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SUMMARY

Alexander Ipatov is an International Chess Grandmaster,  two-time Turkish National Chess Champion, World Junior Chess Champion and winner of many international tournaments around the world, both individually and as part of a team. He has been consecutively ranked as the highest-rated chess player in Turkey since January 2016. He represented Turkey in 3 World Chess Olympiads (Istanbul 2012, Tromso 2014 and Baku 2016), 2 European Team Championships (Warsaw 2013 and Reykjavik 2015) and a World Team Chess Championship (Antalya 2013). He was the driving force behind Turkey’s qualification to the 2017 World Team Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, by showing a 2700+ perfomance on Board 2 and bringing a crucial victory against the Georgian team in the last round of the 2016 World Chess Olympiad.

As of April 2019, he occupies 109th position among active chess players in the world and 76th position in Europe with the ELO rating 2650.

He is also the author of the «Unconventional Approaches to Modern Chess», educational book released by Thinkers Publishing in February 2019, which is available for sale in the UK, USA, Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland and other countries. He has also been a frequent contributor to world’s most read chess magazines such as Chess Life, Chess Informant, American Chess Magazine and New in Chess Yearbook.

 

 CHESS TITLES

 

Year
Title
2013Life Senior Master

(the highest national title awarded by the United States Chess Federation; held for life)
2011International Grandmaster

(the highest international title awarded by the World Chess Federation; held for life)
2008International Master

(The second highest international title awarded by the World Chess Federation)
2008National Master of Ukraine
2003Candidate Master

 

 CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELD

 

Year
Description
End of 2019 (upcoming)Author of "Unconventional Approaches to Modern Chess - Rare Ideas for White". An approximately 250-300 page-long book, which will be published by Thinkers Publishing, Belgium.
2019Author of "Unconventional Approaches to Modern Chess - Rare Ideas for Black", a 360-page book published by Thinkers Publishing, Belgium.
2018-Author at Chess Life -- official publication of the United States Chess Federation and the most read chess magazine in the world. Published 5 articles.
2017Co-author of an instructional DVD "Master the Grunfeld Defence" along with Grandmaster Igor Smirnov. 3h 30 min. English language. Remote Chess Academy.
2016-Author at American Chess Magazine -- the second most read chess magazine in the United States and one of the most popular chess publications in the world. Published 4 articles, 2X cover mention. Interviewed.
2015Author of an instructional DVD "Dominate Rook Endgames". 3h. English language. TheChessWorld.com
2013Author of an instructional DVD "Positional Sacrifice". 3h. English, Spanish. iChess.com
2013-2016Contributor and Writer for ChessBase Inc. Submitted game analyses for CBM (ChessBase Magazine) and annual Mega Database. Published articles on ChessBase.com -- one of the most visited chess websites in the world
2013-2015Author at Master's Bulletin (Chess.com). Published 2 articles.
2013-Educational Contributor to Chess.com -- #1 online chess platform in the world with more than 25 million users.
2013Author of an opening survey on Petroff Opening for New in Chess Magazine and Yearbook -- one of the most read chess publications in the world.
2012-2016Author at Chess Informant - one of the oldest and most respected chess magazines in the world. Published 8 articles. Interviewed. Multiple cover mentions.
2011Author at Chess Evolution Magazine. Published 1 article for November 2011 issue. A world-class chess publication with focus on recent developments in opening theory.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Year
Description
2014Official Commentator at the World Youth Chess Championship (Durban, South Africa)
2014 Coach of the Turkish delegation at the World Youth Chess Championship (Durban, South Africa)
2010-2012Online Analyst at Chessdom.com & ChessBomb.com -- two of the most visited chess websites in the world. Provided Live Commentary for many international tournaments throughout that period.
1999-Professional Chess Player

 

NATIONAL CHESS ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Tournament
Place
Year
Result
US National G60 ChampionshipCharlotte, NC, USA20183rd
US National G30 ChampionshipCharlotte, NC, USA20182nd
US National G10 ChampionshipCharlotte, NC, USA20181st
Turkish National Chess ChampionshipAdana, Turkey20151st
Turkish National Chess ChampionshipBuldan, Turkey20141st
Turkish National Chess ChampionshipAntalya, Turkey20133rd
Ukrainian Youth Championship U20Odessa, Ukraine20082nd
Ukrainian Youth Championship U16Odessa, Ukraine20082nd
Ukrainian Youth Championship U14Odessa, Ukraine20072nd
Ukrainian Youth Championship U10Nikolaev, Ukraine20032nd

