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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Country France
Born 21 October 1990
Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2785 (Jan 2016)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (French pronunciation: ​; sometimes referred to as MVL; born 21 October 1990) is a French chess Grandmaster and the 2009 World Junior Chess Champion. He is currently the No. 1 ranked player in France.

Vachier-Lagrave is a three-time French champion (2007, 2011, shared 2012), four-time winner of the Biel Grandmaster Tournament (2009, 2013, 2014, 2015), semifinalist of the 2013 Chess World Cup, and participant of the 2015 Grand Chess Tour.

Early years

From the age of six years, Vachier-Lagrave competed in numerous sections of youth tournaments, winning the French Under-8 championship in 1997, U-10s in 1999, U-12s in 2000, U-16s in 2002, runner up in the U-18s in 2003 and won the U-20s in 2004 scoring 8/9.

He also took part in the World Youth Chess Championship, coming third in the U-10 division in 2000 (8½/11), third in the U-12 championship in 2001 (8/11), second in the U-14 event in 2003 (9/11) and third in U-16 section in 2005 (8½/11).

From 2001 to 2008, his FIDE rating increased steadily from 2198 in January 2001 to 2637 in January 2008. Vachier Lagrave broke the 2600 barrier in October 2007 and broke 2700 one year later.

He became an International Master in 2004 and achieved the Grandmaster title in 2005 at the age of 14 years and 4 months after sharing first in the 2004 Paris Championship with 6½/9, winning the NAO GM tournament in 2004 with 6/9 and coming second in the Évry GM tournament in February 2005 with 7½/9.

His strong results culminated in winning the World Junior Chess Championship held in Puerto Madryn, Argentina in 2009, scoring 10½/13.

Vachier-Lagrave playing against Viswanathan Anand during the Alekhine Memorial in Paris, 2013

Chess Career


Vachier-Lagrave played in the U16 French team championship since 1997. Team results include: