Tata Steel Chess Rd. 2: Nepom wins; McShane leads “B”
16.01.2011
– It was a quiet day overall, with not much to drum up strong emotions or free-flowing adrenaline. In the main “A” tournament, spectators were left wondering whether the omission of the anti-draw Sofia rules might not have been a mistake after all, with Nepomniachtchi the only winner. In the “B” event, GM Luke McShane took the early lead with 2.0/2. Express report.

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This event is taking place from January 14th to 30th, 2011 in the traditional
De Moriaan Center in Wijk aan Zee. There are three Grandmaster Groups, with
14 players each and each competitor playing against every other. The rate of
play is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and finally 15
minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 seconds/move increment starting
with the first move of the game. Games begin at 13:30h local
time (CET), except for the last round on January 30th, which begins at 12:30h.
There are three rest days, on January 19th, 24th, and 27th.

Results of round two

It was a quiet day overall, with not much to drum up strong emotions or free-flowing adrenaline. In the main “A” tournament, spectators were left wondering whether the omission of the anti-draw Sofia rules might not have been a mistake after all. Although a few draws, while short, were pretty much sucked dry of the life in them, such as Anand-Kramnik, or Grischuk-Vachier Lagrave, one barely left the starting gate (Aronian-Nakamura), and a couple were agreed despite having plenty of play in them, such as Ponomariov-l’Ami, and above all Giri-Smeets. The latter was the biggest disappointment for the audience who had few (used as a synonym of ‘zilch’) options for action-packed games, and this was one intense battle that left even Playchess commentator, GM Daniel King, breathless. After managing to reach the time control alive, with ample playing options for both sides, the hands were stuck out and a quick escape was made to the analysis area. A pity. Nepomniachtchi milked his advantageous endgame with Hao to the end, and there were no miracle saves this time for the resourceful Chinese GM, for the only decisive game of the top key.

The “B” event was also somewhat sparse in ones and zeros, but the couple that appeared were significant. After a fairly crazy game with Efimenko in the first round, against whom Carlsen’s compatriot GM Jon Hammer had spent the greater part dead lost, it was precisely when he attained his miracle drawn endgame that he crumbled and capitulated. Still unrecovered from it, he was unable to show his best and lost again in round two against Ganguly. On the opposite side of the spectrum, English GM Luke McShane, who had shocked everyone with his “catch me if you can” opening sprint at the London Classic a few weeks ago, showed his result was not some wild fluke, and is the only one on 2.0/2.

Grischuk,A (2773) – Vachier Lagrave,M (2715) [B30]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 16.01.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bb5 Bg7 5.0-0 Nf6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.h3 Nd7 8.d3 Nf8 9.Ne2 b6 10.Nh2 Ne6 11.Rb1 0-0 12.Be3 Nd4 13.Qd2 e5 14.Nxd4 cxd4 15.Bh6 Be6 16.b3 Qd6 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.f4 f6 19.Rf3 exf4 20.Rxf4 Rf7 21.Rbf1 Raf8 22.Nf3 h6 23.Nh4 Kh7 24.R4f3 c5 25.Qe1 f5 26.exf5 Bxf5 27.Nxf5 1/2-1/2

Wang Hao (2731) – Nepomniachtchi,I (2733) [E60]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 16.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 d6 4.Nc3 e5 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Qxd8+ Kxd8 7.Bg5 Be7 8.0-0-0+ Nbd7 9.Nh3 h6 10.Be3 c6 11.Nf2 Kc7 12.Nd3 b6 13.g3 Ba6 14.b3 Rae8 15.Bh3 Bc8 16.Kc2 Bf8 17.f4 exf4 18.Bxf4+ Kb7 19.b4 g5 20.Bc1 Ne5 21.Bxc8+ Kxc8 22.Nxe5 Rxe5 23.Rhf1 Re6 24.Kb3 Be7 25.b5 Rd8 26.bxc6 Rxd1 27.Rxd1 Rxc6 28.Nb5 Re6 29.e3 a6 30.Nd4 Re5 31.Rf1 Kd7 32.Nf5 Ke6 33.Ng7+ Kd7 34.Nf5 Ke6 35.Ng7+ Kd7 36.Kc2 Ne4 37.Nf5 Ra5 38.Bb2 Rxa2 39.Rd1+ Ke8 40.Kb3 Ra5 41.Nxh6 Nc5+ 42.Kc2 Ra4 43.Nf5 Rxc4+ 44.Kb1 g4 45.Rd5 Ne6 46.Be5 Rc6 47.e4 f6 48.Bb2 Nc7 49.Rd3 Rc4 50.Rd4 Rxd4 51.Bxd4 b5 52.Nh6 Ne6 53.Be3 Nc5 54.Bxc5 Bxc5 55.Nxg4 Kf7 56.h4 Kg6 57.Kc2 a5 58.h5+ Kg5 59.h6 Bf8 60.h7 Bg7 61.Ne3 Kg6 62.Nd5 Kxh7 63.Nc7 b4 64.Kb3 Bf8 65.Nd5 Kg6 66.Ka4 Bd6 67.Kxa5 b3 68.Nc3 Be5 69.Kb4 b2 70.Nb1 Kg5 71.Kc4 Kg4 72.Kd3 Kxg3 73.Ke3 Bf4+ 74.Ke2 Bc1 75.Nc3 Kf4 76.Kd3 Kf3 77.Kc2 Bf4 78.Nb1 Kxe4 79.Kxb2 Kd3 80.Kb3 Be5 0-1

Aronian,L (2805) – Nakamura,Hi (2751) [A89]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 16.01.2011

1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.d5 Na5 9.Nd2 c5 10.Rb1 e5 11.dxe6 Bxe6 12.b3 d5 13.cxd5 Nxd5 14.Nxd5 Bxd5 15.Ba3 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 Nc6 17.Nf3 1/2-1/2

Giri,A (2686) – Smeets,J (2662) [D44]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 16.01.2011

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.exf6 Bb7 12.g3 c5 13.d5 Qb6 14.Bg2 0-0-0 15.0-0 b4 16.Na4 Qb5 17.a3 exd5 18.axb4 cxb4 19.Bf4 Bh6 20.Bd6 Bf8 21.Be7 Bxe7 22.fxe7 Rde8 23.Qd4 Rh6 24.b3 Rxe7 25.Rfc1 Ne5 26.Nc5 c3 27.Rxa7 Nc6 28.Qg4+ Rhe6 29.Nxe6 fxe6 30.Ra4 Qc5 31.Qg8+ Kd7 32.Bf1 d4 33.Bc4 Na5 34.Qb8 Qc6 35.f3 Nxc4 36.Rxb4 Nb6 37.Rxd4+ Nd5 38.Qe5 Qc7 1/2-1/2

Anand,V (2810) – Kramnik,V (2784) [E32]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 16.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 d5 7.Nf3 dxc4 8.Qxc4 b6 9.Bg5 Bb7 10.Rc1 c5 11.dxc5 h6 12.Bf4 Bd5 13.Qc2 Nbd7 14.Bd6 Nxc5 15.Bxf8 Qxf8 16.e3 Nb3 17.Bc4 Nxc1 18.Bxd5 Nxd5 19.Qxc1 Rc8 20.Qb1 Qc5 21.0-0 Qc2 22.Qxc2 Rxc2 23.Rb1 1/2-1/2

Shirov,A (2722) – Carlsen,M (2814) [C45]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 16.01.2011

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Ba6 9.b3 g6 10.Ba3 Qg5 11.g3 Bxa3 12.Nxa3 0-0-0 13.Qe4 Qe7 14.Nc2 f5 15.Qd4 Nb4 16.Nxb4 Qxb4+ 17.Qd2 Qc5 18.f4 d6 19.b4 Qb6 20.c5 Qb7 21.Bxa6 Qxa6 22.cxd6 cxd6 23.exd6 Rhe8+ 24.Kf2 Rxd6 25.Qxd6 Qe2+ 26.Kg1 Qe3+ 27.Kg2 Qe2+ 28.Kg1 1/2-1/2

Ponomariov,R (2744) – L’Ami,E (2628) [E59]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 16.01.2011

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d4 Bb4 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Qc7 11.Bb2 e5 12.h3 Bf5 13.Bb5 e4 14.Nd2 Rad8 15.Rc1 Bg6 16.Re1 Rd5 17.Be2 Re8 18.c4 Rdd8 19.d5 Ne5 20.a4 Re7 21.Nf1 1/2-1/2

Watching the games

It goes without saying that the options to watch the games live are wide and varied. You can watch them at no cost on Playchess, enjoying the software’s new options to display multiple boards at the same time, and if you are a Premium member, live grandmaster commentary will be provided on Playchess for every round by GM Daniel King, author of the best-selling Power Play series, and GM Lubomir Ftacnik.

A sample of the first round commentary by GM Daniel King, commenting and
analyzing the moves of the game
as well as suggestions by the spectators in the chat.
The variations and arrows can be saved for later replay by
all who are watching.

If you miss the live games, you can always watch the commentary after the fact, or get an abridged tale via the Daily Roundup show also hosted on Playchess. Again, if you miss the show, it remains available on the server at your disposal.


Schedule of Grandmaster Group A


Schedule of Grandmaster Group B


Schedule of Grandmaster Group C


Links

  • Official tournament site
  • “A” tournament games in PGN
  • “B” tournament games in PGN
  • “C” tournament games in PGN

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