The 2009 edition of Corus is underway as three high-powered sections have assembled in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. Group “A” is headlined by world’s #3 Vassily Ivanchuk of the Ukraine. China’s Wang Yue and Cuba’s Lenier Dominguez are two newer faces in the elite. Dominguez is making his first appearance in Corus “A”.
Corus, one of the world’s premier tournaments, is not as strong as last year’s tournament. The field does contain five top ten players and 11/14 players over 2700. The bottom feeders are all from the Netherlands and the trio bring the average down considerably, but the Dutchman will be ready to defend home turf!
GM Krishnan Sasikiran heads Group “B”.
Photo by Daaim Shabazz.
The other two sections are just as interesting. Group “B” is led by Indian Krishnan Sasikiran who has been spending a lot of time in Europe. He is joined by former FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimjanov and former world contender, Nigel Short. The field adds intrigue with Italian champion Fabiano Caruana and Hou Yifan of China.
Group “C” is led by the immensely-talented Wesley So of the Philippines. One of the world’s youngest Grandmasters at the moment, he is another one of the players from Asia making an impact on the world scene. He is followed by David Howell of England and both junior champions, Abhijeet Gupta (boy’s) and Dronavali Harika (girl’s).
There is another young lad in Wijk aan Zee by the name of FM Anish Giri. According to a report written by Jeroen van den Belt, Giri is a player of Nepal ancestry has Russian citizenship, but lives in the Netherlands! GM Manuel Leon Hoyos of Mexico and GM Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela are welcome sights from Latin America.
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