 INTERNATIONAL CHESS ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Tournament
Place
Year
Result
PNWCC Masters TournamentUSA20181st
Saint Louis Spring Chess Classic - Group AUSA2017Tied for 3rd
World Chess OlympiadAzerbaijan20166th (team)
World Chess CupAzerbaijan2015Advanced to Round 2
World OpenUSA2015Tied for 1st
European Individual ChampionshipIsrael20157th
Groningen Chess FestivalNetherlands2014Tied for 2nd
Rector Cup Invitational (Rapid)Ukraine20142nd
Michigan Chess FestivalUSA2013Tied for 1st
Spice Cup OpenUSA2013Tied for 1st
World Junior Chess ChampionshipTurkey20132nd
World Chess CupNorway2013Qualified
DSK GM TournamentSouth Africa20131st
Aeroflot Blitz OpenRussia201311th
World Junior Chess ChampionshipGreece2012Champion
1st Grand Europe OpenBulgaria2012Tied for 2nd
Rethymno International OpenGreece2011Tied for 1st
International Chess Open of NakhchivanAzerbaijan2011Tied for 2nd
International Chess Open of Cappelle-la-GrandeFrance20113rd
Invitational International Chess Tournament "Rector Cup"Ukraine20113rd
International Chess Open of ManresaSpain20103rd
International Chess Open of AndorraAndorra20109th
International Chess Open of Barberà del VallésSpain20105th
Sofia Blitz Chess Tournament Bulgaria20101st
Catalan Chess CircuitSpain200911th
International Chess Open of SabadellSpain20093rd
International Chess Open of OlotSpain20091st
Invitational Chess Tournament “Youth World Stars”Russia2009Participant
International Chess Open of Le MansFrance20082nd
European Rapid Chess ChampionshipPoland2008Best Junior U16 & 30th Overall
World Youth Chess Championship U14Turkey20078th
International Blitz Chess Tournament of PaternaSpain20071st
World Youth Chess Championship U10Greece200311th


TEAM
 ACHIEVEMENTS

Saint Louis University Collegiate Chess Team

Tournament
Place
Year
Result
U.S. Collegiate Blitz Chess ChampionshipUSA20191st
Final Four of Collegiate ChessUSA20184th
Pan American Intercollegiate Chess ChampionshipUSA20172nd

Bois Colombes

Tournament
Place
Year
Result
French League TOP-12France20153rd
French CupFrance20141st
Nationale 1France2012-20131st

 

C.E. Barberà

 

Tournament
Place
Year
Result
Copa CatalanaSpain20122nd
Catalan Team Chess Championship División de HonorSpain20112nd
Copa CatalanaSpain20111st
Spanish Team Chess Championship Primera DivisiónSpain20091st

 

Law Academy

 

Tournament
Place
Year
Result
Ukrainian Team Chess ChampionshipUkraine20131st
Ukrainian Team Chess ChampionshipUkraine20112nd

 

Denizsu Aquamatch 

 

Tournament
Place
Year
Result
Turkish Isbank Super Chess LeagueTurkey20163rd


Istanbul Technical University

 

Tournament
Place
Year
Result
Turkish Isbank Super Chess LeagueTurkey20141st
Turkish Isbank Super Chess LeagueTurkey20122nd

 

FEDERATIONS

 

Year
Federation
2012-Turkey (TUR)
2009-2012Spain (ESP)
1999-2009Ukraine (UKR)

 

 CLUBS

 

Year
Club
Country
2017-Saint Louis University Collegiate Chess TeamUSA
2016Denizsu AquamatchTurkey
2012-2016Bois ColombesFrance
2012Chess Club NişSerbia
2011-2016SK Turm EmsdettenGermany
2011-2015Istanbul Technical University Chess TeamTurkey
2010-2014Law Academy Chess ClubUkraine
2007-2016C.E. BarberàSpain

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Year
Institution
Degree
Country
2000-2010Lviv Linguistic Gymnasium -Ukraine
2010-2014Yaroslav the Wise National Law Academy of UkraineB.A. in LawUkraine
2017-2018Saint Louis University, Chaifetz School of BusinessM.B.AUSA
2018-2021Saint Louis University, Chaifetz School of BusinessM.S. in Supply Chain ManagementUSA
2019-2021Saint Louis UniversityM.S. in Computer ScienceUSA

 

 LANGUAGES

 

Languages
Russian
Ukrainian
English
Spanish
Turkish