Announcement | October 23, 2012 16:53

Coming soon: Corsica, Bucharest, Tashkent

Coming soon: Corsica, Bucharest, Tashkent

Three interesting and strong chess events are starting soon: the annual rapid event in Corsica, the postponed Kings' Tournament and the second FIDE Grand Prix. We give dates, participants and other details.


The 16th Corsica Circuit chess festival takes place October 27-31 in Bastia and Ajaccio. Alongside simuls by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Loek van Wely and Artur Jussupow, on Saturday the first seven rounds of the open event will be played in Bastia. The rate of play is 15 minutes + 3 seconds increment per move, and draw offers are not allowed.

On Sunday morning rounds 8 and 9 are scheduled, and later that day the eight top ranked players will join eight qualifiers for the first knockout round: Andrei Istratescu, Tigran Gharamian, Etienne Bacrot, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Laurent Fressinet, Loek van Wely, Alexander Fier and Alojzije Jankovic.

Still in Bastia, on Monday the 29th the 1/4 and 1/2 finals of the Corsica Masters will be played, and the grande finale eventually takes place Wednesday the 31st in Ajaccio. Here's the promo video for this event:


The Kings' Tournament is back on the chess calendar. Mid-June we reported that the 6th edition had been postponed, due to the financial crisis combined with the local political situation. Back then the organizers expressed the hope to still organize the event this year, and they will, though in a more modest form. Instead of six, there will be only four participants: Fabiano Caruana, Veselin Topalov, Vassily Ivanchuk and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. They will play a double round robin of six rounds between 7 and 14 November in Bucharest, Romania.


Only a week later the second FIDE Grand Prix will start in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The participants are Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Morozevich, Gata Kamsky, Wang Hao, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Peter Svidler, Boris Gelfand, Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Leko, Leinier Dominguez Perez and Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

Note that Gata Kamsky has replaced Vugar Gashimov for this event. We spoke to Gashimov's manager, who confirmed that Vugar still can't play chess at the moment but prefers not to go into detail.

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Hugh Jass's picture
Sasha's picture

Chigorin memorial is also quite strong

Morley's picture

Is Kamsky seeded into the Grand Prix now, or is he just filling in this event only for Gashimov? He is playing very well lately, it would be great if he got another chance to qualify for the Candidates.

redivivo's picture

He's hardly more seeded than Adams is after being the replacement player in London.

Thomas's picture

Technically or officially, Kamsky replaces Gashimov only for this one event (at least for the time being). But he may still be "a bit more seeded than Adams" because the two cases seem different:

Svidler dropped out of London for family reasons. Whatever they were (none of our business) they seem to be resolved one way or another because Svidler then played at the European Club Cup. Adams replaced him, presumably because he is a local player and was available at short notice.

Gashimov seems to have long-term health problems, understandably his manager (is he still managed by his brother?) won't give details. Kamsky was probably chosen because he is next in line by rating. There may be a chance (but no guarantee) that he will also replace Gashimov in forthcoming GP events.

Thomas's picture

There seems to be another last-minute change in Tashkent: still has Ivanchuk (rather than Ponomariov) among the participants.

I accidentally found that Ivanchuk apparently plays the "Karpov trophy", another French rapid event in Cap d'Agde, with Bauer, Edouard, Karpov(!) and four female players:
This (26/10-1/11) exactly coincides with Corsica, and the rapid open (30/10-2/11) also overlaps. And did Ivanchuk forget about his tournament schedule???

Geoffrey Borg's picture

Official list of players is on the website and can be found here :

sss's picture

Bucharest? That poor city? I think it's a joke!

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