The 32nd edition of one of the world’s most prestigious Open tournaments in the world is underway in Cappelle-la-Grande. This year’s tournament has an impressive list of more than 500 players (headed by Gata Kamsky) , including more than 100 titled players from over 50 countries! Ages lie between 7 years old and 80! Here are some of the results from yesterday’s round:
More information HERE. Leading the tournament at this point (with two rounds to go) are Kamsky and Misha Gurevich, both with 6 points from 7. You can follow the games Live HERE.
In coming days I will post more on this great tournament. For today, I limit myself to some photos…
Stephane Gouvart (along with Bruno Marchyllie) are the driving forces behind this year’s tournament. Here we see Stephane at the opening ceremony.
Philippe DORNBUSCH , of the truly great website Chess and Strategy, has the most complete coverage available! Photos, videos, games in pgn and much more! Take a visit! (Unless stated otherwise, all photos here are by Philippe)
Gata Kamsky’s first time in Cappelle!
Artur Yussupov’s first time in Cappelle also!
11-year old prodigy Sarin Nihal is already a grandmaster-killer!
Arbiters Carlos and Miguel making sure that the tournament runs smoothly.
Grandmaster Irina Bulmaga is always a dangerous opponent!
Iryna Malynovska from the Ukraine
French GM Christian Bauer is one of this year’s favourites
The lovely Canadian player Maili-Jade Ouellet
Patrick Van Hoolandt, Président de l’AIDEF, is a regular at Cappelle
The swiss international Camille De Seroux is having an excellent tournament and plays with a grandmaster in round 8.
Canadians Michael Song and Bernard Labadie before the start of round 7. Photo by Bernard.
Where does the time go? Bernard and I go back almost 50 years to my days in Montreal! I will write more extensively of our history, but today Bernard is–amongst other things– president of the FQE (Quebec Chess Federation) as well as in charge of international relations in AIDEF. A passionate player, Bernard is also a chess organizer and promoter.
Patrick Van Hoolandt, Président de l’AIDEF, Zong Yang Yu, Kevin Spraggett, Maili-Jade Ouellet et Bernard Labadie. Photo taken from the FQE’s facebook page!
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