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Wijk aan Zee 2010 (1)

Caution from the favourites on Day 1

Van Wely beat Nigel Short in Round 1. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

Van Wely beat Nigel Short in Round 1. Photo © Michiel Abeln. | http://chess.co.uk/twic

With most of the favourites having black on day one the was a lot of caution about. Nigel Short was gradually deprived of counterplay and then beaten on the queenside by Loek Van Wely and Alexei Shirov won as black against Peter Leko, grinding him down in 64 moves. Photos and annotations by Michiel Abeln.

All eyes were on Magnus Carlsen at the start of the first round of the Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee. The way his game went pretty much set the tone for the day. It ended in a pretty dull draw as did 5 of the 7 games.

Sergei Tiviakov vs Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

Sergei Tiviakov has a pretty well thought out repertoire and it is very hard even for a stronger player to outplay him as black. Carlsen equalised but a pretty sterile position resulted and it was drawn in 26.

Micheil Abeln annotates a number of the the games from the Wijk aan Zee pressroom.

Tiviakov,Sergei - Carlsen,Magnus [C77]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 16.01.2010
[Abeln, Michiel]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Bd6 6.c3 0-0 7.d3 Re8 8.Bg5 b5 9.Bb3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.Nbd2 Nc6 12.Nf1 Be7 13.Ne3 d6 14.0-0 Be6 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Bb3 Rb8

[An alternative for black was 16...Bxb3 17.axb3 a5]

17.Rfd1 Qd7 18.Bd5 Bd8

[18...Ne7 19.Bxe6 Qxe6 20.b3 d5 21.c4 is a bit better for white]

19.a4

[immediately 19.Qc2 is also an option, but black is just very solid, e.g.: 19...Bb6]

19...bxa4

Magnus Carlsen

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Sergei Tiviakov

Position after 19...bxa4

normally a bit risky, but here it doesn't get very exciting

20.Qc2 Na5 21.Qxa4 Qxa4 22.Rxa4 Rxb2 23.Nd2 Bc7 24.Ndc4 Rb5 25.Bxe6 fxe6 26.Nxd6 Bxd6 27.c4 Rb6 1/2-1/2

Sergei Tiviakov vs Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

World Champion Viswanathan Anand also had black and he played a Ruy Lopez againsts Sergey Karjakin. There was a quite interesting battle which led the the exchange of pieces but running pawns for both sides. The position remained more or less level even after Radjabov made things slightly hard for himself after 30.c5? In the end a Queen and Pawn ending resulted where although Anand was a pawn up the prospects of winning were pretty close to zero and he admitted afterwards he couldn't be bothered to try.

Karjakin,Sergey - Anand,Viswanathan [C78]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 16.01.2010
[Abeln, Michiel]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.a4 Rb8 9.d4 Bb6 10.axb5 axb5 11.Na3 0-0 12.Nxb5 Bg4 13.Bc2 exd4 14.Nbxd4 Nxd4 15.cxd4 Bxf3 16.gxf3 Nh5 17.Kh1

[17.Ra4 Qh4 18.Be3 Ra8 19.b3 Nf4 20.Kh1 Ne6 21.Rg1 Qf6 22.d5 Bxe3 23.fxe3 Nc5 24.Qa1 Qxa1 25.Raxa1 Rfb8 26.Kg2 Kf8 27.Kf2 Ke7 28.Ke2 g6 29.Rxa8 Rxa8 30.Kd2 Ra2 31.Kc3 Nd7 32.h3 Ne5 33.f4 Nf3 34.Rc1 Nh4 35.Kd3 Kd7 36.Ke2 f6 37.Kd3 h6 38.Bd1 Kd8 39.Bg4 h5 40.Be6 Rb2 41.Kc3 Re2 42.Kd3 Rb2 43.Kc3 Re2 44.Kd3 1/2-1/2 Kryvoruchko,Y-Avrukh,B/Novi Sad 2009/CBM 133]

