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Alexander Grischuk
Number of games in database: 1,834
Years covered: 1992 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2794 (2846 rapid, 2852 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2797
Overall record: +360 -142 =526 (60.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      806 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (176) 
    B90 B30 B31 B47 B46
 Ruy Lopez (125) 
    C67 C78 C88 C84 C92
 French Defense (70) 
    C02 C11 C10 C05 C04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (54) 
    C88 C84 C92 C95 C91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (50) 
    D37 D39 D38 D31 D35
 Slav (48) 
    D15 D17 D10 D16 D12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (159) 
    B90 B30 B97 B92 B51
 Ruy Lopez (115) 
    C88 C89 C67 C78 C65
 King's Indian (93) 
    E60 E97 E90 E71 E81
 Sicilian Najdorf (76) 
    B90 B97 B92 B94 B96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (67) 
    C88 C89 C96 C84 C90
 Grunfeld (48) 
    D85 D86 D80 D97 D76
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2010 0-1
   Grischuk vs Ponomariov, 2000 1-0
   Gelfand vs Grischuk, 2014 0-1
   Grischuk vs Bareev, 2001 1-0
   Grischuk vs Rublevsky, 2007 1-0
   Svidler vs Grischuk, 2013 1/2-1/2
   Grischuk vs A Filippov, 2014 1-0
   Jobava vs Grischuk, 2009 0-1
   Grischuk vs Gelfand, 2010 1-0
   Rublevsky vs Grischuk, 2007 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   11th Ordix Open (2004)
   ACP Cup (2013)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)
   Russian Team Championships (2014)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (2009)
   Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2007)
   World Cup (2011)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   7th Corsica Open (2003)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   Ordix Open (2007)
   World Cup (2009)
   World Chess Team Championship (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Grischuk! by amadeus
   Cannes World Cup Rapid 2001 by KingG
   Wijk aan Zee Corus 2002 by suenteus po 147
   Grischuk vs. Radjabov by Method B
   [Candidate Matches 2007]--Grischuk-Rublevsky by chessmoron
   large collection by 1d410

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(born Oct-31-1983, 31 years old) Russia
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Alexander Igorevich Grischuk was born in Moscow, where he lives to this day. His father taught him the game when he was four and his early coaches were Mikhail Godvinsky until age 7, and Maxim Blokh until age 10, before being mentored by Anatoly Bykhovsky for five years until after he gained his IM title. He won his IM title in 1998 and his Grandmaster title in 2000. His formative influences were the games (and teachings) of Aron Nimzowitsch, Robert James Fischer and Anatoly Karpov.


<Youth> Grischuk’s first international success was coming equal first, but second on count back, at the World U10 Championship in 1992. During the 1990s, he won the under 10, 12, 14 and 16 Russian Championships in which he competed.

<National> Grischuk has been highly successful in Russian Championships in their various forms. He came =3rd in the 56th Russian Championships (2003), outright second in the Russian Championships (2004) behind Garry Kasparov, 2nd in the Russian Superfinals (2007), and then finally won the Russian Championship Superfinal (2009). He followed up with 3rd in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2010) and =3rd in the Russian Superfinals (2011). His placement in the 2011 event qualified him to contest the Russian Superfinals (2012), in which he scored 4.5/9 after losing his final round game to Peter Svidler, finishing a half point off the lead in a low scoring event.

