Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (French pronunciation: [maksim vaʃje.laɡʁav]; born 21 October 1990) is a French chess player. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 2005. Vachier-Lagrave is the top ranked player of France. His peak Elo rating of 2819 makes him the seventh-highest rated player of all time.
|Born||21 October 1990|
|FIDE rating||2775 (July 2019)|
|Peak rating||2819 (August 2016)|
|Ranking||No. 4 (June 2019)|
|Peak ranking||No. 2 (August 2016)|
He was world junior champion in 2009 and is a three-time French champion (2007, 2011, shared 2012). Vachier-Lagrave is a five-time winner of the Biel Grandmaster Tournament (2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), and won the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting in 2016 and the Sinquefield Cup in 2017.
He participated in seven Chess Olympiads (2006–2018) and four 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).
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 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.
- 2004: Winner of the French Junior Championship (U20).
- In 2005, Vachier-Lagrave finished in third place at the French Chess Championship with 7/11.
- Besançon 2006: finished 5th at the French Championship with 6 points out of 11 and a TPR of 2608.
- Aeroflot Open, Moscow 2006: played the A1 (main) tournament, reserved for players having a rating superior to 2550. He finished sixth with 6 points out of 9 and 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 the 2007 and 2008 Paris City Chess Championships 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 the 2008 Gregory Marx Memorial in Paks, with 7 points out of 10.
- Winner of the 2009 Biel Grandmaster Tournament with 6 points out of 10 ahead of Morozevich and Ivanchuk.
- Winner of the 2009 World Junior Chess Championship.
- Winner of the 2010 Hoogeveen tournament.
- Winner of the 2010 European Blitz Championship.
- Winner of the 2011 SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing
- Winner of the 2011 and 2012 French Championships.
- Winner of the 2012 SPICE Cup Festival at Webster University with 6 points out of 10 ahead of Le Quang Liem, Ding Liren, Wesley So, Georg Meier, and Csaba Balogh.
- Winner of the 2012 European Blitz Championship.
- 2012: 1st-2nd of the first Al Ain Classic, second on tie-break (number of wins).
- 2013: In the Alekhine Memorial tournament, held from 20 April to 1 May in Paris, Vachier-Lagrave finished eighth, with +2−2=5.
- Winner of the 2013 Biel Grandmaster Tournament (+3 -2 =5) after a tie-break against three players (Moiseenko, Bacrot and Ding Liren).
- 2013: Semifinalist at the Chess World Cup 2013.
- Winner of the 2014 Biel Grandmaster Tournament with 6 points out of 10 ahead of Radoslaw Wojtaszek.
- 2014: Scored 4/10 in the Sinquefield Cup 2014 in Saint Louis, USA, the strongest chess tournament ever held in the history of chess.
- 2014–2015: Finished 15th (out of 16 participants) in the FIDE Grand Prix 2014–15, one of the qualifying methods of the 2016 World Chess Championship cycle.
- 2015: 2nd place in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament.
- Winner of the 2015 Norway Chess blitz tournament with 6.5 out of 9.
- 2015: Grand Chess Tour Participant (Norway Chess (4th–5th), Sinquefield Cup (2nd-5th), London Chess Classic (1st-3rd)). Came 4th in the Grand Chess Tour.
- Winner of the 2015 Biel Grandmaster Tournament with 6.5 points out of 10 ahead of Radoslaw Wojtaszek. 4th victory in Biel and 3rd consecutive victory.
- 2015: Second Place at the World Blitz Championship in Berlin with 15 points out of 21, only 0.5 point behind Alexander Grischuk.
- 2015: 1st-3rd Place at the London Chess Classic, came third on Sonneborn-Berger tie-break and after a tie-break match against Magnus Carlsen.
- 2016: Second Place at the Gibraltar Chess Festival after a tie-break against Hikaru Nakamura.
- Winner of the 2016 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting with 5.5 points out of 7. Ahead of multiple-time previous winners Vladimir Kramnik and Fabiano Caruana.
- Winner of the 2016 Corsica Masters (rapid), beat Anand in the final.
- Winner of the Sharjah Grand Prix (2017), with 5.5 points out of 9.
- 2017: Second place at the Paris Grand Chess Tour (rapid and blitz) after a tie-break with Magnus Carlsen
- 2017: 2nd-3rd place at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting
- Winner of the 2017 Sinquefield Cup with 6 points out of 9 (+3=6), defeating Magnus Carlsen in their individual encounter.
- 2017: Semifinalist at the Chess World Cup 2017, after losing the armageddon tiebreak to Levon Aronian, thus narrowly missing qualification to the Candidates Tournament 2018.
- 2017: Second place at the 2017 Grand Chess Tour behind Magnus Carlsen.
- 2018: Second Place at the Gibraltar Chess Festival after a tie-break against Levon Aronian.
- 2018: Third place at the 5th Grenke Chess Classic with a score of 5/9 (+2–1=6).
- 2018: Eighth place at the sixth edition of Norway Chess, with a score of 3/8 (+0–2=6).
- 2018: Second place at the Saint-Louis Rapid and Blitz
- 2018: Joint fifth through seventh place at the 2018 Sinquefield Cup, drawing all nine of his games.
- Winner of the 2018 Shenzhen Masters on tiebreak, with a score of 5.5/10 (+1=9), defeating Ding Liren in their direct encounter (1.5-0.5).
- 2018: Second place at the London Chess Classic and Grand Chess Tour 2018.
- 2019: Third place in Chess.com's Bullet Chess Championship, behind runner-up Oleksandr Bortnyk and Hikaru Nakamura, the winner.
- 2019: Second place at Côte d’Ivoire Grand Chess Tour tournament.
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.
Rapid and blitz rankingsEdit
In addition to his strength in classical time controls, Vachier-Lagrave is very skilled at rapid and blitz chess. As of June 2019, Maxime ranked 4th on the FIDE rapid list and 1st on the blitz list.
Outside of chess, Vachier-Lagrave holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics, which he earned in 2010.
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