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Tata Steel Masters 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 Masters (2017)

The 2017 Tata Steel Masters took place from 14-29 January. Wesley So placed first with 9/13, 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 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 one. 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: Schedule and results: Crosstable ( :

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 So 2808 * 1 1 1 1 1 9 2 Carlsen 2840 * 1 1 1 0 1 8 3 Adhiban 2653 * 1 0 0 1 1 1 7 4 Aronian 2780 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 7 5 Wei Yi 2704 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 7 6 Karjakin 2785 0 1 0 * 1 1 7 7 Eljanov 2755 0 1 0 * 1 1 7 8 Giri 2773 0 * 1 6 9 Harikrishna 2766 0 1 * 0 6 10 Andreikin 2736 0 1 0 * 6 11 Wojtaszek 2750 0 0 0 1 * 1 6 12 Nepomniachtchi 2767 0 0 0 * 5 13 Rapport 2702 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 4 14 Van Wely 2695 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 3

Previous edition: Tata Steel Masters (2016). Next: Tata Steel Masters (2018). See also Tata Steel Challengers (2017).

(1) Chess24: Tata Steel Masters

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karjakin vs A Giri ½-½352017Tata Steel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. W So vs Carlsen ½-½332017Tata Steel MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Eljanov vs R Rapport 1-0412017Tata Steel MastersA04 Reti Opening
4. Harikrishna vs Aronian ½-½492017Tata Steel MastersC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
5. B Adhiban vs Van Wely ½-½612017Tata Steel MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. R Wojtaszek vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½312017Tata Steel MastersD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
7. D Andreikin vs Wei Yi ½-½552017Tata Steel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
8. Van Wely vs Eljanov 0-1442017Tata Steel MastersE15 Queen's Indian
9. Harikrishna vs B Adhiban 1-0432017Tata Steel MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
10. A Giri vs W So ½-½432017Tata Steel MastersD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
11. R Rapport vs Karjakin ½-½302017Tata Steel MastersA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
12. I Nepomniachtchi vs D Andreikin ½-½212017Tata Steel MastersC45 Scotch Game
13. Carlsen vs R Wojtaszek 1-0442017Tata Steel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Aronian vs Wei Yi  ½-½352017Tata Steel MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. W So vs R Rapport 1-0482017Tata Steel MastersE17 Queen's Indian
16. R Wojtaszek vs A Giri ½-½412017Tata Steel MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Wei Yi vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-0752017Tata Steel MastersB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. D Andreikin vs Carlsen ½-½272017Tata Steel MastersE10 Queen's Pawn Game
19. B Adhiban vs Aronian  ½-½382017Tata Steel MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Eljanov vs Harikrishna ½-½422017Tata Steel MastersA34 English, Symmetrical
21. Karjakin vs Van Wely 1-0502017Tata Steel MastersB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
22. Van Wely vs W So 0-1432017Tata Steel MastersA06 Reti Opening
23. R Rapport vs R Wojtaszek ½-½522017Tata Steel MastersB58 Sicilian
24. A Giri vs D Andreikin ½-½412017Tata Steel MastersC45 Scotch Game
25. Aronian vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½282017Tata Steel MastersD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
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Jan-09-17  tim butler: Im first.
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The Tata Steel Chess Tournament has two main tournaments. They are played according to the 'round robin' system, whereby each competitor plays in turn against every other during the tournament. The Tata Steel Masters has 14 participants and the Tata Steel Challengers has 14 participants. Both groups start on 14 January 2017. All rounds in Wijk aan Zee begin at 1.30pm, except for the last round on 29 January 2017, which begins at 12.00pm. Both rounds on the Chess On Tour days start at 2.00pm.

Time control

100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves. Then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move. The time controls for the professional groups and amateur groups are different.>

Group B:

Ragger, M
Smirin, I
Jones, G
Xiong, J
Grandelius, N
Lu, S
I'ami, E.
van Foreest, J
Hansen, E
Bok, B
Tari, A
Dobrov, V
Lei, T
Guramishvili, S

Jan-09-17  stst: For the top tourney:

MC to defend
SK to revenge
So to break through
Yi to WOW

Jan-09-17  chesslearner1991: Eagerly Waiting for Carlsen - So match. So, stronger than ever and Carlsen, to get psychological advantage over So in case if he meets So in the next world championship match.
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  HeMateMe: Why doesn't the head of the PP put up some money to hold a Carlsen/So match in Manila?
Jan-09-17  Vidal: For exciting chess, keep an eye on Carlsen and Andreikin's games.
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  Sokrates: This will most likely be a race between Carlsen, Karjakin and So. Aronian and Giri have been middle-on-the-road for some time in tournaments of this calibre. Karjakin should be highly motivated by passing the champ once again after he barely lost the WC match.

