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Alexey Dreev
Number of games in database: 2,514
Years covered: 1982 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2653 (2694 rapid, 2710 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2711

Overall record: +674 -255 =962 (61.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 623 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (160) 
    D37 D38 D31 D35 D30
 Queen's Indian (145) 
    E12 E17 E15 E14
 Slav (141) 
    D12 D11 D10 D15 D17
 Grunfeld (125) 
    D85 D80 D92 D78 D94
 Nimzo Indian (121) 
    E32 E34 E39 E38 E33
 King's Indian (121) 
    E81 E80 E94 E84 E61
With the Black pieces:
 Semi-Slav (292) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44 D46
 Caro-Kann (288) 
    B12 B18 B10 B14 B19
 Slav (155) 
    D12 D10 D11 D13 D15
 French Defense (131) 
    C11 C03 C07 C02 C01
 Sicilian (96) 
    B61 B30 B56 B67 B66
 French Tarrasch (53) 
    C03 C07 C05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Gelfand vs Dreev, 1993 0-1
   I Sokolov vs Dreev, 2001 0-1
   Anand vs Dreev, 1991 1/2-1/2
   Dreev vs Shirov, 1996 1-0
   Dreev vs E Gleizerov, 1992 1-0
   I Gaponenko vs Dreev, 2016 0-1
   Dreev vs L Dominguez, 2005 1-0
   Dreev vs I Galic, 2008 1-0
   Dreev vs Kamsky, 1987 1-0
   Dreev vs R Cifuentes, 1995 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Club Cup (2010)
   Aeroflot Open (2008)
   Zurich Chess Club 200th Anniversary (2009)
   Baku Open (2011)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2016)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   European Club Cup (2007)
   Moscow Open (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2016)
   Politiken Cup (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Alexey Dreev: My One Hundred Best Games by Resignation Trap
   USSR Championship 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Biel 1995 by suenteus po 147
   1989 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   Biel 2002 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 Pro Chess League
   M Khachiyan vs Dreev (Feb-14-18) 0-1, rapid
   Dreev vs A Ostrovskiy (Feb-14-18) 1-0, rapid
   Dreev vs Z Pakleza (Feb-14-18) 1-0, rapid
   J Stopa vs Dreev (Feb-14-18) 0-1, rapid
   Dreev vs A Stukopin (Feb-07-18) 1-0, rapid

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(born Jan-30-1969, 49 years old) Russia
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Alexey Sergeevich Dreev learned chess at the age of six and was World Under-16 Champion in 1983 and 1984. He captured the USSR Junior Championship in 1986 and achieved the grandmaster title in 1990. In 1995 he was clear first at both the Wijk aan Zee and the Biel tournaments. He reached the quarterfinals of the FIDE World Championship in 1997, and the Round of 16 in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004. He also reached the Round of 16 in the FIDE World Cup (2005).

His ELO first touched 2700 in October 2003 when he won the Vesterhavsturneringen (Northern Tournament) GM, and again in late 2004 after he finished third in the Russian Championships (2004). He came =1st with 8/11 (9th on tiebreak) in the European Individual Championships (2013), qualifying for the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Belarussian GM Sergei Azarov in the first round and Chinese #1 GM Wang Hao in the second round. He lost to compatriot GM Dmitry Andreikin in the third round. In September he placed =2nd in the Baku Open (2013) and in October he won the 2013 Indonesian Open ahead of Alexander Moiseenko and Nigel Short with 8.5/11 (including a win on forfeit against Moiseenko).

