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Corus Group A Tournament

Viswanathan Anand8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Peter Leko8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Michael Adams8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Veselin Topalov7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Viktor Antonovich Bologan7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev6.5/13(+4 -4 =5)[games]
Loek van Wely6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Peter Svidler6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Alexey Shirov6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Ivan Sokolov5/13(+1 -4 =8)[games]
Zhong Zhang5/13(+1 -4 =8)[games]
Jan Timman4/13(+2 -7 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Corus Group A (2004)

Played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands 10-25 January 2004. Crosstable ( :

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Anand 34 2766 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 8 2 Leko 24 2722 * 1 1 1 8 3 Adams 32 2720 * 1 1 0 1 1 8 4 Topalov 28 2735 1 * 1 0 0 1 1 7 5 Bologan 32 2679 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 0 7 6 Kramnik 28 2777 0 * 1 1 0 0 1 6 7 Bareev 36 2714 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 0 6 8 Van Wely 33 2617 1 0 0 * 1 6 9 Svidler 27 2747 1 0 0 1 * 0 6 10 Akopian 32 2693 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 1 6 11 Shirov 31 2736 0 0 0 * 1 1 6 12 Sokolov 35 2706 0 1 0 0 0 * 5 13 Zhong Zhang 25 2644 0 0 0 0 * 1 5 14 Timman 52 2578 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 * 4

Category: XIX (2702). Viswanathan Anand won again, as in 2003, 1998 (shared) and 1989 (shared).

Previous edition: Corus Group A (2003). Next: Corus Group A (2005). See also Corus Group B (2004) and Corus Group C (2004).

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Akopian vs Kramnik 1-0322004Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Topalov vs Adams ½-½392004Corus Group AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Leko vs Anand ½-½232004Corus Group AB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
4. Bologan vs Zhong Zhang ½-½332004Corus Group AE12 Queen's Indian
5. Svidler vs Shirov ½-½322004Corus Group AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. I Sokolov vs Timman  ½-½552004Corus Group AD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Van Wely vs Bareev  ½-½432004Corus Group AD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. Adams vs Shirov ½-½582004Corus Group AB30 Sicilian
9. Zhong Zhang vs Svidler  ½-½582004Corus Group AB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
10. Bareev vs Bologan  ½-½232004Corus Group AE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Anand vs Akopian 1-0452004Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Topalov vs I Sokolov ½-½352004Corus Group AD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Timman vs Leko 0-1602004Corus Group AA04 Reti Opening
14. Kramnik vs Van Wely 1-0452004Corus Group AB30 Sicilian
15. Shirov vs Zhong Zhang ½-½592004Corus Group AC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Akopian vs Timman ½-½302004Corus Group AB08 Pirc, Classical
17. Svidler vs Bareev 1-0172004Corus Group AC10 French
18. Leko vs Topalov  ½-½302004Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Bologan vs Kramnik ½-½182004Corus Group AB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
20. I Sokolov vs Adams  ½-½222004Corus Group AE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
21. Van Wely vs Anand  ½-½212004Corus Group AE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
22. Bareev vs Shirov  1-0542004Corus Group AE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. Timman vs Van Wely 0-1402004Corus Group AA34 English, Symmetrical
24. Kramnik vs Svidler 1-0492004Corus Group AB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Anand vs Bologan ½-½262004Corus Group AC42 Petrov Defense
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  technical draw: Are we talking about the same Polgar that WON Corus last year?
Feb-03-04  Benjamin Lau: Refutor, overall scores matter more IMO.
Feb-03-04  refutor: well look at the overall record since 1999 for instance then ;)
Feb-03-04  PinkPanther: <technical draw>
Probably not, since Polgar has never won Corus.
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  technical draw: <PinkPanther> You are right. I stand corrected. She came in second, undefeated, half a point behind Anand. A terrible showing.
Feb-04-04  PinkPanther: <technical draw>
There is a difference between coming in second and winning the tournament, which you felt compelled to put in all caps, by the way. Don't you think?
Feb-04-04  Kaspablanca: Didnt Macieja(spelling?)crushed Polgar in a match, i think 5-1 or something like that.
Feb-04-04  Zidane: ok why is Adams not playing? he sure seems to be neglected over Radjabov and Pons. and not having Svidler, Grischuk or Ponomariov is too much of farce they are trying to pull. If Linares has to stay as the top notch tournament they need to invite top tenners instead of local losers! I don't mind the field to be stretched but have some solid 2700+ players. radjabov is at 2650! which is not even in the top 35! some 15 yrs back it would've been ok but not anymore when there are almost 15 players at 2700 and above and the Linares field is restricted to only 6 players ! [with two of them at 2662 and 2650]
Feb-04-04  Reisswolf: Hey, I just realised something. <A>nand was the winner of Group <A>, <B>ruzon of Group <B> and <C>arlsen of Group <C>.

