ICC News Item #1916
NEWS 1916 (15-Jan-09)
The Corus Line-up
Get ready for the biggest event of the year, as the 71st Corus Chess
tournament takes place Saturday, January 17th to Sunday, February 1st, 2009
in its spiritual home of Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands.
Despite the absence of world champion Viswanathan Anand, challenger Vladimir
Kramnik and World Number one Veselin Topalov, there's still a strong line-up
for the Grandmaster 'A' group with Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk,
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian and Teimour Radjabov being favorites for the
first major of the year.
All rounds start at 7:30am ET (1:30pm CET local) except for last round at
6:30am ET (12:30pm CET local), with the rest days being Jan. 21st, 26th &
ICC Chess.FM will have unrivaled coverage throughout, with our special
opening day commentator on Saturday, January 17 being none other than five-
time Russian champion Peter Svidler! Also joining Mig will be the usual team
GM team of Joel Benjamin, Larry Christiansen, Nick De Firmian, John
Federowicz, Ronan Har-Zvi and Gregory Kaidanov.
And direct from the press room at Corus Wijk aan Zee, reporting for Chess.FM
will be Macauley Peterson, who will be giving us his video spin of all the
action that can be found at the Chess.FM Blog
ICC members also get the chance each day to take part in three exciting
competitions to win major chess prizes!
- There's the ever-popular New In Chess Trivia contest, where each day you
could win ICC membership extensions and the top prize of a one year
subscription to the best chess magazine in the world, New In Chess (value
- Game of the Day will also include a daily trivia contest sponsored by The
House of Staunton, where each day an ICC member will win the Reykjavik chess
set (value $119), an exact reproduction of one of the most famous sets ever
produced, the set used for the legendary Fischer-Spassky 1972 World
- And the Everyman Chess Corus Call-In, where ICC members can leave their
questions on Skype, with the best ones aired during the show, and each day a
signed copy of the latest book in Garry Kasparov's series on Modern Chess,
Kasparov-Karpov 1975-85 (value $35), going to the best question!
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