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🏆 Corsica Masters (2004)

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Viswanathan Anand, Veselin Topalov, Alexey Shirov, Etienne Bacrot, Alexander Motylev, Sergei Rublevsky, Mikhail Gurevich, Csaba Balogh, Pengxiang Zhang, Alon Greenfeld, Nenad Sulava, Amir Bagheri Chess Event Description
Corsica Masters (2004)

The 8th Corsica Masters was a knockout tournament played in Bastia, Corsica, France, 2-4 November 2004. The field consisted of 12 players from the Corsica Masters Qualification (2004) event (31 October at 4 pm, 15 min + 3 sec), which were matches (no. 1 vs no. 24, 2 vs 23, etc.) between the top 24 players of the 9-round Swiss Bastia Open (2004) (29-31 October, 50 min + 10 sec), and four invited players (Anand, Shirov, Topalov and Bacrot). The four rounds had two games each, plus tiebreak games if necessary. Time controls: 15 minutes for the whole game with 3 seconds added per move from move 1 (Rounds 1-3), and 20 minutes + 5 seconds for Round 4 (the final). If 1-1, then two Blitz games. Draws by mutual agreement were forbidden. The prize fund was 100,000 euros, with 20,000 euros to the winner. Chief organizer: Léo Battesti and the Corsica Chess Club.

Viswanathan Anand beat Rublevsky 2-0 in the final and won the event for the 5th time in a row.

Eighthfinals (Nov 2) Quarterfinals (Nov 2) Semifinals (Nov 3) Final (Nov 4)

Anand ½1 -- 1½ Sulava ½0 -- ½ Anand 11 -- 2 Gurevich 00 -- 0 Gurevich 11 -- 2 Bauer 00 -- 0 Anand 11 -- 2 Bacrot 00 -- 0 Bacrot 11 -- 2 Balogh 00 -- 0 Bacrot ½1 -- 1½ Greenfeld ½0 -- ½ Greenfeld ?? -- 1½ Milov ?? -- ½ Anand 11 -- 2 Rublevsky 00 -- 0 Rublevsky 11 -- 2 Naiditsch 00 -- 0 Rublevsky 11 -- 2 Topalov 00 -- 0 Topalov 11 -- 2 Bagheri 00 -- 0 Rublevsky ½1 -- 1½ Motylev ½0 -- ½ Motylev ?? -- 1½ Yusupov ?? -- ½ Motylev 10 1½ 2½ Shirov 01 0½ 1½ Shirov 01 1½ 2½ Zhang 10 0½ 1½

Eight games from four matches of Round 1 were never published. The Bastia Open (2004) was won by Artur Yusupov on tiebreak ahead of Andrei Shchekachev, both with 21/27 (3-1-0 scoring). The All Saints' Day Blitz on 1 November was won by Evgeny Najer with a perfect score of 9/9. Many of the players had also participated in the Ajaccio Masters (2004) (25-27 October), a Rapid KO tournament won by Topalov, who beat Milov in the final. All tournaments part of the "Open International de Corse" or "Corsican Circuit" 2004.

Official site:
Bastia Open results:
All Saints' Day Blitz results:

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 26  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Motylev vs Shirov  ½-½382004Corsica MastersB33 Sicilian
2. P Zhang vs Shirov  ½-½542004Corsica MastersB33 Sicilian
3. M Gurevich vs Anand 0-1602004Corsica MastersE46 Nimzo-Indian
4. A Greenfeld vs Bacrot  ½-½442004Corsica MastersD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Motylev vs Shirov 1-0452004Corsica MastersC48 Four Knights
6. Shirov vs P Zhang 1-0462004Corsica MastersB30 Sicilian
7. Rublevsky vs Topalov 1-0402004Corsica MastersB40 Sicilian
8. Anand vs M Gurevich 1-0242004Corsica MastersC11 French
9. Bacrot vs A Greenfeld  1-0552004Corsica MastersA05 Reti Opening
10. Shirov vs Motylev  1-0322004Corsica MastersD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Topalov vs Rublevsky 0-1482004Corsica MastersB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
12. Shirov vs Motylev 0-1352004Corsica MastersE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
13. C Balogh vs Bacrot 0-1702004Corsica MastersC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
14. Shirov vs P Zhang  1-0352004Corsica MastersB30 Sicilian
15. Bacrot vs C Balogh 1-0232004Corsica MastersE12 Queen's Indian
16. Anand vs N Sulava 1-0172004Corsica MastersC10 French
17. Topalov vs A Bagheri  1-0452004Corsica MastersE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. A Bagheri vs Topalov  0-1342004Corsica MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. N Sulava vs Anand  ½-½192004Corsica MastersE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
20. P Zhang vs Shirov 1-0482004Corsica MastersB33 Sicilian
21. Anand vs Bacrot 1-0302004Corsica MastersB27 Sicilian
22. Bacrot vs Anand 0-1432004Corsica MastersC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
23. Motylev vs Rublevsky  0-1572004Corsica MastersB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
24. Rublevsky vs Motylev  ½-½532004Corsica MastersB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. Rublevsky vs Anand 0-1232004Corsica MastersC45 Scotch Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-08-04  rndapology: What were the time controls?
Nov-08-04  fgh: 25+10, if I'am not wrong.
Nov-08-04  acirce: I think it was 15+3 for the most part, 20+5 in the two final games, and 5+5 in the two blitz tiebreak games between Shirov and Motylev
Nov-08-04  rndapology: That explains some things, thanks.
Nov-08-04  cuendillar: If those were the time controls, it seems like Anand was the obvious winner. Are there any stronger rapid players around at all?
Nov-08-04  acirce: No. Not only is Anand the best rapid player, he is so by far, I'd say. He hasn't had much opposition in the latest tournaments, but he also won 13th Amber Rapid (2004) and all the tiebreaks in Dortmund and all the matches in Mainz since 2000 and..
Nov-08-04  cuendillar: I seemed to remember something of the like, but didn't want to sound too confident in case I was wrong...
Nov-08-04  Knight13: Lots of high GMs in here. Why Kramnik, Leko and Kasparov are not in here?
Nov-08-04  aw1988: <Anand won the final with 7.5 points out of 8!> Can someone say deja vu?
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  tpstar: deja vu
Nov-08-04  Knight13: deja vu.

Alley op.

Nov-09-04  themindset: <Knight13> Kramnik and Leko are probably still resting, and I would expect that Kasparov is busy with his book stuff and preparing for the Russian Championships.

Although some might claim there is a degree of "fear"...

Nov-10-04  garrry: nice tournament
Nov-10-04  Discoalex: To save time shouldn't we just award Anand all the prize money and have a seperate tourney for 2nd place?
Nov-10-04  YOUNG HAVOC: I would like to play a game of chess
Nov-10-04  euripides: <YoungHavoc>: try visting a site such as,,, or the Internet Chess club.
Dec-02-04  haha: <euripides: <YoungHavoc>: try visting a site such as,,, or the Internet Chess club.> What it's your username in ?
Dec-03-04  euripides: <haha> Same as here - euripides.

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