Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 2016-07.jpg
Country France
Born (1990-10-21) 21 October 1990 (age 27)
Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Title Grandmaster (2005)
FIDE rating 2779 (July 2018)
Peak rating 2819 (August 2016)
Ranking No. 5 (January 2018)
Peak ranking No. 2 (August 2016)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (French pronunciation: ​[maksˈim vaˈʃje laɡʁˈav]; born 21 October 1990) is a French chess grandmaster. He was World Junior Champion in 2009 and is a three-time French Champion (2007, 2011, shared 2012). He is the No. 1 ranked French player as of October 2017.[1][2] His peak Elo rating of 2819 makes him the sixth-highest rated player of all time.

He is a five-time winner of the Biel Grandmaster Tournament (2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), and won the Sinquefield Cup in 2017.

He participated in 6 Chess Olympiads (2006-2016) and 4 European Team Chess Championships (2007, 2011-2015) as a member of the French national chess team and has been a member of the winning team of the French Team Championship multiple times (in the "Paris NAO", "Évry Grand Roque", "Club de Clichy-Echecs-92" teams).

Early life[edit]

From the age of six, Vachier-Lagrave competed in numerous sections of youth tournaments, winning the French Under-8 championship 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 the World Youth Chess Championship, coming third in the U-10 division in 2000 (8½/11), third in the U-12 championship in 2001 (8/11), second in the U-14 event in 2003 (9/11) and third in U-16 section 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 passed 2600 in October 2007 and 2700 one year later.

He became an International Master in 2004 and achieved the Grandmaster title in 2005 at the age of 14 years and 4 months[3] 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.[4]

Chess career[edit]

Vachier-Lagrave playing against Viswanathan Anand during the Alekhine Memorial in Paris, 2013

Teams[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Outside of chess, Vachier-Lagrave holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, which he earned in 2010.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federations Ranking: France. FIDE.
  2. ^ "Standard Top 100 Players September 2017". 
  3. ^ "Chess prodigies and mini-grandmasters". ChessBase. 10 January 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  4. ^ GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Chessdom.com
  5. ^ "European Blitz Championship 2010". FIDE. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information: Vachier-Lagrave tops SPICE Cup". Susanpolgar.blogspot.com. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "European Blitz Chess Championship 2012: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave takes gold medal". Chessdom. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  8. ^ World Cities team championship, theweekinchess.com"
  9. ^ A bit of history : A bit of history : The Al Ain Classic started as a side event of the 2012 World Cities Chess Team Championship. On that occasion it introduced a unique format: players eliminated from the knock-out team competition could join, carrying over their points total to the individual Swiss. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who was eliminated by Romain Edouard in the main event, was the winner of the first Al Ain Classic.
  10. ^ "Aronian and Gelfand win Alekhine Memorial 2013". ChessBase News. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Staff writer(s) (9 April 2018). "GRENKE Chess Classic 2018: Pairings & standings". Grenke Chess. 
  12. ^ Doggers, Peter (7 June 2018). "Caruana Wins Norway Chess". Chess.com. 
  13. ^ "Maxime Vachier-Lagrave player profile". chess24.com. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 

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