Tata Steel Chess – Round 10 Round-up – Chessbase News

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1/23/2019 – 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 10

Anish Giri was briefly in the sole lead in the Masters group with yet another black win, this time over the struggling Vladimir Fedoseev. The headline game of the co-leaders Carlsen vs Anand saw the World Champion win a pawn in a rook and knight ending, but it looked like it was not going to be enough to win. After over six hours of play, however, Magnus scored the point — his first vs Anand since 2015 — and now he is in the pole position.

The other co-leader after Round 9, Ian Nepomniachtchi, was the victim of a flashy kingside attack and king-hunt that ultimately netted Jorden van Foreest a queen for rook and bishop plus a continuing attack. Ding Liren drew against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, which makes it all the more likely Ding will keep the number three spot on the Elo list come February 1.

All Tata Steel Chess 2019 stories

IM Lawrence Trent takes you through the day’s highlights

All Roundup shows

Current 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


Current standings – Challengers


Pairings for the remaining rounds

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.


Round 11 – Friday the 25th
Radjabov, Teimour – Carlsen, Magnus 
Giri, Anish – Shankland, Samuel 
Nepomniachtchi, Ian – Fedoseev, Vladimir 
Kramnik, Vladimir – Van Foreest, Jorden 
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Vidit, S.G.
Rapport, Richard – Ding, Liren 
Anand, Viswanathan – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 


Round 12 – Saturday the 26th
Carlsen, Magnus – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 
Ding, Liren – Anand, Viswanathan 
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi – Rapport, Richard 
Van Foreest, Jorden – Mamedyarov, S. 
Fedoseev, Vladimir – Kramnik, Vladimir 
Shankland, Samuel – Nepomniachtchi, Ian 
Radjabov, Teimour – Giri, Anish 

Round 13 – Sunday the 27th
Giri, Anish – Carlsen, Magnus 
Nepomniachtchi, Ian – Radjabov, Teimour 
Kramnik, Vladimir – Shankland, Samuel 
Mamedyarov, S. – Fedoseev, Vladimir 
Rapport, Richard – Van Foreest, Jorden 
Anand, Viswanathan – Vidit, S. G. 
Duda, Jan-Krzysztof – Ding, Liren 


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.



Round 11


Round 12


Round 13


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 TBD
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.


New NASCAR Documentary Explores Jeff Gordon-Dale Earnhardt Sr. Rivalry – NESN

If you were a NASCAR fan in the 1990s, then you know it was all about Dale Earnhardt Sr. vs Jeff Gordon.

The rivalry between the two racing legends unfortunately — and tragically — was cut short, but it still managed to produce some of the most memorable moments in NASCAR history. Many of those moments appear in “Unrivaled,” a documentary about the incredible rivalry between “The Intimidator” and “Speed Racer.”

Watch the trailer for the documentary below:

Good stuff.

“Unrivaled” premieres Feb. 14 on FS1. The 2019 NASCAR season will get underway just three days later with the Daytona 500.

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Baseball America top 100 includes 8 Atlanta Braves – FanSided

After graduating the #1 prospect last season as well as multiple prospects over the last two seasons, the Atlanta Braves still showed up prominently in Baseball America’s top 100 list released Wednesday.

The Atlanta Braves have dominated top 100 prospect lists from multiple list providers over the last few years as the team’s rebuild produced excellent young prospects. While many of those young players have begun to filter to Atlanta, enough are still in the minor leagues that 8 appeared on today’s Baseball America top 100 list.

But first, this…

When reviewing the stats on the BA top 100 list this season, one thing really stood out. The Atlanta Braves had 8 prospects make it, the third season in a row that they’ve had that number. They were bested, however, by the San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays, who each had 9 players on their top 100 list. Add in the Blue Jays with 7, and those four teams had 1/3 of the 100 players on the list.

Conversely, three teams had no players on the list. It’s not the teams you would typically think, though. The Cubs, Yankees, and Red Sox each landed zero players on the list.

Who made it

While the team did not have a player in the top 20, they did have three in the top 25. Here’s a list of the players who were selected and where they were ranked:

Impressive that all 8 were in the top 85 prospects on the list!

Who was snubbed

Anytime you see a list like this, there are players that are not on it that some feel should be. For me, there is one incredibly glaring omission, but after that, none that are horribly obvious.

The big one for me is catcher William Contreras. I’ve been the high man on Contreras for 3 seasons, having him inside my top 30 Atlanta Braves prospects 3 seasons ago, when he was coming out of the Dominican Summer League. However, even with a flux of catchers not seen in many years on a BA list, Contreras was left off in favor of catchers that really are not in his class, in my opinion.

The only other member of my top 10 that did not make the top 100 was Luiz Gohara, and that makes sense, frankly, after the year he had in 2018.

Beyond Gohara and Contreras, one could make a good argument for Kyle Muller, Greyson Jenista, Kolby Allard, and possibly Joey Wentz being part of top 100 lists this offseason, which should make seeing who ends up on various industry lists very interesting over the next few weeks.

