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Boris Grachev

Full name Boris Pavlovich Grachev
Country Russia
Born 27 March 1986
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2705 (March 2012)

Boris Pavlovich Grachev (Russian: Борис Павлович Грачёв; born 27 March 1986 in Moscow) is a Russian chess Grandmaster.

Chess career

In 1995, Grachev won the Under-10 World Championship in São Lourenço.

He won the Russian Junior (Under-20) Championship in 2006. In the same year he tied for first with Alexander Lastin at the Moscow Open, finishing second on tiebreak.

In March 2009, he finished equal first (eight on tiebreak) at the European Individual Chess Championship with a score of 8/11 points, therefore qualifying for the Chess World Cup 2009, where he was knocked out in the first round by Mateusz Bartel. In June of that year Grachev won the first Lublin Grandmaster Tournament and in the following month the Masters open tournament of the Biel Chess Festival.

In 2010, he tied for 3rd-6th with Alexander Motylev, Zhou Jianchao and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son in the Aeroflot Open.

Grachev won the Young GM round-robin tournament of the 2011 Moscow Open. He competed in the Chess World Cup 2011: after defeating compatriot Evgeny Romanov in the first round, he was eliminated in the second one by Lê Quang Liêm.

In December 2011, he shared the first place with Igor Kurnosov at the 35th Zurich Christmas Open, and in January 2012, Grachev won the Basel Chess Festival. Thanks to this latter two achievements he crossed the 2700 Elo rating mark in the March 2012 FIDE rating list.

In January 2013, Grachev won again in Basel with 5.5/7, edging out on tiebreak Levente Vajda, Robin van Kampen and Andrei Istratescu.

In 2014, he placed equal fourth (fifth on countback) in the Russian Championship Higher League and thus qualified for the Superfinal of the Russian Chess Championship, where he scored 4/9. In the same year he tied for first with Sergey Grigoriants, placing second on tiebreak, in a Chess960 rapid tournament in Moscow.

In 2015, he scored 7.5/11 in the European Individual Championship and this result earned him the qualification for the Chess World Cup 2015. He lost in the first round to Alexander Motylev after the blitz tiebreakers.

Notable games