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French Championship Tournament

Vladislav Tkachiev7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Andrei Sokolov7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Iossif Dorfman6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Christian Bauer6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Robert Fontaine5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Laurent Fressinet5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Jean-Marc Degraeve5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Anatoly Vaisser5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Igor-Alexandre Nataf4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Olivier Renet3.5/11(+0 -4 =7)[games]
Laurent Guidarelli2.5/11(+0 -6 =5)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Degraeve vs A Vaisser  0-1412007French ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
2. I Nataf vs Tkachiev  ½-½302007French ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
3. R Fontaine vs A Sokolov 0-1332007French ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. O Renet vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½302007French ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
5. Dorfman vs C Bauer  1-0692007French ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Fressinet vs L Guidarelli  1-0302007French ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
7. Vachier-Lagrave vs Degraeve 1-0252007French ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
8. A Vaisser vs Fressinet  ½-½412007French ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. A Sokolov vs Dorfman ½-½112007French ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. Tkachiev vs L Guidarelli  1-0522007French ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. I Nataf vs R Fontaine  0-1322007French ChampionshipB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
12. C Bauer vs O Renet 1-0292007French ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. O Renet vs A Sokolov 0-1472007French ChampionshipE13 Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line
14. L Guidarelli vs A Vaisser  ½-½222007French ChampionshipC10 French
15. Dorfman vs I Nataf  ½-½162007French ChampionshipE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
16. Fressinet vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½242007French ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. Degraeve vs C Bauer  ½-½442007French ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
18. R Fontaine vs Tkachiev  ½-½122007French ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
19. A Sokolov vs Degraeve  ½-½152007French ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
20. Vachier-Lagrave vs L Guidarelli 1-0332007French ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. I Nataf vs O Renet ½-½242007French ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Tkachiev vs A Vaisser  1-0562007French ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. C Bauer vs Fressinet  1-0592007French ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
24. R Fontaine vs Dorfman ½-½102007French ChampionshipD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
25. Dorfman vs Tkachiev  ½-½352007French ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Aug-19-07  pawnofdoom: Too bad Bacrot isn't playing. He probably has other tournaments he has to go to. I put my money on Bauer, Tkachiev, and Sokolov, because they're highest rated, and those three happen to all be in the top four at the moment. And it's also nice to see Lagrave playing. Doing great for a 16-year-old.
Aug-19-07  percyblakeney: seems to have better coverage than the official site.
Aug-20-07  Wilson H. L.: Vachier-Lagrave is doing very well, good to see this youngster tying for 1st place!

By the way there's two Fontaine vs Tkachiev, I suppose it's an error.

Aug-23-07  Youjoin: What a game of Vachier-Lagrave on the 10th round against Fontaine! A mating net with an underpromotion

GM Fontaine,R (2567) - GM Vachier-Lagrave,M (2595) [A89] FRA-ch Aix-les-Bains (10), 23.08.2007

1.Nf3 f5 2.d4 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.b3 e5 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Ba3 e4 11.Bxf8 Qxf8 12.Nd4 Nxd4 13.Qxd4 Be6 14.Qd2 h5 15.Rad1 h4 16.Qg5 Kf7 17.Qf4 Qc5 18.Nb5 hxg3 19.hxg3 Rc8 20.Nd4 Bd7 21.g4 Nxg4 22.Nxf5 Bxf5 23.Rd5 Qxd5 24.cxd5 Be5 25.Qc1 Bh2+ 26.Kh1 Rh8 27.Qc4 Bd6+ 28.Kg1 Bh2+ 29.Kh1 b5 30.Qxb5 e3 31.Bf3 Nxf2+ 32.Rxf2 exf2 33.Kg2 Bg1 34.Qc6 Rh2+ 35.Kg3 f1N+ 36.Kf4 Rh4+ 37.Kg5 Be3+ 38.Kxh4 g5+ 39.Kh5 0-1

Aug-24-07  Youjoin: Vachier-Lagrave and Tkachiev drew their games today, so I suppose that Vachier-Lagrave is the new France champion, winning 5 games out 11.
Aug-24-07  percyblakeney: <I suppose that Vachier-Lagrave is the new France champion>

I haven't seen anything about what tiebreak system they are using, Tkachiev and Vachier-Lagrave are even, Tkachiev won the game between them, while Vachier-Lagrave won more games.

Aug-24-07  percyblakeney: My guess is that there will be a rapid tiebreak match between Tkachiev and Vachier-Lagrave tomorrow, in 2003 Bacrot won the title in a rapid playoff:

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  sisyphus: Meanwhile, in the Women's Championship Milliet beat Collas in the last round, putting them in a tie for first with 8.5/11.
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  sisyphus: The official site says (pardon my translation from French) playoffs on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Central European Summer time. Two games at 15' + 5"; if necessary, two games at 5'+5"; if necessary, another two games at 5'+5". If that doesn't produce a winner, there's one game at 5'+5". No description of whether there's draw odds or what.
Aug-25-07  percyblakeney: Tkachiev won the European Championship in a rapid tiebreak, maybe Vachier-Lagrave will regret taking that 7 move draw in the last round.
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  sisyphus: In the first game Tkachiev - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2-1/2, Collas - Milliet 1-0
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  sisyphus: In the second game, Milliet - Collas 1/2-1/2; Collas wins the Women's Championship 1.5-0.5. Tkachiev - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2-1/2, score 1-1
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  sisyphus: Third game apparently drawn. Vachier-Lagrave - Tkhackiev score 1.5-1.5
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  sisyphus: Fourth game: Tkachiev - Vachier-Lagrave 0-1. Vachier-Lagrave wins the French Championship 2.5-1.5
Aug-25-07  malthrope: Thanks <sisyphus> for all of your reports... :-) An amazing game #4 to win it!

GM Tkachiev,Vladislav (FRA 2655) - GM Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime (FRA 2595) [A29] FRA-ch Aix-les-Bains FRA (1), Tiebreaks game #4 // 25.08.2007

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Nd5 Bc5 6.d3 Nxd5 7.cxd5 Nd4 8.Nd2 d6 9.e3 Nf5 10.Nc4 c6 11.dxc6 b5 12.Bg2 Qc7 13.Na3 a6 14.Nc2 0-0 15.0-0 Ne7 16.d4 Bb6 17.d5 f5 18.a4 bxa4 19.Rxa4 a5 20.Na3 Ba6 21.Re1 Ng6 22.Bf1 Bxf1 23.Rxf1 e4 24.Nc4 Bc5 25.Bd2 Qf7 26.Bxa5 f4 27.exf4 Nxf4 28.gxf4 Qxf4 29.Bd2 Bxf2+ 30.Kh1 e3 31.Nxe3 Rxa4 32.Ng2 Qe4 33.Bc3 Raa8 34.Qh5 Bd4 35.Re1 Bxc3 0-1

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Champion de France ! ;-) -Mal

Aug-25-07  cannibal: < sisyphus: Third game apparently drawn. Vachier-Lagrave - Tkhackiev score 1.5-1.5 >

No, Vachier-Lagrave won the third game, as well as the fourth.

Aug-27-07  jamesmaskell: Well done Maxime. Finally clinching the national title. Hes a real star in the making.

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