|Tata Steel (2017)|
The 2017 Tata Steel Masters took place from 14-29 January. Wesley So placed first, a full point ahead of world champion Magnus Carlsen.
It was the 79th edition of the tournament; the format was a 14-player single round-robin featuring five top-10 players, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his previous challenger, Sergey Karjakin. Besides the traditional venue in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, rounds were played in the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam (19 January), and De Philharmonie in Haarlem (25 January).
The time control was 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment per move from move 1. If two or more players tied for first place then a rapid or blitz playoff would be held, though the monetary prizes would be shared evenly. (1)
Official site: http://www.tatasteelchess.com/
(1) Chess24: Tata Steel Masters https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...
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|Jan-09-17|| ||tim butler: Im first.|
|Jan-09-17|| ||WannaBe: http://www.tatasteelchess.com/
The Tata Steel Chess Tournament has two main tournaments. They are played according to the 'round robin' system, whereby each competitor plays in turn against every other during the tournament. The Tata Steel Masters has 14 participants and the Tata Steel Challengers has 14 participants. Both groups start on 14 January 2017. All rounds in Wijk aan Zee begin at 1.30pm, except for the last round on 29 January 2017, which begins at 12.00pm. Both rounds on the Chess On Tour days start at 2.00pm.
100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves. Then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move. The time controls for the professional groups and amateur groups are different.>
van Foreest, J
|Jan-09-17|| ||stst: For the top tourney:
MC to defend
SK to revenge
So to break through
Yi to WOW
|Jan-09-17|| ||chesslearner1991: Eagerly Waiting for Carlsen - So match. So, stronger than ever and Carlsen, to get psychological advantage over So in case if he meets So in the next world championship match.|
|Jan-09-17|| ||HeMateMe: Why doesn't the head of the PP put up some money to hold a Carlsen/So match in Manila?|
|Jan-09-17|| ||Vidal: For exciting chess, keep an eye on Carlsen and Andreikin's games.|
|Jan-09-17|| ||Sokrates: This will most likely be a race between Carlsen, Karjakin and So. Aronian and Giri have been middle-on-the-road for some time in tournaments of this calibre. Karjakin should be highly motivated by passing the champ once again after he barely lost the WC match.|
A match between Carlsen and So would not be appropriate IMO. Serious potential candidates should qualify in proper candidates tournaments and not be granted a special admission to the table just because someone would raise a sponsorship.
"Friendly" matches should only be granted for promotional reasons and with offsiders (could for instance be Kasparov, even Ivanchuk, maybe Hou Yifan, a prodigy or the likes).
|Jan-09-17|| ||JASAHA: I think there is something to be said about direct challengers to the world champion. Case in point the mediocre course of the last matchup. True Karjakin "earned" his right to challenge but was he really the most likely candidate to defeat Carlsen. His performance was incipid and the one game that he won was more he result of Carlsen trying to win a game he could have easily drawn. I'd welcome a So-Carlsen match either as a one off or as the World Championship match.|
|Jan-09-17|| ||beenthere240: I think Caruana intends to compete by mail.|
|Jan-09-17|| ||HeMateMe: any high quality matches are good for chess. Of course it would be a non-title match, but would still be of huge interest. I doubt Carlsen would risk suddenly becoming a non-champion in the public eye with a loss. Supposedly he makes $1M/yr with endorsements and prize money. No need to risk that with a private match.|
|Jan-09-17|| ||Mr. V: Oh thank God. I was beginning to think it'd never arrive|
|Jan-09-17|| ||dumbgai: I'm picking Xiong to win the B group.|
|Jan-09-17|| ||pajaste: For truly exciting chess, keep an eye on Giri's games.|
|Jan-10-17|| ||chesshatesme: looking forward to see many interesting match up Carlsen, So, Karjakin Wei. Giri excluded!|
|Jan-10-17|| ||Rolfo: Pajaste, most interesting|
|Jan-10-17|| ||iking: Carlsen will surely win this .. just like the other editions...|
|Jan-10-17|| ||perfidious: <HMM: Why doesn't the head of the PP put up some money to hold a Carlsen/So match in Manila?>|
That ever comes off, So better have someone taste-test his pregame yoghurt.
|Jan-10-17|| ||razetime: Waiting for Wei Yi to get some trinitrotoluene on the board..|
|Jan-10-17|| ||siamesedream: <Magnus Carlsen's blog>|
<LOOKING BACK AT 2016
THU 05 JAN 201701:50 PM
I have won several classical events (Wijk, Norway Chess and Bilbao), led Norway to 5th in the Chess team Olympiad, and won the New York World Championship match (on Rapid tie-breaks) against Karjakin in 2016.
Performance-wise I’ve been successful in Rapid and Blitz events as well, with Norway Chess Blitz victory, second place in Paris and first in Leuven, before Doha. Still, I have mixed feelings about my play. Yes, I’ve played many good games and obtained good results, but I’ve made too many blunders, and even more importantly, the quality of my play has varied too much.
I’m now back in 1st on all FIDE rating lists (Classical, Rapid and Blitz) although the Classical lead is uncomfortably small. On the bright side I feel motivated to improve, and the challenge is to translate chess understanding and knowledge into quality of play in the events ahead.
I’d again like to thank my main sponsors, Arctic Securities, Simonsen Vogt Wiig, Nordic Semiconductor, newspaper VG, and water provider Isklar for their continued support, and I look forward to our cooperation in 2017.
The first Arctic event will be a simul in London before the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee.
I got excellent support from my team of seconds during the New York match, and a special thanks to Peter Heine for his help, patience and friendship throughout 2016.
I’m grateful to have had my family with me in Doha, and most of them have joined me also while I recover and prepare for <Tata Steel> over the next week.
Magnus Carlsen, January 3rd, 2017>
|Jan-10-17|| ||WorstPlayerEver: Long story, gives a great insight what have become of top level chess; the guy also could have stated: "Look Woody, how boring I am!"|
It's kind of more briefly.
|Jan-10-17|| ||diceman: <Vidal: For exciting chess, keep an eye on Carlsen and Andreikin's games.>|
For more excitement, keep an eye on just Andreikin.
For draws, Giri is the man!
|Jan-10-17|| ||chesshatesme: My winners list 1st Carlsen, So 2nd 3rd Anand 4th karjakin|
|Jan-10-17|| ||disasterion: <chesshatesme>: Anand will do exceptionally well to come third...|
|Jan-10-17|| ||chesshatesme: <disaster I on> hahaha in that case I choose sasikiran lol|
|Jan-10-17|| ||stst: <...Carlsen would risk suddenly becoming a non-champion in the public eye with a loss. Supposedly he makes $1M/yr with endorsements and prize money. No need to risk that with a private match.>|
True, history shows some past champs tried very hard to avoid a match of the next challenger, not even to say sub-championship level matches, even if he's given the prize and edge favors.
The well-intended can still host some other matches of the top and hottest players, excluding the champ (unless of course he's willing to play.) That will still be quite attractive: e.g. SK v So, or let the teen to have a show: SK/So v Wei (though I doubt the strength will match up.)
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