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84th Tata Steel Masters Tournament

Magnus Carlsen9.5/13(+6 -0 =7)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Richard Rapport8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Anish Giri7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Jorden van Foreest7/13(+5 -4 =4)[games]
Andrey Esipenko6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Fabiano Caruana6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda6/13(+1 -2 =10)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Sam Shankland5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa5.5/13(+4 -6 =3)[games]
Nils Grandelius4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[games]
Daniil Dubov3.5/13(+0 -6 =7)[games]
* Chess Event Description
84th Tata Steel Masters (2022)

Type: Round-robin single round
Where: De Moriaan sports hall, Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
Site tag: Wijk aan Zee NED
When: January 15-30 2022
Rest days: January 19, 24, 27
Time control: 100 Minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.
Number of players: 14
Number of rounds: 13

Official site:

Previous event: Tata Steel Masters (2021). See also Tata Steel Challengers (2022)

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 88  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Esipenko vs Carlsen ½-½21202284th Tata Steel MastersD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Caruana vs Karjakin ½-½50202284th Tata Steel MastersD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Giri vs R Praggnanandhaa ½-½44202284th Tata Steel MastersA20 English
4. Dubov vs Mamedyarov ½-½30202284th Tata Steel MastersD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Duda vs Rapport 1-041202284th Tata Steel MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. V S Gujrathi vs Shankland 1-073202284th Tata Steel MastersD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. J van Foreest vs N Grandelius 1-044202284th Tata Steel MastersC77 Ruy Lopez
8. R Praggnanandhaa vs Duda  ½-½40202284th Tata Steel MastersD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. Carlsen vs Giri 1-036202284th Tata Steel MastersE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
10. V S Gujrathi vs Caruana ½-½27202284th Tata Steel MastersD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Shankland vs N Grandelius ½-½45202284th Tata Steel MastersA37 English, Symmetrical
12. Karjakin vs Dubov ½-½23202284th Tata Steel MastersD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. Mamedyarov vs A Esipenko ½-½26202284th Tata Steel MastersE00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Rapport vs J van Foreest 1-047202284th Tata Steel MastersD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Duda vs Carlsen ½-½38202284th Tata Steel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Dubov vs V S Gujrathi 0-137202284th Tata Steel MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
17. Caruana vs Shankland ½-½70202284th Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
18. J van Foreest vs R Praggnanandhaa 1-056202284th Tata Steel MastersB30 Sicilian
19. Giri vs Mamedyarov ½-½21202284th Tata Steel MastersD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. A Esipenko vs Karjakin 1-042202284th Tata Steel MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
21. N Grandelius vs Rapport 0-131202284th Tata Steel MastersB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
22. V S Gujrathi vs A Esipenko ½-½32202284th Tata Steel MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
23. R Praggnanandhaa vs N Grandelius 1-064202284th Tata Steel MastersD85 Grunfeld
24. Karjakin vs Giri ½-½14202284th Tata Steel MastersD85 Grunfeld
25. Caruana vs Dubov ½-½38202284th Tata Steel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 88  PGN Download
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  Teyss: <Check It Out> <Atterdag> You don't understand, masks are part of an alien conspiracy designed to hide E.T. faces in order to invade the planet progressively without us noticing. Else there wouldn't be any purpose to impose wearing them. I read it somewhere on the net where truth flourishes.

Generally I stay out of covid-related debates because they raise so many fake news and passions, but there are limits.

Jan-30-22  greed and death: I was hoping for a better showing from Duda here. Oh well...
Jan-30-22  Fanques Fair: "Atterdag: <Check It Out: Wearing a mask is absurd? Tell that to doctors and nurses.> I just checked the bio of <Fanques Fair> which tells us <I live in Brazil ...>. Brazil, the role model country of how to fight Covid19!"

Actually, the role model of how to fight covid is Africa, where the total deaths of the whole continent is equal to the total deaths of the United Kingdom alone, being also the vastly least "vaccinated" continent . But you´re too lazy and much prejudiced to discover that simple fact . By the way, they don´t use facial masks there .

Jan-30-22  Atterdag: <Fanques Fair>. In Africa there is a far higher percentage of children and young people and a far lower percentage of people over 60 than in Europe and the US.

Since the danger and consequence of Covid increases significantly with age, you can't compare Africa's relative young population with Europe's relative old. In Europe you have huge generations born right after WW2 and they are now in an age particularly vulnerable to the virus.

That's a well-known factor you may choose to ignore, but virologists don't. But I don't want to discuss this with you further, since I consider it completely in vain.

