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Tata Steel Challengers Tournament

Gawain Jones9/13(+7 -2 =4)[games]
Markus Ragger9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Jeffery Xiong8.5/13(+7 -3 =3)[games]
Eric Hansen8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Lu Shanglei8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Ilia Smirin8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Aryan Tari7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Erwin L'Ami7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Nils Grandelius7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Benjamin Bok5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Vladimir Dobrov4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[games]
Jorden van Foreest4/13(+2 -7 =4)[games]
Tingjie Lei3.5/13(+2 -8 =3)[games]
Sopiko Guramishvili1.5/13(+0 -10 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Challengers (2017)

The 2017 Tata Steel Challengers took place from 14-29 January in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. The 14-player single round-robin offered the winner an automatic place in the 2018 Tata Steel Masters. Austria's Markus Ragger was top seed, while 16-year-old World Junior Champion Jeffery Xiong from the USA was one of the players to watch. The time control was 100 minutes for 40 moves followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment per move from move 1. If two or more players tied for first place then a rapid or blitz playoff would be held. (1) Gawain Jones took first, winning the tiebreak against Markus Ragger, and qualified for Tata Steel Masters (2018).

Official site: Schedule and results:

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Jones 2665 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 9 2 Ragger 2697 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 3 Xiong 2667 1 0 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 8 4 Hansen 2603 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 8 5 Lu Shanglei 2612 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 8 6 Smirin 2667 1 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 8 7 Tari 2584 0 1 0 1 * 1 1 7 8 l'Ami 2605 * 0 1 1 7 9 Grandelius 2642 0 0 * 1 1 1 7 10 Bok 2608 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 5 11 Dobrov 2499 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 4 12 van Foreest 2612 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 4 13 Tingjie Lei 2467 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 3 14 Guramishvili 2370 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1

(1) Chess24: Tata Steel Challengers

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

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Jones vs N Grandelius  ½-½202017Tata Steel ChallengersC45 Scotch Game
2. S Guramishvili vs Lu Shanglei ½-½412017Tata Steel ChallengersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Smirin vs V Dobrov  ½-½342017Tata Steel ChallengersB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
4. B Bok vs Tingjie Lei 1-0402017Tata Steel ChallengersD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. M Ragger vs J Xiong 1-0412017Tata Steel ChallengersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. J van Foreest vs L'Ami 1-0402017Tata Steel ChallengersB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. A Tari vs E Hansen  ½-½492017Tata Steel ChallengersC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Lu Shanglei vs Smirin  0-1372017Tata Steel ChallengersA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Tingjie Lei vs M Ragger 0-1842017Tata Steel ChallengersE60 King's Indian Defense
10. J Xiong vs J van Foreest 1-0642017Tata Steel ChallengersE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. V Dobrov vs A Tari  ½-½402017Tata Steel ChallengersD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
12. N Grandelius vs L'Ami  ½-½372017Tata Steel ChallengersC07 French, Tarrasch
13. G Jones vs S Guramishvili 1-0352017Tata Steel ChallengersB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
14. E Hansen vs B Bok  ½-½262017Tata Steel ChallengersB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. L'Ami vs J Xiong  ½-½292017Tata Steel ChallengersD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. B Bok vs V Dobrov  0-1392017Tata Steel ChallengersB30 Sicilian
17. J van Foreest vs Tingjie Lei 0-1652017Tata Steel ChallengersB10 Caro-Kann
18. Smirin vs G Jones 1-0362017Tata Steel ChallengersC77 Ruy Lopez
19. M Ragger vs E Hansen 1-0242017Tata Steel ChallengersC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. S Guramishvili vs N Grandelius  0-1342017Tata Steel ChallengersB42 Sicilian, Kan
21. A Tari vs Lu Shanglei  0-1412017Tata Steel ChallengersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. E Hansen vs J van Foreest 1-0332017Tata Steel ChallengersB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
23. Lu Shanglei vs B Bok  1-0522017Tata Steel ChallengersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. V Dobrov vs M Ragger 0-1452017Tata Steel ChallengersA34 English, Symmetrical
25. G Jones vs A Tari  1-0572017Tata Steel ChallengersA48 King's Indian
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-23-17  Mr. V: <dumbgai> Because there aren't that many talented Dutch female players. Anne Haast, and then there's Sopiko whose husband plays for the Dutch federation. But that's not why she was invited, as stated earlier.
Jan-24-17  gopi11: This is getting interesting...
Jan-25-17  JohnBoy: Xiong catches the leaders at 7/10. Three rounds left.
Jan-25-17  fisayo123: Jeffery had a pretty tough start to this event with 3 blacks in his first 4 games but he's hitting his stride now. These things even out themselves eventually.
Jan-25-17  fisayo123: Pretty shocking performance so far from Van Foreest. I can't say I'm too surprised because I felt his 2612 rating overrated him a bit judging from what I've seen from his games. The fact that he's currently behind a no name Russian sub-2500 GM must be somewhat embarrassing for him.
Jan-25-17  sac 4 mate: <Jeffery had a pretty tough start to this event with 3 blacks in his first 4 games but he's hitting his stride now. These things even out themselves eventually.>

