Vachier-Lagrave Wins Rapid Grand Prix
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.
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.
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.