Wijk 06: Kramnik, Dominguez, Leko win, Short stops Shirov

1/22/2010 – At last: Nigel Short chose a favourite variation of the main line Spanish and held a comfortable draw against Alexei Shirov. The Spaniard is now at 5.5/6, with his performance rating at "just" 3094. With his second win Vladimir Kramnik has joined the follower group 1.5 points behind Shirov. In Group B it is Anish Giri and Group C Ray Robson who are dominating. Both are 15. Round six report.

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Wijk aan Zee 2010 – Round six report

Report by Steve Giddins
Photos by Nadja Woisin and Gallina Tiviakova

On paper, round six should have been one of the most exciting so far, since it featured two mouth-watering clashes between the favourites: Anand-Carlsen and Ivanchuk-Nakamura. Sad to relate, though, both turned out to be what Harry Golombek once described as "games not calculated to add greatly to the sum total of human happiness". The latter was the first real GM-draw of the event, lasting just 16 theoretical moves and barely 30 minutes' playing time, whilst the former was a 26-move draw in a theoretical Dragon Sicilian.

Results of the day

Group A: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Vishy Anand - Magnus Carlsen

½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk - Hikaru Nakamura

½-½

Alexei Shirov - Nigel Short

½-½

Vladimir Kramnik - Loek van Wely

 1-0

Sergey Karjakin - Jan Smeets

½-½

Leinier Dominguez - Sergey Tiviakov

 1-0

Peter Leko - Fabiano Caruana

 1-0
Group B: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Erwin l'Ami - Parimarjan Negi

 1-0

Pentala Harikrishna - Varuzhan Akobian

½-½

Liviu Nisipeanu - Wesley So

 0-1

Dimitri Reinderman - Arkadij Naiditsch

½-½

Ni Hua - Anna Muzychuk

 1-0

Emil Sutovsky - David Howell

 1-0

Tomi Nyback - Anish Giri

 0-1
Group C: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Soumya Swaminathan - Robin v. Kampen

 0-1

Kjetil Lie - Li Chao

 0-1

Nils Grandelius - Sjoerd Plukkel

 1-0

Abhijeet Gupta - Daniele Vocaturo

 1-0

Ray Robson - Benjamin Bok

 1-0

Robin Swinkels - Peng Zhaoqin

½-½

Mariya Muzychuk - Stefan Kuipers

 0-1

Shirov's 100% start was finally ended by Nigel Short, who chose a favourite variation of the main line Spanish, and held a comfortable draw.

Shirov,A (2723) - Short,N (2696) [C96]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (6), 22.01.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0–0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Nd7 12.Nbd2 exd4 13.cxd4 Re8

14.b3. 14.dxc5 dxc5 15.e5 lead to a white brilliancy in Smeets-Short, Staunton Memorial 2008: 15...Nf8 16.Qe2 Bb7 17.Ne4 Ne6 18.h4 Qc7 19.Neg5 Bxg5 20.Nxg5 Nxg5 21.Bxg5 h6 22.Qd3 hxg5 23.Qh7+ Kf8 24.Qh8+ Ke7 25.Qxg7 Rg8 26.Qf6+ Kf8 27.e6 Nc6 28.hxg5 Rd8 29.Qh6+ Rg7 30.g6 fxg6 31.Qh8+ Rg8 32.Qf6+ Ke8 33.Bxg6+ Rxg6 34.Qxg6+ Kf8 35.Re3 1–0 However, Short has repeated the opening at least twice since then, so he is clearly confident in an improvement, and Shirov presumably agrees with him.

14...Nc6 15.Bb2 cxd4 16.Nxd4 Nxd4 17.Bxd4 Bb7 18.a4 Bf6 19.Nf3 bxa4 20.Rxa4 Rc8 21.Bd3 Nc5 22.Bxc5 Rxc5 23.Bxa6 Bc6 24.Rc4 Rxc4 25.Bxc4 Rxe4 26.Rxe4 Bxe4 27.Bd5 Bxf3 28.Qxf3 Qe7 29.g3 g6 30.b4 Bd4 31.Kg2 ½-½. [Click to replay]

Lenier Dominguez has been less conspicuous in this event than last year, but today he heaped more misery on the Dutch contingent, by opening his winning account at the expense of Tiviakov.

