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Witty
03-01-2011, 09:20 PM
Will anyone be watching the Tata Steel?

Some top players... looks like it will be a great tournament

http://www.tatasteelchess.com/participants.php?year=2011&group=1

Kevin Bonham
03-01-2011, 09:44 PM
This is the annual Wijk aan Zee event and is held from 14-30 January.


GM Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826
GM Viswanathan Anand IND 2800
GM Levon Aronian ARM 2783
GM Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2780
GM Alexander Grischuk RUS 2760
GM Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2749
GM Alexey Shirov SPA 2749
GM Hikaru Nakamura USA 2733
GM Wang Hao CHN 2724
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2721
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2706
GM Anish Giri NED 2677
GM Jan Smeets NED 2669
GM Erwin l'Ami NED 2624

Ratings above are a little out of date. Based on current ratings the event will have the world top 4, plus numbers 7, 10 and 11 as well as Shirov and the new Russian champion Nepomniatchi.

Should be an exciting tournament, I will be following with interest.

Witty
03-01-2011, 10:07 PM
Makes 2 of us... i will be specifically watching Group C with GM Dariusz Swiercz qualifying :)

Adamski
04-01-2011, 11:17 PM
More chess excitement in store after Aus Open and NZ Champs finish. But sad my namesake is not in the Wijk aan Zee field. Janaury is a great month for following chess. (J Michael Adams)

Tony Dowden
13-01-2011, 08:31 AM
But sad my namesake is not in the Wijk aan Zee field. )
Maybe that's because your namesake IM Jan Adamski (POL) is 67 years old now! ;)

:hmm: I think I can recall watching Darryl Johansen beating Adamski with a Sicilian Wing Gambit (or similar?!) at the 1982 Lucerne Olympiad. Maybe someone with a data base can dig it up?

Tony Dowden
13-01-2011, 08:33 AM
This is the annual Wijk aan Zee event and is held from 14-30 January.


GM Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826
GM Viswanathan Anand IND 2800
GM Levon Aronian ARM 2783
GM Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2780
GM Alexander Grischuk RUS 2760
GM Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2749
GM Alexey Shirov SPA 2749
GM Hikaru Nakamura USA 2733
GM Wang Hao CHN 2724
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2721
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2706
GM Anish Giri NED 2677
GM Jan Smeets NED 2669
GM Erwin l'Ami NED 2624


Go Magnus! 2011 will be Carlsen's year - world championship cycles not withstanding :cool:

Miranda
13-01-2011, 12:06 PM
Go Carlsen! I think he'll win A, with McShane winning B and Van Kampen winning C.

Adamski
13-01-2011, 02:14 PM
Maybe that's because your namesake IM Jan Adamski (POL) is 67 years old now! ;)

:hmm: I think I can recall watching Darryl Johansen beating Adamski with a Sicilian Wing Gambit (or similar?!) at the 1982 Lucerne Olympiad. Maybe someone with a data base can dig it up?
Tony, I know of him well (as I named my chess chat identity after him!) but I was thinking of Super-GM Michael Adams. Hence I signed myself J Michael Adams. He has often played in this event. Not this time though. Adamski never has (TMK).
It should be an exciting event!

BTW Adamski's loss To Geller is famous. It is in Geller's excellent book The Application of chess Theory and also game 1 in an ol book on Fianchetto Openings in descriptive notation.

Tony Dowden
14-01-2011, 05:46 PM
Tony, I know of him well (as I named my chess chat identity after him!) but I was thinking of Super-GM Michael Adams. Hence I signed myself J Michael Adams. .

True, you did say namesake not 'handlesake' but it was still a wee bit cryptic (even with the sig) :lol:

Garrett
14-01-2011, 07:41 PM
Maybe that's because your namesake IM Jan Adamski (POL) is 67 years old now! ;)

:hmm: I think I can recall watching Darryl Johansen beating Adamski with a Sicilian Wing Gambit (or similar?!) at the 1982 Lucerne Olympiad. Maybe someone with a data base can dig it up?

[Event "Luzern ol (Men)"]
[Site "Luzern"]
[Date "1982.11.04"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Johansen, Darryl Keith"]
[Black "Adamski, Jan"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B20"]
[BlackElo "2470"]
[PlyCount "133"]
[EventDate "1982.10.29"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "SUI"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1996.11.15"]
[WhiteTeam "AUS"]
[BlackTeam "POL"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "AUS"]
[BlackTeamCountry "POL"]

1. e4 c5 2. a3 e6 3. b4 cxb4 4. axb4 Bxb4 5. c3 Be7 6. d4 d6 7. Bd3 e5 8. Qa4+
Nd7 9. Nf3 Ngf6 10. O-O O-O 11. Nbd2 a6 12. Qa2 Qc7 13. Qb1 b5 14. Ba3 Nb6 15.
Rc1 Bg4 16. c4 Nxc4 17. Nxc4 bxc4 18. Rxc4 Qa7 19. dxe5 Rfb8 20. Qc2 Ne8 21.
exd6 Bxd6 22. Bxd6 Nxd6 23. Rc7 Rb7 24. Rc6 Nb5 25. Qa4 h6 26. Ne5 Be6 27. Rxa6
Qxa6 28. Qxa6 Rxa6 29. Rxa6 Nd4 30. h4 g5 31. Rd6 Rb4 32. Kh2 gxh4 33. Bc4 Nb5
34. Rd8+ Kg7 35. Bxe6 Rxe4 36. Rd7 Rxe5 37. Bxf7 Kf6 38. Bc4 Rc5 39. Bxb5 Rxb5
40. Rd4 Rh5 41. Kh3 Rf5 42. f3 Ra5 43. Kxh4 Kg6 44. g3 Rb5 45. f4 Ra5 46. Rd6+
Kg7 47. Kg4 Rb5 48. Re6 Ra5 49. Re5 Ra3 50. Rb5 Rc3 51. Rb7+ Kf6 52. Rb6+ Kg7
53. Rb7+ Kf6 54. Rh7 Kg6 55. Ra7 Rc5 56. Ra6+ Kg7 57. Re6 Ra5 58. Re5 Ra3 59.
Rc5 Rb3 60. Rc7+ Kf6 61. Rc6+ Kg7 62. Kf5 Rxg3 63. Rc7+ Kg8 64. Kf6 h5 65. Rc5
h4 66. Rh5 h3 67. f5 1/2-1/2

Garvinator
14-01-2011, 07:49 PM
Aronian to win. Carlsen to beat up the bunnies, but not score 50% against the top four or five finishers.

Kevin Bonham
14-01-2011, 07:57 PM
"Who will win?" poll added. Voting closes in three days from now so feel free to take the first couple of rounds into account.

deanhogg
14-01-2011, 08:31 PM
I like Carlsen in this event . For a darkhorse you can't go past Nakamura from
USA and being number 10 in world now its real incentive for him to show world what he is made of !

Kevin Bonham
14-01-2011, 10:37 PM
As far as I can tell games start tomorrow 11:30 pm Aus (daylight savings time) except for the last round which starts an hour earlier. There are rest days on the following nights: Wed 19, Mon 24, Thurs 27.

Adamski
14-01-2011, 10:44 PM
Shirov is due for another good tournamant so I am going to take a bit of a longshot and pick him. Besides, I like his style and the fact he came to the Gold Coast in 2009 and judged best game for the event there in 2010 all counts in his favour.

ER
15-01-2011, 12:59 AM
Shirov is due for another good tournamant so I am going to take a bit of a longshot and pick him. Besides, I like his style and the fact he came to the Gold Coast in 2009 and judged best game for the event there in 2010 all counts in his favour.

Yes, I agree Jonathan! Apart from being a great chess player, he is a honorary Queenslander, Amir has only words of praise for him. I also expect strong performances by Levon and Alexander. As for Magnus, I am not so sure. I am not even sure he is interested about Chess these says as he was say one two years ago! We 'll see anyway! :)

Tony Dowden
15-01-2011, 09:36 AM
[pgn]
[Event "Luzern ol (Men)"]
[Site "Luzern"]
[Date "1982.11.04"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Johansen, Darryl Keith"]

[B]1/2-1/2


:lol: My memory is failing me! I must have been so impressed with the opening that I thought White won!

Kevin Bonham
15-01-2011, 01:08 PM
Pairings here: http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/schedule/group/1

Round 1 features one of the big ones: Carlsen - Aronian

Kevin Bonham
15-01-2011, 01:13 PM
Aronian to win. Carlsen to beat up the bunnies, but not score 50% against the top four or five finishers.

I've put the mockers on Carlsen for this one because he has been first or equal first in 2008 and 2010 by exactly that method. This tournament has a relatively long tail and therefore suits bunny-mashers.

Kevin Bonham
15-01-2011, 11:23 PM
Time control is: 40/100+20/50+15 to finish with increment of 30 seconds from move one. Thus a 90 move game with both sides using all their time goes for seven hours, while the first time control will be reached within four.

