Wijk R02: Shirov, Nakamura and Carlsen win, Shirov leads

1/17/2010 – With the world's strongest kibitzer watching anxiously Magnus Carlsen pulled off his first win in the Super-GM in Wijk aan Zee, beating Dutch GM Jan Smeets in a tense 41-move game. Nakamura played an aggressive, exciting win over Loek van Wely, and Alexei Shirov scored a second full point against Fabiano Caruana. In Group B Anish Giri won a second game and leads. Full report.

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Wijk aan Zee 2010 – Round two report

Report by Steve Giddins

Round two produced a fascinating day's play at Wijk aan Zee, with three decisive results and a number of hard-fought draws. Amongst the interested spectators was the world's strongest online kibitzer, Garry Kasparov, who shared some comments and insights with ChessBase. Nakamura delighted the watching crowd, both real and virtual, with a series of sacrifices against van Wely's Najdorf.

Nakamura,Hi (2708) - Van Wely,L (2641) [B96]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 17.01.2010
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Nbd7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.Bxf6 Nxf6 10.g4 b5 11.g5 Nd7 12.0-0-0 Nc5 13.a3 Rb8 14.b4 Nd7

15.Nd5 exd5 16.exd5 Be7 17.Re1 Ne5 18.fxe5 Bxg5+ 19.Kb1 dxe5 20.Nc6 Bf6 21.Bd3 h5 22.Rxe5+ Bxe5 23.Re1 Bg4 24.Qf4 0-0 25.Rxe5 g6 26.Qf6 Rbe8

27.Ne7+ Rxe7 [27...Kh7 28.Bxg6+ fxg6 29.Qxg6+ Kh8 30.Qh6#] 28.Rxe7 Qxh2 29.Bxg6 Qh1+ 30.Kb2 Qxd5 31.Bxf7+ Qxf7 32.Rxf7 Rxf7 33.Qxa6 Kg7 34.Qxb5 Kg6 35.Qc4 Rd7 36.b5 Kg5 37.b6 Bf3 38.Qb5+ Rd5 39.Qb3 1-0. [Click to replay]

Kariakin also sacrificed two pieces against the Sicilian, but Dominguez' defences held.

Karjakin,Sergey (2720) - Dominguez Perez,L (2712) [B90]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 17.01.2010
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.0-0-0 Be7 11.h3 Qc7 12.Bd3 b5 13.g4 b4 14.Ne2 d5 15.g5 dxe4 16.fxe4 Nh7 17.Ng3 g6

18.Nf5 gxf5 19.exf5 Bd5 20.Rhe1 Bf3 21.f6 Nhxf6 22.gxf6 Nxf6

23.Bd4 exd4 24.Qf2 Qf4+ 25.Nd2 Ng4 26.Qxf3 Qxf3 27.Nxf3 Ne3 28.Rd2 Kf8 29.Nxd4 Bg5 30.Nf3 Bf4 31.Kb1 ½-½. [Click to replay]

Kramnik's opening preparation netted him an extra hour on the clock, but as Kasparov pointed out, Leko defended with typical skill, using his knights excellently, and, Kramnik was lucky to get a draw in the final position. "An interesting game", was our collocutor's summary.

Kramnik,V (2788) - Leko,P (2739) [E15]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 17.01.2010
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.Bc3 d5 9.Nbd2 Nbd7 10.Qc2 c5 11.dxc5 bxc5 12.0-0 0-0 13.Bb2 Rc8 14.Rfe1 d4 15.e3 dxe3 16.fxe3 Ne8 17.Rad1 Qb6 18.Ne4 Rd8 19.Neg5 g6 20.Qe4 Bb7 21.Qh4 h5 22.g4 Ndf6 23.h3 Ng7 24.Qg3 Nfe8 25.h4 Bf6 26.Be5 Bxf3 27.Nxf3 hxg4 28.Qxg4 Nh5 29.Bh2 Bc3 30.Rf1 Nef6 31.Qg5 Ne4 32.Qg4 Nef6 33.Qg5

½-½. [Click to replay]


Vladimir Kramnik unhappy with a position during postgame analysis

Naturally, Kasparov's principal interest was the game Carlsen-Smeets. This saw Black venture the ultra-sharp Botvinnik Variation, a brave choice by the Dutchman, given the danger of running into a significant novelty from the famous Kasparov database. In fact, though, it was Black who innovated first:

Carlsen,M (2810) - Smeets,J (2657) [D44]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 17.01.2010
1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.exf6 Bb7 12.g3 c5 13.d5 Qb6 14.Bg2 0-0-0 15.0-0 b4 16.Na4 Qb5 17.a3 Nb8 18.axb4 cxb4 19.Qd4 Nc6 20.Nb6+ axb6 21.dxc6 Bxc6 22.Bxc6 Qxc6 23.Qg4

23...Bc5N. Novelty. 23...Kb7 eventually led to a draw in Hebden-Prasad, Edinbugh 2009. 24.Ra7 Rd7 25.Rxd7 Kxd7 26.h4 Kc7 27.h5 e5 28.h6 Bd4 29.Qe2 b3 30.Be3 Qd5?! 31.Rd1 Kc6?

