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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 2; games 1-25 of 35  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Onischuk vs Svidler  ½-½751996GroningenB57 Sicilian
2. Akopian vs I Sokolov  ½-½341996GroningenA22 English
3. Gelfand vs Korchnoi  ½-½311996GroningenA28 English
4. Short vs Gelfand  ½-½251996GroningenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. I Sokolov vs Onischuk  ½-½491996GroningenA81 Dutch
6. Akopian vs Shirov  ½-½121996GroningenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Onischuk vs Leko  ½-½261996GroningenA37 English, Symmetrical
8. Shirov vs Onischuk  ½-½441996GroningenC78 Ruy Lopez
9. Van Wely vs Short  ½-½461996GroningenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. I Sokolov vs Gelfand  ½-½441996GroningenE97 King's Indian
11. Leko vs J M Hodgson  ½-½391996GroningenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. Akopian vs Van Wely  ½-½251996GroningenA10 English
13. Onischuk vs Timman  ½-½681996GroningenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Gelfand vs Leko  ½-½211996GroningenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Short vs Svidler  ½-½201996GroningenB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. J M Hodgson vs Shirov  ½-½361996GroningenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Van Wely vs Svidler  ½-½361996GroningenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
18. Leko vs Korchnoi  ½-½541996GroningenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Shirov vs Gelfand  ½-½251996GroningenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Gelfand vs Timman  ½-½601996GroningenE12 Queen's Indian
21. Short vs Leko  ½-½431996GroningenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
22. J M Hodgson vs Akopian  ½-½441996GroningenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Akopian vs Gelfand  ½-½331996GroningenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Timman vs Korchnoi  ½-½441996GroningenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. Leko vs Svidler  ½-½301996GroningenB07 Pirc
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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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