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Anand is Corsican Masters Champion

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Viswanathan Anand beat last year's winner Shakhriyar Mamedyarov by the convincing score of 2-0 in the final of the 2011 Corsican masters. The earlier rounds were played at the Theatre in Bastia, but the Final took place in the 'Palais de Congrès' in Ajaccio, Corsica's second city.

Final

Viswanathan Anand 2-0 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

In the first game, Mamedyarov played the Grünfeld Defence, but had the worse of the opening phase. Later however, he managed to fight back and obtained reasonable counterplay, but short of time he then went astray and the World Champion had enough time to convert his advantage.

In the second game, an ambitious pawn thrust by the Azeri in a Queen's Gambit was met by with a cool display by Anand. Mamedyarov's attempts at maintaining the initiative were thwarted, and again his time trouble led to unsurmountable difficulties.

Anand played much more quickly than his opponents in the whole event, and here it made a big difference.

Here are the results of the earlier phases:

The nine round swiss qualification event:

Rank Title Player Rating Country Points Tie-break Perf.
1 g SASIKIRAN Krishnan 2689 IND 7,5 44,5 2792
2 g JONES Gawain C B 2624 ENG 7 45 2692
3 g MELKUMYAN Hrant 2619 ARM 6,5 46,5 2647
4 g FRESSINET Laurent 2696 FRA 6,5 45,5 2664
5 g DURARBEYLI Vasif 2526 AZE 6,5 45 2542
6 g BARON Tal 2505 ISR 6,5 44,5 2559
7 g CHEPARINOV Ivan 2650 BUL 6,5 44 2597
8 m ARNOLD Marc T 2505 USA 6,5 44 2629
9 m BATTAGLINI Gabriel 2452 FRA 6,5 43 2455
10 g GRIGORYAN Avetik 2614 ARM 6,5 43 2588
11 g MAMEDOV Rauf 2660 AZE 6,5 42,5 2599
12 m MULLON Jean-Baptiste 2379 FRA 6,5 42,5 2464
13 g TREGUBOV Pavel V. 2602 RUS 6,5 41,5 2554
14 f MASSONI Michael 2304 FRA 6,5 40,5 2387
15 f BERTHELOT Yannick 2286 FRA 6,5 39,5 2421
16   BAGHDASARYAN Vahe 2362 ARM 6 42,5 2427
17   INANTS Aghasi 2288 ARM 6 42,5 2360
18 m BEDOUIN Xavier 2406 FRA 6 41,5 2344
19 g FLEAR Glenn C 2471 ENG 6 41 2435
20 g SULAVA Nenad 2540 CRO 6 41 2394
21 f COLEMAN Teddy 2312 USA 6 41 2366
22 m DEBRAY Christopher 2402 FRA 6 40,5 2354
23   IVANOV Stojan Emilov 2221 BUL 6 40,5 2339
24 m DIMITROV Radoslav 2424 BUL 6 39,5 2343
25 gf MAMEDJAROVA Turkan 2277 AZE 6 39 2310
26   EGOZI Nadav 2173 ISR 6 38 2225
27   HUMEAU Cyril 2261 FRA 6 36,5 2165

The top 14 joined Viswanathan Anand and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the knock-out stage of the Corsica Masters.

The first round of the knock-out event

Viswanathan Anand - Michael Massoni (the top Corsican player finsihed 14th in the swiss) 2-0

Avetik Grigoryan - Hrant Melkumyan 1.5-0.5 (the all-Armenian encounter)

Rauf Mamedov - Tal Baron 2.5-1.5 (after losing the fairst game, Ruaf Mamedov made it through anyway)

Marc Arnold - Krishnan Sasikiran 1-3 (the American lost out in the Blitz but took one game off the Indian no.2)

Laurent Fressinet - Gabriel Battaglini 0.5-1.5 (the big surprise, as Battaglini easily won the first game and held out comfortably in the second)

Vasif Durarbeyli - Ivan Cheparinov 0.5-1.5 (Ivan did enough, but Durarbeyli proved to be a tough cookie)

Gawain Jones - Pavel Tregubov 3-2 (in the Armageddon blitz game, in the most evenly-matched encounter of all!)

Jean-Baptiste Mullon - Shakhriyar Mamyedarov 0.5-1.5 (Mamedyarov dominated the first game, and that was enough).

Quarter-Finals

Viswanathan Anand - Avetik Grigoryan 1.5-0.5 (the world champion ground out a win in the first game before holding an unpleasant endgame in the second)

Rauf Mamedov - Krishnan Sasikiran 1.5-2.5 (a gritty battle which could have gone either way. Sasikiran won first, but then Mamedov turned the second rapid game round to stay in the match, but the Indian edged the Azeri at Blitz)

Gabriel Battaglini-Ivan Cheparinov 1-3 (two draws where the young Battaglini held his own, were followed by two Blitz games, where he didn't!)

Gawain Jones - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 0.5-1.5 (a disasterous first game by Jones gave the Englishman a mountain to climb, but he pushed Mamedyarov hard in the second leg, but his extra pawn with opposite bishops proved to be unusable).

Semi-Finals

Anand - Sasikiran 3-1 (despite playing relatively slowly Sasikiran was able to nullify Anand in the first game. In the second game he was much better and certainly missed one clear win, but being significantly behind on the clock led to him not being able to make anything of his advantage. In the first Blitz game, Anand provoked wild complications in which his slower-thinking compatriot eventually blundered. Anand was also too strong in the second Blitz game)

Cheparinov - Mamedyarov 0-2 (a first game domination with White and a super-solid opening with Black induced the Bulgarian to overpress, hence the whitewash)

Official site: http://www.opencorsica.com/

See also the French Federation site:

http://www.echecs.asso.fr/


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