Karpov and Ivanchuk in the semi-finals of Cap d'Agde

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10/29/2008 – The French Mediterranean seaside resort is hosting its eighth annual rapid chess tournament, with 16 well-known international players who played in two preliminary groups. After that eight qualifiers proceeded to the quarter-final knockout section, where 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov, 57, was given a hard time by a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl. You can watch it on Playchess.

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Eighth Cap d'Agde Rapid Chess Tournament

This event is taking place from October 26 to November 1, 2008 in Cap d'Agde (pronounced kap-dug-de), which is a seaside resort belonging to the town of Agde. It is one of the largest leisure ports on the French Mediterranean. The event is a closed rapid chess tournament in two groups. The winners play in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and then the finals. The results of the preliminaries were as follows:

Group A
Group B
Fabiano Caruana 2640 5.5   Magnus Carlsen 2786 5.5
Vassily Ivanchuk 2786 5.0   Hikaru Nakamura 2704 5.5
Max. Vachier Lagrave 2716 4.5   Teimour Radjabov 2751 5.0
Bu Xiangzhi 2704 4.5   Anatoly Karpov 2651 3.5
Ivan Cheparinov 2696 4.0   Hou Yifan 2578 3.5
Alexandra Kosteniuk 2525 2.0   Humpy Koneru 2618 2.0
Katerina Lahno 2488 2.0   Sebastien Feller 2526 2.0
Marie Sebag 2533 0.5   Almira Skripchenko 2455 1.0

Average Elo 2636

Average Elo 2634

Note that Anatoly Karpov, the 12th World Champion, now 57, scored the same number of points as Hou Yifan, Chinese chess prodigy, female, who is 14 years old. The two had to play a blitz tiebreaker for a place in the knockout section of the tournament. The first game (3' + 2") was won by Krapov with white, the second by Hou Yifan with white. The third game went to Karpov who then won the fourth as well.

Youth vs experience: Hou Yifan, 14, vs Anatoly Karpov, 57

In the quarter-final Karpov faced more young blood: 16-year-old chess prodigy Fabiano Caruana from Italy. Karpov won the first rapid chess game with black, Fabiano the second also with black. The first two blitz games were drawn, as was the third. In the fourth Karpov won with black to enter the semi-finals.

In the second quarter-final Teimour Radjabov and Vassily Ivanchuk drew both their games. Both of the 3+2 blitz games were won by Ivanchuk, who joins Karpov in the semis.

Teimour Radjabov vs Vassily Ivanchuk int he quarter-finals

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