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M Vachier-Lagrave 
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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Number of games in database: 1,629
Years covered: 1998 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2788 (2784 rapid, 2872 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2792
Overall record: +505 -163 =584 (63.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      377 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (200) 
    B30 B90 B31 B40 B33
 Ruy Lopez (164) 
    C67 C65 C69 C78 C95
 French Defense (71) 
    C07 C10 C05 C03 C00
 Caro-Kann (57) 
    B12 B14 B11 B13 B10
 French Tarrasch (49) 
    C07 C05 C03 C06 C08
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (37) 
    C95 C89 C84 C94 C93
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (334) 
    B90 B22 B96 B51 B92
 Grunfeld (146) 
    D85 D86 D80 D70 D78
 Sicilian Najdorf (104) 
    B90 B96 B92 B91 B93
 English (67) 
    A15 A10 A13 A18 A17
 King's Indian (45) 
    E60 E92 E94 E62 E90
 English, 1 c4 e5 (31) 
    A29 A20 A22 A28 A23
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Fontaine vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2007 0-1
   Morozevich vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 0-1
   A David vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 0-1
   Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 0-1
   G Meier vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2012 0-1
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2014 1/2-1/2
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren, 2013 1-0
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011 1-0
   Anand vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 0-1
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lausanne Young Masters (2006)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   French Championships (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   Corus Group B (2007)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   French Championship (2008)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   World Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   World Cup (2015)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vachier Lagrave wild games collection by ionnn
   MJCB's favorite MVL games by MJCB
   2000 WYCC (open) U-10 by gauer
   2003 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer
   2004 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer
   Grunfeld 1st collection by Justs99171

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(born Oct-21-1990, 25 years old) France

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was born in Nogent-sur-Marne, just outside of Paris. A genuine prodigy, he became the then second-youngest grandmaster in the world in 2005, at the age of 14 years 4 months (Magnus Carlsen was the youngest at that time).


<Age – French Nationals> Vachier-Lagrave won the French U8 championship in 1997, aged 6 with a TPR of 1643. 2 years later in 1999 at the age of 8, he won the U10 Championship with 7/8. The following year in 2000, the 9 year-old won the national U12 championship and in 2002, the then 11 year old took out the U16 French championship. In 2003, the 12 year old was runner up in the U18 championships but won the U20 Championship in 2004, aged 13, with a score of 8/9 and a TPR of 2604.

<Age – World> In 2000, Vachier-Lagrave came =2nd (3rd on count back) in the World U-10 championship with 8½ points out of 11 behind winner Ngoc Truongson Nguyen and alongside Sergey Karjakin (but behind on count back) with a TPR of 2234. The following year, he came 3rd in the World U12 Championship with 8 points out of 11. Two years later in 2003, he came second on count back to Sergei Zhigalko in the U14 World Championship with 9/11. Then in 2005, Vachier-Lagrave finished =2nd behind Aleksandr Lenderman (3rd on countback behind Ian Nepomniachtchi) in the U16 World Championship with 8½ out of 11. All these near misses were a precursor to winning the 48th World Junior Championship (2009) in tiebreak over Sergei Zhigalko. Both had scored 10.5/13 in the tournament. His title win has qualified him for participation in the World Cup (2011).

<French City and Nationals> Vachier-Lagrave gained his first GM norm when came =1st alongside GMs Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Konstantin Landa, Jean-Marc Degraeve, Amir Bagheri, Alberto David and Pavel Tregubov at the Paris championships of 2004; on countback the then FIDE Master came =3rd. He also won the Championship of Paris in 2007 and 2008. In 2005, he came =2nd (3rd on count back) behind Joel Lautier at the French Championship with 7/11 and a TPR of 2660. The following year, he finished 5th at the French Championship with 6 points out of 11 and a TPR of 2608. He won the French Championships (2007) after beating GM Vladislav Tkachiev in tiebreak match, both players having finished with 7.5 out of 11. He came second in the 2008 French Championship behind Etienne Bacrot and again came 2nd, this time behind Tkachiev, in the 2009 French Championship with 8/11. He did not compete in the 2010 event, but won the French Championships (2011) with 7/11 (+3 =8). He placed =1st in the French Championship (2012), and was declared co-champion alongside Christian Bauer, Romain Edouard and Etienne Bacrot.

