In a previous article Previewing The Sinquefield Cup (5): Can Topalov Beat Carlsen?, I discussed the likelyhood of Topalov beating Carlsen during the upcoming Sinquefield Cup. In this follow-up I want to take a look at the number six on the starting list, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, or "MVL" for friends.
In the database I found only 5 encounters in classical chess between Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. In the overall head to head Vachier-Lagrave is behind with 40%, but with so little data, there is no real pattern yet. With two draws he has beaten Carlsen once, whereas Carlsen has beaten him twice.
The last encounter in a classical game between the two is from a while back. It was played in 2011 in Biel. I will annotate the game below.
Considering the small number of games and the fact that both contenders have not played in over three years, I find it hard so say anything useful about how these two players will compete.
Later today the fun starts.
Let the strongest man win the tournament (and I don't necessarily mean Carlsen)!
By the way, enjoy the Karpov game:
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