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
|2||g||Jones Gawain C B||2624||ENG||7.0||45||56.5||2692|
|8||m||Arnold Marc T||2505||USA||6.5||44||54||2629|
|13||g||Tregubov Pavel V.||2602||RUS||6.5||41.5||51||2554|
|19||g||Flear Glenn C||2471||ENG||6||41||51||2435|
|23||Ivanov Stojan Emilov||2221||BUL||6||40.5||47.5||2339|
This is the main attraction and produced the following results:
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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