Tata Steel Rd13: Magnus Carlsen wins fifth title

by Albert Silver
2/2/2016 – It was a thrilling finale to a thrilling tournament. Magnus Carlsen added a fabulous fifth Wijk aan Zee title to his resume, tying Anand for the record. Fabiano Caruana's hope to snatch it ended up in ashes as he lost to Tomashevsky. Still, his tiebreak guaranteed second place. The Challengers was a tight affair, with Adhiban taking first. Large illustrated report.

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The 78th Tata Steel Chess Tournament takes place from January 15 to 31, 2016, in the coastal village of Wijk aan Zee, North Holland. It is one of the most prestigious events in the international chess calendar. The "Wimbledon of Chess" attracts the very best chess grandmasters in the world, along with thousands of amateur players, live event visitors and online visitors from around the world. The tournament has two main player groups, each with 14 players. They are known as the Tata Steel Masters and the Tata Steel Challengers. You will find the schedule, starting times, pairings and results at the bottom of the page.

Round thirteen

All photos by Alina L'Ami from the official Facebook page

Round 13 Masters - Sunday the 31st
Mamedyarov, S. - Karjakin, S.
½-½
Van Wely, L. - Wei, Y.
½-½
Tomashevsky, E. - Caruana, F.
1-0
Eljanov, P. - Navara, D.
1-0
Carlsen, M. - Ding, L.
½-½
Adams, M. - So, W.
½-½
Giri, A. - Hou, Y.
½-½
Round 13 Challengers - Sunday the 31st
Nisipeanu, L. - van Foreest, J.
½-½
Batsiashvili, N. - Safarli, E.
0-1
Sevian, S. - Baskaran, A.
½-½
Abasov, N. - l'Ami, E.
½-½
Admiraal, M. - Dreev, A.
½-½
Bok, B. - Antipov, M.
½-½
Ju, W. - Haast, A.
1-0

Masters

It was a huge round, and everyone knew it

In the Masters, all attention went to the top two boards. The variety of combinations was
both staggering and chock full of drama. For example, if Ding Liren defeated Magnus Carlsen
and Fabiano Caruana lost his last round game, he could become the miracle winner!

The look on Ding Liren's face of dead concentration shows he understands fully

Nevertheless, it takes two to tango, and in this case four, as the outcome of the myriad
possibilities also depended on Fabiano Caruana's game against...

... Evgeny Tomashevsky.

Though focused, Magnus didn't seem overly worried...

... and he justified his aloof demeanor by inverting a slightly worse endgame into a rook versus
rook and bishop endgame (Magnus had the extra bishop), where he spent nearly 50 moves
torturing his Chinese opponent.

 

Yasser Seirawan receives Magnus Carlsen after his game with Ding Liren

Needless to say, the audience was enthralled by the tense fights on all boards til the end

Carlsen could probably not believe his eyes when his potential rival for first place, Fabiano
Caruana, found himself dead lost and ultimately failed to save the game. Luckily for Caruana,
even losing to Tomashevsky did not deny him silver as he had beat Ding Liren in their game.

The game between Anish Giri and Hou Yifan was quite the rollercoaster. Giri lost the thread of his
game and found himself in dead lost endgame. Hou seemed poised to win, but inaccuracies kept
delaying the final result in her favor, and Anish took advantage to keep the game alive. Eventually,
much to the chagrin of her many fans, she was unable to close the deal, and Giri saved the game.

Pavel Eljanov fought until the end, adding three Elo to his next rating.
Aside from Tomashevsky, he was the only player to score in the last round
beating David Navara.

Daniel King shows the highlights from the final round

Replay round thirteen Masters games (with times per moves)

[Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Ding, Liren"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C80"] [WhiteElo "2844"] [BlackElo "2766"] [PlyCount "197"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(197s)} e5 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(7s)} Nc6 {(0s)} 3. Bb5 {(10s)} a6 {(0s)} 4. Ba4 {(4s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 5. O-O {(10s)} Nxe4 {(1s)} 6. d4 {(25s)} b5 {(3s)} 7. Bb3 {(5s)} d5 {(5s)} 8. dxe5 {(6s)} Be6 {(4s)} 9. Nbd2 {(189s)} Nc5 {(37s)} 10. c3 {(12s)} Be7 {(28s)} 11. Bc2 {(25s)} d4 {(50s)} 12. Nb3 {(11s)} d3 {( 24s)} 13. Nxc5 {(18s)} dxc2 {(23s)} 14. Qxd8+ {(8s)} Rxd8 {(4s)} 15. Nxe6 {(9s)} fxe6 {(4s)} 16. Be3 {(17s)} Rd5 {(76s)} 17. Rfc1 {(78s)} Nxe5 {(58s)} 18. Nxe5 {(12s)} Rxe5 {(4s)} 19. Bd4 {(9s)} Rg5 {(587s)} 20. Rxc2 {(5s)} Kf7 {(65s)} 21. Be3 {(56s)} Re5 {(273s)} 22. c4 {(528s)} b4 {(76s)} 23. Rd1 {(29s)} Rd8 {(121s)} 24. Rxd8 {(12s)} Bxd8 {(3s)} 25. Kf1 {(26s)} Bg5 {(601s)} 26. Bd4 {(57s)} Ra5 {(366s)} 27. b3 {(118s)} Bf6 {(595s)} 28. Be3 {(218s)} Bg5 {(11s)} 29. f4 {(417s)} Be7 {(12s)} 30. g4 {(298s)} h5 {(106s)} 31. h3 {(44s)} g6 {(144s)} 32. Ke2 {(625s)} hxg4 {(148s)} 33. hxg4 {(9 s)} e5 {(11s)} 34. Kf3 {(156s)} exf4 {(167s)} 35. Bxf4 {(13s)} Bd6 {(45s)} 36. c5 {(257s)} Bxc5 {( 1296s)} 37. Bxc7 {(8s)} Rb5 {(3s)} 38. Ke4 {(135s)} Ke6 {(28s)} 39. Bf4 {(149s)} Ra5 {(103s)} 40. Bd2 {(0s)} Be7 {(0s)} 41. Rc6+ {(1275s)} Kd7 {(268s)} 42. Rxg6 {(116s)} Rxa2 {(4s)} 43. Bf4 {(8s)} Ra3 {(208s)} 44. g5 {(129s)} Rxb3 {(337s)} 45. Rb6 {(266s)} Bxg5 {(83s)} 46. Bxg5 {(8s)} a5 {(8s)} 47. Ra6 {(32s)} a4 {(583s)} 48. Rxa4 {(151s)} Kc6 {(4s)} 49. Ra5 {(150s)} Ra3 {(16s)} 50. Rf5 {(7s)} b3 {(6s)} 51. Bf6 {(22s)} Ra2 {(32s)} 52. Bd4 {(76s)} b2 {(137s)} 53. Rc5+ {(42s)} Kb6 {(105s)} 54. Rc3+ {(78s)} Kb5 {(135s)} 55. Rb3+ {(11s)} Kc4 {(8s)} 56. Rb8 {(12s)} b1=Q+ {(37s)} 57. Rxb1 {(3s)} Re2+ {(74s)} 58. Be3 {(3s)} Rc2 {(5s)} 59. Rb8 {(48s)} Kc3 {(211s)} 60. Rc8+ {(0s)} Kb3 {(0s)} 61. Bc5 {(148s)} Kc4 {(207s)} 62. Rc7 {(8s)} Kc3 {(20s)} 63. Kd5 {(92s)} Kd3 {(34s)} 64. Rh7 {(29s)} Re2 {(65s)} 65. Rh3+ {(12s)} Kc2 {(16s)} 66. Kc4 {(27s)} Re4+ {(46s)} 67. Bd4 {(13s)} Kd2 {(33s)} 68. Rh2+ {(9s)} Re2 {(6s)} 69. Rh4 {(5s)} Rg2 {(135s)} 70. Re4 {(21s)} Re2 {(15s)} 71. Bc3+ {(47s)} Kd1 {(5s)} 72. Rf4 {(16s)} Kc2 {(54s)} 73. Rd4 {(27s)} Rf2 {(50s)} 74. Rd3 {(133s)} Re2 {(41s)} 75. Bd4 {(28s)} Re4 {(144s)} 76. Ra3 {(34s)} Re2 {(6s)} 77. Be3 {(37s)} Kd1 {(209s)} 78. Rd3+ {(217s)} Ke1 {( 151s)} 79. Rc3 {(30s)} Kf1 {(4s)} 80. Kd3 {(21s)} Ra2 {(25s)} 81. Rc1+ {(120s)} Kg2 {(21s)} 82. Ke4 {(7s)} Kg3 {(35s)} 83. Rc8 {(21s)} Rg2 {(23s)} 84. Rf8 {(456s)} Kg4 {(25s)} 85. Bf2 {(9s)} Kh3 {(4s)} 86. Kf3 {(70s)} Rg3+ {(4s)} 87. Kf4 {(9s)} Rg4+ {(178s)} 88. Kf5 {(9s)} Rg7 {(4s)} 89. Bd4 {(18s)} Rg3 {(23s)} 90. Be5 {(36s)} Rf3+ {(6s)} 91. Bf4 {(8s)} Kg2 {(3s)} 92. Kg4 {(13s)} Rf2 {(39s)} 93. Rh8 {(68s)} Re2 {(9s)} 94. Rh3 {(128s)} Kf2 {(171s)} 95. Rf3+ {(14s)} Kg2 {(5s)} 96. Be3 {(20s)} Rc2 {(12s)} 97. Rg3+ {(119s)} Kf1 {(5s)} 98. Kf3 {(5s)} Rf2+ {(4s)} 99. Bxf2 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D26"] [WhiteElo "2747"] [BlackElo "2769"] [PlyCount "61"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} d5 {(120s)} 2. c4 {(0s)} dxc4 {(4s)} 3. Nf3 {(172s)} Nf6 {(11s)} 4. e3 {(8s)} e6 {(5s)} 5. Bxc4 {(5s)} a6 {(8s)} 6. O-O {(7s)} c5 {(6s)} 7. Bb3 {(92s)} cxd4 {(140s)} 8. exd4 {(48s)} Nc6 {(6s)} 9. Nc3 {(6s)} Be7 {(7s)} 10. Bg5 {(307s)} O-O {(129s)} 11. Qd2 {(68s)} Na5 {(468s)} 12. Bc2 {(13s)} b5 {(5s)} 13. Rad1 {(97s)} Bb7 {(901s)} 14. d5 {(60s)} exd5 {(277s)} 15. Rfe1 {(13s)} Rc8 {(808s)} 16. Bf5 {(912s)} Rc7 {(308s)} 17. Qf4 {(309s)} Nh5 {(386s)} 18. Qh4 {(1027s)} Bxg5 {(18s)} 19. Nxg5 {(295s)} h6 {(457s)} 20. Qxh5 {(70s)} Qxg5 {(52s)} 21. Qxg5 {(3s)} hxg5 {(10s)} 22. Nxd5 {(3s)} Bxd5 {(9s)} 23. Rxd5 {(2s)} g6 {(609s)} 24. Bd3 {(48s)} g4 {(74s)} 25. a4 {(36s)} Nc6 {(384s)} 26. Rc5 {(57s)} bxa4 {(92s)} 27. Bxa6 {(260s)} Ra8 {(281s)} 28. Be2 {(126s)} Rb8 {(252s)} 29. Bxg4 {( 619s)} Rxb2 {(198s)} 30. Ra1 {(37s)} a3 {(33s)} 31. h4 {(120s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Van Wely, Loek"] [Black "Wei, Yi"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A05"] [WhiteElo "2640"] [BlackElo "2706"] [PlyCount "62"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. Nf3 {(0s)} Nf6 {(102s)} 2. c4 {(0s)} g6 {(25s)} 3. Nc3 {(0s)} d5 {(7s)} 4. cxd5 {(24s)} Nxd5 {(6s)} 5. h4 {(275s)} Bg7 {(57s)} 6. h5 {(69s)} Nc6 {(45s)} 7. g3 {(15s)} e5 {(79s)} 8. Bg2 {(968s)} Nxc3 {( 91s)} 9. dxc3 {(72s)} Qxd1+ {(53s)} 10. Kxd1 {(5s)} Bg4 {(1229s)} 11. h6 {(296s)} Bf6 {(58s)} 12. Ng5 {(430s)} Be7 {(82s)} 13. Be3 {(218s)} f6 {(253s)} 14. Ne4 {(178s)} Rd8+ {(32s)} 15. Ke1 {(68s)} Be6 {(18s)} 16. b3 {(234s)} Kf7 {(44s)} 17. Rd1 {(403s)} a5 {(875s)} 18. Nc5 {(289s)} Rxd1+ {(15s)} 19. Kxd1 {(15s)} Rd8+ {(7s)} 20. Kc2 {(190s)} Bd5 {(179s)} 21. f3 {(697s)} b6 {(210s)} 22. Ne4 {(6 s)} Bf8 {(562s)} 23. f4 {(466s)} exf4 {(275s)} 24. Bxf4 {(53s)} Ne5 {(61s)} 25. Bxe5 {(822s)} Bxe4+ {(4s)} 26. Bxe4 {(6s)} fxe5 {(3s)} 27. Bd3 {(229s)} Rd6 {(36s)} 28. Bc4+ {(100s)} Ke7 {(3s)} 29. Bg8 {(104s)} g5 {(4s)} 30. Bxh7 {(108s)} Rxh6 {(7s)} 31. Rxh6 {(5s)} Bxh6 {(6s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Black "Navara, David"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E21"] [WhiteElo "2760"] [BlackElo "2730"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(0s)} e6 {(0s)} 3. c4 {(5s)} b6 {(0s)} 4. Nc3 {(14s)} Bb7 {(17s)} 5. e3 {(273s)} Be7 {(350s)} 6. b3 {(212s)} O-O {(144s)} 7. Bb2 {(264s)} d5 {(38s)} 8. cxd5 {(160s)} Nxd5 {( 85s)} 9. Nxd5 {(83s)} Qxd5 {(79s)} 10. Bd3 {(138s)} Qa5+ {(150s)} 11. Nd2 {(924s)} Bb4 {(1732s)} 12. a3 {(564s)} Bxd2+ {(13s)} 13. Qxd2 {(3s)} Qh5 {(561s)} 14. f3 {(668s)} Nd7 {(182s)} 15. O-O {( 372s)} c5 {(8s)} 16. Rac1 {(169s)} Rfd8 {(106s)} 17. b4 {(414s)} Ne5 {(560s)} 18. dxe5 {(493s)} Ba6 {(20s)} 19. Rc3 {(22s)} c4 {(13s)} 20. a4 {(14s)} cxd3 {(563s)} 21. Rfc1 {(426s)} Qg5 {(234s)} 22. Rc7 {(18s)} h5 {(85s)} 23. b5 {(140s)} Bc8 {(13s)} 24. R1c6 {(368s)} a6 {(58s)} 25. Rd6 {(226s)} Rxd6 {(120s)} 26. exd6 {(3s)} axb5 {(36s)} 27. axb5 {(330s)} e5 {(598s)} 28. d7 {(61s)} Bxd7 {(9s)} 29. Rxd7 {(3s)} e4 {(5s)} 30. fxe4 {(145s)} Ra2 {(10s)} 31. Rd5 {(157s)} Qh4 {(6s)} 32. g3 {(67s)} Qxe4 {(16s)} 33. Rxd3 {(41s)} h4 {(142s)} 34. Qc3 {(139s)} Qg6 {(233s)} 35. e4 {(14s)} h3 {(29s)} 36. Qc8+ {(9s)} 1-0 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C80"] [WhiteElo "2744"] [BlackElo "2773"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} e5 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(0s)} Nc6 {(0s)} 3. Bb5 {(0s)} a6 {(0s)} 4. Ba4 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 5. O-O {(0s)} Nxe4 {(0s)} 6. d4 {(6s)} b5 {(2s)} 7. Bb3 {(6s)} d5 {(4s)} 8. dxe5 {(10s)} Be6 {(4s)} 9. Nbd2 {( 24s)} Nc5 {(6s)} 10. c3 {(11s)} Be7 {(3s)} 11. Bc2 {(73s)} d4 {(7s)} 12. Nb3 {(85s)} d3 {(4s)} 13. Nxc5 {(45s)} dxc2 {(8s)} 14. Qxd8+ {(3s)} Rxd8 {(6s)} 15. Nxe6 {(6s)} fxe6 {(5s)} 16. Be3 {(40s)} Rd5 {(7s)} 17. Rfc1 {(98s)} Nxe5 {(8s)} 18. Nxe5 {(9s)} Rxe5 {(5s)} 19. Bd4 {(295s)} Rg5 {(52s)} 20. Rxc2 {(8s)} Kf7 {(6s)} 21. Be3 {(627s)} Rh5 {(291s)} 22. a4 {(500s)} Rd8 {(27s)} 23. axb5 {(744s)} axb5 {(6s)} 24. g3 {(69s)} Bc5 {(456s)} 25. Bxc5 {(45s)} Rxc5 {(5s)} 26. Re2 {(8s)} Ke7 {(196s)} 27. Kg2 {(238s)} Rcd5 {(36s)} 28. Ra7 {(221s)} R8d7 {(31s)} 29. h4 {(235s)} h6 {(231s)} 30. Kf3 {(426s)} Rf5+ {(230s)} 31. Kg2 {(344s)} Rfd5 {(42s)} 32. Kf3 {(9s)} Rf5+ {(18s)} 33. Kg2 {(8s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E44"] [WhiteElo "2728"] [BlackElo "2787"] [PlyCount "125"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 2. c4 {(0s)} e6 {(0s)} 3. Nc3 {(2s)} Bb4 {(0s)} 4. e3 {(7s)} b6 {(0s)} 5. Nge2 {(175s)} c5 {(6s)} 6. a3 {(43s)} Ba5 {(4s)} 7. Rb1 {(111s)} Na6 {(13s)} 8. Ng3 {(142s)} Bb7 {(181s)} 9. f3 {(128s)} O-O {(1487s)} 10. Bd3 {(367s)} d5 {(159s)} 11. O-O {(164s)} cxd4 {(407s)} 12. Nb5 {( 676s)} dxc4 {(1268s)} 13. Bxc4 {(49s)} Rc8 {(4s)} 14. Qe2 {(1354s)} Bd5 {(708s)} 15. Bxd5 {(873s)} Qxd5 {(5s)} 16. e4 {(426s)} Qa2 {(1337s)} 17. Bg5 {(247s)} Rc4 {(94s)} 18. Rbd1 {(625s)} d3 {(343s)} 19. Qxd3 {(272s)} Rc5 {(247s)} 20. Be3 {(147s)} Qxb2 {(14s)} 21. Bxc5 {(97s)} Nxc5 {(12s)} 22. Qe2 {(192s)} Qxe2 {(27s)} 23. Nxe2 {(2s)} a6 {(5s)} 24. Nd6 {(155s)} b5 {(23s)} 25. Nd4 {(27s)} Bb6 {(155s)} 26. Kh1 {(3s)} g5 {(84s)} 27. Nc6 {(77s)} Kg7 {(7s)} 28. g3 {(86s)} h5 {(85s)} 29. Rfe1 {( 219s)} Na4 {(77s)} 30. Rd3 {(34s)} Nc5 {(31s)} 31. Rd2 {(70s)} Nb3 {(79s)} 32. Rc2 {(72s)} Nc5 {(48s)} 33. Kg2 {(16s)} Na4 {(20s)} 34. Rd1 {(55s)} g4 {(28s)} 35. Rd3 {(93s)} Nc5 {(26s)} 36. Rd1 {(10s)} Na4 {(29s)} 37. h3 {(58s)} gxf3+ {(44s)} 38. Kxf3 {(1s)} Nh7 {(30s)} 39. e5 {(23s)} Bc5 {(49s)} 40. Rd3 {(0s)} f6 {(0s)} 41. Kg2 {(693s)} Bb6 {(79s)} 42. exf6+ {(1440s)} Nxf6 {(37s)} 43. Nd4 {(9s)} Bxd4 {(52s)} 44. Rxd4 {(6s)} Nd5 {(123s)} 45. Re4 {(139s)} Rd8 {(668s)} 46. Nb7 {(33s)} Rd7 {(184s)} 47. Na5 {(18s)} Rd6 {(247s)} 48. Rc6 {(59s)} Rxc6 {(8s)} 49. Nxc6 {(1s)} Nc5 {(60s)} 50. Re5 {(163 s)} Nd3 {(170s)} 51. Rg5+ {(167s)} Kh6 {(52s)} 52. Rg8 {(153s)} Ne3+ {(37s)} 53. Kf3 {(23s)} Nc4 {(5 s)} 54. Nb4 {(262s)} Nde5+ {(33s)} 55. Ke2 {(23s)} a5 {(80s)} 56. Nc2 {(5s)} Nd7 {(44s)} 57. Rc8 {( 154s)} Kg6 {(171s)} 58. Rc7 {(103s)} Nf6 {(125s)} 59. Rc6 {(61s)} Kf7 {(961s)} 60. a4 {(0s)} Nd5 {(0 s)} 61. axb5 {(113s)} Ne5 {(20s)} 62. Ra6 {(126s)} Nc3+ {(444s)} 63. Kf1 {(97s)} 1-0 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "*"] [WhiteElo "2798"] [BlackElo "2673"] [PlyCount "147"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(0s)} e6 {(0s)} 3. Bf4 {(0s)} d5 {(112s)} 4. e3 {(96s)} c5 {(178s)} 5. c3 {(432s)} Nc6 {(10s)} 6. Nbd2 {(4s)} Bd6 {(15s)} 7. Ne5 {(125s)} Qc7 {(525s)} 8. Ndf3 {(201s)} O-O {(1144s)} 9. Bd3 {(259s)} b6 {(73s)} 10. Nxc6 {(376s)} Qxc6 {(339s)} 11. Ne5 {(447s)} Qc7 {(8s)} 12. Qf3 {(63s)} Ne4 {(980s)} 13. Nc4 {(1127s)} Bxf4 {(103s)} 14. Qxf4 {(101s)} Qxf4 {(22s)} 15. exf4 {(3s)} Ba6 {(955s)} 16. Bxe4 {(79s)} dxe4 {(5s)} 17. Nd2 {(659s)} cxd4 {(8s)} 18. Nxe4 {(6s)} f5 {( 510s)} 19. Ng5 {(7s)} dxc3 {(29s)} 20. O-O-O {(7s)} Bc4 {(63s)} 21. b3 {(301s)} Bd5 {(330s)} 22. Rhe1 {(269s)} Rfe8 {(181s)} 23. Re3 {(502s)} Rac8 {(2s)} 24. Rdd3 {(207s)} Bxg2 {(207s)} 25. Rd7 {(727s)} Red8 {(465s)} 26. Rxd8+ {(349s)} Rxd8 {(1s)} 27. Nxe6 {(9s)} Rd6 {(21s)} 28. Ng5 {(50s)} Bc6 {(46s)} 29. Rxc3 {(38s)} h6 {(11s)} 30. Nh3 {(5s)} Bb5 {(190s)} 31. Re3 {(64s)} Bf1 {(64s)} 32. Ng1 {(11s)} Rd4 {(23s)} 33. Re1 {(24s)} Bg2 {(282s)} 34. Ne2 {(261s)} Re4 {(32s)} 35. Kd2 {(44s)} Bf3 {(65s)} 36. Ng3 {(66s)} Rxf4 {(35s)} 37. Re8+ {(99s)} Kf7 {(13s)} 38. Ke3 {(8s)} g5 {(45s)} 39. Rh8 {(11s)} Kg7 {(42s)} 40. Rc8 {(0s)} Bg4 {(0s)} 41. Rc7+ {(360s)} Kf6 {(354s)} 42. h3 {(19s)} Rf3+ {(28s)} 43. Kd4 {(56s)} Bxh3 {(26s)} 44. Rc6+ {(23s)} Ke7 {(679s)} 45. Rxh6 {(79s)} Bg4 {(119s)} 46. Rg6 {(817s)} Rxf2 {(622s)} 47. Rxg5 {(12s)} Kf7 {(337s)} 48. b4 {(726s)} Rf3 {(830s)} 49. Ne2 {( 430s)} Rh3 {(6s)} 50. Nc3 {(153s)} Rh8 {(6s)} 51. Nd5 {(61s)} Re8 {(35s)} 52. a3 {(252s)} Re4+ {(15s)} 53. Kd3 {(64s)} Be2+ {(47s)} 54. Kd2 {(139s)} Rd4+ {(10s)} 55. Kxe2 {(1s)} Rxd5 {(5s)} 56. Rh5 {( 13s)} Kg6 {(30s)} 57. Rh8 {(11s)} Rd7 {(17s)} 58. a4 {(219s)} Kf6 {(230s)} 59. a5 {(36s)} Ke5 {(25s)} 60. Rc8 {(0s)} bxa5 {(0s)} 61. bxa5 {(122s)} Rd5 {(88s)} 62. a6 {(19s)} Ra5 {(286s)} 63. Rc6 {(9s)} Kd5 {(55s)} 64. Rf6 {(18s)} Ke4 {(0s)} 65. Re6+ {(41s)} Kf4 {(0s)} 66. Kd3 {(103s)} Ra4 {(73s)} 67. Rg6 {(233s)} Kf3 {(19s)} 68. Kc3 {(6s)} f4 {(19s)} 69. Kb3 {(5s)} Ra1 {(5s)} 70. Kb4 {(6s)} Ke3 {(127 s)} 71. Kb5 {(33s)} f3 {(352s)} 72. Re6+ {(5s)} Kd4 {(7s)} 73. Rf6 {(30s)} Rb1+ {(13s)} 74. Ka4 {(85 s)} 1/2-1/2

