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  1. 10 Jan '11 09:16
    The 73rd edition coming up next friday(14th January)!

    I'm especially interested to see how Giri will perform in the A group and Hammer in the B group.
    And no doubt Shirov will produce some fine puzzling games.

    Apparently these days it's called 'Tata steel chess'
    For me it'll always remain Hoogovens.
    'Tata' toettoet

    toet.
  2. 10 Jan '11 19:32
    It will be very good tournament with 4 best players of the world
  3. 10 Jan '11 20:50
    always hoping for aronian. maybe this will be his tournament?
  4. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    11 Jan '11 16:39
    Nakamura ftw!
  5. 14 Jan '11 16:21 / 1 edit
    The 73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament will be held 14 January - 30 January 2011 in Wijk aan Zee.

    http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

    Wijk aan Zee Chess tournament.
  6. 14 Jan '11 20:20
    Participants Group “A”: Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2814); Viswanathan Anand (Ind, 2810); Levon Aronian (Arm, 2805); GM Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 2784); Alexander Grischuk (Rus, 2773); Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2751); Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukr, 2744); Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 2733); Wang Hao (Chn, 2731); Alexei Shirov (Esp, 2722); Maxime Vachier—Lagrave (Fra, 2715); Anish Giri (Ned, 2686); Jan Smeets (Ned, 2662); Erwin l’Ami (Ned, 2628).
  7. 15 Jan '11 02:16
    Tomorrow (today actually) at 13.30 the fun begins!

    Group B:
    GM Radek Wojtaszek POL
    GM David Navara CZE
    GM Laurant Fressinet
    GM Zahar Efimenko UKR
    GM Wesley So PHL
    GM Gabriel Sargissian ARM
    GM Le Quang Liem VNM
    GM Luke McShane ENG
    GM Surya Ganguly IND
    GM Li Chao CHN 2649
    GM Jon Ludvig Hammer NOR
    GM Vlad Tkachiev FRA
    GM Friso Nijboer NLD
    GM Wouter Spoelman NLD

    Group C:
    GM Murtas Kazhgaleyev KAZ
    GM Ivan Ivanisevic SRB
    GM Mark Bluvshtein CAN
    GM Daniele Vocaturo ITA
    GM Dariusz Swiercz POL
    IM Ilya Nyzhnyk UKR
    GM Katherina Lahno UKR
    IM Roeland Pruijssers NED
    IM Benjamin Bok NLD
    IM Robin van Kampen NLD
    GM Sebastian Siebrecht GER
    IM Mark van der Werf NLD
    IM Jan Willem de Jong NLD
    IM Tania Sachdev IND

    toet.
  8. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    15 Jan '11 14:21
    Smeets beets Shirov in 49 ply
  9. 15 Jan '11 20:25
    Originally posted by ketchuplover
    Smeets beets Shirov in 49 ply
    Amazing ....
  10. 15 Jan '11 21:44
    Originally posted by ivanhoe
    Amazing ....
    Even more amazing is that Teletekst (Dutch Ceefax) has not bothered to put up that game, going for Carlsen's grandmaster draw instead. Gah. Why they even bother to cover the tournament when they clearly don't give a flying cattle-manure shall probably always remain beyond my comprehension.

    Richard
  11. 16 Jan '11 13:44
    Playchess has commentary by GM Daniel King for free today. Good stuff.
  12. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    17 Jan '11 16:35
    carlsen vs giri, 22 moves and 0-1?!! big oops for the OLD guy!


  13. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    17 Jan '11 18:42
    Why not f3? tia
  14. 17 Jan '11 19:55
    Originally posted by ketchuplover
    Why not f3? tia
    Because after Qa4, White's rook is still left hanging.

    But it's not fair! These grandmasters have all the best moves, surely they could do us patzers the honour of leaving us the "throw away your knight" tricks for our exclusive use? Must they then have everything? It's cruel of Magnus to deprive us of our one area of expertise (one I myself am particularly good at, too), and I protest most strenuously!

    Richard
  15. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    17 Jan '11 20:43
    Originally posted by Shallow Blue
    Because after Qa4, White's rook is still left hanging.

    But it's not fair! These grandmasters have all the best moves, surely they could do us patzers the honour of leaving us the "throw away your knight" tricks for our exclusive use? Must they then have everything? It's cruel of Magnus to deprive us of our one area of expertise (one I myself am particularly good at, too), and I protest most strenuously!

    Richard
    Don't hurt yourself