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Movsesian 
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Sergei Movsesian
Number of games in database: 1,947
Years covered: 1985 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2657 (2724 rapid, 2657 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2751
Overall record: +632 -193 =746 (64.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      376 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (338) 
    B90 B30 B56 B43 B23
 French Defense (110) 
    C02 C17 C07 C11 C10
 Ruy Lopez (93) 
    C78 C65 C77 C91 C88
 King's Indian Attack (72) 
    A07 A08
 Caro-Kann (65) 
    B12 B10 B18 B11 B17
 Sicilian Najdorf (62) 
    B90 B91 B92
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (358) 
    B22 B48 B80 B30 B40
 Slav (179) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D14
 King's Indian (107) 
    E94 E69 E91 E61 E68
 Sicilian Taimanov (84) 
    B48 B47 B46 B49 B45
 Sicilian Scheveningen (79) 
    B80 B81 B85 B83 B84
 Queen's Pawn Game (56) 
    A45 A40 D02 A46 E10
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Movsesian vs Adams, 2009 1-0
   S K Bru vs Movsesian, 2001 0-1
   Movsesian vs Z Almasi, 2012 1-0
   Movsesian vs I Chirila, 2010 1-0
   Movsesian vs U Boensch, 1999 1-0
   Movsesian vs R Edouard, 2013 1-0
   Movsesian vs Grischuk, 2012 1-0
   Movsesian vs A Zatonskih, 2012 1-0
   Movsesian vs L Pantsulaia, 2012 1-0
   S Volkov vs Movsesian, 1998 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus (Group B) (2008)
   Corus (2009)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2013)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Euro Club Cup (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Budesliga 2008/09 (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Chess Olympiad 2010 - team Slovakia - men by 810609
   Reverse sicilian with Bc5 by FICSwoodpusher
   Sicilicide Ideas beating the Sicilian by tak gambit

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SERGEI MOVSESIAN
(born Nov-03-1978, 35 years old) Armenia (citizen of Slovakia)

[what is this?]
IM (1995); GM (1997); Czech Champion (1998); Slovakian Champion (2002 & 2007).

Preamble

Sergei Movsesian (born in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, USSR) is a Grandmaster – since 1997 - of Armenian descent, a citizen of Slovakia and used to play for the Czech republic and for Slovakia before resuming playing for Armenia in 2011.

Championships:

<Standard> Movsesian came 3rd in the World Junior Championship of 1997, won the Czech Championship in 1998, the Slovakian Championship in 2002 and 2007 and came =2nd at the European Individual Championship (2008).

Movsesian was seeded directly into the second round of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999) in Las Vegas, where he defeated Goran Dizdar, Peter Leko , and Alexei Fedorov in the preliminary rounds before losing in the quarter final to Vladimir Akopian. In the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000) held in New Delhi, he was again seeded directly into round 2 where he defeated Viorel Iordachescu before losing to Jaan Ehlvest in round 3. He qualified for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001) in Moscow, defeating Vadim Malakhatko in round one before losing to Zurab Azmaiparashvili in round 2. In FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) in Tripoli, he beat Konstantin Landa and Peter Acs , before being defeated by Veselin Topalov in round 3. The FIDE World Cup (2005) and World Cup (2009) saw Movsesian bowing out in the first round to Mark Paragua and Yangyi Yu respectively, while the World Cup (2011) saw him defeat Women's World Champion Yifan Hou in the first round, before losing to Hungarian GM Judit Polgar. He finished with 7.5/11 in the European Individual Championships (2013), qualifying for the World Cup (2013), where he lost to Jon Ludvig Hammer in the first round match.

<Rapid> In July 2013, Movsesian won the Czech Open 2013 with 7.5/9.

