Wijk R10: Aronian, Carlsen win, Aronian leads

1/28/2009 – Armenian GM Levon Aronian broke the three-way tie for leadership in Wijk aan Zee by grinding down England's Michael Adams and taking sole first place in the tables. Magnus Carlsen scored his first victory in this event, over Cuban Leinier Dominguez, to move into third. The most exciting game was the furious draw between Radjabov and Smeets. Report, videos and pictures by Fred Lucas.

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Results of round ten

Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 28th

Sergei Movsesian - Wang Yue

½-½

Teymour Radjabov - Jan Smeets

½-½

Daniël Stellwagen - Alex. Morozevich

½-½

Magnus Carlsen - Leinier Dominguez

1-0

Levon Aronian - Michael Adams

1-0

Vassily Ivanchuk - Gata Kamsky

½-½

Sergei Karjakin - Loek van Wely

½-½
Group B: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 28th

R. Kasimdzhanov - Francisco Vallejo

1-0

Erwin l'Ami - Jan Werle

1-0

Hou Yifan - Fabiano Caruana

½-½

Krishnan Sasikiran - Zahar Efimenko

0-1

Dimitri Reinderman - David Navara

½-½

Nigel Short - Alexander Motylev

½-½

Andrei Volokitin - Henrique Mecking

½-½
Group C: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 28th

Roeland Pruijssers - Wesley So

0-1

Manuel Bosboom - Ali Bitalzadeh

1-0

T. Hillarp Persson - Frank Holzke

1-0

David Howell - Dronavalli Harika

0-1

Friso Nijboer - M. Leon Hoyos

0-1

Oleg Romanishin - Eduardo Iturrizaga

0-1

Anish Giri - Abhijeet Gupta

1-0

GM Group A

GM Group B

GM Group C


Miracle on the Medway

Round ten report by Steve Giddins

Perhaps predictably, there has been no reaction to my suggestion, a few days ago, that we solve the ongoing problems of finding sponsors for the world chess championship, by holding the whole event in the Australian jungle, and treating it as a reality TV show. A pity really, as I thought it was an idea that held definite promise. Meanwhile, though, we have had some small pieces of good news on the tournament front. As already reported, on the day of the opening ceremony at Wijk aan Zee, it was confirmed that the event is guaranteed for at least five more years. The extent of this commitment was underlined two days ago, when the BBC put the sponsor's name in the headline of their top news story. Many of us briefly thought that the Beeb had finally realised the news worthiness of international chess. But such was not the case. The BBC was reporting that Corus was cutting of 3,500 jobs in its steel plants, 2,500 of them in the UK.


A misty dawn in Wijk aan Zee [click to enlarge]

Yesterday, there were two further pieces of good news in British chess. The first came in an e-mail from Ray Keene, and concerned the Staunton Memorial, the only worthwhile grandmaster all-play-all event left in Britain. A formal announcement will follow shortly, but I am sure that Ray will not mind me letting slip the news that the event is on again for 2009, and will be bigger and better than ever. By far the best chess news story of recent times, however, concerns one of the local chess clubs, near where I live, who have actually managed to complete their club championship on time, with all games played, for the first time in living memory. Such was the shock, that crowds of deliriously happy people were seen in the streets, openly weeping with joy, whilst a full report on the tournament will shortly be sent to the Vatican, with the request that it be officially recognised as a miracle, and the tournament director canonised. 


The start of round ten in Wijk aan Zee

Meanwhile, back at the Dutch seaside,  the big question of the day revolved around the game Carlsen-Dominguez. Thus far, the Cuban is unbeaten, and has been the revelation of the tournament, but he still has to face some very tough opponents in the final few rounds. Black against even an out-of-form Carlsen was always going to be a big test, and so it proved.


