Reports | October 31, 2011 16:51

Anand wins Corsica Masters Knockout

Anand wins Corsica Masters Knockout

Vishy Anand won the Corsica Masters Knockout on Monday in Ajaccio, Corsica. The World Champion beat 2010 winner Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan 2-0 in the final. In the semifinal Anand had a narrow escape against Krishnan Sasikiran, who had earlier won the 9-round Swiss.

Event Corsica Masters 2011 | Masters: PGN | Knockout: PGN via TWIC
Dates October 22nd-31st, 2011
Location Ajaccio and Bastia, Corsica, France
System 9-round Swiss & Knockout
Players Top rated players in the Masters were GMs Laurent Fressinet, Krishnan Sasikiran, Ivan Cheparinov, Rauf Mamedov, Gawain Jones, Hrant Melkumyan, Avetik Grygorian and Pavel Tregubov. The fourteen best qualified for the knockout phase, together with World Champion Vishy Anand and 2010 winner Shakhriyar Mamedyarov as invitees
Rate of play

Masters: 90 minutes for the whole game and 30 seconds increment from move 1 | Knockout: 10 minutes + 3 seconds increment

Our first report about the Corsican Circuit focused on the issue with the Iranian grandmaster who refused to play against an opponent from Israel. It was not the last issue the organizers had to deal with. In the next round, Rauf Mamedov and Marc Arnold drew their game relatively quickly.

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However, this was against the tournament rules. In fact even before the MTel Masters existed, the now-called 'Sofia rule' was already in effect in Corsica, something the players were not aware of apparently. The game was declared lost for both.

And then, in one of the side events (a blitz tournament on Saturday) a Bulgarian player was disqualified and asked to leave for offering money to his opponent, as reported on the website of the French Chess Federation. Well... it's about time that we have a look at the chess that was played on the French island!

The big Swiss event was eventually won by Krishnan Sasikiran. The Indian grandmaster was the only player to finish at 7.5/9 while our blogger GM Gawain Jones finished in clear second place. Arguably the most interesting game was the following - quite original stuff from such strong players!

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Corsica Circuit | Swiss, round 9 standings

Rk Name Ti FED Rtg Pts TB1 TB2 Perf
1 SASIKIRAN Krishnan g IND 2689 7.5 44.5 55.5 2792
2 JONES Gawain C B g ENG 2624 7 45 56.5 2692
3 MELKUMYAN Hrant g ARM 2619 6.5 46.5 57.5 2647
4 FRESSINET Laurent g FRA 2696 6.5 45.5 55.5 2664
5 DURARBEYLI Vasif g AZE 2526 6.5 45 54 2542
6 BARON Tal g ISR 2505 6.5 44.5 54.5 2559
7 CHEPARINOV Ivan g BUL 2650 6.5 44 54.5 2597
8 ARNOLD Marc T m USA 2505 6.5 44 54 2629
9 BATTAGLINI Gabriel m FRA 2452 6.5 43 53 2455
10 GRIGORYAN Avetik g ARM 2614 6.5 43 52.5 2588
11 MAMEDOV Rauf g AZE 2660 6.5 42.5 53 2599
12 MULLON Jean-Baptiste m FRA 2379 6.5 42.5 51.5 2464
13 TREGUBOV Pavel V. g RUS 2602 6.5 41.5 51 2554
14 MASSONI Michael f FRA 2304 6.5 40.5 49.5 2387
15 BERTHELOT Yannick f FRA 2286 6.5 39.5 49 2421
16 BAGHDASARYAN Vahe   ARM 2362 6 42.5 52.5 2427
17 INANTS Aghasi   ARM 2288 6 42.5 50.5 2360
18 BEDOUIN Xavier m FRA 2406 6 41.5 50.5 2344
19 FLEAR Glenn C g ENG 2471 6 41 51 2435
20 SULAVA Nenad g CRO 2540 6 41 51 2394
21 COLEMAN Teddy f USA 2312 6 41 49 2366
22 DEBRAY Christopher m FRA 2402 6 40.5 50.5 2354
23 IVANOV Stojan Emilov   BUL 2221 6 40.5 47.5 2339
24 DIMITROV Radoslav m BUL 2424 6 39.5 49 2343
25 MAMEDJAROVA Turkan gf AZE 2277 6 39 47.5 2310
26 EGOZI Nadav   ISR 2173 6 38 47.5 2225
27 HUMEAU Cyril   FRA 2261 6 36.5 44.5 2165
28 PESOTSKYI Vitalii m UKR 2268 5.5 43 51.5 2472
29 JUDKOVSKY Yair   ISR 2329 5.5 42.5 51.5 2341
30 SHACHAR Ehud f ISR 2355 5.5 42 50 2349

Video impressions

The top 14 players qualified for the traditional knockout rapid tournament, where they were joined by two invited players: World Champion (and multiple winner) Vishy Anand and 2010 winner Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The system for this event was 2 games of 10 minutes plus 3 seconds increment, and if required, two blitz games at 3 minutes plus 2 seconds increment, and if required, an Armageddon game.

The quarter-finals took place on Friday, October 28th in the evening, just hours after the 9-round Swiss had finished. The top seed of the classical event Laurent Fressinet had apparently lost all his energy, and lost to Gabriel Battaglini (2452). The other results were less surprising:

Viswanathan Anand 1.5 – 0.5 Avetik Grigoryan
Krishnan Sasikiran 2.5 – 1.5 Rauf Mamedov
Ivan Cheparinov 3 – 1 Gabriel Battaglini
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 1.5 – 0.5 Gawain Jones
 

Video impressions

The semifinals saw the following results:

Viswanathan Anand 3 – 1 Krishnan Sasikiran
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2 – 0 Ivan Cheparinov

However, it all could have gone differently, if Sasikiran hadn't missed a golden opportunity to beat his compatriot in the second rapid game (the first had ended in a draw):

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Anand went on to win both blitz games.

Video impressions

All this happened in Bastia and after a rest day on Sunday, the players moved to the Palace of Congress in Ajaccio. There, Anand faced Mamedyarov in Monday's final. In the first game the World Campion picked the 3.f3 line against his opponent's Grünfeld - in fact an old pet line of Mamedyarov himself! The Indian won convincingly:

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In the second game Mamedyarov made clear that these days in the QGD it's possible to play the g2-g4 push as early as move 7. He needed to win, and tried hard, but Anand defended well and also won this game.

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Video impressions

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of ChessVibes.com, 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.

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Comments

vips's picture

What happened to 3rd place play-off between Sasi and Cheparinov?

bronkenstein's picture

Indeed , was 3rd place played for at all?

Brecht's picture

Glad to see Anand win a tournament ! (it has been long time since...)

vips's picture

Were you sleeping through the Botvinnik memorial?

Harish Srinivasan 's picture

It's a pity that Fide could not include the open section in their November rating update. Sasikiran could have seen himself in 2700 club. He did reach that landmark once before though

noyb's picture

Anybody who thinks Chess is dying a draw death needs to look at Cheparinov, Ivan - Pesotskyi, Vitalii!

Chess Fan's picture

True Chess Fans never think that chess is a dying game and don't care. They love chess for itself.So don't worry. There will always be loyal chess fans through high and lows of chess's standing in contemporary sports.

szacharnia's picture
JP's picture
JP's picture

Anand's counter-attack as black in game 2 is wonderful.

Chess Fan's picture

Vintage Anand. I loved it too.

JP's picture

Can't we flip the board in games shown here?

JP's picture

OK got it, the circles at side does it.

Chess Fan's picture

Thanks for sharing the information. Appreciate it.

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