Alexander Ipatov was the 2012 World Junior Chess Champion and a two-time Turkish Chess Champion. In 2015, he won Turkey’s national championship with an impressive score of 12.5 out of 13. GM Ipatov represented Turkey at three Chess Olympiads in 2012, 2014, 2016; two European Team Championships in 2013 and 2015; and the World Team Championship in 2013. At the Baku World Chess Olympiad in September 2016, Alexander Ipatov aided the Turkish team to finish in 6th place, an all-time team record, by conquering Georgian Grandmaster Mikhail Mchedlishvili in the very last round after a tied score of 1.5 for each player. With this victory, Ipatov helped Turkey to qualify for the 2017 World Team Chess Championship. He typically favors the Nimzo opening when playing for white, and Sicilian opening when playing for black.