The Top-12, the nickname for the finals of the French Club Championship Finals, is one of the strongest league tournaments in the World. Only the German Bundesliga and the Russian Team Championship can boast of having a stronger league than France. From October until April thousands of players compete in different leagues all over France, with teams varying in size and compositions. The winners of the different regional events qualify for the Top-12. With reports coming from GM Alex Ipatov on Chessbase.com.

Following games of GM Wesley So as he is invited to play Board 1 of defending champion Clichy on French Top 12. Official site of this event Championnat de France d’èchecs interclubs TOP 12. The Top 12 runs from May 30 to June 9, 2015.

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Silver medallist Wesley So's Team Clichy. Photo grab from official website http://grauduroi2015.ffechecs.org/

Event: TCh-FRA Top 12 2015
Site: Montpellier FRA
Date: 2015.05.30
Round: 1.1
Board: 1
White: So, Wesley – 2778
Black: Duda, Jan-Krzysztof – 2610
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: C95 – Ruy Lopez closed, Breyer, Borisenko variation
WhiteTeam: CLICHY-ECHECS-92
BlackTeam: C-E BOIS-COLOMBES

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d6 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. a4 Bf8 14. Bd3 c6 15. Qc2 Qc7 16. b3 g6 17. Bb2 Nh5 18. Bf1 Rac8 19. g3 Ng7 20. Rad1 Ne6 21. h4 Bg7 22. axb5 axb5 23. b4 d5 24. h5 exd4 25. cxd4 Nb6 26. hxg6 hxg6 27. e5 Qe7 28. Bc3 Ra8 29. Nb3 Bc8 30. Ra1 Bd7 31. Bd3 Ng5 32. Nxg5 Qxg5 33. Nc5 Bg4 34. Rxa8 Rxa8 35. e6 Bf6 36. Be2 Bf5 37. Bd3 Bg4 38. Be2 Bf5 39. Bd3 Bg4 1/2-1/2

Event: TCh-FRA Top 12 2015
Site: Montpellier FRA
Date: 2015.05.31
Round: 2.5
Board: 3
White: Rozentalis, Eduardas – 2529
Black: So, Wesley – 2778
Result: 0-1
ECO: C03 – French, Tarrasch
WhiteTeam: C.E. STRASBOURG
BlackTeam” CLICHY-ECHECS-92

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Be7 4. c3 c5 5. dxc5 Nf6 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. Ne4 O-O 8. Nf3 Qc7 9. Bc4 b6 10. O-O Rd8 11. Qe2 bxc5 12. Bg5 Bxg5 13. Nexg5 h6 14. Ne4 Nd7 15. Rad1 Bb7 16. Rfe1 N7b6 17. Bb3 a5 18. a3 Ba6 19. c4 Nf4 20. Qc2 Bb7 21. Qc3 f5 22. Ng3 a4 23. Bc2 Qc6 24. h4 Rd4 25. Rxd4 cxd4 26. Qxd4 Qxc4 27. Qxb6 Bxf3 28. Bxf5 exf5 29. gxf3 Rf8 30. h5 Nh3+ 31. Kg2 Nf4+ 32. Kg1 Nh3+ 33. Kg2 Qh4 34. Qe6+ Kh7 35. Qg6+ Kh8 36. Qd6 Rd8 37. Qa6 Nf4+ 38. Kg1 Nh3+ 39. Kg2 Nf4+ 40. Kg1 Kh7 41. Qf1 Nh3+ 42. Kg2 Nf4+ 43. Kg1 Rd2 0-1

Event: TCh-FRA Top 12 2015
Site: Montpellier FRA
Date: 2015.06.01
Round: 3.2
Board: 1
White: So, Wesley – 2778
Black: Vazquez Igarza, Renier – 2606
Result: 1-0
ECO: C42 – Petrov, classical attack, Marshall variation
WhiteTeam: CLICHY-ECHECS-92
BlackTeam: MONTPELLIER

