Tata Steel Rd.8: New leaders and old in B and C

1/25/2011 – The B and C groups have seen shifts in the guard with new leaders taking over and old leaders restoring their majesty. In all cases it has been a demonstration of fighting spirit and character. Wesley So has surged with 4.0/4 to take over B, while Daniele Vocaturo defied the expectations and retook the lead in C – where two ladies are doing very nicely too. Here are the key moments.

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This event is taking place from January 14th to 30th, 2011 in the traditional De Moriaan Center in Wijk aan Zee. There are three Grandmaster Groups, with 14 players each and each competitor playing against every other. The rate of play 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. Games begin at 13:30h local time (CET), except for the last round on January 30th, which begins at 12:00h. There are three rest days, on January 19th, 24th, and 27th.

Results of round eight

Group A: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 23rd
Viswanathan Anand - Levon Aronian
½-½
Alexei Shirov - Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Anish Giri - Wang Hao
1-0
Ruslan Ponomariov - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Erwin l'Ami - Ian Nepomniachtchi
½-½
Jan Smeets - Max. Vachier-Lagrave
0-1
Magnus Carlsen - Hikaru Nakamura
1-0
Group B: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 23rd
Laurent Fressinet - David Navara
½-½
Wouter Spoelman - Wesley So
0-1
Li Chao - Surya Ganguly
½-½
Vlad Tkachiev - Zahar Efimenko
1-0
Friso Nijboer - Jon Ludvig Hammer
½-½
Luke McShane - Gabriel Sargissian
½-½
Radek Wojtaszek - Le Quang Liem
1-0
Group C: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 23rd
Katherina Lahno - Dariusz Swiercz
½-½
Ivan Ivanisevic - Ilya Nyzhnyk
1-0
Tania Sachdev - Jan Willem de Jong
1-0
Mark van der Werf - Daniele Vocaturo
0-1
Benjamink Bok - Mark Bluvshtein
1-0
Sebastian Siebrecht - Robin van Kampen
1-0
Roeland Pruijssers - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
½-½

When we last reported on our intrepid heroes, Machine McShane was untouchable and performing at such lofty Elo heights that it seemed only a train wreck could stop him, though Efimenko was close behind, waiting to pounce at the first hesitation. In a sense that is what happened in his game against Le Quang, though the leaderboard didn't quite unfold that way.

Le,Quang Liem (2664) - McShane,Luke J (2664) [E94]
73rd Tata Steel GMB Wijk aan Zee NED (7), 22.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Na6 8.Be3 Qe8 9.dxe5 Ng4 10.Bc1. 10.Bg5 would transpose to one of the main Na6 lines after 10...dxe5 11.h3 followed by ...f6 or ...h6, but Le Quang has other ideas in mind. 10...Nxe5 11.Nd4 Nc5 12.Be3 Nc6 13.Ndb5. Black is obviously not afraid of 13.Nxc6?! bxc6 as this would actually favor him. The c6 pawn is more a strength now than a liability as it covers the valuable b5 and d5 squares and opens up the b-file for the rook. 13...Ne6 14.Nd5 Qd8 15.Qd2 f5?! McShane is having trouble finding a good way to develop his queenside, so tries to free himself by this move. However, as is usual, this opening favors the better developed side: White. 16.exf5 Rxf5 17.Rae1 Rf7 18.f4 Want to open up lines? Then' let's do it! 18...a6 19.Nbc3 Ncd4 20.Bf3 c6 21.Nb4 c5 22.Nbd5 Nxf3+ 23.Rxf3 Nd4 24.Rff1 b5 25.b3 Bf5 26.Bf2 bxc4 27.bxc4 Rb8 28.Kh1 h6 29.h3 Kh7 30.Ne4 Rfb7 31.Qd3 Kh8 32.g4 Be6 33.f5 gxf5 34.gxf5 Nxf5 35.Nxc5 Bxd5+ 36.cxd5 dxc5 37.Qxf5 Rd7? Black had fought back and reestablished balance, but just like that, he is lost.








38.Bh4! Qc8 39.Bf6! Rf7 40.Bxg7+ Rxg7 41.Re6 Kg8








42.Qh5! Black has no defense against the multiple threats, such as Rxh6-h8 mate. 42...Qc7 43.Rxh6 Rh7 44.Rxh7 Qxh7 45.Rg1+ Kh8 46.Qe5+ 1-0. [Click to replay]

This allowed Efimenko to finally catch up with him in round seven with 5.0/7, but also Philippine prodigy Wesley So who beat Navara, his second straight victory over a 2700.


