Are you ready? Wijk aan Zee starts on Saturday

1/17/2009 – The players have arrived in the Dutch seaside town, the opening ceremony has been conducted, and the pairings of all three groups are now available. The games start on Saturday, January 17th at 13:30. You can watch them live on the official web site and the Playchess server. Jeroen van den Belt provides us with pictorial impressions from the opening day.

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Impressions from the opening day

By Jeroen van den Belt


Wijk aan Zee, the seaside resort where the event takes place


The tables are ready for the secondary open events in the main hall


GM Henrique Mecking, BRA, 2567


GM David Navara, CZE, 2638


GM Magnus Carlsen, NOR, 2776


GM Teymour Radjabov, AZE, 2761


The Dutch: GMs Erwin l'Ami, 2603, GM Jan Werle, 2607, WGM Bianca Muhren


The Brits: Tara Adams, GM Nigel Short, 2663, Michael Adams


GM Michael Adams, ENG, 2712


Ukrainians: GM Sergei Karjakin, 2706, GM Zahar Efimenko, 2688


GM Sergei Movsesian, SVK, 2751


GM Gata Kamsky, USA, 2725


GM Leinier Dominguez, CUB, 2717


GM Levon Aronian, ARM, 2750


Playchess commentator (from Monday): GM Yasser Seirawan, USA


Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group A

Group A: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 17th

Daniël Stellwagen - Sergei Movsesian

 

Magnus Carlsen - Teymour Radjabov

 

Levon Aronian - Wang Yue

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Jan Smeets

 

Sergei Karjakin - Alex. Morozevich

 

Loek van Wely - Leinier Dominguez

 

Gata Kamsky - Michael Adams

 
Group A: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 18th

Sergei Movsesian - Michael Adams

 

Leinier Dominguez - Gata Kamsky

 

Alex. Morozevich - Loek van Wely

 

Jan Smeets - Sergei Karjakin

 

Wang Yue - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Teymour Radjabov - Levon Aronian

 

Daniël Stellwagen - Magnus Carlsen

 
Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 19th

Magnus Carlsen - Sergei Movsesian

 

Levon Aronian - Daniël Stellwagen

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Teymour Radjabov

 

Sergei Karjakin - Wang Yue

 

Loek van Wely - Jan Smeets

 

Gata Kamsky - Alex. Morozevich

 

Michael Adams - Leinier Dominguez

 
Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 20th

Sergei Movsesian - Leinier Dominguez

 

Alex. Morozevich - Michael Adams

 

Jan Smeets - Gata Kamsky

 

Wang Yue - Loek van Wely

 

Teymour Radjabov - Sergei Karjakin

 

Daniël Stellwagen - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Magnus Carlsen - Levon Aronian

 
Wednesday, January 21st – Free day
Group A: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 22nd

Levon Aronian - Sergei Movsesian

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Magnus Carlsen

 

Sergei Karjakin - Daniël Stellwagen

 

Loek van Wely - Teymour Radjabov

 

Gata Kamsky - Wang Yue

 

Michael Adams - Jan Smeets

 

Leinier Dominguez - Alex. Morozevich

 
Group A: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 23rd

Sergei Movsesian - Alex. Morozevich

 

Jan Smeets - Leinier Dominguez

 

Wang Yue - Michael Adams

 

Teymour Radjabov - Gata Kamsky

 

Daniël Stellwagen - Loek van Wely

 

Magnus Carlsen - Sergei Karjakin

 

Levon Aronian - Vassily Ivanchuk

 
Group A: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 24th

Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergei Movsesian

 

Sergei Karjakin - Levon Aronian

 

Loek van Wely - Magnus Carlsen

 

Gata Kamsky - Daniël Stellwagen

 

Michael Adams - Teymour Radjabov

 

Leinier Dominguez - Wang Yue

 

Alex. Morozevich - Jan Smeets

 
Group A: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 25th

Sergei Movsesian - Jan Smeets

 

