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In the final of the "London Chess Classic 2018" in the last battle against Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave consolidates his position as a possible candidate for the world title. No French player has so far achieved such success at such a level.

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Bowing in the final of the "London Chess Classic 2018" in the latest blitz against Hikaru Nakamura, after aligning seven draws, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave consolidates his position as a possible candidate for the world title. No French player has so far achieved such success at such a level.
In the semi-finals, MVL had beaten the Indian sign by winning clearly in semi-fast and blitz against Levon Aronian, who until now was his pet peeve and had, in particular, barred the road during the world.

Hats off to Magnus Carlsen who wins, undefeated, the World Blitz Championship in St. Petersburg. The last round was played in a certain confusion but Magnus who could obtain the gain by package, following the late arrival of his opponent, showed up in refusing to prevail in this way.
He is a half-point ahead of the talented young Polish champion Jan-Krzysztof Duda, 21, and 2.5 points, one of the best blitz specialists, Hikaru Nakamura.
A small flat, the absence of MVL, a specialist in fast pace, who was not on the starting line.
On the women's side, Russia's Kateryna Lagno takes revenge on the Chinese women and wins the title with a half-point lead ahead of the surprising young Iranian Sarasadat Khademalsharieh. The latter had distinguished itself at the Cap d'Agde Open by making a strong impression on the first tables. China's Tingjie Lei won the bronze medal while world champion Wenjun Ju was 9th, 2.5 points behind.

A "new" talent points his nose in semi-fast, the young Russian Daniil Dubov, 23 years old, also one of the second in Carlsen, who won the title alone.
He is followed by half a point by a group of specialists: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladislav Artemyev and Magnus Carlsen.
Magnus said, "I did not deserve better" before turning the page adding: "I do not keep the 5th places in my collection. "

The women's semi-fast podium allows world champion Wenjun Ju to build on her gold medal win in front of Sarasadat Khademalsharieh and Russia's Aleksandra Goryachkina.

As usual, the year started with the 81st edition of the "Tata Steel Chess 2019" and the traditional "Gibraltar Chess Festival" bringing together the elite of world chess.
A big thank you to Christian Bauer who after holding a popular column for more than 6 years, passes the hand. Welcome to Igor Nataf and his new column.

Good reading.

Georges Bertola

  • Language French
  • Others February 2019
  • Year of publication 2019

p. 4 NEWS IN BLITZ
Oscar 2018 - Magnus 2/3
p. 6 SPECIAL KING SALMAN / SAINT PETERSBURG: MAGNUS AND WENJUN WINTER STARS - DANIIL DUBOV SACRED IN FAST AND KATERYNA LAGNO IN BLITZ
Peter Heine Nielsen and Darko Anic at the analysis
p. 14 SUNWAY SITGES - CHESS FESTIVAL: THE SPANISH SUPER OPEN, A MODEL OF BUSINESS
Report by Romain Edouard
p. 18 15th OPEN DE VANDOEUVRE GRAND-EST: THE CREATIVITY OF BAUER
Cédric Paci with the analysis
p. 22 PEACE TOURNAMENT - KASPAROV IN CROATIA: FROM THE PEACE TOURNAMENT TO THE GRAND CHESS TOUR
Ivan Saric at the analysis
p. 26 11th FESTIVAL DE MARSEILLE: COMMUNION OF PROFESSIONALS AND AMATEURS
Jean-Noël Riff at the analysis
p. 29 YOUNG PEOPLE - REVIEW 2018 - AMBITIONS 2019
By Mathilde Choisy, National Youth Director
p. 32 PLAYER OF THE MONTH - KATERYNA LAGNO: STAR OF RUSSIA
Susan Polgar at the analysis
p. 37 THE FEDÉ NOTEBOOK - THE RUBRIQUES DU MAG '
Young people in the spotlight
p. 42 DO YOU HAND: 18 COMBINATIONS OF THE SPECIAL MONTH ROMAIN EDOUARD
By Bertrand Valuet
p. 45 THEORY & TRENDS IN ... SAINT-PETERSBURG
By Igor-Alexandre Nataf
p. 50 GOLDEN FEMININES - WENJUN JU-ANNA MUZYCHUK: A FATAL PIONE CLOUD
By Susan Polgar, 8th World Champion
p. 52 THE BOOK OF MARC QUENEHEN - UNEXPECTED SHOTS!
By Marc Quenehen, Ligue Ligue Ile-de-France coach
p. 57 CREATIVITY WITH FAILURES - KULAOTS-IVANCHUK IN SITGES: AN OCCASION MADE ABOUT SPANISH
By Vassily Ivanchuk
p. 60 UNFORGETTABLE FINALS: HOW TO PLAY FINALS IN QUICK PARTS?
By Darko Anic
p. 64 IN THE MIRICH - MUNICH 1941: 2nd "EUROPA-SCHACHTURNIER"
By Georges Bertola
p. 68 ANNOUNCEMENTS OF TOURNAMENTS

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