Tata Steel Rd.4: Anand joins Nakamura in lead

1/19/2011 – Shockingly, Nepomniachtchi blundered in ten moves against Aronian, but fortunately attention was drawn away to Anand's lovely positional piece sacrifice against Wang Hao. Anish Giri gave leader Nakamura no end of trouble, but was unable to win. Our report has analysis by GM Karsten Müller plus video commentary by GMs Daniel King and Sergey Shipov, and photos by Fred Lucas.

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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 four

Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 18th
Viswanathan Anand - Wang Hao
1-0
Alexander Grischuk - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Levon Aronian - Ian Nepomniachtchi
1-0
Alexei Shirov - Max. Vachier-Lagrave
0-1
Anish Giri - Hikaru Nakamura
½-½
Ruslan Ponomariov - Magnus Carlsen
½-½
Erwin l'Ami - Jan Smeets
½-½
Group B: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 18th
Laurent Fressinet - Surya Ganguly
1-0
Wesley So - Zahar Efimenko
½-½
David Navara - Jon Ludvig Hammer
½-½
Wouter Spoelman - Gabriel Sargissian
½-½
Li Chao - Le Quang Liem
1-0
Vlad Tkachiev - Radek Wojtaszek
½-½
Friso Nijboer - Luke McShane
½-½
Group C: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 18th
Benjamin Bok - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
1-0
Jan Willem de Jong - Daniele Vocaturo
0-1
Mark Bluvshtein - Robin van Kampen
1-0
Tania Sachdev - Ilya Nyzhnyk
0-1
Roeland Pruijssers - Dariusz Swiercz
0-1
Mark van der Werf - Katherina Lahno
1-0
Sebastian Siebrecht - Ivan Ivanisevic
½-½

A rocky day for the "A" group, with Nepomniachtchi following Carlsen's example: dumping a rook after ten moves. It is hard to know what to make of it. Either the ladies there are astonishingly lovely, or there is something odd being placed in their food.


Ian Nepomniachtchi, who suffered a disaster in round four [photo Fred Lucas]

Aronian,Levon (2805) - Nepomniachtchi,Ian (2733) [D83]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (4), 18.01.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 0-0 6.Rc1 Be6 7.Qb3 c5 8.Qxb7 cxd4 9.exd4

9...Qb6 "Another bold move," said Nepomniachtchi's erstwhile trainer Sergey Shipov in his live commentary. "Going against the mould, Black is happy to exchange queens. After all it won’t be easy for White in the endgame. The a8-rook will enter play dramatically, and the centre will come under pressure from Black… True, I’m a little worried by the capture on a8. Will Black manage to trap the white queen there? In the line played by Volodya Belov – without an exchange on d4 – it’s done with Nb8-d7. But here…"

10.Qxa8. Shipov continued: "By the way, about that rook! What can you play here? Unfortunately, after 10…Nbd7 there’s the terrifyingly strong reply 11.c5!… What’s going on, my friends?? Has Ian really gone banally wrong by including the exchange? Unfortunately the queen can’t be caught now – coconuts won’t grow! [Translator's note: from the song "The Island of Misfortune" in the cult Soviet comedy, "The Diamond Arm" - "crocodiles can't be caught, coconuts won't grow".] I won’t go back and add question marks in hindsight, but 8…cxd4? deserves one. That was a note from a different opera. Our young champion mixed everything up. After the exchange on d4 things were already bad. On 9…Nbd7, saving the rook, 10. c5! is extremely unpleasant. I’m in shock…"

Right he was, the game ended quickly in Aronian's favour: 10...Nh5 11.c5 Qxb2 12.Bd2 Bxd4 13.Nf3 Nd7 14.Qxf8+ Kxf8 15.Nxd4 Nxc5 16.Rb1 Qa3 17.Be2 Nf4 18.0-0 Nxe2+ 19.Ncxe2 Nd7 20.Rb7 Qa6 21.Nxe6+ Qxe6 22.Nd4 Qg4 23.Rc1 f6 24.Be3 Nb6 25.h3 Qe4 26.Rcc7 1-0.

In his video round-up of the day’s games Shipov revealed that Nepomniachtchi had decided to “improve” on the previous move 8…Qb6, by playing 8…cxd4?? (Shipov’s question marks). His idea was that after 10.Qxa8 Nbd7 11.c5 he could play 11…Qxb2, and both the queen and the c1-rook would be under attack. Alas, the fly in the ointment was that the exchange of pawns also meant the c1-rook is now protected by the f4-bishop – and Black’s completely lost.

Nepomniachtchi said he came up with the novelty at the board, which Shipov called a “methodological mistake” (especially in an opening as sharp as the Grunfeld!). The video below should start at the point where Shipov is demonstrating 11…Qxb2, but obviously you can also watch all 41 minutes of analysis. The only proviso is that Shipov is, of course, speaking Russian!:

Thanks to Colin McGourty for the above translation on his site Chess in Translation, and of course to Sergey Shipov for his candid take on the game. You can read his commentary in full here.


