French Blitz Team Championship on Playchess: Nizza and Mulhouse win preliminaries

by Klaus Besenthal
1/11/2021 – On Saturday the preliminaries of the French Online Blitz Team Championship were played on Playchess. The two groups with four teams each were named after famous French chess masters of the past. In the group "Philidor" the team from Nice with GM Christian Bauer (pictured) won smoothly; as did the team of Mulhouse (Mulhouse) with Jean-Noël Riffin in the group "de La Bourdonnais".

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On Playchess: French Online Blitz Team Championship 2021

The ongoing corona pandemic still makes it difficult to play over-the-board tournaments, and this year's French Blitz Team Championship also moved online, to the Playchess server, host of a number of individual and team tournaments.

The preliminaries of the French Blitz Team Championship were played on Saturday, the final will follow on the next weekend. The event attracted a number of grandmasters, and one of them was ChessBase author Christian Bauer, who scored 10½/12 and helped helped his team Nizza to qualify for the finals.

In the following nice game against "Nikam", aka GM Igor Efimov, Bauer won with a straightforward attack against the enemy king.


Strike first with the Scandinavian

The Scandinavian is a rarely employed opening on the hightest level und guides your opponent on much less familiar terrain than for example the Sicilian, French or any 1.e4 e5 system. After 1.e4 d5 Black fights for the initiative from move one.

Final standings group "Philidor"

Rg. Team 1 2 3 4  Tb1   Tb2   Tb3 
1 Nice  *  13½ 12 13½ 39,0 22 0
2 Monaco  *  7 12½ 22,0 12 0
3 Chartres 4 9  *  20,5 9 0
4 Agen  *  14,5 5 0

Final standings group "de La Bourdonnais"

Rg. Team 1 2 3 4  Wtg1   Wtg2   Wtg3 
1 Mulhouse  *  7 12 11½ 30,5 17 0
2 Metz 9  *  9 26,5 12 0
3 Lyon 4  *  20,0 11 0
4 Vandoeuvre 7  *  19,0 8 0

Games group "Philidor"


Games group "de La Bourdonnais"



Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.


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