Alexander Baburin was born on Feb 19, 1967 in Gorky. He learned chess from his father at the age of 7. In 1990 he was awarded the IM title. He moved from the Russia to Ireland in 1993 and became a Grandmaster in 1996. He is the first and only Irish Grandmaster. He won the 1999 Mind Sports Olympiad in London and the 2000 National Open in Las Vegas. In 2008 he won the Irish championship.