Standard Tournaments:

Movsesian’s early successes include 1st at Pardubice in 1995, Hamburg 1997, and Groningen 1998. He was a quarter finalist in the 1st FIDE World Cup (before it became part of the World Championship cycle), won Sarajevo outright in 2002 with 6/9 and in 2007 at the 37th Bosna Chess Tournament (2007) with 6.5/9. He came second in the 14th International GM Tournament at Salona in Croatia in 2006 behind Vladimir Malakhov, won the Czech Coal Carlsbad Tournament (2007) in Karlovy Vary with 4.5/7 on count back against co-leader Ruslan Ponomariov and also won the Mikhail Chigorin Memorial in Saint Petersburg in 2007 on countback from Alexei Gubajdullin. Other successes include winning Corus (Group B) (2008) with 9.5/13, one point ahead of Nigel Short and Etienne Bacrot , finishing =1st at the Gibraltar Masters with 7.5/10 and in January 2011 came =3rd at the category 18 Reggio Emilia (2010) with 5/9 (+1 -0 =8) behind the co=leaders Francisco Vallejo-Pons and Vugar Gashimov who finished with 6/9. He scored 7/10 (+5 -1 =4) at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2012), placing =6th. In August 2012, he won the Master Tournament in the Biel Chess Festival (2012) and in January 2013, he placed =3rd place behind Richard Rapport and Arkadij Naiditsch with 8.5/13 at the Tata Steel (Group B) (2013).

Movsesian started 2014 with a solid par-for-rating 7/10 (+5 -1 =4) at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014), placing =10th.

Team competitions:

Despite his impressive results in classical tournaments and in age, national, continental championships and world championship cycles, Movsesian’s forte is in team competition.

<Olympiads> He represented the Czech Republic at the Olympiads of 1998 and 2000 on boards 3 and 1 respectively, and then went on to represent Slovakia on board 1 in the Olympiads of 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010 before returning to his native Armenia to represent that country on board 2 at the 40th Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul. There, despite a generally sub-standard performance, he came through to win the critical game against Hungarian board 2 Zoltan Almasi in the last round to secure team gold for Armenia. He played board 3 for Armenia in the Chess Olympiad (2014).

<European Club Cup> Movsesian has participated in the ECC since 2000 (apart from 2005). He played for ŠK Bosna Sarajevo in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008 during which time he won 2 team golds, a team silver, an individual gold, two individual silvers and an individual bronze. He’s also played for Corpora Lipovec (2003), ŠK Pardubice (2006), and OSG Baden-Baden (2009). He has been a member of the Sankt Petersburg team from 2010 to 2013, winning team gold and team silver in 2011 and 2013 respectively and individual bronze for board 4 in 2013. His overall result for the period from 2000-2013 was +38 =43 -6 for a 68.4% result.

<National Leagues> The ultimate mobile team player, Movsesian has played in the national club championships of Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, French, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Iceland, Russia, Slovakia and Spain.

With the exception of 2007, he has played in the Russian Premier League since 2006 on each occasion with the team Sankt Petersburg. During this time he has won team gold (2013); individual gold (2010 & 2012); team silver (2010 & 2012); individual silver (2008); team bronze (2011 & 2014); and individual bronze (2006 & 2013).

<National Team Events> He has played in the European Team Championships four times: twice for the Czech republic in 1997 and 1999, and twice for Armenia in European Team Championship (2011) and the European Team Championship (2013). He participated for the first time in the World Chess Team Championship (2011) that were held in Ningbo in China in July due to Armenia being nominated by the FIDE President as the tenth team to participate. (1) Playing on board 2, he and his team mates took full advantage of the opportunity to win team gold, while Movsesian won bronze for his efforts on the second board, scoring 6/9 with a TPR of 2824. He played board 2 for Armenia at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013).

Matches

In 2003, he played and won a 6 game match in Iceland against (now) 11 times Iceland Champion Hannes Stefansson by 4.5-1.5. In June 2011 he played another six game match, this time with David Navara, this time losing by 2.5-3.5.

Rapid and Blitz

Movsesian scored 9/15, 2 points from the lead, at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014).

Other

He is married to WGM Petra Krupkova.

