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Etienne Bacrot
Number of games in database: 1,691
Years covered: 1992 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2712 (2716 rapid, 2652 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2749
Overall record: +498 -202 =687 (60.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      304 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (79) 
    D11 D15 D17 D10 D19
 Queen's Indian (70) 
    E12 E15 E13 E17 E18
 Sicilian (67) 
    B90 B47 B33 B32 B42
 Nimzo Indian (65) 
    E21 E20 E32 E34 E54
 King's Indian (64) 
    E97 E94 E91 E92 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (57) 
    A40 D02 E00 A41 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (149) 
    C67 C92 C65 C88 C84
 Slav (100) 
    D15 D11 D10 D13 D12
 Sicilian (98) 
    B30 B31 B22 B62 B50
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (69) 
    C92 C88 C84 C89 C99
 King's Indian (64) 
    E97 E92 E61 E60 E90
 English, 1 c4 e5 (42) 
    A29 A28 A20 A25 A26
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Judit Polgar vs Bacrot, 1999 0-1
   Bacrot vs Aronian, 2009 1-0
   Bacrot vs Kramnik, 2005 1-0
   Kasparov vs Bacrot, 2004 1/2-1/2
   Bacrot vs S Azarov, 1992 1-0
   Bacrot vs Leko, 2008 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs Bacrot, 2007 0-1
   Bacrot vs Bareev, 2010 1-0
   T Petenyi vs Bacrot, 2014 0-1
   Bologan vs Bacrot, 2001 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   French Championship (2008)
   11th Ordix Open (2004)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   French Championships (2014)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   World Cup (2009)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   World Cup (2011)
   Budesliga 2008/09 (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Etienne Bacrot by Legend
   Bacrot's great games by TruthHurts
   Wins by kids under 10 years old by Morphischer
   Cannes 2002 by suenteus po 147
   Linz 1997 by Phony Benoni

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(born Jan-22-1983, 32 years old) France
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Born in Lille, France. Grandmaster (1997).


Étienne Bacrot gained his FM title when he was 10, then the youngest to ever do so. He then proceeded to win his IM title when he was 12 and the GM title at 14 years and 2 months, which at the time made him the youngest Grandmaster ever. Twice a youth world champion, he defeated former World Champion Vasily Smyslov 5-1 in a match in Albert in 1996, won the French Championship a record seven times, and still is a contender for the world title. While Bacrot was French number one for many years and a consistent 2700+ rated GM including having been a world top-10 player in 2005, he has not fulfilled the explosive potential he displayed in the 1990s and the first half of the 2000s.


<Youth>: Bacrot was both U10 European and U10 World Champion in 1993, and both U12 European and U12 World Champion in 1995.

<National and Continental>: Bacrot won the French Championship five consecutive times from 1999 to 2003, then again in the French Championship (2008), and he shared the first place and first prize at the French Championship (2012) with Christian Bauer, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Romain Edouard, all four players being declared co-champions by the French Federation. (1) Other good results were 3rd place in the French Championship (2010) and runner up in the French Championships (2014).

Bacrot competed in the 2003 European Championship, scoring 8/13, placed =5th European Union Championships (2008) with 7/10 and scored 7.5/11 at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), sufficient to qualify him for participation in the 2013 World Cup.

<World>: Bacrot’s first tilt at the World Championship was at the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000). Qualifying because his rating as a junior was over 2600, he eliminated Mikhail Rytshagov in the first round tiebreaker and then fell to Peter Svidler in the second round tiebreaker. Bacrot’s next attempt at the World Championship came 3 years later at Tripoli in Libya, where he beat Pascal Charbonneau and Darmen Sadvakasov before losing to Teimour Radjabov in the 3rd round tiebreaker. The following year, Bacrot placed 3rd in the 2005 World Cup, after defeating Stanley Chumfwa, Robert Kempinski, Emil Sutovsky, Joel Lautier, Sergei Rublevsky, Levon Aronian and Alexander Grischuk to qualify for the 2007 Candidates matches to determine the final make up of the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007). He was overwhelmed in the Candidates Match: Bacrot - Kamsky (2007) to lose by 3.5-0.5.

