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The review of chess events for January, 2006

by Boris Schipkov

The Rilton Cup 2005-2006 took place in Sweden 27th December 2005 - 5th January 2006.
1-5. Rozentalis, Ivanov S, Nyback, Postny, Miezis - 7/9.

The Xstrata Australian Championships 2006 took place in Brisbane 28th December 2005 - 9th January 2006.
1. Rogers - 9/11; 2-3. Smerdon, Chandler - 8; 4. Schmaltz - 7.5; 5-6. Ftacnik, Lane - 7.

The Hastings Chess Congress 2005-2006 took place in England 28th December 2005 to 6th January 2006.
1. Neverov - 8/10; 2-4. Colin, Erenburg, Gagunashvili - 7.5.

The Reggio Emilia international tournament took place in Italy December 29th 2005 to January 6th 2006.
1. Landa - 7/9; 2. Yevseev - 6; 3. Cebalo - 5.5; 4. Vocaturo - 5.

The Keres Memorial Rapid 2006 took place in Tallinn (Estonia) 6th-9th January.
1-3. Ivanchuk, Karpov, Kasimdzhanov - 7; 4. Berg - 5.5; 5-6. Kosyrev, Vitiugov - 4.5; 7. Yemelin - 4; 8. Liiva - 3.5; 9. Agrest - 1.5; 10. Shirov - 0.5.

The Bad Zwesten Open 2006 took place 2nd-8th January in Germany.
1-2. Bauer, Van den Doel - 7.5/9; 3-4. Bischoff, Luther - 7.

The Corus Chess tournaments 2006 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 13th-29th.
1-2. Viswanathan Anand, Veselin Topalov - 9; 3-4. Michael Adams, Vassily Ivanchuk - 7.5; 5-6. Boris Gelfand, Sergey Karjakin - 7; 7-9. Sergey Tiviakov, Peter Leko, Levon Aronian - 6.5; 10. Loek van Wely - 6; 11. Etienne Bacrot - 5.5; 12-13. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Gata Kamsky - 4.5; 14. Ivan Sokolov - 4. Average rating 2716.
R13: Anand-Gelfand 1-0 (White pounced on the black king, won in the endgame), Ivanchuk-Karjakin 1-0 (Two bishops), Aronian-Sokolov 1-0 (A passed pawn), Kamsky-Tiviakov 0-1 (Black obtained an edge).
R12: Mamedyarov-Kamsky 0-1 (Gata grabbed pawns).
R11: Karjakin-Sokolov 1-0 (White won two pawns), Leko-Mamedyarov 1-0 (Black gave the exchange), Kamsky-Van Wely 1-0 (Gata took the queen).
R10: Topalov-Aronian 1-0 (World Champion sacrificed the exchange, pushed pawns), Van Wely-Leko 1-0 (Endgame), Bacrot-Kamsky 1-0.
R9: Anand-Van Wely 1-0 (Interesting), Gelfand-Sokolov 1-0, Karjakin-Topalov 0-1 (Black grabbed a pawn and attacked), Kamsky-Adams 0-1 (Black obtained an edge).
R8: Bacrot-Anand 0-1, Mamedyarov-Aronian 0-1 (Black obtained an edge).
R7: Topalov-Sokolov 1-0 (Ivan burned his pieces), Karjakin-Mamedyarov 1-0, Leko-Kamsky 1-0 (Peter attacked), Aronian-Van Wely 0-1 (25.Rf1?).
R6: Kamsky-Anand 1-0 (Gata played well in the QGA), Adams-Ivanchuk 1-0 (Black king was in the centre).
R5: Karjakin-Bacrot 1-0 (24...Nc3), Anand-Leko 1-0 (Weaknesses in the Black's camp), Ivanchuk-Kamsky 1-0 (White grabbed a pawn).
R4: Van Wely-Topalov 0-1 (The exchange sacrifice), Bacrot-Gelfand 0-1, Kamsky-Aronian 0-1.
R3: Topalov-Bacrot 1-0 (Veselin outplayed the rival in the endgame), Ivanchuk-Anand 0-1, Gelfand-Adams 1-0, Karjakin-Kamsky 1-0.
R2: Adams-Topalov 1-0 (Michael sacrificed a knight), Bacrot-Tiviakov 1-0, Kamsky-Gelfand 1-0, Sokolov-Ivanchuk 0-1.
R1: Karjakin-Anand 0-1 (Black attacked), Topalov-Kamsky 1-0, Aronian-Ivanchuk 0-1.
Games (91, zipped pgn)
Corus B: 1-2. A. Motylev; M. Carlsen - 9/13; 3. Z. Almasi - 8.5.
Corus C: 1. S. Atalik - 10.5/13; 2-3. J. Werle; C. Marcelin - 9.

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