Wijk R02: Ivanchuk, Morozevich strike back

1/18/2009 – After their shock losses in round one the top seeds Vassily Ivanchuk and Alexander Morozevich struck back. The Ukrainian player defeated Wang Yue in just 25 moves, after the Chinese GM's opening preparation went catastrophically wrong, while Morozevich produced the first defeat of a Dutch player – Loek van Wely – in this year's event. Full report with pictures and annotated games.

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Results of round two

Group A: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 18th

Sergei Movsesian - Michael Adams

1-0

Leinier Dominguez - Gata Kamsky

½-½

Alexander Morozevich - Loek van Wely

1-0

Jan Smeets - Sergei Karjakin

½-½

Wang Yue - Vassily Ivanchuk

0-1

Teymour Radjabov - Levon Aronian

½-½

Daniël Stellwagen - Magnus Carlsen

½-½
Group B: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 18th

Rustam Kasimdzhanov - David Navara

½-½

Zahar Efimenko - Alexander Motylev

½-½

Fabiano Caruana - Henrique Mecking

1-0

Jan Werle - Andrei Volokitin

½-½

Francisco Vallejo - Nigel Short

0-1

Erwin l'Ami - Dimitri Reinderman

½-½

Hou Yifan - Krishnan Sasikiran

1-0
Group C: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 18th

Roeland Pruijssers - M. Leon Hoyos

1-0

Dronavalli Harika - Eduardo Iturrizaga

½-½

Frank Holzke - Abhijeet Gupta

0-1

Ali Bitalzadeh - Anish Giri

½-½

Wesley So - Oleg Romanishin

½-½

Manuel Bosboom - Friso Nijboer

1-0

T. Hillarp Persson - David Howell

1-0

GM Group A

GM Group B

GM Group C


Arbitrarial Tribulations

Round two report by Steve Giddins

"A policeman's lot is not a happy one", the old music hall song informs us. The chess world's equivalent of the bobby on the beat is the arbiter, and I fear that his lot is also less than deliriously happy nowadays. Not only has he the normal day-to-day chess rules to contend with, but the 21st-century arbiter also needs a degree in electronics, in order to cope with all the gadgetry to be found at the modern chess tournament.

In days gone by, setting the clocks was a fairly basic task, and the only special quality the arbiter needed was a supply of those little metal winders, which the Law of Sod declared should be missing from every chess clock in the kingdom of Caissa. These days, however, setting one of the modern digital clocks is more akin to programming the computers on an Apollo space ship. And then there is the mobile phone, surely the invention of Satan himself. The draconian rules which apply (quite rightly, I should add) to players whose phones ring during play mean that many have taken to handing in their mobile to the arbiter, at the start of the game. Certainly a wise precaution, but it can create one or two problems for the technologically-challenged chess official.


The arbiter starting the clock in Wang Yue vs Ivanchuk round two in Wijk

A few months ago, I witnessed a hilarious scene, involving one of the England's most senior arbiters, at a weekend tournament. At the start of the final round, he collected a number of mobiles, all of which, he was assured, were turned off. But half an hour later, the silence was shattered by a burst of "Rule Britannia", from one of the handsets on his desk. A few seconds' fumbling identified the culprit, and a few more seconds' fumbling left the arbiter convinced that he had now turned the thing off. Alas, no. Moments later, it rang again. A more prolonged period of fumbling and button-pushing seemed to do the trick, and he put the phone back down again, only to pick it up rather sharply, when voices began emerging from it. An embarrassed whispered conversation revealed that the unfortunate arbiter, in attempting to switch the phone off, had accidentally dialed the emergency services, and he was last seen whispering profuse, red-faced apologies down the line!

Happily, the arbiters at Wijk aan Zee have not, to my knowledge, ever had to contend with such problems. Indeed, at last year's tournament, one of the arbiters had his computers skills to thank, when his knowledge of the laws of chess proved deficient. When Nigel Short's pre-game handshake was declined by Cheparinov, and Short claimed the game, the arbiter proved to be totally unaware of the relevant FIDE rule! Luckily, he proved not to be totally unfamiliar with the Internet, and a few minutes' surfing duly uncovered the document in question. Cynics might suggest that, given the speed with which FIDE change their own rules nowadays, a real-time connection is the only hope one has of keeping up to date...


