Anand is World Rapid Chess Champion Print
Friday, 31 October 2003 00:00
Viswanathan Anand of India is the new World Rapid Chess Champion after beating Vladimir Kramnik of Russia 1.5:0.5 in the final of the 6th edition of the Trophee C.C.A.S., `Les Rencontres Nationales et Internationales d’Echecs` now called the `World Rapid Chess Championship`. This official FIDE event started on October 23th. Full results in the Official site or English/Spanish site. &quotWorld Viswanathan Anand of India is the new World Rapid Chess Champion after beating Vladimir Kramnik of Russia 1.5:0.5 in the final of the 6th edition of the Trophee C.C.A.S., `Les Rencontres Nationales et Internationales d’Echecs` now called the `World Rapid Chess Championship`. This official FIDE event started on October 23th. Full results in the Official site or English/Spanish site. Final (Thursday 30 oct) 17,30 h. Kramnik-Anand (0,5-1,5) Kramnik (?) RUS 2777 - Anand (?) IND 2766 Anand (1) IND 2766 - Kramnik (0) RUS 2777 SemiFinals (Wednesday 29 oct) 17,00 h. Kramnik-Grischuk (2-0) Grischuk (0) RUS 2732 - Kramnik (1) RUS 2777 Kramnik (1) RUS 2777 - Grischuk (0) RUS 2732 20,30 h. Anand-Svidler (1-1) and in the Tie (1,5-0,5) Anand (?) IND 2766 - Svidler (?) RUS 2723 Svidler (?) RUS 2723 - Anand (?) IND 2766 Anand (?) IND 2766 - Svidler (?) RUS 2723 Svidler (0) RUS 2723 - Anand (1) IND 2766 1/4 final day1 (Monday 27 oct) 15,30 h. Kramnik-Polgar (1,5-0,5) Kramnik (1) RUS 2777 - Polgar (0) HUN 2722 Polgar (?) HUN 2722 - Kramnik (?) RUS 2777 19,00 h. Anand-Ponomariov (1,5-0,5) Anand (?) IND 2766 - Ponomariov (?) UKR 2718 Ponomariov (0) UKR 2718 - Anand (1) IND 2766 1/4 final day2 (Tuesday 28 oct) 15,00 Bacrot - Grischuk (1-1) and in the Tie (0-2) Bacrot (?) FRA 2664 - Grischuk (?) RUS 2732 Grischuk (?) RUS 2732 - Bacrot (?) FRA 2664 Bacrot (0) FRA 2664 - Grischuk (1) RUS 2732 Grischuk (1) RUS 2732 - Bacrot (0) FRA 2664 18,30 Topalov - Svidler (0,5-1,5) Svidler (?) RUS 2723 - Topalov (?) BUL 2735 Topalov (0) BUL 2735 - Svidler (1) RUS 2723 Calendario fase Final K.O. Lundi 27 octobre (1/4 de finale) Match 1 15h30 Match 2 19 h Mardi 28 octobre (1/4 de finale) Match 3 15h Match 4 18h30 Mercredi 29 octobre (1/2 de finale) Match A 17h Match B 20h30 Jeudi 30 octobre (Finale) Finale CMCAS 16h Finale Championnat du monde 17h30 Cap DAgde - World Rapid Championships. Final day of the group stages. Top 4 in each group go forward to the knockout stage. Svidler, Grischuk, Anand and Polgar through in group B. Group A Kramnik, Ponomariov and Bacrot went through - Topalov beat Gelfand in a play off for the final place. 6th National and International Chess Encounters World Rapid Chess Championship organised by CCAS takes place in Cap d&rsquoagde 23rd-30th October 2003. CCAS is Caisse Centrale d&rsquoActivites Sociales des Electriciens et Gaziers de France (EDF-GDF), the national company for Gas and Electricity. 16 World Class GMs among them 11 of the 12 top rated players fight for the world crown. Each player has 25 minutes + 10 seconds per played move. This means games that will last at most between 50 minutes to 1hr 20. Two groups play an all-play-all starting Friday 24th October, top 4 qualifiers from each play a knockout starting October 27th. Gp A Round 1 (October 24, 2003) Gelfand, Boris - Bacrot, Etienne 1/2 69 D15 Slav Defence Kramnik, Vladimir - Bareev, Evgeny 1/2 18 C10 French Rubinstein Ponomariov, Ruslan - Adams, Michael 1/2 29 C96 Ruy Lopez Azmaiparashvili, Zurab - Topalov, Veselin 0-1 38 A61 Benoni Gp A Round 2 (October 24, 2003) Topalov, Veselin - Adams, Michael 1-0 48 C96 Ruy Lopez Bacrot, Etienne - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1/2 33 E20 Nimzo Indian Bareev, Evgeny - Gelfand, Boris 1/2 53 D23 QGA Azmaiparashvili, Zurab - Kramnik, Vladimir 1/2 71 E12 Queens Indian Petrosian Gp A Round 3 (October 25, 2003) Kramnik, Vladimir - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 51 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation Ponomariov, Ruslan - Bareev, Evgeny 1-0 38 C10 French Rubinstein Gelfand, Boris - Azmaiparashvili, Zurab 1-0 51 C54 Giuoco Piano Adams, Michael - Bacrot, Etienne 0-1 64 C42 Petroff&rsquos Defence Gp A Round 4 (October 25, 2003) Topalov, Veselin - Bacrot, Etienne 1/2 24 C41 Philidor&rsquos Defence Kramnik, Vladimir - Gelfand, Boris 1-0 39 B92 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2 Bareev, Evgeny - Adams, Michael 1-0 43 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2 Azmaiparashvili, Zurab - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1/2 82 E12 Queens Indian Petrosian Round 5 (October 26, 2003) Bacrot, Etienne - Bareev, Evgeny 1-0 57 D19 Slav Defence Ponomariov, Ruslan - Kramnik, Vladimir 1/2 35 B82 Sicilian Scheveningen Gelfand, Boris - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 75 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation Adams, Michael - Azmaiparashvili, Zurab 1-0 55 B07 Pirc Defence GpA Round 6 (October 26, 2003) Kramnik, Vladimir - Adams, Michael 1/2 16 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack Gelfand, Boris - Ponomariov, Ruslan 0-1 70 D58 Queens Gambit Tartakover Topalov, Veselin - Bareev, Evgeny 1/2 57 B12 Caro Kann Advanced Azmaiparashvili, Zurab - Bacrot, Etienne 1/2 14 D10 Slav Defence Round 7 (October 26, 2003) Ponomariov, Ruslan - Topalov, Veselin 1/2 19 C91 Ruy Lopez Bacrot, Etienne - Kramnik, Vladimir 1/2 16 D56 Queens Gambit Lasker&rsquos Defence Adams, Michael - Gelfand, Boris 1/2 40 A45 Trompowsky Bareev, Evgeny - Azmaiparashvili, Zurab 0-1 45 A21 English Opening Gp A Final (Round 7) Standings: 1. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2777 4.5; 2. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2718 4.5; 3. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2664 4.5; 4. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2735 3.5; (after beating Gelfand in a playoff) 5. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2703 3.5; 6. Azmaiparashvili, Zurab g GEO 2693 2.5; 7. Adams, Michael g ENG 2725 2.5; 8. Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2739 2.5; Gp B Round 1 (October 24, 2003) Polgar, Judit - Lautier, Joel 1-0 48 C42 Petroff&rsquos Defence Anand, Viswanathan - Grischuk, Alexander 1/2 51 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed Shirov, Alexei - Karpov, Anatoly 1/2 29 C42 Petroff&rsquos Defence Leko, Peter - Svidler, Peter 0-1 60 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation Gp B Round 2 (October 24, 2003) Svidler, Peter - Polgar, Judit 1-0 56 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation Grischuk, Alexander - Lautier, Joel 1-0 36 C42 Petroff&rsquos Defence Anand, Viswanathan - Shirov, Alexei 1/2 61 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed Karpov, Anatoly - Leko, Peter 1/2 42 E15 Queens Indian Gp B Round 3 (October 25, 2003) Polgar, Judit - Karpov, Anatoly 1-0 50 C42 Petroff&rsquos Defence Shirov, Alexei - Grischuk, Alexander 1/2 47 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov Lautier, Joel - Svidler, Peter 1/2 32 D85 Gruenfeld Defence Leko, Peter - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 45 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall GpB Round 4 (October 25, 2003) Grischuk, Alexander - Svidler, Peter 1/2 32 B48 Sicilian Paulsen Anand, Viswanathan - Polgar, Judit 0-1 39 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation Shirov, Alexei - Leko, Peter 0-1 37 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov Karpov, Anatoly - Lautier, Joel 0-1 44 E15 Queens Indian Gp B Round 5 (October 25, 2003) Svidler, Peter - Karpov, Anatoly 1-0 33 C49 Four Knights Metger Polgar, Judit - Shirov, Alexei 1/2 23 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall Lautier, Joel - Anand, Viswanathan 1/2 