Tata Steel Rd.1: Anand, Nakamura and Smeets win

1/15/2011 – In the newly rebranded Wijk aan Zee by Tata Steel, the world's top three are joined by a fascinating mix, and even the "B" and "C" events are not to be ignored. In the top "A" tournament, Anand, Nakamura, and Smeets were the first to strike blood, and Carlsen played ambitiously against Aronian though drew. In "C", 14-year-old Nyzhnyk beat top seed GM Kazhgaleyev (2637). Illustrated report.

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This event is taking place from January 14th to 30th, 2011 in the traditional De Moriaan Center in Wijk aan Zee. There are three Grandmaster Groups, with 14 players each and each competitor playing against every other. The rate of play is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and finally 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 seconds/move increment starting with the first move of the game. Games begin at 13:30h local time (CET), except for the last round on January 30th, which begins at 12:00h. There are three rest days, on January 19th, 24th, and 27th.

Results of round one

Group A: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 15th
Ruslan Ponomariov - Viswanathan Anand
0-1
Erwin l'Ami - Anish Giri
½-½
Jan Smeets - Alexei Shirov
1-0
Magnus Carlsen - Levon Aronian
½-½
Hikaru Nakamura - Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Wang Hao
½-½
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Group B: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 15th
Vlad Tkachiev - Laurant Fressinet
½-½
Friso Nijboer - Li Chao
½-½
Luke McShane - Wouter Spoelman
1-0
Radek Wojtaszek - David Navara
0-1
Le Quang Liem - Wesley So
½-½
Gabriel Sargissian - Surya Ganguly
1-0
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Zahar Efimenko
0-1
Group C: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 15th
Mark van der Werf - Benjamin Bok
½-½
Sebastian Siebrecht - Roeland Pruijssers
½-½
Ivan Ivanisevic - Tania Sachdev
0-1
Katherina Lahno - Mark Bluvshtein
½-½
Dariusz Swiercz - Jan Willem de Jong
1-0
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
1-0
Robin van Kampen - Daniele Vocaturo
0-1


The playing hall with the myriad opens underway

The first round of the first super-GM tournament of 2011 was no disappointment, but with not one but three excellent events to follow, how could it be otherwise? Understandably, the eyes were on the top three rated players, Carlsen (back to his number one spot), Anand, the World Champion, and Aronian, the latest to climb to the top of Mount Elo with 2805. Carlsen and Aronian were paired in the very first round, and despite the relatively short game span, and draw in 28 moves, was a lively affair that seemed to teeter on the edge of disaster but held in the end. Carlsen wrote in his blog at sponsor Arctic Securities:

Something went wrong in my preparation for the game and the 30 minutes extra on the clock wasn’t much of a consolation for my poor prospects in the sharp middle game. A pawn down, my kingside was as vulnerable as his and after exchanging queens black was slightly better. Aronian went for a line leading to a forced draw as he seemed to have missed hxg6! and the game ended with perpetual checks after just 2 hours.

Ponomariov played an unusual novelty in his game against Anand, which turned out to cost him two tempi in the end. Somehow he was never able to get anything constructive going and the World Champion built a huge position that he tendered with care until Ruslan was left playing idle moves with his queen, waiting for the hammer blow.


Ponomariov about to face off with Anand

Ponomariov,R (2744) - Anand,V (2810) [B92]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 15.01.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Be3 Be6 10.Nd5 Nbd7 11.Qd3 Bxd5 12.exd5 Nc5 13.Qd2 Nfe4 14.Qb4 a5 15.Qb5 Qc7 16.Qc4N








Though this novelty doesn't cause any major swings in the evaluation, it is not clear what White was trying to accomplish. The queen isn't about to jump to the kingside, and it now places itself on the c-file in the line of fire of a Rc8, which was coming anyhow. 16.Rfd1 b6 17.Qc4 f5 18.Bd3 Qd8 19.Nxc5 Nxc5 20.a3 Rc8 21.Qb5 e4 22.Bf1 Bf6 23.Rab1 Be5 24.b4 axb4 25.Rxb4 Nd7 26.Rc4 Rxc4 27.Qxc4 Qe8 28.Re1 Nf6 29.h3 Nd7 30.Qc7 f4 31.Bc1 e3 32.Bb5 exf2+ 33.Kxf2 f3 0-1 Svidler,P (2713)-Polgar,J (2677)/Dos Hermanas 1999/CBM 071 16...Rac8 17.Rfd1. 17.f3 was to be considered if only to prevent Black from playing f5 as in the game, which gave him a very good game. 17...Nf6 17...f5! 18.c3 Qd8 19.Qb5. Now it is clear that Ponomariov has squandered valuable tempi and Anand's prospects are starting to look mighty nice. 19...b6 20.Nd2 Nxd2 21.Bxd2 Bf6 22.Rab1 e4 23.b4 Nd7 24.Rb3 Be5 25.a3








The first inclination would be to complain this move is associated with a plan that seems too slow, but having no really constructive replacements to offer instead.... let's just agree White is in trouble. 25...Rf7 The purpose is simply to protect the knight, and free the queen up. 26.c4 axb4 27.axb4 Ra8 28.Bc3 Bxc3 29.Rxc3








29...Ra2! It is somewhat ironic that it is Anand's rook that takes advantage of the Ukrainian's play to open lines on the queenside. 30.Re3 g6 31.Bf1 Qf6 32.Rde1








32...Kg7. The unforgivable engines point out that the World Champion could have shortened resistance with 32...f4! 33.R3e2 (33.Rxe4 f3 34.g3 Qb2) 33...Rxe2 34.Rxe2 f3! 35.Ra2 e3! 36.fxe3 Qc3 and White will not avoid heavy losses. 33.R3e2 Ra3 34.Qc6 h5 35.Re3 Ra7 36.h3 h4 37.Rb3 Ra2 38.Rbe3 g5. 38...Rxf2! 39.Kxf2 Qd4! threatening f4 obviously, and if 40.Ke2 to try and get out of the pin. Black finishes with 40...f4 41.Rb3 f3+ with mate to follow. 39.R3e2 Ra7 40.Qc8. The truth is: what can Ruslan do? It is a bit like those Old West films where the victim is tied to the railway tracks and can only wait for the locomotive to end it all. 40...Ne5 41.Rc2. This already loses the queen, but the result was only a question of 'when' not 'if'. 41...Rf8 42.Qe6 Qd8 43.c5 bxc5 44.bxc5 Rf6 45.Qxe5. No resignation? Well, it isn't the first time Ponomariov does this, but it would seem to be more a case of self-torture than frustrating the opponent. Anand is hardly the type to get his feathers ruffled by this. 45...dxe5 46.d6 g4 47.hxg4 fxg4 48.g3 hxg3 49.fxg3 Qa5 50.Rec1 Qa3 51.Rc3 Qb2 52.R1c2 Qb4 0-1. [Click to replay]


Jan Gustafsson and Jan Smeet pondering the ineffable truths of the universe...

The game between Smeets and Shirov was pretty much over before it started. Smeets had no issues entering the pet line of the ex-Latvian, and they rattled of 22 moves of theory in no time, following Shirov's game against Ivanchuk from last year's Wijk. He then played his novelty, prepared by his second GM Jan Gustafsson, one that the engines favored, and thus should at the very least have been anticipated. Alexei seemed to not have looked at it and blundered only two moves later, and resigning in four played moves.


Anish Giri in the tournament of his life, and the youngest participant by far

The two Dutch players l'Ami and Giri, playing the strongest event of their lives, duked it out nervously, and several inaccuracies eventually balanced out into a just draw. A 'just' draw though is precisely what didn't happen in the game between French prodigy Vachier-Lagrave and Wang Hao. Maxime built up a huge position against the Chinese GM, and really had a choice of winning moves,... except the one he played.