The Azeri-Armenian encounter Radjabov-Aronian ended peacefully after fifteen moves

Be that as it may, there is no doubt that the best use of real-time internet connections is to broadcast live games, and today's round two efforts at Wijk did not disappoint. Admittedly, the game Radjabov-Aronian was an anti-climix, ending in a draw after just 15 moves (if only all Azeri-Armenian conflicts in recent years had been so peaceful...). The other encounter between two of the pre-tournament favourites looked to have been decided almost as quickly, after Wang Yue's opening preparation went catastrophically wrong, and he was losing a knight after just nine moves – not so much a Chinese takeaway, as a Chinese giveaway. However, after being presented with the point on a plate, Ivanchuk suddenly proved rather clumsy with his chopsticks.


Opening disaster: Chinese GM Wang Yue

Wang Yue (2739) - Ivanchuk,V (2779) [D30]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 18.01.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Bg5 dxc4 5.Qa4+ Nbd7 6.Nc3 a6 7.g3. Apparently a novelty, 7.e4 being the usual move. 7...b5 8.Nxb5 Rb8

9.Na7?? Clearly based on a miscalculation, this move effectively loses a piece, as Fritz will confirm in slightly less then two seconds. 9...Rb4 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Qa5 Bb7 12.Bh3 Qb8 13.Qh5 Ke7?! The computer suggests 13...Rb6 as a more natural way to defend e6. 14.d5 Qxa7?! 14...Rxb2 is answered in the same fashion as in the game, whilst 14...Bxd5 15.Qxd5 exd5 16.Nc6+ is the point of White's play. However, this last variation may actually be the best for Black, as after 16...Kd6 17.Nxb8 Rxb8 he retains a clear advantage in the ending. 15.dxe6 fxe6 16.Bxe6! Kxe6 17.Qe8+ Be7 18.Qxh8 Nf8 19.Qg8+ Kd7 20.0–0–0+? Now Black seizes the advantage again. Instead, after 20.Qg4+ Black can probably not avoid a perpetual, eg. 20...Kc6 21.Qe4+ Kd7 22.Qf5+ etc. 20...Ke8 21.Qg4 Qc5 22.a3

22...Rxb2! 23.Kxb2 Qxa3+ 24.Kb1 Qb3+ 25.Ka1 c3 0–1. [Click to replay]


Glad to be back in the tournament...


Vassily Ivanchuk talking about his win over Wang Yue


The games Dominguez-Kamsky and Smeets-Kariakin were both drawn, without the balance ever being seriously disturbed. Movsesian, on the other hand, unearthed a 19th century opening surprise, to hand Adams a painful defeat.


Servey Movsevsian at the start of his round two games against Michael Adams

Movsesian,S (2751) - Adams,Mi (2712) [C50]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 18.01.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0–0 Nf6  5.d4!? A move which has been recommended to club players, in one or two repertoire books of the "Win with White by force in 20 moves" variety, but it has never been taken very seriously at GM level. Maybe the present game will force a change in attitude. 5...Bxd4. 5...exd4 leads to the infamous Max Lange Attack after 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4 etc. Adams prefers to avoid such heavily-analysed byways. 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.f4 d6 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.Bg5 Be6 10.Na3 Qe7 11.c3 Nc6 12.Kh1

12...Rd8. Megabase 2009 deems this move a novelty, with the immediate 12...h6 having been played previously. However, this is not a position which has been tested very extensively (to say the least!) amongst super-GMs, so theory's conclusions must be treated with some caution. 13.Qe2 h6 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Rf2 Rg8 16.Raf1 Rg6 17.Nc2. By simple means, White has achieved at least adequate compensation for his pawn. 17...Kf8 18.Ne3 Nb8 19.Qh5 Kg7 20.Qf3 Kh7 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.exd5 e4 23.Qf4 Rd6?! Fritz 11 advocates 23...b5 24.Bb3 Na6 so as to defend the e4-pawn.  24.Re2 Nd7 25.Rxe4 Ne5 26.Bb3 Kg8 27.c4 White has recovered his pawn, whilst retaining his positional advantages. 27...b6 28.Bc2 Qf8 29.Re3 Rg5 30.Bf5 Kh8 31.Rfe1 a5 32.b3 c6. Hastening the end, but Black is very short of constructive moves. 33.dxc6 Rxc6 34.h4 Rg8 35.Rd1 a4

36.Rd8! Qg7 37.Rxg8+ Kxg8 38.Rg3 1–0. [Click to replay]


Carlsen's choice of the Berlin wall against Stellwagen came as a slight surprise to many, who expected a more ambitious line from the world number four. He equalized without any great trouble, but the confines of equality were never really stretched, and the game simplified to a drawn rook and pawn ending.