Leinier Dominguez from Cuba

Carlsen,M (2776) - Dominguez Perez,L (2717) [D81]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 28.01.2009
Live notes by Sergey Shipov, translation by Steve Giddins

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Qb3. In Russian chess literature, the system with Qb3 is associated with the name of our Patriarch, Mikhail Moisevich Botvinnik. Admittedly, he used to play the move after first interpolating 4.Nf3 Bg7. 4...dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bg7 6.e4. White has taken over the centre completely. And please note that his knight is still on g1. The subtle point of this is t deprive Black of the move Bg4. 6...0–0 7.Be2 Nfd7. Dominguez follows another of the game's greats, Vassily Smyslov. The transfer of the knight to the queenside opens the diagonal for the Bg7 , which attacks the d4-pawn. 8.Be3. There was already a threat of Nb6, followed by taking on d4. The knight on g1 still remains at home. 8...Nb6 9.Qd3. In a number of games, White has advanced he queen, which looks somewhat paradoxical, eg. 9.Qc5 f5 10.Nf3 fxe4 11.Nxe4 N8d7 12.Qc2 Nf6 13.0–0 Nbd5 14.Bc4 c6 15.Nc5 Kh8 16.Ne5 Qd6 17.Qe2 Nh5 18.Ne4 Qd8 19.Ng5 Qe8 20.f4 e6 21.Rae1 and White's advantage was obvious Bluvstein-Zugic, Montreal 2008). 9...f5. A typical blow. Black has not managed to attack the central dark squares successfully, so he switches his attention to the light squares. The automatic reply e4-e5 would present him with a gorgeous square on d5. In the game Kramnik-Dominguez Dresden 2008, after 9...Nc6 10.Rd1 f5 11.Nf3 f4 12.Bc1 Bg4 13.e5 Qd7 14.Ne4 Rad8 15.Nc5 Qc8 16.Qc3 e6 17.h3 Bh5 18.0–0 the ex-world champion obtained some advantage, but later even had to fight for a draw. 10.Rd1. An unusual move. White again protects the pawn on d4 and prepares the square c1 as a retreat for the bishop, which will not now interfere with the development of the queen's rook. [If 10.Nf3 f4 11.Bd2 Nc6 12.d5 Ne5 (12...Nb4 13.Qb1 e6 is also interesting) 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 Black has decent play. Later he can break up the white centre with c7-c6 or e7-e6. 10...f4. Nonetheless, Black pushes the bishop back, seizing space and gaining a tempo, but he pays a rather high price in terms of reduced pressure on the white centre, especially the square e4. I was looking at straightforward pressure on the light squares with 10...Nc6 11.Nf3 Nb4 12.Qd2 fxe4 13.Nxe4 Bf5 14.Qxb4 Bxe4 but found that this runs into the nice refutation 15.d5! with the point that Black cannot take on d5: 15...Bxd5? 16.Bxb6 axb6 17.Rxd5! Qxd5 18.Bc4. 11.Bc1 e5. This is an idea of the Azeri GM, Mamedyarov. Black also refrains from developing his queen's knight, with pressure on d4. Instead of this he blockades the centre. If he succeeds in stabilising things, then he can later start gradually to develop an attack on the kingside, where the white king is likely to end up being located. Instead, the moves 11...Nc6 12.Nf3 would transpose back into Kramnik-Dominguez, given above. 12.d5. Objectively the strongest move. After 12.Nf3 exd4 13.Nxd4 c5! 14.Ndb5 Qxd3 15.Bxd3 Nc6 Black has no problems.; Nor is 12.dxe5 Qxd3 13.Bxd3 Nc6 14.Nf3 Nxe5 any better. 12...c6. The planned break. Black fights actively for the centre, not conceding White an inch. 13.Nf3. It is time for the subtlety to end. There is no longer any reason to delay the development of the knight. 13.d6 does not bother Black, wo calmly develops around the d6-pawn: 13...Be6!; Likewise, 13.a4 is well met by 13...a5! 13...cxd5 14.Nxd5. The only hope of an advantage. After 14.exd5?! Bf5 it is already Black who can hope for more than equality. White does not want to allow e5-e4, of course, but the white knight on e4 does not sit in comfort: 15.Ne4 Na6 16.Nfg5 Nc5 17.Qf3 Nxe4 18.Nxe4 Nc8 19.0–0 Bxe4 20.Qxe4 Nd6 21.Qa4 e4 with initiative to Black. 14...Nxd5

