2017 Tata Rd6: The higher they rise, the harder they fall

by Albert Silver
1/21/2017 – What a round, and what a feast for the fans. After defeating Karjakin with the French, Indian player Adhiban decided to face the man-in-form Wesley So with the King's Gambit! Though he got a great position, it was not enough to win. Anish Giri also celebrated his first win by beating Nepomniachtchi. Still, the biggest surprise was in the Challengers where all three leaders lost. Annotating Hansen's fine win over Xiong, Tiger Hillarp-Persson gives a wonderful class on the bishop pair.

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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.

All photos by Alina L'Ami for the official site

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.

Quick recap of round 6

Game of the day: Rapport v Wei Yi

 

One minute of video impressions of round six

The large playing area with all the events housed together (click on image for high-res)

Once more a fascinating round, and fans can only be grateful that they are being treated to so much entertaining chess. The Masters was of course the main focus, and there were more than the fair share of surprises. The first and foremost was easily that of the previous round’s surprise winner, Baskaran Adhiban. Faced with the task of playing Wesley So, the man in form, if ever such a term applied to anyone, he was left with the question of what to play with White. Based on his success with his opening surprise against Sergey Karjakin, what did he choose? The King’s Gambit!

Giri: "Great job on your surprising opening choice yesterday"; Adhiban: "You ain't seen nothing"

IM Sagar Shah analyzes Adhiban vs So

[Event "79th Tata Steel Chess 2017-Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2017.01.20"] [Round "6"] [White "Adhiban, Baskaran"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C33"] [WhiteElo "2653"] [BlackElo "2808"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "77"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "NED"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {0} e5 {11} 2. f4 $5 {0 When was the last time someone played the King's Gambit against Wesley So?! Well, the databases reveal that this was the first time! Adhiban has seriously made some very interesting choices at this event. Rather than going deep into some line, he has just changed the battlefield in order to make it more even.} exf4 {44} 3. Bc4 {0} (3. Nf3 {is by far the most popular move in the position.}) 3... d5 {405 Played after seven minutes of thought. Wesley would have definitely prepared something against the King's Gambit but to remember all the analysis on the spot is not an easy task.} (3... Qh4+ 4. Kf1 {The tempo that you will gain with Nf3 is worth losing your castling rights!}) 4. Bxd5 {0} Nf6 {8} 5. Nc3 {0} Nxd5 {566} 6. Nxd5 {0} Bd6 {8 } (6... g5 {is another possible move, but Wesley likes to go for simple developing moves rather than clinging on to pawns with moves like g5.}) 7. Nf3 {0} O-O {17} 8. d4 {0 Adhiban was still blitzing his moves.} Re8 {905 15 minutes of thought! The opening is already a success for the Indian player.} 9. e5 {4} c6 {7} (9... f6 10. Bxf4 $14) 10. Nxf4 {54 White has not only recovered his pawn, but is a pawn up and has a clearly preferable position. Getting such a position against Wesley after 10 moves in any major well-known opening line might be almost impossible.} f6 {38} 11. Nd3 {712 The first move where Adhiban had to think. 12 minutes for 11.Nd3.} (11. O-O $5 fxe5 12. dxe5 Bc5+ 13. Kh1 Qxd1 14. Rxd1 Bf5 $44) (11. Qd3 $5 fxe5 12. dxe5 Bc7 13. Qb3+ Kh8 14. O-O $16) 11... fxe5 {1654} 12. dxe5 {2} Qb6 {249} 13. Qe2 {901} Bf5 {12} 14. Be3 {197} Qa5+ {25} 15. c3 {497} Bc7 {901} 16. O-O {196} Qa6 {14 White is a pawn up, but Black's bishop pair and the pretty weak e5 pawn gives Black decent compensation.} (16... Bxd3 17. Qxd3 Bxe5 18. Ng5 $1 g6 19. Qc4+ Qd5 20. Qh4 $18 ) 17. Rad1 {244} Nd7 {7} (17... Qxa2 18. Ng5 Bg6 19. Nf4 $18) 18. Bd4 {1568 Adhiban played after 26 minutes, but this move lets Black equalize with ease.} (18. b3 $5 Bxd3 19. Rxd3 Nxe5 20. Nxe5 Bxe5 21. c4 $14) 18... c5 $1 {100} 19. Bf2 {23} Nxe5 {177} 20. Nfxe5 {23} Bxe5 {284} 21. Qf3 {18} Be4 {27} 22. Qh3 {35 } Bxd3 {166} 23. Qxd3 {115 The position is just even now.} Qxa2 {43} 24. Bxc5 { 621} Qxb2 {40} 25. Bxa7 $1 {239} Bxc3 {357} (25... Rxa7 26. Qd5+ Kh8 27. Qxe5 $11) 26. Bf2 {525} Be5 {251} 27. Rb1 {86} Qa2 {5} 28. Rxb7 {9 The pawns are exchanged and the game ends in a draw.} Rf8 {33} 29. Qb3+ {173} Qxb3 {47} 30. Rxb3 {4} Ra2 {3} 31. Rf3 {184} Rxf3 {6} 32. gxf3 {5} Kf7 {4} 33. Bg3 {45} Bd4+ {5} 34. Kh1 {14} Rd2 {30} 35. Bf4 {43} Re2 {4} 36. Rd1 {8} Bc3 {39} 37. Rd3 {11 } Bb4 {32} 38. Rd4 {135} Bc5 {11} 39. Rd2 {3} 1/2-1/2

