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M Vachier-Lagrave 
Photograph 2013, courtesy of "capablancakarpov".  
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Number of games in database: 1,458
Years covered: 1998 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2731 (2756 rapid, 2854 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2768
Overall record: +486 -159 =544 (63.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      269 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (190) 
    B30 B90 B31 B40 B33
 Ruy Lopez (124) 
    C69 C65 C67 C78 C95
 French Defense (70) 
    C07 C10 C05 C03 C00
 Caro-Kann (55) 
    B12 B14 B13 B10 B11
 French Tarrasch (48) 
    C07 C05 C03 C06 C08
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (34) 
    C95 C89 C84 C94 C93
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (306) 
    B90 B22 B96 B42 B52
 Grunfeld (133) 
    D85 D86 D70 D78 D76
 Sicilian Najdorf (89) 
    B90 B96 B92 B91 B93
 English (63) 
    A15 A10 A13 A18 A17
 King's Indian (43) 
    E60 E92 E94 E62 E90
 Sicilian Dragon (29) 
    B76 B39 B35 B38 B78
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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
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren, 2013 1-0
   G Meier vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2012 0-1
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2014 1/2-1/2
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011 1-0
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2011 1-0
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Vaisser, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lausanne Young Masters (2006)
   French Championships (2007)
   French Championship (2008)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Corus Group B (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   World Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Aeroflot Open (2006)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   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
   2004 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer
   2003 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer
   Grunfeld 1st collection by Justs99171
   2002 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer

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MAXIME VACHIER-LAGRAVE
(born Oct-21-1990, 24 years old) France

[what is this?]
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).

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, 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 at FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015), scoring on 40 GP points and eliminating him from contention for the qualifying top 2 places in the series. Currently he is playing in the final leg of the series, the FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), where he is experiencing a severe lapse of form.

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 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).

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. He also played board 3 for Obiettivo Risarcimento in the European Club Cup (2014).

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. 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 September 2014, when he was rated 2768 and ranked world #9. His highest rating to date was 2775 in January and February 2015 when he was ranked world #13 and #11 respectively.

References and sources

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

Last updated 31 July 2015


 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,458  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 E Bonnet  0-146 1999 WCh U10 BoysB40 Sicilian
4. M Vachier-Lagrave vs E Bonnet 0-112 1999 FRA-ch U10B23 Sicilian, Closed
5. M Vachier-Lagrave vs O Jany  1-049 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opA07 King's Indian Attack
6. M Vachier-Lagrave vs M Rodshtein 1-038 1999 Wch U10B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
7. M Vachier-Lagrave vs S Boudehen 1-043 1999 FRA-chT U18C47 Four Knights
8. M Vachier-Lagrave vs E Leloup  ½-½41 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opB44 Sicilian
9. M Vachier-Lagrave vs V Golubenko  0-137 1999 Wch U10B30 Sicilian
10. M Vachier-Lagrave vs G Henry  1-041 1999 FRA-ch U10C28 Vienna Game
11. F Versepuy vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½25 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opA57 Benko Gambit
12. S Martchenko vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-140 1999 Wch U10B27 Sicilian
13. M Vachier-Lagrave vs T L'Huillier  1-039 1999 FRA-ch U10C26 Vienna
14. O Roux vs M Vachier-Lagrave  1-049 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opB27 Sicilian
15. P Brodowski vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-143 1999 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
16. N Ababou vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-161 1999 FRA-ch U10B33 Sicilian
17. M Vachier-Lagrave vs G Birebent  1-027 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opA07 King's Indian Attack
18. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Li Haoyu  0-140 1999 Wch U10B24 Sicilian, Closed
19. A Pottier vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-149 1999 FRA-ch U10B33 Sicilian
20. M Vachier-Lagrave vs S Setta  1-017 1999 Montigny le Bretonneux opB53 Sicilian
21. M Vachier-Lagrave vs F Sagi  ½-½43 1999 Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
22. M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Amadi  1-031 1999 FRA-ch U10C00 French Defense
23. N Innocente vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-126 1999 FranceB23 Sicilian, Closed
24. M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Cosma  ½-½62 1999 Val Thorens opB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
25. T Heinz vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-135 1999 FRA-ch U10B33 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Second on tiebreaks in the rapids, and clear first (14/20; +11 -3 =6) in the blitz at the World Mind Games in China.
Jan-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mating Net: Maxime has the chance to post a significant, career defining win against <Magnus Carlsen> tomorrow. First place is on the line at the most prestigious annual chess tourney. Can Maxime emulate Magnus' triumph against Kramnik Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 in similar circumstances 7 years later?
Jan-25-15  fisayo123: It's nice to see Maxime has improved on his physical conditioning and last the whole tournament. That has cost him before in the past.
Jan-25-15  Atking: Indeed <fiyaso123>. His only lost was against the superIvanchuck having play the latterIvanchuck he could have finish first with Magnus...
Jan-31-15  FairyPromotion: An interesting statistic:
At 2775, Lagrave has hit the highest rating of his career (so far). This rating has him among Top 20 highest rated players of all-time, however is not good enough for the present Top 10.