<Continental> Vachier-Lagrave came =2nd (6th on count back) with 8/11 and a 2750 TPR at the 9th European Individual Championships (2007), half point behind Tiviakov. He came =5th at the European Individual Championship (2008) with 7/9, a point behind winner Jan Werle, and half a point behind 2-4th Viktor Laznicka, Nigel Short and Michael Adams.

<World> He competed in the World Cup (2009) and in his first attempt, he reached the fourth round, defeating Yu Shaoteng in round one, Georg Meier in round two, Yu Yangyi in round three before bowing out to the eventual winner of the tournament, Boris Gelfand. He qualified for the World Cup (2011) as 2009 World Junior Champion, although he would have otherwise qualified via his rating. In the first round, he defeated Bangladeshi GM Ziaur Rahman but lost to Chinese GM Bu Xiangzhi in round two in the rapid game tiebreaker after they drew the classical-games mini-match. Vachier-Lagrave was one of the President's nominees to the World Cup (2013), where he defeated US GM Alexander Shabalov in the first round, GM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez in the second round, his 2nd Cuban opponent, GM Leinier Dominguez Perez in the third round, the previous World Champion Challenger Israeli GM Boris Gelfand in the Round of 16 (round 4), and American-Italian GM Fabiano Caruana in the quarter final (round 5). However, he was eliminated by former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik in the tiebreaker of the semi-final (round 6). Although he did not qualify for the Candidates, his final four placement in the Cup assured his qualification for World Cup 2015 and for the Grand Prix series 2014-15.

Vachier-Lagrave did not play in the first leg of the Grand Prix series 2014-15 played in Baku, but contested the second: FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014). He scored a solid 6/11, placing 4th-7th and accumulating his first points for the series, namely 75 points allocated to each of the place getters who scored 6/11. At the FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015), he scored 5/11 and accumulated only 40 GP points, thereby eliminating him from contention for the qualifying top 2 places in the series. He played in the final leg of the series, the FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), where he experienced a severe lapse of form scoring only 3.5/11 to finish last.

He did however qualify for the World Cup (2015) by rating, and defeated Cuban GM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez, Armenian GM Gabriel Sargissian, Russian GM Evgeny Tomashevsky and Filipino-American GM Wesley So to advance to the quarter final where he lost to Anish Giri and exited the tournament.


His earliest serious success was winning the 50th APSAP International Tournament in Paris in February 2002 at the age of 11, scoring 6/9. In Dec 2004, he gained his second GM norm when he won the NAO GM Tournament with 6/9 (TPR 2605). He gained his third GM norm at the GM Tournament in Évry in Feb 2005, finishing second with 7½/9 (TPR of 2712). Later that year he won the Premier Open Gratuit Évry with 7/7. In 2006, he played his first Aeroflot, competing in the A1 division, scoring 6/9 and finishing =5th (6th on count back) with a TPR of 2775, half a point behind the leaders. Also in 2006, he won the Lausanne Young Masters (2006) ahead of Vugar Gashimov, Wang Yue, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Alexander Areshchenko, Borki Predojevic, Koneru Humpy and Tatiana Kosintseva. In 2007, he competed at Corus Group B (2007), finishing =2nd (5th on count back) of with 8 points out of 13, a point behind the winner, Pavel Eljanov. In 2008, he won the Gyorgy Marx VI (2008) in Hungary with 7/10. In 2009 Vachier-Lagrave won Biel International Chess Festival (2009) in a breakthrough performance over Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Morozevich, and Boris Gelfand. 2010 saw him come =1st in a field of fellow junior super-grandmasters at the Biel Chess Festival (2010) with 5.5/9, but came third on tiebreak behind Fabiano Caruana and Ngoc Truongson Nguyen respectively. In Oct 2010, he won the quadrangular Unive Tournament (2010) 4.5/6 and he subsequently finished =5th at Tata Steel (2011) behind Hikaru Nakamura, Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian and Carlsen alongside Vladimir Kramnik with 7.5/13, scored 5.5/9 at Aeroflot Open (2011) and placing =3rd with Alexey Shirov behind Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Morozevich respectively, and won the French Championships (2011) in August before proceeding to the 2011 World Cup. He came third in the 15th Unive (Crown Group) (2011) with 2.5/6 (=5 -1) behind a rampaging Kramnik (4.5/6) and Anish Giri (3/6). A disappointing performance in the Tradewise Gibraltar (2012) (6/10) saw his rating slip well below 2700, a situation which was not redressed at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) where he only scored 7/11 or in the 2011-12 Bundesliga where he only scored 3/6. However, a strong performance in the 2012 Olympiad playing top board for France and an outright win with 6/10 in the category 18 SPICE Cup (2012) in October restored him to the 2700 club. Vachier-Lagrave finished 2012 by competing in the World Cities Team Championship (see below under "Team") and in the concurrently played Al Ain Classic. After his Paris team was eliminated, he exercised his right to bring his 4 games from the Cities Championship and to slot into the 5th round of the Al Ain Classic that was running simultaneously; he scored 7/9, sharing =1st with Romain Edouard but placing 2nd on tiebreak.