Kevin Bonham
16-01-2011, 12:19 AM
Horrendous start for Shirov

Smeets - Shirov [C78]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Rb8 8.c3 d6 9.d4 Bb6 10.axb5 axb5 11.Na3 0-0 12.Nxb5 Bg4 13.Re1 Bxf3 14.gxf3 Nh5 15.Kh1 Qf6 16.Rg1 exd4 17.Bg5 Qe5 18.Bd5 dxc3 19.Bxc6 cxb2 20.Rb1 Bxf2 21.Rg2 Rb6 22.Bd7 Bc5 23.Na7 Ra8?? [23...f6 was acceptable, eg after 24.Bd2 d5 25.Nc6 Qd6] 24.Nc6 Rxc6 [24...Qc3 25.Ne7+ Kh8 26.Nd5 Qb3 27.Qxb3 Rxb3 28.Rgxb2 Rxb2 29.Rxb2 and black pawns are dropping off] 25.Bxc6 1-0

Kevin Bonham
16-01-2011, 12:37 AM
Carlsen - Aronian violent draw, will require deep analysis to see if black had better.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Ba6 9.Nd2 g6 10.b3 Bg7 11.Bb2 Nb4 12.0-0-0 Nxa2+ 13.Kb1 Nb4 14.Ne4 0-0 15.Qf3 Rfe8 16.Nf6+ Bxf6 17.exf6 Qc5 18.h4 d5 19.Qf4 dxc4 20.bxc4 Rab8 21.Qh6 Qf8 22.Qxf8+ Kxf8 23.h5 Bc8 24.hxg6 fxg6 25.Rxh7 Bf5+ 26.Ka1 Nc2+ 27.Ka2 Nb4+ 28.Ka1 -

Garvinator
16-01-2011, 10:19 AM
Ponomariov,R (2744) - Anand,V (2810) [B92]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 15.01.2011
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Be3 Be6 10.Nd5 Nbd7 11.Qd3 Bxd5 12.exd5 Nc5 13.Qd2 Nfe4 14.Qb4 a5 15.Qb5 Qc7 16.Qc4 Rac8 17.Rfd1 f5 18.c3 Qd8 19.Qb5 b6 20.Nd2 Nxd2 21.Bxd2 Bf6 22.Rab1 e4 23.b4 Nd7 24.Rb3 Be5 25.a3 Rf7 26.c4 axb4 27.axb4 Ra8 28.Bc3 Bxc3 29.Rxc3 Ra2 30.Re3 g6 31.Bf1 Qf6 32.Rde1 Kg7 33.R3e2 Ra3 34.Qc6 h5 35.Re3 Ra7 36.h3 h4 37.Rb3 Ra2 38.Rbe3 g5 39.R3e2 Ra7 40.Qc8 Ne5 41.Rc2 Rf8 42.Qe6 Qd8 43.c5 bxc5 44.bxc5 Rf6 45.Qxe5 dxe5 46.d6 g4 47.hxg4 fxg4 48.g3 hxg3 49.fxg3 Qa5 50.Rec1 Qa3 51.Rc3 Qb2 52.R1c2 Qb4 0-1

L'Ami,E (2628) - Giri,A (2686) [D16]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 15.01.2011
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 e6 6.e3 c5 7.Bxc4 Nc6 8.0-0 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bd7 10.e4 Be7 11.Be3 0-0 12.Nb3 Na5 13.Be2 Bc6 14.Qxd8 Bxd8 15.Nd2 Be7 16.f3 Bb4 17.Rfc1 Nd7 18.Rab1 Nc5 19.b3 Rfc8 20.Rc2 Be8 21.Nb5 Bxb5 22.axb5 Bxd2 23.Rxd2 Ncxb3 24.Rdb2 Nc5 25.Ra2 b6 26.Rc2 Nab7 27.e5 Nd7 28.Rxc8+ Rxc8 29.f4 Ndc5 30.Rd1 Kf8 31.Bf3 Na5 32.g4 Ke8 33.Rc1 Rc7 34.Kg2 Kd8 35.Rc2 Nd7 36.Rxc7 Kxc7 37.Be2 Nc5 38.h4 Kd7 39.h5 Ke7 40.Kf3 Nab7 41.Bd4 Kf8 42.f5 exf5 43.gxf5 g6 44.Kf4 gxf5 45.Kxf5 h6 46.Bc4 Nd8 47.Be3 Kg7 48.Bxc5 bxc5 49.Ke4 Kf8 50.Kd5 Ke7 51.Kxc5 Kd7 52.Kb4 Ne6 53.Bxe6+ Kxe6 54.Ka5 *

Smeets,J (2662) - Shirov,A (2722) [C78]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 15.01.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Rb8 8.c3 d6 9.d4 Bb6 10.axb5 axb5 11.Na3 0-0 12.Nxb5 Bg4 13.Re1 Bxf3 14.gxf3 Nh5 15.Kh1 Qf6 16.Rg1 exd4 17.Bg5 Qe5 18.Bd5 dxc3 19.Bxc6 cxb2 20.Rb1 Bxf2 21.Rg2 Rb6 22.Bd7 Bc5 23.Na7 Ra8 24.Nc6 Rxc6 25.Bxc6 1-0

Carlsen,M (2814) - Aronian,L (2805) [C45]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 15.01.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Ba6 9.Nd2 g6 10.b3 Bg7 11.Bb2 Nb4 12.0-0-0 Nxa2+ 13.Kb1 Nb4 14.Ne4 0-0 15.Qf3 Rfe8 16.Nf6+ Bxf6 17.exf6 Qc5 18.h4 d5 19.Qf4 dxc4 20.bxc4 Rab8 21.Qh6 Qf8 22.Qxf8+ Kxf8 23.h5 Bc8 24.hxg6 fxg6 25.Rxh7 Bf5+ 26.Ka1 Nc2+ 27.Ka2 Nb4+ 28.Ka1 1/2-1/2

Nakamura,Hi (2751) - Grischuk,A (2773) [D38]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 15.01.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.e3 c5 8.dxc5 Qa5 9.Rc1 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 0-0 11.Nd4 Qxc5 12.Bd3 Ne4 13.Bf4 Nb6 14.Qc2 h6 15.f3 Nf6 16.g4 Re8 17.Kf2 Nc4 18.h4 Bxg4 19.Bxc4 dxc4 20.fxg4 Nxg4+ 21.Kf3 Ne5+ 22.Bxe5 Rxe5 23.Kf2 Rae8 24.Rh3 b5 25.Rg1 Re4 26.Qd1 b4 27.Qf3 Rxe3 28.Rxg7+ Kxg7 29.Qg4+ Kf8 30.Rxe3 Rxe3 31.Kxe3 bxc3 32.Ke2 Qe5+ 33.Kd1 Qh2 34.Ne2 Qd6+ 35.Qd4 Qxd4+ 36.Nxd4 Kg7 37.Nc6 a6 38.Nb8 a5 39.a4 Kf6 40.Nc6 Ke6 41.Nxa5 Kd5 42.Kc2 1-0

Vachier Lagrave,M (2715) - Wang Hao (2731) [D19]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 15.01.2011
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 Nbd7 9.Qe2 0-0 10.e4 Bg6 11.Bd3 Bh5 12.e5 Nd5 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.Qe3 Be7 15.Bd2 Nb8 16.a5 a6 17.Rfc1 Nc6 18.Ne1 Qd7 19.Bc2 Qd8 20.Qh3 Bg6 21.Bxg6 hxg6 22.Qg4 Rc8 23.Nf3 Qd7 24.Bg5 Bb4 25.Qh4 Ne7 26.g4 Rxc1+ 27.Rxc1 Rc8 28.Kg2 Nc6 29.Rd1 Bxa5 30.Rd3 Nb4 31.Rb3 Qb5 32.Be7 Nd3 33.Rxb5 Nf4+ 34.Kg3 Ne2+ 35.Kh3 Nf4+ 36.Kg3 Ne2+ 37.Kg2 Nf4+ 1/2-1/2

Nepomniachtchi,I (2733) - Kramnik,V (2784) [C45]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 15.01.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.Bf4 g6 11.h4 Bg7 12.0-0-0 0-0 13.h5 Rae8 14.Re1 Ba6 15.Qe4 Qc5 16.Bg3 Bxc4 17.hxg6 fxg6 18.Na4 Nxa4 19.Qxc4+ Kh8 20.Rh4 d5 21.Qc2 Qxc2+ 22.Kxc2 Nc5 23.f3 g5 24.Rg4 Rf5 25.Bd3 Nxd3 26.Kxd3 h5 27.Rh1 h4 28.f4 Kg8 29.Bh2 c5 30.b3 Kf7 31.Rxg5 Rxg5 32.fxg5 Kg6 33.Bf4 Rh8 34.e6 Re8 35.Re1 Kf5 36.Bxc7 Rxe6 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
16-01-2011, 12:02 PM
Nakamura beating Grischuk was not surprising as when I went to bed he was already clearly much better.

Pono, playing white against Anand, managed to get his own queen trapped behind enemy lines, and it was done with such grace and artistry that they awarded him zero points.

(games in post above)

Witty
16-01-2011, 06:17 PM
Should some of the other groups be mentioned. Like #1 seed in group B losing against Navara (R. Wojtaszek - D. Navara 0-1)

Oh and the 14 yr old youngster defeating the top seed in group C (I. Nyzhnyk - M. Kazhgaleyev 1-0).

All are worthable mentions.

So what are your thoughts as to who will take out these groups???

lost
17-01-2011, 01:06 AM
Should some of the other groups be mentioned. Like #1 seed in group B losing against Navara (R. Wojtaszek - D. Navara 0-1)

Oh and the 14 yr old youngster defeating the top seed in group C (I. Nyzhnyk - M. Kazhgaleyev 1-0).

All are worthable mentions.

So what are your thoughts as to who will take out these groups???

Ilya Nyzhnyk from the Ukraine just recently got his third GM norm at the Gronigen event where if I am not mistaken came equal first with Dejan Bojkov. Dejan has praised him on his blog and I reckon we could see Igor out here in the near future.

