Two side events took place this weekend alongside the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Lausanne. They were organized by FIDE and the Swiss Chess Federation with the help of local clubs, and held in the premises of the International House of Sport, where FIDE has its office since May 2019.
The “1st FIDE rapid open of the Olympic Capital” gathered 54 participants on Saturday, among which seven titled players. Three of them scored 6 points out of 7 games, GM Pavel Tregubov from Russia, GM Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder from Chile, and local FM Aurelio Colmenares. The Russian took first place on tie-break.
A rapid tournament for girls under 18 years old was organized among 22 participants on Sunday, with the occasion of the International Women's Day. French University champion Estée Aubert won the event with the perfect score of 9 out of 9, ahead of both Swiss representatives Gülüzar Hüseynova (8 points) and Angie Pecorini (7 points).
FIDE constantly endeavors to work with local federation or clubs in order to contribute to the popularization and development of chess on a larger scale. Tournaments such as these side events are an incentive to attract amateurs to the royal game, while giving them the opportunity to closely watch great champions in action.
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Text: Yannick Pelletier
Photos: David Llada