Vachier-Lagrave and Wang Hao in the post-mortem overlooked by Yasser Seirawan

Hao had carefully prepared an absolutely diabolical trap that saved the half-point in spectacular fashion. Not to be missed!

Vachier Lagrave,M (2715) - Wang Hao (2731) [D19]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 15.01.2011

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 Nbd7 9.Qe2 0-0 10.e4 Bg6 11.Bd3 Bh5 12.e5 Nd5 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.Qe3 Be7 15.Bd2 Nb8 16.a5 a6 17.Rfc1 Nc6 18.Ne1 Qd7 19.Bc2 Qd8 20.Qh3 Bg6 21.Bxg6 hxg6 22.Qg4 Rc8 23.Nf3 Qd7 24.Bg5 Bb4 25.Qh4 Ne7 26.g4 Rxc1+ 27.Rxc1 Rc8 28.Kg2 Nc6 29.Rd1 Bxa5 30.Rd3 Nb4 31.Rb3 Qb5 32.Be7








The idea seems clear and clean: Ng5 for the win, however it fails to an amazing resource that really has to be seen to be believed. 32.Bf6! was winning. 32...Nd3!! 33.Rxb5. The point is that if Maxime takes the rook with 33.Rxd3 then Hao can not only protect his h7 square with 33...g5!! but will even take the upperhand. 34.Nxg5 Qxd3 33...Nf4+ trying to avoid the perpetual only allows *Black* to dream of a win. 34.Kg3. 34.Kh1 Rc1+ 35.Ng1 Ne2 36.h3 (36.Rc5 Rxg1#) 36...axb5 37.Kh2 Rxg1 38.Qg5 Rb1 39.Qe3 Rxb2 40.Qa3 Bc3 34...Ne2+ 35.Kh3 Nf4+ 36.Kg3 Ne2+ 37.Kg2 Nf4+ 1/2-1/2. [Click to replay]


Kramnik sheds some light on the game with Russian champion Nepomniachtchi

The newly crowned Russian Champion, 20-year-old Nepomniachtchi played an interesting game against the 14th World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik, and though he got himself into what seemed a very dangerous position, managed to extricate himself and a draw was concluded. American GM Nakamura, finally enjoying invitations to top tournaments, was able to get revenge against Grischuk for his failure to win at the Tal Memorial, late last year, and after a botched opening by the Russian, found himself with everything he could desire: development, activity, and a massive space advantage that threatened to just carpet bomb his opponent.


A deservedly pleased Nakamura is interviewed after his win

Nakamura,Hi (2751) - Grischuk,A (2773) [D38]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 15.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.e3 c5 8.dxc5 Qa5 9.Rc1 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 0-0 11.Nd4 Grischuk had to be a little surprised by this move, as it was first played by Potkin against Tomashevsky at the recently finished Russian Superfinal, and had ended happily for Black. That said, it also gave Potkin excellent play for his pieces, exactly the type of position that suits Nakamura's style. 11...Qxc5. 11...Qxa2 12.Be2 Qa3 13.Nb5 Qxc5 14.Bf4 Ne8 15.0-0 Nb6 16.Qd4 Qxd4 17.cxd4 Bd7 18.Rb1 Bxb5 19.Rxb5 and though good for White.... 0-1 on move 40. Potkin,V (2646)-Tomashevsky,E (2699)/Moscow 2010/CB50_2010 12.Bd3 Ne4 13.Bf4 Nb6 14.Qc2 h6 15.f3 Nf6 16.g4 Re8








17.Kf2! The position is very unpleasant for the Russian, and he is having trouble formulating a plan to free himself, that doesn't include watching Nakamura simply shove all his kingside pawns into his face. 17...Nc4 18.h4








18...Bxg4?! One would love nothing better than to claim this was some sort of brilliant shot that gave him excellent counterplay, but.... it was more a desperation move than anything. 19.Bxc4 dxc4 20.fxg4 Nxg4+ 21.Kf3 Ne5+ 22.Bxe5 Rxe5 23.Kf2 Rae8 24.Rh3 b5 25.Rg1 Re4 26.Qd1 b4 27.Qf3 Rxe3








