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🏆 Tata Steel Masters (2019) Chess Event Description
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: Magnus Carlsen

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ding Liren vs Carlsen ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersA05 Reti Opening
2. Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
3. V S Gujrathi vs Carlsen ½-½1312019Tata Steel MastersA00 Uncommon Opening
4. Carlsen vs Kramnik ½-½562019Tata Steel MastersC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. J van Foreest vs Carlsen 0-1332019Tata Steel MastersB33 Sicilian
6. Carlsen vs Mamedyarov 1-0512019Tata Steel MastersD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
7. V Fedoseev vs Carlsen ½-½742019Tata Steel MastersD90 Grunfeld
8. Carlsen vs R Rapport 1-0402019Tata Steel MastersB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
9. S Shankland vs Carlsen ½-½402019Tata Steel MastersD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Carlsen vs Anand 1-0762019Tata Steel MastersC77 Ruy Lopez
11. Radjabov vs Carlsen ½-½252019Tata Steel MastersB33 Sicilian
12. Carlsen vs J K Duda 1-0712019Tata Steel MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. A Giri vs Carlsen ½-½302019Tata Steel MastersB33 Sicilian
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Jan-22-19  goodevans: We're used to Tata Steel eclipsing Gibraltar in terms of coverage but surely a tournament boasting <So, MVL, Aronian, Nakamura, Ivanchuk, Muzychuk and Le Quang Liem> (to name but a few) should also be worth a page on

Anyone know how to get that to happen?

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  morfishine: You all keep forgetting that Carlsen endorsed the idea that after a player has earned the title of "World Chess Champion", then everybody, including the champion, all start from square one to begin the next "season" to decided the next champion. I like that idea

From a practical standpoint, this couldn't be yearly. However, every two years seems feasible

Jan-22-19  kappertjes: I don't see what would be gained by replacing the current champion-defends-against-challenger system with one where two challengers?/candidates? battle for a title.

The list of champions is highly exclusive which adds to its prestige. The champ list is also pretty close to the no.1 rating position group. The challengers list is ever so slightly less elite and I would feel highly cheated if Carlsen got dethroned by a tournament and, say, a Giri-Karjakin match.

Jan-22-19  nok: <From a practical standpoint, this couldn't be yearly.> Why, it can.

Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (kibitz #1802)

<You all keep forgetting that Carlsen endorsed the idea> He talks the talk, can he walk the walk?

Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (kibitz #1912)

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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: According to the Tata Steel website, Anand and Nepomniachtchi have joined Carlsen at the top of the table. Anand has feasted on the three tail enders, but still has games vs. Carlsen and Ding Liren. He has a rough ride ahead.
Jan-22-19  frogbert: Both Nepo and Fedoseev winning due to cheap end game tricks today. Damn those russians!
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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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