Take a deep breath: Wijk aan Zee starts today

1/13/2007 – The annual Wijk aan Zee tournament is taking place from January 13 to 28, 2007. The top group includes Topalov, Anand, and Kramnik, and has an average rating of 2719 (category 19). Games start at 13:30h local time – you can watch them on Playchess.com with live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan. Full overview with pictures and videos.

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Wijk aan Zee 2007 – information and schedule

Wijk aan Zee (pronounced: whyk aahn zeh) is a small town on the coast of the North Sea in the municipality of Beverwijk in the province of North Holland of the Netherlands. The prestigious yearly Corus tournament, formerly called Hoogovens, takes place in three Grandmaster Groups. There are also a number of amateur groups taking part at the same time. The three Grandmaster tournaments have 14 players each and are round robins (each competitor plays against every other).

Participants of Grandmaster Group A

GM Veselin Topalov BUL 2783 1 Bio
GM Viswanathan Anand IND 2779 2 Bio
GM Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2766 3 Bio
GM Levon Aronian ARM 2744 7 Bio
GM Teymour Radjabov AZE 2729 11 Bio
GM Peter Svidler RUS 2728 12 Bio
GM Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2723 14 Bio
GM David Navara CZE 2719 15 Bio
GM Alexey Shirov ESP 2715 17 Bio
GM Magnus Carlsen NOR 2690 24 Bio
GM Loek van Wely NED 2683 26 Bio
GM Sergey Tiviakov NED 2682 27 Bio
GM Sergey Karjakin UKR 2678 29 Bio
GM Alexander Motylev RUS 2647 58 Bio
Average rating: 2719 – Category: 19

Participants of Grandmaster Group B

GM Dmitry Jakovenko RUS 2691 23 Bio
GM Pavel Eljanov UKR 2675 33 Bio
GM Viorel Bologan MLD 2658 46 Bio
GM Gabriel Sargissian ARM 2658 46 Bio
GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2644 63 Bio
GM Friso Nijboer NED 2638 74 Bio
GM Erwin L’Ami NED 2594 157 Bio
GM Suat Atalik TUR 2586 187 Bio
GM Daniel Stellwagen NED 2585 191 Bio
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrav FRA 2573 234 Bio
GM Jan Werle NED 2566 255 Bio
GM Jan Smeets NED 2538 402 Bio
GM Vladimir Georgiev MKD 2525 498 Bio
IM Tatiana Kosintseva RUS 2474 958 Bio
Average rating: 2600 – Category: 14

Participants of Grandmaster Group C

GM Michal Krasenkow POL 2651 55 Bio
IM Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2587 181 Bio
GM Emanuel Berg SWE 2586 187 Bio
GM Parimarjan Negi IND 2538 402 Bio
GM John van der Wiel NED 2511 615 Bio
WFM Hou Yifan CHN 2509 635 Bio
GM Stellan Brynell SWE 2501 701 Bio
IM Nadezhda Kosintseva RUS 2496 743 Bio
GM Zhaoqin Peng NED 2431 1546 Bio
GM Harmen Jonkman NED 2425 1643 Bio
IM Wouter Spoelman NED 2414 1911 Bio
IM Thomas Willemze NED 2393 2472 Bio
IM Edwin van Haastert NED 2391 2524 Bio
IM Manuel Bosboom NED 2375 2954 Bio
Average rating: 2486 – Category: 10

FIDE ratings of January 2007

Location: The tournament 2007 takes place in the De Moriaan Community Centre (Dorpsduinen 4, 1949 EG Wijk aan Zee) and the nearby bar de Zon. 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).

Accommodation: For information contact the local Tourist Office. Stichting Toerisme Wijk aan Zee
Julianaplein 13-15, 1949 AT Wijk aan Zee. Telephone: + 31 (0)251 374253. E-mail: vvvwijkaanzee@ncn.nl Website: http://www.visitwijkaanzee.nl

Playing days in January 2007

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Games begin at 13:30h local time (CET), except for the last round on January 28th, which begins at 12:30h (Grandmaster group C starts at 11:30h hours in the last round). There are three rest days, on January 17th, 22nd, and 25th.

