Tata Steel: Round two live on Playchess

1/16/2011 – Naturally, all the games of this event are being broadcast live on Playchess, with commentary by GM Daniel King and others. This commentary is normally only available to premium members – but today it is free for all visitors. What's more: you can follow it on your browser, including Apple systems. In addition: we have some instructive analysis by GM Karsten Mueller.

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This event is taking place from January 14th to 30th, 2011 in the traditional De Moriaan Center in Wijk aan Zee. There are three Grandmaster Groups, with 14 players each and each competitor playing against every other. The rate of play is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and finally 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 seconds/move increment starting with the first move of the game. Games begin at 13:30h local time (CET), except for the last round on January 30th, which begins at 12:30h. There are three rest days, on January 19th, 24th, and 27th.

Playchess live commentary by Daniel King

For round two, on Sunday, January 16th, we have a special treat for you: the live commentary on Playchess will be free for all (normally it is only free for premium members). Today it is by GM Daniel King. In fact you will be able to watch it in your Internet browser by using our web access client for Playchess.


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Click on "Enter as guest" and you will be taken to the broadcast room of Playchess, where the live games will be listed in the order of frequency (number of kibitzers watching them). Naturally the Wijk games will be on the top. Clicking on any game will open a board window and you can follow the game live.

Note that you can load multiple games by clicking on "Games" to go back to the list and selecting new entries. To close a game broadcast use the little "x" button on the top right.

Naturally you can jump from game to game during a broadcast by clicking on the icons on the left.

During round two the multimedia commentary by GM Daniel King, which starts at around 3:00 p.m., will also be available on our Playchess web access client, so that you should be able to follow it in your browser, even on Apple systems. Please check out: full information on Playchess.

Games of round two

Group A: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 16th
Viswanathan Anand - Vladimir Kramnik  
Wang Hao - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Alexander Grischuk - Max. Vachier-Lagrave  
Levon Aronian - Hikaru Nakamura  
Alexei Shirov - Magnus Carlsen  
Anish Giri - Jan Smeets  
Ruslan Ponomariov - Erwin l'Ami  
Group B: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 16th
Laurant Fressinet - Zahar Efimenko  
Surya Ganguly - Jon Ludvig Hammer  
Wesley So - Gabriel Sargissian  
David Navara - Le Quang Liem  
Wouter Spoelman - Radek Wojtaszek  
Li Chao - Luke McShane  
Vlad Tkachiev - Friso Nijboer  
Group C: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 16th
Benjamin Bok - Daniele Vocaturo  
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Robin van Kampen  
Jan Willem de Jong - Ilya Nyzhnyk  
Mark Bluvshtein - Dariusz Swiercz  
Tania Sachdev - Katherina Lahno  
Roeland Pruijssers - Ivan Ivanisevic  
Mark van der Werf - Sebastian Siebrecht  

Round one analysis by GM Karsten Müller

Today our resident endgame expert Dr Karsten Müller sent us some interesting notes on the game L'Ami vs Giri from round one. There is a lot to be learnt from such endings. Use the replay button at the end of the game to replay the moves or download the annotated game.

L'Ami,E (2628) - Giri,A (2686) [D16]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 15.01.2011 [Mueller,Karsten]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 e6 6.e3 c5 7.Bxc4 Nc6 8.0-0 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bd7 10.e4 Be7 11.Be3 0-0 12.Nb3 Na5 13.Be2 Bc6 14.Qxd8 Bxd8 15.Nd2 Be7 16.f3 Bb4 17.Rfc1 Nd7 18.Rab1 Nc5 19.b3 Rfc8 20.Rc2 Be8 21.Nb5 Bxb5 22.axb5 Bxd2 23.Rxd2 Ncxb3 24.Rdb2 Nc5 25.Ra2 b6 26.Rc2 Nab7 27.e5 Nd7 28.Rxc8+ Rxc8 29.f4 Ndc5 30.Rd1 Kf8 31.Bf3 Na5 32.g4 Ke8 33.Rc1 Rc7 34.Kg2 Kd8 35.Rc2 Nd7 36.Rxc7 Kxc7 37.Be2 Nc5 38.h4 Kd7 39.h5 Ke7 40.Kf3 Nab7 41.Bd4 Kf8 42.f5 exf5 43.gxf5 g6 44.Kf4 gxf5 45.Kxf5 h6 46.Bc4 Nd8 47.Be3 Kg7 48.Bxc5 bxc5 49.Ke4 Kf8 50.Kd5 Ke7 51.Kxc5 Kd7 52.Kb4 Ne6








Offside Kings The simplification into a pawn ending always requires great care: 53.Bxe6+. 53.Ka5!? does not win as well: 53...Nd4 (After 53...f6?? 54.Bxe6+ Kxe6 55.exf6 Kxf6 56.Ka6








Analysis diagram

Black's king is offside.) 54.Bxf7 Nf3 55.Ka6 (55.e6+ Kd6 56.Kb4 Nd4 57.Kc4 Nxe6 58.Bxe6 Kxe6 59.Kc5 Ke5 60.Kc6 Kd4 61.Kd6 Kc4 62.Kc6!=) 55...Nxe5 56.Bb3 Kd6 57.Kxa7 Nc6+ 58.Ka8 Kc5 59.bxc6 Kxc6=








Analysis diagram

and the wrong rook's pawn gives Black the draw.

53...Kxe6. 53...fxe6? runs into the typical 54.Ka5 Kc7 55.Ka6 Kb8 56.b6 Ka8 and now 57.Kb5!+- to avoid the stalemate. 54.Ka5








54...Kd5!! Giri's point. The race 54...Kxe5?? 55.Ka6 f5 56.Kxa7 f4 57.b6 is won by White as he queens with check: 57...f3 58.b7 f2 59.b8Q+ Ke4 60.Qf8 Ke3 61.Qxh6++-. 55.Ka6 Kc5








56.Ka5! After 56.Kxa7?? Kxb5-+ White's king is offside. 56...Kc4 57.Ka6 Kc5. 57...Kb4 is also playable, e.g. 58.b6 axb6 59.Kxb6 Kc4 60.Kc6 Kd4 61.Kd6 Ke4 62.e6 fxe6 63.Kxe6 Kf4 64.Kf6 Ke4! 65.Kg6 Ke5 66.Kxh6 Kf6!=. 58.Ka5 1/2-1/2. [Click to replay]


Played the endgame perfectly: GM Anish Giri, Holland

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