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Tata Steel Tournament

Wesley So9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Magnus Carlsen8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Levon Aronian7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Wei Yi7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Pavel Eljanov7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Anish Giri6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna6/13(+1 -2 =10)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin6/13(+1 -2 =10)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi5/13(+0 -3 =10)[games]
Richard Rapport4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[games]
Loek van Wely3.5/13(+1 -7 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel (2017)

The 2017 Tata Steel Masters took place from 14-29 January. Wesley So placed first, a full point ahead of world champion Magnus Carlsen.

It was the 79th edition of the tournament; the format was a 14-player single round-robin featuring five top-10 players, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his previous challenger, Sergey Karjakin. Besides the traditional venue in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, rounds were played in the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam (19 January), and De Philharmonie in Haarlem (25 January).

The time control was 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment per move from move 1. If two or more players tied for first place then a rapid or blitz playoff would be held, though the monetary prizes would be shared evenly. (1)

Official site: Crosstable: Schedule and results:

(1) Chess24: Tata Steel Masters

 page 2 of 4; games 26-50 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Harikrishna vs Karjakin  ½-½302017Tata SteelC53 Giuoco Piano
27. Carlsen vs Wei Yi 1-0332017Tata SteelC24 Bishop's Opening
28. B Adhiban vs Eljanov 0-1562017Tata SteelE12 Queen's Indian
29. R Wojtaszek vs Van Wely  1-0462017Tata SteelE81 King's Indian, Samisch
30. Karjakin vs B Adhiban 0-1312017Tata SteelC11 French
31. Wei Yi vs A Giri ½-½432017Tata SteelB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
32. D Andreikin vs R Rapport ½-½552017Tata SteelC55 Two Knights Defense
33. W So vs Harikrishna 1-0482017Tata SteelA05 Reti Opening
34. I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen ½-½282017Tata SteelA21 English
35. Eljanov vs Aronian 0-1372017Tata SteelA14 English
36. Van Wely vs D Andreikin  ½-½602017Tata SteelE10 Queen's Pawn Game
37. Harikrishna vs R Wojtaszek ½-½672017Tata SteelC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
38. Eljanov vs Karjakin ½-½352017Tata SteelC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
39. R Rapport vs Wei Yi 0-1322017Tata SteelC42 Petrov Defense
40. A Giri vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-0332017Tata SteelB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
41. Aronian vs Carlsen ½-½302017Tata SteelD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
42. B Adhiban vs W So ½-½392017Tata SteelC33 King's Gambit Accepted
43. R Wojtaszek vs B Adhiban 0-1662017Tata SteelA10 English
44. D Andreikin vs Harikrishna ½-½432017Tata SteelA00 Uncommon Opening
45. Karjakin vs Aronian 1-0582017Tata SteelC50 Giuoco Piano
46. Wei Yi vs Van Wely 1-0532017Tata SteelB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
47. I Nepomniachtchi vs R Rapport  ½-½452017Tata SteelC55 Two Knights Defense
48. Carlsen vs A Giri ½-½1232017Tata SteelD05 Queen's Pawn Game
49. W So vs Eljanov ½-½382017Tata SteelC50 Giuoco Piano
50. Van Wely vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½742017Tata SteelD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
 page 2 of 4; games 26-50 of 91  PGN Download
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Feb-25-17  not not: You Pinoys have guns, shoot each other in road rage. Be like Americans and kill your president at least once. Or twice.
Feb-26-17  NaunsyamengPangarap: <Wordfunph:Equating few lucky tournament wins with "proving them wrong" is the height of arrogance.>

You are missing the point. The point is, a patzer like you should not be critiquing a super GM's game. Here it is again, you as white, showcasing your talent (or more accurately, the lack of it), for the chess world to see.

E Beronio vs P Bersamina, 2015

In fairness to you, I think you are qualified to critique Sugardom's fashion sense:

Feb-26-17  NaunsyamengPangarap: <Gokusano:I am optimistic you are an "optimist.">

Congrats to Gokusano on his promotion to Senior Grammar Police.

His body of work certainly justifies it.

