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Tata Steel Challengers Tournament

Wei Yi10.5/13(+8 -0 =5)[games]
David Navara10/13(+7 -0 =6)[games]
Samuel Shankland9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Robin van Kampen8.5/13(+7 -3 =3)[games]
A R Saleh Salem7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Samuel Sevian7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Vladimir Potkin7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Erwin L'Ami6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Valentina Gunina5/13(+3 -6 =4)[games]
Bart Michiels4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[games]
David Klein4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Anne Haast4/13(+2 -7 =4)[games]
Ari Dale3.5/13(+0 -6 =7)[games]
Jan Timman3/13(+1 -8 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Challengers (2015)

Played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands 10-25 January 2015. Crosstable ( :

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Wei Yi 2675 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 2 Navara 2729 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 3 Shankland 2652 * 1 1 1 1 1 9 4 Van Kampen 2615 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 5 Salem 2603 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 7 6 Sevian 2511 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 7 7 Potkin 2608 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 7 8 L'Ami 2613 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 6 9 Gunina 2538 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 0 0 1 5 10 Michiels 2563 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 4 11 Klein 2517 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 4 12 Haast 2352 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 4 13 Dale 2291 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 3 14 Timman 2593 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 3

The winner Wei Yi qualified for Tata Steel Masters (2016).

Previous edition: Tata Steel Challengers (2014). Next: Tata Steel Challengers (2016). See also Tata Steel Masters (2015).

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Shankland vs Wei Yi  ½-½302015Tata Steel ChallengersD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
2. A R Saleh Salem vs Potkin  ½-½492015Tata Steel ChallengersE12 Queen's Indian
3. R van Kampen vs S Sevian 1-0592015Tata Steel ChallengersC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. B Michiels vs V Gunina  ½-½632015Tata Steel ChallengersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Timman vs D Klein  ½-½552015Tata Steel ChallengersE70 King's Indian
6. Navara vs L'Ami  ½-½492015Tata Steel ChallengersA35 English, Symmetrical
7. A Dale vs A Haast ½-½502015Tata Steel ChallengersA65 Benoni, 6.e4
8. V Gunina vs A R Saleh Salem 1-0462015Tata Steel ChallengersE81 King's Indian, Samisch
9. Wei Yi vs Potkin 1-0362015Tata Steel ChallengersC11 French
10. S Shankland vs A Dale ½-½472015Tata Steel ChallengersB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. L'Ami vs Timman  ½-½372015Tata Steel ChallengersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. D Klein vs R van Kampen  ½-½222015Tata Steel ChallengersC45 Scotch Game
13. S Sevian vs B Michiels 0-1912015Tata Steel ChallengersC11 French
14. A Haast vs Navara 0-1422015Tata Steel ChallengersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. B Michiels vs D Klein 0-1512015Tata Steel ChallengersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. R van Kampen vs L'Ami  ½-½672015Tata Steel ChallengersC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
17. Potkin vs V Gunina 1-0272015Tata Steel ChallengersA27 English, Three Knights System
18. A Dale vs Wei Yi ½-½302015Tata Steel ChallengersE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
19. Navara vs S Shankland  ½-½322015Tata Steel ChallengersC11 French
20. Timman vs A Haast 0-1302015Tata Steel ChallengersD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. A R Saleh Salem vs S Sevian ½-½452015Tata Steel ChallengersD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. S Shankland vs Timman  ½-½552015Tata Steel ChallengersC18 French, Winawer
23. A Haast vs R van Kampen 0-1362015Tata Steel ChallengersC00 French Defense
24. A Dale vs Navara 0-1372015Tata Steel ChallengersE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
25. D Klein vs A R Saleh Salem  0-1422015Tata Steel ChallengersB50 Sicilian
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-24-15  Baron Harkonnen: <Playing the Sicilian against him is suicidal.>

Absolutely..We all know he's a freak and a Sicilian expert. And people keep on going..

Bad for them :-)

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  chancho: Reminds me of what they said about playing the Sicilian against the late, great Paul Keres.

It was sicilicide.

Jan-24-15  Baron Harkonnen: <Kanatahodets: <HeMateMe: magnus has to be watching the kid. He could emerge as a true challenger, in about seven years> 3-4 years>

Next year will be his breakthrough at super elite tourneys. And my hint is that he will adapt fast than most newcomers and will not going to fade away.

