Chess players can picture a tournament victory 1,000 times in their head. One can prepare, have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish, and show up to the event ready as you can possibly be. Once the first move is played, however, those plans often get thrown out the window. This is doubly true in rapid and blitz chess, where games fly by at a blistering pace. This point was illustrated perfectly at the recently completed Paris Rapid and Blitz tournament, the latest stop on the Grand Chess Tour, from July 27 through Aug. 1. When Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, France‚Äôs No. 1 chess player, finished the rapid portion a point ahead of the field, he had to be brimming with confidence. As the top-ranked blitz player in the world, he is used to coming from behind in the latter portions of Rapid and Blitz chess events, but to go in with a lead is just gravy. The chess tournament was …

Source: GameKnot online chess news