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Tata Steel 2023 R11: Calm before storm

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/01/2023

Six out of seven games ended in draws in the eleventh round of 85th Tata Steel Chess Masters 2023. The only decisive game was won by Parham Maghsoodloo against R Praggnanandhaa. The teenager made a questionable choice of offering his knight for exchange after spending the majority of the opening maneuvering it on the board. This was his second consecutive loss and he will face Magnus Carlsen in the penultimate round. The Norwegian would certainly try to win his last two games and hope things work out in his favor for a Playoff and possibly win the event too. Round 12 starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Top six remain unchanged

Six draws in Round 11 ensured the top six in the standings remain unchanged. B Adhiban and IM Vaishali drew with GM Abhimanyu Mishra (USA) and GM Erwin l'Ami (NED) respectively.

Abdusattorov maintains his sole lead | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Praggnanandhaa - Parham: 0-1

R Praggnanandhaa (2684) maneuvered his knight from d4 to e3 via f3-h2-g4. He spent five out of the first ten moves moving his kingside knight only. His opponent was surprised with his strange choice of 8.Nh2. 17.Nf5 eventually allowed the knight to be exchanged, hence all his previous knight moves were wasted.

Position after 17.Nf5?!

Parham mentioned that White underestimated Black's position after 17...Bxf5 18.exf5 d5. Black is completely fine, has total control of the center and White does not have much to do in the position. White made some bold attempts on the kingside but it did not work out and the position crumbled.

Maghsoodloo beats Pragg in the Sicilian | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Praggnanandhaa lost his second game in-a-row | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Magnus Carlsen (NOR) - Wesley So (USA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit /Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Carlsen draws his game against So | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament
Wesley So draws Magnus Carlsen | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Arjun Erigaisi - D Gukesh: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit /Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Anish Giri (NED) - Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit /Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Anish Giri mixed up his prep against Abdusattorov | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

GM Alexander Donchenko (GER) has regained his sole lead 8/11 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Leader Donchenko beats Tabatabaei | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

IM Vaishali - GM Erwin l'Ami (NED): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

GM B Adhiban - GM Abhimanyu Mishra (USA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Spectators watching all the action | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
85th Tata Steel Chess 2023 Round 11 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 11 Masters games

Replay Round 11 Challengers games

Round 11 results

Parham won the sole game in the Masters Round 11 | Photo: Tata Steel Chess

Alexander Donchenko regained sole lead in the Challengers | Photo: Tata Steel Chess

Round 12 pairings

Masters Round 12 pairings | Photo: Official site

Challengers Round 12 pairings | Photo: Official site

Standings after Round 12

The top six in the Masters leaderboard remain unchanged | Photo: Official site

Alexander Donchenko regains his sole lead 8/11 | 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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