Vachier-Lagrave wins Univé Crown Group

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Vachier-Lagrave wins Univé Crown GroupMaxime Vachier-Lagrave won the Crown Group of the Univé Chess Tournament. The French grandmaster finished on 4.5/6 on Saturday, undefeated and a full point ahead of Alexei Shirov. Like last year Anish Giri scored fifty per cent while 2009 winner Sergei Tiviakov finished last with 1/6.

Tournament winner Maxime Vachier-Lagrave | Photo © Fred Lucas

General info

The 14th Univé Chess Tournament took place October 22-30 in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands. The Crown Group had Alexei Shirov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri and Sergei Tiviakov playing a double round-robin of six rounds. As always the venue was the town hall of Hoogeveen, where several amateur tournaments and a strong open are held alongside.

Rounds 4-6

After three rounds Shirov and Vachier-Lagrave were sharing the lead with 2/3, and so their mutual encounter could be of crucial importance. The two met in round 4 and the Frenchman won a great game with the black pieces in a Gruenfeld. Vachier said he "probably made some calculating errors", but in any case Shirov couldn't profit from it.

In an Accelarated Dragon Anish Giri defeated Sergei Tiviakov, who started to defend well only when he had little time left, according to Giri. "But it wasn't easy for him. Basically all he can do is wait." Interestingly - and here were quote the round report on the official website, just as we did above - about the Maroczy, Giri said that he "couldn't imagine Tiviakov would be aware of the latest developments". Possible, but of course Tivi has been playing that opening for decades...

In round 5 Vachier-Lagrave won yet again, inflicting the 4th consecutive loss upon Tiviakov. However, according to the official website, after the game the Dutch grandmaster praised his opponent for playing almost flawlessly. In the same round Giri was crushed by Shirov in a kingside attack, after allowing a double pawn sacrifice. In the last round both Giri-Vachier and Tiviakov-Shirov were more or less balanced games that ended in a draw.

Later this week more from Hoogeveen, with a special report on the Open group by IM Robert Ris.

Games rounds 4-6



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Univé Chess Tournament (Crown Group) 2010 | Round 6 (final) standings Univé Chess Tournament (Crown Group) 2010 | Round 6 (final) standings



Playing hall

The playing hall in Hoogeveen



Shirov-Giri

Shirov vs Giri in round 5



Vachier-Tiviakov

Vachier vs Tiviakov in the same round



Tiviakov

Sergei Tiviakov in what was not one of his best tournaments



Anish Giri

Anish Giri, again finishing on 50%



Alexei Shirov

Alexei Shirov, with a reasonable result between the European Club Cup and the Tal Memorial



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Vachier-Lagrave, yet another World Junior Champion winning in Hoogeveen



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