Tata Steel Rd4: "It ain't over til it's over"

by Albert Silver
1/19/2016 – This famous phrase by Yogi Berra has defined the last couple of rounds in many ways, as surprise reversals took place with dramatic effect. Yet at the last possible moment, when the losing side had already accepted his fate, a miracle happened. Today lightning struck Caruana, who let Giri off in a won endgame. Tied for second place is… Hou Yifan(!) who beat Navara. Report with GM analysis.

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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 four

Photos by Alina L'Ami from the official Facebook page

Ye Olde Playing Hall

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 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

Missed chances are a part of the game, and all sports really, but it isn’t so often that one sees quite so many dramatic changes of direction after holding steady for so many moves. This was the case in the previous round, and it once again reared up its ugly head in the game Anish Giri versus Fabiano Caruana.

Things have gone particularly bad for White, and Black could now neutralize
White's counter play with 55...Ra3. Instead Black chose the especially unhappy
55...Rxh3, leading to a dead drawn endgame.

Giri - Caruana

[Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Caruana, F."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C80"] [WhiteElo "2798"] [BlackElo "2787"] [PlyCount "125"] [EventDate "2016.01.15"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "4"] [EventCountry "NED"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Be3 Be7 10. c3 Qd7 11. Nbd2 Nxd2 12. Qxd2 Na5 13. Bg5 c5 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. Bxd5 (15. Rfe1 Rd8 16. Qf4 h6 17. Bc2 Nc6 18. Rad1 g5 19. Qg3 g4 20. Nd2 c4 21. b3 Qa3 22. bxc4 bxc4 23. f4 gxf3 24. Nxf3 Kd7 25. Qf2 Kc7 26. Nd4 Rb8 27. Rf1 Nxd4 28. Qxd4 Rb2 29. Rd2 Rg8 30. Rdf2 Rg7 31. h3 Qa5 32. Bf5 Rxf2 33. Qa7+ Kc6 34. Qa8+ Kc7 35. Qa7+ Kc6 36. Qa8+ Kc7 37. Rxf2 Qb6 38. Qf8 Rg5 39. Bxe6 fxe6 40. Kh2 Qc6 41. Rf7+ {1-0 (41) Keres,P-Pilnik,H Buenos Aires 1964}) 15... Rd8 16. c4 Nxc4 17. Bc6+ Kf8 18. Qc3 b4 19. Qc1 h6 20. a3 bxa3 21. bxa3 g5 22. Rb1 Qc7 23. Be4 Qa5 24. Rb7 Rg8 $1 {No one can claim the game has been anything but thrilling so far, with sharp chess in all its glory. At the moment there is a tentative balance, but for how long?} 25. Rb3 Nd6 26. exd6 Bxb3 27. Qb2 Be6 28. Rd1 Qb5 29. Qf6 Qa4 30. Rb1 ({Needless to say, the rook that hangs on d8, is only hanging in th most superficial sense.} 30. Qxd8+ { leads to immediate catastrophe after} Kg7 31. Qxg8+ Kxg8 {and Black's domination is clear. The white d-pawn is going nowhere, while the passed c-pawn should soon decide it in Black's favor.}) 30... Qxe4 31. Qxd8+ Kg7 32. Qb6 g4 33. Nd2 Qd3 34. Qb2+ Kg6 35. f3 c4 {[#]} 36. Ne4 {This sensible looking move meets a cruel refutation that was completely overlooked by Giri.} c3 $1 { An important zwischenzug that cuts off the white queen from wreaking havoc on f6 and elsewhere.} 37. Nxc3 (37. Qxc3 $4 Qxb1+) 37... gxf3 $1 {Suddenly Black's x-ray attacking rook on g8 is about to make itself felt.} 38. Nd1 Qxd6 39. Ne3 Qd3 40. Qc2 Qxc2 41. Nxc2 Kf6 42. Ne1 fxg2 43. Rb6 a5 44. Ra6 Rg5 45. Nxg2 Rf5 46. h3 Rc5 47. Nf4 Kf5 48. Nxe6 fxe6 {The engines are mercilessly clear and announce scores of +5 in Black's favor.} 49. Kf2 h5 50. a4 e5 51. Ra8 e4 52. Ke3 Rc3+ 53. Kd4 Rd3+ 54. Kc4 Kf4 55. Rxa5 Rxh3 $4 {This one blunder costs Black his 'sure thing'} 56. Ra8 $1 {White sees his chances and seizes it with both hands.} Rh1 57. a5 h4 58. a6 Ra1 59. a7 Ke3 60. Kb5 h3 61. Kb6 Rb1+ 62. Kc6 Ra1 63. Kb6 1/2-1/2

Carlsen scored his fourth draw in a row, which was not to his liking.

Sneaking in a look

It wasn't all missed chances of course, as Pavel Eljanov who saw a miracle save the day
before, drew strength from his escape and beat Loek van Wely

Sergey Karjakin also scored, after playing a Giuoco Piano against Evgeny Tomashevsky, in
which Black played a little too reserved

The game of the day was without a doubt Hou Yifan's spectacular win over David Navara,
bringing her one step closer to the near mythical 2700, and tied for second.

 

Hou Yifan weighs in on her fourth round win

Sharing some good cheer with Yasser Seirawan

Daniel King analyzes

 

Daniel King presents the highlights of round four with analysis of the game of the day, Hou Yifan's
victory over David Navara, and a look at the endgame of Giri - Caruana

Replay round four Masters games (with times per move)

[Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Ding, Liren"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2773"] [BlackElo "2766"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} d5 {(0s)} 2. c4 {(0s)} c6 {(0s)} 3. Nf3 {(0s)} Nf6 {(13s)} 4. e3 {(0s)} e6 {(24s)} 5. b3 {( 0s)} Nbd7 {(12s)} 6. Bd3 {(11s)} Bd6 {(7s)} 7. Bb2 {(4s)} O-O {(7s)} 8. O-O {(3s)} b6 {(4s)} 9. Nbd2 {( 4s)} Bb7 {(10s)} 10. Ne5 {(4s)} c5 {(75s)} 11. cxd5 {(8s)} Bxd5 {(150s)} 12. Ndc4 {(1652s)} Be7 {(59 s)} 13. Rc1 {(56s)} cxd4 {(772s)} 14. Bxd4 {(61s)} Rc8 {(101s)} 15. Qe2 {(210s)} Nc5 {(894s)} 16. Bb1 {(194s)} b5 {(45s)} 17. Nd2 {(273s)} a6 {(64s)} 18. Rfd1 {(289s)} Ncd7 {(176s)} 19. Rxc8 {(778 s)} Qxc8 {(72s)} 20. Nxd7 {(15s)} Nxd7 {(255s)} 21. Be4 {(7s)} Nf6 {(221s)} 22. Bxf6 {(268s)} Bxf6 {(30s)} 23. Bxd5 {(5s)} exd5 {(3s)} 24. Nf3 {(37s)} Qe6 {(55s)} 25. h3 {(176s)} Rc8 {(304s)} 26. Qd2 {(420s)} h6 {(113s)} 27. Rc1 {(233s)} Rc6 {(58s)} 28. Kf1 {(87s)} Qc8 {(216s)} 29. Rxc6 {(5s)} Qxc6 {(2s)} 30. Ne1 {(62s)} Bc3 {(588s)} 31. Qc2 {(5s)} Qf6 {(24s)} 32. Nd3 {(94s)} d4 {(123s)} 33. Nf4 {( 604s)} Qd6 {(641s)} 34. Ne2 {(125s)} Qf6 {(376s)} 35. Kg1 {(266s)} g6 {(631s)} 36. Nxd4 {(479s)} Bxd4 {(4s)} 37. exd4 {(5s)} Qxd4 {(3s)} 38. Qc8+ {(5s)} Kg7 {(45s)} 39. Qxa6 {(4s)} Qa1+ {(6s)} 40. Kh2 {(0s)} Qe5+ {(0s)} 41. Kg1 {(5s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Black "Van Wely, Loek"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2760"] [BlackElo "2640"] [PlyCount "75"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(0s)} d5 {(0s)} 2. c4 {(0s)} c6 {(0s)} 3. Nf3 {(0s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 4. e3 {(13s)} e6 {(11s)} 5. Bd3 {(76s)} Nbd7 {(41s)} 6. O-O {(31s)} b6 {(61s)} 7. b3 {(369s)} Bb7 {(31s)} 8. Bb2 {(9s)} Be7 {(250s)} 9. Nbd2 {(497s)} O-O {(52s)} 10. Qe2 {(18s)} Rc8 {(320s)} 11. Ne5 {(557s)} c5 {(300s)} 12. f4 {(103s)} Ne4 {(1511s)} 13. Bxe4 {(1135s)} dxe4 {(23s)} 14. Rad1 {(4s)} cxd4 {(462s)} 15. Nxe4 {(168s)} Nxe5 {(908s)} 16. fxe5 {(14s)} Bxe4 {(20s)} 17. Rxd4 {(5s)} Bd5 {(13s)} 18. cxd5 {(123s)} Bc5 {( 489s)} 19. Rd3 {(16s)} exd5 {(19s)} 20. Qf3 {(691s)} Qg5 {(136s)} 21. Kh1 {(160s)} h6 {(601s)} 22. h3 {(77s)} Rc7 {(295s)} 23. Kh2 {(829s)} Rfc8 {(146s)} 24. Qxd5 {(159s)} Qg6 {(421s)} 25. Rfd1 {( 80s)} Be7 {(121s)} 26. Bd4 {(252s)} Rc2 {(50s)} 27. R3d2 {(22s)} Rxd2 {(232s)} 28. Rxd2 {(5s)} Bh4 {(7s)} 29. Rd1 {(302s)} Rc2 {(75s)} 30. a4 {(85s)} Qf5 {(205s)} 31. Kh1 {(370s)} Rf2 {(74s)} 32. e4 {(14s)} Rf1+ {(22s)} 33. Bg1 {(3s)} Qf2 {(39s)} 34. Rxf1 {(11s)} Qxf1 {(4s)} 35. e6 {(22s)} Be7 {(78s)} 36. Qd7 {(125s)} Qf6 {(31s)} 37. exf7+ {(61s)} Qxf7 {(14s)} 38. Qxa7 {(7s)} 1-0 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Wei, Yi"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A37"] [WhiteElo "2744"] [BlackElo "2706"] [PlyCount "103"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. c4 {(0s)} g6 {(21s)} 2. g3 {(0s)} Bg7 {(12s)} 3. Bg2 {(0s)} c5 {(7s)} 4. Nc3 {(0s)} Nc6 {(7s)} 5. Nf3 {(0s)} e6 {(40s)} 6. h4 {(23s)} d5 {(135s)} 7. h5 {(25s)} Nge7 {(134s)} 8. d3 {(7s)} dxc4 {(42s)} 9. dxc4 {(31s)} Qxd1+ {(64s)} 10. Nxd1 {(183s)} b6 {(53s)} 11. h6 {(448s)} Bf6 {(10s)} 12. Bg5 {( 553s)} Bxg5 {(8s)} 13. Nxg5 {(3s)} Bb7 {(21s)} 14. Ne3 {(210s)} Nf5 {(3412s)} 15. Nxf5 {(279s)} gxf5 {(9s)} 16. O-O-O {(1209s)} Rb8 {(9s)} 17. Rd2 {(1063s)} Ne5 {(65s)} 18. Bxb7 {(100s)} Rxb7 {( 7s)} 19. b3 {(13s)} Ke7 {(32s)} 20. Rh4 {(213s)} Rd7 {(230s)} 21. f4 {(560s)} Rxd2 {(508s)} 22. Kxd2 {(4s)} Ng4 {(357s)} 23. e4 {(104s)} f6 {(219s)} 24. Nf3 {(115s)} Kf7 {(11s)} 25. Ke2 {(714s)} Rg8 {(103s)} 26. Nd2 {(207s)} Kg6 {(25s)} 27. exf5+ {(7s)} exf5 {(16s)} 28. Nf1 {(9s)} Re8+ {(305s)} 29. Kd2 {(14s)} Re4 {(589s)} 30. Nh2 {(281s)} Nxh6 {(343s)} 31. Nf3 {(18s)} Nf7 {(35s)} 32. Rh1 {( 169s)} Nd6 {(5s)} 33. Nh4+ {(56s)} Kg7 {(14s)} 34. Rf1 {(153s)} Kh6 {(87s)} 35. Rh1 {(0s)} Kg7 {(4s)} 36. Rf1 {(0s)} Re6 {(75s)} 37. Kd3 {(126s)} Re8 {(49s)} 38. Rh1 {(27s)} Kf7 {(34s)} 39. Ng2 {(47s)} Kg6 {(23s)} 40. Rh2 {(0s)} Re6 {(0s)} 41. Nh4+ {(373s)} Kg7 {(77s)} 42. Ng2 {(6s)} Re8 {(65s)} 43. Ne3 {(91s)} Kg6 {(169s)} 44. Ke2 {(242s)} Re4 {(132s)} 45. Rh1 {(170s)} Rd4 {(45s)} 46. Nc2 {(54s)} Re4+ {(3s)} 47. Kf3 {(165s)} Re6 {(64s)} 48. Ne3 {(53s)} Re4 {(652s)} 49. Nc2 {(57s)} Re6 {(6s)} 50. Rd1 {(127s)} Ne4 {(23s)} 51. Ne3 {(39s)} Rd6 {(90s)} 52. Nd5 {(225s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C50"] [WhiteElo "2769"] [BlackElo "2728"] [PlyCount "72"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} e5 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(0s)} Nc6 {(0s)} 3. Bc4 {(0s)} Bc5 {(27s)} 4. O-O {(0s)} Nf6 {(87s)} 5. d3 {(6s)} O-O {(160s)} 6. Nbd2 {(11s)} d6 {(527s)} 7. c3 {(71s)} a5 {(260s)} 8. h3 {(601s)} Be6 {(715 s)} 9. Re1 {(973s)} h6 {(1133s)} 10. Bb5 {(502s)} Ba7 {(255s)} 11. Nf1 {(1284s)} Ne7 {(96s)} 12. Ng3 {(281s)} c6 {(380s)} 13. Ba4 {(52s)} Ng6 {(314s)} 14. Bc2 {(243s)} Qc7 {(1089s)} 15. d4 {(28s)} Rad8 {(11s)} 16. Be3 {(185s)} Bb8 {(326s)} 17. Bd3 {(973s)} Rfe8 {(97s)} 18. Qc2 {(81s)} Qe7 {(50s)} 19. Rad1 {(193s)} Bc7 {(114s)} 20. c4 {(152s)} Bc8 {(257s)} 21. a3 {(345s)} exd4 {(110s)} 22. Nxd4 {(6s)} Qf8 {(7s)} 23. f4 {(114s)} Nd7 {(348s)} 24. Qf2 {(109s)} Nf6 {(221s)} 25. Nf3 {(207s)} Re7 {(44s)} 26. Kh1 {(188s)} Kh8 {(23s)} 27. Bc2 {(50s)} Ree8 {(69s)} 28. b4 {(122s)} axb4 {(4s)} 29. axb4 {(2s)} d5 {(68s)} 30. e5 {(45s)} Ne4 {(46s)} 31. Bxe4 {(64s)} dxe4 {(5s)} 32. Rxd8 {(24s)} Rxd8 {(46s)} 33. Bc5 {(6s)} Qe8 {(51s)} 34. Rxe4 {(3s)} Ne7 {(47s)} 35. Nd4 {(82s)} b6 {(30s)} 36. Bd6 {(42s)} Bxd6 {(63s)} 1-0 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Navara, David"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "2673"] [BlackElo "2730"] [PlyCount "79"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} c6 {(0s)} 2. d4 {(0s)} d5 {(0s)} 3. e5 {(7s)} Bf5 {(0s)} 4. Nf3 {(5s)} e6 {(0s)} 5. Be2 {(5 s)} Nd7 {(1s)} 6. O-O {(35s)} Bg6 {(5s)} 7. Nbd2 {(22s)} Nh6 {(9s)} 8. Nb3 {(8s)} Nf5 {(7s)} 9. Bd2 {( 150s)} Be7 {(11s)} 10. g4 {(25s)} Nh4 {(8s)} 11. Nxh4 {(5s)} Bxh4 {(10s)} 12. f4 {(39s)} f5 {(8s)} 13. c4 {(64s)} a5 {(787s)} 14. a4 {(1088s)} O-O {(445s)} 15. g5 {(364s)} h6 {(19s)} 16. gxh6 {(191s)} gxh6 {(20s)} 17. Kh1 {(7s)} Kh7 {(74s)} 18. cxd5 {(969s)} cxd5 {(59s)} 19. Rc1 {(10s)} b6 {(178s)} 20. Rc6 {(252s)} Rc8 {(21s)} 21. Rxe6 {(1071s)} Bf7 {(23s)} 22. Rd6 {(4s)} Be7 {(12s)} 23. Bd3 {( 131s)} Bxd6 {(23s)} 24. Bxf5+ {(4s)} Kh8 {(28s)} 25. Qg4 {(5s)} Rc7 {(1086s)} 26. Qh3 {(635s)} h5 {( 33s)} 27. exd6 {(407s)} Ra7 {(18s)} 28. Be6 {(456s)} Nf6 {(336s)} 29. f5 {(17s)} Qxd6 {(87s)} 30. Bf4 {(14s)} Qd8 {(164s)} 31. Be5 {(4s)} Bg8 {(690s)} 32. Qxh5+ {(438s)} Rh7 {(35s)} 33. Qg5 {(16s)} Qe7 {(115s)} 34. Nc1 {(168s)} Qg7 {(133s)} 35. Qxg7+ {(159s)} Rxg7 {(17s)} 36. Nd3 {(4s)} Rg4 {( 228s)} 37. Nf4 {(78s)} Kh7 {(10s)} 38. h3 {(48s)} Rg3 {(154s)} 39. Ng6 {(18s)} Rxh3+ {(16s)} 40. Kg2 {(0s)} 1-0 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C80"] [WhiteElo "2798"] [BlackElo "2787"] [PlyCount "125"] [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 {(0s)} b5 {(0s)} 7. Bb3 {(0s)} d5 {(6s)} 8. dxe5 {(0s)} Be6 {(7s)} 9. Be3 {(253 s)} Be7 {(12s)} 10. c3 {(69s)} Qd7 {(6s)} 11. Nbd2 {(365s)} Nxd2 {(33s)} 12. Qxd2 {(169s)} Na5 {(16s)} 13. Bg5 {(258s)} c5 {(372s)} 14. Bxe7 {(426s)} Qxe7 {(22s)} 15. Bxd5 {(182s)} Rd8 {(143s)} 16. c4 {(7s)} Nxc4 {(135s)} 17. Bc6+ {(11s)} Kf8 {(914s)} 18. Qc3 {(356s)} b4 {(307s)} 19. Qc1 {(360s)} h6 {(98s)} 20. a3 {(194s)} bxa3 {(1214s)} 21. bxa3 {(212s)} g5 {(221s)} 22. Rb1 {(568s)} Qc7 {(902s)} 23. Be4 {(674s)} Qa5 {(90s)} 24. Rb7 {(230s)} Rg8 {(42s)} 25. Rb3 {(219s)} Nd6 {(830s)} 26. exd6 {(419s)} Bxb3 {(5s)} 27. Qb2 {(19s)} Be6 {(596s)} 28. Rd1 {(129s)} Qb5 {(327s)} 29. Qf6 {(72s)} Qa4 {(7s)} 30. Rb1 {(487s)} Qxe4 {(96s)} 31. Qxd8+ {(18s)} Kg7 {(4s)} 32. Qb6 {(3s)} g4 {(213s)} 33. Nd2 {(136s)} Qd3 {(30s)} 34. Qb2+ {(255s)} Kg6 {(88s)} 35. f3 {(221s)} c4 {(181s)} 36. Ne4 {(164s)} c3 {( 13s)} 37. Nxc3 {(47s)} gxf3 {(8s)} 38. Nd1 {(315s)} Qxd6 {(158s)} 39. Ne3 {(254s)} Qd3 {(35s)} 40. Qc2 {(0s)} Qxc2 {(0s)} 41. Nxc2 {(69s)} Kf6 {(575s)} 42. Ne1 {(994s)} fxg2 {(199s)} 43. Rb6 {(39s)} a5 {(283s)} 44. Ra6 {(18s)} Rg5 {(247s)} 45. Nxg2 {(14s)} Rf5 {(303s)} 46. h3 {(246s)} Rc5 {(402s)} 47. Nf4 {(38s)} Kf5 {(4s)} 48. Nxe6 {(18s)} fxe6 {(4s)} 49. Kf2 {(293s)} h5 {(50s)} 50. a4 {(313s)} e5 {(64s)} 51. Ra8 {(472s)} e4 {(354s)} 52. Ke3 {(100s)} Rc3+ {(45s)} 53. Kd4 {(26s)} Rd3+ {(235s)} 54. Kc4 {(2s)} Kf4 {(542s)} 55. Rxa5 {(23s)} Rxh3 {(52s)} 56. Ra8 {(8s)} Rh1 {(106s)} 57. a5 {(148 s)} h4 {(56s)} 58. a6 {(75s)} Ra1 {(29s)} 59. a7 {(50s)} Ke3 {(23s)} 60. Kb5 {(0s)} h3 {(0s)} 61. Kb6 {(15s)} Rb1+ {(129s)} 62. Kc6 {(31s)} Ra1 {(38s)} 63. Kb6 {(4s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D71"] [WhiteElo "2844"] [BlackElo "2747"] [PlyCount "72"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {(4s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 2. c4 {(7s)} g6 {(0s)} 3. g3 {(13s)} c6 {(18s)} 4. Bg2 {(6s)} d5 {(3s)} 5. Qa4 {(7s)} a6 {(110s)} 6. cxd5 {(80s)} b5 {(65s)} 7. Qd1 {(42s)} cxd5 {(4s)} 8. Nf3 {(67s)} Bg7 {(11s)} 9. Bf4 {(376s)} O-O {(71s)} 10. O-O {(376s)} Nc6 {(148s)} 11. Ne5 {(162s)} Bb7 {(39s)} 12. Nxc6 {(11s)} Bxc6 {(3s)} 13. Be5 {(424s)} e6 {(11s)} 14. Nd2 {(94s)} Bh6 {(152s)} 15. Rc1 {(52s)} Rc8 {(12s)} 16. Bxf6 {(698s)} Qxf6 {(13s)} 17. e3 {(4s)} b4 {(262s)} 18. Re1 {(73s)} Qd8 {(1098s)} 19. Bf1 {(695s)} Qb6 {(43s)} 20. Nf3 {(355s)} Rc7 {(134s)} 21. Qd3 {(51s)} Ra8 {(709s)} 22. Rc2 {(466s)} Bf8 {(85s)} 23. Rec1 {(48s)} Bd6 {(1s)} 24. Ne5 {(86s)} Bb5 {(371s)} 25. Qd1 {(99s)} Bxe5 {(228s)} 26. dxe5 {( 18s)} Rac8 {(235s)} 27. Rxc7 {(40s)} Rxc7 {(5s)} 28. Rxc7 {(13s)} Qxc7 {(3s)} 29. Bxb5 {(9s)} axb5 {(3s)} 30. Qd4 {(41s)} Qa5 {(110s)} 31. Kg2 {(18s)} Kg7 {(114s)} 32. b3 {(204s)} Qxa2 {(23s)} 33. Qxb4 {(2s)} Qc2 {(20s)} 34. Qxb5 {(134s)} Qe4+ {(17s)} 35. Kg1 {(4s)} Qb1+ {(5s)} 36. Kg2 {(9s)} Qe4+ {(4s)} 1/2-1/2

