Corus R11: four share the lead; Giri grandmaster at 14

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Dominguez-AronianThe Corus Chess Tournament awaits an exciting weekend with no less than four players sharing the lead after eleven rounds: Aronian, Dominguez, Movsesian and Radjabov. In the C Group, 14-year-old Anish Giri achieved his 3rd GM norm and with a rating easily over 2500, he can be called a grandmaster as from today.

Naturally Dominguez-Aronian was a key game in today's round. Dominguez showed excellent preparation in the 8.d4 gambit line that avoids the Marshall Gambit (not opting for the Berlin Wall, Aronian was clearly happy with a draw today). The Cuban GM thought 13.Bd5 to be a novelty, but actually 14...Be6 was the first new move. Aronian needed lots of thinking from that moment on, and could have tried 19...c5!? 20.Be5 Bxe5 21.Rxe5 Bxg2 although Dominguez felt it to be better for White too. An important moment was move 25 were Re8-e5 is probably an improvement; in the game White's knight got back into play immediately and this was decisive. Dominguez explained the game in today's press conference which will be posted later.

wangyue_radjabovWang Yue looked a bit tired before the start of the game, and indeed during the decisive phase he seemed to be missing some important tactics. His 15.Bg4 was new and positionally motivated. A few moves later he was about to get the famous grand knight on e4 versus the silly g7 bishop, but Radjabov was in time to sacrifice a pawn and open the long diagonal. In timetrouble, the Chinese played a few inaccurate moves and after the time control the ending was already difficult for him.

In an English game with a typical reversed-Closed Sicilian structure, Van Wely got a promising position but couldn't do much with it. In a very complicated middlegame the chances were probably about even but the ending already looked unpleasant. Movsesian first missed 37...g3! but ater 39.Ne5? he got a second chance.

Gata KamskyThe fourth winner in the A group was Kamsky - the American shattered Karjakin's hopes in a reversed Slav. "I wanted to go for something off-beat, because the guy is absolutely brutally prepared in the opening,", Kamsky explained his first few moves. (Now we're really curious what he will come up with against Topalov!) Karjakin probably missed that 14...Ng4 is answered by 15.Qb3! which is very annoying. After that "every tempo was very important," Kamsky continued, "After 16.b5 White has a comfortable advantage and 17...b6 was probably the crucial mistake as it opens the diagonal, after which Black couldn't hold the center anymore."

The other three games were draws of which Morozevich-Carlsen was the most interesting. In the end it looked like some kind of psychological fight. ("So you thought you were going to give perpetual today, right? Well, you're not - I am!")

And so it's Aronian, Dominguez, Movsesian and Radjabov in the lead. Tomorrow it's Movsesian-Radjabov while Aronian faces Morozevich with White and Dominguez has to take on Ivanchuk with the black pieces. On Sunday, Movsesian plays Kamsky and it's Dominguez versus Karjakin while Aronian and Radjabov meet Dutchies Smeets and Stellwagen respectively.

giriMany decisive games also in the B group today but Nigel Short again managed to retain his half-a-point lead. He beat one of his closest rivals, Navara, but still has Caruana and Kasimdzhanov chasing him. Tomorrow Short has White against Efimenko and in the last round it's all or nothing with Black against Caruana.

In the C group, Hillarp Persson lost his game against Bitalzadeh, and with it his lead in the standings. So is now half a point clear after beating Bosboom. And guess who are playing each other tomorrow in the penultimate round: it's Hillarp Persson-So!

But let's not forget what was arguably the biggest story of today: Anish Giri beat Eduardo Iturrizaga and in doing so, he scored his third grandmaster norm in less than a year! His virtual rating is 2528 so as from today Giri can be called a grandmaster! At 14 years, 7 months and 2 days, he's the 12th youngest grandmaster in history:



































No.
 Player
Nat.
years
months
days
year
 Sergey Karjakin
UKR
12
7
0
2002
 Parimarjan Negi
IND
13
3
22
2006
 Magnus Carlsen
NOR
13
3
27
2004
 Bu Xiangzhi
CHN
13
10
13
1999
 Teimour Radjabov
AZE
14
0
14
2001
 Ruslan Ponomaryov 
UKR
14
0
17
1997
 Wesley So
PHI
14
1
28
2007
 Etienne Bacrot
FRA
14
2
0
1997
 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
FRA
14
4
0
2005
10 
 Peter Leko
HUN
14
4
22
1994
11 
 Hou Yifan
CHN
14
6
2


