|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/
Other sections: Tata Steel Challengers (2020), Tata Steel Qualifier (2020)
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| page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91
|1. Carlsen vs A Giri
||½-½||25||2020||Tata Steel Masters||A22 English|
|2. A Firouzja vs V Kovalev
||1-0||36||2020||Tata Steel Masters||C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|3. Vitiugov vs J K Duda
||½-½||58||2020||Tata Steel Masters||B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3|
|4. Anand vs V Artemiev
||½-½||31||2020||Tata Steel Masters||B12 Caro-Kann Defense|
|5. Caruana vs W So
||½-½||33||2020||Tata Steel Masters||D94 Grunfeld|
|6. J van Foreest vs Yu Yangyi
||1-0||75||2020||Tata Steel Masters||B40 Sicilian|
|7. J Xiong vs D Dubov
||½-½||52||2020||Tata Steel Masters||B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation|
|8. W So vs Anand
||1-0||26||2020||Tata Steel Masters||C53 Giuoco Piano|
|9. A Giri vs Caruana
||½-½||63||2020||Tata Steel Masters||E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical|
|10. J Xiong vs J van Foreest
||1-0||36||2020||Tata Steel Masters||B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack|
|11. D Dubov vs V Kovalev
||1-0||39||2020||Tata Steel Masters||A19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation|
|12. V Artemiev vs Vitiugov
||1-0||50||2020||Tata Steel Masters||A06 Reti Opening|
|13. Yu Yangyi vs Carlsen
||½-½||31||2020||Tata Steel Masters||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|14. J K Duda vs A Firouzja
||½-½||39||2020||Tata Steel Masters||D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted|
|15. Caruana vs Yu Yangyi
||1-0||48||2020||Tata Steel Masters||C43 Petrov, Modern Attack|
|16. J van Foreest vs D Dubov
||1-0||47||2020||Tata Steel Masters||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|17. A Firouzja vs V Artemiev
||1-0||57||2020||Tata Steel Masters||B12 Caro-Kann Defense|
|18. Vitiugov vs W So
|| ||½-½||39||2020||Tata Steel Masters||C83 Ruy Lopez, Open|
|19. Anand vs A Giri
|| ||½-½||21||2020||Tata Steel Masters||C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense|
|20. V Kovalev vs J K Duda
|| ||½-½||32||2020||Tata Steel Masters||B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack|
|21. Carlsen vs J Xiong
||½-½||56||2020||Tata Steel Masters||D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch|
|22. V Artemiev vs V Kovalev
||1-0||44||2020||Tata Steel Masters||E20 Nimzo-Indian|
|23. A Giri vs Vitiugov
|| ||½-½||30||2020||Tata Steel Masters||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|24. J Xiong vs Caruana
|| ||½-½||36||2020||Tata Steel Masters||E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights|
|25. D Dubov vs J K Duda
||½-½||23||2020||Tata Steel Masters||E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3|
| page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91
< Earlier Kibitzing · PAGE 9 OF 46 ·
|Jan-15-20|| ||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 ...
|Jan-15-20|| ||diceman: <Sokrates:
Who is right? Has Shakespeare written this about chess or not?>
|Jan-15-20|| ||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.
|Jan-15-20|| ||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.
|Jan-15-20|| ||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. :-)
|Jan-15-20|| ||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"
|Jan-15-20|| ||Count Wedgemore: Shakespeare may not have written much about Chess, but he wrote a whole play about Othello.|
|Jan-15-20|| ||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.)
|Jan-15-20|| ||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)
|Jan-15-20|| ||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.|
|Jan-16-20|| ||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.
|Jan-16-20|| ||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).|
|Jan-16-20|| ||Sally Simpson: ***
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.
|Jan-16-20|| ||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.|
|Jan-16-20|| ||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.
|Jan-16-20|| ||Messiah: Go Dubov! You can do it!|
|Jan-16-20|| ||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:-)
|Jan-16-20|| ||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.
|Jan-16-20|| ||Messiah: OMG Dubov drew the Whippersnapper! Great work!|
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