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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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Jan-11-07  Canuck16: Anyone think there will be a quick draw between Kramnik and Topalov just so they don't have to be near each other ? LOL
Jan-11-07  suenteus po 147: <Canuck16> That is my exact prediction.
Jan-11-07  nimzo knight: <<Anand also holds the record of most consecutive games played at this tournament without a loss (70 from 19982004)> Is it true?? WOW! Anand must be a monster!> I think Anand is technically most solid player. Its kind of unfortunate that he hasnt had a go at World Championship since 1995. When he wants to win it not many can stop him.
Jan-11-07  suenteus po 147: <nimzo knight> Actually, Anand has had a go at it several times since 1995. He won in 2000 against Shirov, and he competed in the 2005 tournament.
Jan-11-07  Bobak Zahmat: <Canuck16> My prediction is that Topalov will do anything to push for a win.
Jan-11-07  nimzo knight: <suenteus po> ya true, but not the undisputed kind. In fact I think it was very unfortunate that he lost to kamsky in FIDE zonal cycle in 95 (he won against him in PCA cycle). He would have had better chance of defeating Karpov. And then we could have had a unification match (between him & kasparov) as early as 97, without a toiletgate maybe ;).
Jan-11-07  chessfan123: please let me know when the first match
begins in EST. where can watch it for free
Jan-11-07  Ragh: <yalie: Anand:Wijk as Garry:Linares as Kramnik:Dortmund as Topalov:Mtel (albeit short history)> Perfect analogies there. And, Wijk is the tournament with longest history (70 years?).
Jan-11-07  Dr.Lecter: Reading Leko's biography, I found out that he's the fourth player to win Corus, Linares, and Dortmund. Who are the other players? And is there any who also won Mtel out of those three players?
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  Wild Bill: <Dr.Lecter: <Reading Leko's biography, I found out that he's the fourth player to win Corus, Linares, and Dortmund. Who are the other players? And is there any who also won Mtel out of those three players?>>

The other three are Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand.

No one has won the MTel in Sofia except Topalov.

Jan-11-07  iron maiden: If shared victories count then Topalov's also in the triple-crown group. He tied for first in Dortmund 2001, Linares 2004 and Corus 2006. But so far as I know, he's never finished clear first in any of them.
Jan-11-07  suenteus po 147: <iron maiden> I think you mean Topalov shared first in Linares <2005>.

Also, doesn't Ivanchuk count as well if we look at shared firsts? He won shared first in Dortmund 1992 and Wijk aan Zee 1996. And he won clear first three times in Linares.

Jan-11-07  iron maiden: <suenteus po 147> You are right on both counts. Well spotted regarding Ivanchuk! This would make him the first player to finish the triple.

So the list of "triple crown" winners is apparently six now. Here it is, with the tournament the player completed it in parenthesis:

1. Ivanchuk (Wijk aan Zee 1996)
2. Kasparov (Wijk aan Zee 1999)
3. Kramnik (Linares 2000)
4. Anand (Dortmund 2004)
5. Leko (Wijk aan Zee 2005)
6. Topalov (Wijk aan Zee 2006)

Jan-11-07  Dr.Lecter: What is the time control for Corus?
Jan-11-07  NakoSonorense: Is somebody running a prediction contest for this event? I read that cu8sfan is not going to do it this time.
Jan-11-07  chessmoron: User: YouRang will be running the contest.
Jan-11-07  suenteus po 147: Here's today's tournament collection to whet everyone's appetite (albeit just under the wire): Game Collection: Wijk aan Zee Corus 2000

<iron maiden: Well spotted regarding Ivanchuk!> It's just something I happened to realize after compiling tournament collections he had won. For instance, I'm learning lots of interesting things from compiling all the Wijk aan Zee tournaments now.

Jan-11-07  positionalgenius: Hey,what time do the games start central USA time?
Jan-12-07  BishopofBlunder: <positionalgenius: Hey,what time do the games start central USA time?>

Early, VERY EARLY... 6:30 in the AM early...

Jan-12-07  positionalgenius: <bishopofblunder>Thanks
Jan-12-07  FLCLlove: There will still be plenty of time to watch at least some, they don't end until around 12:30 CT I think.
Jan-12-07  TylerD: It ll go down like this:

1. Kramnik
2. Topalov
3-5 Sjirov (!), Anand, Ponomariov
6 Svidler
7-9 Karjakin, Radjabov, Aronian
10-11 Carlsen, Van Wely
12. Tiviakov
13. Motylev
14. Navara

Jan-12-07  Lt. Col. Majid: Frankly, I do not expect Kramnik to lose a single game.

I therefore pick him as favourite.

Jan-12-07  Whitehat1963: <Frankly, I do not expect Kramnik to lose a single game.> I'd bet my house that Kramnik will lose at least one game. Furthermore, I'd bet all my chess bucks that he'll lose two or more. And I'd bet you a soda that he won't win the tournament. Don't be surprised when Topalov wins the tournament! Also, watch for Carlsen to perform very well.
Jan-12-07  TylerD: If he loses a game it will come as a surprise to most people that it is against Sjirov.
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