Tata Steel Rd11: Carlsen beats Hou, Ding in third

by Albert Silver
1/29/2016 – Magnus Carlsen beat Hou Yifan doing what he does best: grinding an endgame until his opponent cracks. This helped him open a one point lead after Caruana failed to make the most of his edge against Mamedyarov. Ding Liren moved into clear third after beating Tomaeshevsky with black. The Challengers is wide open after Dreev leveled with Adhiban. Large illustrated report.

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The 78th Tata Steel Chess Tournament takes place from January 15 to 31, 2016, in the coastal village of Wijk aan Zee, North Holland. It is one of the most prestigious events in the international chess calendar. The "Wimbledon of Chess" attracts the very best chess grandmasters in the world, along with thousands of amateur players, live event visitors and online visitors from around the world. The tournament has two main player groups, each with 14 players. They are known as the Tata Steel Masters and the Tata Steel Challengers. You will find the schedule, starting times, pairings and results at the bottom of the page.

Round eleven

All photos by Alina L'Ami from the official Facebook page

A view of the grandmaster events and the others (click image for high-res version)

A bird's eye view of the hall (click image for high-res version)

Round 11 Masters - Friday the 29th
Wei, Y. - Karjakin, S.
½-½
Mamedyarov, S. - Caruana, F.
½-½
Van Wely, L. - Navara, D.
½-½
Tomashevsky, E. - Ding, L.
0-1
Eljanov, P. - So, W.
½-½
Carlsen, M. - Hou, Y.
1-0
Adams, M. - Giri, A.
½-½
Round 11 Challengers - Friday the 29th
Safarli, E. - van Foreest, J.
1-0
Nisipeanu, L. - Baskaran, A.
½-½
Batsiashvili, N. - l'Ami, E.
½-½
Sevian, S. - Dreev, A.
0-1
Abasov, N. - Antipov, M.
½-½
Admiraal, M. - Haast, A.
1-0
Bok, B. - Ju, W.
1-0

Masters

Let the games begin!

The top-most board between the world no.1 male against the world no.1 female was a clash many looked forward to. Even the great Judit Polgar had serious difficulties against Kasparov and Kramnik. Would Hou Yifan do any better?

The two greatest players of their generation: does it get any more worthy of a photo than that?

The short answer is 'sort of'. While she certainly held her own during the game, she eventually cracked where so many others have... in the endgame. She wasn't really outplayed though, and while Magnus certainly did his best to try to get her to make a concession or three, none came. That is until the very end.

It was a fascinating game, and showed that in spite of the disaster at the end, she could hold her own

Magnus Carlsen vs Hou Yifan

[Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Carlsen, M."] [Black "Hou Yifan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C42"] [WhiteElo "2844"] [BlackElo "2673"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/1p1k4/p1p2q1p/2Pp1p2/P4P2/1P4QP/1KP5/8 w - - 0 44"] [PlyCount "21"] [EventDate "2016.01.15"] 44. Qc3 Qxc3+ 45. Kxc3 h5 $4 (45... a5 46. b4 h5 {and all the roads lead to draw.}) 46. Kb4 $1 {and now Black is lost.} Kc8 47. Ka5 Kc7 48. h4 Kb8 49. Kb6 Kc8 50. b4 Kb8 51. b5 cxb5 52. axb5 axb5 53. Kxb5 Kc7 54. c3 1-0

Wesley So is tied for 4th-6th with 6.0/11

Fabiano Caruana was unable to keep pace, and despite obtaining excellent
chances against Mamedyarov, nothing came of them

Ding Liren's win over Evgeny Tomashevsky pushed him to sole third with 6.5/11. Note that
he has yet to play Magnus Carlsen. Expect sparks to fly.

Michael Adams missed a golden opportunity against Anish Giri, when the Dutchman got feisty

Michael Adams - Anish Giri

[Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Adams, Mi"] [Black "Giri, A."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B31"] [WhiteElo "2744"] [BlackElo "2798"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2016.01.15"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. O-O Bg7 6. Re1 Nh6 7. c3 O-O 8. h3 f5 9. e5 Nf7 10. d3 Ba6 11. c4 d6 12. e6 Ne5 13. Nc3 Rb8 14. Nxe5 Bxe5 15. Na4 Qc7 16. Bh6 Rf6 17. Rxe5 dxe5 18. Nxc5 Bc8 19. d4 g5 20. Bxg5 Rg6 21. Qh5 Qd6 22. Re1 Qxd4 23. Be3 $4 (23. Rd1 $1 {was winning.} Qxc5 24. Rd8+ Kg7 25. Bh6+ Kf6 (25... Rxh6 26. Qf7#) 26. Be3 Qxc4 27. Qxh7 Bxe6 28. Qh8+ Rg7 29. Bh6 $1 {and the threat of Qxg7 is so strong that Black must start dumping material before his ship sinks.}) 23... Qxc4 24. b3 Qb4 25. Rd1 Bxe6 26. Nxe6 Rxe6 27. Qxf5 Rd6 28. Rc1 Qa5 29. Rc4 Rg6 30. Rg4 Rxg4 31. Qxg4+ Kh8 32. Qe6 Re8 33. Qxc6 Rd8 34. a4 Qd5 35. Qxd5 Rxd5 36. Bxa7 Rd1+ 37. Kh2 Rb1 38. Bc5 Rxb3 39. Bxe7 Rb2 40. Bf6+ Kg8 41. Bxe5 Rxf2 42. a5 1/2-1/2

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Replay round eleven Masters games (with times per moves)

[Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C42"] [WhiteElo "2844"] [BlackElo "2673"] [PlyCount "107"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(46s)} e5 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(10s)} Nf6 {(8s)} 3. Nxe5 {(76s)} d6 {(4s)} 4. Nf3 {(5s)} Nxe4 {(5s)} 5. Nc3 {(49s)} Nxc3 {(13s)} 6. dxc3 {(3s)} Be7 {(11s)} 7. Be3 {(13s)} Nc6 {(30s)} 8. Qd2 {(8s)} Be6 {(10s)} 9. O-O-O {(8s)} Qd7 {(5s)} 10. b3 {(93s)} Bf6 {(495s)} 11. h3 {(135s)} O-O-O {(539s)} 12. g4 {(56s)} h6 {(30s)} 13. Bg2 {(100s)} Kb8 {(411s)} 14. Rhe1 {(123s)} Rhe8 {(579s)} 15. Kb2 {(1221s)} a6 {(295s)} 16. Re2 {(744s)} Qe7 {(1222s)} 17. Rde1 {(466s)} Qf8 {(245s)} 18. Nd4 {(728s)} Nxd4 {( 257s)} 19. Bxd4 {(26s)} Bxd4 {(34s)} 20. Qxd4 {(17s)} Bd7 {(34s)} 21. f4 {(126s)} Rxe2 {(605s)} 22. Rxe2 {(2s)} Re8 {(11s)} 23. Rxe8+ {(36s)} Bxe8 {(6s)} 24. Qb4 {(24s)} c6 {(21s)} 25. Bf1 {(144s)} Kc8 {(180s)} 26. g5 {(366s)} Qe7 {(456s)} 27. gxh6 {(77s)} gxh6 {(6s)} 28. Qd4 {(12s)} f6 {(282s)} 29. Qa7 {(96s)} Bd7 {(162s)} 30. a4 {(221s)} Qd8 {(356s)} 31. Qg1 {(58s)} Qe7 {(88s)} 32. Qg6 {( 383s)} Qe1 {(187s)} 33. Bd3 {(44s)} Qh4 {(9s)} 34. Bf5 {(210s)} Bxf5 {(14s)} 35. Qxf5+ {(9s)} Kb8 {( 36s)} 36. c4 {(137s)} Kc7 {(56s)} 37. Qa5+ {(101s)} Kc8 {(23s)} 38. Qd2 {(18s)} Kd7 {(277s)} 39. c5 {(146s)} d5 {(6s)} 40. Qe3 {(0s)} Qh5 {(0s)} 41. Qg3 {(772s)} Qf7 {(662s)} 42. Qg4+ {(704s)} f5 {(417 s)} 43. Qg3 {(59s)} Qf6+ {(169s)} 44. Qc3 {(223s)} Qxc3+ {(590s)} 45. Kxc3 {(4s)} h5 {(5s)} 46. Kb4 {(81s)} Kc8 {(668s)} 47. Ka5 {(94s)} Kc7 {(5s)} 48. h4 {(250s)} Kb8 {(444s)} 49. Kb6 {(22s)} Kc8 {(5s)} 50. b4 {(9s)} Kb8 {(6s)} 51. b5 {(12s)} cxb5 {(14s)} 52. axb5 {(5s)} axb5 {(9s)} 53. Kxb5 {(9s)} Kc7 {(27s)} 54. c3 {(5s)} 1-0 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B22"] [WhiteElo "2747"] [BlackElo "2787"] [PlyCount "99"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} c5 {(73s)} 2. c3 {(6s)} Nf6 {(92s)} 3. e5 {(6s)} Nd5 {(3s)} 4. Nf3 {(13s)} e6 {(76s)} 5. d4 {(36s)} cxd4 {(16s)} 6. cxd4 {(44s)} d6 {(8s)} 7. Bd3 {(78s)} dxe5 {(545s)} 8. dxe5 {(283s)} Nb4 {(22s)} 9. Be4 {(7s)} Qxd1+ {(71s)} 10. Kxd1 {(6s)} Nd7 {(462s)} 11. Bd2 {(96s)} a5 {(134s)} 12. a3 {(1397s)} Nc5 {(12s)} 13. axb4 {(4s)} Nxe4 {(8s)} 14. Be1 {(4s)} b6 {(789s)} 15. Nc3 {(588s)} Nxc3+ {(333s)} 16. Bxc3 {(8s)} a4 {(245s)} 17. Nd2 {(1350s)} Bb7 {(81s)} 18. f3 {(16s)} Bd5 {(229s)} 19. Kc1 {(465s)} b5 {(885s)} 20. b3 {(40s)} a3 {(126s)} 21. Kb1 {(19s)} Be7 {(256s)} 22. Ka2 {(17s)} O-O {(445s)} 23. Rac1 {(120s)} Rfc8 {(463s)} 24. Nb1 {(485s)} Bg5 {(85s)} 25. Bd2 {(98s)} Rxc1 {(118s)} 26. Rxc1 {(716s)} Bxb3+ {(23s)} 27. Kxb3 {(4s)} a2 {(5s)} 28. Na3 {(4s)} Bxd2 {(4s)} 29. Ra1 {(2s)} Bf4 {(298s)} 30. h3 {(243s)} Bxe5 {(53s)} 31. Rxa2 {(6s)} Rb8 {(11s)} 32. Rc2 {(8s)} Bd6 {(317s)} 33. Rc6 {(49s)} Be7 {(224s)} 34. Rc7 {(203s)} Bf8 {(139s)} 35. Ra7 {(5s)} g6 {(16s)} 36. Ra5 {(129 s)} Rd8 {(17s)} 37. Rxb5 {(260s)} Rd2 {(143s)} 38. Rb8 {(57s)} Kg7 {(33s)} 39. Nc4 {(82s)} Rxg2 {(4s)} 40. b5 {(0s)} Rg1 {(0s)} 41. Rxf8 {(394s)} Kxf8 {(298s)} 42. b6 {(2s)} Rg5 {(1235s)} 43. Kb4 {(233 s)} Rg1 {(423s)} 44. Nd2 {(341s)} Rd1 {(74s)} 45. b7 {(7s)} Rxd2 {(4s)} 46. b8=Q+ {(5s)} Kg7 {(43s)} 47. Qe5+ {(5s)} Kg8 {(5s)} 48. Qb8+ {(4s)} Kg7 {(5s)} 49. Qe5+ {(3s)} Kg8 {(4s)} 50. Qb8+ {(3s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Van Wely, Loek"] [Black "Navara, David"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A04"] [WhiteElo "2640"] [BlackElo "2730"] [PlyCount "73"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. Nf3 {(0s)} c5 {(0s)} 2. g3 {(125s)} Nc6 {(0s)} 3. Bg2 {(12s)} g6 {(2s)} 4. d4 {(287s)} cxd4 {(11s)} 5. Nxd4 {(3s)} Bg7 {(13s)} 6. Nb3 {(5s)} d6 {(32s)} 7. O-O {(128s)} h5 {(194s)} 8. h3 {(91s)} Be6 {( 288s)} 9. e4 {(92s)} Qd7 {(8s)} 10. Kh2 {(10s)} f5 {(409s)} 11. exf5 {(618s)} gxf5 {(10s)} 12. N1d2 {(874s)} h4 {(50s)} 13. gxh4 {(16s)} Nf6 {(460s)} 14. Nf3 {(406s)} Ne4 {(530s)} 15. Bg5 {(877s)} Bc4 {(263s)} 16. Re1 {(210s)} Bxb2 {(210s)} 17. Nbd2 {(791s)} Nc3 {(691s)} 18. Nxc4 {(10s)} Nxd1 {(10s)} 19. Raxd1 {(5s)} Bg7 {(12s)} 20. Nxd6+ {(325s)} Kf8 {(9s)} 21. Nb5 {(204s)} Qc8 {(31s)} 22. Bf4 {( 283s)} Bf6 {(492s)} 23. Nc7 {(145s)} e5 {(87s)} 24. Nxe5 {(292s)} Bxe5 {(333s)} 25. Rxe5 {(59s)} Nxe5 {(10s)} 26. Bxe5 {(4s)} Rh7 {(189s)} 27. Nxa8 {(280s)} Qxa8 {(14s)} 28. c4 {(294s)} Qc8 {(257 s)} 29. Bd6+ {(118s)} Kf7 {(128s)} 30. Bd5+ {(16s)} Kf6 {(23s)} 31. Re1 {(4s)} Qd7 {(207s)} 32. Be5+ {(144s)} Ke7 {(13s)} 33. Bf4+ {(61s)} Kd8 {(60s)} 34. Bg5+ {(79s)} Kc7 {(11s)} 35. Bf4+ {(11s)} Kd8 {(35s)} 36. Bg5+ {(34s)} Kc7 {(10s)} 37. Bf4+ {(38s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D92"] [WhiteElo "2760"] [BlackElo "2773"] [PlyCount "120"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 2. c4 {(0s)} g6 {(0s)} 3. Nc3 {(36s)} d5 {(0s)} 4. Nf3 {(29s)} Bg7 {(0s)} 5. Bf4 {(6s)} O-O {(72s)} 6. Rc1 {(48s)} dxc4 {(86s)} 7. e4 {(138s)} c5 {(474s)} 8. dxc5 {(23s)} Qa5 {( 85s)} 9. Nd2 {(8s)} Be6 {(165s)} 10. Bxc4 {(25s)} Bxc4 {(43s)} 11. Nxc4 {(5s)} Qxc5 {(5s)} 12. b3 {( 76s)} Nc6 {(351s)} 13. Be3 {(491s)} Qh5 {(16s)} 14. Qxh5 {(73s)} Nxh5 {(59s)} 15. g4 {(8s)} Nf6 {( 146s)} 16. f3 {(13s)} Rfd8 {(170s)} 17. Ke2 {(276s)} Nd4+ {(414s)} 18. Kf2 {(51s)} Nc6 {(6s)} 19. a4 {(1275s)} Kf8 {(324s)} 20. h4 {(604s)} Rd3 {(201s)} 21. e5 {(218s)} Nd5 {(94s)} 22. Nxd5 {(5s)} Rxd5 {(3s)} 23. f4 {(6s)} Rad8 {(96s)} 24. Ke2 {(675s)} Ke8 {(536s)} 25. Rhe1 {(981s)} f6 {(254s)} 26. exf6 {(225s)} exf6 {(115s)} 27. Red1 {(15s)} Rxd1 {(67s)} 28. Rxd1 {(4s)} Rxd1 {(4s)} 29. Kxd1 {(6s)} Kd7 {(3s)} 30. f5 {(119s)} gxf5 {(67s)} 31. gxf5 {(4s)} b6 {(4s)} 32. Bf2 {(281s)} Ne7 {( 175s)} 33. a5 {(270s)} b5 {(1041s)} 34. Nd2 {(70s)} a6 {(54s)} 35. Ne4 {(10s)} Nxf5 {(5s)} 36. Nc5+ {(89s)} Kc6 {(5s)} 37. Nxa6 {(12s)} Bf8 {(4s)} 38. h5 {(455s)} Bd6 {(238s)} 39. b4 {(136s)} Ng7 {(5s)} 40. Bc5 {(0s)} Ne6 {(0s)} 41. Be3 {(1157s)} Kb7 {(842s)} 42. Nc5+ {(74s)} Bxc5 {(7s)} 43. bxc5 {(6 s)} Ka6 {(2s)} 44. Bd2 {(782s)} Nxc5 {(16s)} 45. Ke2 {(4s)} Ne6 {(229s)} 46. Kf3 {(15s)} f5 {(74s)} 47. Be1 {(235s)} Kb7 {(7s)} 48. Bd2 {(8s)} Kc7 {(9s)} 49. Kg3 {(244s)} Kd6 {(83s)} 50. Bb4+ {(253s)} Kd7 {(31s)} 51. Kh4 {(595s)} Nc7 {(345s)} 52. Kg5 {(6s)} Ke6 {(4s)} 53. Bc3 {(10s)} Na6 {(12s)} 54. h6 {(15s)} b4 {(14s)} 55. Ba1 {(135s)} b3 {(11s)} 56. Bb2 {(30s)} Nb4 {(135s)} 57. Ba1 {(110s)} Na6 {(80s)} 58. Bb2 {(11s)} Nc5 {(11s)} 59. Ba1 {(9s)} Ne4+ {(347s)} 60. Kf4 {(0s)} Nc5 {(0 Ke4 Ke5+s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Wei, Yi"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C67"] [WhiteElo "2706"] [BlackElo "2769"] [PlyCount "145"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} e5 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(0s)} Nc6 {(0s)} 3. Bb5 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 4. O-O {(6s)} Nxe4 {(0s)} 5. Re1 {(6s)} Nd6 {(10s)} 6. Nxe5 {(7s)} Be7 {(7s)} 7. Bf1 {(7s)} Nxe5 {(145s)} 8. Rxe5 {(7s)} O-O {(4s)} 9. Nc3 {(20s)} Ne8 {(124s)} 10. Nd5 {(20s)} Bd6 {(4s)} 11. Re1 {(31s)} c6 {(45s)} 12. Ne3 {(9s)} Be7 {(19s)} 13. c4 {(23s)} Nc7 {(53s)} 14. d4 {(54s)} d6 {(85s)} 15. g3 {(592s)} Bf6 {(141s)} 16. Bg2 {( 215s)} g6 {(271s)} 17. Qd3 {(785s)} d5 {(828s)} 18. cxd5 {(101s)} cxd5 {(10s)} 19. b3 {(1886s)} Be6 {(163s)} 20. Bb2 {(68s)} Qd7 {(53s)} 21. Rac1 {(109s)} Rac8 {(245s)} 22. f4 {(176s)} Bg7 {(1516s)} 23. Rc2 {(433s)} Na6 {(417s)} 24. Rf2 {(246s)} Nb4 {(553s)} 25. Qd1 {(434s)} Nc6 {(252s)} 26. f5 {(332s)} gxf5 {(12s)} 27. Ref1 {(39s)} Ne7 {(29s)} 28. Ba3 {(69s)} Bh6 {(271s)} 29. Qd3 {(150s)} Rfe8 {(426s)} 30. Bxe7 {(415s)} Qxe7 {(107s)} 31. Nxf5 {(54s)} Bxf5 {(7s)} 32. Rxf5 {(5s)} Qe2 {( 172s)} 33. Qf3 {(212s)} Qxf3 {(377s)} 34. Bxf3 {(6s)} Re7 {(9s)} 35. Kg2 {(286s)} Be3 {(261s)} 36. Bxd5 {(230s)} Rcc7 {(8s)} 37. Rd1 {(22s)} Rc1 {(367s)} 38. Rxc1 {(53s)} Bxc1 {(2s)} 39. Bc4 {(29s)} Rd7 {(15s)} 40. d5 {(0s)} Ba3 {(0s)} 41. g4 {(632s)} Kg7 {(179s)} 42. Rg5+ {(145s)} Kh8 {(50s)} 43. Rh5 {(583s)} Kg7 {(159s)} 44. Bd3 {(70s)} h6 {(8s)} 45. g5 {(222s)} hxg5 {(115s)} 46. Rxg5+ {(4s)} Kh6 {(6s)} 47. Rf5 {(10s)} Kg7 {(150s)} 48. Kf3 {(18s)} Rd6 {(209s)} 49. Rg5+ {(42s)} Kh6 {(63s)} 50. Kg4 {(19s)} Bc1 {(19s)} 51. Re5 {(116s)} Bb2 {(210s)} 52. Rh5+ {(66s)} Kg7 {(2s)} 53. Rg5+ {(5 s)} Kf8 {(113s)} 54. Rh5 {(105s)} Kg7 {(26s)} 55. Kf4 {(9s)} Rf6+ {(91s)} 56. Ke3 {(20s)} Ba3 {(33s)} 57. h4 {(377s)} Bc5+ {(209s)} 58. Ke4 {(18s)} Rf2 {(14s)} 59. Ke5 {(286s)} Rd2 {(524s)} 60. Rg5+ {(0s)} Kf8 {(0s)} 61. Rg3 {(346s)} Rh2 {(321s)} 62. Rg4 {(473s)} Ke7 {(45s)} 63. a4 {(27s)} Rh3 {(183 s)} 64. Bc2 {(29s)} Bd6+ {(262s)} 65. Kf5 {(91s)} Rf3+ {(14s)} 66. Kg5 {(8s)} Be5 {(228s)} 67. Rb4 {(210s)} b6 {(35s)} 68. h5 {(52s)} Rh3 {(122s)} 69. Rc4 {(390s)} Bf6+ {(126s)} 70. Kh6 {(8s)} Be5 {(9 s)} 71. Kg5 {(118s)} Bf6+ {(3s)} 72. Kh6 {(5s)} Be5 {(5s)} 73. Kg5 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Black "Ding, Liren"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D30"] [WhiteElo "2728"] [BlackElo "2766"] [PlyCount "106"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} d5 {(0s)} 2. c4 {(0s)} e6 {(0s)} 3. Nf3 {(37s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 4. g3 {(7s)} Bb4+ {(0s)} 5. Bd2 {(8s)} Be7 {(3s)} 6. Bg2 {(49s)} O-O {(7s)} 7. O-O {(13s)} c6 {(23s)} 8. Bf4 {(136s)} Nbd7 {(40s)} 9. Nc3 {(172s)} dxc4 {(6s)} 10. e4 {(130s)} Re8 {(233s)} 11. a4 {(214s)} b6 {(92s)} 12. Qe2 {(286s)} Ba6 {(663s)} 13. Rfd1 {(201s)} Bb4 {(1359s)} 14. Ne1 {(638s)} Qc8 {(734s)} 15. Nc2 {(546s)} Bf8 {( 8s)} 16. Ne3 {(1144s)} e5 {(279s)} 17. dxe5 {(277s)} Nxe5 {(6s)} 18. Bxe5 {(74s)} Rxe5 {(5s)} 19. f4 {(5s)} Re8 {(289s)} 20. e5 {(77s)} Qe6 {(285s)} 21. Kh1 {(1554s)} Nd7 {(30s)} 22. Nc2 {(472s)} Nc5 {(130s)} 23. Nd4 {(36s)} Qc8 {(87s)} 24. Bxc6 {(92s)} Nd3 {(321s)} 25. Qf3 {(36s)} Rb8 {(28s)} 26. Rd2 {(329s)} Bb7 {(1340s)} 27. Rf1 {(162s)} Rd8 {(76s)} 28. Bxb7 {(8s)} Rxb7 {(3s)} 29. Nf5 {( 59s)} Rc7 {(187s)} 30. Ne3 {(33s)} Qe6 {(13s)} 31. Ne4 {(52s)} h6 {(171s)} 32. Rc2 {(44s)} Rcc8 {( 204s)} 33. Re2 {(19s)} a6 {(50s)} 34. g4 {(21s)} Nc5 {(52s)} 35. Nc3 {(37s)} Rd3 {(12s)} 36. Qg2 {( 19s)} Rcd8 {(46s)} 37. f5 {(66s)} Qxe5 {(14s)} 38. Nxc4 {(6s)} Qf6 {(92s)} 39. Ne5 {(33s)} R3d6 {(3s)} 40. Nf3 {(0s)} b5 {(0s)} 41. axb5 {(1104s)} axb5 {(248s)} 42. Nxb5 {(289s)} Rd1 {(203s)} 43. Nc3 {(79s)} Rxf1+ {(46s)} 44. Qxf1 {(2s)} Qc6 {(19s)} 45. Re3 {(558s)} Rb8 {(185s)} 46. Qg2 {(248s)} Qa6 {(215s)} 47. Ne4 {(304s)} Nxe4 {(459s)} 48. Rxe4 {(10s)} Rb3 {(4s)} 49. Re1 {(315s)} Qb5 {(73s)} 50. Nd4 {(358s)} Qb4 {(4s)} 51. Qe4 {(35s)} Rxb2 {(2s)} 52. f6 {(113s)} Qd6 {(209s)} 53. Qe5 {(23s)} Rb1 {(94s)} 0-1 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B31"] [WhiteElo "2744"] [BlackElo "2798"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} c5 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(0s)} Nc6 {(0s)} 3. Bb5 {(0s)} g6 {(0s)} 4. Bxc6 {(27s)} bxc6 {(0s)} 5. O-O {(19s)} Bg7 {(0s)} 6. Re1 {(62s)} Nh6 {(0s)} 7. c3 {(102s)} O-O {(0s)} 8. h3 {(16s)} f5 {(7s)} 9. e5 {(260s)} Nf7 {(20s)} 10. d3 {(135s)} Ba6 {(72s)} 11. c4 {(460s)} d6 {(28s)} 12. e6 {(334s)} Ne5 {( 16s)} 13. Nc3 {(273s)} Rb8 {(945s)} 14. Nxe5 {(406s)} Bxe5 {(11s)} 15. Na4 {(57s)} Qc7 {(524s)} 16. Bh6 {(554s)} Rf6 {(184s)} 17. Rxe5 {(436s)} dxe5 {(8s)} 18. Nxc5 {(76s)} Bc8 {(1038s)} 19. d4 {( 119s)} g5 {(894s)} 20. Bxg5 {(1027s)} Rg6 {(14s)} 21. Qh5 {(198s)} Qd6 {(364s)} 22. Re1 {(688s)} Qxd4 {(1153s)} 23. Be3 {(491s)} Qxc4 {(60s)} 24. b3 {(216s)} Qb4 {(386s)} 25. Rd1 {(96s)} Bxe6 {( 15s)} 26. Nxe6 {(28s)} Rxe6 {(11s)} 27. Qxf5 {(8s)} Rd6 {(16s)} 28. Rc1 {(130s)} Qa5 {(294s)} 29. Rc4 {(162s)} Rg6 {(75s)} 30. Rg4 {(93s)} Rxg4 {(116s)} 31. Qxg4+ {(5s)} Kh8 {(18s)} 32. Qe6 {(194s)} Re8 {(428s)} 33. Qxc6 {(59s)} Rd8 {(58s)} 34. a4 {(64s)} Qd5 {(66s)} 35. Qxd5 {(30s)} Rxd5 {(2s)} 36. Bxa7 {(4s)} Rd1+ {(15s)} 37. Kh2 {(4s)} Rb1 {(1s)} 38. Bc5 {(46s)} Rxb3 {(10s)} 39. Bxe7 {(4s)} Rb2 {(176s)} 40. Bf6+ {(0s)} Kg8 {(0s)} 41. Bxe5 {(318s)} Rxf2 {(36s)} 42. a5 {(137s)} 1/2-1/2

