Corus 05: Bruzon and Anand win

1/20/2005 – Round five ended with a first win for Cuban grandmaster Lazaro Bruzon (picture), at the cost of a first loss by British GM Nigel Short. Vishy Anand defeated Alexander Morozevich in a very exciting, fighting game. Peter Leko and Vladimir Kramnik continued their Queen's Indian debate from Brissago. Full illustrated report.

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Corus Chess Tournament
Wijk aan Zee 14 – 30 January 2005

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The event is being held from January 14 to 30 at the De Moriaan Community Centre in Wijk aan Zee, Holland. There are three main tournaments, all 14-player round robins, starting at 13.30 Central European Time. The rest days are on Jan. 19, 24 and 27. The rate of play is 40/2, 20/1 and 30 minutes to finish the game (group C 40/2 plus 1 hour for the rest). The games can be watched on the official live coverage site or watched and discussed with other chess fans on the Playchess.com server.

Round five

Alexander Morozevich (picture by Siep Korteling) once told us, quite poignantly, that he preferred knockouts to classical tournaments. "If you are out of form in a knockout you lose and can pack your things and go home. In a classical tournament you have to stay, and keep playing, and keep suffering." And this is exactly what is happening to him in Wijk aan Zee. The world's number six player has scored a single draw in five rounds and is playing 400 points below his nominal rating of 2741.

But in spite of the suffering it is not in his nature to resort to defensive, bloodless chess. Witness his fifth-round battle with the world's number two, Vishy Anand. Morozevich chose a super-aggressive Torre Attack, and played a substantial portion of the game two pieces down. At times he looked like he had Anand on the ropes. But Vishy defended well, fought back and soon was coasting to victors. Amazing how long Morozevich played on in a completely lost position.

With this fine victory Vishy Anand (left, explaining the finer points of the game in the pressroom), moved up to 50% after his very bad start in this tournament.

Peter Leko and Vladimir Kramnik took it up where they had left off in the world championship in Brissago. In a Queen's Indian Leko came up with a novelty on move 12, Kramnik spent a lot of time pondering it, and then played on for 14 more moves without letting his opponent gain any substantial advantage. The game ended in a draw.


Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko analyse, under the watchful eyes of Peter's father-in-law GM Arshak Petrosian

Judit Polgar vs Michael Adams the world's strongest female player was a pawn up and looking for a way to take home the full point, when at move 35 she blundered (35.Ba2) and came close to losing the game. But it all ended peacefully after 63 hard-fought moves.

Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon (above) showed little respect for Britain's Nigel Short. In a Queen's Gambit Declined he came out of the opening with an advantage and kept increasing the pressure. Short countered by sacrificing the exchange, and slowing coming back into the game.

Bruzon,L (2652) - Short,N (2674) [D37]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (5), 20.01.2005

The position (after 32.Bg3-f2) looks okay for Black, and 32...Nxf4 33.Rf1 d3 should hold. But after 32...Bxf4 Bruzon was able to regain the advantage with 33.Rc8 [33.Rf1 b4 34.Bxd4 was a strong alternative] 33...Rxc8 34.Bxc8 and eventually win the game in 48 moves. This was his first victory in the tournament, but it catapulted him to place four on the tournament crosstable.

For a long time it looked as if Veselin Topalov would win his game against Alexander Grischuk, especially after move 28, when he was two pawns up. But the position proved to be more complicated than it seemed, and in the end Grischuk was able to set up a defensive fortress which White could not penetrate.

Topalov,V (2757) - Grischuk,A (2710) [C88]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (5), 20.01.2005

The final position after 55 moves: draw.


