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Tata Steel Group B Tournament

Pentala Harikrishna9/13(+6 -1 =6)[view games]
Lazaro Bruzon Batista8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[view games]
Alexander Motylev8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[view games]
Sergei Tiviakov8/13(+6 -3 =4)[view games]
Erwin L'Ami8/13(+5 -2 =6)[view games]
Dimitri Reinderman7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[view games]
Illya Nyzhnyk7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[view games]
Vladimir Potkin6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[view games]
Jan Timman6/13(+3 -4 =6)[view games]
Sipke Ernst5/13(+4 -7 =2)[view games]
Kateryna Lahno4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[view games]
Daniele Vocaturo4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[view games]
Viktorija Cmilyte4/13(+1 -6 =6)[view games]
Dronavalli Harika3.5/13(+0 -6 =7)[view games]

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. L Bruzon Batista vs Harikrishna 0-179 2012 Tata Steel Group BC67 Ruy Lopez
2. D Reinderman vs Motylev ½-½39 2012 Tata Steel Group BE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
3. Lahno vs S Ernst 1-035 2012 Tata Steel Group BC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
4. D Harika vs D Vocaturo ½-½39 2012 Tata Steel Group BE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
5. V Cmilyte vs I Nyzhnyk 0-164 2012 Tata Steel Group BE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. L'Ami vs Tiviakov 1-057 2012 Tata Steel Group BE17 Queen's Indian
7. Timman vs Potkin ½-½30 2012 Tata Steel Group BC07 French, Tarrasch
8. Motylev vs Potkin  ½-½61 2012 Tata Steel Group BB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
9. I Nyzhnyk vs L'Ami ½-½38 2012 Tata Steel Group BD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
10. D Reinderman vs L Bruzon Batista ½-½31 2012 Tata Steel Group BA15 English
11. Harikrishna vs Lahno 1-048 2012 Tata Steel Group BB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. D Vocaturo vs V Cmilyte 1-061 2012 Tata Steel Group BB25 Sicilian, Closed
13. Tiviakov vs Timman  1-038 2012 Tata Steel Group BB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
14. S Ernst vs D Harika ½-½77 2012 Tata Steel Group BA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. L'Ami vs D Vocaturo  1-051 2012 Tata Steel Group BA30 English, Symmetrical
16. D Harika vs Harikrishna  0-133 2012 Tata Steel Group BA04 Reti Opening
17. Potkin vs Tiviakov  0-145 2012 Tata Steel Group BE17 Queen's Indian
18. V Cmilyte vs S Ernst 1-066 2012 Tata Steel Group BD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Timman vs I Nyzhnyk 1-097 2012 Tata Steel Group BB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Lahno vs D Reinderman  ½-½40 2012 Tata Steel Group BA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
21. L Bruzon Batista vs Motylev  ½-½61 2012 Tata Steel Group BD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. S Ernst vs L'Ami  1-050 2012 Tata Steel Group BA40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. L Bruzon Batista vs Lahno  ½-½49 2012 Tata Steel Group BB20 Sicilian
24. D Reinderman vs D Harika  ½-½56 2012 Tata Steel Group BA16 English
25. D Vocaturo vs Timman  ½-½43 2012 Tata Steel Group BC11 French
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  Penguincw: 28...Rb1+ (-0.02)
Ernst-Nyzhnyk 1/2-1/2

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Jan-22-12  AuN1: is harikrishna really going to be playing in the a group next year?
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  Penguincw: < AuN1: is harikrishna really going to be playing in the a group next year? >

The tradition for winning Group B (or C) is a guarantee invitation for the next group. So, if Harikrishna wins Group B, he will ensure an invitation. Last year, McShane and Navara both won Group B, and both were invited, however McShane did not have enough time. :-\ However, even he doesn't win, he can still have a chance.

