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Saturday, January 22, 2011

2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament:Rounds 5-7 results and round 7 standings, round 8 pairings

Here are the results from rounds 5, 6 and 7 for:

Grandmaster Group A:
(the player on the left had the white pieces in the

Round 5 - Thursday the 20th
J. Smeets - V. Anand 0-1
M. Carlsen - E. l'Ami 1-0
H. Nakamura - R. Ponomariov ½-½
M. Vachier-Lagrave - A. Giri ½-½
I. Nepomniachtchi - A. Shirov ½-½
V. Kramnik - L. Aronian ½-½
W. Hao - A. Grischuk 1-0

Round 6 - Friday the 21st
V. Anand - A. Grischuk ½-½
L. Aronian - W. Hao ½-½
A. Shirov - V. Kramnik 0-1
A. Giri - I. Nepomniachtchi 0-1
R. Ponomariov - M. Vachier-Lagrave ½-½
E. l'Ami - H. Nakamura 0-1
J. Smeets - M. Carlsen 0-1

Round 7 - Saturday the 22nd
M. Carlsen - V. Anand ½-½
H. Nakamura - J. Smeets 1-0
M. Vachier-Lagrave - E. l'Ami ½-½
I. Nepomniachtchi - R. Ponomariov ½-½
V. Kramnik - A. Giri 1-0
W. Hao - A. Shirov ½-½
A. Grischuk - L. Aronian 0-1

These results mean the following standings
exist in the group after 7 rounds of play:

1.H. Nakamura
2.V. Anand5
3.L. Aronian
V. Kramnik
5.M. Carlsen
I. Nepomniachtchi
M. Vachier-Lagrave
8.R. Ponomariov
9.A. Giri
W. Hao
11.E. l'Ami
12.A. Grischuk
J. Smeets
14.A. Shirov

Grandmaster Group B:

Here are the results from rounds 5,6 and 7 of the group:

Round 5 - Thursday the 20th
L. McShane - L. Fressinet ½-½
R. Wojtaszek - F. Nijboer 1-0
L. Liem - V. Tkachiev ½-½
G. Sargissian - L. Chao ½-½
J. Hammer - W. Spoelman 1-0
Z. Efimenko - D. Navara 1-0
S. Ganguly - W. So 0-1

Round 6 - Friday the 21st
L. Fressinet - W. So 0-1
D. Navara - S. Ganguly 1-0
W. Spoelman - Z. Efimenko 0-1
L. Chao - J. Hammer 1-0
V. Tkachiev - G. Sargissian ½-½
F. Nijboer - L. Liem 0-1
L. McShane - R. Wojtaszek 1-0

Round 7 - Saturday the 22nd
R. Wojtaszek - L. Fressinet 1-0
L. Liem - L. McShane 1-0
G. Sargissian - F. Nijboer 1-0
J. Hammer - V. Tkachiev 0-1
Z. Efimenko - L. Chao ½-½
S. Ganguly - W. Spoelman 1-0
W. So - D. Navara 1-0

These were the standings after 7 rounds of play
in GM Group B:

Z. Efimenko
L. McShane
W. So
4.G. Sargissian
5.R. Wojtaszek4
6.L. Chao
L. Liem
D. Navara
V. Tkachiev
10.L. Fressinet3
11.S. Ganguly
12.J. Hammer
F. Nijboer
W. Spoelman


Grandmaster Group C:

Here are the results from rounds 5-7 in this group:

Round 5 - Thursday the 20th
I. Ivanisevic - B. Bok 1-0
K. Lahno - S. Siebrecht 1-0
D. Swiercz - M. van der Werf 0-1
I. Nyzhnyk - R. Pruijssers 1-0
R. van Kampen - T. Sachdev ½-½
D. Vocaturo - M. Bluvshtein 1-0
M. Kazhgaleyev - J.W. de Jong 1-0

Round 6 - Friday the 21st
B. Bok - J.W. de Jong 0-1
M. Bluvshtein - M. Kazhgaleyev 0-1
T. Sachdev - D. Vocaturo 1-0
R. Pruijssers - R. van Kampen ½-½
M. van der Werf - I. Nyzhnyk ½-½
S. Siebrecht - D. Swiercz 0-1
I. Ivanisevic - K. Lahno ½-½

Round 7 - Saturday the 22nd
K. Lahno - B. Bok 1-0
D. Swiercz - I. Ivanisevic ½-½
I. Nyzhnyk - S. Siebrecht 1-0
R. van Kampen - M. van der Werf 1-0
D. Vocaturo - R. Pruijssers 1-0
M. Kazhgaleyev - T. Sachdev 1-0
J.W. de Jong - M. Bluvshtein 0-1

These are the standings in Grandmaster Group C after 7 rounds of play:

1.I. Nyzhnyk
D. Vocaturo
3.K. Lahno5
4.M. Bluvshtein
M. Kazhgaleyev
6.I. Ivanisevic
T. Sachdev
D. Swiercz
M. van der Werf
10.R. van Kampen3
11.B. Bok
S. Siebrecht
13.J.W. de Jong
R. Pruijssers

Here are the pairings for round 8
(reminder all of these tournaments are 13 rounds in
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Grandmaster Group A:

Round 8 - Sunday the 23rd
V. Anand - L. Aronian
A. Shirov - A. Grischuk
A. Giri - W. Hao
R. Ponomariov - V. Kramnik
E. l'Ami - I. Nepomniachtchi
J. Smeets - M. Vachier-Lagrave
M. Carlsen - H. Nakamura

Grandmaster Group B:
Round 8 - Sunday the 23rd
L. Fressinet - D. Navara
W. Spoelman - W. So
L. Chao - S. Ganguly
V. Tkachiev - Z. Efimenko
F. Nijboer - J. Hammer
L. McShane - G. Sargissian
R. Wojtaszek - L. Liem

Grandmaster Group C:

Round 8 - Sunday the 23rd
B. Bok - M. Bluvshtein
T. Sachdev - J.W. de Jong
R. Pruijssers - M. Kazhgaleyev
M. van der Werf - D. Vocaturo
S. Siebrecht - R. van Kampen
I. Ivanisevic - I. Nyzhnyk
K. Lahno - D. Swiercz

Best wishes to all the players for round 8!
 You can play through all of the games from rounds 5-7 by going to the following website: 

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