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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 3; games 1-25 of 57  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Grischuk vs Anand ½-½222005Corus Group AC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Short vs Adams ½-½232005Corus Group AC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
3. L Bruzon Batista vs Kramnik ½-½262005Corus Group AE14 Queen's Indian
4. Morozevich vs Van Wely ½-½502005Corus Group AA34 English, Symmetrical
5. I Sokolov vs Leko ½-½512005Corus Group AD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Van Wely vs L Bruzon Batista ½-½322005Corus Group AD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. Svidler vs I Sokolov ½-½432005Corus Group AC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. Grischuk vs Short ½-½342005Corus Group AC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Judit Polgar vs Kramnik ½-½592005Corus Group AB33 Sicilian
10. Topalov vs Van Wely ½-½192005Corus Group AB30 Sicilian
11. Short vs Anand ½-½232005Corus Group AB12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. L Bruzon Batista vs Adams ½-½302005Corus Group AC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Van Wely vs Judit Polgar ½-½582005Corus Group AA35 English, Symmetrical
14. Grischuk vs L Bruzon Batista ½-½222005Corus Group AD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Ponomariov vs Leko ½-½442005Corus Group AA36 English
16. Anand vs Svidler ½-½552005Corus Group AC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
17. I Sokolov vs Van Wely ½-½232005Corus Group AE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
18. Topalov vs Grischuk ½-½552005Corus Group AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Svidler vs Ponomariov ½-½232005Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Judit Polgar vs Adams ½-½632005Corus Group AC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
21. Leko vs Kramnik ½-½282005Corus Group AE15 Queen's Indian
22. Adams vs I Sokolov ½-½312005Corus Group AC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Van Wely vs Leko ½-½382005Corus Group AE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
24. Grischuk vs Judit Polgar ½-½442005Corus Group AE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. Judit Polgar vs Short ½-½592005Corus Group AC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 57  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-02-05  cade: Etiene Bacrot will most definately be in Corus A next year, even if his performance level dips slightly.
Feb-02-05  percyblakeney: Even if it's of course impossible to do it this early, here's a preliminary prediction for Corus 2005. I think Karjakin will be better than generally expected, he did after all draw four games against Leko and Kramnik in Dortmund, and has been very impressive in all his tournaments this year:

1. Topalov
2. Leko
3. Anand
4. Kasparov
5. Kramnik
6. Grischuk
7. Adams
8. Polgar
9. Karjakin
10. Radjabov/Bacrot/Kasimdzhanov
11. Nakamura
12. Volokitin
13. van Wely
14. Timman

Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: OK, here goes (arbitrary order):

1. Topalov
2. Leko
3. Anand
4. Kasparov
5. Kramnik
6. Shirov
7. Timman
8. Bacrot
9. Adams
10. Ivanchuk
11. Sokolov
12. van Wely
13. Karjakin
14. Polgar

Maybe we should ask <chessgames.com> to set up a Wijk aan Zee 2006 page already! (-:

Feb-02-05  VishyFan: hey <cu8sfan>, i'm saying at the 50% cut, u've taken the alphabetical order into consideration, which is not fair, is that the way u intend to do it or u've goofed up?
Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: <Open Defence> good to have you back and congratulations with your baby! You even start to look like Judith Polgar.

This is crazy: Corus 2006 standings predictions :)

1. Kasparov (Karpov's age in '94)
2/3 Anand/ Leko
4. Kramnik
5. Adams/ Radjabov/ Grischuk
8. Polgar/ Karjakin/ Volotkin
11. Kasimdzanov/ Topalov/ Ivanchuk
14. Bacrot/ Nakamura/ van Wely/ Shirov/ Timman

I have 18 participants since I think at least one of the toprated players and two others will not be present:).

Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: <VishyFan> No I have not. I just redid my calculations and still can't find an error. Please note that 50% are calculated excluding one-round participants and excluding <Drawer>. That gives us 88 participants.

Because there are several participants with the same amount of points I had to round these percentages a bit:

50% = 44 ~ 45 => Cut between <EeEk: 33 /9 /3.67 > and <arielbekarov: 31 /12 /2.58>

30% = 26.4 ~ 25 => Cut between <Broon Bottle: 42 /12 /3.50> and <Assassinater: 42 /13 /3.23> (same score, better avg.)

20% = 17.6 ~ 17 => Cut between <Pretendyourlying: 46 /13 /3.54> and <Resignation Trap: 45 /12 /3.75>

10% = 8.8 ~ 8 => Cut between <viensotrs: 50 /12 /4.17> and <iron maiden: 50 /13 /3.85> (same score, better avg.)

