Tata Steel Rd4: Action all around

The tournament has seen a tremendous amount of action-packed games! With four games ending in decisive results, three of them with black victories, it was certainly a treat for chess fans. After all was said and done, Ivanchuk emerges as the sole leader. His victory over MVL brings him to 3.5/4, half more than Caruana and Ding Liren, who scored his third win in a row!

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament has two main tournaments. They are played according to the ’round robin’ system, whereby each competitor plays in turn against every other during the tournament. The Tata Steel Masters has 14 participants and the Tata Steel Challengers has 14 participants. Both groups start on January 10th 2015 and the last round is on January 25th. All rounds in Wijk aan Zee begin at 13.30 hours, except for the last round on January 25th, which begins at 12.00 hours. The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.

Admission to the playing hall in Wijk aan Zee, Rotterdam and The Hague is free of charge

Round four – Masters

Round 4 – Tuesday Jan. 13
Van Wely, L. – Carlsen, M.
0-1
Aronian, L. – Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
Caruana, F. – So, W.
½-½
Hou, Y. – Giri, A.
½-½
Jobava, B. – Saric, I.
0-1
Radjabov, T. – Ding, L.
0-1
Ivanchuk, V. – Vachier-Lagrave
1-0

The tournament chess shop has one or two ChessBase DVDs

Van Wely, Loek 0-1 Carlsen, Magnus
A tense Gruenfeld, Fianchetto variation. Van Wely’s decision to sacrifice a pawn at around move 28 seems to have been too optimistic.

Van Wely, Loek2667Carlsen, Magnus28620–1D7677th Tata Steel Chess Masters413.01.2015Chirila, Cristian

The world champion has had quite a disturbing event so far. Simply put, his level of play has been nowhere close to what he has used to show. Playing one of the lowest seed, Carlsen surely looked to bounce back after his dissapointing loss yesterday. 1.d4 f6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 g7 4.g3 d5 4…c6 5.g2 d5 this is the most solid response to the fianchetto, but too drawish for Carlsen 5.cxd5 xd5 6.g2 b6 7.c3 c6 8.0-0 0-0 9.d5 9.e3 is the main line 9…a5 9…xc3?! 10.dxc6 g7 11.c2 d6 12.cxb7 xb7 13.e3 white holds a nice advantage 10.c2 10.e4 c6 11.g5 h6 12.f4 cxd5 13.xd5 ac4= is nothing special for white 10…c6 10…xd5 grabbing the pawn is a bit dangerous 11.d1 c6 12.e1 12.e4 b4 13.a4 b5 14.xd8 bxa4 15.xf8+ xf8 16.xa4 c4= 12…d7 13.xd5 cxd5 14.xd5 e6 15.d3 c8 16.d1 c7 17.f4 e5= 18.c1 11.dxc6 xc6 12.d1 d7 12…e8= 13.f4 c8 14.ac1 f5 black is trying to provoke white into blocking his own bishop, as well as irremediably weakening the central d4 square 15.e4 g4 16.b3 16.d5!? e5 16…xd5? 17.exd5 xf3 18.xf3 d4 19.e4 xf3+ 20.xf3± 17.g5 xd5 18.exd5 xf3 19.xf3 d4 20.xc8 xf3+ 21.g2 fxc8 22.xf3 f6 23.e3 f7 black is very close to equality 16…e6 17.xe6?! 17.d5 xe4 18.xb6 axb6 19.h3 17…fxe6 18.e5 d5 19.xd5 exd5 20.g5! quite precise e6 20…xd1 21.xd5+ h8 22.xd1 xe5 23.e3 xb2 24.f7+ g7 25.h6+ f6 26.g5+= 21.f3 h6 22.fxg4 hxg5 23.xg5 xe5 24.f4 24.c7 was necessary ac8 25.xb7 f7 26.xf7 xf7 27.e3 xb2 28.xa7 a8 29.d2 c3 30.c2 xa7 31.xc3 xa2 32.c6= 24…c6 25.g5? now this is hard to understand, why give away a pawn for no reason? maybe the time situation had a say in this dubious decision 25.c2= 25…xb2 26.c2 26.b1 d4+ 27.h1 b6 26…d4+ 27.h1 ad8 now black is simply a pawn up, and his central pawns are ready to be advanced 28.b1 f7 29.h3 e8 30.e2 e5 31.b5 ef8 32.e6 exf4 33.xb7 33.gxf4 g7 34.xf7 xf7 35.xd5 xf4 36.d7+ f7 37.xf7+ xf7 was a more resilient try, but still black should be winning with good technique (something the world champion doesn’t lack) 33…f3-+ 34.d2 g7 35.xf7 xf7 36.xf7+ xf7 37.d3 f2 38.g2 e6 39.h4 b6 40.f3 e5 41.f6+ e7 42.a4 d4 43.g4 xg4 44.f4 h2 a nice bounceback for Carlsen, if his positive trend continues we will soon be seeing him in the title contenders pack. 0–1