Schedule and pairings of Grandmaster Group A

Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 13th
V. Topalov - A. Motylev  
L. van Wely - T. Radjabov  
S. Karjakin - V. Kramnik  
A. Shirov - P. Svidler  
S. Tiviakov - M. Carlsen  
D. Navara - L. Aronian  
R. Ponomariov - V. Anand  
Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 14th
A. Motylev - V. Anand  
L. Aronian - R. Ponomariov  
M. Carlsen - D. Navara  
P. Svidler - S. Tiviakov  
V. Kramnik - A. Shirov  
T. Radjabov - S. Karjakin  
V. Topalov - L. van Wely  
Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 15th
L. van Wely - A. Motylev  
S. Karjakin - V. Topalov  
A. Shirov - T. Radjabov  
S. Tiviakov - V. Kramnik  
D. Navara - P. Svidler  
R. Ponomariov - M. Carlsen  
V. Anand - L. Aronian  
Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 16th
A. Motylev - L. Aronian  
M. Carlsen - V. Anand  
P. Svidler - R. Ponomariov  
V. Kramnik - D. Navara  
T. Radjabov - S. Tiviakov  
V. Topalov - A. Shirov  
L. van Wely - S. Karjakin  
Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 18th
S. Karjakin - A. Motylev  
A. Shirov - L. van Wely  
S. Tiviakov - V. Topalov  
D. Navara - T. Radjabov  
R. Ponomariov - V. Kramnik  
V. Anand - P. Svidler  
L. Aronian - M. Carlsen  
Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 19th
A. Motylev - M. Carlsen  
P. Svidler - L. Aronian  
V. Kramnik - V. Anand  
T. Radjabov - R. Ponomariov  
V. Topalov - D. Navara  
L. van Wely - S. Tiviakov  
S. Karjakin - A. Shirov  
Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 20st
A. Shirov - A. Motylev  
S. Tiviakov - S. Karjakin  
D. Navara - L. van Wely  
R. Ponomariov - V. Topalov  
V. Anand - T. Radjabov  
L. Aronian - V. Kramnik  
M. Carlsen - P. Svidler  
Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 21nd
A. Motylev - P. Svidler  
V. Kramnik - M. Carlsen  
T. Radjabov - L. Aronian  
V. Topalov - V. Anand  
L. van Wely - R. Ponomariov  
S. Karjakin - D. Navara  
A. Shirov - S. Tiviakov  
Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 23th
S. Tiviakov - A. Motylev  
D. Navara - A. Shirov  
R. Ponomariov - S. Karjakin  
V. Anand - L. van Wely  
L. Aronian - V. Topalov  
M. Carlsen - T. Radjabov  
P. Svidler - V. Kramnik  
Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 24th
A. Motylev - V. Kramnik  
T. Radjabov - P. Svidler  
V. Topalov - M. Carlsen  
L. van Wely - L. Aronian  
S. Karjakin - V. Anand  
A. Shirov - R. Ponomariov  
S. Tiviakov - D. Navara  
Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 26th
D. Navara - A. Motylev  
R. Ponomariov - S. Tiviakov  
V. Anand - A. Shirov  
L. Aronian - S. Karjakin  
M. Carlsen - L. van Wely  
P. Svidler - V. Topalov  
V. Kramnik - T. Radjabov  
Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 27th
A. Motylev - T. Radjabov  
V. Topalov - V. Kramnik  
L. van Wely - P. Svidler  
S. Karjakin - M. Carlsen  
A. Shirov - L. Aronian  
S. Tiviakov - V. Anand  
D. Navara - R. Ponomariov  
Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 28th
R. Ponomariov - A. Motylev  
V. Anand - D. Navara  
L. Aronian - S. Tiviakov  
M. Carlsen - A. Shirov  
P. Svidler - S. Karjakin  
V. Kramnik - L. van Wely  
T. Radjabov - V. Topalov  
 

