A black day in Wijk – with blood on the floor

1/18/2010 – What a round: White lost no fewer than four games in the top group, without winning any. Alexei Shirov continued his storm in the Dutch resort with a third victory in succession, beating Tiviakov. Nakamura, Ivanchuk and Carlsen also won their black games (Garry Kasparov was pleased as Punch about his protégé's victory). Round three report with beautiful photos by Fred Lucas.

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Wijk aan Zee 2010 – Round three report

Report by Steve Giddins / photos by Fred Lucas

Garry Kasparov described round three of this year's Wijk aan Zee tournament as "a black day, total disaster for White, lots of blood on the floor". And indeed it was, as White lost no fewer than four games, without winning any.

Results of the day

Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Leinier Dominguez - Vishy Anand

½-½

Peter Leko - Sergey Karjakin

½-½

Fabiano Caruana - Vladimir Kramnik

½-½

Sergey Tiviakov - Alexei Shirov

 0-1

Jan Smeets - Vassily Ivanchuk

 0-1

Loek van Wely - Magnus Carlsen

 0-1

Nigel Short - Hikaru Nakamura

 0-1
Group B: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Emil Sutovsky - Erwin l'Ami

½-½

Tomi Nyback - Ni Hua

 0-1

Anish Giri - Dimitri Reinderman

½-½

David Howell - Liviu Nisipeanu

½-½

Anna Muzychuk - Pentala Harikrishna

 0-1

Arkadij Naiditsch - Parimarjan Negi

½-½

Wesley So - Varuzhan Akobian

½-½
Group C: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Robin Swinkels - Soumya Swaminathan

 1-0

Mariya Muzychuk - Ray Robson

½-½

Stefan Kuipers - Abhijeet Gupta

 0-1

Peng Zhaoqin - Nils Grandelius

½-½

Benjamin Bok - Kjetil Lie

 0-1

Daniele Vocaturo - Robin van Kampen

 1-0

Sjoerd Plukkel - Li Chao

 0-1

Alexey Shirov extended his great start to 3/3, at the expense of Tiviakov, who lost his way in a sharp, but unclear position.


Alexei Shirov with 3.0/3 points and a performance of theoretically almost 3500

Tiviakov,S (2662) - Shirov,A (2723) [B23]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 18.01.2010
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Bc4 e6 5.Nge2 Nf6 6.0–0 a6 7.d3 b5 8.Bb3 Nxb3 9.axb3 Bb7 10.f4 d5 11.e5 d4 12.exf6 dxc3 13.fxg7 Bxg7 14.bxc3 Rg8 15.Rf2 Bxc3 16.Nxc3 Qd4 17.Kf1 Qxc3 18.Ra2 Qd4 19.Qh5 c4 20.bxc4 bxc4 21.Ra4 Bd5 22.f5 e5

Now 23.g3 would leave matters unclear. Instead, Tiviakov collapsed. 23.Qxh7?! Kd7 24.Qh6? Bxg2+!

25.Ke1. 25.Rxg2 Rxg2 26.Kxg2 Rg8+ leads to a rapid mate: 27.Kf1 Rg1+ 28.Ke2 Rg2+ 29.Kf3 Qg4+ 30.Ke3 Re2#.  25...Bd5 26.Ba3?! Rg1+ 27.Ke2 Qg4+ 28.Ke3 Re1+ 29.Kd2 Qd1+ 30.Kc3 Qa1+ 31.Kb4 Rb1+ 0-1. [Click to replay]


Sergey Tiviakov, who collapsed in round three against firebrand Shirov

The day's first decisive result came in the game Short-Nakamura. The Englishman lost the initiative in the early middlegame, and his position collapsed with surprising speed.


