Sunday, February 1, 2009

Youth Dominates at Wijk aan Zee

This year's Corus chess festival had a dramatic finish with the standing's not clear in the top A and B groups until the after the last round. Sergey Karjakin defeated Dominguez with the black pieces to claim first in the Group A, while the young Italian-American Fabiano Caruana wiped out Nigel Short's hope for first prize in a interesting Catalan battle. The young Philippine Grandmaster clinched first in group C with a round to spare and made a quick draw in the last round to get first outright.

The other major news of the tournament was that of Anish Giri playing in group C achieving his last GM norm. With his excellent result from this tournament his rating will make it over 2500 making him the youngest GM in the world at the age of 14. This achievement cannot be underestimated as David Smerdon the winner of the recent Queenstown Chess Classic who finished ahead of many strong Grandmasters is still an IM. He has made all the required norms and then some but is still just needing to get his rating over 2500 to get the much sought after GM title. So congratulations to GM Anish Giri.

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