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Who will win the 2015 Tata Steel Tournament?
Magnus Carlsen 11
Fabiano Caruana 4
Levon Aronian 0
Anish Giri 0
Wesley So 2
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 0
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 0
Teimour Radjabov 1
Baadur Jobava 0
Liren Ding 0
Vasily Ivanchuk 2
Ivan Saric 0
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Tata Steel 2015
Posted: 21 January 2015 03:35 PM   [ # 16 ]  
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Round 10
Round 10 was, in a way, a quiet one. Carlsen and Ivanchuk agreed on a GM draw, half an hour into the game, in a little more than 30 minutes. Ding Liren and Welsey so drew quite rapidly as well. MVL drew with Wojtaszek in 32 moves. Nothing changed on top of the standings, with the World Champion still leading by a full point over So and MVL. The real interesting fact of the day is the game Jobava-Caruana. Jobava came out of the opening with some problems to solve, but Caruana, after a complicated middle game, got in time trouble and missed some opportunity to get a good advantage. After time control, they got into the endgame with Caruana i nadvantage, but Jobava had the chance to force the Italian to a draw. Only, Baadur blundered horribly and lost almost on the spot. Tiredness, maybe a bit of demoralization due to the poor results Jobava has had so far, probably played an important role in this game. Caruana now shares 4th, with 6/10 together with Giri - who today beat Saric - Ivanchuk and Ding Liren.

HERE the video recap by GM Max Dlugy

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Posted: 21 January 2015 05:09 PM   [ # 17 ]  
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GMs Daniel King & Max Dlugy recap Round 10 at the end of the LIVE broadcast!

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Posted: 23 January 2015 04:59 PM   [ # 18 ]  
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Round 11
Hou Yifan wins her first game in this tough tournament. This is good news, alas it was against Baadur Jobava, who’s having a nightmarish journey in Week aan Zee. He is 1.5/11, and has slipped off the 2700 live rating list, losing some 30 points so far. At the top, Magnus drew a hard fought game with MVL, but Wesley So won convincingly with Ivan Saric, and now is alone in second place half a point behind Carlsen. At a full point form the leader, the small but menacing chasing pack with MVL, Ding Liren and Anish Giri, who won today an interesting battle with his fellow countryman Loek van Wely. Fabiano Caruana and Vasily Ivanchuk share 6th with 6.5/11. With two rounds to go, the tournament is still open to any result, though Carlsen is, by force, the favorite #1. Wesly So is having a terrific event, and in round 12 he will play Giri, while Carlsen faces Ding Liren. It’ll be interesting to see how the next round will be decisive or not, with such important matchups.

HERE the video recap by GM Larry Christiansen

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Posted: 24 January 2015 04:57 PM   [ # 19 ]  
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Round 12
One imprecision and you’re done. This is modern chess, at the top level. Wesley So today wanted to win, to catch Magnus Carlsen up there, but he found himself in trouble against the top Hollander Anish Giri, and went on playing a lost Queen ending for 7 hours and 110 moves, until Giri found his way to push the extra pawn down to the 8th rank, forcing a disappointed Wesly to resignation. Carlsen drew with Ding Liren, and now Giri is in second alone, half a point behind the World Champion. Saric won his game with Wojtaszek, and the rest of the games ended in draw. A full point behing Magnus we find MVL, Wesley So and Ding Liren. Five players could still win the tournament, but tomorrow Magnus has white against Saric, and this is not the Olympiad! Last round starts at 6AM EST - 12:00 CET. Very early for the fans from the U.S., but it’s worth the early bird wake.

HERE is the video recap by GM Lars Bo Hansen

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Posted: 25 January 2015 02:15 PM   [ # 20 ]  
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Congrats. to Lyon and everyone else who predicted Mr. Carlsen would win this tourney.
I guessed that Wesley So would win , so I shall try to do better on my future predictions.

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Posted: 25 January 2015 02:16 PM   [ # 21 ]  
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Round 13
Magnus, for the third time, wins the super-tournament in Wijk aan Zee. Congratulations to the World Champion for yet another great victory. The real news though is another: there are 4 musketeers, all of them younger than the World Champion - who is not exactly a decrepit man - who are surging prepotently to dominate the chess scene: MVL from France, Wesley So from Philippines (now playing for U.S.), Ding Liren form China and Anish Giri from the Netherlands. These 4 boys have had a fantastic tournament, and Magnus had to play well all the way through the end to win the event. The 5th musketeer is probably tired from playing just too much: Fabiano the fabulous Caruana didn’t have a good tournament, and finished 7th, behind Ivanchuk. The first super-tournament of the year seems to indicate that chess at the top level is more and more dominated by fresh and young talents, that are able to sit at the board for 7 hours without getting tired. The 2015 Tata Steel tournament has been interesting and exciting to follow, with the main protagonists fighting hard to prevail. Caruana won the first two games and then disappeared from the top, replaced by an evergreen Ivanchuk, who held the helm for four rounds, until Magnus started his amazing 6-win streak, to get a firm grip on the title, which he managed not to let go in the last rounds.

HERE the video recap by GM Var Akobian

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Posted: 25 January 2015 02:18 PM   [ # 22 ]  
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chessman64 - 25 January 2015 02:15 PM

Congrats. to Lyon and everyone else who predicted Mr. Carlsen would win this tourney.
I guessed that Wesley So would win , so I shall try to do better on my future predictions.

It was a great tournament, chessman64, and everything could have happened at the end. So lost to Giri the decisive game in round 12, otherwise it’d have been hard for Magnus to win. I hope you enjoyed following the tournament!

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