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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
M Vachier-Lagrave 
Photograph 2013, courtesy of "capablancakarpov".  
Number of games in database: 2,118
Years covered: 1998 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2789 (2777 rapid, 2839 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2819

Overall record: +558 -174 =699 (63.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 687 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (231) 
    C67 C65 C78 C69 C89
 Sicilian (231) 
    B30 B90 B31 B40 B33
 French Defense (83) 
    C07 C05 C10 C00 C03
 Caro-Kann (75) 
    B12 B10 B11 B14 B13
 French Tarrasch (50) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (49) 
    C89 C95 C84 C92 C97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (397) 
    B90 B96 B51 B22 B92
 Grunfeld (191) 
    D85 D86 D80 D70 D78
 Sicilian Najdorf (140) 
    B90 B96 B92 B91 B93
 King's Indian (67) 
    E60 E92 E94 E62 E90
 English (62) 
    A15 A13 A10 A14 A17
 English, 1 c4 c5 (60) 
    A33 A37 A34 A39 A35
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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
   Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 0-1
   A David vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 0-1
   A Giri vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2016 0-1
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren, 2013 1-0
   Anand vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 0-1
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Kosteniuk, 2008 1-0
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2014 1/2-1/2
   G Meier vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   French Championship (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   Corus Group B (2007)
   French Championship (2008)
   World Cup (2017)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   World Cup (2013) Speed Chess Championship 2017/18 (2017)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   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
   Grunfeld 1st collection by Justs99171
   Grunfeld 1st collection by SantGG

   🏆 Your Next Move (Blitz)
   Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave (Jun-16-18) 0-1, blitz
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Mamedyarov (Jun-16-18) 0-1, blitz
   W So vs M Vachier-Lagrave (Jun-16-18) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Karjakin (Jun-16-18) 1-0, blitz
   Aronian vs M Vachier-Lagrave (Jun-16-18) 0-1, blitz

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(born Oct-21-1990, 27 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.

He won the Category 22 Sinquefield Cup (2017) super-tournament ahead of the world champion and eight other elite grandmasters.


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 August 2016, when he was rated 2819 and ranked world #2.

References and sources

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

Last updated: 2017-08-12 23:09:48

 page 1 of 86; games 1-25 of 2,147  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Vachier-Lagrave vs J Hirth ½-½291998FRA-chJM7C02 French, Advance
2. M Vachier-Lagrave vs H Frade-Marques 0-1351998FRA-chJM7B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
3. C Veron vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-0631999Montigny le Bretonneux opA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
4. M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Cosma  ½-½621999Val Thorens opA07 King's Indian Attack
5. M Vachier-Lagrave vs S Boudehen 1-0431999FRA-chT U18C47 Four Knights
6. M Vachier-Lagrave vs O Jany  1-0491999Montigny le Bretonneux opA07 King's Indian Attack
7. F Libiszewski vs M Vachier-Lagrave  1-0471999Val Thorens opA07 King's Indian Attack
8. F Versepuy vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½251999Montigny le Bretonneux opA57 Benko Gambit
9. M Vachier-Lagrave vs E Leloup  ½-½411999Montigny le Bretonneux opB44 Sicilian
10. M Vachier-Lagrave vs G Birebent  1-0271999Montigny le Bretonneux opA07 King's Indian Attack
11. O Roux vs M Vachier-Lagrave  1-0491999Montigny le Bretonneux opB27 Sicilian
12. N Innocente vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1261999FranceB23 Sicilian, Closed
13. M Vachier-Lagrave vs S Setta  1-0171999Montigny le Bretonneux opB53 Sicilian
14. M Choisy vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-1431999FRA-chT U18B32 Sicilian
15. M Vachier-Lagrave vs G Henry  1-0411999FRA-ch U10C28 Vienna Game
16. N Ababou vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-1611999FRA-ch U10B32 Sicilian
17. M Vachier-Lagrave vs T L'Huillier  1-0391999FRA-ch U10C26 Vienna
18. M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Amadi  1-0311999FRA-ch U10C00 French Defense
19. A Pottier vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-1491999FRA-ch U10B32 Sicilian
20. F Brethes vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1441999FRA-ch U10B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. T Heinz vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-1351999FRA-ch U10B32 Sicilian
22. M Vachier-Lagrave vs E Bonnet 0-1121999FRA-ch U10B23 Sicilian, Closed
23. M Vachier-Lagrave vs F Sagi  ½-½431999Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
24. D Andreikin vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-0491999Wch U10B27 Sicilian
25. M Vachier-Lagrave vs M Rodshtein 1-0381999Wch U10B32 Sicilian
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Jan-13-10  Valmy: I suppose he will be done with school in june.
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  laskersteinitz: It's actually my understanding, from an interview he gave to Europe-Echecs after becoming World Junior Champion, that he would be done by the end of 2009 or early 2010.
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  acirce: What's his next scheduled tournament?
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  laskersteinitz: That's what we're trying to figure out. He does not appear to have a blog. However, it looks as though he's signed up for the top section of the 2010 Aeroflot Open (along with countryman Etienne Bacrot).
Jan-17-10  notyetagm: MVL plays under the public account <Mateus> on ICC.