Daniël Stellwagen and Magnus Carlsen analysing their game


The second seed in this event didn't get anything from his Berlin Defence

Loek van Wely's defeat against Morozevich was the first suffered by a Dutchman in this year's tournament, and leaves "KingLoek" languishing behind his two young compatriots. He equalised after an early queen exchange, but later allowed his knight to be pushed from the centre for no apparent reason, and soon found himself in difficulties.


Alexander Morozevich vs Loek van Wely in round two

Morozevich,A (2771) - Van Wely,L (2625) [D97]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 18.01.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0–0 7.e4 a6 8.Qb3 c5 9.dxc5 Qc7 10.Qb6 Qxb6 11.cxb6 Nbd7 12.Be2 Nxb6 13.Be3 Nbd7 14.Nd4 b6 15.f3 Bb7 16.0–0–0 h5 17.Nb3 Kh7 18.Rd4 Rfc8 19.Rhd1 Rc7 20.Kb1 Bh6 21.Bxh6 Kxh6 22.Nd2 g5 23.a4 Ne5 24.Nc4 Nxc4 25.Rxc4 Rac8 26.Rcd4

26...Kg7?! [26...Rc5!] 27.e5 Ne8 28.g3 f6 29.f4 fxe5 30.fxe5 g4 31.Rb4 Rc6 32.Nd5 Rc2 33.Nf4 b5?! 33...Bf3 34.Re1 Bxe2 35.Rxe2 Rxe2 36.Nxe2 Rc5 is more stubborn. 34.axb5 axb5 35.Nxh5+ Kh6 36.Bxg4 R8c5 37.Nf4 Rxh2 38.Nd3 Rcc2 39.Bf5 Bf3 40.Rf1 Be2 41.Kxc2 Bxf1+ 42.Kc3 Nc7 43.Rg4 1–0. [Click to replay]


King Loek behind his younger colleagues: top Dutch GM Loek van Wely

All pictures by Jeroen van den Belt


Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group A

Group A: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 17th

Daniël Stellwagen - Sergei Movsesian

½-½

Magnus Carlsen - Teymour Radjabov

½-½

Levon Aronian - Wang Yue

½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk - Jan Smeets

0-1

Sergei Karjakin - Alex. Morozevich

1-0

Loek van Wely - Leinier Dominguez

½-½

Gata Kamsky - Michael Adams

½-½
Group A: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 18th

Sergei Movsesian - Michael Adams

1-0

Leinier Dominguez - Gata Kamsky

½-½

Alexander Morozevich - Loek van Wely

1-0

Jan Smeets - Sergei Karjakin

½-½

Wang Yue - Vassily Ivanchuk

0-1

Teymour Radjabov - Levon Aronian

½-½

Daniël Stellwagen - Magnus Carlsen

½-½
Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 19th

Magnus Carlsen - Sergei Movsesian

 

Levon Aronian - Daniël Stellwagen

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Teymour Radjabov

 

Sergei Karjakin - Wang Yue

 

Loek van Wely - Jan Smeets

 

Gata Kamsky - Alex. Morozevich

 

Michael Adams - Leinier Dominguez

 
Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 20th

Sergei Movsesian - Leinier Dominguez

 

Alex. Morozevich - Michael Adams

 

Jan Smeets - Gata Kamsky

 

Wang Yue - Loek van Wely

 

Teymour Radjabov - Sergei Karjakin

 

Daniël Stellwagen - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Magnus Carlsen - Levon Aronian

 
Wednesday, January 21st – Free day
Group A: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 22nd

Levon Aronian - Sergei Movsesian

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Magnus Carlsen

 

Sergei Karjakin - Daniël Stellwagen

 

Loek van Wely - Teymour Radjabov

 

Gata Kamsky - Wang Yue

 

Michael Adams - Jan Smeets

 

