Friday, March 08, 2013 22:12
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...
Monday, December 31, 2012 10:29
Etienen Bacrot and Vadim Malakhatko tied for first place at the Geneva Open which took place 26-30 December. The tournament lasted 7 rounds and the winners scored 5.5 points. Bacrot had a slightly better tie-break. Both players drew three times, including their mututal game in the final round.
Final standings (top 20)
Thursday, December 27, 2012 10:03
Both Etienne Bacrot and Alexei Shirov are playing in small opens currently under way in Switzerland. Alexei Shirov is the top seeded player in the Zurich Christmas Open. The 36th edition of this traditional late December event is taking place December 26-30 at the Crowne Plaza Zürich in Zurich, Switzerland. The strongest player in this 7-rounder...
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 13:25
The final phase of the Spanish Team Championship is currently under way in León. Many strong grandmasters can be found at the chess board in north west Spain, e.g. Ruslan Ponomariov, Leinier Dominguez, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ivan Cheparinov, Laurent Fressinet, Etienne Bacrot, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Pentala Harikrishna, Loek van Wely,...
Thursday, November 01, 2012 10:33
Etienne Bacrot won the Corsica Masters on Wednesday in Ajaccio. In the final, the French grandmaster defeated his compatriot Laurent Fressinet 2-0. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Nigel Short were eliminated in the semi-finals on Monday.
Etienne Bacrot, the winner in Ajaccio
Corsica Masters | PGN via TWIC
October 27th-31st, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 13:23
This year's Corsican chess festival will have an all-French final with Etienne Bacrot and Laurent Fressinet. The two grandmasters defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Nigel Short respectively in the semi-finals on Monday.
The semi-finals in Bastia | Photo courtesy of the tournament organizers
Corsica Masters | PGN via TWIC
Thursday, August 02, 2012 20:11
Wang Hao became the sole winner of the 2012 Biel Chess Festival's Grandmaster group. The Chinese grandmaster, who will turn 23 in two days, defeated Anish Giri in the last round to finish on 19 points. Carlsen, who had to settle for a draw against Etienne Bacrot, finished on 18 points. Hikaru Nakamura finished shared third with Giri (both 16...
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 19:58
Magnus Carlsen is the sole leader in Biel with one round to go. On Wednesday the Norwegian drew with Anish Giri, but co-leader Wang Hao lost against Victor Bologan. Hikaru Nakamura defeated Etienne Bacrot, who made a terrible blunder.
Bologan beats Wang Hao in a very nice game | Photo Biel Chess Festival
Biel Chess Festival | PGN
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 18:57
Magnus Carlsen and Wang Hao are still tied for first place in Biel as both won their games in round 8. The Norwegian defeated Victor Bologan with White, while the Chinese won with Black against Hikaru Nakamura. With two rounds to go, Anish Giri is still one point behind the leaders as he won against Etienne Bacrot. Carlsen's live rating is now...
Monday, July 30, 2012 19:52
Magnus Carlsen collected six points in just two days, and is now in shared first place in Biel together with Wang Hao. On Sunday Carlsen beat Victor Bologan with Black in their postponed game, and in Monday's 7th round the Norwegian also won against the tournament leader from China. The other two games, Giri-Nakamura and Bologan-Bacrot, ended in...