Van Wely and Shirov Off to Running Start in Corus; Nakamura Draws
January 16, 2010
Loek Van Wely during a recent trip to the USA, Photo Betsy Dynako

In the first round of the Corus Chess 2010 super-tournament, Loek Van Wely and Alexei Shirov were the only two to win in the "A" group. Van Wely's win was a smooth positional victory over Nigel Short (and the only game of the day to feature 1.d4) while Shirov prevailed in a wild battle against Leko.



Our own Hikaru Nakamura drew to Jan Smeets but had chances for a better game after the Dutchman diverged early in a theoretical Najdorf. Instead of 14...Qc5, the more normal-looking Nxd5 Rxd5 Bb7 followed by Rc8 leaves White a few tempos behind where he'd like to be in this type of Sicilian structure.


In the B-section, GM Varuzhan Akobian drew against Anna Muzychuk while GM Ray Robson won against WGM Soumya Swaminathan in the "C" section.


See all games and results on the official website. In round two (which begins Sunday, 1/17/10 at 7:30 AM EST), Nakamura will face Short with White.

Follow the action on the official website, the Internet Chess Club, chessdom, chessbase and look for reportage from GM Ian Rogers on CLO.