Shirov Takes Sole Lead At Corus

Shirov Takes Sole Lead At Corus

SonofPearl
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Jan 17, 2010, 1:42 PM |
20 | Chess Event Coverage

Alexei Shirov (pictured) demonstrated his endgame prowess for the second day in a row to beat Fabiano Caruana and take the sole lead at Corus on 2/2.

The other winner from round one Loek Van Wely fared less well, losing to Hikaru Nakamura.  In retrospect, perhaps Van Wely's choice of the Najdorf was unwise against a player of such tactical acumen.

The only other winner on day two was that man Magnus Carlsen, who triumphed against Jan Smeets.  It could have been a very different story, with Smeets holding an early advantage, but some inaccuracies were enough to allow the world's #1 to turn the tables and earn his first victory of the event.

Nigel Short recovered from his first round blues to hold Vishy Anand to a draw in a tough game, and the other games in the 'A' Group were also drawn.

In the 'B' Group the youngest player took the sole lead after two rounds.  Anish Giri defeated Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu with the black pieces to take a deserved lead.

In Group 'C' (or the Kindergarten Group as Nigel Short has christened it!), 15 year-old Ray Robson took a clear lead on 2/2 with his second victory.

The full results in round two:

Group A

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

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

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


The standings after two rounds:


Group A


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

Group B


1 Giri, Anish   NED   2588 2
2 Ni Hua  CHN  2657  
3 Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER  2687  
4 L'Ami, Erwin  NED  2615 1
5 So, Wesley  PHI  2656 1
6 Negi, Parimarjan  IND  2621 1
7 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU  2681 1
8 Howell, David W L  ENG  2606 1
9 Muzychuk, Anna  SLO  2523 1
10 Nyback, Tomi  FIN  2643 1
11 Sutovsky, Emil  ISR  2657 1
12 Akobian, Varuzhan  USA  2628 ½ 
13 Harikrishna, P  IND  2672 ½ 
14 Reinderman, Dimitri  NED  2573 0

Group C


1 Robson, Ray   USA   2570 2
2 Li Chao2  CHN  2604  
3 Vocaturo, Daniele  ITA  2495  
4 Kuipers, Stefan  NED  2340  
5 Peng Zhaoqin  NED  2402  
6 Van Kampen, Robin  NED  2456 1
7 Grandelius, Nils  SWE  2515 1
8 Gupta, Abhijeet  IND  2577 1
9 Lie, Kjetil A  NOR  2547 ½ 
10 Swinkels, Robin  NED  2495 ½ 
11 Bok, Benjamin  NED  2322 ½ 
12 Muzychuk, Mariya  UKR  2447 ½ 
13 Plukkel, Sjoerd  NED  2279 ½ 
14 Soumya, Swaminathan  IND  2323 ½ 

 

Selected games from the round are given below.  All games are available at the official site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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