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Nancy 2013

Nancy 2013 - Grand Prix of France won by Tkachiev

On March 9-10, the Nancy stage of the French Rapid Grand Prix was held, bringing in several elite players, as well as a platoon of enthusiasts to take part in the weekend action. No fewer than 210 players came to the city of Nancy, France, of which only sixteen would qualify for the Sunday knockout stageThe final knockout stage on Sunday, March 10, was not without a healthy element of surprise Etienne Bacrot was ousted in the last sixteen by Vladimir Dobrov, who came sixteenth in the qualifier, barely making it in. In the quarter finals, Dobrov continued his remarkable run by beating Yannick Pelletier in a clean sweep 2-0, while Vachier-Lagrave, Vladislav Tkachiev, and Georgian GM Tornike Sanikidze also passed to the next rung in the ladder.The semi-final brought all the excitement one could hope for, albeit at the cost of Vachier Lagrave who was also reduced to debris by Dobrov while Tkachiev overcame Svetushkin and set up an exciting decider between the two

the Nancy stage of the French Rapid Grand Prix was held, bringing in several elite players, as well as a platoon of enthusiasts. Of the 210 players who came, only sixteen would qualify for the Sunday knockout stage. The surprise of the event was Vladimir Dobrov, who beat several 2700s to make it to the final, but ultimately lost to Vladislav Tkachiev in It was the end of the line for Vladimir Dobrov, as he succumbed to French no.7 Vladislav Tkachiev, when the latter played a powerful attack and dismantled his opponent’s Benko Gambit in the only decisive game of the final

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