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Garvinator
16-01-2010, 06:06 PM
Ok seems to be no thread on this, so let this be it. Of course if there is already a thread on this Super GM tournament, then feel free to combine the two threads.

Starts tonight 10:30pm Brisbane Time.

Pairings for Group A:

Group A: Round 1 - Sat. Jan. 16th

Sergey Karjakin - Vishy Anand
Leinier Dominguez - Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Leko - Alexei Shirov
Fabiano Caruana - Vassily Ivanchuk
Sergey Tiviakov - Magnus Carlsen
Jan Smeets - Hikaru Nakamura
Loek van Wely - Nigel Short

Group A: Round 2 - Sun. Jan. 17th

Vishy Anand - Nigel Short
Hikaru Nakamura - Loek van Wely
Magnus Carlsen - Jan Smeets
Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergey Tiviakov
Alexei Shirov - Fabiano Caruana
Vladimir Kramnik - Peter Leko
Sergey Karjakin - Leinier Dominguez

Group A: Round 3 - Mon. Jan. 18th

Leinier Dominguez - Vishy Anand
Peter Leko - Sergey Karjakin
Fabiano Caruana - Vladimir Kramnik
Sergey Tiviakov - Alexei Shirov
Jan Smeets - Vassily Ivanchuk
Loek van Wely - Magnus Carlsen
Nigel Short - Hikaru Nakamura


Group A: Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 19th

Vishy Anand - Hikaru Nakamura
Magnus Carlsen - Nigel Short
Vassily Ivanchuk - Loek van Wely
Alexei Shirov - Jan Smeets
Vladimir Kramnik - Sergey Tiviakov
Sergey Karjakin - Fabiano Caruana
Leinier Dominguez - Peter Leko

Wednesday, January 20th – Free day

Group A: Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 21st

Peter Leko - Vishy Anand
Fabiano Caruana - Leinier Dominguez
Sergey Tiviakov - Sergey Karjakin
Jan Smeets - Vladimir Kramnik
Loek van Wely - Alexei Shirov
Nigel Short - Vassily Ivanchuk
Hikaru Nakamura - Magnus Carlsen

Group A: Round 6 - Fri. Jan. 22nd

Vishy Anand - Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk - Hikaru Nakamura
Alexei Shirov - Nigel Short
Vladimir Kramnik - Loek van Wely
Sergey Karjakin - Jan Smeets
Leinier Dominguez - Sergey Tiviakov
Peter Leko - Fabiano Caruana


Group A: Round 7- Sat. Jan. 23rd

Fabiano Caruana - Vishy Anand
Sergey Tiviakov - Peter Leko
Jan Smeets - Leinier Dominguez
Loek van Wely - Sergey Karjakin
Nigel Short - Vladimir Kramnik
Hikaru Nakamura - Alexei Shirov
Magnus Carlsen - Vassily Ivanchuk

Group A: Round 8 - Sun. Jan. 24th

Vishy Anand - Vassily Ivanchuk
Alexei Shirov - Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik - Hikaru Nakamura
Sergey Karjakin - Nigel Short
Leinier Dominguez - Loek van Wely
Peter Leko - Jan Smeets
Fabiano Caruana - Sergey Tiviakov

Monday, January 25th – Free day

Group A: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 26th

Sergey Tiviakov - Vishy Anand
Jan Smeets - Fabiano Caruana
Loek van Wely - Peter Leko
Nigel Short - Leinier Dominguez
Hikaru Nakamura - Sergey Karjakin
Magnus Carlsen - Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk - Alexei Shirov


Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 27th

Vishy Anand - Alexei Shirov
Vladimir Kramnik - Vassily Ivanchuk
Sergey Karjakin - Magnus Carlsen
Leinier Dominguez - Hikaru Nakamura
Peter Leko - Nigel Short
Fabiano Caruana - Loek van Wely
Sergey Tiviakov - Jan Smeets

Thursday, January 28th – Free day

Group A: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 29th

Jan Smeets - Vishy Anand
Loek van Wely - Sergey Tiviakov
Nigel Short - Fabiano Caruana
Hikaru Nakamura - Peter Leko
Magnus Carlsen - Leinier Dominguez
Vassily Ivanchuk - Sergey Karjakin
Alexei Shirov - Vladimir Kramnik

