Chess in France – Top 16 in Clichy

3/30/2008 – The first three rounds of the French Top 16 League took place from March 21th-23th, 2008, in four separate venues covering leagues A and B. The teams are playing with eight players per teams and at least one French female player. Clichy and Mulhouse are leading in Group A, with nine points each, while Cannes leads Evry by a point in Group B. Results, games and picture gallery.

Top 16 in Clichy

Report by Dominique Primel

GM Manuel Apicella 2544 (FRA) played an interesting game vs GM Hichem Hamdouchi with the the new Marshall Gambit described in ChessBase Magazine 122.

Apicella,Manuel (2544) - Hamdouchi,Hichem (2576) [C96]
FRA-ch Top 16 2007-2008 France (1.6), 22.03.2008

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 d5 11.d4 dxe4 12.Nxe5 c5 13.dxc5 [13.Bg5 Dominguez Perez,L (2683)-Carlsen,M (2714)/World Cup Khanty Mansiysk (3)/½-½] 13...Qc7N [13...Bxc5 14.Qxd8 Rxd8 Shomoev,A (2554)-Lavrov,M (2346)/Sibiria Region-chT (5)/½-½] 14.Ng4 Nxg4 15.hxg4 f5 16.Qd5+

Kh8 17.Qxa8 Bxc5 18.Qd5 Bb7 19.Qe6 Bc8 20.Qd5 Bb7 21.Qe6 Bc8 22.Qd5 ½-½.

Group A

Place Teams Points
1 Clichy
9
2 Mulhouse
9
3 Montpellier
7
4 Marseille Echecs
7
5 Antibes
5
6 Vandoeuvre
5
7 Marseille Duchamps
3
8 Bois Colombes
3
 

Group B

Place Teams Points
1 Cannes
9
2 Evry
8
3 Metz
7
4 Gonfreville
6
5 Noyon
6
6 Bischwiller
5
7 Strasbourg
4
8 Hyères
3

Picture Gallery from Clichy


GM Manuel Apicella, 2544 (FRA), playing for Clichy


GM Christian Bauer, 2614 (FRA), playing for Montpellier


GM Laurent Fressinet, 2656 (FRA), playing for Clichy


GM Pavel Eljanov, 2692 (UKR), playing also for Clichy


GM Frizo Nijboer, 2578 (NED), playing for Vandoeuvre


GM EricPrié, 2532 (FRA), playing for Montpellier


GM Sergei Movsesian, 2672 (SVK), playing for Vandoeuvre


WGM Almira Skripchenko, 2443 (FRA), playing for Clichy


WGM Sophie Millet, 2376 (FRA), playing for Montpellier


WIM Pauline Guichard, 2273 (FRA), playing for Bois-Colombes


WMF Malthide Congiu, 2195 ((FRA), playing for Vandoeuvre

All pictures by Dominique Primel


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