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Himal Gusain dominates 1st Saint-Macaire Autumn Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/11/2023

IM Himal Gusain scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win 1st Saint-Macaire Autumn Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the field. IM Floryan Eugene (FRA) scored sole 8/9 to secure second place. IM Radoslaw Barski (POL) scored 7/9 to be placed third. Himal's sole draw of the event was against the eventual runner-up, Floryan in the sixth round. He defeated the second runner-up, Barski in the fifth round. The total prize fund of the tournament was €5000. The first prize was €1000 and a trophy. This is Himal's sixth tournament triumph of the year, second in France. A couple of months ago, he won 14th Vaujany Open 2023. Photos: Tristan Roselle

Himal's sixth tournament triumph of 2023

IM Himal Gusain was the sole leader 7.5/8 heading into the final round. IM Floryan Eugene (FRA) was the only player trailing him by a half point 7/8. Himal defeated Tristan Roselle (FRA) in the final round to become clear champion. Floryan won against FM Nicolas Le Hetet (FRA) and IM Radoslaw Barski (POL) scored a victory against Sylvain Eche (FRA). Floryan finished second, Barski third.

Champion - IM Himal Gusain 8.5/9

Runner-up - IM Floryan Eugene (FRA, right) 8/9

Second Runner-up - IM Radoslaw Barski (POL, right) 7/9

The prize winners

Himal - Tristan, Round 9

White to play

In the final round, IM Himal Gusain (2437) faced the tournament organizer, Tristan Roselle (2178). The endgame continued 1.e6 Re5 2.g6 Kg4 3.Kg2 Re2+ and White went on to win the game. Try to find out a nice trick which Black missed instead of playing Re2+.

IM Himal Gusain scored an unbeaten 8.5/9, finished a half point ahead of the field and gained 16.3 Elo rating points

Players in action

The tournament hall at Chateâu de Tades in Saint Macaire, France

"Our organising team was delighted to have such a humble and sympathetic winner, and we hope that many Indian players will do us the honour of taking part in our next tournaments!" - Tristan Roselle.


Thanks to Tristan Roselle, tournament organizer, for sharing the photos and info about the event.


A total of 71 players including 3 IMs took part from five countries all over the world in this five-day nine round Rating Open tournament. It was organized by Tristan Roselle at Chateâu de Tardes in a medieval town named Saint-Macaire in France from 21st to 25th October 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move.

Final standings

Pl NomEloCat.FedeLigueClubPtsTr.Cu.Perf
1mGUSAIN Himal2437 FSenM44½432670
2mEUGENE Floryan2426 FSenMPDLEchiquier Club Le Mans845422502
3mBARSKI Radoslaw2440 FSenM746362388
4 RODRIGUEZ Augustin2127 FBenMNAQAGJA-Echiquier Aquitaine44½342131
5 MERLIN Paul1834 FSenMNAQUnion Saint Bruno-Bordeaux Echecs3933½1984
6fLE HETET Nicolas2342 FSenMNAQEchiquier Agenais644½35½2257
7 ROSELLE Tristan2178 FSenMNAQSud Gironde Echecs64332½2209
8 DIEZ Agathe1896 FCadFNAQAGJA-Echiquier Aquitaine64331½1942
9 GARRIDO Mihai1959 FJunMNAQAGJA-Echiquier Aquitaine642½332019
10 XANDRY Benny2016 FSenMNAQMimizan le Fou Ensable (ASEM)640½321941



Tournament details

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