Wijk R03: Ivanchuk, Morozevich lose in roller coaster event

1/20/2009 – First round the top seeds Vassily Ivanchuk and Alexander Morozevich both lost their games, then both won in round two. Today Morozevich was defeated by Gata Kamsky, who played a very convincing game. Vassily Ivanchuk lost in his trademark heart-wrenching style to Teimour Radjabov. After three rounds five players lead, with 2.0/3. We bring you a full report with commentary, pictures and videos.

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Results of round three

Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 19th

Magnus Carlsen - Sergei Movsesian

½-½

Levon Aronian - Daniël Stellwagen

½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk - Teymour Radjabov

0-1

Sergei Karjakin - Wang Yue

½-½

Loek van Wely - Jan Smeets

½-½

Gata Kamsky - Alex. Morozevich

1-0

Michael Adams - Leinier Dominguez

½-½
Group B: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 19th

Krishnan Sasikiran - R. Kasimdzhanov

0-1

Dimitri Reinderman - Hou Yifan

1-0

Nigel Short - Erwin l'Ami

1-0

Andrei Volokitin - Francisco Vallejo

½-½

Henrique Mecking - Jan Werle

½-½

Alexander Motylev - Fabiano Caruana

½-½

David Navara - Zahar Efimenko

½-½
Group C: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 19th

David Howell - Roeland Pruijssers

1-0

Friso Nijboer - T. Hillarp Persson

½-½

Oleg Romanishin - Manuel Bosboom

½-½

Anish Giri - Wesley So

½-½

Abhijeet Gupta - Ali Bitalzadeh

0-1

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Frank Holzke

1-0

M. Leon Hoyos - Dronavalli Harika

1-0

GM Group A

GM Group B

GM Group C


Death of a press room legend

Round three report by Steve Giddins

In my round one report, I described the Wijk aan Zee tournament as "a gathering of the clans", as players and officials come together each year, for the event. The same is true of the press room. Regular habitues meet up each year, to follow the progress of the tournament. Many have their own favourite seats in the crowded room, and last year, I witnessed the peremptory way in which one leading Dutch chess journalist evicted an interloper, who had occupied his regular spot. "I have been sitting at this table every day for fifteen years!", declared the outraged IM. I waited with baited breath, to see whether the squatter would come back with the obvious retort "Well, it must be someone else's turn then!" But no – decorum prevailed, and the suitably chastened outsider meekly moved aside.

Nowadays, the press room is under the charge of Tom Bottema, but amongst his "great predecessors", few could stand higher than the legendary Berry Withuis, whose death was announced yesterday. Throughout the 1960s and onwards, Withuis was the king of the Beverwijk/Wijk aan Zee press room, and generations of chess journalists depended on him to enable them to file their copy. Everyone who has written extensively about Dutch chess of the period, from Hein Donner to Hans Ree to Jules Welling, has a story about Withuis. Apart from his numerous chess activities, he was a political activist with strong Communist leanings, a friend of Botvinnik and other leading Soviet players, and a controversial and lively character in all respects. The official tournament website reports that he died on 16 January, just a couple of days short of his 89th birthday. Thus is another link broken with the glorious past of the Wijk aan Zee tournament.


The tournament web master and IT chief in the press room: Dennis van Veen

Round 3 of the tournament certainly provided plenty for the Press Room crowd to get their teeth into. The big drama of the day came in the match-up between Ivanchuk and Radjabov, which culminated in a furious time-scramble.

Ivanchuk,V (2779) - Radjabov,T (2761) [E97]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 19.01.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0–0 6.Nf3 e5 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Ne8. 9...Nh5 is much the most usual move, and has been the scene of several successful Radjabov games, notably against Van Wely. 10.a4 f5 11.a5 Nf6 12.Bg5 Nh5 13.exf5 gxf5 14.Qd2 Nf6 15.c5 Bd7 16.b5 Be8 17.c6!? Commenting on Playchess, Yasser Seirawan expressed his surprise at this move, as locking the queenside should be in Black's favour. Positionally, 17.b6 is White's programmed move, undermining the base of Black's pawn chain on c7, in good Nimzowitschian fashion. However, it is not clear that it results in so much after 17...axb6 18.axb6 Rxa1 19.Rxa1 cxb6 20.cxd6 Qxd6. 17...b6 18.Nh4 Bf7 19.Bd3 Bg6 20.f3 Qe8

