Wijk R03: All games drawn, excitement in the lower groups

1/15/2008 – After the furious start today the A-Group took a break, with draws in 17 moves (Eljanov-Anand), 22 (Ivanchuk-Gelfand), 23 (Mamedyarov-Kramnik) and 27 (Aronian-Leko). Other games lasted 38, 45 and 85 moves. We will focus our attention on that last in tomorrow's analysis. Today we concentrate on the B and C Groups. In one there is a 13-year-old GM killer on the loose.

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Results of round three

Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 14th
Teimour Radjabov - Loek van Wely
½-½
Shak. Mamedyarov - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Pavel Eljanov - Vishy Anand
½-½
Michael Adams - Magnus Carlsen
½-½
Levon Aronian - Peter Leko
½-½
Vassily Ivanchuk - Boris Gelfand
½-½
Judit Polgar - Veselin Topalov
½-½
Group B: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 14th
Hou Yifan - Nigel Short
1-0
Daniël Stellwagen - P. Harikrishna
½-½
Wouter Spoelman - Etienne Bacrot
0-1
Sergei Movsesian - Michal Krasenkow
1-0
Jan Smeets - Ivan Cheparinov
1-0
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Gabriel Sargissian
1-0
Erwin L’Ami - Koneru Humpy
1-0
Group C: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 14th
Anna Ushenina - Irina Krush
½-½
Friso Nijboer - Li Shilong
1-0
Parimarjan Negi - John van der Wiel
1-0
Peng Zhaoqin - Arik Braun
0-1
Mark van der Werf - Pontus Carlsson
½-½
Dennis Ruijgrok - Fabiano Caruana
0-1
Dimitri Reinderman - Efstratios Grivas
½-½

Group A standings

As you can see two players have won two games and drawn one, and lead the field. Teimour Radjabov has won two and drawn one. Then come a group of six players who have drawn all their games so far. And at the bottom of the table we find five players who have lost one and drawn two. Naturally it is unusual to see one of the two top-rated players at the end of the table, but that is a quirk that will soon be amended. That we guarantee.

Report from Wijk aan Zee by Steve Giddins

Corus is about more than just the A Group. Wonderful though that is, it remains just the top of a vast pyramid of tournaments, both professional and amateur – including numerous events such as four and ten-player all-play-all tournaments, plus rapid events, junior simuls on the rest day, etc. The total numbers expected to participate in this year's festival could well top 1,800.

At the professional level, the B and C Groups are both strong and highly interesting tournaments in their own right, and since Mihail Marin is doing such a splendid job of commentating on the A Group games, these reports will henceforth focus rather more on events in the other two groups.

As far as the A Group is concerned, I will content myself with telling you that it was largely a day of opposite-coloured bishops. The seven games yielded no fewer than four positions with polychromatic prelates, all of which were drawn.

The B Group is category 15, with an average FIDE rating of 2618, but perhaps a more telling indicator of its strength is that former world title challenger Nigel Short is playing – and he is only rated sixth out of the 14 participants! He also seems to be on a mission to break away from the 21st century stereotype opening theory, of wall-to-wall Marshalls and Moscow gambits, and instead to revive some of those lines so beloved of the 19th century. Yesterday, he increased his personal plus score on the White side of the Evans Gambit to +6, by beating Erwin L'Ami in a fine effort. Today, against young Chinese girl sensation Hou Yifan, he revived the "old" Berlin Defence to the Spanish, forsaking the popular Berlin Wall line in favour of Emanuel Lasker's favourite, 5...Be7. He later explained his opening choice by a desire to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1908 Lasker-Tarrasch match, in which the line was played three times! However, the result today was catastrophic, as a grossly over-optimistic g5-thrust saw his position demolished in just 23 moves.


Hou is she? The 13-year-old Chinese super-talent Hou Yifan (above in round two)

Hou Yifan (2527) - Short,N (2645) [C67]
Corus B Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 14.01.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0–0 Nxe4 5.d4 Be7 6.Qe2 Nd6 7.Bxc6 bxc6 8.dxe5 Nb7 9.c4 0–0 10.Nc3 Re8 11.Rd1 Bf8 12.Bg5 f6 13.Bh4

13...g5 14.Bg3 d6 15.Ne4 Bg4 16.exf6 Bh5 17.Qe3 Bh6 18.Ne5 Rxe5 19.Bxe5 Bxd1 20.Rxd1 Qe8 21.Bc3 Nd8

22.f7+ Qxf7 23.Nf6+ 1–0

After the game, a rueful Short blamed this disaster on inadequate preparation, adding that it was "especially embarrassing to lose to an opponent who is three years younger than my daughter!" This was one of five (!) decisive results in the group.


Nigel Short (left) ananlying his first-round draw with Pentala Harikrishna

"I blundered a piece and was about to resign when my oppenent gave up his queen and I decided to hang on for a while to see if I could save it," Nigel said. And save it he did, in a splendid defensive effort.

Etienne Bacrot took the lead by beating bottom-marker Spoelman with Black, whilst 17-year-old Ian Nepomniashi scored an important victory over Aronian's second, Sargissian.


Just 17 and already so strong: Russian grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi [photo ChessVista]

Nepomniachtchi,I (2600) - Sargissian,G (2676) [C65]
Corus B Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 14.01.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.0–0 Nd4 6.Nxd4 Bxd4 7.Nd2 c6 8.Ba4 d6 9.c3 Bb6 10.Bb3 h6 11.Nc4 Bc7 12.Ne3 0–0 13.Qf3 g6 14.g4 h5 15.h3 hxg4 16.hxg4 Kg7 17.Kg2 Nh7 18.Rh1 Ng5 19.Qg3 Rg8 20.Kf1 Bd7

21.Nf5+ Kf8 22.Qh4 gxf5 23.Qh6+ Ke8 24.gxf5 d5 25.Qxg5 Rxg5 26.Rh8+ Ke7 27.Bxg5+ f6 28.Rxd8 Rxd8 29.Be3 Bb6 30.Ke2 Be8 31.Rh1 Bf7 32.Rh7 Bxe3 33.fxe3 Kf8 34.exd5 cxd5 35.Rh8+ Bg8 36.e4 Kg7 37.Rh4 Bf7 38.exd5 Bxd5 39.Bxd5 Rxd5 40.Rc4 Kh6

 41.Rg4 Kh5 42.Rg7 a5 43.Ke3 b5 44.Ke4 Rd8 45.Rg6 Rd6 46.d4 exd4 47.cxd4 Rc6 48.Rg2 Rc1 49.Kd5 Re1 50.Kc6 b4 51.b3 1–0.

Group B standings

The C Group has been the most bloodthirsty of all the GM sections, with the first two rounds producing only two draws. Today's third round added only three more, as German IM Arik Braun moved onto 3/3 by beating multiple Dutch ladies champion Peng.


Perfect score: German IM Arik Braun


Chinese-born Dutch grandmaster Peng Zhaoqin

Peng Zhaoqin (2461) - Braun,A (2536) [A57]
Corus C Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 14.01.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.a4 bxc4 5.Nc3 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Bxc4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ Bd7 9.Nf3 0–0 10.h3 Bxb5 11.axb5 Ne8 12.0–0 Nc7 13.Qe2 Nd7 14.Bf4 Nb6 15.Rfd1 Qd7

16.Ra5 Rfb8 17.e5 Rb7 18.Bg3 Rd8 19.Qe4 Nc8 20.b4 cxb4 21.Qxb4 Nb6 22.Qb3 dxe5 23.Bxe5 Ncxd5 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Ne5 Qf5 26.Nc6 Rd6 27.Nxd5 Nxd5 28.Rxa7 Rxa7 29.Nxa7 Rf6 30.Qb2 Nf4 31.f3

31...Nxh3+ 32.gxh3 Qxf3 33.Ra1 Qg3+ 34.Qg2 Qe3+ 35.Kh1 Rf2 36.Qg4 Qe5 0–1.

The top seed in the C Group is Italian sensation Fabiano Caruana, who also won his third straight game.


