Thursday, January 29, 2009

GM Ian Rogers Blogging From Corus

Been waiting for one of my favorite journalists to publish his blog on the USCF website. GM Ian Rogers is regularly reporting from the top tournaments.
The biggest worry for the organisers in 2009 had been the large number of short draws in the elite top group – a feature of top GM chess which some had thought was disappearing thanks to the Sofia anti-draw rules (not in use in Wijk aan Zee). Corus choose their field very carefully every year to maximize the entertainment potential but in 2009 even wonderboy Magnus Carlsen had been unable to escape the draw virus and his first nine games had ended peacefully.

His article also includes a transcript of Levon Aronian's press conference and analysis of Magnus Carlsen's first win at Corus.

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