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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Three teams lead at French chess team event

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Hello everyone,

The news from the French team chess event is that three teams - Clichy, Mulhouse Philidor and Marseille Echecs have won all of their first seven matches. The event includes stars like Michael Adams, Dmitry Jakovenko and Fabiano Caruana.

The Top 12 of the French Team Championship takes place May 26th – June 5th, 2011 in Mulhouse, a city and commune in eastern France, close to the Swiss and German borders. In a round-robin, the strongest 12 teams fight for the French club title, with Chalons en Champagne defending their title. GMs Laurent Fressinet, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Alexei Dreev, David Navara, Pavel Eljanov, Le Quang Liem, Michael Adams, Dmitry Jakovenko, Fabiano Caruana. Arkadij Naiditsch, Etienne Bacrot, Anish Giri, Loek van Wely and Mikhail Krasenkow are the strongest players.

Fressinet (Clichy) vs Dorfman (Evry Grand Roque) at the Top 12 in Mulhouse | Photo Chess Club Philidor Mulhouse
The French Chess Federation is using an interesting system to determine the standings. A won match results in 3 points, a drawn match in 2 points and a lost match at the board 1 point. A match lost by forfeit results in 0 points. Besides, only decisive games count, hence a given result can be 3-0 (with five draws). You can find a nice news report at You can access the official website of the event here.

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