Dutch Comeback: Giri, Van Foreest Win In Tata Steel Chess Round 2
Several GMs take interest in Carlsen's opening position. | Photo: Alina l'Ami/Tata Steel Chess.

Dutch Comeback: Giri, Van Foreest Win In Tata Steel Chess Round 2

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After losing their games in the first round, Dutch GMs Anish Giri and Jorden van Foreest bounced back with wins in the second round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.

A disappointing first day was followed by a much better second day for the local fans in Wijk aan Zee. The hundreds of spectators, most of them playing themselves in the traditional Weekender, saw both Giri and Van Foreest play (and win!) excellent games.

Playing hall Tata Steel Chess 2019The stage with the 28 players of the two groups. | Photo: Alina l'Ami/Tata Steel Chess.

In the case of the 19-year-old Van Foreest, the oldest of four chess-playing siblings, just about every win can be called an upset—especially with the black pieces. It must be a wonderful feeling for the lowest seed in the tournament to have gotten rid of the zero on the scoreboard this early.

For the second day in a row involved in an Exchange Caro-Kann, Van Foreest found good counterplay on the kingside against Duda's aggressive intentions elsewhere. At some point the knights of both players seemed in danger, and it was the Polish GM who went wrong when the time was running low.

"Somehow I survived. I don't know what happened exactly," Van Foreest said. "After the time trouble was over I was much better if not winning."

Van Foreest was interviewed after the game.

Duda Tata Steel Chess 2019A tough loss against the lowest seed for Duda. | Photo: Alina l'Ami/Tata Steel Chess.

Giri played a fine game as well, against his former nemesis Vladimir Kramnik. Over his career the Dutchman started with seven classical losses to the 14th world champ, but has now won the last three. The fact that Kramnik had to play the game without his glasses, which are broken and will be fixed on Monday, might have played a role.

With less sight, Kramnik was actually playing a good game, and if he had played 19.g3 instead of 19.e5, Giri would have been under serious pressure. As it went, Giri could counter strongly with an exchange sac that Kramnik didn't dare to take, but as it went he was without a chance anyway.

"I was very happy when he played 19.e5, because I already saw the contours of this Petrosian exchange sacrifice but I thought I would lose anyway," said Giri. "I said to myself: yesterday I played like a drunk Tal, today I play like a drunk Petrosian! That was a great way to find joy after losing two games, but then I didn't lose it."

Giri was interviewed after the game.

Kramnik-Giri Tata Steel Chess 2019That was Giri's third straight win in classical games vs Kramnik. | Photo: Alina l'Ami/Tata Steel Chess.

Magnus Carlsen also drew his second game. He went for a Saemisch Benoni/King's Indian which Ian Nepomniachtchi had used in the same playing hall to draw with Levon Aronian two years ago. It seems Nepomniachtchi was better prepared anyway; his 13...c4 quickly led to a queenless middlegame where Black looks a bit worse, but it's actually "more or less playable," as Nepomniachtchi put it.

Nepomniachtchi was interviewed after the game.

The Russian GM had to start with two black games against the two players who finished on plus-five last year, but survived: "Ding had his own record of 100 games unbeaten and this year I already have my record of two games unbeaten!" said Nepomniachtchi.

Said Carlsen: "Frankly speaking I didn't remember that much, apart from that the exchange sac was supposed to be playable but like yesterday it was brief but exciting. He probably knew more than I did; I was probably bluffing just a tad."

Carlsen was interviewed after the game.

Nepomniachtchi-Carlsen Tata Steel 2019Nepomniachtchi and Carlsen chatting after the game. | Photo: Alina l'Ami/Tata Steel Chess.

The world champ continued his running gag of pretending he's playing Giri in each round, saying: "He surprised me with the opening, maybe because he had lost the first round and wanted to get revenge this time."

This quote was edited out from the interview on the Tata Steel Chess YouTube channel, but of course it reached the internet anyway and Giri was quick to join the fun:

Sam Shankland was outplaying Richard Rapport with the black pieces until he reached a winning knight endgame. Over the board it was extremely difficult though, especially when nobody can whisper in your ear that it is in fact winning. 

If the U.S. champion had been given the position after 74.Nf8 with the remark "Black to move and win," he would probably have found 74...h6! there...

