Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2013.jpg
Full name Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Country France
Born (1990-10-21) 21 October 1990 (age 24)
Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2723 (June 2015)
(No. 9 in the August 2014 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2775 (February 2015)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (French pronunciation: ​[maksˈim vaˈʃje laɡʁˈav]; sometimes referred to as MVL; born 21 October 1990) is a French chess Grandmaster and the 2009 World Junior Chess Champion.

He is a three time French Chess Champion (2007, 2011, shared 2012) and reached the semi-finals of the Chess World Cup 2013. Vachier-Lagrave is currently ranked No. 1 in France.[1]

Early years[edit]

From the age of six years, Vachier-Lagrave competed in numerous sections of youth tournaments, winning the National U-8s in 1997, U-10s in 1999, U-12s in 2000, U-16s in 2002, runner up in the U-18s in 2003 and won the U-20s in 2004 scoring 8/9.

He also took part in World Youth Championships, coming third in the U-10s in 2000 (8½/11), third in the U-12s in 2001 (8/11), second in U-14s in 2003 (9/11) and third in U-16s in 2005 (8½/11).

From 2001 to 2008, his FIDE rating increased steadily from 2198 in January 2001 to 2637 in January 2008. Vachier Lagrave broke the 2600 barrier in October 2007 and broke 2700 one year later.

He became an International Master in 2004 and achieved Grandmaster status in 2005 at the age of 14 years and 4 months after sharing first in the 2004 Paris Championship with 6½/9, winning the NAO GM tournament in 2004 with 6/9 and coming second in the Évry GM tournament in February 2005 with 7½/9.

His strong results culminated in winning the World Junior Chess Championship held in Puerto Madryn, Argentina in 2009, scoring 10½/13.[2]

MVL playing against Vishwanathan Anand during the Alekhine Memorial in Paris, 2013

Chess Career[edit]

  • In 2005, Vachier-Lagrave finished in third place at the French Championship with 7/11 and fifth place.
  • Besançon 2006 : finished 5th at the Men French Championship with 6 points out of 11 and a TPR of 2608
  • "Aeroflot" tournament, Moscow 2006: played the A1 tournament, reserved for players having a rating superior to 2550. He gained 6 points out of 9 and finished 6th with a TPR of 2775
  • Young Masters, Lausanne 2006: being the youngest player invited, won the tournament with a TPR of 2630
  • Corus tournament B, Wijk aan Zee 2007: finished 5th with 8 points out of 13
  • Winner of 2007 Paris Championship with 7 points out of 9
  • Winner of 2007 French Championship after beating GM Vladislav Tkachiev in tiebreak match. In the main tournament he collected 7.5 out of 11
  • Winner of 2009 Biel tournament with 6 points out of 10 ahead of Morozevich and Ivanchuk.
  • 2010: Part of a "world team" against Magnus Carlsen.
  • Winner of 2012 SPICE Cup[3] at Webster University with 6 points out of 10 ahead of Le Quang Liem, Ding Liren, Wesley So, Georg Meier, and Csaba Balogh.
  • In the 2013 Alekhine Memorial tournament, held from 20 April to 1 May, Vachier-Lagrave finished eighth, with +2−2=5.[4]
  • 2013: Semi-finalist at the Chess World Cup 2013.
  • 2014: Participant in the Sinquefield Cup 2014 in Saint Louis, USA, the strongest chess tournament ever held in the history of chess.


Vachier-Lagrave played in the U16 French team championship since 1997. Team results include:

  • U16 French championship 2004-2005: first board for NAO Chess Club, 7 points from 7 games. NAO-CC earned the title
  • U16 French championship 2005-2006: first board for NAO Chess Club, 7 points from 7 games. NAO-CC again earned the title
  • Top 16 2005-2006: NAO team, 6½ points from 8 games. NAO-CC won the championship for the fourth time in a row.


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Federación Argentina De Ajedrez". Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  3. ^ "Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information: Vachier-Lagrave tops SPICE Cup". 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  4. ^ "Aronian and Gelfand win Alekhine Memorial 2013". ChessBase News. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 

External links[edit]