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The Week in Chess

  • Tradewise Chess Festival 2016 – Games and Results
    The Tradewise Chess Festival Masters took place 26th January to 4th February 2016. Top seeds Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Pentala Harikrishna, Li Chao, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Jakovenko, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Richard Rapport, Laurent Fressinet, Etienne Bacrot, Ni Hua, Arkadij Naiditsch, Markus Ragger, David Howell, Zoltan Almasi, Nigel Short, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Gata Kamsky, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Emil Sutovsky etc. Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tied for first on 8/10 and Nakamura won the tie-break after winning a final Armageddon game.
  • Magnus Carlsen wins his fifth Tata Steel Masters – 13
    Magnus Carlsen won the Tata Steel Masters after a safe draw against Ding Liren. Ding could catch Carlsen with a win but this seemed unlikely with the black pieces and especially after Carlsen chose a solid line against his Open Spanish. Carlsen found a way to press in the endgame but Ding’s technique held the Rook and Bishop vs Rook endgame convincingly. This is Carlsen’s fifth win of the main event taking him alongside the record holder Viswanathan Anand and above Max Euwe, Levon Aronian, Viktor Korchnoi and Lajos Portisch all of whom have scored four.

    Fabiano Caruana could have caught Carlsen with a win against the struggling Evgeny Tomashevsky but his choice of 4…b6 in the Nimzo-Indian wasn’t a normal one for him and he later got his bishop trapped. Tomashevsky was winning but having struggled all tournament he made a bit of a meal of the conversion to a win, eventually managing it in 63 moves.

    Pavel Eljanov finished his tournament with a win beating David Navara who didn’t react correctly to his novelty 10.Bd3 and quick got into major trouble. Anish Giri was very fortunate to survive with a draw against Hou Yifan after his experiment with the London System completely backfired.

    Michael Adams and Wesley So drew an Open Spanish in the same solid variation as Carlsen-Ding. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Sergey Karjakin drew in a Queens Gambit Accepted. Wei Yi got a small advantage with black against Loek Van Wely but not enough to win.

    In the B-Group Baskaran Adhiban took first on tie-break from Eltaj Safarli and Aleksey Dreev after all scored 9/13. Adhiban will play in the Masters group next year.

    Final Round 13 Standings: 1st Carlsen 9pts 2nd-3rd Caruana, Ding Liren 8pts 4th-6th Wesley So, Giri, Eljanov 7pts 7th-8th Wei Yi, Mamedyarov 6.5pts 9th Karjakin 6pts 10th-11th Navara, Tomashevsky 5.5pts 12th-14th Hou Yifan, Adams, Van Wely 5pts

  • Carlsen leads Tata Steel Masters after round 12 of 13 but Caruana and Ding still in touch – 12
    Magnus Carlsen secured a comfortable draw against Wesley So to be certain of a lead going into the final round of the Tata Steel Masters. Carlsen’s opponent Wesley So wasn’t precise in the opening and once he realised this he played to equalise. Carlsen wasn’t sure if he should have tried harder but wasn’t unhappy with a draw with the black pieces.

    Loek van Wely went wrong in the Najdorf Sicilian quite quickly against Fabiano Caruana. Although Van Wely held his position together for a while and even came close to equalisation but once he missed a move from his opponent his position collapsed.

    Ding Liren defeated Pavel Eljanov to give himself a chance of tournament victory with a win with black against Magnus Carlsen in the final round. Eljanov got himself into difficulties where there wasn’t an obvious plan, most probably after 15…h6 and gave up a pawn to free himself but Ding brought home the point confidently.

    Michael Adams got a slight advantage with black against Hou Yifan but had to be satisfied with a draw by repetition after the first time control. Wei Yi played a rare variation of the Breyer Variation against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov but couldn’t make much of the small edge he eventually obtained. Anish Giri didn’t have much trouble meeting Sergey Karjakin’s 1.b3 surprise but the game didn’t depart much from equality.