Thus far, Kasparov had not been too happy with his protege's position, but after Black's last two moves, he perked up noticeably and predicted that now White would win. 32.Qg4 b5 33.Bxd4 exd4 34.Rxd4 Qe5 35.Qd7+ Kc5 36.Qa7+. This reptition was predicted by Kasparov a few moves earlier – "to give yourself an extra minute on the clock!" There is a 30-second increment per move, and both players were very short of time by this stage. 36...Kc6 37.Qd7+ Kc5

38.Rf4?! Here, although not having a computer to hand, Kasparov instantly predicted 38.Rd1! which your engine will confirm is indeed winning. He was aghast when Carlsen instead played the text. 38...Qxb2? Kasparov's misery did not last long. 38...Kb6! was Black's only hope. 39.Rf5+ Kb4 40.Qxb5+ Kc3 41.Rf3+ 1-0. [Click to replay]


Magnus Carlsen and Jan Smeets analyse after their game

For much of the afternoon, the engines were claiming that the World Champion was in trouble with white against Short, but Kasparov felt differently. "Engines!", he snarled, and was full of praise for Anand's double pawn sacrifice, which he described as "very creative, very entertaining, and very impressive". The Indian eventually regained both pawns, with a double rook ending, which the thirteenth World Champion thought should be winning for White. However, Anand was unable to convert his advantage, in the face of tenacious defence from Short, and the game ended in a draw.

Anand,V (2790) - Short,N (2696) [D38]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 17.01.2010
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Rc1 c6 8.e3 Qa5 9.Bd3 Qxa2 10.0-0 Qa5 11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Ng4 13.Bf4 f6

14.e4 fxe5 15.Bg3 Bxc3 16.Rxc3 d4 17.Ra3 Qc5 18.Qd2 0-0 19.h3 Nh6 20.Ra5 b5 21.Rc1 Qd6 22.Qc2 Rf6 23.Qc5 Nf7 24.Qxd6 Rxd6 25.Rc5 Be6 26.Kf1 h6 27.Ke2 a6 28.b4 Bb3 29.Bxe5 Nxe5 30.Rxe5 Rg6 31.g3 Rg5 32.Re7 c5 33.bxc5 Rxc5 34.Rd7 Be6 35.Rd6 Bxh3 36.Raxa6 Rf8 37.f4 Rc1 38.Rxd4 Bf1+ 39.Kd2 Rfc8 40.Bxf1 Rxf1

41.Rd7 Rcc1 42.Rb7 Rcd1+ 43.Ke3 Rfe1+ 44.Kf3 h5 45.f5 Rd3+ 46.Kf4 Rf1+ 47.Ke5 Rxg3 48.Rxb5 Kh7 49.Rb8 Rg4 50.Raa8 Kh6 51.Rh8+ Kg5 52.Rh7 Kh4 53.Rah8 Rg5 54.Rg8 Rfg1 55.Ra8 Re1 56.Rg8 Rg4 57.Rgxg7 ½-½. [Click to replay]

Tiviakov's favourite 3...Qd6 Scandinavian yielded a solid queenless middlegame, and although Ivanchuk eventually reached a rook ending in which his king was vastly the more active, it proved insufficient for a win. Finally, Shirov-Caruana looked for a long time as though it too would be a draw, but for the second day in a row, Shirov showed his endgame magic, and squeezed out a win.

Shirov,A (2723) - Caruana,F (2675) [C80]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 17.01.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 Be7 11.Bc2 d4 12.Nb3 d3 13.Bb1 Nxb3 14.axb3 Bf5 15.b4 0-0 16.Re1 Qd7 17.h3 Bg6 18.Ba2 Kh8 19.Bf4 a5 20.bxa5 Rxa5 21.b4 Ra4 22.Bb3 Rxa1 23.Qxa1 Nd8 24.Qa7 Ne6 25.Bd2 Rd8 26.Bxe6 fxe6 27.Nd4 Bxb4 28.Nxb5 Qxb5 29.cxb4 Rc8 30.Qa5 Qd7 31.Ra1 Be4 32.Qc5 Qd5 33.Qxd5 Bxd5 34.f3 Bc4 35.Ra5 c6 36.Kf2 Kg8 37.Ke3 Rc7 38.Kd4 Bb5 39.g4 Rd7+ 40.Kc3 Kf7 41.h4 g6 42.h5 gxh5 43.gxh5 Ke8 44.h6 Rd5 45.f4 Ke7 46.Ra7+ Rd7 47.Ra1 c5 48.bxc5 Bc6 49.Rg1 Be4 50.Rg7+ Kd8 51.Kc4 Kc7 52.Rg8 Kc6 53.Rc8+ Rc7 54.Re8 Kd7 55.Rg8

55...Rb7? 56.Ba5 Rb2 57.Rd8+ Ke7 58.Rd6 Rc2+ 59.Bc3 Kf7 60.Rd4 d2 61.Kb3 Kg6 62.Bxd2 Kxh6 63.f5+ Kg7 64.f6+ 1-0. [Click to replay]

In the B Group, Anish Giri continued his sensational start, by simply crushing Nisipeanu – with the black pieces. The other three "N's" in the group – Naiditsch, Nyback and Ni – all won,  whilst Kujpers, Peng and Robson all scored the full point in Group C.

