Wijk R04: Drawfest before the day of rest

1/20/2009 – It is often seen in GM tournaments: the play before a rest day tends to be quiet, caution is the order of the day. In the fourth round of Wijk aan Zee 2009 all seven games of the A-Group were drawn, five of them quietly. But the encounter Carlsen vs Aronian, with a miracle escape by the Armenian GM, fired everyone's imagination. We bring you extensive live annotations by GM Sergey Shipov.

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Results of round four

Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 20th

Sergei Movsesian - Leinier Dominguez

½-½

Alex. Morozevich - Michael Adams

½-½

Jan Smeets - Gata Kamsky

½-½

Wang Yue - Loek van Wely

½-½

Teymour Radjabov - Sergei Karjakin

½-½

Daniël Stellwagen - Vassily Ivanchuk

½-½

Magnus Carlsen - Levon Aronian

½-½
Group B: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 20th

R. Kasimdzhanov - Zahar Efimenko

½-½

Fabiano Caruana - David Navara

1-0

Jan Werle - Alexander Motylev

0-1

Francisco Vallejo - Henrique Mecking

1-0

Erwin l'Ami - Andrei Volokitin

½-½

Hou Yifan - Nigel Short

½-½

Krishnan Sasikiran - Dimitri Reinderman

½-½
Group C: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 20th

Roeland Pruijssers - Dronavalli Harika

½-½

Frank Holzke - M. Leon Hoyos

1-0

Ali Bitalzadeh - Eduardo Iturrizaga

1-0

Wesley So - Abhijeet Gupta

½-½

Manuel Bosboom - Anish Giri

½-½

T. Hillarp Persson - Oleg Romanishin

1-0

David Howell - Friso Nijboer

1-0

GM Group A

GM Group B

GM Group C


Drawfest heralds day of rest

Round four report by Steve Giddins

A phenomenon I have frequently observed when covering GM tournaments is that the play before a rest day often tends to be quieter than average. Intuitively, one might expect the opposite, as the prospect of a day's rest to follow should enable players to give their all today. However, it seems that psychological factors take precedence. Losing a game is never pleasant, but losing on the day before the rest day means that one has an extra 24 hours to brood on it. This prospect seems to be enough to persuade most players that caution is the order of the day, and a large quantity of draws frequently dominates the pre-rest day's play.

So it was in the fourth round of Wijk aan Zee 2009. All of the seven games were drawn, and, frankly speaking, five of those were quiet games, that cannot be said to have particularly enriched the vast heritage of creative chess. However, these games saw both Smeets and Stellwagen notch comfortable draws once again, against Kamsky and Ivanchuk respectively, thereby continuing their splendid starts. I doubt that even their most devoted admirers would realistically have expected both of them to be unbeaten at the first rest day. Radjabov's Catalan set-up brought him nothing against Kariakin's 4...a6 Slav, whilst Movsesian saw his 3.Bb5+ Siclian simplify early on to a balanced endgame, against Dominguez.

In Wang Yue-van Wely, a more orthodox Catalan soon produced a symmetrical endgame, that was always going to be drawn, but Morozevich had Adams under rather greater pressure. The latter regained the pawn sacrificed in the opening, but was left with a double rook ending, in which White had much the more active rooks, and the Englishman had to suffer for some time before securing his half point.


Magnus Carlsen – very close to his first win in this event

The only really interesting game of the day was the encounter between Carlsen and Aronian. Fortunately, we are able to bring you this fascinating battle, with grandmaster annotations. It so happens that from today, ChessBase's already unrivalled coverage of Wijk aan Zee will be enhanced still further. Those of you who are familiar with the world of online chess coverage will know that Russian GM Sergey Shipov has a reputation as one of the very best online commentators in the business. Shipov's top-class live commentaries appear on the Russian site Crestbook, but unfortunately, they have hitherto only been accessible to those with a knowledge of the Russian language. From today, however, I am delighted to announce that, as part of our reports each evening, ChessBase will bring you an English translation of Sergey's commentary. Oh, you lucky people – as the former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan famously declared, "You've never had it so good!"

