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The review of chess events for January, 2001

by Boris Schipkov

There were many interesting and thrilling competitions in January.
1st Wilhelm Steinitz Memorial took place in Prague (Czech Republic) 26th December 2000 - 3rd January 2001. Round Robin, 10 players.
1. Konstantin Chernyshov - 7, 2. Michal Konopka - 6.5.

The XXX Rilton Cup took place in Stockholm (Sweden) 27th December 2000 - 5th January 2001. Swiss, 9 rounds, 122 participants.
1-2. Yuri Yakovich and Tomas Ernst - 7.

The 76th Hastings International Chess Congress took place in England 28th December 2000 - 7th January 2001.
Premier Hastings, Round Robin, 10 participants. 1-2. Stuart Conquest and Krishnan Sasikiran - 6.
Challengers Hastings, Swiss, 9 rounds, 101 participants. 1-4. Alexei Barsov, Mark Hebden, Petr Kiriakov and Nicholas Pert - 7.

The RWE Gas Match Kramnik-Leko took place in Budapest 2.1. - 8.1.01, 12 rapid games (2 per day), rest day - January 5th.
1st game Kramnik-Leko 1-0, Gruenfeld Defence.
Kramnik, V. - Leko, P. [D85] RWE Gas Match, 1st game, rapid, Budapest 2001
2nd game Leko-Kramnik 1/2, Berlin Defence in the Ruy Lopez.
3rd game Kramnik-Leko 1/2, Queen's Indian Defence.
4th game Leko-Kramnik 0-1, Berlin Defence in the Ruy Lopez.
5th game Kramnik-Leko 0-1, English Opening.
6th game Leko-Kramnik 1/2, Vienna Opening.
7th game Kramnik-Leko 1/2, Queen's Indian Defence.
8th game Leko-Kramnik 1-0, Berlin Defence in the Ruy Lopez.
9th game Kramnik-Leko 1-0, Nimzo-Indian Defence.
10th game Leko-Kramnik 0-1, Sicilian Defense.
11th game Kramnik-Leko 1/2, Benoni Defense.
12th game Leko-Kramnik 1/2, Sicilian Defense.
Kramnik-Leko 7-5
Games (12, pgn)

The Corus 2001 chess tournament took place in Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands) January 13th-28th 2001, rest days: 15th, 19th and 24th. Round Robin, 14 participants, average rating - 2709, average player's age - 29.5.
Pairings for the Corus 2001
Corus 2001 - Results Rounds 1-13
Final standings: 1. Kasparov - 9; 2. Anand - 8.5; 3-4. Kramnik and Ivanchuk - 8; 5-7. Adams, Morozevich and Shirov - 7.5; 8. Leko - 6.5; 9. Topalov - 5.5; 10-11. Fedorov and Van Wely - 5; 12-13. Tiviakov and Piket - 4.5; 14. Timman - 4.
Corus 2001 - Crosstable
Games (91, pgn)
Corus B Tournament, Final standings: 1. Gurevich - 8; 2. Radjabov - 7.5; 3-4. Luther and Nijboer - 7; 5. Harikrishna - 6.5; 6. Van der Weide - 6; 7-8. De Vreugt and Gulko - 5.5; 9. Bosboom - 5; 10. Visser - 4; 11. Vink - 2.5; 12. Hoeksema - 1.5.
Games Corus B (66, pgn)
Vink, N. (2335) - Harikrishna, P. (2514) [B33], Corus B, Wijk aan Zee (2) 2001
Luther, T. (2544) - Gulko, B. (2622) [B09], Corus B, Wijk aan Zee (5) 2001

Open Letter from GM Valery Salov to Mark Crowther, London Chess Center, TWIC

Korchnoi-Ponomariov Match took place in Donetsk (Ukraine) January 16 - 23, 2001.
Korchnoi-Ponomariov 4 - 4.
Games (8, pgn)

The VI OPEN INTERNACIONAL DE AJEDREZ "CIUDAD DE UBEDA" took place in Spain January 21st-30th 2001. Swiss, 10 rounds, 129 participants.
1. Vladimir Akopian - 8; 2-5. Baadur Jobava, Zhong Zhang, Konstantin Sakaev and Ashot Anastasian - 7.5; 6-9. Pavel Eljanov, Alexander Fominyh, Alexandre Motylev and Gabriel Sargissian - 7, etc.

Bundesliga Rounds 5-7
The 6th and 7th rounds of the Bundesliga took place in Germany January 27th-28th 2001.
Games Rounds 5-7 (110, zipped pgn)
Bundesliga. Standings after round 7
Bundesliga Round 6 Results
Bundesliga Round 7 Results
Bundesliga. Standings after round 5
Bundesliga Round 5 Results

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