Standings Masters

Dutch talent Jorden van Foreest (left) has had an up and down event, alternating wins with
losses. Unofrtunately for Samuel Sevian (right) today was one of Jorden's winning efforts, and
the young Dutch player completely steamrolled the American.

Magnus Carlsen looks at the position of Alexey Dreev, who has dominated
the Challengers with a perfect 4.0/4

Replay round four Challengers games (with times per moves)

[Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Admiraal, Miguoel"] [Black "Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C55"] [WhiteElo "2441"] [BlackElo "2679"] [PlyCount "134"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} e5 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(0s)} Nc6 {(0s)} 3. Bc4 {(55s)} Nf6 {(0s)} 4. d3 {(63s)} h6 {(47s)} 5. c3 {(89s)} d6 {(32s)} 6. O-O {(199s)} g6 {(82s)} 7. d4 {(68s)} Qe7 {(100s)} 8. Re1 {(85s)} Bg7 {(52s)} 9. Nbd2 {(207s)} O-O {(10s)} 10. h3 {(440s)} Kh7 {(241s)} 11. Bb3 {(567s)} Bd7 {(143s)} 12. Nc4 {( 161s)} Rae8 {(275s)} 13. Bc2 {(490s)} Qd8 {(473s)} 14. dxe5 {(59s)} Nxe5 {(50s)} 15. Nfxe5 {(73s)} dxe5 {(54s)} 16. a4 {(205s)} Nh5 {(425s)} 17. Ne3 {(1091s)} Be6 {(660s)} 18. Qxd8 {(741s)} Rxd8 {( 5s)} 19. Nf5 {(316s)} Nf4 {(478s)} 20. Nxg7 {(24s)} Kxg7 {(4s)} 21. Be3 {(39s)} a6 {(91s)} 22. Rad1 {(66s)} g5 {(53s)} 23. Rxd8 {(702s)} Rxd8 {(11s)} 24. Rd1 {(23s)} Rh8 {(353s)} 25. Rd2 {(311s)} h5 {( 17s)} 26. Bd1 {(29s)} Kf6 {(35s)} 27. Bc2 {(147s)} Ng6 {(361s)} 28. Bd1 {(44s)} Nf4 {(25s)} 29. Bc2 {(6s)} Rg8 {(487s)} 30. Bd1 {(64s)} h4 {(14s)} 31. Kh2 {(151s)} a5 {(285s)} 32. Kg1 {(134s)} Rb8 {(98 s)} 33. Ba7 {(45s)} Ra8 {(119s)} 34. Be3 {(27s)} b6 {(8s)} 35. Kh2 {(104s)} Ke7 {(246s)} 36. Kg1 {( 17s)} Kf6 {(163s)} 37. Kh2 {(6s)} Rb8 {(4s)} 38. Kg1 {(61s)} Ke7 {(203s)} 39. Kh2 {(20s)} f6 {(88s)} 40. Kg1 {(0s)} Ra8 {(0s)} 41. Kh2 {(59s)} Bd7 {(629s)} 42. Kg1 {(431s)} Bc6 {(69s)} 43. Bc2 {(6s)} Ne6 {(40s)} 44. f3 {(487s)} Be8 {(580s)} 45. Bb3 {(245s)} Rb8 {(63s)} 46. Kf2 {(315s)} Nc5 {(347s)} 47. Bxc5+ {(20s)} bxc5 {(3s)} 48. Bd1 {(5s)} Bf7 {(118s)} 49. Ke3 {(32s)} Rb6 {(42s)} 50. Ke2 {( 317s)} Be6 {(68s)} 51. Ke3 {(31s)} Bc4 {(202s)} 52. Kf2 {(32s)} Rd6 {(254s)} 53. Rxd6 {(11s)} cxd6 {(4s)} 54. b3 {(457s)} Be6 {(68s)} 55. c4 {(19s)} f5 {(3s)} 56. Be2 {(479s)} Kf6 {(68s)} 57. Bd1 {(42 s)} Bg8 {(308s)} 58. Ke3 {(182s)} Be6 {(200s)} 59. Be2 {(100s)} Bd7 {(13s)} 60. Bd1 {(0s)} Bc6 {(0s)} 61. exf5 {(466s)} d5 {(267s)} 62. cxd5 {(13s)} Bxd5 {(4s)} 63. Bc2 {(6s)} Bg8 {(141s)} 64. Kf2 {( 143s)} Bh7 {(28s)} 65. Ke2 {(24s)} Bg8 {(101s)} 66. Kf2 {(26s)} Bh7 {(207s)} 67. Ke2 {(5s)} Bg8 {(6s)} 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Ju, Wenjun"] [Black "Baskaran, Adhiban"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E10"] [WhiteElo "2548"] [BlackElo "2653"] [PlyCount "92"] [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 {(79s)} c5 {(0s)} 4. Nc3 {(89s)} cxd4 {(0s)} 5. Nxd4 {(4s)} Bb4 {(1s)} 6. Bd2 {(1000s)} Nc6 {(279s)} 7. Nc2 {(186s)} Bxc3 {(265s)} 8. Bxc3 {(126s)} Ne4 {(3s)} 9. Qd3 {(15s)} Nxc3 {(12s)} 10. Qxc3 {(3s)} Qf6 {(12s)} 11. Qxf6 {(111s)} gxf6 {(2s)} 12. g3 {(380s)} b6 {(56s)} 13. Bg2 {(9s)} Bb7 {(179s)} 14. O-O-O {(126s)} Ke7 {(177s)} 15. b3 {(62s)} h5 {(278s)} 16. h4 {(26s)} Rac8 {(11s)} 17. Kb2 {(23s)} Na5 {(295s)} 18. Ne3 {(128s)} Rc7 {(635s)} 19. Bxb7 {(678s)} Nxb7 {(7s)} 20. Ng2 {(36s)} Nd6 {(107s)} 21. Nf4 {(31s)} Ne4 {(22s)} 22. Rhf1 {(34s)} a6 {(104s)} 23. a4 {(247s)} f5 {(331s)} 24. Rc1 {(588s)} Ra7 {(157s)} 25. Ra1 {(207s)} Rb7 {(37s)} 26. e3 {(411s)} Rc7 {(364s)} 27. Rac1 {(241s)} Rc6 {(185s)} 28. Rc2 {(956s)} Rd6 {(80s)} 29. Ra1 {(189s)} a5 {(285s)} 30. Ka3 {(92s)} Kf6 {(399s)} 31. b4 {(77s)} axb4+ {(66s)} 32. Kxb4 {(4s)} Kg7 {( 216s)} 33. f3 {(289s)} Nf6 {(103s)} 34. Ra3 {(179s)} Rc8 {(64s)} 35. Rac3 {(74s)} Rd1 {(204s)} 36. Rb3 {(333s)} Rf1 {(468s)} 37. e4 {(38s)} fxe4 {(27s)} 38. fxe4 {(1s)} Nxe4 {(34s)} 39. Nxh5+ {(24s)} Kh6 {(9s)} 40. Nf4 {(0s)} Nc5 {(0s)} 41. Ra3 {(203s)} d5 {(630s)} 42. a5 {(1532s)} Rb1+ {(255s)} 43. Kc3 {(56s)} bxa5 {(19s)} 44. cxd5 {(116s)} e5 {(125s)} 45. Nh3 {(86s)} Nb3+ {(46s)} 46. Kd3 {(7s)} e4+ {(4 Kd4s)} 0-1 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Abasov, Nijat"] [Black "Batsiashvili, Nino"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A06"] [WhiteElo "2556"] [BlackElo "2485"] [PlyCount "118"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. Nf3 {(0s)} d5 {(0s)} 2. g3 {(0s)} Nf6 {(10s)} 3. Bg2 {(0s)} c5 {(4s)} 4. O-O {(10s)} Nc6 {(39s)} 5. d4 {(75s)} e6 {(6s)} 6. c4 {(15s)} Be7 {(12s)} 7. cxd5 {(10s)} exd5 {(3s)} 8. dxc5 {(14s)} Bxc5 {(27s)} 9. Qc2 {(8s)} Bb6 {(151s)} 10. Nc3 {(15s)} Be6 {(255s)} 11. Na4 {(255s)} O-O {(848s)} 12. Nxb6 {( 166s)} Qxb6 {(211s)} 13. Qd3 {(40s)} d4 {(705s)} 14. b3 {(161s)} Rfd8 {(235s)} 15. Bb2 {(211s)} Rd7 {(59s)} 16. Ng5 {(433s)} Bd5 {(678s)} 17. e4 {(600s)} Be6 {(20s)} 18. Rfc1 {(63s)} Bg4 {(620s)} 19. Rxc6 {(1765s)} Qxc6 {(160s)} 20. e5 {(5s)} Qc5 {(15s)} 21. f4 {(17s)} h6 {(254s)} 22. Rc1 {(7s)} Qa5 {(193s)} 23. Nxf7 {(33s)} Kxf7 {(139s)} 24. exf6 {(8s)} Qf5 {(339s)} 25. Qc4+ {(438s)} Qe6 {(7s)} 26. Bxd4 {(592s)} Qxc4 {(56s)} 27. Rxc4 {(4s)} gxf6 {(22s)} 28. Be3 {(8s)} Re8 {(242s)} 29. Kf2 {( 41s)} Rd3 {(336s)} 30. f5 {(120s)} Rexe3 {(215s)} 31. Rxg4 {(6s)} Re5 {(11s)} 32. Be4 {(44s)} Rd2+ {(12s)} 33. Kf3 {(4s)} Rxa2 {(128s)} 34. Bd3 {(86s)} b5 {(11s)} 35. Rd4 {(4s)} Ke7 {(16s)} 36. h4 {( 23s)} Rb2 {(50s)} 37. b4 {(5s)} Rd2 {(225s)} 38. g4 {(5s)} a6 {(10s)} 39. Kf4 {(24s)} Rh2 {(191s)} 40. Be4 {(0s)} Rf2+ {(0s)} 41. Kg3 {(242s)} Rf1 {(244s)} 42. Bc6 {(134s)} Rc1 {(297s)} 43. Rd7+ {(20s)} Kf8 {(9s)} 44. Rd8+ {(26s)} Kf7 {(8s)} 45. Rd7+ {(4s)} Re7 {(14s)} 46. Bd5+ {(2s)} Ke8 {(23s)} 47. Rd6 {(5s)} Re5 {(654s)} 48. Bc6+ {(57s)} Kf7 {(9s)} 49. Rd7+ {(4s)} Re7 {(4s)} 50. Bd5+ {(5s)} Kf8 {( 2s)} 51. Rd6 {(191s)} Kg7 {(186s)} 52. Rxa6 {(78s)} Rd7 {(186s)} 53. Be4 {(486s)} Rd4 {(103s)} 54. Ra7+ {(91s)} Kf8 {(3s)} 55. Ra8+ {(4s)} Ke7 {(3s)} 56. Ra7+ {(9s)} Kd8 {(7s)} 57. Kf4 {(250s)} Rxb4 {(66s)} 58. g5 {(4s)} hxg5+ {(66s)} 59. hxg5 {(2s)} Rf1+ {(115s)} 0-1 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Antipov, Mikhail Al"] [Black "Dreev, Alexey"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "2567"] [BlackElo "2644"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} c6 {(24s)} 2. d4 {(0s)} d5 {(9s)} 3. e5 {(0s)} Bf5 {(7s)} 4. Nd2 {(0s)} e6 {(18s)} 5. Nb3 {(0s)} Nd7 {(12s)} 6. Nf3 {(0s)} c5 {(24s)} 7. Be2 {(206s)} c4 {(195s)} 8. Nbd2 {(7s)} Bb4 {(7s)} 9. O-O {(883s)} h6 {(199s)} 10. c3 {(92s)} Ba5 {(51s)} 11. b4 {(173s)} Bc7 {(513s)} 12. a4 {(360s)} Bh7 {(353s)} 13. Re1 {(475s)} Ne7 {(361s)} 14. Nf1 {(68s)} Nf5 {(78s)} 15. b5 {(478s)} O-O {(288s)} 16. Ba3 {(9s)} Re8 {(11s)} 17. Ng3 {(748s)} Nxg3 {(173s)} 18. hxg3 {(5s)} f6 {(130s)} 19. exf6 {(302s)} Nxf6 {(453s)} 20. Ne5 {(86s)} Ne4 {(372s)} 21. Bh5 {(211s)} Bxe5 {(420s)} 22. Bxe8 {(114s)} Bxg3 {(473s)} 23. fxg3 {(134s)} Qxe8 {(33s)} 24. Qf3 {(21s)} Qd8 {(477s)} 25. Qf4 {(550s)} Bf5 {(314s)} 26. Re3 {(310s)} h5 {(125s)} 27. Qh4 {(317s)} Qe8 {(186s)} 28. Qe7 {(288s)} Qxe7 {(295s)} 29. Bxe7 {(2s)} Kf7 {(165s)} 30. Bb4 {(56s)} Kf6 {(243s)} 31. a5 {(517s)} Rc8 {(179s)} 32. a6 {(354s)} b6 {(38s)} 33. Rf1 {(24s)} g5 {(222s)} 34. Rxe4 {(84s)} dxe4 {(17s)} 35. Bd6 {(2s)} e3 {(360s)} 36. Rf3 {(98s)} e2 {(95s)} 37. Kf2 {(56s)} Rd8 {(37s)} 38. Bc7 {(45s)} Rd5 {(39s)} 39. Kxe2 {(55s)} Rxb5 {(8s)} 40. Bb8 {(0s)} Ra5 {(0s)} 41. Bxa7 {(120s)} Rxa6 {(84s)} 42. Bb8 {(3s)} b5 {(96s)} 43. Be5+ {( 390s)} Ke7 {(427s)} 44. Rf2 {(41s)} Ra2+ {(634s)} 45. Ke3 {(5s)} Ra3 {(54s)} 46. d5 {(432s)} b4 {(64 s)} 47. Kd4 0-1 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Van Foreest, Jorden"] [Black "Sevian, Samuel"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B23"] [WhiteElo "2541"] [BlackElo "2578"] [PlyCount "49"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} c5 {(0s)} 2. Nc3 {(0s)} d6 {(0s)} 3. Nge2 {(8s)} a6 {(168s)} 4. g3 {(340s)} b5 {(190s)} 5. Bg2 {(27s)} Bb7 {(22s)} 6. d4 {(21s)} cxd4 {(5s)} 7. Nxd4 {(11s)} e6 {(199s)} 8. O-O {(421s)} Nf6 {( 169s)} 9. Re1 {(199s)} Qc7 {(105s)} 10. Bg5 {(1146s)} Be7 {(455s)} 11. Bxf6 {(58s)} gxf6 {(19s)} 12. Qh5 {(31s)} Qc4 {(190s)} 13. Rad1 {(243s)} Nc6 {(252s)} 14. Bf1 {(192s)} Qxd4 {(434s)} 15. Rxd4 {(7s)} Nxd4 {(4s)} 16. Rd1 {(252s)} Nc6 {(48s)} 17. Bh3 {(83s)} O-O {(210s)} 18. Nd5 {(67s)} Bd8 {(31s)} 19. Qh6 {(115s)} Ne5 {(19s)} 20. Nf4 {(164s)} Nf3+ {(337s)} 21. Kf1 {(13s)} Bxe4 {(337 s)} 22. Nh5 {(12s)} Nxh2+ {(8s)} 23. Ke1 {(4s)} Ba5+ {(63s)} 24. c3 {(4s)} Nf3+ {(14s)} 25. Ke2 {(4s)} 1-0 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Bok, Benjamin"] [Black "Safarli, Eltaj"] [Result "*"] [ECO "E11"] [WhiteElo "2607"] [BlackElo "2653"] [PlyCount "135"] [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+ {(67s)} 4. Nbd2 {(136s)} O-O {(73s)} 5. a3 {(40s)} Bxd2+ {(75s)} 6. Qxd2 {(142s)} a5 {(66s)} 7. Qc2 {(484s)} d5 {(57s)} 8. Bg5 {(79s)} a4 {(376s)} 9. e3 {(370s)} c5 {(1029s)} 10. dxc5 {(2130s)} Qa5+ {(122s)} 11. Qd2 {(6s)} Ne4 {(653s)} 12. Qxa5 {(14s)} Rxa5 {(5s)} 13. Bf4 {(51s)} Nd7 {(305s)} 14. cxd5 {(122s)} exd5 {(165s)} 15. Nd4 {(261s)} Nexc5 {(807s)} 16. Rc1 {(321s)} Re8 {(393s)} 17. Bb5 {(1466s)} Nb3 {(149s)} 18. Bxd7 {(31 s)} Bxd7 {(9s)} 19. Nxb3 {(3s)} axb3 {(3s)} 20. Kd2 {(25s)} Bf5 {(569s)} 21. Rc7 {(87s)} Rb5 {(189s)} 22. Rhc1 {(66s)} Bc2 {(83s)} 23. Be5 {(4s)} h6 {(222s)} 24. Bd4 {(26s)} Ra8 {(145s)} 25. Ra1 {(213 s)} Bg6 {(292s)} 26. f3 {(635s)} Ra4 {(106s)} 27. Kc3 {(46s)} Bc2 {(35s)} 28. g4 {(19s)} Ra8 {(580s)} 29. h4 {(15s)} Kf8 {(70s)} 30. Kd2 {(67s)} Kg8 {(136s)} 31. Rg1 {(38s)} Ra6 {(57s)} 32. Kc3 {(28s)} Ra4 {(73s)} 33. Ra1 {(26s)} Ra6 {(37s)} 34. Kd2 {(36s)} Ra8 {(40s)} 35. Rxc2 {(31s)} bxc2 {(1s)} 36. b4 {(8s)} Rc8 {(19s)} 37. Kc1 {(22s)} Rc4 {(70s)} 38. Ra2 {(55s)} h5 {(28s)} 39. Rxc2 {(27s)} g5 {(7s)} 40. Bf6 {(0s)} gxh4 {(79s)} 41. Bxh4 {(150s)} hxg4 {(370s)} 42. fxg4 {(95s)} f5 {(296s)} 43. Rxc4 {(100s)} dxc4 {(4s)} 44. gxf5 {(137s)} Rxf5 {(59s)} 45. a4 {(54s)} Rd5 {(106s)} 46. Bf6 {(316s)} Rd3 {(331s)} 47. Bd4 {(9s)} Kf7 {(272s)} 48. Kc2 {(24s)} Ke6 {(73s)} 49. a5 {(14s)} Kd5 {(119s)} 50. Bb6 {(126s)} Kc6 {(473s)} 51. Bc5 {(388s)} Rb3 {(17s)} 52. Kd2 {(202s)} Kb5 {(25s)} 53. Kc2 {(75s)} Rd3 {(20s)} 54. Kb2 {(88s)} Rd2+ {(21s)} 55. Kc3 {(130s)} Ra2 {(70s)} 56. e4 {(103s)} Re2 {(77s)} 57. Kd4 {(51s)} Rd2+ {(9s)} 58. Kc3 {(18s)} Rd3+ {(147s)} 59. Kb2 {(1238s)} Kc6 {(13s)} 60. Kc2 {(0s)} Rg3 {(0s)} 61. Kd2 {(355s)} Rh3 {(230s)} 62. Kc2 {(283s)} Rh4 {(40s)} 63. e5 {(14s)} Kd5 {(56s)} 64. Bg1 {(464s)} Rg4 {(52s)} 65. Bc5 {(79s)} Rg2+ {(59s)} 66. Kc3 {(5s)} Rg3+ {(5s)} 67. Kc2 {(5s)} Rb3 {(245s)} 68. Bd6 {(7s)} Ra3 {(325s)} 69. Bc7 {(211s)} Kd4 {(252s)} 70. b5 {(95s)} c3 {(48s)} 71. a6 {(30s)} bxa6 {(72s)} 72. b6 {(32s)} Ra2+ {(42s)} 73. Kc1 {(24s)} 0-1 [Event "78th Tata Steel Chess Challengers"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2016.01.19"] [Round "4"] [White "Haast, Anne"] [Black "L'Ami, Erwin"] [Result "*"] [ECO "C44"] [WhiteElo "2391"] [BlackElo "2627"] [PlyCount "133"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {(0s)} e5 {(0s)} 2. Nf3 {(0s)} Nc6 {(0s)} 3. d4 {(17s)} exd4 {(0s)} 4. Nxd4 {(28s)} Nf6 {(29s)} 5. Nc3 {(454s)} Bc5 {(141s)} 6. Nb3 {(282s)} Bb4 {(133s)} 7. Bd3 {(147s)} d5 {(982s)} 8. O-O {(525 s)} Bxc3 {(65s)} 9. exd5 {(87s)} Qxd5 {(116s)} 10. bxc3 {(108s)} O-O {(67s)} 11. c4 {(271s)} Qd6 {( 184s)} 12. c5 {(597s)} Qd8 {(256s)} 13. Bg5 {(648s)} Ne5 {(448s)} 14. Nd4 {(893s)} Ng6 {(1295s)} 15. Nb5 {(272s)} Bd7 {(147s)} 16. Bxf6 {(339s)} Qxf6 {(22s)} 17. Nxc7 {(235s)} Rad8 {(640s)} 18. Nd5 {(121s)} Qg5 {(20s)} 19. Bxg6 {(260s)} fxg6 {(178s)} 20. f4 {(187s)} Qh4 {(314s)} 21. c4 {(105 s)} Kh8 {(341s)} 22. Qb3 {(105s)} Bc6 {(100s)} 23. Rad1 {(72s)} Rde8 {(39s)} 24. Qd3 {(552s)} Qd8 {( 187s)} 25. Qc3 {(175s)} Rf7 {(304s)} 26. Rfe1 {(48s)} Ref8 {(140s)} 27. Re5 {(26s)} Rxf4 {(90s)} 28. Rde1 {(64s)} R4f7 {(42s)} 29. Ne7 {(94s)} Qd7 {(94s)} 30. h3 {(37s)} Qc7 {(217s)} 31. Nd5 {(88 s)} Qd8 {(37s)} 32. Kh2 {(57s)} Qh4 {(49s)} 33. R1e4 {(16s)} Qf2 {(32s)} 34. Re7 {(50s)} h6 {(94s)} 35. Rxf7 {(41s)} Rxf7 {(24s)} 36. Qg3 {(40s)} Qxg3+ {(101s)} 37. Kxg3 {(1s)} g5 {(8s)} 38. Re5 {( 40s)} a5 {(132s)} 39. a3 {(24s)} Kh7 {(38s)} 40. h4 {(0s)} gxh4+ {(0s)} 41. Kxh4 {(63s)} Rf2 {(232s)} 42. g4 {(790s)} Rf3 {(278s)} 43. g5 {(325s)} hxg5+ {(253s)} 44. Kxg5 {(60s)} Rxa3 {(128s)} 45. Ne7 {(179s)} a4 {(414s)} 46. Re2 {(313s)} Rg3+ {(584s)} 47. Kf4 {(162s)} Rf3+ {(391s)} 48. Ke5 {( 279s)} Rf6 {(14s)} 49. Ra2 {(170s)} Bd7 {(63s)} 50. Nd5 {(40s)} Re6+ {(22s)} 51. Kf4 {(154s)} Kg6 {( 114s)} 52. Ra3 {(178s)} Bc6 {(76s)} 53. Ra2 {(46s)} Kf7 {(43s)} 54. Ra3 {(23s)} Re1 {(44s)} 55. Rf3 {(255s)} g6 {(310s)} 56. Rf2 {(112s)} Kg7 {(23s)} 57. Ra2 {(196s)} Rc1 {(85s)} 58. Nb6 {(51s)} Kf6 {( 61s)} 59. Ke3 {(123s)} g5 {(18s)} 60. Kd4 {(0s)} g4 {(0s)} 61. Nd5+ {(189s)} Kg5 {(78s)} 62. Ra3 {( 28s)} Re1 {(129s)} 63. Rc3 {(81s)} Kf5 {(445s)} 64. Rg3 {(130s)} Rd1+ {(61s)} 65. Kc3 {(13s)} Bxd5 {(7s)} 66. cxd5 {(3s)} Rxd5 {(7s)} 67. Kc4 {(97s)} Rd1 {(244s)} 0-1

