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French Championship Tournament

Christian Bauer7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Tigran Gharamian7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Etienne Bacrot7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Matthieu Cornette6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Yannick Gozzoli6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Jean-Marc Degraeve5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Sebastien Maze5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Romain Edouard5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Andrei Istratescu5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Maxime Lagarde4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Andrei Shchekachev3.5/11(+0 -4 =7)[games]
Jules Moussard2/11(+0 -7 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
French Championship (2015)

Played in Saint-Quentin, France, 9-20 August 2015. Bauer was champion after winning a playoff vs Gharamian. Official site: https://saintquentin2015.ffechecs.o....

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Moussard vs C Bauer  ½-½372015French ChampionshipC10 French
2. Degraeve vs M Lagarde  1-0592015French ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
3. R Edouard vs Y Gozzoli  ½-½302015French ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
4. T Gharamian vs M Cornette  ½-½412015French ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
5. A Shchekachev vs Bacrot  ½-½202015French ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. S Maze vs A Istratescu 1-0412015French ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. R Edouard vs Degraeve 0-1402015French ChampionshipE81 King's Indian, Samisch
8. A Istratescu vs J Moussard 1-0332015French ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Y Gozzoli vs Bacrot  ½-½412015French ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. C Bauer vs T Gharamian  1-0372015French ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
11. M Lagarde vs S Maze  ½-½402015French ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. M Cornette vs A Shchekachev  ½-½432015French ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
13. S Maze vs R Edouard  ½-½272015French ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
14. Bacrot vs M Cornette  ½-½382015French ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
15. A Shchekachev vs C Bauer  0-1462015French ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. J Moussard vs M Lagarde  ½-½412015French ChampionshipB53 Sicilian
17. T Gharamian vs A Istratescu 1-0312015French ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. Degraeve vs Y Gozzoli  ½-½262015French ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
19. M Lagarde vs T Gharamian  0-1452015French ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
20. A Istratescu vs A Shchekachev  ½-½652015French ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. R Edouard vs J Moussard 1-0372015French ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Y Gozzoli vs M Cornette  ½-½412015French ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
23. C Bauer vs Bacrot  ½-½352015French ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
24. Degraeve vs S Maze  ½-½302015French ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
25. T Gharamian vs R Edouard  ½-½222015French ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
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  Penguincw: Official site: http://saintquentin2015.ffechecs.or...

Round 9 live:

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  WannaBe: Nice to see a few players play the "French" in the French Champ. =)
Aug-21-15  siggemannen: who won? =)
Aug-21-15  arnaud1959: Bauer on tie-breaks: 1.5 - 0.5
Aug-23-15  siggemannen: <arnaud1959>: thank you
Aug-26-15  DiscoJew: Could chessgames please upload the penultimate game (a 3...Nc6 French) by Bauer by black, It won him the tournament. Thank you.
Aug-26-15  Kasparov Fan: where is the penultimate game
Aug-28-15  DiscoJew: The final, penultimate game that decided the 2015 French Championship, which saw Bauer essaying his pet 3...Nc6 French line vs 3.Nc3. He is probably the world's foremost expert on the opening, so it was nice for him to win such an important playoff game, and must have been immensely satisfying for him. I have edited the original spelling mistakes. Enjoy

[Event "90th ch-FRA TB 2015"]
[Site "Saint-Quentin FRA"]
[Date "2015.08.20"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Gharamian, Tigran"]
[Black "Bauer, Christian"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C10"]
[WhiteElo "2644"]
[BlackElo "2618"]
[PlyCount "94"]
[EventDate "2015.08.20"]

(Notes by Albert Silver from Chessbase)

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nc6 Bauer has long been one of the more original theoreticians of opening theory, and also champions 1...b6 like no one else. 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bd3 Nb4 6. O-O Other more popular options are 6.Bg5 and 6.e5 ( Here is a game he played a couple of months before in the French top league: 6. e5 Nd7 7. Bg5 Be7 8. h4 h6 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. a3 Nxd3+ 11. Qxd3 Nb6 12. a4 Bd7 13. a5 Nc8 14. Rh3 a6 15. Rg3 Qf8 16. Nd2 Ne7 17. h5 Nf5 18. Rh3 c5 19. dxc5 Qxc5 20. Nb3 Qb4 21. Kf1 Rc8 22. Kg1 O-O 23. Rd1 Rc4 24. Rf3 Bc6 25. Rh3 Rc8 26. Rd2 Rg4 27. f3 Rh4 28. Rxh4 Qxh4 29. g4 d4 30. gxf5 dxc3 31. bxc3 Qg3+ 32. Rg2 Qe1+ 33. Qf1 Qxe5 34. fxe6 Qxe6 35. Qf2 Qf6 36. Nd4 Bd7 37. Qd2 Re8 38. Qf2 Re5 39. Qg3 Rxa5 40. Qb8+ Kh7 41. Qxb7 Qh4 42. Qe4+ Qxe4 43. fxe4 Rxh5 44. Kf2 Rh3 45. Rg3 Rxg3 46. Kxg3 a5 0-1 (46) Edouard,♖ (2627)-♗auer,C (2624) Montpellier 2015}) 6... ♗e7 7. ♖e1 O-O 8. a3 This move just doesn't seem right. ♘ot only does it waste a tempo to force ♗lack to take the bishop, but that bishop is a valuable piece for White.(Why not 8. ♗f1 instead? If ♗lack does insist with a followup such as b6 Δ of ♗a6 ♗xa6 ♘xa6 and ...♕c8 ...c5, then White can throw in 9. a3 to spoil the party.) 8... Nxd3 9. cxd3 b6 Black's light-squared bishop is clearly going to be more than a spectator now. 10. e5 Nd7 11. Ne2 c5 {Black's chances are already to be preferred here thanks to the clear plan of action on the queenside, plus the two bishops. 12. Nf4 a5 13. Be3 Ba6 14. g3 Re8 White has delcared his intentions clearly, and ♗lack gets ready to make sure he has room on f8 for one of his minor pieces. The only problem, however samll, is that the rook isn't really adding anything to ♗lack's position from e8. (Therefore it was probably better to instead play 14... Qc7 and then ♖fc8.}) 15. h4 ♖c8 16. ♘h2 ♘f8 17. ♕g4 ♘g6 18. ♘xg6 hxg6 19. ♖ad1 c4 ♗lack has been slowly outplayed by White, and this last move puts his entire position in jeopardy. 20. h5 It is a razor's edge he walks after this shot.} gxh5 It is hard to believe this seemingly obvious move is a blunder, but it is. (The engine's completely incomprehensible line goes: 20... c3 21. bxc3 Rxc3 22. hxg6 Rf8 23. gxf7+ Kxf7 ... but good luck trying to find that over the board.) 21. Qxh5 ♗lack's woes are not hard to see. His pieces are unable to coordinate on the kingside, and White's threats on the g-pawn and h-file with ♔g2 and ♖h1 are on the horizon. f5 22. Nf3 Rf8 23. Qg6 Qe8 ♗lack needs to challenge the queen immediately or go down in flames on the spot. (23... Rc6 for example, falls to 24. Bh6 Rf7 25. Kg2 followed by ♖h1.) 24. Qxe6+ Qf7 In a normal game ♗lack might already have resigned here, but this is not a normal game. This is a rapid game, and on the line is the title for the French Championship. It will be fought to the last breath. 25. Qxb6 Ra8 26. Bf4 Rfb8 27. Qxa5 Qe6 ♗y now, both players were down to less than five minutes on their clocks, with Gharamian working with less than three. As a result, impressions and errors begin to creep in, and the game now heads to a dramatic finish. 28. dxc4 Bxc4 29. Qd2 Rb3 30. Re3 Rab8 31. Rxb3 Rxb3 32. Ng5 Qb6 33. Qc2 Bxg5 34. Bxg5 Qg6 35. Qd2 The moment ♗auer had been hoping for and playing for! Rd3 36. Qc1 Rxd1+ 37. Qxd1 Qxg5 The game is not decided yet thanks to White's numerous extra pawns, but it is obvious that ♗lack is the one in the driver's seat. His bishop and queen make White's defense a difficult one. 38. b3 Ba6 39. Qc2 Qg4 Securing entry for the bishop, now it gets ugly very fast. 40. Qc6 Bd3 41. Qc8+ Kh7 42. Qc1 Be4 43. Kf1 Qf3 44. Ke1 Qxb3 45. Qg5 Qc3+ 46. Kf1 Qd3+ 47. Ke1 Bf3 0-1

Sep-04-15  Everett: <DiscoJew: The final, penultimate game>

The dictionary is on fire.

Sep-08-15  docbenway: DiscoJew sez- "The final, penultimate game..."Not to be confused with "Last of the Last" immortalized by Komarov commenting on the Nakamura game at the 2014 Dubai Blitz.
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