Tata Steel

Magnus Carlsen, the World Chess Champion, conquered one of the biggest tournaments in the world...

... Tata Steel Chess for the sixth time. Actually, he wasn't the clear first, because Giri made a great tournament as well, finishing in the first place with Magnus with 9 points each, after 13 rounds.

 

Both players managed to win 5 games, and this is a huge score in such a super tournament. Thus, both of them finished in the first place, nevertheless, it was important to see how will be the clear first. That being said, after the classical chess Anish and Magnus played the tiebreaks in blitz time control.

 

Blitz decides

 

Of course, it was very difficult to switch from the classical chess to blitz time control, however, it was necessary. Magnus draws his game against Karjakin early and perhaps this was one of the key factors which helped him to win the first fighting blitz game. In the second game, Giri tried very hard and he sacrificed a piece, however, the World Champion defended tenaciously and he saved it, so he manages to win the Tata steel title; congratulations to Magnus!

 

The official tournament site is here, LINK: https://www.tatasteelchess.com/

 

Results of Tata Steel Masters 2018

 

 

 

Score

Rating

TPR

1

Giri, Anish

9.0 / 13

2752

2891

2

Carlsen, Magnus

9.0 / 13

2834

2885

3

Kramnik, Vladimir

8.5 / 13

2787

2857

4

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

8.5 / 13

2804

2856

5

Anand, Viswanathan

8.0 / 13

2767

2836

6

So, Wesley

8.0 / 13

2792

2834

7

Karjakin, Sergey

7.5 / 13

2753

2807

8

Svidler, Peter

6.0 / 13

2768

2720

9

Wei, Yi

5.5 / 13

2743

2694

10

Jones, Gawain C B

5.0 / 13

2640

2672

11

Caruana, Fabiano

5.0 / 13

2811

2659

12

Matlakov, Maxim

5.0 / 13

2718

2666

13

Adhiban, B.

3.5 / 13

2655

2583

14

Hou, Yifan

2.5 / 13

2680

2505

 

 

You can see the best games of the tournament below

 

How do you evaluate the position? 

 

Black have a strong passed pawn, What White should do about that? What is the best continuation?

 

White to play

 

White's turn

 

Black's turn 

 

How you will going to play here as Black?

 

Black's last move is wrong, can you punish it? White to play.

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