It obviously doesn't help that Nakamura is as sharp as a razor. 28.Rxg7+! Kxg7 29.Qg4+ Kf8 30.Rxe3 Rxe3 31.Kxe3 bxc3 32.Ke2 Qe5+ 33.Kd1 Qh2 34.Ne2 Qd6+ 35.Qd4 Qxd4+ 36.Nxd4 Game over. 36...Kg7 37.Nc6 a6 38.Nb8 a5 39.a4 Kf6 40.Nc6 Ke6 41.Nxa5 Kd5 42.Kc2. Grischuk resigned since 42...Kd4 (42...f5 43.Kxc3 f4 44.Nxc4) 43.Nc6+ Kc5 44.Ne5 f5 45.Kxc3 1-0. [Click to replay]


14-year-old Ilya Nyzhnyk is currently the youngest GM alive

In the "C" Tournament, there was another noteworthy result, that of 14-year-old GM Ilya Nyzhnyk from Ukraine (they breed these prodigies by the dozen it would seem) who had outplayed his opponent, the top-rated GM Murtas Kazhgaleyev, (2637), setting a strong promise for the rest of the event.

Watching the games

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Schedule of Grandmaster Group A

Group A: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 15th
Ruslan Ponomariov - Viswanathan Anand
0-1
Erwin l'Ami - Anish Giri
½-½
Jan Smeets - Alexei Shirov
1-0
Magnus Carlsen - Levon Aronian
½-½
Hikaru Nakamura - Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Wang Hao
½-½
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Group A: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 16th
Viswanathan Anand - Vladimir Kramnik  
Wang Hao - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Alexander Grischuk - Max. Vachier-Lagrave  
Levon Aronian - Hikaru Nakamura  
Alexei Shirov - Magnus Carlsen  
Anish Giri - Jan Smeets  
Ruslan Ponomariov - Erwin l'Ami  
Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 17th
Erwin l'Ami - Viswanathan Anand  
Jan Smeets - Ruslan Ponomariov  
Magnus Carlsen - Anish Giri  
Hikaru Nakamura - Alexei Shirov  
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Levon Aronian  
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Alexander Grischuk  
Vladimir Kramnik - Wang Hao  
Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 18th
Viswanathan Anand - Wang Hao  
Alexander Grischuk - Vladimir Kramnik  
Levon Aronian - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Alexei Shirov - Max. Vachier-Lagrave  
Anish Giri - Hikaru Nakamura  
Ruslan Ponomariov - Magnus Carlsen  
Erwin l'Ami - Jan Smeets  
Wednesday, January 19th – Free day
Group A: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 20th
Jan Smeets - Viswanathan Anand  
Magnus Carlsen - Erwin l'Ami  
Hikaru Nakamura - Ruslan Ponomariov  
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Anish Giri  
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Alexei Shirov  
Vladimir Kramnik - Levon Aronian  
Wang Hao - Alexander Grischuk  
Group A: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 21st