Wang Yue - Alex. Morozevich

 

Teymour Radjabov - Leinier Dominguez

 

Daniël Stellwagen - Michael Adams

 

Magnus Carlsen - Gata Kamsky

 

Levon Aronian - Loek van Wely

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergei Karjakin

 
Monday, January 26th – Free day
Group A: Round 7 - Tues. Jan. 27th

Sergei Karjakin - Sergei Movsesian

 

Loek van Wely - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Gata Kamsky - Levon Aronian

 

Michael Adams - Magnus Carlsen

 

Leinier Dominguez - Daniël Stellwagen

 

Alex. Morozevich - Teymour Radjabov

 

Jan Smeets - Wang Yue

 
Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 28th

Sergei Movsesian - Wang Yue

 

Teymour Radjabov - Jan Smeets

 

Daniël Stellwagen - Alex. Morozevich

 

Magnus Carlsen - Leinier Dominguez

 

Levon Aronian - Michael Adams

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Gata Kamsky

 

Sergei Karjakin - Loek van Wely

 
Thursday, January 29th – Free day
Group A: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 30th

Loek van Wely - Sergei Movsesian

 

Gata Kamsky - Sergei Karjakin

 

Michael Adams - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Leinier Dominguez - Levon Aronian

 

Alex. Morozevich - Magnus Carlsen

 

Jan Smeets - Daniël Stellwagen

 

Wang Yue - Teymour Radjabov

 
Group A: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 31st

Sergei Movsesian - Teymour Radjabov

 

Daniël Stellwagen - Wang Yue

 

Magnus Carlsen - Jan Smeets

 

Levon Aronian - Alex. Morozevich

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Leinier Dominguez

 

Sergei Karjakin - Michael Adams

 

Loek van Wely - Gata Kamsky

 
Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Feb. 1st

Gata Kamsky - Sergei Movsesian

 

Michael Adams - Loek van Wely

 

Leinier Dominguez - Sergei Karjakin

 

Alex. Morozevich - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Jan Smeets - Levon Aronian

 

Wang Yue - Magnus Carlsen

 

Teymour Radjabov - Daniël Stellwagen

 

Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group B

Group B: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 17th

Hou Yifan - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

Krishnan Sasikiran - Erwin l'Ami

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Francisco Vallejo

 

Nigel Short - Jan Werle

 

Andrei Volokitin - Fabiano Caruana

 

Henrique Mecking - Zahar Efimenko

 

Alexander Motylev - David Navara

 
Group B: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 18th

R. Kasimdzhanov - David Navara

 

Zahar Efimenko - Alexander Motylev

 

Fabiano Caruana - Henrique Mecking

 

Jan Werle - Andrei Volokitin

 

Francisco Vallejo - Nigel Short

 

Erwin l'Ami - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Hou Yifan - Krishnan Sasikiran

 
Group B: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 19th

Krishnan Sasikiran - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Hou Yifan

 

Nigel Short - Erwin l'Ami

 

Andrei Volokitin - Francisco Vallejo

 

Henrique Mecking - Jan Werle

 

Alexander Motylev - Fabiano Caruana

 

David Navara - Zahar Efimenko

 
Group B: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 29th

R. Kasimdzhanov - Zahar Efimenko

 

Fabiano Caruana - David Navara

 

Jan Werle - Alexander Motylev

 

Francisco Vallejo - Henrique Mecking

 

Erwin l'Ami - Andrei Volokitin

 

Hou Yifan - Nigel Short

 

Krishnan Sasikiran - Dimitri Reinderman

 
Wednesday, January 21st – Free day
Group B: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 22nd

Dimitri Reinderman - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

Nigel Short - Krishnan Sasikiran

 

Andrei Volokitin - Hou Yifan

 

Henrique Mecking - Erwin l'Ami

 

Alexander Motylev - Francisco Vallejo

 

David Navara - Jan Werle

 

