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Corus Group A Tournament

Magnus Carlsen8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Alexey Shirov8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand7.5/13(+2 -0 =11)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Peter Leko6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Fabiano Caruana5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Nigel Short5/13(+0 -3 =10)[games]
Loek van Wely5/13(+3 -6 =4)[games]
Sergei Tiviakov4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[games]
Jan Smeets4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Corus Group A (2010)

Played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands 16-31 January 2010. Rest days: 20, 25 and 28 January. The rounds began at 1:30 pm, except the last round which began at 0:30 pm. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, followed by 15 more minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Tournament category: XIX (2719). First prize: 10,000 euros. Chief organizer: Jeroen van den Berg. Chief arbiter: Pavel Votruba.

Magnus Carlsen won with 8.5/13.

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Carlsen 19 2810 * 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 8½ =2 Kramnik 34 2788 1 * ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 8 =2 Shirov 37 2723 ½ ½ * 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 8 =4 Anand 40 2790 ½ 1 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 7½ =4 Nakamura 22 2708 ½ 0 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 7½ =6 Karjakin 20 2720 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 7 =6 Ivanchuk 40 2749 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 7 =8 Leko 30 2739 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 6½ =8 Dominguez 26 2712 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 6½ 10 Caruana 17 2675 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 0 5½ =11 Short 44 2696 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 5 =11 Van Wely 37 2641 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 * 1 0 5 =13 Tiviakov 36 2662 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 4½ =13 Smeets 24 2657 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 * 4½

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Previous: Corus Group A (2009). Next: Tata Steel Group A (2011). See also Corus Group B (2010) and Corus Group C (2010)

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tiviakov vs Carlsen ½-½272010Corus Group AC77 Ruy Lopez
2. Leko vs Shirov 0-1642010Corus Group AC78 Ruy Lopez
3. Van Wely vs Short 1-0462010Corus Group AD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Caruana vs Ivanchuk ½-½342010Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Smeets vs Nakamura ½-½342010Corus Group AB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Dominguez Perez vs Kramnik ½-½232010Corus Group AC42 Petrov Defense
7. Karjakin vs Anand ½-½402010Corus Group AC78 Ruy Lopez
8. Nakamura vs Van Wely 1-0392010Corus Group AB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Carlsen vs Smeets 1-0412010Corus Group AD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Kramnik vs Leko ½-½332010Corus Group AE15 Queen's Indian
11. Karjakin vs Dominguez Perez ½-½312010Corus Group AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Anand vs Short ½-½572010Corus Group AD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
13. Ivanchuk vs Tiviakov ½-½572010Corus Group AB01 Scandinavian
14. Shirov vs Caruana 1-0642010Corus Group AC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Van Wely vs Carlsen 0-1402010Corus Group AD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Short vs Nakamura 0-1432010Corus Group AB58 Sicilian
17. Dominguez Perez vs Anand ½-½772010Corus Group AC78 Ruy Lopez
18. Caruana vs Kramnik ½-½312010Corus Group AC42 Petrov Defense
19. Smeets vs Ivanchuk 0-1362010Corus Group AB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Leko vs Karjakin ½-½362010Corus Group AE15 Queen's Indian
21. Tiviakov vs Shirov 0-1312010Corus Group AB25 Sicilian, Closed
22. Shirov vs Smeets 1-0372010Corus Group AC42 Petrov Defense
23. Dominguez Perez vs Leko ½-½362010Corus Group AC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
24. Karjakin vs Caruana ½-½452010Corus Group AC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
25. Kramnik vs Tiviakov ½-½362010Corus Group AE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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Feb-08-10  wanabe2000: <Ezzy> Thank you for your spot on comments. Magnus Carlsen has re-juvinated chess in 2008-2010, if not before, to the extent that people look forward to his tournaments. Much like Tiger Woods, if he's in I watch golf, if not, my interest level is low. Now, having said that, I was watching the Moscow Open with interest, but when MC plays I'm glued. Unfortunally I am not a writer but MC did get a nice article in January 11, 2010 Time Magazine "Prince of the Chessboard: The Youngest No.1 in History". It is a start.
Feb-08-10  ycbaywtb: Ezzy was a little funny in the post, but the point is fairly accurate. Where is the praise for Magnus, being the winner of these tournaments?

