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M Vachier-Lagrave 
Photograph 2013, courtesy of "capablancakarpov".  
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Number of games in database: 1,316
Years covered: 1998 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2768 (2728 rapid, 2776 blitz)
Overall record: +457 -140 =467 (64.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      252 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (186) 
    B30 B90 B31 B40 B33
 Ruy Lopez (106) 
    C69 C67 C65 C78 C95
 French Defense (76) 
    C07 C00 C10 C05 C03
 Caro-Kann (49) 
    B12 B14 B13 B10
 French Tarrasch (48) 
    C07 C05 C03 C06 C08
 Sicilian Najdorf (32) 
    B90 B91 B92 B97 B94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (276) 
    B90 B22 B96 B42 B52
 Grunfeld (116) 
    D85 D86 D78 D76 D70
 Sicilian Najdorf (73) 
    B90 B96 B92 B91 B93
 English (57) 
    A15 A10 A13 A18 A17
 King's Indian (41) 
    E60 E92 E94 E62 E61
 Sicilian Dragon (29) 
    B76 B39 B35 B38 B78
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Fontaine vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2007 0-1
   Morozevich vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 0-1
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren, 2013 1-0
   G Meier vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2012 0-1
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011 1-0
   A David vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 0-1
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2011 1-0
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Moiseenko, 2013 1-0
   I Miladinovic vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2008 0-1
   I A Nataf vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2006 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lausanne Young Masters (2006)
   French Championships (2007)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   French Championship (2008)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Corus Group B (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   World Cup (2013)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   French Championship (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Budesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   European Club Cup (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vachier Lagrave wild games collection by ionnn
   MVL'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm

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MAXIME VACHIER-LAGRAVE
(born Oct-21-1990, 23 years old) France

[what is this?]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was born October 21, 1990 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).

Championships

<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, Yangyi Yu 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 the next World Cup in 2015.

Tournaments

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 (albeit live ratings) for the first time. He won the Biel (2014) with 6.5/10.

Olympiads

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.

Team

Vachier-Lagrave is a regular participant in the German Bundesliga and in the French team championships. He 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. 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.

Rapids

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.

Ratings and rankings

Vachier-Lagrave's rating as at 1 August 2014 is:

<Standard> 2768 (French #1; world #9, his highest rating so far);

<Rapid> 2728 (world #26); and

<Blitz> 2776 (world #9).

References and sources

live ratings: http://www.2700chess.com/]; Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Vachier_Lagr...; and Wikipedia article: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave


 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,317  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 S Boudehen 1-043 1999 FRA-chT U18C47 Four Knights
4. M Vachier-Lagrave vs E Leloup  ½-½41 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opB44 Sicilian
5. M Vachier-Lagrave vs V Golubenko  0-137 1999 Wch U10B30 Sicilian
6. M Vachier-Lagrave vs G Henry  1-041 1999 FRA-ch U10C28 Vienna Game
7. F Versepuy vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½25 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opA57 Benko Gambit
8. S Martchenko vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-140 1999 Wch U10B27 Sicilian
9. M Vachier-Lagrave vs T L'Huillier  1-039 1999 FRA-ch U10C26 Vienna
10. O Roux vs M Vachier-Lagrave  1-049 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opB27 Sicilian
11. P Brodowski vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-143 1999 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
12. N Ababou vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-161 1999 FRA-ch U10B33 Sicilian
13. M Vachier-Lagrave vs G Birebent  1-027 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opC00 French Defense
14. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Li Haoyu  0-140 1999 Wch U10B24 Sicilian, Closed
15. A Pottier vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-149 1999 FRA-ch U10B33 Sicilian
16. M Vachier-Lagrave vs S Setta  1-017 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opB53 Sicilian
17. M Vachier-Lagrave vs F Sagi  ½-½43 1999 Wch U10C00 French Defense
18. M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Amadi  1-031 1999 FRA-ch U10C00 French Defense
19. N Innocente vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-126 1999 FranceB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Cosma  ½-½62 1999 Val Thorens opB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
21. T Heinz vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-135 1999 FRA-ch U10B33 Sicilian
22. C Veron vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-063 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
23. D Andreikin vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-049 1999 Wch U10B27 Sicilian
24. F Brethes vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-144 1999 FRA-ch U10B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. M Choisy vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-143 1999 FRA-chT U18B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
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Feb-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Maatalkko: For me, it was the Morozevich game along with watching him play 1 0 on ICC. He plays 1 minute like a knockout puncher; things look placid and suddenly there's a tactic and it's all over. Half the time it happens so fast I have to rewind to see how it works. Nakamura is the best at 1 minute, but MVL is the most fun to watch IMO.
Mar-30-13  fisayo123: He has a big one coming up, the Alekhine memorial. MVL's level is really 2750+ IMO.
Jun-09-13  galdur: Pretty weird...

