Saturday, January 12

Tata Chess Tournament

The large De Moriaan playing hall.  Credit:
Happy New Year!  The beginning of the year brings perhaps the most prestigious tournament on the chess calendar.  This year, the 75th Tata Steel Chess festival features 6 of the Top 10 players in the world, including the highest rated Magnus Carlsen and the reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand.  Indeed, the Norwegian wonderboy comes in as the clear favorite, and he hopes to build on his all-time record high rating of 2861.  The US champion Hikaru Nakamura may be defending champion, but he faces an uphill climb against a wide open field of super-Grandmasters.

Invitees to 2013 Tata A
  •  #1 Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2861 
  •  #3 Levon Aronian (ARM) 2802 
  •  #5 Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2781 
  •  #6 Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2780 
  •  #7 Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2772 
  •  #9 Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2769
  • #14 Wang Hao (CHN) 2752
  • #19 Peter Leko (HUN) 2735
  • #29 Anish Giri (NED) 2720
  • and five more

Please check back on my blog for my daily favorite game.  I strongly urge all chess students rated 1800 or higher to diligently play through every round over the next fortnight.  Try to learn something too!  Although the elite A group attracts the most attention, the powerful B and C sections often generate more fireworks.  The live audio broadcasts at the Internet Chess Club begin at 4:30am PST each morning (except for three rest days), but completed rounds and Game of the Day videos are available at your convenience. Make sure to also visit the Chessbase news website for daily reports, vibrant photos and thoughtfully annotated games.

Fpawn Favorite Games from Tata A

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