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A Riazantsev 
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Alexander Riazantsev
Number of games in database: 773
Years covered: 1995 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2688 (2667 rapid, 2649 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2720
Overall record: +182 -94 =332 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      165 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (55) 
    D10 D15 D12 D11 D17
 Queen's Indian (49) 
    E12 E15 E17 E18
 Queen's Gambit Declined (45) 
    D38 D37 D30 D31 D39
 Semi-Slav (41) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 King's Indian (40) 
    E71 E60 E81 E76 E61
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D85 D90 D82 D93 D83
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (88) 
    B12 B18 B10 B19 B13
 French Defense (55) 
    C11 C04 C07 C16 C14
 Nimzo Indian (34) 
    E54 E21 E32 E46 E37
 English (30) 
    A13 A18 A17 A14 A15
 Queen's Indian (23) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
 French (21) 
    C11 C00 C13 C10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Riazantsev vs Ni Hua, 2010 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs A Riazantsev, 2012 1/2-1/2
   A Riazantsev vs S Sjugirov, 2009 1-0
   A Riazantsev vs Grischuk, 2009 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs A Riazantsev, 2007 0-1
   M Aguettaz vs A Riazantsev, 2011 0-1
   A Riazantsev vs N Maevsky, 2010 1-0
   A Riazantsev vs V Kovalev, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Rublevsky vs A Riazantsev, 2010 0-1
   L Draskovic vs A Riazantsev, 2015 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Club Cup (2011)
   Russian Team Championships (2010)
   62nd Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   Moscow Open (2008)
   61st Russian Championship Higher League (2008)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   Cappelle la Grande (2006)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   67th Russian Championship Higher League (2014)
   57th Russian Championship Qualifier (2004)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2015)

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(born Sep-12-1985, 29 years old) Russia
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Grandmaster. Came 2nd in the 2008 Moscow Open. Riazantsev qualified for the World Cup (2011) by coming 21st (on tiebreak) in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011); he scored 7.5/11. In the first round he defeated Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein, but lost in the 25 minutes rapid-game tiebreaker of the second round to compatriot GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. His strong result (7.5/11) at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) qualified him for the World Cup (2013), but in an upset, he lost in the first round to Argentine GM Ruben Felgaer and was eliminated from the tournament. Placed outright 2nd in the powerful 67th Moscow Blitz Championship (2013) with 13.5/19, a point behind the outright winner Sergey Karjakin. Won team silver playing board 6 for Malachite in the European Club Cup (2013).

Riazentsev is one of Alexander Grischuk 's seconds and is studying for a PhD in Biology. He is also coach of the women's team Yugra.


