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French Championships Tournament

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

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J P Le Roux vs H Hamdouchi 0-127 2011 French ChampionshipsE60 King's Indian Defense
2. A Shchekachev vs E Bricard  ½-½41 2011 French ChampionshipsD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. I D Dorfman vs C Bauer  ½-½13 2011 French ChampionshipsA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
4. M Vachier-Lagrave vs R Edouard ½-½26 2011 French ChampionshipsC03 French, Tarrasch
5. Fressinet vs S Feller 1-033 2011 French ChampionshipsD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
6. A Istratescu vs Bacrot  ½-½16 2011 French ChampionshipsD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. J P Le Roux vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-165 2011 French ChampionshipsD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
8. E Bricard vs Fressinet  ½-½40 2011 French ChampionshipsA02 Bird's Opening
9. R Edouard vs A Istratescu  ½-½21 2011 French ChampionshipsD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
10. Bacrot vs A Shchekachev 1-031 2011 French ChampionshipsB07 Pirc
11. H Hamdouchi vs C Bauer ½-½19 2011 French ChampionshipsB01 Scandinavian
12. S Feller vs I D Dorfman ½-½23 2011 French ChampionshipsD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. C Bauer vs S Feller  ½-½28 2011 French ChampionshipsD80 Grunfeld
14. I D Dorfman vs E Bricard  ½-½29 2011 French ChampionshipsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Fressinet vs Bacrot  ½-½70 2011 French ChampionshipsA13 English
16. A Istratescu vs J P Le Roux 1-040 2011 French ChampionshipsB07 Pirc
17. A Shchekachev vs R Edouard  0-136 2011 French ChampionshipsA30 English, Symmetrical
18. M Vachier-Lagrave vs H Hamdouchi 1-041 2011 French ChampionshipsB57 Sicilian
19. H Hamdouchi vs S Feller  ½-½55 2011 French ChampionshipsB53 Sicilian
20. M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Istratescu ½-½15 2011 French ChampionshipsE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. R Edouard vs Fressinet 0-140 2011 French ChampionshipsD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. E Bricard vs C Bauer 1-064 2011 French ChampionshipsA09 Reti Opening
23. Bacrot vs I D Dorfman  ½-½18 2011 French ChampionshipsA07 King's Indian Attack
24. J P Le Roux vs A Shchekachev  ½-½17 2011 French ChampionshipsE17 Queen's Indian
25. C Bauer vs Bacrot  ½-½25 2011 French ChampionshipsE04 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
Aug-19-11  kellmano: A shame Vladislav Tkachiev is not playing.
Aug-19-11  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.
Aug-19-11  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.
Aug-20-11  virginmind: good start for the romanian istratescu.
Aug-20-11  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.

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  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?

Aug-21-11  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

Aug-22-11  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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