9th International Chess Festival Meurthe et Moselle

Laurent Fressinet and Daniel Fridman win blitz and rapid respectively

The 9th International Chess Festival was held in Nancy (France) on 12 and 13 of March 2011. The field for the big rapid and blitz tournaments was incredibly strong, with the 2004 world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, two of the three best French players, Etienne Bacrot and Laurent Fressinet, and the three top German players, Arkadij Naiditsch, Georg Meier and Daniel Fridman.

The Blitz tournament took place on Saturday, over 11 rounds of Swiss system and with time control 4 min + 2 sec. GM Laurent Fressinet crowned the fantastic form with 10.5 points and clear first place. He earned 500 EUR for this effort. Second was Arkadij Naiditsch with 9.0 points, while Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Georg Meier shared the third with 8.5 each. Full crosstable.

Nancy 2011 Laurent Fressinet with the trophy

Laurent Fressinet with the trophy

The Rapid was played on Sunday, over 9 rounds of Swiss system and with time control of 15 min (+3 sec per move) per player. GM Daniel Fridman is the sole winner with 7.5 points and takes the first prize of 1000 EUR. Second place with 7.0 points each is shared by Ulf Andersson, Maxim Turov, Laurent Fressinet, Arkadij Naiditsch, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Georg Meier.

As top local finisher, Laurent Fressinet is also declared the 2011 French champion in rapid chess. Full crosstable.

GM Etienne Bacrot hosted a simultaneous exhibition on 20 boards and scored 18 wins and two draws.

News and photos by IM Christophe Philippe. More information on the official website.

Nancy 2011 202 players

A total of 202 players took part in the Festival

Nancy 2011 Bacrot - Meier

Crowd gathering around the game Bacrot – Meier

Nancy 2011 Top boards

Top boards were arranged inside the circle

Nancy 2011 Andersson Bauer

Ulf Andersson and Christian Bauer

Nancy 2011 Fridman Naiditsch

Daniel Fridman and Arkadij Naiditsch

Nancy 2011 Kasimdzhanov Fressinet

Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Laurent Fressinet

Nancy 2011 Harikrishna Fressinet

Pentala Harikrishna and Laurent Fressinet

Nancy 2011 Simul Bacrot

Etienne Bacrot simul

Nancy 2011 Simul Bacrot 1

Etienne Bacrot simul