Family Tragedy Ends French Championships Early

Family Tragedy Ends French Championships Early

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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

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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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