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Alireza Firouzja vs Vladislav Kovalev
Tata Steel Masters (2020), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-11
Ruy Lopez, closed, Flohr-Zaitsev system (Lenzerheide variation) (C92)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Bb7 10. d4 Re8 11. Nbd2 Bf8 12. a4 h6 13. Bc2 exd4 14. cxd4 Nb4 15. Bb1 c5 16. d5 c4 17. Nd4 Nd7 18. axb5 axb5 19. Rxa8 Bxa8 20. Nxb5 Qb8 21. Na3 Nd3 22. Re3 Nxc1 23. Qxc1 g6 24. Naxc4 Bg7 25. Ra3 Qc7 26. b4 Bb7 27. Bd3 Rb8 28. Qd1 Bc8 29. Qa4 Ne5 30. Nxe5 Qc1+ 31. Bf1 Bxe5 32. Nc4 Bd4 33. Qe8+ Kg7 34. Rf3 f6 35. Qe7+ Kg8 36. Qd8+

The 2020 Tata Steel Masters is a 14-player single round-robin taking place from 11-26 January. World Champion Magnus Carlsen again heads the field, which includes Top 10 stars Caruana, Giri and So as well as 5-time World Champion Anand. A lot of the focus will be on young stars – Duda, Artemiev, Xiong and above all 16-year-old Alireza Firouzja, who makes his super-tournament debut. As well as the traditional venue in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, one round will be played in the PSV football stadium in Eindhoven (16 January).

The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment per move from move 1. If there is a tie for first place the top two after tiebreaks then play a 2-game blitz (5+3) playoff and, if still tied, an Armageddon game. The monetary prizes will be shared evenly. Official website:

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