Corus chess tournament 2010

31/01/2010
By admin

IMGP2437_lrThe Corus Chess Tournament is a unique event in many respect. It has a long tradition, running since 1938 this year was the 72nd edition already! Also it’s a very long tournament, it lasts for over 2 weeks (13 rounds) and every year the strongest grandmasters gather to play quality chess (this year the ELO average was 2720 in group A). But there are two other groups with strong GMs and some young talents – a total of 42 players are competing in the grandmaster groups. One more very interesting feature is that there are amateur groups as well and the winners of the first two amateur groups (last year it was Sjoerd Plukkel (2279) and Stefan Kuipers (2340), this year’s winners are Jan Willem de Jong (2453) and Mark van der Werf (2406) are invited to play the GM C group next year! Then by winning group C one can advance to B and A group to play even against the world champion! OK, frankly it’s very unlikely to ever happen but tell me any other way to get a serious game against a top GM? You cannot. There are also some interesting – I would say liberal – measures which contribute to the friendly playing environment. For example players are kindly asked (!) not to make short draws or if they are late at the beginning of the game instead of being forfeited they have to pay 250 EUR fine. And it works! The games are interesting and the organization is perfect. Adding up all these things and that’s why I think Corus is a unique event and if you visit the venue you will be surely amazed by the great chess atmosphere you’ll find there.

For more information please visit the Corus tournament web site.

Playing hall - empty

Playing hall - empty

Playing hall - full

Playing hall - full

Group A:

Group A - final result

Group A - final result

Alexei Shirov

Alexei Shirov

Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana

Vishwanathan Anand

Vishwanathan Anand

Sergei Tiviakov

Sergei Tiviakov

Vassili Ivanchuk

Vassili Ivanchuk

Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura

Sergei Karjakin

Sergei Karjakin

Nigel Short

Nigel Short

Lenier Dominguez

Lenier Dominguez

Loek Van Wely

Loek Van Wely

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen and Jan Smeets

Magnus Carlsen and Jan Smeets

Peter Leko

Peter Leko

Group B:

Group B - final result

Group B - final result

Pentala Harikrishna

Pentala Harikrishna

Dimitri Reindermann

Dimitri Reinderman

Tomi Nyback

Tomi Nyback

Varuzhan Akobian

Varuzhan Akobian

David Howell

David Howell

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu

Ni Hua

Ni Hua

Arkadij Naiditsch

Arkadij Naiditsch

Wesley So

Wesley So

Negi Parimarjan

Negi Parimarjan

Group C:

Group C - final result

Group C - final result

Daniele Vocaturo

Daniele Vocaturo

Robin Swinkels

Robin Swinkels

Zhaoqin Peng - many times Dutch women champion

Zhaoqin Peng - many times Dutch women champion

Sjoerd Plukkel advanced from to amateur groups to play in Group C

Sjoerd Plukkel advanced from to amateur groups to play in Group C

Abhijet Gupta

Abhijet Gupta

Ray Robson

Ray Robson

Soumya Swaminathan

Soumya Swaminathan

Stefan Kuipers who advanced from the amateur group and scored a nice 6/13 in Group C

Stefan Kuipers who advanced from the amateur group and scored a nice 6/13 in Group C

Benjamin Bok

Benjamin Bok

Mariya Muzychuk

Mariya Muzychuk

Nils Grandelius

Nils Grandelius

Kjetil A. Lie

Kjetil A. Lie

Li Chao winner of Group C by a big margin

Li Chao winner of Group C by a big margin

Amateur groups:

Young amateur

Young amateur

Amateur player

Amateur player

Patrick Puttemans from Belgium

Patrick Puttemans from Belgium

Young spectator

Young spectator

Sonia Zepeda - sister of Van Wely's girlfriend

Sonia Zepeda - sister of Van Wely's girlfriend

Veteran player

99 years old Professor Dr Johan Wilhelm van Hulst. He was still the winner in the special parlamentarians group

Donna Schut - a strong amateur player

Donna Schut - a strong amateur player

Amateur player

Amateur player

Amateur player

Amateur player

Amateur player

Amateur player

Amateur player

Amateur player

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One Response to Corus chess tournament 2010

  1. Filiep Declercq on 18/02/2010 at 22:18

    Who took these pictures? They are very beautiful! What camera was used??

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