November 1, 2010

Close-up on the GM's!

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Country: France
Born: 21 October 1990
Title: Grandmaster
Current Fide Rating: 2703
Peak rating: 2730 (January 2010)

Maxime became a Grandmaster at age 14 years and 4 months, in 2005.
Amongst many other results, we should mention:
1. World Champion in Puerto Madryn, Argentina, 2009; with an incredible number of points: 10.5 out of 13.
2. Winner of 2009 Biel Tournament, with 6 points out of 10, ahead of Morozevich and Ivanchuk.
3. Winner of 2007 French Championship, after beating GM Vladislav Tkachiev in tiebreak match.

And the most recent result:
Winner of the Crown Group in Hoogeveen, 2010, with a performance of 2881.

Being present at Maxime's last event in Hoogeveen (I played in the Unive Open), I had the chance to know him a little bit better. He kindly answered to the following questions:

Alina: Which is the place you would love to visit?
Maxime: New York.

A: Who or what inspires you?
M: Mountains.

A: Which is your favourite drink?
M: Pineapple jus.

A: If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page, what would the headline say?
M: Lucky Genius! (nb: insiders know:)

A: What makes you angry?
M: Hypocrisy.

A: What is your wish that has not yet been fulfilled?
M: I am fine with the way my life is going now.

A: Name one regret that you have...
M: Not winning the Corus B-Group in 2007, when I was leading with 1 point ahead.

A: If you could give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
M: Enjoy your life!

A: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass on to your children, what would it be?
M: Irony.

A: One of your best games...
M: Alexander Morozevich - Maxime, 2009 or Robert Fontaine - Maxime, 2007

A: Favourite book...
M: Harry Potter.

A: Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
M: Maybe in France or Spain and no children.

A: How do you recover after a terrible lost game?
M: I talk with my friends and have fun.

A: If you could pick any career, what would you want to be?
M: Chess player!

A: If you could choose to have a superpower, what would that be?
M: To be invisible as long as I want.

Thank you Maxime!


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