2008
12 
 Anish Giri
RUS
14
7
2
2009
13 
 Yuri Kuzubov
UKR
14
7
12
2004
14 
 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 
VIE
14
10
0
2004
15 
 Fabiano Caruana
ITA
14
11
20
2007
16 
 Koneru Humpy
IND
15
1
27
2002
17 
 Hikaru Nakamura
USA
15
2
19
2003
18 
 Pentala Harikrishna
IND
15
3
5
2001
19
 Judit Polgar
HUN
15
4
28
1991
20
 Alejandro Ramirez
CRI
15
5
14
2003
21
 Bobby Fischer
USA
15
6
1
1958

(Data courtesy of Chessbase)



Here are all of today's games for replay:

GM Group A

GM Group B

GM Group C

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Schedule & results Grandmaster Group A

Round 1 - Saturday 17.01.2009
D. Stellwagen - S. Movsesian ¬?-¬?
M. Carlsen - T. Radjabov ¬?-¬?
L. Aronian - Wang Yue ¬?-¬?
V. Ivanchuk - J. Smeets 0-1
S. Karjakin - A. Morozevich 1-0
L. van Wely - L. Dominguez ¬?-¬?
G. Kamsky - M. Adams ¬?-¬?
Round 2 - Sunday 18.01.2009
S. Movsesian - M. Adams 1-0
L. Dominguez - G. Kamsky ¬?-¬?
A. Morozevich - L. van Wely 1-0
J. Smeets - S. Karjakin ¬?-¬?
Wang Yue - V. Ivanchuk 0-1
T. Radjabov - L. Aronian ¬?-¬?
D. Stellwagen - M. Carlsen ¬?-¬?


Round 3 - Monday 19.01.2009
M. Carlsen - S. Movsesian ¬?-¬?
L. Aronian - D. Stellwagen ¬?-¬?
V. Ivanchuk - T. Radjabov 0-1
S. Karjakin - Wang Yue ¬?-¬?
L. van Wely - J. Smeets ¬?-¬?
G. Kamsky - A. Morozevich 1-0
M. Adams - L. Dominguez ¬?-¬?
Round 4 - Tuesday 20.01.2009
S. Movsesian - L. Dominguez ¬?-¬?
A. Morozevich - M. Adams ¬?-¬?
J. Smeets - G. Kamsky ¬?-¬?
Wang Yue - L. van Wely ¬?-¬?
T. Radjabov - S. Karjakin ¬?-¬?
D. Stellwagen - V. Ivanchuk ¬?-¬?
M. Carlsen - L. Aronian ¬?-¬?
Round 5 - Thursday 22.01.2009
L. Aronian - S. Movsesian 1-0
V. Ivanchuk - M. Carlsen ¬?-¬?
S. Karjakin - D. Stellwagen 1-0
L. van Wely - T. Radjabov 1-0
G. Kamsky - Wang Yue ¬?-¬?
M. Adams - J. Smeets ¬?-¬?
L. Dominguez - A. Morozevich 1-0
Round 6 - Friday 23.01.2009
S. Movsesian - A. Morozevich 1-0
J. Smeets - L. Dominguez ¬?-¬?
Wang Yue - M. Adams 0-1
T. Radjabov - G. Kamsky 1-0
D. Stellwagen - L. van Wely ¬?-¬?
M. Carlsen - S. Karjakin ¬?-¬?
L. Aronian - V. Ivanchuk ¬?-¬?
Round 7 - Saturday 24.01.2009
V. Ivanchuk - S. Movsesian 0-1
S. Karjakin - L. Aronian ¬?-¬?
L. van Wely - M. Carlsen ¬?-¬?
G. Kamsky - D. Stellwagen ¬?-¬?
M. Adams - T. Radjabov ¬?-¬?
L. Dominguez - Wang Yue ¬?-¬?
A. Morozevich - J. Smeets 1-0