Here, then, is Sergey's deep real-time annotations of the day's start game. As always there is a link to our JavaScript page where you can replay the moves and analyses by simply clicking on the notation. You can also download the annotated game and try to poke holes in Shipov's analysis with the help of Fritz or Rybka.


Miracle escape in round four – top Armenian GM Levon Aronian

Carlsen,M (2776) - Aronian,L (2750) [D45]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (4), 20.01.2009
[Notes by GM Sergey Shipov, tanslation by Steve Giddins]

1.d4. At first, the live transmission showed the moves 1.e4 e6. I even started writing erudite comments on this choice, and then suddenly the mirage disappeared... 1...d5 2.c4 c6. The Slav Defence. 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 The Anti-Meran, White leaves the bishop on f1, not wanting to give up a tempo. If you are interested in the Meran itself, 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5, I can recommend that you study the games of the two world championship matches, Kramnik-Topalov, Elista 2006, and Kramnik-Anand, Bonn 2008. 6...Bd6 7.b3. The c4 pawn receives eternal life from its colleague on the b-file. 7...0–0 8.Be2. Now the bishop has no need to stay on its original square. In the event of dxc4, White is always ready to recapture bxc4. 8...b6. A trendy choice. In former times, 8...e5 was popular, as also was 8...Qe7. 9.Bb2 Qe7 10.0–0 Bb7. Both sides have completed their development, and now they must resolve a difficult question: determining the best central squares for the rooks. 11.Rfe1. White shapes up for the advance e3-e4. However, more often than not, this leads only to rapid exchanges and equality. 11...Rfe8. Black also prepares for a battle on the e-file.

12.Rad1 Rad8. A typical picture. In the previous century, Black would have put the rook on c8, opposite the white queen, without even thinking. However, time and practice has shown that Black does not get much from this vis-a-vis, and quite often loses the battle for the centre. Consequently, in our day, Black tends to place the rooks on the most central files. 13.Bf1. Another trendy idea. White once again pretends that he is planning to advance e3-e4, but in reality, he is awaiting some activity from Black, hoping to turn this in his favour. Meanwhile, the bishop can later come to g2. 13...Bb4. An interesting novelty. On the one hand, Black prevents e3-e4, and on the other, he refrains from any committal activity. After 13...Bb8 White can carry out his hidden threat: 14.e4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 Nf6 17.Qh4 the point being that now Black does not have the advance 17...c5 because of 18.d5; Instead, the game Dimitrov-Filev, Bulgaria 2006, continued 17...Nd7 18.Qh3 Nf8 19.Qh5 Qf6 20.Rd2 Bf4 21.Rde2 Qh6 22.Qxh6 Bxh6 23.g3 g6 24.Bg2 Bg7 25.Ne5 and White retained his opening initiative. The consequences of 13...c5 are of principal importance. I consider the best example to be the game Sasikiran-Brkic, Sibenik 2008: 14.cxd5 exd5 15.g3 Rc8 16.Qb1 cxd4 17.Nxd4 Bb4 18.Rc1 Ne5 19.Bh3 Rcd8 20.Red1 Bc5 21.Bg2 g6 22.h3 h5 23.Rd2 Bb4 24.Rdc2 Nd3 25.Rd1 Nxb2 26.Qxb2 Rc8 27.Ncb5 a6 28.a3 Bc5 29.b4 axb5 30.bxc5 bxc5 31.Nxb5 Rb8 32.a4 Bc6 33.Rdc1 c4 34.Rxc4 Bxb5 35.Rb4 and White won a pawn, and soon, the game.

14.a3. Judging by the speed of this move, Magnus has also analysed the bishop jump to b4. The text move is not a pawn sacrifice, of course, but an exchanging combination. 14...Bxa3 15.Bxa3 Qxa3. Now the white rook can appear on a7. 16.cxd5. An interesting interpolation. Without doubt, we are seeing some of the fruits of Carlsen's home analysis. In the event of 16.Ra1 Black maintains the balance by 16...Qd6 17.Rxa7 Qb8! 16...exd5. A difficult choice. After 16...cxd5 17.Ra1 Qd6 18.Nb5 Qb8 as well as the capture with the rook, there is also the impudent 19.Nxa7 with advantage to White. 17.Ra1. It is time to regain the pawn. 17...Qd6 18.Rxa7 Qb8. The bishop is defended, and the queen's flank secured. 19.Rea1. The rook remains on a7. One cannot say that it is a massive inconvenience for Black, but it cannot be driven away, for the moment. 19...c5. A sharp move, but to my mind, a bit too sharp! The square b5 is given away, and White obtains good prospects to attack the queenside.

