Corus Round 11: Read all about it! Anand wins, Leko gives chase

1/23/2004 – We should thank Peter Leko for at least making it look close. Unstoppable Vishy Anand beat Jan Timman to move to +5. Leko defeated Zhang to stay a full point back. Sokolov seems intent on taking his turn as "Dutch player to finish last in WaZ," a role played by Timman or van Wely for the past four years. Soko lost to Bareev and now faces Kramnik and Anand! Report with photos and analysis here now.

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Corus Wijk aan Zee 2004 – Round 11

66th Wijk aan Zee Tournament – Jan. 10-25
Category 19 (avg. Elo 2702)

Round 11 (Friday, January 23, 2004)
Bologan, Viktor
½-½
Adams, Michael
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Van Wely, Loek
Shirov, Alexei
½-½
Akopian, Vladimir
Zhang Zhong
0-1
Leko, Peter
Bareev, Evgeny
1-0
Sokolov, Ivan
Kramnik, Vladimir
½-½
Topalov, Veselin
Anand, Viswanathan
1-0
Timman, Jan

Leko 2.0 is giving chase.

When Kasparov played in Wijk aan Zee from 1999-2001 his prodigious pace forced the other contenders to push hard to have any chance of keeping up with him. Even though Anand never quite managed to catch him, he put up fantastic scores in second place several times. Without Kasparov around to play rabbit, top scores have been down. This year, however, Anand is showing more killer instinct in the home stretch and has already surpassed his winning +4 score of last year.


This one was over before Jan's coffee could get cold.

Anand achieved this by crushing Timman today to move to +5. The Dutch veteran looked uncharacteristically befuddled in a Sicilian and was blown off the board without a hint of a counterattack. Peter Leko bared a few teeth himself and took out Zhang with black in convincing fashion. That allowed him to stay in the same solar system as the Indian star, but without much hope of entering a closer orbit.

The other win was tallied by Evgeny Bareev, who added to Ivan Sokolov's woes. The witty final move of the game is worth a look. As for Sokolov, a Dutch player has finished in last place in Wijk aan Zee every year since 1997, when Igor Glek took the honor. Since then we've seen van der Sterren, Reindermann, and four years of Timman and van Wely taking turns. There are two Dutch candidates in contention this time around. Maybe the organizers could make an offer to Zhang to help out the home side. The Chinese plays van Wely in the last round, so that could add a minor sub-plot.


Kramnik prepares for 23 moves and a draw.

Kramnik got nowhere against Topalov's Najdorf but the other draws are well worth a look. The first (!) Sveshnikov of the event was played by van Wely against Svidler. For the past two years this line of the Sicilian has been all the rage. (I credit Peter Leko and his success in Dortmund 2002 for this. At least that was the first big revival at the top level.) It looked like van Wely had some chances at the end but Svidler held the endgame.

Adams hung a piece in a difficult position against Bologan, who was looking for his third consecutive win. Adams found a plan of attack in the Moldovan's time trouble and soon it was White who had to force a repetition draw. Shirov won a pawn against Akopian but couldn't convert it into a win in the endgame.

Anand-Timman after 21...Nc7

White concludes the game powerfully from this ideal attacking position. Where is Black's counterplay? A confused opening from Timman led to nothing on the queenside.

22.g6! Bf6 [22...h6 23.gxf7+ Rxf7 24.Ng6 Kh7 (24...Rxe3 This may be required to avoid immediate disaster. 25.Qxe3) 25.Bxh6! gxh6 26.Nxe7 Rxe7 27.Qf4! Taking away f8 from the black queen to threaten Rg6. There is no defense. 27...Ne8 28.Rg6 Ng7 29.Qxh6+ Kg8 30.Qg5 Rf7 31.h6; 22...fxg6 23.Nxg6! hxg6? (23...Rf7 24.Nxe7+ Rxe7 25.Ne2 Rc6 26.Qxb4) 24.hxg6 Threatening the classic Rh8+, Qh2+, Qh7 mate. 24...e5 25.Qh2 Bh3 26.Nf5]

23.h6!+- fxg6 24.hxg7 Rf7 [24...Kxg7 25.Qh2 Rh8 26.Nh5+ Kf7 27.Nxf6 Kxf6 28.Bg5+ Kg7 29.Qxd6 Qe8 30.Qe5+ Kf7 31.Bf6; 24...Bxg7 25.Qh2]

25.Rxh7! Kxh7 Decoy theme: h7 [25...Rxg7 26.Rxg7+ Bxg7 27.Nxg6 Kf7+-] 26.Qh2+ Kxg7 27.Nxg6 Rxe3 There's nothing else. 28.Ne7+ Kf8 29.Nxc8 [29.Nxc8 Qd6+ and Qh6+ are the threats. 29...Ne8 (29...Bxc8 30.Qxd6+ Re7 31.Qf4) 30.Qh6+ Rg7 31.Qxe3] 1-0  