    Round 12 Standings: 1st Carlsen 8.5pts 2nd Caruana 8pts 3rd Ding Liren 7.5pts 4th-5th Wesley So, Giri 6.5pts 6th-8th Wei Yi, Mamedyarov, Eljanov 6pts 9th-10th Navara, Karjakin 5.5pts 11th-14th Hou Yifan, Tomashevsky, Van Wely, Adams 4.5pts

    Final Round 13 Pairings 31st Jan 2016 11am GMT: Mamedyarov-Karjakin, Van Wely-Wei Yi, Tomashevsky-Caruana, Eljanov-Navara, Carlsen-Ding, Adams-Wesley So, Giri-Hou Yifan.

  • Carlsen extends his lead to a point again after Tata Steel Round 11 – 11
    Magnus Carlsen beat Hou Yifan to restore his one point lead with just two rounds to go. Carlsen played for only a small edge against the Petroff Defence and it looked like the women’s number one would hold. Carlsen allowed a trade into a drawn King and Pawn endgame, firstly this wasn’t necessary as the Queen endgame was close to equal and secondly Hou Yifan needed to find 45…a5 to secure the draw, instead after the trade 45…h5? led to a loss.

    Shakhriyar Mamedyatov made Fabiano Caruana work for a draw after a dangerous exchange sacrifice on move 41. Ding Liren moved into third place alone after Evgeny Tomashevsky pushed a bit too hard for a win with white. There were missed chances for a win for David Navara against Loek van Wely and Michael Adams against Anish Giri. Adams missed a direct but difficult win with 23.Rd1 but was more cross with his 34.a4? which ended his winning chances. Wei Yi pushed for a win in a long game against Sergey Karjakin as did Wesley So against Pavel Eljanov.

    In the B-Group Baskaran Adhiban hung on to a share of the lead with Aleksey Dreev after saving a lost endgame against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu.

    Round 11 Standings: 1st Carlsen 8pts 2nd Caruana 7pts 3rd Ding Liren 6.5pts 4th-6th Giri, Wesley So, Eljanov 6pts 7th-8th Wei Yi, Mamedyarov 5.5pts 9th-10th Navara, Karjakin 5pts 11th Van Wely 4.5pts 12th-14th Hou Yifan, Tomashevsky, Adams 4pts

    Round 12 pairings Saturday 30th Jan 2016 12:30pm GMT Karjakin-Giri, Hou Yifan-Adams, Wesley So-Carlsen, Ding Liren-Eljanov, Navara-Tomashevsky, Caruana-Van Wely, Wei Yi-Mamedyarov.

  • Caruana moves within half a point of Carlsen after Round 10 of Tata Steel Masters – 10
    The 10th round of the Tata Steel Masters took place in the Railway Museum in Utrecht. There was a big spectator turnout that pleased both the players and organisers. Magnus Carlsen leads on 7/10 half a point clear of Fabiano Caruana going into the final rest day.

    Fabiano Caruana defeated Wei Yi in an Open Ruy Lopez. Caruana’s 10. Bc2 is an old continuation but he had prepared it deeply and drove Wei Yi into serious time trouble and a losing position. Caruana felt 17…c6? was practically the decisive error and that 17…Nxc3 was necessary.

    Magnus Carlsen was critical both of his own poor opening play which pretty much left him a tempo down in a Lasker Variation of the Queen’s Gambit by transposition and his opponent Anish Giri’s failure to make anything very much of this. The game was drawn in 34 moves.

    Sergey Karjakin tried the fashionable London System but Michael Adams just played a known plan and rather quickly got a decisive attack. Hou Yifan lost a complex battle with Pavel Eljanov.

    Wesley So was in danger of being substantially worse with white against Evgeny Tomashevsky but successfully took the game to a draw. David Navara and Shakhriyar had a lively draw. Ding Liren and Loek van Wely drew a long struggle where both had winning positions at various points.

    Baskaran Adhiban defeated Eltaj Safarli in the battle of the leaders in the B-Group. Adhiban leads on 7.5/10 half a point clear of Aleksey Dreev.

