SIMPLECHESS

Clichy just ahead

Etienne Bacrot
Four teams have perfect scores after six rounds, Clichy, Mulhouse, Evry and Marseille, with Metz also within striking distance. The bottom six teams are already in a fight to avoid relegation (three teams go down). Clichy-la-Garenne (in the Paris suburbs) are just ahead of the pack, due to their superior scoring record (26 games won with only two lost).

A remarkable split has occurred as the tournament divides into two groups.

Here were the standings at the start of the day after the fifth round (3 points for a won match, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss and 0 for a default):

 

Position Team Location Points

Game points

difference

Games

won

Games

lost

1 Clichy Paris suburbs 15 21 23 2
2 Mulhouse Philidor Eastern France 15 18 24 6
3 Evry Grand Roque South of Paris 15 18 21 3
4 Marseille Echecs Southern France 15 15 20 5
5 Chalons en Champagne North-East 13 15 21 6
6 Metz Fischer Eastern France 13 15 19 4
7 Lutèce Echecs Paris 7 -8 7 15
8 Vandoeuvre Eastern France 7 -11 5 16
9 Noyon North-East 5 -17 4 21
10 Strasbourg Eastern France 5 -17 3 20
11 Rueil Malmaison Paris suburbs 5 -23 5 28
12 Guingamp North-West France 5 -26 2 28

Metz in sixth place had won four matches and lost one, whereas Lutèce in seventh had won one match and lost four.

An incredible situation with no 'middle-of-the-table' teams!

Here were the sixth round results, from earlier this evening:

Team (White on one) Points   Points Team (Black on one)
Chalons en Champagne 1 - 2 Vandoeuvre
Marseille Echecs 5 - 1 Strasbourg
Noyon 2 - 5 Evry Grand Roque
Guingamp 2 - 4 Metz Fischer
Rueil Malmaison 0 - 3 Clichy
Lutèce Echecs 0 - 2 Mulhouse Philidor

A tighter series of games, including a fine win by Vandoeuvre over Chalons-en-Champagne, were the main feature of the sixth day in Mulhouse.

Position Team Location Points

Game points

difference

Games

won

Games

lost

1 Clichy Paris suburbs 18 24 26 2
2 Evry Grand Roque  South of Paris 18 21 26 5
3 Mulhouse Philidor Eastern France 18 20 26 6
4 Marseille Echecs Southern France 18 19 25 6
5 Metz Fischer Eastern France  16 17 23 6
6 Chalons en Champagne North-East 14 14 22 8
7 Vandoeuvre  Eastern France 10 -10 7 17
8 Lutèce Echecs Paris 8 -10 7 17
9 Noyon North-East 6 -20 6 26
10 Strasbourg Eastern France 6 -21 4 25
11 Rueil Malmaison Paris suburbs 6 -26 5 31
12 Guingamp North-West France 6 -28 4 32

The leading teams will start playing each other in the seventh round tomorrow, when the championship will no doubt liven up! The battle for relegation should also come to a head, when the six teams at the bottom fight it out to avoid finishing in the last three.

My feeling is that Vandoeuvre and Lutèce are sufficiently strong to stay up, but it could easily go down to game points for deciding the three unwanted relegation spots between the bottom four.

More details about the French league can be obtained from the Federation web-site:

http://www.echecs.asso.fr/ 


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