15.Qb3! Novelty! So it is clear - Magnus has studied the line, and found an improvement. Whit avoids the queen exchange and maintains the tension in the centre. In the game Jakovenko-Mamedyarov Elista 2008, there followed 15.Qxd5+ Qxd5 16.exd5 Bf5 17.0–0 Nd7 and Black had completely solved his opening problems. The remainder of the game contained many subtleties and ended in a draw: 18.Rfe1 a6 19.Bd2 Rac8 20.Ng5 Rc2 21.Ne6 Rfc8 22.Nxg7 Kxg7 23.Bc3 Kf6 24.Bf3 b5 25.g4 fxg3 26.hxg3 b4 27.Bxb4 Rxb2 28.a3 Rcc2 29.g4 Rxf2 30.Rf1 Rxf1+ 31.Rxf1 Bc2 etc. 15...Kh8. The most solid. There is no sense in leaving the king on the "diagonal of death", and the knight cannot be saved anyway. [Against 15...Qb6 White had prepared 16.Bc4! and in the endgame, White will have a solid advantage, with a bishop or rook on d5.] 16.Bc4 Finally White's idea becomes clear. He will keep the pawn on e4, so as not to have to worry about the advance e5-e4 and to keep the bishop on g7 quiet. Let it just sit and gaze at its own pawn! Meanwhile, the d5 point will serve as a major outpost for the white pieces, from which they will control the whole board. 16...Nc6. Black in his turn will try o exploit the square d4. But the most he can ever achieve is to move the pawn from e5 to d4, and this is hardly likely to be enough to give fully equal chances. For example, the pawn on d4 could later become an object of attack. 17.Bxd5. The bishop is the first to "reach the summit". It exerts unpleasant pressure on the black queenside. Similar structures arise in the King's Indian Defence, and are regarded as slightly better for White. 17...Qe7. A sensible reaction, but the product of a long think. The clock times have changed sharply: 1.20 - 0.54. There is no question of who has the initiative, who has prepared the more thoroughly...Here is an illustrative variation, showing why the knight jump to d4 does not work: 17...Nd4 18.Nxd4 exd4 19.0–0 Be5 20.Rd3! Qf6 21.Bd2 g5 22.Bb4 Rd8 23.Bc5 b6 (23...g4 24.Rfd1!) 24.Bxd4 Bxd4 25.Rxd4 Qxd4 26.Rd1 Qf6 27.Bxa8 and White remains with an extra pawn, since Black cannot win it back: 27...Rxd1+ 28.Qxd1 Qxb2 29.Qd8+ Kg7 30.Qxg5+ followed by 31.h4, with a clear advantage to White.

