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🏆 Corus Group A (2006) Chess Event Description
Played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands 14-29 January 2006. ... [more]

Player: Etienne Bacrot

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Mamedyarov vs Bacrot ½-½242006Corus Group AD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. Bacrot vs Tiviakov 1-0412006Corus Group AB32 Sicilian
3. Topalov vs Bacrot 1-0442006Corus Group AC42 Petrov Defense
4. Bacrot vs Gelfand 0-1612006Corus Group AD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Karjakin vs Bacrot 1-0412006Corus Group AC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Bacrot vs Aronian  ½-½292006Corus Group AD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. Ivanchuk vs Bacrot ½-½432006Corus Group AD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Bacrot vs Anand 0-1622006Corus Group AE15 Queen's Indian
9. Leko vs Bacrot ½-½492006Corus Group AC42 Petrov Defense
10. Bacrot vs Kamsky 1-0462006Corus Group AB42 Sicilian, Kan
11. Adams vs Bacrot  ½-½392006Corus Group AC42 Petrov Defense
12. I Sokolov vs Bacrot  ½-½282006Corus Group AD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Bacrot vs Van Wely ½-½912006Corus Group AD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Feb-06-06  hitman84: <Bobak Zahmat>yup i have tried it. its great! :-)
Feb-06-06  Bobak Zahmat: <hitman84> Yeah. I have even beaten a player ELO 2250!!! hihi :)
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  lostemperor: <Ezzy> if not a GM, you sure scored a GM result with your predictions! Linares predictions under way at my chessforum plus some statistics on Corus.
Feb-10-06  John Abraham: A very good and exciting tourney this was, I felt sad when it came to a closure.


Feb-10-06  ughaibu: Get a hypnotist to erase your memories of the event then you can play through all the games for the first time, again.
Feb-13-06  Bobak Zahmat: <ughaibu> Or you will play through this games till next year's Tournament:)
Feb-28-06  Josiel: I wish Kasparov was back!
Mar-12-06  EmperorAtahualpa: A nice summary article about the Corus tournament by Aviv Friedman:

Let's hope the Corus tournament next year will be just as spectacular!

Aug-14-06  Bobak Zahmat: Next edition of Corus Tournament should be awesome. It is unbelievable, but the tournament is getting stronger each year.

Possible participants Group A:

Veselin Topalov
Viswanthan Anand
Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Svidler
Peter Leko
Vassily Ivanchuk
Michael Adams
Sergey Karjakin
Magnus Carlsen
Alexander Motylev
Sergey Tiviakov
Ivan Sokolov

Aug-14-06  Bobak Zahmat: Other candidate participants for Group A:

Alexander Morozevich
Boris Gelfand
Loek van Wely
Friso Nijboer
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Judit Polgar

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  WannaBe: Is this the same Corus that sponsored the tournaments?
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  paulalbert: Yes, The Corus steel company that is the object of the takeover bid by Mittal is the same company that sponsors the chess tournaments. Corus itself resulted from a merger, British Steel and Dutch steel companies. Paul Albert
Oct-28-06  Bobak Zahmat: Wow! I almost had predicted the correct players of the entire inventation Group A. Except for Radjabov, Shirov and Ponomariov I had the whole field right.

I have to say that I'm surprised to see that Peter Leko, the winner of 2004 CCT edition, isn't at the list of this super Tournament. Perhaps he declined the inventation, who knows?

I also miss another great GM, who isn't invited. Vassily 'Chuky' Ivanchuk. He played last year some great games. But too bad he isn't here.

Oct-28-06  Bobak Zahmat: Here is the complete field of inventation group A:

Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, 2813, 1)
Viswanathan Anand (India, 2779, 2)
Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2750, 3)
Peter Svidler (Russia, 2750, 4)
Alexander Morozevich (Russia, 2747, 5)
Levon Aronian (ArmeniŽ, 2741, 7)
Teymour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, 2729, 11)
Alexey Shirov (Spain, 2720, 14)
Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine, 2703, 20)
Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 2698, 21)
Sergey Tiviakov (The Netherlands, 2680, 27)
Loek van Wely (The Netherlands, 2676, 29)
Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine, 2672, 35)
Alexander Motylev (Russia, 2662, 44)

Oct-28-06  Bobak Zahmat: The favourites to win the tournament?

Vishy Anand is like always a big favourite. Altough I'm huge Topalov supporter, I believe that Anand is the more stable player and thus my favourite to win the tournament.

After Anand there are a few players who has got a big shot to victory. I think Topalov and Kramnik are both equally favourite. For one, Kramnik's confidince has rised to sky after his WC win over Topalov and Topalov most often is a slowly starter.

The big outsiders are perhaps Levon Aronian and Peter Svidler.

The suprise of the tournament: Magnus
'Mozart' Carlsen!

Oct-29-06  Lt. Col. Majid: <Ezzy: Wow> <Corus 2006 was absolutely enthralling, with an exciting race to the finishing line. Topalov and Anand are proving to be the dominant force in world chess, and it will be fascinating to see their struggle for dominance over the next few years.>


What a difference 9 months make.

Oct-30-06  Bobak Zahmat: <Lt. Col. Majid> The next edition hasn't begun yet, what is your point?
Oct-30-06  suenteus po 147: With the list for Corus 2007 we can see some interesting differences.

Only 6 of the 14 participants are the same from last year:

Van Wely

That's less than half of last year's field!

Who's out:
Leko (had a bad run last year)
Kamsky (decent run, but bad Corus)
Mamedyarov (last minute replacement, poor showing)

Who's in:
Kramnik (replacing Mamedyarov, also WC)
Morozevich (amazing Biel, amongst others)
Radjabov (nice showing at Linares, Biel)
Ponomariov (he's Ukranian, so replacing Ivanchuk?)
Carlsen (Group B winner)
Motylev (Group B winner)

Oct-30-06  Lt. Col. Majid: My gut tells me Svidler & Moro are ready to step up big time next year.
Oct-30-06  suenteus po 147: Svidler has been ready to step up for a while now. He had some terrific games and tournaments in the late nineties and early 2000, but then he kind of sluffed off. Like a lot of other GMs who have real talent and promising starts but never quite make the big mark.
Nov-06-06  Bobak Zahmat: Thereīs no way Svidler will finish first. This field is too strong.
Dec-05-06  Whitehat1963: Here's the A group for 2007:

Veselin Topalov
Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Svidler
David Navara
Levon Aronian
Teymour Radjabov
Alexei Shirov
Ruslan Ponomariov
Magnus Carlsen
Sergey Tiviakov
Loek van Wely
Sergey Karjakin
Alexander Motylev

Note that Carlsen has arrived! Should prove to be a great tournament.

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  plang: Group B was the strongest ever (for a B) in 2006. For 2007 it is nowhere near as strong.
Dec-06-06  percyblakeney: <Group B was the strongest ever (for a B) in 2006. For 2007 it is nowhere near as strong>

Not a huge difference though, an average rating of 2589 instead of 2602. The other groups are stronger in 2007 than they were in 2006, group C is 2490 (2458 last year) while group A is 2721 instead of 2716.

Feb-20-19  The Kings Domain: Any tourney that's at least ten years old should be considered a "historical Chess event".
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