<World> Grischuk became quite famous as a junior, reaching the semifinals of the 2000 FIDE world championship when he was only sixteen, losing to runner up Alexey Shirov in the second last round, after defeating Darcy Gustavo Machado Vieira Lima, Ilya Smirin, Grigory Serper, Jaan Ehlvest and Vladislav Tkachiev in the preceding rounds. He was less successful in the 2002 FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament, as he lost to Alexander Motylev in round two after beating Ehsan Ghaem Maghami in the first round. In the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) he made it to the quarter finals, defeating Kenneth T Solomon, Vasilios Kotronias, Valerij Filippov, and Alexander Beliavsky before losing 3-1 to eventual champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov. He finished in the top 10 in the 2005 FIDE World Cup, which qualified him for the 2007 Candidates Tournament in May–June 2007. In 2007, he won the Candidates Match: Grischuk - Malakhov (2007) and the Candidates Match: Grischuk - Rublevsky (2007) to qualify for the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007), but there he finished last out of the eight players. Grischuk finished third in the FIDE Grand Prix 2008-2010, which qualified him as the first alternate for the World Championship Candidates (2011). Upon the withdrawal of Magnus Carlsen from the Candidates tournament, Grischuk was appointed to take his place. Grischuk caused a major upset in the first round by ousting tournament favourite Levon Aronian in the rapid game tiebreaker after drawing the classical match 2-2 (+0 =4 -0). He met Vladimir Kramnik in the semi-finals, winning in the blitz tiebreaker 1.5-0.5 (+1 =1) after drawing the classical games 2-2 (+0 -0 =4) and the rapid games 2-2 (+0 -0 =4). He met Boris Gelfand in the final match of the Candidates and after drawing the first 5 games, lost the sixth and last game to be eliminated from the Candidates. By virtue of his rating, he qualified to play in the World Cup (2011) as part of the 2013 World Championship cycle; he beat countryman and IM, Vladimir Genba in the first round, French GM Sebastien Feller in the second, compatriots Alexander Morozevich and Vladimir Potkin in the third and fourth rounds, Czech GM David Navara in the quarter final, and Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk in the semi final to qualify for the World Championship Candidates (2013). In the final, he met countryman Peter Svidler but lost 2.5-1.5 to secure second place. At the Candidates he scored a rating neutral 6.5/14 (+1 -2 =11) to place 6th out of 8, his sole win being against Ivanchuk. As a finalist in the World Cup 2011, Grischuk qualified to play in the World Cup (2013). There he defeated Australian IM Igor Bjelobrk in the first round, and Polish GM Dariusz Swiercz in the second round. However, he was eliminated when he lost to Vietnamese #1, GM Le Quang Liem in the third round tiebreaker.

<Grand Prix series 2012-2013> Grischuk started auspiciously in the 2012-13 Grand Prix series by placing 4th in the FIDE Grand Prix London (2012) behind the 3 co-leaders to collect 90 points to kick off his GP points tally. His second sally into the series resulted in =4th at the FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), adding another 85 points to his Grand Prix points total - he was the only undefeated player in this event. (1) His 2nd place at the FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013) lifted him to 3rd in the Grand Prix series, but he was unable to score the sole 1st in FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013) needed to secure qualification in the Candidates Tournament of 2014, and nor was he nominated as the Organizer's nominee when Khanty-Mansiysk was settled as the venue for that event.

<Grand Prix series 2014-2015> Qualifying for the series by rating, Grischuk has so far only participated in the first leg, namely the FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014), where he scored 6/11 placing 3rd-7th, acquiring 82 Grand Prix points. He did not compete at the second leg of the Grand Prix series in Tashkent, but will contest the third and fourth legs at Tblisi and Khanty-Mansiysk.


Grischuk’s best results are 1st at the Young Masters in Lausanne in 2000, 1st at the Chigorin Memorial Tournament in 1999, 1st at the Torshavn International, also in 2000, 2nd at Linares in 2001; 2nd at Wijk aan Zee in 2002, where he scored 8.5/13, =1st with 6.5/9 at Aeroflot A 2002 and 4th at Wijk aan Zee in 2003. He won the 5th Karpov It Tournament (2004) on count back ahead of Sergei Rublevsky and came =3rd in the same event in 2005. He played in his first Tal Memorial (2006) scoring 4.5/9, one point behind the joint winners. At the Tal Memorial (2010), he came =4th, half a point behind the joint winners. In 2009 he scored his first victory at Linares (2009), finishing in first place on count back ahead of Vassily Ivanchuk. In 2010, he finished second in Linares (2010) to Veselin Topalov. In 2014, he placed 3rd at the category 21 Norway Chess Tournament (2014) behind Karjakin and Carlsen. In November 2014, Grischuk easily won the category 20 Petrosian Memorial (2014) with 5.5/7 and a near-3000 TPR, a full point clear of outright second-placed Vladimir Kramnik. His results in this event also lifted his live rating to over 2800 for the first time.

