Giri-Carlsen In 1st Round Tata Steel

Giri-Carlsen In 1st Round Tata Steel

In the first round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen will play with the black pieces against GM Anish Giri.

The 77th edition of the annual super tournament in Wijk aan Zee was opened on Friday afternoon. In Tata Steel's Dudok Huis in Velzen-Noord, managing director Theo Henrar emphasized the tournament's long tradition:

“It started as a tournament for personnel, but over the years it has grown into a renowned tournament of world fame. We are proud that the world's best players come to Wijk aan Zee every year.”

Two world champions and two dancers. | Photo courtesy of Tata Steel.

After Anish Giri performed the prize giving of a scholastic event held earlier on Friday, the ceremony continued with a performance by 14 dancers of the Albeda Dance College from Rotterdam. Then, one by one the players had to pick one of the dancers, who revealed their lot number.

Magnus Carlsen wasn't too happy with his pairing.

He ended up with lot number nine: “When you pick number nine, you play Anish in the first round and you get a couple of Blacks almost at the very start, you're not going to be flying through the roof. But still it's a long tournament and it's not going to be decided early.”

One player who is looking forward to playing Carlsen is Wesley So. “It's a big honor for me to be able to play him for the first time.” He got lot number seven, a lucky number as his mother recently told him.

Below is a video with some brief reactions from Carlsen and So and also GM Ivan Saric, who was promoted from the challengers group, and GM Sam Sevian, the youngest GM in the world who will be playing in the challengers.

The first round starts Saturday at 1:30pm local time, which is 4:30am Pacific, 7:30am New York and 11:30pm Sydney.

Below you'll find the full schedule and pairings for both groups.


2015 Tata Steel Masters | Pairings

Round 1 10.01.15 13.30 CET Round 2 11.01.15 13.30 CET
Radjabov - Van Wely Van Wely - Wojtaszek
Ivanchuk - Jobava Carlsen - So
Vachier-Lagrave - Hou Yifan Aronian - Giri
Ding Liren - Caruana Caruana - Saric
Saric - Aronian Hou Yifan - Ding Liren
Giri - Carlsen Jobava - Vachier-Lagrave
So - Wojtaszek Radjabov - Ivanchuk
Round 3 12.01.15 13.30 CET Round 4 13.01.15 13.30 CET
Ivanchuk - Van Wely Van Wely - Carlsen
Vachier-Lagrave - Radjabov Aronian - Wojtaszek
Ding Liren - Jobava Caruana - So
Saric - Hou Yifan Hou Yifan - Giri
Giri - Caruana Jobava - Saric
So - Aronian Radjabov - Ding Liren
Wojtaszek - Carlsen Ivanchuk - Vachier-Lagrave
Round 5 15.01.15 13.30 CET Round 6 16.01.15 13.30 CET
Vachier-Lagrave - Van Wely Van Wely - Aronian
Ding Liren - Ivanchuk Caruana - Carlsen
Saric - Radjabov Hou Yifan - Wojtaszek
Giri - Jobava Jobava - So
So - Hou Yifan Radjabov - Giri
Wojtaszek - Caruana Ivanchuk - Saric
Carlsen - Aronian Vachier-Lagrave - Ding Liren
Round 7 17.01.15 13.30 CET Round 8 18.01.15 13.30 CET
Ding Liren - Van Wely Van Wely - Caruana
Saric - Vachier-Lagrave Hou Yifan - Aronian
Giri - Ivanchuk Jobava - Carlsen
So - Radjabov Radjabov - Wojtaszek
Wojtaszek - Jobava Ivanchuk - So
Carlsen - Hou Yifan Vachier-Lagrave - Giri
Aronian - Caruana Ding Liren - Saric
Round 9 20.01.15 13.30 CET Round 10 21.01.15 13.30 CET
Saric - Van Wely Van Wely - Hou Yifan
Giri - Ding Liren Jobava - Caruana
So - Vachier-Lagrave Radjabov - Aronian
Wojtaszek - Ivanchuk Ivanchuk - Carlsen
Carlsen - Radjabov Vachier-Lagrave - Wojtaszek
Aronian - Jobava Ding Liren - So
Caruana - Hou Yifan Saric - Giri
Round 11 23.01.15 13.30 CET Round 12 24.01.15 13.30 CET
Giri - Van Wely Van Wely - Jobava
So - Saric Radjabov - Hou Yifan
Wojtaszek - Ding Liren Ivanchuk - Caruana
Carlsen - Vachier-Lagrave Vachier-Lagrave - Aronian
Aronian - Ivanchuk Ding Liren - Carlsen
Caruana - Radjabov Saric - Wojtaszek
Hou Yifan - Jobava Giri - So
Round 13 25.01.15 12.00 CET
So - Van Wely
Wojtaszek - Giri
Carlsen - Saric
Aronian - Ding Liren
Caruana - Vachier-Lagrave
Hou Yifan - Ivanchuk
Jobava - Radjabov

