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Date: 14 Jan 2008 08:24:32
From: Chess One
Subject: Corus, on-site report
This e-mail received this morning from our on-site special reporter at Wijk
aan Zee, Dr. Alberts - and since other materials will be forwarded, but
nothing published at Chessville until the weekend, I thought it might
sponsor a few conversations here. Perhaps we can still publish this piece,
with additional comments by this newsgroups players? //Phil Innes

--

Chess One (dr. Phil, Dave S.,..)

So far not very lucky with CORUS. Friday no admission and on sunday public
transportation failed us. However, all games are live on www.coruschess.com
and Radjabadov-Anand was great. I focus on moments in which computers are
better then humans. It makes no sense to send diagrams because my
e-mail/font system will drop all signals in the Atlantic Ocean. So:


CORUS WIJK AAN ZEE 2008. ROUND 1. THE FIRST MASTERPIECE RADJABADOV-ANAND.
SLAV DEFENSE.



1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5
9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 Bg7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bd6 a6 14.Re1 (out of
book, in book is 14. Bh5, but this one is excellent) Bf8 15.Bg3 Bg7 16.Bd6
Bf8 17.Bxf8 Rxf8(?) 18.b3 b4 19.Na4 c3 20.a3 a5 21.d5 Qe7 22.d6 Qf6 23.e5
Qf4 24.Bd3 bxa3 25.Qe2 Qd2 26.Rxa3 Qxe2 27.Rxe2 g4 28.Nxc3 Rg8 29.Ne4 Kd8
30.Nd2 c5 31.Bb5 Bd5 32.Nc4 Rg5 33.Rea2 Nxe5(?) (computers recognize the
problem, but 33. - a4 is eventually lost for black too) 34.Nb6 Rb8 35.Rxa5
Be4 36.Ra7 f6



DIAGRAM



37. R2a6(?) NO!! And this is common in tournament chess. The gradual
build-up of an overwhelming position took too much of the human brain (?).
The span of concentration is over after the carefully prepared breakthrough
on a5. Probably a trained grandmaster can rely on endgame technique. After
37.R2a6(?) Rg8 38.Rc7(?) Rf8 39.Rxc5(?) Rf7 40.d7 Nxd7 41.Nxd7 Rxd7
42.Bxd7 Kxd7 Anand was able to postpone his defeat until move 83.

Computers have no mercy: 37.R2a4! and black has to resign right away because
the only way to defend Be4 is with the desperate 37. - c4 38.bxc4 h5 39.Re7
Nf3+ 40.gxf3 gxf3+ 41.Kf1 Rxb5 42.cxb5 Rxb6 43.Rxe4 and white is a rook
up. 1-0.

Radjabadov could have enjoyed a walk on the beach and/or a lovely night out
in bohemia hotel Sonnevanck with a grand piano, wooden dance floor and
excellent cuisine. Prodigy Carlsen won twice but in round 1 via a sudden
mysterious resignation by Maymedarov in a nearly equal position 0-1. Aronian
had a black win too, but due to a blunder by Gelfland. Who was under
pressure the entire game by the way. So far so good, no cops, no rain. And
no Najdorf Sicilian.



Albert Alberts.www.howtofoolfritz.com






 
Date: 14 Jan 2008 16:13:36
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Boris vs Ivanchuck , the white player took 40 to 45 min to make his 4th
move of the game..wow

Rob vs Leak , Leak was mad because he felt he should have won that
game and he let it slip through his fingers..



  
Date: 15 Jan 2008 08:58:23
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Our on site reporter is working with Fritz on a possible win for J. Polgar
yesterday over Toppy, and will forward his analysis. For a bit of local
color he wrote this morning, "Strong south wind, which means the tent
comprising the demonstration room is flapping and the air smells sulphuric
due to the steel mills."

Today we got a Sicilian with Gelfand-Polgar which [lol] Judit is not shy to
prosecute with the black pieces, she has just essayed 14. ... Bg4 in an
already wild position, she has a pawn on d3, eg.

Kramnik - Eljanov is at move 12 - Queens already off after an 'English
breakfast' opening.

Leko - Ivanchuck are at 18 after a Caro Kan, nothing exciting happening
until move 11 and ...b6, 12 Qg4 Kf8, and now which raking bishop pair will
dominate?

Carlsen - Aronian is at 15 in a Ruy with [Karpov's a4] - let us assume this
will be a huge middle game slug fest.

Radjabov Mamedyarov are at 15 = level

Van Wely takes on toppy, and they are at 13 in a Modern Benoni! [surprise!]
interestingly Van W has 1:30 remaining, and Toppy 1:13. White has
established his Q Kt on c4, protecting it with the usual a4, and black has
advanced his K side pawns. No unusual moves to date.

Anand Adams is at 13, in a very classical-looking game, with nary any
exchanges to report.

in other games

Krush Grivas get us a Dutch [why not?] and a very sharp line. Holy Cow!
Krush might live up to her name in this one - what a ding-dong attack coming
up - black is pretty flat at move 13, uncastled with 2 bad bishops, and
Krush has a wall of pawns h4, g4, f4

---

Back to the top Gelfand has just made two cute little bishops moves,
retreating B e5 to d4 to c3, but play in all games is necessarily slow at
this stage. I wonder if Leko has got Kramnik into trouble by move 20?

//Phil Innes





   
Date: 15 Jan 2008 09:15:14
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

> Krush Grivas get us a Dutch [why not?] and a very sharp line. Holy Cow!
> Krush might live up to her name in this one - what a ding-dong attack
> coming up - black is pretty flat at move 13, uncastled with 2 bad bishops,
> and Krush has a wall of pawns h4, g4, f4

She has just made an exchange sac - with 14 Rxd7

here are all the moves

1d4 f5
2 e4 fe
3 Nc3 Nf6
4 Bg5 Nc6
5 d5 Ne5
6 Qe2 Nf7
7 h4 c6
8 0-0-0 Qa5
9 Bxf6 gxf6
10 Qxe4 e6
11 g4 Be7
12 dxe6 dxe6
13 f4 Bd7
14 Rxd7 Kxd7
15 Bc4 Nd8
16 Nf3 Kc7

time remaining Krush 1:06, Grivas 1:10:
--
elsewhere, hardly any moves, except Radj stole a pawn against Mamedyarov.

Phil

> ---
>
> Back to the top Gelfand has just made two cute little bishops moves,
> retreating B e5 to d4 to c3, but play in all games is necessarily slow at
> this stage. I wonder if Leko has got Kramnik into trouble by move 20?
>
> //Phil Innes
>
>
>




   
Date: 15 Jan 2008 09:07:08
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]

I wonder if Leko has got Kramnik into trouble by move 20?

If anyone is looking at this game, I think White is threatening the sac,
Ng6+, then Bxf6, and the white Q sweeps in to win 3 pawns, or even something
more decisive. So, does Kramnik have to play 20 .. Be7 [?] or exch the Kt
on e5


>
> //Phil Innes
>
>
>




    
Date: 15 Jan 2008 09:28:14
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>
> "Chess One" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>
> I wonder if Leko has got Kramnik into trouble by move 20?

or even Leko, who he is actually playing :))))

in the event we got 20 ... Bc7

Aronian also sac'ed the exchange against Carlsen and very definitely has the
initiative, where he can plant a supported Kt on c2, and/or attack Carlsens
King

Radj -Mamedyarov proceeded at huge pace to a draw in 28 moves

Krush added 17. f5 to her game.

Phil



>
> If anyone is looking at this game, I think White is threatening the sac,
> Ng6+, then Bxf6, and the white Q sweeps in to win 3 pawns, or even
> something more decisive. So, does Kramnik have to play 20 .. Be7 [?] or
> exch the Kt on e5
>
>
>>
>> //Phil Innes
>>
>>
>>
>
>




     
Date: 15 Jan 2008 14:22:22
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
I wonder if people here realise that the 23 move game yesterday by Nigel
Short was against a 13 year old girl from China. Maybe we should rename his
Berlin Wall Defence the Not-so Great Chinese Wall, in her honor?

Our onsite corres is still working on a win for J. Polgar yesterday with
Toppy. Today she took Gelfand with the black pieces. This is a better
answer, by demonstration, to the original questioner here who asked how she
would do against the boys, than anything I wrote.

The good Dr. A. also mentions an interesting game - the players should
apparently have consulted with Chessville before entering this var: "Today
we had Braun-vdWerf in what I call a Slav Slayer shall gambit that I sent
once to Chessville.
22 moves white win."


Phil Innes




      
Date: 15 Jan 2008 18:04:37
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
What's fascinating about this tournament is that it is an incredibly strong
category 20 - and some of the strongest players in chess history take part -
and Topalov has 1.0 point! Anand, just 1.5 - still early days, but credit to
the leading group

Standings after 4 rounds:

Group A

1. L. Aronian, M. Carlsen 3
3. V. Kramnik, T. Radjabov, J. Polgar, L. van Wely 2
7. M. Adams, V. Ivanchuk, P. Leko 2
10. S. Mamedyarov, V. Anand 1
12. P. Eljanov, V. Topalov, B. Gelfand 1


This weekend we will publish some games analysis at Chessville, including
the rekable Polgar/Topalov game, where Toppy seems to have added
something to the repetorie theory of the Pelikan/Sveshnikov - at least Fritz
couldn't refute it. I have sent Fritz analysis to some very strong players
to see if they can. Our resporter Dr. Alberts is a kick! //Phil Innes




       
Date: 15 Jan 2008 15:54:38
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Thank you for all those updates...

I know they get a day off now ..

I was the one wondering how Polger would do vs the men.....She is doing
great ....



I like the strong tournaments because it puts the best vs the best ....

That Fritz thing sounds cool too ..

Do you think if Fritz or RYBKA were in this tournament would one of the
computers win?



        
Date: 17 Jan 2008 10:01:48
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Early news is a 20 move draw Aronian - Anand

Eljanov - Radjabov is at move 13 in what had become a Mod benoni by
transposition from a Modern/Pric set up

Mamedyarov - van Wely move 20 after a closed Sicilian, black castling very
early [8] on the Q side. very sharp play followed, now at move 22

Adams Kramnik at move 23 following a Russian Defense, with opposite side
castling - after a tactical flurry ov moves 9 to 14, it looks to me as if
Adams came out ahead - but by move 23 Kramnik had magic'ed away all his
difficulties. Material equal 7 pawns, Queens and opposite bishops.

Topalov Gelfand, in another Russian Defence [Petrov!] is at move 22 with
Toppy having more activity

Ivanchuk - Carlsen was a draw in 20 after an exchange Ruy. both sides
reduced to single rook and pawns.

Polgar - Leko is the fastest paced and at move 28 - after a sober start
[another Ruy] blacks sortie won the two bishops by move 20. Interestingly,
Judit did not exchange one when she had opportunity at 23 - so that after
all the major pieces went off, Polgar had B& N and Leko the bishop pair -
and then came a very strange 28 ... Bd8 which seemed to give up black's d
pawn - and I thought - I am a patzer - why can't she just take it? - and she
did.

down in croup C its Nijboer - Krush, with Irina stealing an apparently
un-poisoned d pawn at move 10. Now its down to the usual opposite side
attacks against king-fortresses [19].







         
Date: 17 Jan 2008 16:51:06
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Before i read your next post i wanted to say did Lenko set Polger up by
giving up a free pawn?
Either it was a mistake or there is a reason he gave it up ..Id have to
study that move for awhile..

Adams vs Kramnck , 7 pawns and a queen each and that is it ? Wow
what a interesting end game that will be .....


i am going to read your other post now.



          
Date: 18 Jan 2008 07:42:53
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Chessville has collated Dr. Albert's reports from Corus, and will publish it
this weekend, as his diary. Overnight he sent a bit of new analysis,
featuring this comment:

Ivanchuk-Carlsen a draw in the harmless Ruy Lopez Exchange line because both
players do not know about the revival of the IBM-1962 Portisch line 1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4. Bc6 (terrible) dc6 5.0-0 Bg4 6.h3 h5 with a score for
black over 60% in computer chess - see www.howtofoolfritz.com

Phil Innes




           
Date: 18 Jan 2008 09:05:43
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Someone had asked after...
The honorary group games will start in De Moriaan on Saturday January
19th at 13.30 with the participation of GMs Viktor Korchnoi, Lajos Portisch,
Jan Timman and Ljubomir Ljuboevich. The players will be introduced to the
public in the pavilion on Friday January 18th at 14.30 prior to the
commentary session...
January 17 2008 - Corus Chess Press


Now to the games:

Leko-Topalov at move 17 in a Pelikan-lite, but which obliged white to
recapture with a pawn on d5 thus obscuring the bete-noire backward d6 pawn.
Interestingly the remaining times for each player are Leko 1:00, Toppy 1:51

Radjabov -Adams in another exchange Ruy, with ah! 5... Bg4 and 6 ... h5.
Someone has done their homework re Alberts! its now move 14, and queens are
off, at 14 Radj offered to give his extra pawn back...

Carlsen - Polgar started inn sober fashion, but Judit had had enough of that
by move 10, and at 19 queens are off and one exchange of minor pieces. black
uncastled but could go either side, white uncastled K is at f2

Anand Ivanchuk is only at move 9 after a pretty stand Caro-Kann, until Vishy
played 9. Nf1.

Whereas Kramnik-Aronian are at move 27. Aronian giving up a piece for 3
pawns, a totally critical position being arrived at on move 25 following
Nc3, both queens being en-prise, allowing black to chose to exchange, but
instead he captures the Kt on c3 allowing White a queen recapture with
check; now the material situation is that black has 2 extra pawns, but white
retook the initiative and threatens to invade the black position. Time
remaining Kramnik 1:50, Aronian 0:46 [27]

Van Wely Gelfand at 16, and I think we have seen all these moves before at
this tournament - is this a tacit draw offer, or does either player have an
improvement?

Mamedyarov Eljanov at 12; Guicco Piano! but no Evans gambit. I think this
version used to be called the Pianissimo and I have to keep checking to see
if Howard Staunton is playing. At move 12, no captures, but white has gone
mad and played d4... offering a pawn exchange. The thing of these games is
that black must struggle to either maintain space, or seek compensation by
the activity of his pieces outside the pawn barricades.

---
Krush is playing Caruana - nothin interesting until 14. Na2 which brings out
the tactical aspect of the position - so that the mock-sacrifice at 15 Bxf7+
wins Irina a pawn.

Back to the top - and sure nuff! Van Wely Gelfand actually drew at 16.
!snort!









            
Date: 18 Jan 2008 09:47:58
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Now to the games:
>
> Leko-Topalov at move 17 in a Pelikan-lite, but which obliged white to
> recapture with a pawn on d5 thus obscuring the bete-noire backward d6
> pawn. Interestingly the remaining times for each player are Leko 1:00,
> Toppy 1:51

In a closed position, Leko has time to re-route a knight via a1 to arrive at
a great outpost on b4. at move 21 time 0:45 to 1:19

> Radjabov -Adams in another exchange Ruy, with ah! 5... Bg4 and 6 ... h5.
> Someone has done their homework re Alberts! its now move 14, and queens
> are off, at 14 Radj offered to give his extra pawn back...

and at 20 we have the familiar end-game set up with rooks, but for a change,
bishops of the same color - so to attempt to win will mean dominating the
dark squares

> Carlsen - Polgar started inn sober fashion, but Judit had had enough of
> that by move 10, and at 19 queens are off and one exchange of minor
> pieces. black uncastled but could go either side, white uncastled K is at
> f2

this game is now at 23 with white having recovered some space to activate
his two bishops, significant are the times 1:31 to 0:32 with Judit's clock
ticking.

> Anand Ivanchuk is only at move 9 after a pretty stand Caro-Kann, until
> Vishy played 9. Nf1.

at 13 Anand has only two developed pieces plus a Kt sitting on f1, but pawns
on h5 and g5 which severly inhibit his opponents development and castling
that side.

> Whereas Kramnik-Aronian are at move 27. Aronian giving up a piece for 3
> pawns, a totally critical position being arrived at on move 25 following
> Nc3, both queens being en-prise, allowing black to chose to exchange, but
> instead he captures the Kt on c3 allowing White a queen recapture with
> check; now the material situation is that black has 2 extra pawns, but
> white retook the initiative and threatens to invade the black position.
> Time remaining Kramnik 1:50, Aronian 0:46 [27]

in the past half dozen moves Kramnik has regained a pawn and started to
ourmanoevre black, whose K side is wide open, and following 31. Re5
threatens to win another pawn [c]

> Van Wely Gelfand at 16, and I think we have seen all these moves before at
> this tournament - is this a tacit draw offer, or does either player have
> an improvement?

zzz

> Mamedyarov Eljanov at 12; Guicco Piano! but no Evans gambit. I think this
> version used to be called the Pianissimo and I have to keep checking to
> see if Howard Staunton is playing. At move 12, no captures, but white has
> gone mad and played d4... offering a pawn exchange. The thing of these
> games is that black must struggle to either maintain space, or seek
> compensation by the activity of his pieces outside the pawn barricades.

and after a big think there it goes, Nh5, preparing advance of the f-pawn
after unpinning, and also offering to occupy f4 with a Kt. time 1:23 to 0:41


> ---
> Krush is playing Caruana - nothin interesting until 14. Na2 which brings
> out the tactical aspect of the position - so that the mock-sacrifice at 15
> Bxf7+ wins Irina a pawn.

at 20 black offers rook excahnges to simplify ending, and the black king is
nearer the center - the a2 knight now being completely out of the play.

> Back to the top - and sure nuff! Van Wely Gelfand actually drew at 16.
> !snort!
>
>
>
>
>
>
>




             
Date: 19 Jan 2008 12:10:36
From: help bot
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
I got an email, inviting me to go and see the games
from the Corus tournament. Beginning with the games
from round one, I decided to look only at the decisive
ones, because this would save me the frustration of
looking at pretend contests where the players agreed
to a draw, and also because the two decisive games
were played by some of the top-rated players in the
world.

In the game which was lost by GM Anand, he played
like a fish. And in the other game, I believe, the side
that won could make no progress in a simple ending,
and I know not how he snagged the point, unless it
was a time forfeit. I got the impression that these
games were played at a rapid pace-- not unlike my
own recent efforts, and if so, that would explain the
poor quality of the moves among such strong players.

Come on people-- just compare my recent win at
GetClub, posted here by Sanny for comment, with
those two games. While GM Aronian handled some
parts of the game well, in the end he could make no
progress on the board in an obviously won position.
And look at world champion Anand's handling of the
opening-- as bad as or worse than if I had stood in
for him. Sheesh... .


-- help bot



             
Date: 18 Jan 2008 19:41:02
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Van and Gelf , do these guys want to win ?

No heart in either one ....



              
Date: 19 Jan 2008 08:15:20
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Standing - Group A
1. M. Carlsen 4
2. V. Kramnik, T. Radjabov 4
4. L. Aronian 3
5. S. Mamedyarov, M. Adams, V. Ivanchuk, J. Polgar, V. Topalov, L. van Wely
3
11. P. Leko, V. Anand 2
13. P. Eljanov, B. Gelfand 1

Obviously, the anticipated firework games are Polgar-Anand, and
Topalov-Carlsen.

