2017 Tata R13 Express: So wins Masters, Jones qualifies

1/29/2017 – It was a suiting end to a superb tournament. Wesley So staved off the would-be-thiefs of his gold with a win over Nepomniachtchi to take first a full point ahead of the field, also taking his rating to a staggering 2822 FIDE. While Carlsen was held to a draw by Karjakin, thus taking silver, other contenders Wei Yi and Aronian lost, thus opening the way to a Cinderella ending to bottom-seed Adhiban who took bronze. Gawain Jones won the Challengers after a nail-biting round. Express report.

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The elite Tata Steel tournaments in Wijk aan Zee are underway and take place from January 13-29, with two main tournaments, the Masters with both Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin as headliners, as well as Wesley So, Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Baskaran Adhiban, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Richard Rapport, Dmitri Andreikin, Wei Yi, Pavel Eljanov, and Loek van Wely. All rounds in Wijk aan Zee begin at 1.30pm, except for the last round on 29 January 2017, which begins at 12.00pm. Both rounds on the Chess On Tour days start at 2.00pm.

Full report with grandmaster annotations to follow...

Masters tournament

Round 13 - Sunday, January 29
Andreikin, D.
1-0
Aronian, L.
Wei, Y.
0-1
Wojtaszek, R.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
0-1
So, W.
Carlsen, M.
½-½
Karjakin, S.
Giri, A.
½-½
Eljanov, P.
Rapport, R.
0-1
Adhiban, B.
Van Wely, L.
1-0
Harikrishna, P.

Quick review of round 13

 

Current Masters standings

Challengers tournament

Round 13 - Sunday, January 29
van Foreest, J.
½-½
Grandelius, N.
l'Ami, E.
½-½
Ragger, M.
Xiong, J.
½-½
Bok, B.
Tingjie, L.
0-1
Tari, A.
Hansen, E.
1-0
Smirin, I
Dobrov, V.
1-0
Guramishvili, S.
Lu, S.
½-½
Jones, G.

