Tata Steel Rd7: Errors, blunders, and hallucinations

by Alejandro Ramirez
1/17/2015 – It would be tempting to point out Carlsen's surge to equal first, among other results of the day, but what stood out was the sheer number of mistakes and blunders that plagued so many games. Saric lost a drawn game in two moves, Van Wely lost a won game to Ding Liren, Carlsen nearly botched a win, only to see Hou hallucinate and end it. And this was but a taste. Diagrams of many blunders!

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The Tata Steel Chess Tournament has two main tournaments. They are played according to the 'round robin' system, whereby each competitor plays in turn against every other during the tournament. The Tata Steel Masters has 14 participants and the Tata Steel Challengers has 14 participants. Both groups start on January 10th 2015 and the last round is on January 25th. All rounds in Wijk aan Zee begin at 13.30 hours, except for the last round on January 25th, which begins at 12.00 hours. The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.

Admission to the playing hall in Wijk aan Zee, Rotterdam and The Hague is free of charge

Round seven - Masters

Round 7 - Saturday Jan. 17
Ding, L. - Van Wely, L.
1-0
Saric, I. - Vachier-Lagrave
0-1
Giri, A. - Ivanchuk, V.
½-½
So, W. - Radjabov, T.
½-½
Wojtaszek, R. - Jobava, B.
0-1
Carlsen, M. - Hou, Y.
1-0
Aronian, L. - Caruana, F.
½-½

Daniel King shows the game Carlsen vs Hou Yifan

The audience trying to get a peek at the games

Behind them is the amateur section of the event

Saric, Ivan 0-1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
A very complicated Najdorf! MVL's attack always seemed menacing, but Saric kept defending until he cracked in the following position:

Ivan Saric blundered after surviving for a long time

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7.1"] [White "Saric, Ivan"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B90"] [WhiteElo "2666"] [BlackElo "2757"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "5rk1/2Q2p1p/p5p1/6P1/5pBP/pq3P2/1P4R1/K7 b - - 0 30"] [PlyCount "5"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 30... Rb8 {After a tense game MVL has a cunning threat, but Saric seems unaware.} 31. Rd2 $4 (31. Qc1 axb2+ 32. Rxb2 Qa4+ 33. Kb1 Rd8 $1 34. Rd2 Rb8+ $11 {Is just a draw.}) 31... axb2+ 32. Kb1 Qa2+ {oops! Now White gets mated.} 0-1

Ding Liren 1-0 Van Wely, Loek
Van Wely had many opportunities to finish off the game in his favor, but after missing all of them he allowed Ding Liren back into the game. A trick set up by White caught Van Wely off-guard:

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7.2"] [White "Ding, Liren"] [Black "Van Wely, Loek"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A35"] [WhiteElo "2732"] [BlackElo "2667"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "2rr2k1/4bpp1/7p/1p3q2/1n5P/1pNP1NP1/3BPPK1/R2Q4 w - - 0 38"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] {Van Wely missed many wins, but probably the clearest was on this move:} 38. Rb1 Nc6 $2 (38... Nxd3 $1 39. exd3 Rxc3 40. Bxc3 Rxd3 {and White's position collapses completely. For example} 41. Bd2 Rxf3 42. Qxf3 Qxb1 {and White can simply resign.}) 39. e4 Qh5 $6 (39... Qc5 $1) 40. Nd5 Rxd5 41. exd5 Qxd5 42. Qxb3 Qxb3 43. Rxb3 b4 {A slightly better endgame...} 44. Kf1 f6 45. Rb1 Kf7 46. Ra1 Rb8 47. Be3 b3 48. Nd2 b2 49. Rb1 f5 50. Nc4 Bf6 51. Bc5 Bc3 $2 (51... Ra8 $1 52. Nxb2 Rb8 53. d4 Rb3 $1 $19 {and White's pieces simply cannot move.}) 52. Ke2 Nb4 53. d4 {Setting up a cunning trap.} Ke6 $2 {And falling for it!} (53... Nd5 $11) 54. Bxb4 Bxb4 (54... Rxb4 55. Kd3 {and the bishop is trapped. With the king on f7 this wouldn't have been an issue because of Be1, but here White takes it with check.}) 55. Rxb2 g5 56. h5 $1 { And Ding Liren did not forgive this winning endgame.} g4 57. Kd3 Bd6 58. Re2+ Kd7 59. Ne3 Rf8 60. Ra2 f4 61. Nxg4 fxg3 62. fxg3 Bxg3 63. Nxh6 Rf4 64. Rg2 Bf2 65. Rg4 Rf3+ 66. Ke2 Rf8 67. Re4 Kd6 68. Ng4 Bg1 69. Kd3 Rf3+ 70. Kc4 Ra3 71. h6 Ra4+ 72. Kc3 Ra3+ 73. Kb4 Rh3 74. Kc4 Rh4 75. d5 Be3 76. Nf6 Rh3 77. Re6+ Kc7 78. d6+ Kb7 79. d7 1-0

Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 0-1 Jobava, Baadur
A nice break for Jobava:

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7.3"] [White "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Black "Jobava, Baadur"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E11"] [WhiteElo "2744"] [BlackElo "2727"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r3r1k1/1b3ppp/p7/2Bqn3/P2QN1n1/1P6/6PP/1B1R1RK1 b - - 0 27"] [PlyCount "21"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 27... Qxd4+ {Wojtaszek has built up a strong advantage. He has the pair of bishops and a potential outside passed pawn.} 28. Bxd4 $2 {The hallucinations begin.} (28. Rxd4 $16) 28... Nxh2 $1 {The Pole must have missed this move.} 29. Rf5 $2 (29. Rf4 $11) (29. Kxh2 Bxe4 30. Bxe4 Ng4+ 31. Kg3 Rxe4 32. Rf4 Rxf4 33. Kxf4 h5 34. b4 {is complex.}) 29... Rad8 $1 30. Nc5 Nhf3+ $1 31. gxf3 Nxf3+ 32. Kf2 Rxd4 33. Rxd4 $2 (33. Rd3 $15) 33... Nxd4 34. Nxb7 Re2+ 35. Kf1 Rb2 { saving the bishop lands White in a hopeless endgame, but giving it up is no better.} 36. Rd5 Rxb1+ 37. Kf2 Ne6 0-1

Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 Hou Yifan
Carlsen outplayed Hou Yifan convincingly, but at one juncture he returned the game... his oppoennt, however, did not take full advantage of it!

Hou Yifan almost always travels with her mom to events

Magnus Carlsen tonic: Orange Juice

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7.4"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B32"] [WhiteElo "2862"] [BlackElo "2673"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "6k1/2n2rp1/2qpp2p/p1P1p2Q/1p2P3/1P1N2RP/P4PP1/6K1 b - - 0 49"] [PlyCount "10"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 49... Nb5 {Hou Yifan has been outplayed. The structural weaknesses in Black's camp and the pressure on the kingside should cause Black to collapse} 50. Rg4 $2 {A big mistake!} (50. Qxh6 Qxe4 51. Qxe6 $18) 50... Nc3 $1 51. Qxh6 Nxe4 $4 {Gifting the game back.} (51... Qxe4 52. Rxe4 {What else?} (52. Qxe6 Qxd3 53. Qe8+ {is just a perpetual after 53.Rf8}) 52... gxh6 53. Rg4+ Kf8 54. cxd6 Rd7 55. Nxe5 Rxd6 {is very hard to win, considering a2 is hanging and Black is pretty active.}) 52. Qxe6 Nxf2 (52... Nxc5 53. Nxe5 {is crushing.} ) 53. Nxe5 Nxh3+ 54. Kh2 {Just avoiding the last trick.} (54. gxh3 Qxc5+ 55. Kh2 Qxe5+ $17) 1-0

Giri, Anish ½-½ Ivanchuk, Vassily
Ivanchuk reached a queen endgame that should have been easily drawn, yet somehow he managed to make it more, and more, and more complicated for himself! Eventually Giri managed to win a pawn and created some real winning chances, until he was actually winning:

Team Giri: on the left his coach, GM Tukmakov, and on the right his girlfriend, IM Guramashvili

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7.5"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D43"] [WhiteElo "2784"] [BlackElo "2715"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "5k2/5p2/5P2/6K1/5Q2/6P1/8/2q5 b - - 0 89"] [PlyCount "27"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 89... Qb1 90. Qd4 $4 (90. Qd6+ Kg8 91. Qe5 {is a beautiful maneuvering idea} Qc1+ 92. Qf4 Qb1 (92... Qc2 93. Kh5 $1 Qg6+ 94. Kh4 $18) 93. Qg4 {and this is the point. White threatens both Qc8+ and Kh6+}) 90... Qg6+ 91. Kf4 Qh6+ 92. Kf3 Qh5+ {Now its just a draw.} 93. g4 Qh1+ 94. Kf4 Qf1+ 95. Kg5 Qc1+ 96. Qf4 Qb1 97. Qf3 Kg8 98. Qc3 Qg6+ 99. Kf4 Qh6+ 100. Kg3 Qg5 101. Qf3 Kh7 102. Qe4+ Kh6 1/2-1/2

So, Wesley ½-½ Radjabov, Teimour
The American missed a nice chance to increase the pressure, but it was not a blunder as appaling as what we have seen in the previous examples. Instead of putting up more pressure the liquidation led to a draw.

Aronian, Levon ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano
Aronian's aggression almost backfired as Caruana gobbled up the sacrificed pawn and started consolidating it. However, Caruana missed a couple of precise moves and let White back in the game. The resulting endgame was drawn with good play.

Before the tournament many could have predicted this duel to be one between
leaders, but it's pretty far from that actually