Carlsen triumphed in what was a nearly must-win game

Aronian, Levon ½-½ Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
Wojtaszek seemed to have no problemes equalizing from the opening. The game relatively quickly traded off into an endgame that was only marginally better for White. The Polish player held it without any real problems.

Birthday boy! Radoslaw Wojtaszek turned 28 on Tuesday. Photo by Alina l’Ami.

Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ So, Wesley
First against Carlsen, and now against Caruana, So has shown an extremely solid repertoire which has allowed him to equalize without problems, neutralizing any initiative that White might come up with. Today the Spanish served him well as Caruana obtained nothing from the opening and after reaching a completely equal middle game the players agreed to a draw.

Caruana was neutralized handedly by So

Hou Yifan ½-½ Giri, Anish
Side-stepping the Spanish opening with 3.Bc4 brought Hou Yifan absolutely nothing with White. Giri’s approach to the position with 7…Kh8 and 8…Ng8 is not unheard of and is supposed to yield Black an acceptable position after he breaks with f5. A repetition in a position that was equal anyways ended the game in a draw.

Hou Yifan was unable to bring much fight to the board against Giri

Jobava, Baadur 0-1 Saric, Ivan
Jobava pulled a Jobava (playing too in a suicidally creative way).

No one plays chess quite like Baadur Jobava

Jobava, Ba2727Saric, Iv26660–1D4377th Tata Steel GpA413.01.2015

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.c3 f6 4.f3 e6 5.g5 h6 6.xf6 xf6 7.e3 g6 8.e4!? Even though this idea looks bizarre, to play e3 and only then e4, it has been employed in the past by a very strong player… dxe4 9.xe4 b4+ White’s point is that the only way to punish the e4 advance is with this check, but in that case the move g6 might not be desirable. 10.e2 e7 10…f4 11.d3 e7 12.g3 c7 13.g2 Gave White a slight edge in the game Kramnik-Leko, 2009. Though admittedly that was a blitz game. 11.c5 0-0 12.a4 part of the point is that Black’s bishop is nearly trapped, so White will try to use the time while Black saves it to improve his position. a6 13.a3 b5 13…e5!? 14.axb4 exd4 15.d3 f5 16.fd2 c7 Gives Black compensation, but it is hard to say exactly how much. 14.b3 a5 15.e5 b8 Black has kept all his material, but it feels something has gone wrong. He was unable to exploit the king position on e2 and White now has a nice bind all over the place. 16.g3 16.e3! 16…c7 17.e3? Sometimes, however, Jobava just oversteps his limits… 17.f4! d8 18.d1 b7 19.h4! h5 20.g5± White’s bind is strong. The bishop on b7 is garbage and the rest is suffering for Saric. 17…g5! Creating swift counterplay. The threat of f5 is very real. 18.f4 f5 19.h4 A valiant attempt, but it doesn’t come close to working. xe5 20.dxe5 fxe4 21.hxg5 hxg5 22.h5 f5 White simply lacks enough pieces to form an attack. 23.e2 g7 24.fxg5 d7 25.ah1 f8 Now there is no chance of creating a threat. 26.h8+ 26.h2 g6 27.g4 f7 28.h6 f8 29.h7 xh7 30.xh7 xh7 31.xh7 was perhaps the best hope, though White remains down a piece. 26…xh8 27.xh8+ xh8 28.xe4 d7 29.e3 f7 30.h4+ g8 31.e4 c8 32.a4 bxa4 33.xa4 b8 34.b4 f5 35.f3 xe5+ 36.d4 xg5 37.c3 c8 38.xa7 g7 perhaps an odd time to resign, but Black does have a winning position. 0–1

