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A Riazantsev 
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Alexander Riazantsev
Number of games in database: 844
Years covered: 1995 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2646 (2675 rapid, 2736 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2720
Overall record: +184 -97 =344 (57.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      219 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (59) 
    D10 D15 D12 D11 D17
 Queen's Indian (52) 
    E12 E15 E17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (51) 
    D38 D37 D31 D30 D39
 Semi-Slav (44) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 King's Indian (42) 
    E71 E80 E60 E81 E61
 Grunfeld (34) 
    D85 D90 D82 D93 D83
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (98) 
    B12 B18 B10 B19 B13
 French Defense (57) 
    C11 C04 C07 C16 C14
 Nimzo Indian (37) 
    E54 E21 E32 E46 E37
 English (31) 
    A13 A18 A17 A14 A15
 Queen's Indian (25) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    D02 A46 A40 A45 E00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Riazantsev vs Ni Hua, 2010 1-0
   P Maletin vs A Riazantsev, 2014 0-1
   Nisipeanu vs A Riazantsev, 2012 1/2-1/2
   Yifan Hou vs A Riazantsev, 2007 0-1
   L Draskovic vs A Riazantsev, 2015 0-1
   A Riazantsev vs Grischuk, 2009 1-0
   A Riazantsev vs S Sjugirov, 2009 1-0
   M Aguettaz vs A Riazantsev, 2011 0-1
   Rublevsky vs A Riazantsev, 2010 0-1
   A Riazantsev vs N Maevsky, 2010 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Club Cup (2011)
   62nd Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   Russian Team Championships (2010)
   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)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)

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(born Sep-12-1985, 30 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 was one of the world's top Juniors (U20) and peaked as a Junior in January 2004 when he was ranked #14 in the world. In July 2006, he became on of the top 100 ranked players in the world when his rating reached 2622, and has remained a top 100 player for most of the time since. His peak rating to date was 2720 in July 2012 when he was ranked #27 in the world, which is his peak ranking to date.

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


Wikipedia article: Alexander Riazantsev

31 May 2015

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 844  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Grischuk vs A Riazantsev  1-059 1995 Moscow op2C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
2. A Riazantsev vs Navara  1-047 1995 EU-ch U10D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. G Timoshenko vs A Riazantsev  ½-½17 1996 Yalta opC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
4. A Riazantsev vs V Popov  1-074 1996 Petrov MemorialA81 Dutch
5. A Riazantsev vs V Belov  0-163 1996 Volgograd opE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. A Yegiazarian vs A Riazantsev  1-039 1996 RUS-Cup2A45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. A Galliamova vs A Riazantsev  1-040 1996 It (open)E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. A Riazantsev vs Balashov  0-139 1996 St.Petersburg PetrovE20 Nimzo-Indian
9. A Riazantsev vs Navara  1-043 1997 Wch U12D85 Grunfeld
10. A Kapustin vs A Riazantsev  0-150 1997 Petrosjan mem U18A48 King's Indian
11. G Sargissian vs A Riazantsev 0-156 1997 Kasparov CupC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
12. A Riazantsev vs Akobian  0-133 1997 Kasparov CupA07 King's Indian Attack
13. A Riazantsev vs V Osnos  ½-½36 1997 RUS-Cup01 Chigorin memE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. M Brodsky vs A Riazantsev  ½-½39 1998 RUS-CupC03 French, Tarrasch
15. A Riazantsev vs V Kachar  1-057 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
16. A Riazantsev vs A Zontakh  0-163 1999 Budapest First Saturday GM04, HUND29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
17. A Riazantsev vs M Hoffmann  0-140 1999 Budapest First Saturday GM04, HUNE12 Queen's Indian
18. M Turov vs A Riazantsev  1-049 1999 RUS-ch KOC00 French Defense
19. A Riazantsev vs V Kunin  ½-½50 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Nguyen vs A Riazantsev  1-042 1999 Budapest First Saturday GM04, HUNC18 French, Winawer
21. A Riazantsev vs V Burmakin  ½-½64 1999 Geller MemorialD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
22. M Notkin vs A Riazantsev  ½-½60 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Csom vs A Riazantsev  1-039 1999 Budapest First Saturday GM04, HUNA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
24. Hoang Thanh Trang vs A Riazantsev  ½-½47 1999 Budapest First Saturday GM04, HUNA84 Dutch
25. A Mitenkov vs A Riazantsev  ½-½46 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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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


Feb-05-08  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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  alfamikewhiskey: 18 Dec 2015 was a very productive day ELO-blitz-wise for Riazantsev: +79,6 (now #22 on the live rating in this discipline)
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