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.


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The not-so-drawish Petroff

It is already a well-known fact that World Championship matches set opening trends both at the elite and amateur levels. Last year’s challenger for the crown, Fabiano Caruana, used the Petroff as his main weapon with Black while getting his spot at the most prestigious chess event in the world and at the match itself. Vidit Gujrathi — like most elite players — probably looked into the ‘Russian Defence’ because of this and used it against Ian Nepomniachtchi in their ninth round game.

They followed the line played by Carlsen and Caruana in the sixth game of the match, when Magnus manoeuvred his knight no less than nine times in the first fourteen moves. ‘Nepo’ deviated on move six, however, and later confessed that he did not expect this opening, as Vidit is not an expert in said defence. The definite character of the position was established when Black exchanged his dark-squared bishop:


A queenless middlegame with bishops of opposite colours was set up after 23…Bxd4 24.Rxd4. The computer thinks it is a balanced struggle, but it is clearly more difficult to play with Black, as White has the space advantage and an easier path to progress on the queenside. Eventually, Nepomniachtchi managed to get an outside passed pawn on the a-file and went on to win the game after 37 moves:


Black’s position is hopeless. Vidit resigned.

The usual post-mortem discussion | Photo: Alina l’Ami

Chess is hard

Despite starring some of the strongest players in the world, some supertournament games finish with decisive results from apparently innocuous positions — for example, a non-expert eye would not have realised how hard it was for Vidit to defend the almost symmetrical queenless position he had against Nepomniachtchi.

A clearer example was seen in the game Teimour Radjabov vs Vladimir Fedoseev. A tense struggle turned into a rook endgame in which Black was a pawn up. White had an active king, though, and it was not clear how the Russian would break through. 

Probably Fedoseev was aware of the fact that the resulting pawn endgame was favourable, as he quickly played the winning combination that followed the exchange of rooks:


Black just pushed his pawn to b5, and after 84.axb5+ he quickly played 84…Kd6! instead of the ‘automatic’ 84…Kxb5 (which is a draw). The trick is that after 85.Kxg6 a4 86.f5 a3 87.f6 a2 88. f7 Ke7…


…White needs to defend his f-pawn with 89.Kg7 and Black queens with check: 89.a1Q+! winning the game. After 84…Kd6, Radjabov simply resigned.

Fedoseev is back on 50% | Photo: Alina l’Ami

Mere mortals usually avoid giving up a queen, as it is way too difficult to judge if there is enough compensation for the sacrifice (…or we do it ‘bravely’, trying to speculate our way into a lucky win). The same cannot be said about Jorden van Foreest’s sacrifice against Anish Giri — the younger Dutchman did not fear his opponent’s abilities when he gave up his queen:


The simple 16…fxe6 was playable, but Jorden’s 16…Nf3+ is the computer’s first suggestion. The game continued 17.Bxf3 Qxd2 18.exf7 Kxf7 19.Bxa8 Bf8 and Black gave back the queen shortly afterwards. There are many alternative lines and you can try them out on the diagram above. (After trying some lines, do not miss the analysis provided by GM Daniel Fernandez below).

After the tension was relieved, the players found themselves in a more controlled position and signed a draw after 30 moves, although Giri could have kept on pushing if he wanted to. He talked about his draw offer with Fiona Steil-Antoni:

Co-leaders Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand drew their games with Black against Sam Shankland and Richard Rapport, with Carlsen using a rather provocative defence against the U.S. Champion — he played both …a6 and …h6 before move five. Meanwhile, Ding Liren obtained a favourable position against Vladimir Kramnik — after the Russian got himself in time trouble — but could not convert it into a win in the end.

The second “Chess on Tour” round on Wednesday will see Carlsen having the white pieces against Anand in the much-awaited clash between co-leaders — the players of the Masters section will take a 45-minute trip (approximately) to the South Holland city of Leiden.

When colleagues admire your work… | Photo: Alina l’Ami

Standings after Round 9 – Masters


All Masters games analysed by GM Daniel Fernandez


The Reliable Petroff

The Petroff (or Russian) Defence which is characterised by the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 has been popular at the highest levels for many years and enjoys the reputation of being an extremely solid defence.


Round 9 round-up

GM Danny King recapped the action from round nine

All Roundup shows

All games – Masters


Three decisive games in the Challengers

Maksim Chigaev remains as sole leader of the Challengers tournament with four rounds to go — let us remember that the biggest prize in this event is a spot in next year’s Masters section. Vladislav Kovalev and Andrey Esipenko are half a point behind and are still way within range of finishing on top.