Jan-24-15  notyetagm: <chancho: Wei Yi, what a talent! < e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qf3 Ne5 8. Qg3 h5 9. O-O-O h4 10. Qh3 b5 11. f4 Nc4 12. Bxc4 Qxc4 13. f5 Bb7 14. Rhf1 e5 15. Nb3 Qc7 16. Kb1 Rc8 17. f6 Nxf6 18. Rxf6 gxf6 19. Bb6 Qc6 20. Na5 Qe6 21. Nxb7 Rb8 22. Nd5 Rxb7 23. Qc3 Qc6 24. Nxf6+ Ke7 25. Bd8+ Ke6 26. Qh3# 1-0>>

Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015


Jan-24-15  bennyvsfischer: thats was a tough one for timman...
Jan-24-15  fisayo123: Navara could only draw vs Sevian. All Wei Yi needs to at least tie for joint first place is a draw tomorrow vs Saleh.
Jan-24-15  belgradegambit: Good day for the Americans today. Shank wins and young Sevian holds Navara to a draw with Black. Impressive!
Jan-24-15  dumbgai: Wei Yi should make a quick draw with Salem tomorrow. Save some strength for Gibraltar and lock up next year's invite, if Salem will allow it.
Jan-24-15  FairyPromotion: <dumbgai: Wei Yi should make a quick draw with Salem tomorrow. Save some strength for Gibraltar and lock up next year's invite, if Salem will allow it.>

With a win he gets his rating to 2700. I don't expect him to back down!

Jan-24-15  FairyPromotion: <fisayo123: All Wei Yi needs to at least tie for joint first place is a draw tomorrow vs Saleh.> Actually Wei has already secured finishing on joint first place. Next year he'll be at masters group, but I wouldn't be surprised if he gets some invitations to other top events during this year.
Jan-24-15  MarkFinan: As good as Wei Yi is ,that was his opponent playing pretty awful today. He always seems to castle queen side in these Sicilians though, at least the games I've seen.
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  Penguincw: With Navara drawing today, Wei Yi is guaranteed to finish in a share of first place, at least.

Tomorrow, Wei Yi faces Saleh while Navara faces the other David, David Klein (both podium finishers have black). I don't think finishing in sole or shared first makes a difference, but what if it does?

Wei Yi might want to push for a win, but there's also the off chance of overpushing and losing. Then, Navara might win, and there's a tie.

But again, Wei Yi will likely want to settle for a draw (but obviously win if he gets the chance) and perhaps try to join the 2700 club in the first few rounds at Gibraltar.

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  Penguincw: Navara has won to tie with Wei Yi, who is still playing. However, Wei Yi is currently in a drawn endgame, so he's still likely to take the tournament.
Jan-25-15  chessmoron: It's over. Wei Yi has done it. Congrats.
Jan-25-15  dumbgai: Shankland had an undefeated +5 and gained 9 rating points.
Jan-25-15  belgradegambit: 5 wins pretty good performance for Sevian.
Jan-25-15  dumbgai: Ari Dale actually had the 2nd best performance relative to rating. He overperformed by 116 Elo points (2291 rating, 2407 TPR). When someone finishes a winless -6 and still gains a bunch of rating points, I think it's fair to say that they probably didn't belong.

Yes I know he qualified via the amateur tourney.

Jan-25-15  Nf8: <Yes I know he [Ari Dale] qualified via the amateur tourney>

Well, when they had 3 groups the winner of this tournament used to qualify to the C Group...

Jan-25-15  zakkzheng: Two winners from this tourney: Wei Yi is one for sure, another one is Sevian Samuel.
Jan-25-15  zakkzheng: The meaning of Wei's first name, Yi, is "playing chess". Very interesting.
Jan-25-15  siamesedream: Congtatulations to GM Wei Yi for winning Tata Challengers 2015.
Jan-25-15  fisayo123: <siamesedream> Congratulations to GM Wei Yi for <destroying> Tata Challengers 2015.
Jan-25-15  mrandersson: Shame for Timman but we all have bad tournys sometimes. Like The Doors said

The old get old and the young gets stronger.

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  MissScarlett: <
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.>
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  LucB: Wow, Navara and Shankland did quite well also!

<zakkzheng: The meaning of Wei's first name, Yi, is "playing chess". Very interesting.>

Really? I thought 'Yi' meant 'one' in Mandarin:

'must be a different tone then..

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