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Groningen Tournament

Nigel Short7/11(+4 -1 =6)[view games]
Boris Gelfand6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[view games]
Jan Timman6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[view games]
Loek van Wely6/11(+4 -3 =4)[view games]
Peter Leko6/11(+2 -1 =8)[view games]
Alexey Shirov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[view games]
Peter Svidler5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[view games]
Vladimir Akopian4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[view games]
Viktor Korchnoi4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[view games]
Julian Michael Hodgson4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[view games]
Alexander Onischuk4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[view games]
Ivan Sokolov4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[view games]

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Groningen (1996)
So what does a International Grandmaster do to get into shape for New Year's Eve? These guys chose to spend a couple of weeks at Groningen in the Netherlands trying to score points in a little Category 16 tournament (average rating 2634):

Vladimir Akopian, Boris Gelfand, Julian Michael Hodgson, Viktor Korchnoi, Peter Leko, Alexander Onischuk, Alexey Shirov, Nigel Short, Ivan Sokolov, Peter Svidler, Jan Timman, Loek Van Wely

And after 11 rounds of that, a New Year's Day hangover is a relief.

Timman jumped out in front by winning his first four games, but a round 6 loss to Hodgson brought him back to the pack. Van Wely kept close, and was even tied for first with Timman after eight rounds. But Van Wely followed with two losses in a row, as Short won the biggest game of the tournament over Timman to take a half-point lead. A couple of quiet rounds kept it that way while Gelfand, who was undefeated but never quite came out of hiding, tied Timman for second place.

And a word needs to be said about Viktor Korchnoi. After eight rounds he had scored only three draws, and was in last place by two points. Saddened whispers were surely circulating that the 65-year-old couldn't keep up any more.

So Korchnoi proceeded to win his last three games. Not all fans may love the guy, but sometimes they can't help but admire him.

Crosstable

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Total 1 Short * 1 0 1 1 1 7 2 Timman 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 6 3 Gelfand * 1 1 6 4 Leko 0 * 1 1 6 5 Shirov 1 0 * 0 1 1 6 6 Van Wely 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 6 7 Svidler 0 * 1 0 1 5 8 Onischuk 0 * 1 0 0 4 9 Hodgson 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 4 10 Akopian 0 0 1 * 0 4 11 Sokolov 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 4 12 Korchnoi 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 * 4

<Round-by-round summary>

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 Short 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.5 5.0 5.0 6.0 6.5 7.0 2 Timman 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.5 4.5 5.0 5.5 5.5 6.0 6.5 3 Gelfand 0.5 1.0 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 6.0 6.5 4 Leko 0.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.5 6.0 5 Shirov 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.5 5.5 6.0 6 Van Wely 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.0 7 Svidler 0.5 1.5 1.5 2.5 3.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 8 Onischuk 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.5 9 Hodgson 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 3.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 10 Akopian 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.5 11 Sokolov 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.5 12 Korchnoi 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5

Original collection: Game Collection: Groningen 1996, by User: Phony Benoni

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J M Hodgson vs Short 0-148 1996 GroningenC02 French, Advance
2. Shirov vs Van Wely 0-140 1996 GroningenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Timman vs Leko  1-034 1996 GroningenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
4. Gelfand vs Korchnoi  ½-½31 1996 GroningenA28 English
5. Akopian vs I Sokolov  ½-½34 1996 GroningenA22 English
6. Onischuk vs Svidler  ½-½75 1996 GroningenB57 Sicilian
7. Leko vs Akopian  1-084 1996 GroningenC10 French
8. Short vs Gelfand  ½-½25 1996 GroningenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. I Sokolov vs Onischuk  ½-½49 1996 GroningenA81 Dutch
10. Van Wely vs Korchnoi  1-063 1996 GroningenE17 Queen's Indian
11. Shirov vs Timman 0-140 1996 GroningenC16 French, Winawer
12. Svidler vs J M Hodgson  1-034 1996 GroningenB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
13. Korchnoi vs Short 0-138 1996 GroningenA13 English
14. Akopian vs Shirov  ½-½12 1996 GroningenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. J M Hodgson vs I Sokolov 1-039 1996 GroningenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Gelfand vs Svidler 1-024 1996 GroningenE73 King's Indian
17. Onischuk vs Leko  ½-½26 1996 GroningenA37 English, Symmetrical
18. Timman vs Van Wely  1-068 1996 GroningenA48 King's Indian
19. Svidler vs Korchnoi  1-039 1996 GroningenC08 French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed
20. Timman vs Akopian  1-041 1996 GroningenC42 Petrov Defense
21. Leko vs J M Hodgson  ½-½39 1996 GroningenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
22. I Sokolov vs Gelfand  ½-½44 1996 GroningenE97 King's Indian
23. Van Wely vs Short  ½-½46 1996 GroningenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Shirov vs Onischuk  ½-½44 1996 GroningenC78 Ruy Lopez
25. Akopian vs Van Wely  ½-½25 1996 GroningenA10 English
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