    Round 10 Standings: 1st Carlsen 7pts 2nd Caruana 6.5pts, 3rd-6th Giri, Wesley So, Ding Liren, Eljanov 5.5pts, 7th-8th Wei Yi, Mamedyarov 5pts 9th-10th Navara, Karjakin 4.5pts, 11th-13th Hou Yifan, Tomashevsky, Van Wely 4pts 14th Adams 3.5pts

    Rest Day Thursday

    Round 11 Pairings: Friday 29th Jan 2016 12:30pm Wei-Karjakin, Mamedyarov-Caruana, Van Wely-Navara, Tomashevsky-Ding, Eljanov-So, Carlsen-Hou, Adams-Giri.

  • Carlsen extends his lead to a point after 9 rounds of the Tata Steel Masters – 9
    Magnus Carlsen defeated Michael Adams to extend his lead in the Tata Steel Masters to a full point. Carlsen played a quiet Giuoco Piano but gradually outplayed Adams and had a decisive advantage at first time control. Adams continued to resist in a miserable position and Carlsen decided to give up material to produce a favourable endgame but Adams could dream of drawing again. Carlsen brought home the full point in 66 moves.

    Fabiano Caruana was held to a draw by Sergey Karjakin after obtaining a substantial advantage but could not overcome his opponents tough defence.

    Wei Yi scored his first win of the event after 8 draws with a controlled sacrificial attack on David Navara’s king.

    The remaining games were drawn. Pavel Eljanov didn’t make the best of the white pieces but hung on a pawn down to draw against Anish Giri. Loek van Wely had a nice opening against Wesley So but a couple of inaccurate moves encouraged his opponent to offer a draw which was accepted. Ding Liren’s fine opening preparation seemed to go straight to a drawn endgame against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Hou Yifan defended well to hold an inferior position against Evgeny Tomashevsky.

    Eltaj Safarli caught Baskaran Adhiban in the lead on 6.5/9 after the later was defeated by Jorden Van Foreest. Alexei Dreev is half a point further back.

    Round 9 Standings 1st Carlsen 6.5, 2nd Caruana 5.5, 3rd-6th Wesley So, Wei Yi, Giri, Ding Liren 5 7th-9th Karjakin, Eljanov, Mamedyarov 4.5, 10th-11th Navara, Hou Yifan 4 12th-13th Tomashevsky, Van Wely 3.5, 14th Adams 2.5

    Round 10 (Utrecht 27th Jan 2016 13:00 GMT) Karjakin-Adams, Giri-Carlsen, Hou-Eljanov, So-Tomashevsky, Ding-Van Wely, Navara-Mamedyarov, Caruana-Wei Yi.

  • Carlsen leads Tata Steel Masters after Caruana defeated in round 8 – 8
    Magnus Carlsen leads the Tata Steel Masters going into the second rest day. Carlsen played a rarish variation of the Ruy Lopez against Sergey Karjakin and made the task of equalising look easy. There was a draw by repetition after 31 moves.

    Joint leader Fabiano Caruana was defeated by David Navara in an endgame where he gradually drifted into trouble. Navara gave up the exchange temporarily (27…Kh6 may have been a way to try to make this permanent) and got a small advantage. Navara didn’t really believe in his winning chances until around 37.Rd8. After that Navara kept the pressure on and Caruana’s 49…Rxg3 was the final error.

    Hou Yifan didn’t find the right way to react to Loek van Wely’s unusual treatment of the Sicilian defence and was beaten in 43 moves.

    Pavel Eljanov pressurised tail-ender Michael Adams and eventually found his way to a winning advantage. After over 6 hours of play Eljanov started to go wrong and Adams pounced on a couple of inaccuracies to hold the draw. 63…Rxh7 sacrificing his bishop seems the most straightforward missed win for Eljanov.

    The remaining games were drawn. Anish Giri had some small prssure against Evgeny Tomashevsky but couldn’t find a way to increase his small edge. Ding Liren must have been quite alarmed by Wei Yi’s quick play in an ultra-sharp position. Wei Yi clearly was playing deep computer preparation and Ding took a draw by repetition on move 27. Wesley So drew by perpetual check against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

    Round 8 Standings: 1st Carlsen 5.5, 2nd Caruana 5, 3rd-5th Wesley So, Giri, Ding Liren 4.5, 6th-10th Navara, Wei Yi, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Eljanov 4, 11th Hou Yifan 3.5, 12th-13th Tomashevsky, Van Wely 3, 14th Adams 2.5.