Viswanathan Anand - Alexander Grischuk  
Levon Aronian - Wang Hao  
Alexei Shirov - Vladimir Kramnik  
Anish Giri - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Ruslan Ponomariov - Max. Vachier-Lagrave  
Erwin l'Ami - Hikaru Nakamura  
Jan Smeets - Magnus Carlsen  
Group A: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 22nd
Magnus Carlsen - Viswanathan Anand  
Hikaru Nakamura - Jan Smeets  
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Erwin l'Ami  
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Ruslan Ponomariov  
Vladimir Kramnik - Anish Giri  
Wang Hao - Alexei Shirov  
Alexander Grischuk - Levon Aronian  
Group A: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 23rd
Viswanathan Anand - Levon Aronian  
Alexei Shirov - Alexander Grischuk  
Anish Giri - Wang Hao  
Ruslan Ponomariov - Vladimir Kramnik  
Erwin l'Ami - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Jan Smeets - Max. Vachier-Lagrave  
Magnus Carlsen - Hikaru Nakamura  
Monday, January 24th – Free day
Group A: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 25th
Hikaru Nakamura - Viswanathan Anand  
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Magnus Carlsen  
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Jan Smeets  
Vladimir Kramnik - Erwin l'Ami  
Wang Hao - Ruslan Ponomariov  
Alexander Grischuk - Anish Giri  
Levon Aronian - Alexei Shirov  
Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 26th
Viswanathan Anand - Alexei Shirov  
Anish Giri - Levon Aronian  
Ruslan Ponomariov - Alexander Grischuk  
Erwin l'Ami - Wang Hao  
Jan Smeets - Vladimir Kramnik  
Magnus Carlsen - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Hikaru Nakamura - Max. Vachier-Lagrave  
Thursday, January 27th – Free day
Group A: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 28th
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Viswanathan Anand  
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Hikaru Nakamura  
Vladimir Kramnik - Magnus Carlsen  
Wang Hao - Jan Smeets  
Alexander Grischuk - Erwin l'Ami  
Levon Aronian - Ruslan Ponomariov  
Alexei Shirov - Anish Giri  
Group A: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 29th
Viswanathan Anand - Anish Giri  
Ruslan Ponomariov - Alexei Shirov  
Erwin l'Ami - Levon Aronian  
Jan Smeets - Alexander Grischuk  
Magnus Carlsen - Wang Hao  
Hikaru Nakamura - Vladimir Kramnik  
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30st
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Viswanathan Anand  
Vladimir Kramnik - Max. Vachier-Lagrave  
Wang Hao - Hikaru Nakamura  
Alexander Grischuk - Magnus Carlsen  
Levon Aronian - Jan Smeets  
Alexei Shirov - Erwin l'Ami  
Anish Giri - Ruslan Ponomariov  

