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🏆 Tata Steel Masters (2019)

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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, wi ... [more]

Player: Vladimir Kramnik

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Radjabov vs Kramnik ½-½432019Tata Steel MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
2. Kramnik vs A Giri 0-1422019Tata Steel MastersA28 English
3. I Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik 1-0362019Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
4. Carlsen vs Kramnik ½-½562019Tata Steel MastersC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. Kramnik vs Mamedyarov ½-½312019Tata Steel MastersC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. R Rapport vs Kramnik ½-½942019Tata Steel MastersC26 Vienna
7. Kramnik vs Anand 0-1572019Tata Steel MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
8. J K Duda vs Kramnik 1-0452019Tata Steel MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Kramnik vs Ding Liren ½-½442019Tata Steel MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. V S Gujrathi vs Kramnik 1-0292019Tata Steel MastersE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. Kramnik vs J van Foreest 1-0662019Tata Steel MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
12. V Fedoseev vs Kramnik 0-1692019Tata Steel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
13. Kramnik vs S Shankland 0-1662019Tata Steel MastersA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
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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.

Feb-08-19
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  diceman: <Sokrates:

What a story, <diceman>!! How likely is it to become neighbor to two Bobby Fis(c)hers?>

Id say <un>! :)

<My inspiration for the French was not Korchnoi, though, but rather Botvinnik.>

Same for me.
Back in the 70s it was about books,
and I had, <Botvinnik's 100 Games>.

Feb-08-19
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  Count Wedgemore: My inspiration for the French was the young Brigitte Bardot.
Feb-08-19
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  perfidious: For all the talk of Kramnik's retirement at an early age, it should be remembered that Kasparov hung 'em up even earlier, aged 41.
Feb-11-19  fligorna: Poor Volodya Drawnik...
Feb-12-19
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  Sokrates: <perfidious: For all the talk of Kramnik's retirement at an early age, it should be remembered that Kasparov hung 'em up even earlier, aged 41.>

Yes, but the career of Kasparov was long. Becoming Junior Champion of the Soviet Union already at 12 and beginning the long challenging series of matches with Karpov in his early 20s.

I am sure many factors influenced Kasparov's decision way back then. Not easy for him to play second violin after having played the first or even conducted the whole chess world for such a long time. Further, fatigue eventually sets in, I think. The intensity, the constant requierements of staying at the top takes its toll. And finally, Kasparov undoubtedly wanted to pursue his political aspirations at that time.

He could easily have continued for a decade being an extremely tough opponent to the majority of elite GMs.

Feb-12-19
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  diceman: <Count Wedgemore:

My inspiration for the French was the young Brigitte Bardot.>

My inspiration for the Caro-Kann was the old Brigitte Bardot. :)

Feb-12-19
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  moronovich: Didnīt know Kasparov played the violin !?
Feb-12-19
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  Sokrates: <moronovich: Didnīt know Kasparov played the violin !?> Well, there you go, Chessgames, an inexhaustable fountain of knowledge!
Feb-12-19
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  moronovich: Yes <Socrates> ;)

Not much to be added about Kasparov,but:Spend a lot of time with the late Miles back in 93 and one evening I asked him,if he saw any weaknesses in Garrys play.Tony went into a long think and came up with (litterally quoted)"Well,perhaps...he sometimess...is too optimistic".

Feb-12-19
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  perfidious: <Sokrates>, Kramnik also played a long time: I watched him defeat Kasparov in New York 1994 and he was already an elite player.
Feb-12-19
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  Sokrates: Wow, <moronovich>, the very Tony Miles! You must have known Larsen too? Funny quote btw - and perhaps more fitting for Tal.

Yes, <perfidious>, those two K's had a tough run in the lead for a long time, with a pack of wolves behind them snapping after their legs. - Kramnik has some health issues, do you know whether that has played a role in his decision?