If you still think it's not right do the calculations yourself and write me an e-mail.

Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: <cu8sfan> Is there another prediction contest trying to predict what will be the next topic that everyone tries to predict?! I predict there will be ...

Good job running the show. You earned every penny of your salary! ;>)

Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: <tpstar> I think <lostemperor> got a little caught up in the prediction business.

I just had this idea: Imagine some of the Super-GMs were kibitzing here on this site. They might participate in the prediction contest and fix game results so they can win the contest! How crazy is that? I for my part would rather be a winner of <cu8sfan's 2005 Tournament Prediction Game on Chessgames.com> than the winner of some chess tournament played in a small town with an unpronouncable name... (-:

Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: <Imagine some of the Super-GMs were kibitzing here on this site. They might participate in the prediction contest and fix game results so they can win the contest! How crazy is that?> It is happening as we speak, the third and biggest schandal in the history of German football, headline news in all German papers. Here the BBC version http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/foo....
Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: <lostemperor> I don't care about soccer but I've heard of this story. It's a disgrace. And in the end it's always the fans that suffer. If it weren't for Babe Ruth professional baseball might be dead now because of the Black Sox Scandal: http://www.1919blacksox.com.

And of course, the story of Pete Rose...: http://www.peterose.com/

Feb-02-05  InfinityCircuit: <lostemperor> Wow, that's amazing, but not surprising, I must admit.

Here's my token list for next year, in no order:

1. Kasparov
2. Leko
3. Kramnik (I think they will finally both play)
4. Anand
5. Topalov
6. Adams
7. Kasimdzanov
8. Ivanchuk
9. Karjakin
10. Timman
11. Van Wely
12. Grischuk
13. Bruzon
14. Karpov (hehe, all the Ks!)

Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: <Karpov (hehe, all the Ks!)> What happened to Korchnoi? (-;
Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: I *have* noticed that I have a very good start in chess, at least as far as having the right initials is concerned... ;p
Feb-02-05  fgh: Just for fun ;-)

1. Kasparov
2. Leko / Topalov
3. Kramnik / Anand
4. Adams
5. Nakamura (Watch out for the new American Fischer!) 6. Grischuk
7. Polgar
8. Kasimdzhanov
9. Radjabov
10. Bacrot
11. Ponomariov
12. Karjakin
13. Van Wely
14. Volokitin
15. Timman

Feb-02-05  PinkPanther: Nakamura won't be in the Corus A tournament, he has no business being there. As I'm sure you all remember, he didn't even win the B tournament last year.
Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: He did beat Karjakin just recently. Wasn't it 4.5-1.5.. I'm sure it won't mean a thing
Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: <lostemperor> Allright, didn't know about the 2 locals that have to be in the tourney. Well Nakamura's attitude with chess organizers is something I'm not privey to. In fact i think i recall reading something about his match with karjakin was not even rated!?
Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: <Joshka>, I think it was rated. Perhaps the blitzgames afterwards was not rated:)
Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: You've got to earn your way into Group A. Nakamura won't be with the A-Team next year. Hark my words.
Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: <Cu8sfan> Karjakin's probably thinking, whew..from your lips to God's ears!;-)
Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: <You've got to earn your way into Group A> you are right about that, but if you will be able to get a rating of 2680 orso and you are a promising young talent and champion of the US btw. And you have made a big win vs the glorieus winner of group-B, you may just have a chance. But indeed normally Nakamura will start in group B.
Feb-02-05  zorro: <cu8sfan><lostemperor> I have a post on Azmaiparashvili's page about an allegedly similar case of cheating in chess at latest Olympiads, originally reported by GM Ian Rogers for Italian Mag.
Feb-02-05  iron maiden: It depends on how much Nakamura improves his rating this year. It's possible, though not very likely, for him to get close to 2700 before they send out invitations. Too bad he didn't play in B this year though.
Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: <zorro> I'm afraid I have to agree with Rogers on that. Azmaiparashvili has a record of selling and buying games (and tournaments ). In the European championship also, which he won, there were also suspicions. Read page 1 of the Azmaiparashvili's page.
Feb-03-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: <Pink Panther> I think Nakamura has displayed a significant increase in playing strength since his 2004 Corus result. If he beat Karjakin like a drum in match play, and Karjakin is the B group champ, then does he belong in the B group again? I don't think so. Up and coming Players like Nakamura need more shots at playing the top level talent, and a spot in group A of Corus 2006 would be appropriate.
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