Étienne Bacrot

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Étienne Bacrot
Étienne Bacrot in 2023
Born (1983-01-22) 22 January 1983 (age 41)
Lille, France
TitleGrandmaster (1997)
FIDE rating2684 (May 2024)
Peak rating2749 (November 2013)
RankingNo. 49 (May 2024)
Peak rankingNo. 9 (January 2005)

Étienne Bacrot (French pronunciation: [etjɛn bakʁo]; born 22 January 1983) is a French chess grandmaster, and as a child, a chess prodigy.

He competed at the Candidates Matches in 2007 and won the Aeroflot Open in 2009. He passed 2700 FIDE rating in 2004 and in January 2005 he became the first French player to enter the top 10.

Bacrot won an individual bronze medal at the 37th Chess Olympiad in 2006 for his performance on board one,[1] as well as four medals at the World Team Championships.

Chess career[edit]

He started playing at age 4. By 10, Bacrot was 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 at the time to have held the title until Ruslan Ponomariov took the record that December. He was coached previously by Josif Dorfman.

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, and a daughter, Victoria, with Nathalie Bonnafous.

In 2023 Bacrot took part in the Chess World Cup in Baku as the 52nd seed, making it to the fourth round after defeating Nay Lin Tun, Aleksandar Indjic and the 13th seed Yu Yangyi from China, before losing to Indian GM Vidit Gujrathi. He, then, participated in the FIDE Grand Swiss 2023, where he scored 6,5/11 and was in contention for a top 2 finish until round 8 when he lost against Fabiano Caruana after blundering in time pressure. In this strong tournament he beat Belgian GM Daniel Dardha, German GM Niclas Huschenbeth and 2720-rated GM Yu Yangyi, with a TPR of 2749. After the Grand Swiss, Bacrot played on board 1 for France in the European Team Chess Championship scoring 4/8 as France finished in seventh place.

Annual hometown game[edit]

Bacrot has played several matches against prominent players 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 (there was no match in 2003) won against Ivan Sokolov 3½–2½.

Notable results[edit]

Bacrot, Italian Team Championship, Civitanova Marche, 29 April/3 May 2015

Team results[edit]

  • European team chess championship playing with France: 2nd in 2001, 3rd in 2005 and 2nd in 2021.
  • Many times French team champion and European club champion with Nao chess club.

Youth results[edit]

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.


  • Ranked No. 9 in the world in every 2005 FIDE list, playing 55 games.


  1. ^ Schachserver Der Wiener Zeitung (Austria), "37th Chess Olympiad 2006" Archived 8 December 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Chessvine Article, "GM Etienne Bacrot wins French Championship"
  3. ^ "Nanjing R10 Magnus wins with 2900+ performance". ChessBase. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2011.

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Preceded by Youngest chess grandmaster ever
March-December 1997
Succeeded by