    Rest day Monday 25th January 2016.

    Round 9 Tues 26th Jan 2016 12:30pm GMT: Caruana-Karjakin, Wei-Navara, Mamedyarov-Ding, Van Wely-So, Tomashevsky-Hou, Eljanov-Giri, Carlsen-Adams.

  • Carlsen and Caruana both win in Round 7 of the Tata Steel Masters – 7
    Fabiano Caruana defeated joint leader Ding Liren whilst Magnus Carlsen won impressively against Pavel Eljanov. The pair lead the event with 5/7. At the moment Carlsen has played mostly against players in the bottom half of the table whilst Caruana has played the top 6 already.

    Caruana played 11.Nh4 in a theoretically important position and obtained a big advantage over Ding out of the opening. However he admitted that he ”spoiled it” and Ding had ”very good drawing chances”. 41..Qd7 is assessed as almost equal. Ding’s 43…Qxa5 was the decisive error probably missing that 44.Rxd3 Rxd3 45.Rb8+ wins on the spot for Caruana.

    Magnus Carlsen scored yet another powerful win, this time against Pavel Eljanov. Wittingly or not Carlsen’s 10…g5 transposed to game 9 of the Petrosian-Botvinnik match of 1963. The position remained strategically complex. Eljanov gave up a piece for compensation but Carlsen found his way through the complications to a win.

    Anish Giri’s slow start is behind him after a victory over Loek van Wely took him within a point of the lead. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov beat Hou Yifan after the latter missed an important shot on the run up to first time control. Wei Yi’s reputation as a dangerous tactician has maybe made his opponents avoid the sharpest struggles. He has drawn all his games so far including against Wesley So today. David Navara and Sergey Karjakin was an interesting draw in a semi-slav. Evgeny Tomashevsky against Michael Adams was a fairly tame draw.

    Joint leaders Baskaran Adhiban and Aleksey Dreev met in round 7 of the Challengers Group with Adhiban winning in crushing style.

    Round 7 Standings: 1st-2nd Caruana, Carlsen 5pts, 3rd-5th So, Giri, Ding Liren 4pts, 6th-10th Hou Yifan, Wei Yi, Karjakin, Eljanov, Mamedyarov 3.5, 11th Navara 3, 12th Tomashevsky 2.5, 13th-14th Van Wely Adams 2pts.

    Round 8 pairings: Round 8 Sun 24th Jan 12:30pm Karjakin-Carlsen, Adams-Eljanov, Giri-Tomashevsky, Hou-Van Wely, So-Mamedyarov, Ding-Wei Yi, Navara-Caruana.

  • Carlsen joins Ding and Caruana in the Tata Steel Masters lead after 6 rounds – 6
    Magnus Carlsen made light work of Evgeny Tomashevsky in the sixth round of the Tata Steel Masters to win in just 30 moves of a London System. Tomashevsky seemed thrown by the choice of opening and allowed a dangerous attack, when he traded to an endgame to try and defend his position was close to hopeless. Carlsen’s second win in a row allowed him to join Ding Liren and Fabiano Caruana in the lead on 4/6.

    Anish Giri finally got back to 50% with a win against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Giri was one of the pre-event favourites but has struggled so far however with the tournament only passing the half way mark tomorrow he has plenty of time to improve his standing.

    Joint leader Fabiano Caruana had to work hard to defend against Wesely So but eventually reached a drawn endgame. The other leader Ding Liren had a large opening advantage against David Navara but his 18.e3 (18.Bf4 or 18.g4 are better according to the computers) lost most of this edge and Navara then managed to hold.

    Loek van Wely found a nice combination to win a pawn against Michael Adams but the englishman managed to find sufficient counterplay for the draw. Hou Yifan got a winning endgame against Wei Yi but an inaccuracy allowed counterplay and after giving up the exchange her position was only good enough for a draw. Sergey Karjakin against Pavel Eljanov liquidated to a drawn endgame after only 28 moves.

    Aleksey Dreev and Baskaran Adhiban lead the Tata Challengers with 5/6.

