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Tata Steel 2023 R1: Maximum start for Warmerdam

by Shahid Ahmed - 15/01/2023

44th Olympiad God medalist, Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Ding Liren made a winning start at 85th Tata Steel Chess Masters 2023. While the World no.2 showed his prowess against Gukesh, Rapport's surprise choice of Vienna Game did not have the desired effect against the former World Rapid champion. Praggnanandhaa and Arjun Erigaisi had a well contested draw. In the Challengers section, Adhiban drew with Tabatabaei and IM Vaishali survived a minor scare against IM Thomas Beerdsen. It will be So vs Arjun, Aronian vs Praggnanandhaa, Giri vs Gukesh, Vaishali vs Donchenko and Adhiban vs Beerdsen in Round 3 which starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Abdusattorov, Ding Liren and Abhimanyu score full points

Defending champion Magnus Carlsen drew his game comfortably against Levon Aronian.

Max Warmerdam undoubtedly played the game of the day | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Gukesh - Ding Liren: 0-1

D Gukesh (2725) got into trouble in the middlegame against World no.2 Ding Liren (CHN, 2811). The latters bishop pairs seemed menacing as they pierced through White's kingside.

Position after 23...g5

24.Nf4 allowed an opportunity for Black to go for 23...g5 24..Nh5 Qh6 25.Bf3 c5 26.g4 f5 27.Ng3 fxg4 28.Nf5 Qf6 29.Be4 h5 Black created a strong pawn mass on the kingside. 30.b4 Kf8 ensuring White does not get anything on the a2-g8 diagonal. 30.b4 Kg8 31.a3 h4 32.Re1

Position after 32.Re1

Find out the winning continuation for Black after 32.Re1.

Gukesh takes on World no.2 Ding Liren | Video: ChessBase India

Try to solve the critical moments from the game in an interactive board at ChessRanga.

Ding Liren Post-Round 1 Interview | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

The World Championship Contender Ding Liren made a winning start | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Richard Rapport's (ROU) Vienna Game did not work out against the Olympiad Gold medalist Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Nodirbek Abdusattorov Post Round 1 Interview | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Fabiano Caruana (USA) - Anish Giri (NED): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Anish Giri Post-Round 1 Interview | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Magnus Carlsen (NOR) - Levon Aronian (USA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Magnus Carlsen always finds time for his another love - football

Levon Aronian Post-Round 1 Interview | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

R Praggnanandhaa - Arjun Erigaisi: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Praggnanandhaa Post-Round 1 Interview | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament
Arjun Erigaisi Post-Round-1 Interview | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Max - Jergus: 1-0

Perhaps, one of the most exciting games of the first round was between GM Max Warmerdam (NED, 2616) and GM Jergus Pechac (SVK, 2637).

Position after 20.Bc3!

20.Bc3! continues White's attack on Black's attack on the kingside. 20....Qh6 21.Re7! Qxh5 22.Rxg7+ Kh8 23.Rf7+ Kg8 24.Rg7+ Kh8 25.Rxd7+ Rf6 26.Bxf6+ Kg8 27.Rg7+ Kf8 28.Ng5 and White checkmated in another three moves.

Max Warmerdam Post-Round 1 Interview | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Tabatabaei - Adhiban had an exciting draw | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

IM Vaishali made a great escape against IM Thomas Beerdsen (NED) | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Vaishali Post-Round 1 Interview | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Vishy Anand started Round 1 with sounding the traditional gong | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Vishy Anand on good vibes and being happy to be at Tata Steel Chess tournaments

Tata Steel Chess 2023 Round 1 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023 Official Opening | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Replay Round 1 Masters games

Replay Round 1 Challengers games

Round 1 results

Two wins for Black in the Masters section | Photo: Tata Steel Chess

Both wins were scored by the white pieces | Photo: Official site

Round 2 pairings

Masters Round 2 pairings | Photo: Official site

Challengers Round 2 pairings | Photo: Official site

Standings after Round 1

Two winners in the Masters section | Photo: Official site

Two players make a winning start in the Challengers section too | Photo: Official site

Schedule

Starting from Saturday, 14th January, all round starts at 6:30 p.m. IST, only Sunday 29th January, the final round will start at 4:30 p.m. IST. Rest days are - 18th (Masters), 19th (Challengers), 23rd and 26th January.

Time Control

100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.

Links

Official site

Tournament regulations


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