French defense Chess Team 3-0 in the US Open title French Defense Chess Team, 3-1 in the Open, has won their third consecutive US Open by beating American player David Vachier-Lagrave 5-4 (5-3, 6-2).
Vachier, a former world chess champion, was defending his world title in New York.
He beat German Garry Kasparov 6-3 (5,6-2), the world number three, in a rematch on Saturday.
Vichier-lagrave, who was a professional player before joining French Defense, lost to Russian Levon Aronian in the semifinals.
“I can’t thank David enough for winning the match and for playing so well,” said Vichier, who won the French Open in 2006.
“The fans were incredible.
I think I could have won, but the crowd gave me a chance to win.”
David was hoping to repeat his US Open victory over world number two Garry Kasaparov, who beat him 6-1, 6.5-4 in the fourth round of the 2006 US Open.
In an interview with AFP, David said that he wanted to show that he can play in the best tournaments in the world and that his team can compete with the best.
French Defense has not won a major title since the 2006 season when it beat Garry Kaspena, the number two player in the World Chess Federation rankings, 6,7,7 in the final round.
The victory over Vachiers has now pushed the team to 10th in the ranking, ahead of world number five Kasparin.
World number one Magnus Carlsen and world number four Fabiano Caruana will face off in the fifth round.
David, who is ranked ninth in the Chess Olympiad rankings, has a lot to prove in the 2017 World Championship.
After the final, he will be competing against the best of the world in the Grand Chess Classic next week in St. Petersburg, Russia.