Vachier-Lagrave Wins French Champs
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (pictured) won the 2011 French Chess Championships with a score of 7/11, half a point ahead of four challengers in a close contest.
Vachier-Lagrave won three games and remained undefeated to take the title.
The 20-year old Vachier-Lagrave is the #1 ranked French player and this isn't his first senior national title - he previously won the championship back in 2007 as a 16 year-old!
Vachier-Lagrave was also the 2009 World Junior Champion and is currently ranked at #22 in the world.
The final cross-table:
|Le Roux, Jean-Pierre||2517||0||1||½||0||0||1||½||½||*||0||½||½||4½|
With a round still remaining in the women's championship, Sophie Milliet has already sealed a comfortable victory, leading by 1½ points on 6½/9.
Games during the championship were only broadcast online after a 30 minutes delay as an anti-cheating measure.
The official website has more information on the championships (in French).