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Alireza Firouzja vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek
Tata Steel Masters (2021), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-31
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-31-21  Damenlaeuferbauer: I have to concede, that I am not a Firouzja fan and think, he will never play a match for the classical world championship, but if it is true, that the organizers and/or arbiters told him and R. Wojtaszek after move 55 or so to LEAVE the stage and finish this game in ANOTHER ROOM, because they need the stage for the BLITZ tiebreak between two DUTCH players, this would be an eternal shame for the tournament of Wijk aan Zee. The organizers and/or arbiters disturbed a CLASSICAL game at the edge of a knife after nearly 6 hours and stole A. Firouzja a shared FIRST PLACE (he blundered with 58.Qg3? in time pressure) because of a BLITZ tiebreak. If A. Firouzja is a man with principles, he will never play the tournament of Wijk aan Zee again. I hope, he will beat every Dutch player in the future.
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  Stonehenge: Tiebreak Rules

In case two players share first place in the Masters (if more players share the first prize, the first two players will be selected according to the criteria as stated below), they will play a tie-break after the last round, on Sunday 31, January 2021. The time control for two Blitz games is 5 min + 3 sec and possible Armageddon in the third game (White has 5 minutes and Black 4 minutes, + 3 seconds increment as of move 60). Drawing of lots will be provided by the Chief Arbiter. A tie-break will start at 18.00 hours sharp.

<If other games are still in progress then, they will be moved to a different section within De Moriaan, where they will be continued. The Chief Arbiter will decide when these games will be moved and players are expected to abide by this decision.>

All players agreed to these rules before the tournament.

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  MissScarlett: Who reads the terms and conditions?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Seemed like such a shame that they agreed to a draw in the final position because the game is anything but dead. However, knowing the circumstances as outlined by <Stonehenge>, it makes sense; they might have felt annoyed by the treatment (even if they had agreed to the terms beforehand) and drew out of spite.
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  0ZeR0: Yes, it's a shame they didn't play this one out, but the game was still quite interesting. I for one like young Alireza. His games are generally quite exciting even when they end in a draw.
Jan-31-21  fabelhaft: <The all-Dutch playoff was scheduled to start at 18:10, two tables away from Firouzja-Wojtaszek, who were still playing. When these players reached the time control, the arbiters asked them to move to one of the tables farther away so that they would be less bothered by the moves of Giri and Van Foreest.

Firouzja was visibly disturbed (understandably so) and refused to leave the table. While the playoff was underway, he spoiled his promising position, and afterward, he was very angry at the arbiters and shouted at the main organizer>

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  MissScarlett: According to that version of events - and it's definitely correct that the players had reached the time control at move 60 (hence Alireza didn't blunder on move 58 because of the commotion) - the organisers were i) not seeking to move the players off-stage and ii) were trying to help not hinder them.
Feb-01-21  joeld: "The Chief Arbiter will decide when these games will be moved... and players are expected to abide by this decision"

People's criticisms are against the arbiters for deciding that the game had to be moved at that time, not against Firouzja that he didn't abide by the arbiter's decision."

Feb-01-21  Z4all: <joeld> can you please supply the context for your quote - a link to your source would be helpful.

The context could be relevant, e.g. the arbiter's decision to move the game could be referring to a new game, and not necessarily a game-in-progress.

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  tamar: Firoujza either missed the win with 52 d5 exd5 53 exd5 or was worried that 53 ...Qd6 might be tough to crack , because 53...Bxd5 54 Bxd5 Rd5 fails to 55 Bxg7+ Kxg7 56 Qg4+ winning a rook.

After 53...Qd6 there is no decisive sacrifice, but SF gives white +2 with an improved version of what happened in the game.

A few moves later, when the arbiters interrupted the players, the opportunity for this advance was gone

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