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Alexander Ipatov
A Ipatov 
Ipatov playing for Bois Colombes, French Team Championship, 2012.  
Number of games in database: 452
Years covered: 2006 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2644 (2584 rapid, 2534 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2665

Overall record: +158 -84 =170 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 40 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E21 E46 E29 E28 E43
 Slav (27) 
    D11 D18 D15 D10 D12
 King's Indian (23) 
    E90 E60 E94 E77 E70
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    A41 A45 E00 E10 D02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D38 D30 D37 D39 D31
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D91 D85 D80 D71 D90
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (23) 
    B29 B30 B20 B60 B63
 Petrov (21) 
    C42 C43
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    A40 A46 E00 A50 E10
 Slav (20) 
    D10 D11 D17 D12 D13
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B10 B12 B18 B13 B11
 Grunfeld (17) 
    D85 D94 D80 D97 D90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Grandelius vs A Ipatov, 2012 0-1
   A Ipatov vs D Debashis, 2013 1-0
   A Platel vs A Ipatov, 2011 0-1
   V Durarbayli vs A Ipatov, 2019 0-1
   B Adhiban vs A Ipatov, 2012 1/2-1/2
   J A Hernandez Sanchez vs A Ipatov, 2012 0-1
   A Ipatov vs Zherebukh, 2017 1-0
   A Ipatov vs A Brkic, 2016 1-0
   A Ipatov vs Navara, 2014 1/2-1/2
   F Kumic vs A Ipatov, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Cappelle-la-Grande Open (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   European Championship (2015)
   Turkish Team Championship (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   European Championship (2014)
   European Championship (2016)
   European Championship (2012)

   🏆 St Louis Fall A
   V Akobian vs A Ipatov (Sep-18-19) 1-0
   A Ipatov vs Smirin (Sep-17-19) 1/2-1/2
   Swiercz vs A Ipatov (Sep-16-19) 1/2-1/2
   A Ipatov vs J van Foreest (Sep-15-19) 1/2-1/2
   V Durarbayli vs A Ipatov (Sep-14-19) 0-1

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(born Jul-16-1993, 29 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Turkey)

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Grandmaster (2011); World Junior Champion (2012); Turkish Champion (2014 and 2015).

Born and raised in Ukraine, Ipatov moved to Spain before settling in Turkey.

Ipatov's first GM norm was awarded for scoring 5.5/9 in the powerful Moscow Open 2010. His second was acquired from his result at the 27th Cappelle-la-Grande (2011), when he came second with 7/9 (+6 -1 =2) behind GM Grzegorz Gajewski. His 3rd norm followed for his results at the 2011 Nakhchivan Open when he placed =2nd behind Anton Korobov and alongside Zoltan Almasi, Francisco Vallejo Pons and Ivan Sokolov.

In recent years, he won the World Junior Championship (2012) with 10/13 on the basis of a better tiebreak (sum of opponent's ratings less the lowest) ahead of Hungary's Richard Rapport. This victory also qualified him to participate in the World Cup (2013), where he played and lost to Filipino GM Wesley So in the first round by 1.5-0.5. He attempted to defend his title at the World Junior Championship (2013), but a resurgent Yu Yangyi outlasted him by half a point, relegating him to second place with 10.5/13 (+8 =5). He won the Turkish championship in November 2014 with a score of 9.5/13, half a point ahead of Burak Firat. He placed =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) at Groningen 2014 and =1st (4th on tiebreak) at the World Open 2015.

Ipatov's score of 7.5/11 at the European Individual Championship (2015) included him in the group from that event that qualified for the World Cup (2015) where he unexpectedly defeated higher seeded Ivan Cheparinov to progress through to the second round where he lost to Pavel Eljanov, thereby exiting the event.
Wikipedia article: Alexander Ipatov

Last updated: 2016-09-15 06:24:14

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 459  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Zakharevich vs A Ipatov  0-1272006Minsk Inautomarket opD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
2. Nyzhnyk vs A Ipatov  1-0512006UKR-ch U16 sfC42 Petrov Defense
3. A Grekh vs A Ipatov  ½-½362007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
4. V Onyshchuk vs A Ipatov  ½-½432007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
5. Y Vovk vs A Ipatov  1-0302007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. A Ipatov vs S Lots  1-0322007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
7. M Kravtsiv vs A Ipatov  ½-½232007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
8. A Ipatov vs N Zhornik  ½-½422007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
9. D Kononenko vs A Ipatov  1-0262007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
10. A Ipatov vs A Tukhaev  1-0372007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipE70 King's Indian
11. A Vovk vs A Ipatov  1-0362007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
12. A Ipatov vs Zherebukh  0-1592007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
13. A Ipatov vs Nyzhnyk  0-1412007UKR-ch U16E45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
14. A Ipatov vs Nyzhnyk  ½-½342007UKR-ch U14E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
15. A Ipatov vs G Harutjunyan  0-1462008Alushta TournamentsE46 Nimzo-Indian
16. A Chernoukhov vs A Ipatov  0-1522008Alushta TournamentsD00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. A Ipatov vs A Khudiakov  1-0252008Alushta TournamentsA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
18. Belikov vs A Ipatov  ½-½302008Alushta TournamentsC42 Petrov Defense
19. A Ipatov vs N Ibraev  1-0382008Alushta TournamentsA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
20. H Simonian vs A Ipatov ½-½142008Alushta TournamentsC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
21. A Ipatov vs T Iljin  ½-½762008Alushta TournamentsE46 Nimzo-Indian
22. B Kharchenko vs A Ipatov 1-0372008Alushta TournamentsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. A Ipatov vs Obukhov  1-0332008Alushta TournamentsA84 Dutch
24. A Ipatov vs R Milutin  1-0252008Alushta TournamentsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. D Petrosian vs A Ipatov  ½-½82008Alushta TournamentsC42 Petrov Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-14-08  BIDMONFA: Alexander Ipatov

