Reports | March 03, 2013 12:03

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:

PGN string

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:

PGN string

Sergey Fedorchuk also went down, to Klaus Berg (2390).

PGN string

Grandmasters not only lose because they miss some tactics. In the following game the White player simply plays a great ending.

PGN string

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:

PGN string

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)

Place Title Name Elo Fed Pts TB Perf BH
1 GM SJUGIROV Sanan 2646 RUS 7 45,5 2747 56,5
2 GM NEGI Parimarjan 2638 IND 7 44,5 2724 55
3 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2616 ISR 7 44 2749 55
4 GM FEDORCHUK Sergey 2643 UKR 7 44 2697 53
5 GM HANSEN Eric 2557 CAN 7 44 2679 54,5
6 GM JIANU Vlad-Cristian 2500 ROU 7 43 2698 52,5
7 GM FEDOROV Alexei 2576 BLR 7 42,5 2702 53,5
8 GM VOVK Yuri 2594 UKR 7 41,5 2696 51,5
9 GM GHARAMIAN Tigran 2661 FRA 6,5 45,5 2708 56,5
10 GM GUREVICH Mikhail 2581 TUR 6,5 44 2646 55
11 GM DJUKIC Nikola 2538 IMNE 6,5 44 2632 53
12 GM PETKOV Vladimir 2559 BUL 6,5 43,5 2648 54
13 GM TER-SAHAKYAN Samvel 2563 ARM 6,5 43 2638 53
14 GM VAZQUEZ IGARZA Renier 2565 ESP 6,5 43 2614 53,5
15 GM ROZENTALIS Eduardas 2613 LTU 6,5 42 2596 52,5
16 IM GRIGORYAN Karen 2531 ARM 6,5 41,5 2639 50,5
17 GM ITURRIZAGA Eduardo 2646 VEN 6,5 41,5 2610 51
18 GM KHARITONOV Alexandr 2536 RUS 6,5 40,5 2608 49,5
19 GM BOROVIKOV Vladislav 2557 UKR 6,5 39,5 2612 49,5
20 IM BARYSHPOLETS Andrey 2526 UKR 6,5 39,5 2551 49
21 GM VOVK Andrey 2564 UKR 6,5 39,5 2544 49
22 GM NABATY Tamir 2573 ISR 6,5 39,5 2542 50
23   GMAJEK Radoslaw 2273 POL 6,5 38,5 2552 48
24 GM NINOV Nikolai 2520 BUL 6,5 38,5 2464 47,5
25 IM INDJIC Aleksandar 2502 SRB 6 44,5 2629 55
26 GM VOROBIOV Evgeny 2584 RUS 6 44 2589 53,5
27 GM AZAROV Sergei 2627 BLR 6 43 2599 54
28 GM KOVACEVIC Aleksandar 2563 SRB 6 43 2563 53,5
29 IM STELLA Andrea 2477 ITA 6 43 2552 52,5
30 GM DANIELIAN Elina 2466 ARM 6 42,5 2633 52,5
31 IM LAGARDE Maxime 2529 FRA 6 42,5 2599 53
32 GM ZHIGALKO Andrey 2588 BLR 6 42,5 2597 52,5
33 IM BAILET Pierre 2440 FRA 6 42,5 2551 51,5
34 GM FLORES RIOS Mauricio 2481 CHI 6 42 2580 52
35 GM EINGORN Vereslav 2547 UKR 6 42 2540 52
36 IM GMLUD Jakob Vang 2514 DEN 6 42 2513 52
37 GM BURMAKIN Vladimir 2577 RUS 6 41,5 2597 51,5
38 GM DANIN Alexandre 2578 RUS 6 41,5 2579 52
39 GM KRAVTSIV Martyn 2597 UKR 6 41,5 2574 51
40 GM ULIBIN Mikhail 2521 RUS 6 41,5 2508 51,5
41 GM TIMOFEEV Artyom 2613 RUS 6 41 2577 51,5
42 GM GMABUZYAN Hovhannes 2517 ARM 6 41 2548 51
43 GM DRASKO Milan 2459 IMNE 6 41 2533 50
44 GM SASIKIRAN Krishnan 2677 IND 6 41 2532 51,5
45 FM SOORS Stef 2369 BEL 6 41 2487 49
46 GM PAPIN Vasily 2562 RUS 6 40,5 2556 50,5
47 GM MIEZIS Normunds 2572 LAT 6 40,5 2552 51
48 GM POPOVIC Dusan 2574 SRB 6 40 2535 50
49 GM MALAKHATKO Vadim 2565 BEL 6 40 2534 50
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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Comments

Thomas Oliver's picture

Dates of opens probably also depend on other things: tradition, availability of the venue, avoiding a clash with team competitions (at least those in the same country). And while the tournament calendar is full, it may be barely (or still not) full enough to provide events for all interested GMs?

At least one player probably liked that there are many European events in short sequence: Iturrizaga played Gibraltar, Moscow Open, Aeroflot and Cappelle la Grande.

sundararajanganesan's picture

congrats Sugirov! congrats negi for finishing second!
negi, harikrishna, sandipan chanda, sasikiran , surya ganguly, adhiban, s.p. seturaman are the young indian hopes following the chess steps of vishy!

AAR's picture

I find the Indian GM games pretty dull. Sticking to openings. All have the same style of play. No originality.

sundararajanganesan's picture

congrats Sugirov! congrats negi for finishing second!
negi, harikrishna, sandipan chanda, sasikiran , surya ganguly, adhiban, s.p. seturaman are the young indian hopes following the chess steps of vishy!

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