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15th Corsican Circuit – final Anand vs Mamedyarov on Monday

10/31/2011 – The Open tournament was won by Indian GM Krishnan Sasikiran, half a point ahead of English GM Gawain Jones and a full point clear of the rest of the field. In the Corsica Masters Knockout "Sasi" gave his compatriot Vishy Anand a scare, but the World Champion went throught to the final against Azeri GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The match starts at 2 p.m. Report with videos.
 

The circuit started in 1997, with just a fistful of amateurs. Today Corsica is staging the 15th edition, on an island that breaks the world record per capita chess players (5375 active members in a population of 300,000). In a difficult economic environment the organisers have managed to maintain the same level of prizes (95,000 €), having mobilised a total of 124 sponsors! Hundreds of young people participate in the festive event, which this year welcomes over 800 friends from the five continents.

Here are the top results after nine rounds of the Open

Pl Ti Player Rtng Fed Pts Tr. Bu. Perf
1 g Sasikiran Krishnan 2689 IND 7.5 44.5 55.5 2792
2 g Jones Gawain C B 2624 ENG 7.0 45 56.5 2692
3 g Melkumyan Hrant 2619 ARM 6.5 46.5 57.5 2647
4 g Fressinet Laurent 2696 FRA 6.5 45.5 55.5 2664
5 g Durarbeyli Vasif 2526 AZE 6.5 45 54 2542
6 g Baron Tal 2505 ISR 6.5 44.5 54.5 2559
7 g Cheparinov Ivan 2650 BUL 6.5 44 54.5 2597
8 m Arnold Marc T 2505 USA 6.5 44 54 2629
9 m Battaglini Gabriel 2452 FRA 6.5 43 53 2455
10 g Grigoryan Avetik 2614 ARM 6.5 43 52.5 2588
11 g Mamedov Rauf 2660 AZE 6.5 42.5 53 2599
12 m Mullon Jean-Baptiste 2379 FRA 6.5 42.5 51.5 2464
13 g Tregubov Pavel V. 2602 RUS 6.5 41.5 51 2554
14 f Massoni Michael 2304 FRA 6.5 40.5 49.5 2387
15 f Berthelot Yannick 2286 FRA 6.5 39.5 49 2421
16   Baghdasaryan Vahe 2362 ARM 6 42.5 52.5 2427
17   Inants Aghasi 2288 ARM 6 42.5 50.5 2360
18 m Bedouin Xavier 2406 FRA 6 41.5 50.5 2344
19 g Flear Glenn C 2471 ENG 6 41 51 2435
20 g Sulava Nenad 2540 CRO 6 41 51 2394
21 f Coleman Teddy 2312 USA 6 41 49 2366
22 m Debray Christopher 2402 FRA 6 40.5 50.5 2354
23   Ivanov Stojan Emilov 2221 BUL 6 40.5 47.5 2339
24 m Dimitrov Radoslav 2424 BUL 6 39.5 49 2343
25 gf Mamedjarova Turkan 2277 AZE 6 39 47.5 2310
26   Egozi Nadav 2173 ISR 6 38 47.5 2225
27   Humeau Cyril 2261 FRA 6 36.5 44.5 2165

Video impressions of the final round of the Open

Corsica Masters Knockout

This is the main attraction and produced the following results:

Video report on the 1/8 finals

1/8th of an eventful final that saw the knockout of two favorites: Laurent Fressinet by International Master Gabriel Battaglini and Pavel Tregubov by GM Gawain Jones. Top seeds Anand and Mamedyarov went through, as did Cheparinov and Open winner Sasikiran. In the quarter finals Cheparinov had a tough battle against Battaglini, as did Sasikiran against Mamedov. Anand and Mamedyarov went through smoothly. And in the semis the two beat Sasikiran and Cheparinov respectively, with Anand having some anxious moments in the second game (he beat "Sasi" 2-0 in the tiebreaks after their two draws).

On Monday October 31st World Champion Viswanathan Anand meets Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the finals, which sees the players moving from Bastia to Ajaccio, where it will take place in the magnificent setting of the convention centre.

You can watch the action live on Playchess, starting at 14:00h local time = CET. Don't miss it, and have your Let's Check function ready!

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