Tata Steel 2019

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Tata Steel 2019

    Tata Steel 2019

    November 30, 2018

    Tata Steel 2019 - Strong field of participants

    The 81st edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place from 11 – 27 January 2019.

    Tournament director Jeroen van den Berg: “The 81st edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament has a very strong field of participants. The Tata Steel Mastersgroup has an average rating of 2755, with six grandmasters from the world’s top ten.

    After several years’ absence star player Ding Liren from China will make his comeback. He was at the centre of attention recently, because he managed to remain unbeaten for 100 games in a row. We also have a number of players making their debut in the Tata Steel Masters: Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Samuel Shankland, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vidit Gujrathi and Jorden van Foreest.

    The latter stands out most. The former Dutch national champion has finished his secondary school and has decided to go for chess fulltime. He already drew attention by becoming Dutch champion at 17, but then it was a little too early for him. Although his rating is relatively low for the Tata Steel Masters, I think his time has come now. Jorden can now show whether he is up to the task. He has displayed a lot of talent and this experience will only make him stronger.

    The players making their debut will guarantee a fighting spirit in the Tata Steel Masters. They have shown to be fearless on numerous occasions and will certainly make life difficult for the traditional top players.”

    Participants Tata Steel Masters 2019

    NameCountry Rating Position

    GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR 28351
    GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 28173
    GM Ding, Liren CHN 28164
    GM Giri, Anish NED 27805
    GM Kramnik, VladimirRUS 27777
    GM Anand, Viswanathan IND 27738
    GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 276313
    GM Radjabov, TeimourAZE 275714
    GM Duda, Jan-Krzysztof POL 273819
    GM Shankland, SamuelUSA 272429
    GM Fedoseev, Vladimir RUS 271432
    GM Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 270244
    GM Van Foreest, Jorden NED 2613194

    The 14th player will be announced in December, when it is known who will be the highest ranked player in the ACP Competition with a rating under 2750 on 1 December. The participants of the Tata Steel Challengers will be announced at the same time.


  • #2
    Im hoping that GM Sam Shankland does well. He gets to play the big guns and Im hoping he gives a good account of himself. He's an exciting player to watch.


    • #3
      Jorden Van Foreest is almost a hundred points behind the rest of the field. Should be interesting.


      • #4
        Tata Steel 2019

        December 4, 2018

        The Tata Steel Chess Tournament Challengers 2019 are:

        NameCountry Rating

        GM Korobov, Anton UKR 2698
        GM Maghsoodloo, Parham IRI 2688
        GM Kovalev, Vladislav BLR 2683
        GM Bareev, Evgeny CAN 2650
        GM L'Ami, ErwinNED 2642
        GM Gledura, BenjaminHUN 2621
        GM Chigaev, Maksim RUS 2606
        GM Esipenko, Andrey RUS 2593
        GM Praggnanandhaa RIND 2530
        IM Keymer, Vincent GER 2508
        GM Van Foreest, Lucas NED 2500
        IM Paehtz, ElisabethGER 2487
        IM Saduakassova, Dinara KAZ 2472
        IM Kuipers, Stefan NED 2467

        Average rating : 2582
        Category: 14
        FIDE-ratings of December 2018


        • #5
          Go Bareev!


          • #6
            Tata Steel 2019

            January 2, 2019

            Masters Playing Schedule

            Sat 12 Jan Round 1
            Sun 13 Jan Round 2
            Mon 14 Jan Round 3
            Tue 15 Jan Round 4
            Wed 16 Jan Round 5
            Thu 17 Jan Rest Day
            Fri 18 Jan Round 6
            Sat 19 Jan Round 7
            Sun 20 Jan Round 8
            Mon 21 Jan Rest Day
            Tue 22 Jan Round 9
            Wed 23 Jan Round 10
            Thu 24 Jan Rest Day
            Fri 25 Jan Round 11
            Sat 26 Jan Round 12
            Sun 27 Jan Round 13

            Games start at 13:30 (7:30 AM Toronto/Montreal)

            The draw will be announced on January 11th, 2019.

            Rate of play Masters and Challengers

            100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.

