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Tata Steel Masters Tournament

Magnus Carlsen9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Anish Giri8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Ding Liren7.5/13(+2 -0 =11)[games]
Viswanathan Anand7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Teimour Radjabov6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Samuel Shankland6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Richard Rapport6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev5/13(+2 -5 =6)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5/13(+0 -3 =10)[games]
Jorden van Foreest4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Masters (2019)

The 2019 Tata Steel Masters was a 14-player round-robin, taking place from 12-27 January. For its 81st edition, the tournament boasted 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, the rounds 5 and 10 were played in Alkmaar (16 January) and in Leiden (23 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 2-game blitz (5+3) playoff and, if still tied, an Armageddon game would be held 15 minutes after all the games in the Masters and Challengers had finished, though the monetary prizes would be shared evenly. (1) No playoff was necessary, as Magnus Carlsen won clear first with 9/13.

Official site: Crosstable: ChessBase report: report: TWIC:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Carlsen * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 9 2 Giri ˝ * 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 1 ˝ ˝ 1 8˝ 3 Nepomniachtchi ˝ 1 * ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 0 1 7˝ 4 Ding Liren ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 7˝ 5 Anand 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 7˝ 6 Vidit ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 7 7 Radjabov ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 * ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 6˝ 8 Shankland ˝ 0 1 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 1 1 6˝ 9 Rapport 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 6˝ 10 Duda 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 * 1 ˝ 0 1 5˝ 11 Fedoseev ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 0 * ˝ 0 0 5 12 Mamedyarov 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 5 13 Van Foreest 0 ˝ 1 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 1 1 ˝ * 0 4˝ 14 Kramnik ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 * 4˝

Previous edition: Tata Steel Masters (2018). See also Tata Steel Challengers (2019)

(1) Chess24: Tata Steel Masters

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  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. Ding Liren vs V S Gujrathi  ½-½332019Tata Steel MastersA36 English
9. R Rapport vs S Shankland ½-½942019Tata Steel MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Mamedyarov vs Radjabov ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
11. Kramnik vs A Giri 0-1422019Tata Steel MastersA28 English
12. Anand vs V Fedoseev ½-½342019Tata Steel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
13. Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
14. J K Duda vs J van Foreest 0-1502019Tata Steel MastersB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
15. J van Foreest vs Ding Liren  0-1502019Tata Steel MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
16. Radjabov vs R Rapport  ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. S Shankland vs Anand ½-½352019Tata Steel MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. A Giri vs Mamedyarov  ½-½312019Tata Steel MastersD97 Grunfeld, Russian
19. V S Gujrathi vs Carlsen ½-½1312019Tata Steel MastersA00 Uncommon Opening
20. V Fedoseev vs J K Duda 0-1362019Tata Steel MastersE03 Catalan, Open
21. I Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik 1-0362019Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
22. Mamedyarov vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersE60 King's Indian Defense
23. V S Gujrathi vs J van Foreest 1-0512019Tata Steel MastersE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. J K Duda vs S Shankland  ½-½312019Tata Steel MastersB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. Anand vs Radjabov  ½-½302019Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
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  Sargon: <john barleycorn: <Sargon: ... Indeed, we are developing a comprehensive framework to support flexible delegation of virtually all Admin duties to worthy individuals, thereby allowing IT professionals like myself to focus on improving the community—via the development of new features and the ongoing improvement of existing ones. ...>

Wow. That's a management statement, I suppose. Clearly documents how poorly things on CG have become.>

The statement simply indicated that other employees will be delegated appropriate Admin responsibilities so as to allow accelerated <development>—by <developers>.

Do you think Chessgames can be maintained by only <one> person forever? Quite the contrary—we're taking things to the next level.

Consequently, your attempt to frame the statement in some kind of artificial negative context is both misguided and petty.

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  jith1207: <Sargon>: Glad to see the direction you're taking. I hope it is even more fairer to all those who work behind the scenes and the users as well.
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  lostemperor: ♔♕♖Predict the outcome of Tata Steel Chess A at my forum and join the fun!
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  Sokrates: Dear <Sargon>,

You get very upset by some posters here who assume things that don't correspond with the reality as you know it. I can only talk for myself, but I beg you to take into consideration that we only know what you reveal to us. The first months after the sad death of your esteemed predecessor, we were all held in oblivion - no information on whether the site continued or who and how took care of what came to anyone's knowledge.

It would have easened the understanding of your situation if you had made a clear announcement of the state of things, not in a thread but at the front page. You have been very defensive and it is understandable when you are under pressure. But please also understand that many of us have been quite uncertain of the continuation of this site, and you still seem to presuppose that we are in your shoes and know everything you know. We don't, at least not if you don't communicate it very clearly.