Ruslan Ponomariov and Peter Svidler played a short, sharp Najdorf which ended in a draw after 23 moves

Pictures by Olena Boytsun

All results

Round five – Thurs. 20.01.2005
Alexander Morozevich
0-1 Viswanathan Anand A46 Queen's Pawn Torre
Lazaro Bruzon
1-0 Nigel Short D37 Queen's Gambit
Veselin Topalov
½-½ Alexander Grischuk C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Judit Polgar
½-½ Michael Adams C99 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
Ivan Sokolov
½-½ Loek van Wely E35 Nimzo Indian
Peter Leko
½-½ Vladimir Kramnik E15 Queens Indian
Peter Svidler
½-½ Ruslan Ponomariov B90 Sicilian Najdorf

Current standings

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Groups B and C

Group B Round five – Thurs. 20.01.2005
Friso Nijboer
½-½ Daniel Stellwagen
Alejandro Ramirez
0-1 Jan Smeets
Alexandra Kosteniuk
½-½ Predrag Nikolic
Peter .H. Nielsen
0-1 Ivan Cheparinov
Sergey Karjakin
½-½ S. Mamedyarov
Sipke Ernst
½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Antoaneta Stefanova
½-½ Alexander Onischuk
Group C Round five – Thurs. 20.01.2005
Harmen Jonkman
1-0 Leon Pliester
Natalia Zhukova
1-0 Joost Wempe
Vladimir Georgiev
1-0 Wouter Spoelman
Evgeny Alekseev
½-½ Alexey Korotylev
Tea Lanchava
0-1 Zeinab Mamedjarova
Erwin L’Ami
0-1 Bianca Muhren
Parimarjan Negi
½-½ Manuel Bosboom

Standings Group B and Group C


All results and schedule

Round one – Sat. 15.01.2005
Alexander Grischuk
½-½ Viswanathan Anand
Nigel Short
½-½ Michael Adams
Alexander Morozevich
½-½ Loek van Wely
Lazaro Bruzon
½-½ Vladimir Kramnik
Veselin Topalov
1-0 Ruslan Ponomariov
Judit Polgar
1-0 Peter Svidler
Ivan Sokolov
½-½ Peter Leko
Games
Report
Round two – Sun. 16.01.2005
Viswanathan Anand
0-1 Peter Leko
Peter Svidler
½-½ Ivan Sokolov
Ruslan Ponomariov
1-0 Judit Polgar
Vladimir Kramnik
0-1 Veselin Topalov
Loek van Wely
½-½ Lazaro Bruzon
Michael Adams
1-0 Alexander Morozevich
Alexander Grischuk
½-½ Nigel Short
Games
Report
Round three – Mon. 17.01.2005
Nigel Short
½-½ Viswanathan Anand
Alexander Morozevich
0-1 Alexander Grischuk
Lazaro Bruzon
½-½ Michael Adams
Veselin Topalov
½-½ Loek van Wely
Judit Polgar
½-½ Vladimir Kramnik
Ivan Sokolov
0-1 Ruslan Ponomariov
Peter Leko
1-0 Peter Svidler
Games
Report
Round four – Tues. 18.01.2005
Viswanathan Anand
½-½ Peter Svidler
Ruslan Ponomariov
½-½ Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik
1-0 Ivan Sokolov
Loek van Wely
½-½ Judit Polgar
Michael Adams
1-0 Veselin Topalov
Alexander Grischuk
½-½ Lazaro Bruzon
Nigel Short
1-0 Alexander Morozevich
Games
Report
