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Tata Steel Tournament

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

(1) Chess24: Tata Steel Masters

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Karjakin vs A Giri ½-½35 2017 Tata SteelB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. W So vs Carlsen ½-½33 2017 Tata SteelD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Eljanov vs R Rapport 1-041 2017 Tata SteelA04 Reti Opening
4. Harikrishna vs Aronian ½-½49 2017 Tata SteelC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
5. B Adhiban vs Van Wely ½-½61 2017 Tata SteelB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. R Wojtaszek vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½31 2017 Tata SteelD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
7. D Andreikin vs Wei Yi ½-½55 2017 Tata SteelC42 Petrov Defense
8. Van Wely vs Eljanov 0-144 2017 Tata SteelE15 Queen's Indian
9. Harikrishna vs B Adhiban 1-043 2017 Tata SteelC78 Ruy Lopez
10. A Giri vs W So ½-½43 2017 Tata SteelD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
11. R Rapport vs Karjakin ½-½30 2017 Tata SteelA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
12. I Nepomniachtchi vs D Andreikin ½-½21 2017 Tata SteelC45 Scotch Game
13. Carlsen vs R Wojtaszek 1-044 2017 Tata SteelB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Aronian vs Wei Yi  ½-½35 2017 Tata SteelD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. W So vs R Rapport 1-048 2017 Tata SteelE17 Queen's Indian
16. R Wojtaszek vs A Giri ½-½41 2017 Tata SteelD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Wei Yi vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-075 2017 Tata SteelB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. D Andreikin vs Carlsen ½-½27 2017 Tata SteelE10 Queen's Pawn Game
19. B Adhiban vs Aronian  ½-½38 2017 Tata SteelD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Eljanov vs Harikrishna ½-½42 2017 Tata SteelA34 English, Symmetrical
21. Karjakin vs Van Wely 1-050 2017 Tata SteelB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
22. Van Wely vs W So 0-143 2017 Tata SteelA06 Reti Opening
23. R Rapport vs R Wojtaszek ½-½52 2017 Tata SteelB58 Sicilian
24. A Giri vs D Andreikin ½-½41 2017 Tata SteelC45 Scotch Game
25. Aronian vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½28 2017 Tata SteelD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-25-17  ChessWolf: thanks goodness Wesley wasn't affected by negative events in his life in the past..he followed the right tract and gotten his dreams...everyone got computer chess to work on with but Wesley has gotten better out of it, he's compatible with that kind of training...let's not make it messy by saying offensive things let's just go together and watch the unfolding of talents of current generation top chess players...I wonder what would talents such as Fischer's could achieve with some help from the computer?
Feb-25-17  gokusano: I am optimistic you are an "optimist."
Feb-25-17  ChessWolf: deep river runs quieter.. Wesley So just being humble coz he knows it all what his limits are, what he could still do, what are the tactics to be successful in such kind of field and competition, with high level talent and wise mind to know correct strategies to stay ahead on points against his fellow super dodge warring against political and influencial groups in chess world etc would really make him get there...he's smart not only in selecting the winning chess moves but also the moves to do outside the game and become a"cool-fellow" in chess world..backed with excellent results..the methods he adopted as guidelines for himself found to be correct..he's great in learning from previous mistakes
Feb-25-17  ChessWolf: the Philippines amazingly breeds super talents in many sports including Chess, Boxing etc..although its sports government handles those talented athletes poorly and sometimes politicized, but still few were able to make it thru hardships and get the same freedom and support given to athletes of developed countries and only thru that would the full potential of a filipino talent would be realized. ..and there are still super talents here in the Philippines but the opportunity that they would be able to explore their gifts is hard to find..would there be improvements in the Philippine sports then that would be the time we would see many pinoys vie for the top echelons...well Wesley could contribute great ideas to amend the poor ways that straggled pinoy athletes for a long time..he has proven himself, it would be possible that he could greatly help..if only they got open mind to allow changes for the good of pinoy talents in all fields not only sports
Feb-25-17  chessalem: <..if only they got open mind>

Well, Pichay said it was because of him that Wesley became no. 2..soon to be no. 1.

How open can you get? His skull cracked and most of his brains that stored factual memories spilled out of the opening leaving only that part that controls fantasy and imagination.

Feb-25-17  ChessWolf: yap, some politicians here really think that we Pinoys are dumb, they think that we couldn't see beyond their schemes...only that we tend not to fight it back ..we were cultured to be tolerant and just let go of the injustices in the past..
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.

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  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' Pestaņo, "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


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