Group A: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 30th

Vishy Anand - Vladimir Kramnik
Sergey Karjakin - Alexei Shirov
Leinier Dominguez - Vassily Ivanchuk
Peter Leko - Magnus Carlsen
Fabiano Caruana - Hikaru Nakamura
Sergey Tiviakov - Nigel Short
Jan Smeets - Loek van Wely


Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 31st

Loek van Wely - Vishy Anand
Nigel Short - Jan Smeets
Hikaru Nakamura - Sergey Tiviakov
Magnus Carlsen - Fabiano Caruana
Vassily Ivanchuk - Peter Leko
Alexei Shirov - Leinier Dominguez
Vladimir Kramnik - Sergey Karjakin

Max Illingworth
16-01-2010, 06:45 PM
Based on his current form, I predict that Carlsen will win the tournament. Like last year, the finish should be quite close.

Miranda
16-01-2010, 07:06 PM
Carlsen. He's been playing very well, as well as working with Kasparov.

smurfo
16-01-2010, 07:53 PM
Ivanchuk to win; Anand and Carlsen to fill the minors; Tiviakov and Smeets to surprise the pundits.

Tony Dowden
16-01-2010, 08:16 PM
I hope Carlsen cruises to victory with a 2850+ perf and Anand finds some ominous form in readiness for taking on Topalov :D

Redmond Barry
16-01-2010, 08:57 PM
1 anand
2 kramnik carlsen
4 ivanchuk tiviakov
6 leko shirov karjakin
9 nakamura dominguez caruana
12 short van wely smeets

something like that.

Garvinator
16-01-2010, 10:49 PM
Games have started and from looking at the clocks the games may have been going for some time, so I am not so sure now about what the exact starting time is. Chessbase has the starting time as 1:30pm Amsterdam time.

Miranda
16-01-2010, 10:51 PM
Games start at 11:30pm Melbourne time

Qbert
18-01-2010, 09:17 AM
Shirov already leading after 2 rounds - I'd like to see him repeat the success of M-tel last year and win another super-tournament.

Alexrules01
20-01-2010, 02:41 PM
I think I may have to change my vote to Shirov :P

But he hasn't faced Anand, Kramnik or Carlsen yet, so we shall see

Kaitlin
20-01-2010, 06:35 PM
:naughty: you cant change your vote

smurfo
21-01-2010, 04:52 PM
Interesting that there are still no votes for Shirov! My tip for Smeets to shine is looking like a dud. Still, I can't believe you voted for Nakka.

Bereaved
21-01-2010, 06:03 PM
Hi David,

the reason no one has voted for Shirov is that the poll is closed now; it closed before the event started.

Take care and God Bless, Macavity ( Malcolm Pyke )

Tony Dowden
21-01-2010, 09:55 PM
Despite his super-charged start :clap: I will be impressed if Shirov is still +4 after eight rounds (that is 6/8). UP-DATE: I think I will be impressed cos he won in Rd 5 and is now +5 - still, he's about to run into heavy traffic over Rds 6-8

Ditto re the super-sharp Nakamura (for whom I'll predict +3 after 8) but he is clearly coming into his best ever form, so that could be plain wrong. He drew with Carlsen in Rd 5

I'm also picking Carlsen or Ivanchuk to make a move over the next four rounds and if either can get to +5 (or 6.5/8) it will be decisive :cool: Both drew in Rd 5

:hmm: And surely Anand and Kramnik will wake up and show a canine or two? I'm plumping for both to be +2 by Rd 8. Hah, In Rd 5 Kramnik took a handful of extra vitamins and beat Smeets with the Pirc

Finally, I'm picking Nigel to pip Loek for the short straw (say, minus 6 for the whole event) but in the process he'll manage to inflict a fair few more of his idiosyncratic one-liners on the multi-lingual reporters :rolleyes: So in Rd 5 Nigel does his level best to prove me wrong by giving Ivanchuk a hard time - and now Smeets looks like the prime candidate for the wooden-spoon :lol:

After Rd 5
Shirov 5
Carlsen, Nakamura, Ivanchuk 3.5
Kramnik 3
Anand, Dominguez, Karjakin 2.5

... Smeets 0.5

Desmond
22-01-2010, 11:27 AM
There's some interesting analysis (http://www.coruschess.com/gameanalysis.php?year=2010&game=1)of some of the games.

