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Tata Steel Challengers Tournament

Vladislav Kovalev10/13(+7 -0 =6)[games]
Andrey Esipenko8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Benjamin Gledura8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Maksim Chigaev8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Anton Korobov7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Erwin L'Ami7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Parham Maghsoodloo7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Lucas van Foreest6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Vincent Keymer5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa5/13(+1 -4 =8)[games]
Dinara Saduakassova3.5/13(+0 -6 =7)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz3.5/13(+0 -6 =7)[games]
Stefan Kuipers3/13(+1 -8 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Challengers (2019)

The 2019 Tata Steel Challengers took place from 12-27 January in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. The 14-player round-robin offered the winner an automatic place in the 2020 Tata Steel Masters. 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. (1) Vladislav Kovalev won clear first with 10/13.

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

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Kovalev * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 2 Esipenko * 1 0 1 1 1 1 8 3 Gledura 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 8 4 Chigaev 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 8 5 Korobov 0 * 1 1 1 7 6 L'Ami 0 * 1 1 1 7 7 Bareev 1 0 * 0 0 1 1 1 7 8 Maghsoodloo 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 7 9 Van Foreest 0 0 1 * 1 0 6 10 Keymer 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 5 11 Praggnanandhaa 0 0 0 0 * 1 5 12 Saduakassova 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 3 13 Paehtz 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 3 14 Kuipers 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 3

Previous: Tata Steel Challengers (2018). Next: Tata Steel Challengers (2020). See also Tata Steel Masters (2019)

(1) Chess24: Tata Steel Challengers:

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Maghsoodloo vs A Korobov 0-1382019Tata Steel ChallengersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. L van Foreest vs B Gledura  ½-½412019Tata Steel ChallengersB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
3. M Chigaev vs D Saduakassova  1-0572019Tata Steel ChallengersC50 Giuoco Piano
4. R Praggnanandhaa vs Bareev 0-1512019Tata Steel ChallengersC01 French, Exchange
5. A Esipenko vs V Kovalev  ½-½282019Tata Steel ChallengersA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
6. S Kuipers vs L'Ami  0-1402019Tata Steel ChallengersB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
7. E Paehtz vs V Keymer ½-½422019Tata Steel ChallengersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. L'Ami vs A Esipenko  ½-½522019Tata Steel ChallengersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. A Korobov vs B Gledura  ½-½342019Tata Steel ChallengersD85 Grunfeld
10. D Saduakassova vs L van Foreest  ½-½532019Tata Steel ChallengersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. V Keymer vs S Kuipers  1-0342019Tata Steel ChallengersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. P Maghsoodloo vs E Paehtz  1-0562019Tata Steel ChallengersA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Bareev vs M Chigaev  ½-½482019Tata Steel ChallengersA45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. V Kovalev vs R Praggnanandhaa ½-½642019Tata Steel ChallengersB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
15. B Gledura vs D Saduakassova  ½-½412019Tata Steel ChallengersC42 Petrov Defense
16. S Kuipers vs P Maghsoodloo  0-1412019Tata Steel ChallengersB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. E Paehtz vs A Korobov  ½-½402019Tata Steel ChallengersA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
18. R Praggnanandhaa vs L'Ami  ½-½352019Tata Steel ChallengersC11 French
19. M Chigaev vs V Kovalev  ½-½202019Tata Steel ChallengersC53 Giuoco Piano
20. L van Foreest vs Bareev 1-0352019Tata Steel ChallengersB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. A Esipenko vs V Keymer 1-0382019Tata Steel ChallengersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Bareev vs B Gledura  ½-½362019Tata Steel ChallengersD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
23. E Paehtz vs S Kuipers  ½-½362019Tata Steel ChallengersC11 French
24. P Maghsoodloo vs A Esipenko  ½-½302019Tata Steel ChallengersA34 English, Symmetrical
25. A Korobov vs D Saduakassova  ½-½332019Tata Steel ChallengersE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  paavoh: This tournament will also be interesting to watch with the top seed Korobov plus the youngsters Parham, Esipenko, Pragg plus the rest of the bunch.