Top Czech player David Navara

In round eight, a turning point took place as McShane drew against Sargissian, while Efimenko lost unexpectedly to French GM Tkachiev, and Wesley So, who was on an incredible three for three streak, made it four in four by beating Spoelman when the latter failed to find a defense near the time control and was left in an untenable position.


Wesley So, faster than a speeding bullet

Entering the ninth round, Wesley So will be in sole lead with 6.0/8 and an impressive 2852 performance, followed by McShane with 5.5/8. and Wojtaszek, Efimenko, and Sargissian all on 5.0/8.

The "C" group also seemed headed towards a a turning point, after the leader GM Daniele Vocaturo lost a significant game to the group's lowest rated player, Tania Sachdev (2391), allowing Ukrainian genius Nyzhnyk to catch up with him with 4.5/6. Since at least a couple of the Italian's wins seemed extremely fortunate, this would have appeared to signal the end of his reign, and possibly the start of the Nyzhnyk Era. Well, that may all sound very nice and sound, but Daniele showed he had plans of his own, that didn't include fitting into the pat prognostications of chess pundits.

Vocaturo,D (2570) - Pruijssers,R (2484) [C53]
73rd Tata Steel GMC Wijk aan Zee NED (7), 22.01.2011

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 a6 6.Bb3 0-0 7.h3 Ba7 8.Bg5 d6 9.Nbd2 Ne7 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Nh4 Kh8 12.Qf3 Ng6 13.Nf5 Bxf5 14.exf5 Ne7 15.Ne4 Ng8 16.Ng3 Ne7 17.Nh5 Qd7 18.g4 Qc6 19.Qxc6 bxc6 20.Nxf6 Kg7 21.Nh5+ Kh6








The Italian GM finds a very fine move here with 22.Bd1! The threat is simply h4-g5 mate! 22...Nd5 23.h4 f6 24.Rg1 Rg8 25.Kf1 Rab8 26.Bb3! Planning Bxd5 and Nxf6 now as the passed pawns would easily decide it. 26...Rgf8 27.Re1. 27.Bxd5 cxd5 28.Nxf6 is not as strong since now Black gets some counterplay after 28...Rxb2 (Not 28...Rxf6? which would just fit into White's plans. 29.g5+ Kg7 30.gxf6+ Kxf6 31.b3) 29.Rg2 Rxf6 30.g5+ Kg7 31.gxf6+ Kxf6 and here the strong central pawns and activity make winning far harder. 27...Nf4 28.Nxf4 exf4








29.Re7! with the intention of g5+ fxg5 hxg5 Kh5 Rh7 mate. If 29...Rg8 30.g5+! fxg5 31.hxg5+ Rxg5 32.Re6+ Kh5 33.Bd1+ Kh4 34.Rh1# 1-0. [Click to replay]


Nyzhnyk on the other hand also did what was expected of him after winning a fairly wild game, though quite fun to watch.

Nyzhnyk,I (2530) - Siebrecht,S (2439) [A57]
73rd Tata Steel GMC Wijk aan Zee NED (7), 22.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.f3 e6 6.e4 exd5 7.e5 Qe7 8.Qe2 Ng8 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.Nh3 c4 11.Nf4 Qc5 12.Nfxd5 Bxd5 13.Be3 Qb4 14.a3 Qa5 15.Bd2 Be6 16.Nd5 Qa4? 16...Qd8 17.Qxc4 Ra7 and if 18.b6 Bxd5 17.Nc7+ Kd8 18.Nxa8 axb5 19.Nb6 Qa6 20.Be3








The opening has been utterly chaotic and tactics rule here. 20...Bb4+! 21.axb4. 21.Kf2? Ba5 and the knight is caught. 21...Qxa1+ 22.Kf2 Nc6. Siebrecht understimates the danger around his king. 22...Ne7 23.Qd2 Nc8 23.Qd2 Nxe5 24.Qd6 Qxb2+ 25.Kg1 Nc6








Let the king hunt begin! 26.Qf8+ Kc7 27.Qc8+ Kd6 28.Bc5+ Ke5 29.Nxd7+ Bxd7 30.Qxd7 Nf6 31.Qxc6 c3 32.Qd6+ Kf5 33.Bd3+ Kg5 34.Be3+ 1-0. [Click to replay]


Kateryna Lahno has been on the heels of the leaders throughout

In the meantime GM Kateryna Lahno, the other female player in the tournament, also won her game, outsmarting Bok in an opposite-colored bishop endgame, and stayed within striking distance just a half-point behind. As to the hero of the sixth round, Sachdev was ground down in a difficult rook endgame against the top-rated Kazhgaleyev (2637).

