Romain Edouard wins Lyon Rapid on tiebreak

6/29/2008 – The French call it un blitz de départage «mort subite» – a sudden death blitz game. The Aspiring Youth Rapid Chess Championship, staged in Lyon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the French Chess Magazine Europe Echecs, went down to the wire, with 18-year-old IM Romain Edouard beating 17-year-old Sébastien Feller in the tiebreak. Final pictorial and video report from Lyon.

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First «Circuit des Espoirs Europe Echecs»

The French chess magazine Europe Echecs celebrated the 50th anniversary of its foundation with a youth rapid tournament in Lyon, France, the town known as the gastronomy capital of the World. The event was covered on live steaming video, with live commentary in English and French. The paticipants were:

Sébastien Feller
17 FRA 2540 GM, French Junior Champion 2007, runner up in EU U16 2007
Romain Edouard 18 FRA 2509 IM, European U16 Champion 2006, runner up in U18 in 2007
Tania Sachdev 21 IND 2423 IM and WGM, Asian Champion 2007
Sophie Milliet 24 FRA 2354 WGM, two IM norms, French Women's Champion 2003.

The final standings of the quadruple round robin rapid event, as far as we can tell, was as follows:

The tie for first was broken by what the French call un blitz de départage «mort subite» – a sudden death blitz game. This is how it went:

S. Feller - R. Edouard [D20]
1er Tournoi du Circuit Espoirs Europe Lyon (13), 28.06.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 exd4 5.Bxc4 Nc6 6.0-0 Be6 7.Bb5 Bc5 8.Nbd2 Nge7 9.Nb3 Bxb3 10.Qxb3 0-0 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Qc4 Bb6 13.a4 a5 14.Rd1 c5 15.Bg5 Qd7 16.Ne5 Qe8 17.Nd3 Ng6

18.Nxc5? This allows a queen fork: 18...Qe5 19.Nd7 Qxg5 20.Nxf8 Rxf8. Black has two light pieces for a rook and the win is not too difficult. 21.g3 Ne5 22.Qf1 Qg4 23.Qg2 Nf3+ 24.Kh1 Qxe4 25.Ra3 Ng5 26.Qxe4 Nxe4 27.Kg2 Rd8 28.Rb1 f5 29.f3 Nf6 30.b4 axb4 31.Ra2 d3 32.a5 Ba7 33.Kf1 c5 0-1.


Europe Echecs video reports on the «Circuit des Espoirs Europe Echecs»


After the event the prize-giving – with special guest Anatoly Karpov (3rd from right)


The winners Sébastien Feller and Romain Edouard (right commentator GM Robert Fontaine)


The winner, Romain Edouard (with trophy) and runner up Sébastien Feller


Third place for Indian IM and WGM Tania Sachdev


Tania Sachdev, Christophe Leroy, Robert Fontaine

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