Alexander Baburin (also Alex or Alexandar Baburin, known as Sasha to close friends, born February 19, 1967 in Nizhny Novgorod, then known as Gorky) is a Russian-IrishGrandmaster of chess. Since 1993 he has lived in Dublin, Ireland and is editor-in-chief of the e-mail distributed chess newspaper Chess Today.
Baburin became Irish Champion in 2008, the first year in which he entered the competition. He cited past comments from fellow Irish players as the reason he had not entered previously. His participation in the Irish Olympiad team has generated some controversy, being non-native Irish. Baburin is known for giving talks about chess at many venues throughout Ireland. Baburin is currently Ireland's only Grandmaster. Baburin is on the Irish chess team, the highest-ranked member. One of Baburin's most famous victories is against Veselin Topalov in a four on one Simultaneous exhibition.