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. c4 c6 9. Re1 Bf5 10. Qc2 Nd7 11. Nc3 Ndf6 12. Ne5 Bg6 13. Nxg6 Bxh2+ 14. Kxh2 Ng4+ 15. Kg1 fxg6 16. Bxe4 Qh4 17. Bf3 Qh2+ 18. Kf1 Rae8 19. Rxe8 Rxe8 20. Ne4 Qh1+ 21. Ke2 Qg1 22. cxd5 cxd5 23. Bxg4 Rxe4+ 24. Kf3 h5 25. Be6+ Kh7 26. Qc8 1-0

Event: TCh-FRA Top 12 2015
Site: Montpellier FRA
Date: 2015.06.02
Round: 4.6
Board: 2
White: So, Wesley – 2778
Black: Iordachescu, Viorel – 2588
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: C42 – Petrov, Nimzovich attack
WhiteTeam: CLICHY-ECHECS-92
BlackTeam: METZ FISCHER

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nd7 9. O-O-O c6 10. Bd3 Ne5 11. Nxe5 dxe5 12. Qe2 Qa5 13. Kb1 Be6 14. c4 Rae8 15. Rhe1 Bb4 16. c3 Be7 17. Bc1 Rd8 18. Bc2 Rxd1 19. Rxd1 Rd8 20. Re1 Bf6 21. a4 Qc7 22. h4 Qd7 23. Rd1 Qc8 24. Rxd8+ Qxd8 25. h5 Qd7 26. f3 Qd6 27. g4 g6 28. Be3 a6 29. a5 Qd8 30. Bb6 Qd6 31. Be3 Qd8 32. Bb6 Qd6 33. hxg6 hxg6 34. Be3 Qd8 35. Bb6 Qd6 36. Bd3 Bg5 37. Kc2 Kg7 38. b4 Bf4 39. Bc5 Qd8 40. Bb6 Qd6 41. Bc5 Qd8 42. Bb6 Qd6 43. Bc5 1/2-1/2

Event: TCh-FRA Top 12 2015
Site: Montpellier FRA
Date: 2015.06.03
Round: 5.3
Board: 4
White: Savina, Anastasia – 2417
Black: So, Wesley – 2778
Result: 0-1
ECO: D85 – Gruenfeld exchange variation
WhiteTeam: VANDOEUVRE-ECHECS
BlackTeam: CLICHY-ECHECS-92

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bd2 Nb6 6. e3 Bg7 7. f4 c5 8. dxc5 N6d7 9. Na4 e5 10. Nf3 exf4 11. exf4 O-O 12. Be2 Qe7 13. O-O Nxc5 14. Nxc5 Qxc5+ 15. Kh1 Nc6 16. Rc1 Qb6 17. Bc4 Bxb2 18. Ng5 Bf5 19. Rc3 Bxc3 20. Bxc3 h6 21. Qa1 Rad8 22. Nf3 Kh7 23. Qe1 Qc5 24. Bb3 f6 25. Bb2 Bg4 26. Nh4 Bf5 27. Nxf5 Qxf5 28. Qf2 Qa5 29. Qg3 Nd4 30. Ba3 Qb5 31. Rg1 Ne2 32. Qe1 Rfe8 33. Bf7 Nxg1 34. Bxe8 Qxe8 0-1

Event: TCh-FRA Top 12 2015
Site: Montpellier FRA
Date: 2015.06.04
Round: 6.5
Board: 2
White: So, Wesley – 2778
Black: Edouard, Romain – 2627
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: D27 – QGA classical, 6…a6
WhiteTeam: CLICHY-ECHECS-92
BlackTeam: BISCHWILLER

