Saturday, January 29, 2011

Tata Steel Chess, Gibraltar and Oceania Zonal 2011

Tonight round still haven't decide any champions for Tata Steel Chess 2011. Group A saw leading Nakamura achieved another "successful" draw, playing Kramnik. Carlsen give some lesson to Wang Hao with White in Caro Kan game. Grischuk finally score a win playing Smeets... The the group again hanging on its next round 13:

Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30st

Ian Nepomniachtchi - Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik - Max. Vachier-Lagrave
Wang Hao - Hikaru Nakamura
Alexander Grischuk - Magnus Carlsen
Levon Aronian - Jan Smeets
Alexei Shirov - Erwin l'Ami
Anish Giri - Ruslan Ponomariov

Of all possibility the four players, Naka,Anand,Magni and Levon can win this! With Smeets ready to replace Shirov to provide some hardness to Group B next year.

Talking about Group B, similar conspiracy happened. Wesley So repeated a deja vu, losing the group leading in crucial match to his tailer (similar to last year against Giri), this round to McShane. Bad day for  the Caro Kan, as played by So. David Navara also take advantage and serving himself as main menu for round 13: a game vs McShane for the glory of next year in Group A.

Group B: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30th

Jon Ludvig Hammer - Laurent Fressinet
Zahar Efimenko - Gabriel Sargissian
Surya Ganguly - Le Quang Liem
Wesley So - Radek Wojtaszek
David Navara - Luke McShane
Wouter Spoelman - Friso Nijboer
Li Chao - Vlad Tkachiev

No less situation occured in Group C. After 12 round fighting, Vocatura, the leading party of the group, surrendered to Dariusz Swiercz. 14 years old Illya N. fight another epic, defeating van Kempen. So, its easy to select which game to follow from group C tomorrow :
Group C: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30th

Robin van Kampen - Benjamin Bok
Daniele Vocaturo - Ilya Nyzhnyk
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Dariusz Swiercz
Jan Willem de Jong - Katherina Lahno
Mark Bluvshtein - Ivan Ivanisevic
Tania Sachdev - Sebastian Siebrecht
Roeland Pruijssers - Mark van der Werf

Conclusion is a total of nine players, will have the opportunity to go home with Holland's delight.
Now Gibraltar. The great escape for those who did not invited to Wijk Aan Zee (or refused to go there!). We are not sure if next year Shirov will join in also! But the event looks more colorful. Passing by round saw two Brittons dated a Russian girls with success, that is Adams and Short in fiasco with the Kosintseva sisters!
Amazingly, this put mr. Nigel Short in 5/5 result. Another 14 years old GM Richard Rapport stayed as "regular" 14 year by not stayed survive in a game with GM Daniel Fridman, Rapport doing not normally yesterday defeating Spain GM Vallejo Pons! But tonight Game was Vasily Ivanchuck win to his other Vasily, Vasilios Kotronias. Ivanchuck is in 4.5/5 mode. Black is in danger most of time but White blundered give a celebrated Sicilian win for our Surreal Sicilian game collection:
Vasilios Kotronias vs Vasily Ivanchuck

Not very far away, in New Zealand!, the Oceania Zonal started and running, read this blog to see GM Zhao Zongyuan still dominated the region to have a zonal ticket...but to where??  Can find one page result for this event.

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