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Corus Honorary Group Tournament

Ljubomir Ljubojevic4/6(+3 -1 =2)[games]
Jan Timman3/6(+2 -2 =2)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi3/6(+2 -2 =2)[games]
Lajos Portisch2/6(+1 -3 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Corus Honorary Group (2008)

Played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands 19-26 January 2008. Crosstable:

Age Elo 01 02 03 04 S-B 1 Ljubojevic 57 2543 ** 01 1 1 4 10 2 Timman 56 2561 10 ** 1 0 3 9 3 Korchnoi 78 2605 0 0 ** 11 3 7 4 Portisch 70 2530 0 1 00 ** 2 6

See also Corus Group A (2008), Corus Group B (2008) and Corus Group C (2008).

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Portisch 1-0662008Corus Honorary GroupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Ljubojevic vs Timman 0-1452008Corus Honorary GroupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Portisch vs Ljubojevic ½-½142008Corus Honorary GroupD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Korchnoi vs Timman ½-½532008Corus Honorary GroupE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
5. Timman vs Portisch ½-½182008Corus Honorary GroupC67 Ruy Lopez
6. Ljubojevic vs Korchnoi ½-½312008Corus Honorary GroupE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. Portisch vs Korchnoi 0-1252008Corus Honorary GroupA90 Dutch
8. Timman vs Ljubojevic 0-1422008Corus Honorary GroupD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Korchnoi vs Ljubojevic 0-1492008Corus Honorary GroupD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Portisch vs Timman 1-0562008Corus Honorary GroupA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
11. Ljubojevic vs Portisch 1-0332008Corus Honorary GroupE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
12. Timman vs Korchnoi 1-0352008Corus Honorary GroupC45 Scotch Game
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  whiteshark: Kortchnoi vs Timman, position after <25...Rc8>:

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White is having a small activity advantage. I'm not sure if that#s enough for a win, but at least enough for Victor to play on.

Jan-20-08  Jim Bartle: How about a little agreement for comments on this page? No "evals" during the games, since these players never had them during their primes.
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  whiteshark: Kortchnoi vs Timman, position after <37...h5>:

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White is a pawn up but black maintained good drawing chances...♔d6 will be a good blocker for white's c-passer

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  whiteshark: Draw agreed in Kortchnoi vs Timman, final position after <53...Kd5>:

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Well defended by Timman.

Jan-21-08  pawnofdoom: I assume that today was a rest day for these guys too?
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  whiteshark: <pawnofdoom> Yep, today was a day of rest. Four rounds to go:

Round 3 - Tuesday the 22nd
J. Timman - L. Portisch
L. Ljubojevic - V. Kortchnoi

Round 4 - Wednesday the 23rd
J. Timman - L. Ljubojevic
L. Portisch - V. Kortchnoi

<resting day Thursday the 24th>

Round 5 - Friday the 25th
L. Portisch - J. Timman
V. Kortchnoi - L. Ljubojevic

Round 6 - Saturday the 26th
J. Timman - V. Kortchnoi
L. Ljubojevic - L. Portisch

Jan-22-08  DCP23: <Astardis: Absolutely impossible to predict a winner here.>

Absolutely impossible not to. Korchnoi, of course. Might be shared, might not, but he will win anyway.

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  whiteshark: Will there be a match <Andersson vs Portisch> one day ?? They should not be allowed to draw under 12 moves.

Then you can place bets on move 12,13,14 or (unlikely) more than 14 moves.

Jan-23-08  kellmano: I hope Portisch enjoyed his rest day as his games either side of it were Herculean
Jan-23-08  TheGadge: Obviously not seeing as how auld Vic sorted him right out in 25 moves. Taxi for Lajos! Go on Victor, win your last 2 games as well.
Jan-24-08  cannibal: Well, why on earth did they set up Korchnoi with a bunch of old people? That's just so unfair...
Jan-24-08  Riverbeast: <Korchnoi with a bunch of old people? That's just so unfair...>

You're right...Viktor the Terrible still plays with the ferocity of a young man.

I hope he wins this tournament. He's the king of the old schoolers, that's for sure

Jan-25-08  pawnofdoom: Korchnoi is down a bishop for a pawn against Ljubo and Timman is losing to Portisch by quite a lot. Very unexpected results today
Jan-25-08  hitman84: Kortchnoi blundered a piece against Ljubo and resigned. He overlooked 50.Kd3 Rb2
Jan-25-08  Astardis: Strange loss for Korchnoi today. The type of loss that makes him either burst into hysteric laughter or throw all the remaining pieces off the board :)
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  whiteshark: After todays results the honorary group is again more thrilling with Ljubojevic + Kortchnoi both <3 points> and Portisch + Timman both <2 points>
Jan-26-08  wolfmaster: Good chess, and a rare modern-daytournament with more decisive games than draws so far.
Jan-26-08  diagonal: Yeah, good chess, fighting chess - and "wild" Ljubo (who is also a splendid commentator) as winner with 4/6, then Korchnoi and Timman with 3/6 and finally Portisch with 2/6.

Only 4 draws in a total of 12 games! Korchnoi who started well and beat Portisch twice even declined a draw offer (in round five - and then lost after a blunder against Ljubojevic and lost now again in the last round against Timman). All four veterans had at least one win and one loss.

Congratulations to Ljobomir Ljubojevic!

Hope, we'll see these guys next year again!!

Jan-26-08  Marmot PFL: Timman beat Korchnoi today with nice knight moves. The years catching up to Korchnoi once again.
Jan-26-08  pawnofdoom: <Astardis: Absolutely impossible to predict a winner here. Basically it should be Korchnoi but he's become quite unstable. Portisch has played well recently, he might be a shot as well. Timman - not really. He's less than a shadow of what he used to be. He might get lucky, though. Ljubo is the only one I for sure wouldn't place a bet on.>

LOL I would have agreed with you 7 days ago, but look at the results now!

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  paulalbert: Sometimes these retired veterans events can be more nostalgic social events than real competitions. Of course with Viktor ( I doubt he'll ever retire! ) in it, you know that would not apply to his games. In this event, they all certainly came to play. This veterans honorary group added another positive aspect to what seems to be fiercely competitive play in all the groups at Corus. Paul Albert
Jan-26-08  Paraconti: <Astardis> <Absolutely impossible to predict a winner here. Basically it should be Korchnoi but he's become quite unstable. Portisch has played well recently, he might be a shot as well. Timman - not really. He's less than a shadow of what he used to be. He might get lucky, though. Ljubo is the only one I for sure wouldn't place a bet on.>

3 out of 4 chances taken and youi still got it wrong! LOL.

Jan-26-08  Marmot PFL: I would have picked Timman, and he might still win it.
Jan-27-08  brankat: Maybe next year :-)
Jan-29-08  brankat: Congratulations to Ljubomir Ljubojevic for a well deserved victory.

That was some creative and exciting Chess we witnessed. Like in the old days :-)

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