Anish Giri (photo above by Fred Lucas) played a rare line of the Nimzo-Indian against Nakamura in which he allowed his queenside pawn structure to be destroyed, in exchange for some gaping holes for his pieces. Hikaru had a tough time of it, and eventually swapped down to a rook endgame a pawn down. Giri pressed on for 20 moves but was unable to swing the balance in his favor and a draw was eventually concluded. GM Karsten Müller has annotated the endgame in his trademark didactic style.

Giri,Anish (2686) - Nakamura,Hikaru (2751) [E00]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (4), 18.01.2011 [Mueller,Karsten]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Ne4 7.Qd3 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Be7 9.Nb5 Nc6 10.Bf4 e5 11.Bc1 0-0 12.Bg2 d6 13.Ba3 Qa5 14.0-0 Rd8 15.Bb4 Qb6 16.a4 Na5 17.Rfd1 Be6 18.Bxa5 Qxa5 19.Bxb7 Rab8 20.Bd5 Rbc8 21.Qf3 Bxd5 22.Rxd5 Qa6 23.Qe4 Rc6 24.c5 Rxc5 25.Rxc5 dxc5 26.Qxe5 Qb7 27.Rb1 Bf6 28.Qf5 Qc6 29.Nxa7 Qxa4 30.Qxc5 Qa2 31.Re1 Qd2 32.Kf1 Bxc3 33.Rb1 Bd4 34.Qe7 Bxa7 35.Qxa7 Qd5 36.Kg1 Qa8 37.Qxa8 Rxa8








Rook endings are always drawn. When the winning potential is very reduced this tendency is usually very strong: 38.Rb5!? White prevents his opponent from adopting the standard configuration f7-g6-h5. 38...f6. 38...g6 can be met by 39.g4. 39.h4 Re8 40.Kf1 g6 41.g4 Re4 42.f3 Ra4 43.Rb8+ Kg7 44.Rb7+ Kg8








At first sight the black setup looks dubious, but he manages to get relief just in time. 45.Kf2. 45.g5 Rxh4 46.gxf6 Rf4=. 45...Ra5 46.Kg3 h6 47.Rd7 h5!








Reducing the winning potential is important as purely passive defense usually leads to disaster in rook endings. 48.gxh5. 48.e4 hxg4 49.fxg4 g5 50.hxg5 (50.h5 Ra3+) 50...Rxg5 51.Rd5 Rg6 52.Kf4 Kf7 should be tenable as well in both cases. 48...Rxh5 49.e4 g5 50.hxg5 Rxg5+ 51.Kf4 Ra5 52.Rc7 Kf8 53.Rd7 Kg8 54.Rd5 Ra3! 55.Kg4 Re3!








Paralyzes the white pawns. 56.Rd7 Kf8 57.Ra7 Kg8 58.f4. White can not make progess by normal means so Giri allows the exchange of a pair of pawns. 58...Rxe4 59.Kf5 Re8








60.Kg6. White's activity is also insufficient after 60.Kxf6 Rf8+ 61.Kg5 (61.Kg6 Rxf4 62.Ra8+ Rf8=) 61...Rb8 62.f5 Rb6 leads to the well known Philidor position.








Analysis diagram

After 63.f6 Rb1= White's king can find no shelter.

60...f5 61.Rg7+ Kh8 62.Rh7+ Kg8 63.Rg7+ Kh8 64.Rf7 Kg8 65.Rxf5 Re7!? 66.Rg5








66...Rf7. Even 66...Rg7+?! is playable as 67.Kf6 can be met by 67...Kh8!! 68.Rxg7 stalemate. 67.Kh6+. After 67.f5 Black can exchange rooks: 67...Rg7+ 68.Kf6 Rxg5 69.Kxg5 Kg7








Analysis diagram

as his king defends the key squares: 70.f6+ Kf7 71.Kf5 Kf8!=

67...Kf8 68.f5 Rf6+ 69.Kh5 Kf7 1/2-1/2 [Click to replay]


Alexei Shirov's confidence has been shot after his untimely defeats, and it showed in his game against Vachier-Lagrave. He set himself up to go for maximum threats and activity, but chose the wrong direction (precisely what one would not expect of him) and his position quickly degraded beyond repair.


Two World Champions: Vladimir Kramnik kibitzes Vishy Anand's round three game
in this wonderfully captured photo by Fred Lucas

The best game of the round was Anand's very fine victory over Wang Hao. Anand played an extremely strong positional piece sacrifice which was also a novelty, and though it is perfectly possible this was the result of home preparation, the line is almost unheard of in GM practice, so it is also quite possible the move was one of brilliant inspiration. Either way, a great and convincing game, that brought him to parity with Nakamura for the lead.


