Tuesday, September 24, 2013 9:00
Alexander Grischuk, one of the favourites to win the Grand Prix in Élancourt (near Paris), suffered an early loss against Laurent Fressinet in the second round on Monday. The Frenchman played the rare move 4.Bf4 against Grischuk's Queen's Indian, but the ending was not so clear. When Grischuk got into timetrouble, Fressinet outplayed him and won...
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...
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 17:18
A new super tournament will take place 21 April - 1 May in both Paris and St Petersburg under the name "Alekhine Memorial". The same sponsors who were behind the Anand-Gelfand match are supporting the tournament, which will be held in the Louvre and the State Russian Museum. The participants are Anand, Kramnik, Aronian, Svidler, Gelfand, Vachier-...
Sunday, December 16, 2012 20:09
Laurent Fressinet won the rapid tournament at the World Mind Games in Beijing, China. The Frenchman edged out Hikaru Nakamura on tie-break after both players finished on 5.5/7. In the women's section the gold medal went to Kateryna Lahno, who had the better tie-break after finishing shared first with Hou Yifan, Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk....
Friday, November 09, 2012 12:10
Sestao Naturgas Energia also won their matches in round 3 and 4 of the Spanish Team Championship. The team, with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Laurent Fressinet and Romain Edouard on top boards, has a two-point lead over Linex-Magic with three rounds to go.
Sestao Naturgas Energia at the start of round 4 (without Giri this time) | Photos...
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,...
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, July 26, 2012 12:40
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
3rd Grand Prix FFE | ...
Wednesday, May 02, 2012 13:50
Last weekend Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the second part of the 'Grand Prix FFE'. The French number three, who beat French number one Laurent Fressinet in the final, earned € 4,000 for two days of rapid chess.
Despite losing the first game in the final, Vachier-Lagrave emerged as the winner against Fressinet
Grand Prix FFE | PGN
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 8:19
Magnus Carlsen tops the May 1st FIDE rating list with the same rating as two months ago: 2835. Howevever, his lead has decreased to 10 points as Levon Aronian of Armenia won 5 points to get to 2825.
There were few changes in the world's top 10 in the past two months. At the moment of writing, Aronian's live rating is in fact 2826 so just 9 points...