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🏆 Tata Steel Group A (2011)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Ruslan Ponomariov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexey Shirov, Wang Hao, Jan Smeets, Erwin L'Ami

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 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik ½-½362011Tata Steel Group AC45 Scotch Game
2. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Wang Hao ½-½372011Tata Steel Group AD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
3. J Smeets vs Shirov 1-0252011Tata Steel Group AC78 Ruy Lopez
4. L'Ami vs A Giri ½-½582011Tata Steel Group AD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Carlsen vs Aronian ½-½282011Tata Steel Group AC45 Scotch Game
6. Nakamura vs Grischuk 1-0422011Tata Steel Group AD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. Ponomariov vs Anand 0-1522011Tata Steel Group AB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
8. A Giri vs J Smeets ½-½382011Tata Steel Group AD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Wang Hao vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-1802011Tata Steel Group AD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
10. Ponomariov vs L'Ami ½-½212011Tata Steel Group AE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
11. Grischuk vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½272011Tata Steel Group AB30 Sicilian
12. Shirov vs Carlsen ½-½282011Tata Steel Group AC45 Scotch Game
13. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½232011Tata Steel Group AE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. Aronian vs Nakamura ½-½172011Tata Steel Group AA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
15. L'Ami vs Anand ½-½312011Tata Steel Group AE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. I Nepomniachtchi vs Grischuk ½-½232011Tata Steel Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian ½-½212011Tata Steel Group AD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
18. Kramnik vs Wang Hao ½-½462011Tata Steel Group AE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
19. Carlsen vs A Giri 0-1222011Tata Steel Group AD71 Neo-Grunfeld
20. Nakamura vs Shirov 1-0932011Tata Steel Group AC78 Ruy Lopez
21. J Smeets vs Ponomariov 0-1402011Tata Steel Group AC18 French, Winawer
22. Shirov vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1322011Tata Steel Group AD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
23. Anand vs Wang Hao 1-0332011Tata Steel Group AE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
24. L'Ami vs J Smeets ½-½272011Tata Steel Group AD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Grischuk vs Kramnik ½-½342011Tata Steel Group AA09 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 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
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  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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