lundi 16 novembre 2009
dimanche 15 novembre 2009
mercredi 11 novembre 2009
mardi 10 novembre 2009
La 13e édition du Corsica Masters a eu à nouveau un grand succès. L'Open qui s'est déroulé à Bastia du 25 au 31 octobre 2009 a vu la victoire du favori Ivan Sokolov (2657) sur le score de 7,5/9. Outre ce tournoi, deux compétitions jeunes étaient organisées en parallèle et la rencontre des champions du monde entre Anand et Karpov était la cerise sur le gâteau. De nombreuses photos et vidéos vous permettront de revivre ces moments exceptionnels et d'avoir un aperçu de cette île paradisiaque remplie de contrastes.
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lundi 9 novembre 2009
mardi 3 novembre 2009
AJACCIO (France): World Champion Viswanathan Anand tamed former World Champion Anatoly Karpov of Russia in successive two encounters to win the
The Indian, who was leading the series 1.5-0.5 after winning the first game and drawing the second with the Russian at Bastia, beat Karpov in both the remaining games to ensure a spectacular victory.
It was a Queen's gambit declined by Karpov in the first game and Anand got an opening advantage after Karpov did not place his queen properly.
Karpov's position became passive and he was saddled with the task of just defending with little counterplay to the end of the match that lasted 30 moves.
"His Queen on 'c5' was in trouble as I had ways to threaten it. After (gaining the advantage) white is better and pressing, he slowly ran out of time trying to defend," Anand said after the first game.
In the last game Anand was in no mood to relent either.
Playing the black of a Nimzo Indian defense, Anand faced the Capablanca variation and gained early lead in development.
As the game progressed, Karpov missed the thread of the position completely amid complexities and had to pay heavy dividends as Anand's forces simply cruised into his territory.
Karpov resigned after 32 moves. "I tried to play aggressively as black was ahead in development. It is just too complicated to give an exact opinion," Anand said after his series victory.
Anand will now move to Moscow to take part in the Tal Memorial chess tournament, commencing from November 5, which is arguably the toughest event of the year.
The field of the championship includes Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Levon Aronian of Armenia, among others.
lundi 2 novembre 2009
Vishy Anand / Anatoly Karpov (day 2)
The World Champion, the lndian Vishy Anand, will face a Chess legend, the Russian, Anatoly Karpov, several times World Champion.
At Bastia October 31th, and then at Ajaccio November 2nd, the players will play two return matches at the time control of 15'+3" by move.
Exceptionally for players of such a high level, their games will be commented without the aid of headphones. The analysis, which will be directed towards the hundreds of youngsters in attendance for this great spectacle, can also be heard by all the public. Experienced players will be able to follow a more technical commentary with headphones.
Official website: http://www.opencorsica.com/php/index.php?lang=en
Game 1: Anand 1-0 Karpov
Game 2: Karpov 1/2 Anand
Game 3: Anand 1-0 Karpov
Game 4: Karpov 0-1 Anand
source : Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information
dimanche 1 novembre 2009
The World Champion, the Indian Vishy Anand, will face the ex World Champion, the Russian, Anatoly Karpov in a rapid match in France. The event will take place in two different cities. The players will start at Bastia on October 31th and later continue in Ajaccio on November 2nd.
All games will be with time control 15 minutes + 3 seconds per move. This will be yet another major rapid match for Karpov. He has matches against Kasparov in Valencia in September, and later in Paris in December. On the other hand, the rapid games will be a good practice for Anand in case of a tiebreak in the World Chess Championship 2010 match with Topalov.
PTI 1 November 2009, 07:39pm IST
BASTIA (France): World Champion Viswanathan Anand took an early lead by winning the first game of the rapid match against former world champion Anatoly Karpov of Russia.
Anand played it safe and got an easy draw with black pieces in the second game to lead the four-game match 1.5-0.5. The remaining two games of the match will be played at Ajaccio on Monday.
Anand took a cue from Garry Kasparov in choosing his opening. The now-retired Russian stalwart had used a typical system in the Queen pawn opening to win a recent rapid-blitz match against Karpov and Anand used similar ideas to come up triumphs.
It was a Queen's gambit declined wherein Karpov got close to obtaining an equal position but Anand always commanded with his better placed pieces.
The middle game saw the Bishops going off the board along with one set of rooks but Anand's grip on the position remained intact with some finely crafted manoeuvres leading to the win of a pawn.
Meticulous play thereafter ensured that Anand's advantage increased and after forcing the exchange of queens it was curtains for Karpov. The game lasted 46 moves.
In the second game Karpov could not get an advantage in a Semi Slav defense variation by Anand and the exchange of pieces at regular intervals saw the Indian equalising comfortably with the slightly less favourable colour - black.
The transitions from opening to middle game and then to endgame had one thing in common; Anand's defenses were impregnable.
The players eventually arrived at a queen and pawns endgame and signed peace in 42 moves via perpetual checks.
This is Anand's first appearance in competitive chess since losing the Mainz Classic title at Mainz, Germany in the month of August.
From here, the Indian ace will take part in the Tal Memorial tournament at Moscow, the world blitz championship and the Corus chess tournament at Wijk Aan Zee in January 2010.
Vishy Anand et Anatoli Karpov ont donné le 30 octobre une simultanée dans le cadre du Corsica Masters. Une façon de plus pour promouvoir le Roi des jeux après l'interview TV de Léo Battesti sur Via Stella consacrée au Corsican Circuit.
Pour mémoire, Anatoly Karpov avait fait la Une cette semaine du quotidien Corse Matin en répondant à une interview sur la situation des échecs. Il constatait un contraste entre le bon développement des Echecs de masse dans beaucoup de pays et la régression au niveau de l'organisation par la Fide des compétitions internationales. Le champion souligne "que la Corse est leader au niveau mondial pour l'importance de la pratique des échecs par tête d'habitant".