Eljanov - van Wely are 7 moves into a QGD

Polgar Anand are qo moves into yet another e5 Sicilian, but today Judit
plays 7. Nf3, peaceful development still at move 10

Aronian -Radjabob have another Mod Benoni at move 9

Topalov -Carlsen are into a Ruy, Toppy making early complications [17]

Ivanchuk - Kramnik have another Russian Defence which I think is all book
until 16. [18]

Adams Mamedyarov have a Ruy featuring 5. ... g6 [11]

Gelfand Leko have a QGD, featuring 8. Bf4 and 11 Bc1

--

Standing Group C
Group C

1. A. Braun 5
2. F. Nijboer, D. Reinderman, F. Caruana 4
5. E. Grivas, P. Carlsson, J. van der Wiel 3
8. P. Negi, M. van der Werf 3
10. S. Li 2
11. I. Krush 2
12. A. Ushenina, Z. Peng 1
14. D. Ruijgrok 1

Our on site reporter is fascinated by Braun who has been playing some great
chess - Dr. Alberts' reports on Corus to date are now up at Chessville.
Negi - Krush have an interesting Sicilian, with white's 0-0-0 at move 8, and
where Irina gets in d5 at move 10. Both sides castled opposite sides.

--
The Seniors group have also kicked off:

Kortchnoi - Portisch have a QGD, Victor opting for a line with 10. Kf1 [13]

Ljubojevic - Timman have a Benoni with 6. ... b5 [7]

//Phil Innes




               
Date: 19 Jan 2008 09:08:47
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Standing - Group A
> 1. M. Carlsen 4
> 2. V. Kramnik, T. Radjabov 4
> 4. L. Aronian 3
> 5. S. Mamedyarov, M. Adams, V. Ivanchuk, J. Polgar, V. Topalov, L. van
> Wely 3
> 11. P. Leko, V. Anand 2
> 13. P. Eljanov, B. Gelfand 1
>
> Obviously, the anticipated firework games are Polgar-Anand, and
> Topalov-Carlsen.
>
> Eljanov - van Wely are 7 moves into a QGD

at move 12 Eljanov offers a Kt sacrifice with Nb5, but I am not groking its
fullness.

> Polgar Anand are qo moves into yet another e5 Sicilian, but today Judit
> plays 7. Nf3, peaceful development still at move 10
>
> Aronian -Radjabob have another Mod Benoni at move 9

Radjabov developed his QB to a6 where it was challenged by the odd-looking
Qa4 at move 13, but Radj found a shot playing Bd3, and white's pawn on e2
can't capture because it would lose the rook on e1 to black's on e8. So
after 14. Nf1, came b5 embarrassing the white Q - which must, I presume
return to d1.

> Topalov -Carlsen are into a Ruy, Toppy making early complications [17]

> Ivanchuk - Kramnik have another Russian Defence which I think is all book
> until 16. [18]

but by 23 Kramnik exchanged queens, played Nb3, looking to win white's c5
pawn.

> Adams Mamedyarov have a Ruy featuring 5. ... g6 [11]
>
> Gelfand Leko have a QGD, featuring 8. Bf4 and 11 Bc1
>
> --
>
> Standing Group C
> Group C
>
> 1. A. Braun 5
> 2. F. Nijboer, D. Reinderman, F. Caruana 4
> 5. E. Grivas, P. Carlsson, J. van der Wiel 3
> 8. P. Negi, M. van der Werf 3
> 10. S. Li 2
> 11. I. Krush 2
> 12. A. Ushenina, Z. Peng 1
> 14. D. Ruijgrok 1
>
> Our on site reporter is fascinated by Braun who has been playing some
> great chess - Dr. Alberts' reports on Corus to date are now up at
> Chessville.
> Negi - Krush have an interesting Sicilian, with white's 0-0-0 at move 8,
> and where Irina gets in d5 at move 10. Both sides castled opposite sides.

still at 18, and I think white's attack gets going first. Irina needs piece
activity!

> --
> The Seniors group have also kicked off:
>
> Kortchnoi - Portisch have a QGD, Victor opting for a line with 10. Kf1
> [13]

The fearless Viktor then returns his K to e2 on a half-open file observed by
vlack's rook. at 18 he puts it back on f1, and has more space on Q-side and
a less compromised K position. [black has played g6, but now lack a K
Bishop.

> Ljubojevic - Timman have a Benoni with 6. ... b5 [7]
>
> //Phil Innes
>




                
Date: 19 Jan 2008 11:05:48
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>
> "Chess One" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> Standing - Group A
>> 1. M. Carlsen 4
>> 2. V. Kramnik, T. Radjabov 4
>> 4. L. Aronian 3
>> 5. S. Mamedyarov, M. Adams, V. Ivanchuk, J. Polgar, V. Topalov, L. van
>> Wely 3
>> 11. P. Leko, V. Anand 2
>> 13. P. Eljanov, B. Gelfand 1
>>
>> Obviously, the anticipated firework games are Polgar-Anand, and
>> Topalov-Carlsen.
>>
>> Eljanov - van Wely are 7 moves into a QGD
>
> at move 12 Eljanov offers a Kt sacrifice with Nb5, but I am not groking
> its fullness.

the sac declined we proceed to 20 with both players about half an hour each
to make another 20.

very careful stuff, so clocks now read 19 to 13 at move 23.

>> Polgar Anand are qo moves into yet another e5 Sicilian, but today Judit
>> plays 7. Nf3, peaceful development still at move 10

Its only at move 29 before the tension is resolved, Judit has kept the d
pawn at 6, and then captured it - in exchange for a [doubled] b-pawn. Then!
Fireworks - with 31. NxRe8 RxQd5 32. Rxd5 being essentially the exchange of
her Queen for the two black rooks

now at 37 and almost at time control, Judit must save her h pawn, find time
to figure out if she has a win.

>> Aronian -Radjabob have another Mod Benoni at move 9
>
> Radjabov developed his QB to a6 where it was challenged by the odd-looking
> Qa4 at move 13, but Radj found a shot playing Bd3, and white's pawn on e2
> can't capture because it would lose the rook on e1 to black's on e8. So
> after 14. Nf1, came b5 embarrassing the white Q - which must, I presume
> return to d1.

which it did. at 29 white is a pawn up, and has made a 'Fischer castle' on
the k side [pawns; f2 g3 h4] both side having a passer on the Q side, black
has a knight and white a bishop.


>> Topalov -Carlsen are into a Ruy, Toppy making early complications [17]

so that at move 29 with have the same material as in the game immediately
above. tho Carlsen has a passed isolani d-pawn, all major pieces on, plus a
white bishop, black knight. At 33 the d pawn goes in exchange for white's
e-pawn, and both queens exit.

at 39 level material. 5 pawns i rook apiece, black knight white bishop. the
white rook is more active, and can maybe make trouble on the q side.

>> Ivanchuk - Kramnik have another Russian Defence which I think is all book
>> until 16. [18]
>
> but by 23 Kramnik exchanged queens, played Nb3, looking to win white's c5
> pawn.

complex tangle at move 32, level material

but drawn in 37.

>> Adams Mamedyarov have a Ruy featuring 5. ... g6 [11]

at 26 still a late middle game, equal material.

>> Gelfand Leko have a QGD, featuring 8. Bf4 and 11 Bc1

by 20 white has two e and two f pawns, bishop and knight and major pieces,
black has undoubled pawns and the two bishops. material equal

>> Standing Group C
>> Group C
>>
>> 1. A. Braun 5
>> 2. F. Nijboer, D. Reinderman, F. Caruana 4
>> 5. E. Grivas, P. Carlsson, J. van der Wiel 3
>> 8. P. Negi, M. van der Werf 3
>> 10. S. Li 2
>> 11. I. Krush 2
>> 12. A. Ushenina, Z. Peng 1
>> 14. D. Ruijgrok 1
>>
>> Our on site reporter is fascinated by Braun who has been playing some
>> great chess - Dr. Alberts' reports on Corus to date are now up at
>> Chessville.

Grivas beating the leader Braun in 26 moves with some very sharp play by
white following a piece sac, and zugzwanged black black is obliged to repeat
moves at 22 & 23 when every single white piece joins in to mob the king.

>> Negi - Krush have an interesting Sicilian, with white's 0-0-0 at move 8,
>> and where Irina gets in d5 at move 10. Both sides castled opposite sides.
>
> still at 18, and I think white's attack gets going first. Irina needs
> piece activity!

28 - white has better peice activity, but no immediate crush against Krush's
king - but Irina cleared her bank rank moving her knight against the K
side, allowing a big entry at 30 Rf6 with several mate threats - she has 6
minutes to sort it.

>> --
>> The Seniors group have also kicked off:
>>
>> Kortchnoi - Portisch have a QGD, Victor opting for a line with 10. Kf1
>> [13]
>
> The fearless Viktor then returns his K to e2 on a half-open file observed
> by vlack's rook. at 18 he puts it back on f1, and has more space on Q-side
> and a less compromised K position. [black has played g6, but now lack a K
> Bishop.

I spent 5 minutes watching Viktor gradually get a more active position
without any compromising weaknesses, forcing black onto the defensive, and
its white with 17 minutes to move at 32, black has 21 mins.

>> Ljubojevic - Timman have a Benoni with 6. ... b5 [7]

about 24 moves on maoeurvring behind the lines, and the first break is
offered by black with 25 ... a5 to clarify the Q side, and establish a
passer. Then Timman offers a Q exchange, but suffers a shot after 31. Nxb5
losing that passer, but getting white's e-pawn for it, and thus making an
isolani of the advanced white pawn at d5, and plenty of lines for his
pieces.

>> //Phil Innes
>>
>
>




                 
Date: 19 Jan 2008 12:18:32
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote

>>>
>>> Obviously, the anticipated firework games are Polgar-Anand, and
>>> Topalov-Carlsen.
>>>
>>> Eljanov - van Wely are 7 moves into a QGD
>>
>> at move 12 Eljanov offers a Kt sacrifice with Nb5, but I am not groking
>> its fullness.
>
> the sac declined we proceed to 20 with both players about half an hour
> each to make another 20.
>
> very careful stuff, so clocks now read 19 to 13 at move 23.

but at 31 its blitz, with white 4 mins black 2 mins

>>> Polgar Anand are qo moves into yet another e5 Sicilian, but today Judit
>>> plays 7. Nf3, peaceful development still at move 10
>
> Its only at move 29 before the tension is resolved, Judit has kept the d
> pawn at 6, and then captured it - in exchange for a [doubled] b-pawn.
> Then! Fireworks - with 31. NxRe8 RxQd5 32. Rxd5 being essentially the
> exchange of her Queen for the two black rooks
>
> now at 37 and almost at time control, Judit must save her h pawn, find
> time to figure out if she has a win.

at the time control Vishy has menaced the white king position, and Judit
might be in a jam - big pause!

>>> Aronian -Radjabob have another Mod Benoni at move 9
>>
>> Radjabov developed his QB to a6 where it was challenged by the
>> odd-looking Qa4 at move 13, but Radj found a shot playing Bd3, and
>> white's pawn on e2 can't capture because it would lose the rook on e1 to
>> black's on e8. So after 14. Nf1, came b5 embarrassing the white Q - which
>> must, I presume return to d1.
>
> which it did. at 29 white is a pawn up, and has made a 'Fischer castle' on
> the k side [pawns; f2 g3 h4] both side having a passer on the Q side,
> black has a knight and white a bishop.

after time scramble to 40 white 4 mins black 0 mins black seems to have the
edge, alhough a pawn behind - the rooks aimed at f2 and the pawn on c4
advanceable.

>
>>> Topalov -Carlsen are into a Ruy, Toppy making early complications [17]
>
> so that at move 29 with have the same material as in the game immediately
> above. tho Carlsen has a passed isolani d-pawn, all major pieces on, plus
> a white bishop, black knight. At 33 the d pawn goes in exchange for
> white's e-pawn, and both queens exit.
>
> at 39 level material. 5 pawns i rook apiece, black knight white bishop.
> the white rook is more active, and can maybe make trouble on the q side.

which proved out, a pair of pawns being exchanged, but leaving Carlsen's
pawn on the same color as Toppy's bishop - this could be a winning finesse,
meanwhile Toppy has made a Fischer-fortress and his K and K side pawns look
secure.

>>> Ivanchuk - Kramnik have another Russian Defence which I think is all
>>> book until 16. [18]
>>
>> but by 23 Kramnik exchanged queens, played Nb3, looking to win white's c5
>> pawn.
>
> complex tangle at move 32, level material
>
> but drawn in 37.
>
>>> Adams Mamedyarov have a Ruy featuring 5. ... g6 [11]
>
> at 26 still a late middle game, equal material.

Adams in trouble at 39, also on his clock with 1 min to go, black forces a
pawn to c3 with mating threats around the king, g3 looks forced, and the
king is 'in prison'

>>> Gelfand Leko have a QGD, featuring 8. Bf4 and 11 Bc1
>
> by 20 white has two e and two f pawns, bishop and knight and major pieces,
> black has undoubled pawns and the two bishops. material equal

more timescrambles at 35, white 2 black 3 mins, Gelfand is searching for
weaknesses

>>> Group C

>>> Negi - Krush have an interesting Sicilian, with white's 0-0-0 at move 8,
>>> and where Irina gets in d5 at move 10. Both sides castled opposite
>>> sides.
>>
>> still at 18, and I think white's attack gets going first. Irina needs
>> piece activity!
>
> 28 - white has better peice activity, but no immediate crush against
> Krush's king - but Irina cleared her bank rank moving her knight against
> the K side, allowing a big entry at 30 Rf6 with several mate threats - she
> has 6 minutes to sort it.

she had to give up the h pawn at 31, then two white rooks doubled on h file,
forcing f6, then some pretty tactics ended it 1-0 in 39

>>> --
>>> The Seniors group have also kicked off:
>>>
>>> Kortchnoi - Portisch have a QGD, Victor opting for a line with 10. Kf1
>>> [13]
>>
>> The fearless Viktor then returns his K to e2 on a half-open file observed
>> by vlack's rook. at 18 he puts it back on f1, and has more space on
>> Q-side and a less compromised K position. [black has played g6, but now
>> lack a K Bishop.
>
> I spent 5 minutes watching Viktor gradually get a more active position
> without any compromising weaknesses, forcing black onto the defensive, and
> its white with 17 minutes to move at 32, black has 21 mins.

still at it at 42, after a rook exchange black seems to have recovered

>>> Ljubojevic - Timman have a Benoni with 6. ... b5 [7]
>
> about 24 moves on maoeurvring behind the lines, and the first break is
> offered by black with 25 ... a5 to clarify the Q side, and establish a
> passer. Then Timman offers a Q exchange, but suffers a shot after 31. Nxb5
> losing that passer, but getting white's e-pawn for it, and thus making an
> isolani of the advanced white pawn at d5, and plenty of lines for his
> pieces.



>>> //Phil Innes
>>>
>>
>>
>
>




                  
Date: 20 Jan 2008 09:50:25
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Kramnik - Polgar by move 20, Judit has given up a pawn to open the white K
position, Q + 2 rooks each.

Carlsen - Gelfand at 23, queens and a pair of knights off middle-game, equal

Van Wely - Leko at 19, another Queens and 1 minor piece off middle, game,
but here Leko has much faster development

Anand - Topalov at 23, in another a-la-mode e5 Sicilian, by 14 white has
castled Q side, and black forges castling at all, spending 2 moves at 16 and
17 to 'walk' his King to g6, and another to retreat the Rook on h6 back to
h8.

Mamedyarov - Aronian at 19, featured Nxc5 at 16 which sac'ed a pawn.

Radjabov - Ivanchuk at 21 was a standard Caro-Kan throughout the opening,
but in a variation allowing Nd6+ at 14 and Ke7. and by 22 two white knights
and the queen are mobbing the black king.

Eljanov Adams drawn in 20

--
Krush play 'the other' Carlsson, and seems book at 13, the only notable
feature being respective times 1:18 and 0:24.

Portisch - Ljubo a draw in 14
Kortchnoi-Timman is an endgame at 25, 6 pawns and 2 rooks each.





                   
Date: 20 Jan 2008 07:30:00
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Kor and Tin sound like a interesting end game.

How many more games will be played at Corus?

Go up and read my Random chess and tell me what you think...I left a
reply for the random chess question ....



                    
Date: 20 Jan 2008 14:42:04
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Susan Polgar has sumised all games [except the seniors] which read:-

[my comment in brackets, PI]

GM Anand (2799) - GM Topalov (2780) [B90]
20.01.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5
9.Nd5 Bxd5 10.exd5 Nbd7 11.Qd2 g6 12.0-0-0 Nb6 13.Qa5 Bh6 14.Bxh6 Rxh6
15.Kb1 Rc8 16.Qb4 Kf8 17.c4 Kg7 18.g3 Rh8 19.Rc1 Qc7 20.Bh3 Rce8 21.Rhd1 Re7
22.a3 Rd8 23.Nd2 Nbd7 24.Qc3 a5 25.Bxd7 Nxd7 26.f4 Nf6 27.Rf1 b6 28.h3 Qd7
29.f5 Rf8 30.Qe3 e4 31.g4 hxg4 32.hxg4 Re5 33.Rf4 Qd8 34.g5 Nh5 35.f6+ Kg8
36.Rxe4 Rfe8 37.Ka2 a4 38.Rc3 Qc7 39.Qd4 Qc5 40.Qxc5 White wins 1-0

[I have never seen Toppy play any game against any opponent where he was so
much on the 'back-foot', did he even get a piece over the half-way line? He
and never threatened Anand at all. Great credit to Anand for achieving
this - hardly anyone else in the world can do so!]

Group A

V. Anand 1-0 V. Topalov
L. van Wely 1/2 P. Leko
M. Carlsen 1/2 B. Gelfand
[fantastic game, eventually Carlsen's extra pawn [b] was swapped for the
black h pawn, but Gelfand's resources were enough. Odd looking end game, and
perhaps its Carlsen's respect for his opponent that he didn't push his spare
passed pawn down the board hoping for a draw.]
V. Kramnik 1/2 J. Polgar
[after her pawn sac, it seemed like she might even lose altogether - and
just try trying it, I wanted her to at least draw]

T. Radjabov 1/2 V. Ivanchuk
S. Mamedyarov 1/2 L. Aronian
P. Eljanov 1/2 M. Adams

Group B

N. Short 1-0F I. Cheparinov
[One for the text books!]
M. Krasenkow 1-0 G. Sargissian
E. Bacrot - H. Koneru
P. Harikrishna 1/2 E. L'Ami
Y. Hou 1/2 I. Nepomniachtchi
D. Stellwagen 1/2 J. Smeets
W. Spoelman 0-1 S. Movsesian

Group C

A. Braun 0-1 F. Caruana
[BIG win for black]
I. Krush 1-0 P. Carlsson
[Fantastic result for Irina, who like Judit above, gave up a button for
play]
J. van der Wiel 1-0 E. Grivas
S. Li 0-1 D. Reinderman
A. Ushenina 1-0 D. Ruijgrok
F. Nijboer 0-1 M. van der Werf
P. Negi 1-0 Z. Peng
News from Susan Polgar

In the seniors a quickish draw between Portisch & Ljubo in 14
But Korchnoi made Timman seat it out 53 moves before sharing the point

Nothing new from Dr. Alberts today. But he and Fritz entertain at Chessville
this week.

