It feels as though France’s top player is older than he really is, as he has been among the world elite for such a long time. One of Europe’s top players for over a decade, Etienne Bacrot is a technically strong and solid player. Known as a strong defender, the Frenchman has an impressive match record and successes at all levels of tournament play: team events, individual events, Olympiads, and Chess960. In Jermuk, he’ll be looking to erase a bad result in Baku 2008 to add points to his running total in his 4th and final leg in the 2-year Grand Prix cycle.
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