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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Vishy Anand wins Corsica Masters Knockout rapid chess

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Hi everyone,

World champion Viswanathan Anand overpowered second- seeded defending champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2-0 to win the Corsica Masters knockout rapid chess title at Ajaccio, France, on Monday. Anand, who overcame compatriot Krishnan Sasikiran 3-1 in the semifinal by winning the two blitz games, outwitted Mamedyarov with white pieces in the first game after 43 moves of Grunfeld defence.

The 14 top players from the Corsican Open were joined by two seeded world-class grandmaster for the Masters Knockout.
In the second game, that followed the opening moves of Queen's Gambit Declined, Anand won with black pieces in 40 moves to seal the title. This was Anand's third rapid title of the year. He won the Leon Masters in June and the Botvinnik memorial in September when he finished ahead of Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian and World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the four-player field.

And, a nice video:

And, some games from the Masters Knockout.

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