Leinier Dominguez - Alex. Morozevich

 
Group A: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 23rd

Sergei Movsesian - Alex. Morozevich

 

Jan Smeets - Leinier Dominguez

 

Wang Yue - Michael Adams

 

Teymour Radjabov - Gata Kamsky

 

Daniël Stellwagen - Loek van Wely

 

Magnus Carlsen - Sergei Karjakin

 

Levon Aronian - Vassily Ivanchuk

 
Group A: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 24th

Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergei Movsesian

 

Sergei Karjakin - Levon Aronian

 

Loek van Wely - Magnus Carlsen

 

Gata Kamsky - Daniël Stellwagen

 

Michael Adams - Teymour Radjabov

 

Leinier Dominguez - Wang Yue

 

Alex. Morozevich - Jan Smeets

 
Group A: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 25th

Sergei Movsesian - Jan Smeets

 

Wang Yue - Alex. Morozevich

 

Teymour Radjabov - Leinier Dominguez

 

Daniël Stellwagen - Michael Adams

 

Magnus Carlsen - Gata Kamsky

 

Levon Aronian - Loek van Wely

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergei Karjakin

 
Monday, January 26th – Free day
Group A: Round 7 - Tues. Jan. 27th

Sergei Karjakin - Sergei Movsesian

 

Loek van Wely - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Gata Kamsky - Levon Aronian

 

Michael Adams - Magnus Carlsen

 

Leinier Dominguez - Daniël Stellwagen

 

Alex. Morozevich - Teymour Radjabov

 

Jan Smeets - Wang Yue

 
Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 28th

Sergei Movsesian - Wang Yue

 

Teymour Radjabov - Jan Smeets

 

Daniël Stellwagen - Alex. Morozevich

 

Magnus Carlsen - Leinier Dominguez

 

Levon Aronian - Michael Adams

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Gata Kamsky

 

Sergei Karjakin - Loek van Wely

 
Thursday, January 29th – Free day
Group A: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 30th

Loek van Wely - Sergei Movsesian

 

Gata Kamsky - Sergei Karjakin

 

Michael Adams - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Leinier Dominguez - Levon Aronian

 

Alex. Morozevich - Magnus Carlsen

 

Jan Smeets - Daniël Stellwagen

 

Wang Yue - Teymour Radjabov

 
Group A: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 31st

Sergei Movsesian - Teymour Radjabov

 

Daniël Stellwagen - Wang Yue

 

Magnus Carlsen - Jan Smeets

 

Levon Aronian - Alex. Morozevich

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Leinier Dominguez

 

Sergei Karjakin - Michael Adams

 

Loek van Wely - Gata Kamsky

 
Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Feb. 1st

Gata Kamsky - Sergei Movsesian

 

Michael Adams - Loek van Wely

 

Leinier Dominguez - Sergei Karjakin

 

Alex. Morozevich - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Jan Smeets - Levon Aronian

 

Wang Yue - Magnus Carlsen

 

Teymour Radjabov - Daniël Stellwagen

 

Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group B

Group B: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 17th

Hou Yifan - Rustam Kasimdzhanov

0-1

Krishnan Sasikiran - Erwin l'Ami

½-½

Dimitri Reinderman - Francisco Vallejo

0-1

Nigel Short - Jan Werle

½-½

Andrei Volokitin - Fabiano Caruana

½-½

Henrique Mecking - Zahar Efimenko

0-1

Alexander Motylev - David Navara

0-1
Group B: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 18th

Rustam Kasimdzhanov - David Navara

½-½

Zahar Efimenko - Alexander Motylev

½-½

Fabiano Caruana - Henrique Mecking

1-0

Jan Werle - Andrei Volokitin

½-½

Francisco Vallejo - Nigel Short

0-1

Erwin l'Ami - Dimitri Reinderman

½-½

Hou Yifan - Krishnan Sasikiran

1-0
Group B: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 19th

Krishnan Sasikiran - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Hou Yifan

 

Nigel Short - Erwin l'Ami

 

Andrei Volokitin - Francisco Vallejo

 

Henrique Mecking - Jan Werle

 

Alexander Motylev - Fabiano Caruana

 

David Navara - Zahar Efimenko

 
Group B: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 29th

R. Kasimdzhanov - Zahar Efimenko

 

Fabiano Caruana - David Navara

 

Jan Werle - Alexander Motylev

 

