Carlsen Wins Corus 2010

Carlsen Wins Corus 2010

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jan 31, 2010, 11:11 AM |
52 | Chess Event Coverage

Magnus_Carlsen1.jpgAfter a thrilling final round, the world's #1 ranked player Magnus Carlsen (pictured) won the 72nd Corus tournament in Wijk Aan Zee. 

Going into the final round, Carlsen could only be caught by Kramnik, Shirov and Anand.  Kramnik made no impression on Karjakin and soon agreed a draw.  Anand had some chances against Van Wely, but also offered a draw after 39 moves.

Shirov came the closest to achieving a win, using up a lot of time in the early stages of his game against Dominguez trying to build a kingside attack. 

However, Shirov's cogitations left him perilously short of time, and he eventually agreed a draw with just a few seconds remaining on his clock.  Although the tournament features a 30 second increment, playing accurately with just this allowance is not easy even for GMs!

That left Carlsen only needing a draw against Caruana to win the tournament, but after an early oversight it was a tense struggle for the Norwegian to hang on in a tricky knight ending.  But hang on he did, to win the Corus 2010 title, a berth at the Bilbao Grand Slam Final later this year, and a cheque for 10,000 euros.

The most extraordinary game of the final round saw Nigel Short choose a rare sacrificial line against Smeet's choice of the Petroff Defence.  Both players used huge amounts of time on the early moves, and by move nine Smeet's king was on the g5 square!  However, with clocks running low, both players backed away from a rapid-fire finish to share the spoils with a repetition.

The only decisive game of the last round came from Hikaru Nakamura who ground out an endgame win against Sergei Tiviakov in the last game to finish in any of the groups.

Anish_Giri2.jpgLi_Chao.jpgIn the 'B' Group 15 year old Anish Giri (pictured left) wrapped up the tournament with a comfortable draw against Negi to earn an invite to the 'A' Group in 2010. 

In the 'C' Group Li Chao (pictured right) had already assured himself of first place, but he won again to finish on an amazing 10/13.

The results from the final round:

Group A

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

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

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


The final standings:


Group A
















1 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2810 *  0 ½  ½  ½  1 1 ½  1 ½  ½  1 ½  1  
2 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2788 1 *  ½  0 1 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 ½  1 8
3 Shirov, Alexei  ESP  2723 ½  ½  *  0 0 ½  ½  1 ½  1 ½  1 1 1 8
4 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2790 ½  1 1 *  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½   
5 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2708 ½  0 1 ½  *  0 ½  ½  ½  ½  1 1 1 ½   
6 Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  2720 0 ½  ½  ½  1 *  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 ½  ½  ½  7
7 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2749 0 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 ½  1 7
8 Leko, Peter  HUN  2739 ½  ½  0 ½  ½  ½  ½  *  ½  1 ½  0 ½  1  
9 Dominguez, Leinier  CUB  2712 0 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  1 ½   
10 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2675 ½  ½  0 ½  ½  ½  ½  0 ½  *  ½  ½  1 0  
11 Short, Nigel D  ENG  2696 ½  ½  ½  ½  0 0 ½  ½  ½  ½  *  0 ½  ½  5
12 Van Wely, Loek  NED  2641 0 0 0 ½  0 ½  0 1 ½  ½  1 *  1 0 5
13 Tiviakov, Sergei  NED  2662 ½  ½  0 ½  0 ½  ½  ½  0 0 ½  0 *  1  
14 Smeets, Jan  NED  2657 0 0 0 ½  ½  ½  0 0 ½  1 ½  1 0 *   

Group B
















1 Giri, Anish  NED  2588 *  ½  ½  ½  1 1 ½  1 1 0 1 ½  1 ½  9
2 Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER  2687 ½  *  ½  1 ½  0 ½  ½  ½  1 1 ½  1 1  
3 Ni Hua  CHN  2657 ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  ½  0 1 1 ½  ½  1 1 8
4 L'Ami, Erwin  NED  2615 ½  0 ½  *  ½  ½  1 1 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1  
5 So, Wesley  PHI  2656 0 ½  ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 1 1 ½   
6 Harikrishna, P  IND  2672 0 1 ½  ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  1 ½  0 ½  ½   
7 Negi, Parimarjan  IND  2621 ½  ½  ½  0 ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 0 1  
8 Howell, David W L  ENG  2606 0 ½  1 0 ½  ½  ½  *  0 ½  ½  1 1 0 6
9 Sutovsky, Emil  ISR  2657 0 ½  0 ½  ½  ½  ½  1 *  ½  ½  1 0 ½  6
10 Muzychuk, Anna  SLO  2523 1 0 0 ½  ½  0 ½  ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  ½   
11 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU  2681 0 0 ½  ½  0 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  *  ½  1 ½   
12 Reinderman, Dimitri  NED  2573 ½  ½  ½  ½  0 1 0 0 0 ½  ½  *  0 1 5
13 Nyback, Tomi  FIN  2643 0 0 0 ½  0 ½  1 0 1 ½  0 1 *  ½  5
14 Akobian, Varuzhan  USA  2628 ½  0 0 0 ½  ½  0 1 ½  ½  ½  0 ½  *   

Group C
















1 Li Chao CHN  2604 *  ½  ½  ½  1 1 1 0 ½  1 1 1 1 1 10
2 Gupta, Abhijeet  IND  2577 ½  *  0 1 1 ½  ½  1 1 ½  0 ½  1 1 8.5
3 Van Kampen, Robin  NED  2456 ½  1 *  0 1 1 ½  0 1 0 ½  ½  1 1 8
4 Vocaturo, Daniele  ITA  2495 ½  0 1 *  1 ½  0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 8
5 Robson, Ray  USA  2570 0 0 0 0 *  1 1 ½  1 ½  1 1 ½  1 7.5
6 Swinkels, Robin  NED  2495 0 ½  0 ½  0 *  1 1 ½  1 ½  ½  1 1 7.5
7 Bok, Benjamin  NED  2322 0 ½  ½  1 0 0 *  1 1 ½  0 1 ½  1 7
8 Grandelius, Nils  SWE  2515 1 0 1 0 ½  0 0 *  0 1 1 ½  1 0 6
9 Kuipers, Stefan  NED  2340 ½  0 0 1 0 ½  0 1 *  1 ½  0 1 ½  6
10 Muzychuk, Mariya  UKR  2447 0 ½  1 0 ½  0 ½  0 0 *  1 ½  1 1 6
11 Lie, Kjetil A  NOR  2547 0 1 ½  1 0 ½  1 0 ½  0 *  0 ½  ½  5.5
12 Peng Zhaoqin  NED  2402 0 ½  ½  0 0 ½  0 ½  1 ½  1 *  0 ½  5
13 Plukkel, Sjoerd  NED  2279 0 0 0 0 ½  0 ½  0 0 0 ½  1 *  ½  3
14 Soumya, Swaminathan  IND  2323 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½  0 ½  ½  ½  *  3

 

Selected games from the last round below.  All games are available at the official site.

 

 

 

 

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