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French Team Championship (2013)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Dmitry Jakovenko, Richard Rapport, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Arkadij Naiditsch, Andrei Volokitin, Laurent Fressinet, Loek van Wely, Ivan Sokolov, Romain Edouard, Markus Ragger, Christian Bauer, Konstantin Landa, Andrei Istratescu, Michal Krasenkow, Evgeny Postny, Sergey Fedorchuk, Georg Meier, Aleksander Delchev, Dariusz Swiercz, Grzegorz Gajewski, Pavel Tregubov, Kamil Miton, Viorel Iordachescu, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Eduardas Rozentalis, Rainer Buhmann, Andrei Sokolov, Yaroslav Zherebukh, Illya Nyzhnyk, Hichem Hamdouchi, Yannick Pelletier, Alberto David, Dmitry Svetushkin, Sebastien Maze, Tornike Sanikidze, Philipp Schlosser, Igor Alexandre Nataf, Jean-Marc Degraeve, Jean-Pierre Le Roux, Yannick Gozzoli, Fabian Doettling, Anatoli Vaisser, Jules Moussard, Krisztian Szabo, Manuel Apicella, Gabor Kallai, Tal Baron, Simon Kim Williams, Joseph Sanchez, Anthony Cornelis Kosten, Ciprian-Costica Nanu, Olivier Renet, Marie Sebag, Vlastimil Jansa, Jean-Noel Riff, Jean-Rene Koch, Samy Shoker, Axel Delorme, Sebastien Cossin, Jonathan Dourerassou, Anthony Wirig, Cyril Marcelin, Miguel Llanes Hurtado, Clovis Vernay, Vadim Chernov, Ventzislav V Inkiov, Almira Skripchenko, Eloi Relange, Bilel Bellahcene, Petar Velikov, Nicolas Brunner, Didier Collas, Gabriel Battaglini, Kevin Terrieux, Borya Ider, Christophe Sochacki, Jean-Baptiste Mullon, Christophe Philippe, Quentin Loiseau, Daniel Roos, Gildas Goldsztejn, Luc Bergez, Mustapha Nezar, Julien Song, Sophie Milliet, Jean Netzer, Xavier Bedouin, Colomban Vitoux, Alain Genzling, Ismael Karim, Christopher Debray, Romain Picard, Cedric Paci, Emmanuel Neiman, Bastien Dubessay, Etienne Mensch, Louis Roos, Didier Leroy, Pauline Guichard, Julien Saada, Sebastien Pucher, Jean Luc Roos, Benoit Taddei, Guillaume Camus de Solliers, Joachim Iglesias, Sebastien Tranchant, Nino Maisuradze, Clement Houriez, Benjamin Le Corre, Bonno Pel, Mathilde Congiu, Maria Nepeina Leconte, Valentin Fougerit, Natacha Benmesbah, Thomas Hisler, Malina Nicoara, Cecile Haussernot, Jean Claude Letzelter, Mathilde Choisy, Fiona Steil-Antoni, Clement Picard, Isabelle Malassagne, Cyrielle Monpeurt, Julie Fischer, Frederic Robert, Nathalie Bonnafous Bacrot, Carole Forestier, Remi Helfer, Tristan Laverdet, Clara Le Bail, Margot Draillard

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Draillard vs A Skripchenko  0-147 2013 French Team ChampionshipA25 English
2. S Williams vs A Istratescu  ½-½46 2013 French Team ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
3. Naiditsch vs O Renet  ½-½70 2013 French Team ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. D Swiercz vs Delchev  1-073 2013 French Team ChampionshipD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. M Nicoara vs C Le Bail  1-073 2013 French Team ChampionshipD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
6. S Tranchant vs J L Roos  0-147 2013 French Team ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. L Roos vs B Pel  0-147 2013 French Team ChampionshipA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
8. X Bedouin vs C Vitoux  1-041 2013 French Team ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. F Doettling vs J Saada  1-040 2013 French Team ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. P Velikov vs Vaisser  ½-½66 2013 French Team ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
11. Rozentalis vs R Picard 1-026 2013 French Team ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
12. S Maze vs Q Loiseau  ½-½52 2013 French Team ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
13. T Baron vs K Miton  0-156 2013 French Team ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
14. A Delorme vs I Karim  1-033 2013 French Team ChampionshipD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. G Battaglini vs Pelletier  ½-½25 2013 French Team ChampionshipA90 Dutch
16. P Tregubov vs C Nanu  1-037 2013 French Team ChampionshipD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. J Sanchez vs Van Wely  ½-½29 2013 French Team ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. Fressinet vs M Llanes Hurtado  ½-½67 2013 French Team ChampionshipD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. K Szabo vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½28 2013 French Team ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
20. R Rapport vs M Apicella 1-041 2013 French Team ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
21. I Malassagne vs M Congiu  0-140 2013 French Team ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
22. C Debray vs D Collas  ½-½28 2013 French Team ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. G Goldsztejn vs B Dubessay  1-038 2013 French Team ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. V Inkiov vs T Sanikidze  0-134 2013 French Team ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. M Leconte vs L Bergez  ½-½59 2013 French Team ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-08-13  notyetagm: First!
Jun-09-13  messachess: Van Wely is doing really well, and Navara hasn't lost a game.
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  Check It Out: <With a round to spare, Clichy (Vachier-Lagrave, Fressinet, Van Wely, Jakovenko, et al.) clinched this year's title.>

Could someone explain what this means?

