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    Jan302019

    2019 Gibraltar, Round 9: Artemiev Again the Sole Leader, Entering the Final Round

    With a good result tomorrow, Vladislav Artemiev will produce the greatest achievement of his young life. (He's 20.) With one round to go, Artemiev is the solo leader of the Gibraltar Masters, reaching 7.5/9 (and a 2905 TPR!), good for a half point gap over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Yu Yangyi, and dark horse Murali Karthikeyan.

    Entering round 9, he shared the lead with David Navara and Kirill Alekseenko. Navara was his victim, and Alekseenko lost to Vachier-Lagrave. Starting (and finishing) the round half a point behind, Yu beat Le Quang Liem while Karthikeyan defeated Maxim Matlakov. Among the favorites who were also in that second score group, but who failed to keep pace, were Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura. The top players may be near the top, but it doesn't mean that they're going to win.

    Before getting to the last-round pairings, some brief comments about ratings. Artemiev has gained 21.6 rating points, flying up 11 spots into a virtual tie with fellow 20-year-old Jan-Krzysztof Duda at 2731 (once it's rounded up). They're not quite the top players unable to legally drink booze in the U.S., as 19-year-old Wei Yi is one glorious rating point above them. But they're close! And Yu Yangyi is on the verge of following Ding Liren as the second Chinese player in the top 10. The two top teams from the last Olympiad are in a good fight: the U.S. has the #2, 12, 16, and 26 spots, and Leinier Dominguez will be #19 once he plays again and his rating is reactivated. China has the #3, 11, 21, 23, and 33 spots. Once Mr. G.K.K. comes to his senses, gets U.S. citizenship and unretires, we'll be the favorites again. C'mon, Garry; do the right thing.

    Anyway, let's get to the last round pairings for Gibraltar:

    • Yu (7) - Artemiev (7.5)
    • Karthikeyan (7) - Vachier-Lagrave (7)

    The 6.5-pointers are mathematically ruled out of winning the event (at least as long as there isn't a double forfeit on board 1), but for information's sake here are their pairings, too:

    • Aronian (6.5) - Howell (6.5)
    • Nakamura (6.5) - Grandelius (6.5)
    • Navara (6.5) - Melkumyan (6.5)
    • Vitiugov (6.5) - Vaibhav (6.5)
    • Alekseenko (6.5) - Adams (6.5)
    • Lalith (6.5) - Saric (6.5)
    • Naiditsch (6) - Anton (6.5)

    Tuesday
    Jan292019

    2019 Gibraltar, Round 8: Artemiev, Navara, and Alekseenko Lead

    Vladislav Artemiev drew with Levon Aronian in round 8, the antepenultimate round of the 2019 Gibraltar Masters, allowing two other players to catch up to him. One was David Navara, who put the brakes on what had been an outstanding tournament for Nils Grandelius, and the other was Kirill Aleseenko, who won a wild up-and-down battle with Arkadij Naiditsch. (Naiditsch, as I recall seeing somewhere, was the 2700 with the lowest drawing percentage in 2018 - by far. It was something ridiculously low like 28%.)

    12 players are half a point behind entering round 9, which feature the following leading pairings:

    • 1. Artemiev (6.5) - Navara (6.5)
    • 2. Vachier-Lagrave (6) - Alekseenko (6.5)
    • 3. Saric (6) - Aronian (6)
    • 4. Yu (6) - Le (6)
    • 5. Howell (6) - Nakamura (6)
    • 6. Anton (6) Vitiugov (6)
    • 7. Karthikeyan (6) - Matlakov (6)
    • 8. Lalith (6) - So (5.5)

    Tuesday
    Jan292019

    The Grand Chess Tour Expands: More Tournaments, More Participants

    More here. (HT: Allen Becker) The tournaments in Paris, St. Louis, Kolkata, and London continue for the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, and to these have been added events in the Ivory Coast, Croatia, and Romania. Additionally, there will be 12 full tour participants, up from the usual nine. The list of invitees are:

    • 1. Magnus Carlsen
    • 2. Hikaru Nakamura
    • 3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    • 4. Fabiano Caruana
    • 5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
    • 6. Ding Liren
    • 7. Levon Aronian
    • 8. Wesley So
    • 9. Ian Nepomniachtchi
    • 10. Vladimir Kramnik
    • 11. Anish Giri
    • 12. Viswanathan Anand

    There are also two alternates, Sergey Karjakin and Yu Yangyi, who will be promoted to full tour participants in case any of the foregoing decline their invitations. Since Kramnik has retired from the game, that means that Karjakin is in (if he wants to be).

    As for the tournaments, two (the new event in Croatia, along with the Sinquefield Cup) will feature classical chess. The remaining five (in Abidjan [in the Ivory Coast], Paris, St. Louis, Bucharest, and Kolkata) will be rapid & blitz events. All 12 participants will play in the classical events, while the rapid & blitz will be 10-player tournaments, with the participants choosing 3 of the 5 to play in.

    More info, including dates and prize money, at the link above.

    Tuesday
    Jan292019

    Vladimir Kramnik Retires At 43

    I guess this explains his kamikaze performance at Wijk aan Zee, though why he preferred to go out showing insane chess rather than making an all-out effort to remind the world of his best chess is hard to understand. Different strokes for different folks, as they say.

    Anyway, it's sad news to see Vladimir Kramnik, who has been in the top 10 (often in the top 5, and for serious stretches in the top 3) for almost all of the past 25 years hang it up at the relatively early age of 43. There are athletes who still play professional sports at that age (not many, but still), and while Garry Kasparov threw in the towel at the age of 41 it's rare for a chess player to give up so early. Viswanathan Anand was still the world champion at that age, and Anatoly Karpov also held one of the world titles when he was 43 (and just a few months before he turned 43 he had one of the greatest results of all time when he destroyed the field in Linares in 1994).

    Kramnik was the world champion from 2000 to 2006, defeating Kasparov to win the title. In addition to his colossal achievements as a player, he has been the leading influence on opening theory over the past quarter of a century. With White, he was among the movers and shakers of the 4.Qc2 Nimzo-Indian. Against the King's Indian, his use of the Petrosian Variation and then especially the Bayonet Attack gave King's Indian players headaches for years, and helped chase Kasparov away from that defense. His advocacy of the Catalan also produced much suffering for Black for years, while with the black pieces he not only put the Berlin Defense on the map, he made everything else on the 1.e4 map look like a tiny island, at least for a while.

    Kramnik had made jokes about being a "pensioner" for a few years, and had threatened to retire at age 40. I'm glad he stuck around a while longer (though I would have been okay with his retiring before his dreadful performance in Wijk aan Zee), and hope he gets his motivation back soon. (He probably won't, but I can hope.)

    More about the decision here, and if someone else doesn't do it first I might try to cobble together a "best of" post at some point.

    Monday
    Jan282019

    2019 Gibraltar, Round 7: Artemiev the Sole Leader

    Eight players shared the lead entering round 7 of the 2019 Gibraltar Masters, and when the round had finished there was a single leader.

    Levon Aronian took a bye, so he was the first player to finish the day with 5.5/7.

    Baskaran Adhiban played "down" in the sense that his opponent, Yu Yangyi, was in a lower score group. But Yu is higher-rated, and despite playing Black won a quick crush, and now he has 5.5 while Adhiban still has 5.

    Nils Grandelius defeated Wesley So yesterday and should have beaten Le Quang Liem today, but their game finished in a draw, and they too both have 5.5 points.

    Ivan Saric was better for a very long time against David Navara, but never winning. Navara defended well, held the draw, and they too have 5.5 points apiece.

