Karpov and Fressinet win Cap d'Agde qualifier

by Albert Silver
10/30/2015 – After a slow start in the first half of the fourteen-round qualifier, Anatloy Karpov stormed ahead in the second half with a Law of the Jungle attitude, racking up points against the women, and taking sole lead by round eleven. In round twelve Fressinet defeated the former world champion, to share the top spot. Edouard and Gharamian were the last to qualify for the semis.

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Although the event has always been graced with female players, this year there was a firm commitment to balance the field with four male players, and four female. This is not to suggest it is a Men vs Women event, as it is still very much every man (or woman) for himself. The eight players this year are:

  • Anatoly KARPOV (Russia) GM. (2628).
  • Marie SEBAG (France) GM. (2496).
  • Laurent FRESSINET (France) GM. (2702).
  • Marya MUZYCHUCK (Ukraine) GM. (2528).
  • Tigran GHARAMIAN (France) GM. (2654).
  • Anna MUZYCHUCK (Ukraine) GM. (2549).
  • Romain EDOUARD (France) GM. (2636).
  • Zhansaya ABDUMALIK (Kazakhstan) WGM. (2390).

Playing at a time control of 25 minutes plus 10 seconds increment, the eight players will meet each other twice, for a total of 14 rounds. Each day two round are played, and at the end of the seven days, the top four players will qualify for the semi-finals, and then the final.

Rounds nine and ten

Anatoly Karpov was no gentleman, and punished the females heavily. (Video by Europe Echecs)

Round eleven

In round eleven, Anatoly Karpov had fully recovered from his slowish start by beating Anna Muzychuk and
taking sole first for the very first time. The video also shows some of the musical performances.

Round Fourteen and end

Local radio station Radio Nova was present to bring the news and share impressions from
players and organizers

By the end of the qualifying phase, Anatoly Karpov and Laurent Fressinet shared the top spots with
9.5/14, with both Romain Edouard and Tigran Gharamian completing the four to make the semis.

All videos are by Europe Echecs

Final standings of qualifier


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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications, and the content creator of the YouTube channel, Chess & Tech.


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