Laurent Fressinet

Laurent Fressinet (French pronunciation: ​[loʁɑ̃ fʁɛsiˈnɛ]; born 30 November 1981 in Dax) is a French chess grandmaster. He is a two-time French Chess Champion.

Laurent Fressinet
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Laurent Fressinet at the Alekhine Memorial, 2013
Born (1981-11-30) 30 November 1981 (age 38)
Dax, Landes, France
TitleGrandmaster (2000)
FIDE rating2635 (August 2020)
Peak rating2720 (June 2015)


He won the French Chess Championship in 2010 and 2014. In 2012 he finished second in the European Individual Chess Championship in Plovdiv.

Twice runner-up at the European Blitz Championship, in 2006 and 2007, and French Rapid Chess Champion in 2009 and 2011, Fressinet won the last leg of the French Rapid Grand-Prix in Villandry and finished second in the Grand-Prix Final in Ajaccio in 2012.

In the 2013 Alekhine Memorial tournament, held from 20 April to 1 May, Fressinet finished sixth, with +1−1=7.[1] In May 2014 he won the 22nd Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament in Malmö, Sweden.[2]

In October 2015, Fressinet tied for 1st–3rd with P. Harikrishna and Gabriel Sargissian at the 2nd PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament in Douglas, Isle of Man[3] and won the 4th Anatoly Karpov Trophy rapid tournament in Cap d'Agde by defeating Karpov himself in the final 3-1.[4]

Fressinet is the only one of Magnus Carlsen's seconds to have been part of Magnus' team during all of his World Chess Championship matches: His 2014 World Championship match with Viswanathan Anand,[5] his 2016 World Championship match with Sergey Karjakin and his 2018 World Championship match with Fabiano Caruana.[6]

In April 2019, Fressinet joined chess24 as lead figure of the site's French team together with Josif Dorfman and Jean-Baptiste Mullon.[7]


  1. ^ "Aronian and Gelfand win Alekhine Memorial 2013". ChessBase News. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  2. ^ Friedel, Frederic (2014-05-20). "Fressinet wins 22nd Sigeman Tournament". ChessBase. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  3. ^ "GM Harikrishna wins Isle of Man International on tie-break". Chessdom. 2015-10-13. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  4. ^ Silver, Albert (1 November 2015). "Cap d'Agde: Laurent Fressinet victorious". ChessBase News. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  5. ^ Crowther, Mark (25 November 2014). "World Chess Championship closing ceremony: Putin speaks and Carlsen receives his prizes". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Inside the 2018 World Championship Match". chess24. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Bonjour, chess24!". chess24. 2019-04-29. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

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