Kramnik Beats Nakamura At Corus

Kramnik Beats Nakamura At Corus

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jan 24, 2010, 12:50 PM |
35 | Chess Event Coverage

Round eight at Corus 2010 matched up the leading players against one another in crucial encounters.

Vladimir Kramnik (pictured) had to play accurately in the early stages against Nakamura's Dutch defence, but he emerged unscathed and fought back for a memorable and deserved win.

The other major clash of the day was between leader Alexei Shirov and Magnus Carlsen.  Both players were out for blood, but could not avoid an eventual repetition of moves to share the points.

On an eventful day, Peter Leko won for the second time.  Jan Smeets was his victim, as he has been for many others, and remains rooted at the bottom of the table.

Fabiano Caruana recovered some ground from two previous losses by overcoming Sergei Tiviakov's Centre Counter defence.

The other Sergey - Karjakin, ended his string of seven draws by beating Nigel Short to leave world champion Vishy Anand as the only player who has yet to win or lose a game.

In the 'B' Group, the two winners from yesterday clashed today and Anish Giri defeated David Howell to extend his lead to a comfortable one and a half points once again.  At the other end of the table, Dmitri Reinderman beat Varuzhan Akobian to leapfrog past him out of last place.

Group 'B' also delivered the longest game of the day, with Pental Harikrishna making Erwin L'Ami sweat until finally agreeing a draw on move 127.

Monday is a rest day, so round 9 is on Tuesday.

The full results in round 8:

Group A

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

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

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


The standings after round 8:


Group A


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

Group B


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

Group C


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

 

Selected games from the round:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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