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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Wins Corsica Masters Chess

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Hello Everyone,

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has won the Corsica Masters held from October 24 to November 1, 2010. Corsica where? Well! The birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte! The highlight of the Corsica tournaments since 2002 is that a quick draw gets you a zero.

The tournament organizer Léo Battesti, President of the Corsica Chess League and Deputy President of the French Chess Federation, says Corsica has inspired the Sofia rule.

The Corsica Masters was played according to a Swiss system. 14 players qualified from this Open and were joined by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov. Then, a final event was held with these 16 players. You can find some great videos, photos and news at the official website here.

Meanwhile, here are super videos from the event. There was a simul by Laurent Fressinet and a blindfold by Loek Van Wely.

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  • At November 4, 2010 at 4:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Long time didn't hear Shakh win a tourney. :) He should be happy with himself.

  • At November 5, 2010 at 8:09 PM , Anonymous Glenn said...

    How is this blindfold chess accomplished? Do you have a helper? I believe there was once a Russian Grandmaster that said blindfold chess would rot your brain. I can't remember his name

  • At November 6, 2010 at 3:03 AM , Blogger Alexandra Kosteniuk said...

    Hi Glenn,

    Yes in blindfold chess you need a helper who tells you what move has been played and to whom you can tell your next move.

    Indeed it was thought that playing blindfold chess was too taxing on the brain and banned in the Soviet Union. I've played a few such games and it's great training, it's terrific show, too!


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