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Corus R13: Anand and Topalov win Wijk

1/30/2006 – A fine victory by Vishy Anand over Boris Gelfand in the last round left the Indian chess star sharing first with Veselin Topalov, who drew his game against Peter Leko. Anand, like Topalov, has now crossed the 2800 mark. In Group B Motylev and Carlsen shared first. Both have been invited to play in next year's A Group. Big report.
 

The Corus Chess Tournament 2006 is being held from 13-29 January 2006 in Wijk aan Zee, Holland. The venue is the De Moriaan Community Centre (Dorpsduinen 4, 1949 EG Wijk aan Zee) and the nearby bar de Zon. Commentary is available in the Corus Chess Pavilion, on the Village Green in Wijk aan Zee.

Round thirteen

Grandmaster Group A
Grandmaster Group B
Grandmaster Group C
Round 13 – Sunday 29.1.2006
L. Aronian
 1-0 I. Sokolov
V. Ivanchuk
 1-0 S. Karjakin
V. Anand
 1-0 B. Gelfand
P. Leko
½-½ V. Topalov
G. Kamsky
 0-1 S. Tiviakov
M. Adams
½-½ Mamedyarov
E. Bacrot
½-½ L. van Wely
Round 13 – Sunday 29.1.2006

A. Motylev

 1-0

K. Humpy

I. Cheparinov

 1-0

Z. Almasi

K. Lahno

 0-1

M. Carlsen

E. L’Ami

½-½

D. Navara

J. Smeets

 0-1

G. Vescovi

B. Jobava

 1-0

A. Naiditsch

D.Stellwagen

½-½

A. Beliavsky

Round 13 – Sunday 29.1.2006

A. Adly

 0-1

L. Shilong

P. Hopman

½-½

J.v.d. Wiel

Y. Afek

 0-1

C. Marcelin

K.v.d. Weide

 1-0

H. Jonkman

Y. Visser

½-½

J. Werle

K. Bischoff

½-½

S. Atalik

K. Atalik

½-½

M. Bensdorp

Final standings


All games in PGN

Grandmaster Group B

All games in PGN

Grandmaster Group C

All games in PGN


Round Thirteen Report

We apologize for the delay in getting you this report. It was caused by the turbulences of the final day, when the last rounds needed to be played, all equipment packed, the closing ceremony staged, the final gala dinner for players and guests, the final breakfast, checking out of the hotel, driving people to the airport, transferring from Wijk aan Zee back to Hamburg, sleeping for more than six hours for the first time in two weeks. Ah, but what are we complaining. Some players, like the one called Vassily Ivanchuk, had to leave at 4 a.m. to catch a flight – after doing most of the above and having played a grueling 13 rounds in this super-tough tournament.

The final round saw a fighting and fitting finish to the 2006 Corus tournaments. In the A Group, Vishy Anand beat Boris Gelfand in an impressive game to draw even with Veselin Topalov on 9/13 (+5). Anand even took the trophy on tiebreaks. This was the first shared first in Wijk aan Zee since 1998, when Kramnik and Anand finished on top.


Veselin Topalov before his final round game in Wijk aan Zee

Everyone expected a battle between the world's top-rated active players. Ivanchuk was the early leader with two wins to start, but he was brought down by Anand in round three and it was all Topalov and Anand after that. Anand caught Topalov by beating Gelfand in a game that had it all. Sharp preparation, witty tactics, and a methodical technical grind.


Anand vs Gelfand, the game that decided who would win Wijk

Anand,V (2792) - Gelfand,B (2723) [B90]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (13), 29.01.2006
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Be3 Nbd7 9.Qd2 b5 10.0-0-0 Nb6 11.Qf2 Nc4 12.Bxc4 bxc4 13.Na5 Qd7 14.Rd2 Be7 15.Rhd1 Rb8.

Gelfand's beloved Najdorf taks a heavy blow when he opens things up for tactics instead of castling. 15...Rb8 instead of 15...0-0 is met with 16.Bc5! Qc7 17.Rxd6 Qxa5 18.Rxe6 (the only move) 18...fxe6 19.Bxe7 and the bishop is immune to capture because 19...Kxe7 20.Qa7+ wins. White had a pawn for the exchange, but more importantly the black king is open and his pawns are vulnerable. Even the greediest computer program realizes that White is in the driver's seat. Gelfand seemed a little desperate to get the queens off and reach an endgame. It seems he overestimated his defensive possibilities, but that is exactly what a masterful technical player like Gelfand has to do sometimes, and he usually makes it work.