Feb-12-19
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  OrangeTulip: What about his disappointing performance in the Wijk aan Zee (Tata Steel) tournament? At least that seems to be the trigger, of course not the underlying reason
Feb-12-19
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  perfidious: No idea, <Sokrates>, but it is impressive that Kramnik has enjoyed the career he has with the underlying health problems.
Feb-12-19
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  Sokrates: <OrangeTulip: What about his disappointing performance in the Wijk aan Zee (Tata Steel) tournament? At least that seems to be the trigger, of course not the underlying reason>

There was something the-devil-may-care about Kramnik's play here. It makes sense to me from one angle: Kramnik has always played very disciplined, very carefully, with a high concentration and focus. If he had planned announcing his retirement after Wijk, he might have said to himself: I'll give a damn about safe-play and just enjoy playing reckless and freely, letting go of all restraints and career calculations.

Obviously he wished for at better result, but the bad result may have just confirmed what he already knew: He had lost the thrill of playing the game at this high level.

I look forward to a coverage and perhaps even an interview in the coming issue of New in Chess. He may reveal what thoughts have passed his mind.

Anyway, one of the greatest chessplayers of all time has left the stage. Let's give him a standing applause!

Feb-21-19  not not: In newest Chess News there are Anish Giri annotations written as tribute to Kramnik legacy. Here is what he says

"To chose the game that best illustrates the drawmaster genius of Kramnik is by no means easy, since one is spoilt for choice: nearly one thousand draws, some of theoretical, some of historical, and some of educational value make it worth of a lifelong study. I decided to anotate this delightful miniature against GM Morozevich, who is best known for his chess Don Kichoteria, viz. chasing ghosts all over the chessboard even at the cost of a loss. Lets closely look at this gem of a game.

Kramnik Morozevich Corus 2005

1.e4

known as Berlin invitation. If not for pressure from chess ignoramae (sponsors, press and fans), the correct move order of every chess games would be 1. Nf3! Nf6! 2. Ng1!! Ng8!! followed by 3. Nf3! Nf6! 4. Ng1!! Ng8!! and draw soon to be agreed as a threefold repetition. The text move encourages a quick draw based on Berlin Defence mainline.

1... d6

Morozevich, true to his style, plays a garbage of a move.

2. d4

The skilfull hand of a drawmaster is revealed. You have to take a centre and seize advantage when possible to do both: mislead the public as if you were trying yo win and offer your opponent a draw from position of strenght.

2. ... Nf6

a sly trap; if now 3. Nf3 hoping for 3... Ng8 4.Ng1! Nf6! 5. Nf3!! with a threefold, black will play 3.... Nxe4! instead, snatching e pawn from a jaw of draw.

3. Nc3

offering black a repetition with 3... Ng8! 4.Nb1!! and so on

3.. g6

Desperate to get mated, black weakens squares around his king. He hopes to be subjected to "Fischer patent" which is a ferocious kingside attack: white play f3 to protect battery of Be3 and Qd2, exchange the bishop and march h pawn to later infiltrate h file with queen and his rook.

4.Bg5!!

Move of the game, giving black chance to frustrate dark square bishop before battery is formed. Who needs 25 moves win if he can get 12 moves draw?

4..... Bg7

Black insists on battery to be formed.

5. Qd2

White are happy to oblige.

5.... h6!!

Now exchange of bishops is not possible; white hope to get mated in a different manner, preferebly via f file.

6. Bh4

The shadow boxing is over and white succesfully fended any chances of abrubtly check mating enemy king.

6...... g5!

There is no better way to avoid draw then to weaken as many squares around your king as possible!

7. Bg3

Unfortunately chess is a feudal game with rigid backward rules; if it was a casual game between two drawmasters, bishop would happily jump now back to c1.

7.... Nh5

Capturing bishop that has got no targets and no scope to manouvre is a trademark of Morozevich piece play.

8. Nge2

8.NF3 would be a serious strategic mistake allowing black to play g4! and thus losing this far stretched pawn later on. White must at all cost avoid any pawn winning situation if the quick draw is to be unsuspiously made.

8..... e6

what else? there are not that many pawns left around black king that can be moved racklessly; 8... f6 was a viable alternative whilst "charging at windmills"

9. 0-0-0

The lead in development is dangerous for white: too great might prompt black to resing thus frustrating the whole gameplan of a tie.