A dab hand at 960 chess, Grischuk won the FiNet Chess 960 Open in 2009 ahead of a huge field of GMs and IMs.

Rapid Play

Along with being a top-level professional, Grischuk is also known as one of the best blitz chess players in the world, having once held the record for highest rating achieved on the Internet Chess Club. His successes at rapid and blitz chess include reaching the last four in the Cap D'Agde FRA (2003), and winning the 2003 Ordix Open and the 11th Ordix Open (2004). In 2006 he won the World Blitz Championship (2006) in Rishon Lezion, Israel with 10.5 points out of 15 games (+9 =3 -2). In 2008, he competed in the 2008 ACP World Cup defeating Karpov, Peter Svidler, and Sergey Karjakin in mini-matches before losing in the final to Teimour Radjabov. In 2009, he won the Moscow blitz championship, came =2nd with 7/9 at the XXIV International tournament at Ciudad De Villarrobledo and defeated Pavel Eljanov and Alexander Moiseenko to make it to the semi-final of the 2009 ACP World Rapid. In 2010 he won the Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010) section of the Amber Melody tournament. He lost the CCM5 Rapid Match (2005) (Anand-Grischuk Rapid Match) by 3/8 (+2 =2 -4).

In July 2012, Grischuk lead most of the way to win the World Blitz Championship (2012) by half a point ahead of a fast-finishing Carlsen, with 20/30. He placed 3rd with 4.5/7 in the SportAccord World Mind Games (Men's Rapid) (2012) and finished with a poor 8.5/15 in the SportAccord World Mind Games (Men Blitz), shedding 49 blitz rating points. He came second on tiebreak behind Karjakin at the Piterenka rapid in late December 2012 and was runner-up to Karjakin at the Aeroflot Rapid Open (2013) after losing on time in a dramatic Armageddon tiebreaker. He placed outright 3rd in the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2013) with 10.5/15 and 2nd in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2013) with 20/30, half a point behind the new World Blitz Champion Le Quang Liem. Grischuk went on to win the powerful ACP Cup, a rapid (25+10) knockout format held in Riga during 13-15 September, in the Armageddon tiebreaker against fellow finalist and compatriot Ian Nepomniachtchi.

In 2014 he played in both the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) and the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014). His result in the former was a rating-neutral 10/15, a point from the lead (and =6th) while in the latter he scored a disappointing 12.5/21. In November 2014, he placed outright 2nd with 15.5/22 in the Mikhail Tal Memorial blitz tournament. He finished 2014 by winning the blitz and rapid chess sections of the Mind Games staged in Beijing with 19.5/30 and 5/7 respectively.


A member of the gold medal winning Russian team at the 2000 and 2002 Olympiads, Grischuk has also represented Russia at the Olympics in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, Chess Olympiad (2012) and Chess Olympiad (2014). He earned a bronze medal in 2000 for his results as second reserve.


In the five World Team Championships that were held in 2001, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2013 he won a team silver (2001) and three team golds (2005, 2010 and 2013), the individual silver and gold medals for board 3 in 2001 and 2005, the individual silver medal for board 2 in 2011, and the individual bronze medal for board 1 in 2010. As a 16 year old IM, he played for the Russian Team in 1999 in the European Team Championship, coming fourth at first reserve in a team that came 5th; subsequently, he played board three in his team which won gold in the 2003 and 2007 European Team Championships, and then struck individual gold on board 2 at the European Team Championship (2011) when Russia came 5th. At the European Team Championship (2013), he played top board and helped his team win bronze.

