Tata Steel 01: Three white victories


The opening round of the Tata Steel Masters 2016 witnessed three decisive results and four draws, with all the three decisive games resulting in favour of the white side. The highlight of the day was GM Wesley So’s seemingly effortless win over the super-solid GM Anish Giri. In other decisive games, GM Caruana won convincgly against GM Eljanov while GM Ding Liren overcame GM Adams.

Meanwhile, World Champion Magnus Carlsen had to settle for a draw against GM Navara.


Caruana 1-0 Eljanov
Ding Liren 1-0 Adams
Navara ½-½ Carlsen
Mamedyarov ½-½ Van Wely
Wesley So 1-0 Giri
Hou Yifan ½-½ Karjakin
Wei Yi ½-½ Tomashevsky



The first round of the Challengers section turned out to be massively exciting with all the 7 games ending decisively. To single out, GM Baskaran Adhiban, the only Indian in the fray, scored a fascinating victory over GM Abasov.


Haast 0-1 Van Foreest
Antipov 0-1 Ju Wenjun
Dreev 1-0 Bok
Safarli 1-0 Sevian
Adhiban 1-0 Abasov
L’Ami 1-0 Admiraal
Nisipeanu 1-0 Batsiashvili

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