Round eight was a turning point, just not the one many expected. The first surprise was Ilya Nyzhnyk losing to Ivan Ivanisevic, paving the way for others to surpass him, and it was Vocaturo who did exactly that. He had a hard-fought game against Van der Werf who managed to set up an excellent foundation for an attack, however it was precisely then that he floundered and seemed out of his element. Instead of immediately setting up his artillery for the battle, he began a series of time-consuming maneuvers that allowed Daniele to set up his own threats, which he then executed in grand style.

Van der Werf,M (2439) - Vocaturo,D (2570) [A14]
73rd Tata Steel GMC Wijk aan Zee NED (8), 23.01.2011

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.b3 b6 7.Bb2 Bb7 8.e3 c5 9.Nc3 dxc4 10.bxc4 Qc8 11.Qe2 Rd8 12.d3 Nc6 13.Rfd1 Na5 14.Rab1 Ne8 15.Ba1 Bf6 16.h4 h6 17.g4 g6 18.g5 hxg5 19.hxg5 Bg7 20.Nh2 Bxg2 21.Kxg2 Qb7+ 22.f3 f5 23.gxf6 Nxf6 24.Rg1 Nc6








25.Nd1 White has managed to create genuine threats against Black's king, but goes about the attack wrong now. The correct plan was 25.Kh1 followed by Rg2 and Rbg1. 25...Nh5 26.Bxg7 Qxg7 27.Kf1 Rf8 28.Nf2 Rf5 29.Ne4 Raf8 30.Qg2








30...Ne5! All that mucking about has cost White his advantage and now it is his king that has become vulnerable. 31.Ke2 Kh8 32.Rgf1 Nc6 33.Kd2 Rd8 34.Rb3 Na5 35.Rc3








35...Nxc4+! 36.Ke2. 36.Rxc4? Qb2+ 37.Rc2 Rxd3+! 38.Ke1 (38.Kxd3 Rd5+ 39.Ke2 Qxc2+ 40.Ke1 Rd1#) 38...Rxe3+ 39.Re2 Nf4 36...Nd6 37.Rc2 Rd5 38.Rg1








Van der Werf completely misses Vocaturo's dastardly intentions. 38...Rxd3!! 39.Kxd3. If 39.Nxd6 comes the no less spectacular 39...Rxe3+! 40.Kf2 (40.Kxe3 Qd4+ 41.Ke2 Nf4+) 40...Rd3 41.Ne4 Qd4+ 42.Kf1 Rd1+ 43.Ke2 Nf4#] 39...Nxe4+ 40.Kc4. 40.Ke2 Nhg3+ 41.Ke1 Qa1+; 40.Kxe4 Qb7+ 41.Ke5 Qd5# 40...Qd7 Qa4 or Qb5 lead to mate. 0-1. [Click to replay]

This placed him once more at the top of the leaderboard with 6.5/8 and a full point ahead of the field once more. That said, another surprise was Sachdev's sconvincing victory over Dutch De Jong. As can be seen in this short interview, she came with modest expectations, merely hoping for a good result, yet now she is positioned for a full GM norm.