2015 Tata Steel Challengers | Pairings

Round 1 10.01.15 13.30 CET Round 2 11.01.15 13.30 CET
Shankland - Wei Yi Wei Yi - Potkin
Dale - Haast Gunina - Saleh
Navara - l'Ami Sevian - Michiels
Timman - Klein Klein - Van Kampen
Van Kampen - Sevian l'Ami - Timman
Michiels - Gunina Haast - Navara
Saleh - Potkin Shankland - Dale
Round 3 12.01.15 13.30 CET Round 4 13.01.15 13.30 CET
Dale - Wei Yi Wei Yi - Gunina
Navara - Shankland Sevian - Potkin
Timman - Haast Klein - Saleh
Van Kampen - l'Ami l'Ami - Michiels
Michiels - Klein Haast - Van Kampen
Saleh - Sevian Shankland - Timman
Potkin - Gunina Dale - Navara
Round 5 15.01.15 13.30 CET Round 6 16.01.15 13.30 CET
Navara - Wei Yi Wei Yi - Sevian
Timman - Dale Klein - Gunina
Van Kampen - Shankland l'Ami - Potkin
Michiels - Haast Haast - Saleh
Saleh - l'Ami Shankland - Michiels
Potkin - Klein Dale - Van Kampen
Gunina - Sevian Navara - Timman
Round 7 17.01.15 13.30 CET Round 8 18.01.15 13.30 CET
Timman - Wei Yi Wei Yi - Klein
Van Kampen - Navara l'Ami - Sevian
Michiels - Dale Haast - Gunina
Saleh - Shankland Shankland - Potkin
Potkin - Haast Dale - Saleh
Gunina - l'Ami Navara - Michiels
Sevian - Klein Timman - Van Kampen
Round 9 20.01.15 13.30 CET Round 10 21.01.15 13.30 CET
Van Kampen - Wei Yi Wei Yi - l'Ami
Michiels - Timman Haast - Klein
Saleh - Navara Shankland - Sevian
Potkin - Dale Dale - Gunina
Gunina - Shankland Navara - Potkin
Sevian - Haast Timman - Saleh
Klein - l'Ami Van Kampen - Michiels
Round 11 23.01.15 13.30 CET Round 12 24.01.15 13.30 CET
Michiels - Wei Yi Wei Yi - Haast
Saleh - Van Kampen Shankland - l'Ami
Potkin - Timman Dale - Klein
Gunina - Navara Navara - Sevian
Sevian - Dale Timman - Gunina
Klein - Shankland Van Kampen - Potkin
l'Ami - Haast Michiels - Saleh
Round 13 25.01.15 12.00 CET
Saleh - Wei Yi
Potkin - Michiels
Gunina - Van Kampen
Sevian - Timman
Klein - Navara
l'Ami - Dale
Haast - Shankland
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