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Karpov Wins In Cap d'Agde Rapid

  • SonofPearl
  • on 06/11/12 11:31.

anatoly karpov 4-cropped.jpgAnatoly Karpov added yet another tournament victory to his long list of triumphs by winning the Cap d'Agde rapid tournament which bears his name - the "Trophée Anatoly Karpov".

The chess festival in the French resort of Cap d'Agde took place from 26 October - 3 November.  The main event featured 8 players in a double round robin contest, with the top four advancing to a KO stage.

Games were played at the rapid time control of 25 minutes plus 10 second increment.

The initial double round-robin ended with Vassily Ivanchuk and Anatoly Karpov topping the standings, and Ju Wenjun and Romain Edouard joining them for the KO stage.

2012 Cap d'Agde Round-Robin Standings

# Name Elo Pts
1 Ivanchuk, Vassily 2771 11½
2 Karpov, Anatoly 2616 11½
3 Ju, Wenjun 2498
4 Edouard, Romain 2664
5 Sebag, Marie 2521
6 Bauer, Christian 2664
7 Milliet, Sophie 2421
8 Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2384

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Ivanchuk beat Ju Wenjun 2-0 and Karpov beat Romain Edouard 1½-½ to make it to the final, and what a final it was!

Karpov struck first to take the lead, but Ivanchuk equalised in the second rapid game to take the contest to blitz tie-breaks at a time control of 3 minutes plus 2 second increment.

Ivanchuk looked to have made a crucial breakthrough when he won with the black pieces in the first blitz game, but Karpov pulled out a must-win victory with black in the next game to level the scores yet again.

Karpov then took the initiative by winning the third blitz game, but lost on time in the fourth!  With no Armageddon game scheduled, the players just kept going!  Game 5 was the first drawn game of the final, and finally Ivanchuk lost on time in the sixth game and Karpov was the champion 4½-3½!

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Official website here (in French). Games via TWIC.

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  • hace 22 meses

    Roma60

    karpov is one of the true greats. won more top class tournaments then anyone will ever win. he will be the player everyone will remember in the chess world in 100 years from now.

  • hace 22 meses

    Claudiu3

    He's great !

  • hace 22 meses

    kot1977

    спасибо Карпову за игру и поздравляю с хорошим результатом!

  • hace 22 meses

    Ajatsatru

    Hi _valentin_,

     

    I should be honest here I think. I did not read entire passage... I just began to look at each move in each of the games... no wonder at the time of posting my post, I was not even aware that it was a series of Blitz games.

    I understand very much what might have been going through the minds of Karpov and Ivanchuk throughout the play, esp when the clock is ticking its final moments.

     

    I hope you forgive me for this oversight. I am not too bad an analyzer myself :)

  • hace 22 meses

    _valentin_

    Ajatsatru:  I agree that in game 2.5, white's 47.Bd3+ would lead to checkmate in 3, but I suspect that both players were very low on time by that move (possibly with 5 seconds or less each left, plus the increment), so subtleties like that can be missed in the quick movement of pieces.

  • hace 22 meses

    Ajatsatru

    Thank you very much SonofPearl, that sure clears the confusion as to why the White Queen kept moving around to exhaust more and more time before anything decisive could take place!

  • hace 22 meses

    ClavierCavalier

    How old were the other players?

  • hace 22 meses

    SonofPearl

    @ Ajatsatru Karpov lost on time in the fourth blitz game (game 2.6 in the article).

  • hace 22 meses

    Julius_1985

    Thank you so much for uploading this! :D

  • hace 22 meses

    iksarol

    a rare ocasion when the favorite is 150 elo rating points lower than the other super GM

  • hace 22 meses

    Ajatsatru

    A little bit of confusion here...

     

     

    Round 2.6, clearly Black (Karpov) is slated to win, yet it says White (Ivanchuk) is the winner => 1-0.

     

    Am I missing something?

     

    Also, in Round 2.5, 47. Bd3 could have led to a mate for White (Karpov), rather than 47. Rb5. Why did he choose not to play such an evident clincher?

  • hace 22 meses

    novzki41

    both players winning with black... that's highly competitive.. 

  • hace 22 meses

    Baldvin

    Congratulations to Mr. Karpov, A real champion of the game.

  • hace 22 meses

    SonofPearl

    @ ClavierCavalier - hopefully that's all of them corrected Sealed

  • hace 22 meses

    o_trelos

    Still shows that he has the best understanding for the game among all.At this age,he outplayed world No9 (not to mention that according to Anand,Ivanchuk in his day is the best player in the world...apparently he wasn't in his best but this is not the point) . Those clinical moves at the endgames seem self-evident yet so difficult to find them.

  • hace 22 meses

    godbobby

    who said his age 87????????????????????????? he is 61 idiot

  • hace 22 meses

    ClavierCavalier

    Aw, you changed it... Cry

    MISSED ONE!

    2012 Cap d'Adge Round-Robin Standings

  • hace 22 meses

    manafxp

    pagan_idol 

    And he did it at age 87 thats awesome!!!

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    Who did it at the age of 87 ???

  • hace 22 meses

    SonofPearl

    @ ClavierCavalier - thanks! There are only a few letters but I have real trouble with Cap d'Agde!  It just looks "wrong" to me. I think they should change it just to make my life easier Wink

  • hace 22 meses

    JG27Pyth

    Karpov! I love the way he plays chess. But he can't be trusted with the ring! 

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