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Tata Steel Masters Tournament

Wesley So9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Magnus Carlsen8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Levon Aronian7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Wei Yi7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Pavel Eljanov7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Anish Giri6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna6/13(+1 -2 =10)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin6/13(+1 -2 =10)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi5/13(+0 -3 =10)[games]
Richard Rapport4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[games]
Loek van Wely3.5/13(+1 -7 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Masters (2017)

The 2017 Tata Steel Masters took place from 14-29 January. It was the 79th edition of the tournament; the format was a 14-player single round-robin featuring five top-10 players, including Magnus Carlsen and his previous challenger, Sergey Karjakin. Besides the traditional venue in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, rounds were played in the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam (19 January), and De Philharmonie in Haarlem (25 January). Time control: 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 more minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. If two or more players tied for first place then a rapid or blitz playoff would be held, though the monetary prizes would be shared evenly. Chief organizer: Jeroen van den Berg. Chief arbiter: Pavel Votruba.

Wesley So placed first with 9/13, a full point ahead of world champion Carlsen.

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 So 2808 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 9 2 Carlsen 2840 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 8 3 Adhiban 2653 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 7½ 4 Aronian 2780 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 7½ 5 Wei Yi 2704 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 7½ 6 Karjakin 2785 ½ ½ 0 1 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 7 7 Eljanov 2755 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7 8 Giri 2773 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 6½ 9 Harikrishna 2766 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 6 10 Andreikin 2736 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 11 Wojtaszek 2750 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 6 12 Nepomniachtchi 2767 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 5 13 Rapport 2702 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 4½ 14 Van Wely 2695 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 3½

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Previous: Tata Steel Masters (2016). Next: Tata Steel Masters (2018). See also Tata Steel Challengers (2017)

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. So vs Carlsen ½-½332017Tata Steel MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Eljanov vs Rapport 1-0412017Tata Steel MastersA04 Reti Opening
3. Harikrishna vs Aronian ½-½492017Tata Steel MastersC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
4. B Adhiban vs Van Wely ½-½612017Tata Steel MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. Karjakin vs Giri ½-½352017Tata Steel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Wojtaszek vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½312017Tata Steel MastersD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
7. D Andreikin vs Wei Yi ½-½552017Tata Steel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
8. Giri vs So ½-½432017Tata Steel MastersD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
9. Harikrishna vs B Adhiban 1-0432017Tata Steel MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Van Wely vs Eljanov 0-1442017Tata Steel MastersE15 Queen's Indian
11. Aronian vs Wei Yi  ½-½352017Tata Steel MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Rapport vs Karjakin ½-½302017Tata Steel MastersA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
13. Nepomniachtchi vs D Andreikin ½-½212017Tata Steel MastersC45 Scotch Game
14. Carlsen vs Wojtaszek 1-0442017Tata Steel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Eljanov vs Harikrishna ½-½422017Tata Steel MastersA34 English, Symmetrical
16. B Adhiban vs Aronian  ½-½382017Tata Steel MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. So vs Rapport 1-0482017Tata Steel MastersE17 Queen's Indian
18. D Andreikin vs Carlsen ½-½272017Tata Steel MastersE10 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Wei Yi vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0752017Tata Steel MastersB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Wojtaszek vs Giri ½-½412017Tata Steel MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Karjakin vs Van Wely 1-0502017Tata Steel MastersB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
22. B Adhiban vs Eljanov 0-1562017Tata Steel MastersE12 Queen's Indian
23. Rapport vs Wojtaszek ½-½522017Tata Steel MastersB58 Sicilian
24. Van Wely vs So 0-1432017Tata Steel MastersA06 Reti Opening
25. Giri vs D Andreikin ½-½412017Tata Steel MastersC45 Scotch Game
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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Feb-26-17  gokusano: Silly <unsyame> laughing at his own error. Just recall your post of not so long ago. And please take the plank off your eyes, silly boy, hehehe.
Feb-26-17  gokusano: Remember this <To his credit, he remains optimist>? Madalian ba? Hehehe...
Mar-03-17  NaunsyamengPangarap: <professor gokusano: Remember this <To his credit, he remains optimist>? Madalian ba? Hehehe...>

Well, here's copy and paste enthusiast Pulo y gata:

<July 15 ,2016 Pulo "This game officially makes Nakamura a hobbit, didn't it">

Correct or incorrect?