JGB
24-01-2010, 08:51 AM
Shirov to play Carlsen in Round 8 this arvo, looking forward to it...
Only half a point separates Carlsen from Shirov who sits on 5.5 after 7 rounds.

Nakamura is also on 5 points after smacking Shirov last night. In his own words Nakamura stated that 'it was a bad decision (for Shirov) not to play 1...e5'!

I thoroughly enjoyed this game...

NAKAMURA - SHIROV

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8.
Bxf6 gxf6 9. Na3 f5 10. Nc4 Nd4 11. exf5 Bxf5 12. Ne3 Bg6 13. Ncd5 Bh6 14. c3
Ne6 15. Bd3 Bxe3 16. Nxe3 Qb6 17. O-O Nf4 18. Be2 Rg8 19. Bf3 Nh3+ 20. Kh1
Nxf2+ 21. Rxf2 Qxe3 22. Bxb7 Rb8 23. Re2 Qb6 24. Bd5 Rg7 25. Qd2 f5 26. Rf1 Kd7
27. b4 f4 28. a4 a5 29. b5 Rd8 30. g3 fxg3 31. hxg3 Kc8 32. c4 Kb8 33. Rf6 Re7
34. Kh2 e4 35. Qc3 Rc8 36. Re3 Ka7 37. Bc6 Rd8 38. c5 dxc5 39. Bxe4 Rd6 40.
Rxd6 Qxd6 41. Qxa5+ 1-0

Kaitlin
25-01-2010, 06:53 PM
Standings after round 8: grandmaster group A
1. A. Shirov 6
2. M. Carlsen V. Kramnik 5½
4. H. Nakamura 5
5. S. Karjakin L. Dominguez P. Leko V. Ivanchuk 4½
9. V. Anand 4
10. F. Caruana 3½
11. S. Tiviakov N. Short 2½
13. L. van Wely 2
14. J. Smeets

:rolleyes: Kramnik was my second pick

Paul Cavezza
27-01-2010, 09:41 PM
Kramnik seems energised by that Short theft!

Metro
28-01-2010, 10:05 PM
Standings after round 8: grandmaster group A
1. A. Shirov 6
2. M. Carlsen V. Kramnik 5½
4. H. Nakamura 5
5. S. Karjakin L. Dominguez P. Leko V. Ivanchuk 4½
9. V. Anand 4
10. F. Caruana 3½
11. S. Tiviakov N. Short 2½
13. L. van Wely 2
14. J. Smeets

:rolleyes: Kramnik was my second pick
I don't see the sense in having 3 Netherlands players in Group A when they are not in the same class as the top players.Look at the lowest rated van Wely at 2641.There are no less than 7 players in Group B higher rated.
Organisers want national representation but quality is sacrificed.I would suggest keep it to one player( under the current circumstances).
It's interesting that Anish Giri in Group B is rated 2588 and leading.He is only 15 years and is Dutch champion.

Desmond
29-01-2010, 03:42 PM
Standings after round 10: grandmaster group A
1. V. Kramnik 7
2. M. Carlsen A. Shirov 6½
4. S. Karjakin L. Dominguez H. Nakamura V. Ivanchuk V. Anand 5½
9. P. Leko 5
10. F. Caruana S. Tiviakov 4
12. L. van Wely N. Short 3½
14. J. Smeets 2½

Desmond
29-01-2010, 03:56 PM
Kramnik: "I know Nakamura would play the Dutch, as I'm somehow known as a theoretician. Unfortunately I didn't have time to buy a book on the Dutch since the book stores were closed after I finished my game yesterday."
:lol:

Capablanca-Fan
29-01-2010, 06:27 PM
Crucial game, Kramnik beating Carlsen on the Black side of a Catalan. Kramnik said it was the best game he had ever played [notes based on Kramnik's (http://www.coruschess.com/gameanalysis.php?year=2010&game=9)]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 a5 {Apparently one of Kramnik's pet lines; he likes the Catalan for both colours} 7.Nc3 O-O 8.a3 Be7 9.Qa4 c6 10.Qxc4 b5 11.Qb3 Ba6 12.Bg5 Nbd7 13.Bxf6 gxf6 {Kramnik says that a piece recapture would uncoordinate his pieces} 14.Qc2 b4 15.Na4 Rc8 16.O-O c5 17.d5?! exd5 18.Bh3 Bb5 19.axb4 axb4 20.Rfd1 [20.Qf5 Ne5! would return a P and swap the pieces that could attack Black's K, and White's Na4 remains off-side.] 20...d4 21.Bf5 Ne5! 22.Bxh7+ [22.Bxc8 d3! undermining the Nf3] 22...Kg7 23.Nxe5?! fxe5 24.Bf5 Rc6 25.Qe4 Rh8! 26.Qxe5+ Bf6 27.Qe4 Re8! {Kramnik was pleased with this move that allows his K to find safety} 28.Qg4+ Kf8 29.Be4?! c4! {Kramnik didn't care about the Pe5 or the exchange, as long as these Ps could rush through, combined with aiming at the K through the white long diagonal.} 30.Bxc6 Bxc6 31.Qh5 Re5 32.Qh6+ Ke7 33.e4 d3 34.Qe3 Bxe4 35.Nb6?! [35.Nc5 then Bc6 36.Ra7+ Ke8 then ... Qd5] 35...Bb7 36.Qf4 Qxb6 37.Qxc4 Re2 38.Rf1
[28... Bd4 breaks through on f2]
0-1

Tony Dowden
29-01-2010, 08:11 PM
Standings after round 10: grandmaster group A
1. V. Kramnik 7
2. M. Carlsen A. Shirov 6½
4. S. Karjakin L. Dominguez H. Nakamura V. Ivanchuk V. Anand 5½
9. P. Leko 5
10. F. Caruana S. Tiviakov 4
12. L. van Wely N. Short 3½
14. J. Smeets 2½

Wow, Kramnik definitely 'woke up' since I last posted. I claim full responsibility ;)

After 10 rounds I'm picking Kramnik and Carlsen to tie for 1st

Desmond
30-01-2010, 07:15 AM
Wow, Kramnik definitely 'woke up' since I last posted. I claim full responsibility ;)

After 10 rounds I'm picking Kramnik and Carlsen to tie for 1st
So far so good.

Standings after round 11: grandmaster group A
1. M. Carlsen V. Kramnik 7½
3. A. Shirov 7
4. S. Karjakin H. Nakamura V. Ivanchuk V. Anand 6
8. L. Dominguez P. Leko 5½
10. F. Caruana L. van Wely 4½
12. S. Tiviakov N. Short 4
14. J. Smeets 3

Adamski
30-01-2010, 08:53 AM
Crucial game, Kramnik beating Carlsen on the Black side of a Catalan. Kramnik said it was the best game he had ever played [notes based on Kramnik's (http://www.coruschess.com/gameanalysis.php?year=2010&game=9)]That was impressive, though some of Carlsen's moves seem rather below his normal standard. But for Kramnik to say that is a big call. Maybe based on who his opponent was. Yes, Tony, he has a good chance of at least first equal.

Desmond
31-01-2010, 05:53 AM
Anand beats Kramnik's Petroff(!) to hand Carlsen the outright lead.

Standings after round 12: grandmaster group A
1. M. Carlsen 8
2. A. Shirov V. Kramnik 7½
4. V. Anand 7
5. S. Karjakin H. Nakamura V. Ivanchuk 6½
8. L. Dominguez P. Leko 6
10. F. Caruana 5
11. S. Tiviakov L. van Wely N. Short 4½
14. J. Smeets 4


Schedule for the final round

Round 13 - Sunday the 31st
L. van Wely - V. Anand
N. Short - J. Smeets
H. Nakamura - S. Tiviakov
M. Carlsen - F. Caruana
V. Ivanchuk - P. Leko
A. Shirov - L. Dominguez
V. Kramnik - S. Karjakin

Adamski
31-01-2010, 09:31 AM
The odds on a Carlsen victory (again) have shortened dramatically. Perhaps this is one poll where the majority answer will prove to be correct. Go Magnus!

