2012 French Championship marred by tragedy

8/26/2012 – After a week of bewildering news involving Garry Kasparov, and then Boris Spassky, one hoped for a nice sane report on the French Championship. Instead, a shocked Christian Bauer, tied for first in the penultimate round, learned that his four-month old son had died, and withdrew. In a show of solidarity, the players refused to continue and a four-way draw was declared. Report and game.

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2012 French Championship marred by tragedy


The official tournament poster

It was exactly the last thing anyone wanted to hear. After a week of bewildering news involving Garry Kasparov, and then the no less astonishing news regarding Boris Spassky's disappearance from his hospital care in France, one hoped for a little sane news with a nice report on the French Championship just before the Istanbul tempest takes hold. Instead, it was a shocked Christian Bauer, tied for first in the penultimate round, who learned that his four-month old son had died. After consultation with the players, the final round was cancelled and a playoff was to be held to determine the champion of the final three, Bauer having left. However, in a show of solidarity, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Etienne Bacrot, and Romain Edouard refused, and the understanding federation declared the four as joint champions.

In the Women section, Almira Skripchenko dominated and won her fifth title with 7.0/10, a full 1.5 points ahead of the rest.

[Event "87th ch-FRA 2012"] [Site "Pau FRA"] [Date "2012.08.15"] [Round "3"] [White "Fressinet, Laurent"] [Black "Tkachiev, Vladislav"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C15"] [WhiteElo "2714"] [BlackElo "2644"] [PlyCount "67"] [EventDate "2012.08.13"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. a3 Be7 7. Be3 Bf6 8. Qh5 Bxd4 9. Bxd4 Nxd4 10. Qxd5 Qe7+ 11. Ne4 Ne6 12. O-O-O Nf6 13. Bb5+ Kf8 14. Nxf6 Qxf6 15. Nf3 g6 16. h4 h6 17. Qe5 Kg7 18. Rhe1 Rf8 19. Re3 a5 20. Bc4 Re8 21. Qxf6+ Kxf6 22. Rde1 Re7 23. Ne5 a4 24. Ng4+ Kg7 25. Re5 c6 26. h5 b5 27. Ba2 Raa7 28. hxg6 Kxg6 $2 {An oversight, but far from obvious. Black is in trouble anyhow, but taking back on g6 certainly seemed like a no-brainer.} ({ The engines explain that} 28... h5 29. Rxh5 Nf8 {was the lesser evil, but the line is not exactly screaming "Play me! Play me!"}) 29. f4 f6 30. Bxe6 $1 { #The winning blow.} fxe5 31. Nxe5+ Kf6 32. Bxc8 h5 33. Rd1 Rg7 34. Bh3 { Tkachiev had had enough...} 1-0

Final standings

Final women standings


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