IPATOV, Alexander

Apr-24-10  sulotas: This guy is one of the commentators in the website for Anand-Topalov match and in the first game today I couldn't stand his comments as he is so much biased in favor of Topalov and he mentioned how Topalov's preparation was so deep in every second during the game (even before Anand's blunder before the knight sacrifice). And I find it very odd that his rating was more than 2500 once upon a time but now it is only 2056.
Apr-25-10  Wrong: <solutas> his 2056 rating must be a lie

Apr-25-10  Wrong: on his fide profile ,he was born in 1993,how come had a game in 1993 weird... maybe he learned to play chess when he was 1 year old.
Apr-25-10  sulotas: <Wrong> Either this is the wrong Ipatov entry that I am commenting under, or that 1993 game is wrong (maybe a different Ipatov's game). There is thirteen years gap between that game and the one in 2006 as shows. I guess there is something wrong with the info here; I can't imagine an IM (Yes! That biased guy is an IM!) with a FIDE rating 2056.
Jul-23-10  PhilFeeley: There's definitely an error in his rating here. He's currently playing in Andorra ( and he's listed with a rating of 2507. He's tied with many others for 2nd with a performance rating of 2530.
Jun-10-11  wordfunph: Ipatov commented the So-Giri game in chessbomb yesterday but i was not aware he's a GM..
Jul-16-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ipatov!
Jul-16-12  waustad: He celebrated his B'day with a draw against Judit Polgar!
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  technical draw: He's leading in the world junior ahead of favorite Ling Diren.
Aug-15-12  joeyj: Alexander Ipatov is World Junior Chess Champion
Aug 15, 2012

Alexander Ipatov won the World Junior Chess Championship in Athens, Greece. Ipatov collected 10,0/13 to claim first place.

Second place is for GM Rapport who scored the same points, but has worse tiebreak.

Aug-15-12  joeyj: Congratulations GM Alexander Ipatov ... 2012 World Junior Chess Champion !!!
Aug-15-12  joeyj: GM Alexander Ipatov

August 2012 FIDE Rating: 2577

FIDE rtg (WJCC-2012): 24.4

Live Rating : 2601.4 (assuming he doesn't have pending rating from other tournaments not yet reported for Sep 2012 FIDE rating).


Aug-15-12  wordfunph: congrats GM Alexander Ipatov --- 2012 World Junior Chess Champion!
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  whiteshark: The new World Junior Champion is 19 years old. He received his chess education in Ukraine, where he took up chess at age four under the guidance of his father.

In 2003 Ipatov was the runner-up at the U10 Ukrainian Championship, and he was again 2nd in 2007 at the U14 Championship. A year later the 14-year-old Alexander had another two silver medals – in the Ukrainian U16 and U20 Championships!

In 2009 he moved with his family to Spain, where he rapidly became the country’s strongest youngster and played under its flag. In February 2012 Alexander Ipatov moved again to represent Turkey.


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  HeMateMe: A product of Ukrainian chess, he has won the world junior championship, while representing Turkey. Nothing wrong with that, I guess. I assume that Turkey has given him some nice financial compensation to be their top guy, probably board No. 1 in Olympiad play, down the road?
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  whiteshark: "From 10 to 27 of January 2013 I will be participating in the Tata Steel B-group. It wil take place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) and will be played under the Round-Robin system of 13 rounds. I belong to the second part of participants by rating,but I will fight! "

Tough competition. Good Luck, Alex!

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  whiteshark: <How to conquer fear>

"What is the most dangerous thing you have done as a chess grandmaster? Taking the b2-pawn in a Najdorf? Well, here's a young fellow who is willing to go further. Alexander Ipatov, 19, Junior World Champion, took a bungy leap from the Macau Tower, plunging from the tower's outer rim, 233 meters above the ground. It is all caught in a stomach-churning video. ..."

Jul-04-13  Eti fan: The profile of the world junior champion Ipatov at Chess Arena
Nov-30-13  parisattack: Definitely a player to watch! His games have a streak of originality to them. Seems to be toying with hypermodern ideas also of late.
Jul-16-14  RookFile: This guy needs to play Alexander Ivanov. :)
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  Penguincw: Happy 21st birthday to GM Alexander Ipatov.
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  WTHarvey: Here are 19 critical positions from the #1 Turkish player's games: What's the winning move?
Aug-17-17  diagonal: When your meal (your family) depends on your next move:

Insightful interview with Grandmaster Alexander Ipatov (World Junior Chess Champion from 2012, and then a typical GM with a stable Elo rating above 2600 but below the notorious 2700 benchmark), on why he has stopped his *professional* chess career: (in german language)

Original in russian:

Ipatov is currently studying at the Saint Louis University.

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