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Tata Steel Masters Tournament

Magnus Carlsen6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Ding Liren5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Viswanathan Anand5.5/8(+3 -0 =5)[games]
Anish Giri5/8(+3 -1 =4)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Teimour Radjabov4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda4/8(+2 -2 =4)[games]
Samuel Shankland4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi4/8(+1 -1 =6)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Richard Rapport3/8(+0 -2 =6)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
Jorden van Foreest2.5/8(+2 -5 =1)[games] Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Masters (2019)

The 2019 Tata Steel Masters is a 14-player single round-robin, taking place from 12-27 January. For its 81st edition, the tournament boasts six Top 10 players, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen and former champions Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand. As well as the traditional venue in Wijk aan Zee, rounds will be played in Alkmaar (16 January) and in Leiden (23 January).

The time control is 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 tie for first place then a 2-game blitz (5+3) playoff and, if still tied, an Armageddon game will be held 15 minutes after all the games in the Masters and Challengers have finished, though the monetary prizes will be shared evenly. (1)

Official site:

Challengers section: Tata Steel Challengers (2019)

Previous edition: Tata Steel (2018)

(1) Chess24: Tata Steel Masters

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 63  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ding Liren vs Carlsen ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersA05 Reti Opening
2. Radjabov vs Kramnik ½-½432019Tata Steel MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
3. J van Foreest vs Anand 0-1282019Tata Steel MastersB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. V S Gujrathi vs J K Duda  ½-½782019Tata Steel MastersD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
5. V Fedoseev vs R Rapport  ½-½392019Tata Steel MastersE12 Queen's Indian
6. A Giri vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-1262019Tata Steel MastersB07 Pirc
7. S Shankland vs Mamedyarov ½-½542019Tata Steel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
8. J K Duda vs J van Foreest 0-1502019Tata Steel MastersB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. Ding Liren vs V S Gujrathi  ½-½332019Tata Steel MastersA36 English
10. R Rapport vs S Shankland ½-½942019Tata Steel MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Mamedyarov vs Radjabov ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
12. Kramnik vs A Giri 0-1422019Tata Steel MastersA28 English
13. Anand vs V Fedoseev ½-½342019Tata Steel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
14. Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
15. V Fedoseev vs J K Duda 0-1362019Tata Steel MastersE03 Catalan, Open
16. J van Foreest vs Ding Liren  0-1502019Tata Steel MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
17. Radjabov vs R Rapport  ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
18. S Shankland vs Anand ½-½352019Tata Steel MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. A Giri vs Mamedyarov  ½-½312019Tata Steel MastersD97 Grunfeld, Russian
20. I Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik 1-0362019Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
21. V S Gujrathi vs Carlsen ½-½1312019Tata Steel MastersA00 Uncommon Opening
22. J K Duda vs S Shankland  ½-½312019Tata Steel MastersB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
23. Anand vs Radjabov  ½-½302019Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
24. Ding Liren vs V Fedoseev  ½-½432019Tata Steel MastersD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Mamedyarov vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersE60 King's Indian Defense
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 63  PGN Download
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  zanzibar: <Tab> I think you're being a bit hard on <Sargon>, especially considering <Daniel> was doing much the same.

Sure, <Daniel> was more hands-on, and responsive, but he off-loaded almost all of the same tasks. Certainly, <CG> was pretty much single-handedly run by him.

Golubev's excellent interview has some info:

But there once was a German interview where Daniel (over(?))-stated:

<On the one hand, I find it flattering that people imagine an office building full of people working there. On the other hand, from time to time I have to smile too: Our headquarters is simply my home office, with two full-time employees and three part-time employees, including myself.>

He may have been using "truthful hyperbole" at the time of the interview, but it's pretty clear that at the end the staffing levels were basically down to <Daniel> and <Sargon> (plus all us volunteers).

(PS- Is the Neues Deutschland link an interview from 2018-01-06?)


Jan-22-19  nok: Ding was impressive today in spite of his blunder.
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  Count Wedgemore: <nok> No, he wasn't.
Jan-22-19  An Indianman: Good Afternoon: It would disappointing to see a Karjakin/Giri WCC match. It would be interesting to see the champ fight to retain his title however.
Jan-22-19  Caissanist: <goodevans>: <Sargon> is obviously struggling to keep even this page updated, so I imagine it's going to be a while before we can reasonably expect him or anybody else to set up a page for Gibraltar or any other open tournament, at least in real time.
Jan-22-19  nok: <Wedge> No? I thought he outplayed Kramnik pretty handily.
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  tpstar: <goodevans> Gibraltar Masters (2019)

Go Tata.

