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Alexander Beliavsky
Number of games in database: 2,409
Years covered: 1967 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2540 (2631 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2710

Overall record: +807 -460 =1053 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 89 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (127) 
    B93 B90 B46 B81 B84
 Nimzo Indian (108) 
    E32 E55 E34 E20 E54
 King's Indian (106) 
    E97 E94 E81 E71 E80
 Slav (83) 
    D15 D17 D18 D11 D10
 Queen's Indian (80) 
    E15 E17 E12 E19 E16
 Grunfeld (72) 
    D85 D97 D86 D87 D82
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (245) 
    C92 C78 C95 C84 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (161) 
    C92 C95 C84 C91 C89
 Queen's Gambit Declined (111) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D39
 Orthodox Defense (83) 
    D58 D55 D50 D59 D53
 Sicilian (76) 
    B89 B83 B36 B51 B52
 Queen's Indian (61) 
    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 A R Afifi vs Beliavsky, 1985 0-1
   Seirawan vs Beliavsky, 1988 0-1
   Short vs Beliavsky, 1992 0-1
   Beliavsky vs Gelfand, 1992 1-0
   Beliavsky vs Kupreichik, 1973 1-0
   Beliavsky vs Bacrot, 1999 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Beliavsky, 1982 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1974)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   Linares (1991)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   European Union Championship (2008)
   Sukhumi (1972)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   President's Cup (2008)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Uncompromising Chess by Alexander Beliavsky by Resignation Trap
   Legend Beliavsky by Gottschalk
   USSR Championship 1987 by suenteus po 147
   C94-95 (Romanishin, Byhovskij) by Chessdreamer
   USSR First League, Ashkhabad, 1978 by Phony Benoni
   1973 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   Brussels World Cup, 1988 by Phony Benoni

   🏆 European Individual Chess Championship
   Beliavsky vs Felix Blohberger (Mar-28-18) 1-0
   Krasenkow vs Beliavsky (Mar-27-18) 1-0
   Beliavsky vs Sutovsky (Mar-26-18) 1/2-1/2
   Beliavsky vs Luka Oboladze (Mar-25-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Moiseenko vs Beliavsky (Mar-24-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Dec-17-1953, 64 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Slovenia)
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International Master (1973); Grandmaster (1975); FIDE Senior Trainer (2004).

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 Ilgizovich Bareev and Alexey Borisovich 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 Championship (2013) to qualify for the World Cup (2013), where he lost to Chinese GM Yu Yangyi in the tiebreaker of the first round match.

Wikipedia article: Alexander Beliavsky

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

Last updated: 2018-07-10 13:56:31

 page 1 of 97; games 1-25 of 2,409  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Vladimirov vs Beliavsky  0-1531967Leningrad CC-chD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Beliavsky vs Ribli  0-1571968EU-ch U20D80 Grunfeld
3. Beliavsky vs G Barenboim  1-0431968URS-chTD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
4. V Lipman vs Beliavsky  0-1431968URS-chTC44 King's Pawn Game
5. M Vorobiev vs Beliavsky  0-1531968URS-chTC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
6. G Fedorov vs Beliavsky 1-0311968URS-chTB89 Sicilian
7. Kupreichik vs Beliavsky  1-0431968URS-chTC77 Ruy Lopez
8. Beliavsky vs D Kudischewitsch  1-0901968URS-chTD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
9. Peebo vs Beliavsky  1-0801968URS-chTB06 Robatsch
10. Beliavsky vs Koolmeister  1-0411968URS-chTE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
11. Beliavsky vs Akimov 1-0481968URS-chTD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Beliavsky vs V Gusev  ½-½421968URS-chTA57 Benko Gambit
13. L Zolotonos vs Beliavsky  0-1401968URS-chTB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
14. A Verner vs Beliavsky 1-0461969URS-chTB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
15. Beliavsky vs A N Panchenko  0-1331969URS-chTA50 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Romanishin vs Beliavsky  0-1391969BeltsyB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
17. Lutikov vs Beliavsky  ½-½251970Grandmasters-Young MastersE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
18. Beliavsky vs Suetin  0-1291970Grandmasters-Young MastersA61 Benoni
19. Romanishin vs Beliavsky  0-1541971SukhumiB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
20. J Barle vs Beliavsky 1-0331971URS-YUGB89 Sicilian
21. Beliavsky vs D B Radulovic  0-1421971URS-YUGB89 Sicilian
22. Beliavsky vs D B Radulovic  0-1311971URS-YUGB89 Sicilian
23. D B Radulovic vs Beliavsky  0-1711972YUG-URSE16 Queen's Indian
24. Timman vs Beliavsky  ½-½731972Parcetic Memorial 5thA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
25. J Rukavina vs Beliavsky  ½-½281972Parcetic Memorial 5thA04 Reti Opening
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  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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  diagonal: Happy birthday, Alexander Beliavsky!

