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Marie Sebag
M Sebag 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 1,043
Years covered: 1998 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2438 (2413 rapid, 2482 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2533

Overall record: +331 -217 =281 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 214 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (216) 
    B22 B40 B30 B51 B53
 Ruy Lopez (95) 
    C67 C84 C78 C60 C65
 French Defense (63) 
    C07 C03 C05 C10 C04
 French Tarrasch (49) 
    C07 C03 C05 C04 C09
 Caro-Kann (43) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (31) 
    C84 C95 C92 C93 C99
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (160) 
    B90 B51 B33 B92 B96
 Slav (123) 
    D10 D12 D15 D11 D17
 Sicilian Najdorf (63) 
    B90 B96 B92 B91 B93
 Semi-Slav (46) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    D02 D00 E10 A46 A50
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C78 C77 C68 C89 C65
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Dimitrijevic vs M Sebag, 2004 0-1
   M Sebag vs S Yudin, 2010 1-0
   V Georgiev vs M Sebag, 2008 0-1
   A Adly vs M Sebag, 2008 0-1
   M Sebag vs Xu Yuanyuan, 2004 1-0
   M Sebag vs V Popov, 2006 1-0
   M Sebag vs J M Lopez Martinez, 2010 1-0
   M Sebag vs S Chang, 2006 1-0
   M Sebag vs N Dzagnidze, 2011 1-0
   M Sebag vs I Ivanisevic, 2008 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   French Championship (Women) (2001)
   European Championship (Women) (2019)
   European Championship (Women) (2003)
   European Championship (Women) (2010)
   European Championship (Women) (2012)
   Nanjing Women's FIDE Grand Prix (2009)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   FIDE Online Steinitz Memorial (Women) (2020)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   European Championship (Women) (2006)
   European Championship (Women) (2004)
   European Championship (2008)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Politiken Cup (2009)
   Dresden Olympiad (Women) (2008)

   🏆 World Cup (Women)
   M Sebag vs Tan Zhongyi (Jul-19-21) 0-1
   Tan Zhongyi vs M Sebag (Jul-18-21) 1-0
   M Sebag vs A Skripchenko (Jul-17-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   A Skripchenko vs M Sebag (Jul-17-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   M Sebag vs A Skripchenko (Jul-17-21) 1-0, rapid

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(born Oct-15-1986, 35 years old) France

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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.

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 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,043  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Kosintseva vs M Sebag 0-1281998EU-ch U12 GirlsB01 Scandinavian
2. M Sebag vs N Dzagnidze  1-0331998EU-ch U12 GirlsB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. M Sebag vs Nadezda Stojanovic  1-0241998Wch U12 GirlsB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
4. Koneru vs M Sebag  1-0271998Wch U12 GirlsA26 English
5. M Sebag vs A Caoili  0-1351998Wch U12 GirlsA07 King's Indian Attack
6. A Caoili vs M Sebag  1-0231998Wch U12 Disney GirlsA43 Old Benoni
7. M Sebag vs M Nicoara  ½-½161999Saint-Vincent Zonal (Women)B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
8. M Leconte vs M Sebag  ½-½371999Saint-Vincent Zonal (Women)B33 Sicilian
9. M Sebag vs L Jap Tjoen San  1-0341999Saint-Vincent Zonal (Women)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
10. M Sebag vs J Houska ½-½581999Saint-Vincent Zonal (Women)B01 Scandinavian
11. E B Berend vs M Sebag  1-0271999Saint-Vincent Zonal (Women)B25 Sicilian, Closed
12. N Regan vs M Sebag  0-1391999Saint-Vincent Zonal (Women)B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
13. M Sebag vs M Vilar Lopez  0-1301999Saint-Vincent Zonal (Women)B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
14. T Lanchava vs M Sebag  ½-½591999Saint-Vincent Zonal (Women)A57 Benko Gambit
15. Kazhgaleyev vs M Sebag  1-0261999ch-ParisE10 Queen's Pawn Game
16. T Delabre vs M Sebag  1-0371999ch-ParisA07 King's Indian Attack
17. M Sebag vs N Franc  1-0461999French Championship (Women)B07 Pirc
18. M Martsynovskaya vs M Sebag  0-1401999French Championship (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
19. M Sebag vs C Flear  0-1341999French Championship (Women)B30 Sicilian
20. C Gervais vs M Sebag 1-0331999French Championship (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. M Sebag vs J Lebel-Arias  1-0391999French Championship (Women)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
22. M Sebag vs M Leconte ½-½521999French Championship (Women)B27 Sicilian
23. A Moingt vs M Sebag  ½-½401999French Championship (Women)B33 Sicilian
24. M Sebag vs M Dubois  1-0401999French Championship (Women)B01 Scandinavian
25. A Dacalor vs M Sebag  1-0391999French Championship (Women)A57 Benko Gambit
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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!

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  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.
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  WannaBe: <sisyphus: Does Marie Sebag always play...>

No, here is one: =)

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  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  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.
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  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  sallom89: <I haven't seen her show her underwear since she turned 21. Perhaps it's a junior thing.>


<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  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).

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  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.
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  sisyphus: Marie up four points to 2533 in October, after going +1 at the North Urals Cup.
Oct-07-08  Ichiro:
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
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  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>.


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  Billy Vaughan: Joyeux anniversaire !
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  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.
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  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.
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  WannaBe: I wonder if Ms. Sebag ever met Kevin Landman or Chris Land
Mar-09-13  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  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.
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  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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  posoo: UNOTHER exampul of da ROARING objectafaction in da kobbitzing on female players! Mugnus Carlson dos NOT have to wory about kabitzers about his underware!
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