This is a round 1 game from Norway Chess 2015 between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian which is being held in Stavanger, Norway. The 2015 edition of Norway Chess is the first event of the Grand Chess Tour. After just a dozen moves out the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin variation Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s (white) pawn structure is severely compromised. However as compensation Vachier-Lagrave has a slight lead in development and piece activity, whereas Levon Aronian enjoys better king safety due to his slightly better pawn structure.
This is the 7th round game between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Fabinao Caruana from the 2nd Sinquefield Cup chess tournament of 2014. Caruana looks to make chess history, entering this 7th round game with a perfect 6 out of 6 score. Can he run a perfect 7 wins out of 7 games in top level play or will Vachier-Lagrave be able to finally put an end to Caruana’s perfect streak? The tournament was held in the United States – Saint Louis, Missouri at the Saint Louis Chess Club & Scholastic Center (Home of the World Chess Hall of Fame). This tournament’s 6 competitors (Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave) have an average rating of nearly 2802, making it the strongest tournament in chess history.