Standings Masters

In spite of losing to Eltaj Safarli, one cannot fault Jorden van Foreest's will to win as he has
only played two draws in eleven games.

Mind you, his passion for the game has caught on to his little sister 8-year-old Machteld
van Foreest who is also playing in one of the Amateur tournaments. Instead of having a
large open, they are holding a very large number of round-robin events.

Machteld is in one of them and has scored 4.0/7 thus far
in spite of a field that is roughly 150-200 Elo above her

Samuel Sevian is playing at around his rating, which he cannot be happy with

Tournament leader Baskaran Adhiban (right) got into big trouble in his game against Nisipeanu,
but eventually saved the ending with king plus rook against king with rook and knight

Alexey Dreev won again and is now tied with Adhiban for first. The last two rounds will be tense!

Ju Wenjun in good spirits against Benjamin Bok

Anne Haast has had a tough event, but scored a couple of excellent wins

Replay round eleven Challengers games (with times per moves)

[Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter"] [Black "Baskaran, Adhiban"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B50"] [WhiteElo "2679"] [BlackElo "2653"] [PlyCount "221"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} c5 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(0s)} d6 {(0s)} 3. c3 {(0s)} Nf6 {(4s)} 4. Be2 {(0s)} Bg4 {(51s)} 5. O-O {(30s)} e6 {(22s)} 6. h3 {(62s)} Bh5 {(3s)} 7. d4 {(7s)} Nxe4 {(578s)} 8. d5 {(7s)} Nd7 {(3s)} 9. dxe6 {(6s)} fxe6 {(12s)} 10. Nfd2 {(4s)} Bxe2 {(130s)} 11. Qxe2 {(6s)} Nxd2 {(6s)} 12. Nxd2 {(173s)} Qf6 {(345s)} 13. Ne4 {(368s)} Qg6 {(6s)} 14. Rd1 {(730s)} d5 {(484s)} 15. Ng5 {(82s)} O-O-O {(63s)} 16. Qxe6 {(31s)} Qxe6 {(48s)} 17. Nxe6 {(5s)} Re8 {(3s)} 18. Nf4 {(176s)} Nb6 {(557s)} 19. a4 {(151s)} a5 {(245s)} 20. Be3 {(161s)} Re5 {(775s)} 21. Nd3 {(200s)} Re4 {(87s)} 22. Bxc5 {(16s)} Bxc5 {(19s)} 23. Nxc5 {(4s)} Rc4 {(19s)} 24. Ne6 {(487s)} g6 {(28s)} 25. Nd4 {(1078s)} Rxa4 {(559s)} 26. Rxa4 {(338s)} Nxa4 {(2s)} 27. Ra1 {(5s)} Nxb2 {(23s)} 28. Rxa5 {(4s)} Re8 {(404s)} 29. Rc5+ {(102s)} Kb8 {(25s)} 30. Rxd5 {(5s)} Kc7 {(103s)} 31. Rc5+ {(485s)} Kb8 {(66s)} 32. Rd5 {(246s)} Kc7 {(30s)} 33. g4 {(357s)} Na4 {(276s)} 34. Ra5 {(133s)} Nb6 {(17s)} 35. Kg2 {(16s)} Re4 {(566s)} 36. f3 {(366s)} Re1 {(1s)} 37. h4 {(25s)} Rd1 {(240s)} 38. h5 {(503s)} Kd6 {(69s)} 39. hxg6 {(267s)} hxg6 {(1s)} 40. Rg5 {(0s)} Nd5 {(0s)} 41. Rxg6+ {(238s)} Kc5 {(22s)} 42. Rg8 {(1212s)} Nxc3 {(61s)} 43. Ne6+ {(9s)} Kd6 {(654s)} 44. Nf4 {(6s)} Ke5 {(45s)} 45. Rc8 {(583s)} b5 {(522s)} 46. Rxc3 {(476s)} Kxf4 {(18s)} 47. Rb3 {(118s)} Rd2+ {(2185s)} 48. Kh3 {(8s)} Rd5 {(7s)} 49. Kh4 {(8s)} Rc5 {(105s)} 50. g5 {(278 s)} Rd5 {(486s)} 51. Rb4+ {(92s)} Kf5 {(2s)} 52. Kh5 {(103s)} Rc5 {(7s)} 53. g6 {(78s)} Kf6+ {(1s)} 54. Kh6 {(7s)} Rf5 {(37s)} 55. f4 {(552s)} Rd5 {(17s)} 56. Rb1 {(44s)} Rd8 {(132s)} 57. g7 {(83s)} Rd3 {(170s)} 58. g8=N+ {(25s)} Kf5 {(1s)} 59. Rb4 {(12s)} Re3 {(10s)} 60. Rd4 {(0s)} Re4 {(0s)} 61. Rd5+ {(497s)} Kxf4 {(189s)} 62. Rxb5 {(2s)} Re6+ {(56s)} 63. Kg7 {(5s)} Ra6 {(39s)} 64. Nf6 {(7s)} Ra1 {(12s)} 65. Kf7 {(83s)} Ra3 {(48s)} 66. Nd5+ {(58s)} Ke5 {(31s)} 67. Nb4+ {(4s)} Ke4 {(90s)} 68. Ke6 {(6s)} Rh3 {(41s)} 69. Nd5 {(26s)} Kd4 {(44s)} 70. Rb4+ {(17s)} Kc5 {(5s)} 71. Re4 {(4s)} Rh1 {( 115s)} 72. Nf6 {(25s)} Rh6 {(59s)} 73. Rg4 {(30s)} Rh1 {(51s)} 74. Nd7+ {(5s)} Kb5 {(21s)} 75. Ne5 {(34s)} Rd1 {(6s)} 76. Rg8 {(24s)} Kc5 {(39s)} 77. Rc8+ {(6s)} Kb4 {(18s)} 78. Rc7 {(102s)} Kb3 {(25s)} 79. Kf5 {(30s)} Rd4 {(33s)} 80. Nf3 {(4s)} Rd1 {(99s)} 81. Ke4 {(15s)} Kb4 {(33s)} 82. Rc8 {(103s)} Rh1 {(49s)} 83. Kd4 {(12s)} Rd1+ {(8s)} 84. Ke4 {(3s)} Rh1 {(6s)} 85. Kd5 {(2s)} Rh5+ {(117s)} 86. Kd4 {(14s)} Kb5 {(15s)} 87. Ne5 {(12s)} Rh4+ {(7s)} 88. Kd5 {(5s)} Kb4 {(8s)} 89. Nd3+ {(33s)} Kb3 {( 31s)} 90. Nc5+ {(9s)} Kb2 {(52s)} 91. Ne4 {(37s)} Rh1 {(38s)} 92. Kd4 {(16s)} Rd1+ {(34s)} 93. Ke3 {(4s)} Kb3 {(31s)} 94. Nc5+ {(71s)} Kb4 {(17s)} 95. Nd3+ {(4s)} Kb5 {(13s)} 96. Rc5+ {(51s)} Kb6 {(5s)} 97. Rc3 {(2s)} Kb5 {(58s)} 98. Kd4 {(8s)} Rh1 {(15s)} 99. Kd5 {(8s)} Rh5+ {(15s)} 100. Ne5 {(4s)} Kb4 {(19s)} 101. Rf3 {(95s)} Rg5 {(43s)} 102. Kd4 {(15s)} Rh5 {(17s)} 103. Rf4 {(37s)} Kb5 {(126s)} 104. Kd5 {(45s)} Rg5 {(32s)} 105. Rf8 {(74s)} Kb4 {(28s)} 106. Kd4 {(6s)} Kb3 {(20s)} 107. Rb8+ {( 41s)} Kc2 {(23s)} 108. Rc8+ {(4s)} Kb3 {(41s)} 109. Rc3+ {(13s)} Kb4 {(18s)} 110. Rc5 {(5s)} Rg8 {( 56s)} 111. Nd3+ {(14s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Sevian, Samuel"] [Black "Dreev, Alexey"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "2578"] [BlackElo "2644"] [PlyCount "144"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} c6 {(0s)} 2. d4 {(0s)} d5 {(0s)} 3. e5 {(3s)} Bf5 {(0s)} 4. h4 {(21s)} h6 {(239s)} 5. g4 {( 36s)} Bd7 {(9s)} 6. Be3 {(17s)} c5 {(538s)} 7. dxc5 {(69s)} Qc7 {(173s)} 8. Nc3 {(76s)} e6 {(77s)} 9. Nb5 {(4s)} Bxb5 {(110s)} 10. Bxb5+ {(12s)} Nc6 {(6s)} 11. c3 {(3s)} Qxe5 {(824s)} 12. Qa4 {(116s)} Qc7 {(415s)} 13. Nf3 {(85s)} a6 {(186s)} 14. Ne5 {(779s)} Nge7 {(160s)} 15. Bf4 {(104s)} Qc8 {(151 s)} 16. Bd3 {(12s)} g6 {(358s)} 17. h5 {(1892s)} g5 {(110s)} 18. Nxc6 {(733s)} Nxc6 {(154s)} 19. Be5 {(99s)} Rg8 {(12s)} 20. Bh7 {(86s)} Qd7 {(315s)} 21. Bd4 {(787s)} Nxd4 {(195s)} 22. Qxd7+ {( 161s)} Kxd7 {(34s)} 23. cxd4 {(49s)} Rh8 {(30s)} 24. Bc2 {(4s)} Bg7 {(111s)} 25. O-O-O {(36s)} b6 {( 117s)} 26. b4 {(68s)} Rhb8 {(308s)} 27. a3 {(121s)} Ke7 {(528s)} 28. Ba4 {(144s)} Rc8 {(180s)} 29. Kc2 {(351s)} a5 {(65s)} 30. Kb3 {(95s)} Rab8 {(81s)} 31. cxb6 {(367s)} axb4 {(184s)} 32. axb4 {(10 s)} Rxb6 {(617s)} 33. Rc1 {(10s)} Rcb8 {(60s)} 34. Rc7+ {(77s)} Kf8 {(10s)} 35. b5 {(61s)} Bxd4 {(10 s)} 36. Rhc1 {(55s)} R6b7 {(337s)} 37. f3 {(136s)} Rxc7 {(38s)} 38. Rxc7 {(7s)} Bb6 {(8s)} 39. Rc6 {(31s)} Ke7 {(88s)} 40. Kc2 {(0s)} Kf6 {(0s)} 41. Kd3 {(109s)} Ke5 {(134s)} 42. Bc2 {(113s)} Ba5 {( 512s)} 43. Ra6 {(90s)} Bb6 {(218s)} 44. Ke2 {(51s)} f5 {(696s)} 45. gxf5 {(148s)} exf5 {(67s)} 46. Ra4 {(26s)} Rc8 {(499s)} 47. Ra6 {(262s)} Rb8 {(392s)} 48. Ra4 {(16s)} Re8 {(21s)} 49. Kf1 {(71s)} Rc8 {(191s)} 50. Ra6 {(85s)} Rxc2 {(320s)} 51. Rxb6 {(14s)} Rb2 {(106s)} 52. Rxh6 {(459s)} Rxb5 {( 12s)} 53. Rg6 {(246s)} Kf4 {(31s)} 54. Kg2 {(146s)} Rb2+ {(64s)} 55. Kg1 {(121s)} Rb3 {(106s)} 56. Kg2 {(134s)} Rxf3 {(54s)} 57. h6 {(19s)} Rg3+ {(90s)} 58. Kh2 {(18s)} g4 {(19s)} 59. Re6 {(5s)} Rh3+ {(22s)} 60. Kg2 {(0s)} Kg5 {(0s)} 61. Rd6 {(10s)} Rxh6 {(159s)} 62. Rxd5 {(17s)} Re6 {(160s)} 63. Ra5 {(20s)} Kf4 {(22s)} 64. Ra2 {(16s)} Re5 {(39s)} 65. Ra4+ {(73s)} Kg5 {(11s)} 66. Ra8 {(44s)} Re2+ {(19s)} 67. Kf1 {(3s)} Rc2 {(67s)} 68. Ra5 {(84s)} g3 {(40s)} 69. Kg1 {(17s)} Kg4 {(136s)} 70. Ra4+ {(6s)} f4 {(59s)} 71. Rb4 {(10s)} Kh3 {(69s)} 72. Rxf4 {(9s)} Rc1+ {(14s)} 0-1 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Batsiashvili, Nino"] [Black "L'Ami, Erwin"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E52"] [WhiteElo "2485"] [BlackElo "2627"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 2. c4 {(0s)} e6 {(0s)} 3. Nc3 {(0s)} Bb4 {(2s)} 4. Nf3 {(0s)} b6 {(21s)} 5. e3 {(0s)} O-O {(150s)} 6. Bd3 {(0s)} d5 {(93s)} 7. cxd5 {(240s)} exd5 {(31s)} 8. O-O {(50s)} Bb7 {(543s)} 9. Ne5 {(60s)} Bd6 {(96s)} 10. f4 {(198s)} c5 {(80s)} 11. Bd2 {(504s)} Nc6 {(134s)} 12. Ne2 {(38s)} Ne4 {(560s)} 13. Bc3 {(468s)} Ne7 {(544s)} 14. Ng3 {(298s)} Rc8 {(693s)} 15. Qe2 {(937s)} c4 {(937 s)} 16. Bxe4 {(365s)} dxe4 {(9s)} 17. Nxc4 {(18s)} Ba6 {(49s)} 18. b3 {(45s)} f5 {(79s)} 19. Rfc1 {( 393s)} Nd5 {(158s)} 20. Be1 {(773s)} g5 {(444s)} 21. fxg5 {(241s)} Qxg5 {(57s)} 22. Bf2 {(83s)} Bxg3 {(197s)} 23. Bxg3 {(406s)} Bxc4 {(476s)} 24. bxc4 {(76s)} Nxe3 {(129s)} 25. Rc3 {(65s)} Ng4 {(323s)} 26. h3 {(239s)} Nf6 {(18s)} 27. Rf1 {(36s)} Nh5 {(81s)} 28. Be5 {(170s)} Rce8 {(118s)} 29. Kh2 {(278s)} h6 {(111s)} 30. c5 {(500s)} bxc5 {(166s)} 31. Rxc5 {(3s)} Qg6 {(131s)} 32. Qc4+ {(54s)} Qe6 {(58s)} 33. Qxe6+ {(52s)} Rxe6 {(4s)} 34. g4 {(12s)} fxg4 {(54s)} 35. Rxf8+ {(9s)} Kxf8 {(4s)} 36. hxg4 {(12s)} Nf6 {(8s)} 37. Kg3 {(26s)} Kf7 {(111s)} 38. Kf4 {(79s)} e3 {(103s)} 39. Kxe3 {(97 s)} Nxg4+ {(37s)} 40. Kf4 {(0s)} h5 {(0s)} 41. Kf5 {(164s)} Ne3+ {(595s)} 42. Kg5 {(110s)} Rg6+ {(99 s)} 43. Kxh5 {(92s)} Rg1 {(99s)} 44. Bf4 {(182s)} Rh1+ {(19s)} 45. Kg5 {(13s)} Rg1+ {(6s)} 46. Kh5 {(22s)} Rh1+ {(9s)} 47. Kg5 {(6s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Bok, Benjamin"] [Black "Ju, Wenjun"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E87"] [WhiteElo "2607"] [BlackElo "2548"] [PlyCount "73"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 2. c4 {(0s)} g6 {(0s)} 3. Nc3 {(2s)} Bg7 {(1s)} 4. e4 {(7s)} d6 {(3s)} 5. f3 {( 10s)} O-O {(19s)} 6. Be3 {(10s)} e5 {(52s)} 7. d5 {(444s)} Nh5 {(118s)} 8. Qd2 {(433s)} f5 {(16s)} 9. O-O-O {(489s)} Nd7 {(157s)} 10. Bd3 {(387s)} Ndf6 {(1041s)} 11. Nge2 {(681s)} fxe4 {(1481s)} 12. Nxe4 {(6s)} Nxe4 {(5s)} 13. Bxe4 {(71s)} a6 {(301s)} 14. Ng3 {(123s)} Nf4 {(200s)} 15. h4 {(194s)} Bf5 {(240s)} 16. Bxf5 {(121s)} gxf5 {(3s)} 17. Bxf4 {(12s)} exf4 {(3s)} 18. Nh5 {(49s)} Be5 {(65s)} 19. Nxf4 {(55s)} Qd7 {(28s)} 20. Ne6 {(18s)} Rf7 {(145s)} 21. Kb1 {(230s)} b5 {(108s)} 22. c5 {( 170s)} dxc5 {(52s)} 23. Nxc5 {(134s)} Qd6 {(12s)} 24. Qc2 {(858s)} a5 {(328s)} 25. Ne6 {(747s)} a4 {(47s)} 26. f4 {(99s)} Bxf4 {(84s)} 27. Rhf1 {(83s)} Be5 {(156s)} 28. Rxf5 {(14s)} Rxf5 {(126s)} 29. Qxf5 {(5s)} a3 {(16s)} 30. b3 {(683s)} Bb2 {(507s)} 31. Rf1 {(42s)} Qe7 {(240s)} 32. g4 {(139s)} Re8 {(46s)} 33. g5 {(107s)} Kh8 {(66s)} 34. h5 {(271s)} Rg8 {(226s)} 35. g6 {(108s)} hxg6 {(235s)} 36. hxg6 {(4s)} Qh4 {(3s)} 37. Qf3 {(66s)} 1-0 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Safarli, Eltaj"] [Black "Van Foreest, Jorden"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C16"] [WhiteElo "2653"] [BlackElo "2541"] [PlyCount "123"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} e6 {(0s)} 2. d4 {(0s)} d5 {(0s)} 3. Nc3 {(99s)} Bb4 {(0s)} 4. e5 {(47s)} Ne7 {(0s)} 5. a3 {(100s)} Bxc3+ {(6s)} 6. bxc3 {(3s)} b6 {(6s)} 7. Qg4 {(250s)} Ng6 {(58s)} 8. h4 {(356s)} h5 {(25s)} 9. Qg3 {(14s)} Ba6 {(16s)} 10. Bxa6 {(59s)} Nxa6 {(6s)} 11. Qd3 {(27s)} Nb8 {(20s)} 12. Bg5 {(120s)} Qd7 {(55s)} 13. Ne2 {(93s)} Nc6 {(246s)} 14. Qf3 {(321s)} Nge7 {(286s)} 15. Nf4 {(76s)} g6 {(133s)} 16. Nh3 {(27s)} Ng8 {(951s)} 17. O-O {(505s)} Na5 {(22s)} 18. a4 {(431s)} Nc4 {(144s)} 19. Rfd1 {( 581s)} a5 {(354s)} 20. Qf4 {(124s)} Nb2 {(327s)} 21. Re1 {(318s)} Nc4 {(571s)} 22. Ra2 {(153s)} Rb8 {(239s)} 23. f3 {(258s)} Rh7 {(615s)} 24. g4 {(56s)} b5 {(50s)} 25. axb5 {(193s)} Rxb5 {(33s)} 26. Qg3 {(94s)} c5 {(284s)} 27. gxh5 {(619s)} Rxh5 {(215s)} 28. Nf4 {(57s)} Rh8 {(154s)} 29. h5 {(452s)} gxh5 {(220s)} 30. Kf2 {(577s)} cxd4 {(162s)} 31. cxd4 {(51s)} Qa7 {(143s)} 32. c3 {(13s)} Ne7 {( 107s)} 33. Qh3 {(251s)} h4 {(282s)} 34. Bf6 {(63s)} Rg8 {(7s)} 35. Qxh4 {(39s)} Rb3 {(12s)} 36. Ne2 {(258s)} Nf5 {(874s)} 37. Qh7 {(10s)} Rf8 {(1s)} 38. Rg1 {(58s)} Kd7 {(6s)} 39. Rg5 {(270s)} Qb6 {( 176s)} 40. Rxf5 {(0s)} exf5 {(0s)} 41. Qxf5+ {(753s)} Qe6 {(68s)} 42. Qh7 {(12s)} Qb6 {(507s)} 43. Qg7 {(576s)} Ke8 {(83s)} 44. Ra1 {(361s)} Qb8 {(808s)} 45. Rh1 {(177s)} Kd7 {(1s)} 46. e6+ {(131s)} Kc6 {(493s)} 47. Be5 {(614s)} Nxe5 {(303s)} 48. dxe5 {(4s)} Rb2 {(8s)} 49. exf7 {(532s)} Qa7+ {( 136s)} 50. Kg3 {(1s)} Qxf7 {(490s)} 51. Nd4+ {(10s)} Kb7 {(3s)} 52. Qxf7+ {(113s)} Rxf7 {(2s)} 53. e6 {(8s)} Rf8 {(206s)} 54. f4 {(100s)} a4 {(147s)} 55. Ra1 {(55s)} Ra8 {(113s)} 56. f5 {(71s)} Kc7 {( 107s)} 57. f6 {(3s)} Kd6 {(47s)} 58. Re1 {(25s)} Rbb8 {(316s)} 59. Nf5+ {(43s)} Kc6 {(4s)} 60. e7 {( 0s)} Kd7 {(0s)} 61. f7 {(230s)} a3 {(98s)} 62. Ng7 {(67s)} 1-0 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Abasov, Nijat"] [Black "Antipov, Mikhail Al"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A46"] [WhiteElo "2556"] [BlackElo "2567"] [PlyCount "94"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(0s)} e6 {(0s)} 3. g3 {(0s)} c5 {(60s)} 4. Bg2 {(0s)} Nc6 {(115s)} 5. O-O {(0s)} cxd4 {(341s)} 6. Nxd4 {(7s)} Bc5 {(4s)} 7. Nb3 {(244s)} Be7 {(8s)} 8. c4 {(924s)} h5 {( 1320s)} 9. Bg5 {(865s)} Ng4 {(97s)} 10. Bxe7 {(66s)} Qxe7 {(6s)} 11. h3 {(165s)} Nge5 {(171s)} 12. Na3 {(33s)} O-O {(991s)} 13. Rc1 {(1259s)} Rd8 {(717s)} 14. e3 {(826s)} h4 {(233s)} 15. f4 {(6s)} Ng6 {(7s)} 16. g4 {(5s)} d5 {(573s)} 17. cxd5 {(21s)} Nb4 {(82s)} 18. Nb5 {(536s)} Nxd5 {(106s)} 19. Qe1 {(132s)} Bd7 {(507s)} 20. Nc7 {(90s)} Nxc7 {(5s)} 21. Rxc7 {(4s)} Qd6 {(44s)} 22. Rc3 {(270s)} Rac8 {(193s)} 23. Rf2 {(418s)} Rxc3 {(64s)} 24. Qxc3 {(6s)} Bc6 {(153s)} 25. Bxc6 {(222s)} bxc6 {( 6s)} 26. Rd2 {(4s)} Qc7 {(17s)} 27. Rxd8+ {(71s)} Qxd8 {(1s)} 28. Qxc6 {(105s)} Ne7 {(69s)} 29. Qc2 {(65s)} Nd5 {(4s)} 30. Kf2 {(4s)} g5 {(53s)} 31. Qd2 {(90s)} Qc7 {(108s)} 32. Kf3 {(10s)} Qc4 {(99s)} 33. Qe2 {(138s)} Qc7 {(33s)} 34. Qd2 {(16s)} gxf4 {(303s)} 35. exf4 {(17s)} Qc4 {(3s)} 36. f5 {(5s)} Kh7 {(150s)} 37. fxe6 {(77s)} fxe6 {(6s)} 38. Nd4 {(56s)} Qf1+ {(19s)} 39. Ke4 {(6s)} Qf6 {(417s)} 40. g5 {(0s)} Qf7 {(0s)} 41. Ke5 {(1061s)} Ne7 {(177s)} 42. b3 {(255s)} Ng6+ {(77s)} 43. Ke4 {(6s)} Qf1 {(874s)} 44. Qe2 {(1333s)} Qh1+ {(923s)} 45. Qf3 {(25s)} Qb1+ {(50s)} 46. Ke3 {(21s)} Qg1+ {( 53s)} 47. Ke4 {(12s)} Qb1+ {(39s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.29"] [Round "11"] [White "Admiraal, Miguoel"] [Black "Haast, Anne"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C54"] [WhiteElo "2441"] [BlackElo "2391"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} e5 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(0s)} Nc6 {(0s)} 3. Bc4 {(0s)} Bc5 {(26s)} 4. c3 {(0s)} Nf6 {(24s)} 5. d4 {(0s)} exd4 {(50s)} 6. cxd4 {(0s)} Bb4+ {(39s)} 7. Nbd2 {(8s)} d5 {(688s)} 8. exd5 {(5s)} Nxd5 {( 20s)} 9. O-O {(6s)} O-O {(96s)} 10. a3 {(5s)} Be7 {(219s)} 11. Re1 {(5s)} Bg4 {(222s)} 12. h3 {(47s)} Bh5 {(81s)} 13. Ba2 {(56s)} Nf6 {(1474s)} 14. Qb3 {(439s)} Na5 {(156s)} 15. Qc3 {(857s)} Nc6 {(315 s)} 16. b4 {(240s)} a5 {(632s)} 17. b5 {(26s)} Na7 {(82s)} 18. Qxa5 {(281s)} Qd7 {(154s)} 19. Rb1 {( 645s)} c6 {(633s)} 20. bxc6 {(225s)} Nxc6 {(20s)} 21. Qc3 {(78s)} Bg6 {(103s)} 22. Rb6 {(916s)} Bd8 {(184s)} 23. Rb5 {(49s)} Ba5 {(404s)} 24. Qb2 {(103s)} Rfe8 {(518s)} 25. Rxe8+ {(75s)} Rxe8 {(8s)} 26. Rxb7 {(799s)} Qc8 {(1s)} 27. Nc4 {(277s)} Bc7 {(139s)} 28. Be3 {(182s)} Be4 {(39s)} 29. Ncd2 {(287s)} Nxd4 {(159s)} 30. Nxe4 {(19s)} Nxf3+ {(26s)} 31. gxf3 {(5s)} Nxe4 {(11s)} 32. Rxc7 {(728s)} Qxc7 {(74s)} 33. fxe4 {(8s)} Rxe4 {(47s)} 34. Bd5 {(110s)} Re8 {(153s)} 35. Qb7 {(73s)} Qxb7 {(148 s)} 36. Bxb7 {(5s)} Rb8 {(10s)} 37. Bc6 {(7s)} Rb1+ {(65s)} 38. Kg2 {(5s)} Ra1 {(18s)} 39. a4 {(5s)} h5 {(48s)} 40. Bb6 {(0s)} g5 {(0s)} 41. a5 {(23s)} 1-0

