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    Tata Steel 2020

    November 13, 2019

    Carlsen, Caruana and young guns in Tata Steel 2020

    The World Champion Magnus Carlsen will once again participate in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in January. This event is one of his favorite tournaments: it will be Magnus’ 16th visit to Wijk aan Zee and the Norwegian GM will do his best to win his eighth title there. The list of participants includes three other players of the world’s top ten: Fabiano Caruana (2), Anish Giri (5) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (6). Former tournament winners Viswanathan Anand (5 times) and Wesley So also return to Wijk aan Zee.

    The 82nd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place in Wijk aan Zee January 10 – 26, 2020 . The fifth round of the event will be played in the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven on Thursday, January 16. All rounds are open to the public and free of charge.

    Theo Henrar, chairman of Tata Steel Nederland: “One of this year’s themes will be the linking pin character of chess. In cooperation with the municipality of Eindhoven, PSV, Brainport and local chess clubs we will organize tournaments and seminars. In doing so, we will link professional sports, talent development and physical and mental fitness. For children, we will organize a special Chess Festival weekend and a big tournament in Eindhoven.”

    Tournament director Jeroen van den Berg: “The 82nd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament has a very special mix of participants. With six grandmasters making their debut, the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020 will be a clash between the establishment and talented young players. Jorden van Foreest, Vladislav Artemiev, Jeffery Xiong, Alireza Firouzja and Jan-Krzysztof Duda are all 21 years old or younger. The Tata Steel Masters group has an average rating of 2743. I only see the world’s absolute top players facing off in many tournaments, but I personally prefer a more mixed playing field. That is reflected in the 2020 field of participants. It will be very interesting to see how young talented players perform against the world’s best players. That is what makes the 82nd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament already very fascinating long before the first moves are made.”

    Tata Steel Masters 2020 lineup:

    Magnus Carlsen (2870)
    Fabiano Caruana (2822)
    Anish Giri (2776)
    Ian Nepomniachtchi (2773)
    Wesley So (2760)
    Viswanathan Anand (2757)
    Yu Yangyi (2753)
    Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2748)
    Vladislav Artemiev (2731)
    Alireza Firouzja (2720)
    Jeffery Xiong (2712)
    Daniil Dubov (2676)
    Vladislav Kovalev (2674)
    Jorden van Foreest (2632)

    The lineup of the Tata Steel Challengers will be announced on November 25.


  • #2
    Jeffery Xiong gets to play Magnus! (as well as Firouzja) Great news!


    • #3
      Tata Steel 2020

      November 25, 2019

      Announcement Challengers Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020

      Today’s announcement of the grandmasters of the Tata Steel Challengers means that the field of participants of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020 is now complete. Both groups contain quite a few talented young players, who have the potential to rattle the cage of the establishment. In the Tata Steel Masters Anish Giri and Jorden van Foreest represent the Netherlands. The latter’s brother Lucas will participate in the Tata Steel Challengers once again. Other Dutchmen in the Tata Steel Challengers are Erwin l’Ami, Jan Smeets and Max Warmerdam.

      Stronger field of participants

      Tata Steel Chess Tournament director Jeroen van den Berg: “The field of participants of the Tata Steel Challengers 2020 will be stronger than those of previous years. With an average rating of 2,600 and 14 participants the group is a full-fledged grandmaster tournament of its own.” A large group of young talented players will make life difficult for the world’s top players. Among them are six teenagers: Abdusattorov (15), Sarin (15), Smirnov (18), Lucas van Foreest (18), Keymer (15) and Warmerdam (19). Lucas van Foreest is the reigning Dutch champion. Max Warmerdam has been promoted from last year’s Top-Nine-Round Event, which will be called Tata Steel Qualifiers from now on. Dinara Saduakassova is the only female participant. She obtained her first grandmaster result on the Isle of Man in October, as a result of which she rose to 11th position on the world ranking for female players. First time contenders in the Tata Steel Challengers are Guijarro, Mamedov, Abdusattorov, Sarin, Smirnov and Warmerdam