He tried again in the World Chess Cup (2007), defeating Darwin Laylo and Michael Roiz in the first couple of rounds, only to lose to Sergey Karjakin in the 3rd round. He participated in the 2008-09 Grand Prix series without making it to the leader board, and so participated in World Cup (2009) to rekindle his World Championship ambitions. There he defeated Friso Nijboer, Krishnan Sasikiran and Wang Yue, but bowed out in the 4th round to finalist and former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov. In the World Cup (2011), Bacrot fared similarly: defeating Ray Robson and Anton Filippov in the early rounds, he again lost in round 3, this time to Radjabov. Bacrot’s next chance came in the World Cup (2013), to which he qualified by reason of his result in the 2012 European Championship (see above). In the first round he beat Norwegian GM Simen Agdestein progressing to the second round where he lost to 2013 European champion, the Ukrainian GM Alexander Moiseenko.

Standard Tournaments:

Bacrot became the youngest International Master in the world, at the age of 12, at Enghien-les-Bains 1995. He gained his his 3rd GM norm by winning the category 10 Enghien-les-Bains tournament in 1997 ahead of Viktor Korchnoi. He won the category 9 Bermuda in 1999 and placed =3rd at the category 17 Enghien-les-Bains 2001 behind Vladimir Akopian and Lautier. He also won the first edition of the Lausanne young masters knockout tournament in May 1999, beating Ruslan Ponomariov in the final after placing last in his preliminary pool rounds to determine the pairings. He did not compete in the Lausanne event in 2000 but was runner up in 2001, losing in the final to Lazaro Bruzon and in 2003, losing in the final to Luke McShane. He placed =3rd in the category 18 NAO Masters in Cannes in April 2002, behind Veselin Topalov and Boris Gelfand, and =2nd at Biel International Chess Festival (2003) behind Alexander Morozevich. He came first 1st at the 10th Torneo Verona A in Italy with 6/7 in 2004.

In 2005, he scored 6/9, half point behind the 5 co-leaders. At the Aeroflot Open (2005), Bacrot placed =1st in the category 18 6th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament (2005) taking first place and first prize on tiebreak ahead of co-leader Viktor Bologan, and equal second at the category 19 Dortmund Sparkassen (2005), half a point behind the surprise winner, 19-year old German prodigy Arkadij Naiditsch. In 2006, he was less successful, recording minus scores in the Corus Wijk aan Zee (2006), Linares (2006) and MTel Masters (2006) super tournaments, consequently falling back to 18th place in the world rankings at the end of the year. In 2009, he won the powerful Aeroflot Open (2009) and subsequently placed 2nd at the category 15 Montreal International Chess Tournament (2009), half a point behind Naiditsch; =2nd at category 15 InventiChess event in Antwerp in Belgium and was =1st in a 9-way tie for first at Gibraltar (2010).

2010 saw Bacrot place 3rd at the category 21 Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010) behind Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand, and win the 2010 Geneva Open. In Jan 2011, he was =1st (3rd on tiebreak) at Basel Chess Festival. Later that year in October 2011, Bacrot won the 12th Karpov International (2011) on count back from Sergey Karjakin, both scoring 5.5/9 (+2 =7). In February 2012, Bacrot came second, scoring 6.5/8 plus a forfeit, at the 26th International Games Festival in Cannes, scored 7/9 in the International Neckar Open 2012, which was followed by a poor result in the Grandmaster Tournament at the Biel Chess Festival (2012). He finished 2012 by winning the International Open in Geneva between Christmas and New Year. His first result in 2013 was winning the Baden Baden Open outright with a score of 7/9. This was followed by his outright first in the 2nd d'Ajaccio Open 2013 in France in April 2013, where he scored 8.5/9. He replaced Radjabov on a one-off basis in the FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), but scored only 4/11 to earn only 25 points for the Grand Prix series 2012-13. He was more successful at Biel (2013), where he tied for 1st with three other players, scoring 14 points using the 3-1-0 "football" scoring system - had the "normal" scoring system been used, he would have won by half a point, however a four-way tiebreaker playoff placed him =3rd. Bacrot also performed well at the FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013), where he again participated as a replacement, and placed =3rd, half a point behind the joint leaders. In April 2014, he participated in the inaugural Gashimov Memorial (Group B) (2014), the 2nd tier of a tournament to commemorate the late Azeri grandmaster, and scored 5/9 to place =3rd in the category 17 event. He was also =3rd at the category 19 15th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament (2014) in May 2014.

