Jan 31, 2010

Corus 2010: Carlsen Wins!

Close the books on Corus 2010. Carlsen simply outlasted everyone else, although Kramnik made a tournament of it. Nakamura experienced highs and lows, but the bottom line is that he's put himself clearly into the top 20 and he's undoubtedly on the rise. We should see his attendance increasing in the best tournaments. Today, he refused to take the easy out against Tiviakov, and pressed until his opponent blundered at move 56. Nakamura finished tied for fourth along with Anand, a good showing. Robson in the C Group started on fire, but then had all the look of a player who ran out of gas in the second half. The last 90 days have brought him a wealth of experience and we should set expectations high. As for Akobian in the B Group, there just isn't much good to say about this tournament. He'll have better days.

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