Saturday, 15 January 2011

Tata Steel 2011

The Tata Steel (Corus) 2011 tournament has just started in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. The first of the 'Super GM' events for the year, the A tournament is a 14 player single round robin, with an average rating of 2740. The top seeds are the worlds top 4 players, Carlsen, Anand, Aronian and Kramnik. There are also Grandmaster B and C tournaments, run on the same format of the A tournament.
The tournament web page is here (and I like its simple uncrowded layout), with links to live games etc. The broadcasts start 1:30 pm local time, which is 11:30 ampm Canberra time. As I type this most games are still in the early stages, except for Smeets v Shirov, which has raced to move 22, as the players follow a very sharp and messy line in the Ruy Lopez.
As for my tip to win this years event, I feel it will end in a tie between Carlsen and Aronian.


Anonymous said...

Assume you mean 11.30 pm Canberra time!?

TataSteel said...

Anand, Nakamura, Nepomniachtchi and Smeets are sharing the lead with 1.5/2. Kramnik, Anand, Carlsen and a few others are on 1/2.

The only player on a perfect score in any of the three tournaments is Luke McShane in the B Group.