French Grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Wins the 2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

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The Paris Grand Chess Tour has finally come to an end with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave emerging as the winner. The French chess player who was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 2005 kept the lead all throughout the competition. No player had a long-enough winning streak to overcome the Frenchman, with Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk missing chances to catch up repeatedly. In the end, it was Vishy Anand who surged ahead to second place after scoring four wins in the last six rounds

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Vishy Anand, who came second in the Paris Grand Chess Tour obtained four wins and a draw in the last nine rounds of blitz to end up in a sole second place with 20½ points out of 36. He had a balanced performance throughout, getting 10/18 in the Rapid (+1) and 10½/18 in the Blitz (+3).

Vishy Anand the Indian chess grandmaster and a former World Chess Champion also has quite a history in chess. Anand became India’s first grandmaster in 1988. He held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002, thus becoming the first Asian to do so. The almost 50-year-old Indian legend has also won the World Rapid Championship twice, in 2003 and 2017.

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