Schedule of Grandmaster Group B

Group B: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 15th
Vlad Tkachiev - Laurant Fressinet
½-½
Friso Nijboer - Li Chao
½-½
Luke McShane - Wouter Spoelman
1-0
Radek Wojtaszek - David Navara
0-1
Le Quang Liem - Wesley So
½-½
Gabriel Sargissian - Surya Ganguly
1-0
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Zahar Efimenko
0-1
Group B: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 16th
Laurant Fressinet - Zahar Efimenko  
Surya Ganguly - Jon Ludvig Hammer  
Wesley So - Gabriel Sargissian  
David Navara - Le Quang Liem  
Wouter Spoelman - Radek Wojtaszek  
Li Chao - Luke McShane  
Vlad Tkachiev - Friso Nijboer  
Group B: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 17th
Friso Nijboer - Laurant Fressinet  
Luke McShane - Vlad Tkachiev  
Radek Wojtaszek - Li Chao  
Le Quang Liem - Wouter Spoelman  
Gabriel Sargissian - David Navara  
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Wesley So  
Zahar Efimenko - Surya Ganguly  
Group B: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 18th
Laurant Fressinet - Surya Ganguly  
Wesley So - Zahar Efimenko  
David Navara - Jon Ludvig Hammer  
Wouter Spoelman - Gabriel Sargissian  
Li Chao - Le Quang Liem  
Vlad Tkachiev - Radek Wojtaszek  
Friso Nijboer - Luke McShane  
Wednesday, January 19th – Free day
Group B: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 20th
Luke McShane - Laurant Fressinet  
Radek Wojtaszek - Friso Nijboer  
Le Quang Liem - Vlad Tkachiev  
Gabriel Sargissian - Li Chao  
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Wouter Spoelman  
Zahar Efimenko - David Navara  
Surya Ganguly - Wesley So  
Group B: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 21st
Laurant Fressinet - Wesley So  
David Navara - Surya Ganguly  
Wouter Spoelman - Zahar Efimenko  
Li Chao - Jon Ludvig Hammer  
Vlad Tkachiev - Gabriel Sargissian  
Friso Nijboer - Le Quang Liem  
Luke McShane - Radek Wojtaszek  
Group B: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 22nd
Radek Wojtaszek - Laurant Fressinet  
Le Quang Liem - Luke McShane  
Gabriel Sargissian - Friso Nijboer  
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Vlad Tkachiev  
Zahar Efimenko - Li Chao  
Surya Ganguly - Wouter Spoelman  
Wesley So - David Navara  
Group B: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 23rd
Laurant Fressinet - David Navara  
Wouter Spoelman - Wesley So  
Li Chao - Surya Ganguly  
Vlad Tkachiev - Zahar Efimenko  
Friso Nijboer - Jon Ludvig Hammer  
Luke McShane - Gabriel Sargissian  
Radek Wojtaszek - Le Quang Liem  
Monday, January 24th – Free day
Group B: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 25th
Le Quang Liem - Laurant Fressinet  
Gabriel Sargissian - Radek Wojtaszek  
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Luke McShane  
Zahar Efimenko - Friso Nijboer  
Surya Ganguly - Vlad Tkachiev  
Wesley So - Li Chao  
David Navara - Wouter Spoelman  
Group B: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 26th
Laurant Fressinet - Wouter Spoelman  
Li Chao - David Navara  
Vlad Tkachiev - Wesley So  
Friso Nijboer - Surya Ganguly  
Luke McShane - Zahar Efimenko  
Radek Wojtaszek - Jon Ludvig Hammer  
Le Quang Liem - Gabriel Sargissian  
Thursday, January 27th – Free day
Group B: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 28th
Gabriel Sargissian - Laurant Fressinet  
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Le Quang Liem  
Zahar Efimenko - Radek Wojtaszek  
Surya Ganguly - Luke McShane  
Wesley So - Friso Nijboer  
David Navara - Vlad Tkachiev  
Wouter Spoelman - Li Chao  
Group B: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 29th
Laurant Fressinet - Li Chao  
Vlad Tkachiev - Wouter Spoelman  
Friso Nijboer - David Navara  
Luke McShane - Wesley So  
Radek Wojtaszek - Surya Ganguly  
Le Quang Liem - Zahar Efimenko  
Gabriel Sargissian - Jon Ludvig Hammer  
Group B: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30th
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Laurant Fressinet  
Zahar Efimenko - Gabriel Sargissian  
Surya Ganguly - Le Quang Liem  
Wesley So - Radek Wojtaszek  
David Navara - Luke McShane  
Wouter Spoelman - Friso Nijboer  
Li Chao - Vlad Tkachiev  