//phil innes

"SAT W-7" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Kor and Tin sound like a interesting end game.
>
> How many more games will be played at Corus?
>
> Go up and read my Random chess and tell me what you think...I left a
> reply for the random chess question ....
>




                     
Date: 22 Jan 2008 07:59:14
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
If you missed it - Short /did/ play Cheparinov yesterday in a Najdorgf
Sicilian which went on for 64 moves in almost 6 hours. Result was 1-0 Short.
---
Adams van Wely have just started a Sicilian [2] and following 'Fischer's'
Bc4 we are now at 10
Aronian - Eljanov an English [6]
Topalov - Kramnik have [!!!] raced out 13 moves, including a Kt sac by Toppy
at f7 - they are now at 15 in a variation I've never seen before.
Leko - Carlsen are doing a sedate Ruy [15]
Polgar - Radjabov are [!] in a Konikowski variation of the Ruy [10] which
features a game without a6, but with 3. ... f5 - not typically drawish!
Gelfand plays Anand [12]
Ivanchuk - Mamedyarov started as an English and transposed to a Grunfeld,
and black offered to draw by repeating checks until Ivanchuk varied at 14.
[16]
---
After his non-rest day yesterday Short has black against Movsesian [10] and
Cheparinov has white against Krasenkow [13]
Caruana v van der Wiel [11]
Carlsson - Braun [8] is already wild
Peng-Krush [11]
---
Timman -Portisch have an early Q excahnge Ruy [8] are are at 12.
Ljubo - Korchnoi are at 7, where Ljubo has made an agressive pawn advance
with f4.






                      
Date: 22 Jan 2008 09:22:21
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> If you missed it - Short /did/ play Cheparinov yesterday in a Najdorgf
> Sicilian which went on for 64 moves in almost 6 hours. Result was 1-0
> Short.
> ---
> Adams van Wely have just started a Sicilian [2] and following 'Fischer's'
> Bc4 we are now at 10

and compared with other games proceded sedately to [16]

> Aronian - Eljanov an English [6] and similarly sedate at 15

> Topalov - Kramnik have [!!!] raced out 13 moves, including a Kt sac by
> Toppy at f7 - they are now at 15 in a variation I've never seen before.

see move list to 20 elsewhere - after 20 ... Kc8 we now have 21 a4 [after
big think] b4 22. Rac1 times 1:32 to 0:54 - I don't know what happens if
black 'checks' the white queen with either rook, there is an escape route
via h7 or g6, retreating along the b1 h7 diagonal, and white can save his
knight by an intermediary check on d6 - but how does the game proceed from
there? Does black also have Nf4 if the White Q goes to g6

no moves for long time, which is now 1:32 to 0:36

> Leko - Carlsen are doing a sedate Ruy [15]

> Polgar - Radjabov are [!] in a Konikowski variation of the Ruy [10] which
> features a game without a6, but with 3. ... f5 - not typically drawish!

Judit made a big decision at 18 with Bxe4, allowing Bxd4 with check, and has
now played 19. Be3 and Radjabov's clock is ticking, time 0-50 to 1:28

> Gelfand plays Anand [12]

Anand struck with 21 ... Bxe4 which frees up his game, level material now &
same color bishop middle game.

> Ivanchuk - Mamedyarov started as an English and transposed to a Grunfeld,
> and black offered to draw by repeating checks until Ivanchuk varied at 14.
> [16]
> ---
> After his non-rest day yesterday Short has black against Movsesian [10]

draw in 22

> and Cheparinov has white against Krasenkow [13] and by 21 has the
> initiative and an attack on the uncastled king - but may be running out of
> steam

> Caruana v van der Wiel [11]

van der wiel came back well to be the first to push pawns at opponents
king - [18]

> Carlsson - Braun [8] is already wild

and at 12 it looks like Braun dropped a whole bishop for no compensation....

> Peng-Krush [11]

now at 16, equal looking

> Timman -Portisch have an early Q excahnge Ruy [8] are are at 12.

at 15 black nabbed a centre pawn, and now Timman can decide to recapture it
by BxN which recollects the pawn and seems to pin the KB against the king
still at e8

Yeah - Timman played 17. Bxe5

> Ljubo - Korchnoi are at 7, where Ljubo has made an agressive pawn advance
> with f4.

Viktor has just offered a Kt sac at 13 in return for lines against black's
king
>
>
>




                       
Date: 22 Jan 2008 07:34:01
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Sounds like Adams was showing a little respect for Fischer with his
Fischer move..



                       
Date: 22 Jan 2008 09:45:11
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>
> "Chess One" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> If you missed it - Short /did/ play Cheparinov yesterday in a Najdorgf
>> Sicilian which went on for 64 moves in almost 6 hours. Result was 1-0
>> Short.
>> ---
>> Adams van Wely have just started a Sicilian [2] and following 'Fischer's'
>> Bc4 we are now at 10
>
> and compared with other games proceded sedately to [16]
still sedate at 24

>
>> Aronian - Eljanov an English [6] and similarly sedate at 15

Aronian might be getting some action against black's centre now at 16 - slow
going still

>> Topalov - Kramnik have [!!!] raced out 13 moves, including a Kt sac by
>> Toppy at f7 - they are now at 15 in a variation I've never seen before.
>
> see move list to 20 elsewhere - after 20 ... Kc8 we now have 21 a4 [after
> big think] b4 22. Rac1 times 1:32 to 0:54 - I don't know what happens if
> black 'checks' the white queen with either rook, there is an escape route
> via h7 or g6, retreating along the b1 h7 diagonal, and white can save his
> knight by an intermediary check on d6 - but how does the game proceed from
> there? Does black also have Nf4 if the White Q goes to g6
>
> no moves for long time, which is now 1:32 to 0:36

Kramnik took a huge amount of his remaining time here, so after 22. Rac1 we
eventually got 22 ... c3 with 25 mins left.
23. bxc3 b3 white 1:30 black 0:25

24 c4 Rf-g8


>> Leko - Carlsen are doing a sedate Ruy [15]

still pastoric at 20.

>> Polgar - Radjabov are [!] in a Konikowski variation of the Ruy [10] which
>> features a game without a6, but with 3. ... f5 - not typically drawish!
>
> Judit made a big decision at 18 with Bxe4, allowing Bxd4 with check, and
> has now played 19. Be3 and Radjabov's clock is ticking, time 0-50 to 1:28

But she settles for a draw in view of the perpetual at 23.

>> Gelfand plays Anand [12]
> Anand struck with 21 ... Bxe4 which frees up his game, level material now
> & same color bishop middle game.

They too decided this was a draw at move 25

>> Ivanchuk - Mamedyarov started as an English and transposed to a Grunfeld,
>> and black offered to draw by repeating checks until Ivanchuk varied at
>> 14. [16] [21]
>> ---
>> After his non-rest day yesterday Short has black against Movsesian [10]
>
> draw in 22
>
>> and Cheparinov has white against Krasenkow [13] and by 21 has the
>> initiative and an attack on the uncastled king - but may be running out
>> of steam

ah! here it is, at 22. Ng5 is a mock sac which removes the Queens, and
allows white's d rook into the position. currently 27. and with the 2
bishops white is a pawn down but has all the initiative 1:05 t0 0:45

>> Caruana v van der Wiel [11]
>
> van der wiel came back well to be the first to push pawns at opponents
> king - [18]

now at 21 white does the same driving a black knight back to g8

>> Carlsson - Braun [8] is already wild
>
> and at 12 it looks like Braun dropped a whole bishop for no
> compensation....

After 13. Qd2 white has mate threats

>> Peng-Krush [11]
>
> now at 16, equal looking
>
>> Timman -Portisch have an early Q excahnge Ruy [8] are are at 12.
>
> at 15 black nabbed a centre pawn, and now Timman can decide to recapture
> it by BxN which recollects the pawn and seems to pin the KB against the
> king still at e8
>
> Yeah - Timman played 17. Bxe5

but then they agreed to draw at 18

>> Ljubo - Korchnoi are at 7, where Ljubo has made an agressive pawn advance
>> with f4.
>
> Viktor has just offered a Kt sac at 13 in return for lines against black's
> king

I don't think Viktor even considers drawing - this game still at 14 with
mutual attacks underway on opposite castled kings

>>
>>
>
>




                        
Date: 22 Jan 2008 10:04:16
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

>>> Adams van Wely at 24

>>> Aronian - Eljanov an English at 15

>>> Topalov - Kramnik have [!!!] raced out 13 moves, including a Kt sac by
>>> Toppy at f7 - they are now at 15 in a variation I've never seen before.
>>
>> see move list to 20 elsewhere - after 20 ... Kc8 we now have 21 a4 [after
>> big think] b4 22. Rac1 times 1:32 to 0:54 - I don't know what happens if
>> black 'checks' the white queen with either rook, there is an escape route
>> via h7 or g6, retreating along the b1 h7 diagonal, and white can save his
>> knight by an intermediary check on d6 - but how does the game proceed
>> from there? Does black also have Nf4 if the White Q goes to g6
>>
>> no moves for long time, which is now 1:32 to 0:36
>
> Kramnik took a huge amount of his remaining time here, so after 22. Rac1
> we eventually got 22 ... c3 with 25 mins left.
> 23. bxc3 b3 white 1:30 black 0:25
>
> 24 c4 Rf-g8
25 Nd6+ Kc7 white 1:23 black 0:21
26 Qf7 Rf8 white 1:20 black 0:15
27 cxd5 !?!?!?!?!
27 ... Rxf7

yes, that was the Queen sac, folks!

28 Rxc6 Kb8
29 Ncf7

incredible position!
1:12 to 0:13

>>> Leko - Carlsen are at 20.

>>> Polgar - Radjabov draw in view of the perpetual at 23.

>>> Gelfand plays Anand draw at move 25

>>> Ivanchuk - Mamedyarov started at [21]


>>> After his non-rest day yesterday Short has black against Movsesian draw
>>> in 22

>>> and Cheparinov has white against Krasenkow 27

>
>>> Caruana v van der Wiel now at 21

>
>>> Carlsson - Braun After 13. Qd2 white has mate threats


>>> Peng-Krush [21]


>>> Timman -Portisch agreed to draw at 18

>>> Ljubo - Korchnoi 15




                         
Date: 22 Jan 2008 10:18:01
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>
>>>> Adams van Wely at 23
>
>>>> Aronian - Eljanov an English at 15
>
>>>> Topalov - Kramnik have [!!!] raced out 13 moves, including a Kt sac by
>>>> Toppy at f7 - they are now at 15 in a variation I've never seen before.
>>>
>>> see move list to 20 elsewhere - after 20 ... Kc8 we now have 21 a4
>>> [after big think] b4 22. Rac1 times 1:32 to 0:54 - I don't know what
>>> happens if black 'checks' the white queen with either rook, there is an
>>> escape route via h7 or g6, retreating along the b1 h7 diagonal, and
>>> white can save his knight by an intermediary check on d6 - but how does
>>> the game proceed from there? Does black also have Nf4 if the White Q
>>> goes to g6
>>>
>>> no moves for long time, which is now 1:32 to 0:36
>>
>> Kramnik took a huge amount of his remaining time here, so after 22. Rac1
>> we eventually got 22 ... c3 with 25 mins left.
>> 23. bxc3 b3 white 1:30 black 0:25
>>
>> 24 c4 Rf-g8
> 25 Nd6+ Kc7 white 1:23 black 0:21
> 26 Qf7 Rf8 white 1:20 black 0:15
> 27 cxd5 !?!?!?!?!
> 27 ... Rxf7
>
> yes, that was the Queen sac, folks!
>
> 28 Rxc6 Kb8
> 29 Ncf7

> incredible position!
> 1:12 to 0:13

29 ... Re8
30 Nd6 Rh8
31 Rc4 Qe2
32 dxe6 Nb6
33 Rb4

WOWA!

33... Ka8
1:09 to 0:06

Now Toppy has over an hour to win this - he has 2 e pawns, and can queen
one, [laugh, so Toppy moves almost immediately - and i must either suppose
that the course of action is obvious to him, or he is 'attacking' his
oppoenents clock

34. e7 there it goes
34 ... Nd5
35 Rxb3 [black's passed pawn] Nxe7
1:07 to 0:06

now what?


>>>> Leko - Carlsen are at 20.

has Leko dropped at Kt after 23 ... e4 24 Qc4

>>>> Polgar - Radjabov draw in view of the perpetual at 23.
>
>>>> Gelfand plays Anand draw at move 25
>
>>>> Ivanchuk - Mamedyarov started at [21]
>
>
>>>> After his non-rest day yesterday Short has black against Movsesian draw
>>>> in 22
>
>>>> and Cheparinov has white against Krasenkow 27
>
>>
>>>> Caruana v van der Wiel now at 21
>
>>
>>>> Carlsson - Braun After 13. Qd2 white has mate threats
>
>
>>>> Peng-Krush [21]
>
>
>>>> Timman -Portisch agreed to draw at 18
>
>>>> Ljubo - Korchnoi 15
>
>




                          
Date: 22 Jan 2008 10:30:49
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
>>>>> Adams van Wely at 23

reporting on these other games is like looking for excitement at the old
folk's home [I hope Mickey won't read that] this one at 23 but time will now
play a larger part 0:42 to 0:28

>>>>> Aronian - Eljanov an English at 15

a snore, I mean draw, at 20.

>>>>> Topalov - Kramnik have [!!!] raced out 13 moves, including a Kt sac by
>>>>> Toppy at f7 - they are now at 15 in a variation I've never seen
>>>>> before.
>>>>
>>>> see move list to 20 elsewhere - after 20 ... Kc8 we now have 21 a4
>>>> [after big think] b4 22. Rac1 times 1:32 to 0:54 - I don't know what
>>>> happens if black 'checks' the white queen with either rook, there is an
>>>> escape route via h7 or g6, retreating along the b1 h7 diagonal, and
>>>> white can save his knight by an intermediary check on d6 - but how does
>>>> the game proceed from there? Does black also have Nf4 if the White Q
>>>> goes to g6
>>>>
>>>> no moves for long time, which is now 1:32 to 0:36
>>>
>>> Kramnik took a huge amount of his remaining time here, so after 22. Rac1
>>> we eventually got 22 ... c3 with 25 mins left.
>>> 23. bxc3 b3 white 1:30 black 0:25
>>>
>>> 24 c4 Rf-g8
>> 25 Nd6+ Kc7 white 1:23 black 0:21
>> 26 Qf7 Rf8 white 1:20 black 0:15
>> 27 cxd5 !?!?!?!?!
>> 27 ... Rxf7
>>
>> yes, that was the Queen sac, folks!
>>
>> 28 Rxc6 Kb8
>> 29 Ncf7
>
>> incredible position!
>> 1:12 to 0:13
>
> 29 ... Re8
> 30 Nd6 Rh8
> 31 Rc4 Qe2
> 32 dxe6 Nb6
> 33 Rb4
>
> WOWA!
>
> 33... Ka8
> 1:09 to 0:06
>
> Now Toppy has over an hour to win this - he has 2 e pawns, and can queen
> one, [laugh, so Toppy moves almost immediately - and i must either suppose
> that the course of action is obvious to him, or he is 'attacking' his
> oppoenents clock
>
> 34. e7 there it goes
> 34 ... Nd5
> 35 Rxb3 [black's passed pawn] Nxe7
> 1:07 to 0:06
>
> now what?

36 Rfb1 [doubling] Nd5
1:03 to 0:04

37 h3 [luft] h5 [to force the bishop to h2 blocking the luft]

38 Nf7 Rc8

39 e6 [which open the bishop diagonal to b8, therefore, that's a mate threat

39 .. a6 [luft]

40 Nxg5 h4 [!?!]

1:00 to 0:00

maybe I can go to the superket now?

>>>>> Leko - Carlsen are at 20.
>
> has Leko dropped at Kt after 23 ... e4 24 Qc4

well, Carlsen eventually took it! though dropped the exchange - now at 26
0:22 to 0:45

>>>>> Polgar - Radjabov draw in view of the perpetual at 23.
>>
>>>>> Gelfand plays Anand draw at move 25
>>
>>>>> Ivanchuk - Mamedyarov

another game of underwater chess whre time seems to pass very slowly, now at
24 0:33 to 0:33


>>>>> and Cheparinov has white against Krasenkow 27

[32] 0:53 to 0:14


>>>>> Caruana v van der Wiel now at 21
>>
>>>
>>>>> Carlsson - Braun After 13. Qd2 white has mate threats
>>
>>
>>>>> Peng-Krush [21]

[27] 27 to 37 mins

>>
>>>>> Timman -Portisch agreed to draw at 18
>>
>>>>> Ljubo - Korchnoi 15

wow! this one warmed up with piece sacs by both sides - now at 21 38 mins
to 26

>>
>
>




                           
Date: 22 Jan 2008 12:12:17
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>>>>>> Adams van Wely at 23
>
> reporting on these other games is like looking for excitement at the old
> folk's home [I hope Mickey won't read that] this one at 23 but time will
> now play a larger part 0:42 to 0:28

still going at move 47 - material is equal except for the position features
2 supported passed white pawns on the Q side. And black's knight is 'stuck
at h3. Though the pawns are not much advanced black decided to resign since,
in effect, he is playing a piece down.

>>>>>> Topalov - Kramnik have [!!!] raced out 13 moves, including a Kt sac
>>>>>> by Toppy at f7 - they are now at 15 in a variation I've never seen
>>>>>> before.
>>>>>
>>>>> see move list to 20 elsewhere - after 20 ... Kc8 we now have 21 a4
>>>>> [after big think] b4 22. Rac1 times 1:32 to 0:54 - I don't know what
>>>>> happens if black 'checks' the white queen with either rook, there is
>>>>> an escape route via h7 or g6, retreating along the b1 h7 diagonal, and
>>>>> white can save his knight by an intermediary check on d6 - but how
>>>>> does the game proceed from there? Does black also have Nf4 if the
>>>>> White Q goes to g6
>>>>>
>>>>> no moves for long time, which is now 1:32 to 0:36
>>>>
>>>> Kramnik took a huge amount of his remaining time here, so after 22.
>>>> Rac1 we eventually got 22 ... c3 with 25 mins left.
>>>> 23. bxc3 b3 white 1:30 black 0:25
>>>>
>>>> 24 c4 Rf-g8
>>> 25 Nd6+ Kc7 white 1:23 black 0:21
>>> 26 Qf7 Rf8 white 1:20 black 0:15
>>> 27 cxd5 !?!?!?!?!
>>> 27 ... Rxf7
>>>
>>> yes, that was the Queen sac, folks!
>>>
>>> 28 Rxc6 Kb8
>>> 29 Ncf7
>>
>>> incredible position!
>>> 1:12 to 0:13
>>
>> 29 ... Re8
>> 30 Nd6 Rh8
>> 31 Rc4 Qe2
>> 32 dxe6 Nb6
>> 33 Rb4
>>
>> WOWA!
>>
>> 33... Ka8
>> 1:09 to 0:06
>>
>> Now Toppy has over an hour to win this - he has 2 e pawns, and can queen
>> one, [laugh, so Toppy moves almost immediately - and i must either
>> suppose that the course of action is obvious to him, or he is 'attacking'
>> his oppoenents clock
>>
>> 34. e7 there it goes
>> 34 ... Nd5
>> 35 Rxb3 [black's passed pawn] Nxe7
>> 1:07 to 0:06
>>
>> now what?
>
> 36 Rfb1 [doubling] Nd5
> 1:03 to 0:04
>
> 37 h3 [luft] h5 [to force the bishop to h2 blocking the luft]
>
> 38 Nf7 Rc8
>
> 39 e6 [which open the bishop diagonal to b8, therefore, that's a mate
> threat
>
> 39 .. a6 [luft]
>
> 40 Nxg5 h4 [!?!]
>
> 1:00 to 0:00

I expected a big pause here, instead of this somewhat mysterious move which
was played in a few minutes - Kramnik took a dozen moves to reply:-

41. Rg8 [which of course does not immediately threaten to capture the knight
otherwise white has a mate in 2 with the rooks

42 R3b2 Qd3
43 e7 Nf6
44 Be5 Nd7
45 Ne6 1-0

great chess

> maybe I can go to the superket now?
>
>>>>>> Leko - Carlsen are at 20.
>>
>> has Leko dropped at Kt after 23 ... e4 24 Qc4


> well, Carlsen eventually took it! though dropped the exchange - now at 26
> 0:22 to 0:45

at 39 Leko plays Kh2 to stop the perpetual and what happened next is
perplexing

40 Qxb6 Qf4+ but Carlsen must have realised he now has no more perpetual and
resigned here.

>>>>>> Polgar - Radjabov draw in view of the perpetual at 23.
>>>
>>>>>> Gelfand plays Anand draw at move 25
>>>
>>>>>> Ivanchuk - Mamedyarov
>
> another game of underwater chess whre time seems to pass very slowly, now
> at 24 0:33 to 0:33

drawn just after the time control at 41


>>>>>> and Cheparinov has white against Krasenkow 27
>
> [32] 0:53 to 0:14

and he won in 42 moves 1-0

>>>>>> Caruana v van der Wiel now at 21

1-0 in 44

>>>>
>>>>>> Carlsson - Braun After 13. Qd2 white has mate threats

after 20 Rad6 black plays a couple of spite checks and resigns

>>>
>>>>>> Peng-Krush [21]
>
> [27] 27 to 37 mins

still going at 44 - Irina'a has one dark squared bishop which is 'bad'
blocked by her own pawns [Peng's light squared bish is similar] so she must
transfer it to the K side, meanwhile Peng plays 45 Ng2 to advance pawns and
lock it out entirely to make a draw.