Grischuk’s success in the European Club Cup over the last decade and more from 2001 and 2014 has been outstanding: in that time he has won 5 team golds, 2 team silvers and 4 team bronzes, combined with 3 personal gold medals and 3 personal silvers. In 2010 he played for SOCAR Baku (winning individual silver for board 3) after four years with the highly successful Ural Sverdlovsk team, and then in the 28th European Club Cup (2012) he again played for SOCAR Baku, helping his team to gold. Next season, he again switched, this time to the Russian team Malachite, and playing board one scored a powerful 5/6 (TPR 2869) in the European Club Cup (2013) to win individual gold and help his team to the silver medal. Grischuk was a member of the successful Russian team that defeated the Chinese team in the inaugural Russia-China friendly match that was held in 2001. He has also played in the French Team Championships from 2001-2006; the Russian Team championships in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and more recently for his Malakhit Ekaterinburg team where he helped his team to a silver medal in the Russian Team Championships (2013) picking up a gold medal for board 2 (5/6: TPR 2980). His performance in the Russian Team Championships (2014) for his team Malachite earned him the team and individual gold (for board 2), raising his rating to an equal all time high of 2792.

He also played in the Russian Club Cup in 2009 and 2010; the Bundesliga in 2003; and the Spanish Club Championships in 2007 and 2014.

Ratings and Rankings

As of 1 February 2015, Grischuk's ratings and rankings were as follows:

<Standard> 2810 (Russian #1; world #3);

<Rapid> 2846 (world #3); and

<Blitz> 2852 (world #3).


Grischuk is married to GM Natalia Zhukova. He is also a professional poker player.

Grischuk is credited as saying in respect of World championship aspirations that "In Russia we have a saying: a soldier who doesn't want to be a General, is a bad soldier."

Sources and references

(1) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012%E2%80%932013; Live rating:; Lengthy online interview:; and Wikipedia article: Alexander Grischuk

Latest update 5 Feb 2015

 page 1 of 74; games 1-25 of 1,834  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Grischuk vs B Mohsin  1-041 1992 Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
2. Grischuk vs Das Neves  1-030 1992 Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
3. Grischuk vs R Simons 1-015 1992 Wch U10C70 Ruy Lopez
4. McShane vs Grischuk 1-034 1992 Wch U10C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
5. L Pliester vs Grischuk  1-027 1992 Leiden opC18 French, Winawer
6. H Geanta vs Grischuk  0-136 1992 Wch U10C02 French, Advance
7. Grischuk vs L Aronov  1-041 1992 Wch U10C50 Giuoco Piano
8. Grischuk vs Bacrot 1-031 1992 Ch World (cadets) (under 10)B01 Scandinavian
9. Grischuk vs G Tatarliev 1-024 1992 Wch U10C10 French
10. Grischuk vs S Azarov  1-055 1993 Wch U10C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
11. Q Li vs Grischuk  1-027 1993 Wch U10E88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
12. Grischuk vs Bacrot 0-131 1993 Wch U10C42 Petrov Defense
13. T Purev Dorj vs Grischuk  0-156 1993 Wch U10B06 Robatsch
14. Grischuk vs S Guliev 0-118 1993 Wch U10C42 Petrov Defense
15. Ganguly vs Grischuk  0-171 1993 Wch U10B08 Pirc, Classical
16. Grischuk vs M Szymanski  1-052 1993 Wch U10C07 French, Tarrasch
17. Grischuk vs M Sebenik  1-029 1993 Wch U10B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. N Siegel vs Grischuk  0-151 1994 Wch U12E92 King's Indian
19. Grischuk vs D Bunzmann  0-135 1994 Wch U12B30 Sicilian
20. G Kafka vs Grischuk  0-121 1994 Wch U12B06 Robatsch
21. M Nedobora vs Grischuk  1-036 1994 Moscow opE61 King's Indian
22. Z Minjun vs Grischuk  1-025 1994 Wch U12C05 French, Tarrasch
23. Grischuk vs R Markus  1-030 1994 Wch U12C42 Petrov Defense
24. Grischuk vs L Hua 1-068 1994 Wch U12B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
25. Ponomariov vs Grischuk 1-023 1994 Wch U12 Szeged (9)B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
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  MissScarlett: Another strong performance in the Mind Games' blitz section, finishing second with 13/20 (+10 -4 =6), gaining 27 rating points. He's now #3 in classical, rapid and blitz ratings.
Dec-15-14  fisayo123: <MissScarlett> You should have waited till the event was over. I'm pretty sure he finished clear FIRST in the Blitz section as well with 19.5/30 ahead of MVL and Radjabov. He also won the Rapid section and pocketed $38,000 total with the Basque section still to play for. Not bad.

