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Tata Steel Tournament

Levon Aronian8/11(+6 -1 =4)[view games]
Sergey Karjakin6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[view games]
Anish Giri6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[view games]
Wesley So6/11(+3 -2 =6)[view games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez6/11(+3 -2 =6)[view games]
Fabiano Caruana6/11(+4 -3 =4)[view games]
Pentala Harikrishna5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[view games]
Hikaru Nakamura5/11(+2 -3 =6)[view games]
Loek van Wely5/11(+3 -4 =4)[view games]
Boris Gelfand4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[view games]
Richard Rapport3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[view games]
Arkadij Naiditsch3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[view games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Rapport vs W So 0-156 2014 Tata SteelA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
2. Nakamura vs Naiditsch 1-065 2014 Tata SteelE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. Caruana vs Gelfand 1-030 2014 Tata SteelB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Harikrishna vs Aronian ½-½30 2014 Tata SteelC54 Giuoco Piano
5. Van Wely vs Karjakin 0-160 2014 Tata SteelE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
6. L Dominguez vs A Giri ½-½31 2014 Tata SteelC67 Ruy Lopez
7. Karjakin vs Harikrishna ½-½40 2014 Tata SteelD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. A Giri vs Naiditsch 1-033 2014 Tata SteelE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. L Dominguez vs Van Wely ½-½26 2014 Tata SteelB06 Robatsch
10. Aronian vs Caruana 1-058 2014 Tata SteelA34 English, Symmetrical
11. W So vs Nakamura ½-½27 2014 Tata SteelD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Gelfand vs R Rapport 0-160 2014 Tata SteelA52 Budapest Gambit
13. Naiditsch vs W So ½-½35 2014 Tata SteelC67 Ruy Lopez
14. Nakamura vs Gelfand ½-½59 2014 Tata SteelA33 English, Symmetrical
15. R Rapport vs Aronian ½-½41 2014 Tata SteelA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Caruana vs Karjakin 1-071 2014 Tata SteelE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
17. Van Wely vs A Giri ½-½30 2014 Tata SteelA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Harikrishna vs L Dominguez 1-075 2014 Tata SteelB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Karjakin vs R Rapport 1-044 2014 Tata SteelC18 French, Winawer
20. Aronian vs Nakamura 1-044 2014 Tata SteelE92 King's Indian
21. L Dominguez vs Caruana 1-0108 2014 Tata SteelC78 Ruy Lopez
22. A Giri vs W So ½-½57 2014 Tata SteelD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Van Wely vs Harikrishna ½-½29 2014 Tata SteelE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
24. Gelfand vs Naiditsch ½-½30 2014 Tata SteelE73 King's Indian
25. R Rapport vs L Dominguez 0-131 2014 Tata SteelA34 English, Symmetrical
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Jan-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Pedro Fernandez: Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 (Jan.29-Feb.4), Cat.XXIII, Avg. ELO: 2801.

1. M. Carlsen

2. L. Aronian

3. H. Nakamura

4. F. Caruana

5. B. Gelfand

6. V. Anand

Round Robin @ 5 rounds (Jan.30-Feb.3), Classical Chess (40/120, 20/60, 15+30/rest) plus 3 Rapid games (Feb.4), where those GMs who played 3 games with black pieces will play with white pieces.

Total games: 15+3 = 18.

Jan-28-14  Pulo y Gata: <Let it sleep and lie (down) then. I assume this agression is a dog, otherwise I don't agree.>

Petrang Kabayo

Know your local movies, Sugar. Haha.

Jan-28-14  manorchy: <SugarDom: <I do mind, the Dude minds. This will not stand, ya know, this aggression will not stand, man.>

The Great Lebowski.

Know your movies, dudes.>

Are you referring to the 'highly-acclaimed mash-up' of The Big Lebowski and The Great Gatsby?

Try harder, dude.

Jan-28-14  Pulo y Gata: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
Jan-29-14  chessguru1: with the last round loss, aronian once again showed that he has not yet eliminated his main weakness: control of his NERVES when it matters most(in this case, a record breaking performance with no loss) ....to be the WC challenger or World Champion he needs to overcome this weakness...or he will be known to be the likes of keres, bogolyubov, polugaevsky, etc..very strong contenders who never became world champions..
Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  devere: < chessguru1: with the last round loss, aronian once again showed that he has not yet eliminated his main weakness: control of his NERVES when it matters most(in this case, a record breaking performance with no loss) ....to be the WC challenger or World Champion he needs to overcome this weakness...or he will be known to be the likes of keres, bogolyubov, polugaevsky, etc..very strong contenders who never became world champions..>

Carlsen lost 2 out of his last 3 at the Candidates tournament. Why didn't this "nerves" nonsense apply to him?

Aronian had a great tournament, won by 1 1/2 points and is the clear #2 in the world.

Jan-29-14  chessguru1: <Why didn't this "nerves" nonsense apply to him>...carlsen was lucky, kramnik also lost his last round game during the candidates..
Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kinghunt: <Carlsen lost 2 out of his last 3 at the Candidates tournament. Why didn't this "nerves" nonsense apply to him?>

Because we aren't looking at these events in complete isolation. Carlsen did not have a habit of weak finishes or of nerves. Aronian does. The Candidates was an aberration for Carlsen, whereas this is more of the norm for Aronian: very strong play, but somewhat inconsistent.

Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: What <Kinghunt> states is correct, but in no wise did this fact stop numerous posters from putting Carlsen's finish on the rack, citing it as 'choking', etc.
Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  nimh: Every lost/won position results in a checkmate. And mostly there will be large material advantages for one side on the path to a decisive result. This means that an absolutely important characteristic of such positions is a steadily rising evaluation, no matter how the engine sees the position at lower plies.

Let's say we have two positions with depth and evaluation data:

A 5 3.03
10 3.05
15 3.06
20 3.04

B: 5 -0.23
10 0.15
15 0.56
20 0.97

Which of them is more likely to be a decisive position?

Jan-29-14  solskytz: Position B!!

Now what did I win for answering right?

Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  nimh: Free 25 elo points.

You have a choice; add these points to your chess playing skill or convert to euros at 64 per elo point.

Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  devere: <chessguru1: <Why didn't this "nerves" nonsense apply to him>...carlsen was lucky, kramnik also lost his last round game during the candidates..>

It's good to be lucky. If Aronian is lucky maybe he'll become the next world champion. Otherwise he'll have to settle for being #2.

Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  devere: <Kinghunt: <Carlsen lost 2 out of his last 3 at the Candidates tournament. Why didn't this "nerves" nonsense apply to him?> Because we aren't looking at these events in complete isolation. Carlsen did not have a habit of weak finishes or of nerves. Aronian does. The Candidates was an aberration for Carlsen, whereas this is more of the norm for Aronian: very strong play, but somewhat inconsistent.>

It is normal to be inconsistent. Carlsen is abnormally consistent. It's good he has occasional exceptions like at the Candidates tournament, or he'd be suspected of being an android.

Is Aronian more inconsistent than Gelfand? Just asking the question provokes laughter.

As for the potential record finish at Tata, it was terribly important to a few posters on this board, but perhaps Aronian didn't care about it at all. With first place in the bag, he likely was thinking about other things such as his girl friend or dinner or the next tournament.

Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <devere....Carlsen is abnormally consistent. It's good he has occasional exceptions like at the Candidates tournament, or he'd be suspected of being an android.>

Y'all mean he no-one has verified that he <isn't> an android?

Jan-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kinghunt: I can't believe I just realized this, but King Wesley the Fourth can add another one to his list of accomplishments!

SPICE 2009: 4th
Corus B 2010: 4th
Spice 2010: 4th
Tata Steel B 2011: 4th
Airports Authority of India 2011: 4th
Spice 2012: 4th
<Tata 2014: 4th>

Jan-30-14  manorchy: I have to admire the dedication (or disdain, or whatever it is). Keep us posted, Kingshunt.
Jan-30-14  manorchy: damn typos
Jan-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: <King Wesley the Fourth> uhm...he finished in the middle.
Jan-30-14  choumicha: Some more about the reinderman - bok endgame.

This R-R endgame ended in a draw via a R-pawn endgame. Computerkibitz: (+1.63) Houdini 2.0c x64 Depth: 33 with 301.181 kN in 345s


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White to play after 48... Kg7

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White just played 58.Rxb8. A few moves later he had to sacrifice his plus R to prevent the Black pawn promotion

===

So it is clear a draw?
Let us put Black's Rook from b4 to b1. No big deal, no?


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White to move. Same kind of draw?

Now I say that if White and Black play right moves (according to FinalGen. after 5...Kxg4 you can use also a normal 6 piece endgame database like the one on the shredder site) we will get:


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What do you think White should play?

(sometimes chess is like life: difficult and not fair, only funny if you don't take yourself serious)

Feb-02-14  Refused: <Kinghunt: I can't believe I just realized this, but King Wesley the Fourth can add another one to his list of accomplishments! SPICE 2009: 4th
Corus B 2010: 4th
Spice 2010: 4th
Tata Steel B 2011: 4th
Airports Authority of India 2011: 4th
Spice 2012: 4th
<Tata 2014: 4th>>

You mean, King Wesley the fourth of his name, king of the baracuda, the salems and trolls, Lord of the four places.

May-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <plang: I suspect any controversy about Nakamura is due to his personality more than his chess.

I certainly respect his talent and fighting spirit but he is not the easiest guy to like.>

So it often is with performers of transcendent talent in anything.

Naka is a cuddly teddy bear compared to the likes of Barry Bonds or Bobby Knight.

May-10-14  Howard: Nakamura seems a bit on the cold side---I've said hello to him at 2-3 tournaments over the last few years and tried to start a brief conversation, but he seems a bit aloof.

To be fair, being a celebrity and also having a well-recognized face (at chess tournaments at least---if Nakamura walked into, say, a McDonald's or a WalMart hardly a soul would recognize him) can be a bit annoying sometimes. Lack of anonymity, in other words, can be a bit of a burden.

Jul-09-14  bobthebob: <Nakamura seems a bit on the cold side---I've said hello to him at 2-3 tournaments over the last few years and tried to start a brief conversation, but he seems a bit aloof.>

Maybe it is you? I have never had that problem in striking up a conversation. Try talking about Vancouver or hockey. If he is at a chess tournament maybe he doesn't want to talk about chess.

Jul-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Remember meeting Nigel Short during the semifinal of the Grand Prix in New York 1994 and, with a friend, having a pleasant conversation--do not believe we talked about chess at all.
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