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Tata Steel Tournament

Levon Aronian9/13(+7 -2 =4)[view games]
Teimour Radjabov8/13(+3 -0 =10)[view games]
Fabiano Caruana8/13(+4 -1 =8)[view games]
Magnus Carlsen8/13(+4 -1 =8)[view games]
Hikaru Nakamura7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[view games]
Vassily Ivanchuk7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[view games]
Gata Kamsky7/13(+3 -2 =8)[view games]
Sergey Karjakin6.5/13(+5 -5 =3)[view games]
Loek van Wely5.5/13(+0 -2 =11)[view games]
Boris Gelfand5/13(+2 -5 =6)[view games]
Veselin Topalov5/13(+1 -4 =8)[view games]
Vugar Gashimov5/13(+1 -4 =8)[view games]
David Navara4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[view games]
Anish Giri4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[view games]

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Nakamura vs Ivanchuk ½-½21 2012 Tata SteelD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Kamsky vs Van Wely ½-½41 2012 Tata SteelD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
3. Karjakin vs Aronian 0-142 2012 Tata SteelC78 Ruy Lopez
4. Radjabov vs Caruana ½-½27 2012 Tata SteelD85 Grunfeld
5. Gelfand vs A Giri 0-170 2012 Tata SteelD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Navara vs Topalov ½-½31 2012 Tata SteelA20 English
7. Aronian vs Nakamura 1-059 2012 Tata SteelA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
8. Carlsen vs V Gashimov 1-067 2012 Tata SteelA30 English, Symmetrical
9. Topalov vs Van Wely ½-½58 2012 Tata SteelE81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. A Giri vs Radjabov ½-½24 2012 Tata SteelE81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. Navara vs Gelfand ½-½30 2012 Tata SteelC42 Petrov Defense
12. Caruana vs Karjakin 1-065 2012 Tata SteelE46 Nimzo-Indian
13. Ivanchuk vs Carlsen ½-½57 2012 Tata SteelD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. V Gashimov vs Kamsky ½-½41 2012 Tata SteelC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Kamsky vs Ivanchuk ½-½30 2012 Tata SteelD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Van Wely vs V Gashimov ½-½23 2012 Tata SteelA33 English, Symmetrical
17. Radjabov vs Navara 1-032 2012 Tata SteelD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
18. Gelfand vs Topalov ½-½35 2012 Tata SteelD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Nakamura vs Caruana ½-½42 2012 Tata SteelD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
20. Karjakin vs A Giri 1-037 2012 Tata SteelC07 French, Tarrasch
21. Carlsen vs Aronian 1-068 2012 Tata SteelD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Aronian vs Kamsky 1-058 2012 Tata SteelA15 English
23. Navara vs Karjakin 0-160 2012 Tata SteelC67 Ruy Lopez
24. A Giri vs Nakamura ½-½18 2012 Tata SteelB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. Gelfand vs Radjabov ½-½30 2012 Tata SteelE92 King's Indian
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Jan-30-12  Dionysius1: I wonder if the Tata Steel Chess Tournament website will give us a video of round 13. It's sad that tournament websites just tend to pack up at the end of the second last round - by the time they would be creating the video or summary of last round, they're usually heading off!
Jan-30-12  pubaer: damn, I wish anand would badmouth me. :D
He sure knows how to demoralize people with his high praises. How does he dare? :D
Jan-30-12
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  lostemperor: The Tata Steel chess prediction contest on final standings is won by <SwitchingQuylthulg> and <SloVice> with second places going to <YouRang>, <WannaBe> and third to <rogge> and <wordfunph>!
Jan-30-12  Troller: <Bringing up again one of my pet peeves: why aren't draw offers included on scoresheets?>

They are. It is obligatory to note draw offers down. I don't know if there is a pgn character for this.

Jan-30-12
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  Jim Bartle: Check it out: Noting time for each move would be great (as in Tal's book on the 1960 match), but that requires a lot of effort and takes up lots of space. Just noting draw offers (with a peace sign?) requires almost no change at all.
Jan-30-12
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  Kinghunt: <Check it out: Noting time for each move would be great (as in Tal's book on the 1960 match), but that requires a lot of effort and takes up lots of space.>

It would be really easy to do (and display) electronically. It would be simple to correlate DGB board signals with a clock, and chessbase is capable of displaying times when reviewing games.

Jan-30-12
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  Jim Bartle: Knowing the times of the moves adds to understanding and the drama of the game, seeing how much time it took players to make moves at times.
Jan-30-12  kramputz: Goofy demands $20,000 for a simultaneous when he comes to New York City.
Jan-30-12  wareopening: When is the next big tournament?
Jan-30-12
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  Peligroso Patzer: <wareopening: When is the next big tournament?>

Good question (except that what you mean precisely by "big tournament" is unclear).

As far as <elite> tournaments are concerned, presumably (since it was not held in 2011) there will NOT be a Linares tournament this year (for many years - through 2010 - the next elite event after Wijk aan Zee), NOR a Melody Amber tournament (seemingly permanently cancelled, and which, although not an altogether serious tournament, was one that attracted elite players). Presumably, there WILL be tournaments in Biel (in recent years, a marginally elite event) and Dortmund, but probably they are still several months away. (Those events are typically held in July.)

