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Groningen Tournament

Nigel Short7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Jan Timman6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Boris Gelfand6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Peter Leko6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Alexey Shirov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Loek van Wely6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Peter Svidler5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Alexander Onischuk4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Julian Michael Hodgson4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Ivan Sokolov4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
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 1; 13 games  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. Shirov vs Timman 0-1401996GroningenC16 French, Winawer
4. Korchnoi vs Short 0-1381996GroningenA13 English
5. Korchnoi vs I Sokolov  0-1351996GroningenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Timman vs J M Hodgson  0-1291996GroningenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
7. I Sokolov vs Short 0-1321996GroningenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Korchnoi vs Shirov 0-1421996GroningenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Svidler vs I Sokolov 0-1321996GroningenC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
10. Onischuk vs Van Wely  0-1281996GroningenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
11. J M Hodgson vs Gelfand  0-1891996GroningenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Onischuk vs Korchnoi  0-1411996GroningenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. Van Wely vs Leko  0-1601996GroningenA57 Benko Gambit
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

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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