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'The Lighting Kid' Vishy Anand dominates 13th Quenza Blitz Open 2024 with a 3123 performance

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/07/2024

GM Vishy Anand scored a perfect 9/9 to win 13th Quenza Blitz Rating Open 2024. He finished a staggering 1.5 points ahead of the field. GM Maxime Lagarde (FRA) and GM Sergey Fedorchuk (UKR) scored 7.5/9 each. They secured second and third place according to tie-breaks. Anand faced players of all ranges, from 11-year-old kid to 68-year-old veteran. He also faced a top woman from Slovania. Anand's fastest victory was a 16-move miniature against the eventual runner-up, Lagarde in Round 7. In the penultimate round, he registered a a 24-move win against GM Laurent Fressinet (FRA). Total prize fund of the tournament was €20000. The top three prizes were €3000, €2000 and €1500 along with a trophy each. A week after winning 37th Leon Masters, the maestro delivered a stellar performance in Corsica, France with a 3123 performance. Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

After Spain, 'The Tiger' roars in France

The five-time Classical and two-time World Rapid champion, Vishy Anand is certainly in a great shape. This was an Open event with zero restrictions, something generally top players do not want to play. Anand is obviously in a different league than the rest. After winning a rapid event last week in Leon, Spain, 'The Lightning Kid' once again reminded everyone, why he earned that moniker when he was a kid.

Top 3 (L to R): 3rd GM Sergey Fedorchuk (UKR) 7.5/9, 1st GM Vishy Anand 9/9 and 2nd GM Maxime Lagarde (FRA) 7.5/9 | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

An interview with Vishy Anand days before the tournament

Vishy Anand having a light conversation with GM Laurent Fressinet (FRA) and others | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

Vishy Anand defeated players of all ranges. From 11-year-old Philemon Rauscher (FRA) in Round 1... | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

to 68-year-old Ettore Sibille (ITA) in Round 2 | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

The sole female player the maestro faced in the tournament was IM Laura Unuk, Slovenia no.1 woman | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

The game attracted a lot of audiences | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

GM Igor Glek (BEL) put up a tough challenge in Round 4 | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

Spectators including top players following Glek vs Anand | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

Vishy Anand squeezed positionally against GM Jonathan Dourerassou (FRA) in Round 5 | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

In the sixth round, Vishy Anand (2722) made a short work of the eventual runner-up, Maxime Lagarde (FRA, 2569) in just 16 moves.

Vishy Anand en route his 16-move miniature against GM Maxime Lagarde (FRA) in Round 6 | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

Anand continued his momentum and defeated GM Laurent Fressinet (FRA, 2600) in 24 moves after the latter made a tactical mistake.

Round 7: GM Vishy Anand - GM Laurent Fressinet (FRA): 1-0 | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

The eighth round was the longest for the maestro. It was against the youngest GM of France - Marc` Andria Maurizzi (2443). It lasted 78 moves and over 13.5 minutes.

Replay full game: GM Marc` Andria Maurizzi (FRA) - GM Vishy Anand, Round 8 | Video: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

Moments before Anand's longest game of the event against GM Marc` Andria Maurizzi (FRA) in the penultimate round | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

Vishy Anand comfortably defeated Algeria no.1 GM Bilel Bellahcene (2577) in the final round to finish 1.5 points ahead of the rest, even though a draw would have made him a clear champion.

Round 9: GM Vishy Anand - GM Bilel Bellahcene (ALG): 1-0 | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

Vishy Anand's perfect scorecard against all nine players

Top 3 Women (L to R): 3rd Chjara Sabiani (FRA) 6/9, 2nd IM Laura Unuk (SLO) 6.5/9 and 1st GM Nino Batsiashvili (GEO) 6.5/9 | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

Photo Gallery

Players in action | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

The tournament hall at Place de l'Eglise in Quenza, Corsica, France | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

Closing ceremony | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

Players, parents and accompanying persons at the closing ceremony | Photo: Ligue Corse d'Echecs

Vishy Anand expressed his joy after winning the tournament in a tweet

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A total of 156 players including 12 GMs, 4 IMs, a WGM and 2 WIMs took part from 20 countries across the world in this one-day nine-round Swiss League Rating Open. The tournament was organized by Ligue Corse des Echecs at Place de l'Eglise in Quenza, Corsica, France on 7th July. The time control of the event was 5 minutes + 3 seconds increment.

Final standings

Pl NomBlitzCat.FedeLigueClubPtsTr.Bu.Perf
1gANAND Viswanathan2722 FSepMPACCannes Echecs945½543123
2gLAGARDE Maxime2569 FSenMCVLC'Chartres Echecs48602654
3gFEDORCHUK Sergey A.2538 FSenMARALyon Olympique Echecs44½552553
4gFRESSINET Laurent2600 FSenMESTBischwiller74756½2570
5gMAURIZZI Marc Andria2443 FCadMCVLC'Chartres Echecs746½552468
6mTRAVADON Loic2439 FSenMIDFCergy Pontoise Echecs745½562380
7gMAZE Sebastien2465 FSenMESTBischwiller744542390
8fTOMASI Albert2226 FSenMIDFU.S.Villejuif Echecs742512193
9gBELLAHCENE Bilel2577 FSenMESTBischwiller49½582551
10gBATSIASHVILI Nino2220 FSenFIDFLa Tour de Juvisy44532322



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