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🏆 Groningen (1996)

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Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Peter Leko, Alexey Shirov, Loek van Wely, Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian, Nigel Short, Ivan Sokolov, Alexander Onischuk, Viktor Korchnoi, Jan Timman, Julian Michael Hodgson

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Groningen (1996)
So what does an International Grandmaster do to get into shape for New Year's Eve? These guys chose to spend a couple of weeks at Groningen in the Netherlands trying to score points in a little Category 16 tournament (average rating 2634):

Vladimir Akopian, Boris Gelfand, Julian Michael Hodgson, Viktor Korchnoi, Peter Leko, Alexander Onischuk, Alexey Shirov, Nigel Short, Ivan Sokolov, Peter Svidler, Jan Timman, Loek van Wely.

And after 11 rounds of that, a New Year's Day hangover is a relief.

Timman jumped out in front by winning his first four games, but a round 6 loss to Hodgson brought him back to the pack. Van Wely kept close, and was even tied for first with Timman after eight rounds. But Van Wely followed with two losses in a row, as Short won the biggest game of the tournament over Timman to take a half-point lead. A couple of quiet rounds kept it that way while Gelfand, who was undefeated but never quite came out of hiding, tied Timman for second place.

And a word needs to be said about Viktor Korchnoi. After eight rounds he had scored only three draws, and was in last place by two points. Saddened whispers were surely circulating that the 65-year-old couldn't keep up any more.

So Korchnoi proceeded to win his last three games. Not all fans may love the guy, but sometimes they can't help but admire him.

Groningen, Netherlands, 19-30 December 1996

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Short * 1 0 1 1 1 7 2 Timman 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 6 3 Gelfand * 1 1 6 4 Leko 0 * 1 1 6 5 Shirov 1 0 * 0 1 1 6 6 Van Wely 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 6 7 Svidler 0 * 1 0 1 5 8 Onischuk 0 * 1 0 0 4 9 Hodgson 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 4 10 Akopian 0 0 1 * 0 4 11 Sokolov 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 4 12 Korchnoi 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 * 4

Round-by-round summary:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 Short 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.5 5.0 5.0 6.0 6.5 7.0 2 Timman 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.5 4.5 5.0 5.5 5.5 6.0 6.5 3 Gelfand 0.5 1.0 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 6.0 6.5 4 Leko 0.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.5 6.0 5 Shirov 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.5 5.5 6.0 6 Van Wely 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.0 7 Svidler 0.5 1.5 1.5 2.5 3.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 8 Onischuk 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.5 9 Hodgson 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 3.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 10 Akopian 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.5 11 Sokolov 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.5 12 Korchnoi 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5

Original collection: Game Collection: Groningen 1996, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J M Hodgson vs Short 0-1481996GroningenC02 French, Advance
2. Shirov vs Van Wely 0-1401996GroningenB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
3. Timman vs Leko  1-0341996GroningenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
4. Gelfand vs Korchnoi  ½-½311996GroningenA28 English
5. Akopian vs I Sokolov  ½-½341996GroningenA22 English
6. Onischuk vs Svidler  ½-½751996GroningenB57 Sicilian
7. Leko vs Akopian  1-0841996GroningenC10 French
8. Short vs Gelfand  ½-½251996GroningenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. I Sokolov vs Onischuk  ½-½491996GroningenA81 Dutch
10. Van Wely vs Korchnoi  1-0631996GroningenE17 Queen's Indian
11. Shirov vs Timman 0-1401996GroningenC16 French, Winawer
12. Svidler vs J M Hodgson  1-0341996GroningenB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
13. Korchnoi vs Short 0-1381996GroningenA13 English
14. Akopian vs Shirov  ½-½121996GroningenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. J M Hodgson vs I Sokolov 1-0391996GroningenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Gelfand vs Svidler 1-0241996GroningenE73 King's Indian
17. Onischuk vs Leko  ½-½261996GroningenA37 English, Symmetrical
18. Timman vs Van Wely  1-0681996GroningenA48 King's Indian
19. Svidler vs Korchnoi 1-0391996GroningenC08 French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed
20. Timman vs Akopian  1-0411996GroningenC42 Petrov Defense
21. Leko vs J M Hodgson  ½-½391996GroningenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
22. I Sokolov vs Gelfand  ½-½441996GroningenE97 King's Indian
23. Van Wely vs Short  ½-½461996GroningenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Shirov vs Onischuk  ½-½441996GroningenC78 Ruy Lopez
25. Akopian vs Van Wely  ½-½251996GroningenA10 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Must be some kind of a record here. Forget Avro 1938, look at this line up.

No World Champions took part but five of the players taking part all lost World Championship matches.

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