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Corus Tournament

Veselin Topalov9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Michael Adams7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Boris Gelfand7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Sergey Karjakin7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Peter Leko6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Sergei Tiviakov6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Loek van Wely6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Etienne Bacrot5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Gata Kamsky4.5/13(+4 -8 =1)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov4.5/13(+0 -4 =9)[games]
Ivan Sokolov4/13(+0 -5 =8)[games] Chess Event Description
Corus (2006)

Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov each finished at the top of the group with 9 points after 13 rounds. Although Vassily Ivanchuk (finishing tied for share of 3rd-4th, along with a few other absentees) missed the previous year, Michael Adams, Ivan Sokolov and Loek van Wely returned to their same sections that they played in previously.

Topalov, van Wely, Levon Aronian, Anand and Sergey Karjakin repeated their visit to next year's main section.

Previous: Corus (2005) (main event section).

Next: Corus (2007) (main event section).

Also see Corus Group B (2006), Corus Group C (2006) (links to the GROUP B, C respectively.)

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Topalov vs Kamsky 1-0252006CorusB01 Scandinavian
2. Gelfand vs Leko ½-½372006CorusE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
3. Aronian vs Ivanchuk 0-1452006CorusE60 King's Indian Defense
4. Tiviakov vs Adams ½-½722006CorusC77 Ruy Lopez
5. Mamedyarov vs Bacrot ½-½242006CorusD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
6. Van Wely vs I Sokolov ½-½412006CorusD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
7. Karjakin vs Anand 0-1372006CorusB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Kamsky vs Gelfand 1-0412006CorusD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Bacrot vs Tiviakov 1-0412006CorusB32 Sicilian
10. Van Wely vs Mamedyarov ½-½492006CorusE91 King's Indian
11. Anand vs Aronian ½-½662006CorusC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Ivanchuk vs Anand 0-1282006CorusA35 English, Symmetrical
13. I Sokolov vs Ivanchuk 0-1732006CorusE12 Queen's Indian
14. Leko vs Karjakin ½-½292006CorusB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Adams vs Topalov 1-0422006CorusB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. Mamedyarov vs I Sokolov ½-½262006CorusD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Gelfand vs Adams 1-0392006CorusE09 Catalan, Closed
18. Tiviakov vs Van Wely ½-½252006CorusB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. Aronian vs Leko ½-½312006CorusE15 Queen's Indian
20. Topalov vs Bacrot 1-0442006CorusC42 Petrov Defense
21. Karjakin vs Kamsky 1-0322006CorusB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. Leko vs Ivanchuk ½-½272006CorusC11 French
23. I Sokolov vs Anand ½-½152006CorusD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. Mamedyarov vs Tiviakov ½-½522006CorusE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
25. Adams vs Karjakin ½-½242006CorusB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-06-06  Bobak Zahmat: On saturday 28th I played in Wijk Aan Zee the SUPERCHESS. I had never before played this variation of chess, but I did enjoy to participate. In SUPERCHESS you have to replace 4 pieces by 4 SUPER pieces.

Amazone: moves like Knight & Queen
Veteran: moves like Knight & King
Princess: moves like Knight & Bishop
Empress: moves like Knight & Rook

This sort of chess is great, because each player have equal chances in the opening.

Feb-06-06  hitman84: <Bobak Zahmat>yup i have tried it. its great! :-)
Feb-06-06  Bobak Zahmat: <hitman84> Yeah. I have even beaten a player ELO 2250!!! hihi :)
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  lostemperor: <Ezzy> if not a GM, you sure scored a GM result with your predictions! Linares predictions under way at my chessforum plus some statistics on Corus.
Feb-10-06  John Abraham: A very good and exciting tourney this was, I felt sad when it came to a closure.


Feb-10-06  ughaibu: Get a hypnotist to erase your memories of the event then you can play through all the games for the first time, again.
Feb-13-06  Bobak Zahmat: <ughaibu> Or you will play through this games till next year's Tournament:)
Feb-28-06  Josiel: I wish Kasparov was back!
Mar-12-06  EmperorAtahualpa: A nice summary article about the Corus tournament by Aviv Friedman:

Let's hope the Corus tournament next year will be just as spectacular!

Aug-14-06  Bobak Zahmat: Next edition of Corus Tournament should be awesome. It is unbelievable, but the tournament is getting stronger each year.