Jun-09-13  fref: <Check I Out>: I guess Clichy is the name of the winning team, with MVL, Fressinet, Van Wely, Jakovenko and some others being part of this team.
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  cro777: The French Team Championship (Top 12) took place in Haguenau (30th May to 9th June 2013). Chess club Clichy won the championship with perfect score 33 points (11 wins) ahead of Chalons en Champagne with 29 points. Clichy easily won the title with a round to spare.
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  cro777: CLICHY Échecs 92

(Top boards)






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  cro777: The French Team Championship traditionally finishes early June with a round robin event between the top 12 teams of the country. This year it took place in the small town of Haguenau, a commune in the Bas-Rhin department (located about 30 km north of Strassbourg, very close to the German border).
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  cro777: GM Richard Rapport, the winner of the recent Sigeman tournament, is a new name in Clichy's line-up. The Hungarian chess prodigy impressed with uncompromising play scoring 8.5/10 (seven wins and three draws).
Jun-09-13  CFMEU: Marseille had Bacrot only after round 5 i think and Naiditsch left to play in one of the rapid tournaments with a few rounds to go. Didn't matter in the end as Clichy thrashed everyone, including Marseille in the first round 7-0!
Jun-09-13  fisayo123: Rapport one or two victories away from 2700+. could be the second youngest person ever to do it.
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  twinlark: Carlsen and Giri both reached 2700 by his age. But he has plenty of time to become the 3rd youngest!
Jun-10-13  Pawn Dillinger: It's been fun watching Hungary's Richard Rapport distance himself from the world's other two top prodigies born in 1996 — Daniil Dubov and Ilya Nyzhnyk. Rapport is No. 69 in the world with a FIDE June rating of 2674, followed by Dubov at 2638 and Nyzhnyk at 2607 (of course I'm not counting live ratings). Nyzhnyk is about six months younger than the 17-year-old Rapport and about five months younger than Dubov. By way of comparison, the United States has no GMs born in 1996 or after. IM Daniel Naroditsky (born in 1995) leads the young Americans at 2494, followed by IM Darwin Yang, born in 1996, at 2485. What Rapport is doing right now is phenomenal. His being mentioned in the same breath as Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri for perhaps becoming the third youngest to hit 2700 is awesome. The future of chess is bright indeed.
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  whiteshark: Pictural cb report after 7 rounds:(in German)

Report of French chess federation:

Jun-10-13  DrAjedrez: Yes, Rapport will hopefully break into the elite 2750+. His live rating should be between 2692-2694. The sixth youngest GM in history at 13 years 11 months. Karjakin and Carlsen were 1st and 3rd respectively. A full list you can check the Chess prodigy on wiki. It is rare for a person to become a GM before his/her 15th birthday. Comparing to American IMs are not relevant.
Jun-10-13  DrAjedrez: It would be interesting to see an analysis of what difference there was on achieving the GM title pre-computer era and post computer era. Kasparov, Topalov,Kramnik 17 years, Ivanchuk 19, Anand 19(India)Impressive!, Aronian 18. There definitely is a difference.
Jun-10-13  Maatalkko: A few years ago, Rapport said in an interview that he studies more than 8 hours a day.

He appears to be serious about making chess his profession, so it's no surprise that he will pass 2700 soon.

Jun-10-13  Pawn Dillinger: <DrAjedrez: Comparing to American IMs are not relevant.> Relevant to what? I live in America and was making a tertiary comment on how far our youngsters have to go to be among the best, all along with keeping in context with Rapport as well as his talented cohorts. After all, this site is for those making chess comments. And that includes your snide one. Ease up on the coffee.
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  twinlark: <DrAjedrez: It would be interesting to see an analysis of what difference there was on achieving the GM title pre-computer era and post computer era. Kasparov, Topalov,Kramnik 17 years, Ivanchuk 19, Anand 19(India)Impressive!, Aronian 18. There definitely is a difference.>

The difference is one of overall quantity, not of decreasing age per se. While it's true that before 1980 there were scarcely a dozen players who gained their titles while they were teenagers, and there have been hundreds since the rise of IT assisted chess, the overall average age of new GMs has scarcely changed in the last 50 years.


As far as I can see, it's because there are also far more older players gaining their GM titles as well, thanks to the marvels of databases, engines and other wonderful electronic aids to learning where previously players had to spend considerable quantities of money to buy a few chess books, including MCO, Informators, chess magazines from abroad (like Russia as Fischer did), and so on.

Now a million time that amount of information is available at a keystroke at a millionth of the cost.

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  cro777: Richard Rapport was awarded for best score on third board (8.5/10).

His chess club "Clichy Echecs 92" clinched their 12th French Team Championship title.

Jun-22-13  notyetagm: <DcGentle: ... I am just collecting positional masterworks, as you can see here:

Game Collection: Positional Masterworks>

Here is a game for your collection, pointed out in a recent issue of Chess Evolution Weekly Newsletter (CEWN):

Bacrot vs A Wirig, 2013

28 ♘e4-d2

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"The game might look very simple, but White has shown great positional play which lead to an 'easy looking' point." -- CEWN

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