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Alexander Beliavsky
Number of games in database: 2,277
Years covered: 1967 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2622 (2631 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2710
Overall record: +763 -432 =1016 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      66 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (129) 
    B93 B90 B84 B81 B97
 Nimzo Indian (101) 
    E32 E55 E34 E54 E42
 King's Indian (101) 
    E97 E94 E81 E71 E84
 Queen's Indian (76) 
    E15 E17 E12 E19 E16
 Slav (72) 
    D15 D17 D19 D16 D11
 Grunfeld (65) 
    D85 D97 D86 D87 D91
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (233) 
    C92 C78 C95 C88 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (155) 
    C92 C95 C88 C91 C84
 Orthodox Defense (99) 
    D58 D55 D50 D59 D54
 Queen's Gambit Declined (93) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D39
 Sicilian (74) 
    B89 B83 B36 B52 B51
 Queen's Indian (57) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Beliavsky vs Larsen, 1981 1-0
   Smirin vs Beliavsky, 1989 0-1
   Beliavsky vs L Christiansen, 1987 1/2-1/2
   A Afifi vs Beliavsky, 1985 0-1
   Short vs Beliavsky, 1992 0-1
   Beliavsky vs Kupreichik, 1973 1-0
   Beliavsky vs Gelfand, 1992 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Beliavsky, 1982 0-1
   Seirawan vs Beliavsky, 1988 0-1
   Beliavsky vs Bacrot, 1999 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1974)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   Marx Gyoergy Chess Memorial (2004)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   Sukhumi (1972)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   European Union Championships (2008)
   President's Cup (2008)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Uncompromising Chess by Alexander Beliavsky by Resignation Trap
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1990-1999 (Part 4) by Anatoly21
   Legend Beliavsky by Gottschalk
   USSR Championship 1987 by suenteus po 147
   USSR First League, Ashkhabad, 1978 by Phony Benoni
   Brussels World Cup, 1988 by Phony Benoni

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(born Dec-17-1953, 61 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Slovenia)
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International Master (1973); Grandmaster (1975).

Alexander Genrikhovich Beliavsky was born in Lviv, in what is now Ukraine. He currently lives in Slovenia and he plays for the Olympic team there. He is noted for his uncompromising style of play and for his classical opening repertoire, including openings such as the Queen's Gambit, Ruy Lopez and French Defence.

Beliavsky won the World Junior Championship in 1973, thereby automatically earning the title of International Master. He also won the USSR Championship in 1974 with Mikhail Tal (1), 1980 (2), 1987 with Valery Salov, and 1990 with Leonid Yudasin, Evgeny Bareev and Alexey Vyzmanavin (3). Beliavsky placed second to Garry Kasparov at the 1982 Moscow Interzonal, both players qualifying for the Candidates matches, and lost to Kasparov in the first round of the cycle in 1983 by 3-6 (+1 -4 =4). He also came second in the Tunis Interzonal in 1985, this time just behind Artur Yusupov, but placed seventh in the Montpelier Candidates Tournament of 1985 (outside the top four needed to qualify for the Candidates Matches). (4)

Beliavsky placed =1st (4th on tiebreak) in the European Individual Championships (2013) to qualify for the World Cup (2013), where he lost to Chinese GM Yangyi Yu in the tiebreaker of the first round match.

Wikipedia article: Alexander Beliavsky

(1) [rusbase-1]; (2) [rusbase-2]; (3) [rusbase-3]; (4)

 page 1 of 92; games 1-25 of 2,277  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. B Vladimirov vs Beliavsky  0-153 1967 Leningrad CC-chD90 Grunfeld
2. Beliavsky vs Akimov 1-048 1968 URS-chTD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Beliavsky vs Koolmeister  1-041 1968 URS-chTE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. Kupreichik vs Beliavsky  1-043 1968 RigaC77 Ruy Lopez
5. Beliavsky vs Ribli  0-157 1968 EU-ch U20D80 Grunfeld
6. L Zolotonos vs Beliavsky  0-140 1968 URS-chTB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
7. Beliavsky vs V Gusev  ½-½42 1968 URS-chTA43 Old Benoni
8. V Lipman vs Beliavsky  0-143 1968 URS-chTC44 King's Pawn Game
9. Beliavsky vs G Barenboim  1-043 1968 URS-chTD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
10. G Fedorov vs Beliavsky 1-031 1968 URS-chTB89 Sicilian
11. M Vorobiev vs Beliavsky  0-153 1968 URS-chTC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
12. Peebo vs Beliavsky  1-080 1968 URS-chTB06 Robatsch
13. Beliavsky vs D Kudischewitsch  1-090 1968 URS-chTD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
14. A Verner vs Beliavsky  1-046 1969 URS-chTB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
15. Beliavsky vs A N Panchenko  0-133 1969 URS-chTA50 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Romanishin vs Beliavsky  0-139 1969 BeltsyB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
17. Lutikov vs Beliavsky  ½-½25 1970 Sochi schevE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
18. Beliavsky vs Suetin  0-129 1970 Sochi Grandmaster'sA61 Benoni
19. J Barle vs Beliavsky  1-033 1971 URS-JUGB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
20. Romanishin vs Beliavsky  0-154 1971 SukhumiB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
21. Beliavsky vs D B Radulovic  0-131 1971 URS-JUGB89 Sicilian
22. Beliavsky vs H Ree  1-027 1972 SukhumiC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
23. Beliavsky vs M Pukshansky  ½-½89 1972 URS-chTC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. Beliavsky vs M Mukhin  0-141 1972 SukhumiB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. Suttles vs Beliavsky  0-156 1972 SukhumiA00 Uncommon Opening
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  Tabanus: <HeHateMe> For the olympiads, why not check