All this said with the greatest admiration of what you have done and in the most positive spirit. We stay here at CG because we love the site and the whole idea behind it. I am sure everyone here supports your efforts, which, I think, is the best possible basis for your work and its continuation.

With kind regards,

Jan-10-19  Howard: Good one!
Jan-10-19  john barleycorn: <Sargon: <john barleycorn: ...

Consequently, your attempt to frame the statement in some kind of artificial negative context is both misguided and petty.>>

Not that I think you understood what I wrote ... but you can block me again. It's ok.

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  wtpy: Sargon, Glad to see coverage of Tata Steel. It takes some time to get oriented when assuming new duties so don't feel rushed in developing your vision. You can't please all the people all the time, particularly if those people are chessplayers.
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  wtpy: Orange Tulip, Sounds like you should be a citizen journalist and alert this community to interesting games, particularly in the lower sections. I look forward to seeing some of your recomendations!
Jan-10-19  nok: <Glad to see coverage of Tata Steel.>

This is coverage of Wijk aan Zee.

You can get coverage of Tata Steel here:

Jan-10-19  morfishine: <Sargon> I think you've done a great job. You do not deserve any complaints whatsoever, especially from the non-premium trollers [ie: <barley> the little boy with the big mouth].

The only thing offered to you should be sound suggestions by caring members

Keep up the good work and I wish you the best for the New Year!

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  Check It Out: I'm excited about this tournament; there will be a lot of unusual matchups not commonly seen.

Carlsen versus Rapport, Shankland, and Van Foreest? Come on, there will be some brutal chess somewhere in there!

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  Check It Out: I dont know about Carlsen, but I've got a memory like an elephant when somebody does me wrong.

I'd still be steaming about this Tata disaster and wanting revenge:

R Rapport vs Carlsen, 2017

Jan-11-19  DWTaylor Sr: Sargon,
Stand your ground!! Anyone not happy with the site, should move on!! Give the man a chance to enact his visions of this site. Don't piss him off to the point where he takes the site off totally. You can't please every one all of the time!!!For the rest of us , we are behind you!!! Go for it!!
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  Check It Out: And the question everyone's been asking: is this the tournament where Anish Giri starts playing chess more like a man and less like an Amish Girl?

Apologies to the offended for the non-pc joke.

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  scout118: Recently renewed my paid premium memb. Have trust this site will succeed, - must succeed. Although I never met him, I did correspond with him, had faith and liked Daniel Freeman. This site is the man's legacy. Keep up the good fight Sargon, Ms. Freeman, Annie K, WinKing, all the names of those managing this site I may have missed, and all the amazing volunteers.
Jan-11-19  nok: <Van Wely isn't playing this year> Replaced by another Van. You shouldn't notice the difference.
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  plang: a strong player and he always played to win taking risks.

Of course he was always seeded near the bottom in this strong event but he had a number of competitive results here.

What makes this such a great event is the mixture of players both elite along with just very good. You can't win this event with +2 you have to play to win.

Jan-11-19  LameJokes:

When Fabi and Maggy played before WCC, the chess world was curious about something. Who gets the upper hand?

After the WCC, surprisingly, they are still curious. Will Fabi get his sweet revenge?

Some contests begin before they actually do so over the board. Chess fans are watching Maggy's and Anish' twitter accounts for the juicy trash talk.

When Rapport plays, it's not the question of whether he will win or lose. It's more about, which opening he will play.

With Mamedyarov in the fray, we are bound to forget about the winter chill. Especially when he doesn't play the 'Old Man's Chess'.

There is no cause for worry, in case of chaos and confusion. We all know whom to turn to for the word of wisdom; Anand and Kramnik.

Jan-11-19  Howard: By the way, why isn't Caruana playing ?!
Jan-11-19  sicilianchameleon: Maybe I'm missing something, but where the heck is the official schedule of games? This thing is supposed to start tomorrow so I would've assumed the official site would have all the facts I need, but they haven't had an update in a while. Is this tourney actually happening or is it all a big hoax???
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  rogge: <Maybe I'm missing something>


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  MissScarlett: Have to wait until round 12 for Anand vs Liren; not many chances left for Liren to finally beat Anand and so enable the greatest chess pun ever conceived: <Ding Dong - The Vish is Dead>. That should ensure a Caissar and, at least, a year's free premium membership.
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  jith1207: Win it Vidit.

Hope you're better prepared this time.

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  OhioChessFan: ** Coming In a Few Hours! **

Tata Steel 2019 Moves Prediction Contest. Conducted by the Legendary <chessmoron> and hosted at Graceland, home of Elvis. Click on Elvis for details.

Jan-12-19  falso contacto: IMHO players to watch: Vidit and Esipenko.
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