18.h3. A good prophylactic move. The knight on f3 is very important in the battle for the centre. Carlsen prevents Bc8-g4 and reduces the likelihood of the storm g6-g5-g4. One does not need a microscope to see White's further plan:Bc1–d2-c3, 0–0, Qb3-b5 etc. Passive play by Black looks doomed in the long run; he needs to come up with some way to create counterplay! 18...Nb4. And Lenier Dominguz finds a way. Here, 18...Nd4 was again insufficient: 19.Nxd4 exd4 20.Bd2! Qe5 21.Bb4 Re8 22.0–0 there is no threat of f4-f3, so castling is possible 22...Be6 23.Rfe1 Rad8 24.Bd2! and suddenly all Black's pawns are hanging. Against 24...b6 there is 25.Bxe6 Rxe6 26.Bxf4! 19.Bc4. Very quickly played. Maybe even too quickly...In this concrete position, the sudden change of plan looks strong: 19.0–0 Nxd5 20.exd5! The point is that the black queen is badly placed, and the e5 pawn weak. Here is an illustrative variation of this: 20...Bf5 (20...e4 21.Rfe1!) 21.Rfe1 Qd6 22.Bd2 a5 23.Nxe5! Bxe5 24.Rxe5 and now there is no 24...Qxe5? because of 25.Bc3. 19...b5. An excellent blow! Dominguez times it very well – when his opponent has seized the centre, but not yet completed his development. This justifies Black launching sharp play. 20.Bxb5. Carlsen cold-bloodedly asks to see what his opponent has got. He does not believe it! A more cautious player would have hurried to simplify the position: 20.Bd2 bxc4 21.Qxb4 the weakness of the e5 pawn gives White some advantage. The game might continue 21...Qxb4 22.Bxb4 Re8 23.0–0 Bb7 24.Rfe1 Kg8 25.Rd7 Bc6 26.Rc7 Rec8 27.Rxc8+ Rxc8 28.Bc3 Re8 29.Nd2 Bb5 and Black holds. 20...Nxa2. Accurate calculation. To assess the position after 20...Be6 21.Bc4 Bxc4 22.Qxc4 Rac8 23.Qb3 Nc2+ 24.Kf1 at the board would be practically impossible. It is clear that Black has some compensation for the pawn, but is it enough? After the deepest analysis, Black seems OK, but in a practical struggle, I would rate his chances as slightly inferior. 21.Bd2. It looks as though the black knight is trapped, but Black has a way out. Exchanging pieces by 21.Qxa2 Qb4+ 22.Bd2 Qxb5 was unfavourable for White, whose king cannot escape from the centre. 21...Rb8 22.Qa4. Here the exchange by 22.Qxa2 Rxb5 is not so bad, since White now has 23.0–0! But White does not achieve any advantage, since Black quickly creates strong piece pressure: 23...Be6 24.Qa1 Bb3 25.Rc1 Qb7 26.Rfe1 Rd8 etc. 22...Qb7. Lenier forces exchanges. The move 22...Be6 was also interesting. By supporting the errant knight Black prepares a queen move to b7 or c5. I think that in this case, White would have to play accurately to equalize. 23.0–0. There is no real alternative. The various bishop retreats can only rebound on White: 23.Bc4? Qxe4+; 23.Bc6 Qa6!; 23.Be2 Be6!

23...Qxb5 24.Qxa2 Qxb2 25.Qxa7. The queenside is completely emptied of pawns. The interest in the game now centres around the pawn on e5. Can White bring serious pressure to bear on it? 25...Qb7 A slightly too obvious attempt to make a draw. Evidently, his time deficit shortage and excessive respect for his opponent is making Dominguez nervous. He should have preferred the banal 25...Be6 with equal chances. 26.Qc5. Rather an artificial move. Carlsen senses his opponent's feelings and tries to complicate the game. [White could have obtained a lasting advantage in the endgame after 26.Ra1 Be6 27.Qxb7 Rxb7 28.Rfc1 His rooks can penetrate the black camp. But evidently, Magnus did not think this amounted to much. He knows his stuff, of course, but in my analysis, the more I look, the more difficult it seems for Black. 26...Be6. Correct. He needs to activate his pieces. It was also not very practical to calculate complicated variations involving the capture on e4. For example, after 26...Qxe4 27.Bc3 Bb7 28.Bxe5 Bxe5 29.Rfe1 Qf5 30.Nxe5 White creates unpleasant pressure in the centre. 27.Qd6. Continuing to press. Nothing comes from 27.Nxe5 Qxe4 28.Rfe1 Qf5!; whilst Carlsen refrained from 27.Bc3 because of 27...Rfc8 28.Qa3 Qb3. 27...Bb3. A strong retort. It is already clear that the rather light-hearted raid by the white queen, more suitable for a blitz game than a serious tournament encounter, has allowed Black to solve his defensive problems. And now the Norwegian GM is thinking seriously. Today he has not handled his clock very well. When he needed to think, he has played quickly, and when he has had a natural move, he has hesitated. This is very much a sign of poor form in a player. The clock times now are: 0.50 - 0.07. 28.Rb1. The pin on the b-file is not dangerous, but nor was 28.Rc1 Qxe4 29.Rfe1 Qd5! any stronger. 28...Qxe4. A sad sign for Carlsen. White can regain the pawn, of course, but with that his list of achievements ends. 29.Bc3 Rbd8 30.Qa3 Bc2?! But time-trouble has its effect after all! Having achieved full equality, Dominguez misplaces the bishop, and gives the game new interest. Correct was 30...Bd5! and whichever way White takes back the e5-pawn gives him nothing, eg. 31.Bxe5 Bxe5 32.Rfe1 Bd6 33.Qb2+ Be5 34.Qc1 (34.Nxe5?? Qxg2#; 34.Qb5 Qc4) 34...Qc4! 31.Rb5. This time the Norwegian GM does not hesitate. He transfers the rook to an active position, at the same time freeing the b2 square for the queen. An excellent regrouping! Also very attractive was 31.Rb4 eg. 31...Qd5 32.Qb2 Bf5 33.Bxe5 Bxe5 34.Nxe5 Kg8 35.Rxf4 and White wins a pawn, although admittedly, the win is not guaranteed. 31...Qa4. There were not many candidate moves. Analysis shows, however, that 31...Qc6 was more reliable. 32.Qb2! Setting up a dangerous battery on the long diagonal.