19...Rb7 20.Bd6 Nd7 21.Qh4 Qd8 22.Qh5+ g6 23.Qh6 Qf6 24.Ne2 Kf7 25.h4 g5 26.hxg5 Qxh6 27.gxh6 Rg8 28.g4 Rg6 29.Rh1 Rb6 30.Ba3 Rf6 31.Rh3 Kg6 32.Kd2 Rf7 33.Ke3 Nf6 34.Nc3 Rd7 35.Rh1 Rc6 36.Na4 Rb7 37.Nc3 Rb8 38.Nd1 Ng8 39.Rh5 Nxh6 40.Rxe5 Nf7 41.Rh5 Rb5 42.Rh1 e5 43.Nc3 Rb7 44.Nd5 Re6 45.Bb4 Kg7 46.Rh2 Ng5 47.Bc3 Kg8 48.Rf2 Rf7 49.Rf1 Re8 50.Ke2 Ref8 51.Bxe5 Nxe4 52.Ke3.

52...Nc5. Anand has been relentless and exploited every advantage and weakness. Gelfand has declined to play purely defensively and it's unlikely he would have held the draw had he done so. 52...Nd2 was perhaps the last interesting alternative, although the best Black can do is come out with a pawn-down rook endgame that White should win. 53.Rf2 Nxf3 (53...Rxf3? leads to a winning pawn endgame for White.) 54.Nf6+ Rxf6 55.Bxf6 Rxf6 56.Rxf3.

53.f4 Re8 54.Kd4 Nd7 55.Re1 Re6 56.Re2 Nxe5 57.fxe5 Rg7 58.Nf6+ Kf7 59.Kxc4 Rg5 60.Kd4 Rb6 61.c4 Ke6 62.b3 Rb8 63.Re4 h6 64.Nd5 Rbg8 65.Nf4+ Ke7 66.e6 1-0.


Anand, the joint winner at the end of a long tournament

Leko started out poorly against Topalov and had to scramble to save the draw. Kasparov summed it up with, "Leko was terrible when he wanted to do something, but when he had to save the draw he played almost perfectly!"


Leko vs Topalov, a decider in round 13

Ivanchuk won his first game in over a week to bookend a strong event for him. He beat his countryman (countryboy?) Karjakin in a powerful demonstration of play with the bishop pair. If you are ever looking for a master class in this material balance, just trot out this one. It brought Ivanchuk up to equal 3-4 with Adams, who also had a steady event. Kasparov made the argument that with only a little luck Ivanchuk could have scored +4 in this event. Karjakin's final +1 is still impressive. The 16-year-old outperformed his rating to a greater degree than anyone else in the field.


Oh the intensity: the inner-Ukrainian battle between Ivanchuk and Karjakin


Dispite the last-round loss Sergey picked up the prize for best junior performance

Aronian reached an even score with some impressive preparation against poor Sokolov's Slav. He and his team had prepared the exchange sacrifice on move twenty and indeed had prepared the entire game!

Aronian,L (2752) - Sokolov,Iv (2689) [D17]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (13), 29.01.2006
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Bg2 f6 12.0-0 Nc5 13.Ne3 Bg6 14.b4 Ne6 15.Qb3 Bf7 16.Qb1 Nxf4 17.gxf4 Ng6 18.b5 Qxf4 19.Rd1 Bd6

20.Rxd6!N Qxd6 21.bxc6 0-0 22.Nb5 Qc5 23.cxb7 Rab8 24.Qf5 Ne5 25.Qc2 Qb6 26.Qc7 Rfd8 27.Rc1 Qa6 28.Nf5 Qb6.

The final fireworks are great fun to watch. First came the queen sacrifice: 29.Qxb8 Rxb8 30.Rc8+ Qd8 31.Nxa7 Be8 32.Rxd8 Rxd8 and now White picked the prettiest of the many wins with 33.Bd5+ Bf7 34.Ne7+ Kf8 35.Nec6 1-0.