      Participants Tata Steel Challengers 2020
      Name Country Rating
      David Anton Guijarro Spain 2686
      Nils Grandelius Sweden 2681
      Pavel Eljanov Ukraine 2655
      Rauf Mamedov Azerbaijan 2648
      Surya Ganguly India 2644
      Nordibek Abdusattorov Uzbekistan 2633
      Erwin l'Ami Netherlands 2623
      Nihal Sarin India 2612
      Jan Smeets Netherlands 2596
      Anton Smirnov Australia 2573
      Lucas van Foreest Netherlands 2531
      Vincent Keymer Germany 2518
      Dinara Saduakassova Kazakhstan 2505
      Max Warmerdam Netherlands 2501


      • #4
        Tata Steel 2020

        January 2, 2020

        Vitiugov replaces Nepomniachtchi in Tata Steel Masters

        Ian Nepomniachtchi, currently number 5 on the world ranking, has withdrawn from the 82nd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. The 29-year-old Russian has indicated that he is too tired after a long and heavy series of tournaments in 2019. He wants to take a break to prepare for the Candidates Tournament in Jekatarinaburg (15 March – 5 April 2020).

        Nepomniachtchi will be replaced by his countryman Nikita Vitiugov (32), currently 19th on the world ranking. Like Firouzja and Artemiev Vitiugov has never played Wijk aan Zee before. Nikita Vitiugov was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). He has been quite successful, winning big open tournaments in Gibraltar (2013), Karlsruhe (2017) as well as the first Prague Masters in 2019.



        • #5
          Tata Steel 2020

          January 9, 2020


          All rounds start at 13:30 in Wijk aan Zee, except for Sunday the 26th when the round starts at 12.00. The first round is on 11 January. Rest days for the Masters and Challengers are scheduled on 15 January, 20 January and 23 January.

          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.

          Tiebreak Rules - Tata Steel Masters

          In case two players share first place in the Masters (if more players share first prize, the first two players will be selected according to the criteria as stated below), they will play a tie-break after the last round, on Sunday 26, January 2020. The time control for two Blitz games is 5 min + 3 sec and possible Armageddon in the third game (White has 5 minutes and Black 4 minutes, + 3 sec increment as of move 60). Drawing of lots will be provided by the Chief Arbiter. A tie-break will start at 18.00 hours sharp. During the tie-break only a selected number of press photographers and camera crews will be allowed in the playing area.

          If other games are still in progress then, they will be moved to the “Amateur section” close to the Masters and Challengers groups, where they will be continued. The Chief Arbiter will decide when these games will be moved and players are expected to abide by this decision.

          Tiebreak criteria for play-off

          1. the mutual result
          2. the Sonneborn-Berger score
          3. the player with the larger number of games with black
          4. drawing of lots

          Jan. 11 Game 1
          Jan. 12 Game 2
          Jan. 13 Game 3
          Jan. 14 Game 4
          Jan. 15 Rest day
          Jan. 16 Game 5
          Jan. 17 Game 6
          Jan. 18 Game 7
          Jan. 19 Game 8
          Jan. 20 Rest day
          Jan. 21 Game 9
          Jan. 22 Game 10

          Games start at 13:30 Wijk time which is 7:30 AM Toronto/Montreal time


          You can also follow the Tata Steel Chess Tournament via the livestream on our website. For rounds 1 - 8 the commentators are Robert Hess and Fiona Steil-Antoni. For rounds 8 - 13 Peter Leko and Sopiko Guramishvili are the commentators.

          Back together again! Chess24 will have commentary by Jan Gustafsson and Peter Svidler.
          Last edited by Wayne Komer; Friday, 10th January, 2020, 03:36 PM.


          • #6
            Finally its here!