Ratings and rankings

Movsesian’s FIDE ratings as of 1 October 2014 are:

<Classical> 2657, making him Armenia’s #4 player and world #93. His peak rating was 2751 in January 2009 when he was ranked #10 in the world;

<Rapid> 2724 (world #28); and

<Blitz> 2657 (world #85).

Sources and references

Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/; (1) http://www.fide.com/images/stories/...; Wikipedia article: Sergei Movsesian

Last updated 3 Oct 2014


 page 1 of 78; games 1-25 of 1,947  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Movsesian vs G Kuzmin 1-020 1985 ?D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
2. Z Adamek vs Movsesian  0-120 1992 Mlada Boleslav opB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
3. Movsesian vs R Kirilov  1-033 1992 Pardubice opB03 Alekhine's Defense
4. Movsesian vs J Svatos  1-039 1992 Pardubice opB01 Scandinavian
5. Movsesian vs P Jacek 1-023 1992 Mlada Boleslav opB30 Sicilian
6. Jiri Nun vs Movsesian 1-042 1992 Pardubice opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. Movsesian vs A Scetinin 0-139 1992 Mlada Boleslav opC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
8. M Zurek vs Movsesian  1-042 1992 Mlada Boleslav opA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Movsesian vs A G Panchenko  ½-½26 1992 Pardubice opB30 Sicilian
10. I Sotnikov vs Movsesian  ½-½35 1992 Mlada Boleslav opD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
11. Rublevsky vs Movsesian  ½-½50 1992 PardubiceA48 King's Indian
12. Movsesian vs M Jacek 1-020 1992 Mlada Boleslav opB30 Sicilian
13. Movsesian vs Jansa  ½-½44 1992 Hamburg 56/139 [Jansa,V]B08 Pirc, Classical
14. M Zurek vs Movsesian  0-134 1992 Pardubice opA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Movsesian vs S Chloupek  ½-½34 1992 Mlada Boleslav opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
16. Movsesian vs A Raetsky 1-037 1992 Pardubice opC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
17. V Buturin vs Movsesian  1-038 1992 Mlada Boleslav opA48 King's Indian
18. Movsesian vs P Freisler  ½-½41 1992 Pardubice opB03 Alekhine's Defense
19. Movsesian vs V Vepkhvishvili  1-034 1992 Ch Georgian 52thB06 Robatsch
20. Movsesian vs R Dolezal Jr. 1-026 1993 Mlada Boleslav opC77 Ruy Lopez
21. Z Gyimesi vs Movsesian  0-139 1993 Wch U16D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. A Pugachov vs Movsesian  1-021 1993 Mlada Boleslav opA53 Old Indian
23. Movsesian vs G Bonstingl  1-030 1993 Wch U16B30 Sicilian
24. Movsesian vs Bosboom-Lanchava  1-048 1993 Mlada Boleslav opB06 Robatsch
25. Movsesian vs P Balogh  1-050 1993 Wch U16B10 Caro-Kann
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-10-08  orio24: <khursh: <It Looks like GM Sergei Movsesian has benefited greatly from his living in Slovakia.>

I read somewhere that Movsesian doesn't even live in Slovakia. He is living in some other eastern European country.>

Correct, AFAIK he lives in Prague, Czech Republic. However he is a citizen of Slovakia.

Dec-11-08  praddy06: German Bundesliga
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GM Movsesian - IM Lauber(2497) 1/2-1/2

GM Kempinski(2595) - GM Movsesian 1/2-1/2

GM Movsesian - GM Balogh(2616) 1/2-1/2

Pearl Spring
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GM Movsesian - GM Bu Xiangzhi(2714) 0-1

Movsesian had a live rating of 2748.4 before these 4 matches would have dropped below 2740 as of now

<strafe>
i think he lost one game in austrian bundesliga and many more i am sure its above 3

Dec-17-08  praddy06: Another defeat in the hands of Bu
Jan-18-09  Vakus: Very nice win over Adams today.
Jan-23-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: <Correct, AFAIK he lives in Prague, Czech Republic. However he is a citizen of Slovakia.>

He lives in Pardubice since 1994, if I know. Sergei is an Armenian by nationality but he was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. That is why he represented Georgia and not Armenia as a junior. He has a Slovak citizenship since 2002 because our dunderheaded bureaucrats refused to give him Czech citizenship with explanation that after some eight years spent in Czech Republic he is not living here long enough to have a valid claim for it. Once again our Slovak brethren have proven to be smarter and less rigid and offered their citizenship to Sergei with no conditions like permanent residence in Slovakia for ten years and no painful bureaucratic procedure related to it. Thus Slovakia got a super GM into their national team instead of Czech Republic....

