Top Grand Slam event is about to start

Anand and Kramnik will not be present at this year’s Corus edition. Topalov will also skip the event. However, this year’s Corus will again be a top Grand Slam event with many high ranked players participating.

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PRLog (Press Release) Jan 07, 2009 – Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik will not be present at this year’s Corus edition, informs the leading chess information website Chessdom.com. Topalov will also skip the event, as he will concentrate on the upcoming challengers match. However, this year’s Corus will again be a top Grand Slam event with many high ranked players participating. The winners of last year GM Carlsen and GM Aronian will compete again, n1 seeded will be GM Morozevich.

Corus will be held from 16 January – 1 February in Wijk aan Zee. This will be the 71st Corus Chess Tournament and will again be divided into A, B, C, and amateur groups.

Corus, group A

GM Alexander Morozevich RUS 2787
GM Magnus Carlsen NOR 2786
GM Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2786
GM Levon Aronian ARM 2757
GM Teymour Radjabov AZE 2751
GM Wang Yue CHN 2736
GM Michael Adams ENG 2734
GM Sergei Movsesian SVK 2732
GM Sergei Karjakin UKR 2730
GM Gata Kamsky USA 2729
GM Leinier Dominguez CUB 2719
GM Loek van Wely NED 2618
GM Daniel Stellwagen NED 2605
GM Jan Smeets NED 2604

Average rating: 2720
Category: 19

Corus, group B

GM Krishnan Sasikiran IND 2694
GM Zahar Efimenko UKR 2680
GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov UZB 2672
GM Alexander Motylev RUS 2672
GM Francisco Vallejo Pons ESP 2664
GM Andrei Volokitin UKR 2659
GM Nigel Short ENG 2642
GM Fabiano Caruana ITA 2640
GM David Navara CZE 2633
GM Erwin l’Ami NED 2610
GM Jan Werle NED 2582
WGM Hou Yifan CHN 2578
GM Henrique Mecking BRA 2567
GM Dimitri Reinderman NED 2543

Average rating : 2631
Category : 16

Participants group C

GM Wesley So PHI 2610
GM David Howell ENG 2593
GM Abhijeet Gupta IND 2580
GM Tiger Hillarp Persson SWE 2543
GM Friso Nijboer NED 2540
GM Eduardo Iturrizaga VEN 2538
IM Manuel Leon Hoyos MEX 2535
GM Oleg Romanishin UKR 2532
GM Frank Holzke GER 2524
FM Anish Giri RUS 2466
WGM Dronavalli Harika IND 2462
IM Roeland Pruijssers NED 2458
IM Manuel Bosboom NED 2416
FM Ali Bitalzadeh NED 2370

Average rating : 2512
Category : 11


The event will be covered by chessdom.com

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