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Play Like MVL

Play Like MVL

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave or MVL is one of the best chess players in the world and known for his astounding attacking play. Enjoy this collection of some of MVL's best and most educational games. See if you can keep up with his brilliant attacking play against strong opponents including Fabiano Caruana.

  • Play Like MVL: MVL vs Vaisser

    MVL is the strongest player in France. He proved it in this game against another strong French GM Anatoli Vaisser. Vaisser played the Dutch Defense and MVL immediately went after the exposed Black king and won with a sacrificial attack. Follow along and try to find MVL's great ideas.

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  • Play Like MVL: Caruana vs MVL

    World number two Fabiano Caruana and MVL are both principles players, so they've had many clashes in sharp openings like the Najdorf. In this game from Tata Steel 2015 MVL found a brilliant pawn sacrifice to win with the Black pieces.

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  • Play Like MVL: David vs MVL

    One of MVL's greatest attacking masterpieces came in the Italian Team Championship 2014 against Alberto David. Follow along and see how MVL took a quiet position with the Black pieces and sacrificed a piece to create a devastating mating net.

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  • Play Like MVL: MVL vs Studer

    In the European Club Cup in 2015 MVL took on the young future Grandmaster Noel Studer. MVL taught a lesson about proper opening and attacking ideas and won in just twenty moves. See if you can figure out his brilliant opening play and winning sacrificial idea.

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  • Play Like MVL: Goldsztejn vs MVL

    As a junior player, MVL already attacked like a star. In this 2004 game, against IM Gildas Goldsztejn, both sides played aggressively from the start. MVL calculated better and sacrificed his queen for an amazing attack. See if you can work your way through the complications as well as a 13 year old MVL.

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