Dominguez Perez,L (2712) - Tiviakov,S (2662) [E00]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (6), 22.01.2010
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 c6 7.Bf4 Nbd7 8.0–0 dxc4 9.a4 Nd5 10.Nc3 0–0 11.Nd2 Bb4 12.Nxc4 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Bxc3 14.Rc1 Bb4 15.Qb3 a5 16.e4

White has a large space advantage for his pawn, and Black is passive, if very solid. Such pawn sacrifices are standard in the Catalan, and in this game, Black never solves his queenside development problems. 16...Nb6 17.Ne5 Nd7 18.Nd3 Qb6 19.Be3 Be7 20.Qc2 Qd8 21.Rfd1 Nf6 22.h3 Ne8 23.Qb3 Nc7 24.Ne5 Bb4 25.Nd3 Qe7 26.Nxb4 Qxb4 27.Qc2

27...Re8? 27...Na6 seems essential. The text allows a decisive breakthrough. 28.d5 exd5 29.exd5 Na6 30.dxc6 bxc6 31.Qxc6 Bf5 32.Qb5 Be4 33.Rc4 Qxb5 34.axb5 Bxg2 35.Kxg2 Nb4 36.b6 Rab8 37.Rd7 h6 38.b7 1-0. [Click to replay]

Peter Leko also opened his winning account, at the expense of Caruana. Obscure complications left the Hungarian with a piece for several pawns, and he eventually managed to consolidate everything and win.

Leko,P (2739) - Caruana,F (2675) [C78]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (6), 22.01.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.a4 Rb8 9.d4 Bb6 10.Na3 0–0 11.axb5 axb5 12.Nxb5 Bg4 13.Re1 Bxf3 14.gxf3 Nh5 15.Kh1 Qf6 16.Rg1

Thus far all theory, 16...Nf4 being usual here. 16...exd4 17.Bg5 Qe5 18.Bd5 dxc3 19.Bxc6 cxb2 20.Rb1 Bxf2 21.Rg2 Rb6 22.Rxf2 Qxg5 23.Rc2 Nf4 24.Qf1 d5 25.exd5 Nxd5 26.Bxd5 Qxd5 27.Rcxb2 Qc5 28.Rc1 Qe5 29.Rbb1 Rfb8 30.Na3 Rb2 31.Rxb2 Rxb2

32.Rc2 Rb8 33.Nc4 Qf4 34.Nd2 h5 35.Qe2 Ra8 36.Rc4 Qd6 37.Nf1 f5 38.Ng3 Ra1+ 39.Kg2 f4 40.Qe8+ Kh7 41.Qxh5+ Kg8 42.Qe8+ Kh7 43.Qe4+ Kg8 44.Qxf4 Ra2+ 45.Kh3 1-0. [Click to replay]

Finally, in the day's longest game, Kramnik won again, ain the process condemning his sometime second Loek van Wely, to his fifth straight loss. In a typical KID structure, the Dutchman's 39th allowed a thematic piece sacrifice on c5, and then failed to find a way to stop the pawns.

Kramnik,V (2788) - Van Wely,L (2641) [E92]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (6), 22.01.2010
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0–0 6.Nf3 e5 7.Be3 c6 8.d5 Ng4 9.Bg5 f6 10.Bh4 c5 11.0–0 Nh6 12.a3 Na6 13.Ne1 Qe7 14.Nd3 g5 15.Bg3 f5 16.f3 f4 17.Bf2 Rf6 18.b4 b6 19.bxc5 bxc5 20.Rb1 Nf7 21.Qa4 Nd8 22.Rb2 h5 23.Rfb1 Rg6 24.h3 Bf6 25.Kf1 Qd7 26.Bd1 g4 27.fxg4 hxg4 28.hxg4 Qxa4 29.Bxa4 Bxg4 30.Bb5 Nc7 31.Bc6 Rc8 32.Rb8 Rxb8 33.Rxb8 Kh7 34.Ba4 Rg7 35.Bd1 Na6 36.Ra8 Bxd1 37.Nxd1 Rb7 38.Nc3 Nc7 39.Rc8 Nf7? 39...Ne8 would prevent what follows.

