It is worth mentioning that the participating nations have until October 12th to confirm the exact team lists with all names; the player lists might change until that date.
Today we introduce the French teams.
The 2013 silver medalists are sending two extremely strong teams to the competition. The open team is led by the world-renowned Grand master Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2744). The list of his impressive accomplishments is miles long, but to name only a few; he’s a three-time French Chess Champion, four time winner of the Biel Super tournament, including his win of 2015, his 3rd consecutive win!, participant in the Grand Chess Tour and France’s highest rated player. All of the players in the open team are in the top 7 highest rated players in the country.
The women team is impressive as well, all the players being in the top 5 highest rated women players! The team is led by GM Marie Sebag (2496) who played in the French 2001 ETCC (women’s group) winning team in León, Spain. She won the 1998 European Youth Chess Championship (girls under 12), and again in 1999 (girls U14) and for the third time in 2002 (girls U16). In 2004 she shared first place in the World Youth Chess Championship (girls U18) and in 2006 she had a good run in the Women’s World Chess Championship, reaching the quarter-finals.
The open team
- GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2744)
- GM Laurent Fressinet (2702)
- GM Etienne Bacrot (2692)
- GM Vladislav Tkachiev (2658)
- GM Romain Edouard (2630)
Captain: GM Sébastien Maze
- GM Marie Sebag (2496)
- IM Almira Skripchenko (2441)
- IM Sophie Milliet (2368)
- WGM Pauline Guichard (2335)
- IM Silvia Collas (2314)
Captain: GM Matthieu Cornette
We wish our French friends best of luck in the championship!