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Tata Steel Group B Tournament

David Navara8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Luke McShane8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Zahar Efimenko8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Wesley So7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Le Quang Liem7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Vladislav Ivanovich Tkachiev7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek6.5/13(+4 -4 =5)[games]
Li Chao6/13(+4 -5 =4)[games]
Laurent Fressinet6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Surya Shekhar Ganguly5.5/13(+4 -6 =3)[games]
Wouter Spoelman5/13(+4 -7 =2)[games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer4/13(+1 -6 =6)[games]
Friso Nijboer3.5/13(+0 -6 =7)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Efimenko vs Navara 1-0352011Tata Steel Group BB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. G Sargissian vs Li Chao  ½-½422011Tata Steel Group BD85 Grunfeld
3. R Wojtaszek vs Nijboer  1-0442011Tata Steel Group BE97 King's Indian
4. Ganguly vs W So 0-1302011Tata Steel Group BC11 French
5. McShane vs Fressinet  ½-½372011Tata Steel Group BA06 Reti Opening
6. J L Hammer vs W Spoelman 1-0362011Tata Steel Group BD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Le Quang Liem vs Tkachiev  ½-½352011Tata Steel Group BD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. McShane vs W Spoelman 1-0692011Tata Steel Group BB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Nijboer vs Li Chao  ½-½332011Tata Steel Group BC42 Petrov Defense
10. R Wojtaszek vs Navara 0-1582011Tata Steel Group BD90 Grunfeld
11. Le Quang Liem vs W So ½-½362011Tata Steel Group BE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
12. G Sargissian vs Ganguly 1-0382011Tata Steel Group BD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. J L Hammer vs Efimenko 0-1782011Tata Steel Group BD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
14. Tkachiev vs Fressinet  ½-½332011Tata Steel Group BA09 Reti Opening
15. Fressinet vs Efimenko  ½-½302011Tata Steel Group BC51 Evans Gambit
16. Navara vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½582011Tata Steel Group BD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Ganguly vs J L Hammer  1-0672011Tata Steel Group BC67 Ruy Lopez
18. W So vs G Sargissian ½-½262011Tata Steel Group BC45 Scotch Game
19. Li Chao vs McShane 0-1552011Tata Steel Group BE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
20. W Spoelman vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½342011Tata Steel Group BE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. Tkachiev vs Nijboer  ½-½352011Tata Steel Group BE60 King's Indian Defense
22. Nijboer vs Fressinet  ½-½322011Tata Steel Group BC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Efimenko vs Ganguly ½-½992011Tata Steel Group BB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. J L Hammer vs W So ½-½632011Tata Steel Group BD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. R Wojtaszek vs Li Chao  1-0332011Tata Steel Group BD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
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Jan-17-11  ketchuplover: Can McShane run the table?
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  wordfunph: <ketchup> too early..

Wesley go!

Jan-17-11  jamil28: There's only one Filipino in this line.. Go Wesley So. You can do it..
Jan-17-11  notyetagm: <ketchuplover: Can McShane run the table?>

After playing Anand, Carlsen, and Kramnik at the London Chess Classic, this must seem like a walk in the park for McShane.

I think McShane is the leading candidate right now for the Chess Oscar, IMHO, if you include last December's brilliant performance at the LCC.

Outstanding play by McShane.

Jan-18-11  Manuel G. Vergara: Philippines' GM Wesley So will be inside top 4 or at most will be the Champion in Group B!!!
Jan-18-11  pulsar: Oh. Thanks <CG> for this page!
Jan-18-11  goodevans: I had a bit of a moan earlier today that hadn't posted these games (Tata Steel (2011)).

Thanks,, for adding them.

These are the games from rounds 3 and 4. I guess the games from the first 2 rounds will be added in due course.

Jan-20-11  CWQ: <notyetagm> 100% agreed upon. I recall the mid 80's when He, Magnus , King Loek, and Sergey as well as Bacrot were all in the talk of the future and greatness. I follow Luke's games with particular interest. He seems to be performing like a 2700+ these days for sure.
Jan-21-11  zluria: The Navara - Ganguly game is fascinating. Ganguly's lost a piece, but it looks like he might be able to whip up a swift attack. Hang on, I'll check with my comp...
Jan-21-11  zluria: Yes, Crafty says that both 17. ... Nf2+ and 17. ... Nf4 work out fine for Black. And I see that Ganguly has indeed played 17. ... Nf4. Looks dangerous for White...
Jan-21-11  zluria: McShane wins again, going to +4. Efimenko wins too, going to +3. This chase will probably be decided one way or the other when they meet over the board.
Jan-21-11  anandrulez: McShane is now the strongest brit chess player I guess
Jan-21-11  rclb: In this form, Luke is pretty much on a par with Carlsen and Anand! In real life, Adams is probably stronger.
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  dunkenchess: So far so good. Go GM Wesley So, go go go...
Jan-21-11  arlevian: a very conclusive round 6... no draw in their minds. Going stronger is GM Wesley So !!!
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  Penguincw: How can two players have played 7 games , while the rest have played only 6 ??
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  wordfunph: So-Navara 1-0

...and GM Wesley So made it 3 in a row and tied first with Luke and Zahar with 5/7.

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  Peligroso Patzer: Interesting endgame in Sargissian-Nijboer.
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  Peligroso Patzer: In <Sargissian-Nijboer>, the live transmission seems to have frozen after <70. f5> in this position (Black to move):

click for larger view

The position is an instructive win for White.

Jan-22-11  AuN1: mcshane pretty much blew his chances for tournament victory today. guess we'll be seeing efimenko in group a next year.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <AuN1: mcshane pretty much blew his chances for tournament victory today. guess we'll be seeing efimenko in group a next year.>

The CG standings posted on this page have an extra win for Efimenko. McShane and So are actually currently tied with Efimenko for first after seven rounds on 5.0/7. Sargissian, who won his ending today (notwithstanding that the official transmission of moves only shows through 70. f5 with no result) is only half-a-point behind on 4.5/7.

Jan-23-11  shintaro go: Good job Le, for slowing down Luke.
Jan-23-11  prensdepens: Efimenco lost to Tkachiev....
GM Wesley So is the leader of the pack!
Jan-23-11  mafe: So performance in Tata steel tournament is 2852 WOW hanep!! panalitihin mo ang momentum mo Sir Wesley ganda ng laro mo ngaun
Jan-24-11  arsen387: So plays cool here. If not Sargissian is going to win this, then hope it will be So.
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