Group C Ilya for me and Group B I reckon David Navara from the Czech Republic.

lost

Kevin Bonham
17-01-2011, 11:04 AM
Nepomniatchi won with black:

Wang Hao - Nepomniatchi

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 d6 4.Nc3 e5 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Qxd8+ Kxd8 7.Bg5 Be7 8.0-0-0+ Nbd7 9.Nh3 h6 10.Be3 c6 11.Nf2 Kc7 12.Nd3 b6 13.g3 Ba6 14.b3 Rae8 15.Bh3 Bc8 16.Kc2 Bf8 17.f4 exf4 18.Bxf4+ Kb7 19.b4 g5 20.Bc1 Ne5 21.Bxc8+ Kxc8 22.Nxe5 Rxe5 23.Rhf1 Re6 24.Kb3 Be7 25.b5 Rd8 26.bxc6 Rxd1 27.Rxd1 Rxc6 28.Nb5 Re6 29.e3 a6 30.Nd4 Re5 31.Rf1 Kd7 32.Nf5 Ke6 33.Ng7+ Kd7 34.Nf5 Ke6 35.Ng7+ Kd7 36.Kc2 Ne4 37.Nf5 Ra5 38.Bb2 Rxa2 39.Rd1+ Ke8 40.Kb3 Ra5 41.Nxh6 Nc5+ 42.Kc2 Ra4 43.Nf5 Rxc4+ 44.Kb1 g4 45.Rd5 Ne6 46.Be5 Rc6 47.e4 f6 48.Bb2 Nc7 49.Rd3 Rc4 50.Rd4 Rxd4 51.Bxd4 b5 52.Nh6 Ne6 53.Be3 Nc5 54.Bxc5 Bxc5 55.Nxg4 Kf7 56.h4 Kg6 57.Kc2 a5 58.h5+ Kg5 59.h6 Bf8 60.h7 Bg7 61.Ne3 Kg6 62.Nd5 Kxh7 63.Nc7 b4 64.Kb3 Bf8 65.Nd5 Kg6 66.Ka4 Bd6 67.Kxa5 b3 68.Nc3 Be5 69.Kb4 b2 70.Nb1 Kg5 71.Kc4 Kg4 72.Kd3 Kxg3 73.Ke3 Bf4+ 74.Ke2 Bc1 75.Nc3 Kf4 76.Kd3 Kf3 77.Kc2 Bf4 78.Nb1 Kxe4 79.Kxb2 Kd3 80.Kb3 Be5 0-1

The rest were all drawn in under 30 moves except for this one:

Giri - Smeets

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.exf6 Bb7 12.g3 c5 13.d5 Qb6 14.Bg2 0-0-0 15.0-0 b4 16.Na4 Qb5 17.a3 exd5 18.axb4 cxb4 19.Bf4 Bh6 20.Bd6 Bf8 21.Be7 Bxe7 22.fxe7 Rde8 23.Qd4 Rh6 24.b3 Rxe7 25.Rfc1 Ne5 26.Nc5 c3 27.Rxa7 Nc6 28.Qg4+ Rhe6 29.Nxe6 fxe6 30.Ra4 Qc5 31.Qg8+ Kd7 32.Bf1 d4 33.Bc4 Na5 34.Qb8 Qc6 35.f3 Nxc4 36.Rxb4 Nb6 37.Rxd4+ Nd5 38.Qe5 Qc7 1/2-1/2

Garvinator
17-01-2011, 01:06 PM
Top GM's just give more proof that unless they are forced to try for a win against equal opposition, they would just rather pack up and go home at the first opportunity.

What will the excuses be this time for almost all the games? What they were too tired? It is round two, that excuse is crap when draws are agreed under 30 moves in round two.

It is no wonder that the top events find it difficult to attract sponsors when current sponsors are treated so poorly with stuff like this.

When I see stuff like this in top GM tournaments, 310 becomes more attractive all the time.

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2011, 12:04 AM
Carlsen - Giri. A hideous game by white, worse even than the ones he lost in the Olympiad.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Nf3 Nb6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.e3 0-0 9.0-0 Re8 10.Re1 a5 11.Qd2 e5 12.d5 Nb4 13.e4 c6 14.a3 cxd5 15.axb4 axb4 16.Rxa8 bxc3 17.bxc3 Nxa8 18.exd5 Nb6 19.Rd1? e4 20.Ng5 e3 21.Qb2? Qxg5 22.Bxe3 Qg4 0-1

Qbert
18-01-2011, 04:47 AM
Carlsen - Giri. A hideous game by white, worse even than the ones he lost in the Olympiad.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Nf3 Nb6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.e3 0-0 9.0-0 Re8 10.Re1 a5 11.Qd2 e5 12.d5 Nb4 13.e4 c6 14.a3 cxd5 15.axb4 axb4 16.Rxa8 bxc3 17.bxc3 Nxa8 18.exd5 Nb6 19.Rd1? e4 20.Ng5 e3 21.Qb2? Qxg5 22.Bxe3 [22.Qxb6 e2! 23.Re1 Bxc3! 24.Bxg5 Bxe1 25.Bf3 Bxf2+!] 22...Qg4 0-1

I think it was based on a single oversight - that 22...e2! and its follow-up was possible after 22 Qxb6. If Black didn't have 22...e2 then White would be better.

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2011, 11:05 AM
I think it was based on a single oversight - that 22...e2! and its follow-up was possible after 22 Qxb6. If Black didn't have 22...e2 then White would be better.

Aaah, that makes sense.

Nakamura is leading after defeating Shirov:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.a4 Rb8 9.d4 Bb6 10.axb5 axb5 11.Na3 0-0 12.Nxb5 Bg4 13.d5 Ne7 14.Bc2 Qd7 15.Na3 Nexd5 16.h3 Bh5 17.exd5 e4 18.Bg5 Bxf3 19.Qd2 e3 20.Bxe3 Bxe3 21.fxe3 Be4 22.Rxf6 Bxc2 23.Rf4 Bg6 24.Nc4 Ra8 25.Na5 Rfe8 26.Ra3 Be4 27.c4 g5 28.Rf1 g4 29.h4 Qe7 30.Qf2 Bg6 31.b4 h5 32.Rc3 Qe5 33.Rb3 Qe4 34.Rc3 Qe5 35.Rfc1 Be4 36.Qf4 g3 37.Qxe5 Rxe5 38.Ra3 Kg7 39.Rf1 Ree8 40.Rfa1 Re5 41.Nb3 Rxa3 42.Rxa3 Bxd5 43.Nd2 Be6 44.e4 Bg4 45.Rxg3 f5 46.Re3 Re8 47.Kf2 Ra8 48.exf5 Ra2 49.Rd3 Bxf5 50.Rd5 Be6 51.Rg5+ Kh6 52.Ke3 Ra3+ 53.Kd4 Ra1 54.g3 Rd1 55.Kc3 Rg1 56.b5 Rc1+ 57.Kd3 Bf7 58.Nb3 Rd1+ 59.Ke2 Rb1 60.Nd4 Bxc4+ 61.Kd2 d5 62.Nf5+ Kh7 63.Rxh5+ Kg6 64.Rg5+ Kf6 65.Ne3 Rb2+ 66.Kd1 Be2+ 67.Kc1 Rxb5 68.Kd2 Rb2+ 69.Kc3 Rb5 70.Nxd5+ Kf7 71.Re5 Bg4 72.Re7+ Kf8 73.Re4 Bf5 74.Nxc7 Rc5+ 75.Rc4 Re5 76.Rf4 Ke7 77.Kd4 Ra5 78.Nd5+ Ke6 79.Nc3 Ra8 80.g4 Bh7 81.Ke3 Rc8 82.Ne2 Ke5 83.Ra4 Rb8 84.Nd4 Rb1 85.Ra5+ Kf6 86.Kf4 Rf1+ 87.Nf3 Bc2 88.Kg3 Rb1 89.Ra6+ Kg7 90.Nd4 Bd3 91.Rd6 Kf7 92.Kf4 Ra1 93.h5 1-0

Tony Dowden
18-01-2011, 06:54 PM
Carlsen - Giri. A hideous game by white, worse even than the ones he lost in the Olympiad.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Nf3 Nb6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.e3 0-0 9.0-0 Re8 10.Re1 a5 11.Qd2 e5 12.d5 Nb4 13.e4 c6 14.a3 cxd5 15.axb4 axb4 16.Rxa8 bxc3 17.bxc3 Nxa8 18.exd5 Nb6 19.Rd1? e4 20.Ng5 e3 21.Qb2? Qxg5 22.Bxe3 Qg4 0-1

I agree with Qbert's comment. Also in the final position the plausible (if desperate) 23.f3 loses to 23...Nc4!

Tony Dowden
18-01-2011, 07:01 PM
I'm sticking to my guns: Carlsen can still win this event.

Yes, he loses a few (especially lately) but at present nobody comes vaguely close to him in terms of the stunning number of wins he racks up against 2700+ opposition.

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2011, 08:48 PM
Giri thinks Carlsen's 11.Qd2 (N) was a mistake. Shipov says white is still fine if 18.Qxd5 not exd5 as played. Carlsen said he just missed 20...e3 (I assume that means missing that ...e2 is a consequence).

While Qbert's line wins, there was an even more spectacular and clearcut win in store if ...e2 was allowed.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Nf3 Nb6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.e3 0-0 9.0-0 Re8 10.Re1 a5 11.Qd2 e5 12.d5 Nb4 13.e4 c6 14.a3 cxd5 15.axb4 axb4 16.Rxa8 bxc3 17.bxc3 Nxa8 18.exd5 Nb6 19.Rd1 e4 20.Ng5 e3 21.Qb2 Qxg5 22.Bxe3 [22.Qxb6 e2 23.Re1 Qxc1! 24.Rxc1 e1=Q+ 25.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 26.Bf1 Bh3 27.Qb5 or black mates 27...Bxf1 28.Qxf1 Bxc3 simplifying to a won ending] 22...Qg4 0-1


I'm sticking to my guns: Carlsen can still win this event.