            Richard Rapport is the 14thparticipant


            • #7
              Tata Steel 2019

              January 11, 2019

              Tata Steel Challengers Playing Schedule

              Round 1 - Saturday the 12th
              Maghsoodloo, Parham - Korobov, Anton
              Paehtz, Elisabeth - Keymer, Vincent
              Kuipers, Stefan - L'Ami, Erwin
              Esipenko, Andrey - Kovalev, Vladislav
              Praggnanandhaa R - Bareev, Evgeny
              Chigaev, Maksim - Saduakassova, Dinara
              Van Foreest, Lucas - Gledura, Benjamin

              Round 2 - Sunday the 13th
              Korobov, Anton - Gledura, Benjamin
              Saduakassova, Dinara - Van Foreest, Lucas
              Bareev, Evgeny - Chigaev, Maksim
              Kovalev, Vladislav - Praggnanandhaa R
              L'Ami, Erwin - Esipenko, Andrey
              Keymer, Vincent - Kuipers, Stefan
              Maghsoodloo, Parham - Paehtz, Elisabeth

              Round 3 - Monday the 14th
              Paehtz, Elisabeth - Korobov, Anton
              Kuipers, Stefan - Maghsoodloo, Parham
              Esipenko, Andrey - Keymer, Vincent
              Praggnanandhaa R - L'Ami, Erwin
              Chigaev, Maksim - Kovalev, Vladislav
              Van Foreest, Lucas - Bareev, Evgeny
              Gledura, Benjamin - Saduakassova, Dinara

              Round 4 - Tuesday the 15th
              Korobov, Anton - Saduakassova, Dinara
              Bareev, Evgeny - Gledura, Benjamin
              Kovalev, Vladislav - Van Foreest, Lucas
              L'Ami, Erwin - Chigaev, Maksim
              Keymer, Vincent - Praggnanandhaa R
              Maghsoodloo, Parham - Esipenko, Andrey
              Paehtz, Elisabeth - Kuipers, Stefan

              Round 5 - Wednesday the 16th
              Kuipers, Stefan - Korobov, Anton
              Esipenko, Andrey - Paehtz, Elisabeth
              Praggnanandhaa R - Maghsoodloo, Parham
              Chigaev, Maksim - Keymer, Vincent
              Van Foreest, Lucas - L'Ami, Erwin
              Gledura, Benjamin - Kovalev, Vladislav
              Saduakassova, Dinara - Bareev, Evgeny

              Round 6 - Friday the 18th
              Korobov, Anton - Bareev, Evgeny
              Kovalev, Vladislav - Saduakassova, Dinara
              L'Ami, Erwin - Gledura, Benjamin
              Keymer, Vincent - Van Foreest, Lucas
              Maghsoodloo, Parham - Chigaev, Maksim
              Paehtz, Elisabeth - Praggnanandhaa R
              Kuipers, Stefan - Esipenko, Andrey

              Round 7 - Saturday the 19th
              Esipenko, Andrey - Korobov, Anton
              Praggnanandhaa R - Kuipers, Stefan
              Chigaev, Maksim - Paehtz, Elisabeth
              Van Foreest, Lucas - Maghsoodloo, Parham
              Gledura, Benjamin - Keymer, Vincent
              Saduakassova, Dinara - L'Ami, Erwin
              Bareev, Evgeny - Kovalev, Vladislav

              Round 8 - Sunday the 20th
              Korobov, Anton - Kovalev, Vladislav
              L'Ami, Erwin - Bareev, Evgeny
              Keymer, Vincent - Saduakassova, Dinara
              Maghsoodloo, Parham - Gledura, Benjamin
              Paehtz, Elisabeth - Van Foreest, Lucas
              Kuipers, Stefan - Chigaev, Maksim
              Esipenko, Andrey - Praggnanandhaa R

              Round 9 - Tuesday the 22nd
              Praggnanandhaa R - Korobov, Anton
              Chigaev, Maksim - Esipenko, Andrey
              Van Foreest, Lucas - Kuipers, Stefan
              Gledura, Benjamin - Paehtz, Elisabeth
              Saduakassova, Dinara - Maghsoodloo, Parham
              Bareev, Evgeny - Keymer, Vincent
              Kovalev, Vladislav - L'Ami, Erwin

              Round 10 - Wednesday the 23rd
              Korobov, Anton - L'Ami, Erwin
              Keymer, Vincent - Kovalev, Vladislav
              Maghsoodloo, Parham - Bareev, Evgeny
              Paehtz, Elisabeth - Saduakassova, Dinara
              Kuipers, Stefan - Gledura, Benjamin
              Esipenko, Andrey - Van Foreest, Lucas
              Praggnanandhaa R - Chigaev, Maksim

