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84th Tata Steel Masters Tournament

Magnus Carlsen4/6(+2 -0 =4)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi4/6(+2 -0 =4)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov4/6(+2 -0 =4)[games]
Andrey Esipenko3.5/6(+1 -0 =5)[games]
Richard Rapport3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda3/6(+1 -1 =4)[games]
Anish Giri3/6(+1 -1 =4)[games]
Sergey Karjakin3/6(+1 -1 =4)[games]
Sam Shankland2.5/6(+0 -1 =5)[games]
Jorden van Foreest2.5/6(+2 -3 =1)[games]
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa2.5/6(+1 -2 =3)[games]
Fabiano Caruana2.5/6(+0 -1 =5)[games]
Daniil Dubov2.5/6(+0 -1 =5)[games]
Nils Grandelius1.5/6(+0 -3 =3)[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 2; games 1-25 of 42  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. Mamedyarov vs A Esipenko ½-½26202284th Tata Steel MastersE00 Queen's Pawn Game
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. R Praggnanandhaa vs Duda  ½-½40202284th Tata Steel MastersD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
12. Shankland vs N Grandelius ½-½45202284th Tata Steel MastersA37 English, Symmetrical
13. Karjakin vs Dubov ½-½23202284th Tata Steel MastersD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. Rapport vs J van Foreest 1-047202284th Tata Steel MastersD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. N Grandelius vs Rapport 0-131202284th Tata Steel MastersB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
16. A Esipenko vs Karjakin 1-042202284th Tata Steel MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
17. Giri vs Mamedyarov ½-½21202284th Tata Steel MastersD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. J van Foreest vs R Praggnanandhaa 1-056202284th Tata Steel MastersB30 Sicilian
19. Dubov vs V S Gujrathi 0-137202284th Tata Steel MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
20. Duda vs Carlsen ½-½38202284th Tata Steel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Caruana vs Shankland ½-½70202284th Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
22. R Praggnanandhaa vs N Grandelius 1-064202284th Tata Steel MastersD85 Grunfeld
23. Carlsen vs J van Foreest ½-½52202284th Tata Steel MastersD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
24. V S Gujrathi vs A Esipenko ½-½32202284th Tata Steel MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
25. Mamedyarov vs Duda 1-041202284th Tata Steel MastersD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 42  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-20-22  Albertan: Vidit’s ice-cold défense propels him into the sole lead:

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  Sally Simpson: I think Praggnanandhaa is going to lose in Rd.5 (cue a Sally is spreading propaganda again comment.)
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  Williebob: Sally, are you spreading propaganandhaa again?
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  Sally Simpson: His Willie,

It's al part of my rapport (boom boom).

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  Williebob: And that's what they used to call jazz, kids!
Jan-21-22  Albertan: Tata Chess 2022:Round 5:Mamedyarov,Rapport catch Vidit:

GM Daniel King analyzes the fifth-round game between Rapport and Praggnanandhaa in the following video:

Jan-21-22  Albertan: Tata Steel 5:Shakh and Rapport join Vidit in the lead:

This report contains round-5 crosstables for both the Masters and Challengers tournaments.

Here are the pairings for round 6 in the Masters tournament:

Round 6
Karjakin-Van Foreest
Vidit,Santosh Gujrathi-Duda

Jan-21-22  Albertan: Carlsen’s bid for record rating stalls as India’s teenagers shine at Wijk:

Jan-21-22  Atterdag: Another brilliant game from the world champion. All pieces worked beautiful together like the parts in a mechanical watch movement. Behold this and be amazed:

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  Messiah: Justin won. :-(
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  Williebob: I haven't looked elsewhere for an explanation, but kibitzing is made for such questions: Was Carlsen trying to break 2900 at this event, or did he mean sometime this year? Related question: If reaching 2900 was even possible here, what kind of score was needed?
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  MissScarlett: In the foreseeable future.
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  Williebob: Thank you, <MlleMS>
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  MissScarlett: The foreseeable future was also the period in which Nakamura was going to be the only person able to stop Magnus in the context of chess history.
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  Williebob: Good point. Sadly, the foreseeable passed.
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  MissScarlett: The horizon is always nearer than one thinks - that, or a wall. Let's be modest about our powers, yes, even me.
Jan-21-22  Albertan: Tata Steel Chess r6:Carlsen joins leaders,Caruana blunders tragically:

Jan-21-22  AdolfoAugusto: Event Horizon
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  Sally Simpson: I think Nakamura has mellowed somewhat.

Recently watched a vid of his analysing one of Carlsen's games. He repeatedly referred to him as the best player in the world.

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  technical draw: Three players have not won a game. May I recommend Fred Reinfeld's "1001 Brilliant Ways to Checkmate"? It helped me get to where I am now.
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  HeMateMe: I didn't know they had bank robbers in Norway. Wouldn't that be impolite?
Jan-22-22  Albertan: Tata Steel R6:Carlsen beats Rapport,joins the lead:

Jan-22-22  Albertan: Here are the pairings for round 7 in the Masters tournament:

Van Foreest-Vidit

Jan-22-22  Absentee: <HeMateMe: I didn't know they had bank robbers in Norway. Wouldn't that be impolite?>

Not if they're trying to culturally enrich you.

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  Stonehenge: World's Most Polite Robbery

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