Macieja Bartlomiej is a Polish Chess Grandmaster with Elo ratings above 2500 with FIDE. Born on October 4th, 1977 in Warsaw, and like other Grandmasters, started playing chess at a young age and and started receiving coaching soon after other players discovered that he possessed strong potential to excel in the game. Before long, he started playing in tournaments.
Last Updated: July 15, 2022
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Macieja Bartlomiej is a two-time Poland Champion, five-time European Championship runner-up, and one of the world’s top-ranked chess players. Bartlomiej, born in 1977, is known as the “H-Bomb” due to his direct style of play. Macieja began competing in chess at a young age, and his mentoring started immediately after his surroundings saw that the child exhibited more than just average skill.
Shortly after that, he began competing in championships, and before long, he was a U18 victor. Bartlomiej never offers a draw and always plays for the win. Macieja Bartlomiej is engaged to Rodriguez Alejandra Guerrero who is one of the best Mexican chess players and resides in Warsaw, Poland. He is recently working at Texas Rio Grande Valley University as the chess head coach.
Raised in Warsaw, he clinched the 1994 U18 Polish Championship and the 2001 and 2009 Polish National Championship. In 1985, he competed at his prime international event in Bydgoszcz. In 1995, he triumphed in Zln and ranked first in Budapest the following year. At the Krynica 1998 zonal event, he tied for first place with Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Vlastimil Babula, and Zoltán Almási.
He qualified for the FIDE World tournament grand final on four occasions: in Las Vegas in 1999, New Delhi in 2000, Moscow in 2001, and Tripoli in 2004. In Delhi, Macieja overcame Speelman Jonathan, Krasenkow Micha, and Alexander Beliavsky, but failed in the fourth round to Viswanathan Anand. In 2002 at Batumi, Macieja emerged victorious at the European Tournament and finished second to Alexei Shirov in Reykjavik the following year. Macieja was the European Team Deputy victor five times in years 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2005. In 2003, Macieja faced former world champion Karpov in an eight-game encounter, in which he lost 6-2.
He also advanced to the FIDE tournament multiple times and has competed in six chess Olympiads. He is believed to have done admirably on both occasions, and a couple of his tactics are still discussed amongst many chess fans. He is 32 years old and plays for Poland at the moment. He is anticipated to feature for Poland for the foreseeable years.
The chess Olympiads he played for his country include; In the 33rd chess Olympiad in 1998 (Elista), he played third board, scoring +31=6; in the 34th Chess Olympiad in 2000 (Instabul), Macieja played third board, scoring +31=6; in the 35th Chess Olympiad in 2002 (Bled), he played second board scoring +10=10; At Calvia in 2004, Macieja played first board in the 36th Chess Olympiad scoring +43=5; At the 37th chess Olympiad in 2005 (Turin), he played second board scoring +1-2=5 and finally in the 40th Chess Olympiad in 2012 (Instabul), he played fifth board scoring +5-1=3.
In 1996, he was accorded the International Master, and in 1999, he was granted the title of Grandmaster. He is now a member of the Alzicapital squad in Spain, which won the National Championship in 2010.
There has been no turning back for Macieja Bartlomiej. He made his nation proud by winning world-renowned competitions such as the National Champion of Poland, where he emerged victorious twice, in 2004 and again in 2009. He clinched the European Championship in 2005 and the European Team Vice Championship, which he won five times. Currently, he owns two of the most outstanding titles in chess: the renowned title of Grandmaster, which he received in 1998, and the well-known International Master title, which he received in 1996. His FIDE rating is at 2518, taken as of July 2022. His highest chess rating, though, was 2653, which he achieved in January 2004.
Some of his other notable achievements include:
Third place in the Mexican Individual Open Championships in 2015 and 2017.
First position in the Polish Individual Tournament in 2004 and 2009; second place in 1998, 2002, 2008, and 2012; and third place in 1999 and 2000.
In the zonal Championship, he came the fourth position in 1998 and qualified for the World Championship in 1999 and first position in 2000, and earned qualification for the World tournament in 2000
He was the 2002 European Champion in the European Individual Championships, and in 2006 he ranked ninth.
Macieja Bartlomiej holds the coveted Grandmaster title which he was awarded in the year 1996. Bartlomiej achieved a peak rating of 2653 that was reached in January 2004.