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French Championship Tournament

Romain Edouard7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Etienne Bacrot7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Christian Bauer7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Laurent Fressinet6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Andrei Istratescu6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Vladislav Ivanovich Tkachiev6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Hichem Hamdouchi4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]
Sebastien Maze4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]
Anatoli Vaisser2.5/10(+2 -7 =1)[games]
Maxime Lagarde2/10(+1 -7 =2)[games]
Jean-Baptiste Mullon1/10(+0 -8 =2)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Mullon vs S Maze 0-1402012French ChampionshipB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
2. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Bacrot  ½-½482012French ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
3. Fressinet vs H Hamdouchi  ½-½432012French ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
4. M Lagarde vs Tkachiev  0-1422012French ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
5. Vaisser vs C Bauer 0-1722012French ChampionshipE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
6. R Edouard vs A Istratescu ½-½292012French ChampionshipB89 Sicilian
7. Bacrot vs J Mullon 1-0232012French ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
8. S Maze vs R Edouard  ½-½402012French ChampionshipA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
9. Tkachiev vs C Bauer ½-½472012French ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
10. H Hamdouchi vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1822012French ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. M Lagarde vs Fressinet  ½-½642012French ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
12. A Istratescu vs Vaisser 1-0452012French ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
13. C Bauer vs A Istratescu ½-½462012French ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. Vaisser vs S Maze ½-½242012French ChampionshipE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
15. J Mullon vs H Hamdouchi  ½-½362012French ChampionshipB72 Sicilian, Dragon
16. Fressinet vs Tkachiev 1-0342012French ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
17. R Edouard vs Bacrot ½-½292012French ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. M Vachier-Lagrave vs M Lagarde 1-0272012French ChampionshipA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
19. M Lagarde vs J Mullon  1-0292012French ChampionshipB89 Sicilian
20. H Hamdouchi vs R Edouard 0-1582012French ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Bacrot vs Vaisser  1-0662012French ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. S Maze vs C Bauer ½-½402012French ChampionshipD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. Tkachiev vs A Istratescu 1-0242012French ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. Fressinet vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½292012French ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
25. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Tkachiev ½-½412012French ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Aug-24-12  Atking: What a terrible news. Our condoleances to Mr Bauer and his family.
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  whiteshark: what a horrible tragic fate!!!

With my deepest sympathy.

Aug-24-12  Layson:
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  moronovich: How tragic.
My condolences and deepest sympathy.
Aug-24-12  TITIKIZA: Terrible news. deepest condolences
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  perfidious: This is dreadful for Mr Bauer and his loved ones. My condolences to them.
Aug-24-12  tarek1: My deepest condolences to Christian Bauer and his wife in this sad day.

The play-offs will be played tomorrow between Bacrot, MVL and Edouard.

It is still unknown how and why this happened, perhaps some accident but as of now it hasn't been published.

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  brankat: Tragic news indeed. Sincere condolences to the Bauer family.
Aug-24-12  MarkFinan: Thats terrible news!
Aug-24-12  stanleys: Sincere condolences to Christian Bauer and his family
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  Wild Bill: OMG. That is awful news. Our condolences go to the Bauers.

I have to say that a dark horse who gets as far as M. Bauer did gets my sentimental support, and as I watched the games each day I said quietly to myself, "Go, Bauer." The French national championship seems unimportant now.

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  OBIT: My French is pretty weak, but is the following article basically saying that the other first place finishers wish to have the playoff games cancelled due to the exceptionally tragic circumstances?

<Etienne Bacrot, Romain Edouard et Maxime-Vachier Lagrave, tous 3 qualifiés pour les matchs de départage du championnat de France, ont finalement indiqué à la Fédération Française des Echecs, qu'ils ne se sentaient pas, compte tenu des circonstances exceptionnelles, en mesure d'y participer. Sensible à ces arguments et partageant l'émotion des joueurs, la Fédération a donc décidé d'attribuer collectivement le titre de champion de France 2012 aux 4 joueurs arrivés en tête à l'issue de la 10e ronde du National.>

Aug-24-12  Layson: <OBIT: My French is pretty weak, but is the following article basically saying that the other first place finishers wish to have the playoff games cancelled due to the exceptionally tragic circumstances?>

Indeed, it states that neither of the three players were in the mood to play for the title. In these exceptional circumstances, the French Chess Federation has decided to name all four leaders after 10 rounds joint winners.

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  brankat: This does seem to be a fair, indeed a very sportsmanlike decision.
Aug-24-12  Chess for life: That is really awful. My sympathies go out to Bauer and his family.
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  lost in space: Lord have mercy. Sincere condolences to Christian Bauer and his family.
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  Chessical: "Romain Edouard Etienne Bacrot and Maxime - Vachier Lagrave, all three of whom qualified for French Championship tie-break, have finally told the French Chess Federation, that they were not, in view of the exceptional circumstances, able to participate.

The Federation, sensitive to the point of view and emotions of the players, decided to give the title to all four players who were tied at the end of the tenth round of the National Championship of France 2012."

Aug-25-12  chessbug: What a horrible tragedy.
My condolonces to Christian Bauer and his family.
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  Check It Out: This is terrible. Condolences to the Bauer family.
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  chrisowen: Bonsoir chere, to your family in thinking - I'll light a candle for you in church tomorrow.
Aug-25-12  Jacob Arnold: Condolences to Bauer family.
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  parmetd: Glad to see they decided to share the title. Congrats to all 4 and condolences to Bauer.
Aug-26-12  Inspirus: My sincere condolences to GM Bauer's family.
Aug-27-12  zealouspawn: I'm glad to see the players do the right thing in canceling the last round; and likewise to the tournament directors for canceling the scheduled 3-player tiebreak.
Aug-27-12  monopole2313: My condolences to the Bauer family as well. May his memory be eternal. God be with you.
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