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Tata Steel Challengers Tournament

Baskaran Adhiban9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Eltaj Safarli9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Aleksey Dreev9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Benjamin Bok7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Mikhail Antipov7/13(+5 -4 =4)[games]
Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Jorden van Foreest6.5/13(+5 -5 =3)[games]
Nijat Abasov6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Erwin L'Ami6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Samuel Sevian6.5/13(+5 -5 =3)[games]
Ju Wenjun6/13(+4 -5 =4)[games]
Nino Batsiashvili5/13(+3 -6 =4)[games]
Miguoel Admiraal4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Anne Haast2/13(+2 -11 =0)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Challengers (2016)

Played 16-31 January in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. Crosstable ( :

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Adhiban 2653 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 9 2 Safarli 2653 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 3 Dreev 2644 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 4 Bok 2607 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 7 5 Antipov 2567 0 0 * 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 7 6 Nisipeanu 2679 * 1 0 6 7 Van Foreest 2541 1 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 0 0 1 6 8 Abasov 2556 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 6 9 L'Ami 2627 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 6 10 Sevian 2578 0 0 1 0 1 0 * 1 1 0 1 6 11 Ju Wenjun 2548 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 * 1 1 6 12 Batsiashvili 2485 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 1 0 5 13 Admiraal 2441 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 4 14 Haast 2391 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 2

Baskaran Adhiban edged out Safarli and Dreev on tiebreak and qualified for Tata Steel Masters (2017).

Previous edition: Tata Steel Challengers (2015). Next: Tata Steel Challengers (2017). See also Tata Steel Masters (2016).

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 27  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Haast vs J van Foreest  0-1372016Tata Steel ChallengersB56 Sicilian
2. M Antipov vs Ju Wenjun 0-1372016Tata Steel ChallengersB40 Sicilian
3. A Haast vs M Antipov 0-1492016Tata Steel ChallengersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Ju Wenjun vs A Dreev 0-1472016Tata Steel ChallengersA07 King's Indian Attack
5. M Admiraal vs B Adhiban  0-1432016Tata Steel ChallengersC50 Giuoco Piano
6. J van Foreest vs N Batsiashvili 0-1602016Tata Steel ChallengersA80 Dutch
7. N Batsiashvili vs S Sevian  0-1582016Tata Steel ChallengersE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
8. B Bok vs E Safarli 0-1732016Tata Steel ChallengersE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. A Haast vs L'Ami  0-1672016Tata Steel ChallengersC45 Scotch Game
10. M Antipov vs A Dreev 0-1462016Tata Steel ChallengersB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. N Abasov vs N Batsiashvili  0-1592016Tata Steel ChallengersA06 Reti Opening
12. Ju Wenjun vs B Adhiban 0-1462016Tata Steel ChallengersE10 Queen's Pawn Game
13. L'Ami vs M Antipov 0-1542016Tata Steel ChallengersE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
14. J van Foreest vs N Abasov  0-1752016Tata Steel ChallengersB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. A Haast vs E Safarli 0-1312016Tata Steel ChallengersC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
16. Nisipeanu vs A Haast 0-1342016Tata Steel ChallengersC53 Giuoco Piano
17. L'Ami vs J van Foreest  0-1612016Tata Steel ChallengersD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Ju Wenjun vs S Sevian 0-1492016Tata Steel ChallengersE60 King's Indian Defense
19. N Batsiashvili vs M Antipov  0-1692016Tata Steel ChallengersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. B Adhiban vs J van Foreest 0-1412016Tata Steel ChallengersD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. M Admiraal vs B Bok  0-1332016Tata Steel ChallengersB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
22. A Haast vs N Abasov 0-1372016Tata Steel ChallengersC70 Ruy Lopez
23. M Antipov vs S Sevian  0-1402016Tata Steel ChallengersC50 Giuoco Piano
24. S Sevian vs A Dreev 0-1722016Tata Steel ChallengersB12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. J van Foreest vs Ju Wenjun 0-1442016Tata Steel ChallengersC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
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  paavoh: <...escaping his natural position at the bottom...>

Conclusions drawn only from current ratings be damned, look at the experience too. Despite the slip today.

I wonder if any one in the Group B will accumulate a resume comparable to Dreev, not even Nisipeanu comes close.

Jan-23-16  Mr. V: Why would anyone predict Dreev to finish at the bottom? He's one of the rating favorites.
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  GerMalaz: I think he was playing on last names, not rating.
Jan-24-16  Imran Iskandar: Anne Haast has avoided a reverse Caruana, thankfully! Not that it makes her situation much better.
Jan-24-16  waustad: And now today's first winner is Anne Haast.
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  WannaBe: Ms Haast's on a roll!!
Jan-25-16  waustad: Bok turns 21 today. I have no idea what laws are like in the Netherlands. The closest I've been was visiting Luxembourg briefly in the 1970s, but it is a big deal many places.
Jan-26-16  gokusano: Woweee! All decisive games for Haast! Don't she know that a draw is a half point?
Jan-26-16  epistle: Her combativeness will get her a lot of invites to top tournaments from hereon.
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  paavoh: <I think he was playing on last names, not rating> That's right! Only now I see that three of those with a double vowel in their last name were at the bottom, and by extension, Dreev should have been there too. I, of all people, should have seen this sooner :-)
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  alexmagnus: <hat's right! Only now I see that three of those with a double vowel in their last name were at the bottom, and by extension, Dreev should have been there too.>

Dreev's protection was the <pronunciation> of his last name. In "Haast", "Admiraal", "Foreest" you actually have long vowels. In "Dreev", there is an unwritten "y" sound between the first and the second "e". :)

Jan-26-16  Mr. V: Ah, I see. Such humor is far too subtle for my American attention span [suddenly slips on a banana peel].
Jan-26-16  waustad: <paavoh> For the lowest rated player to have 2 wins, including one against Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, is a good showing. She's paired up, often by a lot every round.
Jan-27-16  dumbgai: I miss the 3-group format of this tournament. The B group used to be a very strong tournament with mostly 2600+ GMs and sometimes 2700. Look at 2010, for instance: Corus Group B (2010). Or 2009: Corus Group B (2009).

Those tournaments each had several players that could be somewhat competitive in the A group. In this year's lineup, all but maybe a couple would get absolutely clobbered in the A group.

Jan-28-16  JohnBoy: Sevian is doing quite well - certainly playing beyond his rating.
Jan-28-16  belgradegambit: Yes, after a very slow start Sevian starting to pile up wins.
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  perfidious: It may well be rough sledding when the lad faces Dreev and Adhiban, though.
Jan-29-16  JohnBoy: Indeed, <perf>. Looks like Dreev was kind of a brick wall for the kid.
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  WannaBe: If Dreev and Adhiban end in a tie score, Adhiban would win on head-to-head tie breaker.
Jan-29-16  Mr. V: Yes, but the top two will likely both get invited to the Tata Steel A Group next year.

Furthermore, it looks like Dreev might have it easier with his schedule the last 2 games.

Jan-29-16  Mr. V: Unfortunately for my guy, Safarli will have to face Nisipeanu with Black. His chances of even getting 2nd place look slim :(
Jan-29-16  Mr. V: My mistake, Safarli will have White against Nisipeanu.
Jan-30-16  JohnBoy: Sevian has come to a complete halt - and has to face Adhiban. Good luck!
Jan-30-16  dumbgai: Haast is 12/12 at decisive games. Unfortunately for her, most of those haven't gone her way.
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  Penguincw: < dumbgai: Haast is 12/12 at decisive games. >

Wow, impressive. Much better than Nisipeanu, who's only 2/12 (j/k).

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