Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Le trophee Anatoly Karpov 2013

Ooh la la, what an interesting line up!  I like the format too -- a 14 double round to whittle the players down before a final rapid knock-out.  Holy Tough! 

Information from The Week in Chess and the official website:

Le trophee Anatoly Karpov takes place in Cap D'Agde 25th October to 2nd November 2013. Ivanchuk, Karpov, Bacrot, Pelletier, Muzychuk, Maisuradze, Zhao Xue and Sebag play in a 14 round double preliminary event. 4 players advance to the knockout. 25 mins + 10 seconds a move.

Official website (in French, but with Google "translation" to English provided - hilarious!)

Current standings:

Le classement après la ronde 12

Anatoly KARPOV(2619)RUS1052
Etienne BACROT(2730)FRA834
Yannick PELLETIER(2578)SUI7,532,5
Vassily IVANCHUK(2733)UKR6,532,25
Mariya MUZYCHUK(2491)UKR6,531,5
Marie SEBAG(2510)FRA5,532,25
Xue ZHAO(2579)CHN3,510,75
Nino MAISURADZE(2302)FRA0,53,25

As I understand the rules, only the top 4 finishers will go into the knock-out rounds.  Looks like the ladies are going to be shut out unless one or more can pull some miracle chess out of their handbags...

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