Hikaru Nakamura, who scored a convincing black-piece victory over Nigel Short

Short,N (2696) - Nakamura,Hi (2708) [B58]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 18.01.2010
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nf3 h6 8.0–0 Be6 9.b3 a6 10.Re1 Rc8 11.Bb2 Be7 12.Bf1 0–0 13.Nd5 Bg4 14.c4 Nxd5 15.exd5 Nb8 16.h3 Bh5 17.Be2 Nd7 18.Rc1 Bg6 19.b4 e4 20.Nd2 Qb6 21.a3 Bh4

Suddenly, White has no good way to defend f2, since 22.Rf1 is met by 22...Bxf2+, so Short decides on desperate measures. 22.c5 dxc5 23.Nc4 Qd8 24.Bh5 cxb4 25.Bxg6 fxg6 26.Rxe4 Bxf2+ 27.Kh1 b5 28.Ne5 Rxc1 29.Bxc1 Nxe5 30.Rxe5 Bg3 31.Re3 Bf4 32.Rd3 Bd6 33.axb4 Qf6 34.Be3 Qf1+ 35.Bg1 Rf4 36.g4 Qxd1 37.Rxd1 Rxb4 38.Re1 Rf4 39.Ra1 Ra4 40.Re1

Short does his best to generate a smidgeon of counterplay with his passed d5-pawn, but now a piece sacrifice decides. 40...b4! 41.Re6 b3 42.Rxd6 Rb4 43.Rd8+ Kh7 0-1. [Click to replay]


Nigel Short facing the black pieces of Hikaru Nakamura

Magnus Carlsen moved onto 2.5 points, after beating van Wely, with some help from the world's strongest online kibitzer.


Magnus Carlsen, who scored his second win in succession in round three

Van Wely,L (2641) - Carlsen,M (2810) [D37]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 18.01.2010
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d4 Nbd7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.e3 c6 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Bd3 Re8 10.h3

10...Ne4!? Van Wely's first round game against Short had gone 10...Nf8. The pawn sacrifice in the text had been analysed by Kasparov back in 1998. He had recommended it to Carlsen on the telephone yesterday, and the world number one immediately liked it. 11.Bxe4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Qa5+ 13.Kf1 Bf8.

This was the crux of Kasparov's idea, improving on 13...Qf5 of van Wely-Piket, Groningen 1997. In fact, though, the move had been played before that, as far as back as the game Videki-Robert, from the Biel C Group in 1990!

14.Bf4N. This the real novelty, 14.Nc3 having been preferred in three previous games. 14...Qf5 15.Nfd2 Nb6 16.Rc1 Nd5 17.g4 Qg6 18.Nd6 Rd8 19.Qxg6 hxg6 20.Nxc8 Nxf4 21.exf4 Rxd4 22.Nb3 Rb4 23.Kg2 Rxc8 24.Rhd1 Rxf4 25.Rd7 Rb4 26.Rc2 Re8 27.Rcd2 Be7 28.Rc7 Bf6 29.Rdd7 b6 30.Rxa7 g5 31.Rd2 c5 32.Ra6 c4 33.Nd4 Bxd4 34.Rxd4 Rxb2

Carlsen has managed to eke out a small advantage, but it is hard to believe that he can win after 35.Rxc4 in view of the trick 35...Ree2 36.Kg3 Rxf2 37.Rxb6! Instead, a time-troubled van Wely allows the c4-pawn to survive, after which it gratefully goes all the way. 35.Rd7?c3 36.Raa7 Rf8 37.Rdc7 c2 38.Kg3 Rd8 39.Rxf7 Rd3+ 40.Kg2 c1Q 0-1. Garry Kasparov was very pleased with this game. "He played impeccably, put unrelenting pressure on his opponent, got him into time trouble and waited for him to crack." That is how great players win their games. [Click to replay]


Loek van Wely won brilliantly in round one, but lost to Nakamura and Carlsen in two and three

The day's fourth winner was Ivanchuk, who beat Smeets. For the second day running, the latter's position fell apart in time-trouble.


Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk scored his first full point in round three

Smeets,J (2657) - Ivanchuk,V (2749) [B96]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 18.01.2010
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qc7 8.Qf3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.a3 Bb7 11.Be2 h5 12.0–0–0 Nd7 13.f5 e5 14.Nb3 Rc8 15.Kb1 Nb6 16.Rd3 Bh6 17.Qxh5 Ke7 18.Qf3 Nc4 19.Rhd1 Bg5 20.h3 Rh4 21.Qf2 Qb8 22.Bg4 a5 23.Qe2 Rhh8 24.Qe1 Rhd8 25.Nd5+ Bxd5 26.Rxd5 Qc7 27.Qe2 a4 28.Na1 b4 29.axb4 a3 30.Nb3 Nxb2 31.Ra5 Ra8 32.Ka2 Nxd1 33.Qxd1 Qc3 34.Qa1 Qxc2+ 35.Kxa3

Fritz politely informs us that it is now mate in 13. 35...Rxa5+ 36.bxa5 Rb8 0-1. [Click to replay]


Dutch GM Jan Smeets lost to Magnus Carlsen on Sunday and to Vassily Ivanchuk today

The day's other three games were all drawn. Anand spent most of the afternoon a pawn down, but held a 3 v 2 ending with all pawns on the same side, whilst the games Leko-Kariakin and Caruana-Kramnik were both balanced struggles.


Magnus Carlsen kibitzes in the game Leinier Dominguez vs Vishy Anand


Cuban GM Leinier Dominguez put World Champion Vishy Anand under pressure


Vladimir Kramnik was held to a draw by...


All photos by Studio Fred Lucas


Standings

Group A

Group B

Group C


Video reports by Europe Echecs


Europe Echecs video report by GM Robert Fontaine


Here's something we would like to share with you. The January issue of the British Chess Magazine has the winner of the London Chess Classic on its cover. The clever little slogan at the bottom right caught our eye. Beer drinkers will get it.


BCM January issue – the green box on the bottom right reads:

The Editor of the British Chess Magazine, John Saunders, writes: "This month's issue of British Chess Magazine is now out, a little (well, OK, a lot) later than usual. We were keen to include a full report of the London Chess Classic as it was the best thing to happen to British chess for a long time. For the cover we couldn't resist designing a graphic along the lines of a certain brand of beer of a similar name to the world chess number one. It's not quite the same design (nor the same font) so hopefully those jolly nice chaps who brew the excellent beer will not be minded to sue. We have no fewer than 40 pages of games and photos on this fantastic tournament in the January BCM, amounting to a souvenir issue. I do urge you all to buy a copy – only £4.05 from a website near you."


Commentary on Playchess


GM Yasser Seirawan commenting live during the games


Lots of GMs watching the Carlsen game – including "the strongest kibitzer in the world"

Schedule of commentators

16th Jan  

FM Valeri Lilov

5:00 p.m.

17th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan  

5:00 p.m.

18th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

2:15 p.m.

19th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

2:15 p.m.

20th Jan

Free Day

 

21st Jan

GM Daniel King

6:00 p.m.

22nd Jan

GM Daniel King

6:00 p.m.

23rd Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

2:15 p.m.

24th Jan  

GM Yasser Seirawan  

2:15 p.m.

25th Jan

Free Day

 

26th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

2:15 p.m.

27th Jan

GM Daniel King

6:00 p.m.

28th Jan

Free Day

 

29th Jan

GM Daniel King

6:00 p.m.

30th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

2:15 p.m.

31st Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

1:00 p.m.


Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group A

Group A: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 16th

Sergey Karjakin - Vishy Anand

½-½

Leinier Dominguez - Vladimir Kramnik

½-½

Peter Leko - Alexei Shirov

 0-1

Fabiano Caruana - Vassily Ivanchuk

½-½

Sergey Tiviakov - Magnus Carlsen

½-½

Jan Smeets - Hikaru Nakamura

½-½

Loek van Wely - Nigel Short

 1-0
Group A: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 17th

Vishy Anand - Nigel Short

½-½

Hikaru Nakamura - Loek van Wely

 1-0

Magnus Carlsen - Jan Smeets

 1-0

Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergey Tiviakov

½-½

Alexei Shirov - Fabiano Caruana

 1-0

Vladimir Kramnik - Peter Leko

½-½

Sergey Karjakin - Leinier Dominguez

½-½
Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Leinier Dominguez - Vishy Anand

