SIMPLECHESS

Nancy Rapid and Blitz

As you may note from the photograph of the ten leading players, there were strong participants in the 9th International Chess Festival of Meurthe and Moselle. Laurent Fressinet won the Blitz on Saturday and was awarded the title of French Rapidplay Champion on Sunday. A good week-end for him!

First in the rapid was Daniel Fridman in a field of 17 grandmasters. Twelve other nations were represented.

The Blitz on the 12th March.

1 g Laurent FRESSINET 2693 FRA 10.5 70.5
2 g Arkadij NAIDITSCH 2684 GER 9 71
3 g Rustam KASIMDZHANOV 2687 UZB 8.5 72
4 g Georg MEIER 2669 GER 8.5 67
5 g Etienne BACROT 2718 FRA 8 73
6 g Aleksander DELCHEV 2625 BUL 8 70.5
7 g Christian BAUER 2633 FRA 8 66.5
8 g Ulf ANDERSSON 2581 SWE 8 64.5
9 IM Cyril MARZOLO 2453 FRA 8 63.5

Legendary endgame specialist, veteran Ulf Andersson showed that he is still a useful player who can compete with some top guns half his age.

Ulf Andersson versus local boy Christian Bauer (Christophe Philippe)
Rustam Kasimdzhanov versus Laurent Fressinet (Christophe Philippe)
Ulf Andersson versus local boy Christian Bauer (Christophe Philippe)
Rustam Kasimdzhanov versus Laurent Fressinet (Christophe Philippe)

The rapidplay the 13th of March.

1 gm Daniel FRIDMAN 2661 GER 7.5 46
2 gm Ulf ANDERSSON 2581 SWE 7,0 47.5
3 gm Maxim TUROV 2635 RUS 7,0 46
4 gm Laurent FRESSINET 2693 FRA 7,0 45.5
5 gm Arkadij NAIDITSCH 2684 GER 7,0 45
6 gm Rustam KASIMDZHANOV 2687 UZB 7,0 44
7 gm Georg MEIER 2669 GER 7,0 44
8 gm Etienne BACROT 2718 FRA 6.5 44.5
9 gm Sebastien MAZE 2559 FRA 6.5 44.5
10 gm Sebastien FELLER 2657 FRA 6.5 44

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