IM (2000); GM (2002). Fedorchuk won the European Youth Chess Championship (U14) in 1995.
In the first decade of the 21st century, Fedorchuk has been a journeyman grandmaster, specialising almost exclusively in Open Tournaments held throughout Europe. He has strung together many outstanding successes, and demonstrates outstanding consistency in rarely being far from the winners’ circle.
<2001> Fedorchuk won the 9th J. Dominica Memorial, came =1st at the Kolobrzeg International Tournament in Poland, came 2nd behind Vladislav Borovikov at the III Stage Cup of Russia (in Alushta in Ukraine), and =1st alongside Alexander Zubarev at the Golden Autumn I in Ukraine.
<2002> His =2nd behind Anton Korobov in the Ukrainian Championship was accompanied by a string of successes in Poland: 1st on count back ahead of Vladimir P Malaniuk at the XIII J. Kochan Memorial Tournament, =1st at the International Tournament at Rybnick, =1st at the Kazimierz Dolnyin, =1st at the Sosnickiego Memorial Open (A) in Swidnica, 2nd behind Lukasz Cyborowski at the International Miguel Najdorf Tournament and =1st at the Cracow Open.
<2003> He won the VISUS Open in the Czech Republic, the 7th International at Raciborz and the the Carbon Black Tournament in Poland, and the Casino Seefeld Open in Austria, came =2nd at the Ljubljana Open 2003 in Slovenia behind Aleksander Delchev, and won the Chrudim Open 2003 in the Czech Republic on countback ahead of Ramil Hasangatin and Petr Haba .
<2004> He won the International Opens at Sautron and at Malakoff, both in France, and was =1st at the 7. Karl-Mala Gedenkturnier in Germany alongside Stanislav Savchenko , Yuri Boidman and Anatoly Donchenko .
<2005> He came =1st at the Staufer-Open in Germany; =1st at the International Open in Touraine alongside Eckhard Schmittdiel , Tigran Gharamian , and four other masters; =2nd at Sozina behind Branko Damljanovic; =2nd behind Vitali Koziak at the Malopolska - Open A (in Poland); won the GM Open at Evry in France ahead of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave; came =1st at the International Open in Avoine also in France; 1st ahead of Atanas Kolev on count back at the International Open in Salou, Spain; =1st with Viesturs Meijers at the International Open in Condom, France.
<2006> Fedorchuk won the 8th Dubai Open ahead of Gabriel Sargissian and Tigran Levonovich Petrosian, came =2nd behind Viorel Iordachescu at the International Open de Balagne at Calvi (France), came 3rd behind Kevin Spraggett and Mircea-Emilian Parligras at the 7th International Open "Ciutat De Tarragona", came =2nd behind Henrique Mecking at FE Lodi B, and then in France he took out the Caen Open and came =1st at Avoine and =1st at L'Open de l'Ouest in Villeneuve-Tolos.
<2007> He won the Bad Zwesten Open in Germany on count back ahead of Stanislav Savchenko, the International Opens at Avoine (on count back ahead of Hugo Tirard ), at Metz and at Noisy le Grand, all in France; came =1st (3rd on count back) at the XVIII Torneo Internacional Memorial Narciso Yepes at Lorca in Spain behind Vladimir Baklan and Kevin Spraggett; won the International Open at Chamalieres in France on count back ahead of Eric Prie, Vladimir Georgiev and Jean-Noel Riff; won on count back at FE Lodi A ahead of Jan Werle; came 2nd behind Ibragim S Khamrakulov at the International Open at Salou; scored 6.5/9 at the International Open at Cappelle le Grande, half a point behind the winning pack headed by Wang Yue; and won the Open FIDE Gratuit Evry in France.
