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Sergei Movsesian
Movsesian 
Photograph copyright © 2009 Fred Lucas, www.fredlucas.eu  
Number of games in database: 2,298
Years covered: 1985 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2635 (2650 rapid, 2632 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2751

Overall record: +698 -215 =811 (64.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 574 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (382) 
    B30 B90 B56 B43 B50
 French Defense (125) 
    C02 C07 C17 C11 C10
 Ruy Lopez (116) 
    C78 C65 C77 C91 C84
 King's Indian Attack (88) 
    A07 A08
 Caro-Kann (74) 
    B12 B18 B10 B11 B17
 Sicilian Najdorf (69) 
    B90 B91 B92
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (392) 
    B48 B47 B22 B46 B40
 Slav (197) 
    D15 D12 D10 D11 D14
 Sicilian Taimanov (121) 
    B48 B47 B46 B45 B49
 King's Indian (117) 
    E94 E69 E61 E62 E67
 Sicilian Scheveningen (68) 
    B80 B81 B83 B84 B85
 Queen's Pawn Game (68) 
    E00 A45 D02 A46 E10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Movsesian vs Adams, 2009 1-0
   S K Bru vs Movsesian, 2001 0-1
   Movsesian vs U Boensch, 1999 1-0
   Movsesian vs O Sikorova, 1994 1-0
   Movsesian vs K Piorun, 2010 1-0
   Movsesian vs S Das, 2014 1-0
   Movsesian vs I Chirila, 2010 1-0
   Movsesian vs M Saltaev, 2016 1-0
   Movsesian vs M Panarin, 2010 1-0
   Movsesian vs R M D P de Almeida, 1998 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group B (2008)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   European Individual Championship (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Olympiad (2008)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2017)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1997 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   KIA-white by jeta
   Chess Olympiad 2010 - team Slovakia - men by 810609
   1993 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer
   1994 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 Bundesliga 2017/18
   Movsesian vs O Brendel (May-01-18) 1-0
   Movsesian vs Enrico Kraemer (Apr-30-18) 1-0
   J Stocek vs Movsesian (Mar-28-18) 1/2-1/2
   Movsesian vs A Boruchovsky (Mar-27-18) 1/2-1/2
   T Kantans vs Movsesian (Mar-26-18) 0-1

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SERGEI MOVSESIAN
(born Nov-03-1978, 39 years old) Armenia (federation/nationality Slovakia)

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IM (1995); GM (1997); Czech Champion (1998); Slovak Champion (2002 & 2007).

Preamble

Sergei Mushegovic 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:

<Junior> Movsesian came 3rd in the World Junior Championship of 1997

<National> He won the Czech Championship in 1998, the Slovakian Championship in 2002 and 2007.

<Continental> He was =2nd at the European Individual Championship (2008).

<World> 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 Dmitriyevich Fedorov in the preliminary rounds before losing in the quarter final to Vladimir Eduardovich 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 Yukhanovich Ehlvest in round 3. He qualified for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02) in Moscow, defeating Vadim Malakhatko in round one before losing to Zurab Alekseyevich Azmaiparashvili in round 2. In FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) in Tripoli, he beat Konstantin Yuryevich 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 Yu Yangyi 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 Championship (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. In November 2014, he scored 6/9, placing =7th at the Qatar Masters (2014). He also scored 7/10 at the Reykjavik Open (2015). His score of 6.5/9 at Teplice in Czechia in June 2014 earned him shared 5th place. He was second behind Viktor Laznicka at the 26th Czech Open 2015 held in July and August 2015.

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).

<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. (3) 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) and board 3 for that country in the FIDE World Team Championship (2015), where he won team bronze.

<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 2014, 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 2000-2014 was +40 =45 -8 for a 67.2% 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).

With the exception of 2009, Movsesian has played in the Czech Extraliga every year since 1996 inclusive. In 1996, he played with the ŠK Sokol Kolín club, and then moved to the ŠK Rapid Pardubice team, for whom he has played since. His team medal tally in 18 years of playing in the Extraliga has been 4 gold 4 silver and 1 bronze. His individual medal tally is not known at this stage. (1)

He played with the powerful ŠK Bosna Sarajevo in Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the periods from 2002-2005 and 2007-2008, winning 5 gold and 1 silver medal, and at least one individual gold, one individual silver and two individual bronzes. (2)

Matches

In 2003, he played and won a 6 game match in Iceland against (now) 11 times Iceland Champion Hannes Hlifar 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). He won the 26th Czech Rapid (2015) that was staged the day after the Czech Open 2015 wound up.