Next: Scouting report on Kyle Muller

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On that note, one week from tomorrow, I will have an update to my top 125 Atlanta Braves prospect list, and the next day, you can see how many Atlanta Braves make my top 150 prospect list at Call to the Pen!

Last, but not least, we are going to re-institute a fun series we did years ago with Final Friday all prospects questions answered. I’ll put together a post on Friday morning this week as it’s the final Friday of January, and anything you want to ask on the minor league system is open and I’ll do my best to answer!

Financial Review: 500.com (WBAI) vs. Alliance MMA (AMMA) – Fairfield Current

Alliance MMA (NASDAQ:AMMA) and 500.com (NYSE:WBAI) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.


This table compares Alliance MMA and 500.com’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alliance MMA -424.58% -670.32% -381.53%
500.com -231.56% -25.38% -22.76%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Alliance MMA and 500.com, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alliance MMA 0 0 0 0 N/A
500.com 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Alliance MMA and 500.com’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alliance MMA $4.21 million 0.73 -$11.97 million N/A N/A
500.com $19.83 million 28.52 -$48.73 million N/A N/A

Alliance MMA has higher earnings, but lower revenue than 500.com.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

3.0% of Alliance MMA shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.3% of 500.com shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.7% of 500.com shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Alliance MMA has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, 500.com has a beta of 0.25, meaning that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500.


500.com beats Alliance MMA on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Alliance MMA

Alliance MMA, Inc. focuses on mixed martial arts (MMA) promotional activities. It operates through three segments: Promotions, Ticket Services, and Athlete Management. The company offers MMA promotions, MMA ticketing platform, and fighter management services. It also provides live MMA event promotion, as well as athlete management services to professional MMA fighters. The company was founded in 2015 and is based in New York, New York.

About 500.com

500.com Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides online gaming services primarily in the People’s Republic of China and Europe. It operates online gaming sites, such as Multilotto.com or Multilotto.net in Curacao, Malta, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, as well as provides users with various casino services, including online slot machines and online table games. The company also operates a sports information portal and a mobile application, which offers real time soccer match information and data-driven soccer match predictions, as well as allows users to post free or pay-per-view contents, such as observations and analyses on the portal; and provides a pay-service, which offers users the ability to connect with independent sports experts to obtain information on specific sporting matches. In addition, it engages in the provision of lottery-related technologies, systems, and solutions to state-run lottery operators. Further, the company operates a platform to provide customers with online spot commodity trading for gold trade and delay products across PC and mobile devices. The company was formerly known as 500wan.com Limited and changed its name to 500.com Limited in October 2013. 500.com Limited was founded in 2001 and is based in Shenzhen, the People’s Republic of China.

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5 Best 2019 MLB Win Totals Bets – Take the Phillies OVER 84.5 – SportsBettingDime.com

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Rhys Hoskins and the Phillies should be formidable in 2019. Photo by Ian D’Andrea (Wiki Commons) [CC License].
  • BetOnline has released 2019 win totals for all 30 Major League Baseball teams
  • The Phillies are being criminally undervalued at just 84.5 wins
  • Oddsmakers are also overlooking the Reds despite the team’s aggressive offseason overhaul

Spring Training is still one month away, but that hasn’t stopped the oddsmakers at BetOnline from peeking into their crystal balls and predicting the win totals for all 30 Major League Baseball teams.

The Houston Astros lead the way with 96.5 wins, but the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees aren’t far behind at 95.5 wins each. Bringing up the rear are the lowly Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins, both of whom are expected to lose 95 games or more.

Top 5 2019 MLB Win Totals

Team 2019 MLB Win Totals at
BetOnline (01/23/19)
Houston Astros 96.5
Boston Red Sox 95.5
New York Yankees 95.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 94.5
Cleveland Indians 90.5

We’ve examined all of BetOnline’s projections and have found five win totals that you should pounce on immediately.

Philadelphia Phillies (84.5 Wins)

The 80-win Phillies fell far short of postseason glory in 2018, but there’s reason to believe their luck will change this year. For starters, Philadelphia has added some serious star power with the acquisitions of All-Star shortstop Jean Segura from the Mariners, and former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen from the Yankees.  Both players are professional hitters who add plenty of pop to Philly’s lineup.

Management also strengthened the team’s bullpen by signing free agent reliever David Robertson to a two-year deal. The former World Series champ was 8-3 with a 3.23 ERA last season with the Yankees, and held opponents to a minuscule .183 batting average. He should work wonders for a club that ranked 18th last season in bullpen ERA.

Those three signings have already made Philadelphia’s offseason a success, but the club isn’t done wheeling and dealing just yet. Philly is also still in the thick of the Manny Machado and Bryce Harper sweepstakes. The franchise has gobs of money to spend and either player could easily account for an additional 10-12 wins. Get the Phillies at 84.5 wins now while you still can, before they land their man and oddsmakers raise their projected total.