Possible participants Group A:

Veselin Topalov
Viswanthan Anand
Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Svidler
Peter Leko
Vassily Ivanchuk
Michael Adams
Sergey Karjakin
Magnus Carlsen
Alexander Motylev
Sergey Tiviakov
Ivan Sokolov

Aug-14-06  Bobak Zahmat: Other candidate participants for Group A:

Alexander Morozevich
Boris Gelfand
Loek van Wely
Friso Nijboer
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Judit Polgar

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  WannaBe: Is this the same Corus that sponsored the tournaments?
Premium Chessgames Member
  paulalbert: Yes, The Corus steel company that is the object of the takeover bid by Mittal is the same company that sponsors the chess tournaments. Corus itself resulted from a merger, British Steel and Dutch steel companies. Paul Albert
Oct-28-06  Bobak Zahmat: Wow! I almost had predicted the correct players of the entire inventation Group A. Except for Radjabov, Shirov and Ponomariov I had the whole field right.

I have to say that I'm surprised to see that Peter Leko, the winner of 2004 CCT edition, isn't at the list of this super Tournament. Perhaps he declined the inventation, who knows?

I also miss another great GM, who isn't invited. Vassily 'Chuky' Ivanchuk. He played last year some great games. But too bad he isn't here.

Oct-28-06  Bobak Zahmat: Here is the complete field of inventation group A:

Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, 2813, 1)
Viswanathan Anand (India, 2779, 2)
Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2750, 3)
Peter Svidler (Russia, 2750, 4)
Alexander Morozevich (Russia, 2747, 5)
Levon Aronian (ArmeniŽ, 2741, 7)
Teymour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, 2729, 11)
Alexey Shirov (Spain, 2720, 14)
Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine, 2703, 20)
Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 2698, 21)
Sergey Tiviakov (The Netherlands, 2680, 27)
Loek van Wely (The Netherlands, 2676, 29)
Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine, 2672, 35)
Alexander Motylev (Russia, 2662, 44)

Oct-28-06  Bobak Zahmat: The favourites to win the tournament?

Vishy Anand is like always a big favourite. Altough I'm huge Topalov supporter, I believe that Anand is the more stable player and thus my favourite to win the tournament.

After Anand there are a few players who has got a big shot to victory. I think Topalov and Kramnik are both equally favourite. For one, Kramnik's confidince has rised to sky after his WC win over Topalov and Topalov most often is a slowly starter.

The big outsiders are perhaps Levon Aronian and Peter Svidler.

The suprise of the tournament: Magnus
'Mozart' Carlsen!

Oct-29-06  Lt. Col. Majid: <Ezzy: Wow> <Corus 2006 was absolutely enthralling, with an exciting race to the finishing line. Topalov and Anand are proving to be the dominant force in world chess, and it will be fascinating to see their struggle for dominance over the next few years.>


What a difference 9 months make.

Oct-30-06  Bobak Zahmat: <Lt. Col. Majid> The next edition hasn't begun yet, what is your point?
Oct-30-06  suenteus po 147: With the list for Corus 2007 we can see some interesting differences.

Only 6 of the 14 participants are the same from last year:

Van Wely

That's less than half of last year's field!

Who's out:
Leko (had a bad run last year)
Kamsky (decent run, but bad Corus)
Mamedyarov (last minute replacement, poor showing)

Who's in:
Kramnik (replacing Mamedyarov, also WC)
Morozevich (amazing Biel, amongst others)
Radjabov (nice showing at Linares, Biel)
Ponomariov (he's Ukranian, so replacing Ivanchuk?)
Carlsen (Group B winner)
Motylev (Group B winner)

Oct-30-06  Lt. Col. Majid: My gut tells me Svidler & Moro are ready to step up big time next year.
Oct-30-06  suenteus po 147: Svidler has been ready to step up for a while now. He had some terrific games and tournaments in the late nineties and early 2000, but then he kind of sluffed off. Like a lot of other GMs who have real talent and promising starts but never quite make the big mark.
Nov-06-06  Bobak Zahmat: Thereīs no way Svidler will finish first. This field is too strong.
Dec-05-06  Whitehat1963: Here's the A group for 2007:

Veselin Topalov
Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Svidler
David Navara
Levon Aronian
Teymour Radjabov
Alexei Shirov
Ruslan Ponomariov
Magnus Carlsen
Sergey Tiviakov
Loek van Wely
Sergey Karjakin
Alexander Motylev

Note that Carlsen has arrived! Should prove to be a great tournament.

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  plang: Group B was the strongest ever (for a B) in 2006. For 2007 it is nowhere near as strong.
Dec-06-06  percyblakeney: <Group B was the strongest ever (for a B) in 2006. For 2007 it is nowhere near as strong>

Not a huge difference though, an average rating of 2589 instead of 2602. The other groups are stronger in 2007 than they were in 2006, group C is 2490 (2458 last year) while group A is 2721 instead of 2716.

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