            • #7
              Tata Steel 2020

              January 10, 2020


              Round 1, Sat. Jan. 11

              Van Foreest-Yu Yangyi

              Round 2, Sun. Jan. 12

              Yu Yangyi-Carlsen
              Xiong-Van Foreest

              Round 3, Mon. Jan. 13

              Van Foreest-Dubov
              Caruana-Yu Yangyi

              Round 4, Tue. Jan. 14

              Yu Yangyi-Anand
              Van Foreest-Carlsen

              Round 5, Thur. Jan. 16

              Caruana-Van Foreest
              Vitiugov-Yu Yangyi

              Round 6, Fri. Jan. 17

              Yu Yangyi-Firouzja
              Van Foreest-Anand

              Round 7, Sat. Jan. 18

              Vitiugov-Van Foreest
              Kovalev-Yu Yangyi

              Round 8, Sun. Jan. 19

              Yu Yangyi-Duda
              Van Foreest-Firouzja

              Round 9, Tue. Jan. 21

              Kovalev-Van Foreest
              Artemiev-Yu Yangyi

              Round 10, Wed Jan. 22

              Yu Yangyi-So
              Van Foreest-Duda

              Round 11, Fri. Jan. 24

              Artemiev-Van Foreest
              Giri-Yu Yangyi

              Round 12, Sat. Jan. 25

              Dubov-Yu Yangyi
              Van Foreest-So

              Round 13, Sun. Jan. 26

              Giri-Van Foreest
              Yu Yangyi-Xiong


              • #8
                Firouzja is the first to score a win!


                • #9
                  and Van Foreest will make Dutch fans happy soon with what looks to be his first win.


                  • #10
                    Jeffery Xiong had a big advantage but erred in an interesting endgame


                    • #11
                      Erwin L'Ami double exchange sac!! and then triple connected passed pawns in the Challengers - best game of the first round. Hat's off!


                      • #12
                        Tata Steel 2020

                        January 11, 2020

                        Round One

                        Peter Svidler and Jan Gustafsson are the commentators on chess24. The first tournament here started in 1938. It is one of the longest with thirteen rounds. So, this is the 82nd of the “Wimbledon of Chess”. Jan reads out the guidelines of the broadcast from the Administrator, “No politics, but you can make fun of the Netherlands”.

                        They are evidently broadcasting from the basement of their building in Hamburg. When one takes a break, Canadian GM Pascal Charbonneau is there to step in. He is a chess player and a financial analyst.

                        After a while, aa quiz is given with this question:

                        Quiz – What is the shortest decisive game ever played in the top group of the Wijk aan Zee tournaments? Give names of both of the players.

                        Almost immediately we get these answers in The Chat:

                        Christiansen – Karpov 12 moves 1993

                        Petrosian - Ree (8 moves) 1971

                        The games:

                        Hoogovens Knockout, Wijk aan Zee
                        Round 2, Jan. 18, 1993
                        Christiansen, Larry – Karpov, Anatoly
                        C12 Queen’s Indian, Petrosian System

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.Nc3 c5 7.e4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nc6 9.Nxc6 Bxc6 10.Bf4 Nh5 11.Be3 Bd6 12.Qd1 1-0

                        Hoogovens, Wijk aan Zee
                        Round 12, Jan. 26, 1971
                        Petrosian, Tigran – Ree, Hans
                        A29 English, Bremen, Smyslov System

                        1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Nd5 Nxd5 6.cxd5 e4 7.dxc6 exf3 8.Qb3 1-0

                        The games of The Masters:

                        Round 1, Jan. 11, 2020
                        Carlsen, Magnus – Giri, Anish
                        A22 English Opening

                        1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.e3 Nc6 4.Qb3 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.d4 exd4 7.exd4 O-O 8.Be2 d6 9.O-O Re8 10.h3 Ne4 11.Nxe4 Rxe4 12.Be3 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Bxd4 14.Bf3 Rh4 15.Bxd4 Rxd4 16.Bxb7 Bxb7 17.Qxb7 Rxc4 18.Rac1 Rxc1 19.Rxc1 c5 20.Rd1 Rb8 21.Qxa7 Rxb2 22.Qxc5 dxc5 23.Rxd8+ Kg7 24.Rc8 Rxa2 25.Rxc5 1/2-1/2

                        Round 1, Jan. 11, 2020
                        Xiong, Jeffery – Dubov, Daniil
                        B31 Sicilian, Nimzowitsch-Rossolimo Attack

