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Alexander Stripunsky
Number of games in database: 323
Years covered: 1990 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2550 (2581 rapid, 2551 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2597
Overall record: +135 -68 =111 (60.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      9 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B22 B50 B40 B25 B23
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C77 C65 C80 C78 C91
 French Defense (17) 
    C00 C11 C01 C04 C03
 French (13) 
    C00 C11
 English (9) 
    A13 A10 A11 A12
 Caro-Kann (8) 
    B10 B14 B12 B11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (63) 
    B42 B43 B40 B23 B22
 Sicilian Kan (41) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Semi-Slav (26) 
    D43 D45 D47 D46
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 A40 D00 A50 A41
 Slav (13) 
    D12 D11 D10 D13 D15
 Chigorin Defense (6) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Kriventsov vs Stripunsky, 2004 0-1
   Goldin vs Stripunsky, 2004 0-1
   Shabalov vs Stripunsky, 2004 1/2-1/2
   Stripunsky vs D Fernandez, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004)
   World Open (2007)
   US Championships 2003 (2003)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   Philadelphia Open (2010)
   Marshall Chess Club Championship (2003)
   US Championships (2010)
   Foxwoods Open (2007)
   US Championships (2007)
   Politiken Cup (2007)
   Foxwoods Open (2008)
   US Chess Championships (2013)
   38th World Open (2010)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   34th World Open (2006)

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(born Aug-18-1970) Ukraine (citizen of United States of America)

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Alexander Stripunsky was born in Ukraine, 1970.

He played as often as he could, especially at the Marshall Chess Club, where he frequently won the New York Masters weekly rapid tournament. He earned the GM title in 1998.

Some highlights in GM Stripunsky's career include: US Championship, First Place tie, 2005, coach of the US Women's Olympiad Team, Continental Open Champion 2008, National Congress Champion, 1st Place, and Philadelphia Open (2010), 1st Place tie.

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 323  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Stripunsky vs M Brodsky 1-08 1990 KhersonA05 Reti Opening
2. Stripunsky vs G Ginsburg ½-½8 1990 Ch UkraineC26 Vienna
3. V Vepkhvishvili vs Stripunsky  0-137 1992 Fera VranaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Stripunsky vs Kharlov  ½-½51 1993 Rostov opB33 Sicilian
5. Stripunsky vs Krasenkow  0-161 1993 It opB33 Sicilian
6. Stripunsky vs Dreev  0-135 1993 It (swiss)C11 French
7. Stripunsky vs Baburin  1-046 1994 It (op) VI Copenhagen (DEN)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. A Poluljahov vs Stripunsky  0-141 1994 VolgogradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Stripunsky vs A Potapov  1-053 1994 It (open)C25 Vienna
10. Stripunsky vs Savon  ½-½36 1994 VolgogradC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Kholmov vs Stripunsky ½-½47 1994 VolgogradB30 Sicilian
12. Stripunsky vs Y Kruppa  ½-½41 1995 Nikolaev ztA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Vyzmanavin vs Stripunsky  1-047 1995 Ch Russia (club)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Ulibin vs Stripunsky  1-049 1995 RUS-chTD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Stripunsky vs M Turov  1-042 1995 Ceske Budejovice opB12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. Stripunsky vs M Brodsky  ½-½82 1995 Nikolaev ztB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. Rublevsky vs Stripunsky 1-058 1995 RUS-ch KazanB30 Sicilian
18. A Moiseenko vs Stripunsky  ½-½54 1995 Ceske Budejovice opD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Van der Wiel vs Stripunsky  ½-½43 1996 Wijk-BB32 Sicilian
20. Stripunsky vs P Murdzia  1-059 1996 It (open)C25 Vienna
21. H A Gretarsson vs Stripunsky  0-131 1996 Hoogovens-BD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Stripunsky vs M Kazhgaleyev  ½-½41 1996 Pardubice (Czech Republic)C26 Vienna
23. Stripunsky vs Antunes  1-059 1996 Hoogovens-BB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. Blatny vs Stripunsky  1-061 1996 It open \A06 Reti Opening
25. Stripunsky vs M Morchat  ½-½61 1996 Polanica Zdroj opB30 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-03-04  schoolsucks: Stripunsky was already popular in the US before then. But anyways a good example of Stripunsky's weaknesses can be shown here. Child Prodigy Josh Waitzkin demonstrates how to take care of the weak dark squares. It's really a great game to study. [Event "Manhattan CC"]
[Site "ARES"]
[Date "1998.10.13"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Waitzkin, J."]
[Black "Stripunsky, A."]
[TimeControl "0+0"]
[Result "*"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 Nf6 7.O-O Nc6 8.Kh1 Bc5 9.Nb3 Bb4 10.Bd3 Bxc3 11.bxc3 d5 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Ba3 b6 14.c4 Nf6 15.Be2 Bb7 16.Bf3 Rd8 17.Qe1 h5 18.Rd1 Ng4 19.Bxc6+ Qxc6 20.Rxd8+ Kxd8 21.f3 Kc8 22.Bc1 h4 23.h3 Nf6 24.c5 bxc5 25.Na5 Qc7 26.Bb2 Rh5 27.Nc4 Nd7 28.Bxg7 Bd5 29.Ne3 Qg3 30.Qc3 Rg5 31.Bh8 f5 32.Bf6 Rg6 33.Be7 f4 34.Qa5 Rg8 35.Bd6 Kb7 36.Qc7+ Ka8 37.Qxd7 Qg5 38.Ng4 1-0

