Nancy 2013 - Grand Prix of France won by Tkachiev

3/15/2013 – On March 9-10, the Nancy stage of the French Rapid Grand Prix was held, bringing in several elite players, as well as a platoon of enthusiasts. Of the 210 players who came, only sixteen would qualify for the Sunday knockout stage. The surprise of the event was Vladimir Dobrov, who beat several 2700s to make it to the final, but ultimately lost to Vladislav Tkachiev in a powerful attack.

Nancy 2013 - Grand Prix of France

The official poster

210 players came for some weekend fun

On March 9-10, the Nancy stage of the French Rapid Grand Prix was held, bringing in several elite players, as well as a platoon of enthusiasts to take part in the weekend action. No fewer than 210 players came to the city of Nancy, France, of which only sixteen would qualify for the Sunday knockout stage.

Tense moments after the game concluded

Though the qualifying stage saw Bacrot come first, Postny second, and Gharamian in third, all with 7.5/9, with fourteen grandmasters making it through, several heads rolled as two masters sneaked into the group, Dourerassou and Monroy. That said, ten grandmasters did not make it, including one of the world top 50 players, GM Laurent Fressinet, not to mention GM Alberto David, and GM Alexandre Fier, as well as 28 other masters.

Final standing of qualifier

Rk
Tit
Name
Rapid
Fed
Pts
Perf
1 g BACROT Etienne 2790 FRA 7.5 2831
2 g POSTNY Evgeny 2602 ISR 7.5 2775
3 g GHARAMIAN Tigran 2600 FRA 7.5 2769
4 g VACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime 2741 FRA 7 2751
5 g ISTRATESCU Andrei 2660 FRA 7 2749
6 g SVETUSHKIN Dmitry 2599 MDA 7 2727
7 g HAMDOUCHI Hicham 2620 FRA 7 2725
8 g PELLETIER Yannick 2592 SUI 7 2718
9 g NAIDITSCH Arkadij 2735 GER 7 2703
10 g TKACHIEV Vladislav 2643 FRA 7 2690
11 m DOURERASSOU Jonathan 2450 FRA 7 2644
12 g EDOUARD Romain 2660 FRA 7 2622
13 m MONROY Charles 2500 FRA 7 2610
14 g SANIKIDZE Tornike 2490 GEO 7 2602
15 g WIRIG Anthony 2530 FRA 6.5 2551
16 g DOBROV Vladimir 2475 RUS 6.5 2535

The final knockout stage on Sunday, March 10, was not without a healthy element of surprise Etienne Bacrot was ousted in the last sixteen by Vladimir Dobrov, who came sixteenth in the qualifier, barely making it in. In the quarter finals, Dobrov continued his remarkable run by beating Yannick Pelletier in a clean sweep 2-0, while Vachier-Lagrave, Vladislav Tkachiev, and Georgian GM Tornike Sanikidze also passed to the next rung in the ladder.

The semi-final brought all the excitement one could hope for, albeit at the cost of Vachier Lagrave who was also reduced to debris by Dobrov while Tkachiev overcame Svetushkin and set up an exciting decider between the two.

Vladislav Tkachiev beat Vladimir Dobrov in the final

It was the end of the line for Vladimir Dobrov, as he succumbed to French no.7 Vladislav Tkachiev, when the latter played a powerful attack and dismantled his opponent’s Benko Gambit in the only decisive game of the final.

[Event "GP of France - Nancy "]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.03.10"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tkachiev, Vladislav"]
[Black "Dobrov, Vladimir"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A57"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[SourceDate "2013.03.15"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Nf3 b4 5. a3 bxa3 6. Rxa3 g6 7. Nc3 Bg7 8. e4 d6
9. e5 Ng4 10. exd6 exd6 11. Bg5 Bf6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Be2 O-O 14. O-O Nh6 15.
Qd2 Kg7 16. Ne4 Qe7 17. Bd3 Bg4 18. Qc3+ f6 19. Re1 Qd7 20. Neg5 Re8 21. Raa1
Nf7 22. Nxh7 $1 {An inspired shot that quickly opens up Black's position.} Ne5
(22... Kxh7 {would lead to a quicker defeat with} 23. Qxf6 Bf5 {g6 has to be
protected somehow.} 24. Rxe8 Qxe8 25. Bxf5 gxf5 26. Re1 {and Black has no
defense.}) 23. Nxf6 $1 Kxf6 24. Nxe5 dxe5 (24... Rxe5 25. f4 $1) 25. f4 Qd6 26.
Bxg6 Kxg6 27. fxe5 Qd7 28. Qg3 Qf5 29. e6 Qg5 30. h4 Qd2 31. Rad1 1-0

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