Warm-Up for Bacrot. French Championships Start in Saint Quentin (PHOTOS)

Время публикации: 10.08.2015 22:03 | Последнее обновление: 12.08.2015 08:44

In Saint Quentin, the men's and women's individual French Championships have started. Both events are round robins, with 12 players. 

The Men's event, which is running for the 90th time, has a solid line-up just one IM and 11 GMs, but only five of the national top ten are playing. In particular, there is neither the undisputed leader of French chess, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, nor the incumbent champion Laurent Fressinet. 


Photo - saintquentin2015.ffechecs.org

The starting list in the men's event is led by Etienne Bacrot (2694), and the women's by Almira Skripchenko (2435).


Photo - saintquentin2015.ffechecs.org

There are many other events within the overall championships: in all, there are 8 tournaments, including a veterans' championship and four open amateur sections. 


The championships are run on a grand scale. Photo - saintquentin2015.ffechecs.org

The top seed started with a quick draw as Black against long-time French resident Andrey Schekachev. The main hero of round one was Sebastian Maze, who confidently beat Andrey Istratescu. 


Sebastian Maze (saintquentin2015.ffechecs.org)

The games of the first round of the men's event are below. 

[Event "90th ch-FRA 2015"] [Site "Saint-Quentin FRA"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1.6"] [White "Maze, Sebastien"] [Black "Istratescu, Andrei"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2573"] [BlackElo "2619"] [ECO "B12"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "advance variation"] [WhiteFideId "613762"] [BlackFideId "1200372"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Nd7 6. O-O h6 7. Nbd2 Ne7 8. Nb3 Nc8 9. a4 Be7 10. a5 a6 11. c4 Na7 12. Be3 O-O 13. h3 dxc4 14. Bxc4 Nb5 15. Qe2 Nc7 16. Nc5 Nxc5 17. dxc5 Nd5 18. Bxd5 exd5 19. Nd4 Qd7 20. b4 Rae8 21. Qf3 Be4 22. Qg3 Kh8 23. f3 Bd3 24. Rfe1 Bd8 25. Bf4 g5 26. e6 fxe6 27. Be5+ Kh7 28. Re3 Bg6 29. Rae1 Rf7 30. R1e2 Be7 31. Qe1 Bf8 32. g4 Kg8 33. Kg2 Rh7 34. Bd6 Bxd6 35. cxd6 Bf7 36. Nxe6 Qxd6 37. Nd4 Rxe3 38. Rxe3 Qf4 39. Nf5 Kf8 40. Re7 Qb8 41. Qc3 1-0 [Event "90th ch-FRA 2015"] [Site "Saint-Quentin FRA"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1.1"] [White "Degraeve, Jean-Marc"] [Black "Lagarde, Maxime"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2551"] [BlackElo "2540"] [ECO "C03"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "Tarrasch"] [WhiteFideId "600270"] [BlackFideId "662399"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Be7 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bd3 c5 7. c3 b6 8. O-O Ba6 9. Ne1 Bxd3 10. Nxd3 Nc6 11. Qg4 g6 12. Nf3 c4 13. Nf4 Nf8 14. h4 h5 15. Qg3 Qd7 16. b3 Na5 17. bxc4 Nxc4 18. Nh3 Nh7 19. Nhg5 Nxg5 20. Bxg5 Bxg5 21. Nxg5 O-O-O 22. Qf4 Rhe8 23. Qxf7 Qxf7 24. Nxf7 Rd7 25. Ng5 Rc7 26. a4 Kd7 27. Rfd1 Rf8 28. Rd3 Ke7 29. Rg3 Rf5 30. Ra2 Rc8 31. Kf1 Rcf8 32. Ke1 Rf4 33. Nh7 Rh8 34. Nf6 Kf7 35. Rh3 Rf5 36. Re2 Rb8 37. g4 hxg4 38. Nxg4 Rf4 39. Ne3 Rc8 40. Nxc4 Rxc4 41. Ra2 Kg7 42. Ke2 Kh6 43. Kd3 Kh5 44. f3 Rxh4 45. Rxh4+ Kxh4 46. Rh2+ Kg5 47. Rh7 Rxa4 48. Re7 b5 49. Rxe6 b4 50. Rd6 Ra3 51. Rxd5 Rxc3+ 52. Ke4 b3 53. Rb5 a6 54. Rb8 a5 55. f4+ Kh6 56. e6 a4 57. e7 Rc1 58. e8=Q Re1+ 59. Kd3 