½-½

Peter Leko - Sergey Karjakin

½-½

Fabiano Caruana - Vladimir Kramnik

½-½

Sergey Tiviakov - Alexei Shirov

 0-1

Jan Smeets - Vassily Ivanchuk

 0-1

Loek van Wely - Magnus Carlsen

 0-1

Nigel Short - Hikaru Nakamura

 0-1
Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Vishy Anand - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Magnus Carlsen - Nigel Short

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Loek van Wely

 

Alexei Shirov - Jan Smeets

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Sergey Karjakin - Fabiano Caruana

 

Leinier Dominguez - Peter Leko

 
Wednesday, January 20th – Free day
Group A: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 21st

Peter Leko - Vishy Anand

 

Fabiano Caruana - Leinier Dominguez

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Sergey Karjakin

 

Jan Smeets - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Loek van Wely - Alexei Shirov

 

Nigel Short - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Magnus Carlsen

 
Group A: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Vishy Anand - Magnus Carlsen

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Alexei Shirov - Nigel Short

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Loek van Wely

 

Sergey Karjakin - Jan Smeets

 

Leinier Dominguez - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Peter Leko - Fabiano Caruana

 
Group A: Round 7- Sat. Jan. 23rd

Fabiano Caruana - Vishy Anand

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Peter Leko

 

Jan Smeets - Leinier Dominguez

 

Loek van Wely - Sergey Karjakin

 

Nigel Short - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Alexei Shirov

 

Magnus Carlsen - Vassily Ivanchuk

 
Group A: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 24th

Vishy Anand - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Alexei Shirov - Magnus Carlsen

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Sergey Karjakin - Nigel Short

 

Leinier Dominguez - Loek van Wely

 

Peter Leko - Jan Smeets

 

Fabiano Caruana - Sergey Tiviakov

 
Monday, January 25th – Free day
Group A: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 26th

Sergey Tiviakov - Vishy Anand

 

Jan Smeets - Fabiano Caruana

 

Loek van Wely - Peter Leko

 

Nigel Short - Leinier Dominguez

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Sergey Karjakin

 

Magnus Carlsen - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Alexei Shirov

 
Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 27th

Vishy Anand - Alexei Shirov

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Sergey Karjakin - Magnus Carlsen

 

Leinier Dominguez - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Peter Leko - Nigel Short

 

Fabiano Caruana - Loek van Wely

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Jan Smeets

 
Thursday, January 28th – Free day
Group A: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 29th

Jan Smeets - Vishy Anand

 

Loek van Wely - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Nigel Short - Fabiano Caruana

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Peter Leko

 

Magnus Carlsen - Leinier Dominguez

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergey Karjakin

 

Alexei Shirov - Vladimir Kramnik

 
Group A: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 30th

Vishy Anand - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Sergey Karjakin - Alexei Shirov

 

Leinier Dominguez - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Peter Leko - Magnus Carlsen

 

Fabiano Caruana - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Nigel Short

 

Jan Smeets - Loek van Wely

 
Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 31st

Loek van Wely - Vishy Anand

 

Nigel Short - Jan Smeets

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Magnus Carlsen - Fabiano Caruana

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Peter Leko

 

Alexei Shirov - Leinier Dominguez

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Sergey Karjakin

 

Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group B

Group B: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 16th

Ni Hua - Erwin l'Ami

½-½

Emil Sutovsky - Dimitri Reinderman

 1-0

Tomi Nyback - Liviu Nisipeanu

 0-1

Anish Giri - Pentala Harikrishna

 1-0

David Howell - Parimarjan Negi

½-½

Anna Muzychuk - Varuzhan Akobian

½-½

Arkadij Naiditsch - Wesley So

½-½
Group B: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 17th

Erwin l'Ami - Wesley So

½-½

Varuzhan Akobian - Arkadij Naiditsch

 0-1

Parimarjan Negi - Anna Muzychuk

½-½

Pentala Harikrishna - David Howell

½-½

Liviu Nisipeanu - Anish Giri

 0-1

Dimitri Reinderman - Tomi Nyback

 0-1

Ni Hua - Emil Sutovsky

 1-0
Group B: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Emil Sutovsky - Erwin l'Ami

