Tata Steel 2021: Winners and Losers

by ChessBase
2/2/2021 – Magnus Carlsen has won the Tata Steel tournament seven times, more than any other player. But the tournament in 2021 was a disappointment for the World Champion. He finished with 7½/13, but he was not happy about his play and lost 15.3 rating points. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave fared even worse - he lost more than 26 points, twice as much as Jan-Krzyszof Duda (-13). Rating winners in Wijk are Jorden van Foreest (+ 30), Andrey Esipenko (+24), Anish Giri (+12), and Alireza Firouzja (+10).

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But Carlsen remains the clear number in the world and with a live-rating of 2846.7 he is still 27.1 points ahead of Fabiano Caruana.

However, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is no longer among the world's top ten. After his disastrous result in Wijk he dropped a few places on the live-rating list, where he is currently number 15. But it is well-known that a bad dress rehearsal often leads to a good premiere, and for "MVL" this "premiere" would be the Candidates Tournament 2020-21, that is scheduled to finish in Spring 2021.

Currently, Vachier-Lagrave shares first place with Ian Nepomniachtchi (both have 4½/7) in the Candidates, and if he regains his form he can still hope to win the tournament to become Carlsen's next challenger.

The 17-year old Firouzja won 10 rating-points in Wijk and is now number 13 on the live-rating list, two places ahead of Vachier-Lagrave.

With their impressive performances in Wijk Van Foreest and Esipenko both managed to jump the +2700 mark and now belong to the small group of super grandmasters with a rating of more than 2700.

The closing ceremony

Live-rating list (the FIDE rating list from February 2021 did not take the results of Wijk into account)

1

 

Carlsen

2846.7

−15.3

2

 

Caruana

2819.6

−3.4

3

 

Ding Liren

2791.0

0.0

4

 

Nepomniachtchi

2789.0

0.0

5

↑1

Aronian

2781.0

0.0

6

↑1

Grischuk

2777.0

0.0

7

↑4

Giri

2776.4

+12.4

8

 

Mamedyarov

2770.0

0.0

9

 

So

2770.0

0.0

10

 

Radjabov

2765.0

0.0

11

↑1

Wang Hao

2763.0

0.0

12

↑1

Rapport

2762.9

+3.9

13

↑5

Firouzja

2759.2

+10.2

14

 

Dominguez Perez

2758.0

0.0

15

↓10

Vachier-Lagrave

2757.7

−26.3

16

↓1

Karjakin

2757.0

0.0

17

↓1

Anand

2753.0

0.0

18

↓1

Kramnik

2753.0

0.0

19

↑1

Nakamura

2736.0

0.0

20

↑1

Topalov

2735.0

0.0

21

↑2

Wei Yi

2732.1

+0.1

22

 

Harikrishna

2730.4

−1.6

23

↓4

Duda

2729.5

−13.5

24

 

Vidit

2726.0

0.0

25

 

Andreikin

2725.0

0.0

26

 

Adams

2716.0

0.0

27

 

Vitiugov

2715.0

0.0

28

 

Svidler

2714.0

0.0

29

↑5

Yu Yangyi

2712.2

+3.2

30

↓1

Dubov

2710.0

0.0

31

↓1

Vallejo Pons

2710.0

0.0

32

↓1

Artemiev

2709.0

0.0

33

↓1

Le Quang Liem

2709.0

0.0

34

↓1

Xiong

2709.0

0.0

35

 

Tomashevsky

2706.0

0.0

36

 

Bu Xiangzhi

2705.0

0.0

37

↑30

Van Foreest

2701.2

+30.2

38

↑22

Esipenko

2701.1

+24.1

Final standings Tata Steel Tournament 2021

 

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Masquer Masquer 2/3/2021 08:14
Bingo, you need a combo of strong players, but of different levels, including young up-and-comers, to create an environment ripe for fighting chess instead of draw death.
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