All photos by Gallina Tiviakova

Results of the day

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 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 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

Standings

Group A

Group B

Group C


Video reports by Europe Echecs


Europe Echecs video report by GM Robert Fontaine


Commentary on Playchess

Schedule of commentators

16th Jan  

FM Valeri Lilov

5:00 p.m.

17th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan  

5:00 p.m.

18th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

6:00 p.m.

19th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

6:00 p.m.

20th Jan

Free Day

 

21st Jan

GM Daniel King

6:00 p.m.

22nd Jan

GM Daniel King

6:00 p.m.

23rd Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

5:00 p.m.

24th Jan  

GM Yasser Seirawan  

5:00 p.m.

25th Jan

Free Day

 

26th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

6:00 p.m.

27th Jan

GM Daniel King

6:00 p.m.

28th Jan

Free Day

 

29th Jan

GM Daniel King

6:00 p.m.

30th Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

5:00 p.m.

31st Jan

GM Yasser Seirawan

4:00 p.m.


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

 

Peter Leko - Sergey Karjakin

 

Fabiano Caruana - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Alexei Shirov

 

Jan Smeets - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Loek van Wely - Magnus Carlsen

 

Nigel Short - Hikaru Nakamura

 
Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Vishy Anand - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Magnus Carlsen - Nigel Short

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Loek van Wely

 

Alexei Shirov - Jan Smeets

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Sergey Karjakin - Fabiano Caruana

 

Leinier Dominguez - Peter Leko

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

Peter Leko - Vishy Anand

 

Fabiano Caruana - Leinier Dominguez

 

Sergey Tiviakov - Sergey Karjakin

 

Jan Smeets - Vladimir Kramnik

 

Loek van Wely - Alexei Shirov

 

Nigel Short - Vassily Ivanchuk

 

Hikaru Nakamura - Magnus Carlsen

 
Group A: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Vishy Anand - Magnus Carlsen

 

Vassily Ivanchuk - Hikaru Nakamura

 

Alexei Shirov - Nigel Short

 

Vladimir Kramnik - Loek van Wely

 

Sergey Karjakin - Jan Smeets

 

Leinier Dominguez - Sergey Tiviakov

 

Peter Leko - Fabiano Caruana

 
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

 

Tomi Nyback - Ni Hua

 

Anish Giri - Dimitri Reinderman

 

David Howell - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Anna Muzychuk - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - Parimarjan Negi

 

Wesley So - Varuzhan Akobian

 
Group B: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Erwin l'Ami - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Parimarjan Negi - Wesley So

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Anna Muzychuk

 

Dimitri Reinderman - David Howell

 

Ni Hua - Anish Giri

 

Emil Sutovsky - Tomi Nyback

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

Tomi Nyback - Erwin l'Ami

 

Anish Giri - Emil Sutovsky

 

David Howell - Ni Hua

 

Anna Muzychuk - Dimitri Reinderman

 

Arkadij Naiditsch - Liviu Nisipeanu

 

Wesley So - Pentala Harikrishna

 

Varuzhan Akobian - Parimarjan Negi

 
Group B: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Erwin l'Ami - Parimarjan Negi

 

Pentala Harikrishna - Varuzhan Akobian

 

Liviu Nisipeanu - Wesley So

 

Dimitri Reinderman - Arkadij Naiditsch

 

Ni Hua - Anna Muzychuk

 

Emil Sutovsky - David Howell

 

Tomi Nyback - Anish Giri

 
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

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Ray Robson

 

Stefan Kuipers - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Nils Grandelius

 

Benjamin Bok - Kjetil Lie

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Robin van Kampen

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Li Chao

 
Group C: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Soumya Swaminathan - Li Chao

 

Robin van Kampen - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Kjetil Lie - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Nils Grandelius - Benjamin Bok

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Ray Robson - Stefan Kuipers

 

Robin Swinkels - Mariya Muzychuk

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

Mariya Muzychuk - Soumya Swaminathan

 

Stefan Kuipers - Robin Swinkels

 

Peng Zhaoqin - Ray Robson

 

Benjamin Bok - Abhijeet Gupta

 

Daniele Vocaturo - Nils Grandelius

 

Sjoerd Plukkel - Kjetil Lie

 

Li Chao - Robin van Kampen

 
Group C: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Soumya Swaminathan - Robin v. Kampen

 

Kjetil Lie - Li Chao

 

Nils Grandelius - Sjoerd Plukkel

 

Abhijeet Gupta - Daniele Vocaturo

 

Ray Robson - Benjamin Bok

 

Robin Swinkels - Peng Zhaoqin

 

Mariya Muzychuk - Stefan Kuipers

 
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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