<2008> Fedorchuk came =1st at the Open de Noel - A in France winning on count back from Vladimir Burmakin; =1st (second on count back behind Vincent Colin ) at the Guingamp Open in France; =2nd at the International Neckar Open in Germany behind Falko Bindrich; won on count back at the IX Torneo Internacional Memorial Narciso Yepes in Spain ahead of Branko Damljanovic and several other GMs; tied for 1st-8th in the Cappelle-la-Grande Open Tournament, coming 3rd on count back behind Vugar Gashimov and David Arutinian and ahead of Konstantin Chernyshov, Andrei Deviatkin, Vasilios Kotronias and Erwin L'Ami; won the Open de la Toussain in Caen, France, ahead of Jean-Marc Degraeve; and won the XIV T. I. Villa de Navalmoral VI Premio Central Nuclear de Almaraz in Spain on countback from Vladimir Burmakin.
<2009> He scored 7.5/11 at the 10th European Individual Championship (2009), half a point behind the winning pack headed up by Evgeny Tomashevsky; won the International Open at Tournefeuille, France, ahead of countryman Andrey Sumets; came 2nd behind Aleksej Aleksandrov at the International San Juan Open in Pamplona; won the International Open at Avoine, France; came 2nd on count back behind Murtas Kazhgaleyev in the Paris International Championship; and won the Nantes Open in France and the XV International Tournament in Navalmoral de la Mata Caceres in Spain on count back from Andrei Shchekachev.
<2010> Fedorchuk won the 9th Al Saleh International Open in Yemen; came 2nd on count back behind Lazaro Bruzon Batista at the XXXIII International Open at Barbera del Valles, in Spain; won the 20eTorneig Obert Internacional d'Escacs "CIUTAT DE REUS" on count back ahead of Cristhian Cruz Sanchez; =2nd (3rd on count back) behind the winner Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli at the III Torneig Obert Internacional Mollet del Vallès Memorial Ezequiel Martín Pérez in Spain; won the International Open in Salou, also in Spain, on countback ahead of Valentin Iotov and Omar Almeida Quintana; came third behind Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Laurent Fressinet at the International San Juan Tournament at Pamplona; came =3rd (6th on count back) at the Hogeschool Zeeland (Holland) Open; won the 24 Torneo de Fiestas de Azuqueca, and came =1st (2nd on count back) at the XVI Torneo Internacional "Virgen de Valencia" in Spain. A mediocre end of 2010 was salvaged by wins in the International Tournaments in Rouen and Nantes in December.
<2011> started well for Fedorchuk, winning the XXII International Open Roquetas de Mar in January on count back with 7/9 but his form then slumped, scoring only 5/9 in the International Open in Cannes, and 7/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011) - the latter being a relatively meagre result as his TPR in the event was only 2573. His form remained poor for some time: he scored 5/9 at the International Tournament in Cannes, 5/9 at the 2011 Nakhchivan Open and 4.5/7 at the Limburg Open in the Netherlands. The gloom was mitigated only by first place at the Noisy-le-Grand Open and 6.5/9 at the XIII International Open at Salou where he played at rating strength. July 2011 saw some improvement in his form when he played at the 5th International Tournament at Pamplona, scoring 6.5/9, half a point from the 3 co-leaders, including a +2 =2 against his fellow GM opponents, and equal 2nd in the Paris Open Championship also with 6.5/9, boosting his ELO by nearly 20 points. In August 2011, he won the FE 31 ScaccoBratto in Italy with 7.5/9 and while he placed =3rd by scoring 6.5/9 in the FE 15 Citta' di Cesenatico in Italy in September, a half point off the lead, it was mediocre result by his standards offsetting the gains in his previous tournament. Later in September, he scored 5.5/9 in the FE Livigno in Italy and then made up some of the ground he lost in this tourney with good results in the Croatian Team Championships in October 2011. Poor results in the Dutch and Spanish club competitions were counterbalanced by an excellent 7.5/9 result in the 17th International at Navalmoral de la Mata in Spain, winning that tournament by a clear point.
<2012> Slightly sub-standard results in the 2011-12 Bundesliga and in the 28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012) were neatly balanced by a positive result in the La Roda International Open in Spain, in which he placed =1st with 7.5/9. His see sawing results in these last ten tournaments had averaged out to net him a loss of 1 rating point. Between July and September he won the Paris Championship; placed =5th in the Ukrainian Championship; =4th in the Isthmia 2012; and =2nd in the 3rd Oliver Gonzalez Memorial, which, combined with a win over Erik van den Doel in the first of the monthly rounds in the 2012-2013 Dutch League, brought his rating to 2647, his highest rating since May 2011. Then in September, his strong results in the Croatian Team Championship returned him to the top 100. He also placed =3rd with 6.5/9, a half point behind the joint leaders Yu Yangyi and Li Chao, at the 2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012). He finished 2012 with a relatively poor showing in the 18th International at Navalmoraq de la Mata in Spain, scoring 6/9 and shedding 13 ratings points to take him out of the top 100.
