Kasparov in action!

Kasparov in action!
Garry Kasparov may be retired, and officially inactive, but he occasionally indulges in an exhibition match or two. Last week-end he beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 1.5-0.5 in a rapid match in Clichy, in the suburbs of Paris. An indication that despite his 'retirement' he hasn't lost his touch!

Here are the results:

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (French No.1 and actual French Champion) first of all beat Laurent Fressinet (French Champion 2010 and French No.3) in the Armaggedon game after making two draws.

White Rating Result Black Rating Opening
Laurent Fressinet 2696 ½-½ Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2715 Sicilian 2.c3
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2715 ½-½ Laurent Fressinet 2696 Queen's Gambit 5.Bf4
Laurent Fressinet 2696 0-1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2715 Pirc Defence

Garry Kasparov then took on the winner, and won a smooth game in the Sicilian before holding with Black.

White Rating Result Black Rating Opening
Garry Kasparov 2812 1-0 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2715 Sicilian 3.Bb5
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2715 ½-½ Garry Kasparov 2812 Spanish with d3

Finally, for the spectator's pleasure, there was a consultation game involving local personalities in which Kasparov was less successful!

White pair Result Black pair Opening
Laurent Baumel & Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 1-0 Anthony Delon & Garry Kasparov Catalan Opening

Garry Kasparov is promoting his foundation which is pushing the 'Teaching Chess step by step' project in schools. There has already been some success in the USA and now the world's best ever player is actively promoting the idea in Europe.

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