Not sure whether to expect another Bazna Kings tournament in Romania in June.

Jan-30-12
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  Shams: <Peligroso Patzer> Back in August, it was said that Linares was a definite "go" for March 2012. Is there new information?
Jan-30-12
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  benjinathan: <Shams> I understood that it was on for the second half of the year.
Jan-30-12
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  benjinathan: Topolov:

But Linares 2012 takes place in the second half of the year, so I want to participate in Wijk aan Zee, one of the the longest tournament (13 rounds), as early as possible.

Jan-30-12
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  Shams: <benjinathan> Thanks. Did Linares find a second city to share hosting duties with?
Jan-30-12
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  Kinghunt: Not tournaments per se, but we have the Kramnik-Aronian and Anand-Gelfand matches coming up in April and May.
Jan-30-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: <<Jan-29-12 AuN1: <LIFE Master AJ: The very brilliant game, A Giri vs Aronian, 2012, will be my "Game of The Month" (http://www.ajschess.com/thegotmman/) for February, 2012. If you have any comments, drop by my forum.>

i think the best game of the tournament was giri vs. gashimov, but that's just me.>>

No motivation to even deeply examine that game ... if I featured it, no one would care. (Neither player did real well in the tournament.)

No offence, but I think you miss the general thrust of the whole column. (Good game, by a top GM. The winner did not necessarily have to win the tournament, but at least performed notably - say, above average.)

Jan-30-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: BTW, Giri finished dead last, and Gashimov was not too far behind. I am pretty sure there won't be a lot of excitement about a game by two tail-enders ... ... ...
Jan-31-12  galdur: Old news from April 2nd of last year but

<el magistral se celebrará entre la segunda quincena de marzo y la primera de abril> "will be held between the second half of March and early April"

http://www.ideal.es/jaen/v/20110402...

Itīs certainly a pity that this fixture has succumbed to economic concerns.

I wonder though what it would cost to stage a tournament like Tata Steel A. Quarter of a million dollars? Letīs say half a million. Doesnīt seem that much for an event of this magnitude.

Jan-31-12
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  Diademas: <LIFE Master AJ: BTW, Giri finished dead last, and Gashimov was not too far behind.> Or ahead.. ;)
Jan-31-12  orkney35: I wonder how many true chess fans there really are? I would be very happy to pay $10-20 to follow a chess tournament like Tata. I don't think there would be 25,000 others.
Jan-31-12  siamesedream: <Magnus Carlsen`s Blog

Tata Steel Chess 2012 � Back home again

A draw would secure sole victory for Aronian in the last round of Tata Steel Chess 2012, and he needed just 10 minutes and 12 moves to share the point with Radjabov. Congratulations! A well deserved victory. The early last round has never been my favorite, but I managed to muster sufficient motivation to play for a win as black against van Wely. The Stonewall variation is a little better for white, but I managed to equalize and was quite optimistic after e5 and Rxe5. Qe6 was a mistake as his response f4 forces enough exchanges to make it fairly easy for white to reach a drawn ending. In retrospect I should have tried d4! instead and the game would be alive. Caruana outplayed Gelfand in a queen ending to reach +3 and tie for second with me and Radjabov. Overall +3 is not a bad result, it was my expected score. Taking into account the unacceptable number of blunders I made in the second half of the tournament the end result could well have been worse. Hence I�m somewhat unhappy with my own play but not the result. It is not surprising that most of the competitors (including myself) make more mistakes than usual during such a long event held in the dark of winter but I need to try to find a remedy for the future. My impression was that the well-organized event (chess festival really) experienced more visitors than ever and I hope to be invited back for the 75th edition next year. I�d like to thank all the people involved in the organizing committee as well as all the volunteers! Interestingly the main Tata Steel speaker at the prize giving expressed his hope that this unique tradition will continue beyond next year and this is the first time I�ve heard anything about prospects beyond the 2013 jubilee. Great news! I travelled back to Norway on the morning flight together with my father and sisters Ellen and Signe (who had visited the tournament the last week) and look forward to a week or two of relaxation. I don�t know when my next tournament will take place. This is unusual for me, but hopefully blissful ignorance will make it easier to properly relax and recharge the batteries for future challenges. Magnus Carlsen, Haslum, January 30th, 2012

2012-01-31 16:00:38>

http://www.arcticsec.no/index.php?b...

Jan-31-12
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  benjinathan: <I wonder how many true chess fans there really are? I would be very happy to pay $10-20 to follow a chess tournament like Tata. I don't think there would be 25,000 others.>

Obviously the number is very small. Two years ago I was at The Canadian Open in Toronto. I watched the top board Luke McShane and Shabalov (the male version) and I was the only member of the audience.

Admission was free.

Granted it was not Carlsen and Aronian and granted that many of what might be the audience was actually playing in the Open, but still...

Jan-31-12  Bratek: <When is the next big tournament?><The Grand Slam Chess Association announced on Sunday that the world famous tournament in Linares, Spain will be held again this year, after it was cancelled in 2011>http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/g...
Jan-31-12  orkney35: Hey Benjinathan,
Did you happen to know Bryon Nickoloff?
Feb-01-12
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  benjinathan: <orkney35>

Sorry, no. He died before I started playing chess.

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