In round 4 of the 2003 Corus Chess Tournament, Michal Vladimirovich Krasenkow fought admirably for 79 moves before allowing Vladimir Kramnik to end the game with a cute one-two combination. Can you spot Kramnik’s mating maneuver?
Top rated Magnus Carlsen proved that his favorite status was justified at the 2010 edition of the Wijk ann Zee Chess Tournament. He simply outplayed everyone else. Viswanathan Anand was clearly reserving his best chess for the upcoming World Championship match with Vladimir Topalov and ended tied for fourth with Hikaru Nakamura. In fact, WorldContinue reading “Corus Chess 2010”
For the first time in recent history, American chess players were commanding respect and attention in Wijk aan Zee. Hats off to Hikaru Nakamura and Ray Robson for shining bright enough that the chess world took notice. Unfortunately for the American chess fans, it appears that our two rising stars have been swallowed by theContinue reading “Corus Chess 2010: Americans Shine Brightly and Fade”
In round 6 of the 2010 Corus Chess Tournament, Alexei Shirov was forced to settle for a draw against Nigel Short. Shirov’s remarkable win streak came to a soft ending. Short remarked to reporters, “I stopped the unstoppable machine!” [Event “Corus”] [Site “Wijk aan Zee”] [Date “2010.01.22”] [EventDate “2010.01.16”] [Round “6”] [Result “1/2-1/2”] [White “Shirov”]Continue reading “Report on the 2010 Corus Chess Tournament”