32...Bd3? A serious mistake, but one should not criticise the Cuban GM too harshly for it. Believe me, the position was too complicated! Lenier has instinctively met blow with counterblow, but has miscalculated. He could have retained some chances of holding by 32...Be4 33.Bxe5 Qa7! 33.Rb7. The decisive blow. The rook exploits the fact that the b7 square is no defended by the black bishop. White's pressure will turn into a mating attack, whilst the sacrifice on f1 is of no interest to anyone. 33...Qc2. The last chance. 33...Bxf1 34.Bxe5 leads to mate. 34.Qb4 Rfe8. Covering the e7 square and the e5 pawn, but in no way weakening White's attack. The clocks now read 0.18 - 0.03. After 34...Bxf1 35.Qe7 Rg8 36.Bxe5 is decisive. 35.Re1. Remembering his past misfortunes in this tournament, Magnus is afraid of miscalculating. He could win at once by 35.Bxe5 Bxe5 36.Nxe5 Rxe5 37.Qxf4 Rf5 38.Qh6 forcing mate. 35...Be2 36.Nxe5! Bxe5. Black can hardly hope to save the game after 36...Qxc3 37.Qxc3 Bxe5 38.Qc5 etc.; whilst after 36...Rxe5 there follows 37.Bxe5 Bxe5 38.Qe7. 37.Bxe5+ Rxe5 38.Qxf4. The white queen penetrates decisively to the black king. Mate is forced. 38...Qf5 39.Qh6 1–0. [Click to replay]


What can you say about your win? Magnus Carlsen, after his round ten game


While one co-leader was going down to defeat, another was making a large stride forward. Levon Aronian won his second game in succession, by grinding down Adams in trademark style. An early queen exchange led to an ending where Black had the weaker pawns, and although for quite a while, Black looked as though he was holding, the pressure eventually proved too much for the Englishman.


Now leading in Wijk: Levon Aronian from Armenia

Aronian,L (2750) - Adams,Mi (2712) [E04]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 28.01.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.Qa4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Nd5 8.Bxb4 Ndxb4 9.Nc3 a6 10.Ne5 0–0 11.Nxc6 Nxc6 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.Qxc4 Rb8 14.b3 Qd6 15.Ne4 Qb4+ 16.Qxb4 Rxb4 17.0–0–0 e5 18.Rd2 a5 19.Rhd1 a4 20.Nc5

20...axb3 21.axb3 Be6 22.Kb2 Rb5 23.Rc1 Rfb8 24.Rc3 exd4 25.Rxd4 h6 26.Nxe6 fxe6 27.Rd7 R8b7 28.Rd4 Kf7 29.h4 Ke7 30.Re4 R7b6 31.Rce3 c5 32.Rg4 Kf7 33.Rf3+ Kg8 34.Rc3 Rd6 35.Ra4 Kf7 36.Kc2 Ke7 37.Rg4

