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Tata Steel (Challengers) Tournament

Markus Ragger9/13(+6 -1 =6)[view games]
Gawain Jones9/13(+7 -2 =4)[view games]
Jeffery Xiong8.5/13(+7 -3 =3)[view games]
Eric Hansen8/13(+5 -2 =6)[view games]
Ilya Smirin8/13(+6 -3 =4)[view games]
Lu Shanglei8/13(+5 -2 =6)[view games]
Aryan Tari7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[view games]
Nils Grandelius7/13(+3 -2 =8)[view games]
Erwin L'Ami7/13(+2 -1 =10)[view games]
Benjamin Bok5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[view games]
Vladimir Dobrov4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[view games]
Jorden van Foreest4/13(+2 -7 =4)[view games]
Tingjie Lei3.5/13(+2 -8 =3)[view games]
Sopiko Guramishvili1.5/13(+0 -10 =3)[view games] Chess Event Description
Tata Steel (Challengers) (2017)

The 2017 Tata Steel Challengers is taking place from 14-29 January in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. The 14-player single round-robin offers the winner an automatic place in the 2018 Tata Steel Masters. Austria's Markus Ragger is top seed, while 16-year-old World Junior Champion Jeffery Xiong from the USA will be one of the players to watch.

The time control is 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 tie for first place then a rapid or blitz playoff will be held. (1)

Gawain Jones took first, winning the tiebreak against Markus Ragger.

Official site:

(1) Chess24: Tata Steel Challengers

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Ragger vs J Xiong 1-041 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. G Jones vs N Grandelius  ½-½20 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)C45 Scotch Game
3. S Guramishvili vs Lu Shanglei ½-½41 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Smirin vs V Dobrov  ½-½34 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
5. B Bok vs Tingjie Lei 1-040 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. J van Foreest vs L'Ami  1-040 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. A Tari vs E Hansen  ½-½49 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. J Xiong vs J van Foreest 1-064 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. Tingjie Lei vs M Ragger 0-184 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)E60 King's Indian Defense
10. Lu Shanglei vs Smirin  0-137 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)A07 King's Indian Attack
11. N Grandelius vs L'Ami  ½-½37 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)C07 French, Tarrasch
12. G Jones vs S Guramishvili 1-035 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. E Hansen vs B Bok  ½-½26 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B94 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. V Dobrov vs A Tari  ½-½40 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
15. J van Foreest vs Tingjie Lei 0-165 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B10 Caro-Kann
16. S Guramishvili vs N Grandelius  0-134 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B42 Sicilian, Kan
17. M Ragger vs E Hansen 1-024 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. Smirin vs G Jones 1-036 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)C77 Ruy Lopez
19. B Bok vs V Dobrov  0-139 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B30 Sicilian
20. L'Ami vs J Xiong  ½-½29 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. A Tari vs Lu Shanglei  0-141 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. V Dobrov vs M Ragger 0-145 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)A34 English, Symmetrical
23. Lu Shanglei vs B Bok  1-052 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. G Jones vs A Tari  1-057 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)A48 King's Indian
25. S Guramishvili vs Smirin  0-146 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)A25 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-23-17  Mr. V: <dumbgai> Because there aren't that many talented Dutch female players. Anne Haast, and then there's Sopiko whose husband plays for the Dutch federation. But that's not why she was invited, as stated earlier.
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  gopi11: This is getting interesting...
Jan-25-17  JohnBoy: Xiong catches the leaders at 7/10. Three rounds left.
Jan-25-17  fisayo123: Jeffery had a pretty tough start to this event with 3 blacks in his first 4 games but he's hitting his stride now. These things even out themselves eventually.
Jan-25-17  fisayo123: Pretty shocking performance so far from Van Foreest. I can't say I'm too surprised because I felt his 2612 rating overrated him a bit judging from what I've seen from his games. The fact that he's currently behind a no name Russian sub-2500 GM must be somewhat embarrassing for him.
Jan-25-17  sac 4 mate: <Jeffery had a pretty tough start to this event with 3 blacks in his first 4 games but he's hitting his stride now. These things even out themselves eventually.>

Indeed, he's won all his white games so far. He'll have a tough task on Friday against Smirin, however.

Jan-25-17  waustad: I couldn't find the tiebreak details if there is a tie for first. Who is elevated to the Masters section next year?
Jan-25-17  JohnBoy: Sopiko has an infant. That is always tougher on the mother than father. How much you want to bet she's the one getting up twice in the night to nurse the child.
Jan-25-17  dumbgai: And Hansen only a half point back. Come on, make me some chessbucks!
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  PhilFeeley: Go chessbrah!
Jan-27-17  JohnBoy: Xiong taking it to Smirin! First place and pressing.
Jan-27-17  belgradegambit: Xiong finishes 2 lower ranked opponents in Bok and Tari.
Jan-27-17  Imran Iskandar: Everything falling perfectly into place for Xiong it seems!
Jan-27-17  fisayo123: <belgradegambit> Yeah but two young, talented and dangerous opponents.

Jeffery just has to play normally and not try to be conservative as black in his next game vs Tari.

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  gopi11: USA's future board 4 is starting to flex his muscles!

Out of the top 100 players (rating wise), Jeffery Xiong is the only unrated rapid and blitz player. I wonder how strong his rapid/blitz game if he needs it?

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  Jambow: Xiong is moving rather quick... and as <gopi11> said USA future board 4 seems to be in our mix. Man it is amazing how fast the USA has become a force in chess and rather unexpected too. Rex Sinqufield certainly has had a role... Polgar deserves mention too.

Will USA be able to send two teams? I mean Shankland, Sevian and Robson are all very strong players. Maybe not world beaters but on any given day...

Well two rounds left and it isn't over yet, games to be won drawn or lost.

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  PhilFeeley: Sopiko might win her first game - against Eric Hansen :-(
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  ketchuplover: <Jambow> All chess players would like to repossess their pieces during games :)
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  Dionysius1: <JohnBoy> I bet Anish Giri is doing his share.
Jan-29-17  dumbgai: Sopiko manages to outdo Anne Haast's 2/13 from last year by scoring 1.5/13. Next year perhaps Tata Steel should consider inviting Mohamed Ali Dima to keep the progress going.
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  WannaBe: Tata wouldn't dare inviting me, I'd set all sort of (futility) records.
Jan-29-17  John Abraham: Sopiko might want to stop taking lessons from her husband about how to get drawn games, and instead try winning some. Seems like she wanted to draw all her games here but ended up losing many of them.
Jan-29-17  WorstPlayerEver: The trouble with the Dutch is they have no training program for their talents.
Jan-29-17  sonia91: Gawain Jones won on tiebreak and qualified for the 2018 Masters!
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  Dionysius1: Yay! Go Gawain!
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