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 dxc4 4. e3 e6 5. Bxc4 c5 6. O-O a6 7. dxc5 Qxd1 8. Rxd1 Bxc5 9. Be2 b6 10. Nbd2 Bb7 11. Nc4 Nbd7 12. Nd4 O-O 13. Nb3 Be7 14. f3 Rad8 15. Kf2 Ba8 16. Bd2 Nd5 17. e4 Nb4 18. a3 Nc6 19. Be3 b5 20. Nca5 Nxa5 21. Nxa5 Ne5 22. Nb3 Rxd1 23. Rxd1 Rc8 24. Bd4 Nc4 25. Rc1 f5 26. exf5 exf5 27. Na5 Bd5 28. Nxc4 bxc4 29. Rd1 Be6 30. f4 Kf7 31. Bf3 Rb8 32. Rd2 Bf6 33. Bxf6 Kxf6 34. Ke3 Rb3+ 35. Kd4 c3 36. bxc3 Rxa3 37. c4 a5 38. Bd5 a4 39. Rb2 Bxd5 40. cxd5 Ra1 41. Rb6+ Kf7 42. Ke5 a3 43. Ra6 a2 44. Kxf5 g6+ 45. Kg4 h6 46. g3 Kg7 47. Ra7+ Kf6 48. Ra6+ Kg7 49. Ra8 Kf7 50. Ra5 Kg7 51. Ra6 Rd1 52. Rxa2 h5+ 53. Kh4 Rxd5 54. Ra7+ Kh6 55. Ra6 Rd2 56. Kh3 Rf2 57. Ra7 Rb2 58. Re7 Ra2 59. Re6 Rf2 60. Rd6 Kg7 61. Kh4 Kh6 62. Kh3 Kg7 63. Rd7+ Kh6 64. Rf7 Ra2 65. Re7 Rb2 66. Re1 Ra2 67. Rb1 Rc2 68. Rb6 Rf2 69. Re6 Kg7 70. Kh4 Kh6 71. h3 Rf1 72. Rf6 Rf2 73.
Rf8 Rf3 74. Rf6 1/2-1/2

Event: TCh-FRA Top 12 2015
Site: Montpellier FRA
Date: 2015.06.05
Round: 7.4
Board: 2
White: Cossin, Sebastien – 2516
Black: So, Wesley – 2778
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: D70 – Neo-Gruenfeld defence
WhiteTeam: L’ECHIQUIER CHALONNAIS
BlackTeam: CLICHY-ECHECS-92

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O Qd6 10. h4 Rd8 11. Nb5 Qd7 12. h5 a6 13. Nc3 Bxd4 14. hxg6 fxg6 15. Bxd4 Qxd4 16. Qf4 Qf6 17. Rxd8+ Nxd8 18. Qxc7 Bd7 19. Qh2 Qf7 20. Nh3 Bxh3 21. Qxh3 Ne6 22. Kb1 Rd8 23. Qh6 Nf4 24. Qg5 Qf6 25. Qh6 Qf7 26. Qg5 Rf8 27. g3 Ne6 28. Qh6 Qg7 29. Qe3 Qd4 30. Qxd4 Nxd4 31. f4 e5 32. fxe5 Nf3 33. Bh3 Nxe5 34. Rf1 Rxf1+ 35. Bxf1 Kf7 36. Kc2 Ke6 37. b4 Nc6 38. a3 Ke5 39. Kd3 Nd4 40. Bh3 h5 41. Nd5 Nxd5 42. exd5 Nf5 43. g4 hxg4 44. Bxg4 b5 45. Bd1 Kxd5 46. a4 Ke5 47. axb5 axb5 48. Bf3 Nd4 49. Bg4 Ne6 50. Ke3 Nc7 51. Be2 1/2-1/2

Event: TCh-FRA Top 12 2015
Site: Montpellier FRA
Date: 2015.06.06
Round: 8.2
Board: 1
White: Demuth, Adrien – 2515
Black: So, Wesley – 2778
Result: 0-1
ECO: A09 – Reti, advance variation
WhiteTeam: POITIERS-MIGNE
BlackTeam: CLICHY-ECHECS-92

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 d4 3. b4 f6 4. e3 e5 5. c5 a5 6. Qa4+ Nc6 7. b5 Nb4 8. a3 Nd5 9. exd4 exd4 10. Qxd4 Qe7+ 11. Be2 Qxc5 12. O-O Qxd4 13. Nxd4 Bc5 14. Bb2 Nge7 15. Bc4 Bd7 16. Re1 Nb6 17. Bb3 O-O-O 18. Ne6 Bxe6 19. Bxe6+ Kb8 20. Bc3 Bd4 21. Ra2 Bxc3 22. dxc3 Ng6 23. Kf1 Nf4 24. g3 Nxe6 25. Rxe6 Rd5 26. a4 Rd1+ 27. Re1 Rxe1+ 28. Kxe1 Re8+ 29. Kd2 Re4 30. Kd3 Rxa4 31. Re2 Ra1 32. Nd2 a4 33. c4 Rc1 34. Kd4 a3 35. c5 a2 36. Nb3 Rc4+ 37. Kd3 Rxc5 38. Rxa2 Rxb5 39. Nd4 Rd5 40. Kc3 Re5 0-1