Granted it had no small portion of surprise value in it, but Adhiban got a very nice position too

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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...

Richard Rapport - Wei Yi

 

Adhiban wasn't the only Indian player to display enterprising chess...

... and attracted more than his portion of curious onlookers.

IM Sagar Shah annotates Pentala Harikrishna vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek

[Event "79th Tata Steel Chess 2017-Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2017.01.20"] [Round "6"] [White "Harikrishna, Pentala"] [Black "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C90"] [WhiteElo "2766"] [BlackElo "2750"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "133"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "NED"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {0} e5 {5} 2. Nf3 {0} Nc6 {4} 3. Bb5 {6} a6 {6} 4. Ba4 {6} Nf6 {5} 5. O-O {53} Be7 {9} 6. Re1 {20} b5 {6} 7. Bb3 {3} O-O {7} 8. a3 {158} d6 {119} 9. h3 { 142 Hari likes to play this move h3 in both the Ruy Lopez as well as the Guioco Piano.} Na5 {176} 10. Ba2 {63} c5 {6} 11. Nc3 {260} Nc6 {476} 12. d3 { 524} h6 {290} 13. Bd2 {588} Rb8 {845} 14. Rb1 {754} a5 {433} 15. a4 {168} b4 { 29} 16. Nb5 {245} Re8 {275} 17. c3 {335} Bf8 {126} 18. Qc2 {89} Qb6 {349} 19. Be3 {93} Na7 {978} 20. Bc4 {745} Ba6 $6 {418} 21. Nc7 $1 {373 Harikrishna alert as ever picks up the light squared bishop.} Qxc7 {288} 22. Bxa6 $14 { 6 With the light squared bishop in his bag, White is clearly for choice.} d5 { 123} 23. cxb4 {134} (23. exd5 Nxd5 24. Bc4 Nxe3 25. Rxe3 $14) 23... Nc6 {190} 24. Bb5 {172} (24. Bd2 $14) 24... Nxb4 {57} 25. Qd1 {113} Red8 {69} 26. exd5 { 19} Nfxd5 {7} (26... Rxd5 27. Bc4 $14) 27. Bd2 {70} Bd6 {139} 28. Qe2 {189} Nf4 {263} 29. Qe4 $16 {239 White is clearly better.} Nc2 {108} 30. Rec1 {69} (30. Nxe5 $1 Nxe1 (30... Bxe5 31. Qxe5 Qxe5 32. Rxe5 Nxd3 33. Bxd3 Rxd3 34. Bxa5 $16 ) 31. Bxf4 $18) 30... Nb4 {5} 31. g3 {359} Ne6 {99} (31... Nxh3+ 32. Kg2 Ng5 33. Nxg5 hxg5 34. Rh1 g6 35. Bxg5 $18) 32. Bxb4 {75} axb4 {4} 33. h4 {48} Rf8 { 472} 34. Re1 {67} Qd8 {251} 35. Kg2 {100} (35. Nxe5 Bxe5 36. Qxe5 Nd4 $44) 35... Nc7 {182} 36. Bc4 {21} Re8 {3} 37. Qf5 {165} Qf6 {29} 38. Qh5 {205} (38. Qxf6 gxf6 39. Ra1 $16 {White has a clear advantage here because of the strong light squared bishop and the protected a-passed pawn.}) 38... Ne6 {100} 39. Nxe5 {87} g6 {48} 40. Nxg6 {0} (40. Ng4 $1 Qd4 41. Qd5 Qxg4 42. Qxd6 $18) (40. Qxh6 Bxe5 $17) 40... Kh7 $1 {166} 41. Qd5 {1033} (41. Ne5 Ng7 42. Qxf7 Bxe5 43. Qxf6 Bxf6 $11) 41... Nc7 {573} 42. Qxf7+ {42} Qxf7 {4} 43. Bxf7 {7} Rxe1 {9} 44. Rxe1 {5} Kg7 {19} 45. Ne5 {355} Bxe5 {4} 46. Rxe5 {7} Kxf7 {2} 47. Rxc5 $16 {10 Although White is better it is not so easy to convert this into a full point.} Ne6 {15} 48. Rc4 {362} b3 {762} 49. Kf3 {277} Ke7 {36} 50. d4 {331} Kd6 {23} 51. Ke4 {7} Nc7 {59} 52. Rc5 {247} Rb4 {291} 53. Rh5 {169} Rxa4 {231} 54. Rxh6+ {22} Ne6 {93} 55. f4 {177} Rxd4+ {102} 56. Ke3 {51} Rd5 {4} 57. g4 {50} Ke7 {34} 58. f5 {279} Re5+ {110} 59. Kd3 {123} Nf4+ {6} 60. Kc4 {0} Re4+ {118} 61. Kxb3 {147} Ng2 {5} 62. g5 {625} Nxh4 {34} 63. Rh7+ {5} Kf8 {138} 64. f6 {75 } Rg4 {41} 65. Rh8+ {104} Kf7 {5} 66. Rh7+ {35} Kf8 {5} 67. Rh8+ {9} 1/2-1/2