              Round 11 - Friday the 25th
              Chigaev, Maksim - Korobov, Anton
              Van Foreest, Lucas - Praggnanandhaa R
              Gledura, Benjamin - Esipenko, Andrey
              Saduakassova, Dinara - Kuipers, Stefan
              Bareev, Evgeny - Paehtz, Elisabeth
              Kovalev, Vladislav - Maghsoodloo, Parham
              L'Ami, Erwin - Keymer, Vincent

              Round 12 - Saturday the 26th
              Korobov, Anton - Keymer, Vincent
              Maghsoodloo, Parham - L'Ami, Erwin
              Paehtz, Elisabeth - Kovalev, Vladislav
              Kuipers, Stefan - Bareev, Evgeny
              Esipenko, Andrey - Saduakassova, Dinara
              Praggnanandhaa R - Gledura, Benjamin
              Chigaev, Maksim - Van Foreest, Lucas

              Round 13 - Sunday the 27th
              Van Foreest, Lucas - Korobov, Anton
              Gledura, Benjamin - Chigaev, Maksim
              Saduakassova, Dinara - Praggnanandhaa R
              Bareev, Evgeny - Esipenko, Andrey
              Kovalev, Vladislav - Kuipers, Stefan
              L'Ami, Erwin - Paehtz, Elisabeth
              Keymer, Vincent - Maghsoodloo, Parham

              Well, well – Bareev vs Praggnanandhaa in the first, against Korobov in the sixth and Maghsoodloo in the tenth. Fascinating tournament!


              • #8
                Tata Steel 2019

                January 11, 2019

                Masters’ Playing Schedule

                Round 1 - Saturday the 12th
                Ding Liren – Carlsen
                Vidit – Duda
                Van Foreest – Anand
                Fedoseev – Rapport
                Shankland – Mamedyarov
                Radjabov – Kramnik
                Giri – Nepomniachtchi

                Round 2 - Sunday the 13th
                Carlsen – Nepomniachtchi
                Kramnik - Giri
                Mamedyarov – Radjabov
                Rapport – Shankland
                Anand – Fedoseev
                Duda – Van Foreest
                Ding Liren - Vidit

                Round 3 - Monday the 14th
                Vidit – Carlsen
                Van Foreest – Ding Liren
                Fedoseev – Duda
                Shankland – Anand
                Radjabov – Rapport
                Giri - Mamedyarov

                Round 4 - Tuesday the 15th
                Carlsen – Kramnik
                Mamedyarov – Nepomniachtchi
                Rapport – Giri
                Anand – Radjabov
                Duda – Shankland
                Ding Liren – Fedoseev
                Vidit – Van Foreest

                Round 5 - Wednesday the 16th
                Van Foreest – Carlsen
                Fedoseev – Vidit
                Shankland – Ding Liren
                Radjabov – Duda
                Giri – Anand
                Nepomniachtchi – Rapport
                Kramnik – Mamedyarov

                Round 6 - Friday the 18th
                Carlsen – Mamedyarov
                Rapport – Kramnik
                Anand – Nepomniachtchi
                Duda – Giri
                Ding Liren – Radjabov
                Vidit – Shankland
                Van Foreest - Fedoseev

                Round 7 - Saturday the 19th
                Fedoseev – Carlsen
                Shankland – Van Foreest
                Radjabov – Vidit
                Giri – Ding Liren
                Nepomniatchtchi – Duda
                Kramnik – Anand
                Mamedyarov - Rapport

                Round 8 - Sunday the 20th
                Carlsen – Rapport
                Anand – Mamedyarov
                Duda – Kramnik
                Ding Liren – Nepomniachtchi
                Vidit – Giri
                Van Foreest – Radjabov
                Fedoseev - Shankland

                Round 9 - Tuesday the 22nd
                Shankland – Carlsen
                Radjabov – Fedoseev
                Giri – Van Foreest
                Nepomniachchi – Vidit
                Kramnik – Ding Liren
                Mamedyarov – Duda
                Rapport - Anand

                Round 10 - Wednesday the 23rd
                Carlsen – Anand
                Duda – Rapport
                Ding Liren – Mamedyarov
                Vidit – Kramnik
                Van Foreest – Nepomniachtchi
                Fedoseev – Giri
                Shankland - Radjabov

