2017 Tata R6 Express: Off with their heads

1/20/2017 – It was another intriguing day at Wijk aan Zee, though more so in the Challengers section than the Masters. The Masters saw two decisive games, though was close to three. Anish Giri scored his first win, beating Nepomniachtchi, while Wei Yi beat Rapport in a wild game. The Challengers once more saw only one draw, but the surprise was all three leaders, Ragger, Smirin, and Xiong, finding themselves on the wrong end of the executioner's axe. 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 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.

Just no respect! Baskaran Adhiban decided to face Wesley So with... the King's Gambit! Needless to say, a delightful change of pace for an elite tournament. The two players drew.

Pavel Eljanov suffered a bt in his game against Sergey Karjakin, but in the end they split the point

Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen were the first players to finish after an uneventful draw

You want fireworks? This was the board to watch, with both players daring each other to be crazier than themselves. In the end, Rapport won the dare, but lost the game...

Anish Giri finally managed to win a game after missing chances in the previous two rounds. He might not have won them, but nor did he lose, and with plus one, is now in fourth place.

Current Masters standings

Challengers tournament

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.

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.
Aronian, L.
So, W.
Eljanov, P.
Wojtaszek, R.
Adhiban, B.
Andreikin, D.
Harikrishna, P.
Wei, Y.
Van Wely, L.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
Rapport, R.
Carlsen, M.
Giri, A.
Round 8 - Sunday, January 22
Aronian, L.
Giri, A.
Rapport, R.
Carlsen, M.
Van Wely, L.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
Harikrishna, P.
Wei, Y.
Adhiban, B.
Andreikin, D.
Eljanov, P.
Wojtaszek, R.
Karjakin, S.
So, W.
Round 9 - Tuesday, January 24
So, W.
Aronian, L.
Wojtaszek, R.
Karjakin, S.
Andreikin, D.
Eljanov, P.
Wei, Y.
Adhiban, B.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
Harikrishna, P.
Carlsen, M.
Van Wely, L.
Giri, A.
Rapport, R.
Round 10 - Wednesday, January 25
Aronian, L.
Rapport, R.
Van Wely, L.
Giri, A.
Harikrishna, P.
Carlsen, M.
Adhiban, B.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
Eljanov, P.
Wei, Y.
Karjakin, S.
Andreikin, D.
So, W.
Wojtaszek, R.
Round 11 - Friday, January 27
Wojtaszek, R.
Aronian, L.
Andreikin, D.
So, W.
Wei, Y.
Karjakin, S.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
Eljanov, P.
Carlsen, M.
Adhiban, B.
Giri, A.
Harikrishna, P.
Rapport, R.
Van Wely, L.
Round 12 - Saturday, January 28
Aronian, L.
Van Wely, L.
Harikrishna, P.
Rapport, R.
Adhiban, B.
Giri, A.
Eljanov, P.
Carlsen, M.
Karjakin, S.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
So, W.
Wei, Y.
Wojtaszek, R.
Andreikin, D.
Round 13 - Sunday, January 29
Andreikin, D.
Aronian, L.
Wei, Y.
Wojtaszek, R.
Nepomniachtchi, I.
So, W.
Carlsen, M.
Karjakin, S.
Giri, A.
Eljanov, P.
Rapport, R.
Adhiban, B.
Van Wely, L.
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.
Grandelius, N.
Bok, B.
Smirin, I
Ragger, M.
Guramishvili, S.
van Foreest, J.
Jones, G.
l'Ami, E.
Lu, S.
Xiong, J.
Dobrov, V.
Tingjie, L.
Hansen, E.
Round 8 - Sunday, January 22
Grandelius, N.
Hansen, E.
Dobrov, V.
Tingjie, L.
Lu, S.
Xiong, J.
Jones, G.
l'Ami, E.
Guramishvili, S.
van Foreest, J.
Smirin, I
Ragger, M.
Tari, A.
Bok, B.
Round 9 - Tuesday, January 24
Bok, B.
Grandelius, N.
Ragger, M.
Tari, A.
van Foreest, J.
Smirin, I
l'Ami, E.
Guramishvili, S.
Xiong, J.
Jones, G.
Tingjie, L.
Lu, S.
Hansen, E.
Dobrov, V.
Round 10 - Wednesday, January 25
Grandelius, N.
Dobrov, V.
Lu, S.
Hansen, E.
Jones, G.
Tingjie, L.
Guramishvili, S.
Xiong, J.
Smirin, I
l'Ami, E.
Tari, A.
van Foreest, J.
Bok, B.
Ragger, M.
Round 11 - Friday, January 27
Ragger, M.
Grandelius, N.
van Foreest, J.
Bok, B.
l'Ami, E.
Tari, A.
Xiong, J.
Smirin, I
Tingjie, L.
Guramishvili, S.
Hansen, E.
Jones, G.
Dobrov, V.
Lu, S.
Round 12 - Saturday, January 28
Grandelius, N.
Lu, S.
Jones, G.
Dobrov, V.
Guramishvili, S.
Hansen, E.
Smirin, I
Tingjie, L.
Tari, A.
Xiong, J.
Bok, B.
l'Ami, E.
Ragger, M.
van Foreest, J.
Round 13 - Sunday, January 29
van Foreest, J.
Grandelius, N.
l'Ami, E.
Ragger, M.
Xiong, J.
Bok, B.
Tingjie, L.
Tari, A.
Hansen, E.
Smirin, I
Dobrov, V.
Guramishvili, S.
Lu, S.
Jones, G.
 

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portici portici 1/21/2017 02:07
Giri fails to draw!
joshuar joshuar 1/21/2017 12:12
King's Gambit! It's really not that bad.
Zmeu Zmeu 1/20/2017 10:13
31...Kf8 from Nepo looks like quite a whopper. Ruined Giri's streak.
amalwa amalwa 1/20/2017 09:33
Congratulations Giri! Finally understood your talent. You are to damn good to make draws all the time!
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