First results are out!
Group A: Smeets won a very nice game vs Shirov using a novelty in Arkhangelsk Variation; Carlsen drew Aronian – as he tweeted himself “the opening was unsuccessful”. Nijboer drew Chao in Group B.
View Live Games at http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/livegames
Wonderful photo report from first hands is on http://www.alinalami.com/
IM Khurtsidze caught up with IM Melia after the latter drew and they both have 3.5 out of 5. IMs Lomineishvili and Khotenashvili have 3.
You will find more on the championship on http://chess-results.com/tnr42551.aspx?art=1&lan=1&fed=GEO&flag=30&m=-1&wi=1000
Read an interesting interview of Radjabov regarding the FIDE World Championship Cycle on http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6939
73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament (previously known as Corus :-)) will start on Saturday!
Participants of grandmaster group A:
GM Magnus Carlsen NOR 2814
GM Viswanathan Anand IND 2810
GM Levon Aronian ARM 2805
GM Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2784
GM Alexander Grischuk RUS 2773
GM Hikaru Nakamura USA 2751
GM Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2744
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2733
GM Wang Hao CHN 2731
GM Alexei Shirov SPA 2722
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2715
GM Anish Giri NED 2686
GM Jan Smeets NED 2662
GM Erwin l’Ami NED 2628
As we can see, the 4 best players by rating take part in it!
View all the info on http://www.tatasteelchess.com/
IM Melia won her 4th round game and is now a sole leader with 3 points. Seven players are on 2.
Check out results on http://chess-results.com/tnr42551.aspx?art=1&lan=1&flag=30&m=-1&wi=1000
You can view games on http://www.chesspoti.ge/public_html/mydir/4/tfd.htm