Wikipedia article: Alexey Dreev

 page 1 of 101; games 1-25 of 2,518  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Piskov vs Dreev 1-0521982TournamentD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. I Zdanovs vs Dreev 0-1311982Leningrad (Russia)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
3. I Naumkin vs Dreev  1-0361983?A81 Dutch
4. Kalinsky vs Dreev  1-0751983?A80 Dutch
5. Dreev vs Oll 0-1431983YaroslavlB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. B Anetbaev vs Dreev  0-1191983ArkalikD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
7. Dreev vs Wolff 1-0231983Bucaramanga (South America)C42 Petrov Defense
8. J Castillo vs Dreev 0-1281983Ch World (juniors)C50 Giuoco Piano
9. P K Wells vs Dreev  ½-½231984Ch World (juniors)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. C Hansen vs Dreev  ½-½401984Ch World (juniors)C60 Ruy Lopez
11. Dreev vs Ivanchuk ½-½521984World Cadet's Ch (U16)A07 King's Indian Attack
12. Dreev vs H Korhonen  1-0271984Ch World (juniors)C41 Philidor Defense
13. E Rojas vs Dreev  0-1701984Champigny sur Marne (France)C41 Philidor Defense
14. Dreev vs Khalifman 0-1391984USSRC25 Vienna
15. K Thorsteins vs Dreev 0-1511984Kiljava (Finland)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Oll vs Dreev  0-1271984Wch U20A07 King's Indian Attack
17. Dreev vs I Novikov  1-0521985Lvov (Ukraine)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. V Yandemirov vs Dreev  ½-½281985URS-ch1C05 French, Tarrasch
19. Glek vs Dreev 0-1581985Ch URS (young masters)C41 Philidor Defense
20. Dreev vs S Arkhipov  ½-½131985Moscow (Russia)C42 Petrov Defense
21. Rozentalis vs Dreev  ½-½481985Lvov (Ukraine)C05 French, Tarrasch
22. Dreev vs Krum Georgiev  0-1581985Moscow (Russia)A48 King's Indian
23. Ehlvest vs Dreev  1-0241985Lvov (Ukraine)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. K Lerner vs Dreev  0-1561985Moscow-B ,MCL 05D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Ivanchuk vs Dreev 1-0321985Leningrad (Russia)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Aug-08-07  Troller: <plang: He has just come out with a book of his best games> Interesting, but this does not answer my question.

I remember Dreev, Gelfand and Ivanchuk as the golden boys of USSR of the late 1980's. I only noticed Dreev's rating since he won the rapid tournament in Villarrobledo. At least this suggests that he can still play at a high level, even if it was rapid.

Aug-17-07  Resignation Trap: My copy of Alexey Dreev's "My One Hundred Best Games" arrived August 14. I'll set up a games collection and a review.
Aug-24-07  Resignation Trap: The collection is done, except for 16 games which still need uploading: Game Collection: Alexey Dreev: My One Hundred Best Games .
Aug-24-07  Resignation Trap: <My One Hundred Best Games> by Alexey Dreev .

Published in Sofia, Bulgaria by <Chess Stars>. Translated by GM Evgenij Ermenkov . 300 pages, figurine algebraic notation, April 2007.

The 100 games in this book have been carefully selected and analyzed, with a fair amount of emphasis on the openings. The reader is also treated to a bonus which is rarely seen in a chess book: eight pages of full-color photographs.

The positive aspects of the book end here. The editing was done in a hasty and careless manner. The translation also leaves much to be desired, as many of the notes feature phrases which are translated too literally from the original Russian version. There are also numerous spelling errors and inconsistencies throughout the book.

There are some instances where Russian words were left in the English text. For example, on page 152, in the introductory note on the Balashov-Dreev game, we read: "It coincided with the famous scandal of the year 1998 goda."

There are some places in the book where translation from Russian to English was inappropriate. For example, "the town of Mineral Waters" on page eight, instead of "Mineralnye Vody" (you don't see "Dos Hermanas" translated to "Two Sisters", do you?). At the European Club Cup of 2002, Dreev played for the team "Norilsky Nikel" which was translated to "The Nickel from Norilsk". See: .

Chess figures sometimes are seen where letters should be used. On page 43, we see "♖uslan"; and on page 129, we see "USS♖".

Many players mentioned in this book have their names spelled two, three, or even four different ways! GM Miguel Illescas-Cordoba is given as "Illescas Cordoba" on pages 167-8, "Illeskas" on page 196, and both "Ileskas" and "Illescas" on page 269. The editors also do a butcher job with Krishnan Sasikiran , for on page 157, it appears as "Sasikiran", on page 158 as "Sashikiran", and on page 239 as "Saskirian".

There is an index of openings at the end of the book, but the names of the openings do not appear, only the ECO codes.

Speaking of openings, Dreev plays 1.d4 in the overwhelming majority of his games. With Black he plays primarily the Caro-Kann and French against 1.e4. Against 1.d4, he normally defends with the Semi-Slav.

There are only two Sicilians in this book, one Nimzo-Indian, and only one game starting with 1.e4 e5 (a Ponziani!).

The retail price of this book is $29.95, which seems a bit steep, in my opinion. It is available through .

GM Dreev should revise this book in a few more years, the way Viswanathan Anand did with his games collection, then find a publisher who is more dedicated to accuracy.