>>>
>>>>>> Timman -Portisch agreed to draw at 18
>>>
>>>>>> Ljubo - Korchnoi 15
>
> wow! this one warmed up with piece sacs by both sides - now at 21 38 mins
> to 26

but drawn at 31

>>>
>>
>>
>
>




                            
Date: 23 Jan 2008 08:33:05
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
The official site commented on yesterday's games, "Topalov kitchen - the
novelty of 12.Nxf7 (see diagram 1) was found by Toppy's second, Ivan
Cheparinov, and was well kept like fine wine for three years, for just such
an occasion. When asked after the game, Ivan said that some specific lines
were analyzed all the way to move 40(!)... " I thought it was a TN, and
Toppy played so fast - wasn't it about 20 moves in less than 5 minutes?

---and today---

Anand Leko are in an a4 Ruy at 12, with Anand essaying 12. Bc4 to place the
piece outside the pawn chain... [that's preparation <wink >]

Kramnik Gelfand are at 17 in an opening we have seen 4 times already at
Corus

Mamedyarov Polgar are in a French! almost, but has features more like an
English Defence. [7]

Adams Aronian have another Ruy, and the contrast with Anand Leko is that
Adams chose 8. d4 instead of the Karpovian a4. Adams then continued with a
sharp line dumping a pawn, but giving him the two bishops on an open board
[17]

Van Wely Carlsen have a Benko! Very certainly Carlsen wants to win with the
black pieces here. We are at 17 and van has doen well to maintain his extra
pawn and even advance both a&b pawns. Nothing sharp from Carlsen yet.

Eljanov Ivanchuk have a Slav, and white once again varies at 13 with Nd2 to
avoid a perpetual.

Radjabov Topalov are already sharpening the pencils at move 6. I wonder if
Toppy has been rsearching Koltanowski? The Queens went off at 7, current
[13]

---
Krush - Braun in a QGA, book at [12]
---

Timman Ljubo are in a ... [lol] wait 12. Nxf7 - where have we seen this
before? So this game is Toppy-Kramnik, part two.

Portisch is playing Korchnoi who does a Dutch [11]






                             
Date: 23 Jan 2008 06:53:04
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
How many more rounds do they play ?

Always some exciting games and some early drawn games ....

Do you think if RYBKA was in this tournament do you think the computer
would win it ?



                             
Date: 23 Jan 2008 09:04:18
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

> ---and today---
>
> Anand Leko are in an a4 Ruy at 12, with Anand essaying 12. Bc4 to place
> the piece outside the pawn chain... [that's preparation <wink>]
>
> Kramnik Gelfand are at 17 in an opening we have seen 4 times already at
> Corus

19. Ne5 introduces complications - eg, can black play the intermezzo c4-c3 -
in the event he chose another with 19 Bg5 allowing 21 Nac4 [let's see what
compensation he has...?]

> Mamedyarov Polgar are in a French! almost, but has features more like an
> English Defence. [7]

by move 11 both sides are developed, with white having slightly more space.

> Adams Aronian have another Ruy, and the contrast with Anand Leko is that
> Adams chose 8. d4 instead of the Karpovian a4. Adams then continued with a
> sharp line dumping a pawn, but giving him the two bishops on an open board
> [17]

but by 21 he hasn't retained them nor recovered his pawn

> Van Wely Carlsen have a Benko! Very certainly Carlsen wants to win with
> the black pieces here. We are at 17 and van has doen well to maintain his
> extra pawn and even advance both a&b pawns. Nothing sharp from Carlsen
> yet.

but at 17 he chose Rae8 instead of the usual tactic of occupying a&b files
with rooks, he has selected e&f files.

> Eljanov Ivanchuk have a Slav, and white once again varies at 13 with Nd2
> to avoid a perpetual.

Ivanchuk grabs at pawn with 18 ... Qxb4
> Radjabov Topalov are already sharpening the pencils at move 6. I wonder if
> Toppy has been rsearching Koltanowski? The Queens went off at 7, current
> [13]

there followed opposite side castling - who would want to be Radjabov
today? - though Toppy doesn't have any real initiative yet - [16]

> ---
Short - Krasenkow have an exchange Ruy [14]
> Krush - Braun in a QGA, book at [12] [14]
> ---
>
> Timman Ljubo are in a ... [lol] wait 12. Nxf7 - where have we seen this
> before? So this game is Toppy-Kramnik, part two.

but - an improvement? at 17, where Ljubo plays Rhg8 Which Timman answers
with 18. a4

> Portisch is playing Korchnoi who does a Dutch [11]
>
>
>
>




                              
Date: 23 Jan 2008 09:39:18
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>
>> ---and today---
>>
>> Anand Leko are in an a4 Ruy at 12, with Anand essaying 12. Bc4 to place
>> the piece outside the pawn chain... [that's preparation <wink>]

at 18 Anand gets a temporary pawn, but while black recovers it, white can
complete his development.

BUT! Anand settles for a draw at 19, presumably because after 19 ... Nxd5
and the dark squared bishops are exchanged it would then be dangerous to
play for an advantage.

>> Kramnik Gelfand are at 17 in an opening we have seen 4 times already at
>> Corus
>
> 19. Ne5 introduces complications - eg, can black play the intermezzo
> c4-c3 - in the event he chose another with 19 Bg5 allowing 21 Nac4 [let's
> see what compensation he has...?]

[22] 1:14 to 0:50. Perhaps Kramnik will simplify by a rook exchange, and
attack the back e pawn with Queen?

>> Mamedyarov Polgar are in a French! almost, but has features more like an
>> English Defence. [7]
>
> by move 11 both sides are developed, with white having slightly more
> space.

[15] white has completed developent, black is cramped.

>> Adams Aronian have another Ruy, and the contrast with Anand Leko is that
>> Adams chose 8. d4 instead of the Karpovian a4. Adams then continued with
>> a sharp line dumping a pawn, but giving him the two bishops on an open
>> board [17]
>
> but by 21 he hasn't retained them nor recovered his pawn

but the game is played out- eventually either the e or c pawn will fall,
so - draw agreed at 21

>> Van Wely Carlsen have a Benko! Very certainly Carlsen wants to win with
>> the black pieces here. We are at 17 and van has doen well to maintain his
>> extra pawn and even advance both a&b pawns. Nothing sharp from Carlsen
>> yet.
>
> but at 17 he chose Rae8 instead of the usual tactic of occupying a&b files
> with rooks, he has selected e&f files.

at 20.came the provocative Nb5 - white certainly has taken over the
initiative. In fact Carlsen has to move his eRook tp the C file allowing the
tempo gaining pin at 21 Bh3 - complicated stuff though. I still give white
an edge here.

>> Eljanov Ivanchuk have a Slav, and white once again varies at 13 with Nd2
>> to avoid a perpetual.
>
> Ivanchuk grabs at pawn with 18 ... Qxb4
>> Radjabov Topalov are already sharpening the pencils at move 6. I wonder
>> if Toppy has been rsearching Koltanowski? The Queens went off at 7,
>> current [13]
>
> there followed opposite side castling - who would want to be Radjabov
> today? - though Toppy doesn't have any real initiative yet - [16]
>
>> ---
> Short - Krasenkow have an exchange Ruy [14]
now at 21 Nigel has fixed the backward d pawn under the steely gaze of 2
rooks, while also challenging the advanced black a pawn to commit itself to
exchange or advance

>> Krush - Braun in a QGA, book at [12] [14]

Irina now seems better at 17 having more space, but creating weaknesses in
black's position will be the next task if she wants to go for the whole
point.

>> ---
>>
>> Timman Ljubo are in a ... [lol] wait 12. Nxf7 - where have we seen this
>> before? So this game is Toppy-Kramnik, part two.
>
> but - an improvement? at 17, where Ljubo plays Rhg8 Which Timman answers
> with 18. a4

follow the stem game yesterday to white's 17. Latest move is 18... Ba8, with
time about equal at an hour each. I imagine everyone at Corus looked at this
game last night, and who knows what teams worked on plans for white and for
black?

19. Rfe1 - just as fascinating a position as yesterday, with the interim
moves perhaps only being parenthetical to the big sac attack? I must say
that black's position looks awful with a bishop on a8 staring at its own
pawn at c6. Seemingly invited is the capture Qxd4...


>> Portisch is playing Korchnoi who does a Dutch [11]
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>




                               
Date: 23 Jan 2008 10:11:30
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
>>> Anand Leko draw at 19

>>> Kramnik Gelfand ...19 Bg5 allowing 21 Nac4 [let's
>> see what compensation he has...?]
>
> [22] 1:14 to 0:50. Perhaps Kramnik will simplify by a rook exchange, and
> attack the back e pawn with Queen?

yep, now [24]

>>> Mamedyarov Polgar
> [15] white has completed developent, black is cramped.

somewhat eased by [20]

>>> Adams Aronian - draw agreed at 21


>>> Van Wely Carlsen have a Benko! 21 Bh3 - a little temp gaining pin -
>>> Carlsen has now been think a long time
but he has plenty of it 0:36 0:53

that was 10 minutes ago, now 0:43

>>> Eljanov Ivanchuk at [23] 0:33 to 0:55

>>> Radjabov Topalov at 21 0:32 to 0:56 and the first major combination
>>> comes from Radjabov with 22. Bb5 attacking the e8 rook leaving a Kt en
>>> prise at f5


>>
>>> ---
>> Short - Krasenkow have an exchange Ruy [14]
> now at 21 Nigel has fixed the backward d pawn under the steely gaze of 2
> rooks, while also challenging the advanced black a pawn to commit itself
> to exchange or advance

0:52 to 0:34

>>> Krush - Braun in a QGA, book at [12] [14]
>
> Irina now seems better at 17 having more space, but creating weaknesses in
> black's position will be the next task if she wants to go for the whole
> point.

O! She does the most obvious and direct thing in 2 moves, first aiming a
bish at h7, then Bxh7+, which was accepted [forced] allowing a combination
winning back a bishop, netting a pawn - leaving white 6 pawns Rook +Bish, to
Black 5 pawns Rook + bish of same color, times 0:27 0:56

>>> ---
>>>
>>> Timman Ljubo are in a ... [lol] wait 12. Nxf7 - where have we seen this
>>> before? So this game is Toppy-Kramnik, part two.
>>
>> but - an improvement? at 17, where Ljubo plays Rhg8 Which Timman answers
>> with 18. a4
>
> follow the stem game yesterday to white's 17. Latest move is 18... Ba8,
> with time about equal at an hour each. I imagine everyone at Corus looked
> at this game last night, and who knows what teams worked on plans for
> white and for black?
>
> 19. Rfe1 - just as fascinating a position as yesterday, with the interim
> moves perhaps only being parenthetical to the big sac attack? I must say
> that black's position looks awful with a bishop on a8 staring at its own
> pawn at c6. Seemingly invited is the capture Qxd4...

19 ...Nc7
20 d5 [!?!]
20 ... cxd5
21 axb5 a5
22. b3

0:47 to 0:34

>>> Portisch is playing Korchnoi who does a Dutch [11]

at 20 Viktor has fought for some space - lots of play here




                                
Date: 23 Jan 2008 10:34:54
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>>>> Anand Leko draw at 19
>
>>>> Kramnik Gelfand ...
> yep, now [24]

at 29, Kramnik has what chances there are after simplifications. Black's
bishop on a8 is bad bad bad

>>>> Mamedyarov Polgar
>> [15] white has completed developent, black is cramped.
>
> somewhat eased by [20]

Judit exchanged queens but allowed a passed pawn to exist on d6, which will
become either a liabilty or a winning feature.

>>>> Adams Aronian - draw agreed at 21
>
>
>>>> Van Wely Carlsen have a Benko! 21 Bh3 - a little temp gaining pin -
>>>> Carlsen has now been think a long time
> but he has plenty of it 0:36 0:53
>
> that was 10 minutes ago, now 0:43

and Carlsen chose his 21... f5 which was followed by Bg5 attacking an
unguarded pawn - white still has the initiative here with no major pieces
exchanged, and the majority of blacks locked up on the Q side, inc black's
queen 32 to 34 mins

>>>> Eljanov Ivanchuk at [23] 0:33 to 0:55
>
>>>> Radjabov Topalov at 21 0:32 to 0:56 and the first major combination
>>>> comes from Radjabov with 22. Bb5 attacking the e8 rook leaving a Kt en
>>>> prise at f5

so naturally Toppy choses the most complicated line with 22. .. Bxf5 23
Bxe8, and then the desperado bishop moves again with Bxe4 and at 24 white
does not exchange but withdraws with Bb5 leaving him the exchange up, pawn
down - and we wait to see what Toppy had in mind...


>>> Short - Krasenkow have an exchange Ruy [14]
>> now at 21 Nigel has fixed the backward d pawn under the steely gaze of 2
>> rooks, while also challenging the advanced black a pawn to commit itself
>> to exchange or advance
>
> 0:52 to 0:34

okay. Short sacs the exchange at 24 to collect a pawn and break into black's
position. looking good for Nigel.

>>>> Krush - Braun in a QGA,

- leaving white 6 pawns Rook +Bish, to
> Black 5 pawns Rook + bish of same color, times 0:27 0:56 [24]

lots of moves follow, black having to repeat king moves while Irina
engineers supported passer on K side at 34 0:13 to 0:45


>>>> Timman Ljubo are in a ... [lol] wait 12. Nxf7 - where have we seen this
>>>> before? So this game is Toppy-Kramnik, part two.
>>>
>>> but - an improvement? at 17, where Ljubo plays Rhg8 Which Timman answers
>>> with 18. a4
>>
>> follow the stem game yesterday to white's 17. Latest move is 18... Ba8,
>> with time about equal at an hour each. I imagine everyone at Corus looked
>> at this game last night, and who knows what teams worked on plans for
>> white and for black?
>>
>> 19. Rfe1 - just as fascinating a position as yesterday, with the interim
>> moves perhaps only being parenthetical to the big sac attack? I must say
>> that black's position looks awful with a bishop on a8 staring at its own
>> pawn at c6. Seemingly invited is the capture Qxd4...
>
> 19 ...Nc7
> 20 d5 [!?!]
> 20 ... cxd5
> 21 axb5 a5
> 22. b3
>
> 0:47 to 0:34

22 ... cxb3
23 Qh7 there it goes!

....d4

24 Bh5 Nxb5
25 Nf7 [what?] ?!?!?

>>>> Portisch is playing Korchnoi who does a Dutch [11]
>
> at 20 Viktor has fought for some space - lots of play here

now at 24




                                 
Date: 23 Jan 2008 11:10:22
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

after walking the dog for 20 minutes, all sorts of things have happened as
players approach the time control...

>>>>> Anand Leko draw at 19
>>
>>>>> Kramnik Gelfand ...
>> yep, now [24]
>
> at 29, Kramnik has what chances there are after simplifications. Black's
> bishop on a8 is bad bad bad

with time at [31] being 28 mins to 12 mins, Gelfand has offered the exchange
and also activated his Queen by means of a tactical shot.

>>>>> Mamedyarov Polgar
> Judit exchanged queens but allowed a passed pawn to exist on d6, which
> will become either a liabilty or a winning feature.

in a few moves offering up her a pawn for the d, the players drew in 28

>>>>> Adams Aronian - draw agreed at 21

>>>>> Van Wely Carlsen have a Benko! 21 Bh3
> and Carlsen chose his 21... f5 which was followed by Bg5 attacking an
> unguarded pawn - white still has the initiative here with no major pieces
> exchanged, and the majority of blacks locked up on the Q side, inc black's
> queen 32 to 34 mins

at 25 van Wely gains a supported passer on c6 - and we wait to see if
Carlsen will accept the offered e4 pawn in exchange for his own

18 mins to 17 mins [25]

>>>>> Eljanov Ivanchuk at [23] 0:33 to 0:55

10 to 24 mins at [31] material equal, but Ivanchuk's game now mush freer

>>>>> Radjabov Topalov at 21 0:32 to 0:56 and the first major combination
>>>>> comes from Radjabov with 22. Bb5 attacking the e8 rook leaving a Kt en
>>>>> prise at f5
>
> so naturally Toppy choses the most complicated line with 22. .. Bxf5 23
> Bxe8, and then the desperado bishop moves again with Bxe4 and at 24 white
> does not exchange but withdraws with Bb5 leaving him the exchange up, pawn
> down - and we wait to see what Toppy had in mind...

many moves! at 31 time is 0:07 to 25. Radj wants to reduce Toppy attacking
chances so offers exchange of bishops at 33

>>>> Short - Krasenkow have an exchange Ruy [14]
>>> now at 21 Nigel has fixed the backward d pawn under the steely gaze of 2
>>> rooks, while also challenging the advanced black a pawn to commit itself
>>> to exchange or advance
>>
>> 0:52 to 0:34
>
> okay. Short sacs the exchange at 24 to collect a pawn and break into
> black's position. looking good for Nigel.

by 31 black has 2 rooks to a white rook and bish - though white has 2
passers on the Q side, with the King in attendance 19 mins to 11

>>>>> Krush - Braun in a QGA,
>
> - leaving white 6 pawns Rook +Bish, to
>> Black 5 pawns Rook + bish of same color, times 0:27 0:56 [24]
>
> lots of moves follow, black having to repeat king moves while Irina
> engineers supported passer on K side at 34 0:13 to 0:45

[42] Irina is a pawn ahead after the time control with her king in the
center - once again, her problem is how to make progress?