20.b4! A very nice break, in Carlsen's style. He is famous for his elegant positional pawn sacrifices, which he manages to bring off even against the very strongest opponents. Taking on b4 is catastrophic for the black pawn structure, which in one move is transformed from a solid monolith into a mass of fragments. Incidentally, White could also increase the pressure by 20.Bb5 Re7 21.Qb2 and the b3-b4 break can come later.

20...cxd4. A sad move to have to play, but the alternatives also have their drawbacks. On 20...c4 I recommend 21.Nd2 with the idea of maintaining the superb blockading knight on c3. The bishop on f1 can then come into play. 21.Nxd4. White's advantage is clear. We have before us a classic IQP position, with the extra point that dark-squared bishops have been exchanged, a nuance that favours White. The bishop on b7 is very passive, whilst that on f1 has great prospects. 21...Rc8. One can hardly regard the pressure against the c3 knight as real counterplay. 22.Qb3 For the time being, the pawn on d5 is strongly defended...but only for the time being... 22...Ne5. The knight on c4 looks beautiful, but what will it actually attack from there? 23.h3. Meeting the threat of a knight to g4. At the moment, Magnus is playing very quickly. It is obvious that his home preparation has run out by now, but on the other hand, the position reached is strategically quite simple. White has a clear advantage, and also has the choice of a large number of obvious strengthening moves. Levon has again sunk into thought. He needs to find a way to stir up complications, so as to divert his opponent from his positional plans. But how? 23...g6. Making luft, and taking control of the square f5, which the white minor pieces may be able to exploit. After 23...Nc4 the black knight is little more than a harmless balloon, which causes White no problems at all: 24.Bd3! Exchanging the blockading knight by 23...Nc6 only results in its being replaced after 24.Nxc6 Bxc6 25.Ne2!

24.Be2. Correct. There is no reason to hurry. In such positions, one must build up the pressure slowly, and methodically break down the enemy's defences. In other words, play in the style of Karpov and Kramnik, the greatest specialists in the art of positional play in the modern game. Who knows, in 20 years' time, the new commentators (I fear I will no longer be around) will write "in the style of Carsen"! 24...Re7 25.R7a2. The rook has done its job, driving the black queen into a passive position for the foreseeable future. Now it is time to regroup and take up position in the centre. 25...Nc4. Aronian cannot resist any longer, and directs his "balloon" to the most obvious square. The knight cannot be driven away, and Black would welcome its exchange for an active white piece. I think White should work round the knight. Such "ignoring" of a strongly-placed enemy piece is a difficult thing, of the sort practiced only by players of the highest level. I remember how wonderully Bent Larsen used to do this (may God bless him). White should concentrate on the d5 pawn. Soon the time will come when a combination is possible, at the end of which the knight on c4 will drop off. The thread connecting the balloon to the nail may be made of steel, but if the nail itself comes out of the wall... 25...Ne4 was also tempting, after which can choose between 26.Rc1 (and 26.Ncb5 ). 26.Rd1. Correct. Levon thinks and thinks, and the difference in the clock times at this point is considerable. Yes, the position is difficult, but that is no reason to make it worse by drifting into extreme time-trouble. I suggest the move 26...Qe5. The white position also contains one or two slightly loose nails, for example, the pawn on e3.

