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Tata Steel (Challengers) Tournament

Gawain Jones4.5/6(+4 -1 =1)[view games]
Markus Ragger4.5/6(+4 -1 =1)[view games]
Lu Shanglei4/6(+3 -1 =2)[view games]
Ilya Smirin4/6(+3 -1 =2)[view games]
Eric Hansen3.5/6(+2 -1 =3)[view games]
Jeffery Xiong3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[view games]
Aryan Tari3/6(+2 -2 =2)[view games]
Benjamin Bok2.5/6(+2 -3 =1)[view games]
Erwin L'Ami2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[view games]
Nils Grandelius2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[view games]
Vladimir Dobrov2/5(+1 -2 =2)[view games]
Jorden van Foreest2/6(+2 -4 =0)[view games]
Tingjie Lei1/5(+1 -4 =0)[view games]
Sopiko Guramishvili0.5/6(+0 -5 =1)[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)

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ChessBookie Action:
Tata Challengers Round 6: Jones - Ragger
Tata Challengers Round 6: Smirin - Tari

(1) Chess24: Tata Steel Challengers

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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. V Dobrov vs A Tari  ½-½40 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
12. N Grandelius vs L'Ami  ½-½37 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)C07 French, Tarrasch
13. G Jones vs S Guramishvili 1-035 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
14. E Hansen vs B Bok  ½-½26 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B94 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. A Tari vs Lu Shanglei  0-141 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. M Ragger vs E Hansen 1-024 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
17. Smirin vs G Jones 1-036 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)C77 Ruy Lopez
18. J van Foreest vs Tingjie Lei  0-165 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B10 Caro-Kann
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. S Guramishvili vs N Grandelius  0-134 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B42 Sicilian, Kan
22. Lu Shanglei vs B Bok  1-052 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. V Dobrov vs M Ragger 0-145 2017 Tata Steel (Challengers)A34 English, Symmetrical
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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  hansj: Good Luck to GM Eric Hansen!
Jan-12-17  dumbgai: I put a few chessbucks on Hansen. It's a wide open field this year, I think someone like Hansen has a realistic chance of scoring well and winning the tournament.
Jan-13-17  Mr. V: Anybody except Sopiko, likely.
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  keypusher: Her son is just over three months old, so she (and her husband) may not be getting a lot of sleep these days.
Jan-14-17  dm1991: Interesting there's no Jeffrey Xiong hype going on. I am jumping into the hype train and i hope he'll end up in the A section next year. The only concern i have is he might be a bit too pragmatic. If there was only Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa i would then root for him.
Jan-14-17  nok: Smirin and Xiong must be the favorites.
Jan-14-17  Gryz: I suspect nobody will stand a chance against Jorden van Foreest.
Jan-14-17  N0B0DY: <Gryz: I suspect <nobody> will stand a chance against Jorden van Foreest.>

Your reasoning is most probably correct.

Jan-14-17  Phi: Great start for Ragger, beating the second highest rated player and reaching 2700 again.
Jan-14-17  WorstPlayerEver: Watch out for Bobby Cheng!
Jan-15-17  Imran Iskandar: Xiong bounces back, now all my favorites Xiong, van Foreest and Hansen are on 50%.
Jan-16-17  LuckyChucky: GJones and GawainJones in the table above must be a tag team. The partners are off to a good start. I keep watching out for Bobby Cheng but haven't caught him loitering around yet.
Jan-16-17  GlennOliver: I'm thinking of placing a bet on the outcome of the game -

G. Jones vs. Gawain Jones

One way or another, I expect Gawain to gain the full point.

Jan-16-17  waustad: That they haven't done anything about that Jones snafu doesn't surprise me. Have they lost interest?
Jan-17-17  schweigzwang: I don't understand why all the tournaments & sites can't key everything off of the FIDE ID numbers. If it's done correctly at the start, everybody downstream will be able to report accurate information too.
Jan-17-17  belgradegambit: Ragger doing his Bobby Fischer impression, 4 games, 4 wins.
Jan-17-17  ndg2: Markus on fire! I want to see this guy firmly established as a genuine 2700+.

For years now he was always close or oscillating around it. Maybe he can stabilize.

Jan-17-17  Mr. V: It's about time Ragger got an invitation to the Elite
Jan-17-17  fisayo123: To be fair, he's had a relatively easy start. Facing a WGM and the weakest grandmaster in the field is a very nice advantage to have in the first 4 games.
Jan-17-17  sonia91: The WGM is actually a GM-elect:
Jan-18-17  starry2013: This has been quite a bloodbath.

Sopiko is well outrated which makes the invite surprising.

Jan-18-17  sonia91: Sopiko <qualified> to this tournament by coming second in the Top Ten tournament last year in Wijk aan Zee, which was won by Vladimir Dobrov :

<The WGM is actually a GM-elect> and she is also the number 1 in the FIDE top girls list:

Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Xiong is down a rook :(
Jan-19-17  Mr. V: The Dutch have many young players: Robin Van Kampen, Benjamin Bok, Giri, Jorden van Foreest. Unfulfilled potential?
Jan-19-17  starry2013: Giri transferred across there, Van Wely is still probably the top ranked native.
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