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Tata Steel Challengers Tournament

Gawain Jones9/13(+7 -2 =4)[games]
Markus Ragger9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Jeffery Xiong8.5/13(+7 -3 =3)[games]
Eric Hansen8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Lu Shanglei8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Ilia Smirin8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Aryan Tari7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Erwin L'Ami7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Nils Grandelius7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Benjamin Bok5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Vladimir Dobrov4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[games]
Jorden van Foreest4/13(+2 -7 =4)[games]
Tingjie Lei3.5/13(+2 -8 =3)[games]
Sopiko Guramishvili1.5/13(+0 -10 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Tata Steel Challengers (2017)

The 2017 Tata Steel Challengers took place from 14-29 January in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. The 14-player single round-robin offered the winner an automatic place in the 2018 Tata Steel Masters. Austria's Markus Ragger was top seed, while 16-year-old World Junior Champion Jeffery Xiong from the USA was one of the players to watch. The time control was 100 minutes for 40 moves followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment per move from move 1. If two or more players tied for first place then a rapid or blitz playoff would be held. (1) Gawain Jones took first, winning the tiebreak against Markus Ragger, and qualified for Tata Steel Masters (2018).

Official site: https://history.tatasteelchess.com/.... Schedule and results: https://history.tatasteelchess.com/...

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Jones 2665 * 1 0 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 9 2 Ragger 2697 0 * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 9 3 Xiong 2667 1 0 * 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8½ 4 Hansen 2603 0 0 1 * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 8 5 Lu Shanglei 2612 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 8 6 Smirin 2667 1 ½ 0 0 1 * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 8 7 Tari 2584 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7½ 8 l'Ami 2605 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 7 9 Grandelius 2642 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7 10 Bok 2608 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 5½ 11 Dobrov 2499 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * 0 1 1 4½ 12 van Foreest 2612 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ 4 13 Tingjie Lei 2467 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 3½ 14 Guramishvili 2370 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 * 1½

(1) Chess24: Tata Steel Challengers https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

Previous: Tata Steel Challengers (2016). Next: Tata Steel Challengers (2018). See also Tata Steel Masters (2017)

 page 4 of 4; games 76-91 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
76. E Hansen vs G Jones  0-1622017Tata Steel ChallengersC78 Ruy Lopez
77. M Ragger vs N Grandelius  ½-½1302017Tata Steel ChallengersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
78. B Bok vs L'Ami  ½-½342017Tata Steel ChallengersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
79. Smirin vs Tingjie Lei  1-0502017Tata Steel ChallengersB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
80. A Tari vs Xiong 1-0422017Tata Steel ChallengersC42 Petrov Defense
81. M Ragger vs J van Foreest 1-0452017Tata Steel ChallengersB12 Caro-Kann Defense
82. N Grandelius vs Lu Shanglei  0-1402017Tata Steel ChallengersB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
83. S Guramishvili vs E Hansen  ½-½322017Tata Steel ChallengersD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
84. G Jones vs V Dobrov 1-0282017Tata Steel ChallengersB40 Sicilian
85. L'Ami vs M Ragger  ½-½342017Tata Steel ChallengersD80 Grunfeld
86. E Hansen vs Smirin  1-0262017Tata Steel ChallengersB42 Sicilian, Kan
87. Xiong vs B Bok  ½-½372017Tata Steel ChallengersB54 Sicilian
88. J van Foreest vs N Grandelius  ½-½782017Tata Steel ChallengersA45 Queen's Pawn Game
89. V Dobrov vs S Guramishvili  1-0542017Tata Steel ChallengersD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
90. Lu Shanglei vs G Jones ½-½642017Tata Steel ChallengersC50 Giuoco Piano
91. Tingjie Lei vs A Tari 0-1292017Tata Steel ChallengersE01 Catalan, Closed
 page 4 of 4; games 76-91 of 91  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-23-17  Mr. V: <dumbgai> Because there aren't that many talented Dutch female players. Anne Haast, and then there's Sopiko whose husband plays for the Dutch federation. But that's not why she was invited, as stated earlier.
Jan-24-17  gopi11: This is getting interesting...
Jan-25-17  JohnBoy: Xiong catches the leaders at 7/10. Three rounds left.
Jan-25-17  fisayo123: Jeffery had a pretty tough start to this event with 3 blacks in his first 4 games but he's hitting his stride now. These things even out themselves eventually.
Jan-25-17  fisayo123: Pretty shocking performance so far from Van Foreest. I can't say I'm too surprised because I felt his 2612 rating overrated him a bit judging from what I've seen from his games. The fact that he's currently behind a no name Russian sub-2500 GM must be somewhat embarrassing for him.
Jan-25-17  sac 4 mate: <Jeffery had a pretty tough start to this event with 3 blacks in his first 4 games but he's hitting his stride now. These things even out themselves eventually.>

Indeed, he's won all his white games so far. He'll have a tough task on Friday against Smirin, however.

Jan-25-17  waustad: I couldn't find the tiebreak details if there is a tie for first. Who is elevated to the Masters section next year?
Jan-25-17  JohnBoy: Sopiko has an infant. That is always tougher on the mother than father. How much you want to bet she's the one getting up twice in the night to nurse the child.
Jan-25-17  dumbgai: And Hansen only a half point back. Come on, make me some chessbucks!
Jan-25-17  PhilFeeley: Go chessbrah!
Jan-27-17  JohnBoy: Xiong taking it to Smirin! First place and pressing.
Jan-27-17  belgradegambit: Xiong finishes 2 lower ranked opponents in Bok and Tari.
Jan-27-17  Imran Iskandar: Everything falling perfectly into place for Xiong it seems!
Jan-27-17  fisayo123: <belgradegambit> Yeah but two young, talented and dangerous opponents.

Jeffery just has to play normally and not try to be conservative as black in his next game vs Tari.

Jan-27-17  gopi11: USA's future board 4 is starting to flex his muscles!

Out of the top 100 players (rating wise), Jeffery Xiong is the only unrated rapid and blitz player. I wonder how strong his rapid/blitz game if he needs it?

Jan-28-17  Jambow: Xiong is moving rather quick... and as <gopi11> said USA future board 4 seems to be in our mix. Man it is amazing how fast the USA has become a force in chess and rather unexpected too. Rex Sinqufield certainly has had a role... Polgar deserves mention too.

Will USA be able to send two teams? I mean Shankland, Sevian and Robson are all very strong players. Maybe not world beaters but on any given day...

Well two rounds left and it isn't over yet, games to be won drawn or lost.

Jan-28-17  PhilFeeley: Sopiko might win her first game - against Eric Hansen :-(
Jan-29-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: <Jambow> All chess players would like to repossess their pieces during games :)
Jan-29-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: <JohnBoy> I bet Anish Giri is doing his share.
Jan-29-17  dumbgai: Sopiko manages to outdo Anne Haast's 2/13 from last year by scoring 1.5/13. Next year perhaps Tata Steel should consider inviting Mohamed Ali Dima to keep the progress going.
Jan-29-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Tata wouldn't dare inviting me, I'd set all sort of (futility) records.
Jan-29-17  John Abraham: Sopiko might want to stop taking lessons from her husband about how to get drawn games, and instead try winning some. Seems like she wanted to draw all her games here but ended up losing many of them.
Jan-29-17  WorstPlayerEver: The trouble with the Dutch is they have no training program for their talents.
Jan-29-17  sonia91: Gawain Jones won on tiebreak and qualified for the 2018 Masters!
Jan-30-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Yay! Go Gawain!
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