MVL inspires them !


L’Express is one of the biggest french magazines. Incidentally, it celebrates its birthday this very week.

As soon as november of its first year (1953), the weekly already published a « list of 100 », which offered a review of the hundred french people « who map out roads for the future ». In 2018, L’Express does it again to mark its 65 years of existence : only differences with 1953, parity is respected, and the political field has been excluded. As Guillaume Dubois, L’Express Director, states, the main purpose is to « bring to the fore French men and women who […] believe in their own future and in their country’s future. Coming from a broad range of areas, « reflecting a diversity of careers, of jobs, of sensitivities, and of origins, […] [the 100] are acting », he adds.
And among them, in the section of « Those who act to surpass themselves », you will find Maxime ! Do we have to see a symbol in the fact that he’s just next to Thomas Pesquet, the famous astronaut ?

Still, this recognition constitutes a huge incentive, for Maxime will jump back on the campaign trail in 2019, trying to move through the qualifying stages leading to the world championship match.

Find out Maxime’s presentation below, with the kind permission of L’Express management  (see translation below):

Article L'Express
Article L’Express

Caption: 27 y.o, chess player. He wants to become world champion.
Text: For the best french chess player in history, #1 at home, and World #5, 2017 was a terrible year. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave narrowly missed a spot in the Candidates, the tournament which selected the challenger of World Champion Magnus Carlsen, for the forthcoming title match in November. Thus, Maxime decided to treat 2018 as a transition year. Among other things, he hired a mental coach, in order to master this touch of impulsiveness which sometimes puts him at a disadvantage, despite his extraterrestrial skills (he belongs to the small circle of those who have reached 2800 Elo points, the method for calculating relative levels of chess players). Our International Grandmaster knows that his creative and sharp play can disarm Carlsen, less at ease than him in complex positions where anything can happen. Maxime has already beaten him, last time the previous year. At only 27, « MVL » has plenty of time ahead of him. But it is out of the question to miss the next opportunities of reaching the « title of titles », in 2020.

Titled tuesdayThere’s no way we would miss on this website games played by Maxime ! Thus, let’s have a slight month-long flash back, to revisit the « Titled Tuesday » tournament organized by As its name indicates, this online blitz tournament takes place once a month on Tuesdays, and is restricted to titled players. Maxime played in the April 17 Titled Tuesday, probably the strongest one so far, with tens of GM’s around. The fact that an Argentinian FM prevailed, before to be banned from the website soon afterwards, contributes to global suspicions over the fairness of online chess…On his part, Maxime first crushed the competition, with 7/7 against 6 GM’s (!), before to give up two draws, and ultimately lose the decisive last-round game because of a huge blunder, even if not without finding ways to fight back (see Viewer below).

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Maxime’s games:

Did you say MVL ?

MVL group

Maxime’s agenda is a bit dull these days (not that he’s not training !), before the avalanche of tournaments from end of May to end of June. (see Maxime’s agenda), So let’s run the risk of being somewhat unconventional for once, and try not to talk that much about chess !
All chess players know MVL ; well, anyway they should ! But those three letters which are familiar to the noble game lovers, what do they mean to the others ?
We have decided to find out more about it !

Let’s begin this overview in France…

The company MVL (Muselets du Val du Loire) in Chambray-les-Tours is the « wirehood » leader, this wire cage that fits over the cork of a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine. It is covered by a metal foil envelope, especially appreciated by specific collectors.

MVL is also the Métalliers du Val du Loir company, located in Sarthe. It is specialized in the manufacture of metal doors and windows

Métalliers du Val du Loir
Métalliers du Val du Loir

MVL-signed objects, we will point out first and foremost the Peugeot 103 MVL, undisputed star of the eightie’s mopeds…

MVL 103 (image :
MVL 103 (image :

With regard to sport, MVL is the Mende Volley Lozère, whose first team just missed out the qualification for next year’s professional Pro B League.

Mende Volley Lozère (image :

Let’s continue our journey in MVL’s universe abroad…

First of all, we stop in Islet, Québec, where the MVL garage, as its name indicates, specializes in Mécanique des Véhicules Lourds (heavy vehicle mecanics), especially trucks, trailers and agricultural machines.

Garage MVL
Garage MVL


Still in Canada, but in a rather different field, MVLMédicaments en Vente libre (free delivery drugs), developed by the Pharmacists College of Québec. This database is filled with essential informations for pharmacists, drug manufacturers and wholesalers.

