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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]
* Chess Event Description
Corus Group A (2005)

Played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands 15-30 January 2005. Crosstable ( :

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 (
Wikipedia article: Tata Steel Chess Tournament#2005
Chesspics photos (
ChessBase report 1/31/2005 (
Ian Rogers in Tidskrift fr Schack, 2/2005, pp. 100-119 (
Robert Eugene Byrne in New York Times, 13 February 2005 (

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 1; 22 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Judit Polgar vs Svidler 1-0302005Corus Group AC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
2. Topalov vs Ponomariov 1-0642005Corus Group AB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. Adams vs Morozevich 1-0492005Corus Group AC42 Petrov Defense
4. Ponomariov vs Judit Polgar 1-0562005Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Leko vs Svidler 1-0572005Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Short vs Morozevich 1-0432005Corus Group AC41 Philidor Defense
7. Kramnik vs I Sokolov 1-0362005Corus Group AC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Adams vs Topalov 1-0412005Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. L Bruzon Batista vs Short 1-0482005Corus Group AD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Anand vs Ponomariov 1-0622005Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Kramnik vs Svidler 1-0282005Corus Group AB41 Sicilian, Kan
12. Svidler vs Van Wely 1-0202005Corus Group AB30 Sicilian
13. Short vs I Sokolov 1-0482005Corus Group AC67 Ruy Lopez
14. Morozevich vs Judit Polgar 1-0592005Corus Group AA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Leko vs Short 1-0372005Corus Group AC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
16. Svidler vs Grischuk 1-0572005Corus Group AB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
17. L Bruzon Batista vs I Sokolov 1-0662005Corus Group AC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Grischuk vs Ponomariov 1-0312005Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Leko vs L Bruzon Batista 1-0252005Corus Group AC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
20. Anand vs Adams 1-0422005Corus Group AE15 Queen's Indian
21. Judit Polgar vs I Sokolov 1-0402005Corus Group AC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
22. Van Wely vs Short 1-0312005Corus Group AD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  cu8sfan: Right now Nakamura is 99th of the FIDE rating list. Wijk aan Zee has a field of 14 players in the A group. Let's say the top 13 take part next year then why should Nakamura be the 14th player? There are so many deserving players. I'd love to see Lenier Dominguez or Emil Sutovsky next year. Of course Karjakin is not amongst the top 100 but that seems to be a tradition in Wijk aan Zee, that the winner of the B group joins the A group in the next tournament.
Feb-03-05  azaris: The only reason Nakamura would be invited to Corus is because he's a young and upcoming player. and I'd rather see any of Vallejo Pons, Volokitin, Radjabov, Sasikiran or Mamedyarov invited rather than him. Right now they're just stronger players than he is.

Maybe if he manages to surpass Onischuk during this year he might be invited to Corus B again but otherwise I doubt it.

As for Corus A, like they say in America: "Forgettaboutit!"

Feb-03-05  santosh anil patil: Next 2006 standings for wiik ann zee is as follows:
1. Anand
2. Kasparov
3. leko/topolov
4. kasimdzanov/Adams
5. check it out
Feb-03-05  Vodochka: NAkamura for sure playing corus next year, because he will be 2700 ELO at age 18
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  cu8sfan: <Nakamura for sure playing corus next year> Probably, in group B that is.
Feb-04-05  Backward Development: didn't Nakamura play in Wijk 04 in group B? he should maybe be in A next year, but it's unlikely, IMO.
Feb-05-05  fgh: A little update:

Kramnik - Topalov 5 votes
Leko - Short 4 votes
Anand - Adams 4 votes
Judit Polgar - Svidler 3 votes
Anand - Leko 3 votes
Judit Polgar - Kramnik 2 votes
Adams - Topalov 2 votes
Ponomariov - Kramnik 1 vote
Bruzon - Topalov 1 vote
Leko - Kramnik 1 vote
Topalov - Leko 1 vote
Kramnik - Polgar 1 vote
Kramnik - Morozevich 1 vote
Topalov - Leko 1 vote
Short - Morozevich 1 vote
Short - Sokolov 1 vote
Svidler - Van Wely 1 vote
Grischuk - Ponomariov 1 vote
Leko - Svidler 1 vote
Judit Polgar - Sokolov 1 vote

