Wijk aan Zee: let the games begin

1/15/2010 – Just one more day without top-level chess. On Saturday the action starts, in the Dutch seaside town, with three incredibly strong invitationals. Friday was the opening ceremony and pairings, on Saturday we will see the first round at 13:30h local time. Live coverage is available on Playchess, with audio commentary by GMs Yasser Seirawan and Daniel King. Pictures and video report.

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Wijk aan Zee 2010 – let the games begin

Pictures by Jeroen van den Belt and Gallina Tiviakova


The city of Wijk aan Zee, with the steel mill in the background


One of the players' hotels in the wind-swept dunes


The opening ceremony is held in the Corus Chess Pavilion, on the Village Green


World Champion Vishy Anand (with Hikaru Nakamura in the background)


Hungarian GM Peter Leko


Young Italian GM Fabiano Caruana


Top seed Magnus Carlsen from Norway


Chinese GM Ni Hua, Dutch Champion GM Anish Giri


Lineup on the stage: Nisipianu, Negi, Harikrishna, Sutovsky, Nyback, Anna Muzychuk,
Akobian, So, Naiditsch, Giri, Ni Hua


Dignitaries, players and visitors at the opening ceremony


Norwegian GM Kjetil Lie, Magnus Carlsen, father Henrik


Romanians: GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu with WGM Alina Motoc


Mother and son: Tatiana and Sergey Karjakin


The Corus Board President with the ambassadors of India and Russia


Anand chatting with the Indian ambassador


Aruna Anand with the man who won Wijk aan Zee five times (1989, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006)


Europe Echecs video report by GM Robert Fontaine


Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group A

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

Sergey Karjakin - Vishy Anand

 

Leinier Dominguez - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Peter Leko - Alexei Shirov

 

Fabiano Caruana - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Magnus Carlsen

 

Jan Smeets - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Loek van Wely - Nigel Short

 
Group A: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 17th

Vishy Anand - Nigel Short

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Loek van Wely

 

Magnus Carlsen - Jan Smeets

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Alexei Shirov - Fabiano Caruana

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Peter Leko

 

Sergey Karjakin - Leinier Dominguez

 
Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Leinier Dominguez - Vishy Anand

 

Peter Leko - Sergey Karjakin

 

Fabiano Caruana - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Alexei Shirov

 

Jan Smeets - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Loek van Wely - Magnus Carlsen

 

Nigel Short - Hikaru Nakamura

 
Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Vishy Anand - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Magnus Carlsen - Nigel Short

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Loek van Wely

 

Alexei Shirov - Jan Smeets

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Sergey Karjakin - Fabiano Caruana

 

Leinier Dominguez - Peter Leko

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

Peter Leko - Vishy Anand

 

Fabiano Caruana - Leinier Dominguez

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Sergey Karjakin

 

Jan Smeets - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Loek van Wely - Alexei Shirov

 

Nigel Short - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Magnus Carlsen

 
Group A: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Vishy Anand - Magnus Carlsen

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Alexei Shirov - Nigel Short

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Loek van Wely

 

Sergey Karjakin - Jan Smeets

 

Leinier Dominguez - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Peter Leko - Fabiano Caruana

 
Group A: Round 7- Sat. Jan. 23rd

Fabiano Caruana - Vishy Anand

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Peter Leko

 

Jan Smeets - Leinier Dominguez

 

Loek van Wely - Sergey Karjakin

 

Nigel Short - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Alexei Shirov

 

Magnus Carlsen - Vassily Ivanchuk

 
Group A: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 24th

Vishy Anand - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Alexei Shirov - Magnus Carlsen

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Sergey Karjakin - Nigel Short

 

Leinier Dominguez - Loek van Wely

 

Peter Leko - Jan Smeets

 

Fabiano Caruana - Sergey Tiviakov

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

Sergey Tiviakov - Vishy Anand

 

Jan Smeets - Fabiano Caruana

 

Loek van Wely - Peter Leko

 

Nigel Short - Leinier Dominguez

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Sergey Karjakin

 

Magnus Carlsen - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Alexei Shirov

 
Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 27th

Vishy Anand - Alexei Shirov

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Sergey Karjakin - Magnus Carlsen