Standings Masters

Challengers

The battle for the gold and qualifying spot in next year's Masters was no less tense in the
challengers. Though Adhiban Baskaran had led until now, he was caught by Dreev, and
his place in the sun was no longer so secure.

Dreev proved a formidable competitor, and hoped to qualify for the
Masters. Note that he won the Wijk Aan Zee tournament in 1995.

Try as he might, Dreev was unable to break his opponent, Admiraal

The players in the Masters were all following the Challengers, whether it be Caruana observing Benjamin Bok...

... or Carlsen watching Dreev...

... or Mamedyarov following his compatriot Eltaj Safarli. The Azeri defeated Batsiashvili in
the last round, and this tied him for first. Although his tiebreak could not edge out Adhiban
who had won their individual game (the first tiebreak criterion), it did beat Dreev for silver.

Adhiban held on to a hard-fought game against teen wonder Samuel Sevian, securing gold.
As to Sevian, it can only be described as a lukewarm result, neither gainng rating, nor losing.
The cause of the disappointing result may lie in the words of a top player who commented he
felt Samuel "Hadn't figured it out". When pressed what he meant, he explained Sevian was
alternating styles of play too much and had not figured out where he stood himself stylistically.

In the top group that qualifies to the Challengers, the winner was Vladimir Dobrov who was
promoted to the Challengers for 2017 by winning the TOP group of Tata Steel Chess Tournament.

Little Machteld Van Foreest lost her final round game to the winner of her group, but had a
very commendable 1750 FIDE performance. The 8-year-old will soon be a terror.

Your photographer Alina L'Ami enjoying her first taste of Nikon's bad boy, the
70-200 f/2.8 telezoom lens. Her comments after were of awe. (photo by Patrick Put)

Replay round thirteen Challengers games (with times per moves)

[Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Admiraal, Miguoel"] [Black "Dreev, Alexey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B10"] [WhiteElo "2441"] [BlackElo "2644"] [PlyCount "90"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} c6 {(0s)} 2. c4 {(0s)} d5 {(0s)} 3. exd5 {(0s)} cxd5 {(0s)} 4. cxd5 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 5. Nc3 {(1s)} Nxd5 {(15s)} 6. Nf3 {(6s)} Nxc3 {(347s)} 7. bxc3 {(5s)} Qc7 {(24s)} 8. d4 {(11s)} Nd7 {( 121s)} 9. Bd2 {(83s)} e6 {(773s)} 10. a4 {(5s)} Bd6 {(660s)} 11. a5 {(18s)} O-O {(34s)} 12. Bd3 {( 1498s)} Rd8 {(83s)} 13. O-O {(412s)} Nf8 {(22s)} 14. Re1 {(910s)} Bd7 {(143s)} 15. h4 {(143s)} Bf4 {(365s)} 16. Ne5 {(404s)} Bxd2 {(231s)} 17. Qxd2 {(2s)} Rac8 {(28s)} 18. Re3 {(8s)} Be8 {(47s)} 19. Qb2 {(914s)} f6 {(923s)} 20. Nf3 {(196s)} Bc6 {(288s)} 21. Nd2 {(573s)} Rd5 {(386s)} 22. Qb4 {(279 s)} Rh5 {(415s)} 23. g3 {(31s)} g5 {(128s)} 24. Ne4 {(186s)} Bxe4 {(636s)} 25. Bxe4 {(8s)} gxh4 {(8s)} 26. Qxb7 {(92s)} Rg5 {(86s)} 27. Qxc7 {(302s)} Rxc7 {(13s)} 28. a6 {(70s)} hxg3 {(394s)} 29. fxg3 {(7s)} f5 {(142s)} 30. Bg2 {(13s)} Rcg7 {(7s)} 31. c4 {(512s)} f4 {(45s)} 32. Rb3 {(29s)} Rxg3 {(24s)} 33. Rxg3 {(3s)} Rxg3 {(6s)} 34. Kf2 {(21s)} Rc3 {(176s)} 35. c5 {(158s)} e5 {(67s)} 36. c6 {(79s)} Rc2+ {(47s)} 37. Kg1 {(70s)} exd4 {(108s)} 38. Rd1 {(1s)} Rc3 {(217s)} 39. Bd5+ {(79s)} Kg7 {(5s)} 40. Rxd4 {(0s)} Kf6 {(0s)} 41. Rxf4+ {(819s)} Ke5 {(168s)} 42. Rxf8 {(11s)} Kxd5 {(23s)} 43. Rf7 {(47s)} Kxc6 {(27s)} 44. Rxa7 {(6s)} Kb6 {(10s)} 45. Rxh7 {(5s)} Kxa6 {(3s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Ju, Wenjun"] [Black "Haast, Anne"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A22"] [WhiteElo "2548"] [BlackElo "2391"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. c4 {(0s)} e5 {(4s)} 2. Nc3 {(0s)} Nf6 {(26s)} 3. g3 {(30s)} d5 {(24s)} 4. cxd5 {(43s)} Nxd5 {(18s)} 5. Bg2 {(5s)} Nb6 {(34s)} 6. e3 {(26s)} Nc6 {(106s)} 7. Nge2 {(9s)} Bd6 {(54s)} 8. O-O {(120s)} O-O {(12s)} 9. f4 {(178s)} exf4 {(50s)} 10. Nxf4 {(143s)} Bf5 {(34s)} 11. d4 {(469s)} Qd7 {(42s)} 12. Rf2 {(809s)} Rad8 {(626s)} 13. Qf1 {(11s)} h6 {(136s)} 14. e4 {(764s)} Bh7 {(66s)} 15. Be3 {(163s)} Rfe8 {(1503s)} 16. Bh3 {(1212s)} Qe7 {(285s)} 17. e5 {(19s)} Bb4 {(70s)} 18. Rd1 {(210s)} Na5 {( 248s)} 19. e6 {(239s)} f5 {(310s)} 20. Bc1 {(85s)} Rf8 {(158s)} 21. Re2 {(322s)} g5 {(192s)} 22. Nd3 {(4s)} Rxd4 {(275s)} 23. Nxb4 {(126s)} Rxd1 {(214s)} 24. Qxd1 {(206s)} Qxb4 {(29s)} 25. e7 {( 378s)} Re8 {(8s)} 26. Re6 {(5s)} Nac4 {(228s)} 27. Qh5 {(841s)} Rxe7 {(338s)} 28. Qxh6 {(5s)} Qc5+ {(207s)} 29. Kh1 {(16s)} Nd5 {(76s)} 30. Bxg5 {(157s)} Nxc3 {(79s)} 31. Rxe7 {(44s)} Qd5+ {(411s)} 32. Kg1 {(4s)} Qc5+ {(23s)} 33. Kf1 {(34s)} Nd2+ {(53s)} 34. Bxd2 {(9s)} Qxe7 {(9s)} 35. Bxc3 {(17 s)} 1-0 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Bok, Benjamin"] [Black "Antipov, Mikhail Al"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E11"] [WhiteElo "2607"] [BlackElo "2567"] [PlyCount "88"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 2. c4 {(0s)} e6 {(0s)} 3. Nf3 {(0s)} Bb4+ {(0s)} 4. Nbd2 {(0s)} O-O {(0s)} 5. a3 {(0s)} Be7 {(0s)} 6. e4 {(8s)} d6 {(2s)} 7. Be2 {(10s)} a5 {(14s)} 8. Qc2 {(127s)} Nc6 {(6s)} 9. b3 {(558s)} Nd7 {(524s)} 10. O-O {(465s)} Bf6 {(118s)} 11. Bb2 {(4s)} Re8 {(162s)} 12. Rfe1 {(1738s)} e5 {(1026s)} 13. d5 {(27s)} Nd4 {(6s)} 14. Nxd4 {(21s)} exd4 {(2s)} 15. Nf3 {(32s)} Nc5 {(102s)} 16. Bd3 {(58s)} a4 {(391s)} 17. b4 {(12s)} Nb3 {(6s)} 18. Rab1 {(51s)} c5 {(713s)} 19. bxc5 {(597s)} Bg4 {(9s)} 20. Nd2 {(23s)} Nxc5 {(69s)} 21. h3 {(42s)} Bd7 {(44s)} 22. Nf3 {(45s)} Nb3 {(74s)} 23. Nd2 {( 5s)} Nc5 {(94s)} 24. f4 {(766s)} b5 {(568s)} 25. Nf3 {(5s)} Rc8 {(824s)} 26. e5 {(69s)} Nxd3 {(51s)} 27. Qxd3 {(4s)} bxc4 {(38s)} 28. Qxd4 {(18s)} Be7 {(61s)} 29. Kh1 {(687s)} Bf8 {(831s)} 30. Bc3 {( 330s)} Qc7 {(529s)} 31. exd6 {(1004s)} Rxe1+ {(8s)} 32. Rxe1 {(8s)} Qxd6 {(11s)} 33. Ne5 {(27s)} f6 {(163s)} 34. Nxd7 {(102s)} Qxd7 {(105s)} 35. Bb4 {(157s)} Bxb4 {(122s)} 36. axb4 {(1s)} c3 {(11s)} 37. Rc1 {(45s)} a3 {(117s)} 38. Rxc3 {(46s)} Rxc3 {(2s)} 39. Qxc3 {(1s)} a2 {(16s)} 40. d6 {(0s)} Qa7 {(0s)} 41. Qa1 {(1139s)} Kf7 {(382s)} 42. b5 {(293s)} Qa4 {(88s)} 43. b6 {(46s)} Qb3 {(19s)} 44. d7 {(801s)} Qb1+ {(139s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Batsiashvili, Nino"] [Black "Safarli, Eltaj"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C01"] [WhiteElo "2485"] [BlackElo "2653"] [PlyCount "72"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} e6 {(9s)} 2. e4 {(197s)} d5 {(15s)} 3. exd5 {(24s)} exd5 {(4s)} 4. Bd3 {(62s)} c5 {(362s)} 5. Qe2+ {(232s)} Be7 {(84s)} 6. Bb5+ {(593s)} Nc6 {(257s)} 7. Bg5 {(252s)} Be6 {(381s)} 8. Bxe7 {( 359s)} Ngxe7 {(183s)} 9. Nf3 {(37s)} O-O {(52s)} 10. dxc5 {(101s)} Bg4 {(24s)} 11. Nbd2 {(23s)} Nd4 {(610s)} 12. Qd3 {(11s)} Nxf3+ {(136s)} 13. gxf3 {(164s)} Bf5 {(66s)} 14. Qc3 {(303s)} d4 {(394s)} 15. Qb3 {(15s)} Rc8 {(456s)} 16. O-O-O {(31s)} Rxc5 {(53s)} 17. Ne4 {(53s)} Bxe4 {(72s)} 18. fxe4 {(78s)} Ng6 {(4s)} 19. Rd2 {(587s)} Qg5 {(97s)} 20. h4 {(884s)} Qf4 {(306s)} 21. Rhd1 {(147s)} Nxh4 {(385s)} 22. Kb1 {(214s)} Nf3 {(73s)} 23. Re2 {(29s)} h5 {(659s)} 24. a4 {(229s)} h4 {(120s)} 25. Bd7 {(247s)} Rd8 {(122s)} 26. Bh3 {(28s)} b6 {(81s)} 27. Bg2 {(63s)} Ne5 {(140s)} 28. Qh3 {(180s)} g6 {(330s)} 29. Red2 {(77s)} Kg7 {(59s)} 30. Re2 {(304s)} Rc4 {(258s)} 31. Qb3 {(17s)} Rd6 {(160s)} 32. Red2 {(158s)} a5 {(52s)} 33. c3 {(5s)} dxc3 {(74s)} 34. Rxd6 {(5s)} c2+ {(3s)} 35. Qxc2 {(141s)} Rxc2 {(12s)} 36. Kxc2 {(3s)} Nc4 {(55s)} 0-1 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Sevian, Samuel"] [Black "Baskaran, Adhiban"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B94"] [WhiteElo "2578"] [BlackElo "2653"] [PlyCount "90"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} c5 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(0s)} d6 {(0s)} 3. d4 {(0s)} cxd4 {(0s)} 4. Nxd4 {(37s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 5. Nc3 {(0s)} a6 {(0s)} 6. Bg5 {(0s)} Nbd7 {(0s)} 7. f4 {(10s)} Qc7 {(14s)} 8. g3 {(5s)} h6 {(439s)} 9. Bh4 {(10s)} g6 {(165s)} 10. Qe2 {(244s)} e5 {(354s)} 11. Nf3 {(356s)} b5 {(326s)} 12. O-O-O {(363s)} Bg7 {(647s)} 13. Qd2 {(1501s)} b4 {(117s)} 14. Nd5 {(222s)} Nxd5 {(5s)} 15. Qxd5 {(603s)} Bb7 {(10 s)} 16. Qxd6 {(226s)} Qxd6 {(67s)} 17. Rxd6 {(4s)} Bxe4 {(7s)} 18. Bg2 {(149s)} Nc5 {(1101s)} 19. Bf6 {(841s)} Bxf6 {(279s)} 20. Rxf6 {(10s)} exf4 {(171s)} 21. Rxf4 {(278s)} Rc8 {(57s)} 22. Rxe4+ {(761s)} Nxe4 {(7s)} 23. Re1 {(3s)} f5 {(10s)} 24. Ne5 {(8s)} O-O {(539s)} 25. Nxg6 {(57s)} Rfe8 {(2s)} 26. Nh4 {(56s)} Nc5 {(669s)} 27. Rf1 {(333s)} f4 {(415s)} 28. gxf4 {(75s)} Re2 {(180s)} 29. Kd1 {( 73s)} Ree8 {(285s)} 30. Bf3 {(181s)} Kh7 {(153s)} 31. Bg4 {(97s)} Rc7 {(223s)} 32. Bf5+ {(49s)} Kg8 {(127s)} 33. Kd2 {(123s)} a5 {(153s)} 34. Rf3 {(83s)} Ne4+ {(52s)} 35. Kc1 {(32s)} Nd6 {(38s)} 36. Bd3 {(65s)} Re1+ {(6s)} 37. Kd2 {(3s)} Rg1 {(4s)} 38. Rg3+ {(58s)} Rg7 {(69s)} 39. Ng6 {(21s)} Rxg3 {(350s)} 40. hxg3 {(0s)} h5 {(0s)} 41. Ke3 {(419s)} Kf7 {(121s)} 42. Ne5+ {(250s)} Ke6 {(361s)} 43. Kf3 {(19s)} Rc7 {(683s)} 44. g4 {(189s)} hxg4+ {(7s)} 45. Nxg4 {(103s)} a4 {(335 Ke4 Ke5+s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter"] [Black "Van Foreest, Jorden"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D02"] [WhiteElo "2679"] [BlackElo "2541"] [PlyCount "61"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} d5 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(81s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 3. Bf4 {(12s)} c5 {(22s)} 4. e3 {(15s)} Nc6 {(18s)} 5. Bb5 {(267s)} e6 {(266s)} 6. c3 {(327s)} Bd6 {(160s)} 7. Ne5 {(407s)} Qc7 {(263s)} 8. Qa4 {(550s)} Bd7 {(178s)} 9. Bxc6 {(78s)} bxc6 {(538s)} 10. O-O {(464s)} O-O {(67s)} 11. Nd2 {(80s)} Be8 {(507s)} 12. Nd3 {(791s)} cxd4 {(711s)} 13. Bxd6 {(972s)} Qxd6 {(13s)} 14. cxd4 {(155s)} c5 {(93s)} 15. Qa3 {(15s)} Bb5 {(12s)} 16. Rfc1 {(12s)} Bxd3 {(10s)} 17. Qxd3 {(4s)} cxd4 {(651s)} 18. Qxd4 {(11s)} a5 {(100s)} 19. Rc2 {(264s)} h6 {(106s)} 20. Rac1 {(15s)} Rfb8 {(48s)} 21. Nc4 {(262s)} Qb4 {(448s)} 22. a3 {(242s)} Qa4 {(271s)} 23. Ne5 {(38s)} Qxd4 {(12s)} 24. exd4 {(2s)} Ne8 {(243s)} 25. g4 {( 425s)} Nd6 {(140s)} 26. Rc6 {(13s)} Nb5 {(738s)} 27. Nf3 {(41s)} a4 {(39s)} 28. R1c2 {(176s)} Rb7 {( 30s)} 29. h4 {(58s)} g6 {(22s)} 30. Kg2 {(187s)} Kf8 {(184s)} 31. Rc8+ {(472s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.31"] [Round "13"] [White "Abasov, Nijat"] [Black "L'Ami, Erwin"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E11"] [WhiteElo "2556"] [BlackElo "2627"] [PlyCount "47"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. Nf3 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 2. d4 {(0s)} e6 {(18s)} 3. c4 {(0s)} Bb4+ {(76s)} 4. Bd2 {(6s)} a5 {(68s)} 5. g3 {(95s)} O-O {(269s)} 6. Bg2 {(50s)} d5 {(26s)} 7. Qc2 {(112s)} c6 {(257s)} 8. O-O {(159s)} Be7 {( 99s)} 9. Rd1 {(468s)} b5 {(315s)} 10. cxb5 {(355s)} cxb5 {(24s)} 11. Bf4 {(9s)} Bb7 {(334s)} 12. Nc3 {(368s)} Qb6 {(130s)} 13. Rac1 {(451s)} Nc6 {(330s)} 14. Qb3 {(13s)} b4 {(107s)} 15. Na4 {(200 s)} Qa7 {(28s)} 16. Rc2 {(525s)} Rfc8 {(145s)} 17. Rdc1 {(153s)} Nd7 {(180s)} 18. Be3 {(730s)} Bf8 {(961s)} 19. Ne5 {(827s)} Ncxe5 {(126s)} 20. dxe5 {(4s)} Qa6 {(283s)} 21. Bd4 {(25s)} Rxc2 {(772s)} 22. Rxc2 {(6s)} Rc8 {(1252s)} 23. Rxc8 {(16s)} Bxc8 {(5s)} 24. Qc2 {(8s)} 1/2-1/2

