Robert Fontaine is a French and Swiss chess Grandmaster born November 18, 1980, in Suresnes, France. Fontaine was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 2002 and the International Master title in 1997.
As of November 2022, his FIDE rating was 2550, while his Peak rating was 2572 as of January 2008. Fontaine is a regular contributor to the French chess magazine Europe Echess.
Fontaine married Ukrainian Grandmaster Kateryna Lagno in 2009, and the couple has one son. The couple has divorced since then.
In 1997, Fontaine was named an International Master; in 2002, he was named a Grandmaster. Fontaine won the Rilton Cup in 2007 with a score of 7.5/9. From 2002 to 2005, Fontaine was a professional chess player before becoming a professional chess coach and the director of the Cannes Chess Club.
Fontaine competed for France in the 36th Chess Olympiad in 2004. Fontaine was also a presenter for Europe Echecs. Fontaine was announced in a press release in 2012 to have joined Agon Limited, the rights holder to the World Chess Championship cycle, as chief of staff to founder and CEO Andrew Paulson.
In 2016, Fontaine moved his national federation to Monaco, and in 2018, he moved it to Switzerland. However, Robert Fontaine did not compete in the 2019 European Team Chess Championship in Batumi.
On first board, the Swiss team members consisted of Sebastian Bogner, a former B-player from Germany, Yannick Pelletier, Nico Georgiadis, born in 1996, and International Master Olivier Kurmann.
On the reserve board, Senior Joe Gallagher, born in 1964, is a renowned writer, British and numerous Swiss National Title winners and has played for his adopted country Switzerland frequently at the Chess Olympiad and the European Team Chess Championship since the mid-1990s). Fontaine is still active as of November 2021.
Among the notable tournaments Fontaine competed in include; the Rilton Cup (2007), French Championship (2006), French Championship (2005), French Championship (2007), National Open (2006), XXXV Rilton Cup (2006), Bundesliga 2001/02 (2001), Cannes Martinez Open (1996), Groningen Open (1994), Czech Open (1998), Calvia Olympiad (2004), Aeroflot Open (2005), European Championship (2003), European Club Cup (2007), and the Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011).
Fontaine was France’s under-20 youth champion six times. Fontaine has won several international tournaments, including Las Vegas in 2006, Stockholm in 2007, and Paleohora in 2009.
Fontaine introduced chess to French electricity and gas company employees by collaborating with CCAS, the energy industry social fund, to help facilitate a strategy that has taught chess to 45,000 people since 2007.
Hugo Tirard vs Robert Fontaine – Hyeres, Round 7 – Hyeres, France – July 11, 2001
Hugo Tirard vs Robert Fontaine – Hyeres, Round 8 – Hyeres, France – July 11, 2001
Robert Fontaine vs Marie Sebag – Open, Round 8 – Ikaros, Greece – July 19, 2003