Standings Challengers

Playing schedule + Playchess commentary

The two main tournaments are round robins. Both groups start on the 16th of January 2016 in Wijk aan Zee. The Masters move to Amsterdam on January 21, and to Utrecht on January 27. All rounds in Wijk aan Zee begin at 1.30 p.m., except for the last round on 31 January 2016, which begins at 12.00 p.m. Round five will take place in the Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam, and round ten in the Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht. Both these external rounds start at 2.00 p.m.

Round
Date English commentary German commentary
1
Saturday, 16 Jan GM Daniel King GM Klaus Bischoff
2
Sunday, 17 Jan GM Simon Williams GM Klaus Bischoff
3
Monday, 18 Jan GM Simon Williams GM Klaus Bischoff
4
Tuesday, 19 Jan GM Simon Williams GM Klaus Bischoff
Free
Wednesday, 20 Jan    
5
Thursday, 21 Jan GM Daniel King GM Sebastian Siebrecht
6
Friday, 22 Jan GM Yannick Pelletier GM Sebastian Siebrecht
7
Saturday, 23 Jan GM Daniel King GM Klaus Bischoff
8
Sunday, 24 Jan GM Yannick Pelletier GM Klaus Bischoff
Free
Monday, 25 Jan    
9
Tuesday, 26 Jan GM Daniel King GM Klaus Bischoff
10
Wednesday, 27 Jan GM Yannick Pelletier GM Sebastian Siebrecht
Free
Thursday, 28 Jan    
11
Friday, 29 Jan GM Adrian Mikhalchishin GM Sebastian Siebrecht
12
Saturday, 30 Jan GM Karsten Müller GM Klaus Bischoff
13
Sunday, 31 Jan GM Karsten Müller GM Klaus Bischoff

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.  
Navara, D. - So, W.  
Caruana, F. - Hou, Y.  
Wei, Y. - Giri, A.  
Mamedyarov, S. - Adams, M.  
Van Wely, L. - Carlsen, M.  
Tomashevsky, E. - Eljanov, P.  
Round 6 - Friday the 22nd
Karjakin, S. - Eljanov, P.  
Carlsen, M. - Tomashevsky, E.  
Adams, M. - Van Wely, L.  
Giri, A. - Mamedyarov, S.  
Hou, Y. - Wei, Y.  
So, W. - Caruana, F.  
Ding, L. - Navara, D.  
Round 7 - Saturday the 23rd
Navara, D. - Karjakin, S.  
Caruana, F. - Ding, L.  
Wei, Y. - So, W.  
Mamedyarov, S. - Hou, Y.  
Van Wely, L. - Giri, A.  
Tomashevsky, E. - Adams, M.  
Eljanov, P. - Carlsen, M.  
Round 8 - Sunday the 24th
Karjakin, S. - Carlsen, M.  
Adams, M. - Eljanov, P.  
Giri, A. - Tomashevsky, E.  
Hou, Y. - Van Wely, L.  
So, W. - Mamedyarov, S.  
Ding, L. - Wei, Y.  
Navara, D. - Caruana, F.  
Round 9 - Tuesday the 26th
Caruana, F. - Karjakin, S.  
Wei, Y. - Navara, D.  
Mamedyarov, S. - Ding, L.  
Van Wely, L. - So, W.  
Tomashevsky, E. - Hou, Y.  
Eljanov, P. - Giri, A.  
Carlsen, M. - Adams, M.  
Round 10 - Wednesday the 27th
Karjakin, S. - Adams, M.  
Giri, A. - Carlsen, M.  
Hou, Y. - Eljanov, P.  
So, W. - Tomashevsky, E.  
Ding, L. - Van Wely, L.  
Navara, D. - Mamedyarov, S.  
Caruana, F. - Wei, Y.  
Round 11 - Friday the 29th
Wei, Y. - Karjakin, S.  
Mamedyarov, S. - Caruana, F.  
Van Wely, L. - Navara, D.  
Tomashevsky, E. - Ding, L.  
Eljanov, P. - So, W.  
Carlsen, M. - Hou, Y.  
Adams, M. - Giri, A.  
Round 12 - Saturday the 30th
Karjakin, S. - Giri, A.  
Hou, Y. - Adams, M.  
So, W. - Carlsen, M.  
Ding, L. - Eljanov, P.  
Navara, D. - Tomashevsky, E.  
Caruana, F. - Van Wely, L.  
Wei, Y. - Mamedyarov, S.  
Round 13 - Sunday the 31st
Mamedyarov, S. - Karjakin, S.  
Van Wely, L. - Wei, Y.  
Tomashevsky, E. - Caruana, F.  
Eljanov, P. - Navara, D.  
Carlsen, M. - Ding, L.  
Adams, M. - So, W.  
Giri, A. - Hou, Y.  
 

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

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ubernomics ubernomics 1/21/2016 05:22
Rump Corus/Tata (without Group C) simply has not enough slot for promising juniors aged 10 to 15. And at their level (2250 to 2500 elo).

It's unfortunate because C is actually more interesting to watch than A, in that distinctive way. And what truly made Corus/Tata the greatest tournament in the world (although still first rate, one cannot argue stands above other first-rate tournament). Moreover, I hardly consider Sevian and Wei Yi to be unknown juniors who have not received opportunity outside their country (e.g., Burke). Wei Yi would have been a nice find for the C Group 3 to 4 years ago; and Sevian, perhaps two years ago.
Hawkman Hawkman 1/20/2016 03:43
Regarding my previous post about Burke:

< K = 40 for all players until their 18th birthday, as long as their rating remains under 2300. > https://www.fide.com/component/hand...

K = 40 is only for under 2300s.
Hawkman Hawkman 1/20/2016 02:57
If they wanted to invite an American junior to the Challengers group, John M Burke is higher rated (2588) and younger (born in 2001) than Sevian and Burke could have earned a GM norm.
KWRegan KWRegan 1/20/2016 02:18
It is important to point out that after 55...Ra3 56. Kb4, Black has to find 56...e3! when White does not have a fortress after 57.Kxa3 e2 58.Rxh5 e1Q.
Danutz Danutz 1/20/2016 07:07
@ psamant: After 36.exf7+ white will be able to give some checks and take the black bishop with his queen. It is all forced .
Bertman Bertman 1/20/2016 07:01
@Burlingtonberty

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogi_Berra
psamant psamant 1/20/2016 06:46
In the game Pavel against Van Wely, after 35. e6, couldn't black have played Bf2? That would have secured a draw because of the mate in one threat. Can someone please check and let me know?
Decade Decade 1/20/2016 05:58
Is anybody going to sign up to check whether Dreev is cheating? Because he has now win four games in a row
Rama Rama 1/20/2016 03:15
Hou Yifan actually played a four game classical match with David Navara when she was rated 2595 ... http://en.chessbase.com/post/hou-yifan-wins-cez-trophy-in-tiebreak-160613
thlai80 thlai80 1/20/2016 01:55
@avemaria ... yes! What a fantastic attacking game by Hou Yifan.
Burlingtonberty Burlingtonberty 1/20/2016 12:24
I don't think Yogi Bear ever used that phrase.
Bertman Bertman 1/19/2016 09:21
@CentrKentr Thx, fixed.
avemaria avemaria 1/19/2016 08:30
Wow!
Beautiful game by Hifan
marcinlejman marcinlejman 1/19/2016 07:51
I am waiting for Magnus to wake up and score a win. I hope it's not another dismal event for him.
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