Étienne Bacrot

Étienne Bacrot (French pronunciation: ​[etjɛn bakʁo]; born 22 January 1983 in Lille) is a French chess grandmaster and former chess prodigy.

Étienne Bacrot
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Étienne Bacrot in the European Team Championship 2013, Warsaw
Born (1983-01-22) 22 January 1983 (age 38)
Lille, France
FIDE rating2678 (April 2021)
Peak rating2749 (November 2013)
Peak rankingNo. 9 (January 2005)

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 careerEdit

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 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, with Nathalie Bonnafous.

Annual hometown gameEdit

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 resultsEdit

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

Team resultsEdit

  • 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 resultsEdit

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. 7 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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