LOL!!!! Thanks, Goku..Good laugh

Feb-26-17  gokusano: Silly <unsyame> laughing at his own error. Just recall your post of not so long ago. And please take the plank off your eyes, silly boy, hehehe.
Feb-26-17  gokusano: Remember this <To his credit, he remains optimist>? Madalian ba? Hehehe...
Mar-03-17  NaunsyamengPangarap: <professor gokusano: Remember this <To his credit, he remains optimist>? Madalian ba? Hehehe...>

Well, here's copy and paste enthusiast Pulo y gata:

<July 15 ,2016 Pulo "This game officially makes Nakamura a hobbit, didn't it">

Correct or incorrect?


Mar-03-17  NaunsyamengPangarap: I called it:

<joeyj: "In fact, because of my leadership in NCFP, a Filipino is now number two in the world in chess. We should be proud of that achievement," Pichay said.

hahaha .>

Mar-04-17  Pulo y Gata: This was how it was called back then:

<Is there someone you would thank for your chess successes? I would like to thank our president of the chess federation, Mr.Prospero Pichay, who has helped me a lot in recent years! >

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  iking: < NaunsyamengPangarap: <professor gokusano: Remember this <To his credit, he remains optimist>? Madalian ba? Hehehe...> Well, here's copy and paste enthusiast Pulo y gata:

<July 15 ,2016 Pulo "This game officially makes Nakamura a hobbit, didn't it">

Correct or incorrect?

LOL!!!> ... <pulo> shrinks.

Mar-04-17  wordfunph: He leaks his wounds, more likely.
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  iking: <tutti> is from the east ...
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  tuttifrutty: <<tutti> is from the east ...>

Yes Sir, I am from the east was evident from the fact that I was in the knowledge in the forthcoming of Wesley...the chess messiah, and that I knew of his advent by the brilliant games he displayed in the very eyes of believers and non believers alike...and that Sir is the truth and nothing but the....

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  tuttifrutty: <Shamkir (April 20-30)
So, Kramnik, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Adams, Harikrishna, Eljanov, Wojtaszek, Topalov>

Hmmmmm.....Where the heck is Magnus??? Is he avoiding Wesley?

You tell me.

Mar-16-17  chessalem: < Mr.Prospero Pichay, who has helped me a lot>

now it can be told...straight from the veggies mouth...his past actions were intended for his own he claims credit for Wesley's no. 2 position in the world...he may be right after all...wesley left NCFP because of his abandonment of Wesley at the time he needed him most...(he only needs to write a letter of recommendation to Babalu to officially recognize Wesley's universiade exploit...which he did not..the main reason why Wesley moved to the USCF...the change of habitat did well to catapult Wesley to no. 2 spot...Kudos to pichay for his non action...he deserves a medal- i.e. a rope to hang around his neck.

In other news, Wesley scored 4-0 against his former Webster teammates to move his team to the semi finals of the pro chess league...See his games here:

4 days ago
My favorite chess player is you. You is stronger than Carlsen. You is the next world champion. You can beat Carlsen 10-0 !!!

13 hrs ago
Greatest chess Player who never won a world Championship, but that can change real quick!

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  cro777: Will Wesley So really shine this year?

According to Frank 'Boy' Pestaño, "most experts don't expect Wesley So to continue his unprecedented no loss performance in 60 games against elite players this year".

Mar-16-17  chessalem: <Wesley scored 4-0 >

that brings his total score to 26 out of 28 in the pro chess league or a rating performance that is off the chart.

meanwhile, magnus blunders like there is no tomorrow.

he i<s o>nly WC in paper...

the real champ i<s> de fact<o>...

His name i<s> all <o>ver the place..

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  cro777: On the other hand, for American Chess Magazine there is no limit to what Wesley So can achieve:

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  tuttifrutty: <the real champ i<s> de fact<o>...

His name i<s> all <o>ver the place..>

I agree...

Go Wesley <Chess Messiah> So!

