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cairo ♡ 64 ( +1 | -1 )
The field to Corus 2003 GM Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2807

GM Viswanathan Anand IND 2753

GM Veselin Topalov BUL 2743

GM Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2734

GM Evgeny Bareev RUS 2729

GM Alexey Shirov ESP 2723

GM Alexander Grischuk RUS 2712

GM Judit Polgar HUN 2700

GM Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2699

GM Anatoly Karpov RUS 2688

GM Loek van Wely NED 2668

GM Michal Krasenkow POL 2633

GM Teymour Radjabov AZE 2624

GM Jan Timman NED 2594

Games can be followed here:

Best wishes

honololou ♡ 0 ( +1 | -1 )
Thank you, Cairo .
indianking ♡ 18 ( +1 | -1 )
One of the best tournaments!! in the world and very sociable to visit. I did that before and you can watch the games from close by! The link to the livegames is onfortunately very slow:-(( Txs Soren that you named it!!
indianking ♡ 18 ( +1 | -1 )
One of the best tournaments!! in the world and very sociable to visit. I did that before and you can watch the games from close by! The link to the livegames is onfortunately very slow:-(( Txs Soren that you named it!!
indianking ♡ 0 ( +1 | -1 )
vietnamese_girl_18 ♡ 87 ( +1 | -1 )
Through The Week in Chess website or chessopolis you can play fantasy chess for Corus Wijk aan Zee and other tournaments (
or You pick what you think the results will be... most wins, most losses as black...

Out of 200 or more knowledgeable chess fans, who currently heads the list of competitors? Who has shown his/her talent for assessing chess matches, you might wonder?

That's right, it's Miss Sarah Tran in clear first! A full 1.5 points ahead at 9!

I don't know if I'll stay there, because I tend to start off strong but lose ground in later rounds as the players refuse to be manipulated by long range ESP. I'll enjoy it while I can...

Sarah Tran

calmrolfe ♡ 40 ( +1 | -1 )
Hi Sarah Hope you have backed Bareev, Karpov and Radjabov to perform above their expected levels and marked down Kramnik and Topalov to underperform !!

Sarah, I haven't forgotten about our intended game, but I still can't get my home computer to work. Should be back up and running in a week or so, so I will take on the "Sisters Tran" then (or should that be cousins ?).

Kind regards,


tonlesu ♡ 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Sarah Very impressive, looks like a thousand entries from all over the world and you're numero uno! I hope you hang in there and bring home the gold!
indianking ♡ 1 ( +1 | -1 )
vietnamese_girl are you in the Netherlands??:-)
cairo ♡ 27 ( +1 | -1 )
Standings after 7 rounds Standings grandmaster group A

1. V. Anand L. van Wely 5
3. A. Shirov J. Polgar 41/2
5. A. Grischuk 4
6. V. Kramnik V. Topalov V. Ivanchuk 31/2
9. T. Radjabov A. Karpov E. Bareev 3
12. R. Ponomariov M. Krasenkow 21/2
14. J. Timman 11/2

Best wishes
calmrolfe ♡ 95 ( +1 | -1 )
Gobsmacked !!! Loek van Wely in first place !! Has the chess world gone mad ? Are you holding the results sheet upside down !!

van Wely only plays in the Corus in order that the Super GM's can pick up some easy wins to boost their confidence. He gets nailed comprehensively every year. Perhaps, like me, the Super GM's are guilty of a lack of respect for van Wely. It will certainly be a major surprise if he holds onto first place.

Sarah, be honest now, did you put Loek van Wely down as the probable winner of the Tournament ? !!

The games have been brilliant to watch so far, particularly good was watching young Teimour really grind poor old Karpov through the mill, having to play fifty saving moves when a piece down in the endgame. It must have been pure torture for poor old Anatoly, but, give him his due, he played perfect and correct defence and held on for a draw.

Kind regards,

weenink ♡ 41 ( +1 | -1 )
the King A bit more respect for the king (van wely) please!
He himself has put Anand as probably winner, because anand makes the play himself, and he just graps the points his oppenents leave him going too far in their attempts to win. Well, we will see.
I was yesterday visiting this great tournement, and it was very nice to see Shirov explain his win against Bareev. If you have time, play through this game!
calmrolfe ♡ 41 ( +1 | -1 )
the King is dead ! Good old Anatoly has just stuck the "boot in" on van Wely. 1-0 to Karpov !

