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Tata Steel Group B Tournament

Luke McShane8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
David Navara8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Zahar Efimenko8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Le Quang Liem7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Wesley So7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Vladislav Tkachiev7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek6.5/13(+4 -4 =5)[games]
Li Chao6/13(+4 -5 =4)[games]
Laurent Fressinet6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Surya Shekhar Ganguly5.5/13(+4 -6 =3)[games]
Wouter Spoelman5/13(+4 -7 =2)[games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer4/13(+1 -6 =6)[games]
Friso Nijboer3.5/13(+0 -6 =7)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Group B (2011)

Played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands 15-30 January 2011. Crosstable ( :

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 McShane 2664 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 2 Navara 2708 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 3 Efimenko 2701 1 1 * 0 1 1 8 4 Le Quang Liem 2664 1 * 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 7 5 So 2673 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 7 6 Sargissian 2667 0 * 1 1 1 7 7 Tkachiev 2636 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 7 8 Wojtaszek 2726 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 0 1 6 9 Li Chao 2649 0 0 1 1 1 0 * 0 0 1 6 10 Fressinet 2707 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 6 11 Ganguly 2651 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 5 12 Spoelman 2547 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 * 0 1 5 13 Hammer 2647 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 4 14 Nijboer 2584 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 3

Luke McShane edged out David Navara on tiebreak. Both were invited to Tata Steel Group A (2012), but McShane did not play because of work commitments.

Previous: Corus Group B (2010). Next: Tata Steel Group B (2012). See also Tata Steel Group A (2011) and Tata Steel Group C (2011)

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J L Hammer vs Efimenko 0-1782011Tata Steel Group BD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
2. G Sargissian vs Ganguly 1-0382011Tata Steel Group BD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. Le Quang Liem vs So ½-½362011Tata Steel Group BE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
4. Wojtaszek vs Navara 0-1582011Tata Steel Group BD90 Grunfeld
5. McShane vs Spoelman 1-0692011Tata Steel Group BB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. Nijboer vs Li Chao  ½-½332011Tata Steel Group BC42 Petrov Defense
7. Tkachiev vs Fressinet  ½-½332011Tata Steel Group BA09 Reti Opening
8. Tkachiev vs Nijboer  ½-½352011Tata Steel Group BE60 King's Indian Defense
9. Spoelman vs Wojtaszek  ½-½342011Tata Steel Group BE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. Li Chao vs McShane 0-1552011Tata Steel Group BE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
11. So vs G Sargissian ½-½262011Tata Steel Group BC45 Scotch Game
12. Navara vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½582011Tata Steel Group BD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Fressinet vs Efimenko  ½-½302011Tata Steel Group BC51 Evans Gambit
14. Ganguly vs J L Hammer  1-0672011Tata Steel Group BC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Wojtaszek vs Li Chao  1-0332011Tata Steel Group BD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
16. J L Hammer vs So ½-½632011Tata Steel Group BD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Efimenko vs Ganguly ½-½992011Tata Steel Group BB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. McShane vs Tkachiev 1-0562011Tata Steel Group BC78 Ruy Lopez
19. G Sargissian vs Navara  ½-½272011Tata Steel Group BD85 Grunfeld
20. Nijboer vs Fressinet  ½-½322011Tata Steel Group BC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Le Quang Liem vs Spoelman 0-1732011Tata Steel Group BD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Li Chao vs Le Quang Liem 1-0782011Tata Steel Group BE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. Spoelman vs G Sargissian  ½-½662011Tata Steel Group BD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. So vs Efimenko ½-½462011Tata Steel Group BE00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Fressinet vs Ganguly 1-0362011Tata Steel Group BE97 King's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-29-11  Everett: Mcshane Navara for all the marbles. Who has white..?
Jan-29-11  crazybird: Navara has white
Jan-29-11  Eyal: The real standings at the top before the final round, btw, without all those ridiculous duplicates, are:

1-2. McShane, Navara 8
3. Efimenko 7.5
4-7. So, Le, Sargissian, Tkachiev 7

So the main games of the final round are: Navara-McShane (!) and Efimenko-Sargissian.

Jan-30-11  kellmano: <Eyal> Do you know who wins on tiebreak (and thus gets to the A-group next year)?
Jan-30-11  Eyal: <kellmano> If I'm not mistaken, the first tiebreak is head-to-head result and the second is Sonneborn-Berger Points. The only way it can matter is, of course, if Navara-McShane is drawn. In that case, if Efimenko wins he should be 1st because he won against the other two. If he doesn't win this should depend on Navara's and McShane's SB points, which you can't know in advance because it's calculated according to the overall results of their opponents (but right now McShane's is better).

