LI CHAO WINS TOURNAMENT!
Li Chao alongside tournament organizer Stephane Gouvart(l) and the maire of Cappelle, Leon Devloies.
Another epic Cappelle La Grande tournament comes to an end. Congrats to Li Chao for winning the title on tiebreak over Vlad Onischuk. Both scored 7.5 points out of 9. Two players finished half a point behind. Yours truly and 17 others finished with 6.5 points.
The official crosstable can be found HERE
Unless other wise stated, all photos from Gilles Garrigues. All photos can be downloaded HERE.
The 31st edition of Cappelle saw 555 participants from almost 60 countries, including 89 grandmasters!
As always, the tournament ran super-smoothly. It takes a great team of support, arbiters and volunteers to achieve this. Here we see Carlos and Miguel attending to their responsibilities as arbiters.
The lovely Anemone Kulczak is also one of the best arbiters in the world!
Michele Gouvart and the maire at the closing ceremony yesterday evening.
The champion of France (f) Nino Maisuradze combines beauty and intelligence
Chief arbiter Stephane Escafre and Anemone preparing the prizes
Do you recognize these two grandmasters? Hint: they are married! (Alina and Erwin l’Ami)
GM Shirazi and I have known each other more than 30 years. He lives in France and plays in Cappelle whenever time permits. Shirazi is also one of the best backgammon players in the world…
One of my photos. Nuno Guerreiro and Carlos Dias, both from Portugal
CANADIANS IN CAPPELLE!
It was good to see some youngsters from Canada participating in Cappelle! Especially under-14 World Champion Qiyu Zhou and soon-to-be GM Razvan Preotu (born 1999). Cappelle is one of the strongest and toughest Open tournaments in the world and an excellent training ground. Although neither got a norm this year, I am certain that they both gained invaluable experience in Cappelle. Their next tournament starts tomorrow in Reykjavik.
For my readers, I should have an full interview with Qiyu’s mother later this week. Stay tuned!
ANOTHER CANADIAN: PAUL USSELMAN!
For an oldtimer like myself, it was a very pleasant surprise to meet up with Calgary chess player Paul Usselman! I have known Paul, who was taking a well deserved vacation and visiting France for the first time, from the Canadian Open in Calgary in 1975!! Forty years ago…we were both youngsters then. Paul also participated in the next Canadian Open in Calgary in 1996, where I played.
I believe that I owe my last round victory to Paul , because he brought a nice HOT coffee to me at the critical point at around move 50, when most spectators (and my opponent) had already given up my game as a ‘dead draw’. Five minutes later my opponent resigned!!
Paul did want to take any credit for my win, but he did suggest that if wanted to post his photo on my blog, then he would not mind if it be alongside some HOT chicks. I told him that I could arrange that…