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Corus Group A Tournament

Levon Aronian8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Magnus Carlsen8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Teimour Radjabov7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Peter Leko7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk7/13(+1 -0 =12)[games]
Michael Adams6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Veselin Topalov6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Judit Polgar6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov6/13(+1 -2 =10)[games]
Pavel Eljanov5/13(+2 -5 =6)[games]
Loek van Wely5/13(+1 -4 =8)[games]
Boris Gelfand5/13(+1 -4 =8)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Corus Group A (2008)

Played at the De Moriaan Centre in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands 12-27 January 2008. Rest days: 16, 21 and 24 January. The rounds began at 1:30 pm, except the last round which began at 0:30 pm. Time control: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 60 more minutes for the next 20 moves, followed by 30 more minutes to finish the game. Tournament category: XX (2742). Chief arbiter: Thomas van Beekum.

Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen shared the win with 8/13.

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 =1 Aronian 25 2739 * 1 0 1 1 1 8 =1 Carlsen 17 2733 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 8 =3 Anand 38 2799 1 * 0 1 1 7 =3 Radjabov 20 2735 0 1 * 1 1 7 =5 Leko 28 2753 1 * 0 1 7 =5 Ivanchuk 38 2751 * 1 7 =7 Adams 36 2726 * 0 1 6 =7 Kramnik 32 2799 1 0 * 0 1 6 =9 Topalov 32 2780 0 0 1 1 * 0 0 1 6 =9 Polgar 31 2707 0 0 1 * 0 1 6 =9 Mamedyarov 22 2760 0 0 * 1 6 =12 Eljanov 24 2692 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 5 =12 Van Wely 35 2681 0 0 0 1 0 * 5 =12 Gelfand 39 2737 0 0 0 0 1 * 5

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Previous: Corus Group A (2007). Next: Corus Group A (2009). See also Corus Group B (2008), Corus Group C (2008) and Corus Honorary Group (2008)

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Eljanov vs Leko ½-½272008Corus Group AE15 Queen's Indian
2. Kramnik vs Van Wely ½-½252008Corus Group AD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Aronian vs Topalov 1-0622008Corus Group AD80 Grunfeld
4. Radjabov vs Anand 1-0852008Corus Group AD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Mamedyarov vs Carlsen 0-1402008Corus Group AB30 Sicilian
6. Adams vs Gelfand ½-½212008Corus Group AC42 Petrov Defense
7. Ivanchuk vs J Polgar ½-½242008Corus Group AE15 Queen's Indian
8. Kramnik vs Radjabov ½-½792008Corus Group AE97 King's Indian
9. Leko vs Adams ½-½982008Corus Group AC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Anand vs Mamedyarov ½-½362008Corus Group AC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
11. Gelfand vs Aronian 0-1302008Corus Group AD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Topalov vs Ivanchuk ½-½362008Corus Group AA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
13. Carlsen vs Eljanov 1-0542008Corus Group AD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
14. Van Wely vs J Polgar ½-½372008Corus Group AE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
15. Radjabov vs Van Wely ½-½852008Corus Group AD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. J Polgar vs Topalov ½-½452008Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Mamedyarov vs Kramnik ½-½232008Corus Group AC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
18. Eljanov vs Anand ½-½172008Corus Group AE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
19. Ivanchuk vs Gelfand ½-½222008Corus Group AA20 English
20. Aronian vs Leko ½-½282008Corus Group AE15 Queen's Indian
21. Adams vs Carlsen ½-½382008Corus Group AC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. Leko vs Ivanchuk ½-½422008Corus Group AB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
23. Van Wely vs Topalov 1-0812008Corus Group AA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Gelfand vs J Polgar 0-1402008Corus Group AE00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Anand vs Adams ½-½562008Corus Group AE15 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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Feb-07-08  LKor: Thanks, <Eyal>, for the clarification! I just think that rewarding only wins with black is still not enough: managing a draw with black is more respectable than the same "achievement" with white!
Feb-08-08  percyblakeney: Wijk aan Zee (A) statistics 1996-2008 for the participants of the latest edition of the tournament:

Anand +50 -9 =84
Topalov +36 -25 =69
Kramnik +30 -12 =75
Adams +28 -13 =77
van Wely +23 -56 =90
Ivanchuk +18 -6 =54
Leko +17 -6 =81
Polgar +12 -12 =41
Aronian +11 -4 =24
Radjabov +11 -5 =23
Gelfand +9 -14 =42
Carlsen +5 -6 =15
Eljanov +2 -5 =6
Mamedyarov +1 -6 =19

Feb-08-08  adair10: Thank you, <percyblakeney>. I took the liberty to use your statistics in rearranged form showing overal plus or minus (number of wins minus number of losses) and total number of games played.

