Maxime Vachier- Lagrave: France get gold in blitz!

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Maxime gained the first Gold medal for France here in the blitz event, competing with such famous players as Alexander Grischuk and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov!

We had this interview with him after his last game.

– Congratulations! What do you feel now?
– Thank you! You have no idea how tired I am right now! The fact is that, I usually play blitz events on a good level. For example, I won the European Blitz Championship. But blitz events always demand a lot of energy. You need to have maximum concentration and every time its a new situation. So now I feel just that I want to go to sleep – as soon as possible. (Maxim smiled) Of course, later I will feel happy.

– What can you say about your performance in a whole?
– I finished the first day with 5,5 out of 8. And it could be better, because I did not convert some winning positions. But today I scored 6,5 out of 7 being extremely lucky. I won 2 completely lost and 2 completely drawn positions.

— How can you evaluate this year in general?
– Sometimes it was nice, for example, I performed very good in Wijk aan Zee. But The European Team championship looked like a disaster.

– What about your life outside the chess board?
– 1,5 years ago I finished my University studies. I am totally a professional chess player. And my life this year was ordinary – more or less

SNo. Rank
Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts
15 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2710 FRA * ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12
6 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2752 RUS ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 10½
16 3 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2733 AZE ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ 0 0 1 1 1 1 10
1 4 GM Karjakin Sergey 2763 RUS 0 ½ 0 * ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
13 5 GM Gashimov Vugar 2757 AZE 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 0 9
2 6 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2705 ESP 1 0 0 1 0 * ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 0 1 9
3 7 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2775 UKR 0 1 0 0 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
9 8 GM Almasi Zoltan 2707 HUN 1 0 0 1 1 1 ½ * 1 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 1
8 9 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2723 UKR 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 8
12 10 GM Le Quang Liem 2714 VIE 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 * 1 0 0 ½ 1 1 6
4 11 GM Kamsky Gata 2732 USA 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 0 ½ 0
5 12 GM Giri Anish 2714 NED 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 ½ 5
7 13 GM Wang Hao 2736 CHN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 1 * 0 ½ 1 5
11 14 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2712 CUB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 * ½ ½ 5
10 15 GM Wang Yue 2697 CHN 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½
14 16 GM Nielsen Peter Heine 2693 DEN 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ *

In the women’s section, Hou Yifan wins gold, Stefanova silver, and Anna Muzychuk bronze.

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