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 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