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GRAND PRIX DE MONACO AEPA CONCLUDED

Monaco Chess Federation celebrated the 60+1 anniversary of AEPA (French Chess Association for visually impaired players) by organising the Grand Prix de Monaco AEPA chess tournament. The event took place from 31st October-4th November in Stadium Louis II playing venue.

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The event participated 33 visually impaired chess players, coming from 7 European federations: Monaco,France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlans, Canada, Tunisia. Among the participants were also seven U8 and U10 youth players.

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After 7 played rounds, the Winner became Olivier Deville,  in 2017 and 2018, with impressive score of 6.5 points. (French champion 2017 and 2018). Hugo Roman (BEL) took silver medal thanks to the better tiebreaks than Tufek Absaba (FRA), since they tied for the 2nd place, each with 5.5 points. The best women player was Clémentine Kruk with score of 5 points.

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The event was opened by Colonel Luc Fringant (Aide de Camp Prince Albert II) who made the honorary first move, in the presence of Stephane Valeri, Président of the Monaco Parliament.

The event was organized by Monaco Chess Federation and AEPA,  with support of Monaco GVT, Societe des Bains de Mer and European Chess Union.

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