2014 Tata Steel Chess (Wijk aan Zee)

2014 Tata Steel Chess

This year’s Tata Steel Chess Tournament features a scales down edition from previous years with only two sections and 12 players. Previous tournaments have had three sections of 14 players each. In addition, neither Magnus Carlsen, nor Viswanathan Anand will be present. Both have long-running histories of the tournament, but are not participating.

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Who is participating? Levon Aronian leads the field in the “Masters” followed by Hikaru Nakamura who has surged to the #3 position on the world ranking. The average rating is 2743, an increase from last year, but aided by fewer players. Fabiano Caruana and Sergey Karjakin lead a strong contingent of young player, but are sandwiched by irrepressible Boris Gelfand, the lone representative from the 40-over age group.

The field is rather balanced and touts a lot of diversity with only host Netherlands fielding more than one player from 11 nations. The good feature is that the Netherlands has lifted the required three Dutch players. In previous years they were bottom feeders. Interestingly, no player from Azerbaijan is competing. The country is in mourning still reeling by the loss of GM Vugar Gashimov. There will certainly be a recognition of his contribution to chess.

Magnus Carlsen is not competing, but Levon Aronian will try to win out going into the Candidates Match. Photo by Frits Agterdenbos of ChessVista.

Tata Steel is an Indian multinational conglomerate consisting of a number of industries. Those following the tournament from the early days will remember it as the Hoorgovens, a Dutch steel company that would later merge with British steel to form the Corus Group. When Tata steel purchased Corus in 2007, the tournament took on the name of Indian conglomerate.

Official Site: https://www.tatasteelchess.com/
Tata Steel (YouTube Channel): https://www.youtube.com/user/freshmenmedia/

2014 Tata Steel Tournament
January 10th-26th, 2014 (Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands)
Group A
#
Name
Title
Federation
Flag
Rating
1 Aronian, Levon GM Armenia
2812
2 Nakamura, Hikaru GM USA
2789
3 Caruana, Fabiano GM Italy
2782
4 Gelfand, Boris GM Israel
2777
5 Karjakin, Sergey GM Russia
2759
6 Dominguez, Leinier GM Cuba
2754
7 Giri, Anish GM Netherlands
2734
8 So, Wesley GM Philippines
2719
9 Naiditsch, Arkadij GM Germany
2718
10 Harikrishna, Pentala GM India
2698
11 Rapport, Richard GM Hungary
2621
12 Van Wely, Loek GM Netherlands
2672
Group B
#
Name
Title
Federation
Flag
Rating
1 Wojtaszek, Radek GM Poland
2711
2 Jobava, Baadur GM Georgia
2710
3 Yu, Yangyi GM China
2677
4 Saric, Ivan GM Croatia
2637
5 Timman, Jan GM Netherlands
2607
6 Brunello, Sabino GM Italy
2602
7 Reinderman, Dimitri GM Netherlands
2593
8 Zhao, Xue GM China
2567
9 Muzychuk, Anna GM Slovenia
2566
10 Bok, Benjamin IM Netherlands
2560
11 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof GM Poland
2553
12 Troff, Kayden IM USA
2457
13 Goudriaan, Etienne IM Netherlands
2431
14 Van Delft, Merijn IM Netherlands
2430
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Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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  1. Aronian wins 2014 Tata Steel!

    GM Levon Aronian
    Photo by Frans Peeters.

    Levon Aronian was on a blistering pace and clinched the 2014 Tata Steel tournament with on round remaining. Not even a last round loss could spoil his otherwise sterling result. In the last round, he fell prey to a nice tactical shot from Loek Van Wely. Nevertheless, Aronian edged closer to an idle Carlsen who has not played since becoming World Champion, but has been hanging out with billionaires lately.

    Anish Giri had a strong showing edging out Sergey Karjakin who saved the day against Leinier Dominguez. Last time Aronian won the Tata Steel it was in 2012 when he closed to within 15 ELO points of Magnus Carlsen. Since then Carlsen has become World Champion and Aronian is still chasing him. Perhaps this will provide good momentum going into the Candidate’s tournament in March 2014.

    In the Challengers Group, Ivan Saric won the right to graduate to the Masters group next year with a 10/13 performance. He had already clinched the title, but nearly lost his final game against Italy’s Silvio Brunello. He held his position and ended the tournament on an undefeated score. Perhaps the story of the tournament was native son Jan Timman who won silver by scoring a scintillating 8.5/13 losing on to Yu Yangyi and tallying a 2686 performance.

    Final Standings (Masters)

    1st: L. Aronian, 8; 2nd-3rd: A. Giri, S. Karjakin, 6½; 4th-6th: F. Caruana, L. Dominguez, W. So, 6; 7th: P. Harikrishna, 5½; 8th-9th: L. Van Wely, H. Nakamura, 5; 10th: B. Gelfand, 4½; 11th-12th: R. Rapport, A. Naiditsch, 3½.

    Final Standings (Challengers)

    1st: I. Saric, 10; 2nd-3rd: J. Timman, B. Jobova, 8½; 4th-5th: A. Muzychuk, D. Reinderman, 8; 6th-9th: B. Bok, Y. Yu, J. Duda, R. Wojtaszek, 7; 10th: S. Brunello, 6; 11th-12th: K. Troff, X. Zhao, 4½; 13th: M. Van Delft, 3; 14th: E. Goudriaan, 2.

    Official Site: https://www.tatasteelchess.com/
    PGN Games: Masters, Challengers

    Levon Aronian speaking after his clinching victory over Leinier Dominguez.
    Interview by Bianca Muhren.

    Leinier Dominguez vs. Levon Aronian, 0-1
    Video by GM Daniel King.

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