Wesley So has now climbed to 2820.1 on the live rating list after his efforts in the Haarlem Philharmonia. He has opened up a 1-point gap on the field with only three rounds of the 2017 Tata Steel Masters to go. He outprepared the brilliantly prepared Radek Wojtaszek and went on to make the rest look very easy.

Wesley had made it his trademark to claim 9-round events by winning 3 games and drawing the rest, so perhaps it was fitting that in Round 10 he picked up another win and greatly increased his chances of starting 2017 with a supertournament victory. It’s noteworthy that he’s already played all but Wei Yi in the 5-man chasing pack.

The victory over Radek Wojtaszek was yet more evidence that So has added superb opening preparation to his already formidable practical skills. Wesley was in his own private “theory” until he played 18.b4:

Levon Aronian scored a beautiful win over Richard Rapport to move into a tie for second with Carlsen, Eljanov, Wei Yi and Sergey Karjakin, with the latter winning the all-Russian derby against Dmitry Andreikin. In the Challengers the leaders drew to allow Jeffery Xiong to join them in the battle for a Masters place next year.

After the rest day the final three rounds take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In Round 11, So has Black against Andreikin, who’s on a run of two losses in three games, while Carlsen had probably pencilled in White against Adhiban as a must-win game, at least before the tournament began. Wei Yi – Karjakin will be another important clash in the race for first place.

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Apr 01, 2016

Karjakin is Magnus Carlsen’s challenger

Sergey Karjakin is Magnus Carlsen’s challenger for the World Championship title after winning the Moscow Candidates Tournament by a full point. Since then he’s been swept up in a whirl of media appearances, including giving numerous interviews to the Russian press. We take a look at some of his comments on the key moments of the tournament, his preparation and his expectations for the match against Carlsen this November.

Sergey Karjakin’s final tournament before the Candidates was the Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee. After that he took a leaf from Magnus Carlsen’s playbook and headed for somewhere warmer – the United Arab Emirates, it later turned out – to prepare, giving the occasional hint on social media.
Karjakin on his Candidates Tournament triumph
Karjakin: It was very important to build up a certain number of ideas, because without surprises for your opponents it’s almost impossible to win such a tournament. In order to do that it was absolutely necessary to hold a training camp, especially as I also had to get some rest and store up energy. The United Arab Emirates was very well suited to those goals. The weather was around +30 and the work went great. By the way, I can already announce my “secret” fourth second – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

In that case can you also announce your “non-secret” ones!

Yury Dokhoian, Vladimir Potkin and Alexander Motylev. We did a great job, stored up some ideas and, at the same time, relaxed. I arrived in Moscow in top condition!

It’s always like that – you use a small part of what you’ve prepared. But at the same time, I managed to pose big opening problems to Anand, who’s famous for his preparation, and in some other games as well. Perhaps they weren’t so spectacular, but in terms of the opening I got good positions, and that boosted my confidence. Of course the good start to the tournament also did that. (RCF)

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Aug 05, 2017

Hou Yifan becoming the first woman to win the Biel Chess Festival

Women’s no. 1 Hou Yifan won her last three games to take clear first place in Biel, becoming the first woman to win the top prize in the Biel Chess Festival’s 50-year history. Her 2809 performance featured five wins and a tactical shot that will become an instant classic. Second place was taken by Etienne Bacrot, who in the final round inflicted the first defeat of the tournament on Harikrishna. The Indian Grandmaster had to settle for 3rd place.

Elsewhere Peter Leko ended a very mixed tournament on a high by grinding out a win against Alexander Morozevich in 66 moves and many hours, while Ponomariov joined him on +1 by beating the luckless Noel Studer. The story, though, was all about Hou Yifan!

Her result was one of the best ever achieved by a female player, with Judit Polgar’s joint 1st with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the 2006 Essent Chess Tournament one of the last comparable results (she twice beat then world no. 1 Veselin Topalov in that event), while Judit also tied for 1st in the 2011 European Championship, though she eventually took bronze behind Potkin and Wojtaszek on tiebreaks. If we allow speed chess into the mix, then Valentina Gunina’s brilliant 9/10 at last year’s London Super Rapidplay needs to be mentioned as well.


Feb 04, 2021

Dutch winner of the Tata Steel Masters

21-year-old Jorden van Foreest is the first Dutch winner of Wijk aan Zee since Jan Timman 36 years ago in 1985. It could have been another Dutchman, Anish Giri, but Jorden won their playoff in Armageddon mayhem on the same day the 11th seed crossed 2700 for the first time. 18-year-old Russian Andrey Esipenko also crossed 2700 as he finished 3rd, on the same score as Fabiano Caruana and 17-year-old Alireza Firouzja, who was furious when the arbiters tried to move his game to another board before the playoff. Magnus Carlsen beat MVL, but still finished in his lowest place since he first played Wijk aged 16.

The final standings look as follows.You can hover over a player’s name to see all his results, or click on a result in the crosstable to open that game.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the Tata Steel Masters games with computer analysis
  • Carlsen opens up about retirement before 17th Wijk aan Zee appearance 
  • Wojtaszek on Wijk aan Zee
  • Carlsen-Firouzja as Tata Steel starts with a bang
  • Duda on Wijk aan Zee
  • Tata Steel Masters 1: Carlsen gambles to beat Firouzja
  • Tata Steel Masters 2: Grandelius leads as Caruana grabs first win
  • Tata Steel Masters 3: Caruana’s unfinished masterpiece | Hari & Firouzja win
  • Tata Steel Masters 4: All draws, despite some great battles
  • Tata Steel Masters 5: Grandelius beats MVL to regain sole lead
  • Tata Steel Masters 6: Magnus miss as Firouzja and Van Foreest strike
  • Tata Steel Masters 7: Fabi, Alireza, Anish & Jorden lead
  • Tata Steel Masters 8: Esipenko crushes Carlsen | Firouzja top
  • Tata Steel Masters 9: Carlsen, Caruana & Giri all win
  • Tata Steel Masters 10: Giri leads before Carlsen showdown
  • Tata Steel Masters 11: Carlsen can’t stop Giri
  • Tata Steel Masters 12: Firouzja’s miracle save delays Giri