Schedule and pairings of Grandmaster Group B

Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 13th
T. Kosintseva - D. Jakovenko  
V. Georgiev - P. Eljanov  
F. Nijboer - M. Vachier-Lagrav  
G. Sargissian - J. Smeets  
B. Xiangzhi - E. L’Ami  
S. Atalik - D. Stellwagen  
J. Werle - V. Bologan  
Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 14th
D. Jakovenko - V. Bologan  
D. Stellwagen - J. Werle  
E. L’Ami - S. Atalik  
J. Smeets - B. Xiangzhi  
M. Vachier-Lagrav - G. Sargissian  
P. Eljanov - F. Nijboer  
T. Kosintseva - V. Georgiev  
Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 15th
V. Georgiev - D. Jakovenko  
F. Nijboer - T. Kosintseva  
G. Sargissian - P. Eljanov  
B. Xiangzhi - M. Vachier-Lagrav  
S. Atalik - J. Smeets  
J. Werle - E. L’Ami  
V. Bologan - D. Stellwagen  
Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 16th
D. Jakovenko - D. Stellwagen  
E. L’Ami - V. Bologan  
J. Smeets - J. Werle  
M. Vachier-Lagrav - S. Atalik  
P. Eljanov - B. Xiangzhi  
T. Kosintseva - G. Sargissian  
V. Georgiev - F. Nijboer  
Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 18th
F. Nijboer - D. Jakovenko  
G. Sargissian - V. Georgiev  
B. Xiangzhi - T. Kosintseva  
S. Atalik - P. Eljanov  
J. Werle - M. Vachier-Lagrav  
V. Bologan - J. Smeets  
D. Stellwagen - E. L’Ami  
Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 19th
D. Jakovenko - E. L’Ami  
J. Smeets - D. Stellwagen  
M. Vachier-Lagrav - V. Bologan  
P. Eljanov - J. Werle  
T. Kosintseva - S. Atalik  
V. Georgiev - B. Xiangzhi  
F. Nijboer - G. Sargissian  
Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 20st
G. Sargissian - D. Jakovenko  
B. Xiangzhi - F. Nijboer  
S. Atalik - V. Georgiev  
J. Werle - T. Kosintseva  
V. Bologan - P. Eljanov  
D. Stellwagen - M. Vachier-Lagrav  
E. L’Ami - J. Smeets  
Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 21nd
D. Jakovenko - J. Smeets  
M. Vachier-Lagrav - E. L’Ami  
P. Eljanov - D. Stellwagen  
T. Kosintseva - V. Bologan  
V. Georgiev - J. Werle  
F. Nijboer - S. Atalik  
G. Sargissian - B. Xiangzhi  
Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 23th
B. Xiangzhi - D. Jakovenko  
S. Atalik - G. Sargissian  
J. Werle - F. Nijboer  
V. Bologan - V. Georgiev  
D. Stellwagen - T. Kosintseva  
E. L’Ami - P. Eljanov  
J. Smeets - M. Vachier-Lagrav  
Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 24th
D. Jakovenko - M. Vachier-Lagrav  
P. Eljanov - J. Smeets  
T. Kosintseva - E. L’Ami  
V. Georgiev - D. Stellwagen  
F. Nijboer - V. Bologan  
G. Sargissian - J. Werle  
B. Xiangzhi - S. Atalik  
Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 26th
S. Atalik - D. Jakovenko  
J. Werle - B. Xiangzhi  
V. Bologan - G. Sargissian  
D. Stellwagen - F. Nijboer  
E. L’Ami - V. Georgiev  
J. Smeets - T. Kosintseva  
M. Vachier-Lagrav - P. Eljanov  
Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 27th
D. Jakovenko - P. Eljanov  
T. Kosintseva - M. Vachier-Lagrav  
V. Georgiev - J. Smeets  
F. Nijboer - E. L’Ami  
G. Sargissian - D. Stellwagen  
B. Xiangzhi - V. Bologan  
S. Atalik - J. Werle  
Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 28th
J. Werle - D. Jakovenko  
V. Bologan - S. Atalik  
D. Stellwagen - B. Xiangzhi  
E. L’Ami - G. Sargissian  
J. Smeets - F. Nijboer  
M. Vachier-Lagrav - V. Georgiev  
P. Eljanov - T. Kosintseva  
 