Rapport Tata Steel Chess 2019Richard Rapport escaped in round two. | Photo: Alina l'Ami/Tata Steel Chess.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov expectedly drew without much of a fight and Vishy Anand couldn't get much against Vladimir Fedoseev's Petroff.

Ding Liren's remarkable novelty on move six in an English game vs Vidit Santosh Gujrathi didn't do much either, although this was definitely the most interesting of the draws:

Vidit was interviewed after the game.

Tata Steel Chess Masters | Round 2 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts SB
1 Anand,Viswanathan 2773 2858 ½ 1 1.5/2 1.5
2 Nepomniachtchi,Ian 2763 2999 ½ 1 1.5/2 1.5
3 Carlsen,Magnus 2835 2788 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1.25
4 Fedoseev,Vladimir 2724 2752 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1.25
5 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2817 2741 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1
6 Ding,Liren 2813 2765 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1
7 Rapport,Richard 2731 2725 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1
8 Shankland,Samuel 2725 2774 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1
9 Radjabov,Teimour 2757 2797 ½ ½ 1.0/2 0.75
10 Vidit,Santosh Gujrathi 2695 2775 ½ ½ 1.0/2 0.75
11 Giri,Anish 2783 2770 0 1 1.0/2 0.5
12 Van Foreest,Jorden 2612 2755 0 1 1.0/2 0.5
13 Kramnik,Vladimir 2777 2580 ½ 0 0.5/2 0.5
14 Duda,Jan-Krzysztof 2738 2463 ½ 0 0.5/2 0.5

In the challengers group, there's also no player left with a perfect score after two days of play. There were just two winners, and the first was IM Vincent Keymer, GM Peter Leko's 14-year-old protege. (Leko is joining the live broadcast every day and discusses his training methods as well as his invaluable insights in top level chess—don't miss that!)

Peter Leko Tata Steel Chess 2019Peter Leko pictured in the press room. | Photo: Alina l'Ami/Tata Steel Chess.

It took a while for Keymer to gain the advantage against Dutch IM Stefan Kuipers, but when it was there, it was suddenly over:

Vincent Keymer Tata Steel Chess 2019Vincent Keymer got his first win early. | Photo: Alina l'Ami/Tata Steel Chess.

Iranian GM Parham Maghsoodloo defeated IM Elisabeth Paehtz as he first got a positional advantage and then decided the game with a petite combinaison:

The Kazakh IM Dinara Saduakassova had to suffer a blow that hopefully won't influence her following games too much. She reached a completely winning position against GM Lucas van Foreest but failed to convert, and then had to defend a slightly worse endgame:

Tata Steel Chess Challengers | Round 2 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts SB
1 Korobov,Anton 2699 2837 ½ 1 1.5/2 1.5
2 Bareev,Evgeny 2650 2762 ½ 1 1.5/2 1.25
3 Chigaev,Maksim 2604 2751 ½ 1 1.5/2 1.25
4 L'Ami,Erwin 2643 2717 ½ 1 1.5/2 0.5
5 Keymer,Vincent 2500 2664 ½ 1 1.5/2 0.25
6 Gledura,Benjamin 2615 2601 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1.25
7 Esipenko,Andrey 2584 2665 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1.25
8 Kovalev,Vladislav 2687 2562 ½ ½ 1.0/2 0.75
9 Van Foreest,Lucas 2502 2543 ½ ½ 1.0/2 0.75
10 Maghsoodloo,Parham 2679 2588 0 1 1.0/2 0.5
11 Paehtz,Elisabeth 2477 2399 ½ 0 0.5/2 0.75
12 Praggnanandhaa R 2539 2478 0 ½ 0.5/2 0.5
13 Saduakassova,Dinara 2472 2363 0 ½ 0.5/2 0.5
14 Kuipers,Stefan 2470 1772 0 0 0.0/2

Replay the live broadcast of the second round.

Just like in previous years, the official video broadcast is "proudly powered" by, which you can watch on both and All rounds start at 1:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. New York, 4:30 Pacific) in Wijk aan Zee, except for three rounds:

  • On January 16 (Alkmaar) the rounds starts half an hour later, at 2 p.m.
  • On January 23 (Leiden) the rounds starts half an hour later, at 2 p.m.
  • The final round, on Sunday January 27, starts 1.5 hours earlier, at noon local time.

Commentary will be provided by IMs Anna Rudolf and Lawrence Trent during the first week, and GM Robert Hess and IM Sopiko Guramishvili during the second week.

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