Sjugirov first on tie-break in Cappelle la Grande
The 29th Cappelle la Grande tournament finished in an 8-way tie for first place. Sanan Sjugirov (Russia) eged out Parimarjan Negi (India), Maxim Rodshtein (Israel), Sergey Fedorchuk (Ukraine), Eric Hansen (Canada), Vlad-Christian Jianu (Romania), Alexei Fedorov (Belarus) and Yuri Vovk (Ukraine) on tie-break after all finished on 7/9.
Sanan Sjugirov (Russia) wins in Cappelle la Grande
The 29th Cappelle la Grande tournament took place February 23th - March 2nd, 2013. It was organized by the "L’Echiquier Cappellois" chess club and held at the Palais des Arts et Loisirs (Palace of Arts and Leisure) in Cappelle-La-Grande, France. It was a nine-round Swiss with rounds 3 and 4 played on the same day. The rate of play was 40 moves in 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move, followed by 30 minutes plus 30 increment.
These days the tournament calendar is quite full, and this also (especially?) counts for open tournaments. A few days before the tournament started, Indian grandmaster Pentala Harikrisna (who won the 2012 edition but did not play this year), tweeted:
Pity that Reykjavik open and cappelle open are clashing. Cooperation between organizers will avoid clash of tmts
For players it would be nice to be able to play both events, but we wonder if there's enough incentive for tournament organizers to avoid such clashes. For instance, we know that there were about 150 grandmasters who applied for conditions at the Reykjavik Open, so they were not exactly "hit" by Cappelle. And if you see how many GMs played there...
The playing hall in Cappelle la Grande | Photo Cappelle Chess
The strongest players were Krishnan Sasikiran (India), Tigran Gharamian (Armenia), Eduardo Iturrizaga (Venezuela), Sanan Sjugirov (Russia), Sergey Fedorchuk (Ukraine) and Parimarjan Negi (India). Because the organizers worked with accelarated pairings for the first seven rounds, these top guns faced strong opponents as early as round 1. This led to quite a lot of upsets.
Top seed Sasikiran (2677) drew his game against Italian IM Guido Caprio (2402) like this:
Another grandmaster even lost, to a compatriot! (How's that, playing against another Venezuelan, in France, and then losing...) IM Jose Sequra Paolini was tactically sharp:
Sergey Fedorchuk also went down, to Klaus Berg (2390).
Grandmasters not only lose because they miss some tactics. In the following game the White player simply plays a great ending.
In the following game the well known Benoni theme e4-e5, d6xe5, f4-f5 was played (which was recently discussed here), but it completely backfired this time:
The last two rounds saw a lot of quick draws. Draw offers before move 20 were not allowed, but sometimes the games were shorter anyway due to (theoretical) move repetitions.
In the end Sanan Sjugirov (Russia) eged out Parimarjan Negi (India), Maxim Rodshtein (Israel), Sergey Fedorchuk (Ukraine), Eric Hansen (Canada), Vlad-Christian Jianu (Romania), Alexei Fedorov (Belarus) and Yuri Vovk (Ukraine) on tie-break after all finished on 7/9.
The tournament had a € 30,000 prize fund. The top 8 received their prizes (1. € 3000, 2. € 2000, 3. € 1500, 4. € 1000, 5. € 900, 6. € 850, 7. € 800, 8. € 800) divided according to the Hort system. Ties were resolved first by 'truncated Buchholz' (sum of adjusted scores of opponents minus two lower), by rating performance and then by Buchholz.
Cappelle la Grande is known for the large number of norms being scored every year, and this time it was not different. No less than twelve players took home their diplomas:
- GM norms: Maxime Lagarde (France), Aleksandar Indjic (Serbia), Karen H. Grigoryan (Armenia)
- IM norms: Lukasz Jarmula (Poland), Radoslaw Gajek (Poland), Tristan Calistri (France), Evgeniya Doluhanova (Armenia), Yannick Kambrath (France), Tangi Migot (France), Stef Soors (Belgium)
- WIM norms: Ewa Harazinska (Poland), Yuliya Shvayger (Israel)
Cappelle la Grande 2013 | Final standings (top 50)
|14||GM||VAZQUEZ IGARZA Renier||2565||ESP||6,5||43||2614||53,5|
|34||GM||FLORES RIOS Mauricio||2481||CHI||6||42||2580||52|
|36||IM||GMLUD Jakob Vang||2514||DEN||6||42||2513||52|
|50||GM||Le ROUX Jean Pierre||2564||France||6||40||2528||50|
(Full final standings here)
The 30th edition has already been announced: this will be held 1-8 March 2014.
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