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 4

    There were three decisive games in the fourth round; two White wins and one Black; good fights all.     [Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”] [Site “?”] [Date “2018.01.16”] [Round “4”] [White “Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS) “] [Black “Svidler, Peter (RUS)”] [Result “1-0”] [PlyCount “47”] [EventDate “2018.01.14”] [SourceDate “2018.01.16”] … 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

Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 1

    A beautiful first round with three good wins – all with the White pieces.       [Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”] [Site “?”] [Date “2018.01.13”] [Round “1”] [White “Anand, Viswanathan (IND)”] [Black “Matlakov, Maxim (RUS)”] [Result “1-0”] [PlyCount “105”] [EventDate “2018.01.13”] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 … Continue reading

79th Tata Steel Masters / Round 13 / Final

All Images Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto. Wesly So Enroute To His Last Round Victory – Winning The Tournament Wesley So finished off the 79th Tata Steel Masters Tournament with a fine win, winning the tournament by a full point ahead of Magnus Carlsen who drew his last round game against Sergey Kudrin. … Continue reading

79th Tata Steel Masters / Round 12

by National Life Master Loal Davis Magnus Carlsen Wesley So is still in the lead by a half point.  Why? well he had a draw today and both Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian won their games (below) and that puts them within a half point of the lead with Yi Wei.  Now … Continue reading

79th Tata Steel Challengers / Round 12

79th Tata Steel Challengers / Round 12Going into Rd 12 Jeffery Xiong was the leader by a half point. Today he was defeated by Norwegian GM Aryan Tari . Xiong is now tied with Ilia Smirin for third place with a score of 8/12.Victories today for Markus Ragger (8.5) and Gawain Jones (8.5) can enjoy half point lead … Continue reading