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Monday, August 24, 2009

2009 French Chess Championships







The 2009 French Women's and French Men's Chess Championships were held in Nimes, from August 10th to August 22nd. WGM/IM Sophie Milliet won the French Women's Chess Championship with a score of 7/10. In second was WFM Pauline Guichard with a score of 5.5 points (on a tie-break over Mary LeConte), third was IM Silvia Collas).


Final Standings:
1.Milliet 7 points
2.Guichard 5.5 points
3.Leconte 5.5 points
4.Collas 5 points
5.Maisuradze 3.5 points
6.Congiu 3.5 points


Source of image of Sophie Milliet
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Source of image of GM Vladislav Tkachiev:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6f/Tkachiev_vladislav_20081119_olympiade_dresden.jpg/275px-Tkachiev_vladislav_20081119_olympiade_dresden.jpg
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In the Men's Championship, GM Vladislav Tkachiev was the victor with a score of 8.5/12. He finished a half-point ahead of second place finisher Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. In third place was GM Laurent Fressinet, with 6 points. Tkachiev's performance rating for this tournament was 2788 (he entered the event with an elo of 2650).

Here are the final standings:
1. Tkachiev 8.5 2.Vachier-Lagrave 8 points, 3.Fressient 6 points, 4.Edouard (on a tie-break over 4 other players:DeGraeve,Sokolov,Cornette and Hamdouchi all finished with 5.5 points. 9.Feller on a tie-break over Cossin (both finished with 5 points) 11.Maze 3.5 points 12.LeRoux 2.5 points

Congratulations to Sophie and Vladislav!

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The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.