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Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2015 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 10th - 25th.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 9, 2-5. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Ding Liren - 8.5, 6. Vassily Ivanchuk - 7.5, 7. Fabiano Caruana - 7, 8. Teimour Radjabov - 6, 9-10. Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Levon Aronian - 5.5, 11. Hou Yifan - 5, 12. Ivan Saric - 4.5, 13. Loek van Wely - 4, 14. Baadur Jobava - 3.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015, Round 13: Chess Games
Round 13: Carlsen-Saric 1/2, the Sicilian Defence, Magnus sacrificed a pawn, unclear, a draw. Wojtaszek-Giri 1/2, the Gruenfeld, Radoslaw had a small edge, a draw. Aronian-Ding 0-1, Levon played badly, 16.gxf5 was better. So-Wely 1-0, a sharp fight, Wesley attacked in the centre and on the kingside. Caruana-Vachier 0-1, with counterplay, Fabiano gave a bishop, and Maxime almost checkmated the king.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015, Round 12: Chess Games
Round 12: Ding-Carlsen 1/2, after the dubious 8...Ba6?! Liren obtained a small advantage, but 16.f3 was better, after the weak 16.a3? Magnus equalized, a draw. Giri-So, Anish won a pawn and the game in 111 moves.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015, Round 11: Chess Games
Round 11: Carlsen-Vachier 1/2, the Gruenfeld, 18.Bf4 is a novelty, after 20.Qc1 Magnus had a small advantage thanks to the good pawn centre and the active queen and bishops, grabbed a pawn with 26.Bxe7, but it's not enough, a draw. So-Saric 1-0, 23...Bd5? is a mistake, so Wesley wins with 24.g4. Hou Yifan beat Jobava.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2015, The Hague, Round 10: Chess Games
Round 10, The Hague: A quick draw in Ivanchuk-Carlsen.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015, Round 9: Chess Games
Round 9: Carlsen-Radjabov, the Spanish, Magnus had a small advantage thanks to the better pawn structure, won with a knight sacrifice 31.Nxg7!. Wojtaszek-Ivanchuk 1/2, the Bogo-Indian Defence, Vassily played 4...a5, with counterplay. Caruana-Hou 1/2, a draw by perpetual check.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015, Round 8: Chess Games
Round 8: Jobava-Carlsen 0-1, 1.b3 g6, Magnus played 8...h5 with the idea of ...Bh6, outplayed the rival in the endgame. Ivanchuk-So 0-1, in the Spanish Wesley sacrificed a knight 14...Nxg2! to attack and won.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015, Round 7: Chess Games
Round 7: World Champions played: Carlsen-Hou 1-0, the Sicilian Defence, Magnus had a small advantage and won a complicated game, 51...Qxe4! was better. Giri-Ivanchuk, two bishops vs two knights, then the queen endgame.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015, Round 6: Chess Games
Round 6: Caruana-Carlsen 0-1, the Sicilian Defence, 3.Bb5. Magnus played the risky 8...e5?!, and Fabiano did not take the pawn, but after 9.Nxe5 Nxe4 10.Qf3 f5 11.Bf4 White is better. Then Fabiano attacked on the queenside with 12.b4, and Magnus counterattacked on the kingside with 12...f5. 29.Bxf4? is a mistake, Magnus had a huge advantage, attacking the king.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2015, Rotterdam, Round 5: Chess Games
Round 5, Rotterdam: Carlsen-Aronian 1-0, the Ragozin Defence, Magnus played better in the middlegame and won. Wojtaszek-Caruana 1-0, the Dutch Defence, but Radoslaw preferred the main line, without b4, played 7.Nc3 c6 8.Re1, Fabiano made mistakes 39...d3?, 41...Bb3?, correct was 38...Ra3 with equality. A sharp fight in So-Hou, a draw.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015, Round 4: Chess Games
Round 4: van Wely-Carlsen, the Gruenfeld Defence, a theoretical duel, Magnus equalized and then outplayed Loek in the endgame, 25.Rc2 was better to keep the b2 pawn. Caruana-So, the Spanish, unclear, a draw.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015, Round 3: Chess Games
Round 3: Magnus Carlsen played the Dutch Defence vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek! Also Carlsen played the Dutch vs Aronian, Sinquefield Cup 2013. But Wojtaszek seized space on the queenside with 4.b4, grabbed a pawn with 18.Rxa3, and won. A wild fight in Saric-Hou, Yifan had a big advantage after the strong 17...Re4, probably she plans to attack White's king, but missed 18...Rxa4, a draw by repetition. Ding quickly beat Jobava. Ivanchuk won vs van Wely. So beat Aronian.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015, Round 2: Chess Games
Round 2: Carlsen-So, the Nimzo-Indian, with counterplay, a draw. Caruana-Saric, the Spanish Game, two knights vs two bishops, Fabiano won two pawns and the game.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015, Round 1: Chess Games
Round 1: Giri played the pawn endgame vs Carlsen, a draw. Hou chose the French Defence vs Vachier-Lagrave, logical, with counterplay, but after Yifan's mistake 31...Nc3? Maxime grabbed a pawn and won, 31...Nc5= was better. Ding had many weaknesses, gave a pawn and lost to Caruana (33...Qxc5+ was more spectacular).
Magnus Carlsen, Hou Yifan, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Teimour Radjabov, Ding Liren, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk, Loek van Wely, Ivan Saric.
Games TS 2015 (91, pgn)

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