Mar-03-17  NaunsyamengPangarap: I called it:

<joeyj: "In fact, because of my leadership in NCFP, a Filipino is now number two in the world in chess. We should be proud of that achievement," Pichay said.

hahaha .>

Mar-04-17  Pulo y Gata: This was how it was called back then:

<Is there someone you would thank for your chess successes? I would like to thank our president of the chess federation, Mr.Prospero Pichay, who has helped me a lot in recent years! >

Mar-04-17  iking: < NaunsyamengPangarap: <professor gokusano: Remember this <To his credit, he remains optimist>? Madalian ba? Hehehe...> Well, here's copy and paste enthusiast Pulo y gata:

<July 15 ,2016 Pulo "This game officially makes Nakamura a hobbit, didn't it">

Correct or incorrect?

LOL!!!> ... <pulo> shrinks.

Mar-04-17  wordfunph: He leaks his wounds, more likely.
Mar-04-17  iking: <tutti> is from the east ...
Mar-07-17  tuttifrutty: <<tutti> is from the east ...>

Yes Sir, I am from the east was evident from the fact that I was in the knowledge in the forthcoming of Wesley...the chess messiah, and that I knew of his advent by the brilliant games he displayed in the very eyes of believers and non believers alike...and that Sir is the truth and nothing but the....

Mar-07-17  tuttifrutty: <Shamkir (April 20-30)
So, Kramnik, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Adams, Harikrishna, Eljanov, Wojtaszek, Topalov>

Hmmmmm.....Where the heck is Magnus??? Is he avoiding Wesley?

You tell me.

Mar-16-17  chessalem: < Mr.Prospero Pichay, who has helped me a lot>

now it can be told...straight from the veggies mouth...his past actions were intended for his own he claims credit for Wesley's no. 2 position in the world...he may be right after all...wesley left NCFP because of his abandonment of Wesley at the time he needed him most...(he only needs to write a letter of recommendation to Babalu to officially recognize Wesley's universiade exploit...which he did not..the main reason why Wesley moved to the USCF...the change of habitat did well to catapult Wesley to no. 2 spot...Kudos to pichay for his non action...he deserves a medal- i.e. a rope to hang around his neck.

In other news, Wesley scored 4-0 against his former Webster teammates to move his team to the semi finals of the pro chess league...See his games here:

4 days ago
My favorite chess player is you. You is stronger than Carlsen. You is the next world champion. You can beat Carlsen 10-0 !!!

13 hrs ago
Greatest chess Player who never won a world Championship, but that can change real quick!

Mar-16-17  cro777: Will Wesley So really shine this year?

According to Frank 'Boy' Pestaño, "most experts don't expect Wesley So to continue his unprecedented no loss performance in 60 games against elite players this year".

Mar-16-17  chessalem: <Wesley scored 4-0 >

that brings his total score to 26 out of 28 in the pro chess league or a rating performance that is off the chart.

meanwhile, magnus blunders like there is no tomorrow.

he i<s o>nly WC in paper...

the real champ i<s> de fact<o>...

His name i<s> all <o>ver the place..

Mar-16-17  cro777: On the other hand, for American Chess Magazine there is no limit to what Wesley So can achieve:

Mar-19-17  tuttifrutty: <the real champ i<s> de fact<o>...

His name i<s> all <o>ver the place..>

I agree...

Go Wesley <Chess Messiah> So!

