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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, Richard Rapport, Dmitry Jakovenko, 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 A Fedorchuk, Georg Meier, Aleksander Delchev, Illya Nyzhnyk, Dariusz Swiercz, Grzegorz Gajewski, Pavel Tregubov, Kamil Miton, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Viorel Iordachescu, Eduardas Rozentalis, Rainer Buhmann, Andrei Sokolov, Yaroslav Zherebukh, Sebastien Maze, Hichem Hamdouchi, Jules Moussard, Yannick Pelletier, Alberto David, Dmitry Svetushkin, Tornike Sanikidze, Philipp Schlosser, Igor Alexandre Nataf, Jean-Marc Degraeve, Yannick Gozzoli, Jean-Pierre Le Roux, Fabian Doettling, Anatoly Vaisser, Krisztian Szabo, Tal Baron, Manuel Apicella, Gabor Kallai, Simon Kim Williams, Joseph Sanchez, Anthony C Kosten, Bilel Bellahcene, Olivier Renet, Ciprian-Costica Nanu, Marie Sebag, Axel Delorme, Vlastimil Jansa, Jean-Noel Riff, Jean-Rene Koch, Samy Shoker, Sebastien Cossin, Borya Ider, Jonathan Dourerassou, Gabriel Flom (Battaglini), Cyril Marcelin, Anthony Wirig, Clovis Vernay, Miguel Llanes Hurtado, Vadim Chernov, Ventzislav Inkiov, Almira Skripchenko, Eloi Relange, Petar Velikov, Christophe Sochacki, Nicolas Brunner, Didier Collas, Kevin Terrieux, Quentin Loiseau, Christophe Philippe, Jean-Baptiste Mullon, Gildas Goldsztejn, Daniel Roos, Luc Bergez, Mustapha Nezar, Julien Song, Sophie Milliet, Jean Netzer, Xavier Bedouin, Pauline Guichard, Colomban Vitoux, Alain Genzling, Ismael Karim, Christopher Debray, Romain Picard, Cedric Paci, Emmanuel Neiman, Bastien Dubessay, Louis Roos plus 34 more players.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Volokitin vs G Meier ½-½392013French Team ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
2. C Bauer vs M Ragger  0-1512013French Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. Buhmann vs Landa  0-1522013French Team ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
4. Jansa vs J P Le Roux  0-1562013French Team ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
5. Kosten vs M Nezar  ½-½272013French Team ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
6. C Philippe vs J Netzer  ½-½362013French Team ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
7. C Marcelin vs B Le Corre 1-0282013French Team ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
8. F Steil-Antoni vs N Maisuradze  1-0302013French Team ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
9. G Gajewski vs A David  1-0532013French Team ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. I Sokolov vs Wojtaszek  ½-½582013French Team ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
11. A Sokolov vs Krasenkow  1-0442013French Team ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
12. R Edouard vs S Shoker  1-0712013French Team ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
13. Degraeve vs S Cossin  ½-½492013French Team ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
14. I Salgado Lopez vs J Riff  1-0362013French Team ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. B Ider vs J Dourerassou  0-1402013French Team ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
16. N Benmesbah vs M Choisy  1-0262013French Team ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Zherebukh vs Wirig  1-0342013French Team ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
18. D Svetushkin vs Nyzhnyk  ½-½192013French Team ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. M Sebag vs V Iordachescu  ½-½492013French Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. J Koch vs C Sochacki  0-1472013French Team ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
21. S Milliet vs K Terrieux  1-0322013French Team ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
22. E Neiman vs E Relange  ½-½172013French Team ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
23. J Moussard vs B Taddei 1-0342013French Team ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
24. M Leconte vs L Bergez  ½-½592013French Team ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. Inkiov vs T Sanikidze  0-1342013French Team ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
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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.
Jun-10-13  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.
Jun-11-13  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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