Desmond
01-02-2010, 11:25 AM
Carlsen wins

Standings after round 13: grandmaster group A
1. M. Carlsen 8½
2. A. Shirov V. Kramnik 8
4. H. Nakamura V. Anand 7½
6. S. Karjakin V. Ivanchuk 7
8. L. Dominguez P. Leko 6½
10. F. Caruana 5½
11. L. van Wely N. Short 5
13. S. Tiviakov J. Smeets 4½

Kevin Bonham
01-02-2010, 11:52 AM
Yes, after Shirov got so short of time (30 secs for 10 moves or something like that) that he had to take a draw in what turned out to be a won position (if the moves as shown were all actually played).

Caruana also made it easy for Carlsen in that knight ending though I had a long look at it last night and suspect it was just tenable anyway.

Desmond
01-02-2010, 12:03 PM
Yes, after Shirov got so short of time (30 secs for 10 moves or something like that) that he had to take a draw in what turned out to be a won position (if the moves as shown were all actually played).

Caruana also made it easy for Carlsen in that knight ending though I had a long look at it last night and suspect it was just tenable anyway.
Re Carlsen there were comments on the website


That meant a draw was enough for Carlsen to finish an unshared first but his ‘miscalculation’ had led to serious trouble, or rather, as he put it himself, “what I thought was a promising position, in fact turned out to be very bad. Fabiano and I both thought black should have excellent winning chances in the knight endgame.” He may have but neither experts nor computers were able to show how. “Surprisingly, I drew,” Carlsen explained

Adamski
01-02-2010, 01:02 PM
Carlsen wins

Standings after round 13: grandmaster group A
1. M. Carlsen 8½
2. A. Shirov V. Kramnik 8
4. H. Nakamura V. Anand 7½
6. S. Karjakin V. Ivanchuk 7
8. L. Dominguez P. Leko 6½
10. F. Caruana 5½
11. L. van Wely N. Short 5
13. S. Tiviakov J. Smeets 4½Very close. It would have been an exciting last round to watch.

Muzzy
01-02-2010, 03:14 PM
Event: Corus Chess 2010
Site: Wijk aan Zee
Date: 2010.01.31
Round: 13
White: Shirov
Black: Dominguez
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: B94
Annotator: Robot 3
PlyCount: 60
EventDate: 2010.??.??
TimeControl: 40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Bc4 Qb6 8.
Bb3 e6 9. Qd2 Be7 10. O-O-O Nc5 11. f3 Qc7 12. Kb1 O-O 13. g4 b5 14. a3 Rb8 15.
h4 Bd7 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. g5 Bd8 18. h5 a5 19. g6 Nxb3 20. Nxb3 fxg6 21. hxg6 h6
22. Nxa5 Rxf3 23. e5 Be8 24. exd6 Qxa5 25. Rxh6 gxh6 26. Qxh6 Bf6 27. d7 Bxc3
28. dxe8=Q+ Rxe8 29. Qh1 Re7 30. Qxf3 Bg7 1/2-1/2


I just had a look at Shirov's last game on playchess and couldn't believe it. The score is down as a draw, however White is winning with 31.b4! Qc7 32. Qa8+ Bf8 33.Rf1 +-

I hope there aint a typo. How could Shirov miss this!?

It would have put him equal first with Carlsen!!! Unbelievable..

Muzzy
01-02-2010, 03:22 PM
I should've read the previous post. So it seems to be because of time trouble then...

Desmond
03-02-2010, 08:37 AM
I notice that the first place purse for this tournament is only 10,000 euros. Do the top players really get out of bed for this sort of money? I wonder what their appearance fees etc are like.

Kaitlin
04-02-2010, 08:04 PM
Isnt it called encouragment.

pax
05-02-2010, 01:57 PM
Carlsen's 3 rating points from Wijk (if he keeps them) will push him over Kasparov's retirement rating of 2812.

Ian Rout
05-02-2010, 02:04 PM
I notice that the first place purse for this tournament is only 10,000 euros. Do the top players really get out of bed for this sort of money? I wonder what their appearance fees etc are like.I read elsewhere a while back that the prizes at Corus have for some time been relatively low with the payments mainly in appearance fees. The rationale seemed to be so that players aren't motivated to play boring but cost-effective games (no doubt including short draws).

Tony Dowden
07-02-2010, 04:59 PM
Carlsen's 3 rating points from Wijk (if he keeps them) will push him over Kasparov's retirement rating of 2812.

And, by surpassing the best efforts of Kramnik and Topalov, give Carlsen the distinction of being the second highest rated player of all time - all at the age of 19.