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(1) Anand,V (2790) - Ivanchuk,V (2749) [B36]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (8), 24.01.2010

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Be2 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Bg7 9.Be3 0-0 10.Qd2 a5 11.0-0 a4 12.Bd4 Bd7 13.Rfe1 Bc6 14.Qe3 Nd7 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Nd5 e6 17.Nc3 Qb6 18.Qd2 Rfd8 19.Rad1 Nf6 20.Bf1 h5 21.Re3 Rd7 22.h3 Rad8 23.Qc2 Kh7 24.Rf3 Kg7 25.Re3 Kh7 1/2-1/2

(2) Shirov,A (2723) - Carlsen,M (2810) [B33]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (8), 24.01.2010

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 Bg7 11.Bd3 Ne7 12.Nxe7 Qxe7 13.c4 f5 14.0-0 0-0 15.Qh5 Rb8 16.exf5 e4 17.Rae1 Bb7 18.Qg4 Rfe8 19.cxb5 d5 20.bxa6 Bc6 21.b3 Kh8 22.Nc2 Bc3 23.Qh3 Qf6 24.Be2 d4 25.Bc4 Rg8 26.g3 Rbe8 27.Rd1 e3 28.fxe3 dxe3 29.Be2 Re4 30.Qg2 Re7 31.Qh3 Re4 32.Qg2 Re7 33.Qh3 1/2-1/2

(3) Kramnik - Nakamura [A88]
Corus Chess 2010 Wijk aan Zee (8), 24.01.2010

1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.c4 Bg7 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Nf3 d6 7.0-0 c6 8.Rb1 Ne4 9.Qc2 Nxc3 10.bxc3 e5 11.Rd1 e4 12.Ng5 h6 13.Nh3 g5 14.f3 d5 15.Nf2 Kh8 16.cxd5 cxd5 17.c4 e3 18.Nd3 Nc6 19.Bxe3 Nxd4 20.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 21.Kh1 f4 22.Rb5 Qf6? [Black's creative opening play looked a little risky, but the position would remain unclear after 22...fxg3 23.Rxd5 Qf6 24.hxg3 Be6 As Yasser Seirawan pointed out in his live commentary on Playchess, Nakamura was probably reluctant on principle to exchange on g3, preferring to keep the g2 bishop imprisoned. However, he must have overlooked, or miscalculated the consequences of, White's 24th.] 23.Rxd5 Be6 24.Nxf4! gxf4 [24...Bxd5 25.Ng6+ is no better.] 25.R5xd4 fxg3 26.hxg3 White has two extra pawsn and the remainder presents no particular technical difficulties. 26...Rg8 27.Rf4 Qg5 28.Rh4 Rg6 29.Qc3+ Kh7 30.f4 Qxg3 31.Qxg3 Rxg3 32.Bxb7 Rb8 33.Be4+ Kg7 34.Kh2 Re3 35.Rg1+ Kf7 36.Bg6+ Ke7 37.Bd3 Rb2 38.Rg2 Rxa2 39.Rxh6 Bf7 40.Rh7 Kf6 41.c5 Ra4 42.c6 Rxf4 43.c7 Re8 44.Rxf7+ 1-0

(4) Karjakin - Short [C96]
Corus Chess 2010 Wijk aan Zee (8), 24.01.2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Nd7 12.Nbd2 exd4 13.cxd4 Re8 14.d5 Bf6 15.Rb1 Ra7 16.b3 h6 17.Nf1 Ne5 18.Bf4 Rc7 19.Ng3 Nxf3+ 20.Qxf3 Nb7 21.Nh5 Be5 22.Re3 Qh4 23.Bg3 Bxg3 24.Nxg3 Qg5 25.Rf1 Rce7 26.Qe2 f5 27.f4 Qf6 28.Nh5 Qb2 29.e5 dxe5 30.Rb1 Qd4 31.Rd1 exf4 32.Rxd4 Rxe3 33.Qd2 Re1+ 34.Kh2 f3 35.Bd1 [Fritz 12 gives as its main line here the extraordinary move 35.Re4!? after which it continues 35...R8xe4 36.Bxe4 Re2 37.Qf4 fxe4 38.Qb8 Rxg2+ 39.Kh1 Nd6 40.Qxd6 Bxh3 with a position that it assesses as dead equal!] 35...cxd4? [Once again, it is easy if one is arnmed with Frirz. One simply plays the "obvious" 35...R1e2 and draws after 36.Bxe2 fxe2 37.Nf6+ gxf6 38.Qxh6 cxd4 39.Qg6+ Kf8 40.Qxf6+ Kg8 41.Qg6+ Kf8 ] 36.Bxf3 Nd6 37.Qxd4 R1e7 38.Qb6 Ne4 39.Nf4 Rb7 40.Qc6 Nf6 Now the smoke has cleared, it becomes clear that White's queen and passed d-pawn are too strong for the black rooks. 41.Nh5 Rf8 42.Nxf6+ gxf6 43.Qxa6 Kg7 44.d6 Rd7 45.Qxb5 Rxd6 46.a4 Kg6 47.a5 Rfd8 48.b4 Ba6 49.Bh5+ Kg5 50.h4+ Kf4 51.Qc5 Bd3 52.b5 Rd5 53.Qc7+ Ke3 54.b6 Be4 55.b7 Rg8 56.b8Q Rxg2+ 57.Kh3 Rd3 58.Qc4 Rg1 59.Qxd3+ Kxd3 60.Qb3+ Kd2 61.Qb2+ 1-0

