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Cannes 2002
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The NAO Chess Masters invitational tournament was held in Cannes, France from February 22nd to March 3rd, 2002. Ten grandmasters participated in the round robin event, including (in order of ELO): Alexander Morozevich (2742), Veselin Topalov (2739), Peter Leko (2713), Evgeny Bareev (2707), Boris Gelfand (2703), Anatoli Karpov (2693), Joel Lautier (2687), Etienne Bacrot (2649), Laurent Fressinet (2591), and Igor Nataf (2546). The average of the combined ratings of the assembled players qualified the tournament as a category XVIII event. Topalov and Gelfand tied for first, with both finishing undefeated at +3. The shocker of the event was top seed Morozevich finishing with -4, alone at the bottom of the standings. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

01 Topalov 6/9 * 1 1 1

02 Gelfand 6/9 * 1 1 1

03 Bareev 4.5/9 * 1 1 0 0

04 Bacrot 4.5/9 0 * 1

05 Karpov 4.5/9 0 0 * 1 1

06 Leko 4.5/9 0 0 * 1 1

07 Fressinet 4.5/9 0 1 0 * 1

08 Lautier 4/9 0 *

09 Nataf 4/9 0 0 * 1

10 Morozevich 2.5/9 0 0 1 0 0 0 *

Round One, Game #1, February 22nd
Bareev vs Leko, 2002 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #2
Lautier vs Bacrot, 2002
(C45) Scotch Game, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #3
Gelfand vs I A Nataf, 2002
(E92) King's Indian, 66 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #4
Karpov vs Fressinet, 2002
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #5
Topalov vs Morozevich, 2002 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #6, February 23rd
Bacrot vs Topalov, 2002
(E13) Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #7
I A Nataf vs Karpov, 2002 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #8
Fressinet vs Lautier, 2002 
(B30) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #9
Bareev vs Gelfand, 2002
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #10
Leko vs Morozevich, 2002 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 44 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #11, February 24th
Karpov vs Bareev, 2002 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #12
Topalov vs Fressinet, 2002
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #13
Morozevich vs Bacrot, 2002 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #14
Lautier vs I A Nataf, 2002
(E97) King's Indian, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #15
Gelfand vs Leko, 2002
(E15) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #16, February 25th
I A Nataf vs Topalov, 2002
(C42) Petrov Defense, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #17
Fressinet vs Morozevich, 2002 
(C10) French, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #18
Bareev vs Lautier, 2002
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #19
Leko vs Bacrot, 2002
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #20
Gelfand vs Karpov, 2002
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #21, February 26th
Karpov vs Leko, 2002 
(D73) Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3, 50 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #22
Bacrot vs Fressinet, 2002
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #23
Lautier vs Gelfand, 2002
(E15) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #24
Morozevich vs I A Nataf, 2002 
(B30) Sicilian, 52 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #25
Topalov vs Bareev, 2002
(C11) French, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #26, February 27th
Leko vs Fressinet, 2002 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 54 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #27
I A Nataf vs Bacrot, 2002
(C45) Scotch Game, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #28
Gelfand vs Topalov, 2002 
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #29
Bareev vs Morozevich, 2002 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game #30
Karpov vs Lautier, 2002 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #31, March 1st
Lautier vs Leko, 2002
(E12) Queen's Indian, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #32
Topalov vs Karpov, 2002 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 75 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #33
Morozevich vs Gelfand, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #34
Bacrot vs Bareev, 2002
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #35
Fressinet vs I A Nataf, 2002
(B30) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #36, March 2nd
Lautier vs Topalov, 2002 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game #37
Bareev vs Fressinet, 2002
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game #38
Gelfand vs Bacrot, 2002
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #39
Karpov vs Morozevich, 2002
(A10) English, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #40
Leko vs I A Nataf, 2002
(A25) English, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #41, March 3rd
Fressinet vs Gelfand, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #42
Morozevich vs Lautier, 2002
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #43
Bacrot vs Karpov, 2002 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 68 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #44
Topalov vs Leko, 2002
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #45
I A Nataf vs Bareev, 2002
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

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