>>>>> Timman Ljubo are in a ... [lol] wait 12. Nxf7 - where have we seen
>>>>> this before? So this game is Toppy-Kramnik, part two.
>>>>
>>>> but - an improvement? at 17, where Ljubo plays Rhg8 Which Timman
>>>> answers with 18. a4
>>>
>>> follow the stem game yesterday to white's 17. Latest move is 18... Ba8,
>>> with time about equal at an hour each. I imagine everyone at Corus
>>> looked at this game last night, and who knows what teams worked on plans
>>> for white and for black?
>>>
>>> 19. Rfe1 - just as fascinating a position as yesterday, with the interim
>>> moves perhaps only being parenthetical to the big sac attack? I must say
>>> that black's position looks awful with a bishop on a8 staring at its own
>>> pawn at c6. Seemingly invited is the capture Qxd4...
>>
>> 19 ...Nc7
>> 20 d5 [!?!]
>> 20 ... cxd5
>> 21 axb5 a5
>> 22. b3
>>
>> 0:47 to 0:34
>
> 22 ... cxb3
> 23 Qh7 there it goes!
>
> ....d4
>
> 24 Bh5 Nxb5
> 25 Nf7 [what?] ?!?!?

25 ... b2
26 Rab1 Nc3
27 Nxh6 Rh8
28 Qxg7+ Kd8
29 Nf7+ Kc7

[no apologies, btw for illustrating this var today or yesterday, we are all
going to be examining them for years! so might as well make an archival copy
here on usenet and get used to the positional possibilities]

30 Nxh8 Nxb1
31 Ng6 Rd8
32 h4 Nd2
33 hxg5 b1=Q
34 Rxb1 Qxb1+
35 Kh2 Nf1+
36 Kh3 Ne3

22 mins to 1 min.

37 fxe3 Qh1+
38 Kg4 Qxg2

20 mins to 1 min

and the a8 bishop eventually plays a huge part in the game!


>
>>>>> Portisch is playing Korchnoi who does a Dutch [11]
>>
>> at 20 Viktor has fought for some space - lots of play here
>
> now at 24
>




                                  
Date: 25 Jan 2008 08:52:07
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Here we go, after the second rest day, round 10 with 3 games to go,
inclusively.

Topalov Mamedyarov opened quietly with 'distant' development by both
players, until at 15 Mamed threwn in ... Be3 [16]

Aronian van Wely featured 12. Ke2 and the black Kt has so far made 5 moves
winding up on e7 - with a rekable position at 18, where white has pawns
on d5 e5 f5 g4 h3 1:40 to 1:14

Gelfand Radjabov [18] where a major element can be read in the time, 1:03 to
1:50, indicative of strong preparation in this line by Radjabov.

Carlsen - Anand are into a Sicilian with first tactical engagements at 16
[18]

Ivanchuk - Adams, at 11 from and English

Leko Kramnik from a Russian Def. and the fight for mutual king attacks
already on at 15

Polgar Eljanov a Ruy [14] black has won the two bishops and white has double
g pawns
---
van der Werf - Krush [11]
Korchnoi - Ljubo are at 19, and 1972!
Portisch - Timman have a mod benoni, [18]




                                   
Date: 25 Jan 2008 09:12:33
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
play slowing down as middle-games are engaged. the big fight so far is Leko
Kramnik

> Topalov Mamedyarov opened quietly with 'distant' development by both
> players, until at 15 Mamed threwn in ... Be3 [16]
>
> Aronian van Wely featured 12. Ke2 and the black Kt has so far made 5 moves
> winding up on e7 - with a rekable position at 18, where white has pawns
> on d5 e5 f5 g4 h3 1:40 to 1:14

at 20 black played b4 and I wonder if Aronian has 21 Nb5..

> Gelfand Radjabov [18] where a major element can be read in the time, 1:03
> to 1:50, indicative of strong preparation in this line by Radjabov.
>
> Carlsen - Anand are into a Sicilian with first tactical engagements at 16
> [18]
at 21 Carlsen is still taking it to Anand, occupying the center with two
knight and also pressing on the king side

> Ivanchuk - Adams, at 11 from and English

Adams seems to have equalised without committing weaknesses at 15

> Leko Kramnik from a Russian Def. and the fight for mutual king attacks
> already on at 15

and the first fireworks of the round come from Kramnik, who sac'ed a Kt at
16 0:50 to 1:37 at 17, where the white King is checked by the Q on a3, and
Leko must figure out how to save his c3 pawn and his game. At 19 he played
Kb1,


> Polgar Eljanov a Ruy [14] black has won the two bishops and white has
> double g pawns
> ---
Smeets Short in a French [11]
> van der Werf - Krush [11]
> Korchnoi - Ljubo are at 19, and 1972!
> Portisch - Timman have a mod benoni, [18]
>




                                    
Date: 25 Jan 2008 09:26:36
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> play slowing down as middle-games are engaged. the big fight so far is
> Leko Kramnik
>
>> Topalov Mamedyarov opened quietly with 'distant' development by both
>> players, until at 15 Mamed threwn in ... Be3 [16]

I'm always waiting for Toppy to do some crazy thing, but here he is, with
careful defence optimising his own pieces, while blacks early foray becomes
diminished. But he does seem to be optimising rather a lot! and I want Fritz
to tell me if it prefers white or black here.

>> Aronian van Wely featured 12. Ke2 and the black Kt has so far made 5
>> moves winding up on e7 - with a rekable position at 18, where white
>> has pawns on d5 e5 f5 g4 h3 1:40 to 1:14
>
> at 20 black played b4 and I wonder if Aronian has 21 Nb5..

play went 21 dc Bxc6

>> Gelfand Radjabov [18] where a major element can be read in the time, 1:03
>> to 1:50, indicative of strong preparation in this line by Radjabov.
>>
>> Carlsen - Anand are into a Sicilian with first tactical engagements at 16
>> [18]
> at 21 Carlsen is still taking it to Anand, occupying the center with two
> knight and also pressing on the king side

at 23 Carlsen let a pawn go so that his queen can take a closer look at
black's position

>> Ivanchuk - Adams, at 11 from and English
>
> Adams seems to have equalised without committing weaknesses at 15
>
>> Leko Kramnik from a Russian Def. and the fight for mutual king attacks
>> already on at 15
>
> and the first fireworks of the round come from Kramnik, who sac'ed a Kt at
> 16 0:50 to 1:37 at 17, where the white King is checked by the Q on a3, and
> Leko must figure out how to save his c3 pawn and his game. At 19 he played
> Kb1,

after f5 'trapping' a white bishop in the middle of the baord, Leko found
Ng5, and his own attacking possibility... 0:40 to 1:27

>
>> Polgar Eljanov a Ruy [14] black has won the two bishops and white has
>> double g pawns
>> ---
> Smeets Short in a French [11]
>> van der Werf - Krush [11]
>> Korchnoi - Ljubo are at 19, and 1972!
>> Portisch - Timman have a mod benoni, [18]
>>
>
>




                                     
Date: 25 Jan 2008 09:56:47
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
>>> Topalov Mamedyarov opened quietly with 'distant' development by both
>>> players, until at 15 Mamed threwn in ... Be3 [16]
>
> I'm always waiting for Toppy to do some crazy thing, but here he is, with
> careful defence optimising his own pieces, while blacks early foray
> becomes diminished. But he does seem to be optimising rather a lot! and I
> want Fritz to tell me if it prefers white or black here. [24]

at 25, another 'introverted' move from Toppy who has switched styles today
from Crazy Horse to Karpov.

>>> Aronian van Wely at 22>

the push 23. f6 by Aronian initiates tactical sequences, including an
exchange sac on next move. Blacks King is caught in the center 1:00 to
0:36

>>> Gelfand Radjabov [24]

0:16 to 1:19 at 25

>>> Carlsen - Anand are into a Sicilian, at 23 Carlsen let a pawn go so that
>>> his queen can take a closer look at black's position 0;44 to 1:06


>>> Ivanchuk - Adams, at 11 from and English
>>
>> Adams seems to have equalised without committing weaknesses at 15 [18]

>>> Leko Kramnik from a Russian Def. and the fight for mutual king attacks
>>> already on at 15
>>
>> and the first fireworks of the round come from Kramnik, who sac'ed a Kt
>> at 16 0:50 to 1:37 at 17, where the white King is checked by the Q on a3,
>> and Leko must figure out how to save his c3 pawn and his game. At 19 he
>> played Kb1,
>
> after f5 'trapping' a white bishop in the middle of the baord, Leko found
> Ng5, and his own attacking possibility... 0:40 to 1:27

After checking with the Kt at f7, the exchange RxN is forced, otherwise
White gets a smothered mate, via Kt h6 double+, Qg8+, Nf7++. Currently at
move 23 with .. Qxc3 black gives up defence of his bishop on f5, so, can he
force a draw from this positon, if 24 Qxf4 [?]

0:14 to 1:20 after 23 moves with White's clock ticking

>>
>>> Polgar Eljanov a Ruy [14] black has won the two bishops and white has
>>> double g pawns - at mv 20 black still has the bishop pair and all the
>>> attacking chances.

>>> ---
>> Smeets Short in a French [11] at 14 Smeets recovers his Q from the black
>> position, where blacks King is on e7 [15] Nigel has compensation in that
>> his rooks are linked and he has the half-open c file with white's king on
>> c1

>>> van der Werf - Krush [11] white has more space on Q-side at [18] but
>>> level-looking

>>> Korchnoi - Ljubo are at 19, and 1972!

Viktor dropped a couple to pawns to get after blacks King, and got in the
unexpected 25 Bxa6, [27]

>>> Portisch - Timman have a mod benoni, [18] [23]




                                      
Date: 25 Jan 2008 10:52:32
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

>>>> Topalov Mamedyarov opened quietly with 'distant' development by both
>>>> players, until at 15 Mamed threwn in ... Be3 [16]
>>
>> I'm always waiting for Toppy to do some crazy thing, but here he is, with
>> careful defence optimising his own pieces, while blacks early foray
>> becomes diminished. But he does seem to be optimising rather a lot! and I
>> want Fritz to tell me if it prefers white or black here. [24]
>
> at 25, another 'introverted' move from Toppy who has switched styles today
> from Crazy Horse to Karpov.

And at move 30 Mamedyarov has a supported passer on e4, a pawn at h4 and
pressure down the g file - but his bishop is doing no work, and there is an
out of play black night on a6 25 to 28 mins

>>>> Aronian van Wely at 22>
>
> the push 23. f6 by Aronian initiates tactical sequences, including an
> exchange sac on next move. Blacks King is caught in the center 1:00 to
> 0:36

a [mock] sac of the knight by 26 Nd6+ results in black's Queen being pinned
against the K at 28, at at 34 white has Queen and bishop, black has R, B & N
39 mins to 11

>>>> Gelfand Radjabov [24]
>
> 0:16 to 1:19 at 25

really slow play, at 26 11 mins to 39

>>>> Carlsen - Anand are into a Sicilian, at 23 Carlsen let a pawn go so
>>>> that his queen can take a closer look at black's position 0;44 to 1:06

at 30 Carlsen has the QR battery lined up on h, 13 mins to 35. At 31.
Carlsen's sacs a bishop on f7 9 min to 35

>>>> Ivanchuk - Adams, at 11 from and English
>>>
>>> Adams seems to have equalised without committing weaknesses at 15 [18]
>>> [21] 18 mins to 30 mims

>>>> Leko Kramnik from a Russian Def. and the fight for mutual king attacks
>>>> already on at 15
>>>
>>> and the first fireworks of the round come from Kramnik, who sac'ed a Kt
>>> at 16 0:50 to 1:37 at 17, where the white King is checked by the Q on
>>> a3, and Leko must figure out how to save his c3 pawn and his game. At 19
>>> he played Kb1,
>>
>> after f5 'trapping' a white bishop in the middle of the baord, Leko found
>> Ng5, and his own attacking possibility... 0:40 to 1:27
>
> After checking with the Kt at f7, the exchange RxN is forced, otherwise
> White gets a smothered mate, via Kt h6 double+, Qg8+, Nf7++. Currently at
> move 23 with .. Qxc3 black gives up defence of his bishop on f5, so, can
> he force a draw from this positon, if 24 Qxf4 [?]
>
> 0:14 to 1:20 after 23 moves with White's clock ticking

resulting in 24 Qxf5 and black has continuous checks, so a draw in 28


>>>> Polgar Eljanov a Ruy [14] black has won the two bishops and white has
>>>> double g pawns - at mv 20 black still has the bishop pair and all the
>>>> attacking chances.

at 27 black puts a rook battery on h file, and white has no counter
initiatives, especially since black bishops both observe the K position - I
think Judit will be fortunate to get out of jail free 22 mins to 24

>>>> ---
>>> Smeets Short in a French [11] at 14 Smeets recovers his Q from the black
>>> position, where blacks King is on e7 [15] Nigel has compensation in that
>>> his rooks are linked and he has the half-open c file with white's king
>>> on c1

at move 20, time 16 to 28 mins

>>>> van der Werf - Krush [11] white has more space on Q-side at [18] but
>>>> level-looking

still level at 27, white having the choice to simplify or find complications

>>>> Korchnoi - Ljubo are at 19, and 1972!
> Viktor dropped a couple to pawns to get after blacks King, and got in the
> unexpected 25 Bxa6, [27]

now at 34 time is 30 to 14, and black has survived the squall. Viktor
perhaps has a trump in his passed a pawn

>>>> Portisch - Timman have a mod benoni, [18] [23]





                                       
Date: 25 Jan 2008 12:12:54
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
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>
>>>>> Topalov Mamedyarov at move 30 Mamedyarov has a supported passer on
>>>>> e4, a pawn at h4 and
> pressure down the g file - but his bishop is doing no work, and there is
> an out of play black night on a6 25 to 28 mins

after a few moves, withdrawn by both players, but meeting time control we
are at 42. Mamedyarov must find a plan. Toppy has improved his position by
plonking a Kt onto d4

now drawn at 42

>>>>> Aronian van Wely featured a [mock] sac of the knight by 26 Nd6+
>>>>> results in black's Queen being pinned
> against the K at 28, at at 34 white has Queen and bishop, black has R, B &
> N 39 mins to 11

Black resigned just after the time control 1-0

>>>>> Gelfand Radjabov [24]
>>
>> 0:16 to 1:19 at 25
>
> really slow play, at 26 11 mins to 39

looks like Gelfand muffed his attack, driving the black K to g3, but
Radjabov used it in his own mating net. 0-1 in 37

>>>>> Carlsen - Anand
> Carlsen's sacs a bishop on f7 9 min to 35

on returning to this game 8 moves later it was all over, indeed Carlsen
spent a long time over his next move 33. Qh7 check.

Susan Polgar commentating at her blog said "33.Rxf5 33...Kf8 34.Rxf5+ Ke7
35.Qxg7+ And now Anand must play 35...Kd6 to have a good shot at winning".

so... 0-1 in 42

>>>>> Ivanchuk - Adams, at 11 from and English
>>>>
>>>> Adams seems to have equalised without committing weaknesses at 15 [18]
>>>> [21] 18 mins to 30 mims

drawn in 28

>>>>> Leko Kramnik from a Russian Def. and the fight for mutual king attacks
>>>>> already on at 15
>>>>
>>>> and the first fireworks of the round come from Kramnik, who sac'ed a Kt
>>>> at 16 0:50 to 1:37 at 17, where the white King is checked by the Q on
>>>> a3, and Leko must figure out how to save his c3 pawn and his game. At
>>>> 19 he played Kb1,
>>>
>>> after f5 'trapping' a white bishop in the middle of the baord, Leko
>>> found Ng5, and his own attacking possibility... 0:40 to 1:27
>>
>> After checking with the Kt at f7, the exchange RxN is forced, otherwise
>> White gets a smothered mate, via Kt h6 double+, Qg8+, Nf7++. Currently
>> at move 23 with .. Qxc3 black gives up defence of his bishop on f5, so,
>> can he force a draw from this positon, if 24 Qxf4 [?]
>>
>> 0:14 to 1:20 after 23 moves with White's clock ticking
>
> resulting in 24 Qxf5 and black has continuous checks, so a draw in 28


>>>>> Polgar Eljanov a Ruy [14] black has won the two bishops and white has
>>>>> double g pawns - at mv 20 black still has the bishop pair and all the
>>>>> attacking chances.
>
> at 27 black puts a rook battery on h file, and white has no counter
> initiatives, especially since black bishops both observe the K position -
> I think Judit will be fortunate to get out of jail free 22 mins to 24

after black forces the issue on the k side, and 33. ...Rh4 it seemed all
over. Black wins an exchange, consolidates his King, and three moves after
the time control its 0-1

>>>>> ---
>>>> Smeets Short in a French [11] at 14 Smeets recovers his Q from the
>>>> black position, where blacks King is on e7 [15] Nigel has compensation
>>>> in that his rooks are linked and he has the half-open c file with
>>>> white's king on c1
>
> at move 20, time 16 to 28 mins

lots of fancy footwork, to result in the final move 41. ...fxe6, and blacks
f2 pawn decides it 0-1,

>>>>> van der Werf - Krush [11] white has more space on Q-side at [18] but
>>>>> level-looking
>
> still level at 27, white having the choice to simplify or find
> complications

black to move at 41. Irina has a passer on a3 around which the game hangs

>>>>> Korchnoi - Ljubo are at 19, and 1972!
>> Viktor dropped a couple to pawns to get after blacks King, and got in the
>> unexpected 25 Bxa6, [27]
>
> now at 34 time is 30 to 14, and black has survived the squall. Viktor
> perhaps has a trump in his passed a pawn

but gets sucker punched at 49, misjudging a simple finesse and losing a
piece 0-1

>>>>> Portisch - Timman have a mod benoni, [18] [23]

which is on-going at 44. after ...Qe5, but it looks like Timman is a whole
piece adrift.

>
>




                                        
Date: 25 Jan 2008 17:51:36
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Your always waiting for Top to do something crazy , God that was
funny...

Gata is studding all his games .....