I also think he can still win it - for now. Long way to go and he is very capable of notching a batch of wins while the others all draw with each other. Whether he will still win it is another matter.

Bollard
18-01-2011, 09:18 PM
If Magnus can win the tournament with a more wins than losses, while the others all draw with each other, will he retain his rating? Anish is one of the lower rated players in Group A so yesterday will presumably have hurt Magnus' rating even if he wins overall.

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2011, 09:24 PM
If Magnus can win the tournament with a more wins than losses, while the others all draw with each other, will he retain his rating?

By my calculations he would need to score four more wins than losses from his remaining ten games, in order to avoid a net loss of ratings points from the tournament as a whole. So four wins and six draws would do it. Whether plus three would be enough to win the tournament is anyone's guess; Nak is already plus two but might go backwards.

Kevin Bonham
19-01-2011, 12:17 AM
And another one bites the dust before his seat is even warm. Not quite sure how on earth this sort of game happens at this level; Nepo was lost on move 10 if not before.

Aronian - Nepomniachtchi

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 0-0 6.Rc1 Be6 7.Qb3 c5 8.Qxb7 cxd4 9.exd4 Qb6 10.Qxa8 Nh5 11.c5 Qxb2 12.Bd2 Bxd4 13.Nf3 Nd7 14.Qxf8+ Kxf8 15.Nxd4 Nxc5 16.Rb1 Qa3 17.Be2 Nf4 18.0-0 Nxe2+ 19.Ncxe2 Nd7 20.Rb7 Qa6 21.Nxe6+ Qxe6 22.Nd4 Qg4 23.Rc1 f6 24.Be3 Nb6 25.h3 Qe4 26.Rcc7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
19-01-2011, 12:52 AM
Impressive win by Anand over Wang Hao. Notice the piece sac 16.Nd4! I was reading an article somewhere recently about this kind of sacrifice in recent games.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5 Qa5 9.e4 Ne7 10.Be3 0-0 11.Qb3 Qc7 12.Bb5 Nec6 13.Ne2 Na5 14.Qb4 e5 15.0-0 Be6 16.Nd4 exd4 17.cxd4 Nbc6 18.Qc3 Ne7 19.Rfd1 Rad8 20.Bf2 a6 21.Bg3 Qc8 22.Bf1 b6 23.Rab1 Nb3 24.Rxb3 Bxb3 25.Qxb3 bxc5 26.d5 Ng6 27.Qb6 f5 28.Bxa6 Qd7 29.Bb5 Qf7 30.exf5 Qxf5 31.Qxc5 Rc8 32.Qd4 Rfd8 33.a4 1-0

Kevin Bonham
19-01-2011, 03:12 PM
Nakamura just managed to survive against Giri so going into the first rest day he shares the lead with Anand on 3/4. In the B group McShane leads by a full point but has met a weak field so far.

Max Illingworth
19-01-2011, 04:06 PM
Impressive win by Anand over Wang Hao. Notice the piece sac 16.Nd4! I was reading an article somewhere recently about this kind of sacrifice in recent games.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5 Qa5 9.e4 Ne7 10.Be3 0-0 11.Qb3 Qc7 12.Bb5 Nec6 13.Ne2 Na5 14.Qb4 e5 15.0-0 Be6 16.Nd4 exd4 17.cxd4 Nbc6 18.Qc3 Ne7 19.Rfd1 Rad8 20.Bf2 a6 21.Bg3 Qc8 22.Bf1 b6 23.Rab1 Nb3 24.Rxb3 Bxb3 25.Qxb3 bxc5 26.d5 Ng6 27.Qb6 f5 28.Bxa6 Qd7 29.Bb5 Qf7 30.exf5 Qxf5 31.Qxc5 Rc8 32.Qd4 Rfd8 33.a4 1-0

There is a section on the Nd4 piece sacrifice in this variation and the 4.a3 variation in Moskalenko's book 'Revolutionize Your Chess'. Anand's novelty was originally prepared for the 2008 World Championship Match against Kramnik.

Kevin Bonham
19-01-2011, 11:23 PM
There is a section on the Nd4 piece sacrifice in this variation and the 4.a3 variation in Moskalenko's book 'Revolutionize Your Chess'.

Yes, it was a review of that book where I saw it.

Kevin Bonham
21-01-2011, 11:23 AM
Anand won again, against Smeets, and has 4/5. Carlsen also won, against L'Ami, after letting a won ending slip into KRN vs KR but then he won that anyway (although it was a tablebase draw.)

chessview
21-01-2011, 10:45 PM
I think Anand will win this tournament.

Kevin Bonham
22-01-2011, 01:37 AM
Anand had an early draw today.

Giri has been going well but missed something important and lost to Nepomniatchi today:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Be3 Bg4 9.Rc1 Bxf3 10.gxf3 cxd4 11.cxd4 0-0 12.f4 e6 13.Bg2 Nc6 14.e5 Qa5+ 15.Qd2 Qa6 16.Qe2 Qa5+ 17.Qd2 Qa6 18.Bf1 Qa4 19.Rc4 Qb5 20.Rc5 Qb1+ 21.Ke2 Qe4 22.f3 Qf5 23.h4 Qh5 24.Bf2 Rfd8 25.Bh3 Bf8 26.Bg4 Qh6 27.Rc4 Rd5 28.h5 Rad8 29.Rh3 Bc5! and that's the problem 30.hxg6 Qxg6 31.f5 exf5 32.Bh5 Nxd4+ 33.Kf1 Nxf3 34.Qxd5 Rxd5 35.Bxf3 Bxf2 36.Bxd5 Qg1+ 37.Ke2 Qe1+ 38.Kf3 Qf1 0-1

Carlsen defeated Smeets with the Berlin:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Bd7 10.h3 b6 11.b3 Kc8 12.Bb2 h5 13.g3 Be7 14.Rad1 a5 15.a4 Re8 16.Rd3 c5 17.Nd5 c4 18.Rc3 Bc5 19.Kh2 Bc6 20.bxc4 Bxa4 21.Ra1 Bc6 22.Rf1 a4 23.Ba3 Ra5 24.g4 hxg4 25.hxg4 Ne7 26.Nb4 Bb7 27.Kg3 Ng6 28.Re1 Bxf3 29.Rxf3 Rxe5 30.Rd1 Re4 31.Rxf7 Rxg4+ 32.Kxg4 Ne5+ 33.Kg3 Nxf7 0-1

Kramnik wheeled out some nice prep against Shirov. Kramnik missed what looks like a win with 27...Re8

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.Bd2 g6 11.Ne4 0-0-0 12.a4 Ba6 13.Qe3 Qxe5 14.Bc3 Bb4 15.Bxb4 Rhe8 16.f3 d5 17.a5 Nxc4 18.Qxa7 Qxb2 19.Qxa6+ Kd7 20.Rd1 Qxb4+ 21.Kf2 Rxe4 22.fxe4 Qc5+ 23.Ke1 Qb4+ 24.Kf2 Qc5+ 25.Ke1 Nb2 26.exd5 Qc3+ 27.Rd2 Qc1+ 28.Ke2 Re8+ 29.Kf3 Qxd2 30.Qxc6+ Kd8 31.Qf6+ Re7 32.Kg4 in progress

and white's last was a blunder so if Kramnik finds 32...Nd1 it will be over.

Nakamura has a strong position in the endgame against l'Ami so has a chance to share the lead. Aronian has a slightly favourable double rook ending against Wang Hao.

Saragossa
22-01-2011, 05:00 AM
Ivan Ivanisevic and Benjamin Bok got into quite an interesting king and pawn ending. White had all the advantages and duly won but it did demonstrate the problem of quickly trading down when you are structurally weak.

Kevin Bonham
23-01-2011, 02:04 PM
Six rounds to go and the current standings are

+4 Nakamura
+3 Anand
+2 Aronian, Kramnik
+1 Carlsen, Nepomniatchi, Vachier-Lagrave
= Ponomariov
-1 Wang Hao, Giri
-2 L'Ami
-3 Grischuk, Smeets
-4 Shirov

But these are somewhat misleading. Nakamura's four wins have come against the four tailenders while Aronian has played a very strong field so far. Tonight we have Anand-Aronian and if Aronian avoids losing that he must have a big chance to move up by defeating some of the weaker or worse-performing players. Another critical game tonight is Carlsen-Nakamura. If Carlsen can take down the current leader with white the tournament becomes much more open. If not his own chances are looking poor.

Adamski
23-01-2011, 02:36 PM
Oh man. I must have put the mockers on Shirov by picking him. He has had a terrible tournamant. Perhaps he will win his next one as he is up and down like a yoyo.

Kevin Bonham
24-01-2011, 01:31 AM
Anand - Aronian

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 Qh5 18.Qf1 Re7 19.a4 Rfe8 20.axb5 axb5 21.Bxd5 Qxd5 22.Qg2 Qxg2+ 23.Kxg2 h5 24.Rec1 f6 25.b3 g5 26.c4 bxc4 27.Nxc4 Bc7 28.Na5 Bxa5 29.Rxa5 Bd7 30.b4 Rb8 31.Rc4 Kf7 32.Kf1 Kg6 33.Ke2 Bg4+ 34.Kd2 -

Kevin Bonham
24-01-2011, 02:20 AM
Well Magnus has done the job with a glorious kingside attack. So Nak is back to equal leader with Anand, and Aronian, Kramnik and Carlsen are all just off the pace. Good to see all these big guns firing (to some degree at least) and sets up an exciting finish over the remaining five rounds. Nepo and V-L can join the +2ers if they win this round; both currently have better endgames that are pretty likely to be drawn.

