Corus R3: Sharp opening battles

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Van Wely chatting with Aronian, just before his game against SmeetsThe third round of Corus 2009 promises to be full of razor sharp opening battles. Will Jan Smeets hold on to his leading position with the Botvinnik Variation? Just like yesterday, ChessVibes will provide regular updates and photos. Update added 17:45

Clearly, the game to start with is Loek van Wely vs. Jan Smeets: a very interesting Botvinnik Variation indeed! Smeets deviated from a rapid game Van Wely-Shirov, Monaco 2005 with 19...Bxe7 and produced a novelty on move 21: before, 21...Qc6 was always played in this position. Both players seems to follow Rybka's main line after this. Its evaluation, meaningless though it may be, is +.0.52 for White after 27.Re2! (Instead, Loek already chose for perpetual check.)

Another game to follow closely is Ivanchuk-Radjabov, where Black avoided the main lines by going for 9...Ne8, which was answered by the not so popular 10.a4; 12.Bg5 seems to be the new move here. And what to think of the tactical endgame Aronian and Stellwagen are playing? After 18 moves, a surprisingly dynamic balance seems to have been established. Carlsen-Movsesian is a very principled Bishops vs. Knights fight, reminiscent of some classic Chigorin games.

karjakin-wangyueIt looks like a tough round in general, with games that basically still have to start. Karjakin-Wang Yue and Adams-Dominguez are the always-exciting Sicilians of this round. Finally, today's Ruy Lopez comes from Movsesian Morozevich and Kamsky. That game is analysed live (in Russian) by Sergey Shipov.

Update 16:40

Two games that we were enthusiastic about, have already finished: Van Wely-Smeets and Aronian-Stellwagen. So, again, the Dutch stay out of trouble. Also, Carlsen-Movsesian was a relatively quick draw. Ivanchuk is gaining more and more space against Radjabov, but Black's position looks solid so far. Needless to say, the computer likes White in this kind of positions. Meanwhile, Kamsky has beaten Morozevich, who had made some very dubious decisions in the early middle game (17...Nxg4 and 19...exd4) and susequently had to pay the price. The American showed his game in the press room in record tempo, but we've got it on video. As to the other games in Group A, we''ll really have to wait until time-trouble sets in.

Short-l'AmiIn Group B, Short had an easy day against Erwin L'Ami, who never solved his opening problems. Again, it must be noted, ancient lines seem to do the trick! In an interview with ChessVibes, Short admitted he was extra motivated when he heard that L'Ami is actually Cheparinov's second... And just like last year, this little bit of extra went fine for the Englishman.  

Update 17:45

Radjabov caused the first real shock of the day by suddenly beating Ivanchuk with Black. It seems Ivanchuk simply blundered in time trouble (38.Rxc7?? instead of 38.Rg3 which is OK according to the computer) but admittedly, the position was so complicated that Radjabov definitely deserves credit for it. Meanwhile, Adams is still pushing against Dominguez; Karjakin-Wang Yue is still going on, too. Here we find it impossible to say who's better. (In the end, both games ended in a draw.)

Kasimdzhanov proved his good form by scoring another fine victory in Group B, and in C, of course, Ali Bitalzadeh's win over Gupta cannot go unnoticed on our site. Manuel Bosboom, who must be the most popular Dutchman in all three groups, retains his leading position in Group C by drawing Romanishin with Black. He was joined by ICC qualifier Eduardo Iturrizaga, who's also on 2.5/3.

 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  
V. Ivanchuk - M. Carlsen  
S. Karjakin - D. Stellwagen  
L. van Wely - T. Radjabov  
G. Kamsky - Wang Yue  
M. Adams - J. Smeets  
L. Dominguez - A. Morozevich  
Round 6 - Friday 23.01.2009
S. Movsesian - A. Morozevich  
J. Smeets - L. Dominguez  
Wang Yue - M. Adams  
T. Radjabov - G. Kamsky  
D. Stellwagen - L. van Wely  
M. Carlsen - S. Karjakin  
L. Aronian - V. Ivanchuk  
Round 7 - Saturday 24.01.2009
V. Ivanchuk - S. Movsesian  
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  
Round 8 - Sunday 25.01.2009
S. Movsesian - J. Smeets  
Wang Yue - A. Morozevich  
T. Radjabov - L. Dominguez  
D. Stellwagen - M. Adams  
M. Carlsen - G. Kamsky  
L. Aronian - L. van Wely  
V. Ivanchuk - S. Karjakin  
Round 9 - Tuesday 27.01.2009
S. Karjakin - S. Movsesian  
L. van Wely - V. Ivanchuk  
G. Kamsky - L. Aronian  
M. Adams - M. Carlsen  
L. Dominguez - D. Stellwagen  
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  
L. Aronian - M. Adams  
V. Ivanchuk - G. Kamsky  
S. Karjakin - L. van Wely  
Round 11 - Friday 30.01.2009
L. van Wely - S. Movsesian  
G. Kamsky - S. Karjakin  
M. Adams - V. Ivanchuk  
L. Dominguez - L. Aronian  
A. Morozevich - M. Carlsen  
J. Smeets - D. Stellwagen  
Wang Yue - T. Radjabov  
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=567]