½-½

Tomi Nyback - Ni Hua

 0-1

Anish Giri - Dimitri Reinderman

½-½

David Howell - Liviu Nisipeanu

½-½

Anna Muzychuk - Pentala Harikrishna

 0-1

Arkadij Naiditsch - Parimarjan Negi

½-½

Wesley So - Varuzhan Akobian

½-½
Group B: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Erwin l'Ami - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Parimarjan Negi - Wesley So

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Anna Muzychuk

 

Dimitri Reinderman - David Howell

 

Ni Hua - Anish Giri

 

Emil Sutovsky - Tomi Nyback

 
Wednesday, January 20th – Free day
Group B: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 21st

Tomi Nyback - Erwin l'Ami

 

Anish Giri - Emil Sutovsky

 

David Howell - Ni Hua

 

Anna Muzychuk - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Wesley So - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Parimarjan Negi

 
Group B: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Erwin l'Ami - Parimarjan Negi

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Wesley So

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

Ni Hua - Anna Muzychuk

 

Emil Sutovsky - David Howell

 

Tomi Nyback - Anish Giri

 
Group B: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 23rd

Anish Giri - Erwin l'Ami

 

David Howell - Tomi Nyback

 

Anna Muzychuk - Emil Sutovsky

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - Ni Hua

 

Wesley So - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Parimarjan Negi - Pentala Harikrishna

 
Group B: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 24th

Erwin l'Ami - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Parimarjan Negi

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Ni Hua - Wesley So

 

Emil Sutovsky - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

Tomi Nyback - Anna Muzychuk

 

Anish Giri - David Howell

 
Monday, January 25th – Free day
Group B: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 26th

David Howell - Erwin l'Ami

 

Anna Muzychuk - Anish Giri

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - Tomi Nyback

 

Wesley So - Emil Sutovsky

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Ni Hua

 

Parimarjan Negi - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Liviu Nisipeanu

 
Group B: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 27th

Erwin l'Ami - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Ni Hua - Parimarjan Negi

 

Emil Sutovsky - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Tomi Nyback - Wesley So

 

Anish Giri - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

David Howell - Anna Muzychuk

 
Thursday, January 28th – Free day
Group B: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 29th

Anna Muzychuk - Erwin l'Ami

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - David Howell

 

Wesley So - Anish Giri

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Tomi Nyback

 

Parimarjan Negi - Emil Sutovsky

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Ni Hua

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Dimitri Reinderman

 
Group B: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 30th

Erwin l'Ami - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Ni Hua - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Emil Sutovsky - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Tomi Nyback - Parimarjan Negi

 

Anish Giri - Varuzhan Akobian

 

David Howell - Wesley So

 

Anna Muzychuk - Arkadij Naiditsch

 
Group B: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 31st

Arkadij Naiditsch - Erwin l'Ami

 

Wesley So - Anna Muzychuk

 

Varuzhan Akobian - David Howell

 

Parimarjan Negi - Anish Giri

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Tomi Nyback

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Emil Sutovsky

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Ni Hua

 

Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group C

Group C: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 16th

Ray Robson - Soumya Swaminathan

 1-0

Robin Swinkels - Abhijeet Gupta

½-½

Mariya Muzychuk - Nils Grandelius

 0-1

Stefan Kuipers - Kjetil Lie

½-½

Peng Zhaoqin - Robin van Kampen

½-½

Benjamin Bok - Li Chao

 0-1

Daniele Vocaturo - Sjoerd Plukkel

 1-0
Group C: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 17th

Soumya Swaminathan - Sjoerd Plukkel

½-½

Li Chao - Daniele Vocaturo

½-½

Robin van Kampen - Benjamin Bok

½-½

Kjetil Lie - Peng Zhaoqin

 0-1

Nils Grandelius - Stefan Kuipers

 0-1

Abhijeet Gupta - Mariya Muzychuk

½-½

Ray Robson - Robin Swinkels

 1-0
Group C: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Robin Swinkels - Soumya Swaminathan