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.O-O Bg7 6.Re1 Nh6 7.c3 O-O 8.d3 d6 9.h3 Rb8 10.d4 cxd4 11.cxd4 f5 12.e5 Nf7 13.Qc2 Qa5 14.Bd2 Qb6 15.Bc3 f4 16.Nbd2 Bf5 17.Qa4 Bd3 18.exd6 exd6 19.Re7 Rb7 20.Rae1 Qa6 21.Qxa6 Bxa6 22.Rxb7 Bxb7 23.Re7 Rb8 24.Rc7 a6 25.Nb3 c5 26.dxc5 Bxf3 27.gxf3 dxc5 28.Nxc5 Bxc3 29.bxc3 Rb1+ 30.Kg2 Nd6 31.Ne6 Nf5 32.Nxf4 Nh4+ 33.Kg3 Nf5+ 34.Kg2 Nh4+ 35.Kh2 Nxf3+ 36.Kg3 Ng5 37.Kg2 Rb2 38.Nd5 Ne4 39.Kf3 Nxf2 40.Nf6+ Kf8 41.Nxh7+ Ke8 42.Ng5 Rxa2 43.c4 a5 44.h4 a4 45.Nf7 a3 46.Nd6+ Kd8 47.Ra7 Nd3 48.Ke4 Nb4 49.Nf7+ Ke8 50.Nd6+ Kd8 51.Nf7+ Ke8 52.Nd6+ 1/2-1/2

                        Round 1, Jan. 11, 2020
                        Van Foreest, Jorden – Yu, Yangyi
                        B22 Sicilian, Alapin

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.d4 Nf6 6.Na3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nb5 Qd7 9.Nbxd4 Bd6 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bd4 Bb7 12.Ne5 Qe7 13.Nc4 Bc7 14.Qb3 Ba6 15.Qa3 Qxa3 16.Nxa3 Bxf1 17.Kxf1 Bb6 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.Ke2 Rg8 20.g3 O-O-O 21.Nc4 Kc7 22.Rad1 Rd5 23.Rd3 h5 24.Rhd1 Rgd8 25.Ne3 Bxe3 26.Kxe3 Re5+ 27.Kf3 Red5 28.Rxd5 cxd5 29.Rd4 Rb8 30.b3 Kd6 31.Ke3 f5 32.Ra4 Ra8 33.Rh4 Rh8 34.h3 Ke5 35.Kd3 Kf6 36.Ra4 Ra8 37.b4 Ke5 38.Ra6 f4 39.g4 hxg4 40.hxg4 f5 41.gxf5 Kxf5 42.a4 e5 43.b5 e4+ 44.Kd4 Kg4 45.b6 Kf3 46.Rxa7 Rb8 47.a5 Kxf2 48.Re7 f3 49.b7 e3 50.a6 e2 51.Re6 e1=Q 52.Rxe1 Kxe1 53.a7 Rxb7 54.a8=Q Re7 55.Qf8 Re4+ 56.Kxd5 Re3 57.Qc5 Kd2 58.Kd4 Rd3+ 59.Ke4 Rxc3 60.Qf2+ Kc1 61.Kd4 Ra3 62.Kd5 Rd3+ 63.Kc4 Ra3 64.Qc5 Kb2 65.Qb4+ Ka2 66.Qd2+ Kb1 67.Kb4 Ra2 68.Qd1+ Kb2 69.Qxf3 Kc1 70.Qf1+ Kc2 71.Qe1 Rb2+ 72.Kc4 Ra2 73.Qe2+ Kb1 74.Qd1+ Kb2 75.Kb4 1-0

                        Position after White’s 61.Kd4, White wins in 25 moves


                        Round 1, Jan. 11, 2020
                        Caruana, Fabiano – So, Wesley
                        D94 Grunfeld, Opocensky variation

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.e3 O-O 6.Bd2 e6 7.Rc1 Nbd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 c5 10.O-O b6 11.Qe2 Bb7 12.Rfd1 a6 13.a4 Qe7 14.Be1 Rfd8 15.b3 cxd4 16.exd4 Qd6 17.Ng5 h6 18.Nge4 Nxe4 19.Nxe4 Qe7 20.f3 Nf6 21.Bh4 Rd7 22.d5 exd5 23.Nxf6+ Bxf6 24.Qxe7 Bxe7 25.Bxe7 Rxe7 26.Bxd5 Bxd5 27.Rxd5 Re3 28.h4 h5 29.b4 Ra3 30.a5 Ra4 31.Rc4 Rb8 32.axb6 Rxb6 33.Rdd4 Kg7 1/2-1/2

                        Round 1, Jan. 11, 2020
                        Anand, Vishy – Artemiev, Vladislav
                        B12 Caro-Kann, Advance variation

