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80th Tata Steel Masters 2018 (Games and Results)

80th Tata Steel Masters 2018

Carlsen-Caruana Tata Steel Round 1. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

Carlsen-Caruana Tata Steel Round 1. Photo © Michiel Abeln. | http://theweekinchess.com/

The 80th Tata Steel Masters takes place in Wijk aan Zee with away days in Hilversum and Groningen, 13th to 28th January 2018. World Champion Magnus Carlsen and last year's winner Wesley So return. Also back is Viswanathan Anand (a record 5 time winner alongside Carlsen and went 70 games undefeated 1998 to 2004). Other top group players: Caruana, Mamedyarov, Kramnik, Svidler, Karjakin, Giri, Wei Yi, Matlakov, Hou Yifan, Adhiban and Gawain Jones.

Carlsen beats Gawain Jones even after a "crude" blunder of a piece in Tata Steel Masters Round 8 (8)

The 8th round of the 80th Tata Steel Masters saw a big shakeup of the leaderboard with a defeat for the leader Shakhriyar Mamedyarov allowing both his opponent Anish Giri and World Champion Magnus Carlsen to catch him. Carlsen's win was remarkable as he recovered from blundering a piece away in the opening phase.

Mamedyarov subsided to his first loss of the tournament in a Symmetrical English where he more or less had equality out of the opening (perhaps rather than the new 12...Qd6 the known 12...Qb6 was better) but about 10 moves later he was in trouble and 10 moves after that he resigned.

Magnus Carlsen didn't predict Gawain Jones' choice of the Dragon Sicilian in spite of the Englishman having written a book about it. Carlsen was dissatisfied with the result of his opening and after a long think he uncorked the "crude" - his word - blunder 17.g4, this just lost a piece to 17...f4. Carlsen admitted that he was lucky to have any compensation at all, but he did have some, and having nothing to lose he found a good practical chance. Jones had choices to realise his advantage but it was his 22...Qb6?! (22...g5 or Kh8 were still large advantages) that reduced it quite a bit and after 23.g5 his 23...hxg5?! (23..Bf8 or gxh5 were better) his entire advantage had gone. The further error 25...Qd8? left Carlsen with a big advantage and Jones did not resist long after that.

Hou Yifan had quite a substantial advantage against Fabiano Caruana but it was all quite difficult and after 33.Qd2? Qh4! Caruana took the initiative and brought home the full point.

The remaining games were all drawn. Svidler-Anand, Kramnik-So and Wei Yi-Matlakov all lasted less than 30 moves. Adhiban-Karjakin was in a Rook and Pawn ending after 26 moves where white had a pawn extra on the king side but with few winning chances and it was drawn after 43 moves.

There was also a similar change in the leadership of Challengers Group with Anton Korobov losing while his only real rival Santosh Vidit won. The winner will surely come from one of these two players as they are two point clear of the rest of the field.

Masters Round 8 standings: 1st= Giri, Carlsen, Mamedyarov 5.5pts 4th= Kramnik, Wesley So 5pts 6th= Anand, Karjakin 4.5pts 8th= Svidler, Matlakov 4pts 10th Jones 3.5pts 11th= Wei Yi, Caruana 3pts 13th Adhiban 2pts 14th Hou Yifan 1pt

Rest Day Monday 22nd January 2018.

Masters Round 9 Pairings Tuesday 23rd January 2018 12:30 GMT: Jones-Hou Yifan, Anand-Carlsen, Wesley So-Svidler, Mamedyarov-Kramnik, Matlakov-Giri, Karjakin-Wei Yi, Caruana-Adhiban.

80th Tata Steel Masters 2018 (8)

Magnus Carlsen managed to defeat Gawain Jones after losing a piece. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

Magnus Carlsen managed to defeat Gawain Jones after losing a piece. Photo © Michiel Abeln. | http://theweekinchess.com/

80th Tata Steel 2018 (Wijk aan Zee NED)
Fri 12th Jan 2018 - Sun 28th Jan 2018 - Official Site - Live

80th Tata Steel GpA (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games GpA | GpA Live

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80th Tata Steel GpA (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games GpA