    Before getting to the one game where a 5-pointer managed to win, let me note that Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Arkadij Naiditisch, Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov, Rasmus Svane, and Kirill Alekseenko all started with 4.5 points and won their games.  That makes 12 players with 5.5 points, all of whom are half a point behind the winner of the game between Vladislav Artemiev and Hikaru Nakamura.

    That player, as you already know from the post's title, was Artemiev. The position was perhaps slightly better in the early middlegame when Nakamura went in for complications that seriously worsened the American's position. After another error he was lost, but a subtle error on move 30 gave Nakamura a chance for a beautiful saving move. Unfortunately for him, he missed it, and this in turn gave Artemiev the chance for a beautiful knockout blow. He found it, and after several minutes that were probably spent steaming rather than thinking, Nakamura resigned. (The game, with brief comments, is here.)

    Leading round 8 pairings:

    • 1. Aronian (5.5) - Artemiev (6)
    • 2. Le (5.5) - Vachier-Lagrave (5.5)
    • 3. Matlakov (5.5) - Yu (5.5)
    • 4. Navara (5.5) - Grandelius (5.5)
    • 5. Alekseenko (5.5) - Naiditsch (5.5)
    • 6. Vitiugov (5.5) - Saric (5.5)
    • 7. Nakamura (5) - Svane (5.5)

    Sunday
    Jan272019

    A Short Review of Sergei Tkachenko's *Tigran Gorgiev, Maestro of Practical Studies* (Updated)

    Sergei Tkachenko, Tigran Georgiev, Maestro of Practical Studies: A World Champion's Favorite Composers. (Elk and Ruby 2018, original Russian version in 2013.) 212 pp. Reviewed by Dennis Monokroussos.

    The new chess publishing concern Elk and Ruby seems to specialize in two sorts of books thus far: books with a biographical tinge and books on endgame studies. This one combines the two, offering a short biography of chess composition IM (and near-GM) Tigran Gorgiev (1910-1976), followed by a selection of 100 (of approximately 400) of his studies. (Usually but not always given in full.) The bio was quite brief, but long enough to see that he was impressive not only as a study composer but in his professional life as well: he was an epidemiologist who may have made an important contribution to that field. There are also a couple of pages of photos, though none as interesting as the arresting one gracing the front cover.

    The vast majority of the work is dedicated to his studies, however, and it is on their basis that I recommend the book to you. As with many but not all of Elk & Ruby's books with studies, the pages are rather small - approximately the size of an index card. On the right side of the page the study is presented on a diagram, along with the task and when and where it was first published. Overleaf we find the solution, and as you would hope from any decent book of studies the solutions are typically beautiful, humorous, or both.

    For me, the book was just right. I didn't solve all the studies, but I succeeded in getting most of them right. The first half or so of the book was almost too easy for me. I'd occasionally neglect a point here or there, but went well over 90% when it came to finding the key and at least most of the critical variations. And the vast majority of the time I solved everything. As the book went on my results weren't as consistent, but I still managed to solve a pretty significant majority of the studies.

    While my results are likely to be above average, I do think that many of his studies will be accessible and solvable to players rated 2000 and maybe a bit below. Below 1800, I think it'll be tough sledding, but if you're patient and you've tried endgame studies before, give it a shot. And even if you don't want the workout, they're beautiful in their own right, so you might pick up a copy purely for aesthetic reasons.

    I was going to show some of the studies, but if you look up the book on its Amazon page and choose the "Look Inside" feature you can find a number of examples already. That will give you a good idea if the book is for you. As for me, I enjoyed it very much. And...okay, I'll show you one study that I especially enjoyed - have a look. Solving it wasn't that difficult, but it filled me with joy all the same. I hope and expect your experience will be similar.

    Update: For some reason ChessBase's web publishing tool doesn't show text commentary if there aren't any moves, so the instruction that it's "Black to move, White to achieve a draw" didn't show up, to the consternation of at least one reader. I've therefore re-posted the link, giving a wrong first move for Black to allow the instruction to show up.