Event: TCh-FRA Top 12 2015
Site: Montpellier FRA
Date: 2015.06.07
Round: 9.6
Board: 1
White: So, Wesley – 2778
Black: Sasikiran, Krishnan – 2642
Result: 1-0
ECO: D37 – QGD, classical variation (5.Bf4)
WhiteTeam: CLICHY-ECHECS-92
BlackTeam: GRASSE ECHECS

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. d4 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. a3 a6 8. c5 Ne4 9. Rc1 f5 10. h3 c6 11. Bd3 Bf6 12. Na4 Ng5 13. Nxg5 Bxg5 14. b4 Bf6 15. Bd6 Be7 16. Bh2 Rf7 17. O-O g6 18. Kh1 Bf6 19. f3 Bg7 20. Qd2 e5 21. e4 f4 22. exd5 cxd5 23. Bc2 exd4 24. Bb3 Ne5 25. Nb6 Be6 26. Nxa8 Qxa8 27. Qxd4 Nxf3 28. Qd3 Nxh2 29. Kxh2 Rf5 30. Rcd1 Bf7 31. Qf3 Qd8 32. Rd3 Qd7 33. Kh1 h5 34. Rfd1 d4 35. Re1 Bxb3 36. Rxb3 Kh7 37. Re4 Qf7 38. Rb1 g5 39. Rbe1 g4 40. Qd3 Kh6 41. Re6+ Kg5 42. Re7 Qf8 43. Re8 Qf7 44. R1e7 Qf6 45. Re6 Qf7 46. R8e7 Qf8 47. Rxg7+ Qxg7 48. h4+ Kxh4 49. Qxf5 Kg3 1-0

Event: TCh-FRA Top 12 2015
Site: Montpellier FRA
Date: 2015.06.08
Round: 10.5
Board: 1
White: So, Wesley – 2778
Black: Fedorchuk, Sergey A. – 2657
Result: 0-1
ECO: A27 – English, three knights system
WhiteTeam: CLICHY-ECHECS-92
BlackTeam: EVRY GRAND ROQUE

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 Bc5 4. a3 d6 5. b4 Bb6 6. e3 Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8. g4 Bg6 9. d4 exd4 10. exd4 a6 11. Bg2 h5 12. O-O hxg4 13. hxg4 Qd7 14. Re1+ Kf8 15. c5 Ba7 16. d5 Nce7 17. Qd4 Rd8 18. Bb2 f6 19. Qf4 Nh6 20. g5 Qg4 21. Qd2 Nf7 22. gxf6 gxf6 23. Qd4 Ne5 24. Qxg4 Nxg4 25. Nd4 Kf7 26. Ne6 Rdg8 27. Nxc7 Ne5 28. cxd6 Nc8 29. d7 Nf3+ 30. Kf1 Bd3+ 31. Re2 Rh1+ 0-1

Event: TCh-FRA Top 12 2015
Site: Montpellier FRA
Date: 2015.06.09
Round: 11.4
Board: 1
White: Navara, David – 2751
Black: So, Wesley – 2778
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: D45 – QGD semi-Slav Stoltz variation
WhiteTeam: MULHOUSE PHILIDOR
BlackTeam: CLICHY-ECHECS-92

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O e5 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. e4 exd4 11. Nxd5 Nxd5 12. exd5 h6 13. b3 Nf6 14. Bb2 Nxd5 15. Qc4 Nb4 16. Rad1 Nxd3 17. Rxd3 Be7 18. Nxd4 Qb6 19. Nb5 Be6 20. Qd4 Qxd4 21. Bxd4 Rfc8 22. Bxa7 Rc2 23. Be3 Bf5 24. Rd5 Be6 25. Rd3 Bf5 26. Rd5 Be6 27. Rdd1 Bg4 1/2-1/2

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