He may be a national hero but you have to admit that for the past few years he has been an also ran in this Tournament. Anyways, I wish him well for the rest of the Tournament, it would be great for Dutch Chess if he could win it, it would be a real boost for your Chess Federation and might spark a resurgence of interest in the game.

Kind regards,


cairo ♡ 24 ( +1 | -1 )
4 rounds to go! 1. V. Anand 6
2. J. Polgar L. van Wely 51/2
4. A. Shirov A. Grischuk E. Bareev 5
7. V. Kramnik T. Radjabov V. Topalov A. Karpov V. Ivanchuk 41/2
12. M. Krasenkow 31/2
13. R. Ponomariov 3
14. J. Timman 2

Best wishes
vietnamese_girl_18 ♡ 101 ( +1 | -1 )

Well, I suffered a number of setbacks, to put it mildly. I was #1 and then near the top for a few rounds, but quickly plummeted. Another example of life's cruelty. Oh, the inhumanity!

My problem is that I always (in these match picks) underestimate Anand (what is Sarah thinking?), firstly, and secondly overestimated Ponomariov and Kramnik. Kramnik was my biggest dilemma. On one hand, he'd been out of serious competition for a while and I was unimpressed by his showing in the computer match... but I still had faith in him as the handsomest contestant (!). I'm sure you've fallen into the same trap in picking winners! Additionally, I was very keen on Karpov to do well, what with the recent Kasparov match and some other good showings. I could blame van Wely, whom I had at the bottom of all my picks, but how many people didn't do the same?

Sarah Tran

p.s. it seems that our match at chessworld is in jeopardy (I didn't even know about Hien's challenge until she told me afterwards), since the site seems to have shut down for a while.
calmrolfe ♡ 78 ( +1 | -1 )
Sarah Hopefully the server problem will just be a temporary thing.

Before Corus started I drew up my own list of predicted finishing positions and they are also looking a bit sick.......

1. Kramnik
2. Bareev
3. Ponomariov
4. Ivanchuk
5. Anand
6. Topalov
7. Karpov
8. Radjabov
9. Shirov
10. Grischuk
11. Polgar
12. Krasenkow
13. Timman
14. Van Wely

Eek ! I got van Wely completely wrong, also. like you, marked down Anand (and I won't even mention Ponomariov !!). Also, I was not very gallant in marking down Judit in 11th place.....

Still, it isn't over yet so my predictions may still come closer to fruition (apart from van Wely)

Good luck in your contest, hope you regain #1. As soon as Chessworld returns I will activate our game.

Kind regards to all your family,

desertfox ♡ 13 ( +1 | -1 )
you can watch these games also in a French site called Europe-Echecs, if you prefer. The games are shown with good commentaries.

hugothebest2001 ♡ 4 ( +1 | -1 )
Van Wely? Ponomariov - van Wely 1-0 It's his secound loose!
calmrolfe ♡ 21 ( +1 | -1 )
Maybe this is going to be the first top category Tournament to be won by a woman. Judit Polgar won again yesterday and is now clear of the field in second place, just half a point behind Anand.

Kind regards,

cairo ♡ 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Before last round 1. V. Anand 8
2. J. Polgar 71/2
3. L. van Wely E. Bareev 7
5. V. Kramnik A. Grischuk 61/2
7. R. Ponomariov A. Shirov T. Radjabov V. Topalov V. Ivanchuk 6
12. A. Karpov 51/2
13. M. Krasenkow 4
14. J. Timman 2

Best wishes
cairo ♡ 34 ( +1 | -1 )
The final result 1. V. Anand 81/2
2. J. Polgar 8
3. E. Bareev 71/2
4. V. Kramnik A. Shirov A. Grischuk L. van Wely V. Ivanchuk 7
9. T. Radjabov V. Topalov 61/2
11. R. Ponomariov A. Karpov 6
13. M. Krasenkow 41/2
14. J. Timman 21/2

Congratulation to Anand for his win, but certainly also a BIG congrats to Judith Polgar, for a fantastic tournament as well!!

Best wishes