Round five – Thurs. 20.01.2005
Alexander Morozevich
0-1 Viswanathan Anand
Lazaro Bruzon
1-0 Nigel Short
Veselin Topalov
½-½ Alexander Grischuk
Judit Polgar
½-½ Michael Adams
Ivan Sokolov
½-½ Loek van Wely
Peter Leko
½-½ Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Svidler
½-½ Ruslan Ponomariov
Games
Report
Round six – Fri. 21.01.2005
Viswanathan Anand
Ruslan Ponomariov
Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Svidler
Loek van Wely
Peter Leko
Michael Adams
Ivan Sokolov
Alexander Grischuk
Judit Polgar
Nigel Short
Veselin Topalov
Alexander Morozevich
Lazaro Bruzon
Games
Report
Round seven – Sat. 22.01.2005
Lazaro Bruzon
Viswanathan Anand
Veselin Topalov
Alexander Morozevich
Judit Polgar
Nigel Short
Ivan Sokolov
Alexander Grischuk
Peter Leko
Michael Adams
Peter Svidler
Loek van Wely
Ruslan Ponomariov
Vladimir Kramnik
Games
Report
Round eight – Sun. 23.01.2005
Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik
Loek van Wely
Ruslan Ponomariov
Michael Adams
Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk
Peter Leko
Nigel Short
Ivan Sokolov
Alexander Morozevich
Judit Polgar
Lazaro Bruzon
Veselin Topalov
Games
Report
Round nine – Tues. 25.01.2005
Veselin Topalov
Viswanathan Anand
Judit Polgar
Lazaro Bruzon
Ivan Sokolov
Alexander Morozevich
Peter Leko
Nigel Short
Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk
Ruslan Ponomariov
Michael Adams
Vladimir Kramnik
Loek van Wely
Games
Report
Round ten – Wed 26.01.2005
Viswanathan Anand
Loek van Wely
Michael Adams
Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk
Ruslan Ponomariov
Nigel Short
Peter Svidler
Alexander Morozevich
Peter Leko
Lazaro Bruzon
Ivan Sokolov
Veselin Topalov
Judit Polgar
Games
Report
Round eleven – Fri. 28.01.2005
Judit Polgar
Viswanathan Anand
Ivan Sokolov
Veselin Topalov
Peter Leko
Lazaro Bruzon
Peter Svidler
Alexander Morozevich
Ruslan Ponomariov
Nigel Short
Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk
Loek van Wely
Michael Adams
Games
Report
Round twelve – Sat. 29.01.2005
Viswanathan Anand
Michael Adams
Alexander Grischuk
Loek van Wely
Nigel Short
Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Morozevich
Ruslan Ponomariov
Lazaro Bruzon
Peter Svidler
Veselin Topalov
Peter Leko
Judit Polgar
Ivan Sokolov
Games
Report
Round thirteen – Sun. 30.01.2005
Ivan Sokolov
Viswanathan Anand
Peter Leko
Judit Polgar
Peter Svidler
Veselin Topalov
Ruslan Ponomariov
Lazaro Bruzon
Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Morozevich
Loek van Wely
Nigel Short
Michael Adams
Alexander Grischuk
Games
Report

