Boris Grachev – A Russian Prodigy

Boris Grachev was born on March 27, 1986 in Moscow. He started even earlier than others, falling in love with the game taught to him by his father when he was just four years old. Grachev bagged the World U-10 Championship in 1995 when he was just nine years old. The tournament, which was held in Sao Lourenco, also earned him the FM title. He continued to conquer championships claiming the U-16, U-18 and U-20 titles as well, making him a Russian sensation.

He is considered to be one of the very best in the world when it comes to ultra fast time controls such as 1+0. Many grandmasters often ask him the finer points about Internet blitzing because of his combination of skills along with a sharp presence of mind. When it came to international honors, he became a Grandmaster in 2007 after claiming the International Masters title in 2002. 2009 proved to be an exceptionally favorable year when he came first in the Masters Open Tournament in Biel. Grachev also tied for 9-11th in the European Individual Chess Championship. The year had more accolades in store as he won the first Lubin International Tournament, proclaiming his glory to the entire world.

He holds a current FIDE ranking of 2668 with a world ranking of 69 and a national ranking of 19. He continues to impress even in 2010 with a tied finish for third to sixth place in the Aeroflot Open. A man of gentle nature, Boris Grachev holds chess in the highest regard, bringing pride and honor to his country.