32-year-old French grandmaster Laurient Fressinet makes his first start in the Sigeman Chess Tournament.
Fressinet is number 3 on the French rating list and has been a regular on the French national team for the last 10 years. He has participated in many tournaments on the level right below the top. His best result is perhaps second place in the individual European championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in 2012. In this year's European championship he finished in tenth place.
Laurient also won the French championship in 2010 and he has had a number of good results playing rapid and lightning chess tournaments. He has finished in second place twice in the European lightning chess championships and won the French rapid chess championship in both 2009 and 2011.
Fressinet is the tournament's highest rated player and has to be considered the favorite in the race for first place.