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Karpov Wins In Cap d'Agde Rapid

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11/6/12, 11:31 AM.

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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Cap d_Adge 2012.jpg

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

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  • 23 months ago

    mobidi

    Karpov is Karpov ....

  • 23 months ago

    mobidi

    OK-

  • 23 months ago

    pagan_idol

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

  • 23 months ago

    bigryoung

    sweet, good for karpov! i love that old fish looking man

  • 23 months ago

    _valentin_

    Few people can live to win tournaments named after themselves!  It's like putting flowers on your own statue, in some sense, and thereby making the statue (i.e., your contributions and credit) even larger in the process.

    But Karpov deserves it with his solid play against very strong contemporary active players -- and he hasn't been playing actively for a decade now.

  • 23 months ago

    NM gbidari

    Karpov is a bad ass!

  • 23 months ago

    n00less_cluebie

    Ha!  And I thought you were making a sly joke about Karpov's AGE

  • 23 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    Wow, I just realized Cap d'Agde was mispelt in every instance, except for the PGNs used for the game.  Did you get in a hurry there, SonofPearl?  Are French names your kryptonite?

    :-p

  • 23 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    Karpov wins the Karpov?  Strange.

  • 23 months ago

    ChrisWainscott

    Karpov rocks!

  • 23 months ago

    Wicked_Soul

    Anatoly is still awesome when he needs to be!

  • 23 months ago

    ResoluteRush

    I love that he still plays highly competitive chess

  • 23 months ago

    P_G_M

    Karpov still rules!!!

    Karpov still has the the fighting spirit of a great champion!!!

    It will be great to see a 12 games (30 minutes + 30 seconds increments) rapid match between Karpov and Kasparov.

  • 23 months ago

    MSC157

    2nd greatest! :)

  • 23 months ago

    rorschach1985

    Nice win by one of the greatest chess players of all time.

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