Feb-07-05  Prashanth: <fgh>My vote to Anand-Adams, wonderful display by Anand.....
Feb-07-05  erasmus: <fgh> I'll vote Kramnik - Topalov as best game of the tournament.
Feb-07-05  euripides: <fgh> why has no-one voted for Kramnik-Grischuk, Kramnik - Svidler or van Wely- Short ? Let me vote for van Wely-Short - an earthquake in the exchange variation.
Feb-07-05  Backward Development: I can't believe Kramnik-Topalov is #1. Kramnik blunders in the opening and WOO HOO! Game of the Tournament! Wow, must have been a pretty weak tourny.
Feb-07-05  KKW:,
Feb-07-05  Hesam7: Now imagine if Kaasparov was in Kramnik's shoes, he would behave like a child. [remember the Kasparov-Radjabov game and its consequences]
Feb-07-05  iron maiden: Was the vote even for the "best-played game"? If it was just a poll on the most memorable game of the tournament, certainly Topalov's victory was of note.
Feb-08-05  lenehc: for me the "best" game is the one where there is a true fight and no visible blunders so : Leko - Svidler impressive performance by Leko from the biginning to the end . It is difficult to see where Svidler made a real bad move and he lost without having a chance " la Petrossian"
Feb-08-05  acirce: <iron maiden> The question was clearly "Which is the best game from the A - section"? People seem to have vastly different definitions of the word 'good'. Not saying it's wrong to equate 'good' with 'memorable', but it becomes confusing, especially since it's only done in a context like 'best game' and very rarely, for example, 'best player'.
Feb-08-05  Where is my mind: <fgh> I'll vote Kramnik - Svidler as best game of the tournament.
Feb-08-05  fgh: The question was "what is the best game from the A - section", even if the game was one-sided. Not the most memorable, neither "I'am a Kramnik hater Kramnik - Topalov was the best game".
Feb-08-05  square dance: <fgh> i read your profile and you seem like a reasonably intelligent individual, so im wondering how you could come to the conclusion that kramnik/topalov was the best game? this was a completely one side affair that was only interesting because the world champion got smashed in 20 moves. topa introduced a novelty and kramnik responded badly and that was that. in the book of the worlds greatests chess games, by nunn, graham, and burgess they make the case that a great game is played well on both sides of the board. i personally happen to agree.
Feb-08-05  square dance: <fgh> upon further reading, maybe i misunderstood. if you are not of the opinion that kramnik/topalov was the best game, then disregard my post. but everyone who voted for it should give it a good read. ;-)
Feb-08-05  radu stancu: <square dance:>

From Jan 30:

<fgh: Personally I would vote for Ponomariov vs Kramnik, 2005 and L Bruzon vs Topalov, 2005.>

What you understood the second time might be the right thing. :)

Feb-08-05  fgh: <SD>: I didn't vote for Kramnik - Topalov, that was just the result of the public vote.
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  tpstar: I predict that next time we'll have a prediction contest for the Best Game, then another prediction contest for the Most Memorable Game, then another prediction contest predicting who would predict what ...
Feb-09-05  iron maiden: <in the book of the worlds greatests chess games, by nunn, graham, and burgess they make the case that a great game is played well on both sides of the board.> Yet they include in the book Anderssen's Immortal and Evergreen games, which everyone knows to be completely one-sided affairs made famous only because of the material sacrificed, along with Larsen's 17-move fiasco against Spassky in 1970, Bogo's back-rank blunder against Capa, and so forth. As it is there really isn't a game from Corus that jumped out and grabbed me, so I came within a fraction of voting for Kramnik-Topalov myself.
Feb-09-05  square dance: well out of 112 games, if you have the 2002 edition, i dont know if you can blame them for putting a few famous games in there. as far as the anderssen games, im not really sure(that is i forget) if the opponent played that badly for that period of time. at least there were brilliant combo's involved, not some home prep novelty. if kramnik hadnt reacted so badly would there even be ANY consideration for best game prize? i mean, basically what people are voting on is actually how bad the game was, not how good it was. that notion just seems to defy logic. if people want to applaud blunders then they should watch you and i play on chess21. ;-) also im sure there was some desire to represent certain players like spassky as a winner instead of fischer's whipping boy. not to mention, the combination against larsen was quite good. and the thing about the kramnik/topalov (non)game is that kramnik lost in the opening. its not as if it was some tense struggle that was only lost by a late miscue, it was a first round knock out. for starters the leko/kramnik game was MUCH better. in this game, like the one against topalov, kramnik is faced with a novelty, but this time he actually finds equality over the board instead of getting wiped out. to me, common sense tells me that that game is almost automatically better.
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