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🏆 Cap d'Agde (2006)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Anatoly Karpov, Pentala Harikrishna, Etienne Bacrot, Andrei Volokitin, Laurent Fressinet, Parimarjan Negi, Humpy Koneru, Xue Zhao, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Marie Sebag, Almira Skripchenko

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 75  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karjakin vs A Stefanova  ½-½402006Cap d'AgdeC78 Ruy Lopez
2. M Sebag vs Radjabov 0-1512006Cap d'AgdeB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. Karjakin vs Radjabov 1-0452006Cap d'AgdeC78 Ruy Lopez
4. Fressinet vs M Sebag  1-0332006Cap d'AgdeD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Kosteniuk vs A Stefanova  ½-½372006Cap d'AgdeC77 Ruy Lopez
6. Harikrishna vs Negi 1-0472006Cap d'AgdeA48 King's Indian
7. Vachier-Lagrave vs Bacrot  ½-½402006Cap d'AgdeC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
8. A Skripchenko vs Koneru 1-0472006Cap d'AgdeC42 Petrov Defense
9. Carlsen vs A Volokitin ½-½412006Cap d'AgdeA53 Old Indian
10. Karpov vs X Zhao 0-1662006Cap d'AgdeE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
11. M Sebag vs Karjakin 0-1342006Cap d'AgdeB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Negi vs Kosteniuk  1-0472006Cap d'AgdeC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
13. Radjabov vs Harikrishna  ½-½292006Cap d'AgdeC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
14. Bacrot vs A Volokitin 0-1282006Cap d'AgdeA53 Old Indian
15. Koneru vs Vachier-Lagrave  1-0362006Cap d'AgdeD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
16. X Zhao vs A Skripchenko 1-0322006Cap d'AgdeD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. Karpov vs Carlsen ½-½302006Cap d'AgdeA15 English
18. Kosteniuk vs Harikrishna  0-1432006Cap d'AgdeC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
19. Fressinet vs Negi ½-½482006Cap d'AgdeD85 Grunfeld
20. A Stefanova vs Fressinet  0-1522006Cap d'AgdeD00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. X Zhao vs Koneru 1-0292006Cap d'AgdeE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
22. Harikrishna vs M Sebag  1-0372006Cap d'AgdeA28 English
23. Kosteniuk vs Karjakin  ½-½402006Cap d'AgdeB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Negi vs A Stefanova 0-1502006Cap d'AgdeC78 Ruy Lopez
25. Fressinet vs Radjabov  0-1462006Cap d'AgdeB30 Sicilian
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Nov-02-06  DCP23: Actually, I should be worth some C$4000+ now, should be enough for TOP 5 even.
Nov-02-06  percyblakeney: Radjabov with the check:

Nov-02-06  Sannder: I don't think that will fit his wallet:)
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  WannaBe: I want to cash this check, can I get small bills please?
Nov-02-06  Ezzy: <percyblakeney: Radjabov with the check> He will probably only spend it on fast cars, nightclubs, alcohol and women!

Anyway he deserves all that, after that fantastic attack against Karjakin. I have been through a few lines of this game, and it is exceptionlly complex to assess over the board for players to unravel.

This seems to be good home preperation from Radjabov, who knows the lines and the critical positions from this variation.

The complexity of variations are mindblowing. You rather know what's going on in the variation or you don't. It seems Karjakin didn't know half as much as Radjabov.

Fantastic attack by Radjabov!!

23.exf6 Qa5 [23...e5 24.Qd2 Because white is threatening mate in 4 black has to sacrifice the rook because 24...Re8 doesn't work 24...Re8 (24...Rd8 25.Qxd8+ Qf8 26.Qd5 Be6 27.Qe4 Rc8 28.Bd3 Qc5+ 29.Kh1 Kf8 30.Qh7 Ke8 31.Be4 Qd6 32.Bxb7 Rxc3 33.Qxh6 with lots of fight in the position.) 25.Qxh6 Qf8 26.Qg5+ Kh8 27.Qh5+ Kg8 28.Rf3 and mates] 24.h4 Kh7 [24...Rd8 25.Qg4+ Kf8 26.Qg7+ Ke8 27.Qg8+ Kd7 28.Rd1+ Kc6 29.Rxd8 Qc7 30.Rd4 Kb6 31.Rc4 Qe5 32.Bf3 Qe1+ 33.Kh2 Qe5+ 34.g3 Qf5 35.Bg2 Qxf6 36.Rb4+ Ka7 37.Qxc8 Rxc8 38.Rxb7+ Ka8 39.Rxf7+ Kb8 40.Rxf6 winning; 24...e5 25.Qe3 Rd8 26.Qxh6 Qc5+ 27.Kh1 Qf8 28.Qg5+ Kh8 29.Qh5+ Kg8 30.Rf3 winning] 25.Bd3+ Qf5 [25...Kh8 26.Qe4 Qf5 27.Qb4 Rg8 28.Bxf5 exf5 29.Qe7 Be6 30.Qxb7 with an interesting fighting endgame] 26.Re1 [26.Rf3 Rg8 27.Qc4 Threatening 28 Rxf5 29 Qxf7+ 27...Kh8 28.Rxf5 exf5 29.Qxf7 Winning.] 26...Rg8 [26...b5 27.Qd6 Bb7 28.Bxf5+ exf5 29.Re7 Rad8 30.Qg3 Rg8 31.Rxf7+ Kh8 32.Rg7 Rde8 33.Qg6 Re1+ 34.Kh2 and mates.] 27.Kh2 a5 28.g4 Qxd3 [28...Qg6 29.Qd6 Ra6 30.Bxg6+ Kxg6 31.Qc7 Threatening 32 h5+ 33 Qxf7+] 29.Qxd3+ Kh8 30.Re5 Rxg4 31.Rh5 Rg6 32.Qd8+ Kh7 33.Qe7 1–0

