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Unive Crown Group Tournament

Wesley So4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Robin van Kampen3/6(+1 -1 =4)[games]
Michael Adams3/6(+1 -1 =4)[games]
Loek van Wely1.5/6(+0 -3 =3)[games] Chess Event Description
Unive Crown Group (2013)

Double round robin played in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands 20-26 October, as part of the 17th Unive Chess Festival. Wesley So took clear first with a round to spare. TWIC: Report by Adams: Report by Peter Doggers (with photos): Crosstable: and

1 So ** ½½ 1½ 11 4½ 2 Adams ½½ ** 0½ ½1 3 3 Van Kampen 0½ 1½ ** ½½ 3 4 Van Wely 00 ½0 ½½ ** 1½

See also Unive Open (2013).

 page 1 of 1; 12 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W So vs Van Wely 1-0422013Unive Crown GroupE46 Nimzo-Indian
2. R van Kampen vs Adams 1-0512013Unive Crown GroupC16 French, Winawer
3. R van Kampen vs Van Wely  ½-½252013Unive Crown GroupB42 Sicilian, Kan
4. Adams vs W So ½-½442013Unive Crown GroupC67 Ruy Lopez
5. Van Wely vs Adams  ½-½372013Unive Crown GroupE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
6. W So vs R van Kampen 1-0432013Unive Crown GroupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Van Wely vs W So 0-1332013Unive Crown GroupD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Adams vs R van Kampen  ½-½342013Unive Crown GroupB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
9. Adams vs Van Wely 1-0542013Unive Crown GroupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. R van Kampen vs W So  ½-½582013Unive Crown GroupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
11. W So vs Adams ½-½212013Unive Crown GroupE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
12. Van Wely vs R van Kampen  ½-½452013Unive Crown GroupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  offramp: Unlive is what the Undead do all day long.
Oct-26-13  KingchecksQueen: I hope Wesley makes it to the top ten highest rated list anytime soon.
Oct-26-13  GlennOliver: Wesley So v. Micky Adams is a quick draw.
Oct-26-13  Kikoman: Congratulations! GM Wesley So! :D
Oct-26-13  fref: What are the tie-breaks used?
Oct-27-13  QueentakesKing: My $100-dollar question for Wesley is: Are you ready to kick Hikaru's ass?
Oct-27-13  kardopov: Not only that of Hikaru.
Oct-27-13  bien pensant: Disrespectful to say "kick his ass". Better just say kick his goat. The ass is a gentle animal.
Oct-27-13  geniokov: <QueentakesKing: My $100-dollar question for Wesley is: Are you ready to kick Hikaru's ass?> You know,in our country,We kick someone´s ass for pleasure! You can keep that 100$ Dollar for your bets.But since both Wesley and Hikaru knew each other,for sure Wesley will "kick his ass" for nothing! In short,FREE OF CHARGE! Lol!
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  HeMateMe: I'm not yet convinced. So beat Loek and beans, but not Adams, in this rather short event. Consistent, and congrats for doing well here, but W. So is going to be facing monsters every round at TaTa, A Group. I hope he does well there, it's always nice to see some new blood appear. I just don't think he should be overwhelmed by other's expectations of him.
Oct-27-13  SugarDom: Wesley will arrive at tata wielding 2 swords like spartacus hehe
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  HeMateMe: Well, he may need them. Kramnik, Carlsen and Aronian are somewhat different than Van Kamp and Loek Wely.
Oct-28-13  fgh: <Kramnik, Carlsen and Aronian are somewhat different than Van Kamp and Loek Wely.>

Kramnik and Carlsen won't be playing in TATA next year, and neither will Anand, for that matter.

Oct-28-13  Refused: <fgh: <Kramnik, Carlsen and Aronian are somewhat different than Van Kamp and Loek Wely.> Kramnik and Carlsen won't be playing in TATA next year, and neither will Anand, for that matter.>

One of them might.


1. Aronian

2. Nakamura

3. Caruana

4. Gelfand

5. Karjakin

6. Dominguez

7. Giri

8. Naiditsch

9. So

10. van Wely

11. Rapport

As you can see, those are just eleven players, and the A Tournament consists of twelve players. That means one spot is still open. Kramnik will probably not play it, because it's not his tournament. As he put it. My guess is, the last invitation will go to the winner of Anand-Carlsen. Or do you have a more solid intel on the last participant?

Oct-28-13  iking: i hope Carlsen will play ....
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  HeMateMe: I would guess both WC participants will be exhausted. I think stunt casting to Judit Polgar or, more likely a top Russian or Ukrainian.
Oct-28-13  csmath: Yup, it looks like they are waiting for somebody from Anand-Carlsen match to play, probably (new) world champion. If not then they will likely add another Dutch player.

Anand-Carlsen match will be over by the end of November (closing ceremony Nov 28) meaning that (new) world champion would have more than a month to recover from the match which is by the way not that long anyway. Tata Steel starts January 10, 2014. Thus participation in Tata Steel is quite possible.

Wesley So's main job should be to complete semester now. If he fails to complete his undergraduate studies he will not find any job in the US and to count on professional chess career is not a very smart thing to do.

Oct-29-13  Nina Myers: So's play wasn't so impressive, but his opponents played a sight worse.
Oct-29-13  epistle: Prrrfffpppttt.

Excuse my air, it just got out of prison.

Oct-29-13  iking: <Nina Myers: So's play wasn't so impressive, but his opponents played a sight worse.>

when did you made a positive comment <NM>? ... alot of green air from u

Oct-29-13  Strongest Force: Congrats to Wes and fans. It must have been like a wet dream to certain fans :)
Nov-03-13  iking: yuck ...
Nov-03-13  SugarDom: Prrpptppt...pptrp

i think thats more than air nina

Nov-09-13  Nina Myers: You can't face the truth, can you?
Nov-29-13  evlozare: <heMM>- "i am not yet convinced". <ninaM>- "not so impressive".

i say a 2875 RP is enough.

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