The decisive games of Tuesday saw Benjamin Gledura beating Elisabeth Paehtz and getting his third win in four rounds; Stefan Kuipers winning for the first time in the tournament (against Lucas van Foreest); and Parham Maghsoodloo taking down Dinara Saduakassova with the black pieces.

Esipenko might qualify to the Masters at 16 | Photo: Alina l’Ami

A most-welcome visitor, Vlastimil Hort | Photo: Alina l’Ami

Standings after Round 9 – Challengers


All games – Challengers



World chess governing body vows Israelis will always have right to compete – The Jerusalem Post – Israel News


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Newly elected President of the Athens-based Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE – World Chess Federation) Arkady Dvorkovich, expressed his ongoing support to root out antisemitism and continued to ensure that Israelis will have the right to compete in all competitions held by the FIDE, during a visit to Israel last week.

Dvorvich met with President of the Israeli Chess Federation Moshe Slav and Director General of the FIDE Emil Sutovsky, the first Israeli to achieve the title.

“We talked about a partnership with the Israel Chess Association on big international competitions that can be held in Israel and about training young chess players.” Dvorvich said to TASS news agency.

During the meeting, Israeli officials lauded the swift decision making of the FIDE to relocate its World Blitz and Rapid Championship from Riyadh to Russia after Saudi Arabia barred Israelis from participating in the tournament. Saudi Arabia had also banned Israeli players in 2017.

During which time the FIDE released a statement saying, “FIDE rejects discriminatory treatment for national, political, racial, social or religious reasons or on account of gender,” adding that the FIDE statutes stipulate that only federations offering free access to competitors are allowed to host tournaments.

“The State of Israel thanked us for changing the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships to St. Petersburg, in agreement with the Saudi partners, and this allowed for Israeli players to take part in the championship,” Dvorkovich said in regards to last year’s competition.

Within the meeting it was also announced that the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC) will financially support the Israeli Chess Federation in order to build growth within the country and on the national scale of competition.

“We hope that our support will ensure the participation of Israelis in the most prestigious of tournaments, bring about new victories and especially contribute to the popularity of chess and the development of cultural ties,” said Dr. Haim Ben-Yakov CEO of the EAJC. “We are confident that Israeli chess players are the best ambassadors of goodwill.”

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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Turbo charge your endgame knowledge – Chessbase News

by Steffen Giehring

1/21/2019 – Perfect endgame analysis and a much better engine performance: the new Endgame Turbo 5 is more than perfect! It comes on an USB 3.0 flash drive (128 GB), covers the most important six piece endgames, all endgames with less than six pieces, and helps top engines such as Fritz, Komodo Chess and Houdini to play these endgames perfectly. Here’s a short tutorial on how to install the Endgame Turbo and set up the tablebases. | Drawing: ChessBase

Endgame Turbo 5 USB flash drive

Endgame Turbo 5 USB flash drive

Perfect endgame analysis and a huge increase in engine performance: Get it with the new Endgame Turbo 5! This brings the full 6-piece Syzygy endgame tablebases on a pendrive. Just plug it in a USB socket and you are set!


Endgame Turbo 5

With the Endgame Turbo 5, engines play endgames with six pieces or fewer perfectly but they also play endgames with more than six pieces much better because the Endgame Turbo lets them know which six-piece-endgames are won, drawn or lost. It helps you to improve your endgame play, and is a powerful tool for correspondence players, endgame theoreticians, friends of engine matches, and anyone interested in the endgame phase!


You can directly load the Endgame Turbo 5 from the USB stick to ChessBase or Fritz. If your hard drive has enough space you can also install the endgame databases on your computer. However, the Endgame Turbo 5 needs about 120 GB of storage space.

Using Endgame Turbo from the USB stick

Close all programs and connect the USB stick to one of the USB ports to your computer.

Start the program ChessBaseEndgameTurboSetup.exe from the USB stick. Select the installation language and go to “Next”. In the following dialogue “Choose Components” you accept the default settings and go directly to “Next”:

You also have the option to “install to hard disk”, but you’ll need to dedicate 120 GB!

This will last only one or two seconds because the installation program has to write only one information into the settings of ChessBase and Fritz. Finish the process in the next dialogue with “Finish”.

Now start your ChessBase 13/14 or Fritz 15/16 program and load, let’s say, a six-piece-endgame. Now start the analysis (Alt+F2). The engine window now shows how the Endgame Turbo 5 evaluates all possible moves in the current position:

Instant and perfect endgame evaluation!

+- means that White wins.
-+ indicates a win for Black.
= means a draw.

In positions that are won or lost, the number in brackets gives additional information: it indicates the number of moves after which the next irreversible position — that is when a pawn moves or a piece is captured — will be reached when both sides play perfectly. In pawn endgames, this information will hardly ever be relevant because pawns will often move. But in endgames without pawns in which no pieces are captured for a long time, the 50-move-rule is relevant. In the example above the next irreversible position is reached after 12 perfect moves.

