Biography

  • Birth

    Maxime was born on October the 21st in Nogent-sur-Marne, in the suburb of Paris. Four years later, he receives a chessboard as a Christmas gift, stimulating his vocation. Very soon, chess is turning into a passion.

  • Youth French Champion

    First in a series of four titles in the youth French championship, starting with an U8 title in Montluçon in 1997, and ending in 2004 in Reims with the U20 title, won when he was 13.

  • Football

    Soccer fan, 9-year-old Maxime becomes a die-hard fan of Olympique Lyonnais, a team about to dominate french football for many years to come

  • 2nd in the World Youth Chess Championship

    Maxime is not yet 13 when he becomes vice-champion U14 in Kallithea (Greece). It’s the first important result in a long string at international level.

     

  • Tennis

    The year when Roger Federer consolidates his grip on the tennis world, with 3 Grand Slam titles, and is number one at the ATP ranking. « Roger » becomes the sportsman role model for the teenager that is Maxime.

  • International Grandmaster title

    Ranked 2nd in the Evry Open, Maxime achieves his 3rd International Grandmaster norm, earning him the title. On this occasion, Maxime becomes one of the youngest IGM ever.

  • French Chess Champion

    In June, Maxime obtains the Baccalauréat S (Mathematics and Science A-levels). A few weeks later, he becomes French Chess Champion, defeating Vladislav Tkachiev 3-1 in tie-break. He’ll go on to win the 2012 and 2014 editions.

  • Junior World Champion

    21 years after Joel Lautier’s win in Australia, Maxime brings back the U20 title in France after his win in the World championship played in Puerto Mardyn (Argentina).

  • European blitz champion

    At the start of the summer following his obtaining mathematics bachelor degree, Maxime decides to become a professional player. In December, he wins the European blitz championship in Warsaw, a feat he will accomplish again at the same location in 2012.

  • Wijk aan zee

    First appearance in the legendary Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan zee (Netherland), ending with a promising 5th place. He draws against Magnus Carlsen, the World number one.

  • World Cup

    After winning against the strong IGM Dominguez, Gelfand and Caruana, Maxime pulls himself up to the semi-final and loses in tie-break to Vladimir Kramnik who would go on to win the event.

  • World Blitz vice-Champion

    Maxime is 24 years old. He leaves the eastern parisian suburbs where he grew up and moves to the center of Paris. In October in Berlin, he shows his worth in rapid games: he leads right up to the end, when Alexander Grischuk snaps the title.

  • World number 2

    Following his wins in the legendary tournaments of Dortmund in June and Biel in July, Maxime is ranked #2 in the world. He’ll keep this ranking from August to October 2016.

  • 2nd of the Grand Chess Tour

    Following a remarkable run, Maxime ends up in second place of the professional circuit, behind world champion Magnus Carlsen. He gets his first victory in an absolute top tournament, the prestigious Sinquefield Cup in Saint-Louis (Usa), scoring in the process a nice win with black against Carlsen.