At age of 62, he is still a regular and uncompromising competitor in various chess events and (as of December 2015) only 23 ELO points close to the Top-100 of the World!

The biography, missing his notables international invitation tournament wins, deserves a refresher. I made an attempt:

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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to Big Al! It's good to see that he is still playing in chess tournaments & still performing at a very high level!
Dec-17-15  Eduardo Bermudez: Only people like Keres, Korchnoi and Beliavsky have won nine world champions !
Dec-17-15  Howard: Please clarify the above comment.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Big Al!
Dec-17-15  Eduardo Bermudez: KERES won against: Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosian, Tal, Spassky and Fischer. KORCHNOI: Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosian, Tal, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov and Carlsen. BELIAVSKY: Smyslov, Petrosian, Tal, Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik and Carlsen.
Dec-17-15  cunctatorg: Grandmaster Alexander Beliavsky was the King, the dominating figure, at the Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki 1984; his performance there was not only outstanding but dominating; playing as the top board of the (back then) USSR Olympic Chess Team, he crushed all opposition in formidable and striking ways!!...

His performance defines for me the meaning of the "title": Super Grandmaster...

Mar-08-16  waustad: His draw in the first round of the Reykjavik Open 2016 against Bardur Orn Birkisson ight have been be the biggest upset of the round if it weren't for Nils Grandelius losing to Einar Valdimarsson. Swiss gambits have been known to work before, so perhaps these players will be in the mix at the end.
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  diagonal: A sit down with Alexander Beliavsky ( series): An interview with the chess legend at the Univé Chess tournament (Open) in 2014. Beliavsky speaks about winning the Soviet Championship four times, his many successes in The Netherlands, his coaching work with MVL:

At the moment, the mighty dinosaur, his own word, compare the link from <Appaz>, is playing in the international invitation Vidmar Memorial, XX jubilee edition; Beliavsky is record five-time winner.

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  diagonal: Notable international tournament wins: Beliavsky won twice at Tilburg, in 1981 (clear first ahead of Petrosian, Timman, Portisch, Ljubojevic, Spassky, Kasparov with 50%, Andersson, Larsen, Sosonko, Hübner, Miles), and enjoyed again a triumph at Tilburg, in 1986 (clear first ahead of Ljubojevic, Karpov, Miles, Timman, Portisch, Hübner, Korchnoi). Alexander Beliavsky was sole winner at the two strong and last OHRA Amsterdam tournaments in 1989 and 1990, and was joint winner with Viktor Korchnoi at the traditional Wijk aan Zee in 1984.