Even though Navara is playing White I would pick McShane as favorite, because somehow he seems more mentally tough. I actually like Navara, though, so hopefully he will prove me wrong...

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  ketchuplover: Navara appears far.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <47. ... Kf7> by McShane (instead of 47. ... Kf6) is surprising. Seemingly, it gives up the g- and h-pawns for the sake of eliminating White's advanced passer on the b-file, but it does not look like his best chance to hold.
Jan-30-11  fixingguru: <Peligroso Patzer: <47. ... Kf7> by McShane (instead of 47. ... Kf6) is surprising. Seemingly, it gives up the g- and h-pawns for the sake of eliminating White's advanced passer on the b-file, but it does not look like his best chance to hold.> you are a patzer indeed. the idea behind Kf7 is to "trap" the rook with Nf6 after Rg5.
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  Peligroso Patzer: After <50. Bb5>, the minor piece ending in Navara-McShane now looks drawn. The only winning idea I see for White is to trade off the minors and then bring his King to the 6th rank (a6, b6, or c6), but Black should be able to prevent this.
Jan-30-11  crazybird: And Luke, welcome to group A
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  Peligroso Patzer: Re: Navara-McShane:
< *** the idea behind [47. ...] Kf7 is to "trap" the rook with [48. ...] Nf6 after [48.] Rg5.>

But would that really have worked since (after 48. Rxg5 Nf6) White could have played 49. Rf5 followed by 50. g5, opening a line (through the g4-square) for the LSB to use eventually?

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  Peligroso Patzer: The following line seems to confirm that if Navara-McShane had continued <48.Rxg5 Nf6>, the result would still have been a draw: 49.Rf5 Kg6 50.Kf2 [but not 50.g5? Nxd5! 51.Rf8 Ne3! (only move) 52.Kf2 Rxb7 53.Rf6+ Kxg5 54.Rxd6 Rb1 55.Be2 Rh1 ] 50...Rxb7 51.Bh3 Rb2+ 52.Kg1=.
Jan-30-11  Eyal: <And Luke, welcome to group A>

Yes, McShane wins on Sonneborn-Berger points - his win over So in the penultimate round turned out to be decisive in this regard (Navara didn't score a win against any of the other top 6 - those that finished with 7.5 points and more).

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  Peligroso Patzer: Here are the actual final standings for the "B" Group:

1-2. L. McShane 8-1/2
1-2 D. Navara 8-1/2
3. Z. Efimenko 8
4-6. L. Liem 7-1/2
4-6 G. Sargissian 7-1/2
4-6 W. So 7-1/2
7. V. Tkachiev 7
8. R. Wojtaszek 6-1/2
9-10. L. Fressinet 6
9-10. Li Chao 6
11. S. Ganguly 5-1/2
12. W. Spoelman 5
13. J. Hammer 4
14. F. Nijboer 3-1/2

Jan-30-11  AdrianP: Well done to Luke. He deserves a good tournament win after missing out a little after a very good start at the London Chess Classic.
Jan-30-11  me to play: It's a bit of a shame that both McShane and Navara can't get the invite to the "A" group. You could reasonably, I think, reduce the "local" players down to two and make room for Navara.
Jan-30-11  siamesedream: Congratulations to Luke McShane!
Jan-30-11  Eyal: In fact, both McShane and Navara will be invited to Group A next year:

<McShane was declared Group-B winner on Sonneborn-Berger but the tournament organizers decided both players would receive an invitation to compete in Group A next year.> (

Btw, the same thing happened when Motylev & Carlsen finished at the top of Group B with the same number of points in 2006.

Jan-30-11  Eyal: ...So congrats to Navara as well!
Jan-30-11  virginmind: congratulations to both winners.
Jan-30-11  Everett: Will McShane and Navara replace the Dutch or Grishuk and Shirov?

Is there anyone besides Giri coming up in the Dutch ranks? I know he's older, but isn't Ivan Sokolov tough?

Jan-30-11  Eyal: Grischuk and Shirov don't have any "spots" of their own, the organizers can invite them or not each year as they please... The only "officially" certain invitees to next year are Nakamura (as the winner of Group A), McShane & Navara. Among the Dutch Giri is practically certain as well, I suppose. In recent years they consistently had 3 Dutch players, though this year Giri actually earned his place as the winner of Group B, rather than playing on a "Dutch ticket".
Jan-30-11  Everett: Thanks <Eyal>

Who are the other top Dutch players besides the recent one's we've seen? I'll assume the organizers will insist on at least two.

Jan-30-11  waustad: <Everett>See:
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  HeMateMe: Why not put Smeets or Van Wely in the B group and let both Navara and McShane play group A?
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