|Tata Steel Challengers (2017)|
The 2017 Tata Steel Challengers took place from 14-29 January in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. The 14-player single round-robin offered the winner an automatic place in the 2018 Tata Steel Masters. Austria's Markus Ragger was top seed, while 16-year-old World Junior Champion Jeffery Xiong from the USA was one of the players to watch. 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. (1) Gawain Jones took first, winning the tiebreak against Markus Ragger, and qualified for Tata Steel Masters (2018).
Official site: http://www.tatasteelchess.com/. Schedule and results: https://www.tatasteelchess.com/arch.... Crosstable (https://www.tatasteelchess.com/arch...) :
Previous edition: Tata Steel Challengers (2016). Next: Tata Steel Challengers (2018). See also Tata Steel Masters (2017).
Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1 Jones 2665 * 1 0 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 9
2 Ragger 2697 0 * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 9
3 Xiong 2667 1 0 * 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8½
4 Hansen 2603 0 0 1 * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 8
5 Lu Shanglei 2612 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 8
6 Smirin 2667 1 ½ 0 0 1 * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 8
7 Tari 2584 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7½
8 l'Ami 2605 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 7
9 Grandelius 2642 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7
10 Bok 2608 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 5½
11 Dobrov 2499 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * 0 1 1 4½
12 van Foreest 2612 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ 4
13 Tingjie Lei 2467 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 3½
14 Guramishvili 2370 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 * 1½
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| page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91
|1. M Ragger vs J Xiong
||1-0||41||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|2. G Jones vs N Grandelius
|| ||½-½||20||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||C45 Scotch Game|
|3. S Guramishvili vs Lu Shanglei
||½-½||41||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|4. Smirin vs V Dobrov
|| ||½-½||34||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4|
|5. B Bok vs Tingjie Lei
||1-0||40||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|6. J van Foreest vs L'Ami
||1-0||40||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||B18 Caro-Kann, Classical|
|7. A Tari vs E Hansen
|| ||½-½||49||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|8. J Xiong vs J van Foreest
||1-0||64||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto|
|9. Tingjie Lei vs M Ragger
||0-1||84||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||E60 King's Indian Defense|
|10. Lu Shanglei vs Smirin
|| ||0-1||37||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|11. N Grandelius vs L'Ami
|| ||½-½||37||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||C07 French, Tarrasch|
|12. G Jones vs S Guramishvili
||1-0||35||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack|
|13. E Hansen vs B Bok
|| ||½-½||26||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||B94 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|14. V Dobrov vs A Tari
|| ||½-½||40||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation|
|15. J van Foreest vs Tingjie Lei
||0-1||65||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||B10 Caro-Kann|
|16. S Guramishvili vs N Grandelius
|| ||0-1||34||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||B42 Sicilian, Kan|
|17. M Ragger vs E Hansen
||1-0||24||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense|
|18. Smirin vs G Jones
||1-0||36||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||C77 Ruy Lopez|
|19. B Bok vs V Dobrov
|| ||0-1||39||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||B30 Sicilian|
|20. L'Ami vs J Xiong
|| ||½-½||29||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted|
|21. A Tari vs Lu Shanglei
|| ||0-1||41||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|22. V Dobrov vs M Ragger
||0-1||45||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||A34 English, Symmetrical|
|23. Lu Shanglei vs B Bok
|| ||1-0||52||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|24. G Jones vs A Tari
|| ||1-0||57||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||A48 King's Indian|
|25. S Guramishvili vs Smirin
|| ||0-1||46||2017||Tata Steel Challengers||A25 English|
| page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91
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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.|
|Jan-24-17|| ||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!|
|Jan-25-17|| ||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.
|Jan-27-17|| ||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?
|Jan-28-17|| ||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.
|Jan-28-17|| ||PhilFeeley: Sopiko might win her first game - against Eric Hansen :-(|
|Jan-29-17|| ||ketchuplover: <Jambow> All chess players would like to repossess their pieces during games :)|
|Jan-29-17|| ||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.|
|Jan-29-17|| ||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!|
|Jan-30-17|| ||Dionysius1: Yay! Go Gawain!|
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