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Corus Group A Tournament

Levon Aronian8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Veselin Topalov8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Teimour Radjabov8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Viswanathan Anand7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Peter Svidler7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
David Navara6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Alexander Motylev5/13(+0 -3 =10)[games]
Sergei Tiviakov5/13(+0 -3 =10)[games]
Loek van Wely5/13(+2 -5 =6)[games]
Magnus Carlsen4.5/13(+0 -4 =9)[games]
Alexey Shirov4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Corus Group A (2007)

Played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands 13-28 January 2007. Detailed report in Russian: Crosstable ( :

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Aronian 24 2744 * 1 1 1 1 8 2 Topalov 31 2783 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 8 3 Radjabov 19 2729 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 8 4 Kramnik 31 2766 * 1 1 1 8 5 Anand 37 2779 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 7 6 Svidler 30 2728 1 0 * 0 1 1 0 1 7 7 Navara 21 2719 0 * 0 1 1 1 0 6 8 Karjakin 17 2678 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 6 9 Ponomariov 23 2723 0 0 0 1 * 1 6 10 Motylev 27 2647 0 0 0 * 5 11 Tiviakov 33 2682 0 0 0 * 5 12 Van Wely 34 2683 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 5 13 Carlsen 16 2690 0 0 0 0 * 4 14 Shirov 34 2715 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 4

Category: XIX (2719)

Previous edition: Corus Group A (2006). Next: Corus Group A (2008). See also Corus Group B (2007) and Corus Group C (2007).

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tiviakov vs Carlsen ½-½242007Corus Group AB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. Shirov vs Svidler ½-½262007Corus Group AD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
3. Karjakin vs Kramnik ½-½332007Corus Group AC42 Petrov Defense
4. Ponomariov vs Anand ½-½222007Corus Group AE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
5. Topalov vs Motylev ½-½242007Corus Group AD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Navara vs Aronian ½-½222007Corus Group AD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. Van Wely vs Radjabov 0-1402007Corus Group AE97 King's Indian
8. Aronian vs Ponomariov 1-0392007Corus Group AE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
9. Carlsen vs Navara 0-1502007Corus Group AD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
10. Svidler vs Tiviakov 1-0652007Corus Group AB01 Scandinavian
11. Radjabov vs Karjakin ½-½782007Corus Group AE15 Queen's Indian
12. Motylev vs Anand 0-1312007Corus Group AB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Topalov vs Van Wely 1-0352007Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Kramnik vs Shirov 1-0342007Corus Group AA15 English
15. Van Wely vs Motylev ½-½532007Corus Group AA20 English
16. Shirov vs Radjabov 0-1472007Corus Group AE97 King's Indian
17. Tiviakov vs Kramnik ½-½282007Corus Group AC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
18. Anand vs Aronian ½-½322007Corus Group AC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
19. Navara vs Svidler ½-½272007Corus Group AA15 English
20. Ponomariov vs Carlsen 1-0302007Corus Group AD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Karjakin vs Topalov ½-½542007Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½202007Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Motylev vs Aronian ½-½222007Corus Group AC87 Ruy Lopez
24. Svidler vs Ponomariov ½-½302007Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Topalov vs Shirov 1-0412007Corus Group AD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
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  JointheArmy: <Chess Classics> Note they cut alot of letters sent to them because they were excessively rude as they said.

I guess I shouldn't have put, "It's official, chessbase is the worst news source for chess."

Feb-05-07  percyblakeney: GM Sakaev's Corus summary:

Topalov played with an energy characteristic for him, showing his advantage in the knowledge of opening play almost in every game. If not for the accident against Peter Svidler, he would be the sole winner of the tournament.

Aronian Levon played very well, easily and strongly, with fantasy. His principal drawback is the opening repertoire, which needs to be still more widened and strengthened, although lately Levon's progress in this sphere has been obvious.

Radjabov a brilliant start, a good finish, but the burden of leadership has been hanging too heavily on Teimour's shoulders in the middle of the tournament. But it is no matter; for him the time of great achievements is still to come.

Vladimir Kramnik his play gave joy, his technique in some games was really something else. His victory over Anand is particularly impressive. Unfortunately, it is rather difficult to win the tournament with such kind of opening game for Black (I mean Petroff's Defense and his decision not to play for a win in some games).

Vishi Anand his defeat in the game against Kramnik has upset him a bit, and the rest of the tournament he played without fervor. It is common knowledge, that Anand can do better than this.

Peter Svidler a highly unstable play, in some games Peter just gave the points away (but, to tell the truth, he had also got a present from Veselin Topalov). I wish Peter would win some super-tournament at last, his potential is more than enough for that.

Sergey Karjakin Seriozha played not badly at all. It can be said that he is moving in the right direction. His time is surely to come soon.

David Navara a "shadow leader" of the tournament. Just like Peter Svidler, he had given away a whole lot of points as presents. David is young and has great potential.

Ruslan Ponomariov for some reasons he was not in the mood to play. Being at his best advantage, Ruslan is capable of playing much stronger. He had demonstrated this during the recent Tal Memorial in Moscow, where he shared the first place.

Alexander Motylev Sasha had been "cut down" by the game against Anand in the beginning of the tournament, after which he seemed to lose his self-confidence. Nevertheless, in some games he used to outplay his opponents showing fine opening preparation and interesting play.

Sergei Tiviakov being conscious of the fact that some participants of this tournament are better players, he made up his mind to play without ambitions, "drying up" the game in order to guarantee himself from a failure. He has succeeded in this, although his final result is not something to boast of anyway.

Loek van Wely played creatively, won a couple of games, but, with the tournament being as strong as it was, his negative result should not be something to grieve over for Loek.

Alexey Shirov sharing the last place is undeserved by him. I think that it would come as no surprise to anybody if he had finished in the upper part of the table.