Current Challengers standings

Schedule, pairings, and results

Tata Steel Masters 2017

Round 1 - Saturday, January 14
Harikrishna, P.
½-½
 Aronian, L.
Adhiban, B.
½-½
 Van Wely, L.
Eljanov, P.
1-0
 Rapport, R.
Karjakin, S.
½-½
 Giri, A.
So, W.
½-½
 Carlsen, M.
Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
 Nepomniachtchi, I.
Andreikin, D.
½-½
 Wei, Y.
Round 2 - Sunday, January 15
Aronian, L.
½-½
Wei, Y.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
½-½
Andreikin, D.
Carlsen, M.
1-0
Wojtaszek, R.
Giri, A.
½-½
So, W.
Rapport, R.
½-½
Karjakin, S.
Van Wely, L.
0-1
Eljanov, P.
Harikrishna, P.
1-0
Adhiban, B.
Round 3 - Monday, January 16
Adhiban, B.
½-½
Aronian, L.
Eljanov, P.
½-½
Harikrishna, P.
Karjakin, S.
1-0
Van Wely, L.
So, W.
1-0
Rapport, R.
Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
Giri, A..
Andreikin, D.
½-½
Carlsen, M.
Wei, Y.
1-0
Nepomniachtchi, I.
Round 4 - Tuesday, January 17
Aronian, L.
½-½
Nepomniachtchi, I.
Carlsen, M.
1-0
Wei, Y.
Giri, A.
½-½
Andreikin, D.
Rapport, R.
½-½
Wojtaszek, R.
Van Wely, L.
0-1
So, W.
Harikrishna, P.
½-½
Karjakin, S.
Adhiban, B.
0-1
Eljanov, P.
Round 5 - Thursday, January 19
Eljanov, P.
0-1
Aronian, L.
Karjakin, S.
0-1
Adhiban, B.
So, W.
1-0
Harikrishna, P.
Wojtaszek, R.
1-0
Van Wely, L.
Andreikin, D.
½-½
Rapport, R.
Wei, Y.
½-½
Giri, A.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
½-½
Carlsen, M.
Round 6 - Friday, January 20
Aronian, L.
½-½
Carlsen, M.
Giri, A.
1-0
Nepomniachtchi, I.
Rapport, R.
0-1
Wei, Y.
Van Wely, L.
½-½
Andreikin, D.
Harikrishna, P.
½-½
Wojtaszek, R.
Adhiban, B.
½-½
So, W.
Eljanov, P.
½-½
Karjakin, S.
Round 7 - Saturday, January 21
Karjakin, S.
1-0
Aronian, L.
So, W.
½-½
Eljanov, P.
Wojtaszek, R.
0-1
Adhiban, B.
Andreikin, D.
½-½
Harikrishna, P.
Wei, Y.
1-0
Van Wely, L.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
½-½
Rapport, R.
Carlsen, M.
1-0
Giri, A.
Round 8 - Sunday, January 22
Aronian, L.
1-0
Giri, A.
Rapport, R.
1-0
Carlsen, M.
Van Wely, L.
½-½
Nepomniachtchi, I.
Harikrishna, P.
½-½
Wei, Y.
Adhiban, B.
1-0
Andreikin, D.
Eljanov, P.
½-½
Wojtaszek, R.
Karjakin, S.
½-½
So, W.
Round 9 - Tuesday, January 24
So, W.
½-½
Aronian, L.
Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
Karjakin, S.
Andreikin, D.
½-½
Eljanov, P.
Wei, Y.
½-½
Adhiban, B.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
½-½
Harikrishna, P.
Carlsen, M.
1-0
Van Wely, L.
Giri, A.
½-½
Rapport, R.
Round 10 - Wednesday, January 25
Aronian, L.
1-0
Rapport, R.
Van Wely, L.
½-½
Giri, A.
Harikrishna, P.
½-½
Carlsen, M.
Adhiban, B.
½-½
Nepomniachtchi, I.
Eljanov, P.
½-½
Wei, Y.
Karjakin, S.
1-0
Andreikin, D.
So, W.
1-0
Wojtaszek, R.
Round 11 - Friday, January 27
Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
Aronian, L.
Andreikin, D.
½-½
So, W.
Wei, Y.
1-0
Karjakin, S.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
½-½
Eljanov, P.
Carlsen, M.
½-½
Adhiban, B.
Giri, A.
½-½
Harikrishna, P.
Rapport, R.
½-½
Van Wely, L.
Round 12 - Saturday, January 28
Aronian, L.
1-0
Van Wely, L.
Harikrishna, P.
½-½
Rapport, R.
Adhiban, B.
½-½
Giri, A.
Eljanov, P.
0-1
Carlsen, M.
Karjakin, S.
½-½
Nepomniachtchi, I.
So, W.
½-½
Wei, Y.
Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
Andreikin, D.
Round 13 - Sunday, January 29
Andreikin, D.
1-0
Aronian, L.
Wei, Y.
0-1
Wojtaszek, R.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
0-1
So, W.
Carlsen, M.
½-½
Karjakin, S.
Giri, A.
½-½
Eljanov, P.
Rapport, R.
0-1
Adhiban, B.
Van Wely, L.
1-0
Harikrishna, P.
 

