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Tata Steel Masters Tournament

Fabiano Caruana10/13(+7 -0 =6)[games]
Magnus Carlsen8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Wesley So7.5/13(+2 -0 =11)[games]
Jorden van Foreest7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Daniil Dubov7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Alireza Firouzja6.5/13(+4 -4 =5)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Viswanathan Anand6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Anish Giri6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Jeffery Xiong6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov5/13(+0 -3 =10)[games]
Yu Yangyi4.5/13(+0 -4 =9)[games]
Vladislav Kovalev4/13(+1 -6 =6)[games] 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:

Other sections: Tata Steel Challengers (2020), Tata Steel Qualifier (2020)

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  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 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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  Sokrates: <Thief> <That's an interesting notion de-gozaru.> Pardon my ignorance but I have no idea what that means ...

<WPE> - <AK> Please, gentlemen. Who is right? Has Shakespeare written this about chess or not? I can't survive this week without knowing for certain. To know or not to know ...

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  diceman: <Sokrates:

Who is right? Has Shakespeare written this about chess or not?>

E2-E4, Brute?

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  keypusher: <sokrates>

<<WPE> - <AK> Please, gentlemen. Who is right? Has Shakespeare written this about chess or not? I can't survive this week without knowing for certain. To know or not to know ...>

Check <diademas>'s link, and you'll probably wind up wishing you'd never asked. Some of those references seem a bit strained, though. If King Leontes laments losing his Queen, he doesn't need to have chess in mind.

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  beatgiant: <Sokrates>
<That's an interesting notion de-gozaru.>

"De-gozaru" is formal Japanese for "is" and suggests perhaps our <Thief> speaks Japanese, or maybe is a fan of Japanese manga and anime, or else it's a blind and <Thief> actually might be from Timbuktu.

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  AylerKupp: <<WorstPlayerEver> Shakespeare never referred to chess. Except:>

Ah, yes, perhaps not. But a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Under the category "Or something like that" in Twelfth Night, Act 2, Scene 5 Malvolio says “If this fall into thy hand, revolve. In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em. Thy Fates open their hands. Let thy blood and spirit embrace them. And, to inure thyself to what thou art like to be, cast thy humble slough and appear fresh. Be opposite with a kinsman, surly with servants."

Just having some fun during a rest day. :-)

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Sometimes I'm amazed at the lack of knowledge in the classics you lot have.

Of course Shakespeare wrote about chess.

Hamlet: Act III, the chessboard scene. (Claudius v Hamlet, Denmark 13th century - Black to play)

click for larger view

Hamlet utters the famous words:

"b2 or not b2. That is the question"


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  Count Wedgemore: Shakespeare may not have written much about Chess, but he wrote a whole play about Othello.
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  Sally Simpson: Thank you Count, it's us two scholars against these uneducated peasants.

(cannot wait for the next rest day when the topics of conversation will be, famous sculptures, the archaeology of Egypt and the science of rocketry.)

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  OhioChessFan: He did, after all, foretell Stockfish...
Jan-15-20  indianchessupdates: Top unbeaten streaks in Chess (min 50 games unbeaten) with win and draws


Magnus Carlsen Ongoing 2018-20 - 111 games (36 wins & 75 draws)

Sergey Tiviakov during 2004-05 - 110 games (57 wins & 56 draws)

Bogdan Lalic during 2006-07 - 110 games (44 wins & 66 draws)

Ding Liren in 2017-18 - 100 games (21 wins & 79 draws)

Mikhail Tal in 1973-74 - 95 games (46 wins & 49 draws)

Vladimir Malakhov during 2015-2017 - 93 games (37 wins & 56 draws)

Mikhail Tal in 1972-73 - 86 games (47 wins & 39 draws)

Wang Yue in 2008 - 85 games (30 wins & 55 draws)

Milan Drasko in 2006-07 - 84 games

Vladimir Kramnik in 1999-00 - 82 games

Wesley So in 2016-17 - 67 games (25 wins & 42 draws)

