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Tata Steel Masters Tournament

Levon Aronian8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Anish Giri6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Fabiano Caruana6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Wesley So6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Loek van Wely5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Boris Gelfand4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Richard Rapport3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Masters (2014)

Played at the De Moriaan Centre in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands 11-26 January 2014, with Round 4 in Amsterdam (15 January) and Round 9 in Eindhoven (23 January). Rest days: 14, 16, 20, 22 and 24 January. Due to economical problems there were only 12 players, and no Group C. The rounds began at 1:30 pm, except in Amsterdam and Eindhoven (2 pm). Round 11 started at 12:00. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Tournament category: XX (2743). Chief arbiter: Pavel Votruba.

Levon Aronian won with 8/11.

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Aronian 2812 * ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 8 2 Giri 2734 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6½ 3 Karjakin 2759 0 ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 6½ 4 Caruana 2782 0 ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 6 5 Dominguez 2754 0 ½ ½ 1 * 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 6 6 So 2719 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 6 7 Harikrishna 2706 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ 1 0 0 1 5½ 8 Van Wely 2672 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 0 ½ 1 5 9 Nakamura 2789 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 * ½ 1 1 5 10 Gelfand 2777 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ * 0 ½ 4½ 11 Rapport 2691 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 1 * 0 3½ 12 Naiditsch 2718 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 * 3½

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Previous: Tata Steel Group A (2013). Next: Tata Steel Masters (2015). See also Tata Steel Challengers (2014)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rapport vs So 0-1562014Tata Steel MastersA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
2. Nakamura vs Naiditsch 1-0652014Tata Steel MastersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. Caruana vs Gelfand 1-0302014Tata Steel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Harikrishna vs Aronian ½-½302014Tata Steel MastersC54 Giuoco Piano
5. Van Wely vs Karjakin 0-1602014Tata Steel MastersE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
6. Dominguez Perez vs Giri ½-½312014Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
7. Dominguez Perez vs Van Wely ½-½262014Tata Steel MastersB06 Robatsch
8. Karjakin vs Harikrishna ½-½402014Tata Steel MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Giri vs Naiditsch 1-0332014Tata Steel MastersE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. So vs Nakamura ½-½272014Tata Steel MastersD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Aronian vs Caruana 1-0582014Tata Steel MastersA34 English, Symmetrical
12. Gelfand vs Rapport 0-1602014Tata Steel MastersA52 Budapest Gambit
13. Naiditsch vs So ½-½352014Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
14. Rapport vs Aronian ½-½412014Tata Steel MastersA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Van Wely vs Giri ½-½302014Tata Steel MastersA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Nakamura vs Gelfand ½-½592014Tata Steel MastersA33 English, Symmetrical
17. Caruana vs Karjakin 1-0712014Tata Steel MastersE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
18. Harikrishna vs Dominguez Perez 1-0752014Tata Steel MastersB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Gelfand vs Naiditsch ½-½302014Tata Steel MastersE73 King's Indian
20. Dominguez Perez vs Caruana 1-01082014Tata Steel MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
21. Giri vs So ½-½572014Tata Steel MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Van Wely vs Harikrishna ½-½292014Tata Steel MastersE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. Aronian vs Nakamura 1-0442014Tata Steel MastersE92 King's Indian
24. Karjakin vs Rapport 1-0442014Tata Steel MastersC18 French, Winawer
25. So vs Gelfand 1-0292014Tata Steel MastersB30 Sicilian
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Jan-19-14  AuN1: Baadur is such a badass. Finished his game just in time to join trent again for some analysis.
Jan-19-14  Marmot PFL: Nakamura hasn't done anything since beating Naiditsch (on a blunder) in round 1
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  WannaBe: Nakamura (0:34) - Van Wely (0:21), after 27. Qf3

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Computer eval at -0.41

Jan-19-14  AuN1: Rapport is blinding me with that shirt. Must be having a similar effect on harikrishna.
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  perfidious: Nakamura had a safe edge and went berserk. Appears to me he is worse now in a muddy position.
Jan-19-14  Strongest Force: If So puts on the "Cappa Cap" he has a shot. I am glad it's him and not me trying to win).
Jan-19-14  RICKY123: Can any1 say abt hari-rapport status?
Jan-19-14  john barleycorn: <perfidious: Nakamura had a safe edge and went berserk. Appears to me he is worse now in a muddy position.>

Yes, <perfidious> looks like Nakamura blew it big time.

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  tamar: Naka-VW Black to move

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33...d2 looks like it works because of the Nd4-f3+ tactic

Van Wely thinking...

Jan-19-14  Strongest Force: Ricky: Rapport has winning chances but will probably blow it).

Golf may try to torture Lev.

Jan-19-14  AuN1: I hope that van wely doesn't blow it in time trouble. Awesome position he's cultivated thus far.
Jan-19-14  Strongest Force: #Gelf
Jan-19-14  AuN1: Van wely is playing like a machine. I'm loving it.
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  tamar: Nakamura might as well use his remaining time composing a suitable tweet.
Jan-19-14  Kanatahodets: totally agree with Baadur and Laurence; how on Earth So declined a draw and now is losing the game??? At least you must have a plan when you decline the draw offer. It resembles my blitz games where a guy who decline my draw offer almost always lose. But this is 2700+ player. Say the truth, I always feel uncomfortable watching So's games. Any time any moment he can screw the game.
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  tamar: Something like "All congrats to VW. But I almost didn't play, because of my back injury" :-)
Jan-19-14  AuN1: <tamar: Nakamura might as well use his remaining time composing a suitable tweet.>

<<"Well, my opponent was fortunate that I played blunder after blunder. If it wasn't for that, I obviously would have won. I made it too easy for him.">>

Jan-19-14  MarkFinan: If Aronian lost every remaining game, which he won't, he'd still come away with a more than respectable score! The boys are currently being seperated from the men in this tournament.

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  WannaBe: Naka is at -8.77 computer eval... Ouch.
Jan-19-14  RICKY123: Strongest Force: Thanks:)
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  tamar: So playing well despite Black's optical advantage.

He has played accurately after his lapse when it would be easy to get down on himself.

Jan-19-14  iqbalianpawn: Mr Jobava is a nice commentator.. Really good to listen to him.. Great analysis and casual way of explaining
Jan-19-14  Bobwhoosta: Caruana-Giri is one of those positions where the computer doesn't assess white's advantage right imo. White has several small niggling advantages( better space, better minor piece within the pawn structure). Black will be pressed in the endgame if queens are exchanged.

If the queens stay on the position is more equal, however I think white's advantage is more than .12!!!

Jan-19-14  Bobwhoosta: <iqbalianpawn>

I just turned on the coverage right before they went to break, and I saw Jobava rubbing his eyes and blinking rapidly. At first I thought "How unprofessional!!" but then I realized that, hey, he's PLAYING in the tournament as well as commentating, and it's actually a good thing to show just how tired these guys get after doing battle in these tournaments. It's severely draining, and I'm not sure enough of us understand just how hard it is to play good chess( first you have to be able to play good chess, and that escapes most of us off the bat!!).

Looking at the level of fatigue growing daily on the participants' faces, it amazes me how some could fail to admit that there is at least a case for chess being a sport.

I for one am of the opinion that it is.

Jan-19-14  Strongest Force: Naked resign yet?
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