Francisco Vallejo - Henrique Mecking

 

Erwin l'Ami - Andrei Volokitin

 

Hou Yifan - Nigel Short

 

Krishnan Sasikiran - Dimitri Reinderman

 
Wednesday, January 21st – Free day
Group B: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 22nd

Dimitri Reinderman - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

Nigel Short - Krishnan Sasikiran

 

Andrei Volokitin - Hou Yifan

 

Henrique Mecking - Erwin l'Ami

 

Alexander Motylev - Francisco Vallejo

 

David Navara - Jan Werle

 

Zahar Efimenko - Fabiano Caruana

 
Group B: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 23rd

R. Kasimdzhanov - Fabiano Caruana

 

Jan Werle - Zahar Efimenko

 

Francisco Vallejo - David Navara

 

Erwin l'Ami - Alexander Motylev

 

Hou Yifan - Henrique Mecking

 

Krishnan Sasikiran - Andrei Volokitin

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Nigel Short

 
Group B: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 24th

Nigel Short - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

Andrei Volokitin - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Henrique Mecking - Krishnan Sasikiran

 

Alexander Motylev - Hou Yifan

 

David Navara - Erwin l'Ami

 

Zahar Efimenko - Francisco Vallejo

 

Fabiano Caruana - Jan Werle

 
Group B: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 25th

R. Kasimdzhanov - Jan Werle

 

Francisco Vallejo - Fabiano Caruana

 

Erwin l'Ami - Zahar Efimenko

 

Hou Yifan - David Navara

 

Krishnan Sasikiran - Alexander Motylev

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Henrique Mecking

 

Nigel Short - Andrei Volokitin

 
Monday, January 26th – Free day
Group B: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 27th

Andrei Volokitin - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

Henrique Mecking - Nigel Short

 

Alexander Motylev - Dimitri Reinderman

 

David Navara - Krishnan Sasikiran

 

Zahar Efimenko - Hou Yifan

 

Fabiano Caruana - Erwin l'Ami

 

Jan Werle - Francisco Vallejo

 
Group B: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 28th

R. Kasimdzhanov - Francisco Vallejo

 

Erwin l'Ami - Jan Werle

 

Hou Yifan - Fabiano Caruana

 

Krishnan Sasikiran - Zahar Efimenko

 

Dimitri Reinderman - David Navara

 

Nigel Short - Alexander Motylev

 

Andrei Volokitin - Henrique Mecking

 
Thursday, January 29th – Free day
Group B: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 30th

Henrique Mecking - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

Alexander Motylev - Andrei Volokitin

 

David Navara - Nigel Short

 

Zahar Efimenko - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Fabiano Caruana - Krishnan Sasikiran

 

Jan Werle - Hou Yifan

 

Francisco Vallejo - Erwin l'Ami

 
Group B: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 31st

R. Kasimdzhanov - Erwin l'Ami

 

Hou Yifan - Francisco Vallejo

 

Krishnan Sasikiran - Jan Werle

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Fabiano Caruana

 

Nigel Short - Zahar Efimenko

 

Andrei Volokitin - David Navara

 

Henrique Mecking - Alexander Motylev

 
Group B: Round 13 - Sun. Feb. 1st

Alexander Motylev - R. Kasimdzhanov

 

David Navara - Henrique Mecking

 

Zahar Efimenko - Andrei Volokitin

 

Fabiano Caruana - Nigel Short

 

Jan Werle - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Francisco Vallejo - Krishnan Sasikiran

 

Erwin l'Ami - Hou Yifan

 

Schedule and results of Grandmaster Group C

Group C: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 17th

T. Hillarp Persson - Roeland Pruijssers

½-½

David Howell - Manuel Bosboom

0-1

Friso Nijboer - Wesley So

0-1

Oleg Romanishin - Ali Bitalzadeh

1-0

Anish Giri - Frank Holzke

½-½

Abhijeet Gupta - Dronavalli Harika

0-1

Eduardo Iturrizaga - M. Leon Hoyos

1-0
Group C: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 18th

Roeland Pruijssers - M. Leon Hoyos

1-0

Dronavalli Harika - Eduardo Iturrizaga

½-½

Frank Holzke - Abhijeet Gupta

0-1

Ali Bitalzadeh - Anish Giri

½-½

Wesley So - Oleg Romanishin

½-½

Manuel Bosboom - Friso Nijboer

1-0

T. Hillarp Persson - David Howell

1-0
Group C: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 19th

David Howell - Roeland Pruijssers

 

