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Étienne Bacrot

Étienne Bacrot in 2013
Full name Étienne Bacrot
Born January 22, 1983
Lille, France
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2749 (November 2013)

Étienne Bacrot (French pronunciation: ​; born January 22, 1983 in Lille, Nord) is a French chess grandmaster and currently ranked No. 2 in France.

He started playing at age 4; by 10, young Bacrot was already winning junior competitions and in 1996, at 13 years of age, he won against Vasily Smyslov. He became a Grandmaster in March 1997 at the age of 14 years and 2 months, making him the youngest person to that date to have held the title (later in December, Ruslan Ponomariov took his record).

He has won several competitions and notable games. He first passed the mark of 2700 in Elo rating in 2004. In January 2005, he became the first French player to enter the top 10. His highest Elo rating ever was 2749 in November 2013.

Bacrot scored 6/8 in the 37th Chess Olympiad in 2006 against opponents averaging 2640, gaining 13 Elo points. This earned him the bronze medal for the third best individual performance in the Olympiad. One of his notable wins was against top American grandmaster Gata Kamsky.

Bacrot served as one of the four advisors to the world team in the 1999 Kasparov versus the World event.

He has a son, Alexandre, with Nathalie Bonnafous.

Étienne Bacrot. French chess Grandmaster. Italian Team Championship, Civitanova Marche (Italy), April 29th/May 3rd, 2015.

Annual hometown game

As well as playing in tournaments and team competitions, Bacrot has since 1995 played an annual six-game match against a prominent player in his home town of Albert. In 1996 he beat Vasily Smyslov 5-1, in 1997 lost to Viktor Korchnoi 4-2, in 1998 defeated Robert Hübner 3½-2½, in 1999 lost to Alexander Beliavsky 3½-2½, in 2000 lost to Nigel Short 4-2, in 2001 tied 3-3 with Emil Sutovsky, in 2002 beat Boris Gelfand 3½-2½, and in 2004 won against Ivan Sokolov 3½-2½ (there was no match in 2003).

Notable results

Team results

Youth results

Étienne Bacrot (1999)


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