Radjabov, Teimour 0-1 Ding Liren
Ding Liren’s hat trick is annotated by GM Cristian Chirila:

Radjabov, Teimour2734Ding, Liren27320–1E9077th Tata Steel Chess Masters413.01.2015Chirila, Cristian
The encounter between these two guys was already announcing to be an explosive one. Even though Radjabov hasn’t had his best year in 2014, he remains one of the most aggressive and entertaining players. Ding on the other hand is the leading star in Chinese chess and has proven in recent years that he can be a world championship contender. 1.d4 f6 2.c4 g6 3.c3 g7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.h3 The chinese player is simply a machine in the KID, I personally can’t remember how many wins against elite opposition I’ve seen. His understanding of this opening might be the best in the world at the moment. Even though, one could argue, it is actually his opponent, Teimour Radjabov, who is the best KID player in the world! e5 7.d5 h5 8.g3 this is the main line in recent years, previously 8.h2 was tried e8 9.e2 f4 10.f3 f5 11.g3 xh3 12.g2 fxe4 13.xe4 13.e3 a6 14.xe4 f4 leads to a very complicated battle in which black is able to hold his ground 13…f5 14.g4 14.f1 h5 15.e2 a6 16.f3 c5 Kuzubov,Y-Adhiban,B 0-1 2014 8…f5 9.exf5 gxf5 10.g5 e8 10…f6 is another option, though I prefer the game’s continuation for black 11.g4! white can play this move without losing time with Be2, with the N on h4 that is not possible due to the annoying N jump to f4 e8 12.gxf5 xf5 13.e3 a6 14.g1 b4 15.c1 g6 16.f3± Khairullin, I- Sutovsky, E 1-0 2011 11.e2 11.g4?! f4 11.c5 is quite interesting dxc5 12.d6 f6 12…h6 13.d5 hxg5 14.xc7 g6 15.xa8 d8∞ I prefer black in this position 13.dxc7 c6 14.c4+ h8 15.b5 e4 16.xe4 fxe4 17.d6 e7 this position is extremely complex, whoever has the better preparation will probably get the advantage 11…f6 12.e3 a6 13.d2 d7 14.0-0-0 h6 this is the first new move 14…c5 15.g4 b6 16.dg1 h8 17.d1 Le, T- Ju,W 1/2 2010 15.f3 c5 16.h4 16.xc5 dxc5 17.e3 17.b1 e4 18.xe4 fxe4 19.h4 xf2 20.e3 f7∞ 17…e4 18.h4 b6 19.g2 c6 20.dxc6 xc6 21.f4 with a very interesting battle, white has nice control over a few key squares in the center and its proximity, while black has a black square monster on g7 which can very fast become a killing asset. 16…ce4 17.xe4 xe4 18.c2 g5 19.d3 19.f4 a4 20.b3 exf4 21.xf4 d7 19…e4 20.e2 c8 21.b1 c5 22.dxc6 22.f4 this is preferable in my opinion, though the computer doess’t tend to agree with me f6 23.g2 b8 24.e3 f7 25.hg1 b5 25…e5 26.g4 26.cxb5 xb5 27.xb5 xb5 28.h4 22…xc6 23.d2 23.g2 white had to recycle his knight and bring it on a better square e6 24.f4 f7 25.g4 b5 26.c5 with monstruous complications 23…e6 24.xg5? in my opinion this is a strategic blunder, I find it quite unnacceptable to renounce the only piece that can challenge black’s main attacker (g7 B), and that for only one pawn. 24.d4! f7 25.b3 a5 26.g2 26.f4!? exf3 27.xf3 d5∞ 26…a4 27.f4 axb3 28.axb3 a8 29.h4 ca6 30.b2∞ 24…hxg5 25.xg5 a6 25…xc4!? 26.d2 b5 27.c1 27.g4! white had to look for king side counterplay 27…f7 28.g6 f6 29.h6 29.h5 was the only move to maintain the balance c8 30.f4 xh5 31.xh5 g5 32.f4 bxc4 black has the superior endgame but he still has a lot of work to do 29…b8 now the Chinese player’s attack is iressistible 30.f4 xc4 31.xc4 31.xc4 bxc4 32.h5 c3-+ 31…bxc4 32.d5 g7 33.g5 c3! 34.c4 34.xc3 c6 35.d5 xd5 36.xg7+ 36.xd5 xb2+ 37.a1 xe2+-+ 36…xg7 37.xd5 bc8-+ 34…cxd2 35.f6+ f8 36.h7+ e8 37.xf7+ xf7 38.xf5+ g8 39.c2?? 39.e6+! was a more resilient try, it is not easy to escape the checks xh7 40.xe4+ h8 40…g8 41.c2 a5 42.b4 e5 41.h4+ g8 42.c4+ d5 42…f8 43.f4+ e8 44.e4+ e5 45.g6+ d8 46.g8+ c7 47.f7+ c6 48.c4+ 43.xd5+ f8 44.b3 c3 39…xb2+ 40.d1 b1+ 0–1