Zahar Efimenko - Fabiano Caruana

 
Group B: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 23rd

R. Kasimdzhanov - Fabiano Caruana

 

Jan Werle - Zahar Efimenko

 

Francisco Vallejo - David Navara

 

Erwin l'Ami - Alexander Motylev

 

Hou Yifan - Henrique Mecking

 

Krishnan Sasikiran - Andrei Volokitin

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Nigel Short

 
Group B: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 24th

Nigel Short - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

Andrei Volokitin - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Henrique Mecking - Krishnan Sasikiran

 

Alexander Motylev - Hou Yifan

 

David Navara - Erwin l'Ami

 

Zahar Efimenko - Francisco Vallejo

 

Fabiano Caruana - Jan Werle

 
Group B: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 25th

R. Kasimdzhanov - Jan Werle

 

Francisco Vallejo - Fabiano Caruana

 

Erwin l'Ami - Zahar Efimenko

 

Hou Yifan - David Navara

 

Krishnan Sasikiran - Alexander Motylev

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Henrique Mecking

 

Nigel Short - Andrei Volokitin

 
Monday, January 26th – Free day
Group B: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 27th

Andrei Volokitin - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

Henrique Mecking - Nigel Short

 

Alexander Motylev - Dimitri Reinderman

 

David Navara - Krishnan Sasikiran

 

Zahar Efimenko - Hou Yifan

 

Fabiano Caruana - Erwin l'Ami

 

Jan Werle - Francisco Vallejo

 
Group B: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 28th

R. Kasimdzhanov - Francisco Vallejo

 

Erwin l'Ami - Jan Werle

 

Hou Yifan - Fabiano Caruana

 

Krishnan Sasikiran - Zahar Efimenko

 

Dimitri Reinderman - David Navara

 

Nigel Short - Alexander Motylev

 

Andrei Volokitin - Henrique Mecking

 
Thursday, January 29th – Free day
Group B: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 30th

Henrique Mecking - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

Alexander Motylev - Andrei Volokitin

 

David Navara - Nigel Short

 

Zahar Efimenko - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Fabiano Caruana - Krishnan Sasikiran

 

Jan Werle - Hou Yifan

 

Francisco Vallejo - Erwin l'Ami

 
Group B: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 31st

R. Kasimdzhanov - Erwin l'Ami

 

Hou Yifan - Francisco Vallejo

 

Krishnan Sasikiran - Jan Werle

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Fabiano Caruana

 

Nigel Short - Zahar Efimenko

 

Andrei Volokitin - David Navara

 

Henrique Mecking - Alexander Motylev

 
Group B: Round 13 - Sun. Feb. 1st

Alexander Motylev - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

David Navara - Henrique Mecking

 

Zahar Efimenko - Andrei Volokitin

 

Fabiano Caruana - Nigel Short

 

Jan Werle - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Francisco Vallejo - Krishnan Sasikiran

 

Erwin l'Ami - Hou Yifan

 

Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group C

Group C: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 17th

T. Hillarp Persson - Pruijssers

 

David Howell - Manuel Bosboom

 

Friso Nijboer - Wesley So

 

Oleg Romanishin - Ali Bitalzadeh

 

Anish Giri - Frank Holzke

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Dronavalli Harika

 

Eduardo Iturrizaga - M. Leon Hoyos

 
Group C: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 18th

Pruijssers - M. Leon Hoyos

 

Dronavalli Harika - Eduardo Iturrizaga

 

Frank Holzke - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Ali Bitalzadeh - Anish Giri

 

Wesley So - Oleg Romanishin

 

Manuel Bosboom - Friso Nijboer

 

T. Hillarp Persson - David Howell

 
Group C: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 19th

David Howell - Roeland Pruijssers

 

Friso Nijboer - T. Hillarp Persson

 

Oleg Romanishin - Manuel Bosboom

 

Anish Giri - Wesley So

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Ali Bitalzadeh

 

