Reports | November 01, 2012 10:33

Etienne Bacrot wins Corsica Masters

Etienne Bacrot

Etienne Bacrot won the Corsica Masters on Wednesday in Ajaccio. In the final, the French grandmaster defeated his compatriot Laurent Fressinet 2-0. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Nigel Short were eliminated in the semi-finals on Monday.

Etienne Bacrot, the winner in Ajaccio

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


While most of the action took place in Bastia, the final of the 16th Corsica Circuit chess festival took place in Corsica's capital Ajaccio. Once the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte (or rather Nabulione Buonaparte), Ajaccio has a population of about 65,000 and is located on the west coast of the island of Corsica, 390 km southeast of Marseille.

Ajaccio's Palais des Congrès was the venue for the final between Etienne Bacrot and Laurent Fressinet. They had qualified by beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Nigel Short respectively on Monday in Bastia, where the lion's share of the festival took place. The tournament was the climax of this year's Grand Prix organized by the French Chess Federation, which we covered two times here at ChessVibes.

The final was a short affair. The rate of play was 15 minutes + 3 seconds increment per move, and because Bacrot won both games the whole thing must have lasted less than an hour. In the first game Fressinet never got enough compensation for the sacrificed pawns.

PGN string

The second game was equal all the time, until Fressinet blundered his knight:

PGN string

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Author: Peter Doggers

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choufleur's picture

Congratulations Etienne !

Niima's picture

"Black is sacrificing two pawns, but his compensation is worth only one."

A computer evaluation if I ever saw one!

One would expect a more meaningful, human comment from you Peter :-)

Peter Doggers's picture

Isn't that the human way of describing its evaluation? wink

Niima's picture

I guess these days, with computers such an intricate part of our lives, you may be right. But on its own the comment seems meaningless to me. It is early morning here. Maybe that is the reason. :-)

Anonymous's picture

I see your point. Which pawn for example, and why?

AAR's picture

Please set minimum tolerance level.

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