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Tata Steel Group C Tournament

Sabino Brunello11/13(+9 -0 =4)[games]
Fernando Peralta10.5/13(+8 -0 =5)[games]
Robin Swinkels8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Alexander Kovchan7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Twan Burg7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
David Klein7/13(+6 -5 =2)[games]
Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson6.5/13(+4 -4 =5)[games]
Igor Bitensky5.5/13(+3 -5 =5)[games]
Oleg Romanishin5.5/13(+3 -5 =5)[games]
Miguoel Admiraal4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina3.5/13(+1 -7 =5)[games]
Mark van der Werf3/13(+0 -7 =6)[games]
Lisa Schut3/13(+2 -9 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Group C (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 Brunello 2572 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 2 Peralta 2617 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 3 Swinkels 2508 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 8 4 Mekhitarian 2543 0 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 8 5 Kovchan 2579 0 * 1 1 1 7 6 Burg 2492 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 7 7 Klein 2445 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 7 8 Gretarsson 2516 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 6 9 Bitensky 2400 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 5 10 Romanishin 2521 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 5 11 Admiraal 2321 0 0 0 1 0 * 0 4 12 Goryachkina 2402 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 3 13 Van der Werf 2450 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 3 14 Schut 2295 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 3

The winner Sabino Brunello qualified for participation in Tata Steel Challengers (2014).

Previous edition: Tata Steel Group C (2012). Next: there was no Group C in 2014. See also Tata Steel Group A (2013) and Tata Steel Group B (2013).

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Bitensky vs Romanishin  ½-½292013Tata Steel Group CC78 Ruy Lopez
2. R Swinkels vs A Kovchan  ½-½432013Tata Steel Group CD97 Grunfeld, Russian
3. S Brunello vs D Klein  1-0582013Tata Steel Group CD85 Grunfeld
4. L Schut vs M Admiraal  ½-½382013Tata Steel Group CB32 Sicilian
5. F Peralta vs A Goryachkina  1-0802013Tata Steel Group CD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. K Mekhitarian vs T Burg  1-0382013Tata Steel Group CB12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. H S Gretarsson vs M van der Werf  ½-½552013Tata Steel Group CE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
8. M Admiraal vs I Bitensky  ½-½322013Tata Steel Group CB06 Robatsch
9. F Peralta vs R Swinkels  1-0322013Tata Steel Group CD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. A Goryachkina vs M van der Werf  ½-½622013Tata Steel Group CD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. A Kovchan vs S Brunello  0-1442013Tata Steel Group CC45 Scotch Game
12. Romanishin vs K Mekhitarian  ½-½392013Tata Steel Group CA06 Reti Opening
13. D Klein vs L Schut 1-0292013Tata Steel Group CA40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. T Burg vs H S Gretarsson  0-1362013Tata Steel Group CC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. I Bitensky vs D Klein  1-0722013Tata Steel Group CA07 King's Indian Attack
16. R Swinkels vs A Goryachkina  1-0592013Tata Steel Group CA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
17. M van der Werf vs T Burg  0-1422013Tata Steel Group CA09 Reti Opening
18. K Mekhitarian vs M Admiraal  1-0302013Tata Steel Group CB07 Pirc
19. H S Gretarsson vs Romanishin  1-0382013Tata Steel Group CE00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. L Schut vs A Kovchan  0-1392013Tata Steel Group CB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. S Brunello vs F Peralta ½-½222013Tata Steel Group CA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
22. A Kovchan vs I Bitensky 1-0622013Tata Steel Group CC41 Philidor Defense
23. Romanishin vs M van der Werf  1-0572013Tata Steel Group CE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
24. A Goryachkina vs T Burg  ½-½482013Tata Steel Group CE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. F Peralta vs L Schut 1-0332013Tata Steel Group CD85 Grunfeld
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Jan-18-13  Pawn Dillinger: Brutal time for young Lisa Schut as she pays her dues on the way up. I hope she can keep a smile on her face and get through the rest of the tournament and still feel good about herself. Chess can be a cruel game as well as a character-builder.
Jan-18-13  Harvestman: I hope she treats it as a learning experience and uses it to improve her game. She is horribly outgraded almost every time. If she is mentally strong enough she will learn a lot.

Her game against Goryachkina could be fun, after their respective second and first places in the world under 18s.

Jan-18-13  Pawn Dillinger: <Harvestman: I hope she treats it as a learning experience and uses it to improve her game. She is horribly outgraded almost every time. If she is mentally strong enough she will learn a lot. Her game against Goryachkina could be fun, after their respective second and first places in the world under 18s.> Exactly. It's a tough climb uphill, but her mentality is tremendously important in her continued development. I look forward to Schut-Goryachinka as well. I must admit that though I live in the U.S., I have a rooting interest in the Netherlands and its players.
Jan-19-13  waustad: David Klein is playing above his rating, though his SB tiebreak is lower, so it may mean he has mainly played the bottom of the table so far.
Jan-19-13  waustad: He picked up about 100 elo a year ago. Maybe it is the start of another jump.
Jan-20-13  Harvestman: Nice win for Goryachkina today.
Jan-20-13  Harvestman: Lisa Schut gets her first win as well. That will be great for her confidence.
Jan-20-13  achieve: Persistence is rewarded. Go Go Girls!!!!
Jan-20-13  Harvestman: Go-go girls?! Where? That wasn't on the live cam.
Jan-20-13  achieve: Only in my mind?
Jan-22-13  Harvestman: Looks like a two horse race for the section win now. Peralta blew a nice advantage today when low on time.
Jan-25-13  Harvestman: Lisa Schut is battling for the win against Van Der Werf. Great struggle to watch.
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  perfidious: Lisa's chances look very good at the moment-a win lifts her from the cellar.
Jan-25-13  Harvestman: She does seem to be flailing around a bit trying to find the knockout blow, but her opponent keeps giving her chances.
Jan-25-13  Harvestman: She got him!
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  Penguincw: < "Sabino Brunello and Fernando Peralta again won their game in Group C and are now in first place with 10(!) points out of 12 games. In round 13 Brunello has the easier pairing, playing with black versus Miguoel Admiraal, while Peralta will face 2nd seed Alexander Kovchan, also with black." >

Looks like 2 players have already clinched double digit points in their tournament.

Jan-27-13  Karpova: After Peralta's last round draw, Brunello has good chances of winning Group C as he has a crushing advantage in his last game versus Admiraal.
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  Penguincw: Current Position:

30...Kf6 (-12.54)

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  Penguincw: Brunello finished first with 11/13! We will see him in Group B next year!

Final Position:

34...Rxg2+ 0-1 (-37.39)

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Jan-27-13  arunjangity3: Congratulations Bruno!
Jan-27-13  AuN1: poor peralta; he finishes with 10.5/13 and it's only good enough for second. hopefully he gets bumped up to b group next year too.
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  perfidious: <AnN1> 'Poor Peralta' did not even try to make an impression in the last round: A Kovchan vs F Peralta, 2013.

While Peralta clearly had rougher seas to sail than Brunello, he apparently resigned himself to facing the executioner's axe from the get-go.

Jan-27-13  capanegra: Peralta's luck was even worse taking on account what happened in the ninth round against Burg.

T Burg vs F Peralta, 2013

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  FSR: <perfidious> Yeah, seems a little silly for Peralta to go into a well-known forced draw, given that he was in no danger of finishing third. Maybe it given him a norm.
Jan-28-13  Kikoman: Congratulations GM Sabino Brunello! ^^
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