2013 started with a modest result in the Basel Chess Festival 2013, with Vachier-Lagrave placing 5th with 5/7, a half point behind the 4 co-leaders on 5.5. He then picked up a gear by placing =1st alongside Chanda Sandipan, Nikita Vitiugov and Nigel Short in the Tradewise Gibraltar (2013) tournament, but ended up at =3rd with Sandipan after losing to Short in the Tradewise Gibraltar (Tiebreaks) (2013). He scored 7/10 at the Reykjavik Open (2013), a point off the lead, and an average result by his standards. In April 2013, he placed =4th at the category 20 Alekhine Memorial (2013) with 4.5/9 (+2 -2 =5). In August 2013 in the lead up to the World Cup, Vachier-Lagrave won the category 19 Biel (2013). Afterwards, he came 3rd in the category 21 quadrangular Bilbao Masters (2013) behind Levon Aronian and Michael Adams.

2014 started with a good result at Tradewise Gibraltar (2014), where he scored 7.5/10 to place 4th and accumulate some handy rating points to take him into the top 10 for the first time. In August, he was =4th at the Sinquefield Cup (2014), the event in which Caruana spreadagled an extremly strong field. Vachier-Lagrave won the Biel (2014) with 6.5/10 and was one of the runners-up in the PokerStars IoM Masters (2014) in October 2014, a point behind Nigel Short.

2015 started strongly with 2nd at the Tata Steel (2015) with 8.5/13, a half point behind the winner, Carlsen, on tiebreak ahead of Giri, Wesley So and Ding Liren respectively. A mediocre performance at the category 22 Norway Chess (2015) event in June saw him place =5th, with 4/9 (+1 -2 =6). However, he made a spirited return to form by winning the category 19 round robin Biel (2015) tournament, scoring 6.5/10 (+4 =5 -1). This was followed by equal second at the Sinquefield Cup (2015) with 5.5/9, a point behind the winner Levon Aronian. He finished the year with equal first at the London Chess Classic (2015) alongside Carlsen and Giri. He won a playoff against Giri but lost to Carlsen in the second playoff to place second overall in the event.

2016 started with equal first on points alongside Hikaru Nakamura at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2016). However, he was relegated to second prize after he lost the last game of a hard fought rapid/blitz/Armageddon playoff by 2-3.


Vachier-Lagrave played first reserve for France at the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) in Turin, scoring 6/10 (+3 =6 -1). At the 38th Olympiad (2008) in Dresden, he played 2nd board scoring 6.5/11. Playing top board at the 39th Chess Olympiad (2010) in Khantiy-Mansiysk, he scored 5/11. He played top board for France in the Chess Olympiad (2012), scoring 6.5/10 and in the Chess Olympiad (2014), this time scoring 6/10.

European Team Championship

Vachier-Lagrave played for France in the European Team Chess Championships (2007) (board 4), the European Team Championship (2011) (board 2) and the European Team Championship (2013) (board 2), helping his team to win silver in 2013. At the European Team Championship (2015), he won individual silver for board one, his team placing fourth.


Vachier-Lagrave started playing in the U16 French team championship in 1997. Team results include U16 French championship 2004-2005: first board for NAO Chess Club, 7 points from 7 games, with the NAO-CC winning the club title. The following season, in 2005-06, in the U16 French championship he was again first board for NAO Chess Club, 7 points from 7 games, NAO-CC again earning the title. Also in 2005-2006, playing for the NAO team, he scored 6½ points from 8 games. NAO-CC won the championship for the fourth time in a row.

He is a regular participant in the German Bundesliga and in the French team championships. In 2012, he scored 8/10 in the French Top 12 competition, helping his team Clichy to victory in the event. He played board 1 for Paris in the recent World Cities Team Championship (2012), and helped his team to the round of 16 before being unexpectedly eliminated by Baku. In 2013, he helped his team Clichy to win the French Top 12 league and his Spanish team Sestao Naturgas Energia to win the Spanish CECLUB.

In October 2013, he played top board for Clichy Echecs 92 at the European Club Cup (2013), winning individual silver and helping his team to fourth place in the league. He also played board 3 for Obiettivo Risarcimento in the European Club Cup (2014) and board four for that team in the European Club Cup (2015), again winning individual silver with his team coming in fourth.


Vachier-Lagrave won the European Blitz Championship (2010) ahead of Vassily Ivanchuk. He also won the European Blitz Championship of 2012, this time ahead of Gabriel Sargissian. In December 2014, he was =2nd in both the rapid and blitz sections of the chess event at the annual Mind Games held in Beijing.

Ratings and rankings

Vachier-Lagrave's highest ranking so far occurred in January 2016, when he was rated 2785 and ranked world #7.

References and sources

live ratings:]; Twitter:!/Vachier_Lagr...; and Wikipedia article: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Last updated 6 February 2016

 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,629  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Vachier-Lagrave vs H Frade-Marques 0-135 1998 FRA-chJM7B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
2. M Vachier-Lagrave vs J Hirth  ½-½29 1998 FRA-chJM7C02 French, Advance
3. M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Amadi  1-031 1999 FRA-ch U10C00 French Defense
4. N Innocente vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-126 1999 FranceB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Cosma  ½-½62 1999 Val Thorens opB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
6. T Heinz vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-135 1999 FRA-ch U10B33 Sicilian
7. C Veron vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-063 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
8. D Andreikin vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-049 1999 Wch U10B27 Sicilian
9. F Brethes vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-144 1999 FRA-ch U10B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
10. M Choisy vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-143 1999 FRA-chT U18B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
11. F Libiszewski vs M Vachier-Lagrave  1-047 1999 Val Thorens opA07 King's Indian Attack
12. M Vachier-Lagrave vs E Bonnet  0-146 1999 WCh U10 BoysB40 Sicilian
13. M Vachier-Lagrave vs E Bonnet 0-112 1999 FRA-ch U10B23 Sicilian, Closed
14. M Vachier-Lagrave vs O Jany  1-049 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opA07 King's Indian Attack
15. M Vachier-Lagrave vs M Rodshtein 1-038 1999 Wch U10B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
16. M Vachier-Lagrave vs S Boudehen 1-043 1999 FRA-chT U18C47 Four Knights
17. M Vachier-Lagrave vs E Leloup  ½-½41 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opB44 Sicilian
18. M Vachier-Lagrave vs V Golubenko  0-137 1999 Wch U10B30 Sicilian
19. M Vachier-Lagrave vs G Henry  1-041 1999 FRA-ch U10C28 Vienna Game
20. F Versepuy vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½25 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opA57 Benko Gambit
21. S Marchenko vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-140 1999 Wch U10B27 Sicilian
22. M Vachier-Lagrave vs T L'Huillier  1-039 1999 FRA-ch U10C26 Vienna
23. O Roux vs M Vachier-Lagrave  1-049 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opB27 Sicilian
24. P Brodowski vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-143 1999 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
25. N Ababou vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-161 1999 FRA-ch U10B33 Sicilian
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Sep-21-15  Talimuzakh: <houvre de hors>. Masarap iyan, masarap sa pagkaka latag at ayos sa plato, at sakto sa vino na ka pares, - ang tapa'ng kabayo. 'Di na kelangan pang mag tour sa Paris para mag try,...
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to MVL!
Oct-22-15  epistle: Greetings to one of my recent favourite players! May you play So a lot more so you can increase your ELO!
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  offramp: In the photo of Maxime on this page what is the dark hemispherical object next to the captured white pieces?
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  Shams: <offramp> For some reason Bilbao Masters 2013 had these convex mirrors on the table.

My guess is that the organizers thought it would be a nice touch for the players to be able to discreetly see who was around them.