Alexander Beliavsky won also among others the invitational tournaments at Kiev International in 1978, Alicante in 1978 (making it clean 100%, a rare perfect score of 13/13, full five points above shared second Mark Diesen and Evgenij Ermenkov), Bogota in 1979 (two points ahead of James Tarjan), Bucharest in 1980, at Baden (by Vienna) in 1980 (with Spassky), at Bosna, Sarajevo in 1982 (scoring stunning 12.5 out of 15 points in a pretty strong field), the Chigorin Memorial in Sochi in 1986 (equal with Svetozar Gligorić and Rafael Vaganian, edging out Tal, Smyslov, Geller, Razuvaev, a.o.), Akker Brygge (Norway) in 1989 (Mini tournament, clear first ahead of Tal, Smylsov, and Simen Agdestein), Munich (Mephisto-SKA) 1990, Belgrade (Investbanka) 1993 (featuring Kramnik, Khalifman and Bareev; Beliavsky is clear first, full 1.5 points ahead of top-seeded Kramnik), León 1994, Cacak 1996, the Rubinstein Memorial in Polanica-Zdrój in 1996, a record five times the Vidmar Memorial: in 1999, 2001, 2003 (joint with Emil Sutovsky) and 2005 held at Portorož, as well as in 2011 at Ljubljana (national Slovenian Championship), and the Gotth' Art Cup at Szentgotthard (Hungary) in 2010, ahead of 2nd/3rd Portisch & Rapport. Beliavsky’s first victory abroad was the 5th Parcetic Memorial at Sombor (Yugoslavia, now Serbia) in 1972 (as clear first ahead of Csom, Timman, Matulovic, Velimirovic, Adorjan, Knaak, Jansa and others).

Alexander Beliavsky was co-winner with Korchnoi (first on tie-break scoring) in the IBM-Vienna Invitational Open in 1986, including four top-ten players, ahead of luminaries as Karpov, Spassky, Nunn, and young Zsuzsa Polgar. He won several other forceful Open Festivals (swiss system), eg. as clear first the famous Lloyds Bank Open, London in 1985, as clear first the 17th Bled Open in 1996, or the traditional Politiken-Cup at Chess Festival Copenhagen in 2002, together with Sergej Tiviakov (first on tie-break scoring) and Ruben Felgaer.

Beliavsky was also awarded the winner’s trophy on better tie-break over (the first Uruguayan grandmaster) Andres Rodriguez Vila at the 1st Torneo Libertador Simón Bolívar (Venezuala) in 2012 with 651 participants, and most recently he took clear first place at the 20th HIT Open Nova Gorica (Slovenia) in 2015.

Runner-up: Beliavsky was clear second to Garry Kasparov at Reykjavik (GMA World Cup Series) in 1988, clear second to Jan Timman at Linares in 1988, clear second to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the Marx György Memorial at Paks (Hungary) in 2008, shared second at Las Palmas in 1974, shared second at Tilburg in 1984, shared second at Wijk aan Zee in 1985 (surprisingly Beliavsky could participate at this traditional tournament just twice), shared second at Reggio Emilia in 1987/88, among other events.

His cg. bio box still did not mention these triumphs until now, that's why a survey in this shape, cp. my earlier posting.

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  diagonal: Third and last part of the Trilogy:
Perfect score in 1978 at the (5th) Torneo Internacional Ciudad de Alicante, Memorial Gimeno Brotons. Alexander Beliavsky at a clean 13/13, finishing five points !!!!! ahead of joint Diesen and Ermenkov:, with an original little pic of the young winner.
Sep-08-16  mrandersson: This will one day be a world senior champion. Hes still playing very strong chess
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  offramp: What was this 62 year old's final score in the Baku Olympiad?
Sep-27-17  Arconax: I wonder if anyone knows the answer to <offramp>'s intriguing question.
Sep-27-17  ughaibu: Someone does. Happy?
Sep-27-17  Arconax: <ughaibu> Yes, now I feel much better :=
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  offramp: I think I have figured out why I asked such a strange question. Beljavsky played in 6 of the first 7 rounds and scored 4˝/6, against an average opposition rating of 2564. That's a great performance from a 62 year old.

He scored only ˝/4 at the end, though. So I think that left him on level points: 5/10.

Olympics can be very tough on the first board players of some of the nearly-there teams. They don't want to take a break because it might ruin their sides' fragile chances.

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