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Grand Prix d'Echecs Tournament

Murtas Kazhgaleyev5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Joel Lautier4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Anatoly Karpov4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Andrei Istratescu4/6(+3 -1 =2)[games]
Glenn C Flear0.5/2(+0 -1 =1)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk0/2(+0 -2 =0)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova0/2(+0 -2 =0)[games]
Namig Guliyev0/2(+0 -2 =0)[games]

 page 1 of 1; 19 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Guliyev vs Lautier  0-1842004Grand Prix d'EchecsB33 Sicilian
2. Lautier vs N Guliyev  1-0392004Grand Prix d'EchecsE70 King's Indian
3. Kazhgaleyev vs Kosteniuk 1-0282004Grand Prix d'EchecsD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Kosteniuk vs Kazhgaleyev 0-1232004Grand Prix d'EchecsC78 Ruy Lopez
5. A Istratescu vs A Stefanova 1-0302004Grand Prix d'EchecsA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
6. A Stefanova vs A Istratescu 0-1362004Grand Prix d'EchecsA45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Karpov vs Flear  ½-½422004Grand Prix d'EchecsD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Flear vs Karpov 0-1422004Grand Prix d'EchecsE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. Lautier vs A Istratescu  ½-½322004Grand Prix d'EchecsD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. A Istratescu vs Lautier  1-0462004Grand Prix d'EchecsD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Karpov vs Kazhgaleyev 1-0272004Grand Prix d'EchecsD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Kazhgaleyev vs Karpov  ½-½412004Grand Prix d'EchecsE12 Queen's Indian
13. A Istratescu vs Karpov ½-½222004Grand Prix d'EchecsB12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. Kazhgaleyev vs Lautier  1-0452004Grand Prix d'EchecsD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Lautier vs Kazhgaleyev 1-0372004Grand Prix d'EchecsD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Kazhgaleyev vs Lautier  0-1582004Grand Prix d'EchecsD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Lautier vs Kazhgaleyev 0-1542004Grand Prix d'EchecsE81 King's Indian, Samisch
18. Kazhgaleyev vs Lautier 1-0262004Grand Prix d'EchecsD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Karpov vs A Istratescu 1-0632004Grand Prix d'EchecsE15 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-15-04  cuendillar: The old man can still win, it seems. Nonetheless he is still far past his prime
Dec-15-04  dac1990: Too bad about Stefanova and Kosteniuk.
Dec-15-04  dryden: karpov karpov karpov
Dec-15-04  northbridge: Karpov is a lot better rated than any of the players in this tournament, Istratescu is 2611. So Karpov's win is not such a great surprise. He should have played in the Russian Superfinal.

As for Stefanova she blundered a piece like a beginner and was eliminated by Istratescu who went on to play Karpov in the final game.

Kosteniuk didn't put up much of a fight either loosing both of her games against Kazhgaleyev in less than 30 moves.

Dec-15-04  acirce: Karpov is vastly overrated with his 2682 but that is of course in standard games. He's better in rapid. So yes, he was probably clearly better than anyone he played against. Lautier is also 2682, how is he (normally) in rapid?
Dec-16-04  SADDAM: karpovs sucks, dumb communist, turned opportunist. Lets not forget what he did to Korchnoi with his team of hypnotics, and radiation experts. Read the book, he should be denounced or made to apologize for his crimes and complicity. Take care
Dec-16-04  Minor Piece Activity: "he should be denounced or made to apologize for his crimes and complicity."

Lol, self-deprecating irony?! ;)

Dec-16-04  shortsight: karpov is certainly better in rapids. he still managed to beat kasparov in 2002 rapids. or maybe kaspy is over-rated in rapids :)
Dec-16-04  Knight13: Why Murtas Kazhgaleyev didn't win? He scored one point more than Karpov.
Dec-16-04  tomh72000: <Knight13> I believe Karpov won die to the knockout format of the tournament. On that note, congratulations to Anatoly! His future is surely in rapid chess.
Dec-17-04  Paul123: "SADDAM wrote: karpovs sucks, dumb communist, turned opportunist. Lets not forget what he did to Korchnoi with his team of hypnotics, and radiation experts. Read the book, he should be denounced or made to apologize for his crimes and complicity. Take care


Hey, speaking of crimes and complicity what about Kasparov throwing professional chess in the toilet?

Read Karpov's autobiography then read Kasparov's then you tell me who's the nut job! I once had a discussion with a South American journalist who interviewed Kasparov during a visit to a children's hospital in his city. He didn’t have anything good to say about Kasparov.

I'll take a guy like Karpov any day. I wonder where professional chess would be if he had won one of the three games he lost to Kasparov in their WC matches?

Dec-23-04  philidov: Official website:

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