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Vachier-Lagrave sees far

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will turn 31 this Thursday and has been in the elite for twelve. Almost no one outside of France sees him as a world champion because he lacks the touch of genius that Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand have, for example. But very few would hesitate to include him among the potential participants in the next Candidates Tournaments. And all the chess stars fear him because losing to him periodically is normal: his exquisite opening preparation and the special compass that allows him to find north in the most complex positions are serious threats to anyone.

The game of this video illustrates those two great virtues with great brilliance, and also reminds us of something that we tend to forget due to the growing influence of computers in chess: the evaluations that machines make of a position are based on the game little less How perfect on both sides. But humans are imperfect, and therefore very vulnerable to the creativity of virtuosos like Vachier-Lagrave.

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