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🏆 Corsica Masters (2007)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Hikaru Nakamura, Anatoly Karpov, Evgeny Bareev, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Loek van Wely, Vadim Milov, Artur Yusupov, Konstantin Landa, Daniel Fridman, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Victor Mikhalevski, Hichem Hamdouchi, Namig Guliyev, Ognjen Cvitan, Leonid Milov, Eric Prie Chess Event Description
Corsica Masters (2007)

The 11th Corsica Masters was a knockout tournament with Rapid time control played in Bastia, Corsica, France, 29-30 October 2007. The field consisted of the top 14 players of the Corsica Masters Open (2007) (28 October, 10 rounds, 10 min + 3 sec), and two seeded players (Karpov and Kasimdzhanov). The four knockout rounds had two games each, plus tiebreak games if necessary. Time control: 10 minutes for the whole game, with 3 seconds added per move from move 1. If 1-1, then two more games (details not known, but probably Blitz). The prize fund was 100,000 euros, with 20,000 euros to the winner. Chief organizer: Léo Battesti and the Corsica Chess Club. Chief arbiter: Stéphane Escafre. N games played: 40.

Hikaru Nakamura beat Kasimdzhanov 2-0 in the final.

Eighthfinals (Oct 29) Quarterfinals (Oct 29) Semifinals (Oct 30) Final (Oct 30)

Nakamura 01 ½1 2½ Mikhalevski 10 ½0 1½ Nakamura 10 11 3 Van Wely 01 00 1 Van Wely 1½ -- 1½ Prie 0½ -- ½ Nakamura 01 11 3 Bareev 10 00 1 Bareev 11 -- 2 Yusupov 00 -- 0 Bareev ½½ 11 3 Milov, V ½½ 00 1 Milov, V 11 -- 2 Cvitan 00 -- 0 Nakamura 11 -- 2 Kasimdzhanov 00 -- 0 Kasimdzhanov 1½ -- 1½ Milov, L 0½ -- ½ Kasimdzhanov 1½ -- 1½ Fridman 0½ -- ½ Fridman ½1 -- 1½ Mchedlishvili ½0 -- ½ Kasimdzhanov 10 11 3 Karpov 01 00 1 Karpov 11 -- 2 Hamdouchi 00 -- 0 Karpov 11 -- 2 Guliyev 00 -- 0 Guliyev ½1 -- 1½ Landa ½0 -- ½

Nakamura also won the Corsica Masters Open (2007) with 8/10. Twelve of the 16 players had participated in the European Blitz Championship (2007) in Ajaccio (25-26 October, 340 players, 32 rounds, 3 min + 2 sec). This was won by Vladislav Tkachiev with 25.5/32. There was also a Junior tournament, and a Blitz tournament on 30 October. All part of the "Corsican Circuit" 2007.

Official site: not archived
Corsica Masters Open:
European Blitz Championship:
European Blitz Ch video Tkachiev vs Bareev:

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 40  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Landa vs N Guliyev  ½-½512007Corsica MastersA15 English
2. Milov vs Bareev  0-1302007Corsica MastersD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Van Wely vs Nakamura 0-1342007Corsica MastersD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Bareev vs Milov  1-0392007Corsica MastersA15 English
5. Nakamura vs Van Wely 1-0292007Corsica MastersD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Bareev vs Milov  ½-½422007Corsica MastersA15 English
7. Nakamura vs Van Wely 0-1402007Corsica MastersB89 Sicilian
8. Fridman vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½502007Corsica MastersD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. N Guliyev vs Karpov  0-1642007Corsica MastersC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Milov vs Bareev  ½-½502007Corsica MastersD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Van Wely vs Nakamura 0-1332007Corsica MastersD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Kasimdzhanov vs Fridman  1-0442007Corsica MastersD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Karpov vs N Guliyev 1-0372007Corsica MastersD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Nakamura vs Mikhalevski 1-0402007Corsica MastersA15 English
15. Mikhalevski vs Nakamura  ½-½1122007Corsica MastersE00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Fridman vs M Mchedlishvili  1-0522007Corsica MastersD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
17. Milov vs O Cvitan  1-0792007Corsica MastersE70 King's Indian
18. Van Wely vs E Prie 1-0382007Corsica MastersD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Nakamura vs Mikhalevski  0-1582007Corsica MastersA15 English
20. Kasimdzhanov vs L Milov  1-0462007Corsica MastersB01 Scandinavian
21. Bareev vs Yusupov  1-0462007Corsica MastersA90 Dutch
22. M Mchedlishvili vs Fridman  ½-½742007Corsica MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Karpov vs H Hamdouchi 1-0512007Corsica MastersA56 Benoni Defense
24. N Guliyev vs Landa  1-0692007Corsica MastersB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. E Prie vs Van Wely ½-½632007Corsica MastersD00 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-13-07  Riverbeast: Somebody should check Nakamura's head for chips, this kid plays like a machine
Dec-07-07  661973: who is the winner ?
Dec-20-07  timhortons: i started admiring nakamura when i seen him beating the "beast"(crafty rated 3000 elo) at icc...these boy is smart...either he would tactically defeat the beast in a 3 minute game or beat him on time...he calculate so fast fast...even his fellow grandmasters go and see him slay these computer....its so fun watching his game
Dec-20-07  Strongest Force: i envy Nakamura because he can play any opening against the top engines and win. I personally had to play simi-closed positions: lock the center, make sure the comp had insufficient counter-play on the q-side, then push the k-side pawns (in-a-storm) that were backed by my heavy-pieces inorder to compromise the engine's king position: this often made the program give-up extra pieces like a brokened ATM machine! ;)
Jul-02-09  Knight13: WOW Karpov lost 3 games against Kasimdzhanov!!

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