Médicaments en vente libre (Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec)
Médicaments en vente libre
(Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec)

Let’s go to the Usa, with the lavalier MVL marketed by Shure. Dedicated to superior audio recording, it can be plugged into any smartphone.

We stay in the US with the MVL GROUP. But here, difficult to guess where the name of this large international company comes from… In any case, MVL is a giant of construction and supply chain management, mainly operating in Middle-East and Afghanistan. For instance, MVL can be credited with the construction of numerous official Afghan infrastructures and buildings, as the Ministry of Home Affairs, or the Helmand military base.
MVL Group

In India, Media Video Limited (MVL) was born ten years ago. As its name doesn’t indicate, this company was originaly specialized in audio/video, but diversified and also operates nowadays in residential and commercial real estate.

Let’s go to South Korea now, where exist, not one, but two luxury hotels named MVL !
MVL HOTEL in Goyang

 MVL HOTEL à Goyang

MVL HOTEL in Yeosu :

MVL HOTEL in Yeosu :
MVL HOTEL in Yeosu :

In the sports area, we’ll pick the MVL XC, cross-country club of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon High School (Washington DC, Usa), whose female section looks particularly smiling… Hello, Mvl !

Mount Vernon High school
Mount Vernon High school


And you will even find an MVL in musics, with Neztor MVL, a Mexican rap and hip hop singer, very popular on YouTube, mainly in Hispanic countries.

Netzor MVL


Obviously, this list isn’t exhaustive, and we will only add to conclude :

Man Vehicle Laboratory (MVL), an MIT Research group whose goal is to optimize overall human-vehicle system effectiveness and safety, on aircrafts and spacecrafts.


Man Vehicle Laboratory (MVL)

Molecular Vision Laboratory (MVL), an american reference laboratory specializing in genetic testing for ophtalmic diseases.

Molecular Vision Laboratory

Marvel Entertainment, listed in the New-York Stock Exchange under the code MVL, is producing fictions based on the american comics universe.

Marvel Entertainment (MVL au NYSE)
Marvel Entertainment (MVL au NYSE)

MVL, air code of the Morrisville-Stowe Airport, in Vermont (Usa).

MVL, air code of the Morrisville-Stowe Airport, in Vermont (Usa).
MVL, air code of the Morrisville-Stowe Airport, in Vermont (Usa).

Mario Vargas Llosa (MVL), a Peruvian writer, author of novels and political essays, and Litterature Nobel Prize 2010. He was a candidate for the Perou Presidential election in 1990.

Mario Vargas Llosa

Members’ voluntary liquidation (MVL) : process where the shareholders of a solvent company adopt a voluntary winding up resolution.


Manœuvre à Vue Libre (MVL) : an aeronautic term, a « circling approach » in english. Pilots fly circling approaches when it’s not possible to do a straight-in approach to the runway after an instrument approach.

Manœuvre à Vue Libre (MVL)
Manœuvre à Vue Libre (MVL)

MVL,, personal blog of an Atlanta-based magazine editor.


In Malaysia, MVL sells stuff online « in the name of love » !

MVL in the name of love

We should stop now, but we will not leave without a single chess word !

MVL échecs

Monica Vilar Lopez

We had a look at all kinds of MVL’s, but wait, chesswise, are there any other active MVL’s ? Well, a search in FIDE lists shows that there are a few of them, and that MVL’s runner-up (Elo wise) is a female player, namely WFM Monica Vilar Lopez, 1995 Spain champion, numerous times Catalonia champion, and who played for Spain in three Olympiads.

Welcome to the club, MVL !

Giant meeting in Berlin

Vue d’ensemble de la salle (Photo : ©Theo Heinze).

It’s the second time the Bundesliga gathers in the main room of the Berlin Maritim Hotel, very close to the center town. With sixteen teams around playing the last three rounds of the year’s championship, it can be said that this long weekend was the culmination of the year, a kind of huge chess party. In sporting terms, we (Baden-Baden) began the final weekend head to head with Solingen, with the hope of winning this long_distance affair in one of the three rounds.
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My French Youth Championships


It’s a quiet period before the next tournament, end of April in Norway. I take this opportunity to recharge batteries, think about what lies ahead… and train !
At the present time, the French Youth Championships 2018 are taking place in Agen (south west), with almost 1.600 youngsters gathering during one week. I thought it was a good moment to introduce « my » Youth Championships, which I played uninterrupted for eight years, from 1997 to 2004.
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