    Sunday
    Jan272019

    2019 Gibraltar: The 2700s Finally Lose a Game (x2); Eight Players Lead

    It was a good run while it lasted, but finally, after six of the 10 rounds have finished, a pre-tournament 2700-rated player has lost a game. Two, in fact, including the mighty Wesley So, who lost as White to Nils Grandelius. Speaking of Grandelius and 2700dom, he's within striking range of that milestone as well. So far he has gained 9.3 points to reach 2691.3; a strong finish could put him over the top. The other big gun to lose was Vassily Ivanchuk, who lost with Black to Jaime Santos Latasa (2581).

    Still, it's not as if the 2700 crowd is doing poorly, and of the eight players tied for first five of them are rated over 2700 and the other three have pre-tournament ratings of 2682 (Grandelius) and up. The leaders, with 5/6, are: David Navara, Grandelius, Vladislav Artemiev, Levon Aronian, Le Quang Liem, Ivan Saric, Baskaran Adhiban, and Hikaru Nakamura.

    Four rounds remain, and now that Wijk is over I'll try to look a bit more closely at at the action in Gibraltar as this prestigious open enters its home stretch.

    Sunday
    Jan272019

    2019 Wijk aan Zee, Round 13: Carlsen Draws, Wins the Tournament

    There wasn't much drama today in the final round of the 2019 Tata Steel Chess Tournament, either in the Masters Group or even in the Challengers event. There could have been. Anish Giri had the white pieces against Magnus Carlsen, and with a win he'd have vaulted Carlsen and taken clear first. And in the Challengers event Vladislav Kovalev was only half a point ahead of Maksim Chigaev and Andrey Esipenko. But there were no fantastic finishes. Carlsen drew with complete ease, and the question early on was only if he might win or at least try to win the game. And it was even worse in the Challengers event: Kovalev won in 24 moves when his opponent blundered into a mating attack, and for good measure both Chigaev and Esipenko lost their games. So Carlsen won the main event, Kovalev the Challengers, and the latter will be promoted to the Masters event next year.

    As for the rest of the Masters games: Richard Rapport blitzed Jorden Van Foreest off the board in just 21 moves, mostly due, I'd say, to the latter's poor preparation for the line that came up. (His novelty on move 12 - undoubtedly not the result of prior preparation, landed him in a lost position.) The other win took longer: Vladimir Kramnik once again went into self-destruct mode, avoiding a simple draw for a more complex position where only Sam Shankland could play for a win. Shankland took his chance and gave the former world champion his sixth defeat of the tournament. The remaining games were drawn between 19 and 35 moves. (The games, with my notes to Giri-Carlsen, the two decisive games, and Kovalev's last-round win are here.)

    Here are the final standings:

    • 1. Carlsen 9 (out of 13)
    • 2. Giri 8.5
    • 3-5. Nepomniachtchi, Ding, Anand 7.5
    • 6. Vidit 7
    • 7-9. Radjabov, Shankland, Rapport 6.5
    • 10. Duda 5.5
    • 11-12. Fedoseev, Mamedyarov 5
    • 13-14. Kramnik, Van Foreest 4.5

    And just for fun, the final standings of the Challengers group:

    • 1. Kovalev 10 (of 13)
    • 2-4. Gledura, Esipenko, Chigaev 8.5
    • 5-6. Korobov, L'Ami 7.5
    • 7-8. Maghsoodloo, Bareev 7
    • 9. (Lucas) Van Foreest 6
    • 10. Keymer 5.5
    • 11. Praggnanandhaa 5
    • 12-13. Saduakassova, Paehtz 3.5
    • 14. Kuipers 3

    Saturday
    Jan262019

    2019 Gibraltar, Round 5: The 2700s Are Still Undefeated

    Very impressive! And at the top of the leaderboard the hitherto perfect David Navara drew with Wesley So (who had half a point less), so he continues to lead with 4.5/5. He was caught there by Vladislav Artemiev, who defeated Rinat Jumabayev, and no fewer than 18 players are half a point behind them.