                        1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Ne7 8.O-O Nbc6 9.Bb5 a6 10.Bxc6+ bxc6 11.c4 Qd7 12.Na3 Bg6 13.Qa4 Nf5 14.Nxf5 Bxf5 15.Rfd1 f6 16.Rac1 Be7 17.Bf4 Rd8 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.Qxa6 O-O 20.Qe2 Qa4 21.Bg3 Bxa3 22.bxa3 Qxa3 23.h3 Ra8 24.exf6 gxf6 25.Rc6 Qxa2 26.Rxe6 Bxe6 27.Qxe6+ Kh8 28.Qxd5 Qxd5 29.Rxd5 Kg7 30.Bf4 Rfd8 31.Rb5 1/2-1/2

                        Round 1, Jan. 11, 2020
                        Vitiugov, Nikita – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
                        B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky variation

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Kh1 a5 10.Be3 Be6 11.Nd2 d5 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Nxd5 Qxd5 14.c3 a4 15.Nc4 Qe4 16.f3 Qg6 17.Nb6 Ra5 18.Bd3 f5 19.Qc2 Qf7 20.Nxa4 Bxa2 21.b4 Bb3 22.Qe2 Raa8 23.Nc5 Rxa1 24.Rxa1 Bxc5 25.Bxc5 Re8 26.h3 Qe6 27.Re1 Kh8 28.Rb1 Ra8 29.b5 Nb8 30.Rxb3 Qxb3 31.Qxe5 Qf7 32.Qxf5 Qxf5 33.Bxf5 Ra5 34.c4 Nc6 35.Bd6 Nd4 36.Be4 Ra4 37.Bxb7 Rxc4 38.b6 Rc1+ 39.Kh2 Rb1 40.Bc5 Ne6 41.Be3 Nd8 42.Be4 Rb3 43.Bf2 Rb2 44.Bg3 Kg8 45.Bd5+ Kf8 46.Bd6+ Ke8 47.Be5 Rxb6 48.Bxg7 Ne6 49.Be5 Kf7 50.f4 Rb5 51.Bf3 Nf8 52.Bd4 Ne6 53.Be5 Nf8 54.Kg3 Ng6 55.Bc3 Ne7 56.Be5 Ng6 57.Bc3 Ne7 58.Be5 1/2-1/2

                        Round 1, Jan. 11, 2020
                        Firouzja, Alireza – Kovalev, Vladislav
                        C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Flohr-Zaitsev System

                        1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Bb7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a4 h6 13.Bc2 exd4 14.cxd4 Nb4 15.Bb1 c5 16.d5 c4 17.Nd4 Nd7 18.axb5 axb5 19.Rxa8 Bxa8 20.Nxb5 Qb8 21.Na3 Nd3 22.Re3 Nxc1 23.Qxc1 g6 24.Naxc4 Bg7 25.Ra3 Qc7 26.b4 Bb7 27.Bd3 Rb8 28.Qd1 Bc8 29.Qa4 Ne5 30.Nxe5 Qc1+ 31.Bf1 Bxe5 32.Nc4 Bd4 33.Qe8+ Kg7 34.Rf3 f6 35.Qe7+ Kg8 36.Qd8+ 1-0

                        There is also a 13-round Challengers tournament going on simultaneously with this. The results of today’s action:

                        Saduakassova-Mamedov 0.5-0.5
                        Anton-Abdusattorov 0.5-0.5
                        Smeets-Van Foreest, L. 0.5-0.5
                        Ganguly-Warmerdam 1-0
                        L’Ami-Smirnov 1-0
                        Keymer-Eljanov 0-1
                        Nihal Sarin-Grandelius 0.5-0.5

                        Tata Challengers
                        Round 1, Jan. 11, 2020
                        L’Ami, Erwin – Smirnov, Anton
                        D11 QGD Slav

                        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

                        Final Position


                        Anton Smirnov is an Australian chess player, born in 2001.


                        • #13
                          Jeffery Xiong is on board with his first win - accuracy in tactics.


                          • #14
                            and Dubov wins his first.


                            • #15
                              Vishy Anand maybe saw something that wasnt there. He played an unsound attack and Wesley So defended actively and accurately.