This is the 29th edition of Capéchés From 26 October to 4 November It already promises to be a great vintage.
Twenty-five nations are represented: Indians, Chinese, and many Europeans traveled to Cap d’Agde. Approximately 800 players in total will compete. This is a real record and a great satisfaction for President Robert Textoris. “We were fully booked for the first time three weeks before the event”He rejoices before continuing: “It is one of the biggest chess events in France. Our tournament has a great reputation. Throughout the competition, we organize events attended by grandmasters of all levels, from beginners to experienced players.”.
Since this tournament was created in 1994, the world’s leading players have passed through Cap d’Agde. The 2022 winner, Laurent Frayssinet, took part exclusively this year in this first edition.
This Capéches is really a big party with a very friendly spirit. Anyone can come and play, licensed or not, as the tournament is open to beginners, which is a feature of this event.
The highlight of this new edition is undoubtedly the “blitz” tournament, which will start on Tuesday evening. The principle is simple: it consists of playing a chess game in Flash mode in three minutes.
This tournament also benefits from the support of CCAS, which has been hosting players for nearly 30 years, as well as two important partners, the insurance company Satec and Prévert insurance.
There is a chess club in the town of Agde, established in 2012. Forty-two members meet on Tuesday evenings. The club also offers lessons for beginners and extended play for experienced players. Secretary André Martinez explains: “In our club, we have member players who play for pleasure, while the other part plays more for competition.”
Eight players from the Agde club will be present in Capéchés. Visitors and enthusiasts can attend events at CCAS on rue de la Butte in Agde.
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