40.Bxc5! dxc5 41.Nxc5 Nd6 42.Nxb7 Nxc8 43.c5 Na6 44.Ke2 Kg6 45.Kd3 Be7 46.Na4 Kg5 47.Kc4 Bxc5 48.Naxc5 Nxc5 49.Kxc5 Kg4 50.d6 Nb6 51.Kc6 Kg3 52.Nc5 Kxg2 53.d7 Nxd7 54.Nxd7 f3 55.Nxe5 f2 56.Ng4 1-0. [Click to replay]


Loek van Wely

With play being relatively quiet in the A Group, the two young guns of the B and C Groups can take centre stage. Both Giri and Robson won, taking their scores to 5/6 and 5.5/6 respectively. Giri showed considerable audacity and should probably have been punished, but his opponent 's position collapsed completely, in the run up to the time control.


Anish Giri, 15, Dutch Champion 2010, who has now scored 5.0/6 with a 2926 performance

Nyback,T (2643) - Giri,A (2588) [D12]
Corus B Wijk aan Zee NED (6), 22.01.2010
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Be4 7.f3 Bg6 8.Qb3 Qc7 9.Bd2 Nbd7 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd5 exd5 12.Nxg6 hxg6 13.0–0–0 Qb6 14.Qa4 a5 15.e4 dxe4 16.fxe4 Bb4 17.Bg5 Be7 18.Bxe7 Kxe7 19.Qa3+ Qb4 20.Qe3 c5 21.d5 Kd6

Full marks for creativity. This looks very risky, but Black manages to shelter his king behind the dark-square central blockade, whilst it is the white monarch which comes under deadly attack. 22.a3 Qa4 23.Rd3 b5 24.Rc3 Rhc8 25.Be2 Ne5 26.Kd2 b4 27.Rc2 bxa3 28.bxa3 Rab8 29.Rhc1 c4 30.Rc3 Rb2+ 31.R1c2 Qb5 32.Rxb2 Qxb2+ 33.Rc2 Qb1 34.Qc3 Rc5 35.g3 f5 36.Rb2 Qxe4 37.Kc1 Nd3+

0-1. [Click to replay]


Anish Giri discusses his game in the press center

Ray Robson's win was the result of a sharp tactical eye.

Robson,R (2570) - Bok,B (2322) [C78]
Corus C Wijk aan Zee NED (6), 22.01.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Rb8 8.c3 d6 9.d4 Bb6 10.axb5 axb5 11.Qd3 0–0 12.Bg5 exd4 13.cxd4 h6 14.Bh4 g5 15.Bg3 Nh5 16.Nc3 Nxg3 17.fxg3 Ne5 18.Qd2 Qf6 19.Rad1 c6 20.Nxe5 Qxe5 21.Kh1 Qg7

22.e5. The engines are initially very sceptical of this double pawn sacrifice, clearly believing, along with the poet John Keats, that "a thing of booty is a joy forever". However, they start to change their view, after White's 25th move. 22...dxe5 23.Ne4 Bxd4 24.Nf6+ Kh8 25.Bc2 g4 26.Nh7 f5. 26...Rd8 27.Rxf7 Qxf7 28.Qxh6 Qg7 29.Qh4 wins. 27.Nxf8 Qxf8 28.Be4 c5 29.Qc2 f4 30.gxf4 exf4

31.Rxd4! cxd4 32.Qc7 Bf5 33.Bxf5 Qxf5 34.Qxb8+ Kg7 35.Qxf4 1-0. [Click to replay]


The Hotel-Restaurant Zeeduin, where all the Group A players stay, is located...