That guaranteed the deeply despondent Sokolov the cellar alone, despite Kamsky's loss to Tiviakov's first win. Tiviakov was a model of conservative play throughout the tournament and was rewarded with an even score. For Kamsky it finished off a roller-coaster event that was more plunges than climbs. He lost eight games, many of them terrible and/or straight of out the opening. His four wins, particularly those over in-form Anand and Gelfand, show there is no limit to the potential of his comeback. Now of only he can find time to work on the openings!

The old guard clearly outperformed the new kids on the block. The top four finishers were battling it out in supertournaments back when Aronian, Bacrot, and Mamedyarov were playing in the U10 sections. It was another disappointing result for Leko, who, lest we forget, won clear first here last year and beat Anand.


Anand and Topalov in the press conference after the final game

The shade of Garry Kasparov still tops the official rating list for a few more months (Kasparov himself is critical of this situation in his latest New In Chess column). Now Anand will at last tip over the 2800 mark, most likely with 2803 in the April list. Topalov will be quite close to catching Kasparov's frozen rating of 2812, though still distant from Kasparov's 1999 peak of 2851.


Making a point: Topalov, Anand and Leko in discussion


Ahh, I see what you mean, Peter...

Group B

There was also an exciting finish in the B Group. The last three days saw three different leaders. In the final round, Almasi lost to Cheparinov.

Cheparinov,I (2625) - Almasi,Z (2646) [C88]
Corus B Wijk aan Zee NED (13), 29.01.2006
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Qd7 11.Nbd2 Rae8 12.a4 Na5 13.Ba2 b4 14.c3 bxc3 15.bxc3 c5 16.Nc4 Nxc4 17.Bxc4 h6 18.a5 Bd8 19.Be3 Kh7 20.Qb3 Bc8 21.Nd2 Qb7 22.Reb1 Re7 23.Qc2 Qa8 24.d4 cxd4 25.cxd4 Rb7 26.Rxb7 Qxb7 27.Bd3 exd4 28.Bxd4 Kg8 29.Nc4 Qc6 30.Nb6 Qxc2 31.Bxc2 Bb7 32.f3 Re8 33.Rb1 Re7 34.Nc4 Rc7 35.Bb3 Be7 36.Ne3 Bc8 37.Bc4 Nd7 38.Rc1 Bd8 39.Nd5 Rc6.

40.Ne7+ and it is over: 40...Bxe7 41.Bxf7+ Kxf7 42.Rxc6 Bb7 43.Rc7 and White gets a second piece. 1-0.


Final round game between juniors Magnus Carlsen and Kateryna Lahno

Magnus Carlsen beat Kateryna Lahno, while Alexander Motylev beat Koneru Humpy in a miniature:

Motylev,A (2638) - Koneru,H (2537) [C42]
Corus B Wijk aan Zee NED (13), 29.01.2006
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.d4 Be7 7.Bg5 0-0 8.Qd2 c6 9.Bd3 Na6 10.a3 Nc7 11.0-0-0 Bg4 12.h3 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Ne6 14.h4 Nh5 15.Rdg1 d5?

16.Bxe7 Qxe7 17.Qh6 f5 18.Qxh5 Qf6 19.Ne2 c5 20.dxc5 Rac8 21.Kb1 Rc7 22.f4 Nxc5 23.Qf3 Rd8 24.Qe3 d4 25.Qe5 1-0.

The Russian and the Norwegian ended on top with 9/13. Here the tiebreaks normally matter, because the winner of the B Group goes up to the A Group in 2007. Motylev had the better tiebreaks to take the title, but the organizers were quick to announce that Carlsen will also be invited to the A Group next year. Few doubt he will be ready for the challenge, if he isn't already.


Young talents Katya Lahno and Alex Motylev

Group C

Rating favorite Suat Atalik of Turkey duly dominated the C Group. He outrated the field by a large margin and scored eight wins without a loss. With the juniors being so strong and playing in the B and even the A groups, the usually youthful C Group looked like a retirement community in comparison to recent years.

