Black Is OK At Corus!

Black Is OK At Corus!

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jan 18, 2010, 12:58 PM |
19 | Chess Event Coverage

What is it that they say about playing white being an advantage?  In the third round of the 'A' Group at Corus, the black pieces won four times, with no wins for white at all!

One of those black wins came from Alexei Shirov who beat Sergei Tiviakov and therefore stays in the lead with a perfect 3/3 start to the tournament.

Nigel Short's tough time in the 'A' Group continued as he lost badly to Hikaru Nakamura (pictured), who moves into a share of second place.

Joining Nakamura on 2.5/3 is Magnus Carlsen who overcame Van Wely, apparently with a little help from a Kasparov opening novelty.

The other winner in round three was Vassily Ivanchuk who took advantage of Jan Smeets' time trouble to record his first win.

It was a good day for China in the 'B' and 'C' Groups, with Ni Hua and Li Chao respectively winning, both moving into a share of the lead in their group as a result.

The full results in round three:

Group A

Dominguez Perez, Leinier   ½-½   Anand, Viswanathan  
Tiviakov, Sergei  0-1  Shirov, Alexei
Caruana, Fabiano  ½-½  Kramnik, Vladimir
Leko, Peter  ½-½  Karjakin, Sergey
Van Wely, Loek  0-1  Carlsen, Magnus
Smeets, Jan  0-1  Ivanchuk, Vassily
Short, Nigel D  0-1  Nakamura, Hikaru
Group B

Giri, Anish   ½-½   Reinderman, Dimitri  
Naiditsch, Arkadij  ½-½  Negi, Parimarjan
Howell, David W L  ½-½  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter
So, Wesley  ½-½  Akobian, Varuzhan
Sutovsky, Emil  ½-½  L'Ami, Erwin 
Muzychuk, Anna  0-1  Harikrishna, P
Nyback, Tomi  0-1  Ni Hua
Group C

Vocaturo, Daniele   1-0   Van Kampen, Robin  
Peng Zhaoqin  ½-½  Grandelius, Nils
Kuipers, Stefan  0-1  Gupta, Abhijeet
Swinkels, Robin  1-0  Soumya, Swaminathan
Muzychuk, Mariya  ½-½  Robson, Ray
Bok, Benjamin  0-1  Lie, Kjetil A
Plukkel, Sjoerd  0-1  Li Chao

 

The standings after round three:


Group A


1 Shirov, Alexei   ESP   2723 3
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2810  
3 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2708  
4 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2749 2
5 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2712  
6 Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  2720  
7 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2790  
8 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2788  
9 Tiviakov, Sergei  NED  2662 1
10 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2675 1
11 Leko, Peter  HUN  2739 1
12 Van Wely, Loek  NED  2641 1
13 Smeets, Jan  NED  2657 ½ 
14 Short, Nigel D  ENG  2696 ½ 

Group B


1 Giri, Anish   NED   2588   
2 Ni Hua  CHN  2657  
3 Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER  2687 2
4 L'Ami, Erwin  NED  2615  
5 Howell, David W L  ENG  2606  
6 Negi, Parimarjan  IND  2621  
7 So, Wesley  PHI  2656  
8 Harikrishna, P  IND  2672  
9 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU  2681  
10 Sutovsky, Emil  ISR  2657  
11 Akobian, Varuzhan  USA  2628 1
12 Muzychuk, Anna  SLO  2523 1
13 Nyback, Tomi  FIN  2643 1
14 Reinderman, Dimitri  NED  2573 ½ 

Group C


1 Vocaturo, Daniele   ITA   2495   
2 Robson, Ray  USA  2570  
3 Li Chao CHN  2604  
4 Gupta, Abhijeet  IND  2577 2
5 Peng Zhaoqin  NED  2402 2
6 Kuipers, Stefan  NED  2340  
7 Grandelius, Nils  SWE  2515  
8 Swinkels, Robin  NED  2495  
9 Lie, Kjetil A  NOR  2547  
10 Muzychuk, Mariya  UKR  2447 1
11 Van Kampen, Robin  NED  2456 1
12 Bok, Benjamin  NED  2322 ½ 
13 Plukkel, Sjoerd  NED  2279 ½ 
14 Soumya, Swaminathan  IND  2323 ½ 

 

A selection of games are given below.  All games are available at the official site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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