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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]
Erwin L'Ami8/13(+5 -2 =6)[view games]
Sergei Tiviakov8/13(+6 -3 =4)[view games]
Illya Nyzhnyk7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[view games]
Dimitri Reinderman7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[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 2; games 1-25 of 33  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. L'Ami vs Tiviakov 1-057 2012 Tata Steel Group BE17 Queen's Indian
2. Lahno vs S Ernst 1-035 2012 Tata Steel Group BC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
3. Harikrishna vs Lahno 1-048 2012 Tata Steel Group BB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. D Vocaturo vs V Cmilyte 1-061 2012 Tata Steel Group BB25 Sicilian, Closed
5. Tiviakov vs Timman  1-038 2012 Tata Steel Group BB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
6. V Cmilyte vs S Ernst 1-066 2012 Tata Steel Group BD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Timman vs I Nyzhnyk 1-097 2012 Tata Steel Group BB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. L'Ami vs D Vocaturo  1-051 2012 Tata Steel Group BA30 English, Symmetrical
9. Motylev vs Tiviakov 1-037 2012 Tata Steel Group BB01 Scandinavian
10. S Ernst vs L'Ami  1-050 2012 Tata Steel Group BA40 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Timman vs S Ernst 1-033 2012 Tata Steel Group BA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
12. Harikrishna vs Timman 1-040 2012 Tata Steel Group BC02 French, Advance
13. S Ernst vs Potkin 1-057 2012 Tata Steel Group BD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. L Bruzon Batista vs V Cmilyte  1-075 2012 Tata Steel Group BB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. I Nyzhnyk vs D Vocaturo 1-034 2012 Tata Steel Group BA57 Benko Gambit
16. L Bruzon Batista vs Timman 1-032 2012 Tata Steel Group BB42 Sicilian, Kan
17. Motylev vs D Vocaturo  1-035 2012 Tata Steel Group BC78 Ruy Lopez
18. Tiviakov vs D Reinderman 1-030 2012 Tata Steel Group BC05 French, Tarrasch
19. D Vocaturo vs S Ernst 1-028 2012 Tata Steel Group BC53 Giuoco Piano
20. L'Ami vs D Harika 1-026 2012 Tata Steel Group BD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
21. Harikrishna vs D Vocaturo 1-027 2012 Tata Steel Group BE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
22. D Reinderman vs I Nyzhnyk  1-050 2012 Tata Steel Group BE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
23. Motylev vs S Ernst 1-048 2012 Tata Steel Group BC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. Timman vs V Cmilyte  1-038 2012 Tata Steel Group BA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
25. S Ernst vs Harikrishna 1-043 2012 Tata Steel Group BD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 33  PGN Download
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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.
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. :)
Jan-29-12  ketchuplover: Kudos to all :)
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