|Full name||Vladimir Afromeev|
|Peak rating||2646 (Since October 2007)|
Vladimir Afromeev is a businessman and chess player who was born in 1954 in the city of Tula, a city located about 120 km from Moscow. In the past few years Afromeev has gained spectacular, apparently miraculous, improvements in his official FIDE Elo rating, leaving him at a current rating of 2646 (67th in the world) and the Fide Master (FM) title as of 1 October 2007. He is currently the only chess player in the top 100 FIDE list without the title of grandmaster.
Many top players in the chess world, including GM Alexander Baburin, feel that Afromeev's rise to the world's elite in middle age is a little too spectacular. They consider his rating achievement as a "fraud" and termed Afromeev's rise to the top an "abuse" of FIDE's rating system. In an article for Chess Today (issue CT-2457) Baburin complains that it is completely unheard of and almost ludicrous to think that someone could suddenly reach the elite chessplayers in the world in middle age. He points to the fact that Afromeev himself organised many of the tournaments he appears in. On the other hand it is not unusual for players to organise tournaments they appear in. Afromeev has successfully sued IM Igor Yagupov, who comes from the same birthplace, for defamation in 64 No.7 of 2001 and easily won the case by presenting the scorecards, game reports, hotel receipts etc. According to Baburin, Afromeev's (recently unrated) driver now has an Elo rating of over 2440 and (again according to Baburin), he once stated that if he wanted, his cat would have a similar rating. Such things have not helped Afromeev's credibility as a world class chess player.