                Round 11 - Friday the 25th
                Radjabov – Carlsen
                Giri – Shankland
                Nepomniachtchi – Fedoseev
                Kramnik – Van Foreest
                Mamedyarov – Vidit
                Rapport – Ding Liren
                Anand - Duda

                Round 12 - Saturday the 26th
                Carlsen – Duda
                Ding Liren – Anand
                Vidit – Rapport
                Van Foreest – Mamedyarov
                Fedoseev – Kramnik
                Shankland – Nepomniahtichi
                Radjabov - Giri

                Round 13 - Sunday the 27th
                Giri – Carlsen
                Nepomniachtchi – Radjabov
                Kramnik – Shankland
                Mamedyarov – Fedoseev
                Rapport – Van Foreest
                Anand – Vidit
                Duda – Ding Liren

                The pairing for the Challengers is given in the last posting

                Biographies of the three newest players

                Vladimir Fedoseev

                23-year old Vladimir Fedoseev is the only ‘real debutant’ in this year’s edition of the Tata Steel Masters. Where other newcomers in the Masters played earlier in the Challengers, Fedoseev never played in Wijk aan Zee before. The Super GM from Saint Petersburg booked some remarkable results in 2017, such as winning the Aeroflot Open, the second place in the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in Dortmund, shared 1st place in the European Championship but finishing 3rd on tiebreak, 3rd place in the Russian Championship and runner-up in the World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh, after losing the play-off to Anand. With all these results Fedoseev climbed up to the Top-30 of the FIDE-World Ranking List. In 2018 his results were more or less consistent, so that he maintained his high position. It is now time to see this original and creative player in Wijk aan Zee!

                Fedoseev is known for his ambition to win every game, either with White or Black. This makes him a very attractive player for any tournament. It is interesting to see what result Fedoseev will reach with his optimistic style in an elite Tournament with 13 rounds. That he will play some creative games and cause some surprising results, is likely to be a fact!

                Country: Russia

                Vidit Gujrathi

                Vidit is one of the many young talents from India. The 24 year old GM already was in Wijk aan Zee for the first time in 2017, being the second of Anish Giri. One year later he played in the Challengers, which group he won with 9 points out of 13 and one point ahead of Anton Korobov from Ukraine. It gave him the right to play in the Masters of this year. Vidit is one of the five young debutants. With his dynamic style and great knowledge of the game, plus his self-confidence, it is obvious that he is ready for his first elite tournament. However, as for all debutants, playing on this level with 13 rounds to come, is not an easy task. It will be interesting to see how the open minded youngster from Nasik will perform this year. Vidit is the number-3 ranked player in India, after Anand and Harikrishna.

                Country: India

                Jorden van Foreest

                Jorden van Foreest will make his 4th consecutive appearance in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. And still he is only 19 years old! Jorden played very well in his first Tata Steel Chess Tournament in 2016, scoring 50% with only three draws, which is typical for his fighting spirit, but the year 2017 was a disappointment (4 points) for him. In 2018 Jorden played his best Challengers Tournament so far, finishing shared 3rd with a score of 7,5 – 13. One of his highlights in his career is winning the Dutch Championship in 2016, at the age of 17. But he also won the individual European Championship Under-14 in 2013. At the age of 16 he became international Grandmaster. According to a long tradition in Wijk aan Zee, such strong, young Dutch Grandmasters will automatically get a chance to compete with the strongest players in the world, meaning a place in the Masters. Now it is time for Jorden! It will be a tough test for Jorden, but he is at least certain that 17.000.000 people will root for him!

                Country: The Netherlands


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Erik Malmsten View Post
                  Go Bareev!
                  Bareev tied for first after round 1. Nice French!


                  • #10
                    Nepo and Anand lead the pack. Nice start with wins for Black!