 

Leinier Dominguez - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Peter Leko - Nigel Short

 

Fabiano Caruana - Loek van Wely

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Jan Smeets

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

Jan Smeets - Vishy Anand

 

Loek van Wely - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Nigel Short - Fabiano Caruana

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Peter Leko

 

Magnus Carlsen - Leinier Dominguez

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergey Karjakin

 

Alexei Shirov - Vladimir Kramnik

 
Group A: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 30th

Vishy Anand - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Sergey Karjakin - Alexei Shirov

 

Leinier Dominguez - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Peter Leko - Magnus Carlsen

 

Fabiano Caruana - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Nigel Short

 

Jan Smeets - Loek van Wely

 
Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 31st

Loek van Wely - Vishy Anand

 

Nigel Short - Jan Smeets

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Magnus Carlsen - Fabiano Caruana

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Peter Leko

 

Alexei Shirov - Leinier Dominguez

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Sergey Karjakin

 

Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group B

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

Ni Hua - Erwin l'Ami

 

Emil Sutovsky - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Tomi Nyback - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Anish Giri - Pentala Harikrishna

 

David Howell - Parimarjan Negi

 

Anna Muzychuk - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - Wesley So

 
Group B: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 17th

Erwin l'Ami - Wesley So

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

Parimarjan Negi - Anna Muzychuk

 

Pentala Harikrishna - David Howell

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Anish Giri

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Tomi Nyback

 

Ni Hua - Emil Sutovsky

 
Group B: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Emil Sutovsky - Erwin l'Ami

 

Tomi Nyback - Ni Hua

 

Anish Giri - Dimitri Reinderman

 

David Howell - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Anna Muzychuk - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - Parimarjan Negi

 

Wesley So - Varuzhan Akobian

 
Group B: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Erwin l'Ami - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Parimarjan Negi - Wesley So

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Anna Muzychuk

 

Dimitri Reinderman - David Howell

 

Ni Hua - Anish Giri

 

Emil Sutovsky - Tomi Nyback

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

Tomi Nyback - Erwin l'Ami

 

Anish Giri - Emil Sutovsky

 

David Howell - Ni Hua

 

Anna Muzychuk - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Wesley So - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Parimarjan Negi

 
Group B: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Erwin l'Ami - Parimarjan Negi

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Wesley So

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

Ni Hua - Anna Muzychuk

 

Emil Sutovsky - David Howell

 

Tomi Nyback - Anish Giri

 
Group B: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 23rd

Anish Giri - Erwin l'Ami

 

David Howell - Tomi Nyback

 

Anna Muzychuk - Emil Sutovsky

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - Ni Hua

 

Wesley So - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Parimarjan Negi - Pentala Harikrishna

 
Group B: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 24th

Erwin l'Ami - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Parimarjan Negi

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Ni Hua - Wesley So

 

Emil Sutovsky - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

Tomi Nyback - Anna Muzychuk

 

Anish Giri - David Howell

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

David Howell - Erwin l'Ami

 

Anna Muzychuk - Anish Giri

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - Tomi Nyback

 

Wesley So - Emil Sutovsky

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Ni Hua

 

Parimarjan Negi - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Liviu Nisipeanu

 
Group B: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 27th

Erwin l'Ami - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Ni Hua - Parimarjan Negi

 

Emil Sutovsky - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Tomi Nyback - Wesley So

 

Anish Giri - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

David Howell - Anna Muzychuk

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

Anna Muzychuk - Erwin l'Ami

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - David Howell

 

Wesley So - Anish Giri

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Tomi Nyback

 

Parimarjan Negi - Emil Sutovsky

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Ni Hua

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Dimitri Reinderman

 
Group B: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 30th

Erwin l'Ami - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Ni Hua - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Emil Sutovsky - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Tomi Nyback - Parimarjan Negi

 

Anish Giri - Varuzhan Akobian

 

David Howell - Wesley So

 

Anna Muzychuk - Arkadij Naiditsch

 
Group B: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 31st

Arkadij Naiditsch - Erwin l'Ami

 

Wesley So - Anna Muzychuk

 