17...Qf6 18.Ra4

[18.Be3 Nf4 (18...Ra8 19.Rxa8 Rxa8 20.Rg1 Nf4 21.Bb3 Ne6 22.Bxe6 fxe6 23.Rg3 Kh8 24.Kg2 e5 25.dxe5 dxe5 26.Bxb6 cxb6 27.Qd7 Rd8 28.Qc7 Rf8 29.h4 g6 30.b4 h6 31.b5 Rf7 32.Qc8+ Kg7 33.h5 g5 34.Rh3 Qd6 35.Qc3 Rc7 36.Qe3 Rc5 37.Rh1 Rxb5 38.Ra1 Ra5 39.Rxa5 bxa5 40.Qa7+ Kf8 41.Qxa5 Qf6 42.Qa3+ Kg8 43.Kf1 Qe6 44.Ke2 Kf7 45.Qa7+ Kf6 46.Kd2 g4 47.fxg4 Qxg4 48.Qb6+ Kg5 49.Qg6+ Kh4 50.Kc3 Qf3+ 51.Kc4 Qxf2 52.Kd5 Qd4+ 53.Ke6 Qb6+ 54.Kxe5 Qc5+ 55.Ke6 Qc6+ 56.Kf7 Qd7+ 57.Kf8 Qd8+ 58.Kg7 Qe7+ 59.Kxh6 Qf8+ 60.Kh7 Qe7+ 61.Kg8 Qd8+ 62.Kf7 Qc7+ 63.Kf8 Qd8+ 64.Qe8 Qf6+ 65.Kg8 Kg5 66.e5 1-0 Karjakin,S-Adams,M/Baku 2008/CBM 124) 19.Ra4 Ra8 20.Rb4 Ne6 21.Rg1 Rfb8 22.f4 c5 23.e5 Qd8 24.dxc5 Bxc5 25.Rxb8 Rxb8 26.f5 Bxe3 27.fxe6 Bh6 28.Qh5 Kh8 29.Qxf7 dxe5 30.e7 Qe8 31.Qxe8+ Rxe8 32.Rd1 Bg5 33.Ba4 1-0 Adams,M-Leko,P/Miskolc 2005/CBM 108/[Finkel,A]]

18...Ra8 19.Be3 Rxa4 20.Bxa4 Nf4

[20...Ra8 21.b3 g6 22.f4 Nxf4 23.Qf3 Nh5 24.Qxf6 Nxf6 25.f3 Kg7 26.Bf2 Nh5 1/2-1/2 Wang Hao-Adams,M/Liverpool 2007/CBM 120]

21.Rg1 g6 22.Bb3 Rb8 23.Rg4 Ne6 24.Bxe6 Qxe6 25.Rg1 c5 26.d5 Qf6 27.b3 c4 28.Bxb6 Rxb6 29.bxc4 Rb2

Viswanathan Anand

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Sergey Karjakin

Position after 29...Rxb2

30.c5?

A blunder, but white is lucky enough that he can still escape

[There was an immediate draw with 30.Rf1 Rb1 31.Qxb1 Qxf3+ 32.Kg1 Qg4+]

30...Rxf2 31.Rf1 Rb2

[if 31...Ra2 then 32.Qb3 Rb2 33.Qe3]

32.Qe1 dxc5 33.e5 Qf4 34.Rf2 Rxf2 35.Qxf2 c4 36.d6 Qxe5 37.d7 Qc7 38.Qd4 Qd8 39.Kg2 c3 40.Qxc3 Qxd7

This position is completly drawn, or as Vishy put it: "if I could give it to Salov to play on, happy to, but not if I have to do this myself:)"

1/2-1/2

Van Wely vs Short. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

The first decisive game of the day came between Loek van Wely and Nigel Short. Van Wely played an Exchange Queen's Gambit and played the classical minority attack on the queenside. The response is supposed to be some kind of breakthrough by black on the kingside but Short never saw the opportunity to execute this kind of counterplay and ended up with a passive position where there was only ever likely to be one result.