                                         
Date: 26 Jan 2008 09:06:16
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Adams Polgar, Russian Defence [15]

Radjabov - Leko are at 21, Radj dumping a pawn for more activity

Kramnik - Carlsen at 15, has Kramnik's pieces swarming about the kingside,
and Carlsen needs activity for his own pieces

Aronian - Ivanchuk in a QGA, book at 16

Van Wely - Anand in an English Defence! white eventually breaks the centre
tension with 15 d5, [18]

Eljanov - Topalov - today Toppy tries out the Mod Benoni - still book, but
less usual was black's 11. ... Nh5, and lol! but at 13 Toppy sacs his bishop
for the h pawn, then the h5 knight for the g-pawn [a mock sac, he collects a
piece on the nbext move] current position is at 17 time 1:06 1:26, and of
net material, toppy has two pawns for his knight, and white a windy king
position

Mamedyarov - Gelfand have a g3 closed Sicilian, where white gets the bishop
pair, but blacks knights are better at this stage of the game...
---
Krush - vd Wiel is an advance French [13]

Timman - Korchnoi at 11. Viktor seems to like this set-up, K on f8, but good
lines for his pieces, whereas white is currently 'flat'.
Ljubo - Portisch at 15, with Ljubo having stolen black's h pawn is a
position circa 1968




                                          
Date: 26 Jan 2008 09:45:30
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
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> Adams Polgar, Russian Defence [15]

Judit appear to be offering up her b7 pawn at 16 in order to better activate
her pieces - and as I watch off go a pair of rooks

at 17, exchanges and it looked like Judit has equalised, major pieces, a
white knight and a black bishop, but at 19 further simplifications take off
the minor pieces. level material, both palyers have 7 pawns, doubled c
pawns, Q&R

> Radjabov - Leko are at 21, Radj dumping a pawn for more activity

at 24 - an early endgame after big clearances

> Kramnik - Carlsen at 15, has Kramnik's pieces swarming about the kingside,
> and Carlsen needs activity for his own pieces

Kramnik's play is to maintain his space advantage, keeping black cramped
[17]

but by 18 Carlsen has advanced 2 k-side pawns to relieve his position and
determine the future pattern of the game

> Aronian - Ivanchuk in a QGA, book at 14 [17]

> Van Wely - Anand in an English Defence! white eventually breaks the centre
> tension with 15 d5, [18]

Anand, like Carlsen above, has made a Q-rook lift his second rank, [7th], to
double on the e-file and keep an eye on his own f7. the position has Benoni
like features but black has the bisho pair in a currently closed position

okay, Anand makes the rook battery with 21. ... Rbe7

> Eljanov - Topalov - today Toppy tries out the Mod Benoni - still book, but
> less usual was black's 11. ... Nh5, and lol! but at 13 Toppy sacs his
> bishop for the h pawn, then the h5 knight for the g-pawn [a mock sac, he
> collects a piece on the next move] current position is at 17 time 1:06
> 1:26, and of net material, toppy has two pawns for his knight, and white a
> windy king position

some consolidating moves until 21, white restricting the b pawn advance -
will black play c4 and Nd3? and how to develop his Q-rook? [22]

>
> Mamedyarov - Gelfand have a g3 closed Sicilian, where white gets the
> bishop pair, but blacks knights are better at this stage of the game...
> [19]


> ---
> Krush - vd Wiel is an advance French [13]
>
> Timman - Korchnoi at 11. Viktor seems to like this set-up, K on f8, but
> good lines for his pieces, whereas white is currently 'flat'.
> Ljubo - Portisch at 15, with Ljubo having stolen black's h pawn is a
> position circa 1968

There followed an exchange sac on a8, but which allows black's queen to
occupy the long diagonal, black has an inactive bishop pair, white not yet
castled

>




                                           
Date: 26 Jan 2008 10:41:04
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
>> Adams Polgar, Russian Defence [15]
> at 17, exchanges and it looked like Judit has equalised,
and at 23 its a rook apiece. I wonder how many more moves we'll see?


>> Radjabov - Leko are at 21, Radj dumping a pawn for more activity
>
> at 24 - an early endgame after big clearances

Radjabov equalised the material count by retaking a pawn, allowing black a
perpetual draw in 31

>> Kramnik - Carlsen at 15, has Kramnik's pieces swarming about the
>> kingside, and Carlsen needs activity for his own pieces
>
> Kramnik's play is to maintain his space advantage, keeping black cramped
> [17]
>
> but by 18 Carlsen has advanced 2 k-side pawns to relieve his position and
> determine the future pattern of the game

[at 22] times are 40 mins to 27 mins

[25] 33 mins to 19 --this game and the Eljanov - Potalov one are where the
'big' struggles are taking place

>> Aronian - Ivanchuk in a QGA, book at 14 [17]

[22] 45 mins to 21

>> Van Wely - Anand in an English Defence!

by 29 simplification to Q&Kt white, Queen&Bishop black, but black has a
supported passer on d4 and a lose pawn on f5

>> Eljanov - Topalov - today Toppy tries out the Mod Benoni -

at 27, 37 mins to 26, white is still a piece up, 2 pawns down.

>> Mamedyarov - Gelfand have a g3 closed Sicilian, where white gets the
>> bishop pair, but blacks knights are better at this stage of the game...
>> [19]

and a draw at 26 after wholesale exchanges

>
>> ---
>> Krush - vd Wiel is an advance French [13]

at move 26 without further exchanges Irina sinks a protected Kt onto d6, 40
mins to 19, and she keeps the pressure on black, and on his clock, so at
[24] 37 mins to 13

Short is playing Bacrot, and has just made a piece sac in an endgame at 31,
time at 32 46 mins to 7 mins

>> Timman - Korchnoi at 11. Viktor seems to like this set-up, K on f8, but
>> good lines for his pieces, whereas white is currently 'flat'.

at 21, 41 mins to 17

>> Ljubo - Portisch at 15, with Ljubo having stolen black's h pawn is a
>> position circa 1968
>
> There followed an exchange sac on a8, but which allows black's queen to
> occupy the long diagonal, black has an inactive bishop pair, white not yet
> castled

at 18 Portisch a temporary piece ahead, sacs a kt on e5, then the other on
d3 to rewin the exchange white 28, black 27
>>
>
>




                                            
Date: 26 Jan 2008 11:28:33
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>>> Adams Polgar, Russian Defence [15]
>> at 17, exchanges and it looked like Judit has equalised,
> and at 23 its a rook apiece. I wonder how many more moves we'll see?

at 36 Polgar keeps the distance opposition, and the techical possibilities
of such an endgame of king and pawns are far beyond my knowledge, though it
seems Adams cannot make immediate progress, nor break the opposition. time
at 36, 6 mins to 8 mins

>>> Radjabov - Leko are at 21, Radj dumping a pawn for more activity
>>
>> at 24 - an early endgame after big clearances
>
> Radjabov equalised the material count by retaking a pawn, allowing black a
> perpetual draw in 31
>
>>> Kramnik - Carlsen

with whites 29th move, a pawn grab, the tension breaks, queens go off,
Carlsen regains his pawn, and there is still much play, but not much time to
make 10 moves 6 mins to 5 mins


>>> Aronian - Ivanchuk in a QGA, book at 14 [17]
>
> [22] 45 mins to 21

32 7 mins to 4 mins, white has an extra and passed pawn. both have Q&2R and
have made Fischer-fortresses.

>>> Van Wely - Anand in an English Defence!
>
> by 29 simplification to Q&Kt white, Queen&Bishop black, but black has a
> supported passer on d4 and a lose pawn on f5

they made the time control, and though van Wely has an extra pawn, its
doubled on the g file. both sides have supported passed pawns, and again
very complex endgame where the chances may lie with white sacrificing the
knight to attempt to queen a pawn, now at 43

>>> Eljanov - Topalov - today Toppy tries out the Mod Benoni -
>
> at 27, 37 mins to 26, white is still a piece up, 2 pawns down.

looks like they will both make time control at 39, 3 mins to 5 mins, and
materially Toppy has won a pawn, ... but seems obliged to exchange his
bishop for Kt - the bishop which is playing 'catch me if you can' in white's
position.


>>> Mamedyarov - Gelfand have a g3 closed Sicilian, where white gets the
>>> bishop pair, but blacks knights are better at this stage of the game...
>>> [19]
>
> and a draw at 26 after wholesale exchanges
>
>>
>>> ---
>>> Krush - vd Wiel is an advance French [13]
>
> at move 26 without further exchanges Irina sinks a protected Kt onto d6,
> 40 mins to 19, and she keeps the pressure on black, and on his clock, so
> at [24] 37 mins to 13

very high tension after manoevres, at 36 the clocks read 5 mins to 1 min,
and as Irina made another move, black's clock must have fallen, since the
score said 1-0


> Short is playing Bacrot, and has just made a piece sac in an endgame at
> 31, time at 32 46 mins to 7 mins

draw at 36, perpetual

>>> Timman - Korchnoi at 11. Viktor seems to like this set-up, K on f8, but
>>> good lines for his pieces, whereas white is currently 'flat'.
>
> at 21, 41 mins to 17

As above! 1-0 in 35. I think Viktor just ran out of time.

>>> Ljubo - Portisch at 15, with Ljubo having stolen black's h pawn is a
>>> position circa 1968
>>
>> There followed an exchange sac on a8, but which allows black's queen to
>> occupy the long diagonal, black has an inactive bishop pair, white not
>> yet castled
>
> at 18 Portisch a temporary piece ahead, sacs a kt on e5, then the other on
> d3 to rewin the exchange white 28, black 27

Portisch played 33. Qf3 then resigned. 1-0




                                             
Date: 26 Jan 2008 15:02:35
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
>>>> Adams Polgar, Russian Defence [15]
>>> at 17, exchanges and it looked like Judit has equalised,
>> and at 23 its a rook apiece. I wonder how many more moves we'll see?
>
> at 36 Polgar keeps the distance opposition, and the techical possibilities
> of such an endgame of king and pawns are far beyond my knowledge, though
> it seems Adams cannot make immediate progress, nor break the opposition.
> time at 36, 6 mins to 8 mins

I see that Judit's sister comments that this is an instructive endgame,
though I would wish to learn more if this was to do with Adam's finesses, or
the provactive push g5 bgy Judit as in the game. In the event. 1-0

>>>> Radjabov - Leko
>> perpetual, draw in 31

>>>> Kramnik - Carlsen
>
> with whites 29th move, a pawn grab, the tension breaks, queens go off,
> Carlsen regains his pawn, and there is still much play, but not much time
> to make 10 moves 6 mins to 5 mins

after 57 moves Carlsen does it, 0-1! I see elsewhere a rek that he is
fearless, which might not do him sufficient credit. Not only that, but with
increasing judgement of positions over the past few years, its like looking
at a new Fischer in chess. That is how it seems to me. I said this about
Nakamura 2 years ago, but here we see it consistently against the best in
the world.

>
>>>> Aronian - Ivanchuk in a QGA, book at 14 [17]
>>
>> [22] 45 mins to 21
>
> 32 7 mins to 4 mins, white has an extra and passed pawn. both have Q&2R
> and have made Fischer-fortresses.

Draw in 62 moves

>>>> Van Wely - Anand in an English Defence!

a draw in 45 moves. A very good result for van W to draw the world
champion - if there were any chances to win this game they were all his.

>
>>>> Eljanov - Topalov - today Toppy tries out the Mod Benoni -
>>
>> at 27, 37 mins to 26, white is still a piece up, 2 pawns down.
>
> looks like they will both make time control at 39, 3 mins to 5 mins, and
> materially Toppy has won a pawn, ... but seems obliged to exchange his
> bishop for Kt - the bishop which is playing 'catch me if you can' in
> white's position.

How ridiculous for mere mortals to report on Topalov games! But his big
gambit didn't pay off, and by 46 he resigned, a whole piece down still, and
with nothing left he can do.

But Topalov games are like Polgar's, and like Carlsen's! Who will fault any
of these players for going all out for the win with the black pieces?
Topalov was almost world champ, Polgar can still contested it. But Carlsen's
play and spirit is, especialy in respect of his youth, magnificient - win or
lose! And may he reign a long time!

>
>>>> Mamedyarov - Gelfand have a g3 closed Sicilian, where white gets the
>>>> bishop pair, but blacks knights are better at this stage of the game...
>>>> [19]
>>
>> and a draw at 26 after wholesale exchanges
>>
>>>
>>>> ---
>>>> Krush - vd Wiel is an advance French [13]
>>
>> at move 26 without further exchanges Irina sinks a protected Kt onto d6,
>> 40 mins to 19, and she keeps the pressure on black, and on his clock, so
>> at [24] 37 mins to 13
>
> very high tension after manoevres, at 36 the clocks read 5 mins to 1 min,
> and as Irina made another move, black's clock must have fallen, since the
> score said 1-0
>
>
>> Short is playing Bacrot, and has just made a piece sac in an endgame at
>> 31, time at 32 46 mins to 7 mins
>
> draw at 36, perpetual
>
>>>> Timman - Korchnoi at 11. Viktor seems to like this set-up, K on f8, but
>>>> good lines for his pieces, whereas white is currently 'flat'.
>>
>> at 21, 41 mins to 17
>
> As above! 1-0 in 35. I think Viktor just ran out of time.
>
>>>> Ljubo - Portisch at 15, with Ljubo having stolen black's h pawn is a
>>>> position circa 1968
>>>
>>> There followed an exchange sac on a8, but which allows black's queen to
>>> occupy the long diagonal, black has an inactive bishop pair, white not
>>> yet castled
>>
>> at 18 Portisch a temporary piece ahead, sacs a kt on e5, then the other
>> on d3 to rewin the exchange white 28, black 27
>
> Portisch played 33. Qf3 then resigned. 1-0
>




                                  
Date: 23 Jan 2008 12:01:20
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>
> after walking the dog for 20 minutes, all sorts of things have happened as
> players approach the time control...
>
>>>>>> Anand Leko draw at 19
>>>
>>>>>> Kramnik Gelfand ...
>>> yep, now [24]
>>
>> at 29, Kramnik has what chances there are after simplifications. Black's
>> bishop on a8 is bad bad bad
>
> with time at [31] being 28 mins to 12 mins, Gelfand has offered the
> exchange and also activated his Queen by means of a tactical shot.

they both made the time control and its kramniks pair of bishops to win at
41

>>>>>> Mamedyarov Polgar
>> Judit exchanged queens but allowed a passed pawn to exist on d6, which
>> will become either a liabilty or a winning feature.
>
> in a few moves offering up her a pawn for the d, the players drew in 28
>
>>>>>> Adams Aronian - draw agreed at 21
>
>>>>>> Van Wely Carlsen have a Benko! 21 Bh3
>> and Carlsen chose his 21... f5 which was followed by Bg5 attacking an
>> unguarded pawn - white still has the initiative here with no major pieces
>> exchanged, and the majority of blacks locked up on the Q side, inc
>> black's queen 32 to 34 mins
>
> at 25 van Wely gains a supported passer on c6 - and we wait to see if
> Carlsen will accept the offered e4 pawn in exchange for his own
>
> 18 mins to 17 mins [25]

highly tactical play then speeded up the action, van Wely declining to
accept the exchange for half a dozen moves, then 37. Bxe7 and 38 Bxd6 nets
him a pawn, and 'the other' exchange by the same bishop - which was a rook
too far! --then -- Carlsen declines the piece re-capture and enters more
complications with Queen checks, and van Wely loses his way, himself giving
up the exchange, and allowing Carlsens knight to cause havoc, a knight
joined by Carlsen's last piece to force a resignation at 49 with the prosaic
pawn check... g3 0-1

>>>>>> Eljanov Ivanchuk at [23] 0:33 to 0:55
>
> 10 to 24 mins at [31] material equal, but Ivanchuk's game now mush freer

at 41 there are mutual attacks, Ivanchuk has an extra passed pawn on the Q
side.

>>>>>> Radjabov Topalov at 21 0:32 to 0:56 and the first major combination
>>>>>> comes from Radjabov with 22. Bb5 attacking the e8 rook leaving a Kt
>>>>>> en prise at f5
>>
>> so naturally Toppy choses the most complicated line with 22. .. Bxf5 23
>> Bxe8, and then the desperado bishop moves again with Bxe4 and at 24 white
>> does not exchange but withdraws with Bb5 leaving him the exchange up,
>> pawn down - and we wait to see what Toppy had in mind...
>
> many moves! at 31 time is 0:07 to 25. Radj wants to reduce Toppy attacking
> chances so offers exchange of bishops at 33

drawn just after time control

>>>>> Short - Krasenkow have an exchange Ruy [14]
>>>> now at 21 Nigel has fixed the backward d pawn under the steely gaze of
>>>> 2 rooks, while also challenging the advanced black a pawn to commit
>>>> itself to exchange or advance
>>>
>>> 0:52 to 0:34
>>
>> okay. Short sacs the exchange at 24 to collect a pawn and break into
>> black's position. looking good for Nigel.
>
> by 31 black has 2 rooks to a white rook and bish - though white has 2
> passers on the Q side, with the King in attendance 19 mins to 11

Nice technique from Our Nigel, who dumps one pawn to advance the other to
the 7th 1-0 in 50

>>>>>> Krush - Braun in a QGA,
>>
>> - leaving white 6 pawns Rook +Bish, to
>>> Black 5 pawns Rook + bish of same color, times 0:27 0:56 [24]
>>
>> lots of moves follow, black having to repeat king moves while Irina
>> engineers supported passer on K side at 34 0:13 to 0:45
>
> [42] Irina is a pawn ahead after the time control with her king in the
> center - once again, her problem is how to make progress?

ah! a shot at 48! that's how to do it 1-0

>>>>>> Timman Ljubo are in a ... [lol] wait 12. Nxf7 - where have we seen
>>>>>> this before? So this game is Toppy-Kramnik, part two.
>>>>>
>>>>> but - an improvement? at 17, where Ljubo plays Rhg8 Which Timman
>>>>> answers with 18. a4
>>>>
>>>> follow the stem game yesterday to white's 17. Latest move is 18... Ba8,
>>>> with time about equal at an hour each. I imagine everyone at Corus
>>>> looked at this game last night, and who knows what teams worked on
>>>> plans for white and for black?
>>>>
>>>> 19. Rfe1 - just as fascinating a position as yesterday, with the
>>>> interim moves perhaps only being parenthetical to the big sac attack? I
>>>> must say that black's position looks awful with a bishop on a8 staring
>>>> at its own pawn at c6. Seemingly invited is the capture Qxd4...
>>>
>>> 19 ...Nc7
>>> 20 d5 [!?!]
>>> 20 ... cxd5
>>> 21 axb5 a5
>>> 22. b3
>>>
>>> 0:47 to 0:34
>>
>> 22 ... cxb3
>> 23 Qh7 there it goes!
>>
>> ....d4
>>
>> 24 Bh5 Nxb5
>> 25 Nf7 [what?] ?!?!?
>
> 25 ... b2
> 26 Rab1 Nc3
> 27 Nxh6 Rh8
> 28 Qxg7+ Kd8
> 29 Nf7+ Kc7
>
> [no apologies, btw for illustrating this var today or yesterday, we are
> all going to be examining them for years! so might as well make an
> archival copy here on usenet and get used to the positional possibilities]
>
> 30 Nxh8 Nxb1
> 31 Ng6 Rd8
> 32 h4 Nd2
> 33 hxg5 b1=Q
> 34 Rxb1 Qxb1+
> 35 Kh2 Nf1+
> 36 Kh3 Ne3
>
> 22 mins to 1 min.
>
> 37 fxe3 Qh1+
> 38 Kg4 Qxg2
>
> 20 mins to 1 min
>
> and the a8 bishop eventually plays a huge part in the game!