37...Ra5 38.Rxg7+ Kf6 39.Rxc7 Ra2+ 40.Kc1 Rxe2 41.Rf3+ Kg6 42.Rxc5 Rdd2 43.h5+ Kg7 44.Rc7+ Kg8 45.Re3 1–0. [Click to replay]


The other co-leader, Kariakin, indulged in a sharp Najdorf Sicilian with van Wely. The position looked promising for White at various points, but there seems to be nothing particularly clear, and the opposite-coloured bishop middlegame eventually gave way to an endgame, where the draw was clear.


Grandmaster at twelve – former prodigy Sergey Karjakin

Karjakin,Sergey (2706) - Van Wely,L (2625) [B90]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 28.01.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f4 exf4 9.Bxf4 Nc6 10.Qd2 Be7 11.0–0–0 Ne5 12.Nd4 0–0 13.Nf5 Bxf5 14.exf5 b5 15.Kb1 b4 16.Nd5 Nxd5 17.Qxd5 Qc7 18.g4 Rfc8 19.Rd2 a5 20.g5 a4

21.f6 Ra5 22.Qe4 Bf8 23.h4 a3 24.b3 Ng6 25.Bc4 Nxf4 26.Qxf4 Re5 27.Qf3 Rce8 28.Rhd1 Kh8 29.Rd5 Re3 30.Qg2 Qc8 31.h5 Qe6 32.R5d4 Qe5 33.Qd5 gxf6 34.gxf6 Qxf6 35.Qxf7 Qxf7 36.Bxf7 R8e7 37.Bd5 Re1 38.Bf3 Rxd1+ 39.Rxd1 Re3 40.Rd3 Re1+

41.Rd1 Re3 42.Rd3 Rxd3 draw. [Click to replay]


Movsesian, made no progress against Wang Yue's Petroff defence, and the game was drawn on move 22. Stellwagen-Morozevich saw the players repeat some two dozen moves of theory in one of the sharpest lines of the Zaitsev Lopez. Eight moves later, the game concluded in perpetual check, and it would be a surprise of the final position was not known to both players before the game. 

The encounter between Radjabov and Smeets was one of the most exciting of the whole tournament. The former's adventurous early play looked a little over-ambitious, and around move 15, the silicon judges were writing him off. However, he found a way to generate play, and with both players short of time, the white attack soon grew to decisive proportions. Despite missing several clear wins, Radjabov was still much better, if not winning, in the final position, but a draw was apparently agreed with almost no time left on his clock.

Radjabov,T (2761) - Smeets,J (2601) [A07]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 28.01.2009

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c6 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.c4 dxc4 5.0–0 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Nb6 7.a4 a5 8.Na3 Be6 9.Ng5 Bg4 10.Nxc4 Bxe2 11.Ne5 Bh5 12.b4 Nbd7 13.Bb2 axb4 14.a5 Ra6 15.Rfe1 Nxe5 16.Rxe5 e6 17.Bf1 Bg6 18.Qb3 Bd6

19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.Rxe6+ Kd7 21.Rxd6+ Kxd6 22.Qxb4+ c5 23.Qxb7 Rc6 24.Bb5 Rc7 25.Qb6+ Ke7 26.Re1+ [26.Be5! gives a winning advantage according to Fritz 11] 26...Kf8? 27.Be5 Rc8 28.Bd6+ [28.Qb7 is again winning] 28...Kg8 29.Re7 h6 30.Bc4+ Kh7 31.Qb7 Qf8 32.Rd7 Rb8 33.Bxf8 Rxb7 34.Rxb7 Rxf8 35.d3 Ng4 36.a6 Ne5 37.Bd5 Ra8 38.a7 Be8

39.Re7 [39.Rb8! Rxa7 40.Rxe8] draw. [Click to replay]

The longest game of the day saw Ivanchuk and Kamsky battle to a draw. White was better for almost the whole game, and won a pawn, but Kamsky managed to eliminate the queenside pawns and leave 4v3 on the other side. Any chances Ivanchuk had of torturing his opponent further evaporated at move 56, when he blundered away his extra pawn.

