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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Corus Group A Tournament

Peter Leko8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Viswanathan Anand8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Veselin Topalov7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Judit Polgar7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Alexander Grischuk7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Michael Adams7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Loek van Wely6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Lazaro Bruzon Batista6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Peter Svidler6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Nigel Short5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Alexander Morozevich4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Ivan Sokolov3.5/13(+0 -6 =7)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Corus Group A (2005)

Played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands 15-30 January 2005. Crosstable (https://www.tatasteelchess.com/arch...) :

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Leko 25 2749 * 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ ˝ 8˝ 2 Anand 35 2786 0 * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 8 3 Topalov 29 2757 ˝ ˝ * 0 ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 7˝ 4 Polgar 28 2728 ˝ ˝ 1 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 0 1 7 5 Grischuk 21 2710 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 7 6 Adams 33 2741 ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 7 7 Kramnik 29 2754 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 7 8 Van Wely 34 2679 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ 6˝ 9 Ponomariov 21 2700 ˝ 0 0 1 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 6˝ 10 Bruzon 22 2652 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ 1 1 1 6˝ 11 Svidler 28 2735 0 ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 6 12 Short 39 2674 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ * 1 1 5˝ 13 Morozevich 27 2741 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 * 1 4˝ 14 Sokolov 36 2685 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 0 * 3˝

Category: XIX (2721). Peter Leko won his first and only Corus title.

TWIC 534 (http://theweekinchess.com/html/twic...)
Wikipedia article: Tata Steel Chess Tournament#2005
Chesspics photos (http://www.chesspics.com/index.php?...)
ChessBase report 1/31/2005 (https://en.chessbase.com/post/corus...)
Ian Rogers in Tidskrift för Schack, 2/2005, pp. 100-119 (http://www.schack.se/tfsarkiv/histo...)
Robert Eugene Byrne in New York Times, 13 February 2005 (https://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/13/...)

Previous edition: Corus Group A (2004). Next: Corus Group A (2006). See also Corus Group B (2005) and Corus Group C (2005).

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Bruzon Batista vs Kramnik ½-½262005Corus Group AE14 Queen's Indian
2. Grischuk vs Anand ½-½222005Corus Group AC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. Judit Polgar vs Svidler 1-0302005Corus Group AC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
4. Short vs Adams ½-½232005Corus Group AC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
5. I Sokolov vs Leko ½-½512005Corus Group AD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Morozevich vs Van Wely ½-½502005Corus Group AA34 English, Symmetrical
7. Topalov vs Ponomariov 1-0642005Corus Group AB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
8. Adams vs Morozevich 1-0492005Corus Group AC42 Petrov Defense
9. Anand vs Leko 0-1572005Corus Group AB33 Sicilian
10. Ponomariov vs Judit Polgar 1-0562005Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Svidler vs I Sokolov ½-½432005Corus Group AC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. Grischuk vs Short ½-½342005Corus Group AC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Kramnik vs Topalov 0-1202005Corus Group AB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. Van Wely vs L Bruzon Batista ½-½322005Corus Group AD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
15. I Sokolov vs Ponomariov 0-1612005Corus Group AE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. Judit Polgar vs Kramnik ½-½592005Corus Group AB33 Sicilian
17. Morozevich vs Grischuk 0-1422005Corus Group AB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
18. L Bruzon Batista vs Adams ½-½302005Corus Group AC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Leko vs Svidler 1-0572005Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Short vs Anand ½-½232005Corus Group AB12 Caro-Kann Defense
21. Topalov vs Van Wely ½-½192005Corus Group AB30 Sicilian
22. Van Wely vs Judit Polgar ½-½582005Corus Group AA35 English, Symmetrical
23. Short vs Morozevich 1-0432005Corus Group AC41 Philidor Defense
24. Grischuk vs L Bruzon Batista ½-½222005Corus Group AD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Adams vs Topalov 1-0412005Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Feb-01-05  Mameluk: Quite disgusting to see Kramnik-Topalov
game leading. My vote for Leko-Svidler, maybe even better crush then Leko Short. And please someone finally vote for Judit-Sokolov.
Feb-01-05  VishyFan: <cu8sfan>, for ur overall standings, there's a slight glitch in the rules, u said above 50% and all, lets say 100 persons participate and 50% wud be 50, right? if there are 7(more than one will do) people tied for the 50th spot, u give the point to the first person on ur list, which happens to be in alphabetical order, isn't that unfair to the other 6 persons? Propose a better way of giving points in case of ties :), hope u'll appreciate this point, I just noticed this.
Feb-01-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: <VishyFan> That's not quite true. I awarded everyone with the same score a point. Sometimes it will be more than 50% that get one point. For Wijk aan Zee I had many guys tied with 42 points which was the 30% mark. However, the exact 30% mark was where one player had 42 points in 12 rounds while the others had 42 points in 13 rounds. Here I made a cut and decided that 42/12 is better than 42/13.
Feb-01-05  PinkPanther: How the hell can the Kramnik-Topalov game be the best one from Corus this year? That game was nothing more than a complete screwup from Kramnik.
Feb-01-05  acirce: Belated congratulations to <Drawer>! "A Drawer simply draws" as Kramnik said. And I guess <Mating Net> deserves some kind of honourable mention as well. ;-) Well done.
Feb-01-05  azaris: <acirce> I suppose it's not a secret Kramnik's favorite artform is drawing.
Feb-01-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Open Defence: <lostemperor> <long time no see (I mean before Corus)>

Hi lostemperor, yes it's been a long time, I have been busy taking care of my baby!