All-time highest ratings achieved:
1. Magnus Carlsen, 2882
2. Garry Kasparov, 2851
3. Fabiano Caruana, 2844
4. Levon Aronian, 2830
5. Viswanathan Anand, 2817
6. Veselin Topalov, 2813
7. Vladimir Kramnik, 2811
8. Alexander Grischuk, 2810
9. Anish Giri, 2797
10. Teimour Radjabov, 2793
11. Hikaru Nakamura, 2789
12. Alexander Morozevich, 2788
12. Sergey Karjakin, 2788
12. Wesley So, 2788
15. Vassily Ivanchuk, 2787
16. Robert James Fischer, 2785
17. Anatoly Karpov, 2780
18. Boris Gelfand, 2777
19. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 2775
19. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 2775

Fide February 2015 list:
1. Magnus Carlsen, 2865
2. Fabiano Caruana, 2811
3. Alexander Grischuk, 2810
4. Veselin Topalov, 2800
5. Anish Giri, 2797
6. Viswanathan Anand, 2797
7. Wesley So, 2788
8. Vladimir Kramnik, 2783
9. Levon Aronian, 2777
10. Hikaru Nakamura, 2776
11. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 2775

Mar-06-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Challenge Maxime (Défiez Maxime)!

Maxime is playing the World on twitter. The game started on March 2nd. You can join at any time. Maxime is playing with the white pieces.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - The World

Gruenfeld Defense Stockholm Variation

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Ne4 5. Bh4


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The current position

"This is the 'miracle ingredient' popularized by Taimanov in the early '70's. The Bishop will exert uncomfortable pressure on Black's Pawn on e7, making his development difficult. If Black plays routinely with 4...Bg7, White can, at least temporarily, win the Pawn on d5 with 5 BxN BxB 6 cxd5."

At the moment the World is mainly considering 5...c5, 5...Bg7 and 5...Nxc3.

To participate follow the Twitter account @DéfiezMaxime

https://twitter.com/DefiezMaxime

Apr-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: One day left until the Shamkir Chess Tournament in the memory of Vugar Gashimov!

Anish Giri ‏@ SusanPolgar: "Vachier_Lagrave looks like Federer as much as I look like Cristiano Ronaldo or Kim Kardashian."

Susan Polgar: "I was referring to the picture on his twitter background."

https://twitter.com/Vachier_Lagrave

May-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Maxime has a very busy summer. He will play the FIDE Grand Prix which starts today, then Norway Chess in June and the Sinquefield Cup in August. In between these events, he will also participate in Biel, Switzerland (18-31 July).

The final leg of FIDE Grand Prix Series 2014/15 starts today (May 13) in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia with the players meeting and opening ceremony.