Presumably in deference to the fact that it is my birthday, the organisers of the tournament have designated tomorrow, Thursday 29 January, as the third and final rest day. Once again, however, there will be no rest for the virtuous here at ChessBase, and we will bring you a further update on the B and C Groups.

All photographs by Fred Lucas


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

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

1-0

Vassily Ivanchuk - Magnus Carlsen

½-½

Sergei Karjakin - Daniël Stellwagen

1-0

Loek van Wely - Teymour Radjabov

1-0

Gata Kamsky - Wang Yue

½-½

Michael Adams - Jan Smeets

½-½

Leinier Dominguez - Alex. Morozevich

1-0
Group A: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 23rd

Sergei Movsesian - Alex. Morozevich

1-0

Jan Smeets - Leinier Dominguez

½-½

Wang Yue - Michael Adams

0-1

Teymour Radjabov - Gata Kamsky

1-0

Daniël Stellwagen - Loek van Wely

½-½

Magnus Carlsen - Sergei Karjakin

½-½

Levon Aronian - Vassily Ivanchuk

½-½
Group A: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 24th

Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergei Movsesian

0-1

Sergei Karjakin - Levon Aronian

½-½

Loek van Wely - Magnus Carlsen

½-½

Gata Kamsky - Daniël Stellwagen

½-½

Michael Adams - Teymour Radjabov

½-½

Leinier Dominguez - Wang Yue

½-½

Alex. Morozevich - Jan Smeets

1-0
Group A: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 25th

Sergei Movsesian - Jan Smeets

½-½

Wang Yue - Alex. Morozevich

1-0

Teymour Radjabov - Leinier Dominguez

½-½

Daniël Stellwagen - Michael Adams

½-½

Magnus Carlsen - Gata Kamsky

½-½

Levon Aronian - Loek van Wely

½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergei Karjakin

1-0
Monday, January 26th – Free day
Group A: Round 9- Tues. Jan. 27th

Sergei Karjakin - Sergei Movsesian

1-0

Loek van Wely - Vassily Ivanchuk

½-½

Gata Kamsky - Levon Aronian

0-1

Michael Adams - Magnus Carlsen

½-½

Leinier Dominguez - Daniël Stellwagen

1-0

Alex. Morozevich - Teymour Radjabov

½-½

Jan Smeets - Wang Yue

½-½
Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 28th

Sergei Movsesian - Wang Yue

½-½

Teymour Radjabov - Jan Smeets

½-½

Daniël Stellwagen - Alex. Morozevich

½-½

Magnus Carlsen - Leinier Dominguez

1-0

Levon Aronian - Michael Adams

1-0

Vassily Ivanchuk - Gata Kamsky

½-½

Sergei Karjakin - Loek van Wely

½-½
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

½-½

Nigel Short - Krishnan Sasikiran

0-1

Andrei Volokitin - Hou Yifan

1-0

Henrique Mecking - Erwin l'Ami

½-½

Alexander Motylev - Francisco Vallejo

½-½

David Navara - Jan Werle

½-½

Zahar Efimenko - Fabiano Caruana

1-0
Group B: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 23rd

R. Kasimdzhanov - Fabiano Caruana

½-½

Jan Werle - Zahar Efimenko

½-½

Francisco Vallejo - David Navara

0-1

Erwin l'Ami - Alexander Motylev

0-1

Hou Yifan - Henrique Mecking

1-0

Krishnan Sasikiran - Andrei Volokitin

½-½

Dimitri Reinderman - Nigel Short

0-1
Group B: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 24th

Nigel Short - R. Kasimdzhanov

1-0

Andrei Volokitin - Dimitri Reinderman

1-0

Henrique Mecking - Krishnan Sasikiran

1-0

Alexander Motylev - Hou Yifan

