75. Tata Steel Chess Tournament
This event is taking place from January 12-27. The venue is as usual the traditional
De Moriaan Center in the Dutch sea resort of Wijk aan Zee. The tournament has
three Grandmaster Groups, which have 14 players and are held as full round robins
(each competitor plays against every other). The rate of play for all three
groups is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and finally
15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 seconds/move increment starting
with the first move of the game.
Standings after ten rounds in the C Group
In the following you will find the names of the players, their country, rating,
points and their performance in the first ten rounds. In brackets are the number
of rating points they have gained or lost in this event.
1st: GM Sabino Brunello, ITA, rated 2572, 8.5/10 points, performance 2776
2nd: GM Fernando Peralta, ARG, 2617, 8.0/10, perf. 2710 (+11)
3rd: GM Robin Swinkels, NED, 2508, 6.5/10, performance 2594 (+12)
4th: IM David Klein, NED, 2445, 6.5/10, performance 2558 (+16)
5th: GM Alexander Kovchan, UKR, 2579, 5.5/10, performance 2497 (–10)
6th: IM Igor Bitensky, ISR, 2400, 5.0/10, performance 2480 (+11)
7th: GM Krikor Mekhitarian, BRA, 2543, 5.0/10, performance 2475 (–9)
8th: IM Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson, ISL, 2516, 5.0/10, perf. 2480 (–5)
9th: IM Twan Burg, NED, 2492, 4.5/10, performance 2456 (–5)
10th: FM Miguoel Admiraal, NED, 2321, 4.0/10, perf. 2393 (+9)
11th: GM Oleg Romanishin, UKR, 2521, 4.0/10, performance 2407 (–16)
Oleg Mikhailovich Romanishin, 61, is a famous Ukrainian GM who at his prime
was a world-class player with a trademark aggressive style, which he attributes
to his training as a junior. One of his trainers was Mikhail Tal. Romanishin
also has a reputation for the use of rare, offbeat and sometimes long since
discarded systems. Only by means of deep research and accurate preparation has
he been able to employ these openings as weapons to sidestep known theory and
fight for the full point.
12th: WGM Alexandra Goryachkina, RUS, 2402, 3.0/10, performance 2315 (–12)
Alexandra is just 14, but has an IM title and a 2402 rating. She earned her
WGM title at the very strong European
Women's Championship in March last year as the second youngest in history
(after Hou Yifan at 12 years and 3 months). This event has not been her best,
but she is definitely a player to watch in the future.
13th: IM Mark van der Werf, NED, 2450, 2.5/10, performance 2307 (–18)
14th: WIM Lisa Schut, NED, 2295, 2.0/10, performance 2250 (–6)
Lisa is 18 and last year's silver medalist at the World
Girls U18 Championship, behind Alexandra Goryachkina, left in the above
picture (with Garry Kasparov, Bronze medallist Maria Severina and trainer Adrian
Here's Lisa in an interview during last year's Tata Steel tournament. You
will notice her very simple,
fractured English – no, wait a minute, it is flawless and eloquent. This
girl has spent time in the USA...
A few tactical moments from Group C
Here are some entertaining tactical highlights from the games rounds 5–10
of the C group (we brought you tactical moments from the earlier rounds here).
Click on the diagram in the notation to jump to the critical position. Note
it with Fritz (or Rybka, or Houdini) and analyse the positions marked as diagrams.
All photos by Frans Peeters, who is an English teacher at a large comprehensive
school in Goes, Zeeland. Since 1998 he has been teaching of computer science,
runs a website for teachers of ICT
in The Netherlands, and incidentally translated the manuals for Playchess and
ChessBase 11 into Dutch. Frans is a hobby photographer who uses an advance Nikon