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Tata Challengers: Jobava Survives Against Timman, Saric in Sole Lead

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 24/01/14 12:23.

After 11 rounds, Ivan Saric is the sole leader of the Tata Steel tournament's Challengers Group. On Friday the Croatian grandmaster won against Zhao Xue of China, while Baadur Jobava drew his game against Jan Timman, who had a winning ending but eventully failed to convert it. 

While the players of the Masters Group were enjoying their fifth and last rest day, the Challengers produced another very interesting round in Wijk aan Zee today. The key game was Timman-Jobava, and some of the older local fans must have been reminded of the 70s, 80s and 90s when the now 62-year-old Dutch grandmaster belonged to the world's elite, and played so many wonderful tournaments. Against Jobava, Timman slowly built up an advantage, the way he likes it, and reached a winning endgame. However, whereas he had won several nice endings earlier in the tournament, this time he failed. Needless to say, the lines below can easily be found with an engine but at the board such an ending is just incredibly difficult, even for an endgame specialist!

Hours before this game ended, Ivan Saric had already beaten (in fact completely outplayed) Zhao Xue and so the Croatian GM is the new leader with two rounds to go.

The game between Troff and Duda was spectacular, but not without mistakes. But that's part of the game!

Tata Steel 2014 | Challengers | Round 11 Standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts SB
1 Saric 2637 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 8.5/11
2 Jobava 2710 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 8.0/11
3 Timman 2607 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 7.5/11
4 Muzychuk 2566 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.5/11
5 Bok 2560 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 6.0/11 30.25
6 Yu 2677 0 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 6.0/11 28.00
7 Reinderman 2593 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 6.0/11 27.25
8 Wojtaszek 2711 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 6.0/11 24.00
9 Duda 2553 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 5.5/11 28.00
10 Brunello 2602 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 5.5/11 27.00
11 Troff 2457 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 4.0/11 20.00
12 Zhao 2567 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0/11 16.25
13 Van Delft 2430 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 2.5/11
14 Goudriaan 2431 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1.0/11

The Tata Steel tournament runs 11-26 January and is held in Wijk aan Zee, Amsterdam and Eindhoven. You can find the official website here and the live games here. The live streaming commentary can also be found here on Chess.com

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  • hace 7 meses

    _valentin_

    The finishing combination in Troff-Duda is fascinating; not hard to spot, but in a real game it's always a treat.

    Jobava defended tenaciously, and was rewarded -- after passing through so many possible losses he found a path to a draw.  Not only did Timman not win, it was Jobava who managed to put up some defenses and make the job of winning look not easy until eventually became not possible.  Good job!

  • hace 7 meses

    Lawdoginator

    Come on, Baddie Jobava!  

  • hace 7 meses

    forkU

    Live game analysis had Tinman up by 5.70 pawns at one point. I always thought a GM only needed a one pawn advantage to convert the win. Maybe I was wrong. That's a tough day to walk away with a draw after a huge advantage like that.

  • hace 7 meses

    StevieBlues

    That Saric-Xue game is awesome.

    I didn't realize how little I understood about chess positions until just now, analyzing that game. What's also interesting about the game is that black's bishop is strong(or at least O.K) on h5! However, he willingly destroys his bishop's scope for a one move non-threat against e4 with bg6!! Dan Heisman would be shocked :P

  • hace 7 meses

    honorarycitizen

    go šarić!! 3 more to go

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