Mig Greengard

Standings after round eleven

All the games in PGN (no notes) GM group AGM group BGM group C

Schedule – (Rest days 12, 16, 21)
Round 1 (Saturday, January 11, 2004)
Topalov, Veselin
½-½
Adams, Michael
Sokolov, Ivan
½-½
Timman, Jan
Leko, Peter
½-½
Anand, Viswanathan
Akopian, Vladimir
1-0
Kramnik, Vladimir
Van Wely, Loek
½-½
Bareev, Evgeny
Bologan, Viktor
½-½
Zhang Zhong
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Shirov, Alexei
Round 2 (Sunday, January 11, 2004)
Adams, Michael
½-½
Shirov, Alexei
Zhang Zhong
½-½
Svidler, Peter
Bareev, Evgeny
½-½
Bologan, Viktor
Kramnik, Vladimir
1-0
Van Wely, Loek
Anand, Viswanathan
1-0
Akopian, Vladimir
Timman, Jan
0-1
Leko, Peter
Topalov, Veselin
½-½
Sokolov, Ivan
Round 3 (Tuesday, January 13, 2004)
Sokolov, Ivan
½-½
Adams, Michael
Leko, Peter
½-½
Topalov, Veselin
Akopian, Vladimir
½-½
Timman, Jan
Van Wely, Loek
½-½
Anand, Viswanathan
Bologan, Viktor
½-½
Kramnik, Vladimir
Svidler, Peter
1-0
Bareev, Evgeny
Shirov, Alexei
½-½
Zhang Zhong
Round 4 (Wednesday, January 14, 2004)
Adams, Michael
1-0
Zhang Zhong
Bareev, Evgeny
1-0
Shirov, Alexei
Kramnik, Vladimir
1-0
Svidler, Peter
Anand, Viswanathan
½-½
Bologan, Viktor
Timman, Jan
0-1
Van Wely, Loek
Topalov, Veselin
1-0
Akopian, Vladimir
Sokolov, Ivan
½-½
Leko, Peter
Round 5 (Thursday, January 15, 2004)
Leko, Peter
½-½
Adams, Michael
Akopian, Vladimir
1-0
Sokolov, Ivan
Van Wely, Loek
½-½
Topalov, Veselin
Bologan, Viktor
0-1
Timman, Jan
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Anand, Viswanathan
Shirov, Alexei
½-½
Kramnik, Vladimir
Zhang Zhong
½-½
Bareev, Evgeny
Round 6 (Saturday, January 17, 2004)
Adams, Michael
1-0
Bareev, Evgeny
Kramnik, Vladimir
1-0
Zhang Zhong
Anand, Viswanathan
1-0
Shirov, Alexei
Timman, Jan
½-½
Svidler, Peter
Topalov, Veselin
1-0
Bologan, Viktor
Sokolov, Ivan
½-½
Van Wely, Loek
Leko, Peter
½-½
Akopian, Vladimir
Round 7 (Sunday, January 18, 2004)
Akopian, Vladimir
½-½
Adams, Michael
Van Wely, Loek
½-½
Leko, Peter
Bologan, Viktor
1-0
Sokolov, Ivan
Svidler, Peter
1-0
Topalov, Veselin
Shirov, Alexei
1-0
Timman, Jan
Zhang Zhong
0-1
Anand, Viswanathan
Bareev, Evgeny
½-½
Kramnik, Vladimir
Round 8 (Monday, January 19, 2004)
Adams, Michael
1-0
Kramnik, Vladimir
Anand, Viswanathan
1-0
Bareev, Evgeny
Timman, Jan
0-1
Zhang Zhong
Topalov, Veselin
½-½
Shirov, Alexei
Sokolov, Ivan
½-½
Svidler, Peter
Leko, Peter
1-0
Bologan, Viktor
Akopian, Vladimir
½-½
Van Wely, Loek
Round 9 (Tuesday, January 20, 2004)
Van Wely, Loek
1-0
Adams, Michael
Bologan, Viktor
1-0
Akopian, Vladimir
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Leko, Peter
Shirov, Alexei
1-0
Sokolov, Ivan
Zhang Zhong
½-½
Topalov, Veselin
Bareev, Evgeny
0-1
Timman, Jan
Kramnik, Vladimir
½-½
Anand, Viswanathan
Round 10 (Thursday, January 22, 2004)
Adams, Michael
½-½
Anand, Viswanathan
Timman, Jan
½-½
Kramnik, Vladimir
Topalov, Veselin
0-1
Bareev, Evgeny
Sokolov, Ivan
½-½
Zhang Zhong
Leko, Peter
½-½
Shirov, Alexei
Akopian, Vladimir
1-0
Svidler, Peter
Van Wely, Loek
0-1
Bologan, Viktor
Round 11 (Friday, January 23, 2004)
Bologan, Viktor
½-½
Adams, Michael
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Van Wely, Loek
Shirov, Alexei
½-½
Akopian, Vladimir
Zhang Zhong
0-1
Leko, Peter
Bareev, Evgeny
1-0
Sokolov, Ivan
Kramnik, Vladimir
½-½
Topalov, Veselin
Anand, Viswanathan
1-0
Timman, Jan
Games – Report
Round 12 (Saturday, January 24, 2004)
Adams, Michael
  Timman, Jan
Topalov, Veselin
  Anand, Viswanathan
Sokolov, Ivan
  Kramnik, Vladimir
Leko, Peter
  Bareev, Evgeny
Akopian, Vladimir
  Zhang Zhong
Van Wely, Loek
  Shirov, Alexei
Bologan, Viktor
  Svidler, Peter
Games – Report
Round 13 (Sunday, January 25, 2004)
Svidler, Peter
  Adams, Michael
Shirov, Alexei
  Bologan, Viktor
Zhang Zhong
  Van Wely, Loek
Bareev, Evgeny
  Akopian, Vladimir
Kramnik, Vladimir
  Leko, Peter
Anand, Viswanathan
  Sokolov, Ivan
Timman, Jan
  Topalov, Veselin
Games – Report
 

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