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Tata Steel Group C Tournament

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

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Sadler vs P Hopman 1-040 2012 Tata Steel Group CA90 Dutch
2. T Sachdev vs S Grover ½-½25 2012 Tata Steel Group CE15 Queen's Indian
3. E Paehtz vs H Tikkanen 0-145 2012 Tata Steel Group CC11 French
4. D Brandenburg vs L Ootes ½-½50 2012 Tata Steel Group CB07 Pirc
5. B Adhiban vs A Haast 1-032 2012 Tata Steel Group CA57 Benko Gambit
6. E Goudriaan vs L Schut 1-026 2012 Tata Steel Group CB20 Sicilian
7. E Danielian vs M Turov 0-142 2012 Tata Steel Group CE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
8. L Ootes vs B Adhiban ½-½61 2012 Tata Steel Group CB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. L Schut vs E Danielian  ½-½75 2012 Tata Steel Group CB41 Sicilian, Kan
10. P Hopman vs M Turov  0-142 2012 Tata Steel Group CA57 Benko Gambit
11. Sadler vs T Sachdev ½-½53 2012 Tata Steel Group CC45 Scotch Game
12. A Haast vs E Goudriaan  ½-½43 2012 Tata Steel Group CB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
13. H Tikkanen vs D Brandenburg ½-½93 2012 Tata Steel Group CA20 English
14. S Grover vs E Paehtz  1-058 2012 Tata Steel Group CD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. D Brandenburg vs S Grover ½-½60 2012 Tata Steel Group CC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
16. T Sachdev vs P Hopman  ½-½54 2012 Tata Steel Group CB07 Pirc
17. E Paehtz vs Sadler ½-½40 2012 Tata Steel Group CB06 Robatsch
18. E Danielian vs A Haast  ½-½47 2012 Tata Steel Group CD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. E Goudriaan vs L Ootes 1-021 2012 Tata Steel Group CE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. B Adhiban vs H Tikkanen  ½-½39 2012 Tata Steel Group CB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. M Turov vs L Schut 1-067 2012 Tata Steel Group CD90 Grunfeld
22. T Sachdev vs E Paehtz 0-136 2012 Tata Steel Group CE92 King's Indian
23. A Haast vs M Turov 0-138 2012 Tata Steel Group CB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. Sadler vs D Brandenburg  ½-½39 2012 Tata Steel Group CD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
25. S Grover vs B Adhiban 0-138 2012 Tata 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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