Standings Challengers

Playing schedule + Playchess commentary

The two main tournaments are round robins. Both groups start on the 16th of January 2016 in Wijk aan Zee. The Masters move to Amsterdam on January 21, and to Utrecht on January 27. All rounds in Wijk aan Zee begin at 1.30 p.m., except for the last round on 31 January 2016, which begins at 12.00 p.m. Round five will take place in the Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam, and round ten in the Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht. Both these external rounds start at 2.00 p.m.

Round
Date English commentary German commentary
12
Saturday, 30 Jan GM Karsten Müller GM Klaus Bischoff
13
Sunday, 31 Jan GM Karsten Müller GM Klaus Bischoff

Schedule and results of Tata Steel Masters 2016

Round 1 - Saturday the 16th
Hou, Y. - Karjakin, S.
½-½
So, W. - Giri, A.
1-0
Ding, L. - Adams, M.
1-0
Navara, D. - Carlsen, M.
½-½
Caruana, F. - Eljanov, P.
1-0
Wei, Y. - Tomashevsky, E.
½-½
Mamedyarov, S. - Van Wely, L.
½-½
Round 2 - Sunday the 17th
Karjakin, S. - Van Wely, L.
½-½
Tomashevsky, E. - Mamedyarov, S.
½-½
Eljanov, P. - Wei, Y.
½-½
Carlsen, M. - Caruana, F.
½-½
Adams, M. - Navara, D.
½-½
Giri, A. - Ding, L.
½-½
Hou, Y. - So, W. ½-½
Round 3 - Monday the 18th
So, W. - Karjakin, S. ½-½
Ding, L. - Hou, Y. ½-½
Navara, D. - Giri, A. ½-½
Caruana, F. - Adams, M. 1-0
Wei, Y. - Carlsen, M. ½-½
Mamedyarov, S. - Eljanov, P. 0-1
Van Wely, L. - Tomashevsky, E. ½-½
Round 4 - Tuesday the 19th
Karjakin, S. - Tomashevsky, E.
1-0
Eljanov, P. - Van Wely, L.
1-0
Carlsen, M. - Mamedyarov, S.
½-½
Adams, M. - Wei, Y.
½-½
Giri, A. - Caruana, F.
½-½
Hou, Y. - Navara, D.
1-0
So, W. - Ding, L.
½-½
Round 5 - Thursday the 21st
Ding, L. - Karjakin, S.
1-0
Navara, D. - So, W.
½-½
Caruana, F. - Hou, Y.
½-½
Wei, Y. - Giri, A.
½-½
Mamedyarov, S. - Adams, M.
1-0
Van Wely, L. - Carlsen, M.
0-1
Tomashevsky, E. - Eljanov, P.
½-½
Round 6 - Friday the 22nd
Karjakin, S. - Eljanov, P.
½-½
Carlsen, M. - Tomashevsky, E.
1-0
Adams, M. - Van Wely, L.
½-½
Giri, A. - Mamedyarov, S.
1-0
Hou, Y. - Wei, Y.
½-½
So, W. - Caruana, F.
½-½
Ding, L. - Navara, D.
½-½
Round 7 - Saturday the 23rd
Navara, D. - Karjakin, S.
½-½
Caruana, F. - Ding, L.
1-0
Wei, Y. - So, W.
½-½
Mamedyarov, S. - Hou, Y.
1-0
Van Wely, L. - Giri, A.
0-1
Tomashevsky, E. - Adams, M.
½-½
Eljanov, P. - Carlsen, M.
0-1
Round 8 - Sunday the 24th
Karjakin, S. - Carlsen, M.
½-½
Adams, M. - Eljanov, P.
½-½
Giri, A. - Tomashevsky, E.
½-½
Hou, Y. - Van Wely, L.
0-1
So, W. - Mamedyarov, S.
½-½
Ding, L. - Wei, Y.
½-½
Navara, D. - Caruana, F.
1-0
Round 9 - Tuesday the 26th
Caruana, F. - Karjakin, S.
½-½
Wei, Y. - Navara, D.
1-0
Mamedyarov, S. - Ding, L.
½-½
Van Wely, L. - So, W.
½-½
Tomashevsky, E. - Hou, Y.
½-½
Eljanov, P. - Giri, A.
½-½
Carlsen, M. - Adams, M.
1-0
Round 10 - Wednesday the 27th
Karjakin, S. - Adams, M.
0-1
Giri, A. - Carlsen, M.
½-½
Hou, Y. - Eljanov, P.
0-1
So, W. - Tomashevsky, E.
½-½
Ding, L. - Van Wely, L.
½-½
Navara, D. - Mamedyarov, S.
½-½
Caruana, F. - Wei, Y.
1-0
Round 11 - Friday the 29th
Wei, Y. - Karjakin, S.
½-½
Mamedyarov, S. - Caruana, F.
½-½
Van Wely, L. - Navara, D.
½-½
Tomashevsky, E. - Ding, L.
0-1
Eljanov, P. - So, W.
½-½
Carlsen, M. - Hou, Y.
1-0
Adams, M. - Giri, A.
½-½
Round 12 - Saturday the 30th
Karjakin, S. - Giri, A.  
Hou, Y. - Adams, M.  
So, W. - Carlsen, M.  
Ding, L. - Eljanov, P.  
Navara, D. - Tomashevsky, E.  
Caruana, F. - Van Wely, L.  
Wei, Y. - Mamedyarov, S.  
Round 13 - Sunday the 31st
Mamedyarov, S. - Karjakin, S.  
Van Wely, L. - Wei, Y.  
Tomashevsky, E. - Caruana, F.  
Eljanov, P. - Navara, D.  
Carlsen, M. - Ding, L.  
Adams, M. - So, W.  
Giri, A. - Hou, Y.  
 