Vachier Lagrave in 2015-16 - 67 games (27 wins & 40 draws)

Capablanca during 1916-24 - 63 games (40 wins & 23 draws)

Le Quang Liem in 2016-17 - 59 games (26 wins & 33 draws)

Wesley So in 2014-15 - 54 games (30 wins & 24 draws)

Sam Shankland in 2017-18 - 53 games (25 wins & 28 draws)

Fabiano Caruana in 2016-17 - 50 games (19 wins & 31 draws)

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  wwall: On Shakespeare and chess:

Jan-15-20  Thief: <BestPlayerEver> Those posts in that page aren't necessarily representative of "common men". Need a bigger sample size, and also definition of "common men" would help as well.
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  Sokrates: Thanks, <wwall> - hilarious reference! :-)

Thanks, <beatgiant>, for the explanation on the expression by <Thief>, who apparently has fixed his eyes on my "common men", for reasons I still have no clue about.

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  WorstPlayerEver: <Thief>

I never read books. Actually I googled and was directed to the same site as <Diademas>

Jan-16-20  siamesedream: Round 5 will start 30 min later than other rounds (Eindhoven leg).


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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Bill,

Brilliant and Yes:

'A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! KING RICHARD V.iii.7."

Many a time I have sat at the board looking at a White QUeen on h7 giving mate to my castled King and praying for a Knight to just appear on f6.


Wife has barred me from going inside the pub to play chess. So the next best things is....


Jan-16-20  nok: <Top unbeaten streaks in Chess>

Yeah, if you ignore a few time controls, I guess.

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  Pedro Fernandez: My dear <AylerKupp>, where did you learn that English? May you have the goodness to translate? And most importantly, where did you get what you wrote? OMG! my ignorance has no boundaries.
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  Messiah: <indianchessupdates: Top unbeaten streaks in Chess (min 50 games unbeaten) with win and draws>

It is weird and unsettling that Tigran Petrosian is missing from the list.

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  Messiah: Go Dubov! You can do it!
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  Messiah: Some very interesting openings today.
Jan-16-20  Clemens Scheitz: Hi Sally,
I've never seen bizarro entry doors like that. Are they common in your town? I can see that the left one takes you to the pub, and I imagine the right one goes to the counselor or perhaps it takes you to a couple of mattresses on the floor for those too drunk to make it home.. And the metal box on the wall on the left ? I assume is for the sealed move in case of adjournment but it doesn't seem very safe if you ask me...
Jan-16-20  LameJokes:

It’s history’s worst kept secret. Shakespeare was a chess junkie. He hid a chessboard under his bed.

Late in the evening, he would take it out and play all by himself in the candle light. Any wonder then, most of his memorable lines were inspired by chess positions.

1 You are up a rook pawn and bishop; but enemy king is stalemated in the wrong corner: ‘All that glitters isn’t gold.’

2 Pushing pawns before castled king to launch an attack: ‘Method in his madness.’

3 Worthless pawn queens on the 8th rank: ‘Give the devil his due.’

4 Resigning in a won position: ‘Wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve.’

5 Monarch marches into the rival camp to help checkmate enemy king: ‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’

6 Huge material surpluses; but king gets checkmated due to lack of development: ‘Too much of a good thing.’

7 Troops sacrifice themselves to prevent checkmate: ‘Heart of gold.’

There are more of course, which I can’t recall at the present time. May be, my fellow kibitzers can help me out in this:-)

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  Messiah: Kovalev - So ended in a pretty logical draw.

Firouzja - Giri is a total mess as of move 19.

Vitiugov - Yu Yangyi is very complicated, I like White's position also as of move 19.

Caruana - van Foreest is a total mess as of move 19.

On move 19 I liked Anand's position, but I slowly start thinking Xiong has real chances to draw it as of move 22.

Dubov's strategy to make a dry position wasn't successful so far, in move 28 anything is still possible.

Duda - Artemiev is just in move 18, and Black has problems.

Interesting round!

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  Messiah: OMG Dubov drew the Whippersnapper! Great work!
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