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Vachier-Lagrave Wins Rapid Grand Prix

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/5/12, 6:46 AM.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won a strong rapid Grand Prix event in Nancy, France on the weekend of 28-29 April.

Nearly 200 players took part in a preliminary 9-round rapid Swiss qualification event on the Saturday, and remarkably despite an international field all seven qualifiers play for France!  The time control was 15 minutes plus a 3 second increment.

The seven qualifiers were joined by invited guest, French GM Christian Bauer, for the second stage on Sunday which consisted of a series of knockout mini-matches at the same time control, with blitz tie-breaks (at 3 minutes plus 2 seconds) if needed.

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# Name Nat Pts Perf
1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 7.5 2827
2 Gharamian, Tigran FRA 7.5 2789
3 Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 7.0 2773
4 Fressinet, Laurent FRA 7.0 2769
5 Istratescu, Andrei FRA 7.0 2762
6 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 7.0 2747
7 Feller, Sebastien FRA 7.0 2741
8 Sanikidze, Tornike GEO 7.0 2725
9 Jankovic, Alojzije CRO 7.0 2722
10 Nikolic, Predrag BIH 7.0 2702
11 Andersson, Ulf SWE 7.0 2542
12 Milliet, Sophie FRA 7.0 2538
13 Agrest, Evgenij SWE 7.0 2527
14 Donchenko, Alexander GER 7.0 2423
15 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 6.5 2590
16 Shchekachev, Andrei FRA 6.5 2588
17 Wirig, Anthony FRA 6.5 2518
18 Ider, Borya FRA 6.5 2509
19 Weber, Tom LUX 6.5 2402
20 Budisin, Stanislav SUI 6.5 2275

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Laurent Fressinet in the final to take the €4,000 winners prize.  Despite losing the first rapid game, Maxime won the second game and took the blitz match 2-0.

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Vachier-Lagrave - Laurent Fressinet at the Nancy Grand Prix 2012.jpg


The Nancy Grand Prix was the second in the series, with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave also having won the first Grand Prix in Port-Marly in January.  There are three more rapid Grand Prix events in Aix-les-Bains (21-22 July), Villandry (6-7 October) and Bastia (dates tbc).

The current overall standings in the Grand Prix can be found here (pdf).

Video by Nadir Bounzouat the French Chess Federation website.

Picture from the Grand Prix's Facebook page.  Official website here.

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  • 3 years ago

    KiiKoor

    DxN, you are wrong speaking about the french team..

  • 3 years ago

    DxN

    Very good job SonofPearl ! Thanks.

    I know that this is not the place, but using mercenaries at sport competitions seems so unsportsmanlike. Your first post just remind me of the unpleasant sensation I have while seeing the soccer team of France (and not only Frown ) ...

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ DxN - good point! Laughing  I've amended the wording.

  • 3 years ago

    DxN

    This is so funny !  Just quoting: "all seven qualifiers were Frenchmen!"
    Sorry SonofPearl, nothing related to you, just let's see:
    - Gharamian, Tigran FRA - this is an Armenian name
    - Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA - slavic name
    - Istratescu, Andrei FRA - former Romanian champion
    Now let's see further, after those seven:
    - Shchekachev, Andrei FRA - slavic name
    - Ider, Borya FRA - slavic name

  • 3 years ago

    finalunpurez

    If its not a blunder, then why that the game ended with white win?

  • 3 years ago

    Chesspanzer

    Qf6 must have been a blunder - I don't see how it compensates for an entire minor piece.Undecided

  • 3 years ago

    Skeptikill

    yes a big blunder. it happens to us all sometimes

  • 3 years ago

    Chesspanzer

    The last game, last move = blunder?

  • 3 years ago

    sesquipedalias

    Is a list of FIDE Rapid/blitz ratings available somewhere?

    (I can only find announcements...)

    Thanks

  • 3 years ago

    mattattack99

    So, is this qualifying for the FIDE Grand Prix?

  • 3 years ago

    sryiwannadraw

    Cool

  • 3 years ago

    shengyi

    Good games.

  • 3 years ago

    didiz1016

    nice

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