Gilles Andruet

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Gilles Andruet
Gilles Andruet.jpg
Country  France
Born (1958-03-30)30 March 1958
Versailles, France
Died 22 August 1995(1995-08-22) (aged 37)
Saulx-les-Chartreux, France
Title International Master
Peak rating 2450

Gilles Andruet (born 30 March 1958, Versailles – 22 August 1995 near Saulx-les-Chartreux, Essonne) was a French chess player, an International Master and a former national champion.[1] He was the son of rally driver Jean-Claude Andruet.

Chess career[edit]

Andruet was a member of the French team at the 1982, 1984 and 1988 Chess Olympiad.[2] In 1988 he won the French Chess Championship and reached his peak Elo rating (2450).[3] During the 1989 Championship, Andruet was involved in a violent altercation with Jean-Luc Seret and subsequently withdrew from the tournament despite the fact that he was in the lead after 10 of 14 rounds.[4] He played less regularly after 1991.

Murder and subsequent trial[edit]

Andruet was also a gambler. Starting in 1993, he regularly played backgammon and blackjack in casinos and although he initially won significant amounts of money, he eventually became a pathological gambler riddled with debt.[5] On August 22, 1995, Andruet's body was found on the shores of the Yvette in Saulx-les-Chartreux. He had been beaten to death. The investigation focused on Joseph Liany and his son Franck who had presumably helped Andruet cash a check of 398,000 French francs. Josepth Liany was eventually tried eight years later, convicted of murder and sentenced to a 15-year prison term. His son Franck received a seven-year sentence for his role in the affair. Joseph Liany subsequently identified his nephew Sacha Rhoul as the man solely responsible for the murder. A new trial in 2006 cleared Liany but convicted Rhoul in absentia.[6] Rhoul had been living in Marrakech where he and his father managed the Palais Rhoul, a well-known luxury hotel. Jean-Claude Andruet, Gilles' father repeatedly called for the arrest and extradition of Rhoul.[7] On February 25, 2010, Moroccan authorities arrested Rhoul following an Interpol mandate and extradited him on March 6. Four years later, Sacha Rhoul was acquitted.[8]


This article is largely a translation of that appearing on the French Wikipedia site - see the language link in the left margin to gain access.

  1. ^ Gilles Andruet player profile and games at
  2. ^ See 25th Chess Olympiad: Lucerne 1982, 26th Chess Olympiad: Thessaloniki 1984 and 28th Chess Olympiad: Thessaloniki 1988 and Gilles Andruet at OlimpBase
  3. ^ FIDE rating history: Andruet, Gilles at OlimpBase
  4. ^ Epinal 1989 - 64ème championnat de France
  5. ^ Neal, Urba (2008-01-20). "Retour sur le meurtre du génie des échecs" (in French). Bakchich. Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Meurtre d'un ancien champion d'échecs : l'accusé acquitté en appel" (in French). AFP. 2006-03-17. 
  7. ^ Mouhoubi, Samy (2010-02-18). "Affaire Andruet : le combat acharné d’un père "révulsé"" (in French). France-Soir. Archived from the original on 21 February 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Sacha Rhoul acquitté du meurtre du joueur d'échecs Gilles Andruet". Le Monde (in French). 30 January 2014. 

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