Another fabulous event, a fighting event full of great games and great novelties. Next on the "super" calendar is Linares, which this year starts in Morelia, Mexico. The players are Topalov, Leko, Svidler, Ivanchuk, Bacrot, Aronian, Vallejo Pons, beginning on February 18. But you won't want to overlook another Mexican event, a top junior-ish event in Cuernavaca Feb. 1-11. It hosts Ponomariov, Vallejo Pons, Karjakin, Nakamura, Volokitin, Cheparinov, Bruzon, Dominguez, Felgaer, and Mexico's Manuel Leon Hoyos. That's quite a rough month for Vallejo Pons. And Nakamura will be defending his US Championship title 10 days after it concludes.

Yet more news out of Mexico isn't so good. The giant swiss international open that was to run alongside Linares and was drawing players from around the world has just been cancelled. Quite a few players already had tickets and arrangements so this is quite a blow to the future of Mexican chess organization at this level. Que disastre.


Live video commentary from Wijk aan Zee by GM Yasser Seirawan


Watching the games from New York: Mig Greengard, here with Garry Kasparov


Working on her pictures in Wijk: ChessBase photographer Olena Boytsun

Report by Frederic Friedel and Mig Greengard
Photos by Olena Boytsun and Frederic Friedel


Schedule, results and reports

Grandmaster Group A
Grandmaster Group B
Grandmaster Group C
Round 1 – Saturday 14.1.2006
L. van Wely
½-½ I. Sokolov
Mamedyarov
½-½ E. Bacrot
S. Tiviakov
½-½ M. Adams
V. Topalov
 1-0 G. Kamsky
B. Gelfand
½-½ P. Leko
S. Karjakin
 0-1 V. Anand
L. Aronian
 0-1 V. Ivanchuk
Round 1 – Saturday 14.1.2006

A. Beliavsky

½-½

K. Humpy

A. Naiditsch

 1-0

D.Stellwagen

G. Vescovi

 1-0

B. Jobava

D. Navara

 1-0

J. Smeets

M. Carlsen

 1-0

E. L’Ami

Z. Almasi

 1-0

K. Lahno

A. Motylev

 1-0

I. Cheparinov

Round 1 – Saturday 14.1.2006

M. Bensdorp

1-0

L. Shilong

S. Atalik

 1-0

K. Atalik

J. Werle

½-½

K. Bischoff

H. Jonkman

 1-0

Y. Visser

C. Marcelin

½-½

K.v.d. Weide

J.v.d. Wiel

 1-0

Y. Afek

A. Adly

 0-1

P. Hopman

Round 2 – Sunday 15.1.2006
I. Sokolov
 0-1 V. Ivanchuk
V. Anand
½-½ L. Aronian
P. Leko
½-½ S. Karjakin
G. Kamsky
 1-0 B. Gelfand
M. Adams
 1-0 V. Topalov
E. Bacrot
 1-0 S. Tiviakov
L. van Wely
½-½ Mamedyarov
Round 2 – Sunday 15.1.2006

K. Humpy

 1-0

I. Cheparinov

K. Lahno

½-½

A. Motylev

E. L’Ami

½-½

Z. Almasi

J. Smeets

 0-1

M. Carlsen

B. Jobava

½-½

D. Navara

D.Stellwagen

 0-1

G. Vescovi

A. Beliavsky

 0-1

A. Naiditsch

Round 2 – Sunday 15.1.2006

L. Shilong

 1-0

P. Hopman

Y. Afek

½-½

A. Adly

K.v.d. Weide

½-½

J.v.d. Wiel

Y. Visser

 1-0

C. Marcelin

K. Bischoff

 1-0

H. Jonkman

K. Atalik

 0-1

J. Werle

M. Bensdorp

 0-1

S. Atalik

Round 3 – Monday 16.1.2006
Mamedyarov
½-½ I. Sokolov
S. Tiviakov
½-½ L. van Wely
V. Topalov
 1-0 E. Bacrot
B. Gelfand
 1-0 M. Adams
S. Karjakin
 1-0 G. Kamsky
L. Aronian
½-½ P. Leko
V. Ivanchuk
 0-1 V. Anand
Round 3 – Monday 16.1.2006
A. Naiditsch
 1-0

K. Humpy

G. Vescovi

½-½

A. Beliavsky

D. Navara

 1-0

D.Stellwagen

M. Carlsen

½-½

B. Jobava

Z. Almasi

 1-0

J. Smeets

A. Motylev

½-½

E. L’Ami

I. Cheparinov

 1-0

K. Lahno

Round 3 – Monday 16.1.2006

S. Atalik

 1-0

L. Shilong

J. Werle

½-½

M. Bensdorp

H. Jonkman

½-½

K. Atalik

C. Marcelin

 1-0

K. Bischoff

J.v.d. Wiel

½-½

Y. Visser

A. Adly

 1-0

K.v.d. Weide

P. Hopman

 1-0

Y. Afek

Round 4 – Tuesday 17.1.2006
I. Sokolov
½-½ V. Anand
P. Leko
½-½ V. Ivanchuk
G. Kamsky
 0-1 L. Aronian
M. Adams
½-½ S. Karjakin
E. Bacrot
 0-1 B. Gelfand
L. van Wely
 0-1 V. Topalov
Mamedyarov
½-½ S. Tiviakov
Round 4 – Tuesday 17.1.2006

K. Humpy

 1-0

K. Lahno

E. L’Ami

½-½

I. Cheparinov

J. Smeets

½-½

A. Motylev

B. Jobava

 1-0

Z. Almasi

D.Stellwagen

½-½

M. Carlsen

A. Beliavsky

½-½

D. Navara

A. Naiditsch

½-½

G. Vescovi

Round 4 – Tuesday 17.1.2006

L. Shilong

 1-0

Y. Afek

K.v.d. Weide

 1-0

P. Hopman

Y. Visser

 0-1

A. Adly

K. Bischoff

½-½

J.v.d. Wiel

K. Atalik

 0-1

C. Marcelin

M. Bensdorp

 0-1

H. Jonkman

S. Atalik

½-½

J. Werle

Wednesday 18.1.2006 – Free day
Round 5 – Thursday 19.1.2006
S. Tiviakov
½-½ I. Sokolov
V. Topalov
½-½ Mamedyarov
B. Gelfand
½-½ L. van Wely
S. Karjakin
 1-0 E. Bacrot
L. Aronian
½-½ M. Adams
V. Ivanchuk
 1-0 G. Kamsky
V. Anand
 1-0 P. Leko
Round 5 – Thursday 19.1.2006

G. Vescovi

½-½

K. Humpy

D. Navara

½-½

A. Naiditsch

M. Carlsen

 1-0

A. Beliavsky

Z. Almasi

 1-0

D.Stellwagen

A. Motylev

 1-0

B. Jobava

I. Cheparinov

½-½

J. Smeets

K. Lahno

 0-1

E. L’Ami

Round 5 – Thursday 19.1.2006

J. Werle

 1-0

L. Shilong

H. Jonkman

 0-1

S. Atalik

C. Marcelin

 1-0

M. Bensdorp

J.v.d. Wiel

 ½-½

K. Atalik

A. Adly

 0-1

K. Bischoff

P. Hopman

 0-1

Y. Visser

Y. Afek

 0-1

K.v.d. Weide

Round 6 – Friday 20.1.2006
I. Sokolov
½-½ P. Leko
G. Kamsky
 1-0 V. Anand
M. Adams
 1-0 V. Ivanchuk
E. Bacrot
½-½ L. Aronian
L. van Wely
½-½ S. Karjakin
Mamedyarov
½-½ B. Gelfand
S. Tiviakov
½-½ V. Topalov
Round 6 – Friday 20.1.2006

K. Humpy

 0-1

E. L’Ami

J. Smeets

 1-0

K. Lahno

B. Jobava

 1-0

I. Cheparinov

D.Stellwagen

½-½

A. Motylev

A. Beliavsky

 1-0

Z. Almasi

A. Naiditsch

 0-1

M. Carlsen

G. Vescovi

½-½

D. Navara

Round 6 – Friday 20.1.2006

L. Shilong

 1-0

K.v.d. Weide

Y. Visser

½-½

Y. Afek

K. Bischoff

½-½

P. Hopman

K. Atalik

½-½

A. Adly

M. Bensdorp

 0-1

J.v.d. Wiel

S. Atalik

 1-0

C. Marcelin

J. Werle

 1-0

H. Jonkman

Round 7 – Saturday 21.1.2006
V. Topalov
1-0
I. Sokolov
B. Gelfand
½-½
S. Tiviakov
S. Karjakin
1-0
Mamedyarov
L. Aronian
0-1
L. van Wely
V. Ivanchuk
½-½
E. Bacrot
V. Anand
½-½
M. Adams
P. Leko
1-0
G. Kamsky
Round 7 – Saturday 21.1.2006