A match between Carlsen and So would not be appropriate IMO. Serious potential candidates should qualify in proper candidates tournaments and not be granted a special admission to the table just because someone would raise a sponsorship.

"Friendly" matches should only be granted for promotional reasons and with offsiders (could for instance be Kasparov, even Ivanchuk, maybe Hou Yifan, a prodigy or the likes).

Jan-09-17  JASAHA: I think there is something to be said about direct challengers to the world champion. Case in point the mediocre course of the last matchup. True Karjakin "earned" his right to challenge but was he really the most likely candidate to defeat Carlsen. His performance was incipid and the one game that he won was more he result of Carlsen trying to win a game he could have easily drawn. I'd welcome a So-Carlsen match either as a one off or as the World Championship match.
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  beenthere240: I think Caruana intends to compete by mail.
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  HeMateMe: any high quality matches are good for chess. Of course it would be a non-title match, but would still be of huge interest. I doubt Carlsen would risk suddenly becoming a non-champion in the public eye with a loss. Supposedly he makes $1M/yr with endorsements and prize money. No need to risk that with a private match.
Jan-09-17  Mr. V: Oh thank God. I was beginning to think it'd never arrive
Jan-09-17  dumbgai: I'm picking Xiong to win the B group.
Jan-09-17  pajaste: For truly exciting chess, keep an eye on Giri's games.
Jan-10-17  chesshatesme: looking forward to see many interesting match up Carlsen, So, Karjakin Wei. Giri excluded!
Jan-10-17  Rolfo: Pajaste, most interesting
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  iking: Carlsen will surely win this .. just like the other editions...
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  perfidious: <HMM: Why doesn't the head of the PP put up some money to hold a Carlsen/So match in Manila?>

That ever comes off, So better have someone taste-test his pregame yoghurt.

Jan-10-17  razetime: Waiting for Wei Yi to get some trinitrotoluene on the board..
Jan-10-17  siamesedream: <Magnus Carlsen's blog>

THU 05 JAN 201701:50 PM
I have won several classical events (Wijk, Norway Chess and Bilbao), led Norway to 5th in the Chess team Olympiad, and won the New York World Championship match (on Rapid tie-breaks) against Karjakin in 2016.

Performance-wise I’ve been successful in Rapid and Blitz events as well, with Norway Chess Blitz victory, second place in Paris and first in Leuven, before Doha. Still, I have mixed feelings about my play. Yes, I’ve played many good games and obtained good results, but I’ve made too many blunders, and even more importantly, the quality of my play has varied too much.

I’m now back in 1st on all FIDE rating lists (Classical, Rapid and Blitz) although the Classical lead is uncomfortably small. On the bright side I feel motivated to improve, and the challenge is to translate chess understanding and knowledge into quality of play in the events ahead.

I’d again like to thank my main sponsors, Arctic Securities, Simonsen Vogt Wiig, Nordic Semiconductor, newspaper VG, and water provider Isklar for their continued support, and I look forward to our cooperation in 2017.

The first Arctic event will be a simul in London before the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee.

I got excellent support from my team of seconds during the New York match, and a special thanks to Peter Heine for his help, patience and friendship throughout 2016.

I’m grateful to have had my family with me in Doha, and most of them have joined me also while I recover and prepare for <Tata Steel> over the next week.

Magnus Carlsen, January 3rd, 2017>

Jan-10-17  WorstPlayerEver: Long story, gives a great insight what have become of top level chess; the guy also could have stated: "Look Woody, how boring I am!"

It's kind of more briefly.

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  diceman: <Vidal: For exciting chess, keep an eye on Carlsen and Andreikin's games.>

For more excitement, keep an eye on just Andreikin.

For draws, Giri is the man!

Jan-10-17  chesshatesme: My winners list 1st Carlsen, So 2nd 3rd Anand 4th karjakin
Jan-10-17  disasterion: <chesshatesme>: Anand will do exceptionally well to come third...

Jan-10-17  chesshatesme: <disaster I on> hahaha in that case I choose sasikiran lol
Jan-10-17  stst: <...Carlsen would risk suddenly becoming a non-champion in the public eye with a loss. Supposedly he makes $1M/yr with endorsements and prize money. No need to risk that with a private match.>

True, history shows some past champs tried very hard to avoid a match of the next challenger, not even to say sub-championship level matches, even if he's given the prize and edge favors.

The well-intended can still host some other matches of the top and hottest players, excluding the champ (unless of course he's willing to play.) That will still be quite attractive: e.g. SK v So, or let the teen to have a show: SK/So v Wei (though I doubt the strength will match up.)

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