International top players take part in French Team Championship

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6/24/2021 – The crème de la crème of French and international chess currently meet in Châlons-en-Champagne in France, where the French Team Championship will be played from 24 June to 4 July. Top Grandmasters such as Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamdyarov, Pentala Harikrishna, Alireza Firozja, Bassem Amin or Jorden van Foreest to name just a few will support their French teams. This afternoon the 1st round will be played.

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French Team Championships 2021

The city of Châlons-en-Champagne hosts the French Team Championship 2021, the "Top 12", which traditionally is played as a round robin. The venue is the Palais des Sports Pierre de Coubertin and organiser of the event is the Chess Club Échiquier Châlonnais, French Team Champion of 2010.

 

12 teams compete for the title: Bischwiller, Agen, Vandoeuvre, Grasse, Mulhouse, Clichy, Asnières, Villejuif, Paris 608, Chartres, Échiquier de l'Erdre and Châlons-en-Champagne. Reigning champion is the Alsatian club Bischwiler, which is supported by the German company GRENKE Leasing.

In addition to the best French players, numerous top international players will be taking part, including super-GMs Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Pentala Harikrishna, Alireza Firouzja, Bassem Amin and Jorden van Foreest.

The race for the title is completely open. The favourites to win the tournament include Asnières Le Grand Echiquier (with Vachier-Lagrave, Harikrishna and Alekseenko), Bischwiler (with Mamedyarov, Ragger and Bacrot), Chartres (Firouzja and Ivanchuk), Clichy (Amin, van Foreest) and hosts Chalons-en-Champagne (Giri, Topalov and Korobov).

The matches are played on eight boards and one board must be occupied by a woman. Four foreign players are allowed per match but at least four boards must be occupied by French players.

The tournament will be played as a round robin, daily from 24 June to 4 July without a rest day. The rounds will start daily at 14.15 CEST though the first round starts one hour later, 15.15, while the last round starts one hour earlier, 13.15.

Schedule
Round 1 
Blancs Res Noirs
Villejuif     Echiquier de l'Erdre
Clichy Echecs 92     Club 608 - Paris
Grasse Echecs     Asnieres - le Grand Echiquier
Vandoeuvre Echecs     Chalons-En-Champagne
C'Chartres Echecs     Mulhouse Philidor
Agen     Bischwiller
 
Round 2
Blancs Res Noirs
Echiquier de l'Erdre     Bischwiller
Mulhouse Philidor     Agen
Chalons-En-Champagne     C'Chartres Echecs
Asnieres - le Grand Echiquier     Vandoeuvre Echecs
Club 608 - Paris     Grasse Echecs
Villejuif     Clichy Echecs 92
 
Round 3
Blancs Res Noirs
Clichy Echecs 92     Echiquier de l'Erdre
Grasse Echecs     Villejuif
Vandoeuvre Echecs     Club 608 - Paris
C'Chartres Echecs     Asnieres - le Grand Echiquier
Agen     Chalons-En-Champagne
Bischwiller     Mulhouse Philidor
 
Round 4
Blancs Res Noirs
Echiquier de l'Erdre     Mulhouse Philidor
Chalons-En-Champagne     Bischwiller
Asnieres - le Grand Echiquier     Agen
Club 608 - Paris     C'Chartres Echecs
Villejuif     Vandoeuvre Echecs
Clichy Echecs 92     Grasse Echecs
 
Round 5
Blancs Res Noirs
Grasse Echecs     Echiquier de l'Erdre
Vandoeuvre Echecs     Clichy Echecs 92
C'Chartres Echecs     Villejuif
Agen     Club 608 - Paris
Bischwiller     Asnieres - le Grand Echiquier
Mulhouse Philidor     Chalons-En-Champagne
 
Round 6
Blancs Res Noirs
Echiquier de l'Erdre     Chalons-En-Champagne
Asnieres - le Grand Echiquier     Mulhouse Philidor
Club 608 - Paris     Bischwiller
Villejuif     Agen
Clichy Echecs 92     C'Chartres Echecs
Grasse Echecs     Vandoeuvre Echecs
 
Round 7
Blancs Res Noirs
Vandoeuvre Echecs     Echiquier de l'Erdre
C'Chartres Echecs     Grasse Echecs
Agen     Clichy Echecs 92
Bischwiller     Villejuif
Mulhouse Philidor     Club 608 - Paris
Chalons-En-Champagne     Asnieres - le Grand Echiquier
 
Round 8
Blancs Res Noirs
Echiquier de l'Erdre     Asnieres - le Grand Echiquier
Club 608 - Paris     Chalons-En-Champagne
Villejuif     Mulhouse Philidor
Clichy Echecs 92     Bischwiller
Grasse Echecs     Agen
Vandoeuvre Echecs     C'Chartres Echecs
 
Round 9
Blancs Res Noirs
C'Chartres Echecs     Echiquier de l'Erdre
Agen     Vandoeuvre Echecs
Bischwiller     Grasse Echecs
Mulhouse Philidor     Clichy Echecs 92
Chalons-En-Champagne     Villejuif
Asnieres - le Grand Echiquier     Club 608 - Paris
 
Round 10
Blancs Res Noirs
Echiquier de l'Erdre     Club 608 - Paris
Villejuif     Asnieres - le Grand Echiquier
Clichy Echecs 92     Chalons-En-Champagne
Grasse Echecs     Mulhouse Philidor
Vandoeuvre Echecs     Bischwiller
C'Chartres Echecs     Agen
 
Round 11
Blancs Res Noirs
Agen     Echiquier de l'Erdre
Bischwiller     C'Chartres Echecs
Mulhouse Philidor     Vandoeuvre Echecs
Chalons-En-Champagne     Grasse Echecs
Asnieres - le Grand Echiquier     Clichy Echecs 92
Club 608 - Paris     Villejuif

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