After reading Ezzy's post, i have become curious how long Magnus may dominate events like these, because he certainly has been dominating lately, winning everything in sight

Feb-08-10  storbondemongoen: Thank you Ezzy for putting it all into perspective. I wonder, when will Slo-off-the-marko come to the same conclusion?
Feb-08-10  badest: <Ezzy> You have a very good point. But ... the comparison with Kasparov (and Fischer, which some other fans use) is weak. Both K and F were very charismatic players/people both at and off the board. Magnus will never be that.
Feb-08-10  Shams: <badest> Carlen's lack of megalomania is a feature, not a bug.
Feb-08-10  frogbert: shams, hehe :o)
Feb-09-10  badest: <Shams: <badest> Carlen's lack of megalomania is a feature, not a bug.> LOL ... but honestly ... got to have some megalomania ... it goes with the territory ;)
Feb-09-10  Rolfo: Thanks Ezzy
Feb-09-10  messachess: I am surprised to see it reported that Carlsen hasn't been getting the praise he deserves. I seem to recall having seen abundant praise on these pages. Of course he deserves praise. Any reservations would probably have to do with all the help that players get today from computers. And, of course, there is the special perceived advantage of his coach. Presumably past top players had a tougher time of it.
Feb-09-10  Bdellovibrio: <messachess> Perhaps everybody is getting used to Carlsen constantly winning tournaments.
Feb-10-10  The Rocket: "i have become curious how long Magnus may dominate events like these, because he certainly has been dominating lately, winning everything in sight"

you think he dominated this tournament??? he won it by a half point!! and wasnt even really leading the tournament untill the very end.

Feb-11-10  Billy Vaughan: It did feel like Magnus just stumbled his way into first place.

But I mean, really. The fact that I can, with a straight face, say he "stumbled his way into first place" means that Magnus Carlsen really does dominate. We hold Carlsen to such a high standard that we treat <winning a super-tournament> as something he can do almost by accident.

Feb-11-10  Petrosianic: Yes, but what does that mean? Really, it was Kramnik who stumbled, not Carlsen. If all you mean is that Carlsen wasn't in first place all the way through, that's true, but so what? If the person in First Place after Round 5 always won, there'd be no point in playing the rest of the tournament.
Feb-11-10  SetNoEscapeOn: <Even Kasparov thinks it's a shame that Shirov didn't share first.>

Notice that he didn't say anything about Kramnik :)

Feb-11-10  The Rocket: "If the person in First Place after Round 5 always won, there'd be no point in playing the rest of the tournament"

well the point was about domination... and you are not dominating a tournament if you end up winning it in the final round!!! and especially with half a point!!.. dumbass!(sorry love that word).

Feb-11-10  ycbaywtb: i kind of meant Carlsen is dominating because of everything rolled into one: he shot to the top of the ratings, and has stayed there, he's winning all of his tournaments, nobody seems to be able to come ahead of him, despite a +5 start, or beating him in an individual game, he is dominating because he is the best, #1 rated, and a winner overall, not because of leading a tournament throughout, BUT i see your point that dominating a single tournament can be viewed differently, he may not have dominated Corus, but he won, and in combination with the chess events of last few months, Magnus Carlsen , to me, is very dominating when it comes to CHESS
Feb-23-10  eraserhead: Guys, I completely missed this tourament. Can someone point me towards the most entertaining games? Were there any classic ones? Seems like people are a little disappointed.

Also, being Norwegian I gotta ask, did Carlsen show any awesomness, or was it more of a grind?

Mar-24-10  The Rocket: "Also, being Norwegian I gotta ask, did Carlsen show any awesomness, or was it more of a grind?"

Why not just watch the games and decide for yourself?!

Jun-10-10  Blunderdome: It's worth going page to 1 to see the very first post ever made on this forum, hchrist's prediction from 9 Jan 2010.
Jul-21-10  LarsenBentYou: Somebody please give me some background... what "history" do Kasparov and Shirov have?
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Kasparov never lost to Shirov.

Sep-09-10  e4d4:

Looks like Corus will no longer be called Corus.

- A/B/C group lists to be released October after the Olympiad.

- Magnus Carlsen, Vishy Anand, and Vladimir Kramnik's participation is confirmed.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: I can't wait for next year's tournament.
Dec-28-10  Blunderdome: Corus/Tata is definitely the best tournament of the year.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Wow.Nakamura did better at the Tata Steel (2011) tournament than Carlsen did at the Corus (2010) tournament.But nevertheless,Carlsen still finished very strong,with a plus 4 score.
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