D. Navara

1-0

K. Humpy

M. Carlsen

1-0

G. Vescovi

Z. Almasi

1-0

A. Naiditsch

A. Motylev

½-½

A. Beliavsky

I. Cheparinov

1-0

D.Stellwagen

K. Lahno

0-1

B. Jobava

E. L’Ami

½-½

J. Smeets

Round 7 – Saturday 21.1.2006

H. Jonkman

0-1

L. Shilong

C. Marcelin

½-½

J. Werle

J.v.d. Wiel

½-½

S. Atalik

A. Adly

0-1

M. Bensdorp

P. Hopman

½-½

K. Atalik

Y. Afek

1-0

K. Bischoff

K.v.d. Weide

½-½

Y. Visser

Round 8 – Sunday 22.1.2006
I. Sokolov
½-½
G. Kamsky
M. Adams
½-½
P. Leko
E. Bacrot
0-1
V. Anand
L. van Wely
½-½
V. Ivanchuk
Mamedyarov
0-1
L. Aronian
S. Tiviakov
½-½
S. Karjakin
V. Topalov
½-½
B. Gelfand
Round 8 – Sunday 22.1.2006

K. Humpy

1-0

J. Smeets

B. Jobava

½-½

E. L’Ami

D.Stellwagen

1-0

K. Lahno

A. Beliavsky

1-0

I. Cheparinov

A. Naiditsch

0-1

A. Motylev

G. Vescovi

0-1

Z. Almasi

D. Navara

½-½

M. Carlsen

Round 8 – Sunday 22.1.2006

L. Shilong

1-0

Y. Visser

K. Bischoff

½-½

K.v.d. Weide

K. Atalik

1-0

Y. Afek

M. Bensdorp

½-½

P. Hopman

S. Atalik

½-½

A. Adly

J. Werle

½-½

J.v.d. Wiel

H. Jonkman

½-½

C. Marcelin

Monday 23.1.2006 – Free day
Round 9 – Tuesday 24.1.2006
B. Gelfand
1-0
I. Sokolov
S. Karjakin
0-1
V. Topalov
L. Aronian
½-½
S. Tiviakov
V. Ivanchuk
½-½
Mamedyarov
V. Anand
1-0
L. van Wely
P. Leko
½-½
E. Bacrot
G. Kamsky
0-1
M. Adams
Report – Games
Round 9 – Tuesday 24.1.2006

M. Carlsen

½-½

K. Humpy

Z. Almasi

½-½

D. Navara

A. Motylev

1-0

G. Vescovi

I. Cheparinov

1-0

A. Naiditsch

K. Lahno

1-0

A. Beliavsky

E. L’Ami

½-½

D.Stellwagen

J. Smeets

0-1

B. Jobava

Round 9 – Tuesday 24.1.2006

C. Marcelin

1-0

L. Shilong

J.v.d. Wiel

½-½

H. Jonkman

A. Adly

0-1

J. Werle

P. Hopman

0-1

S. Atalik

Y. Afek

1-0

M. Bensdorp

K.v.d. Weide

½-½

K. Atalik

Y. Visser

½-½

K. Bischoff

Round 10 – Wed. 25.1.2006
I. Sokolov
½-½ M. Adams
E. Bacrot
 1-0 G. Kamsky
L. van Wely
 1-0 P. Leko
Mamedyarov
½-½ V. Anand
S. Tiviakov
½-½ V. Ivanchuk
V. Topalov
 1-0 L. Aronian
B. Gelfand
½-½ S. Karjakin
Round 10 – Wed. 25.1.2006

