Alexander Ipatov in Wijk aan Zee
|Born|| 16 July 1993
|Peak rating||2648 (January 2016)|
Alexander Ipatov (Ukrainian: Олександр Іпатов, Oleksandr Ipatov; born 16 July 1993) is a chess grandmaster and one of the top chess players in Turkey.
He played for Turkey in the Chess Olympiads of 2012 and 2014.
Ipatov was born on July 16, 1993 in Lviv, Ukraine. His father taught him how to play chess when he was four, and his mother brought him to the local chess club at the age of six. He trained there for four years.
In March, 2003, Ipatov became the under-10 vice-champion of Ukraine. This made him eligible to participate in the World Youth Chess Championship (U10 section), which took place in Greece. Ipatov finished in 11th place out of 133 players.
In 2007, he finished second in the under-14 Ukrainian championship, and therefore qualified for the world U14 championship in Turkey, where he finished in 8th place, entering the top 10 for the first time.
In 2008, Ipatov gained 207 Elo rating points, became twice vice-champion of Ukraine (U16 and U20), and was awarded the titles of National Master and International Master. From January 2009 to February 2012, he represented Spain.
In 2011, Ipatov finished third in the Cappelle-la-Grande Open, where 573 players competed in, of which 85 were grandmasters.
Since February, 2012, Alexander Ipatov has represented the Turkish Chess Federation. In August, 2012, he became the World Junior Chess Champion in Athens and this achievement made him eligible to participate in the 2013 FIDE World Cup. In the latter he was knocked out in the first round by Wesley So.
In February, 2013, he took the bronze medal in the Turkish Chess Championship. Ipatov became Turkish champion in 2014 and 2015. At the FIDE World Cup 2015 he eliminated in round one Ivan Cheparinov to progress to round two, where he was knocked out by Pavel Eljanov.
Ipatov is currently studying law at the National University “Yaroslav the Wise Law Academy of Ukraine” in Kharkov via distance education. He is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish and English.
Ipatov currently plays for Spanish, German, Turkish, Serbian, French and Ukrainian chess clubs: