Chess in France – Top 16 in Guingamp

6/8/2010 – The last four rounds of the French Top 16 League took place on 3-6 June 2010. The teams have eight players each and at least one token French female player, over twelve rounds. In the last round, Chalons en Champagne (Anish Giri, Loek van Wely, etc.) took first place ahead of Evry Grand Roque (Svidler, Gashimov, Eljanov, Vachier-Lagrave). Results, games and pictures.

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Top 16 in Guingamp

Report by Dominique Primel

In the final set on 3-6 June 2010, in the stadium of the French soccer club En Anant de Guingamp in Britanny, there was great suspense in the last round, with a match between the teams' leaders Evry and Chalons En Champagne. In an amazing way, Evry with four players rated above 2700 could not beat Chalons, and now Chalons En Champagne is the new champion. It was the last formula with 16 teams – next year the French league will be the "top 12" in 11 rounds

Poule haute
Pl. Team Pts j. d. p. c.
1 Chalons en Champagne 32 11 41 47 6
2 Evry Grand Roque 32 11 32 42 10
3 Marseille Echecs 27 11 32 43 11
4 Metz Fischer 26 11 3 29 26
5 Clichy 26 11 23 38 15
6 Mulhouse Philidor 24 11 10 33 23
7 Vandoeuvre 22 11 0 28 28
8 Noyon 19 11 -13 19 32
 
Poule basse
Pl. Team Pts j. d. p. c.
9 Cannes 25 11 16 35 19
10 Strasbourg 22 11 -3 28 31
11 Guingamp 20 11 -7 24 31
12 Drancy 19 11 -13 18 31
13 Lyon Olympique Echecs 19 11 -14 23 37
14 Deauville 15 11 -19 20 39
15 Montpellier 13 11 -33 15 48
16 Bischwiller   10 -50   50

Picture Gallery from Guingamp


The bulwarks of Guingamp


Le monastère des Augustines


Jean-Claude Moingt, the President of the French Chess Federation, speaking


The playing hall


Peter Svidler of Russia, playing for Evry


Vugar Gashimov, Azerbaijan, also playing for Evry


Etienne Bacrot, Marseille


Christian Bauer, Vandoeuvre


Jean-Marc Degraeve, Marseille


Aleksandar Delchev, Marseille


Sébastien Feller, Evry


Laurent Fressinet, Clichy


Almira Skripchenko, Clichy


Kamil Miton, Marseille


Ilya Smirin, Chalons


Pavel Tregubov, Clichy


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Evry


One GM norm made by Clovis Vernay, Lyon

All pictures by Dominique Primel

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