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Alexander G Beliavsky
Number of games in database: 2,542
Years covered: 1967 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2517 (2631 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2710

Overall record: +871 -471 =1098 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 102 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (135) 
    B93 B90 B46 B81 B32
 Nimzo Indian (112) 
    E32 E55 E20 E34 E54
 King's Indian (112) 
    E97 E94 E81 E71 E80
 Slav (88) 
    D15 D17 D18 D11 D16
 Queen's Indian (83) 
    E15 E17 E12 E19 E16
 Grunfeld (77) 
    D85 D97 D86 D99 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (264) 
    C92 C78 C95 C84 C91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (171) 
    C92 C95 C84 C91 C90
 Queen's Gambit Declined (117) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D39
 Orthodox Defense (85) 
    D58 D55 D50 D59 D53
 Sicilian (77) 
    B89 B83 B36 B51 B52
 Queen's Indian (65) 
    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
   Beliavsky vs Kupreichik, 1973 1-0
   Seirawan vs Beliavsky, 1988 0-1
   Beliavsky vs Gelfand, 1992 1-0
   Short vs Beliavsky, 1992 0-1
   Beliavsky vs Bacrot, 1999 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Beliavsky, 1982 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1974)
   Baden (1980)
   Bucharest (1980)
   Kiev (1978)
   Tunis Interzonal (1985)
   Moscow Interzonal (1982)
   Hoogovens (1984)
   Chess Classics Masters (1998)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Elista Olympiad (1998)
   Linares (1991)
   Sukhumi (1972)
   Szirak Interzonal (1987)
   6th Soviet Team Cup (1968)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Uncompromising Chess by Alexander Beliavsky by skisuitof12
   Uncompromising Chess by Alexander Beliavsky by Resignation Trap
   Uncompromising Chess by Alexander Beliavsky by webbing1947
   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
   Brussels World Cup, 1988 by Phony Benoni

   🏆 Gibraltar Masters
   M Matlakov vs Beliavsky (Jan-30-20) 1-0
   Beliavsky vs K Paveto (Jan-29-20) 1-0
   Qi b Chen vs Beliavsky (Jan-28-20) 1/2-1/2
   Beliavsky vs S Gupta (Jan-27-20) 1/2-1/2
   Mendonca vs Beliavsky (Jan-26-20) 1/2-1/2

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(born Dec-17-1953, 67 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 103; games 1-25 of 2,560  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B T Vladimirov vs Beliavsky  0-1531967Leningrad CC-chD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Beliavsky vs Ribli  0-1571968EU-ch U20D80 Grunfeld
3. G Fedorov vs Beliavsky 1-03119686th Soviet Team CupB89 Sicilian
4. Beliavsky vs V Akimov 1-04819686th Soviet Team CupD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. L Zolotonos vs Beliavsky  0-14019686th Soviet Team CupB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
6. Beliavsky vs G Barenboim  1-04319686th Soviet Team CupD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
7. V Lipman vs Beliavsky  0-14319686th Soviet Team CupC44 King's Pawn Game
8. V Vorobiev vs Beliavsky  0-15319686th Soviet Team CupC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
9. Beliavsky vs Koolmeister  1-04119686th Soviet Team CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Kupreichik vs Beliavsky  1-04319686th Soviet Team CupC77 Ruy Lopez
11. Beliavsky vs V Gusev  ½-½4219686th Soviet Team CupA57 Benko Gambit
12. K Peebo vs Beliavsky 1-08019686th Soviet Team CupB06 Robatsch
13. Beliavsky vs D Kudischewitsch  1-09019686th Soviet Team CupD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
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. Beliavsky vs D B Radulovic  0-1421971URS-YUGB89 Sicilian
21. Beliavsky vs D B Radulovic  0-1311971URS-YUGB89 Sicilian
22. J Barle vs Beliavsky 1-0331971URS-YUGB89 Sicilian
23. D B Radulovic vs Beliavsky  0-1711972YUG-URSE16 Queen's Indian
24. D B Radulovic vs Beliavsky  0-1411972YUG-URSB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
25. Beliavsky vs D B Radulovic  1-0381972YUG-URSC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
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  Eggman: No discussion of this former World Number 3?
Nov-22-03  OneBadDog: Beliavsky is one of the all time greats. Beliavsky was one of the few world class GM's of his generation that came from the U.S.S.R.
Jan-22-04  Orcinus: It's nice to know he was Number 3. I'm fond of his incisive and lively playing. Not primarily combinational, his play is what I'll call the Tarrasch ideal. Emphasis is on classical openings, tempo and piece mobility, not on intricate pawn moves and isn't concern with weak pawns if mobility is fine.
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  ConLaMismaMano: Chessbase says that Beliavsky's peak was 2710 in 1997 when he was 44 and in Chessmetrics 2740 in 1985 (Maybe around that time he was Number 3).
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  AdrianP: Beliavsky was one of Kasparov's seconds at one time, no?
May-11-04  Hanada: He looks like Al Capone in this picture.
Jun-24-04  acirce: Beliavsky has a little chance to win against Anastasian in game 2 of round 3, but the likely result is draw - then tiebreaks.
Jun-24-04  acirce: Okey, he won.
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  offramp: Here is a great game by him that I can't find on this site:

