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Vachier-Lagrave Beats Nepomniachtchi, Leads FIDE Candidates At Halftime

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated GM Ian Nepomniachtchi in round seven of the FIDE Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg. As the first tiebreak is mutual score, the French player is now the new leader halfway the tournament.

“Of course, it was a crucial game, I thought. A win was not vital but very appreciated,” said Vachier-Lagrave after his big win.

The French fans were going wild when MVL substituted for GM Teimour Radjabov shortly before the tournament. Denmark 1992 was readily mentioned as their dream scenario.

Halfway through the FIDE Candidates tournament, this scenario has become more plausible indeed. (Read more). Photo and news:


Ariel Arrieta is an avid chess fan and a varsity chess player who loves promoting Chess everywhere. He founded (Chess Set Online) to help promote the game of chess anywhere in the world.

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