... just 50 metres from the beach, which in January is cold, windswept and empty


The village of Wijk aan Zee, host to one of the great chess tournaments in the world


The De Moriaan Community Centre, where all three groups (and the amateur events) take place


Standings

Group A

Group B

Group C


Video reports by Europe Echecs


Europe Echecs video report by GM Robert Fontaine


Schedule of commentators live on Playchess

16th Jan  

FM Valeri Lilov

5:00 p.m.

17th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan  

5:00 p.m.

18th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

2:15 p.m.

19th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

2:15 p.m.

20th Jan

Free Day

 

21st Jan

GM Daniel King

3:30 p.m.

22nd Jan

GM Daniel King

3:30 p.m.

23rd Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

2:15 p.m.

24th Jan  

GM Yasser Seirawan  

2:15 p.m.

25th Jan

Free Day

 

26th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

2:15 p.m.

27th Jan

GM Daniel King

3:30 p.m.

28th Jan

Free Day

 

29th Jan

GM Daniel King

3:30 p.m.

30th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

2:15 p.m.

31st Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

1:00 p.m.


Friday's commentator on Playchess was GM Daniel King


Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group A

Group A: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 16th

Sergey Karjakin - Vishy Anand

½-½

Leinier Dominguez - Vladimir Kramnik

½-½

Peter Leko - Alexei Shirov

 0-1

Fabiano Caruana - Vassily Ivanchuk

½-½

Sergey Tiviakov - Magnus Carlsen

½-½

Jan Smeets - Hikaru Nakamura

½-½

Loek van Wely - Nigel Short

 1-0
Group A: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 17th

Vishy Anand - Nigel Short

½-½

Hikaru Nakamura - Loek van Wely

 1-0

Magnus Carlsen - Jan Smeets

 1-0

Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergey Tiviakov

½-½

Alexei Shirov - Fabiano Caruana

 1-0

Vladimir Kramnik - Peter Leko

½-½

Sergey Karjakin - Leinier Dominguez

½-½
Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Leinier Dominguez - Vishy Anand

½-½

Peter Leko - Sergey Karjakin

½-½

Fabiano Caruana - Vladimir Kramnik

½-½

Sergey Tiviakov - Alexei Shirov

 0-1

Jan Smeets - Vassily Ivanchuk

 0-1

Loek van Wely - Magnus Carlsen

 0-1

Nigel Short - Hikaru Nakamura

 0-1
Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Vishy Anand - Hikaru Nakamura

½-½

Magnus Carlsen - Nigel Short

½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk - Loek van Wely

 1-0

Alexei Shirov - Jan Smeets

 1-0

Vladimir Kramnik - Sergey Tiviakov

½-½

Sergey Karjakin - Fabiano Caruana

½-½

Leinier Dominguez - Peter Leko

½-½
Wednesday, January 20th – Free day
Group A: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 21st

Peter Leko - Vishy Anand

½-½

Fabiano Caruana - Leinier Dominguez

½-½

Sergey Tiviakov - Sergey Karjakin

½-½

Jan Smeets - Vladimir Kramnik

 0-1

Loek van Wely - Alexei Shirov

 0-1

Nigel Short - Vassily Ivanchuk

½-½

Hikaru Nakamura - Magnus Carlsen

½-½
Group A: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Vishy Anand - Magnus Carlsen

½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk - Hikaru Nakamura

½-½

Alexei Shirov - Nigel Short

½-½

Vladimir Kramnik - Loek van Wely

 1-0

Sergey Karjakin - Jan Smeets

½-½

Leinier Dominguez - Sergey Tiviakov

 1-0

Peter Leko - Fabiano Caruana

 1-0
Group A: Round 7- Sat. Jan. 23rd

Fabiano Caruana - Vishy Anand

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Peter Leko

 