Watch this boy: 15-year-old GM Fabiano Caruana [photo ChessVista]

Ruijgrok,D (2329) - Caruana,F (2598) [B40]
Corus C Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 14.01.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b3 b6 4.c4 Bb7 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Qe2 Nc6 7.e5 Ng4 8.Bb2 Qb8 9.Nb5 a6 10.Na3 Be7 11.h3 Nh6 12.Nc2 0–0 13.0–0–0 a5 14.a4 f6 15.exf6 Bxf6 16.Qd3 Bxb2+ 17.Kxb2 Qc7 18.Re1 Nf5 19.Rg1 Nb4 20.Nxb4 Bxf3 21.Qxf3 axb4 22.Bd3 Rad8 23.h4 Rf6 24.g3 Qd6 25.Qe4 Qd4+ 26.Qxd4 Nxd4

27.Rg2 Rf3 28.Re3 Rdf8 29.Rxf3 Rxf3 30.Bc2 e5 31.Bd1 Rd3 32.f4 d6 33.fxe5 dxe5 34.Bc2 Rf3 35.Bd1 Rf1 36.Bc2 g6 37.Be4 Kg7 38.Bd3 Rf3 39.Bc2 Nxc2 40.Kxc2 Kf6 41.d3 Kf5 42.g4+ Kf4 43.Re2 Kxg4 44.Rxe5 Rf2+ 45.Kb1 Kxh4 46.Re6 g5 47.Rh6+ Kg3 48.Rxh7 g4 49.a5 bxa5 50.Rh5 Kf4

 0–1.

Group C standings

Photos by Jeroen van den Belt and Frits Agterdenbos (ChessVista)


Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group A

Group A: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 12th
Vladimir Kramnik - Loek van Wely
½-½
Teimour Radjabov - Vishy Anand
1-0
Shak. Mamedyarov - Magnus Carlsen
0-1
Pavel Eljanov - Peter Leko
½-½
Michael Adams - Boris Gelfand
½-½
Levon Aronian - Veselin Topalov
1-0
Vassily Ivanchuk - Judit Polgar
½-½
Group A: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 13th
Loek van Wely - Judit Polgar
½-½
Veselin Topalov - Vassily Ivanchuk
½-½
Boris Gelfand - Levon Aronian
0-1
Peter Leko - Michael Adams
½-½
Magnus Carlsen - Pavel Eljanov
1-0
Vishy Anand - Shak. Mamedyarov
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik - Teimour Radjabov
½-½
Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 14th
Teimour Radjabov - Loek van Wely
½-½
Shak. Mamedyarov - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Pavel Eljanov - Vishy Anand
½-½
Michael Adams - Magnus Carlsen
½-½
Levon Aronian - Peter Leko
½-½
Vassily Ivanchuk - Boris Gelfand
½-½
Judit Polgar - Veselin Topalov
½-½
Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 15th
Loek van Wely - Veselin Topalov  
Boris Gelfand - Judit Polgar  
Peter Leko - Vassily Ivanchuk  
Magnus Carlsen - Levon Aronian  
Vishy Anand - Michael Adams  
Vladimir Kramnik - Pavel Eljanov  
Teimour Radjabov - Shak. Mamedyarov  
Wednesday, January 16th – Free day
Group A: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 17th
Shak. Mamedyarov - Loek van Wely  
Pavel Eljanov - Teimour Radjabov  
Michael Adams - Vladimir Kramnik  
Levon Aronian - Vishy Anand  
Vassily Ivanchuk - Magnus Carlsen  