Sasha proves once again his immense talent, playing great at fast chess without having to result to boring, "solid" Berlin's and QGD Makaganov system's, unlike some other players.

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  MissScarlett: Stupid competition. Who ever heard of a blitz event being longer than the rapidplay?
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  waustad: The more I look at his games the more I like them. How he manages these attacks while in chronic time trouble is amazing. In some recent tournaments he has seemed to manage time better and has been a monster. His commentary is a pleasure with the dry wit and the Russian Basso voice.
Jan-07-15  Conrad93: How good is Grischuk at poker?
Jan-07-15  HeMateMe: he makes money at it.
Jan-08-15  Conrad93: But how much money?
Jan-08-15  HeMateMe: probably more than chess money. +$200k at one tournament a year or two ago, if memory serves. They don't talk about it, but a number of chess players hustle poker to pay the bills. Krush admits she plays on line and wins money. Jen Shahade makes quite a bit of cash playing poker.
Jan-29-15  Conrad93: What is the next tournament he will play in? He hasn't been active lately.
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  plang: He is playing in the Batumi Grand Prix tournament starting in mid February
Feb-01-15  Poisonpawns: Prediction: He will be the next challenger to face Carlsen for the world title.
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  Penguincw: Prediction: he will be World #2 on the live ratings sometime this month.

Oh wait, that just happened! Caruana was held to a draw by Bacrot with white, so now leads Caruana by 0.6 rating points.

Feb-03-15  shintaro go: One win by Fabiano and he's back to number 2.
Feb-03-15  SirRuthless: <HeHateMe> They might talk about their wins but what about the losses? Very few can serve two masters. Grischuk is a genius so I can believe his analytical skills transfer from chess to poker or financial markets etc.. Low level masters though? I have a tough time believing they are outsmarting pro poker players consistently and raking in the bucks.
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  boz: Everybody I know who gambles is a winner. I don't know anyone who has ever lost. Even in Vegas.
Feb-03-15  Jim Bartle: You clearly don't know me.
Feb-03-15  Poisonpawns: <boz> same applies to stock traders;nobody loses money
Feb-03-15  HeMateMe: Remember, poker players aren't playing against the house/dealer, they are playing against other poker players. A lot of chessers have a good mind for poker strategy and hustle weaker opponents. There's no money in hustling chess, but there is in card games.
Feb-03-15  SirRuthless: I heard that some hedge fund managers and other super elites like to play high stakes chess in penthouses in vegas for hundreds of thousands of dollars per game. I can imagine magnus playing odds games with such a whale when he is in town. In general i agree alot of suckers play cards. I stopped playing no limit hold'em online when full tilt's real money website went down a few years ago.
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  waustad: His wife is playing at Gibtel. It's a shame he didn't join her, though maybe he's in Monte Carlo.
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  waustad: It will be interesting to see how he does in Tibilisi. Of late he seems to have gotten his time management demons under control and has shown himself to be one of the very best. I'm not a fan of his approach to knock out tournaments (it is practical and successful, but not much fun to watch), but most of his chess is delightful.
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  tamar: Experiencing some over 2800 wing meltage today against Mamedyarov.

If he falls under 2800, Caruana will be the only other member of the 2800 than Carlsen, that was so crowded recently.

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In this position, Grischuk played 17 Ra5 Qh6 18 Bg3 exd4 winning a pawn.

Safer move giving White an advantage were 17 dxe5 or 17 Qc2 getting out of the pin before the Queen even goes to h6

Mar-05-15  cplyakap: His best is 2810,not 2797.
Mar-05-15  1 2 3 4: <cplyakap> It's 2813.
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  plang: Is rounding ratings to the nearest point perhaps not precise enough? - perhaps to two decimal places...
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