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Groningen Tournament

Nigel Short7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Jan Timman6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Boris Gelfand6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Peter Leko6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Alexey Shirov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Loek van Wely6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Peter Svidler5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Alexander Onischuk4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Julian Michael Hodgson4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
Vladimir Akopian4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Ivan Sokolov4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Groningen (1996)
So what does an 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.

Groningen, Netherlands, 19-30 December 1996

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 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 1; 18 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Timman vs Leko  1-0341996GroningenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
2. Leko vs V Akopian  1-0841996GroningenC10 French
3. Van Wely vs Korchnoi  1-0631996GroningenE17 Queen's Indian
4. Svidler vs J M Hodgson  1-0341996GroningenB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
5. Timman vs Van Wely  1-0681996GroningenA48 King's Indian
6. J M Hodgson vs I Sokolov 1-0391996GroningenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Gelfand vs Svidler 1-0241996GroningenE73 King's Indian
8. Svidler vs Korchnoi 1-0391996GroningenC08 French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed
9. Timman vs V Akopian  1-0411996GroningenC42 Petrov Defense
10. V Akopian vs Onischuk  1-0341996GroningenA04 Reti Opening
11. Van Wely vs I Sokolov  1-0411996GroningenA28 English
12. Onischuk vs J M Hodgson  1-0451996GroningenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. Shirov vs Short 1-0421996GroningenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
14. Korchnoi vs V Akopian 1-0641996GroningenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Short vs Timman 1-0441996GroningenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
16. J M Hodgson vs Van Wely  1-0501996GroningenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Shirov vs I Sokolov 1-01131996GroningenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Korchnoi vs J M Hodgson  1-0501996GroningenA21 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Must be some kind of a record here. Forget Avro 1938, look at this line up.

No World Champions took part but five of the players taking part all lost World Championship matches.

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