Wikipedia article: Alexander Riazantsev

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 773  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Riazantsev vs Navara  1-047 1995 EU-ch U10D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Grischuk vs A Riazantsev  1-059 1995 Moscow op2C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
3. A Riazantsev vs V Belov  0-163 1996 Volgograd opE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. A Yegiazarian vs A Riazantsev  1-039 1996 RUS-Cup2A45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. A Galliamova vs A Riazantsev  1-040 1996 It (open)E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
6. A Riazantsev vs Balashov  0-139 1996 St.Petersburg PetrovE20 Nimzo-Indian
7. A Riazantsev vs V Popov  1-074 1996 Petrov MemorialA81 Dutch
8. G Timoshenko vs A Riazantsev  ½-½17 1996 Yalta opC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
9. A Kapustin vs A Riazantsev  0-150 1997 Petrosjan mem U18A48 King's Indian
10. G Sargissian vs A Riazantsev 0-156 1997 Kasparov CupC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
11. A Riazantsev vs Akobian  0-133 1997 Kasparov CupA07 King's Indian Attack
12. A Riazantsev vs V Osnos  ½-½36 1997 RUS-Cup01 Chigorin memE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
13. A Riazantsev vs Navara  1-043 1997 Wch U12D85 Grunfeld
14. M Brodsky vs A Riazantsev  ½-½39 1998 RUS-CupC03 French, Tarrasch
15. A Korotylev vs A Riazantsev  ½-½19 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. A Riazantsev vs D Hausrath  ½-½35 1999 Budapest First Saturday GM04, HUNE81 King's Indian, Samisch
17. A Riazantsev vs A V Kharitonov  ½-½27 1999 Geller Memorial (Cup Russia)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. A Riazantsev vs O Salmensuu 0-129 1999 Budapest First Saturday GM04, HUNA57 Benko Gambit
19. A Riazantsev vs B Sambuev  ½-½50 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)E12 Queen's Indian
20. A Riazantsev vs G Schebler  0-185 1999 Budapest First Saturday GM04, HUNA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. A Riazantsev vs A Nesterov  1-029 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. A Riazantsev vs S Beshukov  ½-½31 1999 Geller MemorialD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. I Balinov vs A Riazantsev  1-044 1999 Budapest First Saturday GM04, HUNC17 French, Winawer, Advance
24. Cherniaev vs A Riazantsev  1-053 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)C15 French, Winawer
25. C Horvath vs A Riazantsev  ½-½15 1999 Budapest First Saturday GM04, HUNA90 Dutch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-10-04  von schlepstein: According to at age 10 and 11 he was the highest rated for those ages in history.
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  WannaBe: Photo, about 1/2 way down the page, dressed in red T-shirt.
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  norami: In the new version of chessmetrics the best eleven year olds were Polgar and Karjakin.
Nov-11-05  lopium: And what is the birthdate of such a man?
Nov-11-05  Eastfrisian: <lopium>: 12.09.1985.
Nov-11-05  lopium: Thanksxz Eastfrisian !
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  tamar: Interesting interview with Riazantsev this month at

Riazantsev was a enormously talented junior who chose to pursue his education rather than focus just on chess.

A contemporary of Navara, he had two early victories over him in under 10 and under 12 competitions.

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  Gypsy: <tamar> Thx for posting the interview; an intelligent young man.
Sep-12-06  BIDMONFA: Alexander Riazantsev


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  Karpova: GM Riazantsev was Karpov's trainer during GorenjeTournament (2007)
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  Knight13: Currently in the lead 62nd Russian Championship Higher League (2009) with 4/4.


Sep-12-09  Open Defence: <Riazantsev was a enormously talented junior who chose to pursue his education rather than focus just on chess.

> and now he has returned to chess full time ?

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  waustad: He is not doing well at all in the Russian Superfinal this year.
Apr-12-10  Jason Frost: Had a monster tournament at the Russian Team Championships finishing second out of all participants by performance rating.
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Winner of Biel Masters 17-30 July 2010:, congratulations!

Jul-31-10  Don Cossacks: Congratulations Alexander!
Jul-23-11  qqdos: Congratulations Alexander again! This time for winning the Chess Infomator award for Most Important Theoretical Novelty in Volume 109/341, votes confirmed in Volume 110, for the move 12.Nf5!N in his 2010 game at Poikovsky against Karjakin (E15). He was a bit unlucky to lose the game, having set the scene, with a powerful major-piece assault, for a brilliant shot, 33.Bf8!!
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  PhilFeeley: < Tabanus:

Winner of Biel Masters 17-30 July 2010:, >

Winner? He wasn't even entered. Great feat!

Mar-14-13  IndigoViolet: Grischuk's second in London. Never heard of the cat before.
Mar-14-13  dx9293: <IndigoViolet>

Riazantsev was an ENORMOUS talent who was regarded as having World Champion potential in his very young days, but he decided to go to school instead of going full-out in chess.

It is fitting that he is coaching Grischuk actually, as he has a similar profile, but Grischuk became a professional.

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  Natalia Pogonina: Interesting facts: while Alexander doesn't play that often, he is nonetheless rated 2700+. Riazantsev is not only Grischuk's second, but a coach of our women's team. Also, he has a PhD in Biology.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Riazantsev.
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