(5) Dominguez Perez,L (2712) - Van Wely,L (2641) [B90]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (8), 24.01.2010

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 Be6 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.Rg1 Nb6 13.Na5 Rc8 14.g5 Nh5 15.Kb1 Nf4 16.a3 Qc7 17.Bxf4 exf4 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.exd5 Bxd5 20.Qxd5 Qxa5 21.Bd3 g6 22.h4 Rc5 23.Qe4 Re5 24.Qxf4 Rb8 25.c3 Qb6 26.Bc2 a5 27.Bb3 Rf5 28.Qe4 Bf8 29.Rg2 Re5 30.Qd3 Qc5 31.Rg4 Qe3 32.Qxe3 Rxe3 33.Rf4 Rb7 34.Bd5 Rc7 35.a4 bxa4 36.Rxa4 Rc5 37.Rf4 Re7 38.Ka2 Bg7 39.Rd3 Kf8 40.Ka3 Be5 41.Ra4 Bg3 42.Rg4 Bf2 43.Rf4 Bg3 44.Rg4 Bf2 45.Rf4 1/2-1/2

(6) Leko - Smeets [C42]
Corus Chess 2010 Wijk aan Zee (8), 24.01.2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Qd2 Be6 9.0-0-0 Qd7 10.Kb1 Bf6 11.h4 h6 12.a3 a6 13.Nd4 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Qe7 15.Qf4 Be5 16.Qe4 0-0-0 17.Bxe5 f6 18.Qe3 fxe5 [When entering this variation, Smeets had presumably missed the blow 18...dxe5 19.Bxa6! He now thought for a long time, but the damage to his position is already fairly serious, and he eventually succumbed after a time-scramble.] 19.Qa7 Qf7 20.Qa8+ Kd7 21.Qxb7 Rb8 22.Qxa6 Qxf2 23.Bc4 Bf5 24.Bd3 Be6 25.Bc4 Bf5 26.Bb3 Qb6 27.Qxb6 Rxb6 28.Rhf1 g6 29.Bd5 c6 30.Bf3 Ra8 31.Kc1 Ke7 32.h5 d5 33.hxg6 Bxg6 34.Rh1 Rh8 35.b4 e4 36.Be2 Ke6 37.Rh3 Rb7 38.Rdh1 Rbh7 39.a4 Bf5 40.Rh4 Ke5 41.Rh5 Kf4 42.Rf1+ Ke3 43.Rhxf5 Kxe2 44.R5f2+ Ke3 45.Kd1 1-0

(7) Caruana,F (2675) - Tiviakov,S (2662) [B01]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (8), 24.01.2010

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.g3 Bg4 7.Bg2 e6 8.0-0 Be7 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 0-0 11.Ne2 Nbd7 12.Bg2 e5 13.c3 Rad8 14.Qb3 Qc7 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Be3 Nfd7 17.Rad1 Nc5 18.Qc2 Nc4 19.Bf4 Bd6 20.Bg5 Be7 21.Bf4 Bd6 22.Bc1 Rfe8 23.b3 Nb6 24.Nd4 Ne6 25.Nxe6 Rxe6 26.Rfe1 Rxe1+ 27.Rxe1 Nd5 28.a3 Qc8 29.b4 Re8 30.Rxe8+ Qxe8 31.c4 Nc7 32.Qd3 Qe1+ 33.Kh2 Qe7 34.Bg5 Qe6 35.h4 g6 36.Qd4 a6 37.Bh3 f5 38.Qa7 Qc8 39.Qd4 Bf8 40.Bf6 Ne6 41.Qe5 Kf7 42.c5 Qc7 43.Qc3 Bg7 44.Bxg7 Nxg7 45.Bf1 f4 46.Bc4+ Ke8 47.g4 Qe7 48.Kg1 h5 49.Qd3 Qf6 50.g5 Qf5 51.Qd6 f3 52.Qb8+ Ke7 53.Qd6+ Ke8 54.Bd3 Qg4+ 55.Kf1 Qg2+ 56.Ke1 Qg1+ 57.Kd2 Qxf2+ 58.Kd1 Qg1+ 59.Kc2 Qf2+ 60.Kb3 Qe3 61.Ka4 Qe7 62.Bxg6+ Kf8 63.Qb8+ Ne8 64.Qf4+ Kg8 65.Bxh5 Nc7 66.Bxf3 Nb5 67.g6 a5 68.h5 axb4 69.h6 1-0

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