[Event "Top 12"]
[Site "Haguenau"]
[Date "2013.06.09"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (CLI)"]
[Black "Genzling, Alain (VAN)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "50"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. c3 Bg7 4. d4 cxd4 5. cxd4 d5 6. e5 Bg4 7. Bb5+ Nc6 8. Bxc6+ bxc6 9. Nbd2 f6 10. Qa4 Qb6 11. O-O Bd7 12. Re1 f5 13. e6 Bc8 14. Nb3 Nf6 15. Bg5 Ne4 16. Rac1 Qb5 17. Qxb5 cxb5 18. Rc7 O-O 19. Bxe7 Re8 20. Nc5 Nxc5 21. dxc5 h6 22. Nh4 Bxb2 23. Nxf5 gxf5 24. Re3 Bc3 25. Rd7 Ba5 1-0

Jul-25-13  evlozare: the chinese youngsters are fast becoming thorns on max's sides. earlier this year in reykjavik open, wei yi defeated him in a 33-mover and now ding liren.
Aug-18-13  JPi: <fisayo123: He has a big one coming up, the Alekhine memorial. MVL's level is really 2750+ IMO.> It's my opinion too but more credible than mine, it is the opinion of Vladimir Kramnik also. Actually MVL on Live rating is among the best 20. I feel strange there isn't : http://www.2700chess.com/ link on the page in which MVL is introduced. He is a member of the club 2700 since many years already.
Aug-23-13  Conrad93: Lagrave will be number fifteen in the world after this tournament. Or maybe even higher.
Aug-23-13  Ed Frank: Lagrave just hit 65%. Very nice.
Aug-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana, 2013

MVL! MVL! MVL! MVL! MVL! MVL! MVL! MVL! MVL!

ALLEZ MAXIME!

Aug-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana, 2013

48 ?


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48 Nd3-e5!!


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<Marmot PFL: 48 Ne5 is flashy, but almost any N move wins as d4 can't be guarded. 48 Qb4 is also good enough>

I think it is beyond -gorgeous- because this <RELOADER> is based on two completely independent <TACTICAL> points:

1) <TRAPPED PIECE> - the Black d7-bishop is <STALEMATED> so this bishop will be <TRAPPED> when a White pawn reaches the e6-sq

2) <ALIGNMENT> - the Black d7-bishop is in <ALIGNMENT> with the Black f7-queen, creating the <FORKING SQUARE> e6-tactical base for a White pawn

(VARIATION)
48 ... f6xNe5 49 f4xe5 <double attack: e6-trapping sq, e6-forking sq>


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And now the White e5-pawn is <DOUBLY ATTACKING(!!)> the e6-square for the two reasons I listed above! Black can save either the <TRAPPED> Black d7-bishop or break the <PAWN FORK ALIGNMENT> but he (Caruana) cannot do both!

49 ... Qf7-g7 50 e5-e6 <trapped piece>


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49 ... Rc8-b8 50 e5-e6 <pawn fork>


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Genius-level <TACTICAL PLAY> by MVL!

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Game Collection: MAXIME NEVER MISSES SUCH TACTICAL TRICKS -- CEWN 48 Nd3-e5!! wicked pawn reloader that wins tiebreak over Caruana

Oct-20-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Advance HBD GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave! :D

Oct-20-13  Penguincw: Happy almost 23rd birthday to the <POTD> and France's top player: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Feb-06-14  tzar: Very close to victory in Gibraltar. I liked especially the last game with Ivanchuk, very brave. If France's number one keeps progressing he can be a challenge for the best in a short time. He has a lot of class.
Feb-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

MVL is now tied with Svidler at <#10> in the world at <2758> after beating McShane with Black in Round 7 of the Bundesliga.

http://chessbomb.com/o/2014-gerbun/...

http://www.2700chess.com/

May-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

<MVL> on a <TACTICAL RAMPAGE> again. From yesterday at the <46TH ITALIAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP>.

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[Event "46th TCh-ITA 2014"]
[Site "Condino ITA"]
[Date "2014.04.30"]
[Round "1"]
[White "David, Alberto"]
[Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A15"]
[WhiteElo "2579"]
[BlackElo "2758"]
[Annotator "Alex Baburin (www.chesstoday.net)"]
[PlyCount "54"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[Source "Chess Today"]
[SourceDate "2014.04.30"]
[WhiteTeam "S.S. Milanese 1881"]
[BlackTeam "Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. b4 Bg7 4. Bb2 O-O 5. g3 c6 6. Na3 Qb6 7. Nc2 d6 8. Rb1 e5 9. Bg2 e4 10. Nfd4 a5 11. a3 axb4 12. axb4 Nbd7 13. O-O Re8 14. Bc3 Ne5 15. Ne3 h5 16. Ra1 Rxa1 17. Qxa1 h4 18. b5 hxg3 19. hxg3 Neg4 20. Ndc2 Qc5 21. Nxg4 Nxg4 22. Bxg7 Qh5 23. Rb1 (23. Re1 Qh2+ 24. Kf1 Nf6 $1 [%cal Gc8h3] 25. f3 Bh3 26. Bxh3 Qxh3+ 27. Kf2 Qh2+ 28. Ke3 Kxg7 $19) 23... Qh2+ 24. Kf1 Ne5 25. g4 Diagram # Nf3 $1 26. exf3 exf3 27. Bxf3 Bxg4 0-1

May-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

<MVL> wins a miniature today at the <FRENCH TOP 12 TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP>, beating Vaisser in just 22(!) moves.

http://chessbomb.com/o/2014-fr-team...

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[BlackTime "1080"]
[Round "04"]
[Black "Vaisser, Anatoly"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"]
[WhiteTime "3180"]
[Event "French Team Top 12"]

1.Nf3 f5 2.d3 d6 3.e4 e5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.exf5 Bxf5 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Nf6 9.Bc4 c6 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bh4 d5 12.O-O-O Be7 13.Rhe1 O-O 14.Qe5 Bg4 15.f3 Bd6 16.Nxd5 cxd5 17.Rxd5 Bxe5 18.Rxd8+ Kh7 19.Bd3+ g6 20.Rxf8 Rxf8 21.Kb1 Bf4 22.Bxf6 Ra8 1-0

May-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs Vaisser, 2014

Another tactical beating administered by <MVL>, this time a miniature in 22(!) moves.

May-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs Vaisser, 2014


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15 ... Be7-d6?


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16 Nc3xd5!!


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Jun-17-14  vkk: MVL needs to be in candidates
Jul-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessgames Bookie: Will Vachier-Lagrave remain undefeated at Biel (2014)? Place your bets: Biel: VACHIER-LAGRAVE SPECIAL
Jul-21-14  MountainMatt: 2775.5 live rating!
Jul-26-14  fisayo123: My favorite player!
Aug-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  estrick: MVL will be playing in the Sinquefield Cup in less than three weeks.

August 27 to September 7, the tournament will be the strongest ever held on earth, its six players averaging a historical peak FIDE rating of 2802.

This year’s prestigious event will award $100,000 to its winner, part of a $315,000 total prize fund.

Returning with Carlsen is Armenia’s Levon Aronian and the United States’ Hikaru Nakamura, respectively the World’s No. 2 and No. 5 players. New challengers to the Sinquefield Cup include Italy’s Fabiano Caruana, Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov and France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

http://www.uschess.org/content/view...

Aug-09-14  Refused: <vkk: MVL needs to be in candidates>

Don't hang your hopes too high.
Getting there will be extremely difficult.

Assuming the cycle does not undergo major changes.

Two rating qualifiers: Possibly Aronian and Caruana, maybe Grischuk or Karjakin will be able to grab one of those. Loser of the WC Match: Anand/Carlsen
Wildcard: ? (same question as last time, who wants to host the candidates)

World Cup 2015: finalists

Grand Prix: Winner and runners up.

I don't see MVL grabbing one of the two rating spots. I don't see France hosting the candidates neither.

So MVL will be forced to qualify through the World Cup or the Grand Prix series. Both will be extremely tough.

Aug-14-14  vkk: ofcourse its difficult
even nakamura cant do it when he has teh perfect chances to do so.
Aug-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  estrick: I think MVL is looking over-matched in this event, after two rounds of the Sinquefield Cup. Looking over his career, he really doesn't have that much experience playing the world's elite players.
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