26...Nxe3. Wow! To tell the truth, I was only joking when I said about the pawn on e3 being weak. But Levon took me seriously, and has taken his sledgehammer to the walls.. 27.fxe3 Rxe3. Black cannot possibly have full compensation. The knight on c3 is weak, of course, but White has adequate defences. Black's biggest problem is the extreme passivity of his bishop on b7. Piece sacrifices only work when the remaining pieces enjoy great activity and effectivness. The number of pawns does not have such great significance in the middlegame, and Black risks not surviving to an endgame. And indeed, even in an endgame, if the construction Bb7 + Pd5 remains, and the white pawn on b4 survives, the outcome would not be in doubt. 28.Rd3. A natural reaction, but possibly not the most precise. Evidently, Magnus instinctively strives to exchange as many pieces as possible, so as to have fewer variations to calculate in this fluid situation. I am analysing the position quite deeply, and the main question is: can White hold onto the b4 pawn? Losing it would significantly complicate the win. It may be that a stronger line was 28.Bd3! Qg3 29.Nce2 Qg5 30.Qb2 Rxh3 31.Qd2! and White consolidates, retaining a large positional advantage.

28...Qg3. The most natural move, increasing the pressure. In the variation 28...Rxd3 29.Bxd3 Qg3 30.Nf3 (30.Nd1 Rc1!) 30...d4! 31.Ne2 Qd6 32.Rc2 Rxc2 33.Bxc2 Nd5! Black wins the b4-pawn, but this still does not guarantee him salvation: 34.Be4 f5 35.Bd3 Qxb4 36.Qa2! and White wins back the d4-pawn, retaining a strong initiative against the weakened black king. 29.Nd1! The best defence. The entry of the black heavy pieces to White's first rank is an unavoidable, but not deadly thing. 29...Qe1+ 30.Bf1. 30.Kh2 Qg3+ makes no sense. 30...Rxd3 31.Qxd3 Qxb4. Thus, Levon has achieved his aim. The potentially strongest white pawn disappears and Black has three pawns for his piece. But he still does not have full compensation. The reason is standing on b7. 32.Qd2. Carlsen is ready to simplify the position and, without the slightest risk, spend 100 moves realising his extra piece. In principle, 32.Ra7 was more active and more unpleasant for Black. 32...Qd6. The prospect described above does not appeal to Aronian, and he strives to retain some tactical chances – a perfectly understandable practical decision.

33.Nf3. Changing the guard on d4. 33...Ne4 34.Qd4. The first hint of a death sentence for the pawn on b6. More will follow. 34...Rc1 Aronian is now is serious time-trouble, with only three minutes left. In such positions, it is easier to attack, than to defend, trying to anticipate subtle nuances for the opponent. 35.Rb2. An inaccuracy. Magnus seems to be playing on his opponent's flag. Of course, modern electronic clocks do have such things, but you know what I mean...More accurate was 35.Ne3! so as to answer 35...Ng3 with 36.Rc2 Rb1 37.Rb2 exchanging the active black rook. 35...Qc5. One cannot criticise a player who is having to blitz his moves. There were serious chances to save the game after 35...Ng3! 36.Ne3 36...Nxf1 37.Nxf1 Ba6 38.N3d2 Qc5! with excellent counterplay. So it seemed to me, but the heartless computer says that White can now just take the pawn: 36.Rxb6 Qc7 37.Rb2. 36.Ne3. The knight cannot remain en prise for ever, especially as it would now be lost if it stays put! 36...Ba6. Black's pressure has reached its apogee, but now White has a simple exchanging combination, which retains his extra piece. 37.Rxb6 Qxd4 38.Nxd4 Bxf1 39.Nxf1. Black has lost a pawn, but forced some exchanges. 39...Nd2 40.Rf6 Rd1