Jan-17-10  notyetagm: <laskersteinitz: That's what we're trying to figure out. He does not appear to have a blog. However, it looks as though he's signed up for the top section of the 2010 Aeroflot Open (along with countryman Etienne Bacrot).>

Wow, Aeroflot A is going to be *wicked* strong this year.

Everyone wants that golden ticket to the Dortmund tournament.

Too bad Corus does not have a similarly linked event.

Jan-20-10  waddayaplay: recent rating 2730 puts him in place #18, just below Morozevich and Radjabov.
Feb-07-10  notyetagm: Nice win today by Vachier-Lagrave at the 2009-2010 Bundesliga.

17 ?

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17 ♖e1x♘e5! <pin: e7-sq>

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24 ♗c7-b6 1-0

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[Event "BL 0910 Turm Emsdetten - SV Mülheim Nor"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.02.07"]
[Round "9.1"]
[White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"]
[Black "Mchedlishvili, Mikheil"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2718"]
[BlackElo "2613"]
[ECO "B12"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nd2 e6 5. Nb3 c5 6. dxc5 Bxc5 7. Nxc5 Qa5+ 8. c3 Qxc5 9. Qa4+ Nd7 10. Bb5 Qc7 11. Nf3 Ne7 12. O-O a6 13. Bg5 Ng6 14. Nd4 Nxe5 15. Nxf5 exf5 16. Rfe1 f6 17. Rxe5+ Qxe5 18. Bxd7+ Ke7 19. Bf4 Qe4 20. f3 Qxa4 21. Bxa4 Rhd8 22. Re1+ Kf7 23. Bc7 Rdc8 24. Bb6 1-0

Feb-07-10  notyetagm: In the game Vachier-Lagrave vs Mchedlishvili 2009-2010 Bundesliga given above, 17 ... f6x♖e5? 18 ♕a4-a3! <COORDINATES ON THE LOOSE> e7-square next to the Black e8-king, just like 33 ♕f3-h1! <COORDINATES ON THE LOOSE> h8-square next to the Black g7-king in <Bogdanovich vs Starozhilov Ukrainian U-18 Boys Championship 2010>.

<GC: COORDINATE YOUR PIECES ON THE LOOSE SQUARES NEXT TO THE ENEMY KING> 17 Re1xNe5! f6xRe5 opens d8-h4 dia creating loose e7-sq for 18 Qa4-a3!

<GC: *FORCE* YOUR OPPONENT TO HAVE LOOSE SQUARES NEXT TO HIS KING> 17 Re1xNe5! opens d8-h4 dia for g5-bishop to create loose e7-sq


Vachier-Lagrave vs Yu Yangi FIDE World Cup 2009
Vachier-Lagrave vs Mchedlishvili German Bundesliga 2009-2010


Vachier-Lagrave vs Yu Yangi FIDE World Cup 2009
Bogdanovich vs Starozhilov Ukrainian U-18 Boys Championship 2010 Vachier-Lagrave vs Mchedlishvili German Bundesliga 2009-2010

Feb-19-10  Valmy: Congratulation for winning Aeroflot Blitz!
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  percyblakeney: <Congratulation for winning Aeroflot Blitz!>

It wasn't exactly a weak field either, with Karjakin as 16th, Ponomariov 19th and Mamedyarov 36th. In the World Blitz Championship a few months ago Karjakin was 3rd, Ponomariov 5-7th, and Mamedyarov 8-9th.

