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Tata Steel Masters Tournament

Magnus Carlsen9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Anish Giri8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Wesley So8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Ding Liren8.5/13(+7 -3 =3)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Fabiano Caruana7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Teimour Radjabov6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Levon Aronian5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Yifan Hou5/13(+1 -4 =8)[games]
Ivan Saric4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Loek van Wely4/13(+1 -6 =6)[games]
Baadur Jobava3/13(+2 -9 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Masters (2015)

Played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands 10-25 January 2015, with Round 5 in Rotterdam (15 January) and Round 10 in Den Haag (21 January). Rest days: 14, 19 and 22 January. The rounds began at 1:30 pm, except in Rotterdam and Den Haag (2 pm). Round 13 started at 12:00. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, followed by 15 more minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Tournament category: XX (2746). Chief arbiter: Aart Strik.

Magnus Carlsen won with 9/13.

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Carlsen 2862 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 9 2 Vachier-Lagrave 2757 ½ * 1 ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 8½ 3 Giri 2784 ½ 0 * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 8½ 4 So 2762 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 8½ 5 Ding Liren 2732 ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8½ 6 Ivanchuk 2715 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7½ 7 Caruana 2820 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 7 8 Radjabov 2734 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 6 9 Wojtaszek 2744 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0 * ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 5½ 10 Aronian 2797 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 5½ 11 Yifan Hou 2673 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 5 12 Saric 2666 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ * ½ 1 4½ 13 Van Wely 2667 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ 4 14 Jobava 2727 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 ½ * 3

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Previous: Tata Steel Masters (2014). Next: Tata Steel Masters (2016). See also Tata Steel Challengers (2015)

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. So vs Wojtaszek ½-½702015Tata Steel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Saric vs Aronian ½-½322015Tata Steel MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Ding Liren vs Caruana 0-1402015Tata Steel MastersD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
4. Giri vs Carlsen ½-½302015Tata Steel MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Vachier-Lagrave vs Y Hou 1-0582015Tata Steel MastersC13 French
6. Ivanchuk vs Jobava 1-0432015Tata Steel MastersB32 Sicilian
7. Radjabov vs Van Wely ½-½352015Tata Steel MastersB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
8. Van Wely vs Wojtaszek ½-½802015Tata Steel MastersA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
9. Y Hou vs Ding Liren 0-1582015Tata Steel MastersB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. Radjabov vs Ivanchuk  ½-½532015Tata Steel MastersA05 Reti Opening
11. Caruana vs Saric 1-0432015Tata Steel MastersC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Carlsen vs So ½-½342015Tata Steel MastersE46 Nimzo-Indian
13. Aronian vs Giri ½-½482015Tata Steel MastersD97 Grunfeld, Russian
14. Jobava vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½222015Tata Steel MastersB23 Sicilian, Closed
15. So vs Aronian 1-0542015Tata Steel MastersC45 Scotch Game
16. Giri vs Caruana ½-½972015Tata Steel MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Ivanchuk vs Van Wely 1-0382015Tata Steel MastersB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. Wojtaszek vs Carlsen 1-0522015Tata Steel MastersA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
19. Ding Liren vs Jobava 1-0222015Tata Steel MastersA53 Old Indian
20. Vachier-Lagrave vs Radjabov ½-½412015Tata Steel MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Saric vs Y Hou ½-½302015Tata Steel MastersB27 Sicilian
22. Caruana vs So ½-½312015Tata Steel MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
23. Y Hou vs Giri ½-½202015Tata Steel MastersC55 Two Knights Defense
24. Ivanchuk vs Vachier-Lagrave 1-0302015Tata Steel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Aronian vs Wojtaszek  ½-½472015Tata Steel MastersA13 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-29-15  patzer2: <Sally Simpson> Thanks for the teaching tips!
Jan-30-15  Overgod: This will probably be my final post on the Tata Steel 2015 tournament. All I wanted to add is a thumbs up to Wei Yi, whose games I finally had a chance to look over a few days ago. Needless to say, I am very impressed by this young kid.

He's a little tactical monster. I don't think he will ever get to 2800 or be a real threat to Carlsen (but then again, how many prodigies have we seen come and go and not quite get there?), but I am almost certain he is going to be a regular top 10 player in about 2-3 years. He'll probably be another Karjakin or Radjabov or Nakamura, rather than Caruana, Giri or Carlsen.

But still, he's damn impressive -- especially at such a tender age.

I hesitate to mention So, because he could be either 2800+ in a couple of years, or stabilize around 2750-2800. It's too early to tell with him.

Jan-30-15  pinoy king: Overgod, you are clueless. So is breaking 2800 this year and going to catch up to Magnus.
Jan-30-15  john barleycorn: <pinoy king: Overgod, you are clueless.>

That is about the nicest thing to say about <overgod>. I would phrase it a bit differently.

Jan-30-15  achieve: Wei Yi is technically and positionally already far advanced, so doubting his potential based on those qualities is quite a mistake, yet there are many many other factors that influence a career that still may be vulnerable in casu <Wei> because of a number of cultural/social factors; hard to predict/tell. Might be compensated by a number of advantages, but how will those weigh, currently and especially in the near future.

Wei Yet, excuse me. ;)

Jan-30-15  Everett: <patzer2> Interesting. Just for the record, I was just curious, had a feeling there wouldn't be a correlation in some areas. It would be interesting if income inequality is shown to be negative in creative/freedom indexes, but that does not seem to bear out.
Jan-30-15  Absentee: <patzer2>

You're missing the point.
You keep quoting groups with the same political agenda, that is promoting neoliberal policies (reading between the lines: pushing american interests). Unsurprisingly, their criteria for creativity and freedom go hand in hand with the evaluated country's willingness to be economically colonized (or "freedom with the murricun stick"). Equally unsurprising is that they quote each other and call each other authoritative.

<Freedom House is a U.S.-based non-governmental organization (NGO) that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights>


<The organization is directed by David J. Kramer, former head of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the United States Department of State.>

Oh oh!

<Using the World Bank Gini measurement of income inequality>

Oh oh oh!

<Countries which have greater political freedom and economic freedom tend to have greater creativity and wealth.

However, these wealthier countries have a wide disparity in income equality.

However, the USA which also ranks high on economic freedom, political freedom and creativity has relatively high income inequality.>

You don't say!

Jan-30-15  Abdel Irada: Is this <Tata Steel> or <Kenneth Rogoff>? ;-)

Jan-30-15  john barleycorn: < Abdel Irada: Is this <Tata Steel> or <Kenneth Rogoff>? ;-)


Well, since you arrived...

Jan-30-15  Everett: <Absentee> good point
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <Everett: <patzer2> Interesting. Just for the record, I was just curious, had a feeling there wouldn't be a correlation in some areas.>

There aren't enough Al Sharptons to go around.

...though either Norway or Denmark (I forget) had a
Bent Sharpton.

Jan-30-15  Overgod: <pinoy king: Overgod, you are clueless. So is breaking 2800 this year and going to catch up to Magnus.>

Shut up Glenny. W.So is not doing such a thing. You're more likely to break 1400 Blitz, than him 2800 any time soon.

Have you finished your crayon drawings yet? Have you reached 1200 Blitz yet? Get back to work, Glenny.

Jan-30-15  Overgod: <john barleycorn: <pinoy king: Overgod, you are clueless.> That is about the nicest thing to say about <overgod>. I would phrase it a bit differently>

Definition of desperation: using a renowned troll as a basis for one's 'argument.'

:::shakes head:::

Jan-31-15  john barleycorn: <Overgod: ...

Definition of desperation: using a renowned troll as a basis for one's 'argument.' ...>

Seeing ghosts of an argument? Boy, better see your therapist.

Jan-31-15  notyetagm: <<Overgod: ... Definition of desperation: using a renowned troll as a basis for one's 'argument.' ...>>


Feb-01-15  bulibug: <pinoy king: Overgod, you are clueless. So is breaking 2800 this year and going to catch up to Magnus.>

Really he is clueless, I agree wholeheartedly...speaks volume about his rapid and blitz rating since he has none to show for....twas all created by a foggy state of mind. Whatever he was smoking, I don't want to know....

Feb-01-15  bulibug: <Seeing ghosts of an argument? Boy, better see your therapist.>

The therapist is of no me...beyond repair, out of commission, out of this world, out of his mind....

Feb-01-15  lainulo: <Have you finished your crayon drawings yet? Have you reached 1200 Blitz yet? Get back to work, Glenny.>

i reached over 1900 in standard game. I'll be following sallysimpson's advise and will not be indulging in blitz play as you suggested as being detrimental to my long game.

in the meantime, behold my most recent gem of a game reminiscent of my Wesley So's attacking and sacrificial play.

As a young player, his aggressive and tactical style of play caught the attention of former Philippine chess champion, International Master Rodolfo Tan Cardoso. Cardoso said, "The young lad...would sacrifice a queen or any other pieces in his arsenal to get a winning attack."

Prepare to be mesmerized once again:

Feb-01-15  john barleycorn: <lainulo> <AJ Goldstein> must be your coach. No other explanation.
Feb-01-15  lainulo: in the background are sugardom, nanobrain and pulsar...can you tag each of them?
Feb-01-15  john barleycorn: < lainulo: ...can you tag each of them?>

I can spot you front left. Did you wear your hair open that time? :-)

Feb-01-15  lainulo: that's the spurned know who I mean.
Feb-01-15  john barleycorn: < lainulo: ...can you tag each of them?>

Ah, the three sheriffs in background?

Feb-01-15  mkrk17: So nice to see so many youngsters capable of dethroning the king, who himself is a youngster. Chess is up for great times, with Magnus as champion and Fab, Giri, So, Wei-yi etc with great potential.

If anything at all, this is a success of the many many tournaments being played around the world and the power of the internet to transmit games live. The contenders are no longer Russians are east Europeans for that matter.

Mar-26-15  drleper: <lainulo: Wesley has no more else to prove but to himself by hopefully becoming WC and challenging Komodo for the undisputed World Championship of Human Kind and Android alike.>

Haha yes ok, I see that you are just trolling then. I do wonder where you guys get the energy/desire for all that from, but anyway, take care.

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