Anand +41/143
Kramnik +18/117
Adams +15/118
Ivanchuk +12/78
Topalov +11/130
Leko +11/114
Aronian +7/39
Radjabov +6/39
Polgar 0/65
Carlsen -1/26
Eljanov -3/13
Gelfand -5/65
Mamedyarov -5/26
van Wely -33/169

The most games were played by Anand and van Wely with strikingly different outcomes

Feb-08-08  percyblakeney: <adair10> Interesting, and if Kasparov is added his score would be +18/39. Players like Aronian and Radjabov have good chances to advance in these statistics if they can keep playing anything similar to their latest starts.
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  Eyal: <Players like Aronian and Radjabov have good chances to advance in these statistics if they can keep playing anything similar to their latest starts.>

And so does Carlsen, of course... His overall score doesn't look very impressive yet (still "suffering" from the weak performance of last year), but he's already won a tournament - something which a player like Adams, with his supposedly more impressive score, never managed to do (though he came quite close at 2004) and probably never will.

Feb-08-08  slomarko: <-33> omg
Feb-08-08  percyblakeney: <And so does Carlsen, of course...>

Indeed. At the same time the results show that it's not easy to line up the wins in a tournament like Wijk. Pono has never had a plus score, also Svidler has a career minus. I think Shirov has in total +1 after many starts. Carlsen, Radjabov and Aronian are probably able to get a plus many years in a row, but not many other players will be able to do it.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <percyblakeney, adair10> There are some things wrong with those numbers. Leko's +11/114 should be +11/104 (which indeed is what <percyblakeney>'s initial stats show). Adams having 118 games also looks a bit strange, given that this number is not divisible by 13... perhaps there's one draw too many or something?
Feb-08-08  percyblakeney: <Adams having 118 games also looks a bit strange, given that this number is not divisible by 13... perhaps there's one draw too many or something?>

Correct, it should be +28 -13 =76 for him. Link worth reposting:

Feb-08-08  adair10: Leko's score should be as <SwitchingQuylthulg> corrected me +11/104, not +11/114. As much as we think Aronian, Radjabov and Carlsen have the best chance to get to the top, it still will be very difficult. For example, Aronian needs to participate (or more accurately needs to be invited) in 8 more tournaments and produce an astonishing average score of +4.25 to catch present Anand. Only now I realized how good a record Anand has. <SwitchingQuylthulg> please correct me if my math has failed me again
Feb-09-08  percyblakeney: <Only now I realized how good a record Anand has>

Anand's eleven latest scores in Wijk: +3 +4 +6 +3 +4 +4 +4 +3 +5 +2 +2. Not easy to ever get comparable results for anyone. But apart from Anand (and of course Kasparov in his three starts) the other top players have scores that look very possible to reach.

Feb-09-08  sapfy: Carlsen will probably beat Anand's record. Barring the unforseen, he is likely to play every single WaZ for the next 20+ years.
Feb-15-08  hitman84: Nursery pot from chessbase :

Finally we get to know more about the writers and journalists whose contributions are overlooked by many chess fans.

This is just hilarious!

Chess players are better footballers :)

Feb-15-08  Red October: Vladimir Potkin looks like Shirov's brother
Feb-15-08  hitman84: I wonder who is the better chess player among the trio Aruna Anand, Sofi Leko and Pilar Molina :)
Feb-15-08  slomarko: <I wonder who is the better chess player among the trio Aruna Anand, Sofi Leko and Pilar Molina> who the cares who is the better chess player question is which of the 3 looks best. i vote for Pilar.
Feb-15-08  hitman84: umm.. slo, looks like santa disappointed you :p
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  Open Defence: I have an Iraninan friend who looks a bit like Sofia Leko
Jan-25-09  notyetagm: <Open Defence: I have an Iraninan friend who looks a bit like Sofia Leko>

Lucky you.

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  Open Defence: <notyetagm> I am a mother lol
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  whiteshark: Oops! Wrong year... :D
Jan-25-09  NakoSonorense: <whitesshark> Got lost? Here are the directions:

Corus (2009) xD

Jan-25-09  notyetagm: <whiteshark: Oops! Wrong year... :D>


Jan-25-09  notyetagm: <Open Defence: <notyetagm> I am a mother lol>

Sorry. Most kibitzers here are male.

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  whiteshark: Tks <NakoSonorense>. I clicked on Corus w/o any further thought when I realised I'm wrong. I wonder if it's just me, wait, who posted before me... :D
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