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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Corus 2010 Round 4 report, round 4 results and standings Round 5 pairings

                                   GM Alexei Shirov  source

The Fourth round of the 2010 Corus Chess tournament was completed today in all sections of the Grandmaster event. In Grandmaster Group A, GM Alexei Shirov continued his marvelous play in round 4 by defeating GM Jan Smeets. Shirov began his game against Smeets by playing 1.e4 and Smeets Replied 1...e5 on move two after Shirov had continued w ith 2.Nf3, Smeets decided to play Petroff's defense with the move 2...Nf6. According to Chessbase Megadatabase 2010 Smeets had only played Petroff's 11 times in his chess career prior to this game with Shirov. In the past Smeets had used the Petroff's against GM Michael Adams in the 2009 Staunton Memorial Chess tournament and defeated Adams in that game.

Here are the results from the 3 Grandmaster tournaments:

Grandmaster Section A:
(the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Round 4 results - Tuesday the 19th
V. Anand - H. Nakamura      ½-½
M. Carlsen - N. Short          ½-½
V. Ivanchuk - L. van Wely    1-0
A. Shirov - J. Smeets           1-0
V. Kramnik - S. Tiviakov    ½-½
S. Karjakin - F. Caruana    ½-½
L. Dominguez - P. Leko    ½-½

These results mean the following standings exist in Group A after 4 rounds of play:

Grandmaster Group B
Here are the results from round 4 of the Grandmaster Group B tournament:
(the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Round 4 - Tuesday the 19th
E. l'Ami - V. Akobian
P. Negi - W. So
P. Harikrishna - A. Naiditsch
L. Nisipeanu - A. Muzychuk
D. Reinderman - D. Howell
Ni - A. Giri
E. Sutovsky - T. Nyback

These results mean the following standings exist in Grandmaster Group B after 4 rounds of play:

Grandmaster Group C
Here are the results from round 4 of the Grandmaster Group C tournament:
(the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Round 4 - Tuesday the 19th
S. Swaminathan - L. Chao
R. van Kampen - S. Plukkel
K. Lie - D. Vocaturo
N. Grandelius - B. Bok
A. Gupta - Z. Peng
R. Robson - S. Kuipers
R. Swinkels - M. Muzychuk

These results mean the following standings exist in Grandmaster Group C after 4 rounds of play:

Here are some links to information you may what to read concerning the games played in rounds 3  and 4:

(1) A report about round 4 from the official tournament website:

(2) A report discussing rounds 3 and 4 done by GM Robert Fontaine can be viewed in French and English by  going to this link:

(3) Here is a link to a video report about the round 3 of Corus which is hosted by WIM Bianca Muhren:

(4) A Chessbase report about concerning round  four of all the  the Grandmaster tournaments can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

(4)You can play through the moves of all the games from the Grandmaster groups for  round 4 by going to three links:

Grandmaster Group A games:

Grandmaster Group B games:

Grandmaster Group C games:

Round 5 Pairings
Here are the pairings for round 5 for all the Grandmaster tournaments:
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):Note:Wednesday January 19,2010 is a rest day for all the players in the Grandmaster tournaments. The next rounds of play in these tournaments are going to be played on Thursday, January 20,2010:

Grandmaster Group A
Round 5 - Thursday the 21st
P. Leko - V. Anand

F. Caruana - L. Dominguez

S. Tiviakov - S. Karjakin

J. Smeets - V. Kramnik

L. van Wely - A. Shirov

N. Short - V. Ivanchuk

H. Nakamura - M. Carlsen

Grandmaster Group B:
Round 5 - Thursday the 21st
T. Nyback - E. l'Ami

A. Giri - E. Sutovsky

D. Howell - Ni

A. Muzychuk - D. Reinderman

A. Naiditsch - L. Nisipeanu

W. So - P. Harikrishna

V. Akobian - P. Negi

Grandmaster Group C:
Round 5 - Thursday the 21st
M. Muzychuk - S. Swaminathan

S. Kuipers - R. Swinkels

Z. Peng - R. Robson

B. Bok - A. Gupta

D. Vocaturo - N. Grandelius

S. Plukkel - K. Lie

L. Chao - R. van Kampen

Enjoy the rest day!

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