In the following game, Black sacrificed a pawn to gain the bishop pair and a stable position in the middlegame. And then he waited until White erred.

The European Team Championship belonged to Russia, but the only team that seemed like it could give them a real fight was France. Traditionally, they haven’t been the strongest of the European teams, but powered by their young brigade, over the last few tears, they have become a real force to reckon with. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave represents this new generation, and in this match, he led boldly from the front. 


Parimarjan Negi is an Indian grandmaster who is the second-youngest ever to earn the title (at 13 years 4 months and 22 days). Ranked No. 80 in the world, he is currently a sophmore at Stanford University.