39 Qf7 dxe3 [wow - I didn't think there was time for that]
40 Nh4 Qe4+
[time control]
41 Qf4 a4
42 Bf7 Nc5

0-1

Black strikes back


>>
>>>>>> Portisch is playing Korchnoi who does a Dutch [11]
>>>
>>> at 20 Viktor has fought for some space - lots of play here
>>
>> now at 24

and bizzarely Viktor fires off the signle shot 25. ... Rd3 and all fall
down! 0-1

>
>




                                   
Date: 23 Jan 2008 12:58:16
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
I want to add another note to this line - some GM Analysis:

---
Position after 32...Qb1

GM Van_Wely (2681) - GM Carlsen (2733) [A58]
23.01.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 g6 6.Nc3 Bxa6 7.Nf3 d6 8.g3 Bg7
9.Bg2 Nbd7 10.Rb1 Qa5 11.Bd2 Nb6 12.b3 Qa3 13.0-0 0-0 14.Ne1 Bb7 15.Nc2 Qa6
16.e4 Ne8 17.a4 Nc7 18.Re1 Rae8 19.b4 Nd7 20.Nb5 Rc8 21.Bh3 f5 22.Bg5 Ne5
23.bxc5 Qxa4 24.Nxc7 Rxc7 25.c6 Bc8 26.exf5 Rxf5 27.f4 Nc4 28.Rb4 Qa7+
29.Kg2 Qc5 30.Rb8 Nb2 31.Qf3 Qxc2+ 32.Re2 Qb1

[33.Bxe7 is the most potent move here.] 33.Bxf5 Qxf5 34.g4 Qf7 35.Bxe7 h5
36.Bxd6 hxg4 37.Qe4 Kh7 [38.Rexb2 and White wins without any risk.] 38.Bxc7
Bf5 [39.Qe7 is best here.] 39.Qe3 Qxd5+ 40.Kg3 Nc4 41.Qf2?? Qd3+ 42.Kg2
Be4+ 43.Rxe4 Qxe4+ 44.Kf1 Qd3+ 45.Qe2 Nd2+ 46.Ke1 Nf3+ 47.Kf1 Nxh2+ 48.Ke1
Bc3+ 49.Kf2 g3+ 0-1

Source, Susan Polgar's blog.

---

I wonder if we'll see another outing tomorrow? At least, here is some chess
for the newsgroup to analyse, try out, and discuss, which should last us til
Spring //Phil Innes

>>>>>>> Timman Ljubo are in a ... [lol] wait 12. Nxf7 - where have we seen
>>>>>>> this before? So this game is Toppy-Kramnik, part two.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> but - an improvement? at 17, where Ljubo plays Rhg8 Which Timman
>>>>>> answers with 18. a4
>>>>>
>>>>> follow the stem game yesterday to white's 17. Latest move is 18...
>>>>> Ba8, with time about equal at an hour each. I imagine everyone at
>>>>> Corus looked at this game last night, and who knows what teams worked
>>>>> on plans for white and for black?
>>>>>
>>>>> 19. Rfe1 - just as fascinating a position as yesterday, with the
>>>>> interim moves perhaps only being parenthetical to the big sac attack?
>>>>> I must say that black's position looks awful with a bishop on a8
>>>>> staring at its own pawn at c6. Seemingly invited is the capture
>>>>> Qxd4...
>>>>
>>>> 19 ...Nc7
>>>> 20 d5 [!?!]
>>>> 20 ... cxd5
>>>> 21 axb5 a5
>>>> 22. b3
>>>>
>>>> 0:47 to 0:34
>>>
>>> 22 ... cxb3
>>> 23 Qh7 there it goes!
>>>
>>> ....d4
>>>
>>> 24 Bh5 Nxb5
>>> 25 Nf7 [what?] ?!?!?
>>
>> 25 ... b2
>> 26 Rab1 Nc3
>> 27 Nxh6 Rh8
>> 28 Qxg7+ Kd8
>> 29 Nf7+ Kc7
>>
>> [no apologies, btw for illustrating this var today or yesterday, we are
>> all going to be examining them for years! so might as well make an
>> archival copy here on usenet and get used to the positional
>> possibilities]
>>
>> 30 Nxh8 Nxb1
>> 31 Ng6 Rd8
>> 32 h4 Nd2
>> 33 hxg5 b1=Q
>> 34 Rxb1 Qxb1+
>> 35 Kh2 Nf1+
>> 36 Kh3 Ne3
>>
>> 22 mins to 1 min.
>>
>> 37 fxe3 Qh1+
>> 38 Kg4 Qxg2
>>
>> 20 mins to 1 min
>>
>> and the a8 bishop eventually plays a huge part in the game!
>
> 39 Qf7 dxe3 [wow - I didn't think there was time for that]
> 40 Nh4 Qe4+
> [time control]
> 41 Qf4 a4
> 42 Bf7 Nc5
>
> 0-1
>
> Black strikes back
>
>
>>>
>>>>>>> Portisch is playing Korchnoi who does a Dutch [11]
>>>>
>>>> at 20 Viktor has fought for some space - lots of play here
>>>
>>> now at 24
>
> and bizzarely Viktor fires off the signle shot 25. ... Rd3 and all fall
> down! 0-1
>
>>
>>
>
>




                            
Date: 22 Jan 2008 15:00:22
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
News from SP /Phil Innes

Round 9

Group A

M. Adams 1-0 L. van Wely
L. Aronian 1/2 P. Eljanov
V. Ivanchuk 1/2 S. Mamedyarov
J. Polgar 1/2 T. Radjabov
V. Topalov 1-0 V. Kramnik
B. Gelfand 1/2 V. Anand
P. Leko 1-0 M. Carlsen

Group B

S. Movsesian 1/2 N. Short
J. Smeets 0-1 W. Spoelman
I. Nepomniachtchi 1-0 D. Stellwagen
E. L'Ami 1-0 Y. Hou
H. Koneru 1/2 P. Harikrishna
G. Sargissian 1/2 E. Bacrot
I. Cheparinov 1-0 M. Krasenkow

Group C

Z. Peng 1/2 I. Krush
M. van der Werf 1/2 P. Negi
D. Ruijgrok 0-1 F. Nijboer
D. Reinderman 1-0 A. Ushenina
E. Grivas 0-1 S. Li
F. Caruana 1-0 J. van der Wiel
P. Carlsson 1-0 A. Braun

Honorary Group

J. Timman 1/2 L. Portisch
L. Ljubojevic 1/2 V. Kortchnoi

News from Susan Polgar




                             
Date: 22 Jan 2008 12:11:24
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Thank for your commentary ...

How many more games do they play ??

Thanks......



                      
Date: 22 Jan 2008 08:08:27
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Topalov Kramnik
1 d4 d5
2 C4 c6
3 Nf3 Nf6
4 Nc3 e6
5 Bh5 h6
6 Bh4 dxc4
7 e4 g5
8 Bg3 b5
9 Be2 Bb7
10 0-0 Nbd7
11 Ne4 Ke7
12 Nxf7 Kxf7
13 e5 nd5
14 Ne4 Ke7
15 Nd6 Qb6
16 Bg4

1:59 [!!!] 1:25

racing speed, complete preparation, what a nighte for Kramnik!




                       
Date: 22 Jan 2008 07:30:56
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Chep must feel like a complete doosh bag now since he lost to Short ..
You know Gata is going to study this Top vs Kra game ..Did Top give
up a few secretes ?



                       
Date: 22 Jan 2008 08:33:38
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Topalov Kramnik
> 1 d4 d5
> 2 C4 c6
> 3 Nf3 Nf6
> 4 Nc3 e6
> 5 Bh5 h6
> 6 Bh4 dxc4
> 7 e4 g5
> 8 Bg3 b5
> 9 Be2 Bb7
> 10 0-0 Nbd7
> 11 Ne4 Ke7
> 12 Nxf7 Kxf7
> 13 e5 nd5
> 14 Ne4 Ke7
> 15 Nd6 Qb6
> 16 Bg4
>
> 1:59 [!!!] 1:25
>
> racing speed, complete preparation, what a nighte for Kramnik!

16 ... Raf8
17 Qc2 Qxd4
18 Qg6 Qxg4
19 Qxg7+ Kd8
20 Nxb7+ Kc8

time 1:53 to 1:04

talk about a grudge match!




                        
Date: 22 Jan 2008 07:42:59
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Top vs Kram , wow what a game .....



                   
Date: 20 Jan 2008 10:20:34
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Kramnik - Polgar by move 20, Judit has given up a pawn to open the white K
> position, Q + 2 rooks each.

with 21. g5, she tries to break down the doors. 0:39 to 0:49

> Carlsen - Gelfand at 23, queens and a pair of knights off middle-game,
> equal

Carlsen initiated a sequence which might reduce forces each side to rook and
4 pawns each and a drawn endgame? [30] 1:09 to 0:15. Gelfand didn't like the
looks of that and instead ventured 30. f5, declining to win the equalising
and passed pawn on b2.

> Van Wely - Leko at 19, another Queens and 1 minor piece off middle, game,
> but here Leko has much faster development

at 23 has inveigles self-supporting knights in to the white position which
is now completely defencsive.

> Anand - Topalov at 23, in another a-la-mode e5 Sicilian, by 14 white has
> castled Q side, and black forges castling at all, spending 2 moves at 16
> and 17 to 'walk' his King to g6, and another to retreat the Rook on h6
> back to h8.

error above, to g7 not g6. anand has just played 26. f4 to get after the
black king

> Mamedyarov - Aronian at 19, featured Nxc5 at 16 which sac'ed a pawn.

still only move 22, and white has the potential to get after the black king.
0:38 to 0:44

> Radjabov - Ivanchuk at 21 was a standard Caro-Kan throughout the opening,
> but in a variation allowing Nd6+ at 14 and Ke7. and by 22 two white
> knights and the queen are mobbing the black king.

black has been thinking for some 20 minutes, at 22, 0:47 to 0:33, and at 22
moved Qb6 with 27 mins left on the clock.

> Eljanov Adams drawn in 20

I should tell everyone what Short - Cheparinov looks like:

1. e4 c5 1-0

> --
> Krush play 'the other' Carlsson, and seems book at 13, the only notable
> feature being respective times 1:18 and 0:24.

at 14 Irina fires her battery and invests a Bishop sac Bxe6 for two pawns,
and the 15. queen check on e6 and we maybe have a 'puzzle-mate', though
after 16, Nf8 there is no immediate smother mate. Time 1:03 to 0:13.

> Portisch - Ljubo a draw in 14
> Kortchnoi-Timman is an endgame at 25, 6 pawns and 2 rooks each.


>
>




                  
Date: 19 Jan 2008 14:04:58
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Here are A, B C, results by Susan Polgar

any late result I put in [brackets] phil

Group A

P. Eljanov - L. van Wely [draw in 72]
M. Adams - S. Mamedyarov [draw in 63]
L. Aronian 1-0 T. Radjabov
V. Ivanchuk 1/2 V. Kramnik
J. Polgar 0-1 V. Anand
V. Topalov 1/2 M. Carlsen
B. Gelfand 1/2 P. Leko

Group B

W. Spoelman 1/2 N. Short [draw in 20]
S. Movsesian - D. Stellwagen [1-0]
J. Smeets - Y. Hou [0-1] & wow!
I. Nepomniachtchi - P. Harikrishna [still at it, move 122 - O! they just
drew as I watched]
E. L'Ami 1/2 E. Bacrot
H. Koneru - M. Krasenkow [still at it, move 68]
G. Sargissian 1/2 I. Cheparinov

Group C

P. Negi 1-0 I. Krush
Z. Peng 1/2 F. Nijboer
M. van der Werf - A. Ushenina [0-1 in 77]
D. Ruijgrok 1/2 S. Li
D. Reinderman 1/2 J. van der Wiel
E. Grivas 1-0 A. Braun
F. Caruana 1-0 P. Carlsson
News from Susan Polgar

Additionally, the Seniors:

Korchnoi - Portisch 1-0 in 66
Ljubo - Timman 0-1 in 45




                 
Date: 19 Jan 2008 12:05:11
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in
>>> Standing - Group A
>>> 1. M. Carlsen 4
>>> 2. V. Kramnik, T. Radjabov 4
>>> 4. L. Aronian 3
>>> 5. S. Mamedyarov, M. Adams, V. Ivanchuk, J. Polgar, V. Topalov, L. van
>>> Wely 3
>>> 11. P. Leko, V. Anand 2
>>> 13. P. Eljanov, B. Gelfand 1
>>>
>>> Obviously, the anticipated firework games are Polgar-Anand, and
>>> Topalov-Carlsen.
>>>
>>> Eljanov - van Wely are 7 moves into a QGD
>>
>> at move 12 Eljanov offers a Kt sacrifice with Nb5, but I am not groking
>> its fullness.
>
> the sac declined we proceed to 20 with both players about half an hour
> each to make another 20.
>
> very careful stuff, so clocks now read 19 to 13 at move 23.

which turns into a blitz crisis for both players, at move 31 times are 4
mins to 2 mins

>>> Polgar Anand are qo moves into yet another e5 Sicilian, but today Judit
>>> plays 7. Nf3, peaceful development still at move 10
>
> Its only at move 29 before the tension is resolved, Judit has kept the d
> pawn at 6, and then captured it - in exchange for a [doubled] b-pawn.
> Then! Fireworks - with 31. NxRe8 RxQd5 32. Rxd5 being essentially the
> exchange of her Queen for the two black rooks
>
> now at 37 and almost at time control, Judit must save her h pawn, find
> time to figure out if she has a win.

and a big think at 40, since Vishy has tactical stuff around the white king,
and Judit looks like she is in a jam

>>> Aronian -Radjabob have another Mod Benoni at move 9
>>
>> Radjabov developed his QB to a6 where it was challenged by the
>> odd-looking Qa4 at move 13, but Radj found a shot playing Bd3, and
>> white's pawn on e2 can't capture because it would lose the rook on e1 to
>> black's on e8. So after 14. Nf1, came b5 embarrassing the white Q - which
>> must, I presume return to d1.
>
> which it did. at 29 white is a pawn up, and has made a 'Fischer castle' on
> the k side [pawns; f2 g3 h4] both side having a passer on the Q side,
> black has a knight and white a bishop.

after a time scramble to 40, 4 mins to 0 mins, both sides achieved
improvements, perhaps black more so, with 2 rooks aimed at f2 and the K&Q
defending it, while also having to contain the black pawn on c4 - black a
pawn down, seems to have the edge

>>> Topalov -Carlsen are into a Ruy, Toppy making early complications [17]
>
> so that at move 29 with have the same material as in the game immediately
> above. tho Carlsen has a passed isolani d-pawn, all major pieces on, plus
> a white bishop, black knight. At 33 the d pawn goes in exchange for
> white's e-pawn, and both queens exit.
>
> at 39 level material. 5 pawns i rook apiece, black knight white bishop.
> the white rook is more active, and can maybe make trouble on the q side.

Topalov makes a Fischer-fortress,

>>> Ivanchuk - Kramnik have another Russian Defence which I think is all
>>> book until 16. [18]
>>
>> but by 23 Kramnik exchanged queens, played Nb3, looking to win white's c5
>> pawn.
>
> complex tangle at move 32, level material
>
> but drawn in 37.
>
>>> Adams Mamedyarov have a Ruy featuring 5. ... g6 [11]
>
> at 26 still a late middle game, equal material.
>
>>> Gelfand Leko have a QGD, featuring 8. Bf4 and 11 Bc1
>
> by 20 white has two e and two f pawns, bishop and knight and major pieces,
> black has undoubled pawns and the two bishops. material equal
>
>>> Standing Group C
>>> Group C
>>>
>>> 1. A. Braun 5
>>> 2. F. Nijboer, D. Reinderman, F. Caruana 4
>>> 5. E. Grivas, P. Carlsson, J. van der Wiel 3
>>> 8. P. Negi, M. van der Werf 3
>>> 10. S. Li 2
>>> 11. I. Krush 2
>>> 12. A. Ushenina, Z. Peng 1
>>> 14. D. Ruijgrok 1
>>>
>>> Our on site reporter is fascinated by Braun who has been playing some
>>> great chess - Dr. Alberts' reports on Corus to date are now up at
>>> Chessville.
>
> Grivas beating the leader Braun in 26 moves with some very sharp play by
> white following a piece sac, and zugzwanged black black is obliged to
> repeat moves at 22 & 23 when every single white piece joins in to mob the
> king.
>
>>> Negi - Krush have an interesting Sicilian, with white's 0-0-0 at move 8,
>>> and where Irina gets in d5 at move 10. Both sides castled opposite
>>> sides.
>>
>> still at 18, and I think white's attack gets going first. Irina needs
>> piece activity!
>
> 28 - white has better peice activity, but no immediate crush against
> Krush's king - but Irina cleared her bank rank moving her knight against
> the K side, allowing a big entry at 30 Rf6 with several mate threats - she
> has 6 minutes to sort it.
>
>>> --
>>> The Seniors group have also kicked off:
>>>
>>> Kortchnoi - Portisch have a QGD, Victor opting for a line with 10. Kf1
>>> [13]
>>
>> The fearless Viktor then returns his K to e2 on a half-open file observed
>> by vlack's rook. at 18 he puts it back on f1, and has more space on
>> Q-side and a less compromised K position. [black has played g6, but now
>> lack a K Bishop.
>
> I spent 5 minutes watching Viktor gradually get a more active position
> without any compromising weaknesses, forcing black onto the defensive, and
> its white with 17 minutes to move at 32, black has 21 mins.
>
>>> Ljubojevic - Timman have a Benoni with 6. ... b5 [7]
>
> about 24 moves on maoeurvring behind the lines, and the first break is
> offered by black with 25 ... a5 to clarify the Q side, and establish a
> passer. Then Timman offers a Q exchange, but suffers a shot after 31. Nxb5
> losing that passer, but getting white's e-pawn for it, and thus making an
> isolani of the advanced white pawn at d5, and plenty of lines for his
> pieces.
>
>>> //Phil Innes
>>>
>>
>>
>
>




             
Date: 18 Jan 2008 11:04:29
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
>> Now to the games:
>>
>> Leko-Topalov at move 17 in a Pelikan-lite, but which obliged white to
>> recapture with a pawn on d5 thus obscuring the bete-noire backward d6
>> pawn. Interestingly the remaining times for each player are Leko 1:00,
>> Toppy 1:51
> a great outpost on b4. at move 21 time 0:45 to 1:19

at move 28 Toppy seems to have engineered means of counterplay and
complications, including exchange sac against that Kt on b4. time 0:20
and ):43 with lots of moves to make before the time control

I was look at 29. g3 and thinking, no way can he play that, so of course he
did, following a few repositioning moves on the K side, white eventually got
in Nc6, which is supported by the d pawn, and which is white's only
attacking piece - lots of play in this one yet.

>> Radjabov -Adams in another exchange Ruy, with ah! 5... Bg4 and 6 ... h5.
>> Someone has done their homework re Alberts! its now move 14, and queens
>> are off, at 14 Radj offered to give his extra pawn back...
>
> and at 20 we have the familiar end-game set up with rooks, but for a
> change, bishops of the same color - so to attempt to win will mean
> dominating the dark squares

neither player being up for that a draw at 25

>> Carlsen - Polgar started inn sober fashion, but Judit had had enough of
>> that by move 10, and at 19 queens are off and one exchange of minor
>> pieces. black uncastled but could go either side, white uncastled K is at
>> f2
>
> this game is now at 23 with white having recovered some space to activate
> his two bishops, significant are the times 1:31 to 0:32 with Judit's clock
> ticking.

at 39 Carlsen has bishop and knight to Polgar's bishop and knight but he has
two pawns as well time 0:59 to 0:02, but she made the time control at 40 [is
it 40 or 42? clocks have not reset]

at 46 we got one for Fritz - is this a draw, or is Judit fooling with
Carlsen? I thik he has found a plan to advance the pawn furthest from
black's king, and this might be the answer

>> Anand Ivanchuk is only at move 9 after a pretty stand Caro-Kann, until
>> Vishy played 9. Nf1.
>
> at 13 Anand has only two developed pieces plus a Kt sitting on f1, but
> pawns on h5 and g5 which severly inhibit his opponents development and
> castling that side.