Mar-22-17  chessalem: Performance Rating

# Name Team Perf
1 So, Wesley Saint Louis Archbishops 2866
2 Li Chao Montreal ChessBrahs 2859
3 Carlsen, Magnus Norway Gnomes 2781
4 Jones, Gawain London Towers 2778
5 Robson, Ray Webster Windmills 2770
6 Dominguez Perez, Leinier Miami Champions 2747 7 Meier, Georg Stockholm Snowballs 2699
8 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar San Jose Hackers 2696 9 Vachier Lagrave, Maxime Marseille Migraines 2670 10 Xiong, Jeffery Dallas Destiny 2666
11 Li, Ruifeng Dallas Destiny 2659
12 Khachiyan, Melik San Diego Surfers 2658
13 Van Wely, Loek Amsterdam Mosquitoes 2656
14 Shaposhnikov, Evgeny Gorky Stormbringers 2655 15 Gozzoli, Yannick Marseille Migraines


May-01-17  The Boomerang: " chessalem: A legend was reduced to an amateur by his own admission: Kasparov tweeted: "My game against Wesley reminded me of a game of Morphy vs an amateur...I was the amateur""

Bit of tongue i cheek from Garry. Out of practice Garry who easily got 2 winning positions against So and blundered one away. And yes that win was nice but a bit overrated.

May-01-17  The Boomerang: "Hmmmmm.....Where the heck is Magnus??? Is he avoiding Wesley?

You tell me."

No need for Magnus when his client handled SO nicely lol...

Yeah he's avoiding SO like the plague...given all his losses to SO...

May-01-17  The Boomerang: " chessalem: <know the story> the family favors education over chess.

Q: So did you talk to Wesley about becoming a full time professional chess player?

LS: Yes, but only after he graduates from Webster University. We had hoped it did not mean that he would give up his education. No matter how good he is as a chess professional, it cannot replace education and a university degree. All of us encouraged him to stay in school. He still has so much to learn.

Wesley would prefer chess over education.

Lotis Key and her husband, Renato Kabigting, took So, a 21-year-old Filipino, into their home last October after So decided to drop out of Webster University in suburban St. Louis, where he had a chess scholarship. He had just won the $100,000 first prize at the inaugural Millionaire Chess Open, and he wanted to pursue a chess career full time.

The decision to drop out did not sit well with So’s mother, with whom he’s had a difficult relationship since at least his midteens, when his parents and siblings moved from the Philippines to Canada. So stayed behind.

According to Key, So’s mother and aunt came to St. Louis and contacted So minutes after his arrival at a hotel. Key said they began, in strident encounters over the course of several days, to insist that he return to college or face losing complete contact with his family, including his sisters. At one point, So’s mother and aunt confronted him outside the chess club after his game, trying to grab his arm and yelling at him when he wouldn’t go with them to talk, according to Key and So. That led to an apology by So to the club for the scene, and a request that the mother and aunt be banned from the tournament site."

Absolutely would think he was joining a motorcycle gang the way she was carring on.

Let the guy live his life.

May-02-17  The Boomerang: " chessalem: <Wesley scored 4-0 > that brings his total score to 26 out of 28 in the pro chess league or a rating performance that is off the chart.

meanwhile, magnus blunders like there is no tomorrow.

he i<s o>nly WC in paper...

the real champ i<s> de fact<o>...

His name i<s> all <o>ver the place."

Hey is that the same Magnus that crushed SO in the pro chesa league? Or a different Magnus?

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  perfidious: <The Boomerang....Hey is that the same Magnus that crushed SO in the pro (chess) league? Or a different Magnus?>

Must be an impostor--a computer had to have ginned up those moves which despatched the world number two in short order.

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  diagonal: <Two five-time winners in Tata Steel Masters in 80th edition in 2018:

World Champion Magnus Carlsen, and former World Champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik as well as Hou Yifan will participate in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2018.

Both Carlsen and Anand have won the Tata Steel Chess Tournament a record five times. They will face Wesley So (the title defender from TATA Steel 2017), Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhryar Mamedyarov, Anish Giri or Gawain Jones who has been promoted from the Tata Steel Challengers, which he won this year in Wijk aan Zee.

The 80th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament (14 players) will take place in Wijk aan Zee from 12 – 28 January 2018.

Jeroen van den Berg, director of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament: “The 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament looks set to become a beautiful jubilee event.">

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