Hikaru and Fabiano in France
October 27, 2008
maincap.jpgGMs Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana are in France for the Cap D'Agde rapid  (October 26-November 1). The star studded field also includes GMs Magnus Carlsen, Teimour Radjabov, Bu Xiangzhi, Ivan Cheparinov, Anatoly Karpov, six top woman players including World Women's Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk and GMs Humpy Koneru, Kateryna Lahno, GM-elect Hou Yifan, Marie Sebag and French IM Almira Skripchenko. Rounding out the field are French GMs Maxime Vachier Lagrave (#4 seed) and Sebastien Feller.
The top four from each group qualify to the semifinals. After four rounds of the rapid qualifier, Hikaru has 2.5/4 and Fabiano has 3.5/4 so both have good chances to advance to the playoffs.

 Stay up to date on the official website, (Please note the English translations are a bit funny, so if you read French, go to the French site .)which includes standings and pairings. Find more games on the Internet Chess Club and on the live coverage by chessdom.com.

Here are some games from the first few rounds by Fabiano and Hikaru: