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Tata Steel Masters Tournament

Magnus Carlsen9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Anish Giri8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Ding Liren7.5/13(+2 -0 =11)[games]
Viswanathan Anand7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Teimour Radjabov6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Samuel Shankland6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Richard Rapport6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev5/13(+2 -5 =6)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5/13(+0 -3 =10)[games]
Jorden van Foreest4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Masters (2019)

The 2019 Tata Steel Masters was a 14-player round-robin, taking place from 12-27 January. For its 81st edition, the tournament boasted six Top 10 players, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen and former champions Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand. As well as the traditional venue in Wijk aan Zee, the rounds 5 and 10 were played in Alkmaar (16 January) and in Leiden (23 January). The time control was 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment per move from move 1. If two or more players tied for first place then a 2-game blitz (5+3) playoff and, if still tied, an Armageddon game would be held 15 minutes after all the games in the Masters and Challengers had finished, though the monetary prizes would be shared evenly. (1) No playoff was necessary, as Magnus Carlsen won clear first with 9/13.

Official site: Crosstable: ChessBase report: report: TWIC:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Carlsen * 1 1 1 1 1 9 2 Giri * 0 1 1 1 1 1 8 3 Nepomniachtchi 1 * 1 0 1 0 1 7 4 Ding Liren * 1 1 7 5 Anand 0 * 1 1 1 7 6 Vidit 0 * 0 1 1 1 7 7 Radjabov 1 * 0 6 8 Shankland 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 6 9 Rapport 0 0 * 1 1 6 10 Duda 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 5 11 Fedoseev 0 0 1 1 0 * 0 0 5 12 Mamedyarov 0 0 0 * 5 13 Van Foreest 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 4 14 Kramnik 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 4

Previous edition: Tata Steel Masters (2018). See also Tata Steel Challengers (2019)

(1) Chess24: Tata Steel Masters

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ding Liren vs Carlsen ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersA05 Reti Opening
2. Radjabov vs Kramnik ½-½432019Tata Steel MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
3. J van Foreest vs Anand 0-1282019Tata Steel MastersB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. V S Gujrathi vs J K Duda  ½-½782019Tata Steel MastersD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
5. V Fedoseev vs R Rapport  ½-½392019Tata Steel MastersE12 Queen's Indian
6. A Giri vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-1262019Tata Steel MastersB07 Pirc
7. S Shankland vs Mamedyarov ½-½542019Tata Steel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
8. Ding Liren vs V S Gujrathi  ½-½332019Tata Steel MastersA36 English
9. R Rapport vs S Shankland ½-½942019Tata Steel MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Mamedyarov vs Radjabov ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
11. Kramnik vs A Giri 0-1422019Tata Steel MastersA28 English
12. Anand vs V Fedoseev ½-½342019Tata Steel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
13. Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
14. J K Duda vs J van Foreest 0-1502019Tata Steel MastersB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
15. J van Foreest vs Ding Liren  0-1502019Tata Steel MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
16. Radjabov vs R Rapport  ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. S Shankland vs Anand ½-½352019Tata Steel MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. A Giri vs Mamedyarov  ½-½312019Tata Steel MastersD97 Grunfeld, Russian
19. V S Gujrathi vs Carlsen ½-½1312019Tata Steel MastersA00 Uncommon Opening
20. V Fedoseev vs J K Duda 0-1362019Tata Steel MastersE03 Catalan, Open
21. I Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik 1-0362019Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
22. Mamedyarov vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½322019Tata Steel MastersE60 King's Indian Defense
23. V S Gujrathi vs J van Foreest 1-0512019Tata Steel MastersE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. J K Duda vs S Shankland  ½-½312019Tata Steel MastersB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. Anand vs Radjabov  ½-½302019Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
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  Sokrates: <Bobwhoosta> No doubt, his nickname "Terrible Victor" was quite substantiated. He'd probably raise a 5 meter wired fence to your property and observe the entrance with a camera.

To his defence and in all fairness, though, we shouldn't forget the infathomable intimidations of all sorts he had to endure before, during and after he left the USSR. Even in these times, thirty years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, critical emigrants from that area can fall victims to poisenous attacks. Perhaps this may one factor in Seirewan's assessment of the man.

Jan-30-19  Qindarka: Korchnoi was very impressed with Seirawan early on and invited him to be one of his seconds for his 1981 World Championship campaign.
Jan-30-19  LameJokes: Kramnik has announced retirement from international chess.

He became No 1 player on elo during 1996. At the time, he was the youngest to do so.

He successfully defended his wold title against stalwarts like Peter Leko and Veselin Topalov.

He won numerous high-rated events. Among them, Dortmund was his happy hunting ground.

