Cap d'Agde: Karpov Wins Preliminary Tournament With 11.0/14

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/1/13, 12:04 PM.

Anatoly Karpov finished the preliminary tournament in Cap d'Agde like he started, and his excellent play resulted in an undefeated 11/14 score. The 12th World Champion qualified for the semi-finals together with Etienne Bacrot, Mariya Muzychuk and Vassily Ivanchuk, who recoved just in time.

Anatoly Karpov | Photo courtesy of the organizers

We already know that Karpov, who last year won the tournament named after himself, started the second edition very well. After the first eight rounds he was leading the group with 7.0/8 — see the first report.

On Tuesday Karpov duly continued with another win, against Mariya Muzychuk. In a Fianchetto Grünfeld, he didn't get a huge advantage and the ending should have been a draw, but somehow the white pieces became very active at some point. In an ending with opposite-colored bishops, the typical f7-weakness decided the game.

Karpov then also beat the lowest rated participant, in a Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defence. A bishop sac on h3 was easily refuted.

With 9.5/11 (!) Karpov was still one and a half point ahead of the rest of the pack. With three relatively quick draws in the last three rounds, he cruised to victory.

Etienne Bacrot finished second, but it was about the top four, and the problem was that three players tied for third-fifth place: Yannick Pelletier, Mariya Muzychuk and Vassily Ivanchuk. The latter had started with seven draws and a loss but finished with three draws and three wins, just enough! A blitz tiebreak was played in which Pelletier lost all games, and so Ivanchuk and Muzychuk went through to the semis, with Karpov and Bacrot.

At the time of writing, the semi-finals have started but we'll cover those together with the final in a third report.

Below is a video of rounds 11 & 12 created by Europe-Echecs. You can find more on their YouTube channel.


2nd Karpov Trophy 2013 | Preliminary, final standings

Rank Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts SB
1 Karpov,Anatoly 2619 phpfCo1l0.png ½1 11 ½½ 11 11.0/14
2 Bacrot,Etienne 2730 phpfCo1l0.png ½½ ½½ ½½ 11 11 9.0/14
3 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2733 ½0 ½½ phpfCo1l0.png ½1 ½1 ½½ ½½ ½1 8.0/14 50.75
4 Pelletier,Yannick 2578 ½½ ½0 phpfCo1l0.png ½1 11 11 8.0/14 42.75
5 Muzychuk,Mariya 2491 0 ½0 phpfCo1l0.png 11 ½1 11 8.0/14 42.50
6 Sebag,Marie 2510 ½½ ½½ ½½ ½0 0 phpfCo1l0.png 11 11 7.5/14
7 Zhao,Xue 2579 0 ½½ 0 ½0 0 phpfCo1l0.png 11 4.0/14
8 Maisuradze,Nino 2302 0 0 ½0 0 0 0 0 phpfCo1l0.png 0.5/14

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). 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.

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  • 3 years ago


    If he chooses weak players, why did he invite two players rated over 100 points higher than he is?

  • 3 years ago


    Quote: He arranges a match for himself - The weak players are chosen by himself

    Well, he defeated both Bacrot and Ivanchuk who are +2730

  • 3 years ago


    He arranges a match for himself

    The weak players are chosen by himself

    The tournament is named after himself

    He wants to tell himself that he is invisible

    One is suddenly confronted by the eerie

    Scary nightmarish feeling that perhaps the titled

    Players he himself has invited have been warned

    To lose deliberately against him and not

    Make inflamatory statements thereafter

    Like this commentator is doing in

    The name of misinformed poetic license...

    He rationalizes that the rash caught in the euphoria

    Of the media blitz will throng to the polling

    Booths and thereby make his propaganda believable...

    The putrid smell of politics has polluted chess

    The state of chess is very low today

    Arise ye misled multitudes

    The chesss they play today is corrupt

    Change the rules.Return to Chaturanga

    Bobby Fischer.The winds of fate have proved

    how right he was in the grave

    This ill fated  match is fixed...

  • 3 years ago


    Karpov undefeated!  Karpov is LEGEND

  • 3 years ago


    good job Karpov. i am surprised ivanchuck did not give you a lot of trouble!

  • 3 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    missing pgn on game 2. gr8 result karpov!

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