    Round 6 Standings: 1st-3rd Caruana, Ding Liren, Carlsen 4pts 4th-6th Wesley So, Hou Yifan, Eljanov 3.5pts 7th-9th Giri, Wei Yi, Karjakin 3pts 10th-11th Navara, Mamedyarov 2.5pts 12th-13th Tomashevsky, Van Wely 2pts 14th Adams 1.5pts

    Round 7 Sat 23rd Jan 2016 Navara-Karjakin, Caruana-Ding, Wei-So, Mamedyarov-Hou, Van Wely-Giri, Tomashevsky-Adams, Eljanov-Carlsen.

  • Ding Liren catches Caruana in Tata Steel Masters lead after 5 rounds – 5
    Ding Liren beat Sergey Karjakin to catch Fabiano Caruana in the lead on 3.5 points after five rounds of the Tata Steel Masters. The event moved to the Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam for the day. Ding came out on top of a very difficult Queen’s Indian requiring a lot of precise calculation.

    World Champion Magnus Carlsen beat Loek van Wely but only after a lot of risk in the Dutchman’s time trouble. 23…Qg5 sacrificed a piece (23…Nf6 was sounder) 25.Ke1! (25.Rc2) was an excellent response, 27…Rxg2? (27…g5 necessary) was a mistake according to the computers with a precise sequence following 29.Qh4+ leading to a win. Carlsen’s 36…Kg8 hoped precisely for the losing 37.Ne2 as played although by then Carlsen was well on top. Carlsen moves to a group half a point off the lead on 3pts.

    Leader Fabiano Caruana was held by Hou Yifan in a technical struggle.

    Michael Adams went down to yet another defeat, this time to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. 34…Ra6? turned a favourable position for Adams to a worse one although later 43.Rce2?! Rxe2! was dead even according to computers. Adams position collapsed quickly after that.

    The remaining games Tomashevsky-Eljanov, Wei Yi-Giri and Navara-So were all drawn without any great drama.

    The B-Group took place on Wednesday. Leader Aleksey Dreev conceded a quick draw to Jorden van Foreest and was joined on 4.5/5 by Baskaran Adhiban.

    Round 5 standings: 1st-2nd Caruana, Ding 3.5pts 3rd-6th Hou Yifan, Wesley So, Carlsen, Eljanov 3pts, 7th-9th Karjakinm, Wei Yi, Mamedyarov 2.5pts, 10th-12th Giri, Tomashevsky, Navara 2pts 13th Van Wely 1.5pts 14th Adams 1pt

    Round 6 Fri 22nd Jan 2016 12:30 GMT: Karjakin-Eljanov, Carlsen-Tomashevsky, Adams-Van Wely, Giri-Mamedyarov, Hou-Wei, So-Caruana, Ding-Navara.

  • Caruana misses a chance to extend his lead of the Tata Steel Masters after 4 rounds – 4
    Fabiano Caruana was finally held to a draw after 6 hours of play by Anish Giri after obtaining a winning Rook and Pawn endgame. Caruana leads with 3/4 but he missed a chance (55…Ra3 was the last win) to bring in the full point. Giri, who was one of the favourites to win the tournament has lost one and saved two in a very scratchy start to the event.

    Pavel Eljanov won a pawn against Loek van Wely but it was only with a trap 31.Kh1 in his opponent’s time trouble hoping precisely for the mistake 31…Rf2? that loses.

    Sergey Karjakin got a positional advantage in a quiet Giuoco Piano against Evgeny Tomashevsky. In time pressure for both players Karjakin obtained a winning advantage and his opponent lost on time.

    Hou Yifan won a fine attacking game against David Navara.

    Magnus Carlsen got little or no advantage with white against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and the game finished in a draw. Whilst he hasn’t been in any real trouble Carlsen hasn’t created many winning chances either.

    Michael Adams looked in a lot of trouble against Wei Yi in the endgame but the Chinese player didn’t find a way to exploit his extra pawn and the game was drawn in 52 moves.

    Wesley So drew against Ding Liren in a balanced game.