Round 8 - Sunday 25.01.2009
S. Movsesian - J. Smeets ¬?-¬?
Wang Yue - A. Morozevich 1-0
T. Radjabov - L. Dominguez ¬?-¬?
D. Stellwagen - M. Adams ¬?-¬?
M. Carlsen - G. Kamsky ¬?-¬?
L. Aronian - L. van Wely ¬?-¬?
V. Ivanchuk - S. Karjakin 1-0
Round 9 - Tuesday 27.01.2009
S. Karjakin - S. Movsesian 1-0
L. van Wely - V. Ivanchuk ¬?-¬?
G. Kamsky - L. Aronian 0-1
M. Adams - M. Carlsen ¬?-¬?
L. Dominguez - D. Stellwagen 1-0
A. Morozevich - T. Radjabov ¬?-¬?
J. Smeets - Wang Yue ¬?-¬?
Round 10 - Wednesday 28.01.2009
S. Movsesian - Wang Yue ¬?-¬?
T. Radjabov - J. Smeets ¬?-¬?
D. Stellwagen - A. Morozevich ¬?-¬?
M. Carlsen - L. Dominguez 1-0
L. Aronian - M. Adams 1-0
V. Ivanchuk - G. Kamsky ¬?-¬?
S. Karjakin - L. van Wely ¬?-¬?
Round 11 - Friday 30.01.2009
L. van Wely - S. Movsesian 0-1
G. Kamsky - S. Karjakin 1-0
M. Adams - V. Ivanchuk ¬?-¬?
L. Dominguez - L. Aronian 1-0
A. Morozevich - M. Carlsen ¬?-¬?
J. Smeets - D. Stellwagen ¬?-¬?
Wang Yue - T. Radjabov 0-1
Round 12 - Saturday 31.01.2009
S. Movsesian - T. Radjabov
D. Stellwagen - Wang Yue
M. Carlsen - J. Smeets
L. Aronian - A. Morozevich
V. Ivanchuk - L. Dominguez
S. Karjakin - M. Adams
L. van Wely - G. Kamsky
Round 13 - Sunday 1.02.2009
G. Kamsky - S. Movsesian
M. Adams - L. van Wely
L. Dominguez - S. Karjakin
A. Morozevich - V. Ivanchuk
J. Smeets - L. Aronian
Wang Yue - M. Carlsen
T. Radjabov - D. Stellwagen
[TABLE=594]

Schedule & results Grandmaster Group B

Round 1 - Saturday 17.01.2009
Hou Yifan - R. Kasimdzhanov 0-1
K. Sasikiran - E. l'Ami ¬?-¬?
D. Reinderman - F. Vallejo Pons 0-1
N. Short - J. Werle ¬?-¬?
A. Volokitin - F. Caruana ¬?-¬?
H. Mecking - Z. Efimenko 0-1
A. Motylev - D. Navara 0-1
Round 2 - Sunday 18.01.2009
R. Kasimdzhanov - D. Navara ¬?-¬?
Z. Efimenko - A. Motylev ¬?-¬?
F. Caruana - H. Mecking 1-0
J. Werle - A. Volokitin ¬?-¬?
F. Vallejo Pons - N. Short 0-1
E. l'Ami - D. Reinderman ¬?-¬?
Hou Yifan - K. Sasikiran 1-0
Round 3 - Monday 19.01.2009
K. Sasikiran - R. Kasimdzhanov 0-1
D. Reinderman - Hou Yifan 1-0
N. Short - E. l'Ami 1-0
A. Volokitin - F. Vallejo Pons ¬?-¬?
H. Mecking - J. Werle ¬?-¬?
A. Motylev - F. Caruana ¬?-¬?
D. Navara - Z. Efimenko 1-0
Round 4 - Tuesday 20.01.2009
R. Kasimdzhanov - Z. Efimenko ¬?-¬?
F. Caruana - D. Navara 1-0
J. Werle - A. Motylev 0-1
F. Vallejo Pons - H. Mecking 1-0
E. l'Ami - A. Volokitin ¬?-¬?
Hou Yifan - N. Short ¬?-¬?
K. Sasikiran - D. Reinderman ¬?-¬?
Round 5 - Thursday 22.01.2009
D. Reinderman - R. Kasimdzhanov ¬?-¬?
N. Short - K. Sasikiran 0-1
A. Volokitin - Hou Yifan 1-0
H. Mecking - E. l'Ami ¬?-¬?
A. Motylev - F. Vallejo Pons ¬?-¬?
D. Navara - J. Werle ¬?-¬?
Z. Efimenko - F. Caruana 1-0
Round 6 - Friday 23.01.2009
R. Kasimdzhanov - F. Caruana ¬?-¬?
J. Werle - Z. Efimenko ¬?-¬?
F. Vallejo Pons - D. Navara 0-1
E. l'Ami - A. Motylev 0-1
Hou Yifan - H. Mecking 1-0
K. Sasikiran - A. Volokitin ¬?-¬?
D. Reinderman - N. Short 0-1
Round 7 - Saturday 24.01.2009
N. Short - R. Kasimdzhanov 1-0
A. Volokitin - D. Reinderman 1-0
H. Mecking - K. Sasikiran 1-0
A. Motylev - Hou Yifan 1-0
D. Navara - E. l'Ami 0-1
Z. Efimenko - F. Vallejo Pons ¬?-¬?
F. Caruana - J. Werle 1-0
Round 8 - Sunday 25.01.2009
R. Kasimdzhanov - J. Werle ¬?-¬?
F. Vallejo Pons - F. Caruana 1-0
E. l'Ami - Z. Efimenko 1-0
Hou Yifan - D. Navara ¬?-¬?
K. Sasikiran - A. Motylev ¬?-¬?
D. Reinderman - H. Mecking ¬?-¬?
N. Short - A. Volokitin ¬?-¬?
Round 9 - Tuesday 27.01.2009
A. Volokitin - R. Kasimdzhanov ¬?-¬?
H. Mecking - N. Short ¬?-¬?
A. Motylev - D. Reinderman ¬?-¬?
D. Navara - K. Sasikiran 1-0
Z. Efimenko - Hou Yifan ¬?-¬?
F. Caruana - E. l'Ami 1-0
J. Werle - F. Vallejo Pons 0-1


