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Clichy and Marseille

Christian Bauer
Clichy-la-Garenne and Marseille still have perfect scores after winning their eight matches. Clichy still have the best game points difference. At the bottom, Noyon have edged ahead of Strasbourg after drawing with the struggling Guingamp team.

Today's games featured the clash Mulhouse-Marseille which one imagined would have been a close tussle, and it was amongst the stars on the top boards. However by winning the bottom three boards Bacrot's Marseille team won 3-0 against the home team. A remarkable result that leaves them as Clichy's main challengers.

One noticeable aspect, as the games become more critical, is that several teams have strengthened their squads. The most important addition being Michael Adams (2726) who played for Evry yesterday in their 3-0 victory over Metz.

The situation after eight rounds is the following.

Position

after 8 rounds

Team Location Points

Game points

difference

Games won Games lost
1 Clichy Paris suburbs 24 27 31 4
2 Marseille Echecs South coast 24 23 30 7
3 Evry Grand Roque South of Paris 22 23 30 7
4 Mulhouse Philidor East (Alsace) 22 18 28 10
5 Metz Fischer East (Lorraine) 18 13 24 11
6 Chalons en Champagne North-East 16 11 24 13
7 Lutèce Echecs Paris 14 -2 17 19
8 Vandoeuvre East (Lorraine) 14 -7 14 21
9 Noyon North-East 11 -18 12 30
10 Strasbourg East (Alsace) 10 -25 7 32
11 Guingamp North-West (Brittany) 9 -30 6 36
12 Rueil Malmaison Paris suburbs 8 -33 8 41

A draw between Noyon and Guingamp (both teams had been strengthed for today's clash) will no doubt affect the relegation battle (three teams go down), with Noyon favourite to escape from the last four.

More details about the French league can be obtained from the Federation web-site:

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


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