Schedule and pairings of Grandmaster Group C

Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 13th
S. Brynell - T. Willemze  
P. Negi - W. Spoelman  
N. Kosintseva - H. Yifan  
M. Krasenkow - I. Nepomniachtchi  
J. van der Wiel - Z. Peng  
E. Berg - E. van Haastert  
M. Bosboom - H. Jonkman  
Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 14th
T. Willemze - H. Jonkman  
E. van Haastert - M. Bosboom  
Z. Peng - E. Berg  
I. Nepomniachtchi - J. van der Wiel  
H. Yifan - M. Krasenkow  
W. Spoelman - N. Kosintseva  
S. Brynell - P. Negi  
Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 15th
P. Negi - T. Willemze  
N. Kosintseva - S. Brynell  
M. Krasenkow - W. Spoelman  
J. van der Wiel - H. Yifan  
E. Berg - I. Nepomniachtchi  
M. Bosboom - Z. Peng  
H. Jonkman - E. van Haastert  
Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 16th
T. Willemze - E. van Haastert  
Z. Peng - H. Jonkman  
I. Nepomniachtchi - M. Bosboom  
H. Yifan - E. Berg  
W. Spoelman - J. van der Wiel  
S. Brynell - M. Krasenkow  
P. Negi - N. Kosintseva  
Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 18th
N. Kosintseva - T. Willemze  
M. Krasenkow - P. Negi  
J. van der Wiel - S. Brynell  
E. Berg - W. Spoelman  
M. Bosboom - H. Yifan  
H. Jonkman - I. Nepomniachtchi  
E. van Haastert - Z. Peng  
Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 19th
T. Willemze - Z. Peng  
I. Nepomniachtchi - E. van Haastert  
H. Yifan - H. Jonkman  
W. Spoelman - M. Bosboom  
S. Brynell - E. Berg  
P. Negi - J. van der Wiel  
N. Kosintseva - M. Krasenkow  
Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 20st
M. Krasenkow - T. Willemze  
J. van der Wiel - N. Kosintseva  
E. Berg - P. Negi  
M. Bosboom - S. Brynell  
H. Jonkman - W. Spoelman  
E. van Haastert - H. Yifan  
Z. Peng - I. Nepomniachtchi  
Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 21nd
T. Willemze - I. Nepomniachtchi  
H. Yifan - Z. Peng  
W. Spoelman - E. van Haastert  
S. Brynell - H. Jonkman  
P. Negi - M. Bosboom  
N. Kosintseva - E. Berg  
M. Krasenkow - J. van der Wiel  
Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 23th
J. van der Wiel - T. Willemze  
E. Berg - M. Krasenkow  
M. Bosboom - N. Kosintseva  
H. Jonkman - P. Negi  
E. van Haastert - S. Brynell  
Z. Peng - W. Spoelman  
I. Nepomniachtchi - H. Yifan  
Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 24th
T. Willemze - H. Yifan  
W. Spoelman - I. Nepomniachtchi  
S. Brynell - Z. Peng  
P. Negi - E. van Haastert  
N. Kosintseva - H. Jonkman  
M. Krasenkow - M. Bosboom  
J. van der Wiel - E. Berg  
Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 26th
E. Berg - T. Willemze  
M. Bosboom - J. van der Wiel  
H. Jonkman - M. Krasenkow  
E. van Haastert - N. Kosintseva  
Z. Peng - P. Negi  
I. Nepomniachtchi - S. Brynell  
H. Yifan - W. Spoelman  
Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 27th
T. Willemze - W. Spoelman  
S. Brynell - H. Yifan  
P. Negi - I. Nepomniachtchi  
N. Kosintseva - Z. Peng  
M. Krasenkow - E. van Haastert  
J. van der Wiel - H. Jonkman  
E. Berg - M. Bosboom  
Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 28th
M. Bosboom - T. Willemze  
H. Jonkman - E. Berg  
E. van Haastert - J. van der Wiel  
Z. Peng - M. Krasenkow  
I. Nepomniachtchi - N. Kosintseva  
H. Yifan - P. Negi  
W. Spoelman - S. Brynell  
 

Pictures from the opening day

The following pictures were provided by our Russian colleague Yury Vasiliev, who is in Wijk aan Zee covering the event for ChessPro.


Arriving in wind-swept Wijk: Peter Svidler, Vishy and Aruna Anand


The drawing of lots with hyperactive young boys – see video below


Sergey Karjakin, who turned 17 on Friday


A chess cake and chocolate pieces


Vladimir Kramnik with a chocolate king


GM Elisbar Ubilava (right) with his latest prodigy: GM Parimarjan Negi, 13
("Ubi" used to be Anand's second, now he trains the Indian team)


Pretty darn strong: the Kosintseva sisters Tatiana and Nadezhda


Silvio Danailov and Veselin Topalov with chief organiser Jeroen van den Berg.
Please find a caption to this picture yourself [Buffer overflow, too many lines]


The games can begin...

Chess Vibes Videos

The Dutch site Chessvibes, the creation of Peter Doggers, will be providing video films and pictures from the Wijk aan Zee tournament. For starters here are three (the third fully in Dutch), showing the drawing of lots at the openings ceremony, interviews with Alexei Shirov, Parimarjan Negi, Viswanathan Anand, Jan Werle and Loek van Wely. Unfortunately the sound is not great (a lot of noise in the background), but that is expected to improve in the future.


Drawing of lots – 6'30"


Interviews with Shirov, Parimarjan Negi, Anand – 4'23"


Interviews with Dutch players Jan Werle and Loek van Wely – 9'01"


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