Biography

Alexander Ipatov was born on July 16, 1993 in Lviv, Ukraine. He is an International Chess Grandmaster and the 2012 World Junior Chess Champion. When he was four, his father taught him how to play chess, and at the age of six his mother brought him to a local chess club.

In March 2003, he became the Ukrainian U-10 Youth Vice-Champion. This made him eligible to participate in the World U-10 Youth Chess Championship, which took place in Greece. In the latter championship, Alexander finished on the 11th place amongst 133 players from all over the world. In 2007, Alexander finished 2nd in the Ukrainian U-14 Youth Chess Championship, and thereby qualified to represent Ukraine in the World U-14 Youth Chess Championship in Turkey. He finished on the 8th place, entering the top-10 for the first time.

The year 2008 was amongst the most successful ones in his career. That year, Alexander increased his international rating by 207 points, became the Ukrainian Vice-Champion in the age groups of under-16 and under-20, and was awarded titles of National Master and International Master — all of that at the age of 15. From January 2009 to February 2012, he represented Spain, and won many individual and team events in the country both on the national and international level.

In 2011, he sensationally came in 3rd  at the International Chess Open of Cappelle-la-Grande (France) , where he competed with 573 players from all over the world;  85 of them were international grandmasters. Later that year, he, himself, was awarded the International Grandmaster title by the World Chess Federation.

Since February 2012, Alexander Ipatov has represented Turkey. Half a year upon his transfer to the Turkish Chess Federation, he became the World U-20 Junior Chess Champion, edging many strong players, such as Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Richard Rapport and Wei Yi. He dedicated the victory to his father who had passed away three months before the event. This success qualified Ipatov to the 2013 World Chess Cup held in Tromso, Norway.

Next year, Alexander won the DSK Grandmaster Tournament in Cape Town (South Africa) and came in  2nd at the World Junior Chess Championship, being very close to repeating his success the previous year. He scored 10.5 points out of 13 games and finished undefeated. Later on in 2013, he won SPICE Cup Open and Michigan Chess Festival tournaments in the United States.

In April 2014, Alexander Ipatov received his B.A. in Law from the Yaroslav the Wise National Law Academy of Ukraine. In November, he won the Turkish National Chess Championship for the first time.

In March 2015, Alexander finished 7th at the European Individual Chess Championship that featured 100 international grandmasters,  and as a result qualified for the World Cup 2015 in Baku, in which he advanced to Round 2. In July 2015, Alex tied for the 1st place in the World Open in Arlington, VA. In December, he became the Turkish National Chess Champion for the second year in a row, scoring remarkable 12.5/13.

In September 2016, he was the driving force behind Turkish National team’s success at the World Chess Olympiad in Baku, where Turkey finished 6th out of 180 participating teams and as a result qualified to the 2017 World Team Chess Championship in Russia. Over the course of many years, Alexander Ipatov successfully represented Turkish National Team in the following world-class competitions: World Chess Olympiad (2012, 2014, 2016), European Team Chess Championship (2013, 2015) and a World Team Championship (2013).

Since May 2017, Alexander has been a key player of the Saint Louis University’s collegiate chess team. He helped the team to finish 2nd at the 2017 Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship and qualify to the Final Four of Collegiate Chess in New York. In August 2018, he was appointed the Captain of the collegiate chess team.

While pursuing his professional chess career in the United States, Ipatov received the M.B.A. degree from Saint Louis University and was admitted to M.S. in Computer Science program, starting in Fall 2019. His first book «Unconventional Approaches to Modern Chess» was published in February 2019 and was distributed worldwide shortly after.