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[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Saric, Ivan"] [Black "Vachier Lagrave, M."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B90"] [WhiteElo "2666"] [BlackElo "2757"] [PlyCount "64"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "NED"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Be3 Be7 9. Qd2 O-O 10. O-O-O Nbd7 11. g4 b5 12. Rg1 Nb6 13. Na5 Rc8 14. g5 Nh5 15. Kb1 g6 16. a3 Qc7 17. Nd5 Nxd5 18. exd5 Bd7 19. h4 Bd8 20. Nc6 Bxc6 21. dxc6 Qxc6 22. Bh3 Rc7 23. Qxd6 Qxc2+ 24. Ka1 Nf4 25. Bg4 b4 26. Rc1 Qb3 27. Bxf4 exf4 28. Rxc7 bxa3 29. Rg2 Bxc7 30. Qxc7 Rb8 31. Rd2 axb2+ 32. Kb1 Qa2+ 0-1 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Ding, Liren"] [Black "Van Wely, L."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A35"] [WhiteElo "2732"] [BlackElo "2667"] [PlyCount "157"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "NED"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nc7 7. O-O e5 8. a3 Be7 9. b4 O-O 10. Rb1 cxb4 11. axb4 b5 12. Bb2 Bf5 13. Rc1 Rc8 14. d3 Qd7 15. Nb1 Na6 16. Bxe5 Naxb4 17. Bb2 Rfd8 18. Nc3 a6 19. Ra1 Bh3 20. Bxh3 Qxh3 21. Qd2 Qf5 22. Kg2 a5 23. Ne4 Nd5 24. Rfc1 a4 25. Kg1 h6 26. h4 Bb4 27. Qd1 Bf8 28. Rcb1 Nb6 29. Bc1 Nc4 30. Nc3 Bb4 31. Na2 Be7 32. Nc3 Bb4 33. Na2 Be7 34. Nc3 Nb4 35. Kg2 Na5 36. Bd2 Nb3 37. Rxb3 axb3 38. Rb1 Nc6 39. e4 Qh5 40. Nd5 Rxd5 41. exd5 Qxd5 42. Qxb3 Qxb3 43. Rxb3 b4 44. Kf1 f6 45. Rb1 Kf7 46. Ra1 Rb8 47. Be3 b3 48. Nd2 b2 49. Rb1 f5 50. Nc4 Bf6 51. Bc5 Bc3 52. Ke2 Nb4 53. d4 Ke6 54. Bxb4 Bxb4 55. Rxb2 g5 56. h5 g4 57. Kd3 Bd6 58. Re2+ Kd7 59. Ne3 Rf8 60. Ra2 f4 61. Nxg4 fxg3 62. fxg3 Bxg3 63. Nxh6 Rf4 64. Rg2 Bf2 65. Rg4 Rf3+ 66. Ke2 Rf8 67. Re4 Kd6 68. Ng4 Bg1 69. Kd3 Rf3+ 70. Kc4 Ra3 71. h6 Ra4+ 72. Kc3 Ra3+ 73. Kb4 Rh3 74. Kc4 Rh4 75. d5 Be3 76. Nf6 Rh3 77. Re6+ Kc7 78. d6+ Kb7 79. d7 1-0 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Wojtaszek, R."] [Black "Jobava, Baadur"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E11"] [WhiteElo "2744"] [BlackElo "2727"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "NED"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Nbd2 O-O 5. a3 Be7 6. e4 d6 7. Be2 c5 8. b3 cxd4 9. Nxd4 b6 10. O-O Bb7 11. Bd3 Nbd7 12. Qe2 Re8 13. Bb2 Bf8 14. Rad1 a6 15. f4 e5 16. fxe5 Nxe5 17. Bb1 b5 18. cxb5 d5 19. Nc6 Qb6+ 20. Bd4 Bc5 21. Qf2 Nfg4 22. Bxc5 Qxb5 23. Na7 Rxa7 24. Qd4 Raa8 25. a4 Qc6 26. exd5 Qxd5 27. Ne4 Qxd4+ 28. Bxd4 Nxh2 29. Rf5 Rad8 30. Nc5 Nhf3+ 31. gxf3 Nxf3+ 32. Kf2 Rxd4 33. Rxd4 Nxd4 34. Nxb7 Re2+ 35. Kf1 Rb2 36. Rd5 Rxb1+ 37. Kf2 Ne6 0-1 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Carlsen, M."] [Black "Hou Yifan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B32"] [WhiteElo "2862"] [BlackElo "2673"] [PlyCount "107"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "NED"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. c4 Be7 7. N1c3 a6 8. Na3 Be6 9. Nc2 Bg5 10. Be2 Bxc1 11. Rxc1 Nf6 12. O-O O-O 13. Qd2 Qb6 14. Rfd1 Rfd8 15. b3 h6 16. h3 Qa7 17. Bf3 Ne7 18. Ne3 Nc6 19. Bg4 Nd4 20. Bxe6 fxe6 21. Nc2 Nxc2 22. Rxc2 Rd7 23. Qe2 Rad8 24. Rd3 Qc5 25. Na4 Qc6 26. Re3 b6 27. Nb2 Rf7 28. Rd2 Nd7 29. Nd3 a5 30. Nb2 Nc5 31. Nd1 Rdf8 32. Qe1 Rd8 33. Nc3 Rfd7 34. Qd1 Na6 35. Qh5 Nc7 36. Rg3 Kh8 37. Rdd3 Re7 38. Rg6 Qe8 39. Rdg3 Rdd7 40. Nd1 Rf7 41. Qe2 Rf4 42. Qe3 b5 43. Nb2 Rdf7 44. c5 Qc6 45. Nd3 b4 46. Qe2 Rh4 47. R6g4 Rxg4 48. Qxg4 Kg8 49. Qh5 Nb5 50. Rg4 Nc3 51. Qxh6 Nxe4 52. Qxe6 Nxf2 53. Nxe5 Nxh3+ 54. Kh2 1-0 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Giri, A."] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D43"] [WhiteElo "2784"] [BlackElo "2715"] [PlyCount "204"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "NED"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. g3 Nbd7 6. Bg2 dxc4 7. a4 Bb4 8. O-O O-O 9. Qc2 Qe7 10. a5 e5 11. Rd1 a6 12. d5 Nc5 13. Bg5 Bxc3 14. bxc3 Bg4 15. h3 Bxf3 16. Bxf3 e4 17. Bg2 Nb3 18. Ra4 cxd5 19. Rxd5 Qe6 20. Rd1 Rfe8 21. Bxf6 gxf6 22. e3 Rac8 23. Bf1 Re7 24. Bxc4 Rxc4 25. Qxb3 Rxa4 26. Qxa4 Qxh3 27. Qb4 Rd7 28. Rxd7 Qxd7 29. Qxe4 Qc7 30. c4 Kg7 31. Kg2 h6 32. Qd5 Qe7 33. e4 Qb4 34. e5 fxe5 35. Qxe5+ Kg6 36. Qd4 Kh7 37. Qg4 Qb1 38. Qf4 Kg6 39. Qd6+ Kf5 40. Qd5+ Kg6 41. Qd6+ Kf5 42. Qf4+ Kg6 43. Qd4 Kh7 44. Qd5 Kg7 45. Kf3 Qe1 46. Qd4+ Kg8 47. Qd8+ Kg7 48. Qd5 h5 49. Kg2 Qe2 50. c5 Qb5 51. Qg5+ Kf8 52. Qh6+ Kg8 53. Qg5+ Kf8 54. Qxh5 Qxa5 55. Qh8+ Ke7 56. Qe5+ Kf8 57. Qb8+ Kg7 58. Qxb7 Qxc5 59. Qxa6 Qd5+ 60. Kg1 Qd1+ 61. Qf1 Qf3 62. Qc4 Qd1+ 63. Kg2 Qd2 64. Qg4+ Kf8 65. Qe4 Qb2 66. Kf3 Kg7 67. Qg4+ Kf8 68. Qf4 Kg7 69. Kg4 Qe2+ 70. Kg5 Qb5+ 71. Kh4 Qc6 72. Qe5+ Kg6 73. Qg5+ Kh7 74. Qf5+ Kg7 75. f3 Qh6+ 76. Qh5 Qc6 77. Qe5+ Kg8 78. Kg4 Kf8 79. Qg5 Qd7+ 80. Kh4 Qd4+ 81. Kh5 Ke8 82. f4 Qh8+ 83. Kg4 Qh2 84. Qe5+ Kf8 85. f5 Qd2 86. f6 Qd1+ 87. Kh4 Qh1+ 88. Kg5 Qc1+ 89. Qf4 Qb1 90. Qd4 Qg6+ 91. Kf4 Qh6+ 92. Kf3 Qh5+ 93. g4 Qh1+ 94. Kf4 Qf1+ 95. Kg5 Qc1+ 96. Qf4 Qb1 97. Qf3 Kg8 98. Qc3 Qg6+ 99. Kf4 Qh6+ 100. Kg3 Qg5 101. Qf3 Kh7 102. Qe4+ Kh6 1/2-1/2 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D37"] [WhiteElo "2762"] [BlackElo "2734"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "NED"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Be2 dxc4 8. O-O c5 9. dxc5 Nxc5 10. Bxc4 Qxd1 11. Rfxd1 b6 12. Bd6 Bxd6 13. Rxd6 Bb7 14. Rad1 Bxf3 15. gxf3 Rfc8 16. Bf1 g6 17. Bg2 Rab8 18. f4 b5 19. Ne2 Nce4 20. R6d4 Nc5 21. Bf3 Kf8 22. Kg2 h6 23. b3 a6 24. h3 Ke7 25. e4 Kf8 26. Ng3 Ng8 27. Rd6 a5 28. f5 gxf5 29. exf5 Ne7 30. Bg4 Nd5 31. fxe6 Nf4+ 32. Kf3 Ncxe6 33. Ne4 a4 34. Rd7 Rb6 35. Bxe6 Nxe6 36. h4 axb3 37. axb3 Nc5 38. Rc1 Rbc6 39. Nxc5 Rxc5 40. Rxc5 Rxc5 41. Ke4 1/2-1/2 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Caruana, F."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E53"] [WhiteElo "2797"] [BlackElo "2820"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "NED"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Nf3 c5 6. Bd3 d5 7. O-O cxd4 8. exd4 dxc4 9. Bxc4 b6 10. Bg5 Bb7 11. Rc1 Nc6 12. Qd3 Rc8 13. Rfd1 Na5 14. Bb5 h6 15. Bh4 Bxc3 16. bxc3 Qd5 17. c4 Qh5 18. Bxf6 gxf6 19. d5 exd5 20. c5 Nc4 21. Qd4 Rxc5 22. Qxf6 Qg6 23. Qe7 Bc8 24. Bxc4 dxc4 25. Rc3 Qg7 26. Nd4 Rg5 27. Rg3 f6 28. Qe2 Qf7 29. Nb5 Qe6 30. Qc2 Bb7 31. Nd4 Qe4 32. Qxc4+ Bd5 33. Qc3 Rxg3 34. Qxg3+ Kh7 35. f3 Qe3+ 36. Kh1 Rg8 37. Qc7+ Kh8 38. Qc2 Bf7 39. h3 Rd8 40. Nf5 Rxd1+ 41. Qxd1 Qg5 42. Qd8+ Kh7 43. Qc7 Kg6 44. Nd6 Bxa2 45. Qc2+ f5 46. Nc8 Qe3 47. Nxa7 1/2-1/2

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Masters standings after seven rounds

Round seven - Challengers

Round 7 - Saturday Jan. 17
Timman, J. - Wei, Y.
0-1
Van Kampen, R. - Navara, D.
0-1
Michiels, B. - Dale, A.
1-0
Saleh, S. - Shankland, S.
½-½
Potkin, V. - Haast, A.
1-0
Gunina, V. - l' Ami, E.
1-0
Sevian, S. - Klein, D.
1-0

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The Challengers was as bloody as usual, going back to only having one draw per round. An unbelievable pace. Big victories for Wei Yi and Navara, who both win with Black and extend their lead. Michiels goes back to the scoreboard with a win over Dale while the only split point was between Saleh and Shankland.

Potkin defeated Haast while Gunina bounced back into the tournament with a big victory over l'Ami. Finally, the young prodigy Sevian also was able to score a full point.

Sagar Shah brings us his game of the round:

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7.1"] [White "Timman, Jan"] [Black "Wei Yi"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D91"] [WhiteElo "2593"] [BlackElo "2675"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "70"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] {This was a battle between the generations. On the White side was a 64-year-old legend who was facing a youngster four times younger than himself! Jan Timman in the 1980s was called the "best of the west"! And Wei Yi's talent needs no explanation when you get to know that he was the youngest player to break into 2600+ Elo range!} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bg5 { The Bg5 system against the Grunfeld Defense has a very topsy turvy relationship with me. Sometimes I see a smooth technical win like the one Carlsen-Eljanov and I think this is a wonderful opening for White and then I see a game like this one and I start loving the positions for Black. This just goes to show that the positions are complex and highly imbalanced.} Ne4 6. Bf4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 dxc4 8. e3 (8. Qa4+ {is the other way to retrieve the pawn but leads to a fine position for Black.} Nd7 9. Qxc4 c5 $132) 8... Be6 (8... b5 { saves the pawn but White is able to get excellent compensation.} 9. a4 c6 10. Qb1 $1 Bf5 11. e4 Bd7 12. Be2 {Black is worse because his bishop on d7 comes in the way of the most natural developing square for the knight on b8.} O-O 13. O-O a6 14. Bxc4 $1 $16 {White was clearly better as was seen in Eljanov-Aronian.}) 9. Qb1 b6 10. Ng5 Bd5 11. e4 h6 (11... Bb7 12. Bxc4 O-O 13. O-O $14 {White has a small edge thanks to his strong center.} (13. h4 $5 {looks interesting.})) 12. Nf3 (12. exd5 hxg5 13. Qb5+ (13. Bxg5 Qxd5 $17) 13... Qd7 14. Qxd7+ Nxd7 15. Bxg5 b5 16. a4 b4 $1 {Black has sufficient counterplay.}) 12... Be6 13. Be5 $5 {Trying to provoke some weaknesses in Black's camp.} f6 14. Bg3 O-O {Black currently has an extra pawn but White has a strong center and his pieces look better posted. White is behind in development and hence should try to quickly finish it. But instead of the solid Be2, Timman goes for the enterprising d5.} 15. d5 (15. Be2 f5 16. exf5 gxf5 17. O-O $14) 15... f5 $1 {Wei Yi is alert to the occasion and strikes back in the center, unleashing his powerful bishop on g7.} 16. Be5 (16. dxe6 $2 Bxc3+ 17. Ke2 f4 $1 18. Bh4 g5 $19) 16... Bf7 (16... fxe4 $6 {makes no sense because of} 17. dxe6 $1 exf3 18. Qxg6 $18) (16... Bxe5 17. Nxe5 Bf7 { transposes to the game.} 18. Bxc4 (18. exf5 Qxd5 $15) 18... Qd6 $132) 17. Bxc4 Bxe5 18. Nxe5 Qd6 {The important thing in this position is that White's center is falling apart. Which means that Timman has to be careful and steer the game into a safe position. But he is ambitious and that leads to his downfall.} 19. f4 Nd7 20. Nxd7 Qxd7 21. exf5 $6 (21. O-O {was simple and strong and the game would most probably end in a draw after something like} c6 22. exf5 gxf5 23. dxc6 Qxc6 24. Bxf7+ Rxf7 $11) 21... Bxd5 $1 {Did White just blunder a pawn? He cannot 0-0 because bishop on c4 is hanging. After Bxd5 Qxd5 once again he cannot 0-0 because he would be a pawn down after black takes on f5. This means that White should have something very specific in this position and Timman comes up with a very imaginative move.} 22. Qe4 Rxf5 $1 {Chinese players are cool, calm and confident. They believe in their calculations and are not scared of sharp and double edged positions. Here Wei Yi sees nothing wrong with taking the pawn on f5.} (22... c6 23. fxg6 $13) 23. O-O-O (23. g4 {could have been Timman's idea but I guess he missed Black's next move.} e6 $1 $17) (23. Rd1 e6 $17) 23... e6 24. Rhe1 Qf7 $1 {The most accurate way to keep the extra pawn.} (24... Bxe4 $2 25. Rxd7 $16) (24... c6 25. Bxd5 exd5 26. Qe6+ Qxe6 27. Rxe6 {would most probably lead to a drawish endgame.}) 25. Qd3 (25. Bxd5 exd5 26. Qe6 $17 {was the least of evils. But who would want to go into an endgame with a pawn less!} ) 25... Rd8 $1 26. Qg3 (26. g3 Rd6 $17) 26... Rxf4 {Now Black has two extra pawns while White has hardly any compensation.} 27. Bd3 g5 28. c4 Bxc4 $1 {You can bank on Wei Yi to finish the game in the most accurate fashion.} 29. Bh7+ Kxh7 30. Rxd8 Qf6 {White's  king is just too exposed and the combination of bishop, rook and queen finish him off with ease.} 31. Rd7+ Kg6 32. Rxc7 Qa1+ 33. Kc2 Qxa2+ 34. Kc1 Qa1+ 35. Kc2 Rf2+ {The most human solution winning the queen!} (35... Rf2+ 36. Qxf2 Qa2+ 37. Kd1 Qxf2 38. Rxc4 Qxg2 $19 {The level of defense and play shown by the Chinese player was at a very high level. He just proved that incorrect sacrifices will not work against him. He is not afraid to just take offered pawns and ask his opponent, "So tell me where's the compensation!"}) 0-1

Michiels wins today and goes back to 50% (3.5/7)

A tough loss for Van Kampen, as this puts him 1.5 points away from the leaders

Anne Haast was unable to overcome the big rating difference today

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Timman, J."] [Black "Wei Yi"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D91"] [WhiteElo "2593"] [BlackElo "2675"] [PlyCount "70"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bg5 Ne4 6. Bf4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 dxc4 8. e3 Be6 9. Qb1 b6 10. Ng5 Bd5 11. e4 h6 12. Nf3 Be6 13. Be5 f6 14. Bg3 O-O 15. d5 f5 16. Be5 Bf7 17. Bxc4 Bxe5 18. Nxe5 Qd6 19. f4 Nd7 20. Nxd7 Qxd7 21. exf5 Bxd5 22. Qe4 Rxf5 23. O-O-O e6 24. Rhe1 Qf7 25. Qd3 Rd8 26. Qg3 Rxf4 27. Bd3 g5 28. c4 Bxc4 29. Bh7+ Kxh7 30. Rxd8 Qf6 31. Rd7+ Kg6 32. Rxc7 Qa1+ 33. Kc2 Qxa2+ 34. Kc1 Qa1+ 35. Kc2 Rf2+ 0-1 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Gunina, V."] [Black "L'Ami, E."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E17"] [WhiteElo "2538"] [BlackElo "2613"] [PlyCount "133"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Re1 Na6 8. Nc3 Ne4 9. Qc2 Nb4 10. Qb3 Nxc3 11. Qxc3 Be4 12. Ne5 Bxg2 13. Kxg2 Nc6 14. Nxc6 dxc6 15. Bf4 Bf6 16. Rad1 c5 17. Be5 Bxe5 18. dxe5 Qe8 19. Rd3 Qa4 20. Qc1 Rad8 21. Red1 Rxd3 22. Rxd3 a6 23. a3 b5 24. b3 Qa5 25. cxb5 Qxb5 26. Qc2 h6 27. Rc3 Rb8 28. f3 g6 29. Qd2 Kg7 30. Qe3 Qb6 31. h4 Qb5 32. Kf2 Qa5 33. Qc1 Rb5 34. Rd3 Rb8 35. Qf4 c4 36. Rd7 Rf8 37. Qxc4 Qxe5 38. Rxc7 Rd8 39. Qc3 Qxc3 40. Rxc3 Rd2 41. Rc5 Kf6 42. b4 g5 43. hxg5+ hxg5 44. Ke3 Rd6 45. g4 Kg6 46. Rc4 Kf6 47. Rd4 Rc6 48. Kd2 Ke5 49. e3 f5 50. a4 Rc8 51. b5 axb5 52. axb5 Rb8 53. Rb4 Kd5 54. Kc3 Rb6 55. Rd4+ Ke5 56. Kb4 Rb8 57. Rc4 fxg4 58. Rxg4 Kf5 59. Rc4 e5 60. Rg4 Kf6 61. e4 Kg6 62. Rg1 Rf8 63. b6 Rxf3 64. b7 Rf8 65. Kc5 Kh5 66. Rb1 Rb8 67. Kd6 1-0 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Salem, AR."] [Black "Shankland, S."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C11"] [WhiteElo "2603"] [BlackElo "2652"] [PlyCount "72"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be7 8. Qd2 O-O 9. dxc5 Nxc5 10. O-O-O b6 11. Bb5 Bb7 12. Bxc6 Bxc6 13. Nd4 Rc8 14. f5 b5 15. f6 gxf6 16. Nf3 b4 17. Bxc5 bxc3 18. Qh6 fxe5 19. h4 cxb2+ 20. Kb1 f6 21. Ng5 fxg5 22. hxg5 Rf7 23. g6 Rg7 24. gxh7+ Kh8 25. Qxg7+ Kxg7 26. h8=Q+ Qxh8 27. Rxh8 Rxh8 28. Bxe7 d4 29. Rf1 Rh5 30. g4 Rh2 31. Bf6+ Kg8 32. Bxe5 Rd2 33. Kxb2 Ba4 34. Rf4 Rxc2+ 35. Ka3 Bc6 36. Bxd4 Rc4 1/2-1/2 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Potkin, V."] [Black "Haast, A."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D20"] [WhiteElo "2608"] [BlackElo "2352"] [PlyCount "85"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 e5 4. Nf3 exd4 5. Bxc4 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Bxd2+ 7. Nbxd2 Nc6 8. Nb3 Qf6 9. e5 Qg6 10. Nbxd4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Ne7 12. O-O O-O 13. Bd3 Qb6 14. Rad1 h6 15. a3 Be6 16. Qxb6 axb6 17. Nd4 Bd5 18. f4 Rfd8 19. Kf2 Kf8 20. Bc2 c5 21. Ne2 Nc6 22. Rd2 Bc4 23. Rxd8+ Rxd8 24. Rd1 Rxd1 25. Bxd1 b5 26. Nc3 Ke7 27. Bf3 Kd7 28. g4 Nd8 29. Ke3 Ke6 30. h4 f6 31. exf6 gxf6 32. Ne4 b6 33. h5 Nf7 34. Ng3 Nd6 35. Be4 Bb3 36. Bf5+ Kd5 37. Bd3 Bd1 38. Ne4 Nc4+ 39. Bxc4+ Kxc4 40. Nxf6 Kb3 41. g5 c4 42. gxh6 Bc2 43. Ne4 1-0 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Michiels, B."] [Black "Dale, Ari"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D34"] [WhiteElo "2563"] [BlackElo "2291"] [PlyCount "247"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. g3 Nf6 7. Bg2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. Na4 Bd6 11. b3 Re8 12. Bb2 Bg4 13. Rc1 Qe7 14. h3 Bf5 15. e3 Be4 16. Nd4 Ne5 17. Nc3 Nd3 18. Nxe4 dxe4 19. Nf5 Qe6 20. Nxd6 Nxb2 21. Qe2 Qxd6 22. Qxb2 Rad8 23. Rc4 Qd2 24. Qb1 b5 25. Rc2 Qb4 26. Rd1 h5 27. Qc1 Rxd1+ 28. Qxd1 Qe7 29. Qc1 Rd8 30. Rc7 Rd7 31. Rxd7 Qxd7 32. Qc5 a6 33. Qb6 Qc8 34. a4 Nd7 35. Qd4 Nc5 36. axb5 axb5 37. Qd5 g6 38. Bxe4 Nxe4 39. Qxe4 Qd7 40. Kg2 Kh7 41. b4 Kg8 42. Qd4 Qc6+ 43. e4 Qa6 44. Kf3 Qe6 45. Qd8+ Kg7 46. Qd4+ Kg8 47. h4 Qb3+ 48. Kf4 Qe6 49. Qe5 Qa2 50. Qc5 Qd2+ 51. Ke5 Qd3 52. Qd4 Qc2 53. Qc5 Qd3 54. Qd4 Qc2 55. Kd5 Qc8 56. Kd6 Qc4 57. Qc5 Qxe4 58. Kc7 Qe2 59. Kb6 Kg7 60. Ka6 Qe8 61. f4 f6 62. Qxb5 Qa8+ 63. Kb6 Qb8+ 64. Kc5 Qc7+ 65. Kd4 Qd6+ 66. Kc3 Qd1 67. Qd3 Qe1+ 68. Kb3 Qe6+ 69. Kb2 Qb6 70. b5 Qc5 71. Kb3 Kh6 72. Qc4 Qg1 73. Qc3 Qb1+ 74. Kc4 Qe4+ 75. Kc5 Qe7+ 76. Kb6 Qd8+ 77. Kb7 Qd5+ 78. Qc6 Qb3 79. b6 Qf7+ 80. Kc8 Qf8+ 81. Kd7 Qf7+ 82. Kd6 Qf8+ 83. Ke6 Qg8+ 84. Kxf6 Qd8+ 85. Ke6 Qg8+ 86. Ke5 Qb8+ 87. Ke4 Qf8 88. b7 Qb4+ 89. Kf3 Qb3+ 90. Kg2 Qb2+ 91. Kh3 Qb1 92. Kg2 Qb2+ 93. Kf3 Qb3+ 94. Ke2 Qb2+ 95. Kd3 Qb3+ 96. Kd4 Qb2+ 97. Kd5 Qb3+ 98. Kd6 Qxg3 99. Qc4 Qa3+ 100. Kc6 Qf8 101. Qe4 Qf6+ 102. Kd7 Qf7+ 103. Kd6 Qf6+ 104. Kc5 Qc3+ 105. Qc4 Qe3+ 106. Kb5 Qe8+ 107. Ka6 Qd8 108. f5 Qd6+ 109. Ka7 Qa3+ 110. Qa6 Qc5+ 111. Ka8 Qxf5 112. b8=Q Qd5+ 113. Ka7 Qd7+ 114. Kb6 Qd4+ 115. Kc7 Qg7+ 116. Kc6 Qc3+ 117. Kd7 Qh3+ 118. Qe6 Qd3+ 119. Qbd6 Qb5+ 120. Ke7 Qb7+ 121. Kd8 Qa8+ 122. Kc7 Qa7+ 123. Kc8 Qd7+ 124. Kxd7 1-0 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Sevian, Samuel"] [Black "Klein, Da"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C65"] [WhiteElo "2511"] [BlackElo "2517"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O Re8 7. Re1 Bf8 8. Nbd2 a6 9. Ba4 b5 10. Bb3 h6 11. d4 d6 12. Nf1 exd4 13. cxd4 Bg4 14. h3 Bxf3 15. gxf3 Na5 16. Bc2 c5 17. d5 g6 18. Ng3 Bg7 19. Rb1 h5 20. b3 Nh7 21. f4 Qh4 22. Kg2 c4 23. b4 Nb7 24. a4 Nd8 25. Qf3 Ra7 26. Ne2 Rae7 27. axb5 axb5 28. Nc3 f5 29. Bd2 fxe4 30. Bxe4 Bxc3 31. Bxc3 Kf7 32. Re3 Nf6 33. Bc2 g5 34. Bxf6 Rxe3 35. fxe3 Kxf6 36. fxg5+ Ke7 37. Qf6+ Kd7 38. Qg7+ Kc8 39. Ra1 Nf7 40. Ra8+ Kb7 41. Qxf7+ Re7 42. Qxe7+ Kxa8 43. Qf8+ Ka7 44. Qf4 Qe1 45. g6 Qd2+ 46. Qf2 Qxd5+ 47. e4+ 1-0 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Van Kampen, R."] [Black "Navara, D."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B11"] [WhiteElo "2615"] [BlackElo "2729"] [PlyCount "68"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 Nf6 6. d3 e5 7. Bd2 Bb4 8. a3 Ba5 9. b4 Bb6 10. Be2 O-O 11. Rb1 Re8 12. Bg5 Nbd7 13. O-O h6 14. Bh4 d4 15. Na4 Bc7 16. Nc5 g5 17. Nxd7 Nxd7 18. Bg3 Qf6 19. Qxf6 Nxf6 20. a4 Kg7 21. Rb3 a6 22. Rfb1 b5 23. Ra3 Bd6 24. c3 a5 25. axb5 cxb5 26. cxd4 Bxb4 27. Rab3 exd4 28. Rxb4 axb4 29. Rxb4 Nd5 30. Rxd4 Nf4 31. Bxf4 gxf4 32. Rb4 Rec8 33. g4 Ra2 34. Bf1 Rc1 0-1