    Aleksey Dreev has reached 4/4. The B-Group continues with a round on Wednesday.

    Round 4 Standings: 1st Caruana 3pts 2nd-6th Wesley So, Hou Yifan, Karjakin, Ding Liren, Eljanov 2.5pts 7th-8th Carlsen, Wei, Yi 2pts 9th-13th Giri, Van Wely, Mamedyarov, Tomashevsky, Navara 1.5pts 14th Adams 1pt

    Rest day Wednesday 20th Jan. Round 5 Thur 21st Jan 2016 1pm GMT in the Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam. Ding-Karjakin, Navara-So, Caruana-Hou, Wei-Giri, Mamedyarov-Adams, Van Wely-Carlsen, Tomashevsky-Eljanov,

  • Caruana leads on 2.5/3 after beating Adams in Tata Steel Masters – 3
    Fabiano Caruana took an early lead in the Tata Steel Masters after a 49 move victory over a struggling Michael Adams. Adams had the better of the opening but in a double edged position his position went from better to much worse on the run up to first time control and was defeated in 63 moves. This left Caruana in sole lead on 2.5/3 half a point clear of Wesley So and Ding Liren.

    Wei Yi’s first game against Magnus Carlsen was a theoretical duel in the Ruy Lopez Marshall. Carlsen’s 19…Qxf3+ was new after which both players used huge amounts of their remaining time for the next few moves in the complex position that remained. The game remained roughly balanced until near first time control when Wei Yi allowed Carlsen a little more play than he should have (a more active rook) but a few accurate moves confirmed the draw.

    Pavel Eljanov was on the verge of resignation when he received an astonishing gift of the full point from Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who just dropped a rook.

    Anish Giri almost lost his second game of the event when he missed a powerful rook sacrifice from David Navara. The computers found the powerful 28.Bd4! shot that should have finished things in Navara’s favour. Navara was still much better but in time trouble he didn’t find 39.Qg5! and the game was drawn soon after.

    The remaining games Van Wely-Tomashevsky, Wesley So-Karjakin and Ding Liren vs Hou Yifan were also drawn

    Aleksey Dreev leads the B-Group with a perfect 3/3.

    Round 3 Standings: 1st Caruana 2.5pts 2nd-3rd So, Ding Liren 2pts 4th-11th Carlsen, Hou Yifan, Karjakin, Wei Yi, Tomashevsky, Van Wely, Eljanov, Navara 1.5pts, 12th-13th Giri, Mamedyarov 1pt 14th Adams 0.5pts

    Round 4 Tuesday 19th Jan 12:30 GMT Karjakin-Tomashevsky, Eljanov-Van Wely, Carlsen-Mamedyarov, Adams-Wei, Giri-Caruana, Hou-Navara, So-Ding.

  • All Tata Steel Masters games drawn in round 2 – 2
    The second round of the Tata Steel Masters was a quiet affair with all the games drawn. The main clash of the day was between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. This was a difficult game with the players more or less on their own from the start after 1.g3. Carlsen might have been able to play for a win with 25.b3 according to the computer but with an exposed king a draw seemed a fair result.

    Three players lost in round one and had white today and none seemed in the mood to play all that riskily. Michaeal Adams has a good recent record against David Navara but had to be careful to exchange to a drawn endgame. Anish Giri also played quietly against Ding Liren in a Slav/Semi-Slav and Pavel Eljanov drew solidly against Ding Liren.

    Evgeny Tomashevsky seemed surprised by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov’s 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c5 and was worse, possibly much worse before escaping with a draw. 23…Qd3 was certainly worth looking at. Loek van Wely played the Sicilian Dragon against Sergey Karjakin as he has before and a draw was agreed in 20 moves. Hou Yifan was worse out of the opening against Wesley So but gradually fortunes changed and So felt the need to give up a pawn. 38.g5 or 40.g5 are liked by the computers for Hou Yifan but in the end she couldn’t make the extra material count.

    Aleksey Dreev (who won the main event in 1995) and Baskaran Adhiban lead with B-Group with 2/2. One two draws today.