The author would like to thank IM Sagar Shah for sharing his analyses from ChessBase India with our readers.

Another big game of the day was between Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian, but not much in terms of sparks flew, and they drew

Speaking of draws or rather not draws... Anish Giri converted his huge advantage against Ian Nepomniachtchi for his first win of the tournament. In spite of the flak he often gets, it should be noted that he was winning and close to it in the previous two rounds, and it does show that the potential for a big result is waiting to be unfurled. Seven rounds to go!

 

Always with grace and wit, Anish Giri comments on his first win at Wijk

In fact, another happy result, though barely, was Loek Van Wely, who drew against Dmitri Andreikin. The affable Dutchman knew he was a heavy underdog going into it, but this year has been especially brutal.

Van Wely - Andreikin

 

Unfortunately, like it or not, this is pretty much the way the Dutchman's remaining opponents look like. When a player, any player, shows signs of particularly bad form or results, this is a a swan song for the other players who view him (or her) as shark bait. Loek knows this as well as any, and can already hear the music: dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum....

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.

The Challengers tournament was as thrilling as ever, and once more, six of the seven games ended in a decisive result. The curious thing was that instead of being a feeding frenzy for the leaders as they preyed on their opponents, it was precisely the leaders, all three, who fell.

Markus Ragger had been supreme as he went after his 100% score and a place in next years Masters, but fell to...

... Gawain Jones, who took advantage to make his own bid for glory and is now tied for first with Ragger with 4.5/6. There are seven rounds to go, and now the field is wide open once more.

Lu Shanglei was certainly a happy camper when his opponent decided the best way to defend his king was to remove the pieces around it

Lu Shanglei - Jorden Van Foreest

 

Benjamin Bok had a good day, and won in 22 moves. However, he missed a win as early as move 14...

Sopiko Guramishvili - Benjamin Bok

 

Jeffery Xiong was another player on the rise, closing in on the leaders, and was in third place, just waiting for them to slip. They did, but they were not alone, and the American junior fell victim to...

... Canadian GM Eric Hansen.

Our guest commentator Tiger Hillarp-Persson chose this game, which he explains was extremely instructive in the way Hansen used the bishop pair in an advantageous pawn structure. What follows is a wonderful lesson, told with clarity and verve. Enjoy!

GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson annotates Eric Hansen vs Jeffery Xiong

Today also marked the start of some of the strong amateur events. Indian prodigy IM R. Praggnanandhaa is playing in the Amateur category. If he wins the section, then he gets the direct qualification for Wijk Aan Zee B category next year. He is the second seed and has good chances of succeeding.

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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KOTLD KOTLD 1/23/2017 04:50
Cool jacket on Rapport.
Psikavukat Psikavukat 1/21/2017 07:13
Sopiko is too weak for this category.
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