                    • #11
                      Tata Steel 2019

                      January 12, 2019

                      Round One


                      Round 1, Jan. 12
                      Ding, Liren – Carlsen, Magnus
                      A05 Reti, King’s Indian Attack, Spassky’s variation

                      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 O-O 18.O-O 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

                      Round 1, Jan. 12
                      Giri, Anish – Nepomniachtchi, Ian
                      B07 Pirc Defence

                      1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 a6 5.Qd2 b5 6.f3 Nbd7 7.O-O-O Nb6 8.g4 Bb7 9.Nh3 Nfd7 10.Be2 e6 11.Bg5 Be7 12.Qe3 Bxg5 13.Nxg5 h6 14.Nh3 Qh4 15.Nf2 O-O-O 16.f4 f5 17.Bf3 b4 18.exf5 bxc3 19.fxe6 cxb2+ 20.Kb1 Nf6 21.Bxb7+ Kxb7 22.Qf3+ d5 23.Nd3 Ne4 24.Nc5+ Ka7 25.Qa3 Nxc5 26.Qxc5 Kb7 0-1

                      - strange game, self inflicted loss, maybe one of Anish worst games ever ... Qe3 very unnatural move took like 30 minutes ??
                      - ... also f4? opening the b7-h1 diagonal .. is a riddle to me ...

                      Round 1, Jan. 12
                      Fedoseev, Vladimir – Rapport, Richard
                      E12 Queen’s Indian Accelerated, Petrosian System

                      1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 Ne4 6.Nxe4 Bxe4 7.Nd2 Bb7 8.e4 g6 9.Bd3 Bg7 10.Nf3 O-O 11.O-O d6 12.Rb1 Nd7 13.Bg5 Qc8 14.Re1 Re8 15.Qd2 c5 16.d5 exd5 17.exd5 Qc7 18.Kh1 Ba6 19.b3 Nf6 20.h3 Rxe1+ 21.Rxe1 Re8 22.Rxe8+ Nxe8 23.g4 Qd7 24.Kg2 Nc7 25.a4 Bc8 26.Qe3 Ne8 27.Kf1 Bf6 28.Bf5 gxf5 29.Bxf6 fxg4 30.hxg4 Nxf6 31.Qg5+ Kf8 32.Qxf6 Qxg4 33.Qxd6+ Kg7 34.Qe5+ f6 35.Qe7+ Kg6 36.Qe8+ Kg7 37.Qe7+ Kg6 38.Qe8+ Kg7 39.Qe7+ 1/2-1/2

                      Round 1, Jan. 12
                      Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
                      D24 QGA

                      1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 Bb4 6.Bg5 b5 7.a4 c5 8.axb5 cxd4 9.Nxd4 h6 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.Bxc4 O-O 12.O-O Bb7 13.Qa4 a5 14.bxa6 Nxa6 15.Nde2 Bd6 16.Bxa6 Bxa6 17.Qc2 Rfd8 18.Rfd1 Bd3 19.Qd2 Rxa1 20.Rxa1 Bc5 21.Qf4 Qxf4 22.Nxf4 Bc2 23.Re1 g5 24.Nh5 Rd4 25.Ng3 Rb4 26.Rc1 Rxb2 27.Nd1 Rb1 28.Rxc2 Rxd1+ 29.Nf1 Bd6 30.g3 Re1 31.f3 h5 32.Kf2 Ra1 33.Nd2 Be5 34.Nb3 Rd1 35.Rd2 Rb1 36.Nc5 Bc3 37.Rd8+ Kg7 38.Nd3 Ra1 39.Rd7 Ra2+ 40.Kg1 Ra1+ 41.Kg2 Ra2+ 42.Kh1 g4 43.fxg4 hxg4 44.h3 Ra1+ 45.Kg2 Ra2+ 46.Kh1 gxh3 47.Nf4 Kf6 48.Nxh3 Re2 49.Rd3 Be5 50.Kg1 Rxe4 51.Rf3+ Kg6 52.Rxf7 Bxg3 53.Rf3 Be5 54.Kf1 Rh4 55.Ke2 Bf6 56.Nf4+ Kf7 57.Rf1 Rh6 58.Kd3 Be5 59.Ke4 Bd6 60.Nd5+ Ke8 61.Nf6+ Kd8 62.Rd1 Rh4+ 63.Kf3 Ke7 64.Ng8+ Kd7 65.Nf6+ Kc6 66.Rc1+ Kb5 67.Ne4 Ba3 68.Rc8 e5 69.Nc3+ Kb4 70.Nd5+ Kb3 71.Rc3+ Ka2 72.Re3 Bb2 73.Re4 Rh6 74.Nb4+ Kb3 75.Nd3 Rf6+ 76.Kg4 Kc2 77.Nxb2 Rf4+ 78.Rxf4 exf4 1/2-1/2