Varuzhan Akobian - David Howell

 

Parimarjan Negi - Anish Giri

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Tomi Nyback

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Emil Sutovsky

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Ni Hua

 

Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group C

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

Ray Robson - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Robin Swinkels - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Nils Grandelius

 

Stefan Kuipers - Kjetil Lie

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Robin van Kampen

 

Benjamin Bok - Li Chao

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Sjoerd Plukkel

 
Group C: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 17th

Soumya Swaminathan - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Li Chao - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Robin van Kampen - Benjamin Bok

 

Kjetil Lie - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Nils Grandelius - Stefan Kuipers

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Ray Robson - Robin Swinkels

 
Group C: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Robin Swinkels - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Ray Robson

 

Stefan Kuipers - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Nils Grandelius

 

Benjamin Bok - Kjetil Lie

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Robin van Kampen

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Li Chao

 
Group C: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Soumya Swaminathan - Li Chao

 

Robin van Kampen - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Kjetil Lie - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Nils Grandelius - Benjamin Bok

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Ray Robson - Stefan Kuipers

 

Robin Swinkels - Mariya Muzychuk

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

Mariya Muzychuk - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Stefan Kuipers - Robin Swinkels

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Ray Robson

 

Benjamin Bok - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Nils Grandelius

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Kjetil Lie

 

Li Chao - Robin van Kampen

 
Group C: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Soumya Swaminathan - Robin v. Kampen

 

Kjetil Lie - Li Chao

 

Nils Grandelius - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Ray Robson - Benjamin Bok

 

Robin Swinkels - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Stefan Kuipers

 
Group C: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 23rd

Stefan Kuipers - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Benjamin Bok - Robin Swinkels

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Ray Robson

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Li Chao - Nils Grandelius

 

Robin van Kampen - Kjetil Lie

 
Group C: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 24th

Soumya Swaminathan - Kjetil Lie

 

Nils Grandelius - Robin van Kampen

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Li Chao

 

Ray Robson - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Robin Swinkels - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Benjamin Bok

 

Stefan Kuipers - Peng Zhaoqin

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

Peng Zhaoqin - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Benjamin Bok - Stefan Kuipers

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Robin Swinkels

 

Li Chao - Ray Robson

 

Robin van Kampen - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Kjetil Lie - Nils Grandelius

 
Group C: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 27th

Soumya Swaminathan - Nils Grandelius

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Kjetil Lie

 

Ray Robson - Robin van Kampen

 

Robin Swinkels - Li Chao

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Stefan Kuipers - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Benjamin Bok

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

Benjamin Bok - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Stefan Kuipers

 

Li Chao - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Robin van Kampen - Robin Swinkels

 

Kjetil Lie - Ray Robson

 

Nils Grandelius - Abhijeet Gupta

 
Group C: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 30th

Soumya Swaminathan - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Ray Robson - Nils Grandelius

 

Robin Swinkels - Kjetil Lie

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Robin van Kampen

 

Stefan Kuipers - Li Chao

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Benjamin Bok - Daniele Vocaturo

 
Group C: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 31st

Daniele Vocaturo - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Benjamin Bok

 

Li Chao - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Robin van Kampen - Stefan Kuipers

 

Kjetil Lie - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Nils Grandelius - Robin Swinkels

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Ray Robson

 

Schedule (playing days)

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

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

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

Live commentary on Playchess


Watch the games live on Playchess, with commentary by Yasser Seirawan (and Daniel King)

Schedule

16th Jan  

FM Valeri Lilov

5:00 p.m.

17th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan  

5:00 p.m.

18th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

6:00 p.m.

19th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

6:00 p.m.

20th Jan

Free Day

 

21st Jan

GM Daniel King

6:00 p.m.

22nd Jan

GM Daniel King

6:00 p.m.

23rd Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

5:00 p.m.

24th Jan  

GM Yasser Seirawan  

5:00 p.m.

25th Jan

Free Day

 

26th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

6:00 p.m.

27th Jan

GM Daniel King

6:00 p.m.

28th Jan

Free Day

 

29th Jan

GM Daniel King

6:00 p.m.

30th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

5:00 p.m.

31st Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

4:00 p.m.


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