Big Lead for Karpov at "Trophée Karpov" in Cap d'Agde

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 10/29/13, 3:14 AM.

Last year he won the tournament named after himself, and he's doing well again this year: Anatoly Karpov! The 12th World Champion tops the leaderboard after eight rounds at the Karpov Trophy rapid tournament in Cap d'Agde, France. The other players are Vassily Ivanchuk, Etienne Bacrot, Yannick Pelletier, Mariya Muzychuk, Nino Maisuradze, Zhao Xue and Marie Sebag.

Anatoly Karpov | Photo courtesy of the organizers

At 62, Karpov is mostly involved in business and politics these days. Sometimes he shows up at an opening ceremony of some chess event, but he's hardly moving the pieces himself. Still, when he's playing, he attracts all the attention. As one of the true chess legends. Since last year's "Trophée Anatoly Karpov", won by Karpov, the 12th World Champion only played some rapid games in Moscow and Kiev and two classical games: draws with Evgeny Alekseev and Peter Svidler in the Bundesliga.

Like last year, the "Trophée Anatoly Karpov" starts with a preliminary event, which is an 8-player, double round robin. After 14 rounds, 4 players advance to a knockout phase. The time control is 25 minutes + 10 seconds per move.

The players are Vassily Ivanchuk (2733), Etienne Bacrot (2730), Anatoly Karpov (2619), Yannick Pelletier (2578, Switzerland), Mariya Muzychuk (2491, Ukraine), Nino Maisuradze (2302, France), Zhao Xue (2579, China) and Marie Sebag (2510, France). It's nice to have a group that's "gender balanced", but in fact it's also a kind of "youth" and "experience" tournament: the average age of the ladies is 26.5 while the average age of the men is 43!

The tournament runs from Friday, October 25th till Saturday, November 2nd in Cap d'Agde, the seaside resort of the town of Agde, France, on the Mediterranean sea, southwest of Montpellier.

Karpov didn't get time to acclimatize and immediately faced the top seed. This way, the first round immediately saw the two finalists of last year paired against each other.

For some reason, Ivanchuk would continue to draw all of his games in rounds 2-7. It's not that he didn't try, but somehow the result was always the same. His games with Pelletier and Bacrot were quite interesting:

Unlike Ivanchuk, Karpov would play just one more draw (with Sebag) — he won all the other games! Here's a nice win against Pelletier in a Nimzo-Indian. It's just a slight edge in the ending, but the way Karpov finished it off was still nice. Pelletier must have resigned that one with a smile.

A black win against Bacrot, one of the world's top grandmasters, was even more impressive. Don't miss Black's 39th, great stuff.

In the eighth and last round played so far, Karpov was lucky. His 3...Qd6 Scandinavian didn't go well, but in a better position Ivanchuk blundered a full piece.

Six more rounds will be played, and then the knockout phase starts. One name will surely reach the semi-finals!

Below is a video of the first two rounds created by Europe-Echecs. You can find more on their YouTube channel.


2nd Karpov Trophy 2013 | Round 8 standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts SB
1 Karpov,Anatoly 2619 phpfCo1l0.png 1 1 1 ½ ½1 1 1 7.0/8
2 Bacrot,Etienne 2730 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5.0/8
3 Muzychuk,Mariya 2491 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 1 ½ ½ 1 4.5/8 14.75
4 Pelletier,Yannick 2578 0 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½1 ½ 1 1 4.5/8 13.75
5 Sebag,Marie 2510 ½ ½ 0 ½0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 1 4.0/8
6 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2733 ½0 ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 3.5/8
7 Zhao,Xue 2579 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 11 3.0/8
8 Maisuradze,Nino 2302 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png 0.5/8

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  • 3 years ago


    WGM Natalia_Pogonina 
    @ LaserZorin 

    Finally got it. Chessbase creates a round-robin over seven rounds indeed, but then puts the points over eight rounds. Weird, and I didn't notice that. Only if you click the 'fix round robin' at the top, it corrects the table. Thx for the feedback!

  • 3 years ago


    Natalia_Pogonina is absolutely correct.  

    This crosstable makes no sense on multiple levels.  Only 7 games are listed, yet it's out of 8.  Why?  

    Also, if you add up Karpov's score, he has 5 wins and 2 draws, which is 6/7, not 7/8.  

    But simply adding a point doesn't explain it either, since Ivanchuk is listed as having 7 draws, which is 3.5/7, but then he is listed at 3.5/8.  

    Furthermore, this is a double round robin, and it lists Ivanchuk's first game with Karpov, a draw, but not their second game, a Karpov victory.  

    I think most likely the explanation is that the crosstable takes into account 8 games, but only lists 7 of them.  (As duartefx mentioned, for instance) This is definitely a correctable problem, since crosstables can easily display double round robin events. 

  • 3 years ago


    Karpov is Karpov- Ivanchuk is Ivanchuk, Bacrot is ...

  • 3 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    @CM PeterDoggers 

    But the table is STILL wrong if you look at it and add up the points there and what is written on the right (total).

  • 3 years ago


    What politics and business is he doing?

  • 3 years ago


    Anatoly Karpov is awesome ! 

  • 3 years ago


    Awesome performance Mr. Karpov! I'm forever a fan.

  • 3 years ago


    good 4 him

  • 3 years ago


    He's still got all the moves.

  • 3 years ago


    Karpov is LEGEND!  He still has the skill to beat someone as good as Bacrot with BLACK!  


  • 3 years ago


    @WGM Natalia_Pogonina The report was about the first eight rounds.

  • 3 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    karpov with 8.5/10 now, a terrific result.

  • 3 years ago


    I love Karpov style. he's still awesome!

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    this is an astonishing result i wonder at this age how he produce these result

  • 3 years ago


    is there website to view games

  • 3 years ago


    Karpov still has it.  

  • 3 years ago


    well, in the article there are 2 games Karpov-Ivanchuk, so probably yes they played 8 games, there is just one result missing and the final score should be ok i guess.

  • 3 years ago


    Natalia, 8 rounds have finished.

  • 3 years ago


    You just don't go to Tolya's house and mess around. 

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