Games from the 4NCL, French and Italian league

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British, French and Italian leagueLast weekend a number of strong chess players were active behind the chess board in team chess competitions: Bacrot, Bologan, Caruana, Giri, Ivanchuk, Jakovenko, Shirov and Vachier-Lagrave, to name just a few. We bring you a brief update and some high-level games from England, France and Italy.

French league

From last Thursday till Sunday the second weekend of the The French League Top 16 took place. Group A was in Marseille and Group B in Mulhouse. The top 4 in each group qualified for the "Poule Haute" (Top Group). The final final rounds will be played in Bretagne, June 3-6.

From group A Evry Grand Roque, Marseille Echecs, Vandoeuvre and Noyon qualified; from B Chalons en Champagne, Metz Fischer, Clichy and Mulhouse Philidor.


This year's 4 Nations Chess League was won by Wood Green Hilsmark Kingfisher 1 with on top boards Jon Ludvig Hammer and Luke McShane. Second came Pride and Prejudice with Adams and Howell. The competition started in October last year and ended this weekend.

Italian league

The Italian Team Championship also took place from last Thursday till Sunday. The top group consisted of 14 teams and the biggest name was Alexei Shirov, who played for the Pesaro team. GMs Paco Vallejo, Macieja and Marin played for Chieti while Hübner, Gyimesi and Godena were in the Marostica team and Caruana in the Padova team.

Obiettivo Risarcimento from Padova won the Italian Team Championship with a round to go. Second came Scavolini Punto Esclamati (Pesaro) and third Chieti.

Selection of games

Game viewer by ChessTempo


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