Tata Steel Chess - Round 13 Round-up

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1/27/2019 – 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 13

Carlsen made a 30-move draw with black against Anish Giri, winning his record-extending seventh Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee. Giri takes clear second.

In the Challengers, Vladislav Kovalev impressively won by a 1½ point margin as both of his closest pursuers lost their final round games.

All Tata Steel Chess 2019 stories

GM Yannick Pelletier provides the summary for the final Tata Steel Chess round

All Roundup shows

"If you're not nervous before such a game, you're not human."

Giri is the runner-up behind Carlsen for the second year in a row

Final 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


Final standings - Challengers


Results of Round 13

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.



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.



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 GM Yannick Pelletier
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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Daniel Miller Daniel Miller 1/28/2019 08:54
My point was not about mistakes but just recognizing that top American players don't seem to spend time on or value theoretical endings. There is no excuse for a 2700 plus player like Shankland to miss that or for a 2800 plus player like Caruana to miss a win against Duda, both of which were in Dvoretsky's book. They are wicked strong but imagine how strong they'd be if they spent a comparable amount of time on endgame theory as on the Sicilian Defense.
chessdrummer chessdrummer 1/28/2019 06:37
One can even make the argument that Giri actually allowed the draw with b6 in the end. He was born in Russia and grew up in the Netherlands. Does that mean there is a flaw on those systems? No... it may be just a flaw in that particular game. To say it's "chess culture" would deflect the blame. I don't think chess culture would prevent that any more than it would prevent you from having any number of lapses at the board.
tomohawk tomohawk 1/28/2019 02:54
I think US chess is not well served by the five-second delay that so many tournaments have there.
PEB216 PEB216 1/28/2019 02:50
When Sam Shankland resigned a drawn ending against Anish Giri, I was concerned that this would have a detrimental impact on his remaining games. In an interview, he admitted that this was the most distressing moment in his chess career, but he would not let it curtail his fighting spirit. And, like the outstanding player he is, he won his next two games against Nepomniachi and Kramnik. Such resolve is deserving of praise!
Alf23 Alf23 1/28/2019 12:48
What ever is happened to Big Vlad?, We all need you to get back in good shape. My best desire.
Ajeeb007 Ajeeb007 1/28/2019 12:14
Daniel Miller may actually be correct. In his interview Shankland attributed his failure to recognize the draw to a matter of chess culture.
chessdrummer chessdrummer 1/27/2019 07:38
Daniel Miller... Perhaps you recognized the draw, but you didn't have your clock running and hadn't been sitting at the board for six hours. I'm sure you have seen worse mistakes made by 2700s. No, they don't have all the endings memorized. A couple of elite players failed to win the Q vs. R ending. Kramnik slept mate in one. Carlsen hangs pieces sometimes. It won't be the first instance where a player misjudges nor the last. You would think every master level player knows the bishop and knight mate, but they don't. Another 2500 level player recently failed to do it. As for American players, you're a bit too dismissive of the recent results of U.S. players. The results have been fantastic. Players miss wins as we have seen in elite chess. You must also notice the same weaknesses in other players, yes? After all, this is not Alpha Zero playing and that's why we like it. If you want that, then computer chess is an alternative to watch.
Air Bubble Air Bubble 1/27/2019 12:16
Fischer would say this: the game Giri vs Shankland was pre arranged...FIDE or Holland Government paid tons of dollars for letting their boy Giri have a high score...?? or probably Fischer was all wrong...and hallucinated himself too much?
JWD11 JWD11 1/25/2019 09:35
I know it of course, present grandmasters play endings considerably more faintly than the grandmasters of seventieth years. They do not have the elementary notion often. But if or I dream ?? Shankland - like the child in the fog - broke the game in the very very very easily drawn position, then some horror. Paranoia. Candidates on masters thirty years ago played such endings better than the present elite...
Daniel Miller Daniel Miller 1/25/2019 06:23
I'm American, and I've noticed a glaring weakness in America's top players. From Caruana missing a book win in RB v. R against Duda last year and refusing to play on in RN v. R against Wesley So to this horrendous embarassment for Sam Shankland. I'm 2300 and I immediately recognized the Shankland draw from Dvoretsky's endgame manual. It is incredible that 2700 plus players don't have every position in that book memorized. It is apparent that American players don't value memorizing book endings. This says a lot about how Shankland approaches chess. It is a shame.
Air Bubble Air Bubble 1/23/2019 11:25
Carlsen is much better than Giri...even they are at the upper lign of the table..

there is only one player that can catch Carlsen and that is Kasparov...
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.