Tata Steel Chess 2011

Nakamura beats Grischuk and Shirov; Bluvshtein beats Swiercz and van Kampen

GM Mark Bluvshtein

GM Hikaru Nakamura

The big annual Wijk aan Zee tournament–formerly sponsored by Corus, now sponsored by Tata Steel–started up last weekend with some nice early results for the North American contingent. Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein (2590) and American GM Hikaru Nakamura (2751) are both +2 after four rounds.

Round Four (Jan 18): In round four, Bluvshtein beat Dutch IM van Kampen, while Nakamura drew the young Dutch GM Giri – who had just beaten GM Magnus Carlsen quickly with black in round three.

Round Three (Jan 17): In round three, Bluvshtein drew the 14-year-old Ukranian prodigy, Nyzhnyk, while Nakamura beat Shirov.

White: GM Hikaru Nakamura (2751)
Black: GM Alexei Shirov (2722)

2011.01.17 Tata Steel A (3)

C78 Ruy Lopez: Möller

Round Two (Jan 16): In group A, Nakamura got a quick draw against Armenian GM Levon Aronian (2805), while in group C, Bluvshtein defeated Polish GM Dariusz Swiercz (2540).

White: GM Mark Bluvshtein (2590)
Black: GM Dariusz Swiercz (2540)

2011.01.16 Tata Steel C (2)

E46 Nimzo Indian: Rubinstein

Round One (Jan 15): In group A, Nakamura “clobbered” Russian GM Alexander Grischuk (2773), while in group C, Bluvshtein drew Ukranian GM Katherina Lahno (2518).

White: GM Hikaru Nakamura (2751)
Black: GM Alexander Grischuk (2773)

2011.01.15 Tata Steel A (1)

D38 Queen’s Gambit Declined: Ragozin

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