Wijk Aan Zee and a Blunder Quiz

Wijk Aan Zee and a Blunder Quiz

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Wijk Aan Zee and a Blunder Quiz

Some interesting things in this blog: a blunder quiz, and my part-way review of the Wijk Aan Zee tournament. (It’s called the Tata Steel now, I think, but that’s a rather boring name, so I’ll call it Wijk Aan Zee, which I am more used to.

Blunder Quiz:
Try to find the move that the grandmaster (or, in one case, computer) played to lose material or blunder checkmate. This should be fairly easy: a nice departure from the usual “mate in x” quizzes. Try it out.

To start with, a blunder from the 2016 Wijk Aan Zee: White to move.
GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov– GM Pavel Eljanov Tata Steel 2016

White to move.
GM Pal Benko– GM Fridik Olafsson Stockholm Interzonal 1962

White to move.
GM Magnus Carlsen– GM Merab Gagunashvili World Blitz Championship 2006

Black to move.
GM Peter Heine Nielsen– GM Sergey Karjakin Corus Chess Tournament B Group 2005

White to move.
Mikhail Chigorin– Wilhelm Steinitz World Championship Rematch 1892

Black to move (! Computer!)
Pablo Lafuente– Shredder(computer) Mercosur Cup 2005

White to move.
Nigel Short– Michal Krasenkow FIDE World Championship 2004

Wijk Aan Zee review at the midpoint (Masters):
There have been several exciting games at this tournament. So far, it’s been a fairly successful tournament, or at least, I would say so. Here are my favorite games so far, with loose notes:

Navara playing a nice attacking game against Caruana:
David Navara–Fabiano Caruana Tata Steel 2016

Hou Yifan returning the favor:
Hou Yifan–David Navara Tata Steel 2016

And the widely publicized marquee matchup between Wei Yi and Magnus Carlsen:
Wei Yi–Magnus Carlsen Tata Steel 2016

All in all, the Masters section, while being a bit dry at times, has also produced some wonderful fighting chess. A few less draws would be nice, but, while being draws, they have not been boring, for the large part. Many less Berlins than we have seen in the last few years, and the seamless integration of a few players who are sometimes overlooked (Liren, Eljanov, Navara) in comparison to their strength leads me to declare the tournament so far a success.

My predictions for the rest of the event:

Round ten: Karjakin–Adams 1-0, Giri–Carlsen 0-1, Yifan–Eljanov ½-½, So–Tomashevsky ½-½, Liren–Van Wely 1-0, Navara–Mamedyarov ½-½, and Caruana-Yi ½-½.

Round eleven: Yi–Karjakin ½-½, Mamedyarov-Caruana ½-½, Van Wely–Navara 0-1, Tomashevsky–Liren ½-½, Eljanov-So ½-½, Carlsen–Yifan 1-0, Adams–Giri ½-½.

Round twelve: Karjakin-Giri ½-½, Yifan–Adams ½-½, So–Carlsen ½-½, Liren–Eljanov 1-0, Navara–Tomashevsky ½-½, Caruana–Van Wely 1-0, Yi–Mamedyarov 1-0.

And round thirteen: Mamedyarov–Karjakin ½-½, Van Wely–Yi 1-0, Tomashevsky–Caruana ½-½, Eljanov–Navara 1-0, Carlsen–Liren ½-½, Adams–So 1-0, Giri–Yifan ½-½.


A brilliant game was just played by Wei Yi against Navara.
Wei Yi–David Navara Tata Steel 2016

Chess on!

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