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Friday, January 15, 2010

Pairings for the first 3 rounds of the 2010 Corus Chess Tournament:Grandmaster Groups

Pairings for the 3 main tournaments at the 2010 Corus Chess Tournament have been placed on the official tournament website at

Here are the pairings for the first four rounds of Groups A,B, and C  (the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Schedule of grandmaster group A

Round 1 - Saturday the 16th
S. Karjakin - V. Anand

L. Dominguez - V. Kramnik

P. Leko - A. Shirov

F. Caruana - V. Ivanchuk

S. Tiviakov - M. Carlsen

J. Smeets - H. Nakamura

L. van Wely - N. Short

Round 2 - Sunday the 17th
V. Anand - N. Short

H. Nakamura - L. van Wely

M. Carlsen - J. Smeets

V. Ivanchuk - S. Tiviakov

A. Shirov - F. Caruana

V. Kramnik - P. Leko

S. Karjakin - L. Dominguez

Round 3 - Monday the 18th
L. Dominguez - V. Anand

P. Leko - S. Karjakin

F. Caruana - V. Kramnik

S. Tiviakov - A. Shirov

J. Smeets - V. Ivanchuk

L. van Wely - M. Carlsen

N. Short - H. Nakamura

Schedule for Grandmaster Group B:
Round 4 - Tuesday the 19th
V. Anand - H. Nakamura

M. Carlsen - N. Short

V. Ivanchuk - L. van Wely

A. Shirov - J. Smeets

V. Kramnik - S. Tiviakov

S. Karjakin - F. Caruana

L. Dominguez - P. Leko

Round 1 - Saturday the 16th
Ni - E. l'Ami

E. Sutovsky - D. Reinderman

T. Nyback - L. Nisipeanu

A. Giri - P. Harikrishna

D. Howell - P. Negi

A. Muzychuk - V. Akobian

A. Naiditsch - W. So

Round 2 - Sunday the 17th
E. l'Ami - W. So

V. Akobian - A. Naiditsch

P. Negi - A. Muzychuk

P. Harikrishna - D. Howell

L. Nisipeanu - A. Giri

D. Reinderman - T. Nyback

Ni - E. Sutovsky

Round 3 - Monday the 18th
E. Sutovsky - E. l'Ami

T. Nyback - Ni

A. Giri - D. Reinderman

D. Howell - L. Nisipeanu

A. Muzychuk - P. Harikrishna

A. Naiditsch - P. Negi

W. So - V. Akobian

Schedule for Grandmaster Group C:
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

Round 1 - Saturday the 16th
R. Robson - S. Swaminathan

R. Swinkels - A. Gupta

M. Muzychuk - N. Grandelius

S. Kuipers - K. Lie

Z. Peng - R. van Kampen

B. Bok - L. Chao

D. Vocaturo - S. Plukkel

Round 2 - Sunday the 17th
S. Swaminathan - S. Plukkel

L. Chao - D. Vocaturo

R. van Kampen - B. Bok

K. Lie - Z. Peng

N. Grandelius - S. Kuipers

A. Gupta - M. Muzychuk

R. Robson - R. Swinkels

Round 3 - Monday the 18th
R. Swinkels - S. Swaminathan

M. Muzychuk - R. Robson

S. Kuipers - A. Gupta

Z. Peng - N. Grandelius

B. Bok - K. Lie

D. Vocaturo - R. van Kampen

S. Plukkel - L. Chao

Time control

Rate of play
For all three groups the rate of play is 40 moves in two hours, then 20 moves in one hour, followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 second increment per move.

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

Best wishes to all of the players in the Grandmaster Group as well as the amateur events at Corus 2010!


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