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80th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-28 i 2018 cat. XX (2750)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Giri, Anish g NED 2752 * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ . ½ . ½ . . . 1 2900
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2834 ½ * . ½ . . . ½ . 1 ½ ½ 1 1 2870
3. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2804 0 . * . ½ . ½ . ½ . 1 1 1 1 2879
4. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2787 0 ½ . * ½ 1 . 1 . ½ 1 . . ½ 5 2842
5. So, Wesley g USA 2792 ½ . ½ ½ * . ½ . ½ . 1 ½ 1 . 5 2847
6. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2767 ½ . . 0 . * ½ ½ 1 . ½ 1 ½ . 2791
7. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2753 . . ½ . ½ ½ * . ½ ½ . 1 ½ ½ 2776
8. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2768 ½ ½ . 0 . ½ . * . ½ ½ . ½ 1 4 2732
9. Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2718 . . ½ . ½ 0 ½ . * . ½ ½ ½ 1 4 2750
10. Jones, Gawain C B g ENG 2640 ½ 0 . ½ . . ½ ½ . * 0 ½ 1 . 2719
11. Wei, Yi g CHN 2743 . ½ 0 0 0 ½ . ½ ½ 1 * . . . 3 2676
12. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2811 . ½ 0 . ½ 0 0 . ½ ½ . * . 1 3 2661
13. Adhiban, Baskaran g IND 2655 . 0 0 . 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 . . * . 2 2566
14. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2680 0 0 0 ½ . . ½ 0 0 . . 0 . * 1 2456
Round 1 (January 13, 2018)
Giri, Anish - Hou, Yifan 1-0 64 C42 Petroff's Defence
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 41 C42 Petroff's Defence
Kramnik, Vladimir - Wei, Yi 1-0 55 D77 Gruenfeld 3.g3
So, Wesley - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 29 B29 Sicilian Defence
Anand, Viswanathan - Matlakov, Maxim 1-0 53 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Svidler, Peter - Adhiban, Baskaran ½-½ 33 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Jones, Gawain C B - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 36 C54 Giuoco Piano
Round 2 (January 14, 2018)
Giri, Anish - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 35 A13 Reti Opening
Karjakin, Sergey - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 31 A07 Barcza System
Matlakov, Maxim - So, Wesley ½-½ 30 E04 Catalan
Wei, Yi - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 124 D80 Gruenfeld 4.Bg5
Caruana, Fabiano - Jones, Gawain C B ½-½ 69 E71 King's Indian 5.h3
Adhiban, Baskaran - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 36 C47 Four Knights
Hou, Yifan - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1 48 C15 French Winawer
Round 3 (January 15, 2018)
Carlsen, Magnus - Wei, Yi ½-½ 46 E06 Catalan
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Matlakov, Maxim ½-½ 25 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Kramnik, Vladimir - Hou, Yifan ½-½ 32 A18 English Opening
So, Wesley - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 46 D38 QGD Ragozin
Anand, Viswanathan - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 42 C42 Petroff's Defence
Svidler, Peter - Giri, Anish ½-½ 21 C48 Four Knights Rubinstein
Jones, Gawain C B - Adhiban, Baskaran 1-0 55 C07 French Tarrasch
Round 4 (January 16, 2018)
Giri, Anish - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 31 C19 French Winawer
Kramnik, Vladimir - Svidler, Peter 1-0 24 D78 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Karjakin, Sergey - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 35 C42 Petroff's Defence
Wei, Yi - Jones, Gawain C B 1-0 48 E71 King's Indian 5.h3
Caruana, Fabiano - So, Wesley ½-½ 48 E46 Nimzo Indian Rubinstein
Adhiban, Baskaran - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 38 A09 Reti Opening
Hou, Yifan - Matlakov, Maxim 0-1 54 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall
Round 5 (January 17, 2018)
Carlsen, Magnus - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 63 C50 Giuoco Piano
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 43 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
So, Wesley - Adhiban, Baskaran 1-0 80 A10 Dutch, QI and KID Systems
Anand, Viswanathan - Wei, Yi ½-½ 29 C42 Petroff's Defence
Svidler, Peter - Hou, Yifan 1-0 41 D38 QGD Ragozin
Matlakov, Maxim - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 16 A07 Barcza System
Jones, Gawain C B - Giri, Anish ½-½ 25 B14 Caro Kann Panov
Round 6 (January 19, 2018)
Giri, Anish - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 20 E03 Catalan
Kramnik, Vladimir - Jones, Gawain C B ½-½ 41 A49 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Svidler, Peter - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 31 A13 Reti Opening
Wei, Yi - So, Wesley 0-1 41 A06 Zukertort Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Matlakov, Maxim ½-½ 38 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Adhiban, Baskaran - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1 86 A33 English Symmetrical
Hou, Yifan - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 32 B18 Caro Kann
Round 7 (January 20, 2018)
Carlsen, Magnus - Hou, Yifan 1-0 55 D35 QGD Exchange
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Wei, Yi 1-0 30 E06 Catalan
So, Wesley - Giri, Anish ½-½ 40 D55 Queens Gambit Old Lasker Variation
Anand, Viswanathan - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1 36 C50 Giuoco Piano
Karjakin, Sergey - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 46 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Matlakov, Maxim - Adhiban, Baskaran ½-½ 53 E68 King's Indian Fianchetto
Jones, Gawain C B - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 34 B22 Sicilian Alapin
Round 8 (January 21, 2018)
Giri, Anish - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 32 A30 English Symmetrical
Carlsen, Magnus - Jones, Gawain C B 1-0 42 B76 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Kramnik, Vladimir - So, Wesley ½-½ 28 A14 Reti Opening
Svidler, Peter - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 27 A35 English Symmetrical
Wei, Yi - Matlakov, Maxim ½-½ 26 C47 Four Knights
Adhiban, Baskaran - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 43 A05 Various
Hou, Yifan - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 58 C96 Ruy Lopez

