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The top two seeds on target

Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian won their first games in the first round of the Tata Steel A-Group. The other winner was Anish Giri in a long game against Boris Gelfand. In Group-B, the leading female player Kateryna Lahno started with a win.

Here is a summary of the first round games:

Group-A:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2835 1-0 Vugar Gashimov AZE 2761 67 English vs. Hedgehog
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2773 ½-½ Fabiano Caruana ITA 2736 27 Grünfeld Exchange Be3
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2759 ½-½ Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2766 21 Catalan vs. Semi-Slav
Gata Kamsky USA 2732 ½-½ Loek Van Wely NED 2692 41 Neo-Grünfeld
David Navara CZE 2712 ½-½ Veselin Topalov BUL 2770 31 English (Reversed Sicilian)
Sergey Karjakin RUS 2769 0-1 Levon Aronian ARM 2805 42 Spanish Anti-Marshall
Boris Gelfand ISR 2739 0-1 Anish Giri NED 2714 70 Slav 4.Qb3

Group B:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating
Dimitri Reinderman NED 2581 ½-½  Alexander Motylev RUS 2677
Lazaro Bruzon CUB 2691 0-1 Pentala Harikrishna IND 2665
Kateryna Lahno UKR 2557 1-0 Sipke Ernst NED 2606
Harika Dronavalli IND 2516 ½-½  Daniele Vocaturo ITA 2545
Viktorija Cmilyte LTU 2503 0-1 Illya Nyzhnyk UKR 2568
Erwin L'Ami NED 2606 1-0 Sergei Tiviakov NED 2677
Jan Timman NED 2568 ½-½  Vladimir Potkin RUS 2684

Group C:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating
Matthew Sadler ENG 2660 1-0 Pieter Hopman NED 2342
Tania Sachdev IND 2411 ½-½ Sahaj Grover IND 2532
Elisabeth Paehtz GER 2454 0-1 Hans Tikkanen SWE 2549
Daan Brandenburg NED 2527 ½-½ Lars Ootes NED 2326
Etienne Goudriaan NED 2279 1-0 Lisa Schut NED 2290
Baskaran Adhiban IND 2561 1-0 Anne Haast NED 2290
Elina Danielian ARM 2490 0-1 Maxim Turov RUS 2645

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