 
A short interview of Tania Sachdev prior to the event's start

Sachdev,T (2391) - De Jong,JW (2437) [D37]
73rd Tata Steel GMC Wijk aan Zee NED (8), 23.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.Qa4+ c6 6.Qxc4 b5 7.Qd3 Nbd7 8.e4 b4 9.Na4 Qa5 10.b3 c5 11.Be3 Bb7 12.Nd2 cxd4 13.Bxd4 Be7 14.f3 0-0 15.Rc1 Rfc8 16.Nc4 Qd8 17.Be2 Bc6 18.Nab2 Bb5 19.0-0 Nc5 20.Qe3 Qf8 21.Rc2 Rd8 22.Rd1 Rac8








23.Kh1! A sensible prophylactic measure. It avoids tactics based on Rxd4 followed by knight-does-something-nasty and then Bc5, when things could get ugly. 23...a6 24.Rdc1 Nfd7 25.Qf2 Nb7 26.Rd1 Nf6 27.Rcd2 h6 28.Qf1 Nd7 29.e5 Qe8 30.Be3 Nb8








31.Nd6! Although clearly desirable, Tania still had to be sure this wasn't going to simply condemn her pawn to a quick death. As the adage goes, "pawns go forward, but never back."


Tania Sachdev came in as the lowest-rated player, but is now
close to a GM norm

31...Nxd6 32.exd6 Bf6 33.Bb6 Bxe2 34.Qxe2 Rd7 35.Nc4 Looks like Black will have to give up the exchange to rid himself of that giant thorn on d6. 35...Rb7 36.Qe4 Qd7 37.Bc7 Rbxc7 38.dxc7 Qxc7 39.Nd6 Bc3








40.Nxc8! Well calculated! 40...Bxd2 41.Ne7+ Kf8








Black thinks he will get the piece since the knight is seemingly trapped and the bishop on d2 cannot be captured due to the back rank mate, but Sachdev shows she has calculated this to perfection. 42.Qd4 Bf4. 42...Bc3 doesn't work either. 43.Qd8+ Qxd8 44.Rxd8+ Kxe7 45.Rxb8 43.Nc8 Nc6. 43...Qxc8 44.Qxb4+ Ke8 45.Qxf4 44.Qc5+ Ke8 45.Nd6+ Bxd6 46.Rxd6 1-0. [Click to replay]

Pictures by Jeroen Van der Belt

Current standings after eight rounds

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Schedule of Grandmaster Group A

Group A: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 15th
Ruslan Ponomariov - Viswanathan Anand
0-1
Erwin l'Ami - Anish Giri
½-½
Jan Smeets - Alexei Shirov
1-0
Magnus Carlsen - Levon Aronian
½-½
Hikaru Nakamura - Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Wang Hao
½-½
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Group A: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 16th
Viswanathan Anand - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Wang Hao - Ian Nepomniachtchi
0-1
Alexander Grischuk - Max. Vachier-Lagrave
½-½
Levon Aronian - Hikaru Nakamura
½-½
Alexei Shirov - Magnus Carlsen
½-½
Anish Giri - Jan Smeets
½-½
Ruslan Ponomariov - Erwin l'Ami
½-½
Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 17th
Erwin l'Ami - Viswanathan Anand
½-½
Jan Smeets - Ruslan Ponomariov
0-1
Magnus Carlsen - Anish Giri
0-1
Hikaru Nakamura - Alexei Shirov
1-0
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Levon Aronian
½-½
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Alexander Grischuk
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik - Wang Hao
½-½
Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 18th
Viswanathan Anand - Wang Hao
1-0
Alexander Grischuk - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Levon Aronian - Ian Nepomniachtchi
1-0
Alexei Shirov - Max. Vachier-Lagrave
0-1
Anish Giri - Hikaru Nakamura
½-½
Ruslan Ponomariov - Magnus Carlsen
½-½
Erwin l'Ami - Jan Smeets
½-½
Wednesday, January 19th – Free day
Group A: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 20th