Now click on "Men's Olympiads" (upper left) and select 1984. This should take you here: and clicking on "Final group standings" should take you here: - USA ended third.

Mar-06-10  HeMateMe: tx, <Tabanus>, most informative. Those were the days--USA included Nick DeFirmian (bronze medal), Dzindzi, and Walter Browne. Spassky drew 12 of 14 games, the end of Boris as a relevant tournament player.
Mar-06-10  dx9293: I'm guessing that Beliavsky is the answer to the new ChessBase "Guess Who?" quiz! <;

-It would have to be an "old" grandmaster (to beat people like Smyslov, Tal, and Petrosian)

-Who is STILL very strong (to beat people like Anand, Ponomariov, Topalov)

-Probably from the Soviet School, to be trained by Spassky and Kasparov

-Who emigrated elsewhere (to have recently been the highest rated player in his country). Beliavsky plays for Slovenia.

Mar-06-10  HeMateMe: Makes sense, but most of the players think it is nigel Short. Its an old photo of Short that has appeared before.
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  suenteus po 147: Beliavsky wins his second consecutive title at the OHRA "Kroon" event here: Game Collection: Amsterdam OHRA 1990
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  wordfunph: In his book Uncompromising Chess, GM Alexander Beliavsky related his first meeting with Botvinnik that took place in his flat in Moscow. After examining his games, Botvinnik subjected them to such scathing criticism that Beliavsky went out to the street and was so mortified and burst out crying.
May-09-11  LIFE Master AJ:

(Possibly a good bio for Beliavsky - not my work, in case you are wondering.)

Nov-22-11  siggemannen: Great picture of Beliavsky, Karpov and Tal!
Dec-17-11  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Beliavsky!
Jun-25-12  Open Defence: he needs an updated bio
Nov-08-12  Gottschalk: In Venezuela GM Beliasky won the 1st Libertador Simon Bolivar, sharing the first place with GM Andres Rodriguez Vila from Uruguay.

More information with photos:

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Congratulations old Beliavsky!

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  lost in space: Happy Birthday, Mr . Beljavski. I wish you a very big celebration next year :-)
Dec-17-12  Kikoman: Happy Birthday GM Beliavsky! Best Wishes! :D
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  talisman: happy birthday to one of the greats.
Dec-17-12  brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday!
May-17-13  hellopolgar: So both Alexander Beliavsky and Anna Muzychuk are Ukrainian that emigrated to Slovenia. It seems that Slovenia is a lot richer than Ukraine. (GDP Per capita is 22,192 vs 7,598)
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  waustad: He's the only one left in the top 100 (he's now tied for 100-101) who was born before I started school and one of the few left who was born before I started college. With baseball the last MLB player who was older than I was turned out to be Charlie Hough. In chess the last top 100 player older than me was Victor Korchnoi, but he was that for a lot of people. Time passes. Happy 60th!
Dec-17-13  HeMateMe: A man of the Karpov era?
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  Benzol: If they ever do a movie about him actor Orest Blajkevitch should be the one to play the part.


May-06-14  Zugzwangovich: I always wondered why Yasser Seirawan frequently called him "Big Al" in the pages of Inside Chess. In a photo of the USSR team at the 1982 Olympiad he looked rather slender and not very tall; only the diminutive Tal was shorter.
Dec-17-14  kamagong24: happy birthday!
Feb-06-15  redwhitechess: Beliavky won HIT Open Chess 2015 in Slovenia. Brief write up, interesting diagram dan photos:

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  Appaz: Some interesting words from Beliavsky on old and new players.

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  perfidious: <Appaz> Nice read on Big Al the Dinosaur.
Oct-15-15  The Kings Domain: Appaz: Thanks for sharing that nice interview. It's nice to see Beliavsky still going strong. I remember fondly playing and studying his games back when he was one of the top Chess masters and it brings back good memories. It's nice to know he kicked the asses of younger players. Personality has a lot to do with Chess as much as skill.
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