80th Tata Steel GpB (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games GpB

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80th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 12-28 i 2018 cat. XV (2612)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi g IND 2718 * . 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 . . . ½ 1 1 . 6 2793
2. Korobov, Anton g UKR 2652 . * 0 . . 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 . . 1 6 2813
3. Amin, Bassem g EGY 2693 0 1 * ½ 0 . . ½ . ½ . 1 ½ . 4 2609
4. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2634 ½ . ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ . . . ½ ½ . 4 2616
5. Van Foreest, Lucas m NED 2481 ½ . 1 ½ * 0 ½ . 0 . 1 . ½ . 4 2631
6. Bok, Benjamin g NED 2607 ½ 0 . ½ 1 * . . ½ ½ . . ½ ½ 4 2591
7. Krasenkow, Michal g POL 2671 0 ½ . ½ ½ . * ½ . ½ . ½ . 1 4 2608
8. Bluebaum, Matthias g GER 2640 . 0 ½ ½ . . ½ * 1 . ½ . 1 0 4 2608
9. Van Foreest, Jorden g NED 2629 . 0 . . 1 ½ . 0 * ½ 1 ½ . ½ 4 2590
10. Xiong, Jeffery g USA 2634 . ½ ½ . . ½ ½ . ½ * 0 . ½ ½ 2561
11. Tari, Aryan g NOR 2599 ½ 0 . . 0 . . ½ 0 1 * ½ . 1 2565
12. Gordievsky, Dmitry g RUS 2622 0 . 0 ½ . . ½ . ½ . ½ * ½ 1 2573
13. Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2497 0 . ½ ½ ½ ½ . 0 . ½ . ½ * . 3 2541
14. Girya, Olga wg RUS 2489 . 0 . . . ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 . * 2490
Round 1 (January 13, 2018)
Korobov, Anton - Bluebaum, Matthias 1-0 41 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Amin, Bassem - Harika, Dronavalli ½-½ 30 A07 Barcza System
Krasenkow, Michal - L'Ami, Erwin ½-½ 43 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Van Foreest, Jorden - Van Foreest, Lucas 1-0 62 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Xiong, Jeffery - Bok, Benjamin ½-½ 44 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Tari, Aryan - Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi ½-½ 37 C92 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
Girya, Olga - Gordievsky, Dmitry 0-1 50 E91 King's Indian Classical
Round 2 (January 14, 2018)
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi - Krasenkow, Michal 1-0 27 B40 Sicilian Classical
L'Ami, Erwin - Amin, Bassem ½-½ 30 E73 King's Indian Averbakh
Van Foreest, Lucas - Tari, Aryan 1-0 85 B13 Caro Kann Exchange
Bok, Benjamin - Harika, Dronavalli ½-½ 31 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Bluebaum, Matthias - Girya, Olga 0-1 62 A07 Barcza System
Xiong, Jeffery - Korobov, Anton ½-½ 31 D11 Slav Defence
Gordievsky, Dmitry - Van Foreest, Jorden ½-½ 31 A37 English Symmetrical
Round 3 (January 15, 2018)
Korobov, Anton - Bok, Benjamin 1-0 59 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Amin, Bassem - Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 0-1 59 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Krasenkow, Michal - Van Foreest, Lucas ½-½ 54 E53 Nimzo Indian
Van Foreest, Jorden - Bluebaum, Matthias 0-1 42 C11 French Defence