Nov-23-15  zanzibar: Kinda creepy... here's a view from another angle:

And a photo-montage of the "device" in action:

(But seriously, thanks Shams. Originally I was thinking it was a nice style French bowler hat

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  offramp: <zanzibar: Kinda creepy... here's a view from another angle:

Here is what I saw: http://www.the-prisoner-6.freeserve...

Nov-25-15  zanzibar: <offramp> Indeed, in its own way, one of the creepiest shows ever.

And certainly one of my personal favorites of the 60's, if not of all time.

OK, enough accolades...

Be seeing you!

Dec-17-15  Hawkman: < 7 Vachier-Lagrave 2784.5

8 Anand 2784.4
9 Topalov 2780.4
10 So 2775.0 >

I don't think it's fair that MVL the #7 player didn't qualify for the GCT, but the #10 player So did, but I love the underdog and MVL is my new favorite player under 40.

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  Absentee: That's because the first month is counted 12 times, right?
Dec-17-15  Atking: ChessBase report2 on London Tournament <Garry spoke on various topics, including the Grand Chess Tour, the rapid tiebreak playoffs, Kirsan Illyumzhinov and plans for the next yearfs GCT. One of the important points he proposed was to have the final tiebreak on the next day – the winner of Giri and Vachier-Lagrave should take on Magnus on the 14th of December and not immediately, as that would give them enough time to recuperate and regain their energy. However, technically this was not feasible...> Really?? It would have been a courageous and fair decision. Very deceptive considering how well Maxime played during all the tournament and the consequence for him of one playoff for the next year.
Jan-29-16  The Kings Domain: Truly one of the best. If there's one contemporary GM who deserves to be world champion, it's him.
Jan-30-16  Conrad93: Why does Maxime say his weakness is the Najdorf when some of his best games involve the opening?
Feb-01-16  rokko: Congrats to Maxime for reaching the sixth place in live ratings.

And he will play in Norway thanks to the Grand Chess Tour's "demise".

So all's well that ends well.

Mar-12-16  ndg2: He had a short cameo role in the French chess movie "Le Tournoi":
Mar-12-16  Mr. V: <ndg2> What are your thoughts on the movie?
Apr-13-16  Bruce Graham: Maxime breaks into the top five:
Apr-15-16  ndg2: <Mr. V: <ndg2> What are your thoughts on the movie?> I don't think, this movie draws a particular realistic picture of a chessplayers life. Especially Cal's trainer Viktor is exaggerated. A good trainer as Viktor is supposed to be normally does try to reduce a player's weakness and build up his strength instead of forcing his student to play in a particular style.

What I found interesting from a script point was Cal's encounter with his "younger and freer self" Max, which leads to Cal's emancipation from Viktor.

I also don't think, there are just this kind of hot evening pool parties in Budapest Opens.

But I may be wrong :-()

Apr-20-16  shintaro go: excellent win against Giri... MVL is up to his current career live rating high of 2792.5 with still 7 rounds left. Hope he breaks 2800 after Norway.
Jun-06-16  faulty: Well, after beating Rodstein on June 6, MVL reaches live position 4 with 2794.7. WOW, congrats to all fans
Jun-08-16  fisayo123: Nice to see my favourite player doing well. His play with the white pieces and positional skills in general have improved a lot in the last year or so and the results have shown. MVL was actually 2nd in the GCT, only losing out on tie-breaks to a much fresher player (who seems to never lose in tie-breaks).

Hopefully, Maxime can improve his nerves. I've seen him lose on too many occasions due to nerves. Also, better results against Carlsen. I think he respects Carlsen too much sometimes.

If he can work on those two things, there's no reason why he can't be the clear next in line to Carlsen's throne. I certainly don't consider Giri or even Caruana to be better players.

And of course, he needs to be in the next candidates tournament, obviously.

Jun-08-16  Pulo y Gata: MVL is also a favorite of mine. Very strong and very creative. I for one would love to see him challenge for the WCC, specifically against Carlsen - a clash that, to my mind, would be reminiscent of K-K matches of the 80s. Yes, I am comparing his play to Kasparov.

Perhaps he needs to optimize his body with more exercise to maintain his energy during games. A fantastic fighter!

Jun-09-16  Pulo y Gata: Such a fantastic player! Keep on it, man!
Jun-14-16  epistle: He is Nakamura's co-owner--
search "so vs. lagrave"

La Grabe naman. Bokya.


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  MissScarlett: @#$% off!
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