                      Round 1, Jan. 12
                      Van Foreest, Jorden – Anand, Viswanathan
                      B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange variation

                      1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.c3 Qc7 6.h3 g6 7.Nf3 Bf5 8.Ne5 Nc6 9.Bf4 Qb6 10.Bxf5 gxf5 11.Nd3 e6 12.Nd2 Rg8 13.O-O O-O-O 14.a4 Ne4 15.Rc1 Bd6 16.Bxd6 Nxd6 17.b4 Kb8 18.Qe2 Qc7 19.Qe3 Ne7 20.f3 Ng6 21.Ne5 f4 22.Qe1 Nf5 23.Nxg6 Rxg6 24.Rf2 Rdg8 25.c4 Ne3 26.cxd5 Nxg2 27.Qe5 Qxe5 28.dxe5 Ne1+ 0-1

                      Round 1, Jan. 12
                      Shankland, Samuel – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
                      C42 Petrov’s Defence

                      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.O-O Be7 7.c3 O-O 8.Bc2 c5 9.d4 Be6 10.Re1 Re8 11.Bg5 Nbd7 12.Nbd2 Qb6 13.dxc5 dxc5 14.Bb3 Nf8 15.Bxe6 Nxe6 16.Qb3 Qxb3 17.axb3 Nxg5 18.Nxg5 a6 19.g3 Rad8 20.Nc4 h6 21.Nf3 Kf8 22.Kf1 Bd6 23.Na5 Rb8 24.Rxe8+ Kxe8 25.Re1+ Kf8 26.Rd1 Ke7 27.Ne1 Bc7 28.Nc4 b5 29.Ne3 g6 30.Nd3 Bd6 31.Ra1 Rb6 32.c4 b4 33.Ke2 Ke6 34.Ra5 Rc6 35.Nd5 Nd7 36.f4 f5 37.Kf3 Nf6 38.Ra1 Nxd5 39.Re1+ Ne3 40.Rxe3+ Kd7 41.g4 fxg4+ 42.Kxg4 Rc8 43.Rh3 Rh8 44.Kf3 Ke6 45.Ke4 Kf6 46.Ne5 Re8 47.Rf3 Bb8 48.h4 a5 49.Rf1 h5 50.Rf3 Bc7 51.Rf1 Rd8 52.Nf3 Re8+ 53.Ne5 Rd8 54.Nf3 Re8+ 1/2-1/2

                      Round 1, Jan. 12
                      Radjabov, Teimour – Kramnik, Vladimir
                      C50 Giuoco Piano

                      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.O-O Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.c3 a6 7.a4 O-O 8.Re1 Ba7 9.h3 h6 10.Nbd2 Re8 11.b4 Be6 12.Bxe6 Rxe6 13.Bb2 Ne7 14.c4 Ng6 15.Nf1 b5 16.axb5 axb5 17.Ng3 bxc4 18.dxc4 Re8 19.Qc2 Qb8 20.Reb1 Qb7 21.c5 dxc5 22.bxc5 Qc6 23.Rc1 Nd7 24.Ra5 Reb8 25.Ba3 Nf4 26.Nf5 Re8 27.g3 Ne6 28.Kg2 Nf6 29.Re1 Nd7 30.Rc1 Kh7 31.Qc4 Bxc5 32.Rxc5 Ndxc5 33.Bxc5 Ra4 34.Qd5 Qa8 35.Qd7 Kg8 36.Nxe5 Ng5 37.Nc6 Raxe4 38.Nfe7+ Kh7 39.Ra1 Ra4 40.Rxa4 Qxa4 41.Qxe8 Qe4+ 42.Kf1 Qb1+ 43.Kg2 1/2-1/2

                      Final position


                      - wow, Radjabov can't even win two pieces up against an old bloke
                      - he should be ashamed


                      • #12
                        Tata Steel 2019

                        January 12, 2019


                        Round One

                        Round 1, Jan. 12
                        Maghsoodloo, Parham – Korobov, Anton
                        B90 Sicilian, Najdorf, Byrne Attack

