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Tata Steel Group A Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Magnus Carlsen8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Anish Giri6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Wang Hao6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Alexander Grischuk4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[games]
Erwin L'Ami4.5/13(+0 -4 =9)[games]
Jan Smeets4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Alexey Shirov4/13(+1 -6 =6)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Group A (2011)

Played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands 15-30 January 2011. Crosstable (https://www.tatasteelchess.com/arch...) :

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Nakamura 2751 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 2 Anand 2810 * 1 1 1 1 8 3 Carlsen 2814 1 * 1 0 0 1 1 1 8 4 Aronian 2805 * 1 1 1 8 5 Kramnik 2784 0 * 1 1 1 7 6 Vachier-Lagrave 2715 0 * 1 1 1 7 7 Giri 2686 1 0 * 0 1 6 8 Ponomariov 2744 0 * 0 1 1 6 9 Nepomniachtchi 2733 0 1 0 0 1 * 1 0 6 10 Wang Hao 2731 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 6 11 Grischuk 2773 0 0 0 0 * 1 0 4 12 L'Ami 2628 0 0 0 0 * 4 13 Smeets 2662 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 4 14 Shirov 2722 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 4

Previous edition: Corus Group A (2010). Next: Tata Steel Group A (2012). See also Tata Steel Group B (2011) and Tata Steel Group C (2011).

 page 4 of 4; games 76-91 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
76. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand ½-½342011Tata Steel Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
77. I Nepomniachtchi vs Nakamura 0-1442011Tata Steel Group AB12 Caro-Kann Defense
78. J Smeets vs Grischuk 0-1472011Tata Steel Group AC70 Ruy Lopez
79. L'Ami vs Aronian ½-½462011Tata Steel Group AA56 Benoni Defense
80. M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-0362011Tata Steel Group AD94 Grunfeld
81. Carlsen vs Wang Hao 1-0292011Tata Steel Group AB12 Caro-Kann Defense
82. Anand vs A Giri ½-½502011Tata Steel Group AD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
83. Nakamura vs Kramnik ½-½202011Tata Steel Group AC67 Ruy Lopez
84. Ponomariov vs Shirov ½-½712011Tata Steel Group AD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
85. Shirov vs L'Ami ½-½352011Tata Steel Group AC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
86. Grischuk vs Carlsen ½-½192011Tata Steel Group AD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
87. Aronian vs J Smeets ½-½612011Tata Steel Group AD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
88. I Nepomniachtchi vs Anand ½-½382011Tata Steel Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
89. Kramnik vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½232011Tata Steel Group AD85 Grunfeld
90. Wang Hao vs Nakamura ½-½222011Tata Steel Group AE60 King's Indian Defense
91. A Giri vs Ponomariov ½-½322011Tata Steel Group AE00 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 4 of 4; games 76-91 of 91  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-31-11  NGambit: <sevenseaman: Isn't Anand fed up with his lack-lustre tournament performance and missed wins against lower ranked players?>

If you see his interview after Game 13, you could see that he in fact was very disappointed at not having won. But, the fact is a +4 (TRP 2844!) in such a strong field is not bad at all! A +4 performance has won the tournament 7(!!!) times in last 8 years at Wijk ann Zee with the exception of year 2006 when he himself scored a +5.

Therefore, your <He just does not seem to be bothered.> is definitely uncalled for.

Feb-01-11  Udayan Chawdhary: Hello, I am from India, the land of Anand. I wish to say that when one is young like Carsen and Nakamura, one tends to be agressive and flamboyant without a care in the world. When a man approaches 40 and thereafter, one becomes conservative in his approach, as is happening with Anand. It's a natural phenomenon.
Feb-01-11  anandrulez: Lol @ Land of Anand :) Its a new usage . What Udayan mentioned is correct , exuberance of youth and maturity of a wise player .
Feb-01-11  theagenbiteofinwit: <Isn't Anand fed up with his lack-lustre tournament performance and missed wins against lower ranked players?>

I'm sure he goes home after every tournament, cries, then wipes his tears with his championship wreath.

Feb-01-11
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  chancho: <I'm sure he goes home after every tournament, cries, then wipes his tears with his championship wreath.>

lol

Feb-01-11  SetNoEscapeOn: Or the Euros.
Feb-02-11  Texas Skybear: Udayan. Are you saying one has to be conservative in his approach to be a world champ?

I haven't seen a teenager reach the top either.

Feb-02-11  DAVI DE RAFE: texas skybear, u have to be agressive to become world champion. once u reach there, be conservative and assertive.thats wat anand done.
Feb-02-11  Udayan Chawdhary: Real World champs in any field have a healthy blend of being aggressive and being conservative. Anand is one of them. In India, we have litle sports icons as compared to other countries. Hence being an Indian, it is quite natural to be proud of Anand's accomplishments. Garry Kasparov who is universally accepted as the greatest of them all had a healthy blend of both. Even his agression had a conservatism blend and not recklesness as is the case with other youth icons. Your comments please.
Feb-02-11  iamsheaf: If any of you have noticed. Anand doesn't usually "over-perform" or "under-perform" by a huge margin. I don't remember Anand performing at 2900+ in a very long time. Perhaps in Mexico 2007 he had that kind of performance. On the other hand Anand very rarely performs at 2700 level either. I can think of only 3 occassions in last 14 years when he did quite bad. 2001 dortmund, 2006 Olympiad and Bilbao 2008. Otherwise his performance is usually consistent, between 2760 to 2840 range..
Feb-02-11  TheMacMan: this is anand after his draw with Nepo, putting him in 2nd place! he was MAAADDDD!!!! http://chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk...
Feb-02-11
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  plang: <* Anand hasn't won a super-tournament since Linares 2008;

Of course these two players are, really, really great but in term of "winner of a super tournament", even if they are indeed high favourite, they are not the best in term of results as tournaments winner lately.>

I continue to be amazed at the "disappointment" with Anand's results.

