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Tata Steel (Group B) Tournament

Richard Rapport9/13(+7 -2 =4)[view games]
Arkadij Naiditsch9/13(+7 -2 =4)[view games]
Sergei Movsesian8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[view games]
Jan Smeets8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[view games]
Daniil Dubov7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[view games]
Romain Edouard7/13(+5 -4 =4)[view games]
Jan Timman7/13(+5 -4 =4)[view games]
Sergei Tiviakov6.5/13(+4 -4 =5)[view games]
Maxim Turov6/13(+2 -3 =8)[view games]
Robin van Kampen5.5/13(+3 -5 =5)[view games]
Nils Grandelius4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[view games]
Predrag Nikolic4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[view games]
Alexander Ipatov4/13(+1 -6 =6)[view games]
Sipke Ernst3.5/13(+3 -9 =1)[view games]

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Rapport vs R van Kampen  ½-½29 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)A36 English
2. D Dubov vs J Smeets  ½-½70 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. S Ernst vs Timman 0-150 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)E20 Nimzo-Indian
4. M Turov vs N Grandelius  ½-½30 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Tiviakov vs A Ipatov 1-043 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)B10 Caro-Kann
6. Movsesian vs Naiditsch ½-½44 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
7. R Edouard vs P Nikolic  ½-½35 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)C18 French, Winawer
8. P Nikolic vs S Ernst 1-031 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Naiditsch vs Tiviakov 0-139 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)E15 Queen's Indian
10. Timman vs Movsesian  ½-½36 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. R Rapport vs R Edouard 1-042 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. R van Kampen vs J Smeets  ½-½29 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)C67 Ruy Lopez
13. N Grandelius vs D Dubov  ½-½31 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
14. A Ipatov vs M Turov  ½-½37 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
15. Movsesian vs P Nikolic  1-050 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)A20 English
16. R Edouard vs R van Kampen  1-041 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. S Ernst vs R Rapport 0-136 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)A56 Benoni Defense
18. J Smeets vs N Grandelius  1-042 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. Tiviakov vs Timman ½-½31 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)B10 Caro-Kann
20. D Dubov vs A Ipatov ½-½35 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. M Turov vs Naiditsch  0-139 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)A22 English
22. R Edouard vs S Ernst 0-145 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Timman vs M Turov  ½-½30 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
24. R van Kampen vs N Grandelius 0-141 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)B53 Sicilian
25. R Rapport vs Movsesian 1-040 2013 Tata Steel (Group B)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-26-13  iamsheaf: It's a bit surprising that the group A score of Carlsen is higher than the score of Group B leader...normally you expect Groups B and C to have more decisive games
Jan-26-13  Jim Bartle: Group B does have more decisive games. It's just that nobody is undefeated or has put up a really big score, plus Carlsen has.
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  Penguincw: Looks like Ernst finally earned his first draw, Round 12.
Jan-26-13  IndigoViolet: Go Richie Rapport! I want to see him in next year's A group. I believe a victory over Nikolic tomorrow would assure him of first place on tiebreak.
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  Eyal: <first place on tiebreak>

In recent years, when two players shared first place in the B group, both were invited to the A group next year - Motylev & Carlsen in 2006, McShane & Navara in 2011 (though McShane eventually declined the invitation). So I won't be surprised if something like that happens this time as well (but three players would probably be too much...)

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  Penguincw: We could have as many as 5 players earning first (prior to tiebreaks), if this happens tomorrow:

Dubov - Van Kampen 1-0
Smeets - Turov 1/2-1/2
Grandelius - Tiviakov (doesn't really matter what the result is) Ipatov - Movsesian 1-0
Naiditsch - Ernst 0-1
Timman - Edouard (doesn't really matter what the result is)

Nikolic - Rapport 1-0

Jan-26-13  Refused: Unlikely to happen though.
Naiditsch has white and will push for a win against Ernst. Movsesian needs to push for a win with the black pieces against Ipatov. So I expect Naiditsch to win Wijk B, this year.
Jan-27-13  moppa: I noticed that Naiditsch (with +4) has earned 18,6 live rating points. I wonder why Movsesian (2688, also with +4) isn't on the live rating list. Is it possible he has earned less than 12 points?
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  Eyal: <I noticed that Naiditsch (with +4) has earned 18,6 live rating points. I wonder why Movsesian (2688, also with +4) isn't on the live rating list. Is it possible he has earned less than 12 points?>

Most of Naiditsch's live rating points are from Bundesliga games ( - he gained only about 5 points so far from the Group B games.

