Last updated: Wednesday 24th January 2018 7:15 am
- Giri leads the Tata Steel Masters alone after 9 rounds
- Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2018
- Carlsen beats Gawain Jones even after a "crude" blunder of a piece in Tata Steel Masters Round 8
- Mamedyarov increases his Tata Steel Masters lead to a point after 3rd win in a row
- Mamedyarov takes the sole lead of the Tata Steel Masters after 6 rounds
80th Tata Steel Masters 2018 9
Mark Crowther (Wed Jan 24 18:15:00 2018)
Anish Giri beat Maxim Matlakov in Round 9. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/
Anish Giri took the lead of the 80th Tata Steel Masters after defeating Maxim Matlakov in the only decisive game of the 9th round. The event now goes on its second awayday on Wednesday, visiting the University of Groningen's Academy Building.
Matlakov sacrificed a pawn with 9.b3 (previously seen in the game Eljanov-So from the Gashimov Memorial last year) a move Giri hadn't prepared for, however 14.Rfc1 was a mistake according to Giri but that his own follow up wasn't the best and Matlakov stood better (25.Rd1 instead of 25.Nd6 is the computer suggestion). Starting with 31...Rc8 Giri applied pressure and after 35.Rc1 (35.Ke2 looks necessary) Matlakov's position became difficult if not just lost and he had to resign on move 39.
Earlier Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen both played very solidly and agreed a draw in a Ruy Lopez after 32 moves. The other joint leader Shakhriyar Mamedyarov didn't get anything against Vladimir Kramnik and the game traded down to a draw. Gawain Jones looked to get back to 50% against Hou Yifan but he couldn't quite put his large advantage away and he was a pawn down and much worse at first time control and will have been relieved to draw in the end.
The remaining games Wesley So-Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin- Wei Yi and Fabiano Caruana-Adhiban were all drawn. Caruana will be the most disappointed of this group as he let a large advantage slip away.
Santosh Vidit and Anton Korobov still share the lead in the Challengers but Korobov was completely busted vs Dronavalli Harika but survived to draw.
Round 9 Standings: 1st Giri 6.5pts 2nd= Carlsen, Mamedyarov 6pts 4th= Kramnik, Wesley So 5.5pts 6th= Anand, Karjakin 5pts 8th Svidler 4.5pts 9th= Jones, Matlakov 4pts 11th= Wei Yi, Caruana 3.5pts 13th Adhiban 2.5pts 14th Hou Yifan 1.5pts
Pairings: Round 10 - Wednesday 24th Jan 2018 1pm GMT Groningen. Hou Yifan-Adhiban, Wei Yi-Caruana, Giri-Karjakin, Kramnik-Matlakov, Svidler-Mamedyarov, Carlsen-Wesley So, Jones-Anand.Read more ....
Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2018 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Mon Jan 22 12:04:00 2018)
Gibraltar Chess Promotion projected onto their Moorish Castle. Photo © | http://www.gibchess.com
The Tradewise Gibraltar Masters takes place 23rd January to 1st February 2018. Leading players: Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, David Navara, Pentala Harikrishna, Le Quang Liem, Nikita Vitiugov, Vassily Ivanchuk, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Wang Hao, Michael Adams, Richard Rapport, Ivan Cheparinov, Boris Gelfand, Daniil Dubov, David Howell, Nigel Short, Alexander Motylev, Emil Sutovsky, David Anton Guijarro etc. Read more ....
PRO Chess League 2018 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Fri Jan 19 13:56:00 2018)
The PRO Chess League is a rapid chess tournament taking place on the chess.com website 18th January to 8th April 2018. 32 city based teams from throughout the world start in four groups. Play day is generally Wednesday. The first round was changed to fit in with Wijk aan Zee. There are four players per team and they play each member of the opposition once (although substitutes are allowed) for a total of four games. The final four play in a decider on the weekend of 7th-8th March. Time control 15 minutes plus 2 seconds a move. Leading players: Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, etc.