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 9.Nd5 Nxd5 10.exd5 Bf5 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Nd7 13.O-O Be7 14.Qd2 O-O 15.Na5 Qc8 16.c4 Bd8 17.Rac1 Re8 18.Kh1 e4 19.Nb3 exf3 20.gxf3 Ne5 21.c5 Qh3 22.Qd1 Ng6 23.Qd2 Rc8 24.Bg1 Nh4 25.Qf2 Bg5 26.Rc4 Nf5 27.Qg2 Ng3+ 28.Qxg3 Qxf1 29.Rc2 Bf6 30.Rf2 Qb5 31.cxd6 Rcd8 32.Rd2 h4 33.Qf4 Re1 34.Rg2 h3 35.Rg4 Be5 36.Qg5 Rxd6 37.Nd2 Qe2 38.Qf5 Qxh2# 0-1

                        Round 1, Jan. 12
                        Paehtz, Elisabeth – Keymer, Vincent
                        B90 Sicilian, Najdorf, Byrne Attack

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.O-O-O Be7 11.Kb1 b5 12.a3 Rc8 13.h4 Nb6 14.Bg5 Qc7 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.Nd5 Bxd5 17.exd5 Nc4 18.Qf2 f5 19.g3 Bf6 20.c3 a5 21.Bd3 a4 22.Na1 f4 23.gxf4 exf4 24.Bxc4 bxc4 25.Nc2 Rg8 26.Nb4 Qc5 27.Qc2 Kf8 28.Qf5 Rg2 29.Rhf1 Kg7 30.Qxf4 Re8 31.Rd2 Rxd2 32.Qxd2 Qe3 33.Qh2 Qe5 34.Qg2+ Kh6 35.Qd2+ Qe3 36.Qh2 Be5 37.Qc2 Qf4 38.Qxa4 Rg8 39.Qc2 Qxh4 40.a4 Qh3 41.Qc1+ Kh7 42.f4 Bf6 1/2-1/2

                        Round 1, Jan. 12, 19
                        Kuipers, Stefan – L’Ami, Erwin
                        B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Keres variation

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd3 a6 8.O-O-O Bd7 9.Be2 Rc8 10.Nxc6 Bxc6 11.Rhe1 Be7 12.f4 O-O 13.Bf3 Qc7 14.Kb1 Rfd8 15.Qe3 h6 16.h4 d5 17.exd5 hxg5 18.dxc6 gxf4 19.Rxd8+ Bxd8 20.Qd3 bxc6 21.Qxa6 Nd5 22.Ne4 Rb8 23.c3 Bxh4 24.Rh1 Be7 25.Kc1 g6 26.Bd1 Kg7 27.Qd3 Qb6 28.Bb3 Qe3+ 29.Kc2 Qxd3+ 30.Kxd3 f5 31.Nd2 e5 32.Nc4 e4+ 33.Ke2 Bc5 34.Ne5 Ne3 35.Nd7 Rb5 36.Nxc5 Rxc5 37.g3 g5 38.gxf4 gxf4 39.a4 Ng4 40.Ra1 f3+ 0-1

                        Round 1, Jan. 12
                        Esipenko, Andrey – Kovalev, Vladislav
                        A49 King’s Indian, Fianchetto

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.O-O d6 6.b3 e5 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Ba3 Qxd1 9.Rxd1 Re8 10.c4 c6 11.Nc3 Na6 12.Rac1 Bh6 13.e3 Bf8 14.Bxf8 Kxf8 15.Rd6 Ke7 16.Rd2 Kf8 17.h3 h6 18.Rd6 Kg7 19.g4 Nc5 20.b4 Nce4 21.Nxe4 Nxe4 22.Rd3 Nxf2 23.Kxf2 e4 24.Rd4 exf3 25.Bxf3 a6 26.a4 Be6 27.c5 Re7 28.Rb1 Rae8 1/2-1/2

                        Round 1, Jan. 12
                        Praggnanandhaa, R. – Bareev, Evgeny
                        C01 French, Exchange

                        1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3 c6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.a3 Bd6 8.h3 Bh5 9.g4 Bg6 10.Bg5 Ne7 11.Bxg6 hxg6 12.Qe2 f6 13.Bd2 Nd7 14.O-O-O Nb6 15.Rde1 Qd7 16.Qd3 O-O-O 17.Ne2 g5 18.Ba5 Rde8 19.Bxb6 axb6 20.Ng3 g6 21.Kb1 Kb8 22.a4 Rh7 23.h4 Qxg4 24.hxg5 Rxh1 25.Rxh1 fxg5 26.Rh7 Qe6 27.Qb3 g4 28.Ne5 Bxe5 29.dxe5 Nc8 30.Qb4 Qxe5 31.Qxg4 Qe1+ 32.Ka2 Qxf2 33.Qxg6 Qf8 34.Nf5 Ka8 35.c3 Ne7 36.Nxe7 Rxe7 37.Rh4 Re2 38.Rb4 Ka7 39.Qg4 Qe7 40.Qg1 c5 41.Rb5 Qe4 42.Ka3 Re1 43.Ra5+ bxa5 44.Qxc5+ Kb8 45.Qd6+ Kc8 46.Qc5+ Kd7 47.Qb5+ Ke6 48.Qe8+ Kf5 49.Qh5+ Kf6 50.Qh6+ Ke7 51.Qg7+ Kd6 0-1

