Reports | October 30, 2012 13:23

Bacrot and Fressinet in tomorrow's Corsica Masters final

Bacrot and Fressinet in tomorrow's Corsica Masters final

This year's Corsican chess festival will have an all-French final with Etienne Bacrot and Laurent Fressinet. The two grandmasters defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Nigel Short respectively in the semi-finals on Monday.

The semi-finals in Bastia | Photo courtesy of the tournament organizers

Event Corsica Masters | PGN via TWIC
Dates October 27th-31st, 2012
Location Bastia & Ajaccio, Corsica, France
System Swiss & knockout
Players The seeded players for the knockout phase were Andrei Istratescu, Tigran Gharamian, Etienne Bacrot, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Laurent Fressinet, Loek van Wely, Alexander Fier and Alojzije Jankovic
Rate of play

15 minutes + 3 seconds increment per move

Extra Draw offers are not allowed

 

The 16th Corsica Circuit chess festival is taking place October 27-31 in Bastia and Ajaccio. It started last Saturday in the north-Corsican city of Bastia, with simuls by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Loek van Wely and Artur Jussupow. Later that day the first seven rounds of the open event were played and on Sunday morning rounds 8 and 9. The rate of play was 15 minutes + 3 seconds increment per move, and draw offers are not allowed.

Corsica Circuit 2012 | Open | Final standings (top 30)

Rk Name Ti Rtg Pts TB1 TB2 Perf
1 Battaglini, Gabriel m 2434 8 49 43 2691
2 Jussupow, Artur g 2608 48 39½ 2621
3 Brkic, Ante g 2575 46½ 38½ 2585
4 Djuric, Stefan g 2445 46 40½ 2504
5 Short, Nigel D g 2707 7 46 38 2582
6 Shchekachev, Andrei g 2519 7 44 37½ 2530
7 Massoni, Michael f 2381 7 44½ 37½ 2408
8 Seletsky, Grigory f 2318 7 44 36 2378
9 Philippe, Christophe m 2391 7 44 37 2329
10 Dimitrov, Radoslav m 2403 44½ 37½ 2420
11 Vaisser, Anatoly g 2540 43½ 34½ 2379
12 Dimitrov, Pavel m 2321 44½ 35½ 2270
13 Mishev, Liubomir   2234 42 33½ 2171
14 Pesotsky, Alexandr   1971 41½ 32½ 2148
15 Guillemart, Serge   1799 42½ 31½ 2081
16 Gromovs, Sergejs f 2169 6 45½ 36 2281
17 Angelov, Zvetomir   2108 6 43 34 2212
18 Orndahl, Mats   2159 6 43½ 33 2166
19 Frick, Christoph   2264 6 40 33½ 2158
20 Humeau, Cyril f 2301 6 39½ 30 2146
21 Srienz, Christian f 2323 6 38½ 30½ 2146
22 Zepeda, Lorena mf 2154 6 43 33 2131
23 Pesotskyi, Vitalii m 2283 6 40½ 32 2099
24 Carvallo, Henri   2167 6 42 34 2083
25 Utrera, Ludovic   1963 6 39½ 32 2080
26 Geronimi, Pierre-Francois   2024 6 37½ 32 1977
27 Pieri, Pierre-Louis   2050 6 38 31 1952
28 Blonna, Michele   1984 6 38½ 29 1947
29 Costa, Elodie   1695 6 38½ 28½ 1942
30 Bellet, Georges   2173 6 33 26 1898

The top 8 qualified for the knockout phase: former World Championship Candidates Artur Jussupow and Nigel Short together with Gabriel Battaglini, Ante Brkic, Stefan Djuric, Andrei Shchekachev, Michael Massoni and Grigory Seletsky. The pre-seeded players for the knockout were Andrei Istratescu, Tigran Gharamian, Etienne Bacrot, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Laurent Fressinet, Loek van Wely, Alexander Fier and Alojzije Jankovic.

On Sunday night the 1/8 finals were played, which saw the following results: Short-Seletsky 2-0, Gharamian-Shchekavev 2-0, Bacrot-Philippe 2-0, Brkic-Fier 2-0, Fressinet-Battaglini 3-1, Van Wely-Djuric 1.5-0.5 and Vachier-Lagrave-Massoni 1.5-0.5.

On Monday both the 1/4 finals and the1/2 finals were played:

1/4 finals

Short-Brkic 2-0, Vachier-Lagrave-Jussupow 2-0, Bacrot-Gharamian 2.5-1.5, Fressinet-Van Wely 1.5-0.5

1/2 finals

Bacrot-Vachier-Lagrave 1.5-0.5, Fressinet-Short 1.5-0.5

Here are all the games from the knockout phase so far:

PGN file

The grande finale between Bacrot and Fressinet takes place on Wednesday the 31st in Ajaccio.

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