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Joël Lautier (French pronunciation: ​[ʒo.ɛl loˈtje]; born 12 April 1973) is a French chess grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer (2006). He is a two-time French Chess Champion.

Joël Lautier
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Lautier in 2012
Full nameJoël Lautier
Born (1973-04-12) April 12, 1973 (age 46)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
TitleGrandmaster (1990)
FIDE rating2658 (October 2019)
Peak rating2687 (January 2002)

Chess careerEdit

Born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada in 1973, Lautier first major success came in 1986, when he won the World Under-14 Championship.[1] He earned his international master title in 1988, also winning the World Junior Chess Championship that year. He was awarded his grandmaster title in 1990. He won the French Chess Championships in 2004 and 2005.[2] He competed in the Chess World Cup 2005, where he was eliminated in the fourth round by Étienne Bacrot.

Lautier is one of the founders of the Association of Chess Professionals, and served as its president from 2004 to 2005.

Personal lifeEdit

As of 2009, Lautier no longer classifies himself as a chess professional, but as a businessman working in Russia. He speaks fluent Russian.

Now divorced, he was married to Woman Grandmaster Almira Skripchenko from 1997 to 2002.


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