                        Lots of comment on chessbomb:
                        • kid vs grandpa ! Kid is 13 y.o. and Bareev 52 . You dont see such age difference very often in top chess tournament
                        • the old fox will prevail
                        • A caro_kann structure out of a French opening.
                        • pragg is good player, but bareev too
                        • nice win by Bareev
                        • Good Job ... Old man ... good job !!

                        Round 1, Jan. 12
                        Chigaev, Maksim – Saduakassova, Dinara
                        C50 Giuoco piano

                        1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Bc5 5.Bb3 O-O 6.O-O h6 7.h3 d6 8.c3 a5 9.a4 Be6 10.Nbd2 Qb8 11.Nh4 Nh7 12.Nf5 Qd8 13.Ng3 Qh4 14.Nf5 Qd8 15.Ne3 Nf6 16.Qf3 Ne7 17.Ndc4 Ng6 18.Bc2 Nh4 19.Qd1 Bxe3 20.Nxe3 d5 21.f3 c5 22.Qe1 Ng6 23.c4 d4 24.Nf5 Nh5 25.g3 Qc7 26.Bd1 Nf6 27.h4 Kh7 28.Qd2 Ng8 29.Qh2 N6e7 30.g4 Ng6 31.Ng3 N8e7 32.Nh5 f6 33.b3 Ng8 34.Ra2 N6e7 35.f4 exf4 36.Nxf4 Qd7 37.g5 f5 38.Bf3 Kh8 39.Rg2 fxe4 40.Bxe4 Bf5 41.Bf3 Ra6 42.Qg3 Ng6 43.Nxg6+ Bxg6 44.gxh6 Rf7 45.hxg7+ Rxg7 46.Bg4 Qe8 47.Bf4 Re7 48.h5 Bh7 49.Bd6 Re3 50.Bf3 Qf7 51.Bxc5 Rxd3 52.Bd5 Qxf1+ 53.Kxf1 Rf6+ 54.Ke1 Rxg3 55.Rxg3 Rf4 56.Bxb7 Nf6 57.Rf3 1-0

                        Round 1, Jan. 12
                        Van Foreest Lucas – Glendura, Benjamin
                        B31 Sicilian, Nimzowitsch-Rossolimo Attack

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg7 6.h3 e5 7.a4 Qe7 8.O-O Nf6 9.Be3 O-O 10.Qd2 b6 11.Bh6 Nh5 12.Nc3 f6 13.Nh2 Bxh6 14.Qxh6 Nf4 15.Rae1 Qg7 16.Qxg7+ Kxg7 17.Ne2 Nxe2+ 18.Rxe2 Be6 19.f4 exf4 20.Rxf4 Rad8 21.b3 b5 22.Rf1 bxa4 23.bxa4 c4 24.Re3 a5 25.Nf3 c5 26.Ra1 Rf7 27.dxc4 Rb7 28.e5 Bxc4 29.exf6+ Kxf6 30.Ne5 Bg8 31.Rf1+ Kg7 32.Rc3 c4 33.Nxc4 Rc7 34.Rd3 Rxd3 35.cxd3 Bxc4 36.Rc1 Kf6 37.dxc4 Ke5 38.Rb1 Kd4 39.Rb5 Rc5 40.h4 Kxc4 41.Rb7 1/2-1/2


                        • #13
                          All wins by Black in the first two rounds of the Masters!


                          • #14
                            Enjoying Magnus exchange sacks and also Praggnanandhaa's game where his opponent did double exchange sacrifices.


                            • #15
                              Sam Shankland always a joy to watch and especially today as the difference between h6 and h5 is interesting. Maybe Karsten Mueller will weigh in. Fascinating!