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French Championship Tournament

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Etienne Bacrot6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Andrei Istratescu6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Sebastien Feller6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Laurent Fressinet6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Romain Edouard6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Iossif Davidovich Dorfman5/11(+0 -1 =10)[games]
Christian Bauer5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Emmanuel Bricard4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Hichem Hamdouchi4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Jean-Pierre Le Roux4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Andrei Shchekachev3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J P Le Roux vs H Hamdouchi 0-1272011French ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
2. A Shchekachev vs E Bricard  ½-½412011French ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. I D Dorfman vs C Bauer  ½-½132011French ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
4. M Vachier-Lagrave vs R Edouard ½-½262011French ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
5. Fressinet vs S Feller 1-0332011French ChampionshipD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
6. A Istratescu vs Bacrot  ½-½162011French ChampionshipD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. J P Le Roux vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1652011French ChampionshipD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
8. E Bricard vs Fressinet  ½-½402011French ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
9. R Edouard vs A Istratescu  ½-½212011French ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
10. Bacrot vs A Shchekachev 1-0312011French ChampionshipB07 Pirc
11. H Hamdouchi vs C Bauer ½-½192011French ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
12. S Feller vs I D Dorfman ½-½232011French ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. C Bauer vs S Feller  ½-½282011French ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
14. I D Dorfman vs E Bricard  ½-½292011French ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Fressinet vs Bacrot  ½-½702011French ChampionshipA13 English
16. A Istratescu vs J P Le Roux 1-0402011French ChampionshipB07 Pirc
17. A Shchekachev vs R Edouard  0-1362011French ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
18. M Vachier-Lagrave vs H Hamdouchi 1-0412011French ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
19. H Hamdouchi vs S Feller  ½-½552011French ChampionshipB53 Sicilian
20. M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Istratescu ½-½152011French ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. R Edouard vs Fressinet 0-1402011French ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. E Bricard vs C Bauer 1-0642011French ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
23. Bacrot vs I D Dorfman  ½-½182011French ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
24. J P Le Roux vs A Shchekachev  ½-½172011French ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
25. C Bauer vs Bacrot  ½-½252011French ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
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  perfidious: Will Dorfman manage to play a thirty-move game in this event?
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  whiteshark: <perfidious> You're looking for fish among the treetops. :D
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  kellmano: A shame Vladislav Tkachiev is not playing.
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  Harvestman: Hmm, of 30 games, 9 of them didn't go 20 moves.

I don't object to a short draw per se, having played a few of them myself, but that percentage (15%) seems a bit high to me.

Aug-19-11  Valmy: DORFMAN was/is the coach of most of the young french players. I assume this is why he has short draws.
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  perfidious: <whiteshark: I've been known to chase the chimaera at other times too!

<Harvestman> That 15% figure would be high enough, but the actual 30% is what one would call lame-rather reminds one of the recent world championships!

Aug-19-11  Blunderdome: Only 3 of the 30 classical games in the Candidates' matches did not reach 20 moves. All of them involved Alexander Grischuk.
Aug-19-11  Blunderdome: That's assuming categorized the classical, rapid and blitz games correctly, which they usually do for recent events.
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  polarmis: You can watch the games with Houdini analysis here:

Aug-19-11  arnaud1959: <Valmy: DORFMAN was/is the coach of most of the young french players. I assume this is why he has short draws.> Well, it should be a reason to encourage them to beat him. He has been the same Dorfman for years now.
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  virginmind: good start for the romanian istratescu.
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  laskersteinitz: Etienne Bacrot is my hero.
Aug-20-11  pulsar: No one plays the French at the French Championships?
Aug-20-11  pulsar: 'cept this: M Vachier-Lagrave vs R Edouard, 2011
Aug-20-11  JoePhysics: Notice that they have listed the same person twice.

Jean-Pierre Le Roux 2.5/7 (+1 -3 =3) [view games]

Jean has played 7 games.

Andrei Shchekachev 1.5/6 (+0 -3 =3) [view games]
Alexej Shchekachev 1/1 (+1 -0 =0) [view games]

These two combined have played 7 games.

Aug-21-11  Robyn Hode: I bought Bauer's The Philidor Files book and here he won't play it! :)
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  perfidious: <Robyn Hode: I bought Bauer's The Philidor Files book and here he won't play it! :)>

Bent Larsen did the same sort of thing with the Open Spanish back in the late 1960s after publishing a work on the line, but it made sense from a practical point of view.

Larsen always liked to play a variety of openings anyway, but to stick too closely to the one variation would have made it far too simple to prepare for him by looking for holes in his analysis.

Aug-21-11  dumbgai: Istratescu and Hamdouchi are French citizens now?
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  kingfu: Only one French Defense in the The French Championship?

Come on folks. Ayfkm?

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  virginmind: <dumbgai> no idea about istratescu, although he does appear on the french elo list beginning with may 2011.
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

<I am constantly astonished at how often tournament organisers invite noted draw specialists to their event, and then throw up their hands in horror at the number of quick draws that ensue.>

-- John Nunn

--> Josif D Dorfman 3.5/7 (+0 -0 =7)

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  whiteshark: <kingfu> It doesn't work for most national championships, does it? :D

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  polarmis: Report on the French Championship (including Feller and the strange case of the disappearing chess clocks...):

Live 8th round games with Houdini analysis (starting in about an hour):

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  shalgo: Is there some kind of chess/bodybuilding culture in France? Most chessplayers are hardly known for their physical strength, but Feller, Bauer, and Bacrot all look seriously pumped up.

Aug-22-11  Blunderdome: <whiteshark> Re: short draws, see my post at John Nunn's player page.
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