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Nicolas Giffard
Number of games in database: 109
Years covered: 1978 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2308 (2360 rapid, 2355 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2393
Overall record: +31 -45 =33 (43.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A40 A45 D00 A41 E10
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E20 E22 E52 E21
 Modern Benoni (8) 
    A57 A56 A65 A75
 Reti System (7) 
    A04 A06
 King's Indian (5) 
    E70 E61 E77
 English (5) 
    A15 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B12 B10 B17 B13 B18
 Sicilian (12) 
    B28 B83 B40 B32 B56
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 D02 E10 E00 A45
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NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings Chess Congress (2010)
   27th Cappelle-la-Grande (2011)
   29th Cappelle-la-Grande (2013)

   N Giffard vs F Libiszewski (Oct-28-16) 0-1
   Y Le Montagner vs N Giffard (Mar-02-14) 1/2-1/2
   N Giffard vs M Gurevich (Mar-01-14) 0-1
   D Svetushkin vs N Giffard (Mar-02-13) 1-0
   N Giffard vs D Jojua (Mar-01-13) 1/2-1/2

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(born Oct-04-1950, 66 years old) France

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Nicolas Giffard was born in La Baule, France. Awarded the IM title in 1980, he was French champion in 1978 and 1982.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 109  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N Giffard vs Ljubojevic  ½-½23 1978 Buenos AiresA56 Benoni Defense
2. N Giffard vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½12 1978 06, Buenos AiresE20 Nimzo-Indian
3. N Giffard vs A Kuligowski  1-027 1978 Buenos Aires ol (Men)E20 Nimzo-Indian
4. V Ciocaltea vs N Giffard  0-120 1978 OlympiadB40 Sicilian
5. N Giffard vs D Cramling  1-033 1980 VikingA65 Benoni, 6.e4
6. N Giffard vs Speelman  0-122 1980 BerlinE20 Nimzo-Indian
7. Pinter vs N Giffard  1-038 1982 Budapest (Hungary)A55 Old Indian, Main line
8. N Giffard vs A Kuligowski  1-049 1982 Chess OlympiadA65 Benoni, 6.e4
9. G Andruet vs N Giffard  1-056 1983 Paris opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. N Giffard vs G Andruet  1-040 1986 FRA-chA57 Benko Gambit
11. N Giffard vs Ivkov  ½-½26 1987 02A56 Benoni Defense
12. G Andruet vs N Giffard 1-037 1988 FRA-chD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. N Giffard vs A Kuligowski  1-026 1988 Cannes opA45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Fedorowicz vs N Giffard  1-036 1988 It (open)A53 Old Indian
15. G Andruet vs N Giffard  1-066 1989 FRA-chE90 King's Indian
16. N Giffard vs Psakhis  ½-½47 1989 Paris-chA04 Reti Opening
17. N Giffard vs Fedorowicz  ½-½16 1989 Ch Paris (open)A04 Reti Opening
18. G Andruet vs N Giffard  ½-½42 1989 Paris-ch opE91 King's Indian
19. N Giffard vs Barbero  0-151 1989 Lugano (Switzerland)E20 Nimzo-Indian
20. Kupreichik vs N Giffard  1-050 1990 Val MaubueeB56 Sicilian
21. N Giffard vs G Andruet  0-129 1990 Val Maubuee opA00 Uncommon Opening
22. N Giffard vs Hebden  1-030 1992 Touquet r4A15 English
23. N Giffard vs V Mandarin  ½-½43 1992 Paris-ch opD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
24. Rublevsky vs N Giffard  1-040 1993 ParisB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
25. Glek vs N Giffard  1-026 1994 Le TouquetB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
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  Benzol: Nicolas Giffard
Born 4th October 1950 in La Baule
An IM in 1980 he was French champion in 1978 and 1982.
Jun-16-06  BIDMONFA: Nicolas Giffard

GIFFARD, Nicolas

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  GrahamClayton: A photo of Giffard taken at the 1982 French Championship can be seen at:

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  diagonal: Nicolas Giffard was the creator of the games and chess consultant of <La diagonal du fou>

Film extract:

<Dangerous Moves> (english film title), in French: La Diagonale du fou is a 1984 French-language film about chess, directed by Richard Dembo, produced by Arthur Cohn, starring Michel Piccoli, Alexandre Arbatt, as well as Liv Ullmann, Leslie Caron, and Bernhard Wicki in prominent supporting roles.

Its original French title is "La diagonale du fou" ("The Fool's Diagonal"), referring to the chess piece called the bishop in English - but the fool in French, and in this language <fou> means also <crazy>, <mad>, <lunatic>, <raving>, <insane>, <loco> ..

The movie was a co-production between companies in France and Switzerland. It tells the story of two very different men competing in the final match of the World Chess Championship.

Critical reviews:

The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1985 (for the year 1984); it was submitted by the Swiss government, and gave that nation its first Oscar win.

It also won the Louis Delluc Prize, the Prix de l'Académie du Cinema, the César Award for Best Debut. Amongst others, the film was nominated for the Golden Globe, USA in 1985, and Michel Piccoli was nominated for the César Award as Best Actor.

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