The both leading A's, Adams and Anand, only managed to leave behind one of five leaders, Peter Leko. The Hungarian grandmaster was unable to crack Vladimir Akopian's defence. The leading V's, Veselin Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik, did not slip. At first sight, Topalov seemed to be going straight for Viorel Bologan's king. When the Moldovan grandmaster held on, Topalov changed gears to reach a better endgame with a powerful White knight on c5. Guided by this knight, Topalov brought home two of his pawns, forcing resignation. Kramnik had to do even more work as Zhang Zhong was unwilling to cooperate.
The spectators' prize went to a wild game of pinball between the highest rated Dutchman and the Dutch Champion. First Black (van Wely) missed a win, later on White (Sokolov), so finally it turned out neither player could avoid the move repetition.


Impressions from the Tournament
Part Two

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From bottom left to top right:
1) Alexey Shirov
2) Lazaro Bruzon vs Sergei Tiviakov
3) Lenier Dominguez vs Hikaru Nakamura
4) GM group C Tournament
5) Ivan Sokolov vs Loek van Wely

The Dutch Timman-loving audience was very close to another joyous day. Reaching the time control after a nicely played game, Timman's position looked very promising, as his opponent Peter Svidler fully realized. Unfortunately, Timman was unable to calculate the complex endgame in depth and settled for a draw by repetition, much to Svidler's relief.
In Grandmaster Group B Laurent Fressinet increased his lead to a full point by beating the German GM Eric Lobron, the winner of last year's GM-C. Daniel Stellwagen, the only International Master in this group, had a bad day at the hands of Friso Nijboer. Stellwagen now needs two points from his next three games to fulfill the requirements for a GM-norm. Most fascinating for me was watching the timetrouble-duel of Granda Zuniga and Stefanova - the Peruvian GM, just back to the scenery played the difficult position with a superb calmness.
In Grandmaster Group C, IM's Sipke Ernst and Magnus Carlsen are on schedule for a GM-norm: Ernst needs a point-and-a-half, while Carlsen only needs one point from his next three games.

13 years old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen
(the later tournament winner!)
playing in the Group C Tournament


Challenger #9
Corus Chess Tournament Challengers
There was a daily solving competition accompanying the tournament - anyone who had successfully participated at least 10 times could hope for a money prize.
The opposite two-mover from this competition was surely a minor challenge (only the key move was required).

For the solution see below.
Mate in two!

Solution of the two-mover Challenger #9:

1.Qh4? (2.Qxh1/Qxe4#) Qxh4?/Rxh4?
2.Rg1/Re3# fails because of 1... Qf1!
1.Qd4? (2.Qxe4/Qxc3#) Rxd4/Bxd4?
2.Re3/Bd2#, but 1... Re2!
1.Qh8! (2.Qxc3/Qxh1#) Bxh8/Qxh8 2.Bd2/Rg1#

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