Friso Nijboer - T. Hillarp Persson

 

Oleg Romanishin - Manuel Bosboom

 

Anish Giri - Wesley So

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Ali Bitalzadeh

 

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Frank Holzke

 

M. Leon Hoyos - Dronavalli Harika

 
Group C: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 20th

Roeland Pruijssers - Dronavalli Harika

 

Frank Holzke - M. Leon Hoyos

 

Ali Bitalzadeh - Eduardo Iturrizaga

 

Wesley So - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Manuel Bosboom - Anish Giri

 

T. Hillarp Persson - Oleg Romanishin

 

David Howell - Friso Nijboer

 
Wednesday, January 21st – Free day
Group C: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 22nd

Friso Nijboer - Roeland Pruijssers

 

Oleg Romanishin - David Howell

 

Anish Giri - T. Hillarp Persson

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Manuel Bosboom

 

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Wesley So

 

M. Leon Hoyos - Ali Bitalzadeh

 

Dronavalli Harika - Frank Holzke

 
Group C: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 23rd

Roeland Pruijssers - Frank Holzke

 

Ali Bitalzadeh - Dronavalli Harika

 

Wesley So - M. Leon Hoyos

 

Manuel Bosboom - Eduardo Iturrizaga

 

T. Hillarp Persson - Abhijeet Gupta

 

David Howell - Anish Giri

 

Friso Nijboer - Oleg Romanishin

 
Group C: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 24th

Oleg Romanishin - Roeland Pruijssers

 

Anish Giri - Friso Nijboer

 

Abhijeet Gupta - David Howell

 

Eduardo Iturrizaga - T. Hillarp Persson

 

M. Leon Hoyos - Manuel Bosboom

 

Dronavalli Harika - Wesley So

 

Frank Holzke - Ali Bitalzadeh

 
Group C: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 25th

Roeland Pruijssers - Ali Bitalzadeh

 

Wesley So - Frank Holzke

 

Manuel Bosboom - Dronavalli Harika

 

T. Hillarp Persson - M. Leon Hoyos

 

David Howell - Eduardo Iturrizaga

 

Friso Nijboer - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Oleg Romanishin - Anish Giri

 
Monday, January 26th – Free day
Group C: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 27th

Anish Giri - Roeland Pruijssers

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Oleg Romanishin

 

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Friso Nijboer

 

M. Leon Hoyos - David Howell

 

Dronavalli Harika - T. Hillarp Persson

 

Frank Holzke - Manuel Bosboom

 

Ali Bitalzadeh - Wesley So

 
Group C: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 28th

Roeland Pruijssers - Wesley So

 

Manuel Bosboom - Ali Bitalzadeh

 

T. Hillarp Persson - Frank Holzke

 

David Howell - Dronavalli Harika

 

Friso Nijboer - M. Leon Hoyos

 

Oleg Romanishin - Eduardo Iturrizaga

 

Anish Giri - Abhijeet Gupta

 
Thursday, January 29th – Free day
Group C: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 30th

Abhijeet Gupta - Roeland Pruijssers

 

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Anish Giri

 

M. Leon Hoyos - Oleg Romanishin

 

Dronavalli Harika - Friso Nijboer

 

Frank Holzke - David Howell

 

Ali Bitalzadeh - T. Hillarp Persson

 

Wesley So - Manuel Bosboom

 
Group C: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 31st

Roeland Pruijssers - Manuel Bosboom

 

T. Hillarp Persson - Wesley So

 

David Howell - Ali Bitalzadeh

 

Friso Nijboer - Frank Holzke

 

Oleg Romanishin - Dronavalli Harika

 

Anish Giri - M. Leon Hoyos

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Eduardo Iturrizaga

 
Group C: Round 13 - Sun. Feb. 1st

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Roeland Pruijssers

 

M. Leon Hoyos - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Dronavalli Harika - Anish Giri

 

Frank Holzke - Oleg Romanishin

 

Ali Bitalzadeh - Friso Nijboer

 

Wesley So - David Howell

 

Manuel Bosboom - T. Hillarp Persson

 

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