Wijk aan Zee – who will win?

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1/10/2003 – Corus Wijk aan Zee, the Dutch super-tournament, starts on January 10. For the second year in succession it is without the world's number one player, Garry Kasparov. But it does have nos. 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 10, the average rating is 2701 and the category 19. You will find some information on the participants and can take part in our special Wijk aan Zee quiz.

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Corus January 2003

The Wijk aan Zee quiz is below.

The 65th Corus Chess Tournament 2003 will be held from 10–26 January 2003 in Wijk aan Zee. Rest days are on the 13th, 17th and 22nd January. The tournament venue is the De Moriaan Community Centre (Dorpsduinen 4, 1949 EG Wijk aan Zee). The average rating is 2701 = Category 19.

The prize fund
GM group A
GM group B
€ 10.000
€ 3.000
€ 7.000
€ 2.500
€ 3.500
€ 2.000
€ 2.500
€ 1.500
€ 2.000
€ 1.000
€ 1.500
€ 500
€ 1.300
€ 350

Players in the Grandmaster Group A

Picture Player Nat. Elo
short description
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2807
All-round player, with an incredible feeling for positional chess. Hard to beat.
Viswanathan Anand IND 2753
Experienced player, who is able to press any opponent. Very quick thinker.
Veselin Topalov BUL 2743
Tough fighter with unlimited powers of concentration and self-confidence.
Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2734
Good opening preparation, great understanding for different kind of positions. Very self-assured.
RUS 2729
A professional through and through, sound strategic thinking and excellent technique. Always gives 100% of his energy.
ESP 2723
Exultant tactics are diminished by failing in positional or defensive struggles. Perhaps the most imaginative player in world chess today.
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2712
Relatively young but already a redoubted tournament player with an amazing combinatory talent and a fierce fighting spirit.
HUN 2700
Self-assured player with great tactical prowess.
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2699
Unparalleled artistry and joy in the beauty of chess. Has produced countless brilliancies.
RUS 2688
Outstanding natural talent for positional play, probably the world’s most experienced active grandmaster.
van Wely
NED 2668
Unparalleled fighting spirit and without fear of reputations.
Michal Krasenkow POL 2633
Erudite fighter with a vast amount of experience.
Teymour Radjabov AZE 2624
Youngest player to enter the top 100 in history. Very hard to beat and merciless in the attack.
NED 2594
All-round player with a surprisingly wide opening repertoire and an intuitive feeling for end-game positions.

More extensive information on each player is available on the official site.

Vladimir Kramnik

Viswanathan Anand

Veselin Topalov

Ruslan Ponomariov

Evgeny Bareev

Alexei Shirov

Alexander Grischuk

Judit Polgar

Vassily Ivanchuk

Anatoly Karpov

Loek van Wely

Michal Krasenkow

Teymour Radjabov

Jan Timman

Grandmaster B Tournament

GM Zhang Zhong (CHN, 2620), GM Peter Acs (HUN, 2591), GM Johnny Hector (SWE, 2590), GM Arkady Naiditsch (GER, 2586), GM Ian Rogers (AUS, 2557), GM Friso Nijboer (NED, 2556), GM Sergey Karjakin (UKR, 2527), GM John van der Wiel (NED, 2509), GM Dennis de Vreugt (NED, 2501), GM Koneru Humpy (IND, 2484), IM Viktorija Cmylite (LITH, 2460), IM Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS, 2455), GM Harmen Jonkman (NED, 2456) and FM Daniel Stellwagen (NED, 2426).

Official site

Wijk aan Zee quiz

To take part in our special Wijk aan Zee Quiz you must answer the following questions:

1. Who will win this tournament. Please supply a reason for your conjecture.

2. Will Karpov score more than 50%? Why do or don't you think so?

3. How will the kid Teymour do? What is his future in chess?

4. Any other comments or opinions?

The winner will be the person with the most interesting or accurate answer. We may also simply draw a winner from all participants. You must send in your reply by Sunday night (12th January). No attachments please (Word or whatever). Do not send multiple entries. If more than two are received from any single person they will all be ignored. Give your full name and place of residence. Without this your entry cannot be considered. We reserve the right to quote your solution on this web site, in full or abridged, with your name and place of residence given. If you supply information on your professional status that might also be used.

Please send your answers to the ChessBase news team. The subject line must be "Wijk aan Zee quiz". The winner of the quiz will receive a copy of Fritz signed by the winner of Wijk aan Zee.

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