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Corus Group A Tournament

Evgeny Bareev9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Grischuk8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Michael Adams8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Alexander Morozevich8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Alexander Khalifman7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Peter Leko7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Aleksey Dreev6/13(+1 -2 =10)[games]
Boris Gelfand6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Jeroen Piket6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Joel Lautier6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Jan Timman6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Mikhail Gurevich5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Loek van Wely3/13(+0 -7 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Corus Group A (2002)

The 64th Wijk aan Zee (Beverwijk from 1938 until 1967) chess festival took place in the De Moriaan community centre, Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands from January 12 (Round 1) to January 27 (Round 13), with rest days on January 14, 18 and 23. For the third year in a row, the main sponsor was the steel company Corus. Sadly, compared to the previous year there were many high profile absentees, most notably the mighty triumvirate of Garry Kasparov (Elo ranked #1 in the world), Classical World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (#2) and Viswanathan Anand (#3). Kasparov was meant to play, but as stated by his manager Owen Williams, less than a week before the tournament, he had to withdraw, due to a viral infection. He was replaced by Morozevich (#5). Kramnik pulled out since he wanted to prepare for the Brains in Bahrain match (that was subsequently delayed) against Deep Fritz. He was replaced by his former second Bareev (#12). Anand declined in advance, because he tried to defend his FIDE World Champion title at the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02) (he lost in the semifinal in December). Ruslan Ponomariov (#7) and Vassily Ivanchuk (#8) played in that tournament too, and their final match ended on January 23 (with Ponomariov as the new FIDE World Champion). Finding replacements was a headache.. It ended up with Michael Adams (#4), Alexander Morozevich (#5), Peter Leko (#10), Boris Gelfand (#11), Evgeny Bareev (#12), the new Dutch no. 1 Loek van Wely (#14), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (#15), Alexander Khalifman (#17), Joel Lautier (#19), Alexey Dreev (#20), Alexander Grischuk (#25), Jeroen Piket (#28), Mikhail Gurevich (#48), and Jan Timman (#82).

At the opening ceremony, Rauke Henstra, officer of Corus Netherlands, announced a new sponsorship deal that would keep the tournament going for at least another three years. Corus had sponsored the annual tournament until 2002, to be number 64 in succession. Despite hard times in the industry and with all squares covered, there would be a 65th tournament. Further more, Corus Packing Plus, Corus Strip Products IJmuiden and the external sponsor Delta Onroerend Goed BV had decided to garantuee the tournament until 2005, and possibly longer. The following day the boards were ready and Gennadi Sosonko and others were ready at the demo boards. The commentators on the games in GM groups A (this page) and B were based in the marquee next to the De Moriaan centre. All rounds began at 1:30 pm, except for the last round on 27 January which began at 12:30 pm. Time control: 40 moves in two hours, followed by 20 moves in one hour, and the rest of the game in half an hour.

Bareev took the first prize when his Round 13 opponent Kasimdzhanov lost his way in a good position, unleashing a speculative piece sacrifice that did not work out. Bareev had already played once in Wijk aan Zee, in Hoogovens (1995), where he finished 2nd. But despite that result, he had not played here again. When he took the lead in Round 9, Piket asked him, "will you play to win the tournament, or do you expect to play here again in seven years?" The words may have been a stimulus, and abandoning his usually cautious attitude, he obtained three points from the last four rounds. He made a blunder in Round 11 and lost in 20 moves to former FIDE World Champion Khalifman, but nevertheless it was his greatest tournament performance. At least according to himself. He took home 10,000 euros (= about $11,323, or $15,910 in 2019 value). The always modest Bareev said at the closing ceremony, "First of all Id like to thank Kramnik - for not being here."

Teenager Grischuk took 2nd place. His strong-minded and fearless play won the hearts of the Wijk aan Zee fans. Adams had a spectacular start with wins over Grischuk and Gelfand, and a draw with Bareev. This gave him the lead with 2.5/3, but he continued with a string of draws. Timman, whose games are always adrenaline-filled affairs that pleases the crowds, won the Spectator's Prize for Game of the Day in Round 8 with his exciting win over Gelfand. With a weakened field, the fans turned their attention to home talent Loek van Wely as a possible winner, but in the pairings draw he was given number 13 and this proved to be an unlucky omen. He crashed to his worst ever performance, losing seven games.

Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, 12-27 January 2002

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Bareev 35 2707 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 2 Grischuk 18 2671 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 8 =3 Adams 30 2742 1 * 1 1 8 =3 Morozevich 24 2742 0 * 1 1 1 1 8 5 Khalifman 36 2688 1 0 * 1 1 7 6 Leko 22 2713 0 1 * 1 7 =7 Dreev 32 2683 0 * 1 0 6 =7 Gelfand 33 2708 0 * 0 1 0 1 6 =7 Piket 33 2659 0 0 0 1 * 1 6 =7 Lautier 28 2687 0 0 0 * 1 1 6 =7 Timman 50 2605 0 0 1 0 * 1 6 12 Gurevich 42 2641 0 0 0 * 1 5 13 Kasimdzhanov 22 2695 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 4 14 Van Wely 29 2697 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 3

Category: XVIII (2688). Chief arbiter: Thomas van Beekum.


CHESS magazine, April 2002, pp. 33-37
Wikipedia article: Tata Steel Chess Tournament#2002
TWIC #374 (
TWIC #377 ( website (
FIDE rating list January 2002 (
Zenon Franco Ocampos in ABC Color (
Leidsch Dagblad, 28 January 2002, p. 26 (
Tidskrift fr Schack, March 2002, pp. 156-162 (
Alfonso Romero Holmes in Jaque 552, pp. 14-36 (
John B Henderson in The Scotsman, January 2002 (
Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant, 8 January 2002, p. 18 (
Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant, 28 January 2002, p. 23 (
Saevar Bjarnason in Dagblai Vsir, 12 January 2002, p. 51 (
Mihail-Viorel Ghinda in Revista Romana de Sah, 2/2002, pp. 15-19 (

Original collections: Game Collection: Wijk aan Zee Corus 2002 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Corus Group A 2002 by User: Tabanus. Round dates are from Leidsch Dagblad. Thanks to User: Paint My Dragon for paraphrased information from CHESS magazine.

Previous: Corus Group A (2001). Next: Corus Group A (2003). See also Corus Group B (2002) and Corus Invitation Tens (2002)

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Timman vs Piket  ½-½212002Corus Group AB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
2. Bareev vs Adams ½-½222002Corus Group AE12 Queen's Indian
3. Leko vs Van Wely  1-0412002Corus Group AB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. Dreev vs Khalifman  ½-½242002Corus Group AD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
5. Grischuk vs Kasimdzhanov 1-0492002Corus Group AC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
6. M Gurevich vs Morozevich  ½-½422002Corus Group AD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Gelfand vs Lautier 1-0282002Corus Group AD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. M Gurevich vs Leko  ½-½232002Corus Group AA30 English, Symmetrical
9. Piket vs Bareev  ½-½272002Corus Group AD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Van Wely vs Timman 0-1292002Corus Group AA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
11. Kasimdzhanov vs Gelfand  ½-½262002Corus Group AE12 Queen's Indian
12. Lautier vs Dreev  ½-½192002Corus Group AD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Adams vs Grischuk 1-0432002Corus Group AC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Morozevich vs Khalifman  ½-½502002Corus Group AC45 Scotch Game
15. Dreev vs Kasimdzhanov 0-1722002Corus Group AD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
16. Bareev vs Van Wely 1-0332002Corus Group AD97 Grunfeld, Russian
17. Leko vs Morozevich ½-½222002Corus Group AC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Gelfand vs Adams 0-1392002Corus Group AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Timman vs M Gurevich  ½-½172002Corus Group AC11 French
20. Grischuk vs Piket 1-0532002Corus Group AC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. Khalifman vs Lautier  ½-½432002Corus Group AB30 Sicilian
22. Van Wely vs Grischuk 0-1442002Corus Group AD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. Morozevich vs Lautier  1-0512002Corus Group AB40 Sicilian
24. M Gurevich vs Bareev  ½-½332002Corus Group AA28 English
25. Leko vs Timman ½-½482002Corus Group AB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  fabelhaft: <Bareev said at the closing ceremony, "First of all Id like to thank Kramnik - for not being here.">

Maybe he should have thanked Kasparov, who won the three previous editions, instead :-) But this was a comparatively weak Wijk, without many of the top players from the year before.

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