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Challengers standings after seven rounds

Photos by Alina l'Ami for the official website

Schedule and results - Masters group

Round 1 - Saturday Jan. 10
Radjabov, T. - Van Wely, L.
½-½
Ivanchuk, V. - Jobava, B.
1-0
Vachier-Lagrave - Hou, Y.
1-0
Ding, L. - Caruana, F.
0-1
Saric, I. - Aronian, L.
½-½
Giri, A. - Carlsen, M.
½-½
So, W. - Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
Round 2 - Sunday Jan. 11
Van Wely, L. - Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
Carlsen, M. - So, W.
½-½
Aronian, L. - Giri, A.
½-½
Caruana, F. - Saric, I.
1-0
Hou, Y. - Ding, L.
0-1
Jobava, B. - Vachier-Lagrave
½-½
Radjabov, T. - Ivanchuk, V.
½-½
Round 3 - Monday Jan. 12
Ivanchuk, V. - Van Wely, L.
1-0
Vachier-Lagrave - Radjabov, T.
½-½
Ding, L. - Jobava, B.
1-0
Saric, I. - Hou, Y.
½-½
Giri, A. - Caruana, F.
½-½
So, W. - Aronian, L.
1-0
Wojtaszek, R. - Carlsen, M.
1-0
Round 4 - Tuesday Jan. 13
Van Wely, L. - Carlsen, M.
0-1
Aronian, L. - Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
Caruana, F. - So, W.
½-½
Hou, Y. - Giri, A.
½-½
Jobava, B. - Saric, I.
0-1
Radjabov, T. - Ding, L.
0-1
Ivanchuk, V. - Vachier-Lagrave
1-0
Round 5 - Thursday Jan. 15
Vachier-Lagrave - Van Wely, L.
½-½
Ding, L. - Ivanchuk, V.
½-½
Saric, I. - Radjabov, T.
0-1
Giri, A. - Jobava, B.
1-0
So, W. - Hou, Y.
½-½
Wojtaszek, R. - Caruana, F.
1-0
Carlsen, M. - Aronian, L.
1-0
Round 6 - Friday Jan. 16
Van Wely, L. - Aronian, L.
½-½
Caruana, F. - Carlsen, M.
0-1
Hou, Y. - Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
Jobava, B. - So, W.
0-1
Radjabov, T. - Giri, A.
½-½
Ivanchuk, V. - Saric, I.
½-½
Vachier-Lagrave - Ding, L.
1-0
Round 7 - Saturday Jan. 17
Ding, L. - Van Wely, L.
1-0
Saric, I. - Vachier-Lagrave
0-1
Giri, A. - Ivanchuk, V.
½-½
So, W. - Radjabov, T.
½-½
Wojtaszek, R. - Jobava, B.
0-1
Carlsen, M. - Hou, Y.
1-0
Aronian, L. - Caruana, F.
½-½
Round 8 - Sunday Jan. 18
Van Wely, L. - Caruana, F.  
Hou, Y. - Aronian, L.  
Jobava, B. - Carlsen, M.  
Radjabov, T. - Wojtaszek, R.  
Ivanchuk, V. - So, W.  
Vachier-Lagrave - Giri, A.  
Ding, L. - Saric, I.  
Round 9 - Tuesday Jan. 20
Saric, I. - Van Wely, L.  
Giri, A. - Ding, L.  
So, W. - Vachier-Lagrave  
Wojtaszek, R. - Ivanchuk, V.  
Carlsen, M. - Radjabov, T.  
Aronian, L. - Jobava, B.  
Caruana, F. - Hou, Y.  
Round 10 - Wednesday Jan. 21
Van Wely, L. - Hou, Y.  
Jobava, B. - Caruana, F.  
Radjabov, T. - Aronian, L.  
Ivanchuk, V. - Carlsen, M.  
Vachier-Lagrave - Wojtaszek  
Ding, L. - So, W.  
Saric, I. - Giri, A.  
Round 11 - Friday Jan. 23
Giri, A. - Van Wely, L.  
So, W. - Saric, I.  
Wojtaszek, R. - Ding, L.  
Carlsen, M. - Vachier-Lagrave  
Aronian, L. - Ivanchuk, V.  
Caruana, F. - Radjabov, T.  
Hou, Y. - Jobava, B.  
Round 12 - Saturday Jan. 24
Van Wely, L. - Jobava, B.  
Radjabov, T. - Hou, Y.  
Ivanchuk, V. - Caruana, F.  
Vachier-Lagrave - Aronian, L.  
Ding, L. - Carlsen, M.  
Saric, I. - Wojtaszek, R.  
Giri, A. - So, W.  
Round 13 - Sunday Jan. 25
So, W. - Van Wely, L.  
Wojtaszek, R. - Giri, A.  
Carlsen, M. - Saric, I.  
Aronian, L. - Ding, L.  
Caruana, F. - Vachier-Lagrave  
Hou, Y. - Ivanchuk, V.  
Jobava, B. - Radjabov, T.  