Van Wely,Loek - Short,Nigel [D37]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 16.01.2010
[Abeln, Michiel]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3

Deviating on purpose from

[3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.e3 c5 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 0-0 9.Nf3 b6 10.c4 Qh5 11.Be2 Bb7 12.0-0 Nbd7 13.a4 Qg6 14.Qxg6 hxg6 15.Bb2 a5 16.Rfd1 Rfd8 althoug Van Wely was also here clearly better 17.Nd2 Rac8 18.f3 cxd4 19.exd4 Ba6 20.Kf2 Rc7 21.Rac1 Rdc8 22.Ba3 Ne8 23.f4 Bb7 24.Re1 Bc6 25.Bd1 Ndf6 26.g4 Rd7 27.Ke3 Rcd8 28.Bb2 Nd6 29.h3 Rc8 30.Ba3 Bb7 31.Be2 Ba6 32.Bd3 Rc6 33.Rc2 Rdc7 34.Rec1 Rc8 35.Ke2 Kh8 36.Kd1 Nfe8 37.Ke2 Nf6 38.Ke3 Kg8 39.g5 Nh5 40.d5 exd5 41.cxd5 Rxc2 42.Rxc2 Re8+ 43.Kd4 Bxd3 44.Rc6 Nf5+ 0-1 Van Wely,L-Short,N/London 2009/CBM 132]

3...d5 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 c6

[6...Be7 7.e3 0-0 8.Bd3 Re8 9.Qc2 Nf8 10.0-0 c6 11.h3 Be6 12.Bf4 Bd6 13.Bxd6 Qxd6 14.Rab1 Re7 15.b4 Rae8 16.Rfc1 Ng6 17.b5 c5 18.dxc5 Qxc5 19.Qa4 Qd6 20.Qxa7 Bxh3 21.Bf1 Bf5 22.Rb2 Ng4 23.Rd1 Nh4 24.Be2 Rxe3 25.fxe3 Qg3 0-1 Van Wely,L-Jussupow,A/Frankfurt 2000/CBM 076 ext]

7.e3 Be7 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Bd3 Re8 10.h3 Nf8 11.Bf4 a5

[If black goes for the "normal" 11...Bd6 12.Bxd6 Qxd6 white will go for 13.0-0-0 so black makes a waiting move; 11...Be6 was an alternative waiting move]

12.0-0 Ng6

[12...g6 13.Ne5 Ne6 14.Bh6 Ng7 15.g4 Nd7 16.f4 Nf8 17.f5 gxf5 18.gxf5 Bg5 19.Ng4 Rxe3 20.Nxe3 Bxh6 21.Ng4 Bg5 22.h4 h5 23.Rae1 Bxh4 24.Nh6+ Kh7 25.Nxf7 Qf6 26.Re2 Qxd4+ 27.Kh1 Bf6 28.Rg2 Nd7 29.Ne2 Qb4 30.a3 Qe7 31.Ng5+ Kh8 32.Nf4 Ne5 33.Nf3 Kg8 34.Nxe5 Qxe5 35.Nxh5 Kf7 36.Nxg7 Bd7 37.Nh5 Rh8 38.Rh2 Be7 39.Nf4 Bd6 40.Rxh8 Qxh8+ 41.Qh2 1-0 Sakaev,K-Filippov,V/Izmir 2004/CBM 104; 12...Bd6 13.Bxd6 Qxd6 14.Na4 Be6 15.Qc5 Qb8 16.Ng5 N8d7 17.Qc2 h6 18.Bh7+ Kf8 19.Nxe6+ Rxe6 20.Bf5 Re7 21.Qb3 b5 22.Nc3 Nb6 23.Qc2 Nc4 24.Bd3 a4 25.b3 axb3 26.axb3 Nd6 27.Ne2 Rxa1 28.Rxa1 Qb6 29.Qc5 Qxc5 30.dxc5 Nde4 31.b4 Nd7 32.Nd4 Ne5 33.Bxe4 dxe4 34.Nf5 Re8 35.Nd6 Rd8 36.Ra7 Nd3 37.Rxf7+ Kg8 38.Rc7 Nxb4 39.Nf5 Rf8 40.Ne7+ Kh7 41.Nxc6 Na6 42.Rb7 Nxc5 43.Rxb5 Nd3 44.Ne5 Nxf2 45.Rb4 Nd1 46.Rxe4 Re8 47.Kf1 Nc3 48.Rc4 Nd5 49.Ng4 Nxe3+ 50.Nxe3 Rxe3 1/2-1/2 Dreev,A-Ivanchuk,V/Yalta 1995/CBM 047 ext]

13.Bh2 Bd6 14.Bxd6 Qxd6 15.Rfe1

Prophylaxis, preventing black's plan of Qe7 and Ne4

15...Be6

[if 15...Qe7 then 16.e4; 15...Bd7 might have been a better move, later black loses a tempo to enable his queen to move along the 6th rank.]