    Round 2 standings: 1st-3rd Caruana, So, Ding Liren 1.5pts 4th-11th Carlsen, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Navara, Tomashevsky, Wei Yi, Hou Yifan Van Wely 1pt 12th-14th Giri, Eljanov, Adams 0.5pts

    Round 3 pairings: 18th Jan 2016 12:30 GMT: So-Karjakin, Ding-Hou, Navara-Giri, Caruana-Adams, Wei-Carlsen, Mamedyarov-Eljanov, Van Wely-Tomashevsky.

  • Lively start to Tata Steel chess tournament of 2016 – 1
    The first round of the Tata Steel Masters saw three decisive games. Wesley So beat Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana beat Pavel Eljanov and Ding Liren beat Michael Adams. World Champion Magnus Carlsen played the rare 8..g5 in the Queen’s Gambit and drew fairly comfortably but said he was worried about some attacking chances that David Navara might have risked. Evgeny Tomashevsky was happy to draw against Wei Yi as black, Loek van Wely missed a winning continuation against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and couldn’t convert the small advantage that remained, Hou Yifan drew against Sergey Karjakin. In the Challengers Group every single game was decisive.

    Round 1 Standings: 1st-3rd Caruana, So, Ding Liren 1pt 4th-11th Carlsen, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Navara, Tomashevsky, Wei Yi, Hou Yifan Van Wely 0.5pts 12th-14th Giri, Eljanov, Adams 0pts

    Round 2 pairings Sun 17th Jan 2016 12:30pm GMT: Karjakin-Van Wely, Tomashevsky-Mamedyarov, Eljanov-Wei Yi, Carlsen-Caruana, Adams-Navara, Giri-Ding Liren, Hou Yifan-Wesley So.

  • 78th Tata Steel Masters 2016 – Games and Results
    The 78th Tata Steel Masters takes place 15th to 31st January 2016. The event is mostly in Wijk aan Zee with two rounds at other venues (Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam on 21st Jan and the Railway Museum in Utrecht on 27 Jan). Players: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Sergey Karjakin, Michael Adams, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wei Yi, David Navara, Hou Yifan, Loek Van Wely,.Evgeny Tomashevsky and Pavel Eljanov. Round 1 Saturday 16th January 2016.
  • 25th Keres Memorial 2016 – Games and Results
    The 25th Keres Memorial marks the centenary of his birth. The ACP Rapid event took place 8th to 10th January. Igor Kovalenko finished with 9/11 half a point clear of David Howell, Boris Gelfand and Surya Shekhar Ganguly.
  • 91st Hastings Congress 2015-16 – Games and Results
    The 91st Hastings Congress took place 28th December 2015 to 5th January 2016. Players: Ferenc Berkes, Igor Khenkin, Aleksander Mista, Gyula Pap, Jahongir Vakhidov, Sarunas Sulskis, Daniel W Gormally, Tamas Jr. Fodor etc

    Jahongir Vakhidov and Alexander Mista shared first place on 7/9.

  • 45th Rilton Cup 2015-16 – Games and Results
    The 45th Rilton Cup took place 27th December 2015 to 5th January 2016. Maxim Rodshtein scored 8/9 to outpace Jon Ludwig Hammer on 7.5, Erik Blomqvist took clear third on 7.
  • 53rd Groningen Chess Festival 2015 – Games and Results
    The 53rd Groningen Chess Festival took place 21st to 30th December 2015. Jorden Van Foreest edged out Sundar M. Shyam on tie-break after both scored 7.5/9. Sipke Ernst beat Lucas Van Foreest in the University Challenge match 5-1 winning the last four games.
  • Qatar Masters Open 2015 – Games and Results
    The Qatar Masters Open took place 19th to 30th December 2015. World Champion Magnus Carlsen heads a stellar field. It is possible that this is the first appearance by a reigning World Champion in a Swiss Open at standard time controls since Boris Spassky played in Vancouver in 1971. Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Sergey Karjakin, Li Chao, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Pentala Harikrishna, Dmitry Jakovenko Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi etc. 18 players rated over 2700 and 50 over 2600 compete. Magnus Carlsen won the event after defeating last year’s champion Yu Yangyi 2-0 in a tie-break. They had tied on 7/9.

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