Schedule and results of Tata Steel Challengers 2016

Round 1 - Saturday the 16th
Haast, A. - van Foreest, J.
0-1
Antipov, M. - Ju, W.
0-1
Dreev, A. - Bok, B.
1-0
l'Ami, E. - Admiraal, M.
1-0
Baskaran, A. - Abasov, N.
1-0
Safarli, E. - Sevian, S.
1-0
Nisipeanu, L. - Batsiashvili, N.
1-0
Round 2 - Sunday the 17th
van Foreest, J. - Batsiashvili, N.
0-1
Sevian, S. - Nisipeanu, L.
½-½
Abasov, N. - Safarli, E.
½-½
Admiraal, M. - Baskaran, A.
0-1
Bok, B. - l'Ami, E.
1-0
Ju, W. - Dreev, A.
0-1
Haast, A. - Antipov, M.
0-1
Round 3 - Monday the 18th
Antipov, M. - van Foreest, J. 1-0
Dreev, A. - Haast, A. 1-0
l'Ami, E. - Ju, W. ½-½
Baskaran, A. - Bok, B. ½-½
Safarli, E. - Admiraal, M. ½-½
Nisipeanu, L. - Abasov, N. ½-½
Batsiashvili, N. - Sevian, S. ½-½
Round 4 - Tuesday the 19th
van Foreest, J. - Sevian, S.
1-0
Abasov, N. - Batsiashvili, N.
0-1
Admiraal, M. - Nisipeanu, L.
½-½
Bok, B. - Safarli, E.
0-1
Ju, W. - Baskaran, A.
0-1
Haast, A. - l'Ami, E.
0-1
Antipov, M. - Dreev, A.
0-1
Round 5 - Wednesday the 20th
Dreev, A. - van Foreest, J.
½-½
l'Ami, E. - Antipov, M.
0-1
Baskaran, A. - Haast, A.
1-0
Safarli, E. - Ju, W.
½-½
Nisipeanu, L. - Bok, B.
½-½
Batsiashvili, N. - Admiraal, M.
1-0
Sevian, S. - Abasov, N.
1-0
Round 6 - Friday the 22nd
van Foreest, J. - Abasov, N.
0-1
Admiraal, M. - Sevian, S.
1-0
Bok, B. - Batsiashvili, N.
½-½
Ju, W. - Nisipeanu, L.
½-½
Haast, A. - Safarli, E.
0-1
Antipov, M. - Baskaran, A.
½-½
Dreev, A. - l'Ami, E.
½-½
Round 7 - Saturday the 23rd
l'Ami, E. - van Foreest, J.
0-1
Baskaran, A. - Dreev, A.
1-0
Safarli, E. - Antipov, M.
1-0
Nisipeanu, L. - Haast, A.
0-1
Batsiashvili, N. - Ju, W.
½-½
Sevian, S. - Bok, B.
½-½
Abasov, N. - Admiraal, M.
½-½
Round 8 - Sunday the 24th
van Foreest, J. - Admiraal, M.
½-½
Bok, B. - Abasov, N.
½-½
Ju, W. - Sevian, S.
0-1
Haast, A. - Batsiashvili, N.
1-0
Antipov, M. - Nisipeanu, L.
½-½
Dreev, A. - Safarli, E.
½-½
l'Ami, E. - Baskaran, A.
½-½
Round 9 - Tuesday the 26th
Baskaran, A. - van Foreest, J.
0-1
Safarli, E. - l'Ami, E.
½-½
Nisipeanu, L. - Dreev, A.
½-½
Batsiashvili, N. - Antipov, M.
0-1
Sevian, S. - Haast, A.
1-0
Abasov, N. - Ju, W.
1-0
Admiraal, M. - Bok, B.
½-½
Round 10 - Wednesday the 27th
van Foreest, J. - Bok, B.
1-0
Ju, W. - Admiraal, M.
1-0
Haast, A. - Abasov, N.
0-1
Antipov, M. - Sevian, S.
0-1
Dreev, A. - Batsiashvili, N.
1-0
l'Ami, E. - Nisipeanu, L.
½-½
Baskaran, A. - Safarli, E.
1-0
Round 11 - Friday the 29th
Safarli, E. - van Foreest, J.
1-0
Nisipeanu, L. - Baskaran, A.
½-½
Batsiashvili, N. - l'Ami, E.
½-½
Sevian, S. - Dreev, A.
0-1
Abasov, N. - Antipov, M.
½-½
Admiraal, M. - Haast, A.
1-0
Bok, B. - Ju, W.
1-0
Round 12 - Saturday the 30th
van Foreest, J. - Ju, W.  
Haast, A. - Bok, B.  
Antipov, M. - Admiraal, M.  
Dreev, A. - Abasov, N.  
l'Ami, E. - Sevian, S.  
Baskaran, A. - Batsiashvili, N.  
Safarli, E. - Nisipeanu, L.  
Round 13 - Sunday the 31st
Nisipeanu, L. - van Foreest, J.  
Batsiashvili, N. - Safarli, E.  
Sevian, S. - Baskaran, A.  
Abasov, N. - l'Ami, E.  
Admiraal, M. - Dreev, A.  
Bok, B. - Antipov, M.  
Ju, W. - Haast, A.  
 

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KevinC KevinC 1/31/2016 06:05
@johnmk and Peter B, I came here specifically to comment on the queen trade. Although the annotations above called h5 the losing move, trading queens was practically speaking, a horrible choice and the losing move. No, she did not have to trade, and the q-ending would have been pretty easy to hold.
Peter B Peter B 1/31/2016 03:23
Did Hou need to swap queens? Certainly at my (far weaker) level, pawn-only endings are far more dangerous, so leaving queens on would be the more practical choice.
The_Tenant The_Tenant 1/31/2016 01:25
@zedsdeadbaby

2005/06
Shredder, Chess Master, Rybka, Fritz, Junior, Hiarcs ..... all very strong programs, and very hard to beat in endgame, especially with endgame table bases.

see for example en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human–computer_chess_matches#Man_vs_Machine_World_Team_Championship_.282004.E2.80.932005.29
powerrook powerrook 1/30/2016 09:13
Wait till his opponent makes a mistake... classic Carlsen
johnmk johnmk 1/30/2016 02:44
Oh my gosh. This was not an amazing win by Carlsen. It was a humiliating loss for Hou Yi fan! She is a GM she should know these endings.
It does bring to mind Andy Soltis' advice (from the recent Chess Life magazine): NEVER enter a K and Pawn ending unless you are willing to bet your first-born on the outcome.
She could have kept Qs on the board and drawn too.
Denix Denix 1/30/2016 12:24
You are right siggefurst. 37. Qf3 is a questionable move and Black made a premature resignation. Although after 37... Rxg6 White could play 38. d6 (not 38. Rh1) cxd6 39. Nf4 Rh6 then after few checks 40. Qa8+ Kh7 41. Qe4+ Kg8 (41. ... Kh8?? 42. Ng6+) 42. Qd5+ Kh8 43. Qg2 Qh2!? White has initiative but there are lots of play left
siggefurst siggefurst 1/30/2016 12:00
...I meant 39.Rxg1 of course! :)
siggefurst siggefurst 1/30/2016 11:44
Just for fun: take a quick look at the game Bok-Wenjun, where Black resigned after 37.Qf3. It certainly looks as if 38.Rh1 will kill the game. But is it just me, or can Black actually play on with 37...Rxg6!? In this position White can't play 38.Rh1 due to 38...Rg1+! 39.Qxg1 Qh7+ and Black wins. Other lines look drawish... expert comments please! :)
hpaul hpaul 1/30/2016 10:41
As we know, a useful simplification in chess is that it has 3 phases: opening, middle game, and end game. I think Magnus' view is that the game should test your skill in each of these phases. We start the opening equal, and then see who does best in that phase. If we come equal out of the opening, it's time to test our skill in the middle game. If we're still equal after that, now let's test our end game. The fact that we're equal after the middle game is no reason to stop playing, and here's where Carlsen differs from many other players: He's actually interested in the end game.
What we saw in the Carlsen-Hou Yifan game was equal play in the first two phases, but at the very start of the end game came a critical moment. Carlsen rightly decided to at least play through that opportunity for error. Apparently Hou Yifan relaxed after the queen exchange, thinking the draw was routine, and didn't recognize that she had one more critical decision before the draw was secured. I don't think she'll make that mistake again, and there's a clear lesson in her 45...h5 for all players.
zedsdeadbaby zedsdeadbaby 1/30/2016 10:40
I am not posting to say I disagree with the impact of computers on Magnus' game but I am curious to know what programs was available to him at certain age, say 15, and if these programs were any good.

For example in 2005/6, when he was 15/6, wikpedia states;

On June 23, 2005, in the ABC Times Square studios, the AI Accoona Toolbar, driven by a Fritz 9 prototype, drew against the then FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

From 25 November to 5 December 2006 Deep Fritz played a six-game match against Kramnik in Bonn. Fritz was able to win 4–2.In this match, Kramnik blundered away game 2, allowing a mate in one.

But this would not be what you had on your home computer. Does anyone remember what programs were available 2015/6 and what their strength was? How did they manage endgames?
The_Tenant The_Tenant 1/30/2016 09:45
Would like to see Carlsen play an engine like Shredder 8 MP, which only managed 5 draws and 3 losses against the mighty Hydra (see en.chessbase.com/post/hydra-unbeatable-in-abu-dhabi). Of course, it's nowhere near as strong as more recent engines, but it's still very capable.. and i think Carlsen will have a challenge on his hands for sure.
xdavex xdavex 1/30/2016 09:31
I'm pretty sure Caruana took more chances tom_70, but that kinda led to his downfall against Navara
Karjakin took chances too but got careless against Adams
Really, Only Giri doesn't take chances that much in this tournament
To be honest, Giri is in really bad form but is great at saving games so he's doing fine for being in "bad form"
digupagal digupagal 1/30/2016 08:25
The computer programs will eventually kill chess, and we will be sane again
disneychannel disneychannel 1/30/2016 06:51
Quite true tom_70.I am not a big fan of Magnus but his never-ending spirit is the one I am amazed.
tom_70 tom_70 1/30/2016 05:46
Many of these players could have results similar to Carlsen's if they would only press on in dry positions, instead of taking the easy draw. I can't understand why young players like Giri, Caruana and Karjakin won't take more chances. This is their chance to show the world they have what it takes. Quit taking draws when you have a chance to fight for more.
ubernomics ubernomics 1/30/2016 05:12
Anand was very insightful in saying this: Carlsen belongs to a new generation brought up on computers. He can play Fritz-like (or whatever software), and what Fritz does very well is precisely jam pieces in your position, and do these little annoying things that eventually add up to your downfall.

If you are brought up on these programs, you pick up these methods, this style very quickly.

I mean, if you play such programs, you see how they outplay you, and learn the tips. And he's magnificent at being able to inflict the same onto other humans.

The other thing PC programs do really well is, also Carlsen-like. They have perfect endurance. And they are excellent at parlaying equal endgames into winning endgames. Positions that make me fall asleep with boredom, these proggies continue to play cleverly, trickily.



geraldsky geraldsky 1/30/2016 04:06
Carlsen is very strong in boring game or simply in endgame.
Emil Cabagay Emil Cabagay 1/30/2016 03:43
Amazing! He proves once again that he can squeeze something from nothing! He's playing psychologically! Playing for a win to Hou Yi Fan's play for a draw!
Logos Logos 1/30/2016 02:57
Carlsen never ceases to amaze. He reminds me of Karpov and Capablanca at their best.
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