Out of all this it seems that the critical position is round about 23…Qa5 24 h4! And it seems that white’s initiative is lasting.

Instead of 23…Qa5 I would give the material back in this line23…e5 24.Qd2 Threatening mate in 4 24...Rd8 25.Qxd8+ Qf8 26.Qd5 Be6 27.Qe4 Rc8 28.Bd3 Qc5+ 29.Kh1 Kf8 30.Qh7 Ke8 31.Be4 Qd6 32.Bxb7 Rxc3 33.Qxh6 with lots of fight in the position.

Lots of complex lines for Karjakin to assess correctly, if he was further behind in ‘poisoned pawn’ theory than Radjabov..

Yes, I think the losing move is 23…Qa5. Black should immediately return the material with 23..e5 24 Qd2 Rd8. Everything else seems to lose for black or puts him in a tough situation.

Super stuff from Radjabov. The boys good!

Nov-02-06  aw1988: Professional chess can't be an easy business. You have to constantly research....
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  technical draw: <Ezzy> <percyblakeney: Radjabov with the check>< He will probably only spend it on fast cars, nightclubs, alcohol and women!>

Yes, and the rest he'll just mis-spend.

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  WannaBe: <Ezzy: <percyblakeney: Radjabov with the check> He will probably only spend it on fast cars, nightclubs, alcohol and women!>

And the problem is....?! =)

Nov-02-06  babakova: Those are some of the finest things in life... Im not much for cars though.
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  JointheArmy: Amazing to believe this is Radjabov's first ever major tournament win. Maybe even first ever tournament win.
Nov-03-06  ahmadov: <JointheArmy: Amazing to believe this is Radjabov's first ever major tournament win. Maybe even first ever tournament win.> Actually, Radjabov won Ordix in 2005, which is not less important.
Nov-03-06  ahmadov: <Ezzy: <percyblakeney: Radjabov with the check> He will probably only spend it on fast cars, nightclubs, alcohol and women!> Who said that Radja has all this vices?
Nov-03-06  ahmadov: ahmadov: <Ezzy><Fantastic attack by Radjabov!!> That game was a nice revenge for the first game when Radja lost to Karjakin at the start of this tournament.

Those who are fed up with boring modern games should look at Radja's wins in this tournament.

Nov-03-06  14 Dog Knight: Hey Roni, yeah it's been at least two years. I see you're playing at REAL chess sites now...congrats
Nov-03-06  percyblakeney: The final Chessbase report on the tournament:

Nov-03-06  bane77: should feature the knock-out games. The final game needs deep analysis, Karjakin could play Nxd4 at moves 17 and 18 and it seems that white has nothing.
Nov-03-06  percyblakeney: <bane77> It's a fascinating game, I noticed that Chessbase made it easier for themselves by avoiding <?> or <!> signs...
Nov-03-06  shintaro go: I'm saddened by this Karjakin loss but he has himself to blame by choosing a dubious line in the first place. The game is much too important to throw away with Poisoned Pawn variations.
Nov-03-06  azaris: "Chess player to blame self for loss", there's a new concept in the post-Danailov chess world.
Nov-03-06  niemzo: I didn't know the poisoned pawn variation
was so bad.I thought it was one of the reasons that this entire system has dropped in popularity.
Nov-03-06  OneArmedScissor: Still no games up?
Nov-03-06  Ezzy: <azaris: "Chess player to blame self for loss", there's a new concept in the post-Danailov chess world.?>

"To err is to be human.
To blame it on somebody else is even more human."

Nov-08-06  percyblakeney: Almost a week after it finished the last tournament bulletin was eventually published. I thought it could be interesting to see what they made of the final, but it turns out that this stage of the tournament is not commented at all. Analysis of previous rounds can be found if one changes the 8 in this pdf-link to 1, 2, and so on to 7:

Apr-18-16  dan31: I think it was a rapid tournament (see
Apr-18-16  sonia91: <dan31> All the games are already labelled as "RAPID".
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