Should the engine not show the evaluation of all legal moves but calculate variations instead (that’s not what we want here) the settings to access the tablebases are not correct. Solution: go in CB or Fritz to File→Options→Tablebases→Edit:

In the next dialogue select “Syzygy (GUI)” at the top and check “Load at program start”. Then restart your ChessBase / Fritz program.

Hint: The engines Houdini 6 and Komodo 12 can use the knowledge of the Endgame Turbo in positions in which more than six pieces are left on the board, e.g. when calculating possible liquidations to six-piece-endgames. This improves the endgame play of the engines even more.

Houdini 6 Pro

Houdini 6 continues where its predecessor left off, and adds solid 60 Elo points to this formidable engine, once again making Houdini the strongest chess program currently available on the market.


Installation on hard disk

Please check first if your hard disk has enough free storage space. The installation of the Endgame Turbo 5 requires about 120 GB. Close all programs and use one of your USB ports to connect the USB stick to your computer.

Hint: if possible use a USB 3.0 port to accelerate the installation process!

Start the program “ChessBaseEndgameTurboSetup.exe” from the USB stick. Choose the installation language and continue with “Next”. In the following dialogue “Choose Components” check “Install to hard disk” and go to “Next”:

Accept the default installation path and let the installation run. Systems with older USB ports might require up to two hours to process the data.

After finishing the installation restart your ChessBase 13/14 or Fritz 15/16 program and check the access to the endgame databases as described above.

Overview of the included six piece endgames (PDF)

Minimum system requirements

Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 8.1, Fritz 15 or ChessBase 14 or Komodo Chess 11/12  or Houdini 6. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen3, 8 GB RAM, Windows 10, Fritz 16 or ChessBase 14 or Komodo Chess 11/12 or Houdini 6.

The importance of tablebases

GM Karsten Mueller introduces endgame analysis with a little history lesson:

GM Karsten Mueller is ChessBase’s endgame expert

Endgame Turbo 5 USB flash drive

Perfect endgame analysis and a huge increase in engine performance: Get it with the new Endgame Turbo 5! This brings the full 6-piece Syzygy endgame tablebases on a pendrive. Just plug it in a USB socket and you are set!



GM Eugene Torre to play chess simultaneous games in Mapua – BusinessWorld Online

Eugene Torre
GrandMaster Eugene Torre is joined by Mapua Fil-Chi Alumni Association President Edmond Aguilar (center), former president Victor Lau (leftmost), Mapua chess coach Boyet Tindugan Tardecilla (rightmost), and Nelson Salazar, Board 1 of Mapua Chess Team, 1st NCAA Chess Team Champion of 1976 during the planning of Mr. Torre’s simultaneous chess exhibition games for the Mapua Foundation Day on Jan. 26.

ASIA’s first chess grandmaster (GM) Eugene Torre will hold simultaneous exhibition games as part of Mapua Foundation Day on Jan. 26 (Saturday), 11 a.m. at the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) Gym in Muralla Street, Intramuros, Manila.

Mr. Torre will play against select students and alumni during the event organized and hosted by the Mapua Filipino-Chinese Alumni Association led by its President, Edmond Aguilar, and former President Victor Lau, in cooperation with Mapua head coach Boyet Tardecilla and Nelson Laroza Salazar, Board 1 of Mapua Chess Team and member of the 1st NCAA Chess Team Champion of 1976.

Among those invited to play representing alumni and students are 1) Mr. Salazar, Alumni (Sword & Castle), 2) Resito David, Alumni (CE-EnSe), 3) Alumni (FIL-CHI), 4) Alumni (EE), 5) Alumni (ECE-COE) 6) Paolo Angelo Garcia (ME), 7) Jaime Cacho, Alumni (CHE-CHM) based in California, USA and will participate thru chess.com, 8) Melchor Pilones (FACULTY-CE), 9) Kasparob Andres (EE) Varsity Sr., 10) Aldus Austria (IE) Varsity Sr., 11) Paul Relativo (GE) Varsity Sr., 12) Paolo Medina (K12) Varsity Jr., 13) Stephen Von Estavillo (K12) Varsity Jr., 14) Kenzo Suarez (K11) Varsity Jr., 15) Christian Thompson (K11) Varsity Jr. and 16) John Reggie Salinas (K11) Varsity Jr.

In the 2010 edition held at Mapua Library, Mr. Torre tallied 14 Wins and 2 Draws (Mr. Salazar and board 3 player of MIT team). — Marlon Bernardino

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