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Frank Holzke

 

M. Leon Hoyos - Dronavalli Harika

 
Group C: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 20th

Roeland Pruijssers - Dronavalli Harika

 

Frank Holzke - M. Leon Hoyos

 

Ali Bitalzadeh - Eduardo Iturrizaga

 

Wesley So - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Manuel Bosboom - Anish Giri

 

T. Hillarp Persson - Oleg Romanishin

 

David Howell - Friso Nijboer

 
Wednesday, January 21st – Free day
Group C: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 22nd

Friso Nijboer - Roeland Pruijssers

 

Oleg Romanishin - David Howell

 

Anish Giri - T. Hillarp Persson

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Manuel Bosboom

 

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Wesley So

 

M. Leon Hoyos - Ali Bitalzadeh

 

Dronavalli Harika - Frank Holzke

 
Group C: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 23rd

Roeland Pruijssers - Frank Holzke

 

Ali Bitalzadeh - Dronavalli Harika

 

Wesley So - M. Leon Hoyos

 

Manuel Bosboom - Eduardo Iturrizaga

 

T. Hillarp Persson - Abhijeet Gupta

 

David Howell - Anish Giri

 

Friso Nijboer - Oleg Romanishin

 
Group C: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 24th

Oleg Romanishin - Roeland Pruijssers

 

Anish Giri - Friso Nijboer

 

Abhijeet Gupta - David Howell

 

Eduardo Iturrizaga - T. Hillarp Persson

 

M. Leon Hoyos - Manuel Bosboom

 

Dronavalli Harika - Wesley So

 

Frank Holzke - Ali Bitalzadeh

 
Group C: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 25th

Roeland Pruijssers - Ali Bitalzadeh

 

Wesley So - Frank Holzke

 

Manuel Bosboom - Dronavalli Harika

 

T. Hillarp Persson - M. Leon Hoyos

 

David Howell - Eduardo Iturrizaga

 

Friso Nijboer - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Oleg Romanishin - Anish Giri

 
Monday, January 26th – Free day
Group C: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 27th

Anish Giri - Roeland Pruijssers

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Oleg Romanishin

 

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Friso Nijboer

 

M. Leon Hoyos - David Howell

 

Dronavalli Harika - T. Hillarp Persson

 

Frank Holzke - Manuel Bosboom

 

Ali Bitalzadeh - Wesley So

 
Group C: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 28th

Roeland Pruijssers - Wesley So

 

Manuel Bosboom - Ali Bitalzadeh

 

T. Hillarp Persson - Frank Holzke

 

David Howell - Dronavalli Harika

 

Friso Nijboer - M. Leon Hoyos

 

Oleg Romanishin - Eduardo Iturrizaga

 

Anish Giri - Abhijeet Gupta

 
Thursday, January 29th – Free day
Group C: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 30th

Abhijeet Gupta - Roeland Pruijssers

 

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Anish Giri

 

M. Leon Hoyos - Oleg Romanishin

 

Dronavalli Harika - Friso Nijboer

 

Frank Holzke - David Howell

 

Ali Bitalzadeh - T. Hillarp Persson

 

Wesley So - Manuel Bosboom

 
Group C: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 31st

Roeland Pruijssers - Manuel Bosboom

 

T. Hillarp Persson - Wesley So

 

David Howell - Ali Bitalzadeh

 

Friso Nijboer - Frank Holzke

 

Oleg Romanishin - Dronavalli Harika

 

Anish Giri - M. Leon Hoyos

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Eduardo Iturrizaga

 
Group C: Round 13 - Sun. Feb. 1st

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Roeland Pruijssers

 

M. Leon Hoyos - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Dronavalli Harika - Anish Giri

 

Frank Holzke - Oleg Romanishin

 

Ali Bitalzadeh - Friso Nijboer

 

Wesley So - David Howell

 

Manuel Bosboom - T. Hillarp Persson

 

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