Visit of the
Corus Tournament
in Wijk aan Zee

Michael Negele
"ante portas"!

After finishing the first part of the board meeting at about 14:45 pm all six participants of the meeting went by car (difficulty: no street-map on "board") and by train (difficulty: missing one train by 30 seconds) to Wijk aan Zee.
But as the picture shows all KWA-people were reunited after a while (at 17:00 pm) at the entrance of the tournament hall.

The KWA sextet at the entrance of the tournament hall
(from left to right:
Ralf Binnewirtz, Vlastimil Fiala, Andreas Saremba,
Jurgen Stigter, Michael Negele, Hans Engberts)

It was really great to visit this very traditional tournament - especially the large number (about 1500) of players and visitors was impressing. Listening to the game comments of Hans Böhm and Vlastimil Hort in the big exhibition hall was as enjoyable as watching the grandmasters nearby in the tournament hall.

Vlastimil Hort
and ...

... Hans Böhm
commenting on the games

Report from the Corus-website (
of round 6:

After a day of rest, the players in the Grandmaster Group A continued where they had left off resulting in another round of fierce battles. Unlike round 5, round 6 produced several victories for the leaders. First to walk off stage was Michael Adams. His opening advantage against Evgeny Bareev seemed to be insufficient to win, but the Russian grandmaster again blundered badly in his beloved French. Disappointed after losing a key pawn, Bareev immediately resigned - just before Ralf Binnewirtz and I arrived. Viswanathan Anand had to invest a lot more energy to beat his opponent, Alexey Shirov. Out of a Petroff Defence Anand reached an endgame with very active pieces. His piece activity was converted into a rook endgame with two pawns up, that seemed to be winning. However, Anand's pawns were a bit too eager to get across when the Indian grandmaster erred with 26.f4?, where 26.f3! would have been correct. Shirov possibly missed something later on when he tried to get a theoretically known drawn position, although even Anand was not sure of this.

Impressions from the Tournament
Part One

(Moving the mouse over the small pictures
will exchange the large picture !)

From bottom left to top right:
1) Julio Granda Zuniga vs Antoaneta Stefanova
2) Friso Nijboer vs Daniel Stellwagen
3) Peter Leko vs Vladimir Akopian
4) Laurent Fressinet vs Eric Lobron
5) Viswanathan Anand vs Alexey Shirov

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