Tari, Aryan - Gordievsky, Dmitry ½-½ 43 D90 Gruenfeld Flohr
Harika, Dronavalli - L'Ami, Erwin ½-½ 42 B03 Alekhine's Defence
Girya, Olga - Xiong, Jeffery ½-½ 80 D27 QGA
Round 4 (January 16, 2018)
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi - Harika, Dronavalli 1-0 39 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Korobov, Anton - Girya, Olga 1-0 72 A13 Reti Opening
Van Foreest, Lucas - Amin, Bassem 1-0 46 C58 Two Knights Defence
Bok, Benjamin - L'Ami, Erwin ½-½ 36 A14 Reti Opening
Bluebaum, Matthias - Tari, Aryan ½-½ 42 A34 English Symmetrical
Xiong, Jeffery - Van Foreest, Jorden ½-½ 30 C03 French Tarrasch
Gordievsky, Dmitry - Krasenkow, Michal ½-½ 71 A36 English Botvinnik
Round 5 (January 17, 2018)
Amin, Bassem - Gordievsky, Dmitry 1-0 27 B29 Sicilian Defence
L'Ami, Erwin - Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi ½-½ 18 D38 QGD Ragozin
Krasenkow, Michal - Bluebaum, Matthias ½-½ 93 D38 QGD Ragozin
Van Foreest, Jorden - Korobov, Anton 0-1 43 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Tari, Aryan - Xiong, Jeffery 1-0 43 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Harika, Dronavalli - Van Foreest, Lucas ½-½ 64 A13 Reti Opening
Girya, Olga - Bok, Benjamin ½-½ 112 B07 Pirc Defence
Round 6 (January 19, 2018)
Korobov, Anton - Tari, Aryan 1-0 41 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Van Foreest, Lucas - L'Ami, Erwin ½-½ 44 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Bok, Benjamin - Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi ½-½ 31 E00 Catalan
Bluebaum, Matthias - Amin, Bassem ½-½ 66 E71 King's Indian 5.h3
Xiong, Jeffery - Krasenkow, Michal ½-½ 52 E04 Catalan
Gordievsky, Dmitry - Harika, Dronavalli ½-½ 96 A05 Various
Girya, Olga - Van Foreest, Jorden ½-½ 26 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Round 7 (January 20, 2018)
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi - Van Foreest, Lucas ½-½ 36 A18 English Opening
Amin, Bassem - Xiong, Jeffery ½-½ 19 B94 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5
L'Ami, Erwin - Gordievsky, Dmitry ½-½ 36 E94 King's Indian Classical
Krasenkow, Michal - Korobov, Anton ½-½ 30 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Van Foreest, Jorden - Bok, Benjamin ½-½ 41 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Tari, Aryan - Girya, Olga 1-0 38 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Harika, Dronavalli - Bluebaum, Matthias 0-1 58 C07 French Tarrasch
Round 8 (January 21, 2018)
Korobov, Anton - Amin, Bassem 0-1 40 E81 King's Indian Saemisch
Bok, Benjamin - Van Foreest, Lucas 1-0 22 A14 Reti Opening
Bluebaum, Matthias - L'Ami, Erwin ½-½ 49 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Van Foreest, Jorden - Tari, Aryan 1-0 22 C45 Scotch Game
Xiong, Jeffery - Harika, Dronavalli ½-½ 32 E06 Catalan
Gordievsky, Dmitry - Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 0-1 32 A20 English Opening
Girya, Olga - Krasenkow, Michal 0-1 41 D31 Semi-Slav Defence

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