Carlsen - Nakamura.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Be3 0-0 9.g4 Be6 10.g5 Nfd7 11.h4 Nb6 12.Qd2 N8d7 13.f4 exf4 14.Bxf4 Ne5 15.0-0-0 Rc8 16.Kb1 Qc7 17.h5 Rfe8 18.Ka1 Bf8 19.Nd4 Qc5 20.g6 Nec4 21.Bxc4 Nxc4 22.Qd3 fxg6 23.hxg6 h6 24.Qg3 Qb6 25.Bc1 Qa5 26.Rdf1 Ne5 27.Nd5 Bxd5 28.exd5 Qxd5 29.Bxh6 gxh6 30.g7 Be7 31.Rxh6 Nf7 32.Qg6 Nxh6 33.Qxh6 Bf6 34.Qh8+ Kf7 35.g8=Q+ Rxg8 36.Qxf6+ Ke8 37.Re1+ 1-0

Tony Dowden
24-01-2011, 08:14 AM
Well Magnus has done the job with a glorious kingside attack. So Nak is back to equal leader with Anand, and Aronian, Kramnik and Carlsen are all just off the pace. Good to see all these big guns firing (to some degree at least) and sets up an exciting finish over the remaining five rounds. Nepo and V-L can join the +2ers if they win this round; both currently have better endgames that are pretty likely to be drawn.

Carlsen - Nakamura.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Be3 0-0 9.g4 Be6 10.g5 Nfd7 11.h4 Nb6 12.Qd2 N8d7 13.f4 exf4 14.Bxf4 Ne5 15.0-0-0 Rc8 16.Kb1 Qc7 17.h5 Rfe8 18.Ka1 Bf8 19.Nd4 Qc5 20.g6 Nec4 21.Bxc4 Nxc4 22.Qd3 fxg6 23.hxg6 h6 24.Qg3 Qb6 25.Bc1 Qa5 26.Rdf1 Ne5 27.Nd5 Bxd5 28.exd5 Qxd5 29.Bxh6 gxh6 30.g7 Be7 31.Rxh6 Nf7 32.Qg6 Nxh6 33.Qxh6 Bf6 34.Qh8+ Kf7 35.g8=Q+ Rxg8 36.Qxf6+ Ke8 37.Re1+ 1-0
Glorious indeed but the way Carlsen set up his attack and snuffed out Black's counter-play along the way was just as impressive. In particular I'd love to know why Ka1 was needed.

Jonathan will be pleased Shirov won. One of Alexei's trademark ending wins.

Kevin Bonham
24-01-2011, 11:34 AM
Vachier-Lagrave did get the job done in a difficult rook ending to join the group on plus-two.

Smeets - Vachier-Lagrave

1.d4 d6 2.e4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.f4 a6 5.Nf3 b5 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.e5 Nd7 8.Be3 c5 9.Be4 Bxe4 10.Nxe4 Nh6 11.dxc5 Ng4 12.Bg1 dxe5 13.h3 Nh6 14.c6 Nf6 15.Qxd8+ Rxd8 16.c7 Rc8 17.Nxf6+ exf6 18.Bb6 Kd7 19.0-0-0+ Kc6 20.Ba5 Nf5 21.Rd8 Bh6 22.Rhd1 Bxf4+ 23.Kb1 e4 24.Nd4+ Nxd4 25.R1xd4 Bxc7 26.Bxc7 Kxc7 27.R8d7+ Kb6 28.Rxe4 f5 29.Red4 Rhe8 30.b4 Re1+ 31.Kb2 Re2 32.R4d6+ Rc6 33.Rxc6+ Kxc6 34.Rxf7 Rxg2 35.Rxh7 Re2 36.Ra7 Kb6 37.Rf7 Re6 38.Kb3 Kc6 39.h4 Kd5 40.h5 Ke4 41.hxg6 Rxg6 42.a4 f4 43.axb5 axb5 44.Re7+ Kf5 45.Kc3 Rd6 46.Rb7 Rd5 47.Kb2 f3 48.c4 bxc4 49.Kc3 Ke4 50.Rh7 Rf5 51.Rh1 f2 52.Rf1 Kd5 53.b5 Kc5 54.b6 Rf3+ 55.Kd2 Kxb6 56.Ke2 Rf5 57.Rxf2 Rxf2+ 58.Kxf2 Kc5 59.Ke3 Kb4 60.Kd2 Kb3 0-1

I was pleased to see Shirov win as he has had a rotten run and some of it has just been really "unlucky". Grischuk now sinks to equal last on a miserable 2/8. Not too flash for a world championship candidate.

Desmond
24-01-2011, 01:52 PM
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Bollard
24-01-2011, 11:04 PM
These are some amzng photo's. The future of chess!

http://www.fredlucas.eu/gallery/ta8/

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2011, 01:44 AM
Kramnik to +3 (6/9) as he smashes L'Ami in an obscure English line

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.d3 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Qc2 0-0 8.g3 c5 9.Bg2 Nc6 10.h4 Nb4 11.Qd2 Nd5 12.Bb2 Qa5 13.h5 Nb6 14.hxg6 hxg6 15.a4!? Bd7 16.Kf1 Nxa4 17.Qg5 Qb6 18.Qh4 Rfe8 19.Bc1 e5 20.Qh7+ Kf8 21.Bh6 Bxh6 22.Qxh6+ Ke7 23.Nxe5 1-0

I am being very conservative in just giving 15.a4 as !? for now, it may turn out to deserve a straight ! or even a !!. It is a really nice idea - the point is that for the cost of that pawn the black queen is so obstructed that it is very difficult for it to defend against the white queen's journey to the h-file.

Wesley So who was romping away with the B group has suffered a setback being beaten by Chao.

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2011, 01:55 AM
Nakamura and Anand draw and are joined in the lead by Kramnik and by the winner (if there is one) of Vachier-Lagrave v Carlsen. Aronian can also join the leaders if he beats Shirov.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 g5 7.Bg3 Ne4 8.Qc2 Bb7 9.e3 d6 10.Bd3 Bxc3+ 11.bxc3 f5 12.d5 Na6 13.h4 Qf6 14.Bxe4 fxe4 15.Qxe4 Qxc3+ 16.Ke2 Nc5 17.Qg6+ Ke7 18.Rac1 Qf6 19.Qxf6+ Kxf6 20.Rhd1 exd5 21.cxd5 Ba6+ 22.Ke1 Rae8 23.Rc3 Re4 24.Rd4 Rhe8 25.Ra3 Bc8 26.hxg5+ hxg5 27.Rxa7 R8e7 28.Kf1 Bg4 29.Nd2 Rxd4 30.exd4 Nd3 31.f3 Bf5 32.a3 Nf4 33.Bxf4 gxf4 34.Ne4+ Bxe4 35.fxe4 Rxe4 36.Rxc7 Rxd4 37.Rc6 Ke5 38.Rxb6 Rd1+ 39.Ke2 Ra1 40.Rb3 Kxd5 41.g3 Ke5 -

Thought Nak was looking a bit wobbly at times there but he managed to hang on.

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2011, 02:27 AM
Vachier-Lagrave and Carlsen draw thus remaining one off the pace

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Bd7 10.h3 b6 11.Bf4 Kc8 12.Rad1 h6 13.Bh2 a5 14.g4 Ne7 15.Nd4 h5 16.e6 fxe6 17.Rfe1 hxg4 18.hxg4 Rh6 19.g5 Rh5 20.Nxe6 Bxe6 21.Rxe6 Rxg5+ 22.Kf1 Rf5 23.a4 Rb8 24.Rd3 Rf7 25.Kg2 b5 26.axb5 cxb5 27.Ra6 b4 28.Nd5 Nxd5 29.Rxd5 b3 30.c3 Ba3 31.Re6 Re7 32.Rxe7 Bxe7 33.Rxa5 Kd7 34.Be5 Bd6 35.Bd4 Bf4 36.Kf3 Bc1 37.c4 g5 38.Ke4 Rf8 39.Rd5+ Kc6 40.Rc5+ Kd7 41.Rd5+ Kc6 42.Rc5+ Kd7 -

Aronian - Shirov in progress and rather odd:

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 Qa5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qd2 Bb4 9.Rc1 h6 10.Bh4 c5 11.Bc4 cxd4 12.Qxd4 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 0-0 14.0-0 N5b6 15.Bb3 Re8 16.Rfd1 Qh5 17.Bg3 e5 18.Qb4 e4 19.Ne1 a5 20.Qd4 Nc5 21.Rb1 Nxb3 22.Qxb6 Nc5 23.c4 Be6 24.Rd5 Bxd5 25.Qxc5 Red8 26.cxd5 Qxd5 27.Qc2 b5 28.Qb2 b4 29.Be5 Qd2 30.Qa1 Qe2 31.Bd4 Rab8 32.h3 f6 33.Rb2 Qb5 34.Qb1 Qd5 35.Qd1 Rbc8 36.Rd2 Qe6 37.Kh2 Rd7 38.g3 Rdc7 39.Bb2 Qxa2 40.Be5 Qxd2 41.Qxd2 fxe5 42.Qd5+ in progress

Garvinator
26-01-2011, 09:31 AM
(3) Aronian,L (2805) - Shirov,A (2722) [D52]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (9), 25.01.2011

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 Qa5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qd2 Bb4 9.Rc1 h6 10.Bh4 c5 11.Bc4 cxd4 12.Qxd4 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 0-0 14.0-0 N5b6 15.Bb3 Re8 16.Rfd1 Qh5 17.Bg3 e5 18.Qb4 e4 19.Ne1 a5 20.Qd4 Nc5 21.Rb1 Nxb3 22.Qxb6 Nc5 23.c4 Be6 24.Rd5 Bxd5 25.Qxc5 Red8 26.cxd5 Qxd5 27.Qc2 b5 28.Qb2 b4 29.Be5 Qd2 30.Qa1 Qe2 31.Bd4 Rab8 32.h3 f6 33.Rb2 Qb5 34.Qb1 Qd5 35.Qd1 Rbc8 36.Rd2 Qe6 37.Kh2 Rd7 38.g3 Rdc7 39.Bb2 Qxa2 40.Be5 Qxd2 41.Qxd2 fxe5 42.Qd5+ Rf7 43.Kg2 Rcf8 44.h4 Kh8 45.Qxe4 Rxf2+ 46.Kh3 b3 47.Nd3 b2 48.Qb7 R8f7 49.Qb5 a4 50.Nxb2 a3 51.Nd3 Rf1 52.Qa4 Rh1+ 53.Kg4 1-0

Adamski
26-01-2011, 09:24 PM
Jonathan will be pleased Shirov won. One of Alexei's trademark ending wins.
Yes indeed. Time for some more wins too! A pity he followed up by losing to Aronian.

