Wijk aan Zee 2021

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Mick Norris » Sat Jan 30, 2021 6:29 pm

Caruana holds to join Van Foreest on 7.5/12; Giri looks like he's heading for 8.5

Van Foreest is white v Grandelius tomorrow; Caruana black v Tari; Giri black v Anton
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sat Jan 30, 2021 6:36 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Sat Jan 30, 2021 6:29 pm
Giri looks like he's heading for 8.5
If he gets there I'd guess he's almost certainly the tournament winner - he'll be a point clear and playing Antón in the last round. But he has to win rook and four pawns against rook and knight first...
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:00 pm

Interesting position at move 61, apparently 61.Ka4 is the only way for Giri to keep a winning advantage (I think because the a-pawn was pushed too fast too soon). [EDIT: And Giri played 61.g4 and in theory this should now be drawn if Firouzja can find the seemingly easy plan of put the knight on c7, snaffle the a-pawn with the rook, run the rook round behind the kingside pawns, sacrifice the knight for one of them, take the other one with the rook, and then draw against the lone b-pawn with his king.]

In the Harikrishna-Donchenko game, Donchenko needed to go pawn grabbing with his queen (41.Qxc3 Rg8 42.Qxc4, but am not surprised he was unable to tell if he was being mated or not after 43.Qg5+ in that line - he wasn't, but could you tell?). He actually played 42.Qf6 and lost.
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Mick Norris » Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:03 pm

Yes, maybe Giri heading for 8 and a very interesting last round tomorrow
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:22 pm

....which kicks off two hours earlier, people might want to remember.

What a great tournament Wijk aan Zee always is.
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Mick Norris » Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:41 pm

Yes, Firouzja on 7.5 playing white v Wojtaszek in the mix too
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:53 pm

I'm seeing Firouzja beating Giri in a blitz play-off
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:51 am

Starting in less than 10 minutes

Should be an interesting day
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Matthew Turner » Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:56 am

A prediction - lots of White wins today

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Matthew Turner » Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:18 am

Van Foreest - Grandelius
What on earth is that all about?

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:29 am

There are four players yet to win in the tournament and three yet to lose.
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Chris Rice » Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:31 am

Matthew Turner wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:18 am
Van Foreest - Grandelius
What on earth is that all about?


8...Nc5 seems to be a TN to improve on 8...b4 9 Nd5 Bb7 10 Nxf6+ etc which has been played twice in 2018 and once in 2020. However, you wonder why an improvement was even necessary when those three games were all Black wins!

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:32 am

Matthew Turner wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:18 am
Van Foreest - Grandelius
What on earth is that all about?
This is arguably stranger
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Chris Rice » Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:35 am

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:32 am
Matthew Turner wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:18 am
Van Foreest - Grandelius
What on earth is that all about?
This is arguably stranger
Remarkably 4...Nf6 appears to be a TN!

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:39 am

Admirers of the French Exchange will be pleased to see it make an appearance
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