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🏆 Tata Steel Masters (2019)

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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, wi ... [more]

Player: Vladimir Kramnik

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Radjabov vs Kramnik ½-½432019Tata Steel MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
2. Kramnik vs A Giri 0-1422019Tata Steel MastersA28 English
3. I Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik 1-0362019Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
4. Carlsen vs Kramnik ½-½562019Tata Steel MastersC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. Kramnik vs Mamedyarov ½-½312019Tata Steel MastersC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. R Rapport vs Kramnik ½-½942019Tata Steel MastersC26 Vienna
7. Kramnik vs Anand 0-1572019Tata Steel MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
8. J K Duda vs Kramnik 1-0452019Tata Steel MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Kramnik vs Ding Liren ½-½442019Tata Steel MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. V S Gujrathi vs Kramnik 1-0292019Tata Steel MastersE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. Kramnik vs J van Foreest 1-0662019Tata Steel MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
12. V Fedoseev vs Kramnik 0-1692019Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
13. Kramnik vs S Shankland 0-1662019Tata Steel MastersA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
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Feb-02-19  tuttifrutty: <<OhioChessFan> <AK> if we took up a collection to get you to quit giving <tutti> attention, how much would it take?>

Collection??? OMG. Are you that broke??? Besides, AK is not for sale... but i could be wrong.:)

Feb-07-19
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  sdu: I am very sad because of kramnik retirement to professional chess.I wish he will come back
Feb-07-19
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  HeMateMe: did kramnik announce his retirement?
Feb-07-19
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  MissScarlett: Go back to sleep.
Feb-07-19  rogge: <HeMateMe: did kramnik announce his retirement?>

Are you serious?

Feb-07-19  john barleycorn: <rogge: <HeMateMe: did kramnik announce his retirement?>

Are you serious?>

<HeMateMe> is serious but clueless as usual. One must like him for that ...

Feb-07-19
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  MissScarlett: Just wait till he hears about the rise of Hitler and the sinking of the Titanic....all those people....terrible.
Feb-07-19  john barleycorn: <MissScarlett: Just wait till he hears about the rise of Hitler and the sinking of the Titanic ...>

no need to waste time waiting for that.

he is now learning about the earth being a red fiery ball. until he gets to Hitler the CG site is history. (which posting guideline have I violated?)

Feb-07-19
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  HeMateMe: go back to your fellow, scarlett.
Feb-07-19
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  AylerKupp: <<tuttifrutty> Besides, AK is not for sale... but i could be wrong.:)>

Yes, you could be wrong and are (again). Everyone is for sale, including myself. It's just a question of the price. That and finding someone who has enough money to be able to pay it

For example, about 40 years ago in one of my jobs my boss asked me to do something that I strongly didn't want to and he indicated that I would be paid handsomely for doing it. I told him that the company didn't have enough money. He then jokingly asked me if I would do it if they paid me US $ 1M, which at the time was a lot of money (well, it's still a lot of money). I looked him straight in the eye and very seriously said "The company does not have enough money." What followed after that is not a pleasant recollection.

Feb-08-19  Everett: <. My inspiration for the French was not Korchnoi, though, but rather Botvinnik.>

My inspiration for the French (and Dutch) was Bronstein.

Feb-08-19
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  diceman: <Sokrates:

What a story, <diceman>!! How likely is it to become neighbor to two Bobby Fis(c)hers?>

Id say <un>! :)

<My inspiration for the French was not Korchnoi, though, but rather Botvinnik.>

Same for me.
Back in the 70s it was about books,
and I had, <Botvinnik's 100 Games>.

Feb-08-19
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  Count Wedgemore: My inspiration for the French was the young Brigitte Bardot.
Feb-08-19
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  perfidious: For all the talk of Kramnik's retirement at an early age, it should be remembered that Kasparov hung 'em up even earlier, aged 41.
Feb-11-19  fligorna: Poor Volodya Drawnik...
Feb-12-19
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  Sokrates: <perfidious: For all the talk of Kramnik's retirement at an early age, it should be remembered that Kasparov hung 'em up even earlier, aged 41.>

Yes, but the career of Kasparov was long. Becoming Junior Champion of the Soviet Union already at 12 and beginning the long challenging series of matches with Karpov in his early 20s.

I am sure many factors influenced Kasparov's decision way back then. Not easy for him to play second violin after having played the first or even conducted the whole chess world for such a long time. Further, fatigue eventually sets in, I think. The intensity, the constant requierements of staying at the top takes its toll. And finally, Kasparov undoubtedly wanted to pursue his political aspirations at that time.

He could easily have continued for a decade being an extremely tough opponent to the majority of elite GMs.

Feb-12-19
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  diceman: <Count Wedgemore:

My inspiration for the French was the young Brigitte Bardot.>

My inspiration for the Caro-Kann was the old Brigitte Bardot. :)

Feb-12-19
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  moronovich: Didnīt know Kasparov played the violin !?
Feb-12-19
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  Sokrates: <moronovich: Didnīt know Kasparov played the violin !?> Well, there you go, Chessgames, an inexhaustable fountain of knowledge!
Feb-12-19
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  moronovich: Yes <Socrates> ;)

Not much to be added about Kasparov,but:Spend a lot of time with the late Miles back in 93 and one evening I asked him,if he saw any weaknesses in Garrys play.Tony went into a long think and came up with (litterally quoted)"Well,perhaps...he sometimess...is too optimistic".

Feb-12-19
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  perfidious: <Sokrates>, Kramnik also played a long time: I watched him defeat Kasparov in New York 1994 and he was already an elite player.
Feb-12-19
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  Sokrates: Wow, <moronovich>, the very Tony Miles! You must have known Larsen too? Funny quote btw - and perhaps more fitting for Tal.

Yes, <perfidious>, those two K's had a tough run in the lead for a long time, with a pack of wolves behind them snapping after their legs. - Kramnik has some health issues, do you know whether that has played a role in his decision?

Feb-12-19
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  OrangeTulip: What about his disappointing performance in the Wijk aan Zee (Tata Steel) tournament? At least that seems to be the trigger, of course not the underlying reason
Feb-12-19
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  perfidious: No idea, <Sokrates>, but it is impressive that Kramnik has enjoyed the career he has with the underlying health problems.
Feb-12-19
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  Sokrates: <OrangeTulip: What about his disappointing performance in the Wijk aan Zee (Tata Steel) tournament? At least that seems to be the trigger, of course not the underlying reason>

There was something the-devil-may-care about Kramnik's play here. It makes sense to me from one angle: Kramnik has always played very disciplined, very carefully, with a high concentration and focus. If he had planned announcing his retirement after Wijk, he might have said to himself: I'll give a damn about safe-play and just enjoy playing reckless and freely, letting go of all restraints and career calculations.

Obviously he wished for at better result, but the bad result may have just confirmed what he already knew: He had lost the thrill of playing the game at this high level.

I look forward to a coverage and perhaps even an interview in the coming issue of New in Chess. He may reveal what thoughts have passed his mind.

Anyway, one of the greatest chessplayers of all time has left the stage. Let's give him a standing applause!

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