16.a3 Re7 17.Rab1 Rae8 18.b4 axb4 19.axb4 Bd7 20.b5 Ne4 21.bxc6 bxc6

Nigel Short

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Loek Van Wely

Position after 21...bxc6

22.Rb6

[if 22.Bxe4 dxe4 23.Nd2 Nh4 black gets his dangerous counterplay with all kind of sacrifices]

22...Nxc3

a bit sad to first spend quite a few moves on bringing his knight to e4 and then immediately exchanging it.

[Normally black wants to move his queen to f6 to threaten Bxh3, but here it fails simply to 22...Qf6 23.Nxd5]

23.Qxc3 Qf6 24.Bxg6

[24.Kh2 Nh4 again with dangerous threats]

24...Qxg6 25.Kf1

[Winning material would not be a wise thing to do: 25.Ne5 Rxe5 26.dxe5 Bxh3 27.g3 Qe4]

25...f6 26.Ra1 Qh5 27.Ne1

Nigel Short

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Loek Van Wely

Position after 27.Ne1

27...Qf5

[Black would like to become active, but the only way is to play g5-g4 at some point, but brings nothing but weaknesses while white can defend his king simply with putting his knight on f4. 27...g5 28.Nd3 g4 29.Nf4 and black has so many weaknesses that in may instances a white exchange sac on c6 will simply win.]

28.Kg1 Qg5 29.Kh2 Qf5 30.Nd3 Qe6 31.Kg1 Rc8 32.Rb7

[Van Wely doesn't fall for one of black's last tricks: 32.Ra7 Be8 33.Nf4 Qd6 34.Rxe7 Qxe7 35.Nxd5 Qd8]

32...Rf7 33.Raa7 Be8 34.Qb4 Rd8 35.Nc5 Qc8 36.Qb6 h5 37.Rc7 Rxc7 38.Rxc7 Qa8 39.Ra7

[39.Rxg7+ is also winning but the game is even quicker 39...Kxg7 40.Ne6+ Kh6 41.Qxd8 Qxd8 42.Nxd8]

39...Qc8 40.Rb7 Bf7 41.Qa7 Rf8 42.Nd7 Re8 43.Nxf6+ gxf6 44.Rxf7 Qf5 45.Rg7+ Kh8 46.Qf7 1-0

Dominguez vs Kramnik. Photo © Europe-Echecs.

This was a day when virtually all the favourites for the tournament had black and they probably didn't want to ruin their tournaments by accidents in the first round. Vladimir Kramnik played his Petroff (yawn) Defence, Leinier Dominguez Perez played nothing special and they shook hands after 23 moves.

Caruana vs Ivanchuk. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

Fabiano Caruana against Vassily Ivanchuk was an interesting Sicilain Scheveningen. Ivanchuk sacrificed a piece for three pawns but couldn't find anything better than allowing a draw by repetition in the end.

Smeets vs Nakamura. Photo © Michiel Abeln.

Jan Smeets against Hikaru Nakamura was a Sicilian Najdorf where white maintained control of the d5 square which didn't lead to much for him but did stop black doing much of anything either. Draw in 34 moves.

Smeets,Jan - Nakamura,Hikaru [B98]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (1), 16.01.2010
[Abeln, Michiel]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 h6 9.Bh4 Qc7 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.f5 e5 12.Nde2 b5 13.Bxf6 Nxf6 14.Nd5 Qc5 15.Nec3 Bb7 16.Nxf6+ Bxf6 17.Nd5 Rc8 18.c3 Bxd5 19.Rxd5 Qb6 20.Qd3 Rc6

In the game it becomes clear that the plan with a3 and Kb1 is too slow to claim any advantage.