Jan-27-13  Refused: ouch, Nikolic found the auto-destruct function against Rapport.

Assuming Rapport finds the win he will be sole leader with 9/13, and thus putting Naiditsch and Movsesian under maximum pressure.

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  Penguincw: ♔ LIVE UPDATE ♔
Naiditsch-Ernst (0.00)
Nikolic-Rapport (-5.29)
Ipatov-Movsesian (-0.12)
Smeets-Turov (2.02)
Dubov-Van Kampen 1/2-1/2
Jan-27-13  NyP: Rapport played for the win from the beginning with black against a 2600+ GM.
Jan-27-13  Jason Frost: Rapport has to play a bit of a king walk to get to safety, but plenty of time ... would expect Nicolic to resign in a few moves.

Naidtisch - Ernst should be a dead draw, assuming neither player gets fancy.

Ipatov - Movsesian seems to be heading the same way in an equal 2R+N+A lot of pawns ending (1 clear passer for both).

Jan-27-13  achieve: I hope it's not premature to say that Rapport will be in next year's A-group, and one of the youngest to do so, I think. What an achievement would that be.
Jan-27-13  Jason Frost: Now official Nikolic - Rapport <0-1>
Jan-27-13  Jason Frost: Smeets beat Turov in a classic endgame

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which managed to confuse Crafty into never-ending checks (white will just get his eventual passed c pawn to c6 and then it's zugzwang) to briefly make it to a possible tie for first, before Rapport jumped half a point ahead with his own win.

Jan-27-13  Refused: Wow, Ernst made the mistake in the ending with 67...Qg4+ (67...Qg3+ was the correct move) Now, Naiditsch has a difficult but won endgame.
Jan-27-13  Jason Frost: Still very complicated, the probably more critical error was not playing 46...Kd6 in the following position and just shaking hands (not to mention the strange 44...Ke5)

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Jan-27-13  Refused: Still 67...Qg3+ was still a tablebase draw. While 67...Qg4+ sent Ernst down the losing path. Naiditsch still has to play precise to get the full point, but at least he has it in his own hands.

46...Kd6 looked of course like an easier path to a draw.

Jan-27-13  fisayo123: So Rapport ties Carlsen's 2006 score 9/13 at 16. Very impressive!
Jan-27-13  Jason Frost:

<Tied for first, but losing the fight for the right to participate in Group A on tie-break is Richard Rapport>

Strange decision if they in fact decide not to invite Rapport as well.

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  Eyal: Looks like there's a good chance both co-winners will be playing in the A Group next year, as I thought - according to what the tournament director, Jeroen van den Berg, says with regard to Rapport in the final press conference: (from about 7:05 to 7:17).
Jan-28-13  Kikoman: Congratulations GM Richard Rapport and GM Arkadi Naiditsch! ^^
Feb-01-13  kardopov: I'm surprised to see Timman performing better than some of the computer tutored upcoming youngsters. Timman's placing could indicate that he can wipe out this field while in his younger years.
Feb-01-13  Refused: <kardopov: I'm surprised to see Timman performing better than some of the computer tutored upcoming youngsters. Timman's placing could indicate that he can wipe out this field while in his younger years.>

Depends. Timman was the best westerner for some years. So it is possible that he might have been able to beat them when he was in his best years.

On the other hand, this seems to have been one of the tournament, Timman stayed away from the good red wine.

Bare in mind, in the late 80s early 90s there was a joke among professionals. <I have to play Timman tomorrow...> <Jan Timman or red wine Timman?>

So that's another thing Timman was (in)famous for.

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