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Alexander G Beliavsky
Number of games in database: 2,657
Years covered: 1967 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2517 (2631 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2710

Overall record: +924 -480 =1151 (58.7%)*
   * 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 (144) 
    B93 B90 B32 B81 B46
 King's Indian (116) 
    E97 E94 E81 E71 E80
 Nimzo Indian (113) 
    E32 E55 E42 E34 E20
 Slav (90) 
    D15 D17 D18 D11 D16
 Queen's Indian (87) 
    E15 E17 E12 E19 E16
 Grunfeld (80) 
    D85 D97 D86 D99 D79
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (272) 
    C92 C78 C95 C84 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (176) 
    C92 C95 C84 C91 C90
 Queen's Gambit Declined (123) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D39
 Orthodox Defense (85) 
    D58 D55 D50 D59 D53
 Sicilian (84) 
    B89 B83 B51 B36 B52
 Nimzo Indian (69) 
    E32 E34 E42 E59 E55
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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 (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bucharest (1980)
   Kiev (1978)
   Baden (1980)
   Hoogovens (1984)
   USSR Championship (1987)
   Chess Classics Masters (1998)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Tunis Interzonal (1985)
   Moscow Interzonal (1982)
   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

   🏆 European Individual Championship
   Beliavsky vs E Rozen (Apr-06-22) 1/2-1/2
   A Pasti vs Beliavsky (Apr-05-22) 1/2-1/2
   Beliavsky vs Indjic (Apr-04-22) 0-1
   N Salimova vs Beliavsky (Apr-03-22) 0-1
   Beliavsky vs P Golubka (Apr-02-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born Dec-17-1953, 68 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 107; games 1-25 of 2,667  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. 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. Z Gofshtein vs Beliavsky  0-1381969URS-chT U18A14 English
15. Beliavsky vs B Gendler  1-0241969URS U18-chA07 King's Indian Attack
16. A Verner vs Beliavsky 1-0461969URS-chTB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
17. Beliavsky vs Panchenko  0-1331969URS-chTA50 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Romanishin vs Beliavsky  0-1391969BeltsyB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
19. Beliavsky vs Suetin  0-1291970Grandmasters-Young MastersA61 Benoni
20. Lutikov vs Beliavsky  ½-½251970Grandmasters-Young MastersE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
21. Romanishin vs Beliavsky  0-1541971SukhumiB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
22. Beliavsky vs J Barle  ½-½421971URS-YUGB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
23. Marjanovic vs Beliavsky  0-1711971URS-YUGB53 Sicilian
24. Beliavsky vs D B Radulovic  0-1401971URS-YUGB89 Sicilian
25. J Barle vs Beliavsky 1-0331971URS-YUGB89 Sicilian
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May-04-06  Whitehat1963: Hilarious that this guy's rating is higher than Spassky's and Tal's ever were!
May-05-06  Karpova: This would not be hilarious. Only someone who never heard of Beliavsky would think that way.

I doubt that Beliavsky ever achieved a rating of 2710. The ratings were generally lower than today at the time of his peak.

May-05-06  acirce: Beliavsky was 2710 on the July 1997 list according to,,
May-05-06  Karpova: thank you very much, <acirce>! Quite interesting to see that Beliavsky actually made it.
May-05-06  Whitehat1963: <Karpova>, my comment wasn't intended to take anything away from Beliavsky, who is obviously an excellent player, but rather to point out that rating inflation is out of control. Was Tal ever rated above 2700? Was he a better player than some who are currently rated above 2700?
May-05-06  Karpova: I found this post from <Maatalkko> on Jan Timman 's page: <BTW Mihail Tal had one freak year in 1979 when he won two major tournaments that were FIDE rated. His rating went from 2610 to 2705, making him the third player ever to be over 2700 (after Fischer and Karpov). They only updated ratings once a year back then, so for all of 1980 he was over 2700. However, he bombed most of his tournaments that year, so he crashed from 2705 to 2550 at the end of the year, the largest drop in a single rating update that I know of.>
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  JointheArmy: We share the same birthday. Sagitarrius' rule.
Apr-05-07  Deceptor: 53 years old and rated 2648. Could Beliavsky be new Korchnoi?
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  JointheArmy: Brilliant game by Beliavsky today.

