Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 13 / Final

by National Life Master Loal Davis   The Final Results Carlsen & Giri tied for first place.  Carlsen won the Blitz playoff although they both split the money.     Wesley So   Wesley So won a smashing victory in the last round of the Tata Steel Masters 2018 Tournament.  … Continue reading

Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 12

  There were three decisive games in the penultimate round.  There is tight cluster of contenders for top places.  Carlsen and Giri are tied for the lead at 8.5 points.  A half point behind is Mamedyarov.  A half point behind that are Anand and Kramnik.  And – a half point … Continue reading

Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 10

by National Life Master Loal Davis   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov   Super WOW ! for Mamedyarov.  He may well have played THE game of the tournament.  Certainly it was THE attacking/smashing game of the tournament – and with the Black pieces against a formidable Russian GM Peter Svidler.  I can’t say … Continue reading

Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 8

by National Life Master Loal Davis     Three wins today marked the 8th round of the Tata Steel 2018 Masters’ Tournament.     Anish Giri took out the tournament leader with a nice positional win.   [Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”] [Site “?”] [Date “2018.01.21”] [Round “8”] [White “Giri, … Continue reading

Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 7

    FOUR beautifully played and hard fought victories in the 7th Round of Tata Steel 2018 Masters’ Section.   Mamedyarov is really on the rampage; what a player – and improving all the time.  Fight/Fight/Fight. Kramnik, on the Black side of a Giuoco Pianissimo smashed Anand who was, sorry … Continue reading

Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 6

by National Life Master Loal Davis   Lucky Wesley So   I’m not sure I believe in luck at all, but good fortune did smile on Wesley So today.  He was so cooked – burnt toast, groveling and (should be) ready to resign.  He was really outplayed.  Then some little … Continue reading

Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 5

by National Life Master Loal Davis     Three hard fought and well played White wins marked the fifth round.   Mamedyarov found an interesting way to play the sacrifice of the ‘c’ Pawn in the Queen’s Gambit.  He ground Caruana down in a fine ending. Svidler played a delayed … Continue reading

Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 3

by National Life Master Loal Davis     Two nicely fought White wins today.  Anand took out Caruana and Gwain Jones wins against B. Adhiban.       Anand could/should have taken the Knight on e4 after exchanging on g6. This is simple, straight forward, and winning.  His c5 was … Continue reading