Groups B + C

Group B Round one – Sat. 15.01.2005
Predrag Nikolic
0-1 Daniel Stellwagen
Jan Smeets
½-½ Ivan Cheparinov
Friso Nijboer
0-1 S. Mamedyarov
Alejandro Ramirez
½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Alexandra Kosteniuk
1-0 Alexander Onischuk
Peter .H. Nielsen
½-½ Antoaneta Stefanova
Sergey Karjakin
1-0 Sipke Ernst
Group C Round one – Sat. 15.01.2005
Wouter Spoelman
½-½ Leon Pliester
Joost Wempe
0-1 Alexey Korotylev
Harmen Jonkman
½-½ Zeinab Mamedjarova
Natalia Zhukova
1-0 Bianca Muhren
Vladimir Georgiev
1-0 Manuel Bosboom
Evgeny Alekseev
1-0 Parimarjan Negi
Tea Lanchava
0-1 Erwin L’Ami
Group B Round two – Sun. 16.01.2005
Ivan Cheparinov
1-0 Friso Nijboer
Alexander Onischuk
½-½ Peter .H. Nielsen
Magnus Carlsen
1-0 Alexandra Kosteniuk
Antoaneta Stefanova
½-½ Sergey Karjakin
Daniel Stellwagen
1-0 Sipke Ernst
S. Mamedyarov
1-0 Alejandro Ramirez
Predrag Nikolic
½-½ Jan Smeets
Group C Round two – Sun. 16.01.2005
Parimarjan Negi
1-0 Tea Lanchava
Alexey Korotylev
½-½ Harmen Jonkman
Wouter Spoelman
1-0 Joost Wempe
Zeinab Mamedjarova
0-1 Natalia Zhukova
Bianca Muhren
½-½ Vladimir Georgiev
Manuel Bosboom
½-½ Evgeny Alekseev
Leon Pliester
½-½ Erwin L’Ami
Group B Round three – Mon. 17.01.2005
Jan Smeets
½-½ Daniel Stellwagen
Friso Nijboer
0-1 Predrag Nikolic
Alejandro Ramirez
½-½ Ivan Cheparinov
Alexandra Kosteniuk
0-1 S. Mamedyarov
Peter .H. Nielsen
½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Sergey Karjakin
½-½ Alexander Onischuk
Sipke Ernst
0-1 Antoaneta Stefanova
Group C Round three – Mon. 17.01.2005
Joost Wempe
1-0 Leon Pliester
Harmen Jonkman
0-1 Wouter Spoelman
Natalia Zhukova
0-1 Alexey Korotylev
Vladimir Georgiev
1-0 Zeinab Mamedjarova
Evgeny Alekseev
1-0 Bianca Muhren
Tea Lanchava
1-0 Manuel Bosboom
Erwin L’Ami
1-0 Parimarjan Negi
Group B Round four – Tues. 18.01.2005
Daniel Stellwagen
½-½ Antoaneta Stefanova
Alexander Onischuk
½-½ Sipke Ernst
Magnus Carlsen
½-½ Sergey Karjakin
S. Mamedyarov
½-½ Peter .H. Nielsen
Ivan Cheparinov
½-½ Alexandra Kosteniuk
Predrag Nikolic
½-½ Alejandro Ramirez
Jan Smeets
½-½ Friso Nijboer
Group C Round four – Tues. 18.01.2005
Leon Pliester
½-½ Parimarjan Negi
Manuel Bosboom
½-½ Erwin L’Ami
Bianca Muhren
0-1 Tea Lanchava
Zeinab Mamedjarova
0-1 Evgeny Alekseev
Alexey Korotylev
½-½ Vladimir Georgiev
Wouter Spoelman
½-½ Natalia Zhukova
Joost Wempe
0-1 Harmen Jonkman
Group B Round five – Thurs. 20.01.2005
Friso Nijboer
½-½ Daniel Stellwagen
Alejandro Ramirez
0-1 Jan Smeets
Alexandra Kosteniuk
½-½ Predrag Nikolic
Peter .H. Nielsen
0-1 Ivan Cheparinov
Sergey Karjakin
½-½ S. Mamedyarov
Sipke Ernst
½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Antoaneta Stefanova
½-½ Alexander Onischuk
Group C Round five – Thurs. 20.01.2005
Harmen Jonkman
1-0 Leon Pliester
Natalia Zhukova
1-0 Joost Wempe
Vladimir Georgiev
1-0 Wouter Spoelman
Evgeny Alekseev
½-½ Alexey Korotylev
Tea Lanchava
0-1 Zeinab Mamedjarova
Erwin L’Ami
0-1 Bianca Muhren
Parimarjan Negi
½-½ Manuel Bosboom
Group B Round six – Fri.. 20.01.2005
Daniel Stellwagen
Alexander Onischuk
Magnus Carlsen
Antoaneta Stefanova
S. Mamedyarov
Sipke Ernst
Ivan Cheparinov
Sergey Karjakin
Predrag Nikolic
Peter .H. Nielsen
Jan Smeets
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Friso Nijboer
Alejandro Ramirez
Group C Round six – Fri.. 20.01.2005
Leon Pliester
Manuel Bosboom
Bianca Muhren
Parimarjan Negi
Zeinab Mamedjarova
Erwin L’Ami
Alexey Korotylev
Tea Lanchava
Wouter Spoelman
Evgeny Alekseev
Joost Wempe
Vladimir Georgiev
Harmen Jonkman
Natalia Zhukova

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