Outclassed by Vishy Anand: Chinese GM Wang Hao [photo Fred Lucas]

In case you missed it on Playchess here is GM Daniel King giving us a run-down of the game Vishy Anand vs Wang Hao in round four.

Current standings after four rounds

Grandmaster "A" tournament

In the "B" tournament, McShane finally dropped a half-point before the rest day tomorrow, though he continues to lead by a full point, and in the "C" tournament, GM Vocaturo is also leading with 3.5/4.

Grandmaster "B" tournament

Grandmaster "C" tournament

Watching the games

It goes without saying that the options to watch the games live are wide and varied. You can watch them at no cost on Playchess, enjoying the software's new options to display multiple boards at the same time, and if you are a Premium member, live grandmaster commentary will be provided on Playchess for every round by GM Daniel King, author of the best-selling Power Play series, and GM Lubomir Ftacnik.

If you miss the live games, you can always watch the commentary after the fact, or get an abridged tale via the Daily Roundup show also hosted on Playchess. Again, if you miss the show, it remains available on the server at your disposal.


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
½-½
Wang Hao - Ian Nepomniachtchi
0-1
Alexander Grischuk - Max. Vachier-Lagrave
½-½
Levon Aronian - Hikaru Nakamura
½-½
Alexei Shirov - Magnus Carlsen
½-½
Anish Giri - Jan Smeets
½-½
Ruslan Ponomariov - Erwin l'Ami
½-½
Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 17th
Erwin l'Ami - Viswanathan Anand
½-½
Jan Smeets - Ruslan Ponomariov
0-1
Magnus Carlsen - Anish Giri
0-1
Hikaru Nakamura - Alexei Shirov
1-0
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Levon Aronian
½-½
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Alexander Grischuk
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik - Wang Hao
½-½
Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 18th
Viswanathan Anand - Wang Hao
1-0
Alexander Grischuk - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Levon Aronian - Ian Nepomniachtchi
1-0
Alexei Shirov - Max. Vachier-Lagrave
0-1
Anish Giri - Hikaru Nakamura
½-½
Ruslan Ponomariov - Magnus Carlsen
½-½
Erwin l'Ami - Jan Smeets
½-½
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
½-½
Surya Ganguly - Jon Ludvig Hammer
1-0
Wesley So - Gabriel Sargissian
½-½
David Navara - Le Quang Liem
½-½
Wouter Spoelman - Radek Wojtaszek
½-½
Li Chao - Luke McShane
0-1
Vlad Tkachiev - Friso Nijboer
½-½
Group B: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 17th
Friso Nijboer - Laurent Fressinet
½-½
Luke McShane - Vlad Tkachiev
1-0
Radek Wojtaszek - Li Chao
1-0
Le Quang Liem - Wouter Spoelman
0-1
Gabriel Sargissian - David Navara
½-½
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Wesley So
½-½
Zahar Efimenko - Surya Ganguly
½-½
Group B: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 18th
Laurent Fressinet - Surya Ganguly
1-0
Wesley So - Zahar Efimenko
½-½
David Navara - Jon Ludvig Hammer
½-½
Wouter Spoelman - Gabriel Sargissian
½-½
Li Chao - Le Quang Liem
1-0
Vlad Tkachiev - Radek Wojtaszek
½-½
Friso Nijboer - Luke McShane
½-½
Wednesday, January 19th – Free day
Group B: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 20th
Luke McShane - Laurent 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 - Laurent 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
Laurent 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 - Laurent 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
Laurent 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 - Laurent 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
Laurent 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 - Laurent 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
½-½
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Robin van Kampen
1-0
Jan Willem de Jong - Ilya Nyzhnyk
½-½
Mark Bluvshtein - Dariusz Swiercz
1-0
Tania Sachdev - Katherina Lahno
0-1
Roeland Pruijssers - Ivan Ivanisevic
½-½
Mark van der Werf - Sebastian Siebrecht
0-1
Group C: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 17th
Sebastian Siebrecht - Benjamin Bok
½-½
Ivan Ivanisevic - Mark van der Werf
½-½
Katherina Lahno - Roeland Pruijssers
1-0
Dariusz Swiercz - Tania Sachdev
0-1
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Mark Bluvshtein
½-½
Robin van Kampen - Jan Willem de Jong
1-0
Daniele Vocaturo - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
1-0
Group C: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 18th
Benjamin Bok - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
1-0
Jan Willem de Jong - Daniele Vocaturo
0-1
Mark Bluvshtein - Robin van Kampen
1-0
Tania Sachdev - Ilya Nyzhnyk
0-1
Roeland Pruijssers - Dariusz Swiercz
0-1
Mark van der Werf - Katherina Lahno
1-0
Sebastian Siebrecht - Ivan Ivanisevic
½-½
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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