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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]
Daniele Vocaturo4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[view games]
Kateryna Lahno4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[view games]
Viktorija Cmilyte4/13(+1 -6 =6)[view games]
Dronavalli Harika3.5/13(+0 -6 =7)[view games]

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Timman vs S Ernst 1-033 2012 Tata Steel Group BA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
2. D Vocaturo vs S Ernst 1-028 2012 Tata Steel Group BC53 Giuoco Piano
3. L'Ami vs D Harika 1-026 2012 Tata Steel Group BD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
4. Harikrishna vs D Vocaturo 1-027 2012 Tata Steel Group BE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
5. D Reinderman vs I Nyzhnyk  1-050 2012 Tata Steel Group BE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
6. Motylev vs S Ernst 1-048 2012 Tata Steel Group BC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. I Nyzhnyk vs L Bruzon Batista  1-042 2012 Tata Steel Group BA90 Dutch
8. Tiviakov vs Lahno 1-038 2012 Tata Steel Group BB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. Potkin vs D Harika  1-043 2012 Tata Steel Group BE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
10. S Ernst vs Harikrishna 1-043 2012 Tata Steel Group BD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Timman vs V Cmilyte  1-038 2012 Tata Steel Group BA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
12. L Bruzon Batista vs D Vocaturo 1-049 2012 Tata Steel Group BA04 Reti Opening
13. D Reinderman vs S Ernst  1-028 2012 Tata Steel Group BA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
14. Tiviakov vs V Cmilyte  1-045 2012 Tata Steel Group BB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. I Nyzhnyk vs D Harika  1-059 2012 Tata Steel Group BD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
16. Tiviakov vs D Reinderman 1-030 2012 Tata Steel Group BC05 French, Tarrasch
17. L Bruzon Batista vs Timman 1-032 2012 Tata Steel Group BB42 Sicilian, Kan
18. Motylev vs D Vocaturo  1-035 2012 Tata Steel Group BC78 Ruy Lopez
19. S Ernst vs L'Ami  1-050 2012 Tata Steel Group BA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Motylev vs Tiviakov 1-037 2012 Tata Steel Group BB01 Scandinavian
21. Timman vs I Nyzhnyk 1-097 2012 Tata Steel Group BB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. V Cmilyte vs S Ernst 1-066 2012 Tata Steel Group BD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. L'Ami vs D Vocaturo  1-051 2012 Tata Steel Group BA30 English, Symmetrical
24. D Vocaturo vs V Cmilyte 1-061 2012 Tata Steel Group BB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. Harikrishna vs Lahno 1-048 2012 Tata Steel Group BB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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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.
Jan-24-12  ketchuplover: Illya got spanked :(
Jan-25-12  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.
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  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. :)
Jan-29-12  ketchuplover: Kudos to all :)
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