K. Humpy

½-½

B. Jobava

D.Stellwagen

 0-1

J. Smeets

A. Beliavsky

½-½

E. L’Ami

A. Naiditsch

 1-0

K. Lahno

G. Vescovi

½-½

I. Cheparinov

D. Navara

½-½

A. Motylev

M. Carlsen

½-½

Z. Almasi

Round 10 – Wed. 25.1.2006

L. Shilong

 1-0

K. Bischoff

K. Atalik

 0-1

Y. Visser

M. Bensdorp

½-½

K.v.d. Weide

S. Atalik

 1-0

Y. Afek

J. Werle

 0-1

P. Hopman

H. Jonkman

½-½

A. Adly

C. Marcelin

½-½

J.v.d. Wiel

Thursday 26.1.2006 – Free day
Round 11 – Friday 27.1.2006
S. Karjakin
 1-0 I. Sokolov
L. Aronian
½-½ B. Gelfand
V. Ivanchuk
½-½ V. Topalov
V. Anand
½-½ S. Tiviakov
P. Leko
 1-0 Mamedyarov
G. Kamsky
 1-0 L. van Wely
M. Adams
½-½ E. Bacrot
Round 11 – Friday 27.1.2006

Z. Almasi

 1-0

K. Humpy

A. Motylev

 1-0

M. Carlsen

I. Cheparinov

 1-0

D. Navara

K. Lahno

½-½

G. Vescovi

E. L’Ami

 0-1

A. Naiditsch

J. Smeets

½-½

A. Beliavsky

B. Jobava

 1-0

D.Stellwagen

Round 11 – Friday 27.1.2006

J.v.d. Wiel

 1-0

L. Shilong

A. Adly

 0-1

C. Marcelin

P. Hopman

 0-1

H. Jonkman

Y. Afek

 0-1

J. Werle

K.v.d. Weide

½-½

S. Atalik

Y. Visser

 1-0

M. Bensdorp

K. Bischoff

½-½

K. Atalik

Round 12 – Saturday 28.1.2006
I. Sokolov
½-½ E. Bacrot
L. van Wely
½-½ M. Adams
Mamedyarov
 0-1 G. Kamsky
S. Tiviakov
½-½ P. Leko
V. Topalov
½-½ V. Anand
B. Gelfand
½-½ V. Ivanchuk
S. Karjakin
½-½ L. Aronian
Round 12 – Saturday 28.1.2006

K. Humpy

 1-0

D.Stellwagen

A. Beliavsky

 1-0

B. Jobava

A. Naiditsch

 1-0

J. Smeets

G. Vescovi

 0-1

E. L’Ami

D. Navara

½-½

K. Lahno

M. Carlsen

½-½

I. Cheparinov

Z. Almasi

 1-0

A. Motylev

Round 12 – Saturday 28.1.2006

L. Shilong

½-½

K. Atalik

M. Bensdorp

 0-1

K. Bischoff

S. Atalik

 1-0

Y. Visser

J. Werle

 1-0

K.v.d. Weide

H. Jonkman

½-½

Y. Afek

C. Marcelin

 1-0

P. Hopman

J.v.d. Wiel

½-½

A. Adly

Round 13 – Sunday 29.1.2006
L. Aronian
 1-0 I. Sokolov
V. Ivanchuk
 1-0 S. Karjakin
V. Anand
 1-0 B. Gelfand
P. Leko
½-½ V. Topalov
G. Kamsky
 0-1 S. Tiviakov
M. Adams
½-½ Mamedyarov
E. Bacrot
½-½ L. van Wely
Round 13 – Sunday 29.1.2006

A. Motylev

 1-0

K. Humpy

I. Cheparinov

 1-0

Z. Almasi

K. Lahno

 0-1

M. Carlsen

E. L’Ami

½-½

D. Navara

J. Smeets

 0-1

G. Vescovi

B. Jobava

 1-0

A. Naiditsch

D.Stellwagen

½-½

A. Beliavsky

Round 13 – Sunday 29.1.2006

A. Adly

 0-1

L. Shilong

P. Hopman

½-½

J.v.d. Wiel

Y. Afek

 0-1

C. Marcelin

K.v.d. Weide

 1-0

H. Jonkman

Y. Visser

½-½

J. Werle

K. Bischoff

½-½

S. Atalik

K. Atalik

½-½

M. Bensdorp


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