 1-0

Mariya Muzychuk - Ray Robson

½-½

Stefan Kuipers - Abhijeet Gupta

 0-1

Peng Zhaoqin - Nils Grandelius

½-½

Benjamin Bok - Kjetil Lie

 0-1

Daniele Vocaturo - Robin van Kampen

 1-0

Sjoerd Plukkel - Li Chao

 0-1
Group C: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Soumya Swaminathan - Li Chao

 

Robin van Kampen - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Kjetil Lie - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Nils Grandelius - Benjamin Bok

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Ray Robson - Stefan Kuipers

 

Robin Swinkels - Mariya Muzychuk

 
Wednesday, January 20th – Free day
Group C: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 21st

Mariya Muzychuk - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Stefan Kuipers - Robin Swinkels

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Ray Robson

 

Benjamin Bok - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Nils Grandelius

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Kjetil Lie

 

Li Chao - Robin van Kampen

 
Group C: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Soumya Swaminathan - Robin v. Kampen

 

Kjetil Lie - Li Chao

 

Nils Grandelius - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Ray Robson - Benjamin Bok

 

Robin Swinkels - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Stefan Kuipers

 
Group C: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 23rd

Stefan Kuipers - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Benjamin Bok - Robin Swinkels

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Ray Robson

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Li Chao - Nils Grandelius

 

Robin van Kampen - Kjetil Lie

 
Group C: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 24th

Soumya Swaminathan - Kjetil Lie

 

Nils Grandelius - Robin van Kampen

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Li Chao

 

Ray Robson - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Robin Swinkels - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Benjamin Bok

 

Stefan Kuipers - Peng Zhaoqin

 
Monday, January 25th – Free day
Group C: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 26th

Peng Zhaoqin - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Benjamin Bok - Stefan Kuipers

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Robin Swinkels

 

Li Chao - Ray Robson

 

Robin van Kampen - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Kjetil Lie - Nils Grandelius

 
Group C: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 27th

Soumya Swaminathan - Nils Grandelius

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Kjetil Lie

 

Ray Robson - Robin van Kampen

 

Robin Swinkels - Li Chao

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Stefan Kuipers - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Benjamin Bok

 
Thursday, January 28th – Free day
Group C: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 29th

Benjamin Bok - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Stefan Kuipers

 

Li Chao - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Robin van Kampen - Robin Swinkels

 

Kjetil Lie - Ray Robson

 

Nils Grandelius - Abhijeet Gupta

 
Group C: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 30th

Soumya Swaminathan - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Ray Robson - Nils Grandelius

 

Robin Swinkels - Kjetil Lie

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Robin van Kampen

 

Stefan Kuipers - Li Chao

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Benjamin Bok - Daniele Vocaturo

 
Group C: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 31st

Daniele Vocaturo - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Benjamin Bok

 

Li Chao - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Robin van Kampen - Stefan Kuipers

 

Kjetil Lie - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Nils Grandelius - Robin Swinkels

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Ray Robson

 

Schedule (playing days)

January 2010
M T W T F S S
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Games begin at 13:30h local time (15:30 Moscow, 12:30 London, 7:30 a.m. NY), except for the last round on January 31st, which begins at 12:30h. There are three rest days, on January 20th, 25th, and 28th. For all three groups the rate of play is 100 minutes/40 moves + 50 minutes/20 moves + 15 minutes + 30 seconds/move.

Location: The tournament takes place in the De Moriaan Community Centre (Dorpsduinen 4, 1949 EG Wijk aan Zee). There is running commentary on the games of the Grandmaster Groups in a special Chess Pavilion, on the Village Green in Wijk aan Zee (one minute walk from De Moriaan).

Links

The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download the free PGN reader ChessBase Light, which gives you immediate access. You can also use the program to read, replay and analyse PGN games. New and enhanced: CB Light 2009!


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