Ding Liren with another win, a nice recovery after a first round loss!
He also has no draws in this tournament so far.

Ivanchuk, Vassily 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
A very clean victory by Ivanchuk over one of the leading experts in the Najdorf:

Ivanchuk, V.2715Vachier Lagrave, M.27571–0B9077th Tata Steel GpA413.01.2015
1.e4 c5 2.f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.xd4 f6 5.c3 a6 6.e3 g4 7.c1 f6 8.e3 8.f3 is another way of side-stepping the repetition, but it does cut off some of White’s ideas in certain variations of the English attack. 8…g4 9.g5 h6 10.h4 g5 11.g3 g7 12.h3 e5 13.e2 bc6 14.b3 b5 15.a4 A novelty. It avoids some ideas of Nc4, so it does make some sense to play this. 15.d5 c4 16.xc4 bxc4 17.d2 xb2 18.b1 e5?! was the nice positional game Adams-Vallejo Pons in 2005 which was won by the Englishman. 15…b4 16.d5 One of the next three Black moves is a dubious one, as after Ivanchuk castles he holds an advantage. However, which one and why is beyond my comprehension on the complexities of this Najdorf variation and its subtleties. e6 17.e3 b7 18.d2 c7 19.0-0-0 0-0-0 20.b1 The problem for Black is that it is harder for him to transfer his pieces to the queenside and create threats than it is for White to do the same. If Black expands on the kingside he has no real targets to hit, so the question is… what does he do? b8 21.f3 a5 22.h4! Playing in both sides taxes Black’s position. Someone will now have to defend the g5 pawn as trading it would leave him a structural weakness and pushing it would allow f4, dislodging Black’s best piece. a7 23.d4 g6 24.hxg5 hxg5 25.xh8 xh8 26.c4 f4 26…e5 27.f2 d5 shouldn’t work, but it at least made things somewhat uncelar. 28.exd5 f4± 27.b3 c5 28.c4 a6? A blunder in a bad position. 28…xd4 29.xd4 xd4 30.xd4 c6 is not something anyone wants to play. 31.xd6± 29.f2! xc4 30.b5 c6 31.xa7+ a8 32.xc4 xc4 33.b6 is completely hopeless. White will pick up a5 and b4 while Black is still planless. 33.b6 d7 34.g3 g6 35.b3 c6 36.xa5+- 1–0

New leader! Vassily Ivanchuk with an amazing +3 (3.5/4)

Not even this amount of energy was enough to overtake Ivanchuk. Photo by Alina l’Ami.