Standings Challengers

Closing Ceremony

First on the to-do list of the closing ceremony was a helping of Erwten Soep (pea soup)!

With food for all and warm bellies, ...

...everyone was in a highly receptive mood

Time for the awards - tournament director, Jeroen van den Berg assisted by the Dutch TV
personality, IM Hans Böhm

The Fair Play prize, awarded by Vugar Gashimov's brother, Sarkhan, to Jorden van Foreest
and David Navara.

The special Johan van Hulst prize was offered to two young talented chess players, Jorden van
Foreest and Wei Yi, by none other than the famous 105-year-old politician, war hero and big chess
lover - Johan van Hulst!

No good deed can be ignored, and the organizer offered a gift of their own to Johan van Hulst

Adhiban Baskaran receives his first place award for winning the Challengers group

Magnus Carlsen receives his trophy and is now tied with Vishy Anand for five titles

Final photo with the winners and organizers (click on image for high-res version)

Schedule and results of Tata Steel Masters 2016

Round 1 - Saturday the 16th
Hou, Y. - Karjakin, S.
½-½
So, W. - Giri, A.
1-0
Ding, L. - Adams, M.
1-0
Navara, D. - Carlsen, M.
½-½
Caruana, F. - Eljanov, P.
1-0
Wei, Y. - Tomashevsky, E.
½-½
Mamedyarov, S. - Van Wely, L.
½-½
Round 2 - Sunday the 17th
Karjakin, S. - Van Wely, L.
½-½
Tomashevsky, E. - Mamedyarov, S.
½-½
Eljanov, P. - Wei, Y.
½-½
Carlsen, M. - Caruana, F.
½-½
Adams, M. - Navara, D.
½-½
Giri, A. - Ding, L.
½-½
Hou, Y. - So, W. ½-½
Round 3 - Monday the 18th
So, W. - Karjakin, S. ½-½
Ding, L. - Hou, Y. ½-½
Navara, D. - Giri, A. ½-½
Caruana, F. - Adams, M. 1-0
Wei, Y. - Carlsen, M. ½-½
Mamedyarov, S. - Eljanov, P. 0-1
Van Wely, L. - Tomashevsky, E. ½-½
Round 4 - Tuesday the 19th
Karjakin, S. - Tomashevsky, E.
1-0
Eljanov, P. - Van Wely, L.
1-0
Carlsen, M. - Mamedyarov, S.
½-½
Adams, M. - Wei, Y.
½-½
Giri, A. - Caruana, F.
½-½
Hou, Y. - Navara, D.
1-0
So, W. - Ding, L.
½-½
Round 5 - Thursday the 21st
Ding, L. - Karjakin, S.
1-0
Navara, D. - So, W.
½-½
Caruana, F. - Hou, Y.
½-½
Wei, Y. - Giri, A.
½-½
Mamedyarov, S. - Adams, M.
1-0
Van Wely, L. - Carlsen, M.
0-1
Tomashevsky, E. - Eljanov, P.
½-½
Round 6 - Friday the 22nd
Karjakin, S. - Eljanov, P.
½-½
Carlsen, M. - Tomashevsky, E.
1-0
Adams, M. - Van Wely, L.
½-½
Giri, A. - Mamedyarov, S.
1-0
Hou, Y. - Wei, Y.
½-½
So, W. - Caruana, F.
½-½
Ding, L. - Navara, D.
½-½
Round 7 - Saturday the 23rd
Navara, D. - Karjakin, S.
½-½
Caruana, F. - Ding, L.
1-0
Wei, Y. - So, W.
½-½
Mamedyarov, S. - Hou, Y.
1-0
Van Wely, L. - Giri, A.
0-1
Tomashevsky, E. - Adams, M.
½-½
Eljanov, P. - Carlsen, M.
0-1
Round 8 - Sunday the 24th
Karjakin, S. - Carlsen, M.
½-½
Adams, M. - Eljanov, P.
½-½
Giri, A. - Tomashevsky, E.
½-½
Hou, Y. - Van Wely, L.
0-1
So, W. - Mamedyarov, S.
½-½
Ding, L. - Wei, Y.
½-½
Navara, D. - Caruana, F.
1-0
Round 9 - Tuesday the 26th
Caruana, F. - Karjakin, S.
½-½
Wei, Y. - Navara, D.
1-0
Mamedyarov, S. - Ding, L.
½-½
Van Wely, L. - So, W.
½-½
Tomashevsky, E. - Hou, Y.
½-½
Eljanov, P. - Giri, A.
½-½
Carlsen, M. - Adams, M.
1-0
Round 10 - Wednesday the 27th
Karjakin, S. - Adams, M.
0-1
Giri, A. - Carlsen, M.
½-½
Hou, Y. - Eljanov, P.
0-1
So, W. - Tomashevsky, E.
½-½
Ding, L. - Van Wely, L.
½-½
Navara, D. - Mamedyarov, S.
½-½
Caruana, F. - Wei, Y.
1-0
Round 11 - Friday the 29th
Wei, Y. - Karjakin, S.
½-½
Mamedyarov, S. - Caruana, F.
½-½
Van Wely, L. - Navara, D.
½-½
Tomashevsky, E. - Ding, L.
0-1
Eljanov, P. - So, W.
½-½
Carlsen, M. - Hou, Y.
1-0
Adams, M. - Giri, A.
½-½
Round 12 - Saturday the 30th
Karjakin, S. - Giri, A.
½-½
Hou, Y. - Adams, M.
½-½
So, W. - Carlsen, M.
½-½
Ding, L. - Eljanov, P.
1-0
Navara, D. - Tomashevsky, E.
½-½
Caruana, F. - Van Wely, L.
1-0
Wei, Y. - Mamedyarov, S.
½-½
Round 13 - Sunday the 31st
Mamedyarov, S. - Karjakin, S.
½-½
Van Wely, L. - Wei, Y.
½-½
Tomashevsky, E. - Caruana, F.
1-0
Eljanov, P. - Navara, D.
1-0
Carlsen, M. - Ding, L.
½-½
Adams, M. - So, W.
½-½
Giri, A. - Hou, Y.
½-½
 

Schedule and results of Tata Steel Challengers 2016

Round 1 - Saturday the 16th
Haast, A. - van Foreest, J.
0-1
Antipov, M. - Ju, W.
0-1
Dreev, A. - Bok, B.
1-0
l'Ami, E. - Admiraal, M.
1-0
Baskaran, A. - Abasov, N.
1-0
Safarli, E. - Sevian, S.
1-0
Nisipeanu, L. - Batsiashvili, N.
1-0
Round 2 - Sunday the 17th
van Foreest, J. - Batsiashvili, N.
0-1
Sevian, S. - Nisipeanu, L.
½-½
Abasov, N. - Safarli, E.
½-½
Admiraal, M. - Baskaran, A.
0-1
Bok, B. - l'Ami, E.
1-0
Ju, W. - Dreev, A.
0-1
Haast, A. - Antipov, M.
0-1
Round 3 - Monday the 18th
Antipov, M. - van Foreest, J. 1-0
Dreev, A. - Haast, A. 1-0
l'Ami, E. - Ju, W. ½-½
Baskaran, A. - Bok, B. ½-½
Safarli, E. - Admiraal, M. ½-½
Nisipeanu, L. - Abasov, N. ½-½
Batsiashvili, N. - Sevian, S. ½-½
Round 4 - Tuesday the 19th
van Foreest, J. - Sevian, S.
1-0
Abasov, N. - Batsiashvili, N.
0-1
Admiraal, M. - Nisipeanu, L.
½-½
Bok, B. - Safarli, E.
0-1
Ju, W. - Baskaran, A.
0-1
Haast, A. - l'Ami, E.
0-1
Antipov, M. - Dreev, A.
0-1
Round 5 - Wednesday the 20th
Dreev, A. - van Foreest, J.
½-½
l'Ami, E. - Antipov, M.
0-1
Baskaran, A. - Haast, A.
1-0
Safarli, E. - Ju, W.
½-½
Nisipeanu, L. - Bok, B.
½-½
Batsiashvili, N. - Admiraal, M.
1-0
Sevian, S. - Abasov, N.
1-0
Round 6 - Friday the 22nd
van Foreest, J. - Abasov, N.
0-1
Admiraal, M. - Sevian, S.
1-0
Bok, B. - Batsiashvili, N.
½-½
Ju, W. - Nisipeanu, L.
½-½
Haast, A. - Safarli, E.
0-1
Antipov, M. - Baskaran, A.
½-½
Dreev, A. - l'Ami, E.
½-½
Round 7 - Saturday the 23rd
l'Ami, E. - van Foreest, J.
0-1
Baskaran, A. - Dreev, A.
1-0
Safarli, E. - Antipov, M.
1-0
Nisipeanu, L. - Haast, A.
0-1
Batsiashvili, N. - Ju, W.
½-½
Sevian, S. - Bok, B.
½-½
Abasov, N. - Admiraal, M.
½-½
Round 8 - Sunday the 24th
van Foreest, J. - Admiraal, M.
½-½
Bok, B. - Abasov, N.
½-½
Ju, W. - Sevian, S.
0-1
Haast, A. - Batsiashvili, N.
1-0
Antipov, M. - Nisipeanu, L.
½-½
Dreev, A. - Safarli, E.
½-½
l'Ami, E. - Baskaran, A.
½-½
Round 9 - Tuesday the 26th
Baskaran, A. - van Foreest, J.
0-1
Safarli, E. - l'Ami, E.
½-½
Nisipeanu, L. - Dreev, A.
½-½
Batsiashvili, N. - Antipov, M.
0-1
Sevian, S. - Haast, A.
1-0
Abasov, N. - Ju, W.
1-0
Admiraal, M. - Bok, B.
½-½
Round 10 - Wednesday the 27th
van Foreest, J. - Bok, B.
1-0
Ju, W. - Admiraal, M.
1-0
Haast, A. - Abasov, N.
0-1
Antipov, M. - Sevian, S.
0-1
Dreev, A. - Batsiashvili, N.
1-0
l'Ami, E. - Nisipeanu, L.
½-½
Baskaran, A. - Safarli, E.
1-0
Round 11 - Friday the 29th
Safarli, E. - van Foreest, J.
1-0
Nisipeanu, L. - Baskaran, A.
½-½
Batsiashvili, N. - l'Ami, E.
½-½
Sevian, S. - Dreev, A.
0-1
Abasov, N. - Antipov, M.
½-½
Admiraal, M. - Haast, A.
1-0
Bok, B. - Ju, W.
1-0
Round 12 - Saturday the 30th
van Foreest, J. - Ju, W.
0-1
Haast, A. - Bok, B.
0-1
Antipov, M. - Admiraal, M.
1-0
Dreev, A. - Abasov, N.
½-½
l'Ami, E. - Sevian, S.
1-0
Baskaran, A. - Batsiashvili, N.
½-½
Safarli, E. - Nisipeanu, L.
½-½
Round 13 - Sunday the 31st
Nisipeanu, L. - van Foreest, J.
½-½
Batsiashvili, N. - Safarli, E.
0-1
Sevian, S. - Baskaran, A.
½-½
Abasov, N. - l'Ami, E.
½-½
Admiraal, M. - Dreev, A.
½-½
Bok, B. - Antipov, M.
½-½
Ju, W. - Haast, A.
1-0
 

