Shirov Goes 4/4 At Corus

Shirov Goes 4/4 At Corus

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jan 19, 2010, 11:40 AM |
17 | Chess Event Coverage

Vassily_ivanchuk3.jpgAlexei Shirov extended his lead at the 2010 Corus tournament by recording his fourth win in as many games to reach 4 points out of 4.

Shirov's victim today was Jan Smeets, who blundered with 33. Rcd8?? and now becomes the cellar-dweller with just a half point to show for his exertions so far.

The only other decisive game in the 'A' Group today saw Vassily Ivanchuk (pictured) completely demolish Loek Van Wely in a sharp Najdorf.  Chucky moves up to join the young'uns Carlsen and Nakamura on 3/4.

Nigel Short held Magnus Carlsen to a draw and Hikaru Nakamura successfully ventured the Dutch defence against world champion Vishy Anand to split the points.  Vladimir Kramnik seems to be firing blanks at Corus so far, and drew again today against Sergei Tiviakov to remain on a level score.

Meanwhile in the 'B' Group Pental Harikrishna continued his recovery from an opening round loss to move to a plus score by beating top seed Arkadij Naiditsch.  Anish Giri and Ni Hua remain joint leaders.

The 'C' Group had a truly vicious round, with only one game ending in a draw.  Ray Robson and Li Chao were among the winners, so extending their joint lead at the top.

***At the time of writing, Dmitri Reinderman and David Howell are still slugging it out in Group B {UPDATE - Howell won.  See game below}.  Tomorrow is the first rest day, so round 5 will be on Thursday.

The results in round 4:

Group A

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

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

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

 

The standings after four rounds:


Group A


1 Shirov, Alexei   ESP   2723 4
2 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2708 3
3 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2749 3
4 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2810 3
5 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2790 2
6 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2712 2
7 Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  2720 2
8 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2788 2
9 Tiviakov, Sergei  NED  2662 1½ 
10 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2675 1½ 
11 Leko, Peter  HUN  2739 1½ 
12 Short, Nigel D  ENG  2696 1
13 Van Wely, Loek  NED  2641 1
14 Smeets, Jan  NED  2657 ½ 

Group B


1 Giri, Anish   NED   2588 3
2 Ni Hua  CHN  2657 3
3 Harikrishna, P  IND  2672 2½ 
4 L'Ami, Erwin  NED  2615 2½ 
5 So, Wesley  PHI  2656 2
6 Negi, Parimarjan  IND  2621 2
7 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU  2681 2
8 Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER  2687 2
9 Nyback, Tomi  FIN  2643 2
10 Howell, David W L *** ENG  2606 1½ 
11 Muzychuk, Anna  SLO  2523 1½ 
12 Sutovsky, Emil  ISR  2657 1½ 
13 Akobian, Varuzhan  USA  2628 1
14 Reinderman, Dimitri *** NED  2573 ½ 

Group C


1 Robson, Ray   USA   2570 3½  
2 Li Chao CHN  2604 3½ 
3 Peng Zhaoqin  NED  2402 2½ 
4 Lie, Kjetil A  NOR  2547 2½ 
5 Gupta, Abhijeet  IND  2577 2½ 
6 Vocaturo, Daniele  ITA  2495 2½ 
7 Swinkels, Robin  NED  2495 2½ 
8 Van Kampen, Robin  NED  2456 2
9 Kuipers, Stefan  NED  2340 1½ 
10 Bok, Benjamin  NED  2322 1½ 
11 Grandelius, Nils  SWE  2515 1½ 
12 Muzychuk, Mariya  UKR  2447 1
13 Plukkel, Sjoerd  NED  2279 ½ 
14 Soumya, Swaminathan  IND  2323 ½ 

 

Selected games are below.  The official site has all the games available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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