''…the tournament was rather short for me, yet I was happy to play some interesting and nice games…''
Anish on French Championship with his annotation
So the tournament was rather short for me, yet I was happy to play some interesting and nice games (as well as winning some interesting and nice ELO-points) and score 5,5 out of the 6 games that I played.
As you could already guess, the event was a round-robin team tournament, with all the matches being played in just one go. This system has a lot of advantages, as now much less time is being spent on the way to the spot and much more to play the games themselves.
This year, the organization found a curious location- the car-museum in the town Mullhouse. I must say I can't complain as I myself was feeling excellent at the board, but to disappointment of some players there was a constant background-like movie-sound during the games. I personally was more disappointed to have heard the sound and actually never have had a look at the actual, supposedly very instructive film about the history of auto-industry... Also, some participants didn't find the romantic-candle-like light very appealing for a game of chess, but ok, let's leave the museum alone.
The tournament, was unsurprisingly very strong, a lot of interesting and strong players (amongst them Navara, Eljanov, Jakovenko, Adams, Wojtaszek, Vachier-Lagrave, Le Quang and so on and so on) took part in the event and a lot of entertaining games were played and I had good times walking around the playing hall, observing them.
In round 2, I played a nice game with black against the French GM Renet and this is the one I decided to annotate.
Renet - Anish
In round 3 and 4, I had two Catalans and while the first one was a nice positional one against another French GM Le Roux, the second one was way more sharp and double-edged against Georgian Grandmaster Tornike Sanikidze. That was a very exciting game and I had a lot of fun playing and analyzing it. Unfortunately not all my calculations were as good as I hoped them to be, I was nevertheless happy to emerge the winner of such an exciting battle.
Round 5, I was playing an international master Aguettaz with black and after opening with Ragozin, we quickly reached a standard ending, where my opponent lost his way and with few inaccuracies got into an unpleasant position. After that he committed a blunder and the game ended in a quick victory for me.
After that game, me and Loek became unemployed and the next day we left the nice country-France having behind us a good tournament (Loek's scored a bit less points, but 4,5/6 can never be bad) and a nice French dinner.