Judit Polgar - Peter Leko  
Veselin Topalov - Boris Gelfand  
Group A: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 18th
Loek van Wely - Boris Gelfand  
Peter Leko - Veselin Topalov  
Magnus Carlsen - Judit Polgar  
Vishy Anand - Vassily Ivanchuk  
Vladimir Kramnik - Levon Aronian  
Teimour Radjabov - Michael Adams  
Shak. Mamedyarov - Pavel Eljanov  
Group A: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 19st
Pavel Eljanov - Loek van Wely  
Michael Adams - Shak. Mamedyarov  
Levon Aronian - Teimour Radjabov  
Vassily Ivanchuk - Vladimir Kramnik  
Judit Polgar - Vishy Anand  
Veselin Topalov - Magnus Carlsen  
Boris Gelfand - Peter Leko  
Group A: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 20nd
Loek van Wely - Peter Leko  
Magnus Carlsen - Boris Gelfand  
Vishy Anand - Veselin Topalov  
Vladimir Kramnik - Judit Polgar  
Teimour Radjabov - Vassily Ivanchuk  
Shak. Mamedyarov - Levon Aronian  
Pavel Eljanov - Michael Adams  
Monday, January 21st – Free day
Group A: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 22th
Michael Adams - Loek van Wely  
Levon Aronian - Pavel Eljanov  
Vassily Ivanchuk - Shak. Mamedyarov  
Judit Polgar - Teimour Radjabov  
Veselin Topalov - Vladimir Kramnik  
Boris Gelfand - Vishy Anand  
Peter Leko - Magnus Carlsen  
Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 23th
Loek van Wely - Magnus Carlsen  
Vishy Anand - Peter Leko  
Vladimir Kramnik - Boris Gelfand  
Teimour Radjabov - Veselin Topalov  
Shak. Mamedyarov - Judit Polgar  
Pavel Eljanov - Vassily Ivanchuk  
Michael Adams - Levon Aronian  
Thursday, January 24th – Free day
Group A: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 25th
Levon Aronian - Loek van Wely  
Vassily Ivanchuk - Michael Adams  
Judit Polgar - Pavel Eljanov  
Veselin Topalov - Shak. Mamedyarov  
Boris Gelfand - Teimour Radjabov  
Peter Leko - Vladimir Kramnik  
Magnus Carlsen - Vishy Anand  
Group A: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 26th
Loek van Wely - Vishy Anand  
Vladimir Kramnik - Magnus Carlsen  
Teimour Radjabov - Peter Leko  
Shak. Mamedyarov - Boris Gelfand  
Pavel Eljanov - Veselin Topalov  
Michael Adams - Judit Polgar  
Levon Aronian - Vassily Ivanchuk  
Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 27th
Vassily Ivanchuk - Loek van Wely  
Judit Polgar - Levon Aronian  
Veselin Topalov - Michael Adams  
Boris Gelfand - Pavel Eljanov  
Peter Leko - Shak. Mamedyarov  
Magnus Carlsen - Teimour Radjabov  
Vishy Anand - Vladimir Kramnik  
 

Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group B

Group B: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 12th
P. Harikrishna - Nigel Short
½-½
Hou Yifan - Etienne Bacrot
0-1
Daniël Stellwagen - Michal Krasenkow
1-0
Wouter Spoelman - Ivan Cheparinov
0-1
Sergei Movsesian - Gabriel Sargissian
½-½
Jan Smeets - Koneru Humpy
1-0
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Erwin L’Ami
½-½
Group B: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 13th
Nigel Short - Erwin L’Ami
1-0
Koneru Humpy - Ian Nepomniachtchi
½-½
Gabriel Sargissian - Jan Smeets
½-½
Ivan Cheparinov - Sergei Movsesian
½-½
Michal Krasenkow - Wouter Spoelman
1-0
Etienne Bacrot - Daniël Stellwagen
½-½
P. Harikrishna - Hou Yifan
1-0
Group B: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 14th
Hou Yifan - Nigel Short
1-0
Daniël Stellwagen - P. Harikrishna
½-½
Wouter Spoelman - Etienne Bacrot
0-1
Sergei Movsesian - Michal Krasenkow
1-0
Jan Smeets - Ivan Cheparinov
1-0
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Gabriel Sargissian
1-0
Erwin L’Ami - Koneru Humpy
1-0
Group B: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 15th
Nigel Short - Koneru Humpy  
Gabriel Sargissian - Erwin L’Ami  
Ivan Cheparinov - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Michal Krasenkow - Jan Smeets  
Etienne Bacrot - Sergei Movsesian  
P. Harikrishna - Wouter Spoelman  
Hou Yifan - Daniël Stellwagen  
Wednesday, January 16th – Free day
Group B: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 17th
Daniël Stellwagen - Nigel Short  
Wouter Spoelman - Hou Yifan  
Sergei Movsesian - P. Harikrishna  
Jan Smeets - Etienne Bacrot  
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Michal Krasenkow  
Erwin L’Ami - Ivan Cheparinov  
Koneru Humpy - Gabriel Sargissian  
Group B: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 18th
Nigel Short - Gabriel Sargissian  
Ivan Cheparinov - Koneru Humpy  
Michal Krasenkow - Erwin L’Ami  
Etienne Bacrot - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
P. Harikrishna - Jan Smeets  
Hou Yifan - Sergei Movsesian  
Daniël Stellwagen - Wouter Spoelman  
Group B: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 29st
Wouter Spoelman - Nigel Short  
Sergei Movsesian - Daniël Stellwagen  
Jan Smeets - Hou Yifan  
Ian Nepomniachtchi - P. Harikrishna  
Erwin L’Ami - Etienne Bacrot  
Koneru Humpy - Michal Krasenkow  
Gabriel Sargissian - Ivan Cheparinov  
Group B: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 20nd
Nigel Short - Ivan Cheparinov  
Michal Krasenkow - Gabriel Sargissian  
Etienne Bacrot - Koneru Humpy  
P. Harikrishna - Erwin L’Ami  
Hou Yifan - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Daniël Stellwagen - Jan Smeets  
Wouter Spoelman - Sergei Movsesian  
Monday, January 21st – Free day
Group B: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 22th
Sergei Movsesian - Nigel Short  
Jan Smeets - Wouter Spoelman  
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Daniël Stellwagen  
Erwin L’Ami - Hou Yifan  
Koneru Humpy - P. Harikrishna  
Gabriel Sargissian - Etienne Bacrot  
Ivan Cheparinov - Michal Krasenkow  
Group B: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 23th
Nigel Short - Michal Krasenkow  
Etienne Bacrot - Ivan Cheparinov  
P. Harikrishna - Gabriel Sargissian  
Hou Yifan - Koneru Humpy  
Daniël Stellwagen - Erwin L’Ami  
Wouter Spoelman - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Sergei Movsesian - Jan Smeets  
Thursday, January 24th – Free day
Group B: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 25th
Jan Smeets - Nigel Short  
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Sergei Movsesian  
Erwin L’Ami - Wouter Spoelman  
Koneru Humpy - Daniël Stellwagen  
Gabriel Sargissian - Hou Yifan  
Ivan Cheparinov - P. Harikrishna  
Michal Krasenkow - Etienne Bacrot  
Group B: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 26th
Nigel Short - Etienne Bacrot  
P. Harikrishna - Michal Krasenkow  
Hou Yifan - Ivan Cheparinov  
Daniël Stellwagen - Gabriel Sargissian  
Wouter Spoelman - Koneru Humpy  
Sergei Movsesian - Erwin L’Ami  
Jan Smeets - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Group B: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 27th
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Nigel Short  
Erwin L’Ami - Jan Smeets  
Koneru Humpy - Sergei Movsesian  
Gabriel Sargissian - Wouter Spoelman  
Ivan Cheparinov - Daniël Stellwagen  
Michal Krasenkow - Hou Yifan  
Etienne Bacrot - P. Harikrishna  
 

Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group C

Group C: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 12th
Li Shilong - Irina Krush
1-0
Anna Ushenina - John van der Wiel
0-1
Friso Nijboer - Arik Braun
0-1
Parimarjan Negi - Pontus Carlsson
0-1
Peng Zhaoqin - Fabiano Caruana
0-1
Mark van der Werf - Efstratios Grivas
1-0
Dennis Ruijgrok - Dimitri Reinderman
0-1
Group C: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 13th
Irina Krush - Dimitri Reinderman
½-½
Efstratios Grivas - Dennis Ruijgrok
1-0
Fabiano Caruana - Mark van der Werf
1-0
Pontus Carlsson - Peng Zhaoqin
½-½
Arik Braun - Parimarjan Negi
1-0
John van der Wiel - Friso Nijboer
1-0
Li Shilong - Anna Ushenina
1-0
Group C: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 14th
Anna Ushenina - Irina Krush
½-½
Friso Nijboer - Li Shilong
1-0
Parimarjan Negi - John van der Wiel
1-0
Peng Zhaoqin - Arik Braun
0-1
Mark van der Werf - Pontus Carlsson
½-½
Dennis Ruijgrok - Fabiano Caruana
0-1
Dimitri Reinderman - Efstratios Grivas
½-½
Group C: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 15th
Irina Krush - Efstratios Grivas  
Fabiano Caruana - Dimitri Reinderman  
Pontus Carlsson - Dennis Ruijgrok  
Arik Braun - Mark van der Werf  
John van der Wiel - Peng Zhaoqin  
Li Shilong - Parimarjan Negi  
Anna Ushenina - Friso Nijboer  
Wednesday, January 16th – Free day
Group C: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 17th
Friso Nijboer - Irina Krush  
Parimarjan Negi - Anna Ushenina  
Peng Zhaoqin - Li Shilong  
Mark van der Werf - John van der Wiel  
Dennis Ruijgrok - Arik Braun  
Dimitri Reinderman - Pontus Carlsson  
Efstratios Grivas - Fabiano Caruana  
Group C: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 18th
Irina Krush - Fabiano Caruana  
Pontus Carlsson - Efstratios Grivas  
Arik Braun - Dimitri Reinderman  
John van der Wiel - Dennis Ruijgrok  
Li Shilong - Mark van der Werf  
Anna Ushenina - Peng Zhaoqin  
Friso Nijboer - Parimarjan Negi  
Group C: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 19st
Parimarjan Negi - Irina Krush  
Peng Zhaoqin - Friso Nijboer  
Mark van der Werf - Anna Ushenina  
Dennis Ruijgrok - Li Shilong  
Dimitri Reinderman - John van der Wiel  
Efstratios Grivas - Arik Braun  
Fabiano Caruana - Pontus Carlsson  
Group C: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 20nd
Irina Krush - Pontus Carlsson  
Arik Braun - Fabiano Caruana  
John van der Wiel - Efstratios Grivas  
Li Shilong - Dimitri Reinderman  
Anna Ushenina - Dennis Ruijgrok  
Friso Nijboer - Mark van der Werf  
Parimarjan Negi - Peng Zhaoqin  
Monday, January 21st – Free day
Group C: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 22th
Peng Zhaoqin - Irina Krush  
Mark van der Werf - Parimarjan Negi  
Dennis Ruijgrok - Friso Nijboer  
Dimitri Reinderman - Anna Ushenina  
Efstratios Grivas - Li Shilong  
Fabiano Caruana - John van der Wiel  
Pontus Carlsson - Arik Braun  
Group C: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 23th
Irina Krush - Arik Braun  
John van der Wiel - Pontus Carlsson  
Li Shilong - Fabiano Caruana  
Anna Ushenina - Efstratios Grivas  
Friso Nijboer - Dimitri Reinderman  
Parimarjan Negi - Dennis Ruijgrok  
Peng Zhaoqin - Mark van der Werf  
Thursday, January 24th – Free day
Group C: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 25th
Mark van der Werf - Irina Krush  
Dennis Ruijgrok - Peng Zhaoqin  
Dimitri Reinderman - Parimarjan Negi  
Efstratios Grivas - Friso Nijboer  
Fabiano Caruana - Anna Ushenina  
Pontus Carlsson - Li Shilong  
Arik Braun - John van der Wiel  
Group C: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 26th
Irina Krush - John van der Wiel  
Li Shilong - Arik Braun  
Anna Ushenina - Pontus Carlsson  
Friso Nijboer - Fabiano Caruana  
Parimarjan Negi - Efstratios Grivas  
Peng Zhaoqin - Dimitri Reinderman  
Mark van der Werf - Dennis Ruijgrok  
Group C: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 27th
Dennis Ruijgrok - Irina Krush  
Dimitri Reinderman - Mark van der Werf  
Efstratios Grivas - Peng Zhaoqin  
Fabiano Caruana - Parimarjan Negi  
Pontus Carlsson - Friso Nijboer  
Arik Braun - Anna Ushenina  
John van der Wiel - Li Shilong  
 

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