Schedule and results - Challengers group

Round 1 - Saturday Jan. 10
Shankland, S. - Wei, Y.
½-½
Dale, A. - Haast, A.
½-½
Navara, D. - l' Ami, E.
½-½
Timman, J. - Klein, D.
½-½
Van Kampen, R. - Sevian, S.
1-0
Michiels, B. - Gunina, V.
½-½
Saleh, S. - Potkin, V.
½-½
Round 2 - Sunday Jan. 11
Wei, Y. - Potkin, V.
1-0
Gunina, V. - Saleh, S.
1-0
Sevian, S. - Michiels, B.
0-1
Klein, D. - Van Kampen, R.
½-½
l' Ami, E. - Timman, J.
½-½
Haast, A. - Navara, D.
0-1
Shankland, S. - Dale, A.
½-½
Round 3 - Monday Jan. 12
Dale, A. - Wei, Y.
½-½
Navara, D. - Shankland, S.
½-½
Timman, J. - Haast, A.
0-1
Van Kampen, R. - l' Ami, E.
½-½
Michiels, B. - Klein, D.
0-1
Saleh, S. - Sevian, S.
½-½
Potkin, V. - Gunina, V.
1-0
Round 4 - Tuesday Jan. 13
Wei, Y. - Gunina, V.
1-0
Sevian, S. - Potkin, V.
1-0
Klein, D. - Saleh, S.
0-1
l' Ami, E. - Michiels, B.
1-0
Haast, A. - Van Kampen, R.
0-1
Shankland, S. - Timman, J.
½-½
Dale, A. - Navara, D.
0-1
Round 5 - Thursday Jan. 15
Navara, D. - Wei, Y.
½-½
Timman, J. - Dale, A.
1-0
Van Kampen - Shankland, S.
0-1
Michiels, B. - Haast, A.
1-0
Saleh, S. - l' Ami, E.
0-1
Potkin, V. - Klein, D.
1-0
Gunina, V. - Sevian, S.
0-1
Round 6 - Friday Jan. 16
Wei, Y. - Sevian, S.
1-0
Klein, D. - Gunina, V.
1-0
l' Ami, E. - Potkin, V.
½-½
Haast, A. - Saleh, S.
½-½
Shankland, S. - Michiels, B.
1-0
Dale, A. - Van Kampen, R.
0-1
Navara, D. - Timman, J.
1-0
Round 7 - Saturday Jan. 17
Timman, J. - Wei, Y.
0-1
Van Kampen, R. - Navara, D.
0-1
Michiels, B. - Dale, A.
1-0
Saleh, S. - Shankland, S.
½-½
Potkin, V. - Haast, A.
1-0
Gunina, V. - l' Ami, E.
1-0
Sevian, S. - Klein, D.
1-0
Round 8 - Sunday Jan. 18
Wei, Y. - Klein, D.  
l' Ami, E. - Sevian, S.  
Haast, A. - Gunina, V.  
Shankland, S. - Potkin, V.  
Dale, A. - Saleh, S.  
Navara, D. - Michiels, B.  
Timman, J. - Van Kampen, R.  
Round 9 - Tuesday Jan. 20
Van Kampen, R. - Wei, Y.  
Michiels, B. - Timman, J.  
Saleh, S. - Navara, D.  
Potkin, V. - Dale, A.  
Gunina, V. - Shankland, S.  
Sevian, S. - Haast, A.  
Klein, D. - l' Ami, E.  
Round 10 - Wednesday Jan. 21
Wei, Y. - l' Ami, E.  
Haast, A. - Klein, D.  
Shankland, S. - Sevian, S.  
Dale, A. - Gunina, V.  
Navara, D. - Potkin, V.  
Timman, J. - Saleh, S.  
Van Kampen, R. - Michiels, B.  
Round 11 - Friday Jan. 23
Michiels, B. - Wei, Y.  
Saleh, S. - Van Kampen, R.  
Potkin, V. - Timman, J.  
Gunina, V. - Navara, D.  
Sevian, S. - Dale, A.  
Klein, D. - Shankland, S.  
l' Ami, E. - Haast, A.  
Round 12 - Saturday Jan. 24
Wei, Y. - Haast, A.  
Shankland, S. - l' Ami, E.  
Dale, A. - Klein, D.  
Navara, D. - Sevian, S.  
Timman, J. - Gunina, V.  
Van Kampen, R. - Potkin, V.  
Michiels, B. - Saleh, S.  
Round 13 - Sunday Jan. 25
Saleh, S. - Wei, Y.  
Potkin, V. - Michiels, B.  
Gunina, V. - Van Kampen, R.  
Sevian, S. - Timman, J.  
Klein, D. - Navara, D.  
l' Ami, E. - Dale, A.  
Haast, A. - Shankland, S.  

Venues

The tournament has a slight change this year. Most of the rounds will be played in the traditional De Moriaan Community Centre in Wijk aan Zee, but two of the rounds will be played elsewhere. Last year the tournament traveled to the National Museum in Amsterdam and the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.

This year the fifth round will be held in De Rotterdam. De Rotterdam is a building on the Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam, designed by Rem Koolhaas in 1998.

Rotterdam is ready to host Tata Steel!

The tenth round will be played in the International Press Cnetre Niewuspoort in the Hague. Councillor Karsten Klein of The Hague had this to say: "The Hague is honored to be able to host the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2015 at the heart of the Dutch parliamentary democracy. Our city has a long history of international chess tournaments, a tradition which is continued in this manner. "

Commentary on Playchess

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Day Date Round English
Saturday January 17 Round 7 GM Nicholas Pert
Sunday January 18 Round 8 GM Simon Williams
Monday January 19 Free  
Tuesday January 20 Round 9 GM Daniel King
Wednesday January 21 Round 10 GM Simon Williams
Thursday January 22 Free  
Friday January 23 Round 11 GM Daniel King 
Saturday January 24 Round 12 GM Simon Williams
Sunday January 25 Round 13 GM Daniel King

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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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johnmk johnmk 1/18/2015 04:02
Looks like Jobava - Carlsen could easily peter out to draw.

After So's demolition of Ivanchuk we may have Carlsen and So co-leaders!
johnmk johnmk 1/18/2015 03:14
Jobava is trying to blitz Carlsen in Rd 8. He's only used about 15 min for 20 moves so far. I guess he's playing on instinct and hoping for some moment in the game where he will use his time for some crazy tactics. Sometimes that strategy can work but I have doubts it will work against Magnus.
jcaleb jcaleb 1/18/2015 05:50
solid tournament for So. I hope he continues his form throughout the tournament
Bostonian Bostonian 1/18/2015 01:12
Carlsen always figures his way out to the top.
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