Jan-24-09  Billy Vaughan: And he beats Ivanchuk to jump into the joint lead.
Jan-24-09  Phoenix: Grandmaster Movsesian impressing everyone with a joint lead in Corus after seven rounds. In fact, he's the only one out of the fourteen participants in Group A with three wins.
Jan-25-09  Billy Vaughan: If Aronian - van Wely 1/2, then Movsesian is the sole leader.
Jan-27-09  Billy Vaughan: Yay, a picture!
Jan-27-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: Considering how strong this guy is, it's quite amazing that in 2001 Kasparov was playing a clock simul against 4 members of the Czech national team(including Movsesian), and won 5.5-2.5, with 1.5-0.5 against Movsesian(and he was lucky it wasn't 2-0).

Kasparov vs Movsesian, 2001
Movsesian vs Kasparov, 2001

The other players on the team were Zbynek Hracek, Vlastimil Babula, and Tomas Oral(the only one to win a game against Kasparov).

Feb-01-09  Billy Vaughan: Movsesian didn't win, but I think he acquit himself nicely with joint second and +2 in a cutthroat field.
Feb-01-09  Phoenix: <Movsesian didn't win, but I think he acquit himself nicely with joint second and +2 in a cutthroat field.>

I would agree with that. He was the only player who had 4 wins, which was only second to Karjakin's 5.

I hope he gets some more top invites.

Aug-06-09  SgtPepper: Yesterday I played in the same tournament as Movsesian. It was rapid tournament in Olomouc. It is an honor for me to play in the same tournament as him. :-)
Dec-25-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: <It is an honor for me to play in the same tournament as him. >

You may not be in his league but at least you were in his tournament.

Jun-12-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: Movsesian has 35 games in the database using the Giuoco Piano as White, making him one of the few elite players who air out the Italian Game. Interesting that he does well against 3 ... Bc5 but has a negative score against 3 ... Nf6.

Repertoire Explorer: Sergei Movsesian (white)

Dec-26-10  810609: Good news for our Armenian friends, bad news for Slovak chess fans.

Sergei Movsesian (24th on November FIDE rating list) decided to switch federations and send request to represent Armenia ("land of his fathers", as he called it). Reasons are difficult relationships with Slovak chess federation and incompetence of president of our federation.

I can understand his decision (president of federation is notoriously difficult to deal with, to say it politely), but how can we allow this to happen...

Dec-27-10  plimko: <Sergei Movsesian (24th on November FIDE rating list) decided to switch federations and send request to represent Armenia>

Source?

Dec-27-10  plimko: Ah, OK
http://chess-news.ru/node/1188
Dec-29-10  810609: http://chess.sk/index.php?str=sprav... http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/spor...

Not sure how many of you can speak Slovak :-), but in short first link is official announcement of president of Slovak chess federation that negotiations between Slovak and Armenian chess federations finished and Movsesian´s request to switch federations was accepted.

However, he still remains citizen of Slovakia.

Jul-24-11  Armchessratings: http://armchessratings.webs.com/#en
Sep-09-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Congratulations to GM Movsesian for his fine win against Almasi to secure gold for Armenia, the first time he's played for his native country.
Sep-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Sergei's olympic performance +2-2=6 was nothing special but both of his wins against Grischuk and Almasi were crucial for Armenia's victory in whole event.
Nov-03-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Happy B'day!
Nov-03-13  Penguincw: Happy 35th birthday to Sergei Movsesian.
Aug-03-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: He's an Olympiad survivor so far
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