Korobov, Anton UKR 2698
Maghsoodloo, Parham IRI 2688
Kovalev, Vladislav BLR 2683
Bareev, Evgeny CAN 2650
L'Ami, Erwin NED 2642
Gledura, Benjamin HUN 2621
Chigaev, Maksim RUS 2606
Esipenko, Andrey RUS 2593
Praggnanandhaa R IND 2530
Keymer, Vincent GER 2508
Van Foreest, Lucas NED 2500
Paehtz, Elisabeth GER 2487
Saduakassova, Dinara KAZ 2472
Kuipers, Stefan NED 2467

Jan-10-19  dumbgai: I miss when Corus/Tata had 3 groups. The B group would always be a very strong tournament in its own right, where all players were 2600+ and a few would be 2700+. Nowadays the challengers tournament feels more like the old C group.
Jan-11-19  Troller: <dumbgai: I miss when Corus/Tata had 3 groups.>

That was nice indeed. But it was only for a quite limited time that was the case, no? Even the B group is rather new, taking the history of the tournament into consideration.

1960 was the first year that a World Champion apart from Euwe played - future WC Petrosian shared first with Larsen that year. The latter half of the 1950's had seen increasingly strong foreign players, but we may say that from 1960 onwards Hoogovens became one of the really important annual tournaments. Still, some editions were not very strong, e.g. 1962 and 1974.

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  Sargon: Round 1 games are up for both the Tata Steel Masters (2019) and Tata Steel Challengers (2019) groups...
Jan-17-19  botvinnik64: Some very interesting game in the Challenger's section, no less competitive than the Masters. "Old Man" (ahem, he's Only 52!) Bareev is in the hunt, but I think Korobov will prevail - he should win this with his class and experience. Great to see so many fighting games in that section.
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  Chessdreamer: Maghsoodloo - Chigaev 0-1 (81 moves) and Kovalev - Saduakassova 1-0 (69) from round 6 not yet here.
Jan-20-19  HSOL: Troller: There might have been a hiatus of a B group 1978-1980, other than that I have a B group for every year since 1963 in my database. 1993 and 1995 are sort of exceptions with an Open, but then again there wasn't a round robin for the "top" group either those years.
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  diceman: Why are there two Bareevs?
Jan-20-19  rogge: They are probably related
Jan-22-19  Troller: <HSOL: Troller: There might have been a hiatus of a B group 1978-1980, other than that I have a B group for every year since 1963 in my database.>

Ah - I thought actually 1981 was the first year. Still of course, the tournament began already before WWII.

Also I have seen that Stefan Kuipers qualified for the B-group through one of the lower groups last year, so in practise we may talk about 3 "promotable" groups still - although there are only 2 closed groups and a plethora of different opens.

Premium Chessgames Member
  paavoh: Parham beat Bareev in round 10 by a whirlwind attack:

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nc3 e6 5. g4 Bg6 6. Nge2 c5 7. h4 h5 8. Nf4 Bh7 9. g5 Nc6 10. Qxh5 Nxd4 11. Nxe6 Nxe6 12. Bb5+ Ke7 13. g6 Bxg6 14. Qxh8 d4 15. Bg5+ Nxg5 16. hxg5 dxc3 17. Rd1 Qc7 18. Rd7+ Qxd7 19. Bxd7 cxb2 20. O-O Kxd7 21. Qxg8 c4 22. Qh8 Kc7 23. Qh4 Rc8 24. Qd4 Bxc2 25. Qxb2 Bf5 26. g6 fxg6 27. e6 Re8 28. Qb5 Rxe6 29. Qxc4+ Kb8 30. Rd1 Re8 31. Qf4+ 1-0

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  paavoh: Kovalev passed through the 2700 barrier for the first time, congratulations!
Jan-26-19  0o0o0o0o0: I was interested to see how the younger players - Maghsoodloo, Keymer and Praggnanandhaa would do - turns out it is Esipenko that has stolen the show - this kid was not even on my radar until now. No matter what happens tomorrow he has had a fantastic tournament.
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  jith1207: Yes, congrats to new member in 2700 club.

His result sequence in this tournament :

3 draws, 3 wins, 3 draws, 4 wins.

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  jith1207: Congrats on 100th kibbutz <0o0o0o0o0>.

Now leave my shadow alone.

Jan-27-19  0o0o0o0o0: <jith1207> Ha, did not even know that was happening. But 101 is the most frightening :)
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: For whom? ;)

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