Kramnik Beats Carlsen At Corus

Kramnik Beats Carlsen At Corus

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jan 26, 2010, 12:45 PM |
34 | Chess Event Coverage

Magnus Carlsen joked humorously on Facebook that he would "crush Kramnik like a bug", but it was the former world champion who won their epic round nine clash at Corus.

Both players went for the win, but as the first time control approached Kramnik (pictured) sacrificed a pawn and then the exchange in Carlsen's rare time trouble and the game was over.

Kramnik therefore joins Alexei Shirov as joint leader on 6.5/9.

Elsewhere, Hikaru Nakamura lost for the second round in a row to defending champion Sergey Karjakin who passes him on the leaderboard.  Karjakin is undefeated and still has a chance to retain his title.

Jan Smeets finally had something to smile about, winning against Fabiano Caruana, but he still props up the leaderboard since Loek Van Wely also won today against Peter Leko.

In the 'B' Group wonderkid Anish Giri finally lost a game today against Anna Muzychuk, but he still heads the field on 6.5/9. Ni Hua and Erwin L'Ami won their games to close the gap to half a point.

In the 'C' Group, top seed Li Chao defeated Ray Robson to wrest the lead away from the young American.  Only one game in the group was drawn on a thrilling day.

The results in round 9:

Group A

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

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

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

 

The standings after round 9:


Group A


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

Group B


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

Group C


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

 

Selected games are below.  All games are available at the official site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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