Jan Smeets - Leinier Dominguez

 

Loek van Wely - Sergey Karjakin

 

Nigel Short - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Alexei Shirov

 

Magnus Carlsen - Vassily Ivanchuk

 
Group A: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 24th

Vishy Anand - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Alexei Shirov - Magnus Carlsen

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Sergey Karjakin - Nigel Short

 

Leinier Dominguez - Loek van Wely

 

Peter Leko - Jan Smeets

 

Fabiano Caruana - Sergey Tiviakov

 
Monday, January 25th – Free day
Group A: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 26th

Sergey Tiviakov - Vishy Anand

 

Jan Smeets - Fabiano Caruana

 

Loek van Wely - Peter Leko

 

Nigel Short - Leinier Dominguez

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Sergey Karjakin

 

Magnus Carlsen - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Alexei Shirov

 
Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 27th

Vishy Anand - Alexei Shirov

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Sergey Karjakin - Magnus Carlsen

 

Leinier Dominguez - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Peter Leko - Nigel Short

 

Fabiano Caruana - Loek van Wely

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Jan Smeets

 
Thursday, January 28th – Free day
Group A: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 29th

Jan Smeets - Vishy Anand

 

Loek van Wely - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Nigel Short - Fabiano Caruana

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Peter Leko

 

Magnus Carlsen - Leinier Dominguez

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergey Karjakin

 

Alexei Shirov - Vladimir Kramnik

 
Group A: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 30th

Vishy Anand - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Sergey Karjakin - Alexei Shirov

 

Leinier Dominguez - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Peter Leko - Magnus Carlsen

 

Fabiano Caruana - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Nigel Short

 

Jan Smeets - Loek van Wely

 
Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 31st

Loek van Wely - Vishy Anand

 

Nigel Short - Jan Smeets

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Magnus Carlsen - Fabiano Caruana

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Peter Leko

 

Alexei Shirov - Leinier Dominguez

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Sergey Karjakin

 

Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group B

Group B: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 16th

Ni Hua - Erwin l'Ami

½-½

Emil Sutovsky - Dimitri Reinderman

 1-0

Tomi Nyback - Liviu Nisipeanu

 0-1

Anish Giri - Pentala Harikrishna

 1-0

David Howell - Parimarjan Negi

½-½

Anna Muzychuk - Varuzhan Akobian

½-½

Arkadij Naiditsch - Wesley So

½-½
Group B: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 17th

Erwin l'Ami - Wesley So

½-½

Varuzhan Akobian - Arkadij Naiditsch

 0-1

Parimarjan Negi - Anna Muzychuk

½-½

Pentala Harikrishna - David Howell

½-½

Liviu Nisipeanu - Anish Giri

 0-1

Dimitri Reinderman - Tomi Nyback

 0-1

Ni Hua - Emil Sutovsky

 1-0
Group B: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Emil Sutovsky - Erwin l'Ami

½-½

Tomi Nyback - Ni Hua

 0-1

Anish Giri - Dimitri Reinderman

½-½

David Howell - Liviu Nisipeanu

½-½

Anna Muzychuk - Pentala Harikrishna

 0-1

Arkadij Naiditsch - Parimarjan Negi

½-½

Wesley So - Varuzhan Akobian

½-½
Group B: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Erwin l'Ami - Varuzhan Akobian

 1-0

Parimarjan Negi - Wesley So

½-½

Pentala Harikrishna - Arkadij Naiditsch

 1-0

Liviu Nisipeanu - Anna Muzychuk

½-½

Dimitri Reinderman - David Howell

 0-1

Ni Hua - Anish Giri

½-½

Emil Sutovsky - Tomi Nyback

 0-1
Wednesday, January 20th – Free day
Group B: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 21st

