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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 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L'Ami vs M Admiraal  1-0342016Tata Steel ChallengersD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. B Adhiban vs N Abasov  1-0352016Tata Steel ChallengersE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
3. Nisipeanu vs N Batsiashvili 1-0492016Tata Steel ChallengersD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. A Dreev vs B Bok 1-0452016Tata Steel ChallengersD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
5. E Safarli vs S Sevian 1-0552016Tata Steel ChallengersA15 English
6. B Bok vs L'Ami  1-0382016Tata Steel ChallengersA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
7. A Dreev vs A Haast 1-0542016Tata Steel ChallengersD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. M Antipov vs J van Foreest 1-0302016Tata Steel ChallengersB50 Sicilian
9. J van Foreest vs S Sevian 1-0252016Tata Steel ChallengersB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. S Sevian vs N Abasov 1-0412016Tata Steel ChallengersC67 Ruy Lopez
11. N Batsiashvili vs M Admiraal  1-0452016Tata Steel ChallengersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. B Adhiban vs A Haast 1-0312016Tata Steel ChallengersD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. M Admiraal vs S Sevian 1-0542016Tata Steel ChallengersB83 Sicilian
14. B Adhiban vs A Dreev 1-0242016Tata Steel ChallengersD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. E Safarli vs M Antipov 1-0222016Tata Steel ChallengersC12 French, McCutcheon
16. A Haast vs N Batsiashvili 1-0202016Tata Steel ChallengersC70 Ruy Lopez
17. S Sevian vs A Haast  1-0372016Tata Steel ChallengersC78 Ruy Lopez
18. N Abasov vs Ju Wenjun  1-0622016Tata Steel ChallengersA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
19. B Adhiban vs E Safarli 1-0622016Tata Steel ChallengersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Dreev vs N Batsiashvili  1-0332016Tata Steel ChallengersD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Ju Wenjun vs M Admiraal  1-0412016Tata Steel ChallengersD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. J van Foreest vs B Bok  1-0392016Tata Steel ChallengersB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. M Admiraal vs A Haast  1-0412016Tata Steel ChallengersC54 Giuoco Piano
24. B Bok vs Ju Wenjun 1-0372016Tata Steel ChallengersE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
25. E Safarli vs J van Foreest 1-0622016Tata Steel ChallengersC16 French, Winawer
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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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