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  Penguincw: < "India’s Pentala Harikrishna kept the lead in Grandmaster Group B with a 6.5/8-score after a draw with white against Holland’s Sergei Tiviakov in 63 moves from a Benko opening. He was followed at half a point by Russia’s Alexander Motylev." >

Jan-24-12  quantum.conscious: hari wins again.
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  ketchuplover: Illya got spanked :(
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  ketchuplover: hari is on fiyah
Jan-25-12  Kazzak: Vocaturo will curse his Rc8, but he should have seen the trouble he was getting himself into.
Jan-25-12  waustad: Agin the only game still going is Cmilyte's.
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  Penguincw: < "India’s Pentala Harikrishna kept the lead in this group after downing Italy’s Daniele Vocaturo in 27 moves with white from a Catalan opening. It was Harikrishna’s sixth victory from the ten rounds played so far." >

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  Penguincw: Sipke is squeezing Harikrishna hard.


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This leaves Motylev a chance to tie it all up.

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  Penguincw: Reindermann beat Vocaturo with the black pieces. Now, it's a matter of how and when Ernst is going to beat the Indian.
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  technical draw: Harikrishna is getting whooped real bad. Mate in 17...
Jan-27-12  Jason Frost: And with only 1 real check left Hari resgins. Now Motylev and L'Ami are only half a point back, and Motylev plays Hari with white tomorrow ... making B a bit more interesting.

Bruzon, though, is now basically out of conntention after blundering badly against Nyzhnik.

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  Penguincw: Results
L'Ami - Motylev 1/2-1/2
Timman - Cmilyte 1-0
Potkin - Harika 1-0
Tiviakov - Lahno 1-0
Nyzhnik - Bruzon 1/2-1/2
Vocaturo - Reinderman 0-1
Ernst - Harikrishna 1-0


Harikrishna 8
L'Ami 7.5
Motylev 7.5
Bruzon 7
Reinderman 6
Tiviakov 6
Nyzhnik 5
Ernst 5
Potkin 5
Timman 5
Lahno 4
Vocaturo 4
Cmilyte 3.5
Harika 3.5

With two rounds to go, 5 players are still in it to win 1st (at least shared).

Jan-27-12  Jason Frost: <Penguincw>
Nyzhnik - Bruzon 1-0 according to official site. For all intensive purposes leaving only Hari, L'Ami, and Motylev to contend for first.
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  Penguincw: < Jason Frost >

I made an error there. :)

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  Penguincw: < "The 250-euro ‘Piet Zwart Prize’ in Group B went to Holland’s Sipke Ernst for his win in 44 moves with white from a Queen’s Gambit against Group-B leader Pentala Harikrishna of India. With two more rounds to go, Harikrishna remained in first place but saw his lead on the runners-upm reduced to just a half point." >

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  Penguincw: < "In Group B, Sokolov awarded the 250-euro daily prize to 15-year-old Ilya Nyzhnyk for his victory in 31 moves with black from a King’s Indian Defense against fellow Ukrainian Kateryna Lahno. India’s Pentala Harikrishna remained in first place in this group after drawing his 12th-round encounter with runner-up Alexander Motylev of Russia. Harirkishna has 8.5 points, half a point more than Motylev and Erwin L’Ami, who was lucky to escape with a draw in his game against fellow Dutchman Jan Timman." >

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  Penguincw: L'Ami trying in the endgame to win. He seems lost though. Harirkishna and Motylev already drew.
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  Penguincw: Potkin wants to break even at 0. L'Ami has different thoughts.
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  Penguincw: What can L'Ami do? Congratz Harirkishna.
Jan-29-12  LDJ: Harikrishna won!... Which means that I won some nice chessbucks :)
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  Penguincw: It's official. Potkin defeated L'Ami. Congratz to Pentala Harikrishna who placed solo first in Group B, and will get an invitation to the 75th Tata Steel A Group next year. Hopefully Anand will come. :)
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  ketchuplover: Kudos to all :)
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