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Boris Grachev
B Grachev 
Number of games in database: 1,101
Years covered: 1996 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2612 (2695 rapid, 2595 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2705

Overall record: +260 -85 =406 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 350 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (124) 
    D02 A46 A40 A45 D00
 English (54) 
    A15 A13 A10 A18 A14
 Slav (45) 
    D12 D11 D15 D10 D17
 King's Indian (41) 
    E63 E60 E62 E69 E61
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E32 E46 E20 E44 E38
 Grunfeld (23) 
    D85 D76 D79 D78 D80
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (200) 
    B46 B48 B40 B47 B45
 Sicilian Taimanov (109) 
    B46 B48 B47 B45 B49
 Queen's Gambit Declined (82) 
    D30 D37 D31 D35 D36
 Semi-Slav (51) 
    D47 D45 D43 D44
 French Defense (28) 
    C10 C11 C03 C07 C01
 Slav (27) 
    D12 D11 D10 D13 D18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Mangione vs B Grachev, 2015 0-1
   B Grachev vs V Akobian, 2009 1-0
   B Grachev vs P Savosto, 2001 1-0
   Gavrilov vs B Grachev, 2007 0-1
   B Grachev vs Kamsky, 2008 1-0
   Shirov vs B Grachev, 2011 1/2-1/2
   B Grachev vs Ponomariov, 2010 1-0
   B Grachev vs Gelfand, 2008 1-0
   B Grachev vs I Iljiushenok, 2014 1-0
   B Grachev vs N Nikolaev, 2005 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)
   European Club Cup (2012)
   European Championship (2008)
   Moscow Open (2015)
   European Championship (2009)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Russian Team Championship (Premier) (2019)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2008)
   European Championship (2017)
   Moscow Open A (2016)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   European Championship (2015)
   European Championship (2010)
   European Club Cup (2019)
   European Championship (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   zz08 - London System 2 (A46/A48) by whiteshark
   5. b4 by Chess Guard
   5. b4 Compiled by Chess Guard by fredthebear

   🏆 TCh-RUS Rapid
   B Grachev vs S Lobanov (Oct-16-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   V Murzin vs B Grachev (Oct-13-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   V Moiseenko vs B Grachev (Oct-11-21) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   B Grachev vs M Kobalia (Feb-11-21) 1-0
   V Murzin vs B Grachev (Feb-10-21) 0-1

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(born Mar-27-1986, 36 years old) Russia
[what is this?]
FM (1995); International Master (2002); Grandmaster (2007).

Summary of Career: Grachev became an FM when he was 9 and became the U10 Champion of the World in 1995. He has also been the U10, U16, U18 and U20 Russian champion. He won the Lublin GM (2009) (1) and the Biel Open (2009). (2) 2nd in the II Lublin Union Memorial (Poland) 9-18 May 2010. (3) He qualified for the World Cup (2011) through his results in the European Individual Championships (2010), defeating Evgeny Romanov in the first round, but losing to Vietnamese super-GM Le Quang Liem in the second round. He came 5th in the Moscow Open - A in 2014, half a point from the leaders. (4) His =5th in the European Individual Championship (2015) with 7.5/11 earned him a place in the World Cup (2015) (5) from which he was eliminated after losing to Alexander Motylev in the first round's blitz tiebreakers after the standard games and the two sets of rapid tiebreakers were drawn.

References: Wikipedia article: Boris Grachev; Photo:; Playchess handle: guenplen.

Footnotes and sources: (1); (2); (3); (4); (5) Wikipedia article: Chess World Cup 2015

 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,110  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Kanzafarov vs B Grachev  ½-½221996Ch Moscow (open)C26 Vienna
2. V Belov vs B Grachev  1-0431996Kasparov Cup opC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
3. E Mirzoeva vs B Grachev 1-0561996Kasparov Cup opA07 King's Indian Attack
4. B Grachev vs Khismatullin  0-1301996Volgograd opB40 Sicilian
5. B Grachev vs Kholmov  0-1261996RUS-Cup2C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. B Grachev vs E Vorobiov  0-1421997Moscow-chB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. E Alekseev vs B Grachev  1-0411998Moscow Kasparov CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. B Grachev vs A Pashikian  ½-½561998Wch U12C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
9. B Grachev vs S Megaranto  1-0301998Wch U12B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
10. B Grachev vs Radjabov  0-1551998Wch U12C05 French, Tarrasch
11. B Grachev vs Radjabov  0-1291999Baku-C U18C05 French, Tarrasch
12. B Grachev vs M Gagunashvili  1-0391999Baku-C U18B33 Sicilian
13. A Volokitin vs B Grachev  ½-½431999Baku-C U18B83 Sicilian
14. B Grachev vs Kholmov  ½-½412000Moscow Kasparov CupE20 Nimzo-Indian
15. I A Zaitsev vs B Grachev  1-0462000Moscow Kasparov CupB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
16. B Grachev vs P Savosto 1-0792001White NightsD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
17. E Inarkiev vs B Grachev  ½-½452001White NightsD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. B Grachev vs V Kuporosov  ½-½192001White NightsD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. A Anjuhin vs B Grachev  ½-½472001White NightsB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. B Grachev vs I Zakharevich  0-1582001White NightsE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
21. Potkin vs B Grachev  ½-½202001White NightsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. B Grachev vs I Akimov 1-0212001White NightsE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
23. S Klimov vs B Grachev  1-0442001White NightsD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. B Grachev vs Kharitonov  ½-½452001White NightsA80 Dutch
25. B Grachev vs J Redpath 1-0362001EYCC B16E25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-19-06  clocked: Anyone have any info on this player? Rating has not moved in 3 years, but he is the current best on icc's 5-minute list...
Mar-12-06  Dennis Plott: I believe he just won the under 20 championship of Russia.
Feb-18-08  BIDMONFA: Boris Grachev


Oct-16-08  bauernfresser: And now that he is in the Top 100, still nobody knows nothing about him?
Apr-07-09  notyetagm: <DCP23: GM Boris Grachev (aka Guenplen on Playchess) remains on 100% with 4 points out of 4 games played, and a perfomance rating of 3263, the official site tells us. Of course that figure is next to useless with a 100% result but still -- impressive.>

At the 2009 Russian Team Championship.

Apr-07-09  DCP23: <bauernfresser: And now that he is in the Top 100, still nobody knows nothing about him?>

We know everything about him :) Depends on what do you want to hear.

He is a GM, currently rated 2652 which makes him #75 in the World and #19 in Russia.

Born on March 27, 1986, in Moscow. His dad taught him chess when he was 4. He became World Champion under 10 in 1995, and that tourney (held in Brasil) earned him an FM title. He was 9 years old.

He is Russian Champion under 10, under 16, under 18, and under 20.

He plays on Playchess as 'guenplen'.
He is considered one of the very best in the world at ultra-fast time controls, such as 1+0. Many other GMs, including famous blitz specialists, often ask him for advice on some finer points of Internet blitzing, such as what mouse should they use etc.

He is 6'3" tall, which makes him 2" shorter than Kramnik ;)

Anything else you would like to know?

Jun-06-09  Winter: Congratulations Boris for a convincing win @ Lublin...

Placed a bet on you and I won...

More championships to come...


Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: Yes, congrats to Boris. Maybe he will be better known a year from now if he continues climbing up the ratings list.
Aug-02-09  malthrope: <DCP23: <bauernfresser: And now that he is in the Top 100, still nobody knows nothing about him?> We know everything about him :) Depends on what do you want to hear. [...]>

Re: GM Boris Grachev

Nice job there <DCP23> - me thinks you covered it quite well. Very impressive resume! :)

Aug-02-09  DCP23: <malthrope: Nice job there <DCP23> - me thinks you covered it quite well. Very impressive resume! :)>

Thanks, <mal>!

Since then, Grachev climbed to 2669 and #60 World, #15 Russia. He's moving in the right direction it seems.

Aug-02-09  malthrope: <DCP23: <malthrope: Nice job there <DCP23> [...]>

Thanks, <mal>!

Since then, Grachev climbed to 2669 and #60 World, #15 Russia. He's moving in the right direction it seems>

He sure is! <moving in the right direction>

^Up^ - ^up^ - ^UP^ and away...

May he have continued success! ;)

Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Then 2684, and now 2652. Tournaments wins in 2009: (Lublin GM) (Biel Open)


Mar-27-10  wordfunph: GM Boris Grachev's ICC handle is guenplen.

happy birthday Boris!

Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: 2nd today in the II Lublin Union Memorial (Poland) 9-18 May 2010:

Feb-22-11  notyetagm: An excellent tactic from a Grachev bullet(!) game on ICC:

[Event "ICC 1 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2010.05.02"]
[Round "-"]
[White "MTurov"]
[Black "Vidocq"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White resigns"]
[WhiteElo "2406"]
[BlackElo "2747"]
[Opening "QGD"]
[ECO "D52"]
[NIC "SL.01"]
[Time "17:31:08"]
[TimeControl "60+0"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Nf3 Be7 7. Qc2 O-O 8. Rd1 h6 9. Bxf6 Nxf6 10. Bd3 b6 11. O-O Bb7 12. Rfe1 Rc8 13. e4 Qc7 14. e5 Nd7 15. cxd5 cxd5 16. Rc1 a6 17. Qe2 Qb8 18. Bxa6 Rfe8 19. Bxb7 Qxb7 20. Nb5 Nb8 21. a3 Nc6 22. b4 Ra8 23. Kf1 Rec8 24. Rc2 Nb8 25. Rec1 Rxc2 26. Rxc2 Nd7 27. Nd2 Rc8 28. Nb3 Rxc2 29. Qxc2 Qa6 30. Qd3 Qa4 31. Ke2 Nb8 32. f4 Nc6 33. Kd2 Bxb4+ 34. axb4 Nxb4 35. Nc3 Qxb3 0-1

Jan-05-12  Korifej: Congratulations to Boris Grachev,the winner of Hilton Open and 2705,9 live rating.
Mar-07-12  plimko: Boris Grachev is the top seeded player in 6th Agzamov Memorial in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Official site:

on 'Scacchi Internazionali':

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Grachev.
Oct-31-13  falso contacto: elo 2669 and nÂș79 in the world today.
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Grachev!
Mar-27-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Boris Grachev.
Nov-01-16  sonia91: Grachev won this year's both the Moscow Blitz Championship (on tiebreak from Alexander Morozevich, who didn't show up for the armageddon playoff: and the Moscow Rapid Championship (
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here's a couple dozen puzzles from Boris's games: Find the winning moves.

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