<2013> However, as is his wont, Fedorchuk bounced back to take =1st at the 29th Cappelle-la-Grande (2013) to claw his way back into the top 100. Subsequently in April 2013, he took out first place in the 2nd International Open in Martinique with 7.5/9, followed a few days later with =5th with 6.5/9 at the 7th Tashkent Open, Agzamov Memorial. He scored 7.5/11 in the European Individual Championships (2013), placing =11th and qualifying for the World Cup (2013). In July he came =1st (2nd on tiebreak behind Abhijeet Gupta) with 9/11 at the Commonwealth and South African Open 2013 held in Port Elizabeth. In August 2013, he placed =2nd with 7/9 at the 3rd International Chess Tournament ISTHMIA 2013 - A Group in Greece and in September 2013 he won the Young Masters 2013 held in Zug in Switzerland with 7/9. The following month he had one of his most convincing victories in years when he won the category IX Reykjavik Chess Club International with 8/9 (+7 =2; TPR 2799). (1) In October 2013, he placed =1st at the International Open at Le Touquet with 7.5/9. He wound up 2013 with =2nd and 6.5/9 at the 10th Open international de Vandoeuvre, half a point behind the winner Adam Horvath.
<2014> The year started with =1st (2nd on tiebreak behind Toms Kantans) at the Winterchess IM Enero 2014 in Mallorca in Spain, and with a strong 7/9 at the powerful Bronstein Memorial (2014), Fedorchuk placing =1st (2nd on tiebreak behind Baadur Jobava and ahead of Mikhailo Oleksienko). In April 2014, he placed =2nd at the 13th Open international de Malakoff in France, half a point behind Alexander Zubarev. A month later he won the 3rd International Lucmajor Open in Spain and came =1st at the Open International du Marais in France. In July he won the Paris Championship on tiebreak and in August he was =1st in the 18th Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament held in Vissingen. In October he won the 29th du Touquet International outright, scoring 7.5/9. He finished the year and commenced 2015 with =1st with 7/9 at the 11th International Open International de Vandoeuvre in France.
<2015> Fedorchuk started 2015 with some rounds in the Dutch league and the Bundesliga. In March he was outright first at the Amic Hotels International Open 2015 with 7.5/9 and in April he won the Lyon International Open with 7/7. Later in April, he placed =5th at the International Open at Metz in France. At the Limburg Open 2015, he was =6th with 5/7, half a point behind the 5 joint leaders. In July he won the Avoine Open in France with 7.5/9.
World Championship competition
Fedorchuk participated in the World Cup (2009), bowing out in the 2nd round to Alexey Shirov in the rapid game playoff. Having qualified because of his result in the European Individual Championships (2013) to play in the World Cup (2013), he was eliminated when he lost to Daniil Dubov in the first round.
Fedorchuk played reserve for Ukraine at the European Team Championship (2013), placing 6th for his board. He also played in the 2014 Serbian League, the 2014 Croatian League, the 2014-15 Dutch League and the 2014-15 Bundesliga.
Fedorchuk scored an outstanding outright first with 12/15 at the Vladimir Petrov memorial A held in Latvia in February 2014. In May 2014, he was =4th with 7/9 at the XXIV Open Ajedrez Activo Ciudad De Mostoles in Spain. He wound up 2014 with 8.5/11 in the European Rapid Championship.
Rating and Ranking
Fedorchuk has been ranked as high as #51 in the world, in the April 2008 rating list, when he was rated 2671. His highest ranking to date was 2673 in October 2014 when he ranked world #73.
References and sources
The principal source for this bio was Fedorchuk's FIDE player card.
Wikipedia article: Sergey Fedorchuk
Last updated 30 July 2015