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M Sebag 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Marie Sebag
Number of games in database: 802
Years covered: 1998 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2480 (2479 rapid, 2504 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2533
Overall record: +304 -188 =214 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      96 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (179) 
    B22 B40 B30 B52 B53
 Ruy Lopez (61) 
    C67 C78 C92 C95 C60
 French Defense (50) 
    C07 C03 C10 C04 C05
 French Tarrasch (37) 
    C07 C03 C04 C05 C09
 Caro-Kann (32) 
    B12 B10 B18 B14 B19
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (22) 
    C92 C95 C88 C84 C97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (120) 
    B90 B51 B33 B30 B96
 Slav (104) 
    D15 D10 D12 D11 D17
 Sicilian Najdorf (46) 
    B90 B96 B92 B91 B93
 Semi-Slav (33) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C78 C77 C68 C65 C91
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    D02 D00 E10 A46 D01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Adly vs M Sebag, 2008 0-1
   A Dimitrijevic vs M Sebag, 2004 0-1
   M Sebag vs Koneru, 2006 1-0
   M Sebag vs V Popov, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   6th FIDE Women Grand Prix (2011)
   Nanjing Women's FIDE Grand Prix (2009)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2010)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   6th European Individual Women's Championship (2005)
   EU-ch 4th, Women (2003)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   7th European Individual Championship: Women (2006)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2013)
   Politiken Cup (2009)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   European Club Cup (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Women's Olympiad (2008)

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MARIE SEBAG
(born Oct-15-1986, 28 years old) France

[what is this?]
Grandmaster and France's top female player.

In 1998 Sebag won the European Youth Chess Championship (girls U12), a feat she repeated in 1999 (girls U14) and in 2002 (girls U16). In 2000 and in 2002, she also became Women's National French Champion. In 2003, she came fourth in the European Women’s Championship in Silivri, Turkey. In 2004, Sebag came equal first with Jolanta Zawadzka in the U18 Girls World Championship in Heraklio, Crete but lost in the tie-break. She contested the FIDE Women's World Championship (2006) and reached the quarter finals, only to bow out when defeated by Svetlana Matveeva in the rapid game tiebreakers.

Sebag was already an IM and a WGM when she scored her second GM norm during the Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007) in Vlissingen in August 2007, where she won a game against former FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov (see Notable Games above). By securing a third norm during the European Individual Championship (Women) (2008) she qualified for the title of Grandmaster in May 2008. In March 2012, she placed 5th at the European Individual Women's Championship (2012) with 7.5/11. Sebag qualified for the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012) and defeated Australian IM Irina Berezina, Russian WGM Olga Girya and Russian IM and WGM Alisa Galliamova before losing to former World Champion and Bulgarian GM Antoaneta Stefanova in the tiebreaker of the 4th round.

She has played for the powerful Kydon club as a European Union player.

Sebag's highest standard rating achieved so far was 2537 in March 2013 when she was ranked #8 woman player in the world. Her highest ranking to date was #7 achieved between July 2008 and January 2009, during which period her rating reached 2533.

Photo: http://www.bidmonfa.com/sebag_marie... Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/women

