30 March 1958|
|Died||22 August 1995
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. He was the son of rally driver Jean-Claude Andruet.
Andruet was a member of the French team at the 1982, 1984 and 1988 Chess Olympiad. In 1988 he won the French Chess Championship and reached his peak Elo rating (2450). 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. He played less regularly after 1991.
Murder and subsequent trial
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. 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. 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. 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.
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- Gilles Andruet player profile and games at Chessgames.com
- See 25th Chess Olympiad: Lucerne 1982, 26th Chess Olympiad: Thessaloniki 1984 and 28th Chess Olympiad: Thessaloniki 1988 and Gilles Andruet at OlimpBase
- FIDE rating history: Andruet, Gilles at OlimpBase
- Epinal 1989 - 64ème championnat de France
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- "Meurtre d'un ancien champion d'échecs : l'accusé acquitté en appel" (in French). AFP. 2006-03-17.
- 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.
- "Sacha Rhoul acquitté du meurtre du joueur d'échecs Gilles Andruet". Le Monde (in French). 30 January 2014.