Aug-26-07  Resignation Trap: We also need a photo of Dreev.
This one looks pretty good: .
Sep-05-07  Resignation Trap: Dreev is currently tied for first with 2.5/3 in the High League of the 60th Russian Championship. There are 66 players in this tournament (42 of them are GMs), an 11-round swiss. The other three players at 2.5/3 are Nikita Vitiugov , Farrukh Amonatov and Stanislav Novikov .

The crosstable: .

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  eternaloptimist: The fact that he got to the quarterfinals of the FIDE world championship 4 times in a row speaks for itself. He is one of the best endgame players in the world, & this is what enabled him to do this. In the chessgames database Dreev has a very respectable record of 2 wins, 3 losses & 1 draw against Kasparov! He was black in both of the games he won!!
Feb-21-08  Troller: Alexei is clawing his way back into the top. Despite his earlier loss to Nepom, he shares the lead in Aeroflot Open.

Rating has increased from low 2606 to 2633 and probably on the rise.

Jan-12-09  Anzer: Great player, Dvoretsky's favorite student apart from Yusupov. Brilliant endgame technique and can play aggressively when needed. Hope he hits 2700 again.
Jan-14-09  Karpova: Alexey Dreev won the Memorial Paul Keres 2009 (January 9 to 11) with 5.0/7 (+3 -0 =4) ahead of Vasily Yemelin (same number of points and same score but worse Tie-Breaks).

Other participants were Evgeny Sveshnikov, Alexey Lugovoi, Igor Rausis, Aleksandr Volodin, Olav Sepp and Grigory Sharankov.

Report (in spanish):

Jun-18-09  rufalo123: Dreev has so much talent on the chessboard. he is truly phenomenal .
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  Tabanus: 4th today in the 2nd SCS GM tournament (India) 22-30 May 2010:

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  Tabanus: Placed 3rd in the 3rd Mumbai Mayor's Cup Open (India) 2-10 June 2010:

Feb-16-11  paavoh: Dreev won Cento Open by tie-break, reports
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  Penguincw: <Player of the Day> : <Alexey Dreev> !
Mar-24-11  suenteus po 147: Dreev wins in tiebreaks over Smirin here: Game Collection: Dos Hermanas 2001 The early '00s were good for him.
Apr-14-11  paavoh: Dreev iurrently playing a nice endgame against Movsesian in the Russian Team Championships, round 3 (see live games). I hope CG will soon get these high-level games in their database.
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  alexmagnus: Dreev, in the past, was the player with probably the most constant results in the KO tournaments (FIDE WC/Worldcup), with the exception of "eternal" first-round losers:

1997: Quarterfinal (lost to Gelfand)
1999: Last 16 (lost to Adams)
2000: Last 16 (lost to Topalov)
2001: Last 16 (lost to Anand)
2004: Last 16 (lost to Dominguez)
2005: Last 16 (lost to Gelfand)

and the quarterfinal of 1997 was "effectively" of the same value as the round of last 16 in other competitions as the winner had to play Karpov. 2007 and 2009 he didn't participate though.

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  alexmagnus: From the bio here:

<He reached the quarterfinals of the FIDE World Championship on four consecutive occasions (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001). In late 2004 his Elo surpassed the 2700 mark after he finished third in the Russian Championships (2004).>

The first part is wrong, see the post above. The second one is wrong too, he was rated over 2700 for the first time on the October 2003 list, i.e. a year earlier

Aug-22-11  polarmis: Interview with one of the lesser-known chess players (though one who counts himself among the top-100 players of all time):

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday GM Dreev! Hope you get to play some more.
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  wordfunph: Dreev vs. the Benoni - The Best Move Orders for White by Alexey Dreev

Oct-17-13  Karpova: Congratulations on winning the 3rd Indonesia Open Chess Championship 2013 (October 9-18, play from October 10-17) at the Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel in Jakarta. Dreev won with 8.5/11 ahead of Moiseenko and Short with 7.5 each (Moiseenko with better tie-breaks, both were followed by 7 other players with 7.5 points) and receives $20,000.


Feb-04-14  paavoh: Very solid 5.5/7 so far in the Gibraltar Open, with "win with White, draw with Black" strategy. Efficiently nurturing small advantages into the endgame.
Jan-17-16  siggemannen: Dreev back in "high" action in Tata Steel group B. Hopefully he can teach the youngers there a lesson or two. He's one of my favourite players, due to his ability to combine "classical" way of playing with very aggressive play when needed, and also being a 1.d4 and Caro player
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