Chess24 Jan Nimzo

79th Tata Steel Masters 2017 (1)

Pavel Eljanov leads the Tata Steel Masters after a quiet first day

Richard Rapport lost to Pavel Eljanov in round 1. Photo ©

Richard Rapport lost to Pavel Eljanov in round 1. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com

The first round of the Tata Steel Masters was a relatively quiet affair with only Pavel Eljanov winning his game against Richard Rapport.

The first game to finish was that between Wesley So and World Champion Magnus Carlsen. So was surprised by Carlsen's precise choice of Slav variation and took the game into quiet waters and once queens came off a draw was inevitable. In truth this was a bit early for two of the favourite to meet and this result was widely predicted.

Richard Rapport tried a rare setup he'd used once before (12.0-0 departed from the game Abramovic-Rapport) against Pavel Eljanov. At first Rapport seemed to be doing well but after a couple of inexact moves (15...d3, instead 15...Ba6!? seems better and 18.Bc6?!, maybe 18...Nc6) the weaknesses he created in the opening came back to haunt him. Eljanov sacrificed the exchange leaving Rapport with a very passive position and quickly went on to win.

Baskaran Adhiban looked to be on the way to a debut win in the Masters group against Loek van Wely but a combination of good resistance from his Dutch opponent and some late inaccuracies meant that the game finished in a draw.

Sergey Karjakin's 6.a3 was a rare and not that impressive move against Anish Giri's Najdorf Sicilian. Giri had even faced the move in a blitz vs Harikrishna last April. Giri maybe had slightly the better of things at first but once Karjakin challenged on the b-file Giri had to be accurate in order to maintain the balance. Draw agreed on move 35.

Levon Aronian showed deep Marshall Ruy Lopez preparation in drawing with Harikrishna. Dmitry Andreikin didn't get very much against Wei Yi's Petroff. Radoslaw Wojtaszek's deeply prepared Gruenfeld with 4.Bf4 put Ian Nepomniachtchi under pressure to be accurate but he was up to the job.

In the B-Group there were wins for Benjamin Bok vs Tingjie Lei, Markus Ragger vs Jeffrey Xiong and Jorden van Foreest vs Erwin L'Ami.

Round 1 Standings Eljanov 1pt. Carlsen, So, Karjakin, Aronian, Giri, Nepomniachtchi, Harikrishna, Wojtaszek, Andreikin, Wei Yi, Van Wely and Adhiban 0.5pts Rapport 0pts

Round 2 Sunday 15th Jan 2017 12:30pm UK time: Aronian-Wei Yi, Nepomniachtchi-Andreikin, Carlsen-Wojtaszek, Giri-So, Rapport-Karjakin, Van Wely-Eljanov, Harikrishna-Adhiban.

79th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 13-29 i 2017 cat. XXI (2751)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2755 * . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2840 . * ½ . . . . . . . . . . . ½ 2808
3. So, Wesley g USA 2808 . ½ * . . . . . . . . . . . ½ 2840
4. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2785 . . . * . ½ . . . . . . . . ½ 2773
5. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2780 . . . . * . . ½ . . . . . . ½ 2766
6. Giri, Anish g NED 2773 . . . ½ . * . . . . . . . . ½ 2785
7. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2767 . . . . . . * . ½ . . . . . ½ 2750
8. Harikrishna, Pentala g IND 2766 . . . . ½ . . * . . . . . . ½ 2780
9. Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2750 . . . . . . ½ . * . . . . . ½ 2767
10. Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2736 . . . . . . . . . * ½ . . . ½ 2706
11. Wei, Yi g CHN 2706 . . . . . . . . . ½ * . . . ½ 2736
12. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2695 . . . . . . . . . . . * ½ . ½ 2653
13. Adhiban, Baskaran g IND 2653 . . . . . . . . . . . ½ * . ½ 2695
14. Rapport, Richard g HUN 2702 0 . . . . . . . . . . . . * 0
Round 1 (January 14, 2017)
Eljanov, Pavel - Rapport, Richard 1-0 41 A04 Dutch System
So, Wesley - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 33 D12 Slav Defence
Karjakin, Sergey - Giri, Anish ½-½ 35 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Harikrishna, Pentala - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 49 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw - Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ 31 D83 Gruenfeld 4.Bf4
Andreikin, Dmitry - Wei, Yi ½-½ 55 C42 Petroff's Defence
Adhiban, Baskaran - Van Wely, Loek ½-½ 61 B22 Sicilian Alapin
79th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 13-29 i 2017 cat. XIV (2593)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Ragger, Markus g AUT 2697 * . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 1
2. Van Foreest, Jorden g NED 2612 . * . . . . . . . . . . 1 . 1
3. Bok, Benjamin g NED 2608 . . * . . . . . . . . . . 1 1
4. Smirin, Ilia g ISR 2667 . . . * . . . . . ½ . . . . ½ 2499
5. Jones, Gawain C B g ENG 2665 . . . . * ½ . . . . . . . . ½ 2642
6. Grandelius, Nils g SWE 2642 . . . . ½ * . . . . . . . . ½ 2665
7. Lu, Shanglei g CHN 2612 . . . . . . * . . . ½ . . . ½ 2370
8. Hansen, Eric g CAN 2603 . . . . . . . * ½ . . . . . ½ 2584
9. Tari, Aryan g NOR 2584 . . . . . . . ½ * . . . . . ½ 2603
10. Dobrov, Vladimir g RUS 2499 . . . ½ . . . . . * . . . . ½ 2667
11. Guramishvili, Sopiko m GEO 2370 . . . . . . ½ . . . * . . . ½ 2612
12. Xiong, Jeffery g USA 2667 0 . . . . . . . . . . * . . 0
13. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2605 . 0 . . . . . . . . . . * . 0
14. Lei, Tingjie wg CHN 2467 . . 0 . . . . . . . . . . * 0
Round 1 (January 14, 2017)
Ragger, Markus - Xiong, Jeffery 1-0 41 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Van Foreest, Jorden - L'Ami, Erwin 1-0 40 B19 Caro Kann
Bok, Benjamin - Lei, Tingjie 1-0 40 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Smirin, Ilia - Dobrov, Vladimir ½-½ 34 B93 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.f4
Jones, Gawain C B - Grandelius, Nils ½-½ 20 C45 Scotch Game
Tari, Aryan - Hansen, Eric ½-½ 49 C96 Ruy Lopez
Guramishvili, Sopiko - Lu, Shanglei ½-½ 41 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation

View the games on this Page

Download the PGN from this page

vs

NIC Magazine No 3 2017


Chess and Bridge Gelfand 2 Book


Chess.com Titled Tuesday


ChessBase Ad 6 Live DB

ELite Chess Training


American Chess Magazine 2



Ginger GM - Chess Grandmaster Simon Williams


Contact Mark Crowther (TWIC) if you wish to advertise here.


The Week in Chess Magazine

Send a £30 donation via Paypal and contact me via email (Email Mark Crowther - mdcrowth@btinternet.com) I'll send you an address for a cbv file of my personal copy of every issue of the games in one database. Over 2 million games.

Read about 20 years of TWIC.

TWIC 1176 22nd May 2017 - 3606 games

Read TWIC 1176

Download TWIC 1176 PGN

Download TWIC 1176 ChessBase


.