Garvinator
26-01-2011, 09:35 PM
Yes indeed. Time for some more wins too! A pity he followed up by losing to Aronian.No its not ;) :P

Kevin Bonham
27-01-2011, 01:08 AM
Nakamura squashes Vachier-Lagrave and goes to +4 while the latter slips to +1:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Na5 11.Bd3 b6 12.Qd2 e5 13.Bg5 Qd7 14.Bh6 Bb7 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.d5 f5 17.f3 Rf7 18.exf5 c4 19.Bc2 gxf5 20.Rad1 f4 21.g3 Qd6 22.gxf4 exf4 23.Kh1 Re8 24.Rg1+ Kf8 25.Be4 Bc8 26.Nd4 Qf6 27.Ne6+ Bxe6 28.dxe6 Qxe6 29.Bd5 Qh3 30.Bxf7 Qxf3+ 31.Rg2 Kxf7 32.Qd7+ Kf6 33.Qg7+ 1-0

Aronian (+3) and Kramnik (+3) have both had draws as I post. Anand (+3) has an advantage against Shirov at the time of posting, while Carlsen (+2) is slightly worse vs Nepomniatchi.

Kevin Bonham
27-01-2011, 01:30 AM
Anand +4 as he disposes of Shirov.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 Qa5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qd2 Bb4 9.Rc1 h6 10.Bh4 c5 11.Bc4 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Ba3 13.Rb1 a6 14.Be2 0-0 15.0-0 b5 16.c4 Bb4 17.Qc2 Bb7 18.Rfd1 bxc4 19.dxc5 Nxc5 20.Rd4 Rab8 21.Ne5 Bd5 22.Be7 Rfe8 23.Bd6 Rbd8 24.Bh5 Rxd6 25.Bxf7+ Kf8 26.Bxe8 1-0

Garvinator
27-01-2011, 08:45 AM
(1) Ponomariov,R (2744) - Grischuk,A (2773) [E81]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Nge2 c5 7.Be3 Nc6 8.d5 Ne5 9.Ng3 h5 10.Be2 h4 11.Nf1 e6 12.Nd2 exd5 13.cxd5 a6 14.a4 Bd7 15.a5 b5 16.axb6 Qxb6 17.Ra2 Qb4 18.0-0 Bb5 19.Kh1 Rfb8 20.f4 Nc4 21.Bxc4 Bxc4 22.Ra4 Bxf1 23.Rxb4 cxb4 24.Na4 Bd3 25.Nb6 Rxb6 26.Bxb6 Bxe4 27.Nxe4 Nxe4 28.Qe1 f5 29.Qxb4 Rc8 30.Bc7 Re8 31.Kg1 Kh7 32.Kf1 Rc8 33.Qb7 Re8 34.Ba5 Kh6 35.Be1 h3 36.gxh3 Nc5 37.Qc6 Re3 38.Bf2 Rf3 39.Kg2 Rxf2+ 40.Kxf2 Bxb2 41.Kf3 Ne4 42.Qxa6 Bf6 43.Qb7 1-0

(2) Giri,A (2686) - Aronian,L (2805) [D17]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Bg2 g5 12.Ne3 gxf4 13.Nxf5 0-0-0 14.Qc2 fxg3 15.hxg3 Kb8 16.0-0-0 Bb4 17.Na2 Bc5 18.e3 a5 19.Kb1 Bb6 20.Nc3 Nc5 21.Nd4 h6 22.Rh5 Na6 23.Na2 Nc5 24.Nc3 Na6 25.Na2 Nc5 26.Nc3 1/2-1/2

(3) Nakamura,Hi (2751) - Vachier Lagrave,M (2715) [D86]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Na5 11.Bd3 b6 12.Qd2 e5 13.Bg5 Qd7 14.Bh6 Bb7 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.d5 f5 17.f3 Rf7 18.exf5 c4 19.Bc2 gxf5 20.Rad1 f4 21.g3 Qd6 22.gxf4 exf4 23.Kh1 Re8 24.Rg1+ Kf8 25.Be4 Bc8 26.Nd4 Qf6 27.Ne6+ Bxe6 28.dxe6 Qxe6 29.Bd5 Qh3 30.Bxf7 Qxf3+ 31.Rg2 Kxf7 32.Qd7+ Kf6 33.Qg7+ 1-0

(4) Smeets,J (2662) - Kramnik,V (2784) [C67]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 0-0 9.d4 Bf6 10.Re1 Re8 11.c3 Rxe1 12.Qxe1 Nf5 13.Bf4 c6 14.Nd2 d5 15.Nf3 Nd6 16.Bd3 Bf5 17.Bxf5 Nxf5 18.Qe2 Qe7 19.Qd3 Nh4 20.Nxh4 Bxh4 21.g3 Bf6 1/2-1/2

(5) Carlsen,M (2814) - Nepomniachtchi,I (2733) [B92]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Kh1 Nc6 10.f4 b5 11.Be3 Bb7 12.a4 exf4 13.Rxf4 Ne5 14.Qd4 Nc6 15.Qd2 Ne5 16.Qd4 Nc6 17.Qd2 Ne5 18.axb5 axb5 19.Re1 Ng6 20.Rff1 b4 21.Nd5 Nxe4 22.Nxe7+ Qxe7 23.Qxb4 Nh4 24.Bf3 Nxf3 25.gxf3 Qd7 26.Bf4 Ra4 27.Qb6 Nf6 28.Qxd6 Qg4 29.Nd4 Rxd4 30.Qxd4 Bxf3+ 31.Rxf3 Qxf3+ 32.Kg1 Qg4+ 33.Kh1 Qc8 34.Qf2 Qb7+ 35.Kg1 Ne4 36.Qd4 Re8 37.Re2 h6 38.h3 Re6 39.Kh2 f5 40.b4 Kh7 41.Re3 Rg6 42.Re2 Qb5 43.Re1 Rc6 44.Rxe4 fxe4 45.Qxe4+ Rg6 46.Bg3 Qd7 47.h4 h5 48.c4 Qd2+ 49.Kh3 Qc3 50.Qf4 Qxb4 51.Qf5 Qxc4 52.Qxh5+ Rh6 53.Qf3 Qe6+ 54.Kh2 Rf6 55.Qd3+ Rf5 56.Qc2 Qd5 57.Bf2 Kh6 58.Be3+ Kg6 59.Bf2 Kf6 60.Bg3 Rf1 61.Bf2 Rd1 62.Qc3+ Qe5+ 63.Qxe5+ Kxe5 64.h5 Kf6 65.Bh4+ Kf5 66.Be7 Rd7 0-1

(6) Anand,V (2810) - Shirov,A (2722) [D52]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 Qa5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qd2 Bb4 9.Rc1 h6 10.Bh4 c5 11.Bc4 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Ba3 13.Rb1 a6 14.Be2 0-0 15.0-0 b5 16.c4 Bb4 17.Qc2 Bb7 18.Rfd1 bxc4 19.dxc5 Nxc5 20.Rd4 Rab8 21.Ne5 Bd5 22.Be7 Rfe8 23.Bd6 Rbd8 24.Bh5 Rxd6 25.Bxf7+ Kf8 26.Bxe8 1-0

(7) L'Ami,E (2628) - Wang Hao (2731) [E15]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 26.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 d5 6.Bg2 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Be7 8.cxd5 exd5 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nc3 Re8 11.Re1 Bb7 12.Qc2 Nbd7 13.Bf4 a6 14.Rad1 Bb4 15.Ne5 h6 16.Nd3 Be7 17.Bc1 Ne4 18.Bb2 Ndf6 19.e3 Rc8 20.a4 a5 21.Qc1 Bf8 22.Re2 c5 23.dxc5 bxc5 24.Nxe4 Nxe4 25.Nf4 Qb6 26.Qc2 c4 27.Bd4 Qxb3 28.Qxb3 cxb3 29.Rb2 Bc6 30.Ra1 Rb8 31.Nd3 Rec8 32.Be5 Rb7 33.Bh3 Ra8 34.Bd4 Rab8 35.Bg4 Nd6 36.Nc5 Rb6 37.Nd7 Bxd7 38.Bxd7 Rb4 39.Bc6 Nc4 40.Rbb1 Nd2 41.Rb2 Nf3+ 42.Kg2 Nxd4 43.exd4 Rxd4 44.Rab1 Rb6 45.Bb5 Rxb5 46.axb5 a4 47.b6 Rb4 48.Ra1 Bd6 49.b7 Kh7 50.f4 Kg6 51.Kf3 Kf6 52.Ke3 Ke6 53.Kd3 Kd7 0-1

Adamski
27-01-2011, 10:35 PM
Magnus's loss a surprise to me. Shirov's results no longer surprise me.