The last move of the time-control. Now one can relax, drink a cup of hot coffee, and analyse the position calmly. With your permission, I will start with the coffee... 41.Ne2. I do not believe that Black can save this position. White's two pawns are precious capital, which Black cannot exchange off. 41...d4 42.Neg3. Obviously not 42.Nxd4?? Nxf1 43.Rxf1 Rxd4; whilst 42.g4 makes it easier for Black to exchange pawns. 42...h5. Even with limited forces, the Armenian finds a way to create some pressure. The threat is h5-h4. The passed pawn cannot advance any further: 42...d3? 43.Rf2 Nc4 44.Ne4; Nor is 42...Kg7 43.Rb6 d3 44.Rd6 any better. 43.Rf2. The simplest defence. After driving off the knight, White will force exchanges and then attack the d4 pawn. In about 30 moves' time, he will win... 43...Nb1 After 43...Nc4 44.Rc2 White makes progress by 44...Ne5 45.Rd2! 44.Rb2 f5. Continuing in the same active style. 45.Nh1. Very ornate! Simpler and stronger was 45.Kf2. 45...Nc3. Understanding that nothing great can be expected from the knight on b1, Levon sets a new trap. He plans to offer the d-pawn... 46.Rd2. As we will see... 46...Ra1. Told you so! Aronian's hesitations over whether to exchange or not took some time. But the assessment of the position remains the same. In my opinion, White is winning. The simplest way to liquidate Black's activity is by the manoeuvre Nh1–g3-e2, and the d4 pawn will soon fall. The main problem with this manoeuvre is psychological. Magnus has only just moved the knight from g3 to h1, now he has to find the strength to return it to its former post, never an easy thing for a human.

47.h4. Carlsen chooses another way. I understand his wanting to fix the enemy pawns – play a pawn to g3 and a knight to f4. But will he be able to? There was a guaranteed win by 47.Nhg3 h4 48.Ne2 since even the diabolical trap 48...Ne4! is refuted by 49.Rd3! followed by Nxd4.(But not 49.Rxd4? Re1!). 47...Kg7 48.Nhg3. Heading for e2. 48...Ra4. Not only defending d4, but also X-raying the h4 pawn. The more I look, the less I like the move 47.h4. 49.Nh2. Correct. After 49.Ne2 Black realises his idea: 49...Nxe2+ 50.Rxe2 d3 51.Rd2 Rxh4 and White is not winning. 49...Ne4 50.Rd3 Nxg3 51.Rxg3 d3 52.Rxd3 Rxh4. A great achievement for Black! 53.Rd7+. Carlsen plays on, but now his winning chances are minimal. 53...Kh6 54.Nf3 Re4 55.Rd6 Kg7 56.Kh2 Kh6. 56...Rg4? Naturally he loses after 57.Ne5 Rg5 58.g3! and the rook is trapped. 57.Nd4 Rh4+ 58.Kg3 Rg4+ 59.Kh3 Kg7. There are still several traps into which Black can fall, hence the game continues. Here is one of them: 59...Kh7 60.Ne6 Kh6 61.Rd8 Kh7 62.Rd4 and Black is probably lost. 60.g3. Why the hurry, Magnus?? Why place the pawn on a square where Black can exchange it by f5-f4? 60...Kf7 61.Nf3 Ke7 62.Ra6 f4

The end. Black eliminates the last white pawn. 63.gxf4 Rxf4 64.Ne5 Re4 65.Nxg6+. A fantastic escape by Aronian, and a tragic missed opportunity for Carlsen. Draw. [Click to replay]

Tomorrow, Wednesday 21 January, is the first of the three rest days at this year's Wijk aan Zee. However, here at ChessBase, we never rest, of course, and tomorrow we will bring you a report on events so far in the B and C Groups.

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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

½-½

Alex. Morozevich - Michael Adams

½-½

Jan Smeets - Gata Kamsky

½-½

Wang Yue - Loek van Wely

½-½

Teymour Radjabov - Sergei Karjakin

½-½

Daniël Stellwagen - Vassily Ivanchuk

½-½

Magnus Carlsen - Levon Aronian

½-½
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. 20th

R. Kasimdzhanov - Zahar Efimenko

½-½

Fabiano Caruana - David Navara

1-0

Jan Werle - Alexander Motylev

0-1

Francisco Vallejo - Henrique Mecking

1-0

Erwin l'Ami - Andrei Volokitin

½-½

Hou Yifan - Nigel Short

½-½

Krishnan Sasikiran - Dimitri Reinderman

½-½
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

½-½

Frank Holzke - M. Leon Hoyos

1-0

Ali Bitalzadeh - Eduardo Iturrizaga

1-0

Wesley So - Abhijeet Gupta

½-½

Manuel Bosboom - Anish Giri

½-½

T. Hillarp Persson - Oleg Romanishin

1-0

David Howell - Friso Nijboer

1-0
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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