Since 1997 he has won the World Championship in a tournament, in a match as well as defended his title in a match.

He is the undisputed World Champion - he shouldn't have to prove anything to anyone.

Feb-02-11  Winsome Knight: I feel that the way Anand trained himself for WC matches has made him more solid in his play. Of course, if he finds inaccuracies from his opponents he is pressing for a win or else he is finding it difficult to create winning positions. It is also true that opponents will be extra careful with Anand and will be happy to get a draw against him. I think only Magnus tries to play and presses for a win against Anand without compromising just for a draw.

There is nothing wrong with Anand but it is just his approach that has changed after becoming world champion. And still he had come very close to winning a couple of tournaments! May be he will win one or two tournaments this year.

Feb-02-11  montree: <iamsheaf> Exactly. I agree. Anand always maintain a class. Nowadays he is playing more like 'Capablanca' style (not losing to any lesser player, draws don't hurt). I think people should be OK with that. World Champions should not be losing often.
Feb-02-11
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  Penguincw: Just in case anyone's wondering here are the TPR (tournament performance rating):

Nakamura : 2880
Anand : 2844
Carlsen : 2821
Aronian : 2821
Kramnik : 2793
Vachier-Lagrave : 2798
Giri : 2744
Ponomariov : 2739
Nepomniachtchi : 2711
Hao : 2711
Grischuk : 2627
l'Ami : 2638
Smeets : 2635
Shirov : 2600

Feb-02-11  polarmis: I've translated some of the highlights of Russian journalist Yury Vasiliev's reports from the tournament. Highlights include Grischuk's summary of his tournament (plus Kramnik's and Nepo's) and e.g. Kramnik revealing what he missed against Carlsen (what we all assumed!).

Here: http://www.chessintranslation.com/2...

And not on topic, but 3 hours left to ask Levon Aronian a question :) http://www.chessintranslation.com/2...

Feb-02-11  vanytchouck:

<plang:

<* Anand hasn't won a super-tournament since Linares 2008; Of course these two players are, really, really great but in term of "winner of a super tournament", even if they are indeed high favourite, they are not the best in term of results as tournaments winner lately.>

I continue to be amazed at the "disappointment" with Anand's results.

Since 1997 he has won the World Championship in a tournament, in a match as well as defended his title in a match.

He is the undisputed World Champion - he shouldn't have to prove anything to anyone.>

Yeah! So true !

What's a pity, people didn't tell Kasparov it was useless to win tournaments during his reign ...

Oh wait ! It was just great to see a world champion eager to show at each very tournament, at each very game that he's the undisputed #1.

And i just don't miss the Petrosian'times.

Feb-02-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: What's a pity, people didn't tell <Kasparov it was useless to win tournaments during his reign ...

Oh wait ! It was just great to see a world champion eager to show at each very tournament, at each very game that he's the undisputed #1.>

Kasparov's tournament record is amazing - expecting other players to match it seems unfair.

Feb-02-11  DAVI DE RAFE: kasparov no longer in field,
karpov humiliating himself nowadays
then no one to question anand yet.
that person may not yet born
Feb-02-11  AuN1: < polarmis: I've translated some of the highlights of Russian journalist Yury Vasiliev's reports from the tournament. Highlights include Grischuk's summary of his tournament (plus Kramnik's and Nepo's) and e.g. Kramnik revealing what he missed against Carlsen (what we all assumed!).

Here: http://www.chessintranslation.com/2...

And not on topic, but 3 hours left to ask Levon Aronian a question :) http://www.chessintranslation.com/2...;

there was an extremely interesting comment at the end by ilya nyzhnyk where he stated that he would prefer to play for another country, as opposed to his native ukraine. maybe he is thinking about a karjakin type transfer.

Feb-06-11  ajile: <theagenbiteofinwit: <Isn't Anand fed up with his lack-lustre tournament performance and missed wins against lower ranked players?> I'm sure he goes home after every tournament, cries, then wipes his tears with his championship wreath.>

lol

win

Mar-10-11  Maatalkko: What/when is the next big event, not counting the Candidates? (Obviously a doubleplusbig event.) The calendar is so dead this year.
Jun-03-12  Open Defence: Viswanathan Anand clear second
8.5/13 (+4 -0 =9)

is a lacklustre performance???

Aug-03-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

<" I was sort of jumping up and down around the room. I was so happy. Winning a tournament is always nice but winning an elite tournament like this is something completely different. I cannot remember the last time an American won a major tournament. ">

-- Nakamura (on winning Tata Steel '11)

Feb-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Open Defence: Viswanathan Anand clear second 8.5/13 (+4 -0 =9)

is a lacklustre performance???>

Sure is, same as Nakamura's victory in this event was achieved only because he pounded on the tailenders while not being able to win games against the top half.

Many posters appear breathtakingly ignorant of the fact that Anand was already aged forty-one at the time of this tournament, same as Kasparov when he called it a career, at a time when the latter had already begun to go into a decline phase--if only by his august standards, as he was no longer clearcut number one.

Plus ca change....

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