Magnus Carlsen he is not a mature player yet, so it seems too early to talk about his great perspectives. To my mind, Magnus is, for the time being, weaker than every other participant of this tournament.

Feb-11-07  rjsolcruz: As Lasker, the 2nd World Champion, said, "Chess is life." Most of us play chess to make friends and making friends is in essence the 2nd most important commandment; love your neigbors.

God bless all who loves chess! check+

Feb-11-07  Dionyseus: <percy> Thanks, GM Sakaev's summary was an interesting read.
Feb-11-07  Rolfo: <To my mind, Magnus is, for the time being, weaker than every other participant of this tournament.>

True, but stronger than most of them not participating..

Feb-12-07  slomarko: <True, but stronger than most of them not participating..> Kramnik, Grischuk, Mamediarov, Adams, Navara, Ivanchuk, Gelfand etc, etc, etc.. are all stronger than him.
Feb-12-07  Rolfo: <Kramnik, Grischuk, Mamediarov, Adams, Navara, Ivanchuk, Gelfand etc, etc, etc.. are all stronger than him.>

Yes, they are all established players and higher rated as well. No surprise. I suppose you easily can count up a lot more

Feb-13-07  percyblakeney: Wijk aan Zee stats for some players 1996-2007:

Anand +46 -8 =76
Topalov +33 -21 =63
Kramnik +28 -10 =66
Kasparov +19 -1 =19
Ivanchuk +17 -6 =42
Leko +15 -5 =71
Morozevich +15 -12 =26
Svidler +9 -10 =21
Ponomariov +9 -11 =19
Radjabov +8 -4 =14
Aronian +7 -3 =16
Karjakin +7 -6 =13

Anand went +22 -0 =41 in Wijk from 1999 before losing to Topalov in round 12, 2004. Kasparov's only loss came after 7 wins in a row in 1999, when he blundered against Sokolov. Leko has a draw average just above 10 in 13 games a year. Morozevich had a disastruous 2005, going +2 -6 =5.

Feb-13-07  percyblakeney: Svidler should be +9 -10 =33.
Feb-13-07  percyblakeney: Adams definitely deserves to be included as well, he has had a plus score every year and in total +26 -12 =66.
Feb-13-07  shintaro go: +19 -1 =19 is just insane. However, Anand owns Corus, everyone knows that. This year's result won't tarnish his wonderful run in Wijk.
Feb-13-07  TylerD: if he "owns" it is only because Kasparov have given it to him by not showing up more often... Anand s record in Corus is fantastic, no argument there, but Kasparov s is even more impressive if one look at quality rather than quantity. BTW Kasparov s Linares stats... they are just unbelievable... as are all his stats, of course...
Feb-23-07  Marvol: I posted this in the Morelinares page but it also fits here.

Corus A:
1.e4 drawn 31
1.e4 decided 16

1.d4 drawn 19
1.d4 decided 18

1.other drawn 5
1.other decided 2

Interesting is the proportion of Najdorfs in 1.e4, 14

1-0 5
1/2 5
0-1 4

And whether white really profits from the high % of decided games after 1.d4 (these stats may be skewed because of Radjabov's high score in the KID) 1.d4 deciders: 1-0 10
KID 0-1 5 (4x Radja, 1x Topa)
other 0-1 3

Very interesting.

Mar-27-07  AAAAron: Great tourney by Drawnik.... He almost managed the amazing feat of all draws. Oh that Drawnik, always looking for the draw instead of the win. His games are sooo exciting!!! How will Krammy pull off the draw this week. Stay tuned..........
Mar-27-07  AAAAron: I admire Topalov greatly, he has that killer instinct. Unlike Kramnik who wets his pants in fear, opting for a draw instead of a fight. I hope Topalov knocks the socks off Drawnik the next time they meet.
Jan-09-08  Akuni: <Unlike Kramnik who wets his pants in fear, opting for a draw instead of a fight>

Looking at the Tal Memorial, it seems you're only about half right. ;)

Sep-05-08  Whitehat1963: Using my scoring system (below), Radjabov would have been the clear winner:

My scoring system
Win with black = 1.10
Win with white = 1.00
Draw with black = .50
Draw with white = .45
Loss with either = 0

First four places:

1. Radjabov 8.70
3. Topalov 8.45
3. Aronian 8.45
4. Kramnik 7.85

I dare say, I think my way is better than FIDE's or the current system being used at Bilbao, which would still have yielded a tie at the top:

1. Radjabov 22
1. Topalov 22
3. Aronian 21
4. Kramnik 19

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  whiteshark: First ??
Oct-05-09  DeltaHawk: No comments on this tournament because Magnus Carlsen played extremely poorly.
Oct-05-09  kurtrichards: Of Radjabov's 5 victories, 4 comes from King's Indian Defense.(One from Queen's Gambit Declined,Ragozin.) Maybe the reason why Radjabov is called the KID.
Oct-06-09  DeltaHawk: LOL, what an error. Apparently, <whiteshark> also thought no comments were made on this tournament.
Oct-06-09  8284: <DeltaHawk> LOL, the page counter shows < PAGE 365 OF 367 > for the last page/post. Maybe the admins have deleted some 50 posts without adjusting the total page numbers ?
Nov-17-10  checkmateyourmove: i dont think we will ever see a standings like this again.. teimour with first and 5 wins with one loss. He draws to much for my liking now and magnus dead last with no wins. I love corus tourneys.
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  perfidious: <checkmateyourmove: i dont think we will ever see....standings like this again....magnus dead last with no wins.>

I'd say the odds are agin it.

Then again, to hear some tell the sordid tale, a player is only as good as his/her last game.

Sep-16-13  Kikoman: Magnus Carlsen 1st appearance in Corus (Group A).
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