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Tata Steel Group C Tournament

Maxim Vladimirovich Turov10.5/13(+8 -0 =5)[games]
Hans Tikkanen10/13(+8 -1 =4)[games]
Daan Brandenburg8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Sahaj Grover7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Matthew Sadler7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Tania Sachdev6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Elina Danielian5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Etienne Goudriaan5/13(+2 -5 =6)[games]
Lars Ootes4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[games]
Pieter Hopman4/13(+2 -7 =4)[games]
Lisa Schut4/13(+3 -8 =2)[games]
Anne Haast3.5/13(+2 -8 =3)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sadler vs P Hopman 1-0402012Tata Steel Group CA90 Dutch
2. T Sachdev vs S Grover ½-½252012Tata Steel Group CE15 Queen's Indian
3. E Paehtz vs H Tikkanen 0-1452012Tata Steel Group CC11 French
4. D Brandenburg vs L Ootes ½-½502012Tata Steel Group CB07 Pirc
5. B Adhiban vs A Haast 1-0322012Tata Steel Group CA57 Benko Gambit
6. E Goudriaan vs L Schut 1-0262012Tata Steel Group CB20 Sicilian
7. E Danielian vs M Turov 0-1422012Tata Steel Group CE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
8. L Ootes vs B Adhiban ½-½612012Tata Steel Group CB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. L Schut vs E Danielian  ½-½752012Tata Steel Group CB41 Sicilian, Kan
10. P Hopman vs M Turov  0-1422012Tata Steel Group CA57 Benko Gambit
11. Sadler vs T Sachdev ½-½532012Tata Steel Group CC45 Scotch Game
12. A Haast vs E Goudriaan  ½-½432012Tata Steel Group CB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
13. H Tikkanen vs D Brandenburg ½-½932012Tata Steel Group CA20 English
14. S Grover vs E Paehtz  1-0582012Tata Steel Group CD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. D Brandenburg vs S Grover ½-½602012Tata Steel Group CC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
16. T Sachdev vs P Hopman  ½-½542012Tata Steel Group CB07 Pirc
17. E Paehtz vs Sadler ½-½402012Tata Steel Group CB06 Robatsch
18. E Danielian vs A Haast  ½-½472012Tata Steel Group CD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. E Goudriaan vs L Ootes 1-0212012Tata Steel Group CE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. B Adhiban vs H Tikkanen  ½-½392012Tata Steel Group CB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. M Turov vs L Schut 1-0672012Tata Steel Group CD90 Grunfeld
22. T Sachdev vs E Paehtz 0-1362012Tata Steel Group CE92 King's Indian
23. A Haast vs M Turov 0-1382012Tata Steel Group CB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. Sadler vs D Brandenburg  ½-½392012Tata Steel Group CD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
25. S Grover vs B Adhiban 0-1382012Tata Steel Group CE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
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  Stonehenge: Yes, and Hopman could have won with the simple 38...Qxe3.
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  Stonehenge: <And Lisa Schut draws Sadler?!! > I'm not so sure about that yet :)
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  Stonehenge: Hmm, she missed 48. Qd2.
Jan-24-12  goodevans: <Jan-22-12 goodevans: After Sadler's sixth consecutive draw, perhaps Schut can be more confident of a better result in the next game.>

Told you so!

Jan-24-12  goodevans: <Penguincw: < Marmot PFL > I know. However, when the 2600 players win the group, they'll go to Group B next year where it will be much harder.>

Except that the 2600 players won't both top the group.

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  Penguincw: < "Sweden’s Hans Tikkanen and Russia’s Maxim Turov both won their games to remain tied for first place in this group. In the same group, Holland's Lisa Schut achieved her first WGM norm after drawing her game against England's Matthew Sadler." >

This world is going to be one WGM better soon.

Jan-24-12  waustad: I just saw a vid of Lisa Schut and she sounds like she grew up in California. The Dutch speak great English, and lots of other languages, but is she another Caruana? Nationality seems to be very fluid in chess.
Jan-25-12  goodevans: <wausted> I used to work in the NL with a dutch girl who had a Scottish accent. One of the consequences of mixed nationality parentage. Perhaps a factor with Lisa too?
Jan-25-12  ketchuplover: Is Turov ill?
Jan-25-12  ketchuplover: Hopman over Tikkanen!
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  Penguincw: < "Russia’s Maxim Turov became the sole leader in this group after a quick draw in 16 moves with black against Germany’s Elisabeth Paehtz. Tikkanen fell back to second place, half a point behind Turov." >

And Turov takes the lead by half a point. This sort of reminds me of Group A 2011 where there was a battle between Nakamura and Anand. Anand fell half a point behind by drawing a game. :-\

Jan-25-12  waustad: Danilian has dropped nearly 23 ratings points here.
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  Penguincw: Tikkanen should be able to beat Grover.

27.Rdxf7 (12.77)

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  Penguincw: Tikkanen wins his game with white.

Mate in 5.
30...♔h7 31.♖h6+ ♔xh6 32.♕h4+ ♘h5 33.♕xh5+ ♔g7 34.♕f7+ ♔h6 35.♖h5# 1-0

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He is now currently pass Turov.

39.Bxd1 (-0.30)

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  Penguincw: Turov and Tikkanen are now tied for first, with their nearest rival about 1 and a half points behind.
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  Penguincw: < "Sweden’s Hans Tikkanen was rewarded with the 100-euro daily prize in Group C for his fine win with white in 30 moves from a Slav Defense against India’s Sahaj Grover. The victory brought the Swede back alongside Russia’s Maxim Turov on top of the standings in this division of the tournament." >

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  Penguincw: Sadler really not in form. With the WHITE pieces, he lost to Tikkanen! Turov kept pace by beating Adhiban.
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  Penguincw: The only group that is not one-sided. Tikkanen or Turov could win, or they will have to share (and both get invited to Group B next year).

Biggest Gains: Tikkanen (+20, new rating is 2569)
Goudriaan (+16, new rating is 2295)

Biggest Losses: Sadler (-27, new rating is 2633)
Danielian (-19, new rating is 2471)

Jan-28-12  Birthday Boy: Come on Sadler
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  Penguincw: Turov already insured at least first by defeating Goudriaan (something Sadler couldn't do). Tikkanen holding a slight advantage over Sachdev.
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  Penguincw: Tikkanen still trying.
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  Penguincw: Tikkanen at a dead even game. Congratz Turov!
Jan-29-12  LDJ: Remarkable that this page has more kibitzing than the B group page. :)
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  Penguincw: Congratz to Maxim Turov who won Group C solo, and will receive an invitation to Group B next year. Can't say the same for Sadler though. :-\
Jan-29-12  ketchuplover: Kudos to all :)
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