Jobava, Ba2727Saric, Iv26660–1D4377th Tata Steel GpA413.01.2015

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.c3 f6 4.f3 e6 5.g5 h6 6.xf6 xf6 7.e3 g6 8.e4!? Even though this idea looks bizarre, to play e3 and only then e4, it has been employed in the past by a very strong player… dxe4 9.xe4 b4+ White’s point is that the only way to punish the e4 advance is with this check, but in that case the move g6 might not be desirable. 10.e2 e7 10…f4 11.d3 e7 12.g3 c7 13.g2 Gave White a slight edge in the game Kramnik-Leko, 2009. Though admittedly that was a blitz game. 11.c5 0-0 12.a4 part of the point is that Black’s bishop is nearly trapped, so White will try to use the time while Black saves it to improve his position. a6 13.a3 b5 13…e5!? 14.axb4 exd4 15.d3 f5 16.fd2 c7 Gives Black compensation, but it is hard to say exactly how much. 14.b3 a5 15.e5 b8 Black has kept all his material, but it feels something has gone wrong. He was unable to exploit the king position on e2 and White now has a nice bind all over the place. 16.g3 16.e3! 16…c7 17.e3? Sometimes, however, Jobava just oversteps his limits… 17.f4! d8 18.d1 b7 19.h4! h5 20.g5± White’s bind is strong. The bishop on b7 is garbage and the rest is suffering for Saric. 17…g5! Creating swift counterplay. The threat of f5 is very real. 18.f4 f5 19.h4 A valiant attempt, but it doesn’t come close to working. xe5 20.dxe5 fxe4 21.hxg5 hxg5 22.h5 f5 White simply lacks enough pieces to form an attack. 23.e2 g7 24.fxg5 d7 25.ah1 f8 Now there is no chance of creating a threat. 26.h8+ 26.h2 g6 27.g4 f7 28.h6 f8 29.h7 xh7 30.xh7 xh7 31.xh7 was perhaps the best hope, though White remains down a piece. 26…xh8 27.xh8+ xh8 28.xe4 d7 29.e3 f7 30.h4+ g8 31.e4 c8 32.a4 bxa4 33.xa4 b8 34.b4 f5 35.f3 xe5+ 36.d4 xg5 37.c3 c8 38.xa7 g7 perhaps an odd time to resign, but Black does have a winning position. 0–1

Masters standings after four rounds

Round four – Challengers

Round 4 – Tuesday Jan. 13
Wei, Y. – Gunina, V.
1-0
Sevian, S. – Potkin, V.
1-0
Klein, D. – Saleh, S.
0-1
l’ Ami, E. – Michiels, B.
1-0
Haast, A. – Van Kampen, R.
0-1
Shankland, S. – Timman, J.
½-½
Dale, A. – Navara, D.
0-1

Ari Dale couldn’t overcome the gigantic rating point differene today

Sam Shankland vs. Jan Timman ended in a draw

Anne Haast lost to Robin Van Kampen

Second-seed Wei Yi defeated Valentina Gunina

Husband and Wife team: Erwin l’Ami is playing the Challengers while Alina l’Ami is the official photographer

It’s very unclear which one is working harder…

A super bloody round! Six out of seven games today were decisive, two of them going for more than 90 moves! Even though the Masters group is doing a fantastic job of keeping us entertained, the Challengers group is not lagging far behind!

Sagar Shah brings us even more highlights from an exciting round four in the challengers. One of the highlights was that young Sam Sevian won against Vladimir Potkin after theh Russian grandmaster cracked un der pressure in a long endgame.