Team Events:

<Olympiad>: Bacrot represented France in six Olympiads, including 1996, 1998, Bled Olympiad (2002), 37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Olympiad (2008) and Chess Olympiad (2014). In the 2014 Olympiad he scored 7/10, narrowly missing an individual medal for his board. He gained his first GM norm at Yerevan 1996 (2). Bacrot scored 6/8 in the 37th Chess Olympiad in 2006 against opponents averaging 2640, gaining 13 Elo points, earning him the bronze medal for the third best individual performance in the Olympiad. His overall games results for the Olympiads in which he participated was 65% from 60 games (+23 =32 -5).

<European Team Championships>: Playing board 1 for France, he lead his country to 2nd in 2001 and 3rd in 2005. He also played in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, all on board 1. (2a) Games results were 52.5% for 40 games (+6 =30 -4).

<European Club Cup>: Bacrot first played with the NAO chess club, many times French team champion and European club champion. He played with NAO in the ECC every year from 2002-2005, winning team golds in European Clubs Cup (Men) (2003) and 20th European Club Cup (2004), and individual silver in 2003. He did not participate in the ECC in 2006, but joined OSG Baden Baden in 2007, where he remained – usually on board 2 - playing every year since then except for 2010 until 2012. In 2008, he won team silver and individual gold (for board 2), and followed up with individual silver in the European Club Cup (2011) for board 3. He switched clubs for the European Club Cup (2014), playing board four for the Italian club Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova, with whom he scored an individual bronze (team placing 10th). His overall games record for his period from 2002-2014 in the ECC is 64.1% from 64 games (+27 =28 -9).

<National Club/Team Championships>: Bacrot played for Paris NAO in the domestic team championships in France. His most notable accomplishment was a stunning 11/11 score in the team championship of 2004, leading NAO to a 4 point victory over Monaco and Cannes. He has also played in the Bundesliga, the Spanish league (CECLUB), the Greek Team Cup and the 4NCL. His results in the 2012-13 Bundesliga added 20 ratings points to his rating in May 2013. In September 2013, he helped his team Gros Xake Taldea to a bronze medal in the Spanish CECLUB league. He played for OSG Baden Baden in the 2013-14 Bundesliga, helping his team to the gold medal. In 2014-15, he is participating in both the Spanish League CECLUB and in the Bundesliga.


As well as playing in tournaments and team competitions, between 1996 and 2004 inclusive, Bacrot played annual six-game matches against players in his home town of Albert. Results were as follows:

• 1996: defeated Vasily Smyslov 5–1 (3)

• 1997: lost to Viktor Korchnoi 4–2

• 1998: defeated Robert Huebner 3½–2½ (4)

• 1999: lost to Alexander Beliavsky 3½–2½ (5)

• 2000: lost to Nigel Short 4–2 (6)

• 2001: tied 3–3 with Emil Sutovsky (7)

• 2002: beat Boris Gelfand 3½–2½, (8) and in

• 2004: won against Ivan Sokolov 3½–2½ (9) (there was no match in 2003 and has been none since 2004).