Tomi Nyback - Erwin l'Ami

½-½

Anish Giri - Emil Sutovsky

 1-0

David Howell - Ni Hua

 1-0

Anna Muzychuk - Dimitri Reinderman

½-½

Arkadij Naiditsch - Liviu Nisipeanu

 1-0

Wesley So - Pentala Harikrishna

½-½

Varuzhan Akobian - Parimarjan Negi

 0-1
Group B: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Erwin l'Ami - Parimarjan Negi

 1-0

Pentala Harikrishna - Varuzhan Akobian

½-½

Liviu Nisipeanu - Wesley So

 0-1

Dimitri Reinderman - Arkadij Naiditsch

½-½

Ni Hua - Anna Muzychuk

 1-0

Emil Sutovsky - David Howell

 1-0

Tomi Nyback - Anish Giri

 0-1
Group B: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 23rd

Anish Giri - Erwin l'Ami

 

David Howell - Tomi Nyback

 

Anna Muzychuk - Emil Sutovsky

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - Ni Hua

 

Wesley So - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Parimarjan Negi - Pentala Harikrishna

 
Group B: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 24th

Erwin l'Ami - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Parimarjan Negi

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Ni Hua - Wesley So

 

Emil Sutovsky - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

Tomi Nyback - Anna Muzychuk

 

Anish Giri - David Howell

 
Monday, January 25th – Free day
Group B: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 26th

David Howell - Erwin l'Ami

 

Anna Muzychuk - Anish Giri

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - Tomi Nyback

 

Wesley So - Emil Sutovsky

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Ni Hua

 

Parimarjan Negi - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Liviu Nisipeanu

 
Group B: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 27th

Erwin l'Ami - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Ni Hua - Parimarjan Negi

 

Emil Sutovsky - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Tomi Nyback - Wesley So

 

Anish Giri - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

David Howell - Anna Muzychuk

 
Thursday, January 28th – Free day
Group B: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 29th

Anna Muzychuk - Erwin l'Ami

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - David Howell

 

Wesley So - Anish Giri

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Tomi Nyback

 

Parimarjan Negi - Emil Sutovsky

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Ni Hua

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Dimitri Reinderman

 
Group B: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 30th

Erwin l'Ami - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Ni Hua - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Emil Sutovsky - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Tomi Nyback - Parimarjan Negi

 

Anish Giri - Varuzhan Akobian

 

David Howell - Wesley So

 

Anna Muzychuk - Arkadij Naiditsch

 
Group B: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 31st

Arkadij Naiditsch - Erwin l'Ami

 

Wesley So - Anna Muzychuk

 

Varuzhan Akobian - David Howell

 

Parimarjan Negi - Anish Giri

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Tomi Nyback

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Emil Sutovsky

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Ni Hua

 

Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group C

Group C: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 16th

Ray Robson - Soumya Swaminathan

 1-0

Robin Swinkels - Abhijeet Gupta

½-½

Mariya Muzychuk - Nils Grandelius

 0-1

Stefan Kuipers - Kjetil Lie

½-½

Peng Zhaoqin - Robin van Kampen

½-½

Benjamin Bok - Li Chao

 0-1

Daniele Vocaturo - Sjoerd Plukkel

 1-0
Group C: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 17th

Soumya Swaminathan - Sjoerd Plukkel

½-½

Li Chao - Daniele Vocaturo

½-½

Robin van Kampen - Benjamin Bok

½-½

Kjetil Lie - Peng Zhaoqin

 0-1

Nils Grandelius - Stefan Kuipers

 0-1

Abhijeet Gupta - Mariya Muzychuk

½-½

Ray Robson - Robin Swinkels

 1-0
Group C: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Robin Swinkels - Soumya Swaminathan

 1-0

Mariya Muzychuk - Ray Robson

½-½

Stefan Kuipers - Abhijeet Gupta

 0-1

Peng Zhaoqin - Nils Grandelius

½-½

Benjamin Bok - Kjetil Lie

 0-1

Daniele Vocaturo - Robin van Kampen

 1-0

Sjoerd Plukkel - Li Chao

 0-1
Group C: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Soumya Swaminathan - Li Chao

