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Tata Steel Group B Tournament

Arkadij Naiditsch9/13(+7 -2 =4)[games]
Richard Rapport9/13(+7 -2 =4)[games]
Jan Smeets8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Sergei Movsesian8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Daniil Dubov7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Romain Edouard7/13(+5 -4 =4)[games]
Jan Timman7/13(+5 -4 =4)[games]
Sergei Tiviakov6.5/13(+4 -4 =5)[games]
Maxim Vladimirovich Turov6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Robin van Kampen5.5/13(+3 -5 =5)[games]
Nils Grandelius4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Predrag Nikolic4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[games]
Alexander Ipatov4/13(+1 -6 =6)[games]
Sipke Ernst3.5/13(+3 -9 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Group B (2013)

Played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands 12-27 January 2013. Crosstable ( :

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Naiditsch 2708 * 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 9 2 Rapport 2621 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 3 Smeets 2615 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 8 4 Movsesian 2688 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 8 5 Dubov 2600 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 7 6 Edouard 2686 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 0 7 7 Timman 2566 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 7 8 Tiviakov 2655 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 6 9 Turov 2630 0 0 0 1 * 1 6 10 Van Kampen 2581 1 0 0 1 0 * 0 0 1 5 11 Grandelius 2572 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 0 4 12 Nikolic 2619 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 4 13 Ipatov 2587 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 4 14 Ernst 2556 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 3

Arkadij Naiditsch edged out Richard Rapport on tiebreak and qualified for Tata Steel Masters (2014) (in which also Rapport was playing).

Previous edition: Tata Steel Group B (2012). Next: Tata Steel Challengers (2014). See also Tata Steel Group A (2013) and Tata Steel Group C (2013).

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Rapport vs R van Kampen  ½-½292013Tata Steel Group BA36 English
2. D Dubov vs J Smeets  ½-½702013Tata Steel Group BD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. S Ernst vs Timman 0-1502013Tata Steel Group BE20 Nimzo-Indian
4. M Turov vs N Grandelius  ½-½302013Tata Steel Group BA45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Tiviakov vs A Ipatov 1-0432013Tata Steel Group BB10 Caro-Kann
6. Movsesian vs Naiditsch ½-½442013Tata Steel Group BA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
7. R Edouard vs P Nikolic  ½-½352013Tata Steel Group BC18 French, Winawer
8. P Nikolic vs S Ernst 1-0312013Tata Steel Group BD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Naiditsch vs Tiviakov 0-1392013Tata Steel Group BE15 Queen's Indian
10. Timman vs Movsesian  ½-½362013Tata Steel Group BD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. R Rapport vs R Edouard 1-0422013Tata Steel Group BD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. R van Kampen vs J Smeets  ½-½292013Tata Steel Group BC67 Ruy Lopez
13. N Grandelius vs D Dubov  ½-½312013Tata Steel Group BB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
14. A Ipatov vs M Turov  ½-½372013Tata Steel Group BE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
15. Movsesian vs P Nikolic  1-0502013Tata Steel Group BA20 English
16. R Edouard vs R van Kampen  1-0412013Tata Steel Group BB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. S Ernst vs R Rapport 0-1362013Tata Steel Group BA56 Benoni Defense
18. J Smeets vs N Grandelius  1-0422013Tata Steel Group BB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. Tiviakov vs Timman ½-½312013Tata Steel Group BB10 Caro-Kann
20. D Dubov vs A Ipatov ½-½352013Tata Steel Group BD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. M Turov vs Naiditsch  0-1392013Tata Steel Group BA22 English
22. R Edouard vs S Ernst 0-1452013Tata Steel Group BD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Timman vs M Turov  ½-½302013Tata Steel Group BB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
24. R van Kampen vs N Grandelius 0-1412013Tata Steel Group BB53 Sicilian
25. R Rapport vs Movsesian 1-0402013Tata Steel Group BD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Penguincw: Is Sipke Ernst the only player left in the tournament (including Group A and C) who has not drawn a game yet?
Jan-21-13  Refused: <Penguincw: Is Sipke Ernst the only player left in the tournament (including Group A and C) who has not drawn a game yet?>


Jan-22-13  Refused: Dutch Kamikaze at Work in the B-Group.

Timman and Ernst just blew their games.
Timman overlooked a neat tactic resource by Naiditsch. And Ernst just blundered against Dubov in an equal position.

Jan-22-13  achieve: Yes - this will hit them hard.

Can they recuperate in the last 4 rounds and show some balls?

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  whiteshark: Movse took the sole lead today with 6.5/9 followed by Rapport and Naiditsch with 6 points.
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  Penguincw: Make that 9 decisive games. Unfortunaly, only 2 of them favor Ernst.
Jan-22-13  Harvestman: To paraphrase the great Bent Larsen, Sipke Ernst doesn't lose too many half points.

Unfortunately he doesn't win as often as Larsen did either.

Jan-22-13  Jason Frost: Obviously in reckless form, to put it nicely. Hard to see how a gm plays 34...Rxd3 otherwise, though I suppose nothing is all that surprising after Naiditsch's blunder.
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  perfidious: Another unfortunate outing for Ernst today, as he pitched a centre pawn for nil compensation and his opponent obtained all the play into the bargain.
Jan-23-13  Blunderdome: Interesting ending in Rapport - Ipatov, looks like something from a textbook.
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  perfidious: Without the pawns in the d file, Black could well be drawing; as it is, Rapport has every chance of playing for a win.
Jan-25-13  dumbgai: Dubov wins and gets to within half a point of the leaders!
Jan-25-13  Jason Frost: Lot's of players still with a chance.

1. Movsesian, Naiditsch - 7.5
2. Rapport, Dubov - 7
3. Timman - 6.5

Dubov probably has the easiest schedule of the 5, with black vs Turov tomorrow, followed by white vs Van Kampen. Though Movsesian and Naiditsch have the friendly last round pairings of Ipatov and Ernst respectively as well.

Jan-25-13  fisayo123: Sad to see Rapport lose. Ipatov the Turkish hope seems out of his depth in this tournament. Hopefully, he can bounce back.
Jan-25-13  Jim Bartle: 51 decisive games out of 77 so far.
Jan-26-13  Jason Frost: Woops forgot Smeets with 7 as well, should be an exciting couple of rounds.
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.

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