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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Great chess preview video of the 15th Corsican Chess Circuit beginning Oct 22

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Hi everyone,

Here is a nice preview video from the upcoming 15th Corsican Chess Circuit to be held from October 22-29 in Bastia and October 31 in Ajaccio. More than 700 players are taking part in the event including a simul by World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand. The 15 top players of the youth tournament, another 15 by draw, and another 30 from the main tournament will face the World Champion.

You can find more info at the official website.

The amazing thing about Corsica, besides the tradition and constant expansion, is how they manage to maintain the prize fund in times of crisis. The main section has 60 000 eur prizes, while the total prize fund is 95 000 euros.

“If in a difficult economic environment, we maintain the same level of prizes (95 000 €), thus this is not by chance, says main organiser Léo Battesti. “The number of sponsors replaces all doubts: 124 ! The impact of the event is considerable. Hundreds of young people who will participate in this festival are also a beautiful symbol and probably the best way to welcome our friends from the five continents. Among them, the World Chess Champion, Vishy Anand and many IGM : Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ivan Cheparinov, Sasikiran Krishnan, Wesley So, Laurent Fressinet, Gawain Jones, Pavel Tregubov, Mark Paragua, Nenad Sulava, Joseph Sanchez, Vasif Dubarbeyli, Glenn Flear, Vladimir Malaniuk, etc.”
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