Other

He is married to WGM Petra Krupkova.

Ratings and rankings

Movsesian's peak rating was 2751 in January 2009 when he was ranked #10 in the world, that being his peak ranking to date.

Sources and references

Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/; Wikipedia article: Sergei Movsesian

(1) http://www.olimpbase.org/playerscz/...; (2) http://www.olimpbase.org/playersba/...; and (3) http://www.fide.com/images/stories/...

Last updated 8 August 2015

Last updated: 2018-06-22 20:35:37

 page 1 of 92; games 1-25 of 2,298  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Movsesian vs G Kuzmin 1-0201985?D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
2. Movsesian vs J Svatos  1-0391992Pardubice opB01 Scandinavian
3. Movsesian vs R Kirilov  1-0331992Pardubice opB03 Alekhine's Defense
4. M Zurek vs Movsesian  1-0421992Mlada Boleslav opD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Movsesian vs A Scetinin 0-1391992Mlada Boleslav opC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
6. Jiri Nun vs Movsesian 1-0421992Pardubice opB50 Sicilian
7. Movsesian vs M Jacek 1-0201992Mlada Boleslav opB30 Sicilian
8. Movsesian vs Jansa  ½-½441992Hamburg 56/139 (Jansa,V)B08 Pirc, Classical
9. I Sotnikov vs Movsesian  ½-½351992Mlada Boleslav opD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
10. Rublevsky vs Movsesian  ½-½501992PardubiceA48 King's Indian
11. Movsesian vs A G Panchenko  ½-½261992Pardubice opB30 Sicilian
12. V Buturin vs Movsesian  1-0381992Mlada Boleslav opE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
13. Movsesian vs S Chloupek  ½-½341992Mlada Boleslav opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
14. M Zurek vs Movsesian  0-1341992Pardubice opA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Z Adamek vs Movsesian  0-1201992Mlada Boleslav opB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
16. Movsesian vs P Freisler  ½-½411992Pardubice opB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. Movsesian vs A Raetsky 1-0371992Pardubice opC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
18. Movsesian vs P Jacek 1-0231992Mlada Boleslav opB30 Sicilian
19. Movsesian vs V Vepkhvishvili  1-0341992Ch Georgian 52thB06 Robatsch
20. H A Gretarsson vs Movsesian  ½-½171993Wch U16E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
21. Movsesian vs J Suran  1-0261993Mlada Boleslav opB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. F Nemeth vs Movsesian  ½-½281993Wch U16E93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
23. Movsesian vs G Vescovi  1-0301993Wch U16B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
24. Movsesian vs M Jirovsky  ½-½431993Mlada Boleslav opB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
25. Movsesian vs G Bonstingl  1-0301993Wch U16B30 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-27-09  Billy Vaughan: Yay, a picture!
Jan-27-09  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  waustad: Happy B'day!
Nov-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 35th birthday to Sergei Movsesian.
Aug-03-14  ketchuplover: He's an Olympiad survivor so far
Apr-18-16  sonia91: <(born Nov-03-1978, 37 years old) Armenia (federation/nationality Slovakia)> It should be "(born Nov-03-1978, 37 years old) Georgia (federation/nationality Armenia)"
Jun-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Sergei Movsesian wins the Teplice Open with a score of 7/9 (+5,-0,=4), finishing ahead 7 players on tiebreaks, and another 12 by half a point.

Also gained a nice 6.4 rating points to move from 2660 to 2666.4 (#89 to #75 live).

http://chess-results.com/tnr201996....

Aug-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Sergei Movsesian wins the Pardubice Czech Open with a score of 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3), edging out 9 other players by half a point.

http://chess-results.com/tnr230431....

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

Nov-03-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Sergei Movsesian.
Nov-03-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  fm avari viraf: During my frequent participation in the Hastings International Chess Congress, England, I was introduced to Movsesian by my friend Mr Stewart Reuben who was then the Organising Secretary of FIDE & then took us to a nice Restaurant for dinner. We had a smoked Duck, my favourite Prawns, etc. with a delicious deserts. The memories still linger in my mind.
Jun-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Mushegovic is also the website of the Icelandic Government's Musical Hermitage.
Jun-23-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: Of all the possible photos, I don't understand why <CG> had to choose the embarrassing moment when Movsesian was caught by the security cameras in an attempt to steal a king.
Jun-23-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Poor bugger. (laughs)

Guy can obviously play a little, though.

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