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Tata Challengers: Jobava Joins Saric Again, Timman Clear Third

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 1/23/14, 2:45 AM.

The fight for promotion to the 2015 Tata Steel tournament's Masters Group in Wijk aan Zee continues. Baadur Jobava re-joined Ivan Saric in first place on Wednesday by beating GM-elect Benjamin Bok, while Saric drew quickly with Anna Muzychuk. Dutch legend Jan Timman beat Etienne Goudriaan and is now in clear third place behind the two leaders.

The Challengers Group has been a back-and-forth between Baadur Jobava and Ivan Saric, and with three rounds to go it will be exciting to see who will eventually win. Besides the first prize, it's of course all about promoting to the Masters Group of the 2015 edition.

In Wednesday's 10th round Jobava recovered from his unnecessary loss in round 9 against Sabino Brunello. He beat Benjamin Bok, who followed the unwritten rule that the first game after clinching an IM or GM title is usually lost! Meanwhile, Jobava is turning into a modern-day Mikhail Tal, winning with amazing sacrifices that computers don't like. But, as Boris Gelfand said earlier in the tournament, who cares about computers?

Baadur Jobava - it's hard not to root for this guy by now!
Former world #2 and World Championship contender Jan Timman moved up to clear third place by beating tail-ender Etienne Goudriaan. This was one of the most fascinating games played so far in the tournament with Timman showing his amazing calculating and defensive skills!
It's not going to be easy for the 62-year-old Dutchman though; besides Merijn van Delft he still has to play against Radek Wojtaszek and Baadur Jobava...
IM Merijn van Delft suffered to tough losses in a row, both in endings. In round 9 he went down in a difficult bishop ending:
The next day it went wrong in a rook ending:

Tata Steel 2014 | Challengers | Round 10 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 ½ 1 7.5/10 33.75
2 Jobava 2710 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 7.5/10 31.75
3 Timman 2607 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 7.0/10
4 Muzychuk 2566 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.5/10
5 Brunello 2602 1 0 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 5.5/10
6 Bok 2560 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 5.0/10 25.00
7 Reinderman 2593 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 5.0/10 23.75
8 Yu 2677 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5.0/10 19.50
9 Wojtaszek 2711 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 5.0/10 17.50
10 Duda 2553 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 4.5/10
11 Troff 2457 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0/10 18.25
12 Zhao 2567 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 4.0/10 15.25
13 Van Delft 2430 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 2.5/10
14 Goudriaan 2431 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 1.0/10

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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  • 8 months ago

    forkU

    I feel bad for Tinman during Friday's play. It was brutal! He took a draw after analysis showed him ahead by 5.70 pawns. That has to hurt.

  • 8 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Go Baddie Jobava!  Go!  

  • 8 months ago

    dokter_nee

    That Timman game is pretty wow. Bh4!! how on earth do you come up with that?

  • 8 months ago

    albatrosses

    Jobava belongs to Masters group.

  • 8 months ago

    stupid_chess

    oke

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