1-0

David Navara - Erwin l'Ami

0-1

Zahar Efimenko - Francisco Vallejo

½-½

Fabiano Caruana - Jan Werle

1-0
Group B: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 25th

R. Kasimdzhanov - Jan Werle

½-½

Francisco Vallejo - Fabiano Caruana

1-0

Erwin l'Ami - Zahar Efimenko

1-0

Hou Yifan - David Navara

½-½

Krishnan Sasikiran - Alexander Motylev

½-½

Dimitri Reinderman - Henrique Mecking

½-½

Nigel Short - Andrei Volokitin

½-½
Monday, January 26th – Free day
Group B: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 27th

Andrei Volokitin - R. Kasimdzhanov

½-½

Henrique Mecking - Nigel Short

½-½

Alexander Motylev - Dimitri Reinderman

½-½

David Navara - Krishnan Sasikiran

1-0

Zahar Efimenko - Hou Yifan

½-½

Fabiano Caruana - Erwin l'Ami

1-0

Jan Werle - Francisco Vallejo

0-1
Group B: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 28th

R. Kasimdzhanov - Francisco Vallejo

1-0

Erwin l'Ami - Jan Werle

1-0

Hou Yifan - Fabiano Caruana

½-½

Krishnan Sasikiran - Zahar Efimenko

0-1

Dimitri Reinderman - David Navara

½-½

Nigel Short - Alexander Motylev

½-½

Andrei Volokitin - Henrique Mecking

½-½
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

1-0

Oleg Romanishin - David Howell

0-1

Anish Giri - T. Hillarp Persson

0-1

Abhijeet Gupta - Manuel Bosboom

1-0

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Wesley So

0-1

M. Leon Hoyos - Ali Bitalzadeh

1-0

Dronavalli Harika - Frank Holzke

½-½
Group C: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 23rd

Roeland Pruijssers - Frank Holzke

0-1

Ali Bitalzadeh - Dronavalli Harika

½-½

Wesley So - M. Leon Hoyos

1-0

Manuel Bosboom - Eduardo Iturrizaga

1-0

T. Hillarp Persson - Abhijeet Gupta

0-1

David Howell - Anish Giri

½-½

Friso Nijboer - Oleg Romanishin

½-½
Group C: Round 7 - Sat. Jan. 24th

Oleg Romanishin - Roeland Pruijssers

½-½

Anish Giri - Friso Nijboer

½-½

Abhijeet Gupta - David Howell

1-0

Eduardo Iturrizaga - T. Hillarp Persson

0-1

M. Leon Hoyos - Manuel Bosboom

1-0

Dronavalli Harika - Wesley So

½-½

Frank Holzke - Ali Bitalzadeh

½-½
Group C: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 25th

Roeland Pruijssers - Ali Bitalzadeh

1-0

Wesley So - Frank Holzke

0-1

Manuel Bosboom - Dronavalli Harika

½-½

T. Hillarp Persson - M. Leon Hoyos

1-0

David Howell - Eduardo Iturrizaga

1-0

Friso Nijboer - Abhijeet Gupta

1-0

Oleg Romanishin - Anish Giri

0-1
Monday, January 26th – Free day
Group C: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 27th

Anish Giri - Roeland Pruijssers

1-0

Abhijeet Gupta - Oleg Romanishin

1-0

Eduardo Iturrizaga - Friso Nijboer

1-0

M. Leon Hoyos - David Howell

0-1

Dronavalli Harika - T. Hillarp Persson

½-½

Frank Holzke - Manuel Bosboom

1-0

Ali Bitalzadeh - Wesley So

0-1
Group C: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 28th

Roeland Pruijssers - Wesley So

0-1

Manuel Bosboom - Ali Bitalzadeh

1-0

T. Hillarp Persson - Frank Holzke

1-0

David Howell - Dronavalli Harika

0-1

Friso Nijboer - M. Leon Hoyos

0-1

Oleg Romanishin - Eduardo Iturrizaga

0-1

Anish Giri - Abhijeet Gupta

1-0
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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