Round about here, Fritz 11 is highly optimistic about White's position, but it may be that it overrates White's space advantage on the queenside. 21.Kh1 Kh8 22.Bc2 Qf7 23.g4!? Always a critical idea in such structures, trying to wrench control of the central white squares, but in the words of George W Bush, the danger to the white king should not be "misunderstimated". 23...Nfg8 24.Ra4 Rae8 25.axb6 axb6 26.Ra7 Rc8 27.Nxg6+ Qxg6 28.Rg1 Qf7. By this stage of the game, Ivanchuk was down to barely a minute on the clock, to reach the time control at move 40 (Wijk uses a classical time control, with no increments in the main stage of the game). Radjabov himself had only about ten minutes, but in such a complicated position, such a lead on the clock is almost worth an extra piece. 29.Rg3 e4 30.Ne2 Nf6 31.Nf4. Now the real blitz started, with the rest of the game being played in about about a minute. 31...exf3 32.gxf5 Nfxd5 33.Rxf3 Nxf4 34.Qxf4 Bf6 35.Bb3 Qh5 36.Bxf6+ Rxf6 37.Be6 Rcf8

38.Rxc7?? Tragic. After 38.Rg3 best play seems to be 38...Rxe6 39.fxe6 Qd1+ 40.Kg2 Qe2+ and a draw by perpetual. 38...Rxe6 39.fxe6 Rxf4 40.Rxf4 Qd5+. The final sting in the tail; the rook on g4 drops off. 41.Kg1 Qg5+ and 0–1. [Click to replay]

A disaster for Ivanchuk, who now has 0/2 with the white pieces. In his Playchess commentary, Seirawan pointed out that during the Wijk aan Zee tournament, Ivanchuk faces a FIDE disciplinary hearing, with respect to his missed drug test at the Dresden Olympiad. Given the Draconian nature of the sanctions he potentially faces (a possible two-year ban), it would not be surprising if that were playing on his mind, and may explain his poor form so far.


Just as in round one, both top seeds lost. Morozevich obtained a comfortable position as Black against Kamsky, but then, in the words of Seirawan, "...did some horrible things to his position".


Very impressive against Morozevich: US grandmaster Gata Kamsky

Kamsky,G (2725) - Morozevich,A (2771) [C78]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 19.01.2009

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.axb5 axb5 10.d3. The main line is 10.d4 with long and heavily-analysed complications. In keeping with his style ever since his junior days, Kamsky prefers a less critical continuation, leading to a more manoeuvering style of game. 10...0–0 11.h3 Ne7 12.Na3 Ng6 13.Nc2 h6 14.Re1 Bb6 15.Ne3 c6. Black looks to be very comfortable here, but it soon becomes clear that Morozevich has ambitions to complicate the game. 16.Nh2 Kh8. 16...Be6 would be a solid option, but Black instead starts a plan of taking the initiative on the kingside. 17.Nhg4 Nxg4?! Commenting on the game for the Russian site Crestbook, Sergey Shipov was critical of this risky move, but it is all part of Black's idea. 18.hxg4 Qh4 19.d4 exd4?! Another move which drew the opprobrium of the online GM commentators. Black concedes the centre without good reason, but Morozevich clearly felt that his piece pressure on the centre would be effective. 19...Be6 is again a solid alternative. 20.cxd4 Qf6

21.Nf5! Kg8. Shipov speculates, highly plausibly, that Morozevich had intended 21...Bxf5 22.exf5 Bxd4 but only now spotted the dastardly refutation 23.g5! hxg5 24.Qh5+ Kg8 25.Qxg6. 22.Be3. Now White has been able to support his centre, and it is clear that Black's entire strategy over the past few moves has been refuted. As so often, a poor strategic decision results from a tactical oversight. Having obtained a clear positional advantage, Kamsky punches it home in convincing style. 22...Bxf5 23.gxf5 Ne7 24.Bc2 Rfd8 25.b4 c5. Passively waiting for White to prepare the e4-e5 break was hardly attractive, so Morozevich tries his only breakout, but it is crisply refuted. 26.bxc5 dxc5 27.Qg4! Rxd4 27...cxd4 is met by 28.e5 Qxe5 29.Bxh6 Qf6 30.Bg5 winning. 28.Bxd4 Qxd4 29.Qg3 Nc6 30.e5 c4 31.Rad1 Qb2 32.f6 g5 33.Re2 Qb4 34.Qh3 1–0. As Fritz 11 will inform you in a nanosecond, it is mate in 11! For the human player, it is enough to see that there is no defence to the threats of Qxh6 and Qf5. [Click to replay]


Downs and ups and this time downs: Alexander Morozevich


Carlsen drew his third straight game, after making no impression on Movsesian's Slav. Daniel Stellwagen continued his excellent start, holding Aronian very comfortably as Black, and indeed, standing rather better in the final position.

