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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Tata Steel Masters Tournament

Fabiano Caruana7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Magnus Carlsen5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Jorden van Foreest5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Alireza Firouzja5.5/10(+4 -3 =3)[games]
Wesley So5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Daniil Dubov4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Anish Giri4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Viswanathan Anand4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Jeffery Xiong3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Vladislav Kovalev3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Yu Yangyi3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Masters (2020)

The 2020 Tata Steel Masters is a 14-player single round-robin taking place from 11-26 January. World Champion Magnus Carlsen again heads the field, which includes Top 10 stars Caruana, Giri and So as well as 5-time World Champion Anand. A lot of the focus will be on young stars - Duda, Artemiev, Xiong and above all 16-year-old Alireza Firouzja, who makes his super-tournament debut. As well as the traditional venue in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, one round will be played in the PSV football stadium in Eindhoven (16 January).

The time control is 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 there is a tie for first place the top two after tiebreaks then play a 2-game blitz (5+3) playoff and, if still tied, an Armageddon game. The monetary prizes will be shared evenly. (1)

Official site: http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Challengers section: Tata Steel Challengers (2020)

(1) chess24 https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 64  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs A Giri ½-½252020Tata Steel MastersA22 English
2. A Firouzja vs V Kovalev 1-0362020Tata Steel MastersC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Vitiugov vs J K Duda ½-½582020Tata Steel MastersB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
4. Anand vs V Artemiev ½-½312020Tata Steel MastersB12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. Caruana vs W So ½-½332020Tata Steel MastersD94 Grunfeld
6. J van Foreest vs Yu Yangyi 1-0752020Tata Steel MastersB40 Sicilian
7. J Xiong vs D Dubov ½-½522020Tata Steel MastersB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
8. W So vs Anand 1-0262020Tata Steel MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
9. A Giri vs Caruana ½-½632020Tata Steel MastersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. J Xiong vs J van Foreest 1-0362020Tata Steel MastersB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. D Dubov vs V Kovalev  1-0392020Tata Steel MastersA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
12. V Artemiev vs Vitiugov 1-0502020Tata Steel MastersA06 Reti Opening
13. Yu Yangyi vs Carlsen ½-½312020Tata Steel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. J K Duda vs A Firouzja ½-½392020Tata Steel MastersD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. Caruana vs Yu Yangyi 1-0482020Tata Steel MastersC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
16. J van Foreest vs D Dubov 1-0472020Tata Steel MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. A Firouzja vs V Artemiev 1-0572020Tata Steel MastersB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. Vitiugov vs W So  ½-½392020Tata Steel MastersC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Anand vs A Giri  ½-½212020Tata Steel MastersC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. V Kovalev vs J K Duda  ½-½322020Tata Steel MastersB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. Carlsen vs J Xiong ½-½562020Tata Steel MastersD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
22. V Artemiev vs V Kovalev 1-0442020Tata Steel MastersE20 Nimzo-Indian
23. A Giri vs Vitiugov  ½-½302020Tata Steel MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. J Xiong vs Caruana  ½-½362020Tata Steel MastersE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
25. D Dubov vs J K Duda ½-½232020Tata Steel MastersE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 64  PGN Download
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Jan-21-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Not to mention that the Closed Spanish--which Firouzja-Carlsen quickly became in form--is a positional opening which the youngster will not yet have experience to handle, yet Carlsen is able to display his mastery in full flower. There will be better days for this fine player.
Jan-21-20  Jambow: <jphamlore: To me Carlsen's play versus Firouzja is worthy of a standing ovation afterwards. This type of purposeful sustained maneuvering is as beautiful as any sacrifice.>

By far the best game of Tata thus far from my chair...

Jan-21-20  botvinnik64: Round 10:
Fab v Firouzja
MC v Kovalev
Van Forest v Duda
Thatís what Iím doing tomorrow
Jan-21-20
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  Sokrates: Joining the choir: Carlsen's performance is chess at the highest level, and Firouzja did his to create a wonderful game. I'm sure he'll take notes from this master class he was given.
Jan-21-20  Whitehat1963: With more decisive results (6) than anyone so far, Firouzja can count on more big tournament invitations in the immediate future. Unfortunately, young players soon learn to hate losing more than they love winning, so before long they end up like Giri, playing 14 draws in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, and we fans start looking once again for the ďnext Fischer.Ē But itís not intentional. They just come to realize that although they can often blow unsuspecting players off the board with brilliant combinations, the truly elite players are not so often susceptible, and despite the best efforts of these young geniuses like Firouzja, they get better results against the likes of Carlsen and Carina with bold and solid play that nevertheless always keeps one eye on ways to split the point.
Jan-21-20  Whitehat1963: *Caruana*

I really deplore the Apple iPhoneís autocorrect function!

