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 26)
Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2803 (March 2017)
Peak rating 2819 (August 2016)
Ranking No. 5 (March 2017)
Peak ranking No. 2 (August 2016)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (French pronunciation: ​[maksˈim vaˈʃje laɡʁˈav]; born 21 October 1990), sometimes referred to as MVL, is a French chess Grandmaster and the 2009 World Junior Chess Champion. He is currently the No. 1 ranked player in France[1] and the fifth highest rated player in the world.[2]

Vachier-Lagrave is a three-time French champion (2007, 2011, shared 2012) and four-time winner of the Biel Grandmaster Tournament (2009, 2013, 2014, 2015). He also holds a university degree in mathematics, which he earned in 2010.[3]

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[4] 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.[5]

His strong results culminated in winning the World Junior Chess Championship held in Puerto Madryn, Argentina in 2009, scoring 10½/13.[6]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federations Ranking: France. FIDE.
  2. ^ Men: Global ratings December 2016. FIDE.
  3. ^ "Maxime Vachier-Lagrave player profile". chess24.com. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  4. ^ "Chess prodigies and mini-grandmasters". ChessBase. 2006-01-10. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  5. ^ GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Chessdom.com
  6. ^ "Federación Argentina De Ajedrez". Ajedrez.com.ar. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  7. ^ "European Blitz Championship 2010". FIDE. 2010-12-18. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information: Vachier-Lagrave tops SPICE Cup". Susanpolgar.blogspot.com. 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  9. ^ "European Blitz Chess Championship 2012: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave takes gold medal". Chessdom. 2012-12-14. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Aronian and Gelfand win Alekhine Memorial 2013". ChessBase News. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 

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