I think this tournament was fixed!

Feb-04-04  Zidane: ok here is the latest list of all the players that have confirmed their participation. As you can see none of the 2700+ players are in it !
Feb-04-04  Reisswolf: I thought Anand was going to be there. What happened?

So Anand has not been invited to Aeroflot or to Linares? Sucks for him!

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  lostemperor: I'm sure Anand was invited but declined them both.

Sucks for them!

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  technical draw: <PinkPanther> Like I said, I stand corrected. I was just confusing Corus with other tournaments that she WON.
Feb-04-04  apple head: lol just cause a you Kramnik fans are dissapointed that Anand won its over, Vishy won this tournament 2 times in a row!!
Mar-30-04  solkrov: anand of india, asia's 1st world chess champion, is to chess as yao ming of china, asia's first nba top draft pick, is to basketball or as manny pacquiao of philippines is to boxing. shall we say that the eagles have landed? maybe yes, because it is in excellence where eagles dare.
May-01-04  ruylopez900: Does anyone know who has been invited to Wijk for next year's Group A (if such invites have gone out already??) I think Wijk has a better chance of producing exciting chess since there is a larger field (more likely someone will score 1/2 pt more if draw) and also it isn't a RR, so you could lose the tournament to some one you never play (unlikely though). Correct me if it actually is a RR, but I was under the impression that it is not.
Jun-10-04  salokin: It's actually Wijk AAN Zee (two a's!)
Sep-22-04  Phoenix: acirce has posted this link somewhere else, and it gives a list of participants so far (12 currently, need 2 more).
List of participants so far, include: Anand (2782), Kramnik (2770), Morozevich (2743), Leko (2741), Adams (2738), Topalov (2737), Svidler (2727), Ponomariov (2722), Grischuk (2705), Short (2684), Van Wely (2680), Sokolov (2679), average rating is 2726(!). IMHO this is an incredible lineup! Even if Kasparov doesn't show, this could be the strongest tournament in awhile. Lots to look forward to come January!

Sep-22-04  square dance: that is a tournament! any announcements on who will be at linares next year?
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  Willem Wallekers: <It's actually Wijk AAN Zee (two a's!)> It's Wijk aan Zee with 2 lower case a's.
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  cu8sfan: Funny how changes. Last year's Corus tournament has 11 pages of kibitzing and today we get this amount for ONE DAY of a tournament of that size!
Nov-29-04  Reisswolf: Doesn't the name actually mean "Little Village on the Sea"?
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  cu8sfan: According to "wijk" means "district" so it is the district by the sea.
Nov-29-04  suenteus po 147: <cu8sfan> This site has had quite a boon in the last year of increased user registration and participation. It will be interesting to see if that increase continues or if it will top off.
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  Willem Wallekers: <Reisswolf: Doesn't the name actually mean "Little Village on the Sea"? > Yes it does, or settlement, neighbourhood, quarter, something like that,
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