CORUS A 2008



Group A: Round 13- Sunday  Jan. 27th

Vassily Ivanchuk

Loek Van Wely
Judit Polgar Levon Aronian
Veselin Topalov Michael Adams
Boris Gelfand Pavel Eljanov 1 0
Peter Leko Shak. Mamedyarov 1 0
Magnus Carlsen Teimour Radjabov
Vishy Anand Vladimir Kramnik


1 Aronian,L 2739
1 0 1 1 1 8
2 Carlsen,M 2733
0 0 1 1 1 1 1 8
3 Anand,V 2799 1
0 1 1 7
4 Radjabov,T 2735 0 1
1 1 7
5 Leko,P 2753 1
0 1 7
6 Ivanchuk,V 2751
1 7
7 Kramnik,V 2799 1 0
0 1 6
8 Adams,Mi 2726
0 1 6
9 Topalov,V 2780 0 0 1 1
0 1 0 6
10 Polgar,Ju 2707 0 0 1
0 1 6
11 Mamedyarov,S 2760 0 0
1 6
12 Eljanov,P 2692 0 0 0 0 1 1
0 5
13 Gelfand,B 2737 0 0 0 0 1
14 Van Wely,L 2681 0 0 0 1 0

There were no easy draws in the final round of the Corus A tournament. The shortest game played was that between Michael Adams and Veselin Topalov and that was agreed drawn on the twenty-third move. There was not a lot to play for in the end position and as neither player stood to gain a great deal in pressing for a win, a draw always seemed likely.

Judit Polgar gave Lev Aronian a hard game to eventually come down to a drawn rook and pawn ending. This gave Aronian a rather anxious period to see how Carlsen was going to fare in his game with the other prodigy Teimour Radjubov. That game was eventually drawn after sixty-five moves when it had liquidated into a different coloured bishop end game. Thus, Carlsen, drew level with Aronian. Now they both had to wait to see whether Vishy Anand was going to join them.

In a curtain raiser for the next world championship Anand was playing Vladimir Kramnik. This had opened as a highly theoretical Petroff Defence with king’s castled on opposite wings. Anand as White, with his king castled on the queen’s wing, was the first to attack on the kingside, but Kramnik’s accurate defence kept him at bay. Kramnik went a pawn ahead that Anand could not recover until the forty-ninth move.

Play went on for a gruelling six hours before a draw was agreed after Anand had given up a bishop for two pawns leaving him with some practical chances.

Peter Leko improved his placement in the table by winning his game against Shak Memedyarov. In the final position, Black’s game was about to be unravelled with some force.

At the last gasp, Boris Gelfand won his first game. His victim was Pavel Eljanov and this brought them together at the foot of the table on five points.

By virtue of his draw with Vassily Ivanchuk, Loek Van Wely avoided the ignominy of appearing in lone last place.

Finally, Lev Aronian was declared the winner on tie-break and  Vishy Anand third.  Anand must now be rueing his slow start to the tournament.

Nigel Short drew his last game and shared second place with Bacrot behind Movsesian in Corus B.

We were able to provide light notes to the endgame Adams - Polgar, but we would direct you once again to for an authoritative examination by Mihail Marin.


CLICK HERE for all the games played in Corus A and by Nigel Short.


(1) Topalov,V (2780) - Adams,Mi (2726) [C78]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (13), 27.01.2008

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5
This is known as the Moller Defence of which Watson writes in his book "Mastering the Chess Openinigs": "If you think about it, this is the real test of the entire Ruy Lopez concept: If Black manages to create a successful strong-point defence by ......d6 with his bishop outside the pawn-chain, then he has the best of both worlds The Moller has enjoyed a great revival among the world's best players over the past ten years or so. ............" [RR 6...Bb7 7.d3 Be7 8.Nc3 d6 9.a4 b4 10.Nd5 0-0 11.a5 Nxd5 12.Bxd5 Nxa5 13.Rxa5 c6 14.Bxf7+ Rxf7 15.Ra1 a5 16.b3 Bf6 17.Bb2 Qb6 18.Nd2 d5 19.Kh1 Ba6 20.f4 exf4 21.e5 Christiansen,L (2515)-Larsen,B (2610)/Mar del Plata 1981/MCD/0-1 (35)]

[RR 7.Nxe5 Nxe5 8.d4 Ng6 (RR 8...Bxd4 9.Qxd4 d6 10.c3 0-0 11.a4 Bb7 12.f3 c5 13.Qe3 c4 14.Bc2 d5 15.axb5 axb5 16.Rxa8 Bxa8 17.exd5 Re8 18.Qc5 Qxd5 19.Qxd5 Nxd5 20.Rd1 b4 21.cxb4 Nxb4 22.Ba4 Bc6 23.Bxc6 Hulak,K (2475)-Fernandes,A (2390)/Budva 1981/MCD/1/2-1/2 (42)) 9.dxc5 0-0 10.Qd4 Re8 11.Bg5 Bb7 12.Nc3 h6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Qxf6 gxf6 15.Rad1 Re7 16.f3 Rae8 17.Rd2 Bc6 18.Bd5 b4 19.Nb1 Bb5 20.Rfd1 a5 21.a3 Nf4 Baird,D-Walcott,G/New York 1911/HCL/0-1 (55); RR 7.d3 Bb7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 d6 10.c3 Bb6 11.Nbd2 Ne7 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Nh4 Qd7 14.Qh5 d5 15.exd5 Bxd5 16.Ne4 Qc6 17.c4 Bxe4 18.dxe4 Qxe4 19.Rae1 Qh7 20.Qf3 Rd8 21.cxb5 Qg7 Cid,M-Stupfler,R/Buenos Aires 1976/EXT 98/1-0 (35)]

7...Rb8 8.c3
[Adams is to stranger to this variation having played against it in the European Team Championship in Crete in 2007. There his game with Shirov continued 8.axb5 axb5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.d4 Bxd4 11.Qxd4 d6 12.f4 Nc6 13.Qc3 Ne7 14.e5 Ne4 15.Qe1 Nc5 16.Ba2 0-0 17.b4 and the game was drawn in 31 moves.]

8...0-0 9.d4 Bb6 10.axb5 axb5 11.dxe5 Ng4 12.Bf4 Qe7 13.Na3
White decides to go for the gambit pawn on b5.

13...Ngxe5 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Nxb5 d6 16.Nd4 Bxd4 17.cxd4 Ng6 18.Bg3 Qxe4
Black recovers the pawn and brings his queen into active play.

19.Re1 Qb7
The bishop at b3 is uncomfortably placed and requires protection.

[20.Bc4 looks interesting.]

20...Be6 21.d5 Bd7 22.f3 Rfe8 23.Rc3 1/2-1/2