Reports | July 26, 2012 12:40

Van Wely wins 3rd Grand Prix FFE

Loek van Wely beats Laurent Fressinet in the final

Loek van Wely won the third 'Grand Prix FFE' in Aix-les-Bains on Sunday. In doing so the Dutchman, who defeated Laurent Fressinet in the final, also qualified for the annual rapid event in Bastia, Corsica later this year.

Loek van Wely beats Laurent Fressinet in the final | Image courtsy of the French Chess Federation

Event 3rd Grand Prix FFE  | PGN
Dates July 21-22, 2012
Location Aix-les-Bains, France
System 9-round Swiss followed by a knockout
Players

The strongest players were Christian Bauer, Marin Bosiocic, Sergey Fedorchuk, Laurent Fressinet, Andrei Istratescu, Sebastien Mazé, Evgeny Postny, Maxim Rodshtein, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Loek van Wely

Prize fund € 15,000 with a € 4,000 first prize

On July 21st and 22nd the third Grand Prix of the Fédération Française des Échecs was held in Aix-les-Bains, France. Earlier this year we reported on the second event, which was won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The 'Frenchman with two names' also participated in Aix-les-Bains, shortly before he travelled 225 km in northeast direction to play in the open tournament in Biel.

The third Grand Prix had 136 participants in total, with 18 GMs and 6 IMs. As always the event started with a strong Swiss open – a 9-round Swiss with 15 minutes and 3 seconds increment on the clock.

Tigran Gharamian won this event with 7.5 points, and he qualified for the knockout phase together with Evgeny Postny, Laurent Fressinet, Loek van Wely, Alojzije Jankovic, Andrei Shchekachev and Marin Bosiocic. Every Grand Prix has one local player who qualifies directly and in Aix-les-Bains it was Romain Edouard.

Final standings 9-round Swiss (top 30)

Place Title Name Rapid Fed Points Perf TB1 TB2 FFE
1 g GHARAMIAN Tigran 2740 FRA 7,5 2834 45 40,5 2833
2 g POSTNY Evgeny 2630 ISR 7 2755 44,5 39 2773
3 g FRESSINET Laurent 2750 FRA 7 2746 47,5 38 2728
4 g VAN WELY Loek 2730 NED 7 2737 47 40 2722
5 g JANKOVIC Alojzije 2540 CRO 7 2682 44,5 37,5 2723
6 g SHCHEKACHEV Andrei 2620 FRA 7 2638 41,5 35 2621
7 g BOSIOCIC Marin 2500 CRO 7 2627 41,5 37,5 2634
8 g BAUER Christian 2650 FRA 7 2623 42,5 33 2566
9 g FARGERE Francois 2580 FRA 7 2610 41,5 36,5 2606
10 g CZEBE Attila 2520 HUN 7 2571 39,5 36 2569
11 m NINOV Nikolai 2460 BUL 7 2567 41,5 34 2617
12 g VACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime 2840 FRA 6,5 2692 45 36  
13 g LE ROUX Jean-Pierre 2430 FRA 6,5 2544 41 32,5 2665
14 g ISTRATESCU Andrei 2820 FRA 6 2641 43,5 34 2318
15 g FEDORCHUK Sergey A. 2590 UKR 6 2552 43 36 2537
16 f DI NICOLANTONIO Lucas 2470 FRA 6 2468 43 34 2456
17 m PHILIPPE Christophe 2300 FRA 6 2441 40 33 2573
18   LOUISTISSERAND Patrick 2170 FRA 6 2430 43 33 2656
19 g MIRALLES Gilles 2440 FRA 6 2425 40,5 32 2413
20 f ONDOZI Murtez 2480 SRB 6 2361 40 32 2259
21   MERCIER Jean-Pierre 2350 FRA 6 2322 40 32 2266
22   PAVON CARDENAS Jesus M. 2130 ESP 6 2309 37,5 31 2431
23 f MOINGT Jean-Claude 2110 FRA 6 2304 37 27,5 2440
24   CARVALLO Henri 2110 FRA 6 2275 40 28 2391
25 m FOISOR Ovidiu-Doru 2440 ROU 6 2273 38 27,5 2079
26 f LE CORRE Benjamin 2380 FRA 6 2230 37,5 28 2077
27   L'HERMITTE Emmanuel 2100 FRA 6 2163 33,5 25 2158
28 g VAISSER Anatoly 2490 FRA 5,5 2493 43 33 2492
29 g MAZE Sebastien 2580 FRA 5,5 2453 41,5 32,5 2395
30 g RODSHTEIN Maxim 2610 ISR 5,5 2402 41 29,5 2209

On Sunday the system was a knockout with mini-matches of two games of 15 minutes plus 3 seconds increment, another mini-match of two blitz games (3 minutes plus 2 seconds) in case of a tie and then an Armageddon game.

Loek van Wely got through the quarter-finals by the skin of his teeth. Against Marin Bosiocic it went 1-0, 1-1, then 1-2, 2-2 and eventually he won the Armageddon with Black. The semi-final and final went quite smooth for the Dutchman. He won his first game and then drew in a winning position against Alojzije Jaknovic, and then he beat Fressinet 2-0 to clinch the 4000 EUR first prize.

Here are some video impressions:

It seems Van Wely is making the most out of his time in Europe, while he had planned to be in the United States right now. Earlier this month we reported that the Dutch grandmaster was denied to enter the United States because he lacked a work visa. By detaining, handcuffing and deported Van Wely, the authorities were overreacting a bit but apparently KingLoek's chess hasn't suffered from this episode!

All games by Van Wely

PGN file

The tournament was the third leg of the Grand Prix FFE. You can download games from the event here in PGN. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first two legs. The next Grand Prix events will be in Villandry (6-7 October) and the Final will be held in Bastia (dates not known yet).

L-R Evgeny Postny, Loek Van Wely, Laurent Fressinet, Christiane Mollar (Deputy Mayor of Aix-les-Bains), Henri Carvallo, (President of the French Chess Federation), Olivier Regis (Deputy Chairman of the Forum for the Management of Cities and Local Authorities), Georges Bellet and Jean-Claude Moingt | Photo courtsy of the French Chess Federation

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Thomas's picture

"the Final will be held in Bastia (dates not known yet)."
The "Grand Prix FFE" hyperlink in the article says "Finale à Bastia & Ajaccio, du 27 au 30 octobre" :) - clear enough even for people who cannot read French, or was this added/clarified only very recently?

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