back to level - but made an error at the 6 Hr 50 Min. mark in an equal position that cost him. Fantastic effort though and riveting to watch.

Desmond
22-01-2020, 03:31 PM
Svidler's game of the round videos are pretty good.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q2MCBzcPTM

MichaelBaron
22-01-2020, 10:24 PM
Heartbreaker for Anton in Round 9. He had the advantage for most of what turned into a very tricky ending - he made plenty of Stockfish Number 1 moves - occasionally his opponent got back to level - but made an error at the 6 Hr 50 Min. mark in an equal position that cost him. Fantastic effort though and riveting to watch.

Yes, was totally winning throughout. May be a draw already when the final blunder came though.

MichaelBaron
23-01-2020, 02:57 AM
Anton has just scored his first win of the event! Well done!

Desmond
23-01-2020, 07:26 AM
Carlsen scores another win and is now just half a point behind Caruana.

Interestingly they still have yet to play 2 of the same people in the remaining 3 rounds (Duda and Artemiev), while in the other game Caruana has Kovalev, and Carlsen is yet to play So.

ElevatorEscapee
23-01-2020, 04:38 PM
It's Anton versus Anton tomorrow night:

Anton Smirnov v David Anton Guijarro!

Metro
24-01-2020, 11:12 AM
It's Anton versus Anton tomorrow night:

Anton Smirnov v David Anton Guijarro!
Anton is white so will he play for the win against the tournament leader? Will he be satisfied with a draw?

MichaelBaron
24-01-2020, 01:31 PM
Carlsen scores another win and is now just half a point behind Caruana.

Interestingly they still have yet to play 2 of the same people in the remaining 3 rounds (Duda and Artemiev), while in the other game Caruana has Kovalev, and Carlsen is yet to play So.

Carlson would be leading if not for caruana's amazing luck again against Anand

Metro
27-01-2020, 12:36 PM
Anton finished on 4.5/13 or -4.Whilst not a good result it was not bad.He did not lose to a lower-rated opponent.I suspect he was tired or tired of chess (even).

MichaelBaron
27-01-2020, 01:19 PM
Anton finished on 4.5/13 or -4.Whilst not a good result it was not bad.He did not lose to a lower-rated opponent.I suspect he was tired or tired of chess (even).

The game Against Abdusattorov should have gone the other way! Anton was easily winning. This would make a lot of difference. Also Vs Kreimer in rd2. - he had a great position I believe so yes - also a bit unlucky.

Desmond
27-01-2020, 01:42 PM
Carlsen scores another win and is now just half a point behind Caruana.

Interestingly they still have yet to play 2 of the same people in the remaining 3 rounds (Duda and Artemiev), while in the other game Caruana has Kovalev, and Carlsen is yet to play So.Of which Caruana won all 3 and Carlsen drew all 3.

Garrett
27-01-2020, 03:29 PM
Good on you Anton for having a go at the challengers !

Hope to see you line up for Aus in the Olympiad.

Keep up the good work.

cheers Garrett.

Ian Rout
29-01-2020, 10:25 AM
Of which Caruana won all 3 and Carlsen drew all 3.
The reason they played two of the same players in the last three rounds is that in the geography of the pairing template (the Berger tables) all the players, except for the one with the highest pairing number, play through the opposition in the same order. Caruana was one place behind Carlsen so, except for the one exception, played each player the round after Carlsen.

I saw a suggestion elsewhere that this gives Caruana a slight edge. Experienced professionals have to cope with whatever order their games are in but it's plausible that it could help a little. You still have to play well enough to take advantage of it though - by the same logic Anand was even better placed, getting opponents who had just played games against both Carlsen and Caruana, but finished on 50%.

MichaelBaron
29-01-2020, 10:35 AM
Caruana was lucky in a way to play right players at the right time with the right colour, not to mention big boost he got when he won totally lost endgame against Anand. Would he lose that game, the tournament would go very differently. To me, Magnus is still undisputed number one and number one by a margin.

Desmond
29-01-2020, 04:08 PM
The reason they played two of the same players in the last three rounds is that in the geography of the pairing template (the Berger tables) all the players, except for the one with the highest pairing number, play through the opposition in the same order. Caruana was one place behind Carlsen so, except for the one exception, played each player the round after Carlsen.

I saw a suggestion elsewhere that this gives Caruana a slight edge. Experienced professionals have to cope with whatever order their games are in but it's plausible that it could help a little. You still have to play well enough to take advantage of it though - by the same logic Anand was even better placed, getting opponents who had just played games against both Carlsen and Caruana, but finished on 50%.

Ah right, I didn't know that. Thanks!

Desmond
29-01-2020, 04:10 PM
Caruana was lucky in a way to play right players at the right time with the right colour, not to mention big boost he got when he won totally lost endgame against Anand. Would he lose that game, the tournament would go very differently. To me, Magnus is still undisputed number one and number one by a margin.Caruana is 2840 now. He must be very very lucky.