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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Tata Steel Tournament

Viswanathan Anand3.5/5(+2 -0 =3)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov3.5/5(+2 -0 =3)[games]
Anish Giri3.5/5(+2 -0 =3)[games]
Magnus Carlsen3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Wesley So3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik3/5(+2 -1 =2)[games]
Sergey Karjakin2.5/5(+0 -0 =5)[games]
Gawain Jones2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Wei Yi2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Maxim Matlakov2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Peter Svidler2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Fabiano Caruana1.5/5(+0 -2 =3)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban1/5(+0 -3 =2)[games]
Yifan Hou0.5/5(+0 -4 =1)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Tata Steel (2018)

The great traditional tournament at Wijk aan Zee features Carlsen, Caruana, Giri, Hou Yifan, Jones, Karjakin, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Matlakov, So, Svidler, Wei Yi, Adhiban, and Anand.

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ChessBookie Action:
Tata Steel Round 6: Svidler - Carlsen
Tata Steel Round 6: Kramnik - Jones
Tata Steel Round 6: Giri - Anand
Tata Steel Round 6: Wei - So
Tata Steel Round 6: Pick Three

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 36  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Wei Yi 1-0552018Tata SteelD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
2. A Giri vs Yifan Hou 1-0632018Tata SteelC42 Petrov Defense
3. Anand vs M Matlakov 1-0532018Tata SteelC77 Ruy Lopez
4. G Jones vs Karjakin  ½-½362018Tata SteelC54 Giuoco Piano
5. Svidler vs B Adhiban  ½-½332018Tata SteelB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. W So vs Mamedyarov ½-½292018Tata SteelB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
7. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½412018Tata SteelC42 Petrov Defense
8. Wei Yi vs Svidler ½-½1242018Tata SteelD80 Grunfeld
9. A Giri vs Kramnik 1-0352018Tata SteelA13 English
10. B Adhiban vs Carlsen 0-1362018Tata SteelC47 Four Knights
11. Yifan Hou vs Mamedyarov 0-1482018Tata SteelC01 French, Exchange
12. Karjakin vs Anand ½-½312018Tata SteelA06 Reti Opening
13. Caruana vs G Jones ½-½692018Tata SteelE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
14. M Matlakov vs W So  ½-½302018Tata SteelE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
15. Mamedyarov vs M Matlakov  ½-½252018Tata SteelD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Kramnik vs Yifan Hou ½-½322018Tata SteelA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
17. W So vs Karjakin ½-½462018Tata SteelD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
18. Carlsen vs Wei Yi ½-½462018Tata SteelE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
19. Svidler vs A Giri ½-½212018Tata SteelC48 Four Knights
20. Anand vs Caruana 1-0422018Tata SteelC42 Petrov Defense
21. G Jones vs B Adhiban 1-0552018Tata SteelC07 French, Tarrasch
22. A Giri vs Carlsen ½-½312018Tata SteelC18 French, Winawer
23. Caruana vs W So ½-½482018Tata SteelE46 Nimzo-Indian
24. B Adhiban vs Anand ½-½382018Tata SteelA09 Reti Opening
25. Wei Yi vs G Jones 1-0482018Tata SteelE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 36  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-18-18  JimNorCal: <tabanus>: "Matlakov and So's game will always be counted twice, as long as the "fetching" of games is turned on."

And today, I believe is a rest day. So this might persist till the game of the day is updated for next round?

Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  tuttifrutty: Well, well, well...Do you see what I see??? Magnus is playing like Wesley...remember...Magnus said Wesley is pragmatic and never take chances but he was actually looking at the mirror when he said what he said. He was really defining himself...for the only logical explanation there is, is... it takes one to know one. Wesley has found the recipe to snatch the crown...it's so simple...nothing fancy...beat Magnus with his own games...head on.
Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: I think duplicates may arrive at any time until the event is over and the fetching switched off. Afterwards one can only hope that someone will check for duplicates, game results, etc. This event will probably be fine in the end, the Swisses are much more tiresome.
Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  tuttifrutty: Go Wesley...Magnus told you exactly what he does best...turn the table on him...keep on doing what you are good at...

No more shaking his hand...no more smiling at him...give him the tiger look you always had...fight!!!

This is the look he need to see...

https://en.chessbase.com/news/2007/...

