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🏆 Tata Steel Challengers (2019) Chess Event Description
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. ... [more]

Player: Vladislav Kovalev

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Esipenko vs V Kovalev  ½-½282019Tata Steel ChallengersA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
2. V Kovalev vs R Praggnanandhaa ½-½642019Tata Steel ChallengersB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
3. M Chigaev vs V Kovalev  ½-½202019Tata Steel ChallengersC53 Giuoco Piano
4. V Kovalev vs L van Foreest  1-0792019Tata Steel ChallengersC67 Ruy Lopez
5. B Gledura vs V Kovalev  0-1422019Tata Steel ChallengersC50 Giuoco Piano
6. V Kovalev vs D Saduakassova 1-0692019Tata Steel ChallengersC42 Petrov Defense
7. Bareev vs V Kovalev ½-½262019Tata Steel ChallengersE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. A Korobov vs V Kovalev ½-½322019Tata Steel ChallengersE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
9. V Kovalev vs L'Ami  ½-½402019Tata Steel ChallengersC01 French, Exchange
10. V Keymer vs V Kovalev 0-1612019Tata Steel ChallengersA10 English
11. V Kovalev vs P Maghsoodloo 1-0682019Tata Steel ChallengersB01 Scandinavian
12. E Paehtz vs V Kovalev  0-1302019Tata Steel ChallengersA48 King's Indian
13. V Kovalev vs S Kuipers 1-0242019Tata Steel ChallengersC07 French, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-08-19  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?
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  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.

Jan-23-19  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

Jan-26-19  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 :)
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  jith1207: For whom? ;)
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