Étienne Bacrot

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Étienne Bacrot
Etienne Bacrot 2013(2).jpg
Étienne Bacrot in 2013
Full name Étienne Bacrot
Born (1983-01-22) January 22, 1983 (age 32)
Lille, France
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2695 (July 2015)
(No. 15 in the November 2013 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2749 (November 2013)

Étienne Bacrot (French pronunciation: ​[etjɛn baˈkʁo]; 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.[1]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Team results[edit]

  • European team chess championship playing with France: 2nd in 2001, 3rd in 2005.
  • Many times French team champion and European club champion with Nao chess club.

Youth results[edit]

Étienne Bacrot (1999)
  • World champion in under-10 years old category.
  • World champion in under-12 years old category.
  • Beat Levon Aronian in a match in Albert.
  • IM at 12 years old.
  • GM at 14 years old setting a new record at that time.


  • His Elo rating has been above 2700 since July 2004.
  • Ranked No. 9 in the world in every 2005 FIDE list, playing 55 games.


  1. ^ Schachserver Der Wiener Zeitung (Austria), "37th Chess Olympiad 2006"
  2. ^ Chessvine Article, "GM Etienne Bacrot wins French Championship"
  3. ^ "Nanjing R10 Magnus wins with 2900+ performance". ChessBase. 2010-10-30. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 

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Preceded by
Peter Leko
Youngest chess grandmaster ever
March - December 1997
Succeeded by
Ruslan Ponomariov