Round 10 - Wednesday 28.01.2009
R. Kasimdzhanov - F. Vallejo Pons 1-0
E. l'Ami - J. Werle 1-0
Hou Yifan - F. Caruana ¬?-¬?
K. Sasikiran - Z. Efimenko 0-1
D. Reinderman - D. Navara ¬?-¬?
N. Short - A. Motylev ¬?-¬?
A. Volokitin - H. Mecking ¬?-¬?
Round 11 - Friday 30.01.2009
H. Mecking - R. Kasimdzhanov 0-1
A. Motylev - A. Volokitin ¬?-¬?
D. Navara - N. Short 0-1
Z. Efimenko - D. Reinderman 0-1
F. Caruana - K. Sasikiran 1-0
J. Werle - Hou Yifan ¬?-¬?
F. Vallejo Pons - E. l'Ami 1-0
Round 12 - Saturday 31.01.2009
R. Kasimdzhanov - E. l'Ami
Hou Yifan - F. Vallejo Pons
K. Sasikiran - J. Werle
D. Reinderman - F. Caruana
N. Short - Z. Efimenko
A. Volokitin - D. Navara
H. Mecking - A. Motylev
Round 13 - Sunday 1.02.2009
A. Motylev - R. Kasimdzhanov
D. Navara - H. Mecking
Z. Efimenko - A. Volokitin
F. Caruana - N. Short
J. Werle - D. Reinderman
F. Vallejo Pons - K. Sasikiran
E. l'Ami - Hou Yifan
[TABLE=595]

