Armenia defeat France in Rapid Match

Armenia defeat France in Rapid Match

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A French team took on the Olympiad Champions Armenia, led by Lev Aronian (pictured) in a rapid match in Paris from 24-25 June. 

Each team had 4 players, who met in 8 rounds at a time control of 15 minutes plus a 10 second increment.

Armenia were the favourites and started with a 3-1 win in the first round.  However, the French team rallied to win 2.5-1.5 and draw 2-2 in rounds 2 and 3 respectively.

However, the Olympic champions were not to be denied, winning 3-1 in the fourth round and then edging out the home team 2.5-1.5 in all the remaining rounds to finish with a convincing 19.5-12.5 overall match victory.

The Armenian team shared a cheque for 12,000 euros for their efforts in the match, which was broadcast live on Armenian television.  The French team had to settle for 8,000 euros between them.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Armenia 3 2 3 19½
France 1 2 1 12½


Tigran Petrossian was the star performer for Armenia with a very impressive 6/8 score, despite losing to Maxime Lachier-Lagrave in round 2.  Joel Lautier struggled for the French team, trailing on 2/8.

Individual scores were:


Levon Aronian 2754 
Vladimir Akopian 2696 
Gabriel Sargissian 2660 
Tigran Petrossian 2600 

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2684 
Laurent Fressinet 2664 
Joel Lautier 2658 
Christian Bauer 2605 


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