Replay Challengers games

Klein, DavidSalem, A.R. Saleh0–1B5077th Tata Steel GpB4.213.01.2015Sagar Shah

1.e4 c5 2.f3 d6 3.c3 f6 4.e2 g6 4…xe4 5.a4++- 5.0-0 g7 6.b5+ 6.e1 0-0 7.f1 is the other way to play in such positions. 6…fd7 This is not a very common move but not at all bad. 6…d7 7.xd7+ xd7 8.e1 0-0 9.d4 gives White a very nice position. 7.d4 0-0 8.e1 c6 9.d5 9.e3 maintaining the center also looks good for White. 9…ce5 10.bd2 a6 11.f1 b5 12.h3 b6 13.xe5 xe5 14.f4 c4+ 15.h1 d7 The knight will come to a good square on c5. 16.f3 c5 17.e3 c7 18.d4 h6 19.f5 gxf5! A bold decision and one that can be expected from Salem who always plays exciting and ambitious chess. 20.xc5 trying to clear the d4 square for the knight but turns out to be not such a great decision. xc5 20…dxc5! 21.e5 looks scary but who is going to defend the d5 pawn? b7 22.d6 d7 23.dxe7 xe7 Inspite of the broken structure Black has a clear advantage thanks to his two powerful bishops. 21.d4 fxe4 22.h5 g7 23.xe4 e5! A very nice move based on discovered attack. It is very possible that Klein missed this move. 24.c6 24.dxe6 xh5 sometimes it is easy to overlook such tactics in your calculation. 24.f5 xf5 25.xf5 xd5 26.g4 leads to a very strong attack. f6 26…h8 27.xg7 xg7 28.g5+ h8 29.f6+= 27.h4! h6 28.e2 c5 29.f3 d5 30.d1 ad8 31.xd5+ h8 31…xd5 32.e6+± 32.g6 xd5 33.xh6+ xh6 34.xh6+ g8 35.g6+= 24…e8 24…f5 25.e7+ h8 26.h4! h6 27.g6+- With a crushing attack 25.d1 f2 very accurate defensive skills shown by Salem. The position is sharp and inspite of his lack of development he is defending wonderfully. 26.e2 f5! 27.f3? This takes away the fun from the game and let’s black consolidate. Pretty much forced was 27.f1! xf1+ 28.xf1 xe4 29.h4 g6 30.e2 With some fight although it must be mentioned that Black is better. 27…g6 28.g5 f6 29.c1 f5 30.ee1 e4 White is run over by the black pawns. 31.e2 h8 32.g5 f4 33.h5 xh5 34.xh5 xb2 35.f5 f3 36.gxf3 exf3 37.xf3 xc3 38.xe8+ xe8 39.g4 e3 40.b4 a5 41.c2 e4+ 42.xe4 xe4 A tense game and well contested till a certain point and then David played an uncertain move after which Salem took over and won the game with ease. 0–1

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Challengers standings after four rounds

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Schedule and results – Masters group

Round 1 – Saturday Jan. 10
Radjabov, T. – Van Wely, L.
½-½
Ivanchuk, V. – Jobava, B.
1-0
Vachier-Lagrave – Hou, Y.
1-0
Ding, L. – Caruana, F.
0-1
Saric, I. – Aronian, L.
½-½
Giri, A. – Carlsen, M.
½-½
So, W. – Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
Round 2 – Sunday Jan. 11
Van Wely, L. – Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
Carlsen, M. – So, W.
½-½
Aronian, L. – Giri, A.
½-½
Caruana, F. – Saric, I.
1-0
Hou, Y. – Ding, L.
0-1
Jobava, B. – Vachier-Lagrave
½-½
Radjabov, T. – Ivanchuk, V.
½-½
Round 3 – Monday Jan. 12
Ivanchuk, V. – Van Wely, L.
1-0
Vachier-Lagrave – Radjabov, T.
½-½
Ding, L. – Jobava, B.
1-0
Saric, I. – Hou, Y.
½-½
Giri, A. – Caruana, F.
½-½
So, W. – Aronian, L.
1-0
Wojtaszek, R. – Carlsen, M.
1-0
Round 4 – Tuesday Jan. 13
Van Wely, L. – Carlsen, M.
0-1
Aronian, L. – Wojtaszek, R.
½-½
Caruana, F. – So, W.
½-½
Hou, Y. – Giri, A.
½-½
Jobava, B. – Saric, I.
0-1
Radjabov, T. – Ding, L.
0-1
Ivanchuk, V. – Vachier-Lagrave
1-0
Round 5 – Thursday Jan. 15
Vachier-Lagrave – Van Wely, L.
Ding, L. – Ivanchuk, V.
Saric, I. – Radjabov, T.
Giri, A. – Jobava, B.
So, W. – Hou, Y.
Wojtaszek, R. – Caruana, F.
Carlsen, M. – Aronian, L.
Round 6 – Friday Jan. 16
Van Wely, L. – Aronian, L.
Caruana, F. – Carlsen, M.
Hou, Y. – Wojtaszek, R.
Jobava, B. – So, W.
Radjabov, T. – Giri, A.
Ivanchuk, V. – Saric, I.
Vachier-Lagrave – Ding, L.
Round 7 – Saturday Jan. 17
Ding, L. – Van Wely, L.
Saric, I. – Vachier-Lagrave
Giri, A. – Ivanchuk, V.
So, W. – Radjabov, T.
Wojtaszek, R. – Jobava, B.
Carlsen, M. – Hou, Y.
Aronian, L. – Caruana, F.
Round 8 – Sunday Jan. 18
Van Wely, L. – Caruana, F.
Hou, Y. – Aronian, L.
Jobava, B. – Carlsen, M.
Radjabov, T. – Wojtaszek, R.
Ivanchuk, V. – So, W.
Vachier-Lagrave – Giri, A.
Ding, L. – Saric, I.
Round 9 – Tuesday Jan. 20
Saric, I. – Van Wely, L.
Giri, A. – Ding, L.
So, W. – Vachier-Lagrave
Wojtaszek, R. – Ivanchuk, V.
Carlsen, M. – Radjabov, T.
Aronian, L. – Jobava, B.
Caruana, F. – Hou, Y.
Round 10 – Wednesday Jan. 21
Van Wely, L. – Hou, Y.
Jobava, B. – Caruana, F.
Radjabov, T. – Aronian, L.
Ivanchuk, V. – Carlsen, M.
Vachier-Lagrave – Wojtaszek
Ding, L. – So, W.
Saric, I. – Giri, A.
Round 11 – Friday Jan. 23
Giri, A. – Van Wely, L.
So, W. – Saric, I.
Wojtaszek, R. – Ding, L.
Carlsen, M. – Vachier-Lagrave
Aronian, L. – Ivanchuk, V.
Caruana, F. – Radjabov, T.
Hou, Y. – Jobava, B.
Round 12 – Saturday Jan. 24
Van Wely, L. – Jobava, B.
Radjabov, T. – Hou, Y.
Ivanchuk, V. – Caruana, F.
Vachier-Lagrave – Aronian, L.
Ding, L. – Carlsen, M.
Saric, I. – Wojtaszek, R.
Giri, A. – So, W.
Round 13 – Sunday Jan. 25
So, W. – Van Wely, L.
Wojtaszek, R. – Giri, A.
Carlsen, M. – Saric, I.
Aronian, L. – Ding, L.
Caruana, F. – Vachier-Lagrave
Hou, Y. – Ivanchuk, V.
Jobava, B. – Radjabov, T.

