March 08, 2013 22:12

Strongest French rapid event of the year this weekend in Nancy

Strongest French rapid event of the year this weekend in Nancy

The strongest rapid tournament of the year in France will take place this weekend (9-10 March) in Nancy. It is the first step of the French rapid Grand Prix 2013. GM Etienne Bacrot won the final of the 2012 edition in Corsica last November (beating GM Laurent Fressinet in final).

232 players are registered from 20 different countries, including 23 GMs and 33 IMs. Four super-GMs over 2700 from the world's top 50 will participate: the German number 1 Arkadij Naiditsch (Elo 2716) and the three best French players, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2715), Laurent Fressinet (2706) and Etienne Bacrot (2704).

Almost all of the best French GMs will be there, with 8 from the top 10. Here's the top 25:

Nr Title Name Rapid Cat. Fed Ligue Club
1 GM BACROT Etienne 2790 F Sen FRA PRO Marseille Echecs
2 GM VACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime 2741 F Sen FRA IDF Clichy-Echecs-92
3 GM GULIYEV Namig 2730 F Sen AZE CVL Pion du Roi - Lèves
4 GM FRESSINET Laurent 2726 F Sen FRA IDF Clichy-Echecs-92
5 GM SHCHEKACHEV Andrei 2690 F Sen FRA NPC Dunkerque Echecs
6 GM BAUER Christian 2670 F Sen FRA LOR Vandoeuvre-Echecs
7 GM ISTRATESCU Andrei 2660 F Sen FRA PRO Marseille Echecs
8 GM EDOUARD Romain 2660 F Sen FRA CHA L'Echiquier Chalonnais
9 GM DAVID Alberto 2630 F Sen ITA CHA L'Echiquier Chalonnais
10 GM HAMDOUCHI Hicham 2620 F Sen FRA IDF Clichy-Echecs-92
11 GM NAIDITSCH Arkadij 2616 F Sen GER PRO Marseille Echecs
12 GM POSTNY Evgeny 2602 F Sen ISR LOR Club d'Echecs Metz Fischer
13 GM FIER Alexandr 2601 F Sen BRA CAZ Nice Alekhine
14 GM GHARAMIAN Tigran 2600 F Sen FRA BNO L'Echiquier Deauvillais
15 GM PELLETIER Yannick 2592 F Sen SUI IDF Clichy-Echecs-92
16 GM SVETUSHKIN Dmitry 2550 F Sen MDA LOR Club d'Echecs Metz Fischer
17 GM WIRIG Anthony 2530 F Sen FRA LOR Club d'Echecs Metz Fischer
18 IM GOLDSZTEJN Gildas 2530 F Sen FRA PRO Marseille Echecs
19 IM MONROY Charles 2500 F Sen FRA BRE Rennes Paul Bert
20 GM SANIKIDZE Tornike 2490 F Sen GEO ALS C.E. Strasbourg
21 IM MARZOLO Cyril 2490 F Sen FRA PRO Marseille Echecs
22 GM DOBROV Vladimir 2475 F Sen RUS    
23 IM HAUB Thorsten Michael 2460 F Sen GER    
24 IM DEMUTH Adrien 2457 F Sen FRA ALS Mulhouse Philidor
25 IM DOURERASSOU Jonathan 2450 F Sen FRA CHA L'Echiquier Chalonnais

Here's the full list (with FIDE rapid Elo, otherwise French rapid Elo.)

On Saturday there will be a big open between 14:00 CET and 21:00 CET and the first four boards will be transmitted live here. There will be 9 rounds, and the rate of play is 15 minutes and 3 seconds increment. The first 16 ranked players on Saturday evening will qualify for Sunday's knockout.

On Sunday, the 8th final (16 players competing) will be at 09:30 CET, the quater-final (8 players competing) at 11:30 CET, the semi-finals (4 players competing) at 14:30 CET and the big final at 16:30 CET.

The final winner will take home 4,000 Euros, the runner-up 2,000 Euros. The total prize fund is 15,000 Euros. An interesting rule is that draw offers are forbidden completely!

Official website : http://echecs54.free.fr/

Live games : http://www.echecs.asso.fr/

Program in English : http://echecs54.free.fr/festival2013/gpffe13eng.htm

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Author: Editors
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Comments

Uncle Vinny's picture

No draw offers! This is very interesting. Has there ever been a tournament that didn't allow 3-fold repetition draws?

Thomas Oliver's picture

Forcing players to repeat 25 times when another rule takes over?

boardgame's picture

Oh really? That is indeed very interesting...

NN's picture

I don't understand this rule and arguments of the type "but you cannot agree a draw in football". Chess is not modelled after football, it is a model of war. And during a war, peace can be signed at any time if both sides agree.

Thomas Oliver's picture

The rationale for this rule is probably the format of the event: In the initial phase, all that matters is to reach and then stay in the top16 to qualify for the knockout event. Aeroflot "new style" had a similar format, and the last rounds of the qualifier had a lot of very short draws (record 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 1/2) - that's what the French organizers want to avoid. The knockout phase doesn't need anti-draw rules, all matches will be decisive sooner or later.

With the games actually underway, some are obviously drawn in dead-drawn positions. Sometimes players didn't even bother to repeat moves, was an arbiter nearby indicating that they can (now) draw and shake hands?

Theo's picture

Will there be cheating?

Creamy Goodness's picture

Also, will there be drunk players disgracing themselves? With France anything goes.

Creamy Goodness's picture

Also, will there be drunk players disgracing themselves? With France anything goes.

Creamy Goodness's picture

I also heard the women of the French national team would have performed as living punching-balls if they were not already doing so in Astana.

Anonymous's picture

creamy is the welcome in France !

Sergo Henrique Riedel's picture

A. Fier is in a good moment of his career!

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