Yes it's a pity that we don't see Mr Lau and some of the others in here anymore.

But I like the enthusiasm about tournaments, and wow Vishy Anand seems to have a good following here, go India!!

Feb-01-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Open Defence: How much time is left to vote for the best game ?
Feb-01-05  VishyFan: <cu8sfan>, sorry for the confusion, Actually i was referring to the 50% cut and not the 30% cut(i'm not lobbying for another point for myself though) :), hope u got my point
Feb-01-05  cade: best game - Adams vs Topalov
Feb-01-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: <VishyFan> It's an issue for every cut and in this case the 50% were no problem. Got your point and will remember it.

Cheers!

Feb-01-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: Karjakin wins the B group and he's seeded to the A group next year. Nakamura did not play, probably was not invited I presume. If Naka is asked to play next year what group does he go in? Does not seem right that he would go directly to the B group as he has a clear cut match victory over Karjakin. Wouldn't he deserve at least to be in the same group as the player he beat?
Feb-01-05  Karpova: i vote for polgar-sokolov
Feb-01-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: <Joshka> I think Nakamura will be certainly playing Corus next year but most likely in the B-group. If his performance remains good however he may be playing in the A-group providing there will be insufficient top 10 players participating. This year he wasn't invited because he hasn't achieved anything special yet when the invitations went out and foremost because he has a reputation of an enfant terrible at the board sometimes.

My predictions for next year Corus-A (I am still in a predicting mood hahahaha) 1. Kasparov/Kramnik 2. Anand 3. Leko 4.Topalov 5. Polgar 6, Adams 7. Grischuk 8 van Wely 9 Shirov 10. Ivanchuk 11. Kasimdzhanov/Karpov 12. Karjakin 13. Timman 14 Morozevich.

Feb-01-05  iron maiden: With Shirov and Dreev, the Gibraltar field was actually stronger than that of Corus B, so it's not really surprising that Naka didn't play in Wijk aan Zee.
Feb-01-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: Now that I look at the ratinglist I come to the following names for Corus A 2006. 1.either Kasparov or Kramnik 2. either Anand or Leko. 3. Polgar 4. van Wely and Karjakin of course 6. Adams 7. either Ivanchuk or Shirov 8. Kasimdzanov 9. Topalov 10 Radjabov 11. either Volotkin or Nakamura 12. Bacrot 13. Grischuk 14. Timman.
Feb-01-05  iron maiden: It's really impossible to predict what will happen over the course of an entire chess year, but I'll join in the fun. Here are the players most likely to be in Corus A next year, sorted by order of ratings:

1. Anand
2. Kasparov
3. Leko
4. Kramnik
5. Topalov
6. Adams
7. Polgar
8. Grischuk
9. Svidler
10. Kasimdzhanov
11. Radjabov (!)
12. van Wely
13. Karjakin
14. Sokolov.

Feb-01-05  iron maiden: Minor correction: I'd forgotten Volokitin. I'll swap Svidler for him.
Feb-01-05  PinkPanther: I can't believe you have Sokolov in there again. God, he truly doesn't deserve to be there, after tanking the last two years in a row.
Feb-01-05  WillC21: Hey, stick good ole Arkadi Naidistch in there. I am sure he and and his fritz program could turn in a spectacular performance :)
Feb-01-05  iron maiden: <PinkPanther> These aren't my personal choices, mind you. But the organizers always want at least two Dutch players.
Feb-01-05  zorro: <lostemperor> No way Timman and van Wely will be there at the same time and I strongly doubt the former would show up altogether.
Feb-01-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  me to play: Here's my list...like iron maiden said, just for fun.

1. Kasparov
2. Anand
3. Leko
4. Topalov
5. Kramnik
6. Adams
7. Polgar
8. Shirov
9. Ivanchuk
10. Bologan
11. Van Wely
12. Tviakov
13. Bruzon (he earned another chance!)
14. Karjakin

Feb-01-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mating Net: If Ivanchuk doesn't play, it will be a sad day.

Thanks <acirce>, I still can't believe I managed to sneak in the way I did. I thought you were going to take it, easily.

Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: <zorro> Timman should have played this year in case Kasparov didn't play. But Judith Polgar was contracted at the last minute, what was an undisputed choice (not for Timman of course). Timman got E7000 for not playing. I think Timman will be here next year if he does well in the Dutch championship and I think he will, he is out to get revanche. He may finish first but even if he finish 3rd behind van Wely and Sokolov he may get the benefit of the doubt. Timman may end last in Corus but I bet he will win two games at least. It will be one of his last chances to participate though.
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