Tata Steel Challengers 2017

Round 1 - Saturday, January 14
Jones, G.
½-½
Grandelius, N.
Guramishvili, S.
½-½
Lu, S.
Smirin, I
½-½
Dobrov, V.
Tari, A.
½-½
Hansen, E.
Bok, B.
1-0
Tingjie, L.
Ragger, M.
1-0
Xiong, J.
van Foreest, J.
1-0
l'Ami, E.
Round 2 - Sunday, January 15
Grandelius, N.
½-½
l'Ami, E.
Xiong, J.
1-0
van Foreest, J.
Tingjie, L.
0-1
Ragger, M.
Hansen, E.
½-½
Bok, B.
Dobrov, V.
½-½
Tari, A.
Lu, S.
½-½
Smirin, I
Jones, G.
1-0
Guramishvili, S.
Round 3 - Monday, January 16
Guramishvili, S.
0-1
Grandelius, N.
Smirin, I
1-0
Jones, G.
Tari, A.
0-1
Lu, S.
Bok, B.
0-1
Dobrov, V.
Ragger, M.
1-0
Hansen, E..
van Foreest, J.
0-1
Tingjie, L.
l'Ami, E.
½-½
Xiong, J.
Round 4 - Tuesday, January 17
Grandelius, N.
0-1
Xiong, J.
Tingjie, L.
0-1
l'Ami, E.
Hansen, E.
1-0
van Foreest, J.
Dobrov, V.
0-1
Ragger, M.
Lu, S.
1-0
Bok, B.
Jones, G.
1-0
Tari, A.
Guramishvili, S.
0-1
Smirin, I
Round 5 - Thursday, January 19
Smirin, I
½-½
Grandelius, N.
Tari, A.
1-0
Guramishvili, S.
Bok, B.
0-1
Jones, G.
Ragger, M.
½-½
Lu, S.
van Foreest, J.
1-0
Dobrov, V.
l'Ami, E.
½-½
Hansen, E.
Xiong, J.
1-0
Tingjie, L.
Round 6 - Friday, January 20
Grandelius, N.
1-0
Tingjie, L.
Hansen, E.
1-0
Xiong, J.
Dobrov, V.
½-½
l'Ami, E.
Lu, S.
1-0
van Foreest, J.
Jones, G.
1-0
Ragger, M.
Guramishvili, S.
0-1
Bok, B.
Smirin, I
0-1
Tari, A.
Round 7 - Saturday, January 21
Tari, A.
½-½
Grandelius, N.
Bok, B.
0-1
Smirin, I
Ragger, M.
1-0
Guramishvili, S.
van Foreest, J.
0-1
Jones, G.
l'Ami, E.
½-½
Lu, S.
Xiong, J.
1-0
Dobrov, V.
Tingjie, L.
½-½
Hansen, E.
Round 8 - Sunday, January 22
Grandelius, N.
½-½
Hansen, E.
Dobrov, V.
1-0
Tingjie, L.
Lu, S.
½-½
Xiong, J.
Jones, G.
½-½
l'Ami, E.
Guramishvili, S.
½-½
van Foreest, J.
Smirin, I
½-½
Ragger, M.
Tari, A.
½-½
Bok, B.
Round 9 - Tuesday, January 24
Bok, B.
½-½
Grandelius, N.
Ragger, M.
½-½
Tari, A.
van Foreest, J.
0-1
Smirin, I
l'Ami, E.
1-0
Guramishvili, S.
Xiong, J.
1-0
Jones, G.
Tingjie, L.
½-½
Lu, S.
Hansen, E.
1-0
Dobrov, V.
Round 10 - Wednesday, January 25
Grandelius, N.
1-0
Dobrov, V.
Lu, S.
0-1
Hansen, E.
Jones, G.
½-½
Tingjie, L.
Guramishvili, S.
0-1
Xiong, J.
Smirin, I
½-½
l'Ami, E.
Tari, A.
½-½
van Foreest, J.
Bok, B.
½-½
Ragger, M.
Round 11 - Friday, January 27
Ragger, M.
½-½
Grandelius, N.
van Foreest, J.
½-½
Bok, B.
l'Ami, E.
½-½
Tari, A.
Xiong, J.
1-0
Smirin, I
Tingjie, L.
1-0
Guramishvili, S.
Hansen, E.
0-1
Jones, G.
Dobrov, V.
0-1
Lu, S.
Round 12 - Saturday, January 28
Grandelius, N.
0-1
Lu, S.
Jones, G.
1-0
Dobrov, V.
Guramishvili, S.
½-½
Hansen, E.
Smirin, I
1-0
Tingjie, L.
Tari, A.
1-0
Xiong, J.
Bok, B.
½-½
l'Ami, E.
Ragger, M.
1-0
van Foreest, J.
Round 13 - Sunday, January 29
van Foreest, J.
½-½
Grandelius, N.
l'Ami, E.
½-½
Ragger, M.
Xiong, J.
½-½
Bok, B.
Tingjie, L.
0-1
Tari, A.
Hansen, E.
1-0
Smirin, I
Dobrov, V.
1-0
Guramishvili, S.
Lu, S.
½-½
Jones, G.
 

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Toff Toff 1/30/2017 01:18
Pity, Wesley So cannot return to The States because the dictator Trump, the Mad, will not allow immigrants there. AH,AH,AH!!!
Nathanian Nathanian 1/29/2017 11:23
GM Wesley So, congratulations!!The last game was swift. Work hard and well with your new coach. Best of luck. You have a class. Keep your physical workout and eat healthy food like nuts, berries for your brain. Please do not gain weight. Learn meditation and mindfulness to have clear mind.
Asnasium Asnasium 1/29/2017 11:17
Congrats to So for winning the tournament. Congrats to Adhiban for winning our respect!
perl2ruby perl2ruby 1/29/2017 11:08
congrats Wesley. Another great tournament. Go for the #1 spot and the world title.
Denix Denix 1/29/2017 10:05
What a great mastery of counter attacking techniques! Congratulations!
Babysplitz Babysplitz 1/29/2017 09:26
I was very impressed with GM Adhiban's play. I see him 2750 within a year.
Also he's fun to watch!
Babysplitz Babysplitz 1/29/2017 09:24
If you're in the top 10 in the world for at yeast a year, then you are a Super Grandmaster.
turok turok 1/29/2017 09:08
Please stop using the term Super GN you are either a GN or you are not sheesh-stop giving away so many title
LearnZ LearnZ 1/29/2017 07:55
Congratulations to Wesley, this is one of those difficult tournaments to win.
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