In 1995, Bacrot earned the right to play in the PCA rapid Grand Prix held in Paris. In 1999, he defeated Judit Polgar 3–1 in a rapid match in Bastia, and in 2000, while still aged 17, he tied Anatoly Karpov in a rapid match 3–3. He qualified for the quarter-final of the Cap D'Agde FRA (2003) and in 2013 he won the Corsica Masters (Rapid), defeating Laurent Fressinet in the final. In March 2013, he placed first to qualify for the final 16 in the Nancy leg of the French Rapid Grand Prix circuit, but lost in the first mini-match 0.5-1.5 to Vladimir Dobrov. In April 2013, he won the final of the 10th Balagne Rapid Open after a final Armageddon blitz game, again against Fressinet. At the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014), he scored an excellent 10/15, placing =6th, a point from the lead. He scored a par-for-rating 12.5/21 at the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014).


Won the 2006 FiNet Chess960 Open with a 9½/11 score.


Bacrot first passed the mark of 2700 in Elo rating in 2004. In January 2005, he became the first French player to enter the top 10, and reached and maintained #9 from April till December 2005, still his highest ranking to date. His highest Elo rating of 2749 was achieved in November 2009.

As of 1 February 2015, Bacrot's rating was:

<Standard> 2711 (French #2; world #36);

<Rapid> 2716 (world #33; and

<Blitz> 2652 (world #94).


He is married to Nathalie Bonnafous Bacrot, and they have a son, Alexandre, and a daughter, Victoria.

Sources and references:

Live rating list:; Wikipedia article: %C3%89tienne Bacrot




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Last updated 5 Feb 2015

 page 1 of 68; games 1-25 of 1,691  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Bacrot vs Das Neves  1-048 1992 Wch U10D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Bacrot vs P Nory  0-133 1992 Avoine opA57 Benko Gambit
3. J Pachow vs Bacrot  1-034 1992 Belfort opB01 Scandinavian
4. Bacrot vs S Azarov 1-029 1992 Ch World (cadets) (under 10)D36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
5. Bacrot vs McShane 0-139 1992 Wch U10E81 King's Indian, Samisch
6. G Welling vs Bacrot 1-022 1992 Belfort opD05 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Grischuk vs Bacrot 1-031 1992 Ch World (cadets) (under 10)B01 Scandinavian
8. Bacrot vs D Mastrovasilis 1-039 1992 Wch U10E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
9. H Geanta vs Bacrot  0-124 1992 Wch U10B01 Scandinavian
10. H Giacomini vs Bacrot  1-043 1992 Avoine opA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
11. Bacrot vs P Chenaux  1-043 1992 Belfort opA65 Benoni, 6.e4
12. S Metreveli vs Bacrot 0-142 1992 Wch U10B01 Scandinavian
13. M Zagar vs Bacrot 0-129 1992 Avoine opA80 Dutch
14. Bacrot vs C Lecuyer  1-045 1992 Belfort opE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
15. S Guliev vs Bacrot 0-131 1992 Wch U10A87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
16. M Kochetkov vs Bacrot  0-124 1993 EU-ch U10B01 Scandinavian
17. J M Dubois vs Bacrot  ½-½29 1993 Paris-ch opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
18. Bacrot vs S Guliev 1-038 1993 Ch World (cadets) (under 10)B50 Sicilian
19. Karpov vs Bacrot 1-064 1993 10, Paris EURO DISNEYE81 King's Indian, Samisch
20. Bacrot vs G Sarkisian  1-035 1993 EU-ch U10A57 Benko Gambit
21. Bacrot vs J Mohebbi  ½-½55 1993 Paris-ch opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. C Sandipan vs Bacrot  0-154 1993 Wch U10C42 Petrov Defense
23. Bacrot vs D Mastrovasilis  1-066 1993 Wch U10D09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
24. V Raceanu vs Bacrot  0-130 1993 EU-ch U10D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
25. P Y Toulzac vs Bacrot  ½-½44 1993 Paris-ch opD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Sep-02-11  vanytchouck: <jessicafischerqueen: <Etienne Bacrot>

Correct pronunciation of his name-

Audio/visual file:>...

Horrible !!! Specially the "etienne". It seems to be have been done by a speech syntesis.

<laskersteinitz: NO! This is the correct pronounciation:>...

Yes, done by a french ...

Jan-22-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Bacrot!
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  Penguincw: Perfect player of the day. Bacrot! I believe him and Vachier-Lagrave are among the top two best players in France. But who's better?

Overall, they are tied. :-\

In classical they are still dead even. :-\

They've all had the white and black pieces an equal amount of time. :-\

In their victories, Bacrot beat Lagrave with white, while Lagrave beat his countryman with black. :)

Bacrot has a peak rating of 2731 while Lagrave has the same. :-\

Bacrot's current rating is 2704, while Lagrave's is 2699. :)

Interesting. It's hard to figure out who is better.

Jan-22-12  laskersteinitz: Un p'tit beurre des touyoux!

Joyeux anniversaire Etienne!!

Apr-09-12  JoergWalter: I remember articles in chess magazines from the 1990's when Bacrot was named the successor of Kasparov. What happened that this did not happen?
Apr-09-12  timhortons: <I remember articles in chess magazines from the 1990's when Bacrot was named the successor of Kasparov.>

things are still to happen, lets hope for bacrot.

Apr-09-12  JoergWalter: <timhortons:
things are still to happen, lets hope for bacrot>

Sorting it out with Wesley So in 2020?

Apr-09-12  timhortons: <Sorting it out with Wesley So in 2020?>

by 2020 wes will already be having a degree from webster university, with his masters degree, hope he could pursue a phd.

i dont think wes could be a successor of kasparov, ill pin my hope on bacrot.

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  technical draw: <As at 1 July 2012, Bacrot's rating was 2713, ranking him number 2 in France >

But only by one point. Laurent Fressinet has 2714.

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  parmetd: Anyone know why Bacrot will skip the Olympiad?
Aug-03-12  BinisladNaBugaong: I'm very sure Bacrot knows.
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  offramp: Of all current Grandmasters I would like to see a book of his games the most. Preferably with notes by him. There is huge variety in his games...
Oct-05-12  Conrad93: Does he hold the record for the most French Chess Championships won?
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  pawn to QB4: Seems his seven wins have overtaken the six of Maurice Raizman.

Compares favourably with some countries where the best players don't play in the national championships often enough to set such records. Maybe the French fund theirs better?

Oct-08-12  Conrad93: Who holds the record for Ukraine?
Oct-31-12  Illogic: Bacrot won the Corsica Masters (rapid) defeating Fressinet 2-0 in the final
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  Abdel Irada: <jessicafischerqueen: <Etienne Bacrot>

Correct pronunciation of his name-

Audio/visual file: htt*://>

Thank you for supplying that link. The "pronunciation" interface on this page makes a series of un-Gallic sounds resembling the name as it might be pronounced by George W. Bush without benefit of ad hoc instruction.

Jan-22-13  Kikoman: Happy 30th Birthday GM Etienne Bacrot! ^^
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  talisman: happy birthday...really enjoyed your book!
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  twinlark: Well done winning the Baden Baden Open.
Jun-01-13  CFMEU: Marseille thrashed 0-7 by Clichy in the French Team Championships without E. Bacrot. Currently Marseille 8th out of 12. Chessgames not following The TOP 12? A pity.
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  waustad: His win yesterday over Giri in round 1 of the Bundesliga was a real crush. You can find it here for now: will probably have a page soon.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday GM Etienne Bacrot! I see he will participate in Bundesliga 2013/14 soon. Good luck there!
Aug-24-14  ketchuplover: Hope he enjoyed his simul game vs MVL :)
Jan-22-15  ketchuplover: I concur with penguin
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