21.a3 Ke7 22.Kb1 h5 23.Be2 h4 24.Bd1 Qf2 25.Qe2 Qxe2 26.Bxe2

A completely equal endgame

26...Rb8 27.Rhd1 Bg5 28.Kc2 Bf4 29.h3 Be3

Hikaru Nakamura

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Jan Smeets

Position after 29...Be3

30.R1d3

[The alternative plan to play on the queenside (indicated by Seirawan) is not so easy to execute: 30.R5d3 Bf4 31.b4 Rbc8 32.Rf3 (32.Kb3 Rc4 33.Bf3 d5) 32...R8c7 33.Kb3 Rc8 34.a4 bxa4+ 35.Kxa4 Rxc3 36.Rxc3 Rxc3 37.Bxa6 Rc2 38.Bf1 is also nothing for white]

30...Bf4

If white now plays for b4, black will attack c3 with two rooks and the bishop on e1 (via g3) .

31.Rd1 Be3 32.R1d3 Bf4 33.Rf3 Rc5 34.Rfd3 1/2-1/2

The final game to finish was another Ruy Lopez, between Peter Leko and Alexei Shirov. This was a very complicated struggle which saw Shirov emerge with the exchange but Leko seemingly having enough with his bishop and pressure on the kingside at first. However Shirov is very good at this sort of position and he continued to set Leko problems. In the end Leko gave ground and lost in 64 moves, it isn't particularly clear where he went wrong.

I haven't looked at how the pairings pan out but at least for the early rounds it seems to me that there is far more likely to be action in the A-Group in the even rounds than odd.

Corus A Wijk aan Zee (NED), 16-31 i 2010 cat. XIX (2719)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2723 * . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . 1
2. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2641 . * . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2790 . . * . . . . ½ . . . . . . ½ 2720
4. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2810 . . . * . . . . . . . ½ . . ½ 2662
5. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2675 . . . . * . ½ . . . . . . . ½ 2749
6. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2712 . . . . . * . . ½ . . . . . ½ 2788
7. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2749 . . . . ½ . * . . . . . . . ½ 2675
8. Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2720 . . ½ . . . . * . . . . . . ½ 2790
9. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2788 . . . . . ½ . . * . . . . . ½ 2712
10. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2708 . . . . . . . . . * ½ . . . ½ 2657
11. Smeets, Jan g NED 2657 . . . . . . . . . ½ * . . . ½ 2708
12. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2662 . . . ½ . . . . . . . * . . ½ 2810
13. Leko, Peter g HUN 2739 0 . . . . . . . . . . . * . 0
14. Short, Nigel D g ENG 2696 . 0 . . . . . . . . . . . * 0

Round 1 (January 16, 2010)
Van Wely, Loek - Short, Nigel D 1-0 46 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Caruana, Fabiano - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 34 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 23 C42 Petroff's Defence
Karjakin, Sergey - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 40 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Smeets, Jan - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 34 B98 Sicilian Najdorf
Tiviakov, Sergei - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 27 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Leko, Peter - Shirov, Alexei 0-1 64 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence

There is a huge amount of coverage on the internet with ICC (http://www.chessclub.com/ with Macauley Peterson on the spot with video reports), Playchess.com (ChessBase) have live commentary as do ChessDom.com. Videos from Peter Doggers at ChessVibes.com along with reports. Europe-Echecs also are producing reports and videos.

TWIC coverage includes the games and results live (the PGN for each event is updated along with a PGN for that day's play for each group), there will be roundup reports every day, photos and Malcolm Pein's chess columns. I will be there for the final rounds too.

The B-Group saw wins for Anish Giri over Pentala Harikrishna, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu over Tomi Nyback and Emil Sutovsky over Dimitri Reinderman. The C-Group saw wins for Ray Robson, Nils Grandelius, Li Chao and Daniele Vocaturo.

