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Alexander Grischuk
Number of games in database: 1,794
Years covered: 1992 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2797 (2828 rapid, 2724 blitz)
Overall record: +354 -139 =517 (60.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      784 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (176) 
    B90 B30 B31 B47 B46
 Ruy Lopez (124) 
    C67 C78 C84 C88 C95
 French Defense (70) 
    C02 C11 C10 C05 C04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (55) 
    C84 C88 C95 C92 C91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (49) 
    D37 D39 D38 D31 D30
 Slav (45) 
    D15 D17 D10 D16 D11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (153) 
    B90 B30 B97 B92 B51
 Ruy Lopez (115) 
    C88 C84 C89 C67 C65
 King's Indian (89) 
    E60 E97 E71 E90 E81
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (72) 
    C88 C84 C89 C96 C90
 Sicilian Najdorf (72) 
    B90 B97 B92 B94 B96
 Nimzo Indian (44) 
    E32 E21 E46 E58 E34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2010 0-1
   Grischuk vs Ponomariov, 2000 1-0
   Grischuk vs Rublevsky, 2007 1-0
   Grischuk vs A Filippov, 2014 1-0
   Grischuk vs Bareev, 2001 1-0
   Svidler vs Grischuk, 2013 1/2-1/2
   Grischuk vs Gelfand, 2010 1-0
   Jobava vs Grischuk, 2009 0-1
   Grischuk vs V Gashimov, 2010 1-0
   Navara vs Grischuk, 2011 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)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)
   Russian Team Championships (2014)
   ACP Cup (2013)
   Russian Superfinals (2007)
   Elista Grand Prix (2008)
   Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2007)
   World Cup (2011)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   56th Russian Championships (2003)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   Ordix Open (2007)
   World Cup (2009)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   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

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(born Oct-31-1983, 30 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 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.

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.


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

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.


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 Championship in 2007.

Ratings and Rankings

As of 1 September 2014, Grischuk's ratings and rankings were as follows:

<Standard> 2789 (Russian #1; world #4) - down by 6 from his highest rating to date that was posted in August 2014;

<Rapid> 2828 (world #3); and

<Blitz> 2777 (world #8).


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

 page 1 of 72; games 1-25 of 1,794  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Grischuk vs G Tatarliev  1-024 1992 Wch U10C10 French
2. Grischuk vs B Mohsin  1-041 1992 Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
3. Grischuk vs Das Neves  1-030 1992 Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
4. Grischuk vs R Simons 1-015 1992 Wch U10C70 Ruy Lopez
5. McShane vs Grischuk 1-034 1992 Wch U10C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
6. L Pliester vs Grischuk  1-027 1992 Leiden opC18 French, Winawer
7. H Geanta vs Grischuk  0-136 1992 Wch U10C02 French, Advance
8. Grischuk vs Bacrot 1-031 1992 Ch World (cadets) (under 10)B01 Scandinavian
9. Grischuk vs L Aronov  1-041 1992 Wch U10C50 Giuoco Piano
10. Grischuk vs M Sebenik  1-029 1993 Wch U10B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. Grischuk vs Bacrot 0-131 1993 Wch U10C42 Petrov Defense
12. Grischuk vs S Azarov  1-055 1993 Wch U10C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
13. Q Li vs Grischuk  1-027 1993 Wch U10E88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
14. T Purev Dorj vs Grischuk  0-156 1993 Wch U10B06 Robatsch
15. Grischuk vs S Guliev 0-118 1993 Wch U10C42 Petrov Defense
16. Ganguly vs Grischuk  0-171 1993 Wch U10B08 Pirc, Classical
17. Grischuk vs M Szymanski  1-052 1993 Wch U10C07 French, Tarrasch
18. Grischuk vs L Hua 1-068 1994 Wch U12B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
19. Grischuk vs S Azarov  1-034 1994 Wch U12C42 Petrov Defense
20. N Siegel vs Grischuk  0-151 1994 Wch U12E92 King's Indian
21. Grischuk vs D Bunzmann  0-135 1994 Wch U12B30 Sicilian
22. G Kafka vs Grischuk  0-121 1994 Wch U12B06 Robatsch
23. M Nedobora vs Grischuk  1-036 1994 Moscow opE61 King's Indian
24. Z Minjun vs Grischuk  1-025 1994 Wch U12C05 French, Tarrasch
25. Ponomariov vs Grischuk 1-023 1994 Wch U12 Szeged (9)B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
 page 1 of 72; games 1-25 of 1,794  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Sep-22-13  Korifej: Good luck in Paris!!
Oct-06-13  Billy Vaughan: Unless Grischuk gets the wild card, the 2014 candidates will be the first championship tournament he misses since 2007.
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  waustad: I didn't know that he shares a birthday with Alekhine. Somehow that seems appropriate. Happy d'day! I hope we see you more doing commentary in English since you have a witty aproach sometimes that transcends language.
Oct-31-13  Penguincw: Happy 30th birthday Alexander Grischuk!
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  visayanbraindoctor: Interviewer: "Last year, the lack of a tie-breaker between the two winners caused a lot of criticism, but this time, nothing has changed. Is this logical?"