Jan-18-18  Mirovsk: Exactly ten years ago, Fischer, the founder of modern chess, was dead... if there's a heaven certainly he's there mocking the chess the angels play...
Jan-18-18  lentil: Let's change Ms Hou's name to 'Mi Fan'. This means 'cooked rice'...
Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<tuttifrutty> This is the look he need to see...>

I agree. A tool in every chess player's arsenal is intimidation of an opponent, and a stare like that is one way. Although So looks pretty young in that picture.

The most famous stare in chess was probably Tal's. Articles have been written about it. Here's one with an appropriate picture of Tal: https://www.chess.com/chessopedia/v.... Although that stare, like So's, is by a younger Tal. Maybe there's something there; stares as a weapon are only for the young.

Other players were famous for their stares; Fischer was one (Robert James Fischer) as was Kasparov (https://i.pinimg.com/736x/6c/58/db/...), although both these pictures look posed rather than from actual games.

Women chessplayers are not adverse to using the stare. Here's one from Mariyz Muzychuk: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/a6/4d/90/....

And even some chess-playing actors had stares. Here's one from Gary Grant (https://i.pinimg.com/736x/aa/4a/1c/...) although, from the look of the position, it might be a stare of disgust since it looks like he's getting clobbered. Then again, it might be just an act.

And here is a game between two noted starers: Tal vs Fischer, 1959., appropriated titled "Stare Wars". Perhaps the Rapid, Blitz, and Armageddon games used in tie-breakers should be replaced by staring contests. What do you think? And, of all the current players, who do you think has the most menacing game stare? Everybody, please give us your opinion along with a picture, if possible.

Jan-18-18  stst: <..He who can squeeze more wins from the punching bags will win the tournament>

Exactly. That's why such tourneys are never true measure of the ability of the top notch players, against a good portion of considerable less caliber ones. Whoever and may be whenever one can punch these lesser ones more, he comes out as winner. He just need to draw the top ones and squeeze the lowlies!! Only matches of reasonable length will differentiate the cream from the crop.

Jan-18-18  LameJokes55:

<AylerKupp:> You, probably, missed out Dr. Zuker from Korchnoi Vs. Karpov match. His stare was said to so potent, he didn't need to sit across the board. He could sit in the audience. And wait. He didn't just intimidate but hypnotize, too!

But there is no cause for worry. Korchnoi found a remedy for both (intimidation and hypnotism). He wants us to wear sunglasses to ward off evil spirits!

But not all stares are viewed as unwelcome gestures. His female fans were not at all intimidated by Cary Grant's stare, but looked forward to it!

Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  tuttifrutty: <And, of all the current players, who do you think has the most menacing game stare? Everybody, please give us your opinion along with a picture, if possible.>

The game speaks for itself...and this guy need no introduction...

W So vs M Prusikin, 2006

https://en.chessbase.com/news/2007/...

<Perhaps the Rapid, Blitz, and Armageddon games used in tie-breakers should be replaced>

Yes... change that BS rule...

By using these tie-breakers is ridiculous...it degrades the accomplishment of the winner tenfold...just like Magnus when he beat Karjakin in a rapid match and call him the classical champion. What a load of baloney...for no matter how you slice and dice it...it remains a baloney...Tie-breakers should be decided in the format which the players were tied. No questions asked...Isn't that fair??? You tell me.

Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <LameJokes55> I think it's spelled Dr. Zukhar but he's variously listed as a hypnotist and a parapsychologist, not a player, so I didn't consider him. But since I don't know what Dr. Zukhar looks like and the various sites I was browsing didn't always include the name of the person in the picture, I could have just skipped him without realizing.

The most widespread anti-stare and anti-hypnotizing "weapon" seems to be sunglasses. Benko put up some sunglasses during a game against Tal (https://i.ytimg.com/vi/vKvy0spdWY4/...) for this game Tal vs Benko, 1959. In "retaliation", Tal, which apparently had a warning as to what Benko was going to do, borrowed some large sunglasses from Petrosian and was prepared. This is how Tal describes the incident in his "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal":

"In the third cycle, when we sat down at the board Benko, who had earlier suspected me of hypnotizing him, took out of his pocket a pair of dark glasses and put them on. But this 'innovation', like any that the opponent knows about before hand, was met by a 'counter-stroke'. I had borrowed some enormous dark glasses from Petrosian, and following Benko I straight away put them on. Not only did the spectators laughed, as well as the other participants and the controllers, but also Benko himself. But, unlike me, he did not remove his glasses until as late as the twentieth move, by which time his position was already hopeless." So apparently sunglasses are not that effective of a weapon, at least not against Tal. Alas, I was not able to find a picture of Tal wearing the "anti-sunglasses" sunglasses.

