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🏆 Corsica Masters (2005)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Viswanathan Anand, Michael Adams, Etienne Bacrot, Arkadij Naiditsch, Judit Polgar, Victor Bologan, Zoltan Almasi, Alexander Riazantsev, Laurent Fressinet, Krishnan Sasikiran, Vadim Milov, Mikhail Gurevich, Zviad Izoria, Pavel Tregubov, Tomasz Markowski, Alberto David Chess Event Description
Corsica Masters (2005)

The 9th Corsica Masters was a knockout tournament played in Bastia, Corsica, France, 3-5 November 2005. The field consisted of 12 players from the Corsica Masters International Rapid (2005) (3 November at 10:30 am), which were knockout matches between the top 24 players of the 7-round Bastia Open (2005) (30 October - 2 November, 90 minutes + 30 seconds added per move), and four seeded players (Bacrot, Polgar, Adams and Anand). The four rounds had two games each, plus tiebreak games if necessary. Time control: Rapid (15 minutes + 3 seconds and/or 20 minutes + 5 seconds). If 1-1, then two 5 + 3 Blitz games, and if still equal, more Blitz games. The prize fund was 100,000 euros, with 20,000 euros to the winner. Chief organizer: Léo Battesti and the Corsica Chess Club.

Vadim Markovich Milov surprisingly beat Anand 3-1 in the final.

Eighthfinals (Nov 3, 2 pm) Quarterfinals (Nov 4) Semifinals (Nov 4) Final (Nov 5)

Milov 11 -- -- - 2 Naiditsch 00 -- -- - 0 Milov ½1 -- 1½ Polgar ½0 -- ½ Polgar 01 11 -- - 3 Tregubov 10 00 -- - 1 Milov 10 ½1 2½ Almasi 01 ½0 1½ Almasi ½1 -- -- - 1½ Sasikiran ½0 -- -- - ½ Almasi 01 1½ 2½ David 10 0½ 1½ David ½1 -- -- - 1½ Bacrot ½0 -- -- - ½ Milov 10 11 3 Anand 01 00 1 Anand 11 -- -- - 2 Markowski 00 -- -- - 0 Anand 11 -- 2 Gurevich 00 -- 0 Gurevich 01 ½1 -- - 2½ Izoria 10 ½0 -- - 1½ Anand ½½ 11 3 Adams ½½ 00 1 Adams ½½ ½1 -- - 2½ Riazantsev ½½ ½0 -- - 1½ Adams 11 -- 2 Fressinet 00 -- 0 Fressinet ½½ 10 ½½ 1 4 Bologan ½½ 01 ½½ 0 3

Missing games: Polgar vs Tregubov 1-0 (Round 1.4), Almasi vs Milov 1-0 (Round 3.2), Adams vs Anand 1/2 (Round 3.2). For Round 1, there is a mismatch between number of games and official result in Adams vs Riazantsev (7 games in official pgn, 2½-1½ = 4 games) and Fressinet vs Bologan (6 games, 4-3 = 7 games). In the official pgn, all games had "2005.11.03" and "Round 1", causing considerable confusion. Go figure!

The Bastia Open (2005) was won by Sasikiran. Most of the players also participated in the 9-round Swiss Rapid tournament Venaco Open (2005) (28-29 October) (Anand won, after which he also won the KO) and in the 9-round Swiss tournament Ajaccio Open (2005) (26-27 October) (Gurevich won, after which Sasikiran won the KO). All tournaments part of the "Open International de Corse" or "Corsican Circuit" 2005.

