Fressinet Wins French Championship

Fressinet Wins French Championship

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
Aug 30, 2014, 12:39 PM |
2 | Chess Event Coverage

After such a great start of 5.5/6 it could hardly go wrong: GM Laurent Fressinet won the French Championship in Nimes on Thursday, finishing on 8.5/11. Second came GM Etienne Bacrot, a point behind, followed by GM Romain Edouard who scored half-a-point less.

Nino Maisuradze won the women's section with 9.0/11.

Starting with 5.5/6 gave Fressinet the comfortable option to consolidate, and cruise to his second French title. And that's basically what he did, if you look at the results: draws in rounds 7, 8 and 9, another win and another draw. 

Fressinet clearly went into safe mode in the second half. An example is his round 9 game, which saw an interesting opening:

In the penultimate round, Fressinet was helped somewhat as his opponent blundered in an equal position:

With one round to go, Fressinet was a point ahead of Etienne Bacrot, the top seed with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave playing in St. Louis. A tie for first was still possible, but what to do as Black against that mega-solid 5.Re1 line?

The winners in Nimes, LR: Andreea Bollengier, Etienne Bacrot, Laurent Fressinet, Nino Maisuradze, Romain Edouard, Almira Skripchenko. (Photo courtesy of the French Chess Federation.)

French Championship 2014 | Final Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Fressinet,L 2708 2793 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 8.5/11
2 Bacrot,E 2720 2713 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 7.5/11
3 Edouard,R 2680 2680 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 7.0/11
4 Gharamian,T 2657 2650 0 1 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 6.5/11
5 Bauer,C 2658 2618 0 ½ 1 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 6.0/11 31.00
6 Cornette,M 2533 2628 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6.0/11 29.75
7 Degraeve,JM 2566 2625 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 0 1 1 1 6.0/11 27.25
8 Dorfman,I 2571 2593 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½ ½ ½ 5.5/11 28.75
9 Maze,S 2565 2594 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 1 1 5.5/11 22.50
10 Sokolov,A 2556 2425 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 3.0/11 13.00
11 Chabanon,JL 2485 2431 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 3.0/11 12.00
12 Roser,K 2400 2289 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1.5/11

The top group was just one of a total of eight tournaments played at the same time. There was also the women's championship, the veterans' championship for players older than sixty, an open tournament that served as a qualifier for 2015, and four more open groups. 

The festival, which included about 750 chess players in total, took place in Nimes, a city in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France.


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