Boris Pavlovich Grachev (Russian: Борис Павлович Грачёв; born 27 March 1986)[1] is a Russian chess player. He was awarded the title Grandmaster by FIDE in 2007. Grachev competed in the FIDE World Cup in 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2017.

Boris Grachev
Full nameBoris Pavlovich Grachev
Born (1986-03-27) 27 March 1986 (age 33)
Moscow, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (2007)
FIDE rating2614 (February 2020)
Peak rating2705 (March 2012)

Chess careerEdit

In 1995, Grachev won the Under 10 section of the World Youth Chess Festival in São Lourenço, Brazil.[2] He won the Russian Junior Championship in 2006.[3] In the same year he tied with Alexander Lastin for first place at the Moscow Open, finishing second on tiebreak score.[4]

In March 2009, he finished in a tie for first place at the European Individual Chess Championship with a score of 8/11 points. In June of that year, Grachev won the first Lublin Grandmaster Tournament[5] and in the following month, the Master Open tournament of the Biel Chess Festival.[6] In 2010, he tied for 3rd–6th with Alexander Motylev, Zhou Jianchao and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son in the Aeroflot Open.[7] The next year, Grachev won the Young GM round-robin tournament at the Moscow Open festival.[8]

In December 2011, he shared the first place with Igor Kurnosov at the 35th Zurich Christmas Open,[9] and in January 2012, Grachev won the Basel Chess Festival.[10] Thanks to this latter two achievements he crossed the 2700 Elo rating mark in the March 2012 FIDE rating list.

In January 2013, Grachev won again in Basel, edging out on tiebreak Levente Vajda, Robin van Kampen and Andrei Istrățescu.[11] In 2014, he shared 4th-5th places in the Russian Championship Higher League and as a result qualified to play in the Superfinal of the Russian Chess Championship.[12] In this event he scored 4/9 points.[13]

In September 2016, Grachev won both the Moscow Blitz Championship (on tiebreak from Alexander Morozevich)[14] and the Moscow Rapid Championship.[15] Two months, later he played for team SHSM Legacy Square Moscow in the European Chess Club Cup in Novi Sad. His team finished third.[16]

Notable gamesEdit


  1. ^ Title Applications. 1st quarter Presidential Board, 27-28 January 2007, Antalya, Turkey. FIDE.
  2. ^ "The Week in Chess 57". Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  3. ^ Crowther, Mark (2006-03-13). "TWIC 592: Russian Under-20 Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  4. ^ Crowther, Mark (2006-02-13). "TWIC 588: Moscow Open". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Boris Grachev Wins at the 1st Lublin International Chess Tournament". Chessdom. 2009-06-07. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  6. ^ Crowther, Mark (2009-08-03). "Biel Chess Festival". The Week in Chess 769. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  7. ^ "Aeroflot Open – Le Quang Liem victorious". ChessBase. 2010-02-18. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Moscow Open: Untitled Belous tops them all". ChessBase. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Zurich Christmas Open". Chessdom. 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  10. ^ Regez, Markus (2012-01-09). "GM Boris Grachev gewinnt Hilton Open Basel". (in German). Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  11. ^ "Chess Festival in Basel – Grachev wins on tiebreak". ChessBase. 2013-01-06. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  12. ^ Silver, Albert (2014-06-14). "Russian Higher League: Lysyj and Girya win". ChessBase. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  13. ^ Crowther, Mark (2014-12-01). "Russian Championship Superfinal 2014". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  14. ^ "Boris Grachev Wins Moscow Blitz Championship". Russian Chess Federation. 2016-09-05. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  15. ^ "Boris Grachev Wins Moscow Rapid Championship". Russian Chess Federation. 2016-09-18. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  16. ^ Crowther, Mark (2016-11-13). "32nd European Club Cup 2016". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2019-04-22.

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