Gosh a draw in 18! I guess with only ine minor piece exchanged Vishy just
needs points.

>> Whereas Kramnik-Aronian are at move 27. Aronian giving up a piece for 3
>> pawns, a totally critical position being arrived at on move 25 following
>> Nc3, both queens being en-prise, allowing black to chose to exchange, but
>> instead he captures the Kt on c3 allowing White a queen recapture with
>> check; now the material situation is that black has 2 extra pawns, but
>> white retook the initiative and threatens to invade the black position.
>> Time remaining Kramnik 1:50, Aronian 0:46 [27]

> in the past half dozen moves Kramnik has regained a pawn and started to
> ourmanoevre black, whose K side is wide open, and following 31. Re5
> threatens to win another pawn [c]

Endgame, 2 rook and 2 pawns for black , but Kramnik has 2 rook and 3 pawns
one on a7, the question here is another matter of technique, can White make
progress?


>> Van Wely Gelfand at 16, and I think we have seen all these moves before
>> at this tournament - is this a tacit draw offer, or does either player
>> have an improvement?
>
> zzz
>
>> Mamedyarov Eljanov at 12; Guicco Piano! but no Evans gambit. I think this
>> version used to be called the Pianissimo and I have to keep checking to
>> see if Howard Staunton is playing. At move 12, no captures, but white has
>> gone mad and played d4... offering a pawn exchange. The thing of these
>> games is that black must struggle to either maintain space, or seek
>> compensation by the activity of his pieces outside the pawn barricades.
>
> and after a big think there it goes, Nh5, preparing advance of the f-pawn
> after unpinning, and also offering to occupy f4 with a Kt. time 1:23 to
> 0:41

and at 26 black unclutters by exchanging his Queen to leave a highly
technical ending where both sides have 2 rooks, black a bishop and white a
knight - significantly the two half open files afford black opportunity to
'look at' backward white pawns.

at 32 now - again hard to see how either side can make progress without
taking considerable risks; black can attempt to activate his k side pawns
and undouble the g ones... ?

>> ---
>> Krush is playing Caruana - nothin interesting until 14. Na2 which brings
>> out the tactical aspect of the position - so that the mock-sacrifice at
>> 15 Bxf7+ wins Irina a pawn.
>
> at 20 black offers rook exchanges to simplify ending, and the black king
> is nearer the center - the a2 knight now being completely out of the play.

at move 31 it looks like Irina has done well - still a pawn ahead, including
a passed one on e4, she has evolved her Kt to b4, and got her K to the
centre - all 4 black pawns are on opposite colors than white's bishop.

time 0:16 to 0:21

>> Back to the top - and sure nuff! Van Wely Gelfand actually drew at 16.
>> !snort!
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>




              
Date: 18 Jan 2008 11:33:13
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>>> Now to the games:
>>>
>>> Leko-Topalov at move 17 in a Pelikan-lite, but which obliged white to
>>> recapture with a pawn on d5 thus obscuring the bete-noire backward d6
>>> pawn. Interestingly the remaining times for each player are Leko 1:00,
>>> Toppy 1:51
>> a great outpost on b4. at move 21 time 0:45 to 1:19
>
> at move 28 Toppy seems to have engineered means of counterplay and
> complications, including exchange sac against that Kt on b4. time 0:20
> and ):43 with lots of moves to make before the time control
>
> I was look at 29. g3 and thinking, no way can he play that, so of course
> he did, following a few repositioning moves on the K side, white
> eventually got in Nc6, which is supported by the d pawn, and which is
> white's only attacking piece - lots of play in this one yet.

still only at move 39 looks like Leko will meet the time control 0:03 to
0:08 but his position is starting to look compromised since that advanced
knight can't do enough work to restrict all black's options - and he now has
2 pawns on the 6th, at g3 and e3 - with 39 ...f6 he also threatens g5 which
will cement their posiition completely spelling doom for the white player

there followed an exchange of rooks and obviously with the time control
being surpassed, slower play from this point on

>>> Radjabov -Adams in another exchange Ruy, with ah! 5... Bg4 and 6 ... h5.
>>> Someone has done their homework re Alberts! its now move 14, and queens
>>> are off, at 14 Radj offered to give his extra pawn back...
>>
>> and at 20 we have the familiar end-game set up with rooks, but for a
>> change, bishops of the same color - so to attempt to win will mean
>> dominating the dark squares
>
> neither player being up for that a draw at 25
>
>>> Carlsen - Polgar started inn sober fashion, but Judit had had enough of
>>> that by move 10, and at 19 queens are off and one exchange of minor
>>> pieces. black uncastled but could go either side, white uncastled K is
>>> at f2
>>
>> this game is now at 23 with white having recovered some space to activate
>> his two bishops, significant are the times 1:31 to 0:32 with Judit's
>> clock ticking.
>
> at 39 Carlsen has bishop and knight to Polgar's bishop and knight but he
> has two pawns as well time 0:59 to 0:02, but she made the time control at
> 40 [is it 40 or 42? clocks have not reset]
>
> at 46 we got one for Fritz - is this a draw, or is Judit fooling with
> Carlsen? I thik he has found a plan to advance the pawn furthest from
> black's king, and this might be the answer

and it was, black resigning at move 52

>>> Anand Ivanchuk is only at move 9 after a pretty stand Caro-Kann, until
>>> Vishy played 9. Nf1.
>>
>> at 13 Anand has only two developed pieces plus a Kt sitting on f1, but
>> pawns on h5 and g5 which severly inhibit his opponents development and
>> castling that side.
>
> Gosh a draw in 18! I guess with only ine minor piece exchanged Vishy just
> needs points.
>
>>> Whereas Kramnik-Aronian are at move 27. Aronian giving up a piece for 3
>>> pawns, a totally critical position being arrived at on move 25 following
>>> Nc3, both queens being en-prise, allowing black to chose to exchange,
>>> but instead he captures the Kt on c3 allowing White a queen recapture
>>> with check; now the material situation is that black has 2 extra pawns,
>>> but white retook the initiative and threatens to invade the black
>>> position. Time remaining Kramnik 1:50, Aronian 0:46 [27]
>
>> in the past half dozen moves Kramnik has regained a pawn and started to
>> ourmanoevre black, whose K side is wide open, and following 31. Re5
>> threatens to win another pawn [c]
>
> Endgame, 2 rook and 2 pawns for black , but Kramnik has 2 rook and 3 pawns
> one on a7, the question here is another matter of technique, can White
> make progress?

Kramnik doesn't know either, and has spent 20 minutes not moving - make that
25

>>> Van Wely Gelfand at 16, and I think we have seen all these moves before
>>> at this tournament - is this a tacit draw offer, or does either player
>>> have an improvement?
>>
>> zzz
>>
>>> Mamedyarov Eljanov at 12; Guicco Piano! but no Evans gambit. I think
>>> this version used to be called the Pianissimo and I have to keep
>>> checking to see if Howard Staunton is playing. At move 12, no captures,
>>> but white has gone mad and played d4... offering a pawn exchange. The
>>> thing of these games is that black must struggle to either maintain
>>> space, or seek compensation by the activity of his pieces outside the
>>> pawn barricades.
>>
>> and after a big think there it goes, Nh5, preparing advance of the f-pawn
>> after unpinning, and also offering to occupy f4 with a Kt. time 1:23 to
>> 0:41
>
> and at 26 black unclutters by exchanging his Queen to leave a highly
> technical ending where both sides have 2 rooks, black a bishop and white a
> knight - significantly the two half open files afford black opportunity to
> 'look at' backward white pawns.
>
> at 32 now - again hard to see how either side can make progress without
> taking considerable risks; black can attempt to activate his k side pawns
> and undouble the g ones... ?

there followed some moves to get to the time control without any substantial
commitment being made by either side, yet now it looks as though the black
bishop will enter the game via Bd7 - e8 - g6

which he did! at move 42

>>> ---
>>> Krush is playing Caruana - nothin interesting until 14. Na2 which brings
>>> out the tactical aspect of the position - so that the mock-sacrifice at
>>> 15 Bxf7+ wins Irina a pawn.
>>
>> at 20 black offers rook exchanges to simplify ending, and the black king
>> is nearer the center - the a2 knight now being completely out of the
>> play.
>
> at move 31 it looks like Irina has done well - still a pawn ahead,
> including a passed one on e4, she has evolved her Kt to b4, and got her K
> to the centre - all 4 black pawns are on opposite colors than white's
> bishop.
>
> time 0:16 to 0:21

at move 36 Caruna was forced to make a concession, advancing a pawn to the
same color as the bishop, and there followed an exchange of kts, leaving
Irina with the Bishop v Kt ending and that huge passed d pawn, still on
d4. -but she did make the time control and I anticipate no moves for a while
so she can figure out a winning technique.

>>> Back to the top - and sure nuff! Van Wely Gelfand actually drew at 16.
>>> !snort!
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>




         
Date: 17 Jan 2008 10:22:09
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Early news is a 20 move draw Aronian - Anand
>
> Eljanov - Radjabov is at move 13 in what had become a Mod benoni by
> transposition from a Modern/Pric set up

Excuse the Freudian slut. This is become a mainline Mod Ben, move 17 - black
underdeveloped.

> Mamedyarov - van Wely move 20 after a closed Sicilian, black castling very
> early [8] on the Q side. very sharp play followed, now at move 22

Van W just accepted a pawn sac which opens up his own K position [26] by 28
he seems to have covered, but I wonder //if// Mamedy has 29. Qb3

> Adams Kramnik at move 23 following a Russian Defense, with opposite side
> castling - after a tactical flurry ov moves 9 to 14, it looks to me as if
> Adams came out ahead - but by move 23 Kramnik had magic'ed away all his
> difficulties. Material equal 7 pawns, Queens and opposite bishops.

and what turned out to be an easy draw for Kramnik with black in 25.

> Topalov Gelfand, in another Russian Defence [Petrov!] is at move 22 with
> Toppy having more activity

no action

> Ivanchuk - Carlsen was a draw in 20 after an exchange Ruy. both sides
> reduced to single rook and pawns.
>
> Polgar - Leko is the fastest paced and at move 28 - after a sober start
> [another Ruy] blacks sortie won the two bishops by move 20. Interestingly,
> Judit did not exchange one when she had opportunity at 23 - so that after
> all the major pieces went off, Polgar had B& N and Leko the bishop pair -
> and then came a very strange 28 ... Bd8 which seemed to give up black's d
> pawn - and I thought - I am a patzer - why can't she just take it? - and
> she did.

move 31. probably drawn

> down in croup C its Nijboer - Krush, with Irina stealing an apparently
> un-poisoned d pawn at move 10. Now its down to the usual opposite side
> attacks against king-fortresses [19].

nothing much yet - which player will light the fireworks




 
Date: 14 Jan 2008 08:35:53
From: RookHouse
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
On Jan 14, 11:30=A0am, "Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote:
> looks like Judit has dropped a pawn for no compensation - so now black 4
> pawns white 3, opposite bishops and a rook apiece. which... was an agreed
> draw in 45
>
> in Radj van W, van now has a rook and pawn [unpassed] against a white bish=
op
> and two pawns - maybe one of the white pawns will fall, if so looks good f=
or
> van, since whites king can't get after the black pawn
>
> fireworks in Ushemima Krush, now at move 35, after massive exhancges endga=
me
> is opposite bishops - this has to be a draw soon'
>
> phil

Wow, so many draws in Group A. Sounds like all the real action is in
Groups B & C.

Did Kramnik play hard for a win, or did he seem to be settling for the
Draw with black?

When do the legends start play?



  
Date: 14 Jan 2008 10:52:53
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
Thank you for all these updates ....i have to go off line for awhile now
...These are exciting games the way you talk about them ..



 
Date: 14 Jan 2008 08:29:23
From: RookHouse
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
On Jan 14, 11:24=A0am, "Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote:
> "RookHouse" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>
> news:[email protected]...
>
> Can you tell me what is going on in both the Cheparinov and Caruana
> matches?
>
> Ruijgrok - Caruana, at move 36. Bc2
> level material 6 pawns each, black has a pair doubled, but has a knight
> against whote's bishop, 1 rook each. Caruana's rook is in the white positi=
on
> and his knight a great outpost on d4 - he has the initiative
>
> Smeets Cheparinov is at 40, after blacks Nc5
>
> looks like queens are exchanged, and white has 2 [passive] bishops, black =
2
> knights. one pawn exchanged. blacks bishop is 'bad' but he has some contro=
l
> of compleely open c file.
>
> phil
>
> Thanks,
> Morphy

Thanks.

Also curious to see how Polgar-Topalov finishes.


 
Date: 14 Jan 2008 08:01:14
From: RookHouse
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
On Jan 14, 10:48=A0am, "Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote:
> >> Anyone watching live can see a cracker of a game Polgar-Topalov. Eljano=
v
> >> already drew Anand in 17 moves. Ivanchuk Gelfand is only move 8.
>
> at move 28 Toppy thought a long time, then advanced his c pawn and I wonde=
r
> how he will play against 29. b3 ? ... He offers to create a drawn looking
> endgame by pawn exchanges.
>
> but he is after more and avoids a rook exchange at 30.
>
> Ivanchuk Gelfand drew
>
> Adams Carlsen is still going and at move 33 Carlsen's queen has entered th=
e
> white position, seeking trouble and after an q exchange its now opposite
> bishop ending. Adams' weakness is his doubled b pawns rendering action on
> that wing impossible, so any initiative left in this game passes to Carlse=
n
> in the centre and K side.
>
> drawn in 38
>
> Radjabov van wely is also still going at 32 with van W making a bit of a
> come back to, i think, now take the initiative - and yes, he has won a paw=
n
> back
>
> the BIG fight is Hou Short in the second group - white has just returned a=

> pawn with 22 f7+ and Nigel is under big pressure here
>
> Ushenina Krush is at 18, and with both sides developing white has an edge,=

> Krush can still creat a 'Cheliabinsk Bishop' [to save the pair, with a wel=
l
> timed Bg5 - like now?
>
> Facinating. Hou Short 1-0 =A0!! in 23 moves - what a great attack!

Phil,

Can you tell me what is going on in both the Cheparinov and Caruana
matches?


Thanks,
Morphy


  
Date: 14 Jan 2008 11:30:20
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
looks like Judit has dropped a pawn for no compensation - so now black 4
pawns white 3, opposite bishops and a rook apiece. which... was an agreed
draw in 45

in Radj van W, van now has a rook and pawn [unpassed] against a white bishop
and two pawns - maybe one of the white pawns will fall, if so looks good for
van, since whites king can't get after the black pawn

fireworks in Ushemima Krush, now at move 35, after massive exhancges endgame
is opposite bishops - this has to be a draw soon'

phil







  
Date: 14 Jan 2008 11:24:16
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"RookHouse" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]...

Can you tell me what is going on in both the Cheparinov and Caruana
matches?

Ruijgrok - Caruana, at move 36. Bc2
level material 6 pawns each, black has a pair doubled, but has a knight
against whote's bishop, 1 rook each. Caruana's rook is in the white position
and his knight a great outpost on d4 - he has the initiative

Smeets Cheparinov is at 40, after blacks Nc5

looks like queens are exchanged, and white has 2 [passive] bishops, black 2
knights. one pawn exchanged. blacks bishop is 'bad' but he has some control
of compleely open c file.

phil

Thanks,
Morphy




 
Date: 14 Jan 2008 07:26:59
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report
How would RYBKA do in this tournament ?
Do you think RYBKA would win ?



 
Date: 14 Jan 2008 09:30:01
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

Anyone watching live can see a cracker of a game Polgar-Topalov. Eljanov
already drew Anand in 17 moves. Ivanchuk Gelfand is only move 8. Adams
Carlsen is move 20, major pieces and opposite bishops, 6 pawns a piece, each
with a passed isolani. Aronian has Leko tied up for the while, otherwise
equal with a pair of rooks and knights each at 22. Mamedyarov is doing very
well against Kramnik, and has a slight initiative at 20, otherwise they
share a pair of rooks each, opposite bishops, and again each has a passed
isolani. Radjabov van Wely is at move 24, Radj is a pawn up. In the second
group Hou Short is good, Nigel is thinking long after 15. Ne4 after super
aggressive play by Hou. Ushenina Krush is move 12. [f4] =? Last look at the
top, before Polgar's 22nd move, she has a supportable passed pawn, and
better developed rooks, but no particular initiative since they lack access
and targets. //Phil Innes




  
Date: 14 Jan 2008 09:47:05
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>
> Anyone watching live can see a cracker of a game Polgar-Topalov. Eljanov
> already drew Anand in 17 moves. Ivanchuk Gelfand is only move 8.

1 c4 c5 2 g3 c6 3 d4 e4 4 d5 Bb4+ 5 Bd2 Qe7 6 Nc3 Nf6 7 Bg2 0-0 8 Nh3 cxd5 9
cxd5 d6 10 Nxe4 Bxh3 11 Nxf6 Qxf6 12 Bxh3 Qxb2 13 Bxb4 Qxb4+ 14 Qd2


> Adams Carlsen is move 20, major pieces and opposite bishops, 6 pawns a
> piece, each with a passed isolani.

now at 23, Carlsen is threatening to embarass Adam's king position,


> Aronian has Leko tied up for the while, otherwise equal with a pair of
> rooks and knights each at 22. Mamedyarov is doing very well against
> Kramnik, and has a slight initiative at 20, otherwise they share a pair of
> rooks each, opposite bishops, and again each has a passed isolani.

after exchanges, drawn at move 23

> Radjabov van Wely is at move 24, Radj is a pawn up.

at 26 van W ha found some counter play and looks to force his own passer on
the 6th, following a very strange 26th by white Nh5!?

> In the second group Hou Short is good, Nigel is thinking long after 15.
> Ne4 after super aggressive play by Hou.

Nigel played whay I would have, 15. Bg4

> Ushenina Krush is move 12. [f4] =? Last look at the top, before Polgar's
> 22nd move, she has a supportable passed pawn, and better developed rooks,
> but no particular initiative since they lack access and targets. //Phil
> Innes
>




   
Date: 14 Jan 2008 10:48:23
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Corus, on-site report

>> Anyone watching live can see a cracker of a game Polgar-Topalov. Eljanov
>> already drew Anand in 17 moves. Ivanchuk Gelfand is only move 8.

at move 28 Toppy thought a long time, then advanced his c pawn and I wonder
how he will play against 29. b3 ? ... He offers to create a drawn looking
endgame by pawn exchanges.

but he is after more and avoids a rook exchange at 30.

Ivanchuk Gelfand drew

Adams Carlsen is still going and at move 33 Carlsen's queen has entered the
white position, seeking trouble and after an q exchange its now opposite
bishop ending. Adams' weakness is his doubled b pawns rendering action on
that wing impossible, so any initiative left in this game passes to Carlsen
in the centre and K side.

drawn in 38

Radjabov van wely is also still going at 32 with van W making a bit of a
come back to, i think, now take the initiative - and yes, he has won a pawn
back

the BIG fight is Hou Short in the second group - white has just returned a
pawn with 22 f7+ and Nigel is under big pressure here

Ushenina Krush is at 18, and with both sides developing white has an edge,
Krush can still creat a 'Cheliabinsk Bishop' [to save the pair, with a well
timed Bg5 - like now?

Facinating. Hou Short 1-0 !! in 23 moves - what a great attack!