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jasperjesus jasperjesus 2/7/2016 04:36
Congrats to the Wch Carlsen !
ff2017 ff2017 2/2/2016 07:17
Hopefully once Hou graduates and can spend at least one year fully concentrated, she can clean up her oversights and rightfully take her place in the 2700s.
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 2/2/2016 05:53
congrats adhiban ! congrats magnus!
johnmk johnmk 2/2/2016 02:58
One lesson from the tourney was a lesson for Hou Yifan -- work on your endgame! She had endgames she lost that should have drawn, and some were won (v Giri) that she could only draw. That's a technical weakness that she could address but I suspect she's just not into that phase of game yet.
fyang8 fyang8 2/2/2016 11:30
Those young guys, Caruana, Giri, Ding Liren, So... A new generation is already here. Carlsen is still 25, but it seems he belongs to some older generation.
thlai80 thlai80 2/2/2016 09:10
@qiqiangzhu, not too sure what you were referring to, but Magnus played only 3 whites in the first 8 games! Out of 13 games, he had 6 whites. Some had white more than black. If any, Magnus was at disadvantage.
qiqiangzhu qiqiangzhu 2/2/2016 04:33
Carlsen always got White in the later rounds of the tournaments recently because he is ranking #1?
edg edg 2/1/2016 11:54
The interview Yasser made with Magnus was far the best made lately. They seem have a lot in common as they talk all that emotional about chess.
chessdrummer chessdrummer 2/1/2016 11:22
digupagal,

Maybe ubernomics does not follow much chess. Adhiban is one of the players from the Indian national team who won the bronze medal at the last Olympiad. He doesn't know Safarli either who is on the Azerbaijan national team. These guys are seasoned Grandmasters. Young, but seasoned.
Rinzou Wilkerson Rinzou Wilkerson 2/1/2016 11:16
Who is Adhiban??? Anyone who really follows chess has heard of him.
RaoulBertorello RaoulBertorello 2/1/2016 01:03
Wasn't this the 4th time Carlsen won the tournament ?
verticall verticall 2/1/2016 11:49
Good day everyone!
How do they select the players, I would have love Nakamura and MVL to be on list.
digupagal digupagal 2/1/2016 10:04
Magnus Carlsen learned chess only so good because he wanted to beat his sister.

. . .

After the TATA STEEL MASTERS 2016 tournament is it clear ...

Magnus, the whole world can confirm that you did it!!! Congratulation.
It is now without any doubt that you beat your sister in chess.
Mission target accomplished ...

- - -

A word to his sister:

We, all chess players around the world have to say THANK YOU to you. If you would have not kicked the ass from your brother, the world wouldnt have seen maybe this genius!!!

Well done ...

"I hope to see him getting beaten in th next match"
digupagal digupagal 2/1/2016 10:03
Who the heck is Adihbian?
That's quite disrespectful

Also quite strange to see only one Indian invited to this Tournament, considering the fact that the Sponsor is an Indian Company
scoobeedo scoobeedo 2/1/2016 04:34
Magnus Carlsen learned chess only so good because he wanted to beat his sister.

. . .

After the TATA STEEL MASTERS 2016 tournament is it clear ...

Magnus, the whole world can confirm that you did it!!! Congratulation.
It is now without any doubt that you beat your sister in chess.
Mission target accomplished ...

- - -

A word to his sister:

We, all chess players around the world have to say THANK YOU to you. If you would have not kicked the ass from your brother, the world wouldnt have seen maybe this genius!!!

Well done ...
ubernomics ubernomics 2/1/2016 03:50
One year after making the top ten, Wesley So looks legit.

Ding, even less internationally proven, also looking legit.

Caruana the next Challenger? No outstanding #2 from the pack of Caruana, Giri, Aronian (his last chance, IMO), a walnut-and-Lindts-eating resurgent Kramnik, and fading Anand.

Hou has possibly plateaued at 2670. Although at age 21, further improvement cannot be ruled out. Incidentally, she is perhaps, historically speaking, the slowest improver from age 12 (2500 FIDE, already), to "mere" 2670 today. IMO, her lack of experience against 2700+ males really showed in this tournament. Was tentative against Karjakin in round one, when she choose to simplify to draw in borderline winning position, and in later rounds, too.

Sevian disappoints at 50%. Who the heck is Adihbian? We'll see by next year, for sure. Never heard of the other guy, Safarli (sp?), either. Glad oldster Dreev did not win B.
disneychannel disneychannel 2/1/2016 03:17
Magnus will remain Magmanious till he is 40.
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 2/1/2016 01:57
great performance by ding liren!
Emil Cabagay Emil Cabagay 2/1/2016 01:34
Congratulation to World Champion
Magnus Carlsen -the one & only chess champion above all other pretenders to the throne!
Hawkman Hawkman 1/31/2016 11:50
9 ↑3 Ding Liren 2777.4 +11.4 2686.0 2688 i 23
10 So 2773.0 0.0 2652.0 2726 i 22
11 ↓3 Anand 2771.8 −12.2 2777.0 2764.0 46
12 ↑1 Eljanov 2762.7 +2.7 2644.8 2679.0 32
13 ↓2 Karjakin 2760.1

Ding is slightly underrated in terms of the amount of chat about him.
Steven E DuCharm Steven E DuCharm 1/31/2016 11:05
Carlsen matters
GregEs GregEs 1/31/2016 10:43
Only GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Wesley So are undefeated on this tourny.
Congratulations to the World Champ for winning yet another strong Tournament, the Tata Steel at Wijk Aan Zee.
Pentium Infinite Pentium Infinite 1/31/2016 08:59
The Lord does not share power.
chilindix chilindix 1/31/2016 08:53
No human and defeat the Carlsen Machine! Woooo. :D
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