Chess: Vachier-Lagrave edges US rivals in St Louis amid glut of draws

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Leonard Barden

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Frenchman’s opening skills impress at prestigious Sinquefield Cup as all games drawn in three of the last four rounds

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 30, France’s top player and the world No 10, edged out three US rivals by half a point on Thursday night to capture the $90,000 first prize at America’s most important international event, the annual Sinquefield Cup in St Louis.

The Sinquefield had begun promisingly with a wave of attacking chess in the first three rounds, but then subsided as all five games in rounds six, eight and nine were drawn. Vachier-Lagrave’s halved final game against Azerbaijan’s Shakhriyar Mamedyarov followed a sequence which contains a queen sacrifice and looks spectacular until you consult the database and find 15 exact replicas, the majority played among top grandmasters.

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