Jan Smeets - Viswanathan Anand
0-1
Magnus Carlsen - Erwin l'Ami
1-0
Hikaru Nakamura - Ruslan Ponomariov
½-½
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Anish Giri
½-½
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Alexei Shirov
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik - Levon Aronian
½-½
Wang Hao - Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Group A: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 21st
Viswanathan Anand - Alexander Grischuk
½-½
Levon Aronian - Wang Hao
½-½
Alexei Shirov - Vladimir Kramnik
0-1
Anish Giri - Ian Nepomniachtchi
0-1
Ruslan Ponomariov - Max. Vachier-Lagrave
½-½
Erwin l'Ami - Hikaru Nakamura
0-1
Jan Smeets - Magnus Carlsen
0-1
Group A: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 22nd
Magnus Carlsen - Viswanathan Anand
½-½
Hikaru Nakamura - Jan Smeets
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Erwin l'Ami
½-½
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Ruslan Ponomariov
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik - Anish Giri
1-0
Wang Hao - Alexei Shirov
Alexander Grischuk - Levon Aronian
0-1
Group A: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 23rd
Viswanathan Anand - Levon Aronian
½-½
Alexei Shirov - Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Anish Giri - Wang Hao
1-0
Ruslan Ponomariov - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Erwin l'Ami - Ian Nepomniachtchi
½-½
Jan Smeets - Max. Vachier-Lagrave
0-1
Magnus Carlsen - Hikaru Nakamura
1-0
Monday, January 24th – Free day
Group A: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 25th
Hikaru Nakamura - Viswanathan Anand  
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Magnus Carlsen  
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Jan Smeets  
Vladimir Kramnik - Erwin l'Ami  
Wang Hao - Ruslan Ponomariov  
Alexander Grischuk - Anish Giri  
Levon Aronian - Alexei Shirov  
Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 26th
Viswanathan Anand - Alexei Shirov  
Anish Giri - Levon Aronian  
Ruslan Ponomariov - Alexander Grischuk  
Erwin l'Ami - Wang Hao  
Jan Smeets - Vladimir Kramnik  
Magnus Carlsen - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Hikaru Nakamura - Max. Vachier-Lagrave  
Thursday, January 27th – Free day
Group A: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 28th
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Viswanathan Anand  
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Hikaru Nakamura  
Vladimir Kramnik - Magnus Carlsen  
Wang Hao - Jan Smeets  
Alexander Grischuk - Erwin l'Ami  
Levon Aronian - Ruslan Ponomariov  
Alexei Shirov - Anish Giri  
Group A: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 29th
Viswanathan Anand - Anish Giri  
Ruslan Ponomariov - Alexei Shirov  
Erwin l'Ami - Levon Aronian  
Jan Smeets - Alexander Grischuk  
Magnus Carlsen - Wang Hao  
Hikaru Nakamura - Vladimir Kramnik  
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30st
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Viswanathan Anand  
Vladimir Kramnik - Max. Vachier-Lagrave  
Wang Hao - Hikaru Nakamura  
Alexander Grischuk - Magnus Carlsen  
Levon Aronian - Jan Smeets  
Alexei Shirov - Erwin l'Ami  
Anish Giri - Ruslan Ponomariov  

Schedule of Grandmaster Group B

Group B: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 15th
Vlad Tkachiev - Laurant Fressinet
½-½
Friso Nijboer - Li Chao
½-½
Luke McShane - Wouter Spoelman
1-0
Radek Wojtaszek - David Navara
0-1
Le Quang Liem - Wesley So
½-½
Gabriel Sargissian - Surya Ganguly
1-0
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Zahar Efimenko
0-1
Group B: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 16th
Laurant Fressinet - Zahar Efimenko
½-½
Surya Ganguly - Jon Ludvig Hammer
1-0
Wesley So - Gabriel Sargissian
½-½
David Navara - Le Quang Liem
½-½
Wouter Spoelman - Radek Wojtaszek
½-½
Li Chao - Luke McShane
0-1
Vlad Tkachiev - Friso Nijboer
½-½
Group B: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 17th
Friso Nijboer - Laurent Fressinet
½-½
Luke McShane - Vlad Tkachiev
1-0
Radek Wojtaszek - Li Chao
1-0
Le Quang Liem - Wouter Spoelman
0-1
Gabriel Sargissian - David Navara
½-½
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Wesley So
½-½
Zahar Efimenko - Surya Ganguly
½-½
Group B: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 18th
Laurent Fressinet - Surya Ganguly
1-0
Wesley So - Zahar Efimenko
½-½
David Navara - Jon Ludvig Hammer
½-½
Wouter Spoelman - Gabriel Sargissian
½-½
Li Chao - Le Quang Liem
1-0
Vlad Tkachiev - Radek Wojtaszek
½-½
Friso Nijboer - Luke McShane
½-½
Wednesday, January 19th – Free day
Group B: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 20th
Luke McShane - Laurent Fressinet
½-½
Radek Wojtaszek - Friso Nijboer
1-0
Le Quang Liem - Vlad Tkachiev
½-½
Gabriel Sargissian - Li Chao
½-½
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Wouter Spoelman
1-0
Zahar Efimenko - David Navara
1-0
Surya Ganguly - Wesley So
0-1
Group B: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 21st
Laurant Fressinet - Wesley So
0-1
David Navara - Surya Ganguly
1-0
Wouter Spoelman - Zahar Efimenko
0-1
Li Chao - Jon Ludvig Hammer
1-0
Vlad Tkachiev - Gabriel Sargissian
½-½
Friso Nijboer - Le Quang Liem
0-1
Luke McShane - Radek Wojtaszek
1-0
Group B: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 22nd
Radek Wojtaszek - Laurent Fressinet
1-0
Le Quang Liem - Luke McShane
1-0
Gabriel Sargissian - Friso Nijboer
1-0
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Vlad Tkachiev
0-1
Zahar Efimenko - Li Chao
½-½
Surya Ganguly - Wouter Spoelman
1-0
Wesley So - David Navara
1-0
Group B: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 23rd
Laurent Fressinet - David Navara
½-½
Wouter Spoelman - Wesley So
0-1
Li Chao - Surya Ganguly
½-½
Vlad Tkachiev - Zahar Efimenko
1-0
Friso Nijboer - Jon Ludvig Hammer
½-½
Luke McShane - Gabriel Sargissian
½-½
Radek Wojtaszek - Le Quang Liem
1-0
Monday, January 24th – Free day
Group B: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 25th
Le Quang Liem - Laurent Fressinet  
Gabriel Sargissian - Radek Wojtaszek  
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Luke McShane  
Zahar Efimenko - Friso Nijboer  
Surya Ganguly - Vlad Tkachiev  
Wesley So - Li Chao  
David Navara - Wouter Spoelman  
Group B: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 26th
Laurent Fressinet - Wouter Spoelman  
Li Chao - David Navara  
Vlad Tkachiev - Wesley So  
Friso Nijboer - Surya Ganguly  
Luke McShane - Zahar Efimenko  
Radek Wojtaszek - Jon Ludvig Hammer  
Le Quang Liem - Gabriel Sargissian  
Thursday, January 27th – Free day
Group B: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 28th
Gabriel Sargissian - Laurent Fressinet  
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Le Quang Liem  
Zahar Efimenko - Radek Wojtaszek  
Surya Ganguly - Luke McShane  
Wesley So - Friso Nijboer  
David Navara - Vlad Tkachiev  
Wouter Spoelman - Li Chao  
Group B: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 29th
Laurent Fressinet - Li Chao  
Vlad Tkachiev - Wouter Spoelman  
Friso Nijboer - David Navara  
Luke McShane - Wesley So  
Radek Wojtaszek - Surya Ganguly  
Le Quang Liem - Zahar Efimenko  
Gabriel Sargissian - Jon Ludvig Hammer  
Group B: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30th
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Laurent Fressinet  
Zahar Efimenko - Gabriel Sargissian  
Surya Ganguly - Le Quang Liem  
Wesley So - Radek Wojtaszek  
David Navara - Luke McShane  
Wouter Spoelman - Friso Nijboer  
Li Chao - Vlad Tkachiev  