Schedule and results – Challengers group

Round 1 – Saturday Jan. 10
Shankland, S. – Wei, Y.
½-½
Dale, A. – Haast, A.
½-½
Navara, D. – l’ Ami, E.
½-½
Timman, J. – Klein, D.
½-½
Van Kampen, R. – Sevian, S.
1-0
Michiels, B. – Gunina, V.
½-½
Saleh, S. – Potkin, V.
½-½
Round 2 – Sunday Jan. 11
Wei, Y. – Potkin, V.
1-0
Gunina, V. – Saleh, S.
1-0
Sevian, S. – Michiels, B.
0-1
Klein, D. – Van Kampen, R.
½-½
l’ Ami, E. – Timman, J.
½-½
Haast, A. – Navara, D.
0-1
Shankland, S. – Dale, A.
½-½
Round 3 – Monday Jan. 12
Dale, A. – Wei, Y.
½-½
Navara, D. – Shankland, S.
½-½
Timman, J. – Haast, A.
0-1
Van Kampen, R. – l’ Ami, E.
½-½
Michiels, B. – Klein, D.
0-1
Saleh, S. – Sevian, S.
½-½
Potkin, V. – Gunina, V.
1-0
Round 4 – Tuesday Jan. 13
Wei, Y. – Gunina, V.
1-0
Sevian, S. – Potkin, V.
1-0
Klein, D. – Saleh, S.
0-1
l’ Ami, E. – Michiels, B.
1-0
Haast, A. – Van Kampen, R.
0-1
Shankland, S. – Timman, J.
½-½
Dale, A. – Navara, D.
0-1
Round 5 – Thursday Jan. 15
Navara, D. – Wei, Y.
Timman, J. – Dale, A.
Van Kampen – Shankland, S.
Michiels, B. – Haast, A.
Saleh, S. – l’ Ami, E.
Potkin, V. – Klein, D.
Gunina, V. – Sevian, S.
Round 6 – Friday Jan. 16
Wei, Y. – Sevian, S.
Klein, D. – Gunina, V.
l’ Ami, E. – Potkin, V.
Haast, A. – Saleh, S.
Shankland, S. – Michiels, B.
Dale, A. – Van Kampen, R.
Navara, D. – Timman, J.
Round 7 – Saturday Jan. 17
Timman, J. – Wei, Y.
Van Kampen, R. – Navara, D.
Michiels, B. – Dale, A.
Saleh, S. – Shankland, S.
Potkin, V. – Haast, A.
Gunina, V. – l’ Ami, E.
Sevian, S. – Klein, D.
Round 8 – Sunday Jan. 18
Wei, Y. – Klein, D.
l’ Ami, E. – Sevian, S.
Haast, A. – Gunina, V.
Shankland, S. – Potkin, V.
Dale, A. – Saleh, S.
Navara, D. – Michiels, B.
Timman, J. – Van Kampen, R.
Round 9 – Tuesday Jan. 20
Van Kampen, R. – Wei, Y.
Michiels, B. – Timman, J.
Saleh, S. – Navara, D.
Potkin, V. – Dale, A.
Gunina, V. – Shankland, S.
Sevian, S. – Haast, A.
Klein, D. – l’ Ami, E.
Round 10 – Wednesday Jan. 21
Wei, Y. – l’ Ami, E.
Haast, A. – Klein, D.
Shankland, S. – Sevian, S.
Dale, A. – Gunina, V.
Navara, D. – Potkin, V.
Timman, J. – Saleh, S.
Van Kampen, R. – Michiels, B.
Round 11 – Friday Jan. 23
Michiels, B. – Wei, Y.
Saleh, S. – Van Kampen, R.
Potkin, V. – Timman, J.
Gunina, V. – Navara, D.
Sevian, S. – Dale, A.
Klein, D. – Shankland, S.
l’ Ami, E. – Haast, A.
Round 12 – Saturday Jan. 24
Wei, Y. – Haast, A.
Shankland, S. – l’ Ami, E.
Dale, A. – Klein, D.
Navara, D. – Sevian, S.
Timman, J. – Gunina, V.
Van Kampen, R. – Potkin, V.
Michiels, B. – Saleh, S.
Round 13 – Sunday Jan. 25
Saleh, S. – Wei, Y.
Potkin, V. – Michiels, B.
Gunina, V. – Van Kampen, R.
Sevian, S. – Timman, J.
Klein, D. – Navara, D.
l’ Ami, E. – Dale, A.
Haast, A. – Shankland, S.
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