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  
J. Werle - A. Motylev  
F. Vallejo Pons - H. Mecking  
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  
A. Volokitin - Hou Yifan  
H. Mecking - E. l'Ami  
A. Motylev - F. Vallejo Pons  
D. Navara - J. Werle  
Z. Efimenko - F. Caruana  
Round 6 - Friday 23.01.2009
R. Kasimdzhanov - F. Caruana  
J. Werle - Z. Efimenko  
F. Vallejo Pons - D. Navara  
E. l'Ami - A. Motylev  
Hou Yifan - H. Mecking  
K. Sasikiran - A. Volokitin  
D. Reinderman - N. Short  
Round 7 - Saturday 24.01.2009
N. Short - R. Kasimdzhanov  
A. Volokitin - D. Reinderman  
H. Mecking - K. Sasikiran  
A. Motylev - Hou Yifan  
D. Navara - E. l'Ami  
Z. Efimenko - F. Vallejo Pons  
F. Caruana - J. Werle  
Round 8 - Sunday 25.01.2009
R. Kasimdzhanov - J. Werle  
F. Vallejo Pons - F. Caruana  
E. l'Ami - Z. Efimenko  
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  
Z. Efimenko - Hou Yifan  
F. Caruana - E. l'Ami  
J. Werle - F. Vallejo Pons  
Round 10 - Wednesday 28.01.2009
R. Kasimdzhanov - F. Vallejo Pons  
E. l'Ami - J. Werle  
Hou Yifan - F. Caruana  
K. Sasikiran - Z. Efimenko  
D. Reinderman - D. Navara  
N. Short - A. Motylev  
A. Volokitin - H. Mecking  
Round 11 - Friday 30.01.2009
H. Mecking - R. Kasimdzhanov  
A. Motylev - A. Volokitin  
D. Navara - N. Short  
Z. Efimenko - D. Reinderman  
F. Caruana - K. Sasikiran  
J. Werle - Hou Yifan  
F. Vallejo Pons - E. l'Ami  
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=568]

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  
A. Bitalzadeh - E. Iturrizaga  
W. So - A. Gupta  
M. Bosboom - A. Giri  
T. Hillarp Persson - O. Romanishin  
D. Howell - F. Nijboer  
Round 5 - Thursday 22.01.2009
F. Nijboer - R. Pruijssers  
O. Romanishin - D. Howell  
A. Giri - T. Hillarp Persson  
A. Gupta - M. Bosboom  
E. Iturrizaga - W. So  
M. Leon Hoyos - A. Bitalzadeh  
D. Harika - F. Holzke  
Round 6 - Friday 23.01.2009
R. Pruijssers - F. Holzke  
A. Bitalzadeh - D. Harika  
W. So - M. Leon Hoyos  
M. Bosboom - E. Iturrizaga  
T. Hillarp Persson - A. Gupta  
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  
E. Iturrizaga - T. Hillarp Persson  
M. Leon Hoyos - M. Bosboom  
D. Harika - W. So  
F. Holzke - A. Bitalzadeh  
Round 8 - Sunday 25.01.2009
R. Pruijssers - A. Bitalzadeh  
W. So - F. Holzke  
M. Bosboom - D. Harika  
T. Hillarp Persson - M. Leon Hoyos  
D. Howell - E. Iturrizaga  
F. Nijboer - A. Gupta  
O. Romanishin - A. Giri  
Round 9 - Tuesday 27.01.2009
A. Giri - R. Pruijssers  
A. Gupta - O. Romanishin  
E. Iturrizaga - F. Nijboer  
M. Leon Hoyos - D. Howell  
D. Harika - T. Hillarp Persson  
F. Holzke - M. Bosboom  
A. Bitalzadeh - W. So  
Round 10 - Wednesday 28.01.2009
R. Pruijssers - W. So  
M. Bosboom - A. Bitalzadeh  
T. Hillarp Persson - F. Holzke  
D. Howell - D. Harika  
F. Nijboer - M. Leon Hoyos  
O. Romanishin - E. Iturrizaga  
A. Giri - A. Gupta  
Round 11 - Friday 30.01.2009
A. Gupta - R. Pruijssers  
E. Iturrizaga - A. Giri  
M. Leon Hoyos - O. Romanishin  
D. Harika - F. Nijboer  
F. Holzke - D. Howell  
A. Bitalzadeh - T. Hillarp Persson  
W. So - M. Bosboom  
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=569]

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