1-0 [Event "90th ch-FRA 2015"] [Site "Saint-Quentin FRA"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Edouard, Romain"] [Black "Gozzoli, Yannick"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2634"] [BlackElo "2561"] [ECO "A35"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical variation"] [WhiteFideId "633429"] [BlackFideId "616915"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 e5 4. e3 Nf6 5. a3 d5 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Qc2 Nxc3 8. dxc3 Be7 9. Bd3 h6 10. b4 Be6 11. O-O O-O 12. Rd1 Qc7 13. Bf5 Bxf5 14. Qxf5 Rad8 15. Re1 a6 16. Bd2 Qd7 17. Qxd7 Rxd7 18. e4 Rc8 19. Kf1 f6 20. Ke2 Nd8 21. Nh4 Ne6 22. Red1 cxb4 23. axb4 Bf8 24. g3 Nc7 25. Nf5 Nb5 26. Rac1 Rdc7 27. Kd3 Rd8+ 28. Ke2 Rdc8 29. Kd3 Rd8+ 30. Ke2 Rdc8 1/2-1/2 [Event "90th ch-FRA 2015"] [Site "Saint-Quentin FRA"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Gharamian, Tigran"] [Black "Cornette, Matthieu"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2644"] [BlackElo "2586"] [ECO "B32"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Labourdonnais-Loewenthal (Kalashnikov) variation"] [WhiteFideId "13301527"] [BlackFideId "620084"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. N1c3 a6 7. Na3 Be7 8. Be3 Nf6 9. Nc4 b5 10. Nb6 Rb8 11. Nxc8 Qxc8 12. Be2 O-O 13. a3 Nd8 14. O-O Ne6 15. Bf3 Qc4 16. Qd2 Rfc8 17. Rfd1 h6 18. Be2 Qc7 19. a4 bxa4 20. Bxa6 Rd8 21. Rdb1 Nc5 22. Bxc5 dxc5 23. Qe2 Qa5 24. Nxa4 Qd2 25. Qxd2 Rxd2 26. Bd3 c4 27. Bxc4 Rxc2 28. Bd3 Rd2 29. Rd1 Rxd1+ 30. Rxd1 Rb4 31. Bc2 Nxe4 32. Re1 Nc5 33. Nxc5 Rc4 34. Rxe5 Rxc2 35. Nd3 Bf6 36. Re8+ Kh7 37. Kf1 Bxb2 38. Nxb2 Rxb2 39. g3 h5 40. Kg2 g6 41. h4 1/2-1/2 [Event "90th ch-FRA 2015"] [Site "Saint-Quentin FRA"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1.4"] [White "Shchekachev, Andrei"] [Black "Bacrot, Etienne"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2555"] [BlackElo "2694"] [ECO "D43"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [WhiteFideId "4107730"] [BlackFideId "605506"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 c6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. g3 Be7 6. Bg2 b6 7. b3 Ba6 8. Nd2 Nbd7 9. Bb2 O-O 10. O-O b5 11. c5 b4 12. Na4 Bb5 13. Re1 Qc7 14. Qc2 Rfe8 15. Nf3 Ne4 16. a3 a5 17. Nd2 Nef6 18. Nf3 Ne4 19. Nd2 Nef6 20. Nf3 1/2-1/2 [Event "90th ch-FRA 2015"] [Site "Saint-Quentin FRA"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1.5"] [White "Moussard, Jules"] [Black "Bauer, Christian"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "IM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2487"] [BlackElo "2618"] [ECO "C10"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "Paulsen variation"] [WhiteFideId "642908"] [BlackFideId "603767"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bd3 Nb4 6. O-O Be7 7. Re1 O-O 8. Bf1 c5 9. a3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nc6 11. exd5 Nxd5 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. Ne4 Rb8 14. Bd3 e5 15. Ng3 Bc5 16. Qf3 Qf6 17. Qxf6 Nxf6 18. h3 Re8 19. c3 Bb6 20. Bg5 h6 21. Bxf6 gxf6 22. Rad1 Be6 23. Bc2 Kf8 24. Rd2 Red8 25. Red1 Rxd2 26. Rxd2 Rd8 27. Rxd8+ Bxd8 28. Be4 c5 29. Kf1 c4 30. Nf5 Bxf5 31. Bxf5 Ke7 32. Bg4 Kd6 33. Ke1 Bb6 34. Bh5 Ke6 35. Be2 Kd5 36. Bh5 Ke6 37. Be2 1/2-1/2 


  


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