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Tata Steel Masters: One Minute of Silence & Four Decisive Games

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11.01.2014, 16:41.

The 76th Tata Steel tournament started with an exciting first round on Saturday with four decisive games. Fabiano Caruana was the first winner of the day; the Italian beat Boris Gelfand in a 6.f3 Najdorf. Sergey Karjakin won a rook ending against Loek van Wely, Hikaru Nakamura defeated Arkadij Naiditsch and Wesley So, who arrived shortly before the game in Wijk aan Zee, beat Richard Rapport

Before the first round of the Tata Steel tournament the grandmasters, amateurs and spectators were quiet for one minute in honour of Vugar Gashimov. The death of the 27-year-old came as a big shock, but at the same time the show had to go on in Wijk aan Zee.

At 13.30 seven games in the Challengers group and five games in the Masters group started. Wesley So had some misfortune in his travel plan and arrived in the Netherlands only on Saturday morning, and therefore his game with Richard Rapport started one hour later than the others.

Empty chairs at the start of the round

Spectators noticed So's unconventional entree, the kind of thing that happens when you spend more than a day in airplanes: he mistakenly came into the playing hall from the main hall, where the amateurs play, then bended down and went under the wooden wall, got up again too quickly and hit his head, and then finally reached his board. Amazingly, the Filipino managed to win that first game! But he could thank his opponent for that, as the Hungarian played for a win too long. 

Nakamura was also helped by his opponent. In an equal position, Naiditsch played just a bit too creatively:



The top seed drew rather quickly as Black, in an ancient opening variation:



Caruana played a good game against Gelfand, who might have somewhat underestimated White's chances on the kingside. At move 28 finding the best defense was not easy:



Van Wely misplayed the early middlegame and got into a slightly worse ending. He defended well, until he missed a relatively easy draw:



The least interesting game was Dominguez-Giri; a Berlin Ending that went well for the young Dutchman. He could solve his opening problems quickly and starting with an easy draw as Black is always nice.

There were some early surprises in the Challengers group as top seeds Reinderman and Yu Yangyi both went down in the very first round. The Polish GM faced Dutch Champion Reinderman, who played a strong Dutch defense!



Brunello played a positional masterpiece in what looked like an Advance French, but with Black's dark-squared bishop outside the chain. That made a difference, but the Italian also showed wonderful technique.



Goudriaan, one of the two players who qualified from the amateur event last year, got his chances and could have forced a draw early on. But he wanted more!

The other promovendus was too ambitious as well. His activity on the kingside backfired: 

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  • 7 miesięcy temu

    ahedresmaestro

    Play solid game Wesley till the end!

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    ildolphino

    @ zakkudruzer: from the first looks, Peter Doggers selected only the games from the Challengers group that were not drawn.

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    Karabukoff

    Wesley So's taking a draw with white against higher-rated Nakamura is a nice trade-off!

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    Enthusiast14

    @rupali what you opened up by anticipating "Gold"  ? where is Anand and magnus in this tournament?

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    SashaIr

    Well done, Caruana and Brunello!

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    melvinbluestone

    Brilliant strategy by Reinderman! Notice in the photo of him playing, even Caruana, in the background, is distracted by Dimitri's purple hair!Wink

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    sisu

    Reindeerman made Radzio see purple! Laughing

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    fabelhaft

    Tough on Goudriaan to say that he was too ambitious when he played so well and got a totally winning position against a much higher rated opponent, even if he did blunder away the game in the end.

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    idreesarif

    "  There were some early surprises in the Challengers group as top seeds Reinderman and Yu Yangyi both went down in the very first round. The Polish GM faced Dutch Champion Reinderman, who played a strong Dutch defense!  "

    I think you meant Wojtaszek.


  • 7 miesięcy temu

    malambot

    it is already an achievement if So finishes in the top 6 in this very high level tournament.

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    redijedi

    Go Caruana! 

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    DarcyTheChessMan

    haven't played through all the games yet -- but great hold and win by naka -- i'd find it extremely challenging to win with bishop and queen vs 3 extra pawns --

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    chassrazor

    brace yourselves, "Proud to be Filipino" comments are coming

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    anerom

    "Spectators noticed So's unconventional entree, the kind of thing that happens when you spend more than a day in airplanes: he mistakenly came into the playing hall from the main hall, where the amateurs play, then bended down and went under the wooden wall, got up again too quickly and hit his head, and then finally reached his board. Amazingly, the Philippine managed to win that first game!"