Afifi Assem - Beliavsky Alexander G [A13]Izt Tunisia (15), 1985

1.♘f3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 dxc4 4.♗g2 a6 5.a4 ♘c6 6.a5 ♗b4 7.♘e5 ♘xe5 8.♕a4+ ♗d7 9.♕xb4 ♘e7 10.f4 ♗c6 11.♗xc6+ ♘7xc6 12.♕c3 ♕d5 13.♖f1 ♘g4 14.♕xg7 ♘xh2 15.♕xh8+ ♔e7 16.♕xa8 ♕g2 17.d3 ♘d4 18.♖f2 ♕g1+ 19.♔d2 ♘b3+ 20.♔c3 ♕xc1+ 21.♔b4 ♕xb2 22.e3 ♘d2+ 23.♔c5 ♕b5+ 24.♔d4 ♘hf3+ 25.♖xf3 ♘xf3+ 26.♔e4 ♕d5# 0-1

This game always reminds me of B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1895.

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  Benzol: <offramp> You should load the game into the database using the PGN Upload Utility.
Sep-29-04  WMD: In 1978 Beliavsky won a tournament in Alicante with the perfect score of 13/13, five points ahead of the field, which included two fellow GMs and five IMs.
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  Benzol: Alexander Henrikhovich Beliavsky
Born 17th December 1953 in Lvov
He became an IM in 1973 and a GM in 1975. World Junior Champion in 1973, he was also joint USSR champion in 1974 and 1980-81.
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  Resignation Trap: Beliavsky played in 14 USSR Championships. In addition to the 1974 and 1980-81 events, he also tied for first in 1987 (defeating Salov in the playoff) and in 1990 (finishing ahead on tiebreak over Yudasin and Vyzhmanavin).

Beliavsky has also played in ten Olympiads: For the USSR in Lucerne 1982, Thessaloniki 1984, Thessaloniki 1988, and Novi Sad 1990. For Ukraine at Manila, 1992. And for Slovenia at Yerevan 1996, Elista 1998, Istanbul 2000, Bled 2002, and Calvia 2004.

Feb-05-05  Flo: Beliavsky is a very good player! In his best years he was one of the greatest chess players of the world!
Apr-10-05  azaris: More action from the Bundesliga. Beliavsky got lucky today after obtaining a great position after Krasenkow ignored a perpetual, but then got in some time trouble and it looked like a draw before White blundered horribly.

White: Krasenkow
Black: Beliavsky

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 Bb7 6. Nd2 h6 7. Bh4 O-O 8. Qc2 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. e3 Be7 11. O-O-O Nbd7 12. Bd3 c5 13. Kb1 Rc8 14. Bf5 g6 15. Bxd7 (<15. Bxg6 draws>) Nxd7 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Nf3 Nf6 18. Ne5 Ne4 19. f3 cxd4 20. exd4 Nxc3+ 21. bxc3 Qa3 22. Rd3 Rc7 23. f4 Rfc8 24. Rc1 Bc6 25. Rg3 Qa4 26. Qf2 Re8 27. f5 g5 28. Rh3 f6 29. Ng4 Qb5+ 30. Ka1?? Re2! 0-1

Apr-10-05  Mameluk: Good way to throw the title away in the team event. Krasenkov will have very expensive evening today, I guess. After Nikolic let McShane escape, there should be some superfinal between Werder Bremen and SG Porz. Anand is on 6/8, I wonder what does it mean for his Elo.
Apr-10-05  fasting: how many players have been above 2700?
I guess around 20, and beliavsky is one of them!
Apr-10-05  iron maiden: It's more than 20; actually it's 29 if I counted right. Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Topalov, Fischer, Karpov, Morozevich, Adams, Shirov, Leko, Svidler, Kamsky, Ponomariov, Ivanchuk, Bareev, Grischuk, Polgar, Bacrot, Salov, Gelfand, van Wely, Short, Beliavsky, Kasimdzhanov, Sokolov, Dreev, Akopian, Smirin, and Khalifman. Malakhov and now Bologan have reached 2700, but have not yet gone past it.
Apr-10-05  acirce: At least Krasenkow and Azmaiparashvili should be added. Not sure how to do efficient research on the matter.
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  tpstar: Don't forget the highest rating achieved is tracked on the Statistics Page which also lists 29 players over 2700.

<iron maiden> College plans?

Apr-11-05  coffee monster: The only other one I can think of is Tal after his great spell in 1979 (Montreal: +6-0=12, Riga Interzonal: +11-0=6).
Apr-12-05  acirce: <coffee monster> Good catch, Tal reached 2705 once.

<tpstar> Yes, but the "highest rating achieved" thing here is badly flawed because of incompleteness and errors. I actually think it should be removed altogether because it's just misleading.

Apr-12-05  Hesam7: <acirce> I agree about removing the highest rating in the database, instead I do not think it is difficult to include the current rating for those players who are on FIDE rating list, or creating a page that contains the names and rating of top 100 in the most recent rating list.
Apr-15-05  Abaduba: Player of the day again. Lucky Alex!
<acirce> and <Hesam7> I think the problem with the highest rating feature is that so many game scores are missing the players' ratings, especially older games. The solution is not to eliminate the feature, but to include the ratings from more game scores. As Hesam says, it's relatively easy to check ratings- for example, surely somebody knows what Fischer and Spassky were rated during their matches. Yet, not one of these games includes the players' ratings.
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  WTHarvey: Here are some diagrams from the critical positions in Alexander's chess games:
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