Tata Steel 2015 – Rd11: A day for the Chinese

While Carlsen drew and maintained his lead, Wesley So continues his superb run by beating Ivan Saric, and is now within a half point of the leader. Among the numerous exciting games, the one that stood out between Wojtaszek and Ding Liren, in which the Chinese player conjured up a fantastic win that no one saw coming. In the Challengers Wei Yi took the sole lead.

Hou Yifan 1-0 Jobava, Baadur
Baadur fought hard to come back from an awful position in the opening. He was almost successful, but, as usual in this tournament, he ended up imploding.

Hou Yifan


Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 0-1 Ding Liren
A fantastically complicated game, and one of the most difficult ones for me to annotate in this tournament. It was simply too hard! The positions were always murky and both sides had an incredible number of resources. Wojtaszek bravely sacrificed a pawn, and Ding Liren did not react the best way. After reaching a winning endgame… Wojtaszek managed to lose it! To be fair, it was still very complicated, take a look!

Ding Liren


Another interesting round in the Challengers, but the news of the day is certainly Wei Yi’s victory. With his performance he is simply skyrocketing in rating, reaching 2695… one more win against a similar-rated opponent and he will cross the magic 2700 barrier!

Nava now trails by half a point as he only managed a draw against Gunina.

Wei Yi


he 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.

Resource: chessbase.


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