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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]
Levon Aronian7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[view games]
Baskaran Adhiban7.5/13(+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]
Dmitry Andreikin6/13(+1 -2 =10)[view games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek6/13(+2 -3 =8)[view games]
Pentala Harikrishna6/13(+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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  tuttifrutty: <No one questions the moves of a chess god..on or off the board...

anyone who does so is a dimwit.>

I agree....

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  tuttifrutty: <Wesley was already a very strong player rated above 2600 when he first took up studies in Webster University. And that was when his parents left him.>

<A few years ago his parents migrated to Canada and left him here in the Philippines to pursue his chess career. They took with them all his savings and left him with nothing.>

Two conflicting stories in one article.
Clarification is needed....Any volunteers?

Gopi11, Amoy toilet??? You know the story so let me hear it from you....

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  HeMateMe: a third, conflicting story is that he was takin in by a man named Fagin and would have come to no good, but chess was a way out for young Wesley.
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  tuttifrutty: <"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.>

I smell bad breath....poor hygiene....use listerene.:-)

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  gopi11: For your information fruitcake, I'm here about good chess, I don't involve myself in gossips and meddle into one's personal lives, not unlike you, who will dive to the sewers just to savor the smell of it...
Feb-23-17  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.

Key said So’s mother admitted to her that So’s former chess coach at Webster had a hand in her trip to St. Louis to confront her son, including reserving a hotel room for her. Key and So said the former coach, Paul Truong, was angry over losing one of the world’s top players from his team when So left Webster. “Wesley fell apart after that, knowing that his own biological family was working with his worst enemy,” Key said. “Paul will never forgive Wesley for leaving Webster.” Key said that “three adults conspired to destroy a kid.”

Here lies the conflict...

Wesley was old enough when he made his choice...i.e. not a minor an<y>mor<e> but ha<s> a legal capacity upon reaching the age of majority which is well beyond parental authority.

Did he make the right choice?

The answer is highlighted in my post above.

Yet, it matters not...what counts more is he stood his own ground to the music of frank sinatra's my way...he realizes and accepts that only he and he alone will be held accountable for the repercussions of the actions he took....

I heard him singing in a karaoke bar....

Feb-23-17  not not: So life would make a great soap opera then, prime time tv; I think the best person to imitate So would be Kelly Clarkson, or perhaps Cubasa Ozora.
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  tuttifrutty: <not unlike you,>

My turn.....This is the worst grammatical error I have ever ever seen, double negative is a brain fart.

Feb-24-17  gokusano: Lol tuts! Hahaha
Feb-24-17  Pulo y Gata: so is <dive to>
Feb-24-17  blackdranzer: How can a mother and a kid have a difficult relationship is beyond me...considering so belongs to the east...why would a mother act like the way she acted ? It's not like so was just another amatuer
Feb-24-17  blackdranzer: So is <ever ever >
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  tuttifrutty: <So is ever ever >

You are ever ever so misinformed. You're looking like a real <amatuer.> Lol a million times.

Feb-24-17  NaunsyamengPangarap: Colorful cast of characters, including <Viktorrero>, who seems to have a medical condition called Name Droppingitis.
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...
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