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Robert Fontaine (born 18 November 1980) is a French chess player and journalist. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 2002. He played under Monaco flag from 2016 to 2018 and now plays for Switzerland.

Robert Fontaine
Robert Fontaine, 2009
Born18 November 1980 (1980-11-18) (age 38)
Suresnes, France
TitleGrandmaster (2002)
FIDE rating2557 (June 2019)
Peak rating2572 (January 2008)


Chess careerEdit

Born in 1980, Fontaine earned his international master title in 1997 and his grandmaster title in 2002. He was a professional chess player from 2002 to 2005, when he became a professional chess coach and director of the Cannes Chess Club. In 2004 Fontaine played on the French national team at the 36th Chess Olympiad.[1] He also worked as a presenter for Europe Échecs. He joined Agon Limited as chief of staff in August 2012,[2] but resigned after the World Chess Championship 2013 due to disagreements with Andrew Paulson.[3][better source needed] He transferred his national federation to Monaco in 2016[4] and to Switzerland in 2018.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

On 25 February 2009, Fontaine married Kateryna Lagno, also a chess player,[6] and together they had one son.[7] The couple has separated.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Going for Gold in Calvià". Chess News. ChessBase. 2004-10-13. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  2. ^ GM Robert Fontaine joins Agon as chief of staff to Andrew Paulson
  3. ^ ChessGate?
  4. ^ "Player transfers in 2016". FIDE. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  5. ^ "Player transfers in 2018". FIDE. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  6. ^ "Chess News - Kateryna and Robert – pour la vie à jamais unis". ChessBase. 26 February 2009. Archived from the original on 20 November 2012.
  7. ^ Carnet Rose Europe Échecs
  8. ^ Silver, Albert (2014-07-17). "Russian Women's team out of Olympiad". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  9. ^ "Person of day: Kateryna Lagno". Russian Chess Federation. 28 December 2018.

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