Wikipedia article: Marie Sebag


 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 802  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Caoili vs M Sebag  1-023 1998 Wch U12 Disney GirlsA43 Old Benoni
2. M Sebag vs N Stojanovic  1-024 1998 Wch U12 GirlsB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
3. M Sebag vs N Dzagnidze  1-033 1998 EU-ch U12 GirlsB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. T Kosintseva vs M Sebag 0-128 1998 EU-ch U12 GirlsB01 Scandinavian
5. M Sebag vs A Caoili  0-135 1998 Wch U12 GirlsA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Koneru vs M Sebag  1-027 1998 Wch U12 GirlsA26 English
7. M Sebag vs Zhao Xue  0-119 1999 WCh U14 GirlsB50 Sicilian
8. M Sebag vs J Worek  1-057 1999 Eur Youth Ch g14B22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. M Sebag vs M Dubois  1-040 1999 ch-FRA (women)B01 Scandinavian
10. M Sebag vs K Toma  ½-½46 1999 WCh U14 GirlsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. M Sebag vs J Houska  ½-½58 1999 Zone 1.1 (women)B01 Scandinavian
12. M Sebag vs A Novikova  0-125 1999 Eur Youth Ch g14B40 Sicilian
13. M Sebag vs C Flear  0-134 1999 ch-FRA (women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. M Kazhgaleyev vs M Sebag  1-026 1999 ch-ParisE10 Queen's Pawn Game
15. E Paehtz vs M Sebag  1-032 1999 WCh U14 GirlsA00 Uncommon Opening
16. Bosboom-Lanchava vs M Sebag  ½-½59 1999 Zone 1.1 (women)A57 Benko Gambit
17. E Paehtz vs M Sebag  ½-½48 1999 Eur Youth Ch g14B01 Scandinavian
18. A Muller vs M Sebag  ½-½40 1999 ch-FRA (women)B33 Sicilian
19. M Sebag vs A Novikova  1-055 1999 WCh U14 GirlsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. M Sebag vs L Jap Tjoen San  1-034 1999 Zone 1.1 (women)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
21. S Haecker vs M Sebag  0-140 1999 Eur Youth Ch g14B02 Alekhine's Defense
22. M Costagliola vs M Sebag  0-140 1999 ch-FRA (women)B26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
23. R Delahaye vs M Sebag  ½-½59 1999 ch-FRA (women)A21 English
24. M Sebag vs E Hasanova  1-028 1999 WCh U14 GirlsB32 Sicilian
25. M Sebag vs M Vilar Lopez  0-130 1999 Zone 1.1 (women)B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 802  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Aug-20-07  percyblakeney: August has been a good month for Sebag, first she won against world #27 and #48 (and drew Tiviakov) in classical chess, then she finished ahead of Mamedyarov (even with Grischuk and Shirov) in Mainz rapids, after making Karjakin work for the draw. She has now passed 2500 and will surely get the GM title soon.
Sep-07-07  dx9293: <percyblakeney> Sebag is expected to gain 17.7 points on the October list, making her 2509! Other strong women IMs (I'm thinking of Skripchenko and Krush, mostly) get lots of attention, but Marie is now the best and one rarely hears her name.

Krush is playing well and is making progress, no doubt. She is a nice person (and only a few months younger than me!) and I am rooting for her to become GM soon. Skripchenko I only met once and she is nice as well, but I think she gets a lot of attention for non-chess-related reasons!

I hope Sebag gets more attention (I've never met her): for her good chess!

Oct-02-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  sisyphus: Marie Sebag is now in the women's top 10, rising to number seven on the October list, at 2509. She passed Yifan Hou, who fell several spots.
Dec-03-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <sisyphus: Does Marie Sebag always play...>

No, here is one: http://www.chessvibes.com/plaatjes/... =)

Dec-31-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  sisyphus: Marie Sebag rises to 2510 in January 2008, but falls two spots to ninth. Xie Jun (2574) reappeared in third place after having been inactive, and Hou Yifan (2527) rebounded to fifth (after playing 67 games).
Mar-28-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  sallom89: < sisyphus: Does Marie Sebag always play with a bra strap showing?>

haha nice one.

Mar-29-08  nanobrain: Caoili beat Sebag twice. And Caoili definitely much sexier.
Apr-01-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  sisyphus: Marie Sebag rises to 2521 in April 2008, eighth in the world.

I haven't seen her show her underwear since she turned 21. Perhaps it's a junior thing.

Apr-01-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  sallom89: <I haven't seen her show her underwear since she turned 21. Perhaps it's a junior thing.>

whahahaa!

<Caoili beat Sebag twice. And Caoili definitely much sexier.>

sexier ??!?!Sophie Milliet thats the definition lol.

May-01-08  Bidibulle: Marie Sebag is now International Grand Master. Bravo Marie !!!
May-01-08  stanleys: Felicitations,Marie!
May-03-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: Sebag played quite well in the European Individual Championship (2008) scoring 6.5 points!

She scored six wins (e. g. against Khismatullin and Vladimir Georgiev), one draw (against Ivan Ivanisevic) and lost four games (all against 2600+: Berg, Gurevich, Kritz and Galkin).

http://chess-results.com/tnr12085.a...

Jun-30-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  sisyphus: Marie Sebag up eight points to 2529 in July, and back up to seventh on the women's list, behind the venerable Pia Cramling.
Sep-30-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  sisyphus: Marie up four points to 2533 in October, after going +1 at the North Urals Cup.
Oct-07-08  Ichiro: http://www.europe-echecs.com/
M.Sebag gave interview and played simultaneous games.
Oct-07-08  Ladolcevita: Hi,sisyphus,i'm also one of the Sebag fans~~~She is yes,very grandmaster
Mar-05-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Marie Sebag (born October 15, 1986 in Paris, France) is a French chess player, who won the <French Chess Championship> for women in <2000> and <2002>.

In <1998> Sebag won the European Youth Chess Championship (girls under-12), a feat she repeated the next year (girls U14) and in <2002> (girls U16).

In <2004> she shared first place in the World Youth Chess Championship in the category girls U18 with Jolanta Zawadzka, who defeated her in the tie-break.

In <2006> she reached the quarter-finals during the Women's World Chess Championship, in which she lost to Svetlana Matveeva.

Sebag was already an IM and a WGM when she scored her second GM norm during the Hogeschool Zeeland tournament in Vlissingen in <August 2007>, where she won a game against former FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov. --> M Sebag vs Kasimdzhanov, 2007

By securing a third norm during the European Individual Chess Championship she qualified for the title of <Grandmaster> in <May 2008>.

from http://istanbul2009.fide.com/sebag-...

Oct-15-09  Billy Vaughan: Joyeux anniversaire !
Mar-05-12  Penguincw: Marie Sebag 4/4 at the European Individual Women's Championship (2012). However, still not much breathing room as 6 players are just half a point back.
Mar-06-12  Penguincw: Sebag drew her game with black against Valentina Gunina, which allowed Hoang Thanh Trang and Cristina Adela Foisor to catch up. Each have 4.5/5, with four victories and a draw. Six are just half a point back, so even less breathing room.
Mar-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: I wonder if Ms. Sebag ever met Kevin Landman or Chris Land
Mar-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: She lost in the Frauenbundesliga round 8 against Marta Michna by not showing up for the game. There were 2 of these by first boards in that round so I wonder what they had in mind.
Mar-28-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: While looking at the website for the Neckar Open I looked at some pictures from previous years. The photographer in 2007 must be in love with Ms. Sebag since he took so many pictures of her. If I recall she got a GM norm that year. She isn't playing there this year. http://www.neckar-open.de/index.php...
Oct-15-13  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to one of the top woman players in the world: Marie Sebag!
Oct-15-13  Refused: <waustad: She lost in the Frauenbundesliga round 8 against Marta Michna by not showing up for the game. There were 2 of these by first boards in that round so I wonder what they had in mind.>

A bit belated answer. If your nominal board #1 is unavailable (for whatever reason), and you can't find a good 8th board (or in case of the Frauenbundesliga 6th board), it is sometimes better to leave board #1 empty and fight on the remaining boards for a win. And when you look at the strength difference from board #1 to board #6 it makes perfect sense. From a practical point of view, you either have a (possible) forfeit on your lowest board by nominating a weaker player, or you have a forfeit on board #1 by leaving it empty. And distribution of colours is another factor.

My team had a similar siuation last year. We could not line up 8 players one day, and had to decide whether we wanted to leave board 5, or board 6, or board 7, or board 8 empty. We decided to forfeit on board 5, because on board 6 and 8 we had the white pieces, and a better chance of scoring on the lower boards. That match ended 4:4 btw. and we scored 2/3 on the last three boards.

Another way to approach this (which is not that uncommon in rapid events), is to let your weakest player play on board one, and then play the succeeding boards in full strength.

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