Jan-30-22  Albertan: Magnus Carlsen grabs eighth title at Wijk aan Zee:

Jan-30-22  Albertan: Tata Steel Chess:Praggnanandhaa,Karjakin, and Van Foreest score:

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  HeMateMe: Carlsen has already beat the pants off of the 'older generation.'
Jan-30-22  Albertan: Carlsen wins the 2022 Tata Steel Chess Tournament for the Eighth time:

Jan-31-22  Fanques Fair: Atterdag, if you are still under the total delusion that any of these sanitarial measures are for public health, I won´t try to convince you otherwise in a chess forum. Yes, Africa has less eldest people, but that is far from explaining the incredible disparity in mortality rate, particularly in the poorest country in the planet. On the contrary, it was supposed to be the opposite , as the medical care in Africa is frail, to say the least, in comparison with central countries. Even so, evidence insists in surprising the "believers in Science".

Furthermore, as yourself pointed out, covid is only a real threat to the eldest people, but the teenager Dubov is being persecuted by not willing to wear a facemask in a 5 hour game.

Finally, make a search for sudden deaths between atheletes in 2021 and 2022, maybe "Science" has some excuse to explain it.

Jan-31-22  fabelhaft: <teenager Dubov is being persecuted>

The historic cases of percesution pale in comparison with what teenager Dubov (26 in April) has had to suffer here.

Jan-31-22  fabelhaft: Aside from Carlsen, the biggest positive is maybe van Foreest. He played some nice games and gained 11.8 Elo. His win against Giri was especially nice, with a spectacular finish, and he ended up with a plus score. Also Rapport and Mamedyarov had good tournaments. A plus score was a good result for Karjakin, but he continues to be a player that doesn't belong in the top ten.

Caruana is the biggest negative to me. "Only" an even score in this field, and 10.5 Elo lost. Dubov is very talented, but his result here was disappointing. And he is soon too old to be that young talent. Rapport is younger than Dubov, and he played Wijk already eight years ago, after winning Wijk B nine years ago. A minus score for Duda was also slightly disappointing, with 9.5 Elo lost.

Carlsen played some great games, expecially maybe the exchange sacrifice wins against Caruana and Giri, but also very nice quick wins against Mamedyarov and Rapport. Carlsen has a 64 point lead on the Elo list, and the often repeated comparisons with Fischer's biggest lead rarely take into account that Fischer only had a bigger distance than 70 Elo on one single rating list before quitting. Carlsen has 64 points down to number two in his tenth year as World Champion. Not easy to keep such consistency for so many years.

Jan-31-22  Absentee: <fabelhaft: teenager Dubov (26 in April)>

Some remain teenagers for their entire life. It can be horrific to behold.

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  perfidious: Most especially when that state of affairs persists well beyond one's twenties, as is the case in some posters; rather tends to lose its charm.
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  MissScarlett: There's such a thing as delayed puberty. Anyone ever seen Dubov with facial hair? And he's supposed to be into weight training, but even his trademark baggy jumper can't hide the fact that his body type resembles that of Anish Giri.
Jan-31-22  LameJokes:

In Esipenko Vs Rapport game, former missed checkmate on 7th move.

A Esipenko vs Rapport, 2022

5.Ne5 c6 6.Nc4 cb5 7.Nd6 mates.

Of course, the trap is not full proof. 6...d5 loses a piece.

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  plang: A great fighting tournament, as Wijk aan Zee always is, marred only by Dubov having to drop out.
Jan-31-22  Albertan: Tata Steel:Round 13:Wins for Praggnanandhaa,Van Foreest and Karjakin:

Here is a link to a Round 13 report from

Here is a link to an article about Round 13 from

Here are links to other reports:

GM Benjamin Bok analyses thé round 13 game between Grandelius and Duda here:

Jan-31-22  KnightVBishop: is Magnus a legend now?
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  Williebob: <KnightVBishop: is Magnus a legend now?>
I guess I would not be surprised if FIDE announced a new "Legend" title, to appeal to the gamer kids / Marvel generation.
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  chancho: Yup...

Jan-31-22  Atterdag: Wonderful, <chancho> LOL!
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  moronovich: <chancho: Yup...

Great <chancho> !

Taken directly from one of <Mesiahs> many nightmares.

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  Williebob: Good catch, <chancho>. PBS, too... my tax dollars at work!
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  beenthere240: Best ever! Grrr!
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  Check It Out: The Incredible Sulk!
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