Corus final round photos

Carla Amse reporting from Corus

Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen have tied first place at this year Corus super tournament. While Levon repeated his last year success, when finished tied first with Radjabov and Topalov, Magnus, just like Novak Djokovic in tennis, wins the first Grand Slam in his career to open the season.

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Magnus happy with his score, Levon appears not to be so thrilled?

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Magnus Carlsen at the press conference

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Levon Aronian at the press conference


Last round clash: Magnus Carlsen vs Teimour Radjabov

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Magnus Carlsen vs Teimour Radjabov


Handshake: Judit Polgar and Levon Aronian


Peter Leko wins the last round against Shakhryar Mamedyarov


Veselin Topalov – Michael Adams draw

Photos: Carla Amse

Corus day 12 photos

Carla Amse reporting from Corus

Magnus Carlsen bounced back after the painful defeat against Vishy Anand to beat Vladimir Kramnik with black pieces in round 12. This important point brought him back on the first place tie.


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Magnus Carlsen presenting his game to the press

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Magnus and Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, “New In Chess” editor-in-chief. Peter Doggers of ChessVibes in behind.


Levon Aronian couldn’t achieve more than a draw against Vassily Ivanchuk, thus allowing Carlsen to catch him on the first place


Pavel Eljanov scored his second win against Veselin Topalov

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Ivan Cheparinov with his coach GM Erwin l’Ami and GM Daniel Stellwagen

Photos: Carla Amse

Corus day 9 photos

Carla Amse reporting from the stage

The most important question before the Corus round 9 start was whether Topalov and Kramnik will shake their hand after the Short-Cheparinov incident. The chess game itself was in the shadow of speculations… And what a game it was! Topalov sacrificed a Knight in the deeply explored Semi-Slav Moskow variation as early as on move 12. Later on, he sacrificed a Queen instead of playing perfectly safe, but unattractive line for viewers. And no, there was no handshake before or after the game.


Veselin Topalov – Vladimir Kramnik

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Veselin Topalov – Vladimir Kramnik

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Topalov presenting his win at the press conference

Jan Timman and Ljubomir Ljubojevic, to real delight of fans, replayed the opening sacrifice from yesterday’s Topalov-Kramnik. Ljubo improved over Kramnik’s defence and won the game is beautiful fashion.

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Perhaps Veselin Topalov revealed him secrets of this line


Jan Timman – Ljubomir Ljubojevic

Chessdom is not present at Corus because nobody replied to our initial request for accreditation, sent on first days of December. Few months earlier, those gentlemen were more than willing to cooperate when we asked them for an interview.

Our friend Vijay Kumar IS present wherever Vishwanatan Anand is playing.

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Nigel Short, Anatoly Karpov and Vijay Kumar


Peter Leko scored his first win against the then leading Magnus Carlsen

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Levon Aronian square Veselin Topalov square

Photos: Carla Amse

Corus round 8 photos

Carla Amse reporting from Corus

Photos from Corus C

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Dutch derby: Friso Nijboer – Mark van der Werf 0-1

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Victorious in round 8: Irina Krush and John van der Wiel

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Zhaoqin Peng and Dennis Ruijgrok were defeated in round 8

Honorary Group


Lajos Portish – Ljubomir Ljubojevic draw


Viktor Korchnoi – Jan Timman draw

Photos from Corus A


Vishwanatan Anand – Veselin Topalov 1-0

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Vladimir Kramnik and Shakhryar Mamedyarov

Photos: Carla Amse

Corus day 7 photos

Carla Amse reporting from Corus

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Teimour Radjabov under pressure during his game against Levon Aronian


Judith Polgar – Vishwanatan Anand 0-1


Veselin Topalov – Magnus Carlsen draw


Fabiano Caruana – Pontus Carlsson 1-0

Honorary group started their tournament on Saturday


Viktor Korchnoi – Lajos Portish draw


Ljubomir Ljubojevic – Jan Timman 0-1

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GM Gennadi Sosonko and Ljubomir Ljubojevic

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Photos: Carla Amse

Corus day 5 and 6 photos

Carla Amse reporting from Corus

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Silvio Danailov using Morse code to signal the moves

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Pontus Carlsson and Fabiano Caruana

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Hou Yifan and Parimanjan Negi


Nigel Short – Gabriel Sargissian


Daniel Stellwagen – Wouter Spoelman


Etienne Bacrot – Ian Nepomniachtchi


Michal Krasenkow – Erwin l’Ami


Ivan Cheparinov – Koneru Humpy


Irina Krush – Fabiano Caruana

Photos: Carla Amse

Corus round 4 photos

Carla Amse reporting from the stage

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Vishy Anand tried 1. d4 vs Michael Adams

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Azerbaijan derby finished peacefully, Radjabov – Mamedyarov

Gelfand-Polgar Corus 2008

Boris Gelfand – Judith Polgar 0-1, after devastating attack

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Caro-Kann for a draw, Peter Leko vs Vassily Ivanchuk

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Pavel Eljanov (left) couldn’t save the game against Vladimir Kramnik

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Fabiano Caruana (left), Gabriel Sargissian (right)

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Corus C, Friso Nijboer walking

Photos: Carla Amse

Corus 2008

Photo report of first two days

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Viswanathan Anand (left) and Erwin l’Ami (right)

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Hou Yifan (left) and Ivan Cheparinov (right)

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Loek Van Wely (left) and Peter Leko (right)

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Vladimir Kramnik (playing Nc3) and Judit Polgar

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Michael “The Spider” Adams and Veselin Topalov




Photos: Carla Amse