Dec-03-04  SnoopDogg: Oh fo shizzle dogg, I remember when I gots second to Stripunsky in a 30 minute action tournament in New York of '98. I was the only brotha in the tournament too. Shiz.
Dec-04-04  Poisonpawns: 1998?? its 2004 fellas, maybe Stripunsky is a tad bit stronger!? The terminator Stripunsky will be at least sharing first place in this tourney after its all said and done.
Dec-05-04  whiskeyrebel: Congrats to Stripunsky! His round 9 game was exciting for sure featuring an attack with pieces seemingly hanging everywhere. I recommend you all check it out. I'll be following the playoff tommorow for sure.
Dec-07-04  Knight13: <Overall record: +46 -14 =36 (66.7%)*> That's pretty high.
Dec-09-04  KTKnight86: Alex wears the glasses because of his car accident in Memphis, not to be rude or hide his eyes, think about it and dont be so quick to judge. Not to mention that having surgery on an eye can make it extremely sensitive to light, especially at a highly publicized event like this one.
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  cu8sfan: Remember Teimour Radjabov and his sunglasses in Libya?
Apr-11-05  WTHarvey: Here are some chess diagrams of crucial positions in Alexander's games.
Apr-11-05  white pawn: From

"To top it off, it finished in a stalemate after Serper played a cute piece sacrifice to create a book draw fortress."

There's a word I thought I'd never hear when describing a chess move. Does cute mean something different in "chess talk"?

Jul-13-05  robmtchl: Alex played in the Chess Masterminds event this last week in Nashville, Tennessee. The show will air on Television in the US and via satellite world wide.
Aug-27-05  woodenbishop: Did Stripunsky get in an auto accident in Memphis, TN? If so, where can I find articles relating to this matter?
Oct-15-05  Amber Berglund: Oh Honey, that accident was ages ago. Just move on and let him wear his sunglasses. To an earlier poster, Spassky69, sweetheart, I live with my darling, beloved Wojo. I don't know if we will get married, because there's some kind of weird tax situaion. I've had too much Sake. I always get into trouble when I drink too much Sake. So, I won't say much. But Stipunsky is fabulous. Really a nice guy. Sunglasses are sexy, honey. Sunglasses on a sexy russian are even sexier. Stripunsky is pimping that look. Accident or not, he's making it work.
Nov-06-06  BIDMONFA: Alexander Stripunsky


Aug-02-08  Jesspatrick: Here's to you Alex for your win in the Continental Open.

Just so you know. Stripunsky is a fierce competitor at the board, but when the clocks are stopped, you couldn't hope to meet a nicer guy.

Aug-18-08  ravel5184: Hipy papy bthuthdth thuthda bthuthdy!
Aug-18-08  dx9293: <Jesspatrick> Yes, Alex is a nice, very quiet guy. He almost never speaks!

I've also never seen better posture at the chessboard...

Sep-02-08  Open Defence: any relation of Monty, Full ? :)
May-16-09  myschkin: . . .

The former Soviet Union is often thought to be the breeding ground for top players. In Stripunsky’s case, his largest leap of improvement came after he moved to the United States, in 1997. At this time, he switched many of his main lines, such as his White Open Sicilian to offbeat lines in the closed Sicilian. He often catches his opponents off guard in systems they've never seen, let alone studied. Meanwhile, Alex can relax. Stripunsky is a specialist in finding positions that are easy for him to play. (source:

Married to WFM Julia Shiber

Aug-18-09  WhiteRook48: Happy borthday
Aug-18-09  akapovsky: Who wrote this guy's bio?! <he is a GM>
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  Tabanus: Philadelphia Open 2010 (United States of America), final ranking crosstable:

May-23-10  SufferingBruin: More biographical information from the current leader of the US Open:

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  wordfunph: 1998 Manhattan Chess Club October International:

GM Alexander Stripunsky greeted Jay Bonin with the words, "I'm sorry." When Jay asked him what he was sorry about, Stripunsky replied, "You are the only player enough to lose to me in this tournament!"

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  Shams: <wordfunph> Again with the cryptic quotes. :)

<Stripunsky replied, "You are the only player ____ enough to lose to me in this tournament!">

Is the omitted word yours, or Stripunsky's? Is the word "bad"?

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  wordfunph: <Shams> that was the original quote, i didn't omit any word.

see you again tomorrow :)

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