Kevin Bonham
29-01-2011, 02:09 AM
Vachier-Lagrave - Anand

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e6 7.g4 Be7 8.Bg2 Nfd7 9.Be3 Nc6 10.Qe2 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 0-0 12.0-0-0 b5 13.e5 d5 14.f4 Bb7 15.Qe3 Rc8 16.Kb1 Qc7 17.Rc1 Bc5 18.Ne2 a5 19.c3 Ba6 20.Rc2 Qb6 21.Rhc1 b4 22.cxb4 Bxd4 23.Nxd4 Rxc2 24.Rxc2 axb4 25.f5 Rc8 26.Rxc8+ Bxc8 27.g5 Nf8 28.h4 exf5 29.Bxd5 g6 30.Bb3 Qb7 31.e6 Nxe6 32.Nxe6 Qh1+ 33.Kc2 Qh2+ 34.Kb1 Qh1+ -

Nakamura currently pressing for victory against Nepo and Carlsen likewise against Kramnik, both with black.

Kevin Bonham
29-01-2011, 02:25 AM
Aronian - Pono was drawn too

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Nd2 c5 5.a3 Bxd2+ 6.Qxd2 Nc6 7.dxc5 Ne4 8.Qe3 Qa5+ 9.Bd2 Nxd2 10.Qxd2 Qxc5 11.Rc1 b6 12.Bg2 Bb7 13.Nh3 Qe7 14.0-0 0-0 15.Rfd1 Rfd8 16.Qg5 Rab8 17.Rc3 Qxg5 18.Nxg5 h6 19.Ne4 d5 20.cxd5 exd5 21.Nd2 Nd4 22.Rd3 Nxe2+ 23.Kf1 Ba6 24.Nb3 Nxg3+ 25.hxg3 Rbc8 26.Nd4 g6 27.Bf3 Bxd3+ 28.Rxd3 Kg7 29.Kg2 h5 30.Bd1 a5 31.Bb3 Rc5 32.f4 b5 33.Bd1 a4 34.Kf2 Rb8 35.b4 axb3 36.Rxb3 Rc4 37.Nxb5 h4 38.Be2 Ra4 39.Bf1 hxg3+ 40.Kxg3 Rb6 41.Be2 Kf6 42.Rc3 g5 43.fxg5+ Kxg5 44.Rc5 Rxb5 45.Rxb5 Rxa3+ 46.Kf2 Ra7 47.Rxd5+ Kf6 48.Bc4 Rc7 49.Rd4 Kg7 50.Ke3 Re7+ 51.Kd3 Kf8 52.Rg4 Rd7+ 53.Ke4 Re7+ 54.Kd5 Rd7+ 55.Kc6 Ra7 56.Rg1 Re7 57.Ra1 Re4 58.Bd5 Rf4 59.Kd7 Rf2 60.Ra8+ Kg7 61.Ra3 Kf8 62.Rd3 Rf6 63.Bf3 Kg7 64.Bd1 -

but Nakamura wins! He leads on a stellar +5:

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5 5.c4 e6 6.Nc3 Ne7 7.Nge2 Bg4 8.f3 Bf5 9.Ng3 Bg6 10.Bg5 Qb6 11.Qd2 Nd7 12.a3 f6 13.Be3 Qb3 14.cxd5 Nxd5 15.Nxd5 Qxd5 16.Rc1 Nb6 17.Ne2 fxe5 18.dxe5 Qxe5 19.Bd4 Qc7 20.Qg5 Bf5 21.g4 hxg4 22.fxg4 Be4 23.Rh3 Be7 24.Qxg7 Rh7 25.Qe5 Qxe5 26.Bxe5 Bxh4+ 27.Ng3 Nd7 28.Bd4 Bf3 29.g5 Bg4 30.g6 Rh6 31.Rxh4 Rxh4 32.Rc3 Bf3 33.Rxf3 Rxd4 34.Bh3 Ne5 35.Rf6 Nd3+ 36.Ke2 Nf4+ 37.Ke3 e5 38.Rf7 Rd3+ 39.Ke4 Rxg3 40.Bd7+ Kd8 41.Bf5 Nxg6 42.Rg7 Rb8 43.b4 b5 44.Bxg6 Rg5 0-1

Kevin Bonham
29-01-2011, 02:06 PM
Carlsen won against Kramnik. Very neat endgame:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Qxd2 d5 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.Nf3 c6 8.0-0 b6 9.Rc1 0-0 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.Na3 Bb7 12.Nb5 a6 13.Nd6 Qb8 14.Qb4 a5 15.Qa3 Ba6 16.Ne5 b5 17.Qxa5 Qxd6 18.Rc6 Qb8 19.Rxa6 Rxa6 20.Qxa6 Nxe5 21.dxe5 Qxe5 22.Qxb5 Rb8 23.Qd3 Rxb2 24.Qe3 Qxe3 25.fxe3 Rxe2 26.a4 Rc2 27.a5 Rc7 28.a6 Ra7 29.Bf1 Kf8 30.Rb1 Ke7 31.Rb7+ Rxb7 32.axb7 Nd7 33.Kf2 Kd6 34.Bb5 Nb8 35.Be8 Ke7 36.Bb5 f6 37.Kf3 Kd6 38.Be8 Kc7 39.Bf7 Kxb7 40.Bxe6 Kc6 41.Bg8 h6 42.Kg4 Nd7 43.Kf5 Ne5 44.h3 Kc5 45.g4 Kd6 46.Bh7 Ke7 47.Bg8 g6+ 48.Kf4 Nf7 49.Bh7 g5+ 50.Kg3 Nd6 51.Bg8 Ne4+ 52.Kg2 Kd6 53.Kf3 Kc5 54.Bh7 Nc3 55.Bd3 Kb4 56.Ba6 Kb3 57.Bb7 Kc2 58.Ba6 Kd1 59.Bb7 Kd2 60.Bc6 Ke1 61.Bb7 Kf1 62.Ba8 Kg1 63.Kg3 Ne4+ 64.Kf3 Nd2+ 65.Kg3 Nf1+ 66.Kf3 Nd2+ 67.Kg3 Nc4 68.Bxd5 Nxe3 69.Bb7 Nf1+ 70.Kf3 Kh2 71.Kf2 Nd2 72.Bg2 Nc4 73.Bf1 Ne5 74.Ke3 Kg1 75.Be2 Kg2 76.Ke4 Kxh3 77.Kf5 Kh4 78.Bd1 Nc4 79.Ke4 Nd6+ 80.Kd5 f5 0-1

That pretty much puts Kramnik out of business for the tournament win. Aronian is still in the picture because he is only a point from first and may well beat both his remaining opponents, while Nakamura still has to play Kramnik.

ER
29-01-2011, 06:42 PM
what? today's games have all been finished already? What time did they start?
http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/schedule/group/1

Kevin Bonham
29-01-2011, 07:05 PM
what? today's games have all been finished already? What time did they start?
http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/schedule/group/1

No, the display's just a bit odd there, so that it looks like the round 11 results are the round 12 results because they are closer to the round 12 pairings. Round 12 will be played tonight and round 13 tomorrow night. Round 11 was played last night.

ER
29-01-2011, 07:21 PM
No, the display's just a bit odd there, so that it looks like the round 11 results are the round 12 results because they are closer to the round 12 pairings. Round 12 will be played tonight and round 13 tomorrow night. Round 11 was played last night.

oh ok reading that after the owls of fowls thingy it really took me off guard! :)

Kevin Bonham
29-01-2011, 08:55 PM
***GM Ian Rogers will be doing live commentary from Tata Steel tonight @ http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/livecommentary ***

New round starts 11:30 our time or view last night's games/comments there now.

Kevin Bonham
30-01-2011, 01:22 AM
Carlsen crushes Wang Hao:

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Be3 e6 5.Nd2 Nd7 6.Ngf3 Bg6 7.Be2 Ne7 8.Nh4 c5 9.c3 Nc6 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.Nf3 Rc8 12.0-0 a6 13.g3 Be7 14.h4 b5 15.a4 Qb6 16.axb5 axb5 17.Kg2 c4 18.Ng5 Qd8 19.Bg4 Bxg5 20.Bxg5 Qc7 21.Rh1 Nb6 22.h5 gxh5 23.Bxh5 Na4 24.Bxf7+ Kxf7 25.Qf3+ Kg8 26.Rxh8+ Kxh8 27.Rh1+ Kg8 28.Qh5 Rf8 29.Bf6 1-0

With Nakamura drawing with Kramnik (blatantly dull draw too), Carlsen is 1 point behind going into the last round so needs to win and have Nak lose for any chance of =1st.

