Cappelle update!

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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:

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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…

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Stephane Gouvart (along with Bruno Marchyllie) are the driving forces behind this year’s tournament.  Here we see Stephane at the opening ceremony.

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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)

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Gata Kamsky’s first time in Cappelle!

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Artur Yussupov’s first time in Cappelle also!

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11-year old prodigy Sarin Nihal is already a grandmaster-killer!

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Arbiters Carlos and Miguel making sure that the tournament runs smoothly.

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Concentration!

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Grandmaster Irina Bulmaga is always a dangerous opponent!

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Iryna Malynovska from the Ukraine

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French GM Christian Bauer is one of this year’s favourites

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The lovely Canadian player Maili-Jade Ouellet 

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Patrick Van Hoolandt, Président de l’AIDEF, is a regular at Cappelle

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The swiss international Camille De Seroux is having an excellent tournament and plays with a grandmaster in round 8.

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Canadians Michael Song and Bernard Labadie before the start of round 7.  Photo by Bernard.

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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.

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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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La Française Andreea-Cristiana NAVROTESCU

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