And Nakamura is known for wearing sunglasses when playing Carlsen (https://images.chesscomfiles.com/up...), possibly during his 13-game losing streak against Carlsen. And here is Nakamura trying his best to stare down his opponent (https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/...) which may or may not be Carlsen, although Nakamura is wearing the same shirt on both pictures. But, since he's wearing sunglasses and you can't see his eyes, I'm not sure how effective his stare down attempt was. Besides, I don't recall a picture of Carlsen giving a malevolent-looking stare at an opponent, although I'm sure that there is at least one.

But I did find a picture of the older Tal staring: http://5hotnews.com/wp-content/uplo.... I guess some things never change.

Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <tuttifrutty> Here is a fairly recent picture of So wearing sunglasses at what looks like a game although you can't see the pieces on the board: https://en.chessbase.com/portals/al.... So it looks like he's well prepared against any stare down or hypnosis attempts, although apparently the glasses did not serve him all that well during last year's Sinquefield Cup. Maybe he needs to try a different brand?
Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: Is it not a great handicap to wear sunglasses when you play the black pieces?
Jan-18-18  Absentee: <AylerKupp: Benko put up some sunglasses during a game against Tal for this game Tal vs Benko, 1959. In "retaliation", Tal, which apparently had a warning as to what Benko was going to do, borrowed some large sunglasses from Petrosian and was prepared.>

So hypnotic stares bounce off sunglasses? What if they'd hit someone in the audience?

Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <Absentee: ...

So hypnotic stares bounce off sunglasses? What if they'd hit someone in the audience?>

depends. the guy with the glasses may hypnotize only himself.

Jan-18-18  Caissanist: Zukhar in an interesting footnote to chess history, since he also worked for Kasparov during the first Karpov-Kasparov match; Lev Alburt claimed that he was an expert on drugs, and attributed Kasparov's ultimately successful play-it-safe strategy to Zukhar's presence. So far as I know he was never heard from again; Korchnoi claimed to have heard rumors that he was committed to a mental institution shortly after the match.
Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  botvinnik64: Anish-Anand tomorrow: D4 or E4? Queen's Gambit or a Sicilian? This is the game of the round tomorrow...
Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <AylerKupp: ..I did find a picture of the older Tal staring: http://5hotnews.com/wp-content/uplo.... I guess some things never change.>

Tal looks like a cross between Harpo Marx and Larry Fine.

Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  tuttifrutty: <Here is a fairly recent picture of So wearing sunglasses at what looks like a game although you can't see the pieces on the board: https://en.chessbase.com/portals>

Those kind of glasses ain't gonna work in chess...it portrays someone who is strolling on the beach looking for bikini wearing ladies. It only work on poker games. Bare stare is the way to go for your opponent/s can see that he really mean business...it also work on ladies as well, for when you see their lips becoming wet, you know you hit the jackpot.

Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: < Alas, I was not able to find a picture of Tal wearing the "anti-sunglasses" sunglasses.>

I found it:

<https://www.alux.com/wp-content/upl...>

Jan-18-18  ajile: Wow not a single QID, Benoni or Dutch.
BOOOOORING!
Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: <AylerKupp: ..I did find a picture of the older Tal staring: http://5hotnews.com/wp-content/uplo.... I guess some things never change.>

Tal looks like a cross between Harpo Marx and Larry Fine.>

That's better than a cross between Karl Marx and Reuben Fine

Jan-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: The Petrov Defense. Hmm...
Jan-18-18  JimNorCal: <bot64>: "Anish-Anand ... is the game of the round tomorrow..."

Though to be fair, it could be an early draw if one or both are not feeling combative

Jan-18-18  BOSTER: <AylerKupp: I don't know what Dr. Zukhar looks like>. Karpov had invited Vladimir Suchar to the match with Korchnoy in Moscow in 1974. I saw his photo with Karpov many times.
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