Mar-22-17  chessalem: Performance Rating

# Name Team Perf
1 So, Wesley Saint Louis Archbishops 2866
2 Li Chao Montreal ChessBrahs 2859
3 Carlsen, Magnus Norway Gnomes 2781
4 Jones, Gawain London Towers 2778
5 Robson, Ray Webster Windmills 2770
6 Dominguez Perez, Leinier Miami Champions 2747 7 Meier, Georg Stockholm Snowballs 2699
8 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar San Jose Hackers 2696 9 Vachier Lagrave, Maxime Marseille Migraines 2670 10 Xiong, Jeffery Dallas Destiny 2666
11 Li, Ruifeng Dallas Destiny 2659
12 Khachiyan, Melik San Diego Surfers 2658
13 Van Wely, Loek Amsterdam Mosquitoes 2656
14 Shaposhnikov, Evgeny Gorky Stormbringers 2655 15 Gozzoli, Yannick Marseille Migraines


May-01-17  The Boomerang: " chessalem: A legend was reduced to an amateur by his own admission: Kasparov tweeted: "My game against Wesley reminded me of a game of Morphy vs an amateur...I was the amateur""

Bit of tongue i cheek from Garry. Out of practice Garry who easily got 2 winning positions against So and blundered one away. And yes that win was nice but a bit overrated.

May-01-17  The Boomerang: "Hmmmmm.....Where the heck is Magnus??? Is he avoiding Wesley?

You tell me."

No need for Magnus when his client handled SO nicely lol...

Yeah he's avoiding SO like the plague...given all his losses to SO...

May-01-17  The Boomerang: " chessalem: <know the story> the family favors education over chess.

Q: So did you talk to Wesley about becoming a full time professional chess player?

LS: Yes, but only after he graduates from Webster University. We had hoped it did not mean that he would give up his education. No matter how good he is as a chess professional, it cannot replace education and a university degree. All of us encouraged him to stay in school. He still has so much to learn.

Wesley would prefer chess over education.

Lotis Key and her husband, Renato Kabigting, took So, a 21-year-old Filipino, into their home last October after So decided to drop out of Webster University in suburban St. Louis, where he had a chess scholarship. He had just won the $100,000 first prize at the inaugural Millionaire Chess Open, and he wanted to pursue a chess career full time.

The decision to drop out did not sit well with So’s mother, with whom he’s had a difficult relationship since at least his midteens, when his parents and siblings moved from the Philippines to Canada. So stayed behind.

According to Key, So’s mother and aunt came to St. Louis and contacted So minutes after his arrival at a hotel. Key said they began, in strident encounters over the course of several days, to insist that he return to college or face losing complete contact with his family, including his sisters. At one point, So’s mother and aunt confronted him outside the chess club after his game, trying to grab his arm and yelling at him when he wouldn’t go with them to talk, according to Key and So. That led to an apology by So to the club for the scene, and a request that the mother and aunt be banned from the tournament site."

Absolutely would think he was joining a motorcycle gang the way she was carring on.

Let the guy live his life.

May-02-17  The Boomerang: " chessalem: <Wesley scored 4-0 > that brings his total score to 26 out of 28 in the pro chess league or a rating performance that is off the chart.

meanwhile, magnus blunders like there is no tomorrow.

he i<s o>nly WC in paper...

the real champ i<s> de fact<o>...

His name i<s> all <o>ver the place."

Hey is that the same Magnus that crushed SO in the pro chesa league? Or a different Magnus?

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  perfidious: <The Boomerang....Hey is that the same Magnus that crushed SO in the pro (chess) league? Or a different Magnus?>

Must be an impostor--a computer had to have ginned up those moves which despatched the world number two in short order.

Oct-19-17  diagonal: <Two five-time winners in Tata Steel Masters in 80th edition in 2018:

World Champion Magnus Carlsen, and former World Champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik as well as Hou Yifan will participate in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2018.

Both Carlsen and Anand have won the Tata Steel Chess Tournament a record five times. They will face Wesley So (the title defender from TATA Steel 2017), Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhryar Mamedyarov, Anish Giri or Gawain Jones who has been promoted from the Tata Steel Challengers, which he won this year in Wijk aan Zee.

The 80th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament (14 players) will take place in Wijk aan Zee from 12 – 28 January 2018.

Jeroen van den Berg, director of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament: “The 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament looks set to become a beautiful jubilee event.">

Feb-19-18  morfishine: Hey <tuttyfruity> FWIW, I have you and that other idiotic moron <overgod> on ignore, just where you belong, in that trash pile of irrelevancy lol


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  perfidious: <morf>, I'll sign that--on both counts!
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: A double pleasure to have these two individuals on ignore.
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