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Corus Group B Tournament

Sergei Movsesian9.5/13(+6 -0 =7)[games]
Nigel Short8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Etienne Bacrot8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov6.5/13(+4 -4 =5)[games]
Yifan Hou6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Jan Smeets6/13(+4 -5 =4)[games]
Daniel Stellwagen6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Erwin L'Ami6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Koneru Humpy5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Michal Vladimirovich Krasenkow5/13(+3 -6 =4)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian5/13(+1 -4 =8)[games]
Wouter Spoelman4/13(+3 -8 =2)[games]

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Harikrishna vs Short ½-½512008Corus Group BC02 French, Advance
2. Yifan Hou vs Bacrot 0-1762008Corus Group BC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. I Nepomniachtchi vs L'Ami ½-½372008Corus Group BC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
4. J Smeets vs Koneru  1-0542008Corus Group BC45 Scotch Game
5. Movsesian vs G Sargissian  ½-½512008Corus Group BC53 Giuoco Piano
6. W Spoelman vs I Cheparinov 0-1402008Corus Group BB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
7. Stellwagen vs Krasenkow 1-0432008Corus Group BC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Harikrishna vs Yifan Hou 1-0552008Corus Group BA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Krasenkow vs W Spoelman 1-0252008Corus Group BA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Bacrot vs Stellwagen  ½-½262008Corus Group BB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. G Sargissian vs J Smeets  ½-½542008Corus Group BD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Short vs L'Ami 1-0382008Corus Group BC51 Evans Gambit
13. Koneru vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½342008Corus Group BD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. I Cheparinov vs Movsesian ½-½202008Corus Group BD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. J Smeets vs I Cheparinov 1-0762008Corus Group BB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. Stellwagen vs Harikrishna  ½-½502008Corus Group BC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
17. Movsesian vs Krasenkow 1-0412008Corus Group BC53 Giuoco Piano
18. L'Ami vs Koneru 1-0422008Corus Group BD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. I Nepomniachtchi vs G Sargissian 1-0512008Corus Group BC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. Yifan Hou vs Short 1-0232008Corus Group BC67 Ruy Lopez
21. W Spoelman vs Bacrot 0-1302008Corus Group BB06 Robatsch
22. Harikrishna vs W Spoelman  1-0802008Corus Group BA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Bacrot vs Movsesian  ½-½612008Corus Group BD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
24. Yifan Hou vs Stellwagen ½-½482008Corus Group BB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
25. G Sargissian vs L'Ami  ½-½482008Corus Group BA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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  virginmind: looks like sargissian is going down with white against the 13 yo hou yifan...
Jan-25-08  pawnofdoom: 2 games left.

So far:
Krasenkow 0-1 Bacrot
Cheparinov 0-1 Harikrishn a
Koneru 1/2 Stellwagen
L'ami 0-1 Spoelman (Wouter wins again!)
Smeets 0-1 Short

Many Black wins today!

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  virginmind: 18ply
Nepomniachtchi,I - Movsesian,S, Corus Chess 2008 2008

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Analysis by Fritz 11:

1. = (0.00): 48.Qd3 b2 49.Bf4 Nf5 50.d6 Bd4 51.a5 Qf7 52.a6 Qa2 53.Qb1 Qxa6 54.d7 Qe2+ 55.Kh1 Bb6 56.Be5 h4 57.Bxf5 Qf3+ 58.Kh2 Qf2+ 59.Kh1 2. = (0.00): 48.d6 Nf5 49.Bf4 b2 50.Qd3 Bd4 51.a5 Qf7 52.a6 Qa2 53.Qb1 Qxa6 54.d7 Qe2+ 55.Kh1 Bb6 56.Be5 h4 57.Bxf5 Qf3+ 58.Kh2 3. = (0.02): 48.Ba3 Nf5 49.Qd3 Nh4+ 50.Kh1 Qxa4 51.d6 Qxa3 52.Qxc3 Qxd6 53.Qxb3 Qd7 54.Bd5 Qe7 55.Qg3 Nf5 56.Qf4 Qe1+

(alexandru123, 25.01.2008)

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  virginmind: bravo hou! great victory for the chinese girl!
Jan-25-08  Mameluk: This was not good game from Movsesian.
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  virginmind: 19ply
Nepomniachtchi,I - Movsesian,S, Corus Chess 2008 2008

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Analysis by Fritz 11:

1. = (0.10): 53.Kh1 Nh5 54.Bb1 Qg3 55.Qxb2 Qxh3+ 56.Kg1 Qg4+ 57.Qg2 Qd1+ 58.Qf1 Qd4+ 59.Kg2 Qxd5+ 60.Kh3 Qxg5 61.Ba2+ Kh7 62.Qf7+ Ng7 63.Qf2 Nh5 64.Qxh4 Qxh4+ 65.Kxh4 Kh6 66.a5 2. = (0.00): 53.d6 Qg3+ 54.Kf1 Qf3+ 55.Qf2 Qxh3+ 56.Qg2 Nf5 57.Qxh3 b1Q+ 58.Kf2 Qc2+ 59.Kf3 Qd1+ 60.Kg2 Qd2+ 61.Kg1 Qxg5+ 62.Qg2 Qe3+ 63.Kh1 Qe1+ 64.Kh2 Qe5+ 65.Kh3 Qc3+ 66.Kh2 Qe5+ 3. = (0.00): 53.a5 Qg3+ 54.Kf1 Qxh3+ 55.Qg2 Nf5 56.Qxh3 b1Q+ 57.Kf2 Qc2+ 58.Kf1 Qb1+

(alexandru123, 25.01.2008)

Jan-25-08  Mameluk: But very nice escape in the end. Nepo´s blunder was 52. Qd2, allowing h4, while 52. h4 gave good winning chances. However for a long time Sergei had winning position with no counterplay for Nepo. Still he leads by a half point, but Short-Bacrot will not be a safely played game.
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  cade: Wow, 5 black wins in round 11. Don't see that too often.
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  whiteshark: <cade> But you wouldn't call it a <black day>, would you ?
Jan-25-08  Illogic: Short + Bacrot now just half a point behind Movsesian. But good news for Movsesian, they have to play each other!
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  geezerbloke: < Illogic: > not sure thats a good thing for bacrot though, i have been watching nigels games here and he seems completely revitalised. He is playing to his stregnths, avoiding long bookish openings and then some really amazing tactical plays from seemingly quiet positions, he must be infuriating to play against in this vein. How does one play for a draw when the opponent doesnt seem to care if he wins or loses?
Jan-25-08  jonnymalk: Hou Yifan - Ivan Cheparinov

A Sicilian Najdorf most likely Lol

Jan-26-08  Mameluk: <Illogic> Is it good news for Movsesian? OK, it means he will be at least second, but this is not a goal in this tournament I am afraid.
Jan-26-08  Davolni: <Mameluk> Don't worry, Movsesian already won the Corus B Group!!!

I am 99% sure we will see him in Corus A next year, but I don't know if he is ready yet...


Jan-26-08  laserlight: You know, I think Hou Yifan threw away a win against Cheparinov, and in doing so, a 12 game GM norm.

That said, if my calculations are correct, she still has another chance at a GM norm - by defeating Krasenkow tomorrow.

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  VishyFan: Hari needs to do something about his poor conversion of advantages into wins...

He drew another one today...

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  VishyFan: I think Hari arrived late into the tournament hall..., for the first 10 mins, the only move was 1. d4
Jan-27-08  Mameluk: Congratulations to Sergei Movsesian, deserving winner of the B group with 9.5/13, in his 29 years he was nearly a veteran in B tournament.
Jan-27-08  slomarko: we should be sorry for Movsesian next year he's gonna get crushed in A group.
Jan-27-08  KamikazeAttack: <ongyj: Not that I love him, but in a sense he's successful in bringing media attention to his players, and maybe, to the chess community in general. If that(capturing media attention) was his intention, or the intention of his employer(s), isn't that anything but "successful"?>

<So I can't correctly say if he's a good manager at this point of time, but definitely one that can capture media attention very well. >

Media attention???

Is this what counts? The yardstick for success?

Oh Charles Manson did capture media attention alright.

He was successful I guess.

He was therefore good for society.

Jan-27-08  KamikazeAttack: <checkerooni: He brings players under his management into the slime-light.>


Jan-28-08  ajit: <<Unfortunately, the latter showed a total disregard for the interests of her colleagues or the tournament, and calmly halved out with the white pieces, in barely an hour. This handed Movsesian first place on a plate, and left Bacrot and Short high and dry>> it never happened before, the tournament leader happy to just draw..

<<although Short at least had a small edge from the opening and could have tried for more, had there been any incentive>>

So all the blame is on Humpy for a 'disastrous end' to group B.

I think CHESSBASE needs to get its tongue out of SHORT's..

Jan-28-08  sapfy: Rating changes for the B group:

Cheparinov -17.5
Bacrot +4.9
Movsesian +19.1
Sargissian -25.8
Harikrishna +1.7
Short +15.0
Krasenkow -18.2
Stellwagen -6.1
Koneru -8.6
Nepomnyashi +8.5
L'Ami +2.1
Smeets +3.6
Hou +12.1
Spoelman +9.2

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  Phoenix: <"On Sunday January 20th, 2008 we were confronted with an unpleasant situation when a participant refused to shake hands with his opponent. Such actions are a rude offense to the opponent, to the organizing committee as well as to the sponsor. Settling scores between players and/or managers should not take place during a private tournament like the Corus Chess Tournament."> from

Looks like someone from this group isn't coming back next year.

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  wallytherhino: "Short +15.0"
it is good to see short playing some tournaments. I think short can qualify for group A in 2010. I think short might win Corus Group B 2009 and then play in Corus Group A 2010.
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