Karjakin Takes Sole Lead At Corus

Karjakin Takes Sole Lead At Corus

SonofPearl
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Jan 22, 2009, 12:05 PM |
7 | Chess Event Coverage

Sergey Karjakin (pictured) pulled off his second win in an exciting fifth round in Wijk Aan Zee to take the sole lead in the A Group on 3.5/5.  His victim was Daniel Stellwagen in a Sicilian Taiminov.

A better result for the home players came when Van Wely destroyed Radjabov's favourite King's Indian defence in just 31 moves.

The much anticipated clash between Ivanchuk and Carlsen only lasted 24 moves and ended in a repetition of moves - a curious encounter.

Other wins in the A Group went to Aronian and Dominguez who beat Movsesian and Morozevich respectively.  Morozevich now finds himself at the bottom of the leaderboard on a very disappointing 1.5/5.

The results in Round 5:

Karjakin, Sergey   Stellwagen, Daniel   1-0   52 Sicilian Paulsen
Aronian, Levon  Movsesian, Sergei 1-0  58 Slav Defence
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  Morozevich, Alexander 1-0  36 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Kamsky, Gata  Wang Yue ½-½  24 Petroff's Defence
Van Wely, Loek  Radjabov, Teimour 1-0  31 King's Indian Classical
Adams, Michael  Smeets, Jan ½-½  39 Petroff's Defence
Ivanchuk, Vassily  Carlsen, Magnus ½-½  24 Ruy Lopez Chigorin


The standings after round 5:

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


In the B Group, two of the joint leaders from the previous round, Nigel Short and Fabiano Caruana, lost for the first time in the tournament.  Sasikiran got the much needed win against Short and Efimenko beat Caruana in an attractive game.  The sole lead now lies with the popular former FIDE World Champion, Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

Group C continues to be full of excitement, with round 5 being an absolute bloodbath, with only one game being drawn!  The winners included Wesley So and David Howell, but it is Tiger Hillarp Persson from Sweden who leads on a very impressive 4/5.

The standings in the B and C Groups:


B Group


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

C Group


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

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