    One of the funniest paragraph i ever read. You mean he hit his head twice then after he got up, he is already on his exact sit, lol. Just like Tom and Jerry...lol

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    anerom

    I like your description about that unconventional entry sir, lol. I lav ittttt...

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    GorillaMonster3k

     This Tournament is smoking is ready to burn as my expected

     GM Nakamura vs. GM So This would be the biggest starting carreer of this kid if he cud win this game and in Round 6 with GM Aronian well no regret another prodigy chess newbie arrive in chess history GoodLuck GM "So" I admire a Strong positional player with his age he could achieve more GO!! on & Continue........

    Round 1 - January 11
    (12:30 GMT)
     
    Round 2 - January 12
    (12:30 GMT)
     
    Round 3 - January 13
    (12:30 GMT)
    Dominguez
    Giri
     
    Giri
    Naiditsch
     
    Van Wely
    Giri
    Van Wely
    Karjakin
     
    So
    Nakamura
     
    Harikrishna
    Dominguez
    Harikrishna
    Aronian
     
    Gelfand
    Rapport
     
    Caruana
    Karjakin
    Caruana
    Gelfand
     
    Aronian
    Caruana
     
    Rapport
    Aronian
    Rapport
    So
     
    Karjakin
    Harikrishna
     
    Nakamura
    Gelfand
    Nakamura
    Naiditsch
     
    Dominguez
    Van Wely
     
    Naiditsch
    So
     
    Round 4 - January 15
    (12:30 GMT)
     
    Round 5 - January 17
    (12:30 GMT)
     
    Round 6 - January 18
    (12:30 GMT)
    Giri
    So
     
    Harikrishna
    Giri
     
    Giri
    Gelfand
    Gelfand
    Naiditsch
     
    Caruana
    Van Wely
     
    Aronian
    So
    Aronian
    Nakamura
     
    Rapport
    Dominguez
     
    Karjakin
    Naiditsch
    Karjakin
    Rapport
     
    Nakamura
    Karjakin
     
    Dominguez
    Nakamura
    Dominguez
    Caruana
     
    Naiditsch
    Aronian
     
    Van Wely
    Rapport
    Van Wely
    Harikrishna
     
    So
    Gelfand
     
    Harikrishna
    Caruana
     
    Rest Days - Jan 14, 16, 20, 22, 24
     
    Round 7 - January 19
    (12:30 GMT)
     
    Round 8 - January 21
    (12:30 GMT)
           
    Caruana
    Giri
     
    Giri
    Aronian
           
    Rapport
    Harikrishna
     
    Karjakin
    Gelfand
           
    Nakamura
    Van Wely
     
    Dominguez
    So
           
    Naiditsch
    Dominguez
     
    Van Wely
    Naiditsch
           
    So
    Karjakin
     
    Harikrishna
    Nakamura
           
    Gelfand
    Aronian
     
    Caruana
    Rapport
     
    Round 9 - January 23
    (12:30 GMT)
     
    Round 10 - January 25
    (12:30 GMT)
     
    Round 11 - January 26
    (11:00 GMT)
    Rapport
    Giri
     
    Giri
    Karjakin
     
    Nakamura
    Giri
    Nakamura
    Caruana
     
    Dominguez
    Aronian
     
    Naiditsch
    Rapport
    Naiditsch
    Harikrishna
     
    Van Wely
    Gelfand
     
    So
    Caruana
    So
    Van Wely
     
    Harikrishna
    So
     
    Gelfand
    Harikrishna
    Gelfand
    Dominguez
     
    Caruana
    Naiditsch
     
    Aronian
    Van Wely
    Aronian
    Karjakin
     
    Rapport
    Nakamura
     
    Karjakin
    Dominguez
  • 7 miesięcy temu

    chessproblemo

    On a nice day, Wesley So can beat anyone of them.

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    novzki41

    Go Wesley! 

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    Hesper

    on the contrary check2008... I'm hoping So will surprise NAKA tomorrow..

  • 7 miesięcy temu

    jocelasi

    @Charlie Johnson:  nice catch!

    The Asian players in Group A played superbly during round 1.  Well done!

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