Former world champion Garry Kasparov was considered by many to be invincible. Kramink beat him in a match. And how! He didn't let Kasparov win a single game while winning two himself. And he looked good enough for more.

Chess fans will remember him for his path breaking work in the opening as well as end game. Berlin defense deserves a special mention. His classical style was a treat to watch.

Well played Vladi, your legacy will live on.

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  Sokrates: A fine summary of Kramnik's merits, <LameJokes>.

It is a bit strange to read and write about a (relatively) young man of 43 as if it's already his obituary, but he has been in top chess since the mid 90s and reached his peak rating, 2817, as late as in October 2016. To me, being constantly in top 10 for two and a half decades is perhaps the most amazing of his many achievements.

Ending the career of the glorious Kasparov will, of course, be a lasting event and turning point in chess history, although his access to the match as well as his years of reign never seemed to offer complete satisfaction.

True, he created the impenetrable Berlin wall, a deed which certainly made many players happy, but also resulted in numerous utterly predictable and boring games from a spectator's view.

Although I have never fancied his personality and character, I am most greatfull to his contribution to modern chess. A very high majority of his games bear witness of huge talent and a sharp sense of quality, objective assessments of positions and much self-criticism in the same. I would gladly add a collection of his best games to my library.

Yes, he has a great legacy in chess, and I certainly wish him all the best in his continuous life.

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  diceman: <Sokrates:

From the past I'd rather not have Korchnoi in the house next to mine>

<Bobwhoosta: <Sokrates>

I think for the present I would still pick Korchnoi for "Worst Neighbor".>

<One thing that surprises me is how much Seirawan loves him. They are polar opposites in terms of personality, but isn't that the way of things?>

Korchnoi was one of the strongest, and
longest, consistent users of the English Opening for white, and French Defense for black.

They were Seirawan's main openings,
(they are also mine) he probably spent,
many hours learning, and enjoying, the ideas of Korchnoi. (I know I have)

For that reason alone, I would have loved Korchnoi as a neighbor.

Ironically, I grew up living a few blocks from Bobby Fischer. When my family moved out of Brooklyn, my new next door neighbor was named, "Bobby Fisher." (without the c)

Go figure.

Jan-30-19  LameJokes: <Sokrates: A fine summary of Kramnik's merits, LameJokes>.


<To me, being constantly in top 10 for two and a half decades is perhaps the most amazing of his many achievements.>

I missed that. Thanks for reminding. For two decades, from 1995 to 2015, along with Anand and Topalov he was consistently ranked among the top 5 most of the time.

This proves something. He was one of the greatest of his era.

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  Check It Out: <Qindarka: Korchnoi was very impressed with Seirawan early on and invited him to be one of his seconds for his 1981 World Championship campaign.>

Hence that old song: "Yasser, that's my Seirwan, no sir, you let the bear win."

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  Sokrates: What a story, <diceman>!! How likely is it to become neighbor to two Bobby Fis(c)hers? And more fun for me, personally: When I was active my favourite weapons were also English and French. The latter gave me many victories against over-eager attackers. My inspiration for the French was not Korchnoi, though, but rather Botvinnik.
Jan-31-19  Jambow: <Ironically, I grew up living a few blocks from Bobby Fischer. When my family moved out of Brooklyn, my new next door neighbor was named, "Bobby Fisher." (without the c)

Go figure.>

That is just too weird I have a neighbor named Brooklyn (without a c) and I loaned their family my book "Bobby Fischer teaches chess."

Jan-31-19  Jambow: I also like English muffins and French toast... This just keeps getting stranger by the minute....
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  rogge: Diceman (without the c)

<DieMan, a person who lives in a cave in outer space>

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  AylerKupp: <<OhioChessFan> <AK> if we took up a collection to get you to quit giving <tutti> attention, how much would it take?>

I not only thought about it but did some research on <tuttifrutty>'s posting history and, naturally, generated some useless statistics. He's posted 875 times on <> since Feb-2016 and was a particularly active poster between Jan-2017 through Mar-2018 with 665 (76.0%) of his posts during this period. His posting frequency has diminished greatly since, with only 53 (6.1%) of his posts between Apr-2018 through Jan-2019. Perhaps his interest in this site has declined.

I indicated my opinion about <tuttifrutty> to you in Speed Chess Championship (2017/18) (kibitz #56), but since then not only the quantity but the quality of his posts has dropped, and he seems to simply be repeating himself. I don't think that he presents a real problem, just a nuisance, just like I do. So if, as <Sokrates> said above, that he "so obviously only wants to provoke for the sake of provoking" and that "I imagine him laughing triumphantly every time someone takes his bait.", he's not doing himself a favor in that respect by the diminished quantity and quality (in terms of originality) in his recent posts.