Jan-21-20
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  mike1: you have to take your hat off to Firo
for not trying for an easy draw against the Berlin. And yes, never underestimate a WC.
Jan-21-20
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  Pedro Fernandez: <<perfidious>: Not to mention that the Closed Spanish--which Firouzja-Carlsen quickly became in form--is a positional opening which the youngster will not yet have experience to handle, yet Carlsen is able to display his mastery in full flower. There will be better days for this fine player.>

This is a rational thought! Good thread <Perfi>!

Jan-22-20
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  Messiah: Go Kovalev! MAKE HIM RETIRE!!!!!!!!!
Jan-22-20
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  dernier loup de T: Carlsen has normally chances to overwhelm Kovalev; anyway he knows he has to do it for the win of the tournament. The consequence is that Caruana will probably do all his best too, to beat Firouzja at all costs!! But the young Alireza is mighty, really impressive, and a formidable opponent; and we can guess he will absolutely not be upset because of his defeat yesterday: his resignation was a little bit premature, but the final position was really winning for Magnus... Resist until death would have reduced his energy, his "stamina", for the battle which is waiting for him today. So I prepared already a 10mg Tranxene capsule in order to watch "Caruana vs Firouzja" with some reduced risk of a heart attack, LOL.
Jan-22-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Whitehat,

One site improve would be to allow one to edit a post as long as it was done within 10 minutes of posting.

Other sites I frequent have this option.

Hi Mike,

' you have to take your hat off to Firo...'

Yes and this is why we must have more of these mixed , Most Stars Barred tournaments.

It allows the good players to display their art and produce the occasional shock. A Firouzja vs A Giri, 2020

***

Jan-22-20  fabelhaft: Kovalev hasn't been doing all that well here, but he did quite well in Dortmund 2018. Undefeated after beating Giri and also having a winning position against Kramnik.
Jan-22-20  Clemens Scheitz: *

<Messiah's Go Kovalev! MAKE HIM RETIRE!!!!!!>

Your lack of maturity is extraordinary, Wtfck is wrong with you, did Carlsen refuse to sign your son's chess board after he beat you both in a simul ?

Jan-22-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Carlsen wins, Iím beginning to think Caruana may do the same.
Jan-22-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: Justin won. :(
Jan-22-20  Clemens Scheitz: *
Farewell, Arthur "Two sheds" Jackson.
Thanks for all the laughs and the wonderful absurdities.I wonder if you will be buried in one of the sheds...

...in the meantime, it's starting to be unpleasant for Alireza

Jan-22-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Dear <Clemens Scheitz>, Why do you assume that <Messiah> is the father and not the son? I don't know his bio age, but the namescalling is typical of 12 year old kids.
Jan-22-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Caruana should win this. Black has a very vulnerable king's position. It would be an interesting endgame, if we could remove the queens and rooks from the board. 5 pawns vs. 1 pawn + 1 knight. The prodigy did very well, and then came the two capital C's.
Jan-22-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<Sally Simpson> One site improve would be to allow one to edit a post as long as it was done within 10 minutes of posting.>

Yes, that would be a welcome capability. But you already have the capability to delete your post within 10 minutes of posting it, and you can then edit it and repost it.

Jan-22-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: < AylerKupp: <<Sally Simpson> One site improve would be to allow one to edit a post as long as it was done within 10 minutes of posting.>

Yes, that would be a welcome capability. But you already have the capability to delete your post within 10 minutes of posting it, and you can then edit it and repost it.>

I prefer the way it is. Correcting a post after it has been commented on is a cheap way to make your opponent look stupid.

Jan-22-20  Thief: Firouzja got ran over as soon as he went up against the top dogs. He's not quite up there, yet, but he's still only 16. Got plenty of time to climb.
Jan-22-20  Absentee: <Diademas: I prefer the way it is. Correcting a post after it has been commented on is a cheap way to make your opponent look stupid.>

In roughly 12 years on this site I remember only one case of someone doing that (deleting the comment, since you can't edit). Guess who that was.

Jan-22-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: <Absentee>

Don't know. I've done that, but not after someone commented on it.

Jan-22-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: The Iranian kid has an appointment with Vishy Anand. Can he tame the Tiger?
We will see...
Jan-22-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Can Firouzja right the ship after facing the world top two in back to back rounds, as most players here will have done?

The late Eric Schiller attributed Karpov's great success at Linares 1994 to, in part, Karpov getting to play most of his opponents the round after their being 'softened up' by Kasparov.

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