Vachier-Lagrave - Nepomniatchi. Gets into a heavy piece position and black at first seems OK then completely loses the plot.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.e3 0-0 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb3 c5 9.0-0 cxd4 10.exd4 Nc6 11.d5 Na5 12.Re1 Bg4 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Re8 15.Be3 Bxc3 16.bxc3 Nxb3 17.Bxb6 Nd2 18.Qd3 Qxb6 19.Qxd2 Qc5 20.Re4 Rad8 21.c4 f5 22.Re5 Qxc4 23.Rc1 Qa6 24.Rce1 Qd6 25.h4 Rd7 26.h5 gxh5 27.Rxf5 e5 28.Qg5+ Rg7 29.Qxh5 Rge7 30.Qf3 Rg7 31.Rf6 Qd8 32.d6 e4 33.Qf5 Rd7 34.Re3 Rxd6 35.Rg3+ Kh8 36.Rg7 1-0

l'Ami-Aronian and Anand-Giri very interesting games, still going

Kevin Bonham
30-01-2011, 02:09 AM
Aronian tried all kinds of nonsense in this game but still couldn't conjure up a win:

L'Ami - Aronian

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Nbd7 6.Bd3 Be7 7.Nge2 g6 8.h3 h5 9.Be3 h4 10.Qd2 a6 11.a4 b6 12.Kd1 Nh7 13.Kc2 Rb8 14.Rhf1 Bg5 15.Ng1 Rb7 16.Nf3 Be7 17.g3 hxg3 18.fxg3 Ndf8 19.g4 g5 20.Ne2 Ng6 21.Ng3 Nf4 22.Nf5 Bxf5 23.exf5 b5 24.axb5 axb5 25.cxb5 Nxd3 26.Qxd3 c4 27.Qe2 0-0 28.b6 Rxb6 29.Bxb6 Qxb6 30.Qxc4 Rb8 31.Ra2 Nf6 32.Kb1 Qe3 33.Ka1 e4 34.Nd4 Qxh3 35.Qc1 e3 36.Ra3 Bf8 37.Rxe3 Qxg4 38.Rd3 Bg7 39.Rg1 Qe4 40.Qe3 Qxe3 41.Rxe3 Nxd5 42.Rxg5 Nxe3 43.f6 Nd5 44.Rxg7+ Kf8 45.Rh7 Nxf6 46.Rh6 -

Kevin Bonham
30-01-2011, 02:50 AM
Fire on board! Shame it wasn't Alexei's. McShane plays a piece sac 16.Bxc4. On move 24 he is still the piece down (but with clearly massive compensation) and has three mins plus 30 secs/move for 16 moves. So So decides to return the material for a drawn ending, but then in mutual time trouble he makes a couple of mistakes followed by a blunder and loses. McShane to at least a share of the lead with one round to go.

McShane - So

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5 5.c4 e6 6.Nc3 Nd7 7.Nge2 dxc4 8.Ng3 Nb6 9.Be2 Bg6 10.Bg5 Be7 11.Nge4 f6 12.Bf4 Nd5 13.Bg3 Qb6 14.0-0 Nxc3 15.Nxc3 Qxb2 16.Bxc4 Qxc3 17.Rc1 Qb2 18.Bxe6 Rd8 19.d5 fxe5 20.Re1 Bf6 21.Re2 Qa3 22.Bxe5 Bxe5 23.Rxe5 Kf8 24.Qe1 Qd6 25.Bxg8 Kxg8 26.Re6 Qxd5 27.Rxg6 Rh6 28.Rxh6 gxh6 29.Qe3 Rd7 30.Qxh6 Rg7 31.g3 Qd4 32.Qe6+ Rf7?! 33.Qe2 Kg7 34.Rf1 Kg6 35.Rd1 Qf6 36.Qe3 b6 37.Rd4 Re7? 38.Qd3+ Kg7 39.Rf4 Qe6 40.Rf5 Rf7?? 1-0 (41.Rg5+ is coming and white has 47 minutes to find it!)

Kevin Bonham
30-01-2011, 02:44 PM
Anand survived so he is half a point behind Nakamura. Nakamura is a whole point ahead of Aronian and Carlsen.

Tonight's key pairings are:

Wang Hao - Nakamura
Nepomniatchi - Anand
Grischuk - Carlsen
Aronian - Smeets

Group B it's Navara-McShane for the win; if they draw Efimenko can tie them by beating Sargissian with white.

Group C Vocaturo had his third loss but as he has had only one draw he still leads by half a point. It's Vocaturo - Nyzhnyk for the lot tonight and Nyzhnyk needs to win to win the tournamnet.

Kevin Bonham
30-01-2011, 09:27 PM
GM Ian Rogers live commentary

http://live.tatasteelchess.com/f3/livecommentary.html

Last round has started!

Kevin Bonham
30-01-2011, 11:30 PM
Wang Hao - Nakamura

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 c5 5.d5 d6 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Nf3 e6 8.0-0 exd5 9.cxd5 Re8 10.a4 a6 11.Re1 Ne4 12.Ra3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Nd7 14.c4 Rb8 15.a5 b5 16.axb6 Rxb6 17.Bf4 Qc7 18.e4 Rb4 19.Bf1 a5 20.Bd2 Ne5 21.Nxe5 Bxe5 22.Bc3 Bd7 -

Waiting to see if Anand can win and tie him - haven't checked the tiebreak situation.

Kevin Bonham
30-01-2011, 11:50 PM
Anand has the better tiebreak if he wins but I don't think he is actually declared the sole winner if that happens; I think that qualifies him for the Bilbao event.

Nakamura didn't think Anand could win his position against Nepo which he says was a reason he took the draw (this according to Rogers.)

Kevin Bonham
30-01-2011, 11:57 PM
Nepomniachtchi - Anand

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Bc4 0-0 9.0-0 Qc7 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.Bxd5 Nd7 12.c4 Nf6 13.Qb3 Nxd5 14.cxd5 b5 15.Rfc1 Qb8 16.Qc3 f5 17.Qc7 Rf7 18.Nd2 Qxc7 19.Rxc7 Bd8 20.Rc6 Bd7 21.Rxd6 Bc7 22.Rxd7 Rxd7 23.f3 f4 24.Bc5 Bd6 25.Bxd6 Rxd6 26.Nb3 Rc8 27.Rf1 Kf7 28.Na5 Rc2 29.Rf2 Rc1+ 30.Rf1 Rxf1+ 31.Kxf1 g5 32.Nc6 Kf6 33.b4 Rd7 34.h3 h5 35.Kf2 Rg7 36.Kf1 g4 37.hxg4 hxg4 38.Kf2 g3+ -

So Nakamura wins Tata Steel 2011 top division outright and congratulations to White Elephant for being the only one of 18 Chesschat tipsters to get it right!

Kevin Bonham
31-01-2011, 01:10 AM
Vocaturo wins the C group after a wild game where, needing only a draw to win the tournament, he chose to sacrifice virtually everything for a perpetual. It looks like it wasn't rock-solid and he was a bit lucky that mutual time trouble meant the youngster couldn't possibly calculate everything. Capped off a wild ride through the tournament for the winner but he's done the job.

Vocaturo - Nyzhnyk

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 Qc7 8.a4 Be7 9.a5 Nbd7 10.Be2 0-0 11.0-0 b5 12.axb6 Nxb6 13.Nd2 Bb7 14.Bxb6 Qxb6 15.Nc4 Qc5 16.Ra5 Qc7 17.Qd3 Rad8 18.Bf3 Rc8 19.b3 Rfd8 20.h3 g6 21.Rd1 h5 22.Qe2 Bf8 23.Rd3 Re8 24.Ra4 Nd7 25.Nd5 Qd8 26.Rb4 Bc6 27.Bxh5 a5 28.Rg3?! [28.Ra4 Bxa4 29.Rg3 Bg7 30.Nxd6=] 28...Bxd5! 29.exd5 axb4 30.Bxg6 fxg6 31.Rxg6+ Kf7 32.Nxd6+ Bxd6 [32...Kxg6! 33.Qe4+ Kh6 34.Nf7+ Kg7 35.Nxd8 Nf6 36.Ne6+ Rxe6 37.Qf5 Ree8 is as big a mess as you will see but at least in theory black's material might be enough] 33.Qh5 Nf6 34.Rxf6+ Kxf6 35.Qh6+ Kf5 36.Qh7+ Kf6 37.Qh6+ Kf5 38.Qh7+ Kf6 39.Qh6+ -

Efimenko has drawn his game so Navara-McShane still going for the win in group B, Navara better.

Kevin Bonham
31-01-2011, 01:45 AM
Navara pressed and pressed but he couldn't break down McShane so the two have tied for B group on 8.5/13 each. I believe that McShane has the better tiebreak and is therefore going up to the A group next year, on top of his excellent performance in the London Classic recently.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nf3 d6 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.0-0 Rb8 8.e3 e5 9.d5 Ne7 10.e4 Nd7 11.b4 h6 12.Be3 a6 13.Nd2 f5 14.f3 f4 15.Ba7 Ra8 16.Bf2 h5 17.c5 g5 18.Nc4 Nf6 19.cxd6 cxd6 20.Bb6 Qd7 21.Qa4 Qxa4 22.Nxa4 Bd7 23.Nab2 Nc8 24.Rac1 Rf7 25.Bd8 Rf8 26.Bc7 Ne8 27.Nb6 Nxb6 28.Bxb6 Bf6 29.Nc4 h4 30.g4 Bb5 31.Rf2 Bxc4 32.Rxc4 Bd8 33.Bxd8 Rxd8 34.Bf1 Rf7 35.Rfc2 Kf8 36.a4 Rdd7 37.Rc8 Rc7 38.R2xc7 Rxc7 39.Rb8 Ke7 40.b5 axb5 41.axb5 Nf6 42.b6 Rc1 43.Rxb7+ Nd7 44.Rc7 Rb1 45.b7 Kd8 46.Rc8+ Ke7 47.Rg8 Kf7 48.b8R Rxb8 49.Rxb8 Nxb8 50.Bb5 Ke7 51.Kf2 Kd8 52.Ke2 Kc7 53.Kd3 Kb6 54.Kc4 Ka5 55.h3 Na6 56.Bxa6 Kxa6 57.Kb4 Kb6 -

Tony Dowden
31-01-2011, 06:28 AM
Nakamura wins Tata Steel 2011 top division outright and congratulations to White Elephant for being the only one of 18 Chesschat tipsters to get it right!

Well done Nakamura (and White Elephant) :clap: :clap: :clap:

Kevin Bonham
31-01-2011, 09:52 PM
The organisers have said that Navara, who tied for first in the B group but had an inferior tiebreak to McShane, will also be invited to the A group next year.

I think this was an excellent tournament and showed that if you have a class field then you don't need anti-draw rules. There were a few very peaceful draws but on the whole the event was exciting.