Fressinet takes French Rapid crown

3/14/2011 – The 9th International Meurthe and Moselle Chess Festival took place this weekend in Nancy, France, with 202 players including former FIDE world champion Kasimdzhanov, French stars Bacrot, Fressinet, Indian Harikrishna, and Germany's top three: Naiditsch, Meier and Fridman. Reigning French classical champion, Laurent Fressinet, also became the French rapid champion. Report + videos.

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The 9th International Meurthe and Moselle Chess Festival took place this weekend in Nancy, France with 202 players in total and very strong field including ex-world champion Kasimdzhanov, French stars Bacrot, Fressinet, top Indian Harikrishna, and Germany's top three players, Naiditsch, Meier, and Fridman.


The goal of surpassing 200 players was achieved


The top ten boards


Ex-world champion Kasimdzhanov facing Fressinet came in 2nd-7th with 7.0/9

The event determined the Champion of France in rapid games though open to all players.

The event was a great success for Laurent Fressinet, who is already the Absolute French Champion in title, and who not only took the title of French Rapid champion, as the best-scoring French player, but also crushed the blitz field with an incredible 10.5/11.


Harikrishna facing Fressinet in the last round. The Frenchman successfully converted
the endgame to take the title.


A crowd gathers to see the final minutes of Bacrot-Meier in round four. Bacrot won.

The overall winner of the rapid tournament was German GM Daniel Fridman, who took sole first with 7.5/9.


German GMs Daniel Fridman and Arkadij Naiditsch drew in the third round


Veteran Swedish GM Ulf Andersson, facing French GM Bauer, came in second with
7/9, edging out five others by virtue of tiebreak.


Laurent Fressinet, reigning French classical and rapid champion!


French GM-star Etienne Bacrot also gave a simul : 18 wins, 2 draws, and no losses


He had few difficulties and imposed a lossless 19-1 score

Pictures courtesy of IM Christophe Philippe

Video reports

Final rapid standings

Rk
Tit
Name
Rap. Rtg
Fed
Pts
TB
Perf.
1
g
FRIDMAN Daniel
2560
GER
7.5
57.5
2824
2
g
ANDERSSON Ulf
2540
SWE
7
58
2759
3
g
TUROV Maxim
2580
RUS
7
55
2763
4
g
FRESSINET Laurent
2680
FRA
7
56
2748
5
g
NAIDITSCH Arkadij
2690
GER
7
55.5
2741
6
g
KASIMDZHANOV Rustam
2680
UZB
7
54.5
2662
7
g
MEIER Georg
2570
GER
7
54
2653
8
g
BACROT Etienne
2720
FRA
6.5
55
2709
9
g
MAZE Sebastien
2700
FRA
6.5
55
2632
10
g
FELLER Sebastien
2620
FRA
6.5
54.5
2567
11
g
HARIKRISHNA Pentala
2660
IND
6
55
2587
12
f
LE CORRE Benjamin
2470
FRA
6
52.5
2481
13
g
DJURIC Stefan
2550
SRB
6
52.5
2431
14
g
BAUER Christian
2690
FRA
6
51
2531
15
m
AGUETTAZ Maxime
2310
FRA
6
49.5
2390
16
gf
DJINGAROVA Emilia
2510
BUL
6
49.5
2400
17
m
RIFF Jean-Noel
2500
FRA
6
47.5
2409
18
f
SPIELMANN Alain
2150
FRA
6
48
2269
19
g
SANIKIDZE Tornike
2460
GEO
6
47.5
2413
20
m
ADRIAN Claude
2160
FRA
6
47.5
2199

Final blitz standings

Rk
Tit
Name
Rap. Rtg
Fed
Pts
TB
Perf
1
g
FRESSINET Laurent
2680
FRA
10.5
82.5
3051
2
g
NAIDITSCH Arkadij
2690
GER
9
82
2821
3
g
KASIMDZHANOV Rustam
2680
UZB
8.5
85.5
2772
4
g
MEIER Georg
2570
GER
8.5
79.5
2684
5
g
BACROT Etienne
2780
FRA
8
86.5
2730
6
g
DELCHEV Aleksander
2660
BUL
8
82.5
2641
7
g
BAUER Christian
2700
FRA
8
78
2645
8
g
ANDERSSON Ulf
2540
SWE
8
75
2592
9
m
MARZOLO Cyril
2570
FRA
8
75.5
2547
10
g
TUROV Maxim
2580
RUS
7.5
81.5
2590
11
g
LANDA Konstantin
2600
RUS
7.5
77
2574
12
g
HARIKRISHNA P.
2660
IND
7.5
76
2560
13
f
LE CORRE Benjamin
2240
FRA
7.5
74
2365
14
m
WIRIG Anthony
2530
FRA
7.5
74.5
2509
15
g
FARGERE Francois
2530
FRA
7.5
73
2507

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