Corus R9: The leaders race on

1/24/2006 – Anand and Topalov have changed Wijk aan Zee into a two-man race. Both won again, on different sides of the Sveshnikov, and continue to lead the field by a full point. Adams and Gelfand also won. Carlsen's lead in the B Group narrowed to a half point ahead of the surging Motylev. Photo report and analysis.

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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 nine

Grandmaster Group A
Grandmaster Group B
Grandmaster Group C
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
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

Grandmaster Group A

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Grandmaster Group B

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Grandmaster Group C

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Round Nine Report


Wizard to wizard. Veselin Topalov with Dutch Prime Minister
Jan Peter Balkenende (known to some countrymen as Harry Potter).

The rich got richer and the poor got poorer. Vishy Anand and Veselin Topalov continued on their paths toward a showdown in round 12. They both won today to continue to share the lead, now on +4 with four rounds to go. Mickey Adams and Boris Gelfand stayed within shouting distance a full point back by notching the other two wins of the round in Group A.


The heat of battle, leading to...


The post-mortem. Karjakin was turned back by the FIDE world champ.

The most important game for the standings was Karjakin's white against Topalov. The Ukrainian youth was running a surprising third behind the favorites and this was a chance to jump into a share of the lead, as well as make a big statement by beating the world's top-ranked player. Instead it was Topalov making the statement, winning on the black side of an ultra-sharp theoretical Sveshnikov Sicilian.

Karjakin-Topalov after 35.Kh1

Topalov's pieces are swarming like sharks around the white king. They moved in for the kill with 35...Nxg2! The pressure from the Bb7 is tremendous. If 36.Nxc3 Qh4! and the threat of a discovered check and the pressure on h3 are overwhelming. So Karjakin tried 36.Qxg2 and now 36...Qh4 was crushing, but Topalov's 36...Rg3 also did the job. After 37.Nxf4 Bxg2+ 38.Nxg2 Rxh3+ 39.Kg1 Rg3 White has roughly equal material but very little chance of survival with his king wide open. White eventually got two rooks versus the black queen, but Topalov had too many extra pawns and too many checks.

The other leader also played a Sveshnikov, but on the white side. Anand got into a theoretical battle with van Wely with a known exchange sacrifice. White's passed b-pawn and powerful d5 knight provided plenty of compensation and Anand played for a win. It looked like Black was reaching a blockade but he decided to give back the exchange and try to get his central pawns rolling.

Anand - van Wely after 41...Ke5

But the white rook got loose before the black pawns could make any progress, and as usual Anand was well ahead on the clock. Black is threatening to get close to equality by checking on d1, d2, and picking off the b2 pawn, still covering the b7 pawn. 42.Bb3 works, but Anand found a flashier and more effective way to end the game with 42.Rd7! and van Wely resigned. After 42...Rb8 43.h6 it's easy.


Which Kamsky would show up today? Not the one that beat Anand.

Gata Kamsky's lack of openings showed itself again today. Despite having the white pieces he was close to lost with one bad move out of theory on move 10 against Mickey Adams, who didn't let him get away. It was, in short, rather ugly, although Adams finished nicely.


Former Soviet champ Beliavsky looks on in horror against Lahno.

In the B Group Carlsen's lead shrank to a half-point when he was held to a draw by Humpy and Motylev beat Vescovi to move into clear second. Katerina Lahno finally got her first win, against no less a legend than Alexander Beliavsky, who, to be fair, is having a rather less-than-legendary performance.


Yasser Seirawan interviews Bessel Kok, candidate for the FIDE presidency.


Soon to be a familiar sight? The Karjakin-Topalov scoresheet.


Koneru Humpy held the leader to a draw today.


Boris Gelfand picked up his third win against Sokolov.


Another slow day at the office for Peter Leko.


Magnus Carlsen looks set to join the A Group.


David Navara is keeping in striking distance in the B Group.


Yesterday's games look better than today's for Big Al.

Report by Mig Greengard, photos by Olena Boytsun


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
  M. Adams
E. Bacrot
  G. Kamsky
L. van Wely
  P. Leko
Mamedyarov
  V. Anand
S. Tiviakov
  V. Ivanchuk
V. Topalov
  L. Aronian
B. Gelfand
  S. Karjakin
Report – Games
Round 10 – Wed. 25.1.2006

K. Humpy

 

B. Jobava

D.Stellwagen

 

J. Smeets

A. Beliavsky

 

E. L’Ami

A. Naiditsch

 

K. Lahno

G. Vescovi

 

I. Cheparinov

D. Navara

 

A. Motylev

M. Carlsen

 

Z. Almasi

Games
Round 10 – Wed. 25.1.2006

L. Shilong

 

K. Bischoff

K. Atalik

 

Y. Visser

M. Bensdorp

 

K.v.d. Weide

S. Atalik

 

Y. Afek

J. Werle

 

P. Hopman

H. Jonkman

 

A. Adly

C. Marcelin

 

J.v.d. Wiel

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

Z. Almasi

 

K. Humpy

A. Motylev

 

M. Carlsen

I. Cheparinov

 

D. Navara

K. Lahno

 

G. Vescovi

E. L’Ami

 

A. Naiditsch

J. Smeets

 

A. Beliavsky

B. Jobava

 

D.Stellwagen

Games
Round 11 – Friday 27.1.2006

J.v.d. Wiel

 

L. Shilong

A. Adly

 

C. Marcelin

P. Hopman

 

H. Jonkman

Y. Afek

 

J. Werle

K.v.d. Weide

 

S. Atalik

Y. Visser

 

M. Bensdorp

K. Bischoff

 

K. Atalik

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

K. Humpy

 

D.Stellwagen

A. Beliavsky

 

B. Jobava

A. Naiditsch

 

J. Smeets

G. Vescovi

 

E. L’Ami

D. Navara

 

K. Lahno

M. Carlsen

 

I. Cheparinov

Z. Almasi

 

A. Motylev

Games
Round 12 – Saturday 28.1.2006

L. Shilong

 

K. Atalik

M. Bensdorp

 

K. Bischoff

S. Atalik

 

Y. Visser

J. Werle

 

K.v.d. Weide

H. Jonkman

 

Y. Afek

C. Marcelin

 

P. Hopman

J.v.d. Wiel

 

A. Adly

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

A. Motylev

 

K. Humpy

I. Cheparinov

 

Z. Almasi

K. Lahno

 

M. Carlsen

E. L’Ami

 

D. Navara

J. Smeets

 

G. Vescovi

B. Jobava

 

A. Naiditsch

D.Stellwagen

 

A. Beliavsky

Games
Round 13 – Sunday 29.1.2006

A. Adly

 

L. Shilong

P. Hopman

 

J.v.d. Wiel

Y. Afek

 

C. Marcelin

K.v.d. Weide

 

H. Jonkman

Y. Visser

 

J. Werle

K. Bischoff

 

S. Atalik

K. Atalik

 

M. Bensdorp

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