Official site:
Bastia Open results:
Venaco Open results:
Ajaccio Open results:
Ligue Midi-Pyrénées des Echecs, 45, pp. 16-17:

Previous: Corsica Masters (2004). Next: Corsica Masters (2006)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 47  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs T Markowski 1-0242005Corsica MastersB42 Sicilian, Kan
2. Fressinet vs Bologan  1-0482005Corsica MastersB07 Pirc
3. Adams vs A Riazantsev  1-0452005Corsica MastersD00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. A Riazantsev vs Adams  ½-½462005Corsica MastersE12 Queen's Indian
5. Bologan vs Fressinet  ½-½852005Corsica MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
6. M Gurevich vs Z Izoria  1-0262005Corsica MastersA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
7. Bologan vs Fressinet  1-0612005Corsica MastersC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. Adams vs A Riazantsev  ½-½332005Corsica MastersE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
9. P Tregubov vs Polgar 0-1352005Corsica MastersE12 Queen's Indian
10. A Riazantsev vs Adams  ½-½212005Corsica MastersE15 Queen's Indian
11. Z Izoria vs M Gurevich  ½-½372005Corsica MastersD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Fressinet vs Bologan  1-0592005Corsica MastersB07 Pirc
13. P Tregubov vs Polgar 0-1412005Corsica MastersE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. A Riazantsev vs Adams ½-½492005Corsica MastersE15 Queen's Indian
15. T Markowski vs Anand  0-1412005Corsica MastersA00 Uncommon Opening
16. Naiditsch vs Milov  0-1522005Corsica MastersC10 French
17. Adams vs A Riazantsev  ½-½492005Corsica MastersE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
18. Bacrot vs A David  ½-½482005Corsica MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Bologan vs Fressinet  ½-½502005Corsica MastersC55 Two Knights Defense
20. M Gurevich vs Z Izoria  0-1302005Corsica MastersA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
21. Milov vs Naiditsch 1-0172005Corsica MastersE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
22. Polgar vs P Tregubov 0-1732005Corsica MastersB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
23. Sasikiran vs Z Almasi  ½-½652005Corsica MastersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
24. Z Almasi vs Sasikiran  1-0392005Corsica MastersC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
25. A David vs Bacrot 1-0532005Corsica MastersD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-06-05  kotsinta: Vishy had a hard time beating Milov!!!
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  cu8sfan: Congratulations, Milov! Hopp Schwiiz!!! (-;
Nov-06-05  cade: Wow Anand didn't win a blitz tourney.
Nov-06-05  iron maiden: It's been nearly two years since Anand failed to win a rapid event.
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  Chnebelgrind: <<cu8sfan> Hopp Schwiiz> as far as I am informed Milov passes not as Swiss involving Swiss Championship. That is the reason why he doesn't play for the Swiss olymic team (here he would be welcome!). But when he wins Corsica Masters we are proud on him anyway!. Congratulations
Nov-06-05  Ezzy: Yeah, congratulations to Milov. He lost a lot of rating points during the end of 2004 to the beginning of 2005, but seems to be hitting top form with this win, and a superb European Championships!
Nov-06-05  Udit Narayan: Being an Anand fan myself, I find this to be disheartening. This is the first time I have heard of Vadim Milov! But Anand put up a good fight and my hats off to Milov!
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  cu8sfan: <Milov passes not as Swiss involving Swiss Championship> There's an interview with Milov in No. 10 of the German chess magazine 'Schach'. Seems like there's a bitter feud between Milov and the heads of the Schachbund. That's why he's not playing Swiss Championship.
Nov-07-05  Petrosian63: Congrats to Milov.

Anyone who beats Anand in a rapid match is a good player.

Nov-07-05  BadTemper: anyone who is a grandmaster is a good player.
Nov-07-05  Averageguy: Anyone other than me is a good player! ;-)
Nov-15-05  Giraf: where is the final standings' table?
Nov-30-06  REMOLD VINAY: how to start my game
Nov-30-06  REMOLD VINAY: how to access to the chess in this website
Nov-30-06  Karpova: <REMOLD VINAY> you can't play chess against other human beings on this site. it's for discussing games only. But there's a program you can play against if you want: Little ChessPartner
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  Tabanus: <Giraf: where is the final standings' table?> Here.

I've done my best here, but the Adams & Fressinet games in Rd. 1 may have been switched from the start, or it's even worse. Perhaps someone knows something.

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