32 E55 Nimzo Indian Leko, Peter - Grischuk, Alexander 0-1 36 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed GpB Round 6 (October 26, 2003) Grischuk, Alexander - Karpov, Anatoly 1/2 12 C42 Petroff&rsquos Defence Anand, Viswanathan - Svidler, Peter 1/2 16 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed Shirov, Alexei - Lautier, Joel 1-0 41 B83 Sicilian Scheveningen Leko, Peter - Polgar, Judit 1-0 50 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation GpB Round 7 (October 26, 2003) Svidler, Peter - Shirov, Alexei 1/2 28 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed Polgar, Judit - Grischuk, Alexander 1/2 16 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall Lautier, Joel - Leko, Peter 0-1 70 C45 Scotch Game Karpov, Anatoly - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 98 E15 Queens Indian GpB Final Rd7 Standings: 1. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2723 5.0; 2. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2732 4.5; 3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2766 4.0; 4. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2722 4.0; 5. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2737 3.5; 6. Leko, Peter g HUN 2722 3.5; 7. Lautier, Joel g FRA 2666 2.0; 8. Karpov, Anatoly g RUS 2693 1.5; Official site: http://www.asmeg.org/echecs/article.php?ref=1859 To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the creation of their tournament, the organizers Pascal Lazarre and Bob Textoris invited twelve of the best chess players of the planet plus the legendary Karpov, the European champion Azmaiparashvili and the two local French heroes Bacrot and Lautier. The chess festival also includes three Opens with 750 competitors. The tournament is being played in the quiet holiday centre of the Electricians and Gas workers of France, at the sea side resort of Cap d`Agde. As usual, the sun is shining and the food is great, as it should be in France! Amoung the special guests were also invited the oldest GM: Hungarian Andor Lilienthal (born in 1911) the only one alive who played and beat Lasker (+1=2), Capablanca (+1 -1=4), Alekhine and Botvinnik. Also Mark Taimanov and his wife and the illustrious David Bronstein who was the challenger of Botvinnik for the world championship in 1951. Fifty years after Zurich Candidates’ Tournament it was an honor to commemorate such legends, the creator of the ‘Modern Chess’ according to the 9th world champion Tigran Petrossian. Despite the absence of Kasparov, this tournament can be considered as the strongest tournament ever organized since the end of the classical era of `Soviet chess`. Furthermore people consider it as something like a Renaissance for chess after the chaotic last ten years! The event includes four world champions: Ponomariov who appears very relaxed and Kramnik who is according to Lilienthal the actual best player of the world and new Capablanca. The public can also appreciate the speed of Anand; the fighting spirit of Shirov and the elegance of Judit Polgar. Let us not forget Gelfand, the winner of the 2002 tournament, the young Grischuk and the FIDE Vice president and European Champion Azmaiparashvili. After two days of games in the preliminaries, it is more or less clear that Svidler, Grischuk and Kramnik will qualify. For some others like Karpov, Leko and Adams the tournament looks to be more like a nightmare. Peter suffered from a lack of competition, he said after his tragic blunder against Grischuk. Today Judit Polgar had a heroic day! She is the first female to beat two former world champions the same day, Vishy Anand and Tolya Karpov. Under the lens of the cameras of Eurosport Channel, many spot her as a possible winner! Definitely chess is the first winner of this historical tournament! Willy Iclicki and Jean-Michel Pechine
 
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