Indeed, he's won all his white games so far. He'll have a tough task on Friday against Smirin, however.

Jan-25-17  waustad: I couldn't find the tiebreak details if there is a tie for first. Who is elevated to the Masters section next year?
Jan-25-17  JohnBoy: Sopiko has an infant. That is always tougher on the mother than father. How much you want to bet she's the one getting up twice in the night to nurse the child.
Jan-25-17  dumbgai: And Hansen only a half point back. Come on, make me some chessbucks!
Jan-25-17  PhilFeeley: Go chessbrah!
Jan-27-17  JohnBoy: Xiong taking it to Smirin! First place and pressing.
Jan-27-17  belgradegambit: Xiong finishes 2 lower ranked opponents in Bok and Tari.
Jan-27-17  Imran Iskandar: Everything falling perfectly into place for Xiong it seems!
Jan-27-17  fisayo123: <belgradegambit> Yeah but two young, talented and dangerous opponents.

Jeffery just has to play normally and not try to be conservative as black in his next game vs Tari.

Jan-27-17  gopi11: USA's future board 4 is starting to flex his muscles!

Out of the top 100 players (rating wise), Jeffery Xiong is the only unrated rapid and blitz player. I wonder how strong his rapid/blitz game if he needs it?

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  Jambow: Xiong is moving rather quick... and as <gopi11> said USA future board 4 seems to be in our mix. Man it is amazing how fast the USA has become a force in chess and rather unexpected too. Rex Sinqufield certainly has had a role... Polgar deserves mention too.

Will USA be able to send two teams? I mean Shankland, Sevian and Robson are all very strong players. Maybe not world beaters but on any given day...

Well two rounds left and it isn't over yet, games to be won drawn or lost.

Jan-28-17  PhilFeeley: Sopiko might win her first game - against Eric Hansen :-(
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  ketchuplover: <Jambow> All chess players would like to repossess their pieces during games :)
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  Dionysius1: <JohnBoy> I bet Anish Giri is doing his share.
Jan-29-17  dumbgai: Sopiko manages to outdo Anne Haast's 2/13 from last year by scoring 1.5/13. Next year perhaps Tata Steel should consider inviting Mohamed Ali Dima to keep the progress going.
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  WannaBe: Tata wouldn't dare inviting me, I'd set all sort of (futility) records.
Jan-29-17  John Abraham: Sopiko might want to stop taking lessons from her husband about how to get drawn games, and instead try winning some. Seems like she wanted to draw all her games here but ended up losing many of them.
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  WorstPlayerEver: The trouble with the Dutch is they have no training program for their talents.
Jan-29-17  sonia91: Gawain Jones won on tiebreak and qualified for the 2018 Masters!
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  Dionysius1: Yay! Go Gawain!
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