GM Grischuk: "It is logical from the standpoint that FIDE does not care about such "trifles". As a rule of course, there absolutely must be a tiebreak match, and I do not think this is even subject to debate."

FIDE should listen. No doubt the majority of chess fans and even masters like Grischuk think <As a rule of course, there absolutely must be a tiebreak match> for tied first at the Candidates. The fact that FIDE repeats the ridiculous tie break rules is evidence that there is some degree of disconnect between the FIDE leadership and the rest of the chess world.

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  perfidious: <visayan> So long as Ilyumzhinov is allowed to sit in his ivory tower and maintain his firm grasp on anti-reality, such foolishness as the absence of a tiebreaking match will go on. And on. And on....

Almost enough to make one wish for a return to the days of Campomanes.

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  Kinghunt: I have been saying this for some time, but FIDE puts far too much emphasis on choosing the Candidates and far too little emphasis on picking the Challenger from them. There's no question that players like Aronian and Kramnik belong here - the only difficult part is choosing who moves forward.
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  LIFE Master AJ:

One of Grischuk's best results ...

Apr-09-14  ndg2: #3 in the world in live ratings (as of 09-APR-2014). If only Sasha was a bit more solid ... he would not be Grischuk then :-)
Apr-09-14  SirRuthless: <Kinghunt> Not entirely sure what you are implying... How else could they select a challenger among the candidates? Are you suggesting matches or a quad round robin? What more would you like besides someone not named Anand?
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  LIFE Master AJ:

Old news - by now. But Grissy is now #3 in the whole world.

May-23-14  CountryGirl: I was checking out Grischuk's page after he recently rose to world #3, and observed an interesting fact: if you look at his list of games, there are no draws at all until you reach game 84. Bloodthirsty little guy, eh!
Jun-04-14  Refused: Funny thing is, quite a lot of kibitzes here consider him as big a drawmaster as Leko.
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  perfidious: <Refused> Not to mention 'Drawnik'....
Jun-05-14  RedShield: One more win should take him over 2800...
Jun-07-14  RedShield: I was mistaken. Yesterday's win took him past 2800. But a win today, and an Aronian draw, could see him creep into #2 on the rating list.
Jun-07-14  RedShield: I was not mistaken. Grischuk is back under 2800. Who the hell is running that site?
Jun-07-14  Conrad93: < <Refused> Not to mention 'Drawnik'....>

It's better than Lossnik, wouldn't you say?

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  ketchuplover: Down goes Kramnik!!!!!!!
Oct-02-14  Bezlitosci: Why is Grischuk playing so rarely? He's in top 5 and yet you can seldom see him in an elite torunament, contrary to e.g. Nakamura.
Oct-03-14  MissScarlett: He started Baku GP on 2797; a win yesterday against Tomashevsky or today versus Karjakin would have put him mighty close to becoming eighth player to crack the 2800 barrier. In August, he peaked at 2798.9.

It seems inevitable, but both Morozevich and Radjabov have fallen agonisingly close, and are now languishing back in the paltry 2720s.

One final push, Sasha!

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  john barleycorn: < Bezlitosci: Why is Grischuk playing so rarely? He's in top 5 and yet you can seldom see him in an elite torunament, contrary to e.g. Nakamura.>

He is either a better poker player than Nakamura or he shares the fate of Wesley So...

Oct-04-14  SirRuthless: I heard he prefers to play in few classical events and is doing what he wants with his life.
Oct-14-14  MissScarlett: Damn, just when my boy Sasha's on a hot streak, poised to launch a fresh assault on 2800, I find he's not playing Tashkent. I think they cancelled this year's Tal Memorial, so it could be the Russian Championship or the Aeroflot Open when he gets his next chance.
Oct-14-14  Penguincw: Congratz to Grischuk for his performance at FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014). He finished with 6/11 (+3,-2,=6), a 5-way tie for 3rd. After 6 rounds, Grischuk at -2 seemed hopeless, but dug in, and finished with 3 straight victories, including beating Caruana with black.
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