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Corus Chess Tournament

The town of Wijk Aan ZeeThe Corus Chess Tournament is a major chess tournament played in the small seaside town of Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands.

Founded in 1938 for Dutch players only, it became an international event in 1946 and has grown into one of the most prestigious of modern chess tournaments.  It is considered one of the "Big Three" tournaments along with Dortmund and Linares.

Originally called Hoogovens Beverwijk and after 1967 Hoogovens Wijk Aan Zee, it became Corus in 2000 when the Corus Steel Company became the sponsor. It currently features three Grandmaster groups (A, B, and C) alongside a large number of open tournaments.

Trivia

At the closing ceremony of the Corus tournament every year, a traditional meal of pea soup is served.
Corus is sometimes called the 'Wimbledon of Chess'.

 

Official Website of Corus Chess

Full list of winners:

  • 1938 - Philip Bakker
  • 1939 - Nicolaas Cortlever
  • 1940 - Max Euwe
  • 1941 - Arthur Wijnans
  • 1942 - Max Euwe
  • 1943 - Arnold van den Hoek
  • 1944 - Theo van Scheltinga
  • 1945 - no tournament
  • 1946 - Alberic O'Kelly de Galway
  • 1947 - Theo van Scheltinga
  • 1948 - Lodewijk Prins
  • 1949 - Savielly Tartakower
  • 1950 - Jan Hein Donner
  • 1951 - Herman Pilnik
  • 1952 - Max Euwe
  • 1953 - Nicolas Rossolimo
  • 1954 - Hans Bouwmeester and Vasja Pirc
  • 1955 - Bora Milic
  • 1956 - Gideon Stahlberg
  • 1957 - Aleksandar Matanović
  • 1958 - Max Euwe and Jan Hein Donner
  • 1959 - Friðrik Ólafsson
  • 1960 - Bent Larsen and Tigran Petrosian
  • 1961 - Bent Larsen and Borislav Ivkov
  • 1962 - Petar Trifunović
  • 1963 - Jan Hein Donner
  • 1964 - Paul Keres and Iivo Nei
  • 1965 - Lajos Portisch and Efim Geller
  • 1966 - Lev Polugaevsky
  • 1967 - Boris Spassky
  • 1968 - Viktor Korchnoi
  • 1969 - Mikhail Botvinnik and Efim Geller
  • 1970 - Mark Taimanov
  • 1971 - Viktor Korchnoi
  • 1972 - Lajos Portisch
  • 1973 - Mikhail Tal
  • 1974 - Walter Browne
  • 1975 - Lajos Portisch
  • 1976 - Ljubomir Ljubojevic and Friðrik Ólafsson
  • 1977 - Genna Sosonko and Efim Geller
  • 1978 - Lajos Portisch
  • 1979 - Lev Polugaevsky
  • 1980 - Walter Browne and Yasser Seirawan
  • 1981 - Genna Sosonko and Jan Timman
  • 1982 - John Nunn and Yuri Balashov
  • 1983 - Ulf Andersson
  • 1984 - Alexander Beliavsky and Viktor Korchnoi
  • 1985 - Jan Timman
  • 1986 - Nigel Short
  • 1987 - Nigel Short and Viktor Korchnoi
  • 1988 - Anatoly Karpov
  • 1989 - Viswanathan Anand, Predrag Nikolić, Zoltan Ribli and Gyula Sax
  • 1990 - John Nunn
  • 1991 - John Nunn
  • 1992 - Boris Gelfand and Valery Salov
  • 1993 - Anatoly Karpov
  • 1994 - Predrag Nikolić
  • 1995 - Alexey Dreev
  • 1996 - Vassily Ivanchuk
  • 1997 - Valery Salov
  • 1998 - Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand
  • 1999 - Garry Kasparov
  • 2000 - Garry Kasparov
  • 2001 - Garry Kasparov
  • 2002 - Evgeny Bareev
  • 2003 - Viswanathan Anand
  • 2004 - Viswanathan Anand
  • 2005 - Péter Lékó
  • 2006 - Veselin Topalov and Viswanathan Anand
  • 2007 - Levon Aronian, Teimour Radjabov and Veselin Topalov
  • 2008 - Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen

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