 0-1

Robin van Kampen - Sjoerd Plukkel

 1-0

Kjetil Lie - Daniele Vocaturo

 1-0

Nils Grandelius - Benjamin Bok

 0-1

Abhijeet Gupta - Peng Zhaoqin

½-½

Ray Robson - Stefan Kuipers

 1-0

Robin Swinkels - Mariya Muzychuk

 1-0
Wednesday, January 20th – Free day
Group C: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 21st

Mariya Muzychuk - Soumya Swaminathan

 1-0

Stefan Kuipers - Robin Swinkels

½-½

Peng Zhaoqin - Ray Robson

 0-1

Benjamin Bok - Abhijeet Gupta

½-½

Daniele Vocaturo - Nils Grandelius

 1-0

Sjoerd Plukkel - Kjetil Lie

½-½

Li Chao - Robin van Kampen

½-½
Group C: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Soumya Swaminathan - Robin v. Kampen

 0-1

Kjetil Lie - Li Chao

 0-1

Nils Grandelius - Sjoerd Plukkel

 1-0

Abhijeet Gupta - Daniele Vocaturo

 1-0

Ray Robson - Benjamin Bok

 1-0

Robin Swinkels - Peng Zhaoqin

½-½

Mariya Muzychuk - Stefan Kuipers

 0-1
Group C: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 23rd

Stefan Kuipers - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Benjamin Bok - Robin Swinkels

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Ray Robson

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Li Chao - Nils Grandelius

 

Robin van Kampen - Kjetil Lie

 
Group C: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 24th

Soumya Swaminathan - Kjetil Lie

 

Nils Grandelius - Robin van Kampen

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Li Chao

 

Ray Robson - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Robin Swinkels - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Benjamin Bok

 

Stefan Kuipers - Peng Zhaoqin

 
Monday, January 25th – Free day
Group C: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 26th

Peng Zhaoqin - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Benjamin Bok - Stefan Kuipers

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Robin Swinkels

 

Li Chao - Ray Robson

 

Robin van Kampen - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Kjetil Lie - Nils Grandelius

 
Group C: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 27th

Soumya Swaminathan - Nils Grandelius

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Kjetil Lie

 

Ray Robson - Robin van Kampen

 

Robin Swinkels - Li Chao

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Stefan Kuipers - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Benjamin Bok

 
Thursday, January 28th – Free day
Group C: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 29th

Benjamin Bok - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Stefan Kuipers

 

Li Chao - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Robin van Kampen - Robin Swinkels

 

Kjetil Lie - Ray Robson

 

Nils Grandelius - Abhijeet Gupta

 
Group C: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 30th

Soumya Swaminathan - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Ray Robson - Nils Grandelius

 

Robin Swinkels - Kjetil Lie

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Robin van Kampen

 

Stefan Kuipers - Li Chao

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Benjamin Bok - Daniele Vocaturo

 
Group C: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 31st

Daniele Vocaturo - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Benjamin Bok

 

Li Chao - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Robin van Kampen - Stefan Kuipers

 

Kjetil Lie - Mariya Muzychuk

 

Nils Grandelius - Robin Swinkels

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Ray Robson

 

Schedule (playing days)

January 2010
M T W T F S S
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Games begin at 13:30h local time (15:30 Moscow, 12:30 London, 7:30 a.m. NY), except for the last round on January 31st, which begins at 12:30h. There are three rest days, on January 20th, 25th, and 28th. For all three groups the rate of play is 100 minutes/40 moves + 50 minutes/20 moves + 15 minutes + 30 seconds/move.

Location: The tournament takes place in the De Moriaan Community Centre (Dorpsduinen 4, 1949 EG Wijk aan Zee). 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).

Links

The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download the free PGN reader ChessBase Light, which gives you immediate access. You can also use the program to read, replay and analyse PGN games. New and enhanced: CB Light 2009!


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