9.... Nc6

Black decide to block c pawn and kill any possible counterplay for themselves.

10. f3

forcing exchange of material and thus increasing chances of a draw

10.... Nxg3

Getting rid of knight that was stuck on the rim. Delightful, Tarrasch-like play by Morozevich

11. hxg3

and now, with h file open and black king weakened, and black position vulnerable to f4 push, Kramnik showed his craftmanship by getting handkerchief, sneezing and couging theatraticaly, and then offering a draw. Black was left with no option but to accept: had he continued and won, he would be scrutinized for winning from inferior position against unhealthy opponent; had he continued and lost, he would be accused of being so inferior to other GMs that he loses even if they are unwell. In either case his future invitations to top chess events would be put in jeopardy. Thus draw was agreed and Morozevich got his handkerchief too sneezing vehemently whilst talking to the press.

Truly great game, maybe immortal for both, definately greatest game ever, and believe me, Mexico will pay for the wall!"

Feb-21-19
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  Sally Simpson: ***

A commendable attempt at humour from Giri, he is no Clive James or Jerome K Jerome (or Hans Kmoch which obviously inspired the piece) Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927. But refreshing to see something in NIC without computer analysis.

Here is the game Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2005 and Karpova's comment:

"Kramnik took a deep look into the position just to discover that a clearly drawn endgame emerges on move 126!"

and euripides:

"I suppose you could say they primed the canvas."

I think capture the moment just as well.

***

Feb-21-19  Troller: <A commendable attempt at humour from Giri>

I thought this was an attempt at humour from <not not>. I could be wrong but the spelling mistakes suggest otherwise.

Feb-21-19  not not: FAKE NEWS!!! Troller is TRUE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!! MAGA!!!
Feb-21-19
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  Sally Simpson: ***

If it is a gag then it's not too bad. :)

I thought it was a NIC article and I gave up on NIC a long time ago. Now get my copies when they appear 2nd hand for 50p.

***

Nov-12-19  me to play: The field for the 2020 edition...2020 Tata Steel Masters | Participants

# Fed Name Country Rtg Rank
1 Magnus Carlsen Norway 2870 1
2 Fabiano Caruana USA 2822 2
3 Anish Giri Netherlands 2776 5
4 Ian Nepomniachtchi Russia 2773 6
5 Wesley So USA 2760 12
6 Viswanathan Anand India 2757 13
7 Yu Yangyi China 2753 15
8 Jan-Krzysztof Duda Poland 2748 20
9 Vladislav Artemiev Russia 2731 25
10 Alireza Firouzja Iran 2720 29
11 Jeffery Xiong USA 2712 33
12 Daniil Dubov Russia 2676 58
13 Vladislav Kovalev Belarus 2674 63
14 Jorden van Foreest Netherlands 2632 142

Nov-12-19  me to play: Obligatory no's 1 through 6. 8-14 is the best part, a welcome infusion of new blood to a supertournament.
Nov-12-19  me to play: I meant 7-14 in previous post.
Nov-14-19  Eopithecus: Kramnik quit for the same reason as Kasparov, they weren't going to get another shot at the championship, so they retired. Simply put futility just didn't make chess fun anymore..
Nov-15-19  me to play: 2020 Tata Steel Masters | Participants
# Fed Name Country Rtg Rank
1 Magnus Carlsen Norway 2870 1
2 Fabiano Caruana USA 2822 2
3 Anish Giri Netherlands 2776 5
4 Ian Nepomniachtchi Russia 2773 6
5 Wesley So USA 2760 12
6 Viswanathan Anand India 2757 13
7 Yu Yangyi China 2753 15
8 Jan-Krzysztof Duda Poland 2748 20
9 Vladislav Artemiev Russia 2731 25
10 Alireza Firouzja Iran 2720 29
11 Jeffery Xiong USA 2712 33
12 Daniil Dubov Russia 2676 58
13 Vladislav Kovalev Belarus 2674 63
14 Jorden van Foreest Netherlands 2632 142
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