18. Nxb5!!

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Point being if axb5 Ra7

[Event "European Individual 2007"]
[Site "Dresden Germany"]
[Date "2007.04.11"]
[Round "8"]
[White "GM Beliavsky, Alexander G(SLO)"]
[Black "GM Agrest, Evgenij(SWE)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D44"]
[WhiteElo "2648"]
[BlackElo "2561"]
[Annotator "Gary_Suffield"]
[PlyCount "65"]
[EventDate "2007.??.??"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. e4 b5 7. e5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Nxg5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 Be7 11. exf6 Bxf6 12. Be3 Nd7 13. g3 Bb7 14. Bg2 Qc7 15. a4 a6 16. O-O O-O-O 17. axb5 cxb5 18. Nxb5 axb5 19. Ra7 Nc5 20. Qa1 Nb3 21. Bxb7+ Qxb7 22. Rxb7 Nxa1 23. Rxf7 Nb3 24. Rxf6 Kd7 25. h4 b4 26. Re1 Ra8 27. Bf4 Nxd4 28. Be5 Nc2 29. Rd1+ Ke7 30. Rf4 Rhc8 31. Bd6+ Ke8 32. Rf8+ Kd7 33. Bb8+ 1-0

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  Ron: I am glad that <JointheArmy> posted this game. It seems that 18. Nxb5!! is to open the 'a' file. Note how the rook subsequently gobbles material.
May-16-08  zdigyigy: USSR Champ in 74' and again in 90'?? you gotta be kidding me. If you looked up the definition of what a chess grandmaster is, you might find the name and games of Alexander Beliavsky.
Jun-02-08  notyetagm: From <Chess Today CT-2763>, the daily chess periodical which I -highly- recommend.

<A. Beliavsky
"Korolkov - 100", 2008

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Can you find a forced win in the end
of this beautiful study?

1.Qf5+!! Kxf5 2.Ne7+!! Rxe7

White has only the knight against Black's superior forces, and it is placed rather passively on the 1st rank.


3.Ne3+ Kf6 4.Nxd5+ Kf5
5.Nxe7+ Kf6 6.Nxg8+ Kf5
7.Ne7+ Kf6 8.Nd5+ Kf5 9.g4#

Wonderful, isn't it!!>

Jun-02-08  notyetagm:

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End of above Beliavsky study in <FEN> diagrams.

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  GrahamClayton: Belyavsky is one of only 3 players to have won 3 or more USSR Championships without becoming World Champion - Stein and Keres are the other two players to achive this unusual feat.
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  GrahamClayton: Beliavksy has also represented 3 different countries in Chess Olympiads - USSR, Ukraine and Slovenia.
Dec-17-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Alexander!
Feb-02-09  paavoh: A great start for Beliavsky in the Gibtelcom tournament with 5.5/6!
Mar-27-09  WhiteRook48: <notyetagm> quite a bit of an endgame study
Sep-20-09  diagonal: "Big Al", former World Junior Champion, World Championship Candidate and a four-time (shared) Soviet Champion, is now - after Anatoli Karpov (currently world's no. 140) dropped out - the oldest player in the Top 100 ELO-List (september 2009, it seems that FIDE is recalculating now every second month).

Beliavsky (born 1953), is far from semi-retired as other players of this age and continues to work very hard as he always did with his legendary uncompromising chess - go ahead!

<GrahamClayton: Beliavsky is one of only 3 players to have won 3 or more USSR Championships without becoming World Champion - Stein and Keres are the other two players to achive this unusual feat.> Korchnoi was a four-time (always unshared) USSR chess champion, reaching his best years maybe after defecting...

Dec-17-09  BIDMONFA: Alexander Beliavsky

BELIAVSKY, Alexander

Dec-17-09  WhiteRook48: he's a totally awesome attacker!
Dec-17-09  SirChrislov: He's Russian and his name is Alexander?
no way!? Happy b-day to Mr. Beliavsky.
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  paulalbert: A good name. My son is named Alexander, but not after Belyavsky or Aljechin. I highly recommend Belyavsky's book "Uncompromising Chess". Resignation Trap has all the games in a game collection on Chessgames. Unfortunately, I have never had the chance to meet him. I am not sure whether he has ever played in the U.S. Paul Albert
Dec-17-09  talisman: happy birthday to a former #3 in the world!
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  TheAlchemist: <SirChrislov> He was born in Lvov, Ukraine

<paulalbert> I'm sure he has many times, he plays in a lot of tournaments, I remember he played in a big tournament in Minneapolis in 2005, where he was close to winning, but lost in the last round.

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