Tata Steel Chess - Round 9 Round-up

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1/22/2019 – The 81st Tata Steel Chess Tournament takes place from January 12th to 27th in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands (and two "on tour" locations). The "Masters" has an average Elo of 2753. The "Challengers" weighs in at 2582. Both are 14-player round-robin tournaments. Round-up show live at 20:00 UTC (21:00 CET, 3:00 PM EST) Live commentary by IMs Sopiko Guramishvili and GM Robert Hess from 12:30 UTC (13:30 CET, 7:30 am EST) | Photo: TataSteelChess.com

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Round 9

Ian Nepomniachtchi took advantage of his white game against Vidit to move into a tie for first place once again, as both Anand and Carlsen drew with black. The leaders are on 6/9, with Ding Liren and Anish Giri a half point behind.

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GM Daniel King wraps up the round

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Current standings - Masters


Games and commentary

Players receive 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds bonus per move starting from move one.

ChessBase will provide daily video round-up shows by a variety of commentators (see Schedule below).


Commentary by IM Sopiko Guramishvili and GM Robert Hess


Current standings - Challengers


Pairings for the remaining rounds

A 14-player single round-robin means each player plays every other once for 13 rounds in all. The drawing of lots determines the colours for each game.


Round 10 - Wednesday the 23rd (Leiden)
Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan 
Duda, Jan-Krzysztof - Rapport, Richard 
Ding, Liren - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi - Kramnik, Vladimir 
Van Foreest, Jorden - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 
Fedoseev, Vladimir - Giri, Anish 
Shankland, Samuel - Radjabov, Teimour 
Round 11 - Friday the 25th
Radjabov, Teimour - Carlsen, Magnus 
Giri, Anish - Shankland, Samuel 
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Fedoseev, Vladimir 
Kramnik, Vladimir - Van Foreest, Jorden 
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Vidit, S.G.
Rapport, Richard - Ding, Liren 
Anand, Viswanathan - Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 
Round 12 - Saturday the 26th
Carlsen, Magnus - Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 
Ding, Liren - Anand, Viswanathan 
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi - Rapport, Richard 
Van Foreest, Jorden - Mamedyarov, S. 
Fedoseev, Vladimir - Kramnik, Vladimir 
Shankland, Samuel - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 
Radjabov, Teimour - Giri, Anish 
Round 13 - Sunday the 27th
Giri, Anish - Carlsen, Magnus 
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Radjabov, Teimour 
Kramnik, Vladimir - Shankland, Samuel 
Mamedyarov, S. - Fedoseev, Vladimir 
Rapport, Richard - Van Foreest, Jorden 
Anand, Viswanathan - Vidit, S. G. 
Duda, Jan-Krzysztof - Ding, Liren 

My Path to the Top

On this DVD Vladimir Kramnik retraces his career from talented schoolboy to World Champion in 2006. With humour and charm he describes his first successes, what it meant to be part of the Russian Gold Medal team at the Olympiad, and how he undertook the Herculean task of beating his former mentor and teacher Garry Kasparov.



Round 10
Round 11
Round 12
Round 13

All games - Masters


All games - Challengers


The players

We introduced the fields in our December preview: Strong fields set for Tata Steel 2019.

Masters group

Title Name FED Elo World rank
GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2835 1
GM Mamedyarov, S. AZE 2817 3
GM Ding, Liren CHN 2813 4
GM Giri, Anish NED 2783 5
GM Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2777 7
GM Anand, V. IND 2773 8
GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2763 13
GM Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2757 14
GM Duda, J.K. POL 2738 19
GM Rapport, Richard HUN 2731 23
GM Shankland, Sam USA 2725 27
GM Fedoseev, Vladimir RUS 2724 28
GM Vidit, S.G. IND 2695 45
GM Van Foreest, Jorden NED 2612 192

Average rating: 2753 (FIDE rankings and Elo as of January 1, 2019)

Challengers group

Title Name FED Born Elo
GM Anton Korobov UKR 1985 2699
GM Vladislav Kovalev BLR 1994 2687
GM P. Maghsoodloo  IRI 2000 2679
GM Evgeny Bareev CAN 1966 2650
GM Erwin l'Ami NED 1985 2643
GM Benjamin Gledura HUN 1999 2615
GM Maksim Chigaev RUS 1996 2604
GM Andrei Esipenko RUS 2002 2584
GM R Praggnananndhaa  IND 2005 2539
MI Vincent Keymer GER 2004 2500
GM Lucas van Foreest NED 2001 2502
MI/WGM Elisabeth Pähtz GER 1985 2477
MI/WGM Dinara Saduakassova KAZ 1996 2472
MI Stefan Kuipers NED 1990 2470

Average rating: 2582 (as of January 1, 2019)

My Career Vol. 1

The first DVD with videos from Anand's chess career reflects the very beginning of that career and goes as far as 1999. It starts with his memories of how he first learned chess and shows his first great games (including those from the 1984 WCh for juniors). The high point of his early developmental phase was the winning of the 1987 WCh for juniors. After that, things continue in quick succession: the first victories over Kasparov, WCh candidate in both the FIDE and PCA cycles and the high point of the WCh match against Kasparov in 1995.
Running time: 3:48 hours



Day Date Round Round-up show
Saturday January 12 1 IM Merijn van Delft
Sunday January 13 2 GM Daniel King
Monday January 14 3 GM Daniel King
Tuesday January 15 4 GM Daniel King
Wednesday January 16 5 GM Daniel King
Friday January 18 6 IM Merijn van Delft
Saturday January 19 7 GM Daniel King
Sunday January 20 8 GM Yannick Pelletier
Tuesday January 22 9 GM Daniel King
Wednesday January 23 10 IM Lawrence Trent
Friday January 25 11 GM Yannick Pelletier
Saturday January 26 12 IM Lawrence Trent
Sunday January 27 13 GM Yannick Pelletier

All rounds in Wijk aan Zee start at 13:30 CET (12:30 UTC, 7:30 EST), except the last round, which starts at 12.00. The Chess-on-Tour rounds (5 and 10 Masters-only) start at 14:00 CET.


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macauley macauley 1/22/2019 02:07
@DarYahoo - We've taken some steps to improve the page load on this post. You can find the live games for today up top, and all games down below. You can also click on any result in the cross table to be taken directly to that game via live.chessbase.com
DarYahoo DarYahoo 1/22/2019 11:00
What is happening to the Chessbase.com page? it's so slow to charge pages and the coverage is so messy, not really clear how to replay the correct games of the day...very confusing!
Air Bubble Air Bubble 1/20/2019 10:56
Will this be the last tournament of Kramnik, before he retires?
Carlsen is on a full mission, as well as Anand.
I wonder if Nepomniatchi will collapse again like in his blitz world championship..
Daniel Miller Daniel Miller 1/14/2019 08:23
Its too big of a coincidence that Giri plays Carlsen in the final round. Must have been orchestrated by the organizers.
Jacob woge Jacob woge 1/14/2019 01:19
Very good coverage by Trent&Rudolf. Borderline banter included. “Pokkers” is Danish as well as dutch. Cuss word referring to smallpox and syphilis. Should any of the two be reading this.