And, since the frequency and quantity of his posts has been greatly reduced in the last year, the frequency and quantity of my responses to him has also been greatly reduced; 110 responses to his posts since Feb-2016 with 86 between Jan-2017 through Mar-2019 and 20 between Apr-2018 through Jan-2019 . So I think that I now also present a smaller "nuisance" than I did in the past. Although I think, likely accurately, that some of the other posters on this site might disagree with that assessment. And I certainly wouldn't say that they would be wrong.

But I will offer you (and others) a compromise: I don't want to completely rule out responses to his posts but I will restrict my responses to him only in case of factual errors, mainly because, like <Billy Vaughn>, I enjoy doing the necessary research (it provides a motivation to enhance my historical chess knowledge) and think that providing factual corrections would be an interesting and perhaps even useful post for the rest of us. And if he addresses me directly I will respond to him since I consider it to be rude not to do that. But I will post my response in my forum so as not to compromise the integrity of other pages, and since the integrity of my forum has already been greatly compromised.

So I unfortunately will not qualify at the moment from your offer to benefit from a collection to induce me to stop but, if I ever do decide to stop, a one-year renewal of my Premium membership would seem appropriate. That plus a song composed about me with whatever lyrics, the raunchier the better, you decide are appropriate. I'll leave the melody of the song to your discretion.

I just sincerely hope that this post does not encourage <tuttifrutty> to increase the number of his posts but, if it does, chalk it up once more to the Law of Unintended Consequences.

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  AylerKupp: <<Bobwhoosta> One thing that surprises me is how much Seirawan loves him. They are polar opposites in terms of personality, but isn't that the way of things?>

Seirawan and Korchnoi had a long relationship ever since their first game when Seirawan (at 19!) beat him at the 1980 Wijk aan Zee tournament and Korchnoi, perhaps uncharacteristically, agreed to analyze the game with Seirawan afterwards.

Two years later Korchnoi selected Seirawan to be his second for Korchnoi's 2nd WCC match against Karpov. And they continued to have a good relationship for many years. So I am not surprised that Seirawan would, if not exactly love him, continue to respect him and retain some gratitude towards him.

For more of the Seirawan/Korchnoi relationship, see and And the 2nd article indicates that one of the reasons that they had a good relationship was precisely <because> they were polar opposites in terms of personalities.

I recall reading another article about them written by Seirawan which provided even more details but unfortunately I didn't save either the article or the link to the article.

And, in case you haven't seen it, here's a TV ad that shows that even Korchnoi could occasionally have a sense of humor:

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  Sokrates: <Jambow: I also like English muffins and French toast... This just keeps getting stranger by the minute....> LOL, this proves we are definitely running out of issues now. :-)
Feb-02-19  tuttifrutty: <<OhioChessFan> <AK> if we took up a collection to get you to quit giving <tutti> attention, how much would it take?>

Collection??? OMG. Are you that broke??? Besides, AK is not for sale... but i could be wrong.:)

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  sdu: I am very sad because of kramnik retirement to professional chess.I wish he will come back
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  HeMateMe: did kramnik announce his retirement?
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  MissScarlett: Go back to sleep.
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  rogge: <HeMateMe: did kramnik announce his retirement?>

Are you serious?

Feb-07-19  john barleycorn: <rogge: <HeMateMe: did kramnik announce his retirement?>

Are you serious?>

<HeMateMe> is serious but clueless as usual. One must like him for that ...

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  MissScarlett: Just wait till he hears about the rise of Hitler and the sinking of the Titanic....all those people....terrible.
Feb-07-19  john barleycorn: <MissScarlett: Just wait till he hears about the rise of Hitler and the sinking of the Titanic ...>

no need to waste time waiting for that.

he is now learning about the earth being a red fiery ball. until he gets to Hitler the CG site is history. (which posting guideline have I violated?)

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  HeMateMe: go back to your fellow, scarlett.
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  AylerKupp: <<tuttifrutty> Besides, AK is not for sale... but i could be wrong.:)>

Yes, you could be wrong and are (again). Everyone is for sale, including myself. It's just a question of the price. That and finding someone who has enough money to be able to pay it

For example, about 40 years ago in one of my jobs my boss asked me to do something that I strongly didn't want to and he indicated that I would be paid handsomely for doing it. I told him that the company didn't have enough money. He then jokingly asked me if I would do it if they paid me US $ 1M, which at the time was a lot of money (well, it's still a lot of money). I looked him straight in the eye and very seriously said "The company does not have enough money." What followed after that is not a pleasant recollection.

Feb-08-19  Everett: <. My inspiration for the French was not Korchnoi, though, but rather Botvinnik.>

My inspiration for the French (and Dutch) was Bronstein.

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