Corus Round 8: Movsesian Takes Sole Lead

Corus Round 8: Movsesian Takes Sole Lead

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jan 25, 2009, 12:37 PM |
6 | Chess Event Coverage

 *Moro has a lot to think about...

Sergey Movsesian leads the A Group at Corus after former co-leader Karjakin was soundly beaten by his countryman Ivanchuk in round 8.

The only other decisive game of the round was Wang Yue's victory over a badly out-of-sorts Morozevich (pictured) who now languishes in last place with a desperate +2 =1 -5 record so far.

In the B Group, Italian-American prodigy Fabiano Caurana suffered a setback, losing to Vallejo Pons in a Sicilian Rauzer.  Nigel Short hung on grimly in a worse position against Volokitin to ensure a draw which maintained his half-point lead at the top of the leader-board.  Dutchman Erwin L'Ami won the only other game of the round in the B Group, overcoming Efimenko to join him on an even score of 4/8 in the middle of the standings.

In the C Group, Hillarp Persson won again to pull a full point clear of the field on an impressive 6/8, a full point clear of his nearest rival Wesley So, who lost today after blundering a piece in the endgame when pressing for a win.  For the second time in the C Group, only one game in the round was drawn.  The draw percentage for the group is only 36%!

The full results in round 8:

A Group



Movsesian, Sergei   Smeets, Jan   ½-½   32 Petroff's Defence
Aronian, Levon  Van Wely, Loek ½-½  50 Slav Defence
Radjabov, Teimour  Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½  14 English Symmetrical
Carlsen, Magnus  Kamsky, Gata ½-½  16 Slav Defence
Stellwagen, Daniel  Adams, Michael ½-½  29 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
Ivanchuk, Vassily  Karjakin, Sergey 1-0  41 Sicilian Najdorf
Wang Yue  Morozevich, Alexander 1-0  45 Gruenfeld Defence
B Group



Short, Nigel D   Volokitin, Andrei   ½-½   57 Four Knights
Vallejo Pons, Francisco  Caruana, Fabiano 1-0  30 Sicilian Rauzer
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  Werle, Jan ½-½  72 Ruy Lopez
L'Ami, Erwin  Efimenko, Zahar 1-0  66 Nimzo Indian
Sasikiran, Krishnan  Motylev, Alexander ½-½  32 Slav Defence
Hou Yifan  Navara, David ½-½  31 Sicilian Scheveningen
Reinderman, Dimitri  Mecking, Henrique ½-½  28 Ruy Lopez Exchange
C Group



Hillarp Persson, Tiger   Leon Hoyos, Manuel   1-0   44 Nimzo Indian
So, Wesley  Holzke, Frank 0-1  42 Ruy Lopez
Bosboom, Manuel  Harika, Dronavalli ½-½  20 English Symmetrical
Howell, David W L  Iturrizaga, Eduardo 1-0  41 Caro Kann Panov
Nijboer, Friso  Gupta, Abhijeet 1-0  36 Ruy Lopez Closed
Pruijssers, Roeland  Bitalzadeh, Ali 1-0  23 Sicilian Najdorf
Romanishin, Oleg M  Giri, Anish 0-1  98 Unclassified (A05)


The standings after round 8:


A GROUP


1 Movsesian, Sergei   SVK   2751 5
2 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2750  
3 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2761  
4 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2717  
5 Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  2706  
6 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2776 4
7 Smeets, Jan  NED  2601 4
8 Van Wely, Loek  NED  2625 4
9 Adams, Michael  ENG  2712 4
10 Kamsky, Gata  USA  2725 4
11 Stellwagen, Daniel  NED  2612  
12 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2779  
13 Wang Yue  CHN  2739  
14 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2771  

B GROUP


1 Short, Nigel D   ENG   2663   
2 Volokitin, Andrei  UKR  2671 5
3 Motylev, Alexander  RUS  2676 5
4 Navara, David  CZE  2638  
5 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2646  
6 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP  2702  
7 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2687  
8 Efimenko, Zahar  UKR  2688 4
9 L'Ami, Erwin  NED  2603 4
10 Sasikiran, Krishnan  IND  2711 3
11 Werle, Jan  NED  2607 3
12 Hou Yifan  CHN  2571 3
13 Reinderman, Dimitri  NED  2549 3
14 Mecking, Henrique  BRA  2567  

C GROUP


1 Hillarp Persson, Tiger   SWE   2586 6
2 So, Wesley  PHI  2627 5
3 Gupta, Abhijeet  IND  2569  
4 Holzke, Frank  GER  2524  
5 Bosboom, Manuel  NED  2418  
6 Howell, David W L  ENG  2622  
7 Harika, Dronavalli  IND  2473 4
8 Nijboer, Friso  NED  2560  
9 Pruijssers, Roeland  NED  2444  
10 Bitalzadeh, Ali  NED  2400  
11 Giri, Anish  RUS  2469 3
12 Romanishin, Oleg M  UKR  2533 3
13 Leon Hoyos, Manuel  MEX  2542 3
14 Iturrizaga, Eduardo  VEN  2528  


*Photo of Alexander Morozevich courtesy of Peter Doggers at ChessVibes.


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