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Sergei Movsesian
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Number of games in database: 2,283
Years covered: 1985 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2649 (2670 rapid, 2632 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2751

Overall record: +696 -213 =804 (64.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 570 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (381) 
    B90 B30 B56 B43 B50
 French Defense (122) 
    C02 C17 C07 C11 C10
 Ruy Lopez (116) 
    C78 C65 C77 C91 C88
 King's Indian Attack (87) 
    A07 A08
 Sicilian Najdorf (75) 
    B90 B91 B92
 Caro-Kann (74) 
    B12 B10 B18 B11 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (403) 
    B22 B48 B40 B46 B80
 Slav (193) 
    D15 D11 D10 D12 D14
 King's Indian (116) 
    E94 E69 E61 E62 E67
 Sicilian Taimanov (109) 
    B48 B46 B47 B45 B49
 Sicilian Scheveningen (81) 
    B80 B81 B85 B83 B84
 Queen's Pawn Game (69) 
    A45 E00 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 O Sikorova, 1994 1-0
   Movsesian vs U Boensch, 1999 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 S Gramlich, 2005 1-0

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)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   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
   Sicilicide Ideas beating the Sicilian by takchess

   🏆 Bundesliga 2017/18
   D Kollars vs Movsesian (Feb-04-18) 1-0
   Movsesian vs A Parvanyan (Feb-03-18) 1-0
   Y Dzhumagaliev vs Movsesian (Dec-30-17) 0-1, blitz
   Movsesian vs Fressinet (Dec-30-17) 0-1, blitz
   M Bosiocic vs Movsesian (Dec-30-17) 0-1, blitz

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(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).


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.


<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 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 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 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. 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)


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). He won the 26th Czech Rapid (2015) that was staged the day after the Czech Open 2015 wound up.


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:; Wikipedia article: Sergei Movsesian

(1); (2); and (3)

Last updated 8 August 2015

 page 1 of 92; games 1-25 of 2,283  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Movsesian vs G Kuzmin 1-0201985?D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
2. M Zurek vs Movsesian  0-1341992Pardubice opA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Z Adamek vs Movsesian  0-1201992Mlada Boleslav opB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
4. Movsesian vs P Freisler  ½-½411992Pardubice opB03 Alekhine's Defense
5. Movsesian vs A Raetsky 1-0371992Pardubice opC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
6. Movsesian vs P Jacek 1-0231992Mlada Boleslav opB30 Sicilian
7. Movsesian vs J Svatos  1-0391992Pardubice opB01 Scandinavian
8. Movsesian vs R Kirilov  1-0331992Pardubice opB03 Alekhine's Defense
9. M Zurek vs Movsesian  1-0421992Mlada Boleslav opA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Movsesian vs A Scetinin 0-1391992Mlada Boleslav opC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
11. Jiri Nun vs Movsesian 1-0421992Pardubice opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Movsesian vs M Jacek 1-0201992Mlada Boleslav opB30 Sicilian
13. Movsesian vs Jansa  ½-½441992Hamburg 56/139 (Jansa,V)B08 Pirc, Classical
14. I Sotnikov vs Movsesian  ½-½351992Mlada Boleslav opD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
15. Rublevsky vs Movsesian  ½-½501992PardubiceA48 King's Indian
16. Movsesian vs A G Panchenko  ½-½261992Pardubice opB30 Sicilian
17. V Buturin vs Movsesian  1-0381992Mlada Boleslav opA48 King's Indian
18. Movsesian vs S Chloupek  ½-½341992Mlada Boleslav opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
19. Movsesian vs V Vepkhvishvili  1-0341992Ch Georgian 52thB06 Robatsch
20. Movsesian vs Bosboom-Lanchava  1-0481993Mlada Boleslav opB06 Robatsch
21. Movsesian vs S Kellenberger 0-1321993Wch U16B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
22. A Pugachov vs Movsesian  1-0211993Mlada Boleslav opA53 Old Indian
23. M Doroshenko vs Movsesian  ½-½241993Wch U16B40 Sicilian
24. Movsesian vs T Dao  ½-½731993Wch U16B07 Pirc
25. M Pinc vs Movsesian  0-1291993Mlada Boleslav opA55 Old Indian, Main line
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  brankat: It Looks like GM Sergei Movsesian has benefited greatly from his living in Slovakia.
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  Gypsy: <brankat: It Looks like GM Sergei Movsesian has benefited greatly from his living in Slovakia.> Actually, he lives in Kladno, Czech Republic; he plays for Slovakia.
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  brankat: <Gypsy> Thanks for the correction.

Frankly, I didn't know any of this at all. The only reason why I took a guess and then posted it, was to respond to the unbridled and misplaced "patriotism" of the kibitzer right above my previous post.

I'm sure You have seen some of these great patriots posting "objective"' analyses of "their" players, usually on tournament pages, forgetting that just about all of them had left their countries and have been living/playing abroad.

Not that any of this really matters, but on occasion this kind of "patriotism" does go on my nerves.

May-20-08  Mameluk: I guess Sergei is from Pardubice (stupid patriotism). And the players in Sarajevo 2008 are Morozevich, Movsesian, Dominguez, Sokolov I., Timofeev and Predojevic.
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  Gypsy: <Pardubice> How did I turn it into Kladno?

<Not that any of this really matters, but on occasion this kind of "patriotism" does go on my nerves. >

The little dirty secret of human history is that patriotism was invented as a tool for recruiting free soldiers. The wars were getting too expensive when you had to pay all those professional soldiers.

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  brankat: <Gypsy> <How did I turn it into Kladno?>

The spelling is similar :-)

Re "patriotism". No wonder there have been more and more countries with an increased degree of it :-)

But, costly wars are not the only reason.

May-27-08  DUS: <It Looks like GM Sergei Movsesian has benefited greatly from his living in Slovakia.>

<For your information, I'm not ex-, I always was, I am and I would be Armenian and I'm proud of this,...

Sergei Movsesian

May-27-08  supertimchan:
Nov-22-08  praddy06: Movsesian has a rating of 2745.9 he cant sustian this a little bit over rated as of now
Nov-22-08  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.

Nov-22-08  Etienne: "seems breaking the Magical super GM mark of 2750 is very easy these days Wang Yue crossed 2750 recently."

Oh yes, VERY easy... (IRONY)

"i feel both are over rated wen it comes to their rankings"

Wang Yue hasn't lost in his 80 last games, including two Grand Prix, but yeah. He's overrated. (IRONY)

Nov-22-08  praddy06: Movsesian live rating of 2749.3 moved past Aronian seems breaking the Magical super GM mark of 2750 is very easy these days Wang Yue crossed 2750 recently.

i feel both are over rated wen it comes to their rankings

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov had a rating of 2760 in jan 2008 he wa not able to maintain his performance with that kind of rating. he is also in the same league of Movsesian and Jakovenko and Wang Yue

Nov-22-08  Etienne: So what?
Nov-23-08  Nietzowitsch: So what have we got here?
Nov-30-08  Billy Vaughan: This guy plays a lot of chess. I'd like to see him continue to rise!
Dec-10-08  Strafe: I think Movsesian has only lost one classical game this year

Morozevich vs Movsesian, 2008

He will make his super tournament debut with plenty of confidence at the Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2008)

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
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
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

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.
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  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!
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