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Bastia 2

Gawain Jones
In the second round, all the 2600+ players won except for Pavel Tregubov who drew. The biggest surprise was Vitalii Pesotskyi's victory over experienced GM Nenad Sulava. Gawain Jones was the first of the favourites to win with an ambitious piece sacrifice, which worked a treat as his opponent was unable to solve the resulting practical problems.

Here are the results from the second round:

Table Points White Rating Result Black Rating Points
1 [1] FRESSINET Laurent 2696 1 - 0 GIROYAN Gary 2318 [1]
2 [1] SAADA Julien 2313 0 - 1 SASIKIRAN Krishnan 2689 [1]
3 [1] MAMEDOV Rauf 2660 1 - 0 MAMEDJAROVA Zeinab 2314 [1]
4 [1] JONES Gawain C B 2624 1 - 0 COLEMAN Teddy 2312 [1]
5 [1] MASSONI Michael 2304 0 - 1 MELKUMYAN Hrant 2619 [1]
6 [1] GRIGORYAN Avetik 2614 1 - 0 WEISBUCH Udi 2304 [1]
7 [1] INANTS Aghasi 2288 X - X TREGUBOV Pavel V. 2602 [1]
8 [1] GHAEM MAGHAMI Ehsan 2583 1 - 0 BERTHELOT Yannick 2286 [1]
9 [1] PESOTSKYI Vitalii 2268 1 - 0 SULAVA Nenad 2540 [1]
10 [1] DURARBEYLI Vasif 2526 1 - 0 MAMEDJAROVA Turkan 2277 [1]
11 [1] RIBREAU Herve 2233 0 - 1 ARNOLD Marc T 2505 [1]
12 [1] BARON Tal 2505 1 - 0 HUMEAU Cyril 2261 [1]
13 [1] DUPORT Nicolas 2220 0 - 1 FLEAR Glenn C 2471 [1]
14 [1] BATTAGLINI Gabriel 2452 1 - 0 IVANOV Stojan Emilov 2221 [1]
15 [1] DAURELLE Herve 2209 X - X DEMUTH Adrien 2440 [1]
16 [1] DIMITROV Radoslav 2424 1 - 0 GIUA Frederic 2193 [1]
17 [1] EGOZI Nadav 2173 0 - 1 BEDOUIN Xavier 2406 [1]
18 [1] DEBRAY Christopher 2402 1 - 0 GIDEL Jean-Louis 2150 [1]

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

But also check out the French Federation site:

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

Live games: http://www.echecs.asso.fr/Toma.aspx?Tournoi=Corsican%20Circuit

Gawain Jones from England is the fifth seed in this year's tournament. In 2010 he lost out in the Blitz play-off, to the eventual winner Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, in the quarter-finals.

On the second day of the event, throughout the day dozens of young players from all over the island were playing their own tournament at the theatre. There were excellent prizes (computers, a home cinema, ipads, game consoles and so on), plus the top twenty will get the chance to play in a simultaneous display against Pavel Tregubov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov on Thursday.

The junior tournament

Overall, the main organizer, Léo Battesti, and his team have managed to get 120 diverse corporate sponsors on board. This must be something of a record!

Here he is below (that's him on the left!) along with my favourite chess-inspired advertisement from the event.

Tiffany is seeking her knight (in shining armour).
Léo Battesti, the main mover on the island

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