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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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  • At November 2, 2011 at 12:04 PM , Anonymous Amrit Puri, Knights Chess Club, New Delhi said...

    Oh he's all set to take on Gelfand.

  • At November 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM , Anonymous Sainath, Colombo said...

    Didn't Sasikiran win the event?

  • At November 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM , Anonymous Sanjay Gupta, New Delhi said...

    Sasikiran won the main open then the top players were joined by the two top seeded gms. I think at least. Anand is in form I look forward to India possessing both the men's and women's world titles by the end of november. But let's see. The entire chinese machinery would be behind Yifan.

  • At November 2, 2011 at 1:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    When is the Tal Memorial - both Anand Gelfand will be there?

  • At November 2, 2011 at 1:20 PM , Anonymous Amrit Puri, Knights Chess Club, New Delhi said...

    Oh no that video's in French. But enjoyable. Forgot to wish Chess Queen all the best at Euro team.

  • At November 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM , Anonymous Sebastian Wolff, NY said...

    Anand is in form.


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