Corus B Wijk aan Zee (NED), 16-31 i 2010 cat. XVI (2629)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Giri, Anish g NED 2588 * . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 1
2. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROU 2681 . * . . . . . . . . . . 1 . 1
3. Sutovsky, Emil g ISR 2657 . . * . . . . . . . . . . 1 1
4. Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2628 . . . * . . ½ . . . . . . . ½ 2523
5. Howell, David W L g ENG 2606 . . . . * . . . ½ . . . . . ½ 2621
6. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2615 . . . . . * . . . ½ . . . . ½ 2657
7. Muzychuk, Anna m SLO 2523 . . . ½ . . * . . . . . . . ½ 2628
8. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2687 . . . . . . . * . . ½ . . . ½ 2656
9. Negi, Parimarjan g IND 2621 . . . . ½ . . . * . . . . . ½ 2606
10. Ni Hua g CHN 2657 . . . . . ½ . . . * . . . . ½ 2615
11. So, Wesley g PHI 2656 . . . . . . . ½ . . * . . . ½ 2687
12. Harikrishna, P g IND 2672 0 . . . . . . . . . . * . . 0
13. Nyback, Tomi g FIN 2643 . 0 . . . . . . . . . . * . 0
14. Reinderman, Dimitri g NED 2573 . . 0 . . . . . . . . . . * 0

Round 1 (January 16, 2010)
Giri, Anish - Harikrishna, P 1-0 55 D17 Slav Defence
Sutovsky, Emil - Reinderman, Dimitri 1-0 52 B04 Alekhine's Defence
Howell, David W L - Negi, Parimarjan ½-½ 61 D17 Slav Defence
Muzychuk, Anna - Akobian, Varuzhan ½-½ 20 B00 Owen or Nimzowitsch Defence
Naiditsch, Arkadij - So, Wesley ½-½ 111 A28 English Four Knights
Ni Hua - L'Ami, Erwin ½-½ 65 C07 French Tarrasch
Nyback, Tomi - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 0-1 32 E11 Bogo Indian Defence

Corus C Wijk aan Zee (NED), 16-31 i 2010 cat. IX (2455)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Grandelius, Nils m SWE 2515 * . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 1
2. Li Chao2 g CHN 2604 . * . . . . . . . . 1 . . . 1
3. Robson, Ray g USA 2570 . . * . . . . . . . . . . 1 1
4. Vocaturo, Daniele g ITA 2495 . . . * . . . . . . . . 1 . 1
5. Gupta, Abhijeet g IND 2577 . . . . * . . . ½ . . . . . ½ 2495
6. Kuipers, Stefan f NED 2340 . . . . . * ½ . . . . . . . ½ 2547
7. Lie, Kjetil A g NOR 2547 . . . . . ½ * . . . . . . . ½ 2340
8. Peng Zhaoqin g NED 2402 . . . . . . . * . ½ . . . . ½ 2456
9. Swinkels, Robin m NED 2495 . . . . ½ . . . * . . . . . ½ 2577
10. Van Kampen, Robin m NED 2456 . . . . . . . ½ . * . . . . ½ 2402
11. Bok, Benjamin f NED 2322 . 0 . . . . . . . . * . . . 0
12. Muzychuk, Mariya m UKR 2447 0 . . . . . . . . . . * . . 0
13. Plukkel, Sjoerd NED 2279 . . . 0 . . . . . . . . * . 0
14. Soumya, Swaminathan wg IND 2323 . . 0 . . . . . . . . . . * 0

Round 1 (January 16, 2010)
Robson, Ray - Soumya, Swaminathan 1-0 51 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Vocaturo, Daniele - Plukkel, Sjoerd 1-0 50 C24 Bishop's Opening
Kuipers, Stefan - Lie, Kjetil A ½-½ 89 B36 Sicilian Maroczy Bind
Peng Zhaoqin - Van Kampen, Robin ½-½ 35 D12 Slav Defence
Swinkels, Robin - Gupta, Abhijeet ½-½ 49 B67 Sicilian Rauzer
Bok, Benjamin - Li Chao2 0-1 65 B56 Sicilian Defence
Muzychuk, Mariya - Grandelius, Nils 0-1 73 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin

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