2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

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2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:19 pm

Good to see Gawain playing in a strong field

Preliminary list of participants Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2018, Tata Steel Masters

Name Country Rating World Ranking
Magnus Carlsen Norway 2826 1
Fabiano Caruana USA 2794 4
Vladimir Kramnik Russia 2794 5
Shakhryar Mamedyarov Azerbaijan 2791 6
Wesley So USA 2788 7
Viswanathan Anand India 2783 9
Sergey Karjakin Russia 2765 12
Anish Giri Netherlands 2762 13
Wei Yi China 2740 18
Hou Yifan China 2678 64
Adhiban Baskaran India 2671 75
Gawain Jones England 2662 83

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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:12 pm

That's a cracking line up actually, GJ has his work cut out!
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:04 am

Pete Doggers report
he 13th grandmaster will be announced in November and the 14th a month later, when it is known who will be the highest ranked player in the ACP Competition with a rating under 2750 on 1 December. The participants of the Tata Steel Challengers will be announced in November
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Post by Mick Norris » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:53 am

Peter Svidler has been added to the line up
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Post by Mick Norris » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:11 pm

Matlakov now confirmed as the final player


Name Country Rating World Ranking

Magnus Carlsen Norway 2837 1
Shakhryar Mamedyarov Azerbaijan 2799 3
Fabiano Caruana USA 2799 4
Wesley So USA 2788 6
Vladimir Kramnik Russia 2787 7
Viswanathan Anand India 2782 8
Peter Svidler Russia 2765 12
Sergey Karjakin Russia 2760 13
Anish Giri Netherlands 2752 14
Wei Yi China 2743 19
Maxim Matlakov Russia 2735 23
Hou Yifan China 2680 64
Adhiban Baskaran India 2655 95
Gawain Jones England 2654 96

Average rating: 2753
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:12 pm

Tata Steel Challengers

Name Country Year of Birth Rating

Vidit Gujrathi India 1994 2715
Bassem Amin Egypt 1988 2689
Michal Krasenkow Poland 1963 2671
Anton Korobov Ukraine 1985 2652
Matthias Blübaum Germany 1997 2642
Erwin l'Ami Netherlands 1985 2634
Jeffrey Xiong USA 2000 2634
Jorden van Foreest Netherlands 1999 2629
Dmitry Gordievsky Russia 1996 2610
Benjamin Bok Netherlands 1995 2601
Aryan Tari Norway 1999 2593
Harika Dronavalli India 1991 2504
Olga Girya Russia 1991 2484
Lucas van Foreest Netherlands 2001 2481

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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:31 pm

Pairings

Good luck to Gawain who gets black against Caruana, Kramnik, Carlsen & So

Round 1 Sat 13th Jan 12:30 GMT
Giri-Hou Yifan
Kramnik-Wei Yi
Svidler-Adhiban
Carlsen-Caruana
Jones-Karjakin
Anand-Matlakov
So-Mamedyarov
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Tata Steel 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:32 pm

Play in the 2018 Tata Steel starts tomorrow afternoon at Wijk aan Zee. The round 1 draw is up.

Gawain Jones has White against Sergei Karjakin; I am sure all Forumites wish him all the best of luck and great games in this major event to celebrate his recent 30th birthday.

Other first round games in the Masters:
Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana (!)
Anish Giri v Hou Yifan
Vladimir Kramnik v Wei Yi
Peter Svidler v Adhiban
Vishy Anand v Matlakov
Wesley So v Mamedyarov

I gather that Loek van Wely declined his usual invitation.
Chess24 commentators, for this round at least, are announced as Robin Van Kampen and Yasser Seirawan.

Pairings for the Challengers can be seen at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... 2018/1/1/1.
The Van Foreest brothers play in round one, presumably a forced pairing?
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Re: Tata Steel 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:38 pm

I started a new thread for this because the old one was nowhere near the top of the list when I was writing, then somebody else posted.

Can the moderator please merge so we don't have rival threads, thanks?
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:41 pm

Merger done. :)

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Post by Tim Harding » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:51 pm

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:41 pm
Merger done. :)
Very quick; thanks, Jack.
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Tim Harding » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:06 pm

And they're off! Gawain played the Italian against Karjakin, the old line with 5 d4 and 7 Bd2, effectively offering the well-known draw which was declined after one repetition. No novelty yet though Karjakin had a long think on move 14. Gawain has just played 15 (13) Ne4 instead of the standard 15 a4.

Carlsen-Caruana is a Petroff.
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Tim Harding » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:55 pm

Wins today for Giri (v Hou Yifan), Anand (v Matlakov), and Kramnik (v Wei Yi). Other four drawn.
Satisfactory start for Gawain to draw with Karjakin.

Tomorrow's pairings:
Caruana - Jones
Adhiban - Carlsen
Karjakin - Anand
Hou Yifan - Mamedyarov
Matlakov - So
Wei Yi - Svidler
Giri - Kramnik
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:03 pm

Giri v Hou looked dead drawn last time I looked, but Q endings are tricky!
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