Family Tragedy Ends French Championships Early

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/26/12, 12:11 AM.

Christian Bauer 2.jpgThe 2012 French Chess Championships were scheduled to take place from 13-25 August in Pau, but the competition ended early after the tragic death of the four-month old baby of competitor Christian Bauer.

Our sincere sympathies to Christian Bauer at this desperately sad news.

The news broke just before the final round of the 12-player single round-robin competition was due, with four players tied together on 7/10 including Bauer himself (pictured here at the European Team Champs last year).

In the circumstances the other players and organisers agreed to cancel the final round as a mark of respect.  Originally, the title was to be decided by a 3-way rapid playoff on Saturday between the other tied players on 7 points, but this was also subsequently cancelled and the title awarded jointly to the four players that finished on 7 points, Etienne Bacrot, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Romain Edouard and Christian Bauer.

The final standings, with one round left uncompleted:

Name Elo Pts
Edouard, Romain  2652 7
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  2686 7
Bacrot, Etienne  2713 7
Bauer, Christian  2682 7
Fressinet, Laurent  2714
Istratescu, Andrei  2647 6
Tkachiev, Vladislav  2644 6
Hamdouchi, Hicham  2627 4
Maze, Sebastien  2573 4
Vaisser, Anatoly  2556
Lagarde, Maxime  2505 2
Mullon, Jean-Baptiste  2404 1


The women's title had already finished, with Almira Skripchenko taking a convincing victory with a score of 7/10, 1½ points clear of the field in a double-round robin event.

Name Elo Pts
Skripchenko, Almira  2442 7
Milliet, Sophie  2411
Collas, Silvia  2261 5
Maisuradze, Nino  2284
Safranska, Anda  2298
Bollengier, Andreea  2253


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  • 4 years ago


    good games

  • 4 years ago


    sad :-(

  • 4 years ago


    Very sorry to hear this news, I can't even imagine the impact this would have on a person. The other players were very considerate in this situation though, well done on their part.

  • 4 years ago


    Toutes mes condoléances à Christian et toute sa famille en ce douloureux et difficile moment.

  • 4 years ago


    My prayers and sympathy in this hour of sadness.

  • 4 years ago


    Poor GM Christian Bauer. Peace to Bauer and his family in the saddest hours of their lives in which it is so hard to even believe that your four-month-old baby died. Thank you to the organizers and players for their admirable sportsmanship for stopping the tournament one round early so Bauer can recognize his son. R.I.P.

  • 4 years ago

    FM VPA

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences & give you courage to face this irreparable loss.

    God Bless.Surprised

  • 4 years ago


    My heartfelt condolences to Bauer and his family :(

  • 4 years ago


    This is heartbreaking under any circumstances :(

  • 4 years ago


    I thought it would be considered unethical to collude to fix a competitrion result.  Condolences to the Bauer family.

  • 4 years ago


    My condolences to the Bauer family during this unimaginably difficult time. 

  • 4 years ago

    NM danheisman

    Yes, sympathetic condolences to the Bauers, and kudos to the players and organizers for taking a strong and empathic stance!

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  • 4 years ago


    Peace to GM Bauer and his family in these, their saddest hours. Thanks go to the French organizers and players for their admirable sportsmanship.

  • 4 years ago


    I used to play in competitions with christian when we was kid in early 90's. I was chocked to learn his baby boy passed away. All my thoughts for him and his family.


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