Schedule & results Grandmaster Group C

Round 1 - Saturday 17.01.2009
T. Hillarp Persson - R. Pruijssers ¬?-¬?
D. Howell - M. Bosboom 0-1
F. Nijboer - W. So 0-1
O. Romanishin - A. Bitalzadeh 1-0
A. Giri - F. Holzke ¬?-¬?
A. Gupta - D. Harika 0-1
E. Iturrizaga - M. Leon Hoyos 1-0
Round 2 - Sunday 18.01.2009
R. Pruijssers - M. Leon Hoyos 1-0
D. Harika - E. Iturrizaga ¬?-¬?
F. Holzke - A. Gupta ¬?-¬?
A. Bitalzadeh - A. Giri ¬?-¬?
W. So - O. Romanishin ¬?-¬?
M. Bosboom - F. Nijboer 1-0
T. Hillarp Persson - D. Howell 1-0
Round 3 - Monday 19.01.2009
D. Howell - R. Pruijssers 1-0
F. Nijboer - T. Hillarp Persson ¬?-¬?
O. Romanishin - M. Bosboom ¬?-¬?
A. Giri - W. So ¬?-¬?
A. Gupta - A. Bitalzadeh 0-1
E. Iturrizaga - F. Holzke 1-0
M. Leon Hoyos - D. Harika 1-0
Round 4 - Tuesday 20.01.2009
R. Pruijssers - D. Harika ¬?-¬?
F. Holzke - M. Leon Hoyos 1-0
A. Bitalzadeh - E. Iturrizaga 1-0
W. So - A. Gupta ¬?-¬?
M. Bosboom - A. Giri ¬?-¬?
T. Hillarp Persson - O. Romanishin 1-0
D. Howell - F. Nijboer 1-0
Round 5 - Thursday 22.01.2009
F. Nijboer - R. Pruijssers 1-0
O. Romanishin - D. Howell 0-1
A. Giri - T. Hillarp Persson 0-1
A. Gupta - M. Bosboom 1-0
E. Iturrizaga - W. So 0-1
M. Leon Hoyos - A. Bitalzadeh 1-0
D. Harika - F. Holzke ¬?-¬?


Round 6 - Friday 23.01.2009
R. Pruijssers - F. Holzke 0-1
A. Bitalzadeh - D. Harika ¬?-¬?
W. So - M. Leon Hoyos 1-0
M. Bosboom - E. Iturrizaga 1-0
T. Hillarp Persson - A. Gupta 0-1
D. Howell - A. Giri ¬?-¬?
F. Nijboer - O. Romanishin ¬?-¬?
Round 7 - Saturday 24.01.2009
O. Romanishin - R. Pruijssers ¬?-¬?
A. Giri - F. Nijboer ¬?-¬?
A. Gupta - D. Howell 1-0
E. Iturrizaga - T. Hillarp Persson 0-1
M. Leon Hoyos - M. Bosboom 1-0
D. Harika - W. So ¬?-¬?
F. Holzke - A. Bitalzadeh ¬?-¬?
Round 8 - Sunday 25.01.2009
R. Pruijssers - A. Bitalzadeh 1-0
W. So - F. Holzke 0-1
M. Bosboom - D. Harika ¬?-¬?
T. Hillarp Persson - M. Leon Hoyos 1-0
D. Howell - E. Iturrizaga 1-0
F. Nijboer - A. Gupta 1-0
O. Romanishin - A. Giri 0-1
Round 9 - Tuesday 27.01.2009
A. Giri - R. Pruijssers 1-0
A. Gupta - O. Romanishin 1-0
E. Iturrizaga - F. Nijboer 1-0
M. Leon Hoyos - D. Howell 0-1
D. Harika - T. Hillarp Persson ¬?-¬?
F. Holzke - M. Bosboom 1-0
A. Bitalzadeh - W. So 0-1
Round 10 - Wednesday 28.01.2009
R. Pruijssers - W. So 0-1
M. Bosboom - A. Bitalzadeh 1-0
T. Hillarp Persson - F. Holzke 1-0
D. Howell - D. Harika 0-1
F. Nijboer - M. Leon Hoyos 0-1
O. Romanishin - E. Iturrizaga 0-1
A. Giri - A. Gupta 1-0
Round 11 - Friday 30.01.2009
A. Gupta - R. Pruijssers 0-1
E. Iturrizaga - A. Giri 0-1
M. Leon Hoyos - O. Romanishin 1-0
D. Harika - F. Nijboer 0-1
F. Holzke - D. Howell ¬?-¬?
A. Bitalzadeh - T. Hillarp Persson 1-0
W. So - M. Bosboom 1-0


Round 12 - Saturday 31.01.2009
R. Pruijssers - M. Bosboom
T. Hillarp Persson - W. So
D. Howell - A. Bitalzadeh
F. Nijboer - F. Holzke
O. Romanishin - D. Harika
A. Giri - M. Leon Hoyos
A. Gupta - E. Iturrizaga
Round 13 - Sunday 1.02.2009
E. Iturrizaga - R. Pruijssers
M. Leon Hoyos - A. Gupta
D. Harika - A. Giri
F. Holzke - O. Romanishin
A. Bitalzadeh - F. Nijboer
W. So - D. Howell
M. Bosboom - T. Hillarp Persson
[TABLE=596]

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