March 1, 2011
The famous film festival city of South of France in the border of the Mediterreanean sea. The local chess club has organized chess festivals nearly twice a year since 1985: the Festival des Jeux in February and the Martinez Cup in August. The peak was in 2001 with the Rapid World Cup won by Garry Kasparov.
During the festival special events are often arranged like in 1988 a simultaneous exhibition with Kasparov (lost to Michael Adams, drew to Mikhail Ulibin and won the rest), a Scheveningen tournament won by Ulf Andersson in 1989, a match France-Rest of the World in 1992. In 1993, the matches Joel Lautier-Vladimir Kramnik 1½-4½, Oganes Danielan-Eloi Relange 3½-2½. In 1996, a Scheveningen tournament where Viktor Korchnoi scored 9½/10. In 1997 a similar tournament between old and young players won by a team composed of Boris Spassky, Borislav Ivkov, Mark Taimanov and Svetozar Gligoric. In 1999 two matches: Vlad Tkachiev vs. Aldo David 6-2 and Vlad Tkachiev vs. John Van der Wiel 7-3. Also 2 matches in 2000 where Vlad Tkachiev drew with Jeroen Piket 4-4 and in the second Etienne Bacrot drew in Rapid Chess with Karpov 1-1. In 2002 a women tournament won by Zhao Xue. In 2003 a blind simul given by Vlad Tkachiev who won 11 games and made one drew. In 2007 Cannes hosted the Mediterranean championship. In 2011 Anatoly Vaiser drew a rapid and blitz match with Viktor Korchnoi
The winners of the main tournaments: (O=Open, R=Rapid) 1986 Miralles, 1987 Fedorowicz and Gulko, 1988 (O) Lobron, 1989 Benjamin, 1990 (1st O) Ivkov and Dorfman, (2nd O) Cebalo, 1991 (O) Renet, 1992 (1st O) Portisch, (2nd O) Lanka and J. Horvath, 1993 Spraggett (after tie-break), 1994, 1995 Ivkov, (1st O) Minasian, Tkachiev, A. Sokolov, (2nd O) Lazarev, 1996 (1st O) Tkachiev, Dorfman and Sadler, (2nd O) Cebalo, 1997 (O) Sokolov, Godena, Sermek and Xie Jun, 1998 (O) Wojtkiewicz and Dorfman, 1999 (O) Delchev and Gofshtein, 2000 (O) Bauer, 2001 (R) Kasparov, 2002, 2007 Nikcevic (O), 2008 (O) Bauer, 2009 (O) Bauer, 2010 (O) Gharamian, 2011 (O) Sanchez.