Saturday, January 12, 2008

Interesting Fact About Corus 2008!

A chess FM follower in the Internet Chess Club (ICC) live commentary raised an interesting question about why GM Loek Van Wely (2681) playing in the Corus GM Group A Tournaments held at Wijk aan Zee, Holland but GM Ivan Cheparinov (2713) from Bulgaria who is 32 points higher then Loek are playing in GM Group B tournament. The commentator said that the answer is simply because Van Wely is Dutchmen!!!

Loek won the Dutch championship six times straight from 2000-2005. He was rated among the world's top ten in 2001. However he seems have past his prime and have drop to 35th placing in the January 2008 list.

You must have been thinking that Russian player would be the first or at least country that have the most players playing in the GM category A,B and C in the Corus 2008 but the in fact is it is actually Indian which have the most players (after the host- Holland) playing in the Corus 2008 mainly because Corus Group company have been bought by Indian company! The Indian company, part of the 100-year old Tata conglomerate whose interests include cars, telecommunications, software consulting, hotels and consumer goods, won an auction last year to take over Anglo-Dutch steelmaker Corus Group offering £5.8 billion ($11.3 billion) to pull off the biggest-ever acquisition by an Indian company.

Indian players in Corus 2008

Group A : GM Viswanathan Anand (2799)

Group B: GM Pentala Harikrishna (2664) and GM Humpy Koneru (2612)

Group C : GM Parimarjan Negi (2526)

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