GM Alexander Grischuk is widely recognised as one of the best blitz chess players in the world having been crowned World Blitz Champion in 2006, 2012 and 2015. He has also competed in four Candidates Tournaments and was a semi-finalist in the FIDE World Championship in 2000. Grischuk is a former Russian Champion and has won the Linares super tournament.In November 2014, Grishchuk crossed the elite 2800 ELO rating mark when he took clear first place with 5/7 points in the Tashir Chess Tournament in Memory of Tigran Petrosian. He is a veteran of 9 chess Olympiads and has won two team gold, three team silver and a team bronze medal while representing Russia. He narrowly missed out on selection as a full GCT tour participant in 2019 and will be a significant threat as a wildcard at the Paris Rapid & Blitz.