Schedule of Grandmaster Group C

Group C: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 15th
Mark van der Werf - Benjamin Bok
½-½
Sebastian Siebrecht - Roeland Pruijssers
½-½
Ivan Ivanisevic - Tania Sachdev
0-1
Katherina Lahno - Mark Bluvshtein
½-½
Dariusz Swiercz - Jan Willem de Jong
1-0
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
1-0
Robin van Kampen - Daniele Vocaturo
0-1
Group C: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 16th
Benjamin Bok - Daniele Vocaturo
½-½
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Robin van Kampen
1-0
Jan Willem de Jong - Ilya Nyzhnyk
½-½
Mark Bluvshtein - Dariusz Swiercz
1-0
Tania Sachdev - Katherina Lahno
0-1
Roeland Pruijssers - Ivan Ivanisevic
½-½
Mark van der Werf - Sebastian Siebrecht
0-1
Group C: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 17th
Sebastian Siebrecht - Benjamin Bok
½-½
Ivan Ivanisevic - Mark van der Werf
½-½
Katherina Lahno - Roeland Pruijssers
1-0
Dariusz Swiercz - Tania Sachdev
0-1
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Mark Bluvshtein
½-½
Robin van Kampen - Jan Willem de Jong
1-0
Daniele Vocaturo - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
1-0
Group C: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 18th
Benjamin Bok - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
1-0
Jan Willem de Jong - Daniele Vocaturo
0-1
Mark Bluvshtein - Robin van Kampen
1-0
Tania Sachdev - Ilya Nyzhnyk
0-1
Roeland Pruijssers - Dariusz Swiercz
0-1
Mark van der Werf - Katherina Lahno
1-0
Sebastian Siebrecht - Ivan Ivanisevic
½-½
Wednesday, January 19th – Free day
Group C: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 20th
Ivan Ivanisevic - Benjamin Bok
1-0
Katherina Lahno - Sebastian Siebrecht
1-0
Dariusz Swiercz - Mark van der Werf
0-1
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Roeland Pruijssers
1-0
Robin van Kampen - Tania Sachdev
½-½
Daniele Vocaturo - Mark Bluvshtein
1-0
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Jan Willem de Jong
1-0
Group C: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 21sr
Benjamin Bok - Jan Willem de Jong
0-1
Mark Bluvshtein - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
0-1
Tania Sachdev - Daniele Vocaturo
1-0
Roeland Pruijssers - Robin van Kampen
½-½
Mark van der Werf - Ilya Nyzhnyk
½-½
Sebastian Siebrecht - Dariusz Swiercz
0-1
Ivan Ivanisevic - Katherina Lahno
½-½
Group C: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 22nd
Katherina Lahno - Benjamin Bok
1-0
Dariusz Swiercz - Ivan Ivanisevic
½-½
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Sebastian Siebrecht
1-0
Robin van Kampen - Mark van der Werf
1-0
Daniele Vocaturo - Roeland Pruijssers
1-0
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Tania Sachdev
1-0
Jan Willem de Jong - Mark Bluvshtein
0-1
Group C: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 23rd
Katherina Lahno - Dariusz Swiercz
½-½
Ivan Ivanisevic - Ilya Nyzhnyk
1-0
Tania Sachdev - Jan Willem de Jong
1-0
Mark van der Werf - Daniele Vocaturo
0-1
Benjamink Bok - Mark Bluvshtein
1-0
Sebastian Siebrecht - Robin van Kampen
1-0
Roeland Pruijssers - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
½-½
Monday, January 24th – Free day
Group C: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 25th
Dariusz Swiercz - Benjamin Bok  
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Katherina Lahno  
Robin van Kampen - Ivan Ivanisevic  
Daniele Vocaturo - Sebastian Siebrecht  
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Mark van der Werf  
Jan Willem de Jong - Roeland Pruijssers  
Mark Bluvshtein - Tania Sachdev  
Group C: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 26th
Benjamin Bok - Tania Sachdev  
Roeland Pruijssers - Mark Bluvshtein  
Mark van der Werf - Jan Willem de Jong  
Sebastian Siebrecht - Murtas Kazhgaleyev  
Ivan Ivanisevic - Daniele Vocaturo  
Katherina Lahno - Robin van Kampen  
Dariusz Swiercz - Ilya Nyzhnyk  
Thursday, January 27th – Free day
Group C: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 28th
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Benjamin Bok  
Robin van Kampen - Dariusz Swiercz  
Daniele Vocaturo - Katherina Lahno  
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Ivan Ivanisevic  
Jan Willem de Jong - Sebastian Siebrecht  
Mark Bluvshtein - Mark van der Werf  
Tania Sachdev - Roeland Pruijssers  
Group C: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 29th
Benjamin Bok - Roeland Pruijssers  
Mark van der Werf - Tania Sachdev  
Sebastian Siebrecht - Mark Bluvshtein  
Ivan Ivanisevic - Jan Willem de Jong  
Katherina Lahno - Murtas Kazhgaleyev  
Dariusz Swiercz - Daniele Vocaturo  
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Robin van Kampen  
Group C: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30th
Robin van Kampen - Benjamin Bok  
Daniele Vocaturo - Ilya Nyzhnyk  
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Dariusz Swiercz  
Jan Willem de Jong - Katherina Lahno  
Mark Bluvshtein - Ivan Ivanisevic  
Tania Sachdev - Sebastian Siebrecht  
Roeland Pruijssers - Mark van der Werf  

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