Tata Steel (Wijk aan Zee) 2012

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Tata Steel (Wijk aan Zee) 2012

Post by Ian Kingston » Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:04 pm

I think we need a thread for this, now that the games have started.

The live games page (http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/livegames) is quite superb - multiple ways to view the games with computer analysis if you want it.

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Post by Paolo Casaschi » Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:58 pm

Ian Kingston wrote:The live games page (http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/livegames) is quite superb - multiple ways to view the games with computer analysis if you want it.
If you like that format, the whycess site is using it regularly for all major current events.

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Post by Ian Kingston » Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:15 pm

Paolo Casaschi wrote:
Ian Kingston wrote:The live games page (http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/livegames) is quite superb - multiple ways to view the games with computer analysis if you want it.
If you like that format, the whycess site is using it regularly for all major current events.
So it does. Whychess just isn't one of the sites I visit.

Back at the chess: Matthew Sadler is off to a good start in the C group. Wins for Aronian and Carlsen in the A group.

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Re: Tata Steel (Wijk aan Zee) 2012

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:49 pm

Sadler drew in rounds 2 and 3. Anyone have any idea whether Carlsen can win his round 3 position against Aronian? Knight and bishop and pawn for rook, but could be difficult.

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Post by Paul Cooksey » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:36 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:Sadler drew in rounds 2 and 3. Anyone have any idea whether Carlsen can win his round 3 position against Aronian? Knight and bishop and pawn for rook, but could be difficult.
Carlsen must be winning, although Aronian doing well to make a fight of it.

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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:05 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Christopher Kreuzer wrote:Anyone have any idea whether Carlsen can win his round 3 position against Aronian? Knight and bishop and pawn for rook, but could be difficult.
Carlsen must be winning, although Aronian doing well to make a fight of it.
Yeah. Looks like in practice finding the best defensive lines is difficult.

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Post by benedgell » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:40 pm

Just played through that game. Bit disappointing Aronian chose to resign rather then make Carlsen play out B+N v K.

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Re: Tata Steel (Wijk aan Zee) 2012

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:04 am

The latest is that Carlsen lost and Aronian won yesterday, giving Aronian a full point lead with four rounds left:

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7865

Looking at Aronian's remaining opponents, he should be odds on favourite to win now.

http://www.2700chess.com/

Might even be able to overtake Carlsen in the live rankings, though the gap is still 12 rating points.

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Post by Ian Kingston » Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:31 pm

Aronian is piling the pressure on Giri today. He really seems to have added a more determined edge to his game over the last year or so.

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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:58 pm

Ian Kingston wrote:Aronian is piling the pressure on Giri today. He really seems to have added a more determined edge to his game over the last year or so.
Aronian now on +5. The ending in his win over Giri today was brutal. I was completely befuddled by the knight sacrifice at the end. Not so much working out that it works, but even considering the move in the first place. Very impressive.

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Post by Ian Kingston » Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:21 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Ian Kingston wrote:Aronian is piling the pressure on Giri today. He really seems to have added a more determined edge to his game over the last year or so.
Aronian now on +5. The ending in his win over Giri today was brutal. I was completely befuddled by the knight sacrifice at the end. Not so much working out that it works, but even considering the move in the first place. Very impressive.
It was very impressive. Only Ivanchuk has a reasonable chance of catching Aronian after today's results. It will be interesting to see whether Aronian now tries to coast in with three steady draws or instead tries to maximise his score.

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Re: Tata Steel (Wijk aan Zee) 2012

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:27 pm

Aronian might be thinking about the number 1 spot
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Re: Tata Steel (Wijk aan Zee) 2012

Post by Paul Cooksey » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:06 pm

Aronian's play was indeed very impressive again today. I think he is the best prepared top player at the moment. It must be hard for the other super GMs to play white against him. It seems like a straight choice between allowing an easy draw in a classical mainline, or varying and being at best equal and significantly behind on the clock.

Good to see a Sadler win today. He is having quite a strange tournament, reaching extremely sharp positions against weaker players but somehow drawing most of them.

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Re: Tata Steel (Wijk aan Zee) 2012

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:33 pm

Carlsen's game today against Topalov is crazy... <gulp> Topalov just sacrificed his queen. Not what the website's computer program was suggesting. Aronian in a very double-edged position against Navara. Both have passed pawns racing forward.

EDIT: Impressive play in both these games. I was sure Carlsen would take the draw, but his queens and pawns are posing real problems for the rook and bishop pair.

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Re: Tata Steel (Wijk aan Zee) 2012

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:31 pm

Absolute bloodbath today in the top group. Looks like 6 out of 7 games will be decisive. Four wins for Black, two for White.

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