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Alexander (Nenashev) Graf
A Graf 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 522
Years covered: 1978 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2592
Highest rating achieved in database: 2656

Overall record: +220 -114 =169 (60.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 19 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (57) 
    E46 E21 E40 E43 E51
 King's Indian (34) 
    E81 E60 E70 E84 E77
 Slav (26) 
    D13 D15 D12 D11 D10
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D85 D86 D87 D88 D70
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    E00 D02 A40 E10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D35 D30 D31 D38 D37
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (44) 
    C96 C90 C78 C91 C95
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (34) 
    C96 C90 C95 C91 C97
 Sicilian (23) 
    B81 B40 B83 B80 B47
 French Defense (19) 
    C07 C14 C10 C02 C01
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A46 A40 E00 A41 D02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D37 D35 D36
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Morozevich vs A Graf, 1994 0-1
   T Franke vs A Graf, 2006 0-1
   A Graf vs R Felgaer, 2004 1-0
   A Graf vs Glek, 1987 1-0
   A Graf vs Rublevsky, 2006 1-0
   A Graf vs Radjabov, 2003 1-0
   I Miladinovic vs A Graf, 2001 0-1
   A Graf vs M Krasenkow, 1991 1-0
   A Graf vs Pavasovic, 2005 1-0
   L Espig vs A Graf, 2004 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   75th German Championship (2004)
   XVII Torre Memorial Knockout (2004)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   15th European Team Championship (2005)
   Cappelle la Grande (2009)
   3rd Aeroflot Festival (2004)
   German Championship (2006)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   GRENKE Chess Classic (Open) (2017)

   🏆 Bundesliga 2017/18
   R Buhmann vs A Graf (Nov-12-17) 0-1
   A Graf vs U Weber (Nov-11-17) 1-0
   Adams vs A Graf (Oct-22-17) 0-1
   A Graf vs A F Anosheh (Oct-21-17) 1-0
   A Seyb vs A Graf (Apr-17-17) 1-0

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(born Aug-25-1962, 55 years old) Uzbekistan (federation/nationality Germany)

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GM (1992) Alexander (Nenashev) Graf was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Nenashev was champion of Uzbekistan in 1989. He expatriated himself to Germany, where his ancestors come from, in 2000 and took his father's surname 'Graf' (he had been formerly named 'Nenashev'). In 2004, he won the German Chess Championship.

Wikipedia article: Alexander Graf

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 522  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Graf vs G Borisenko  1-0381978UZB-chA10 English
2. A Graf vs Kasparov 0-1321978Team TournamentA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
3. V Vepkhvishvili vs A Graf  0-1311980Ch SU \\B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
4. Huzman vs A Graf 1-0381982Junior Teams EventE12 Queen's Indian
5. Suetin vs A Graf  0-1971984MoscowC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Vasiukov vs A Graf  ½-½261984Moscow-chC49 Four Knights
7. Gulko vs A Graf  ½-½561984MoscowD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
8. A Graf vs Antoshin  0-1341984Moscow-chD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. A Graf vs Gulko  0-1481984BarnaulA15 English
10. Vyzmanavin vs A Graf  1-0271984Moscow (Russia)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. S Smagin vs A Graf  ½-½221984URS-ch sfC53 Giuoco Piano
12. S Smagin vs A Graf  0-1561984Moscow-chC49 Four Knights
13. A Graf vs Tseshkovsky  1-0681984URS-ch sfA07 King's Indian Attack
14. A Graf vs Kholmov  ½-½421984Moscow-chC77 Ruy Lopez
15. M Krasenkow vs A Graf  0-1441985GeorgiaC46 Three Knights
16. J Klovans vs A Graf  ½-½511986URS-ch otborC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. A Graf vs Savon  ½-½371986URS-ch otborE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. A Graf vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½241986Minsk (Belarus)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. A Graf vs S Smagin  1-0801986URS-ch otborE46 Nimzo-Indian
20. Serper vs A Graf  1-0651986URS-ch otborC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. A Graf vs Yermolinsky  ½-½231987URS Army-chTE70 King's Indian
22. A Graf vs Glek  1-0581987TashkentA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
23. Ivanchuk vs A Graf  1-0431987TashkentE00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A Graf vs Vyzmanavin 0-1471987Ch Armed ForcesD89 Grunfeld
25. Tseshkovsky vs A Graf  ½-½711987Tashkent Hodzhaev memB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 522  PGN Download
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  technical draw: <tamar> How do you "decide" to use your father's name? Isn't it a given?
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  tamar: There are examples like Kasparov of using the mother's name. The German Chessbase stories in 1999 did not specify, but said when he repatriated to Germany, he decided to use his German father's name.
Feb-13-04  PinkPanther: <>
Yes, I mentioned that on this website quite a while ago.
Feb-13-04  tud: Harry Weinstein did not sound for communist Russia very sexy. Welcome Garry Kasparov.
Feb-13-04  PinkPanther: <tud>
Doesn't sound very sexy to me either. By the way, Vladimir Kramnik's name is actually Sokolov.
Feb-13-04  marcus13: How Vladimir Kramnik name can be solokov???
Premium Chessgames Member We decided to merge the games from the two player records into one page. Thanks for your info.
Feb-14-04  PinkPanther: <marcus13>
Click on the second link you see.
Feb-14-04  marcus13: Thanks strange coincidence isn't it.
Feb-14-04  Bitzovich: Wow, i t has some really PIQUANT info on Kramnik in that interview...
Feb-15-04  Lawrence: PP, if you read the article you will see that Vladimir Kramnik's name was never Sokolov.
Feb-15-04  PinkPanther: No but his dad's name was and therefore his should have been. The name Sokolov "is in his blood", the name Kramnik isn't. It's simply a name his father assumed and passed down to him.
Apr-06-04  Vischer: Vladimir Sokolov?
Jul-29-04  Giancarlo: This guy is the german champ?
Aug-17-04  Kaspy2: and upcoming...
Feb-12-05  WTHarvey: Here are crucial positions from some of Alexander's games not shown here.
Aug-24-06  BIDMONFA: [unknown player](nenashev)_graf.html

GRAF, Alexander

Jun-07-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Graf looks concerned about the arisen position even before his opponent makes his first move (see the page's 2nd pic).

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  whiteshark: <Autoreparaturwerkbau> or simply concentration, that's what I guess.
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  Marmot PFL: <There are examples like Kasparov of using the mother's name.>

I understood that his father's name was Weinstein and his mother's was Kasparian, but that neither sounded as russian as Kasparov. I have also heard rumors that Fischer's father wasn't named Fischer as well.

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  Tabanus: 4th place in the 1st Negroponte Open (Greece) 9-17 August 2010:

Sep-30-11  nummerzwei: Frank Zeller on Graf:

<Graf is known for employing a wide arsenal of openings. Always striving for creative variety, he is not one of those who specialize in particular variations. With his enormous chess understanding and experience, he is busy making plans early on in every game, at a stage when other grandmasters are simply reeling off their preparations. It is thus only natural for him to get into time-trouble as often as he does. Graf's ambitious approach can be exhausting, but his ascetic appearance illustrates that he is prepared to sacrifice energy in the course of the chess struggle.>

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  offramp: His uncle was a count. Graf Graf.
Aug-25-13  JoergWalter: and he married steffie graf...
Apr-17-17  paavoh: Good to see him in action in Grenke Open 2017. I thought he had retired, and indeed there are two gaps without games during 2009-2012 and 2012-2016 in the CG database.
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