Hikaru Nakamura wins Corsican Circuit 2007

11/3/2007 – After winning the Magistral D'Escacs in Barcelona 19-year-old American GM Hikaru Nakamura continued his European rampage, winning the Corsican Circuit rapid chess tournament ahead of Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Anatoly Karpov, Evgeny Bareev and Loek van Wely. 95 players participated in the preliminaries, 16 in the knockout finals. We bring you all results and games.

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Corsican Circuit 2007: Nakamura’s triumph

The XI Corsica Masters took place from October 28th to 30th. After Aiacciu, where Vladislav Tkachiev was crowned European and French Blitz Champion, in the second part of the Corsican Circuit 2007 in Bastia, Corsica, the 19-year-old, Hikaru Nakamura won the knockout event, beating Mikhalevski, van Wely, Bareev and Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the process. With this victory Nakamura proves that he is one of the best players in rapid chess. The rate of play was 10 min for the entire game + 3 seconds per move increment.


The winner of the Corsican Circuit 2007: Hikaru Nakamura

The American largely dominated the debates during this Corsica Masters, meeting faint resistance in his final match against Kasimdzhanov, whom he defeated 2-0. Kasim did not have the same inspiration as in his
beautiful semi-final against Anatoly Karpov. But the general opinion was that Nakamura was just too strong for the Uzbek former FIDE world champion. From now on, in Corsica, all chess fans await the result of his confrontation against Vishy Anand in the 2008 edition!

All players in the final (except Karpov and Kasimdzhanov, the latter being seeded as last year's winner) qualified in a ten-round Preliminary Swiss with 95 participants, also played at the rate of 10 min/game + 3sec increment. Nakamura came clear first with 8/10 and a 2800+ performance. Here were the final top 14 standings:

# Player Nat. Ti. Rtng  Pts. Perf
1 Nakamura Hikaru USA GM 2648
8
2802
2 Van Wely Loek NED GM 2680
2737
3 Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO GM 2631
2676
4 Fridman Daniel GER GM 2621
7
2678
5 Landa Konstantin RUS GM 2678
7
2682
6 Milov Vadim SUI GM 2680
7
2652
7 Bareev Evgeny RUS GM 2653
7
2660
8 Jussupow Artur GER GM 2583
7
2598
9 Mikhalevski Victor ISR GM 2598
7
2620
10 Hamdouchi Hichem MAR GM 2576
7
2581
11 Guliyev Namig AZE GM 2560
7
2520
12 Cvitan Ognjen CRO GM 2543
7
2609
13 Milov Leonid GER IM 2492
7
2581
14 Prie Eric FRA GM 2532
7
2480

Results of the final knockouts:


Apart from the main event there was a giant children's tournament with more than 300 players. The winner was the talented Jean-Michel Bigonnet. The blitz tournament with 130 players was won by IM Joseph Sanchez.

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