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Corus Group A 2002
Compiled by Tabanus
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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.

Sources

CHESS magazine, April 2002, pp. 33-37
Wikipedia article: Tata Steel Chess Tournament#2002
TWIC #374 (http://theweekinchess.com/html/twic...)
TWIC #377 (http://theweekinchess.com/html/twic...)
Chess.gr website (http://www.chess.gr/tourn/2002/coru...)
FIDE rating list January 2002 (http://fidelists.blogspot.com/2008/...)
Zenon Franco Ocampos in ABC Color (http://www.tabladeflandes.com/Zenon...)
Leidsch Dagblad, 28 January 2002, p. 26 (https://leiden.courant.nu/issue/LD/...)
Tidskrift fr Schack, March 2002, pp. 156-162 (http://www.schack.se/tfsarkiv/histo...)
Alfonso Romero Holmes in Jaque 552, pp. 14-36 (http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...)
John B Henderson in The Scotsman, January 2002 (http://www.scrkuppenheim.de/heco/ar...)
Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant, 8 January 2002, p. 18 (https://krantenbankzeeland.nl/issue...)
Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant, 28 January 2002, p. 23 (https://krantenbankzeeland.nl/issue...)
Saevar Bjarnason in Dagblai Vsir, 12 January 2002, p. 51 (http://timarit.is/view_page_init.js...)
Mihail-Viorel Ghinda in Revista Romana de Sah, 2/2002, pp. 15-19 (http://www.stere.ro/wp-content/uplo...)

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

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.

Round 1 January 12 (Saturday)
Bareev vs Adams, 2002 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Dreev vs Khalifman, 2002
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gelfand vs Lautier, 2002 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

Grischuk vs Kasimdzhanov, 2002 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 49 moves, 1-0

M Gurevich vs Morozevich, 2002
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Leko vs Van Wely, 2002
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Piket, 2002
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 January 13 (Sunday)
Adams vs Grischuk, 2002 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 43 moves, 1-0

M Gurevich vs Leko, 2002
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasimdzhanov vs Gelfand, 2002
(E12) Queen's Indian, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lautier vs A Dreev, 2002
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Morozevich vs Khalifman, 2002
(C45) Scotch Game, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Piket vs Bareev, 2002
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Van Wely vs Timman, 2002 
(A64) Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8, 29 moves, 0-1

Round 3 January 15 (Tuesday)
Bareev vs Van Wely, 2002 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 33 moves, 1-0

A Dreev vs Kasimdzhanov, 2002 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 72 moves, 0-1

Gelfand vs Adams, 2002 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 39 moves, 0-1

Grischuk vs Piket, 2002 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 53 moves, 1-0

Khalifman vs Lautier, 2002
(B30) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Leko vs Morozevich, 2002 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs M Gurevich, 2002
(C11) French, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 January 16 (Wednesday)
Adams vs A Dreev, 2002
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Gurevich vs Bareev, 2002
(A28) English, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasimdzhanov vs Khalifman, 2002 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 28 moves, 0-1

Leko vs Timman, 2002 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Morozevich vs Lautier, 2002
(B40) Sicilian, 51 moves, 1-0

Piket vs Gelfand, 2002
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 40 moves, 1-0

Van Wely vs Grischuk, 2002 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 0-1

Round 5 January 17 (Thursday)
Bareev vs Leko, 2002 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

A Dreev vs Piket, 2002
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs Van Wely, 2002
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Grischuk vs M Gurevich, 2002
(C02) French, Advance, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Adams, 2002 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lautier vs Kasimdzhanov, 2002
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Morozevich, 2002 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 January 19 (Saturday)
Adams vs Lautier, 2002
(B30) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Gurevich vs Gelfand, 2002 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 0-1

Leko vs Grischuk, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

Morozevich vs Kasimdzhanov, 2002 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 69 moves, 1-0

Piket vs Khalifman, 2002
(E12) Queen's Indian, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Bareev, 2002 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Van Wely vs A Dreev, 2002
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 January 20 (Sunday)
Bareev vs Morozevich, 2002
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Dreev vs M Gurevich, 2002
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gelfand vs Leko, 2002
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Grischuk vs Timman, 2002 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Kasimdzhanov vs Adams, 2002
(E12) Queen's Indian, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Van Wely, 2002 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 32 moves, 1-0

Lautier vs Piket, 2002
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 January 21 (Monday)
Bareev vs Grischuk, 2002 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Gurevich vs Khalifman, 2002
(A28) English, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Leko vs A Dreev, 2002
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Morozevich vs Adams, 2002
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Piket vs Kasimdzhanov, 2002
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Gelfand, 2002 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 1-0

Van Wely vs Lautier, 2002
(A36) English, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 January 22 (Tuesday)
Adams vs Piket, 2002
(C42) Petrov Defense, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Dreev vs Timman, 2002
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gelfand vs Bareev, 2002
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Grischuk vs Morozevich, 2002 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1-0

Kasimdzhanov vs Van Wely, 2002
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 40 moves, 1-0

Khalifman vs Leko, 2002
(E15) Queen's Indian, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lautier vs M Gurevich, 2002
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 January 24 (Thursday)
Bareev vs A Dreev, 2002
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 90 moves, 1-0

Grischuk vs Gelfand, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Gurevich vs Kasimdzhanov, 2002
(D85) Grunfeld, 41 moves, 1-0

Leko vs Lautier, 2002 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Morozevich vs Piket, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Khalifman, 2002
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Van Wely vs Adams, 2002
(A17) English, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 January 25 (Friday)
Adams vs M Gurevich, 2002
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

A Dreev vs Grischuk, 2002 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 87 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gelfand vs Morozevich, 2002 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasimdzhanov vs Leko, 2002
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Bareev, 2002 
(C10) French, 20 moves, 1-0

Lautier vs Timman, 2002
(E17) Queen's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

Piket vs Van Wely, 2002
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12 January 26 (Saturday)
Bareev vs Lautier, 2002 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 71 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs A Dreev, 2002
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Grischuk vs Khalifman, 2002 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

M Gurevich vs Piket, 2002
(A56) Benoni Defense, 54 moves, 0-1

Leko vs Adams, 2002 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Morozevich vs Van Wely, 2002 
(C10) French, 19 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Kasimdzhanov, 2002
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13 January 27 (Sunday)
Piket vs Leko, 2002
(E12) Queen's Indian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Gelfand, 2002
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Adams vs Timman, 2002
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lautier vs Grischuk, 2002
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasimdzhanov vs Bareev, 2002 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 33 moves, 0-1

A Dreev vs Morozevich, 2002
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Van Wely vs M Gurevich, 2002
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

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