    No doubt there are loads of interesting games to look at, but I'll limit myself to one, played in round 4 and mentioned in the comments to my post on that round. Here it is, a short, exciting draw between Gawain Jones and Alejandro Ramirez (who many readers will know from his work on the broadcasts from the St. Louis chess club).

    Saturday
    Jan262019

    2019 Wijk aan Zee, Round 12: Carlsen Wins Again, Leads Giri By Half a Point Going Into Their Last-Round Showdown

    Last year Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri tied for first in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, and in this year's edition they are once again the only contenders for first. Last year, Carlsen defeated Giri in a playoff; this year, a playoff is impossible, as Carlsen enters the round half a point ahead of his rival and they face off in the last round. (I suppose one could consider it a de facto playoff: an Armageddon game with a classical time control. If Carlsen wins or draws, he wins the tournament; if Giri wins, then he does.)

    They entered the round tied for first after Giri got a colossal gift from Sam Shankland, who resigned in a completely drawn position. In this round Giri got a second gift, as Teimour Radjabov offered a draw (which was of course accepted by Giri) in a won position. Not a dead or obviously won position, but a winning one all the same. Even with all the freebies Giri is enjoying, Carlsen still enters the last round as the sole leader after grinding out a victory against Jan-Krzysztof Duda. No freebies, just hard work: he obtained an advantage in the early middlegame and never let go. Duda didn't make it easy for him, but he was still forced to surrender after 71 moves.

    Ian Nepomniachtchi entered the round only half a point behind the leaders, but now he's a point and a half behind after getting clobbered by Shankland. Perhaps trying to hard to get a complicated and untheoretical position Nepo played an experimental line, a Pirc with ...e6. The combination of ...g6, ...Bg7, ...Nf6 and ...e6 generally don't go very well together (to oversimplify a bit: if you want to play a Pirc, avoid ...e6; if you want a Hippo, don't play ...Nf6), and they went dreadfully wrong in this game. Shankland played natural, healthy, aggressive chess, and won convincingly.

    Ding Liren and Viswanathan Anand could have remained a point behind Carlsen, had either defeated the other. That still would have left them mathematically eliminated from the race for first, after Carlsen's win, but at least they'd be a bit closer. It was a very good game, with Ding playing 1.e4 - an unusual first move for him - and having some deep preparation. Anand defended well, and 28...Rd6 was a beautiful idea that led to an ending where White's had no way to use his material advantage.

    Finally, Vladimir Kramnik made it two consecutive wins by defeating Vladimir Fedoseev in a queen and rook ending, while Shakhriyar Mamedyarov bled some rating points by drawing with Jorden Van Foreest. Kramnik is now "only" -18.7 for the touranment, while Mamedyarov is a ghastly -26 on the live rating list. And Santosh Vidit Gujrathi was winning against Richard Rapport, but after he missed the right way to prosecute his attack the game finished in a draw.

    The tournament site is here, the games (with light comments, though not about photons) are here, and these the pairings for the final round, tomorrow:

    • Giri (8) - Carlsen (8.5)
    • Nepomniachtchi (7) - Radjabov (6)
    • Kramnik (4.5) - Shankland (5.5)
    • Mamedyarov (4.5) - Fedoseev (4.5)
    • Rapport (5.5) - Van Foreest (4.5)
    • Anand (7) - Vidit (6.5)
    • Duda (5) - Ding (7)

    In the Challengers Tournament, the sole leader is Vladislav Kovalev, who came into the event as the second seed. He has 9/12, good for a half-point lead over 16-year-old Andrey Esipenko and Maksim Chigaev. Unfortunately for Chigaev and Esipenko, they're both playing Black against strong opponents (Gledura and Bareev, respectively) while Kovalev has White against bottom seed and co-cellar dweller Stefan Kuipers. One never knows for sure, but the odds of Kovalev's getting clear first and securing qualification to next year's top group look awfully good.