Schedule of Grandmaster Group C

Group C: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 15th
Mark van der Werf - Benjamin Bok
½-½
Sebastian Siebrecht - Roeland Pruijssers
½-½
Ivan Ivanisevic - Tania Sachdev
0-1
Katherina Lahno - Mark Bluvshtein
½-½
Dariusz Swiercz - Jan Willem de Jong
1-0
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
1-0
Robin van Kampen - Daniele Vocaturo
0-1
Group C: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 16th
Benjamin Bok - Daniele Vocaturo  
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Robin van Kampen  
Jan Willem de Jong - Ilya Nyzhnyk  
Mark Bluvshtein - Dariusz Swiercz  
Tania Sachdev - Katherina Lahno  
Roeland Pruijssers - Ivan Ivanisevic  
Mark van der Werf - Sebastian Siebrecht  
Group C: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 17th
Sebastian Siebrecht - Benjamin Bok  
Ivan Ivanisevic - Mark van der Werf  
Katherina Lahno - Roeland Pruijssers  
Dariusz Swiercz - Tania Sachdev  
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Mark Bluvshtein  
Robin van Kampen - Jan Willem de Jong  
Daniele Vocaturo - Murtas Kazhgaleyev  
Group C: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 18th
Benjamin Bok - Murtas Kazhgaleyev  
Jan Willem de Jong - Daniele Vocaturo  
Mark Bluvshtein - Robin van Kampen  
Tania Sachdev - Ilya Nyzhnyk  
Roeland Pruijssers - Dariusz Swiercz  
Mark van der Werf - Katherina Lahno  
Sebastian Siebrecht - Ivan Ivanisevic  
Wednesday, January 19th – Free day
Group C: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 20th
Ivan Ivanisevic - Benjamin Bok  
Katherina Lahno - Sebastian Siebrecht  
Dariusz Swiercz - Mark van der Werf  
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Roeland Pruijssers  
Robin van Kampen - Tania Sachdev  
Daniele Vocaturo - Mark Bluvshtein  
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Jan Willem de Jong  
Group C: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 21sr
Benjamin Bok - Mark Bluvshtein  
Tania Sachdev - Jan Willem de Jong  
Roeland Pruijssers - Murtas Kazhgaleyev  
Mark van der Werf - Daniele Vocaturo  
Sebastian Siebrecht - Robin van Kampen  
Ivan Ivanisevic - Ilya Nyzhnyk  
Katherina Lahno - Dariusz Swiercz  
Group C: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 22nd
Katherina Lahno - Benjamin Bok  
Dariusz Swiercz - Ivan Ivanisevic  
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Sebastian Siebrecht  
Robin van Kampen - Mark van der Werf  
Daniele Vocaturo - Roeland Pruijssers  
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Tania Sachdev  
Jan Willem de Jong - Mark Bluvshtein  
Group C: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 23rd
Benjamin Bok - Tania Sachdev  
Roeland Pruijssers - Mark Bluvshtein  
Mark van der Werf - Jan Willem de Jong  
Sebastian Siebrecht - Murtas Kazhgaleyev  
Ivan Ivanisevic - Daniele Vocaturo  
Katherina Lahno - Robin van Kampen  
Dariusz Swiercz - Ilya Nyzhnyk  
Monday, January 24th – Free day
Group C: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 25th
Dariusz Swiercz - Benjamin Bok  
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Katherina Lahno  
Robin van Kampen - Ivan Ivanisevic  
Daniele Vocaturo - Sebastian Siebrecht  
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Mark van der Werf  
Jan Willem de Jong - Roeland Pruijssers  
Mark Bluvshtein - Tania Sachdev  
Group C: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 26th
Benjamin Bok - Tania Sachdev  
Roeland Pruijssers - Mark Bluvshtein  
Mark van der Werf - Jan Willem de Jong  
Sebastian Siebrecht - Murtas Kazhgaleyev  
Ivan Ivanisevic - Daniele Vocaturo  
Katherina Lahno - Robin van Kampen  
Dariusz Swiercz - Ilya Nyzhnyk  
Thursday, January 27th – Free day
Group C: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 28th
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Benjamin Bok  
Robin van Kampen - Dariusz Swiercz  
Daniele Vocaturo - Katherina Lahno  
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Ivan Ivanisevic  
Jan Willem de Jong - Sebastian Siebrecht  
Mark Bluvshtein - Mark van der Werf  
Tania Sachdev - Roeland Pruijssers  
Group C: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 29th
Benjamin Bok - Roeland Pruijssers  
Mark van der Werf - Tania Sachdev  
Sebastian Siebrecht - Mark Bluvshtein  
Ivan Ivanisevic - Jan Willem de Jong  
Katherina Lahno - Murtas Kazhgaleyev  
Dariusz Swiercz - Daniele Vocaturo  
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Robin van Kampen  
Group C: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30th
Robin van Kampen - Benjamin Bok  
Daniele Vocaturo - Ilya Nyzhnyk  
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Dariusz Swiercz  
Jan Willem de Jong - Katherina Lahno  
Mark Bluvshtein - Ivan Ivanisevic  
Tania Sachdev - Sebastian Siebrecht  
Roeland Pruijssers - Mark van der Werf  

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