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78th Tata Steel Masters 2016 (2)

All Tata Steel Masters games drawn in round 2

Carlsen vs Caruana was drawn in round 2. Photo ©

Carlsen vs Caruana was drawn in round 2. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

The second round of the Tata Steel Masters was a quiet affair with all the games drawn. The main clash of the day was between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. This was a difficult game with the players more or less on their own from the start after 1.g3. Carlsen might have been able to play for a win with 25.b3 according to the computer but with an exposed king a draw seemed a fair result.

Three players lost in round one and had white today and none seemed in the mood to play all that riskily. Michaeal Adams has a good recent record against David Navara but had to be careful to exchange to a drawn endgame. Anish Giri also played quietly against Ding Liren in a Slav/Semi-Slav and Pavel Eljanov drew solidly against Ding Liren.

Evgeny Tomashevsky seemed surprised by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov's 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c5 and was worse, possibly much worse before escaping with a draw. 23...Qd3 was certainly worth looking at. Loek van Wely played the Sicilian Dragon against Sergey Karjakin as he has before and a draw was agreed in 20 moves. Hou Yifan was worse out of the opening against Wesley So but gradually fortunes changed and So felt the need to give up a pawn. 38.g5 or 40.g5 are liked by the computers for Hou Yifan but in the end she couldn't make the extra material count.

Aleksey Dreev (who won the main event in 1995) and Baskaran Adhiban lead with B-Group with 2/2. One two draws today.

Round 2 standings: 1st-3rd Caruana, So, Ding Liren 1.5pts 4th-11th Carlsen, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Navara, Tomashevsky, Wei Yi, Hou Yifan Van Wely 1pt 12th-14th Giri, Eljanov, Adams 0.5pts

Round 3 pairings: 18th Jan 2016 12:30 GMT: So-Karjakin, Ding-Hou, Navara-Giri, Caruana-Adams, Wei-Carlsen, Mamedyarov-Eljanov, Van Wely-Tomashevsky.

Caruana explains his game vs Carlsen to Seirawan

78th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 15-31 i 2016 cat. XX (2748)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2787 * . . ½ . . . . . . . . 1 . 2995
2. So, Wesley g USA 2773 . * . . ½ . . . . . . 1 . . 2928
3. Ding, Liren g CHN 2766 . . * . . . . . . . . ½ . 1 2964
4. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2844 ½ . . * . . . . . ½ . . . . 1 2758
5. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2673 . ½ . . * ½ . . . . . . . . 1 2771
6. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 . . . . ½ * . . ½ . . . . . 1 2656
7. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2747 . . . . . . * ½ ½ . . . . . 1 2684
8. Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2728 . . . . . . ½ * . . ½ . . . 1 2726
9. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2640 . . . . . ½ ½ . * . . . . . 1 2758
10. Navara, David g CZE 2730 . . . ½ . . . . . * . . . ½ 1 2794
11. Wei, Yi g CHN 2706 . . . . . . . ½ . . * . ½ . 1 2744
12. Giri, Anish g NED 2798 . 0 ½ . . . . . . . . * . . ½ 2576
13. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2760 0 . . . . . . . . . ½ . * . ½ 2553
14. Adams, Michael g ENG 2744 . . 0 . . . . . . ½ . . . * ½ 2555
Round 2 (January 17, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 32 A00 Irregular Openings
Hou, Yifan - So, Wesley ½-½ 54 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Karjakin, Sergey - Van Wely, Loek ½-½ 20 B35 Sicilian Defence
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 33 D06 Queen's Pawn Gambit
Giri, Anish - Ding, Liren ½-½ 33 D11 Slav Defence
Eljanov, Pavel - Wei, Yi ½-½ 36 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Adams, Michael - Navara, David ½-½ 31 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
78th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 15-31 i 2016 cat. XIII (2569)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2644 * . . . 1 1 . . . . . . . . 2
2. Adhiban, Baskaran g IND 2653 . * . . . . . . . . . 1 1 . 2
3. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g GER 2679 . . * . . . 1 . . . ½ . . . 2724
4. Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2653 . . . * . . . . . . 1 ½ . . 2760
5. Bok, Benjamin g NED 2607 0 . . . * . . 1 . . . . . . 1 2635
6. Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2548 0 . . . . * . . 1 . . . . . 1 2605
7. Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2485 . . 0 . . . * . . 1 . . . . 1 2610
8. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2627 . . . . 0 . . * . . . . 1 . 1 2524
9. Antipov, Mikhail Al. g RUS 2567 . . . . . 0 . . * . . . . 1 1 2469
10. Van Foreest, Jorden m NED 2541 . . . . . . 0 . . * . . . 1 1 2438
11. Sevian, Samuel g USA 2578 . . ½ 0 . . . . . . * . . . ½ 2473
12. Abasov, Nijat g AZE 2556 . 0 . ½ . . . . . . . * . . ½ 2460
13. Admiraal, Miguoel m NED 2441 . 0 . . . . . 0 . . . . * . 0
14. Haast, Anne wg NED 2391 . . . . . . . . 0 0 . . . * 0
Round 2 (January 17, 2016)
Bok, Benjamin - L'Ami, Erwin 1-0 38 A88 Dutch Leningrad
Ju, Wenjun - Dreev, Aleksey 0-1 47 A07 Barcza System
Van Foreest, Jorden - Batsiashvili, Nino 0-1 60 A80 Dutch
Sevian, Samuel - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ½-½ 25 C19 French Winawer
Abasov, Nijat - Safarli, Eltaj ½-½ 40 A50 Queen's Indian (without e7-e6)
Admiraal, Miguoel - Adhiban, Baskaran 0-1 43 C50 Giuoco Piano
Haast, Anne - Antipov, Mikhail Al. 0-1 49 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation

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