May-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Maxime: "I have a lot of tournaments coming up, especially with this new circuit to which I was invited. Of course this makes my schedule extremely full up until November or even December. But I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be fun, and a lot of good action against top guys."
Jun-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Maxime seems tireless. After recently finished French Team Championship and before the Norway Chess super-tournament (starting on June 15th), he is participating in the traditional Magistral Ciudad de Leon tournament which is taking place from 12-14th June 2015 in the Cuidad de Leon in Spain.

In the semifinals Maxime defeated Ponomariov 2.5-1.5

http://www.tabladeflandes.com/leon2...

Jun-14-15  1d410: MVL got unlucky enough to get in the way of Sergey's invites. I am now rooting for the greatest players in the world to see a bulls eye on his back and destroy him mercilessly at the "golden" league.
Jun-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Vachier-Lagrave: "It's good to play some decent chess, for once in a while."

On Monday morning Maxime traveled from León, Spain to Stavanger, Norway, arrived just minutes before the afternoon's press conference and won the <Norway Chess 2015 blitz tournament> in the evening.

Jul-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: Just curious: why is Vachier-Lagrave, ranked 26th in the world, featured in so many elite events? I mean, this year alone he was at Norway Chess, the Gashimov Memorial, Tata Steel, and he will also appear at Sinquefield. Meanwhile, higher-ranked players such as Gelfand and Ding Liren were at none of these events. Is Vachier-Lagrave's chess that exciting, or is he simply so likable? What's the deal?
Jul-12-15  fisayo123: <Eggman>
<Just curious: why is Vachier-Lagrave, ranked 26th in the world, featured in so many elite events? I mean, this year alone he was at Norway Chess, the Gashimov Memorial, Tata Steel, and he will also appear at Sinquefield.>

As early as February 2015, he had a rating of 2775 and has been a somewhat regular fixture in the top 10 in the world in the last 18 months or so. It's only recently, after a disastrous performance at the Khanty-Mansyisk Grand Prix, that his rating plummeted.

FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015)

As for why he was at Norway Chess and will be at Sinquefield, Kasparov, who is one of the brains behind the grand chess tour explains why, starting at 3:00 :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aZl...

<Is Vachier-Lagrave's chess that exciting, or is he simply so likable?>

I don't know about likability, but he seems to be well received among fellow players and his chess, at least to me, is far more exciting than majority of the players in the current top 10.

Anyway, I'm sure MVL will bounce back from this setback.

Jul-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: Oh, thanks so much for the link, <fisayo123>; very clarifying!
Aug-22-15  epistle: Good luck Maxime!
Aug-23-15  epistle: Go Maxime Go!

Kaya mo yan idol!

Ang galing galing talaga ni idol!

Aug-23-15  epistle: Maxime! Maxime! Maxime!
Aug-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: So-MVL 0-1, yodaman Maxime ayayayyyy!
Aug-24-15  SugarDom: arrggghhh, i want to wish the genie a bottle of beer.
Aug-24-15  Nonnus: So has never beaten this guy in 7 games. Why is that So?
Aug-24-15  Nonnus: <Aug-21-15 jimmy77: Wesley can afford to play strongly and aggressively in the first few rounds as most of the players are rusty from tournament inactivity in the past two months; whereas Wesley has kept himself sharp with his participation in tournaments.>

MVL, obviously, wasn't rusty at all. He was well-oiled. And So, indeed, was sharp in grabbing that pawn, so confident that his advisers were correct that MVL was rusty.

Aug-24-15  Pulo y Gata: http://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/f...

<The Frenchman punished big greed>

Aug-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave finished the first round of the Sinquefield Cup with a convincing win over Wesley So.

FM Mike Klein: "Vachier-Lagrave struggled to a -2 finish in 2014, but got hot this summer.

He finished Biel with three wins and a first place trophy; the win here makes it four in a row. He's now gained 20 points in his last four games, catapulting him up 10 spots in the live rankings and back into the top 15."

http://www.chess.com/news/five-for-...

Aug-24-15  Whitehat1963: Results of past 12 games: +5-1=6. Against top-flight competition. Lowest Elo rating was 2671. Not bad at all.
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