Live video commentary on the chess.com website.Read more ....
Montebelluna International Chess Festival 2018 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Jan 14 12:27:00 2018)
The Montebelluna International Chess Festival took place in Villorba 2nd to 7th January 2018. The main event was the 2nd Vergani Cup with Richard Rapport (2700), Baadur Jobava (2690), Ferenc Berkes (2662) and Anton Korobov (2652) all rated over 2650. It was Rapport with 7/9 who finished half a point clear of the other stars. It wasn't possible to show the games live but a file is becoming available with some annotations by IM Pier Luigi Basso. Read more ....
93rd Tradewise Hastings Congress 2017-18 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Fri Jan 5 20:39:00 2018)
Jakhongir Vakhidov vs Daniel Gormally Round 7. Photo © David Clayton. | http://www.hastingschess.com
The 93rd Tradewise Hastings Congress took place 28th December 2017 to 5th January 2018. Leading players: Deep Sengupta, Alexandr Fier, GA Stany, Jakhongir Vakhidov, Danny Gormally, Yiping Lou, Arghyadip Das, Mark Hebden, Alexander Cherniaev etc Deep Sengupta caught Yiping Lou in the final round both scored 7/9. Read more ....
Mark Crowther (Mon Nov 6 18:39:00 2017)
Mark Crowther of TWIC at home on 6th November. Photo © | theweekinchess.com/
The 1200th edition of TWIC has been published on 6th November, this seems a surprisingly big number, even to me. It is five years since I moved to supporting the web site with advertising and donations and I'm still going. At the time of that change I was concerned I wouldn't even make it to 1000 issues but it was donations for this landmark and the 20th Anniversary that allowed me to keep going. It hasn't been easy and raising money to pay for my work and time has been the hardest part. If you do use TWIC a lot and find it useful please consider giving a donation. If this is over £30 then you are entitled to a TWIC compilation file in ChessBase format, although I can convert this to PGN on request.
I have offered my personal game file of all the TWIC issues in ChessBase format to those who donate over £30 for some time (and can convert this file to PGN for those who want it in this format). There are over 2.1 million games at the moment in there and this has gone down pretty well.
Below are various Paypal links for donation. I have also compiled a full, up to date, listing of all TWIC issues with links to all the texts, later game files and the numbers of games and stories in each issue.
Mark Crowther 6th November 2017.Read more ....
|Live Games now here|
|80th Tata Steel GpA||Wijk aan Zee||NED||13:00||10|
|80th Tata Steel GpB||Wijk aan Zee||NED||13:00||10|
|Gibraltar Masters 2018||Caleta||ENG||14:00||2|
|Other events today|
|10th Chennai Open 2018||Chennai||IND||04:30||9|
|11th Gora Sw. Anny Open||Gora Swietej Anny||POL||07:30||10|
|77th ch-GEO 2018||Tbilisi||GEO||08:00||3TB|
|January Lviv Tradition IM||Lviv||UKR||09:00||4|
|73rd ch-AZE 2018||Baku||AZE||10:00||9|
|62nd ch-BLR w 2018||Minsk||BLR||11:00||7|
|84th ch-BLR 2018||Minsk||BLR||11:00||7|
|January Lviv Tradition IM||Lviv||UKR||14:00||5|
|17th Marienbad GMA1 2018||Marianske Lazne||CZE||15:00||6|
|17th Marienbad IMB3 2018||Marianske Lazne||CZE||15:00||6|
|17th Marienbad GMA2 2018||Marianske Lazne||CZE||15:00||6|
|17th Marienbad IMB2 2018||Marianske Lazne||CZE||15:00||6|
|17th Marienbad IMB1 2018||Marianske Lazne||CZE||15:00||6|
|4th Floripa Open 2018||Florianopolis||BRA||16:00||8|
|Reykjavik Congress 2018||Reykjavik||ISL||19:30||5|
|4th Floripa Open 2018||Florianopolis||BRA||22:00||9|
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