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  laskersteinitz: I hope MVL is the FIDE nominee for the next Candidates tournament!
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  tamar: An entertaining game from the French Team Championship.

Vachier Lagrave,M (2727) - Todorov,T (2493)

TOP 16 GpA Marseille FRA (5), 2010.04.30

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6 5.h4 Nf6 6.f3 b5
7.Qd2 Nbd7 8.g4 Nb6 9.h5 Bb7 10.Bd3 Qd7 11.Nge2 Rc8
12.Bh6 Bf8 13.d5 c6 14.Be3 c5 15.hxg6 fxg6 16.Nf4 Bg7 17.Ne6 Kf7 18.Bh6 Bxh6 19.Qxh6 Rcg8 20.Rh4 b4
21.Nd1 Ke8 22.Ne3 Qa4 23.Kf2 Kd7 24.g5 Ne8
25.Rf4 Nc7 26.Rf7 Nxe6 27.b3 Qa3 28.dxe6+ Kxe6
29.Rxh7 Rxh7 30.Qxh7 Rf8 31.Qxg6+ Kd7 32.Qg7 Ke8
33.Nf5 Nc8 34.g6 c4

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35.Qxf8+ Kxf8 36.g7+ Kg8
37.Rh1 cxd3 38.Rh8+ Kf7 39.g8=Q+ Kf6
40.Rh6+ Ke5 41.Qg3# 1-0

Oct-01-10  BobCrisp: He's rated 2720+ and I've never heard of him. Maybe I need to start reading <TWIC> and <NIC> again.
Oct-21-10  theodor: j'ai l'impression, qu'il va les fair chier des bulles, Maxim, un de ces quattre! il est super, la vache!
Oct-21-10  BobCrisp: <Player of the day> and still nobody's interested.
Oct-27-10  Maatalkko: <BobCrisp> MVL has always been under the radar. He is capable of astounding tactical accuracy (see the wins vs. Morozevich and Fontaine) but has the unfortunate habit of drawing a lot. However, this is also a strength as he generally holds steady against the elite. He just turned 20 and took up chess full-time only about a year ago. In Elo and experience he's a bit behind contemporaries Karjakin and Carlsen, but unlike them he finished college. In interviews he comes across as a normal, modest, well-balanced person. I cheer for him & have confidence his world rank will increase.

If you're listening, Maxime, please use ambition, confidence, and risk-taking in your play. Topalov made it to the top and Leko didn't. Please defeat Carlsen and show the world you don't have to skip college and be engineered from your pre-teens to become World Champion.

Oct-30-10  nelech: congratulation for your nice win in the Unive Tournament
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  micartouse: <MVL has always been under the radar. He is capable of astounding tactical accuracy (see the wins vs. Morozevich and Fontaine) but has the unfortunate habit of drawing a lot.>

I remember an interview where he said he doesn't really like short draws, or he doesn't see the point in them. But I think he's entering a level now where draws are the most one can hope for 60% of the time. I would see it as a sign that he's ready to swim with sharks!

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  percyblakeney: Didn't MVL win the Nobel Prize in Literature this year?!
Nov-06-10  hermit druid: Looks like, indeed. This guy is a beast !
Nov-06-10  maelith: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is a superb player, he might be a top 5 player in the future.
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  wordfunph: "Many things have already been said about this game, but unfortunately all its secrets have not yet been unveiled."

- GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Nov-23-10  rapidcitychess: I go for Lagrave as my favorite youth player.

Go beat'em all! (Just not Kramnik.) :D

Dec-17-10  fisayo123: Congratulations on winning the european blitz championship!
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