Jan-22-19  fabelhaft: The new Grand Prix series consisting of four minimatch knockouts, and the World Cup being another minimatch knockout, all five Candidates qualification events in the World Championship cycle are now minimatch knockouts, a format introduced by Kirsan that isnít really used in any other events.
Jan-22-19  devere: <fabelhaft: The new Grand Prix series consisting of four minimatch knockouts>

I imagine each minimatch will be two classical draws followed by speed chess. I suppose that's a suitable qualifier for a world championship match that consists of 12 classical draws followed by speed chess.

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  Count Wedgemore: <nok> Kramnik played the Colle system, a solid but rather innocuous opening that rarely works on this level. It wasn't very difficult for Ding to fully equalize, after 13...Qe7 the position was level. But, like in so many of his games in this tournament, Kramnik played inaccurately (like, say, 22.Kh1, what's up with that? Completely unnecessary), and it was not a very complicated position for Ding to play. And towards move 40, Kramnik was in serious time trouble; the last 5-7 moves before time control he was playing on the 30 sec increment. But Ding didn't really manage to exploit that; he could have more or less finished him off there and then. Still, Ding was of course much better and should have won. But then he blew it with 43...Qa6?. probably forgetting that White's Nxf5 comes with check.

So I just think that overall, Ding has played more impressive games than this one in this tournament. Kramnik is way off his best form and is quite simply not very competitive at the moment.

Jan-23-19  ex0duz: I don't know what kramniks doing, I think most of his troubles started due to his c3 colle opening, no?

Kramnik tried to take some chances but ding punished him for it.. however he couldn't finish kramnik off and you have to give it to kramnik, he was playing on increment for like the last 5-6 moves before move 40, but he found the only moves a few times when he had to, and all it took was one sub par move from ding and the game was back to even.

The thing is, even though ding "blundered", he was playing black and he was never worse in the game at all. And If that's the case with black against kramniks white, I think anyone would be happy with it.

Jan-23-19  nok: I found Ding's knight manuevers instructive, anyway.
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  Sokrates: Dear <Sally Simpson>,

<I like the idea of the champion in the candidates because it would force him to win a few games. In the last two W.C. matches Carlsen has won just one.>

That's one way to see it. The other is:

In the last two W.C. matches the two challengers were only able to win one single game over the world champion, thus not fullfilling the task of proving they were better than him.

The whole purpose of a challenge is to show/prove convincingly that you a BETTER, not equal to the champion, right? The champion - in this case Carlsen - got HIS title by beating (= proving he was better than) a reigning champion, in this case Anand.

It is painfully simple, really. As long as no-one can beat a reigning champ, no-one is better than him, thus doesn't deserve his place on the throne.

You can abolish the whole system - as we have discussed here over and over again - by setting an expiration date on the title, after which the champion would become just another challenger, on equal terms with the others.

Conservative and sentimental as I obviously am in this matter, I prefer the present system, but I acknowledge there are valid arguments (as given by <Clemens Scheitz>) for this alternative. However, as I said, I think that would reduce the prestige and attraction of the title significantly, strip it from its glory, particularly in a historical context and comparison. A matter of taste and personal preference? Absolutely! :-)

Jan-23-19  goodevans: Many thanks, <tpstar>
Jan-23-19  JustAnotherMaster: MC is the best...want the title? Beat him or stfu
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  jith1207: <STFU?> Do you think these players are immature teenagers? There's a reason this game has a decent dress code.
Jan-23-19  csmath: Kramnik's total collapse continues. This is, by far, the worst tournament of his entire career. Currently at -5.
Jan-23-19  devere: I wonder if Kramnik's health has finally affected his play. Whatever the reason, it is sad to see a former world champion's play decline so drastically.
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  Dionysius1: I don't think we need a World Championship to determine who's the best player in the world. We've got Elo ratings for that. If we want a world championship for marketing purposes or to have an exciting event, then fine. But don't give it a format where the effective way to win it is to spend a fortnight drawing and then win some speed games By doing the world ranking for us Elo gives us the opportunity to have something a lot more exciting.
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  whiteshark: It doesn't look like he still believes his talk that he just wants to have fun.
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  jith1207: Very much agreed, Dion.
Jan-23-19  Kaspablanca: Anyone can have a bad tournament but the Kramnik`s case is ridicolous, the worst performance of his chess career, it looks like Kramnik thrown the game against Vidit.
Jan-23-19  Kaspablanca: <Dionysius1>Then by your argument the best player in the world was ineed the world champion until FIDE ratings in 1970? Do you really think if Caruana passes Carlsen in the elo rating that mean the American is better than the Norwegian?
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  saffuna: The worst tournament by a top player I can remember is Gata Kamsky at Linares 1991, 2.5/13. But Kamsky was sixteen years old and playing in one of his first big round-robin tournaments.
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  Dionysius1: No, <Kaspablanca>. Until FIDE ratings came in we didn't know who the best player was, and the World Championship was the nearest we could come to answering the question. With zonals and interzonals and candidates, it was pretty thorough, but nothing like as precise as Elo.
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