Aronian,L (2750) - Stellwagen,D (2612) [B13]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 19.01.2009
1.c4 c6 2.e4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 dxc4 7.Bxc4 h6 8.Bh4 Qxd4 9.Qxd4 Nxd4 10.0-0-0 e5 11.Nf3 Nxf3 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Bb5+ Ke7 14.Nd5+ Kd8 15.gxf3 Bd6 16.Rd2 Be6 17.Rhd1 Bc5 18.Nb6+ Ke7 19.Nxa8 Rxa8 20.Bd7 Bxa2 21.Bg4 Bd4 22.f4

draw. [Click to replay]


Of the remaining games, Adams-Dominguez saw Black hold, seemingly without too much trouble, in a 6.Bc4 Najdorf, whilst the all-Dutch pairing of van Wely and Smeets saw a theoretical battle in the Botvinnik Semi-Slav.

Van Wely,L (2625) - Smeets,J (2601) [D44]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 19.01.2009

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 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.Rb1 Qa6 17.dxe6 Bxg2 18.e7 Bxf1 19.Kxf1 Bxe7 20.fxe7 Rdg8 21.Ne4

21...Rxg5. Novelty. 21...Qc6 was Kamsky-Kramnik, Dos Hermanos 1996. 22.Nxg5 Re8 23.Qe2 Qg6 24.Ne4 Rxe7 25.Re1 Kd8 26.Qxc4 Qg4 27.Qd5 f5 28.Qa8+ Kc7 29.Qxa7+ Kc6 30.Qa8+ Kc7 draw. [Click to replay]

The longest game of the day was a grim struggle between Kariakin and Wang Yue. A Rossolimo Sicilian produced a typical petrified type of middlegame structure, and although Fritz was claiming a large advantage for White in the early middlegame, nothing concrete seems to have been missed. The players get full credit for their fighting spirit, but the eventual results of 75 moves' of remorseless battle was a draw.


Amazing: IM Manuel Bosboom, the second-lowest seed in the event, is leading in the C-Group

Finally, I should point out that, whilst these daily reports are concentrating on the A Group, much excellent chess is also being played in the B and C groups. Here on ChessBase, we will have a "catch-up" report on these two sections, on Wednesday's rest day.


Nigel Short leaves out a round to follow the other games on Playchess? No, the former World Championship challenger finished his game against Erwin l'Ami in just 19 moves and THEN came over to the chess server to listen and watch.

Amongst other games, I will bring you coverage of Nigel Short's demolition of Erwin l'Ami, in today's third round, which is bound to please all lovers of open, attacking chess!


In deadly form, with 2½ out of three: GM Nigel Short from Britain

Short,N (2663) - L'Ami,E (2603) [C48]
Corus B Wijk aan Zee NED (3), 19.01.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Nd4 5.Nxe5 Nxb5 6.Nxb5 c6 7.Nc3 Qe7 8.Nf3 Nxe4 9.0-0 Nxc3 10.dxc3 d5 11.Bg5 Qd6 12.Re1+ Be6 13.Nd4 c5 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Qh5+ g6 16.Qg4 Kf7 17.c4 d4 18.Qf3+ Kg8 19.Bf6 1-0.


Erwin l'Ami showing us what it feels like to face an in-form Nigel Short

All pictures by Jeroen van den Belt


Live commentary on Playchess by Yasser Seirawan

Today on the server Playchess.com GM Yasser Seirawan entertained the visitors with three hours of live commentary. Espeically poignant was the way Yasser and, we might add, many visitors and GM colleagues, suffered when Vassily Ivanchuk blew a good position to lose again just before the time control.

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Videos reports by Europe Echecs

GM Robert Fontaine wraps up each round for the French Chess magazine and portal Europe Echecs


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

½-½

Levon Aronian - Daniël Stellwagen

½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk - Teymour Radjabov

0-1

Sergei Karjakin - Wang Yue

½-½

Loek van Wely - Jan Smeets

½-½

Gata Kamsky - Alex. Morozevich

1-0

Michael Adams - Leinier Dominguez

½-½
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

0-1

Dimitri Reinderman - Hou Yifan

1-0

Nigel Short - Erwin l'Ami

1-0

Andrei Volokitin - Francisco Vallejo

½-½

Henrique Mecking - Jan Werle

½-½

Alexander Motylev - Fabiano Caruana

½-½

David Navara - Zahar Efimenko

½-½
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

1-0

Friso Nijboer - T. Hillarp Persson

½-½

Oleg Romanishin - Manuel Bosboom

½-½

Anish Giri - Wesley So

½-½

Abhijeet Gupta - Ali Bitalzadeh

0-1

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Frank Holzke

1-0

M. Leon Hoyos - Dronavalli Harika

1-0
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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