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Fressinet and Edouard on top in Belfort

Laurent Fressinet and Romain Edouard both achieved five wins and six draws to score 8/11 and made 2750+ performances to tie for first in the French Championship.
Almira Skripchenko comfortably won the Women's event.

The favourite Etienne Bacrot only finished a disappointing third but also remained unbeaten, as for that matter did Iossif Dorfman who achieved eleven draws!

The 85th French Championships took place in the eastern city of Belfort from the 9th to 21st of August.

Alongside the main event, there were as many as ten other tournaments for all strengths, plus bonus events such as a one-day rapidplay and simuls against World Champions Anatoly Karpov and Boris Spassky.

The Novotel-Astria Congress centre in the historic old town was the venue in the fiefdom of iconic organizer Jean-Paul Touzé, who happens to have a close business relationship with Anatoly Karpov who was present at the closing ceremony.

As many as 700 participants were involved in this prestigious festival.

Laurent Fressinet © Europe Echecs.

Fressinet was particularly efficient against the lower half and gains further rating points following on from his excellent form in the Pamplona tournament.

Rank Player Elo Title Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Perf.Elo +/-
1 Romain Edouard 2620 gm 8X = = 1 = 1 1 = = 1 1 = 2766 +20.6
2 Laurent Fressinet 2697 gm 8= X = = = = 1 1 = 1 1 1 2759 +8.5
3 Etienne Bacrot 2720 gm 7= = X = = = = 1 1 = = 1 2686 -4.8
4 Christian Bauer 2612 gm 60 = = X = = 1 = = 1 = = 2628 +2.8
5 Iossif Dorfman 2583 gm 5.5 = = = = X = = = = = = = 2598 +2.2
6 Vladislav Tkachiev 2639 gm 5.5 0 = = = = X = = 1 1 0 = 2593 -7.7
7 Emmanuel Bricard 2478 gm 5 0 0 = 0 = = X = = = 1 1 2575 +14.8
8Aliaksei Charnushevich 2497 im 4.5 = 0 0 = = = = X = = = = 2539 +6.5
9 Andrei Sokolov 2596 gm 4.5 = = 0 = = 0 = = X = = = 2530 -10
10 Matthieu Cornette 2543 gm 40 0 = 0 = 0 = == X = 1 2502 -6.2
11 Hicham Hamdouchi 2600 gm 4 0 0 = = = 1 0 = = = X 0 2497 -16.1
12 Jean-Marc Degraeve 2569 gm 4 = 0 0 = = = 0 = = 0 1 X 2500 -10.6

This afternoon at 2pm (French time) Laurent Fressinet (2697) and Romain Edouard (2620) will play-off for the title in some rapid games.

Romain Edouard © Europe Echecs.

For the fourth time in her career Almira Skripchenko has won the French Women's championship. She finished comfortably ahead of last year's winner Sophie Milliet. Skripchenko remained unbeaten and was efficient against the back markers.

Here were the results in the double-robin tournament.

SeedNamesRatingTitle123456ResultPerfChg
1Almira Skripchenko2458IMXX==1===11117.52501+5
2Sophie Milliet2367IM== XX 0= =1 101162398+4
3Maria Leconte 2337WGM0=1=XX==011=5.52367+4
4Silvia Collas 2333IM===0==XX=1==523320
5Pauline Guichard 2320 WIM00 01 10 =0 XX =142263-8
6 Marina Roumegous 2181WIM00 00 0= == =0 XX22123-6

Almira Skripchenko lived up to her role as favourite in the absence of French No.1 Marie Sebag.

Almira Skripchenko © Europe Echecs.

One feature in France is a 'B' Championship (another 12-player round robin) with qualification places for next year's A-group. Jean-Pierre Le Roux was first and Andreï Shchekachev second are thus promoted.

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