Vachier-Lagrave, Bacrot Lead The Marseilles Migraines
The Marseille Migraines were one of the final teams to join the first season of the PRO Chess League, but they promise to be one of the most dangerous teams to face. With Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on the roster, coming in at number five in the world, their nickname is a good one. They will be sure to give their opponents many migraines.
Marseille's roster is filled with luminaries from the French chess community:
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: Vachier-Lagrave needs no introduction. He was the World Junior Champion in 2009 and recently competed in the Grandmaster Blitz Battles on Chess.com, defeating GM Fabiano Caruana en route to the semifinals. Vachier-Lagrave was ranked as high as number two in the world for a brief period, and he hopes to contend for the world championship in the future.
With Vachier-Lagrave on board one, the Marseilles Migraines will be fearsome!
GM Etienne Bacrot: Bacrot is the number-two ranked French player and has won the French Championship an amazing seven times! Bacrot should be feared by any player in the world. In 2009, he demolished Levon Aronian in the European Individual Championship.
Bacrot's wife and son, Nathalie and Alexandre, will also be representing the Migraines.
GM Yannick Gozzoli: Gozzoli finished second in the 2016 French Championship. Gozzoli is currently at his highest rating ever, as he has been making a serious push to cross 2600 FIDE for the first time in his career.
GM Jules Moussard: Moussard has just made the title of grandmaster in 2016 and has already raised his rating to 2570. At just 21 years old, the future is bright for Moussard, and he promises to be a key team member for the Migraines.
Aside from these four accomplished GM's, the Migraines have many other complimentary players on their roster who will ensure that Marseille will be one of the most feared teams in the PRO Chess League.
The PRO Chess League welcomes the Marseilles Migraines!
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