Pick: Over 84.5

Cincinnati Reds (77.5 Wins)

Few teams have undergone a more aggressive makeover this offseason than the Reds, and that’s a good thing, since they stunk worse than a beer and bratwurst fart last season. Cincinnati swung for the fences on December 21st by acquiring All-Stars Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, and Alex Wood from the Dodgers for Homer Bailey and a pair of prospects.

The deal cost them a small fortune, but immediately upgrades their roster in several areas of need. Puig, in particular, should shine at Great American Ballpark after years of playing in cavernous Dodger Stadium.

The Reds have since bolstered their rotation by landing Sonny Gray from the Yankees. The 29-year-old right-hander wilted under the bright lights of New York, but should flourish playing in a smaller market again. Expect him to reagain his All-Star form from 2015 when he went 14-7 with a 2.73 ERA for the Athletics.

Pick: Over 77.5 

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Atlanta Braves (83.5 Wins)

Few pundits expected the Baby Braves to win 90 games in 2018, but now that we know what they’re capable of a six-game slide seems nearly unthinkable.

If all goes according to plan, Atlanta will benefit from a full season from NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr., who didn’t join the Braves until April 25th. Fellow first year phenom Ozzie Albies should also be significantly better, which is a terrifying thought for opposing pitchers.

The two players will be joined by three-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, who finished fourth in NL MVP voting in 2018, and former AL MVP Josh Donaldson, who signed as a free agent on November 26th. That’s an impressive core, and it should be enough to keep the good vibes going in the Peach State.

Pick: Over 83.5

Boston Red Sox (95.5 Wins)

No one expects the Red Sox to shatter last year’s franchise record of 108 regular season wins, but surely the defending World Series champs can muster 96 victories. After all, Boston is returning the same formidable lineup that led the Majors in hits, doubles, total bases, RBIs, batting average, onbase percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. Oh, and they’ll also have former AL MVP Dustin Pedoria back at second after a year of rest and rehabilitation. His presence should make the league’s most lethal offense even more deadly.

The only real question mark is who will close out games, as Boston and free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel are still miles apart in their negotiations. Fortunately the Red Sox have some quality arms in Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier, and manager Alex Cora is likely to experiment with a closer-by-committee approach for much of the season.

Pick: Over 95.5 wins

Seattle Mariners (74.5 Wins)

You’ll have to excuse Mariners fans if they’re feeling a little glum. Seattle completely eviscerated their 89-win team during the winter by unloading All-Star reliever Edwin Diaz, All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, All-Star infielder Jean Segura, All-Star pitcher Alex Colome, lefty ace James Paxton, and (pause for breath) hard-hitting cather Mike Zunino.

The last time we witnessed a fire sale of that magnitude was a year ago when the Marlins shipped off their starting outfield for a bunch of prospects and a rosin bag. The result was a 14-game swing as Miami went from 77-85 to 63-98. Expect a similar scenario in the Northwest this year, only with a lot more rain and a lot less palm trees.

Pick Under 74.5 wins 

The Trial Show – Caulfield Review – Racing.com


Eleven heats conducted on the course proper between the 2000 and 1200-metre marks. A few contenders for some autumn features were among those in action as they get close to kicking off their preparations, with Blue Diamond winner Written By one of the morning’s highlights.


Heat 1 – Written By and Bons Away

Heat 2 – Dancing Tycoon and Schabau

Heat 5 – Bella Rosa and Groot


HEAT 1 – Approximately 49.04s

A high-quality heat with Written By showing his customary speed to lead Amralah and Mask Of Time. Bons Away was allowed to find his feet early but made ground during the middle stages to join Written By and they cleared out by about six lengths on the rest of the field.


HEAT 2 – Approximately 49.08s

Dancing Tycoon cleared away early to lead by about four lengths from Lecture. That margin was down to between two and three lengths on the line, with both horses trialling well. Schabau was out-sped in the early stages but was given a solid hit-out right through the line and appears to have trained on well since his Australian debut victory. The Mick Price-trained Dancing Tycoon boasts an impressive first-up record and is in great shape to resume.


HEAT 3 – Approximately 48.48s

Tavisan jumped straight to the front to lead Elana and win the heat in good style. High Ratio made ground out wide over the concluding stages to also perform well. Tavisan was able to win at his first Australian start after crossing from New Zealand to join the Price stable and he appears in good order to kick off his next campaign.


HEAT 5 – Approximately 49.06s

Bella Rosa began well and controlled the heat to win in good style. The closing effort of Groot to emerge from the chasing pack and finish alongside Bella Rosa was also noteworthy. Bella Rosa was able to win at Flemington on debut and looks to be progressing well while Groot is yet to race and should be suited on debut over about 1200m. Both horses are prepared by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and should be worth keeping on side in the weeks ahead.


HEAT 8 – Approximately 48.34s

The quickest heat of the morning saw Brightful, trained by Robert Hickmott, and Seatonic, prepared by Maher and Eustace, test each for virtually the entire heat. Seatonic is a two-year-old daughter of Sebring, who is yet to race, while Brightful has only beaten one runner home in her two runs to date and appears to have improved during her recent break.