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Alexey Sarana
A Sarana 
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Number of games in database: 1,075
Years covered: 2012 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2654 (2618 rapid, 2673 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2664

Overall record: +214 -126 =267 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 468 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (81) 
    D37 D38 D39 D30 D35
 Queen's Pawn Game (63) 
    D02 A45 A46 E10 A40
 King's Indian (45) 
    E92 E60 E73 E63 E71
 Sicilian (45) 
    B90 B32 B48 B33 B45
 Slav (37) 
    D15 D17 D16 D11 D12
 Queen's Indian (33) 
    E17 E15 E12 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (206) 
    B90 B51 B23 B92 B94
 Sicilian Najdorf (105) 
    B90 B92 B94 B91 B97
 Queen's Pawn Game (68) 
    D02 A45 E10 A46 E00
 Grunfeld (38) 
    D85 D80 D78 D90 D91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (37) 
    D39 D38 D37 D35 D30
 Nimzo Indian (28) 
    E32 E48 E46 E53 E34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Keymer vs A Sarana, 2021 0-1
   A Sarana vs S Drazic, 2019 1-0
   Jobava vs A Sarana, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Jansa vs A Sarana, 2019 0-1
   A Sarana vs Carlsen, 2019 1/2-1/2
   G Gajewski vs A Sarana, 2019 0-1
   A Sarana vs S Zhigalko, 2015 1-0
   K Alekseenko vs A Sarana, 2018 0-1
   K Grigoryan vs A Sarana, 2015 1/2-1/2
   A Sarana vs Short, 2018 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Championship Higher League (2018)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2019)
   European Championship (2021)
   Chigorin Memorial (2017)
   Nutcracker Match of the Generations (2020)
   Lindores Abbey Tal Mem (2021)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   Chigorin Memorial (2016)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2017)
   FIDE Grand Swiss (2021)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Moscow Open A (2016)
   European Championship (2019)

   🏆 Global Championship
   Duda vs A Sarana (Oct-05-22) 1-0, rapid
   A Sarana vs Duda (Oct-05-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Duda vs A Sarana (Oct-05-22) 1-0, rapid
   Mamedyarov vs A Sarana (Sep-23-22) 0-1, rapid
   A Sarana vs Mamedyarov (Sep-23-22) 0-1, rapid

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(born Jan-26-2000, 22 years old) Russia

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International Master (2015); Grandmaster (2017).

He scored 7.5/8 for his Russian team's 4th board at the 2014 World youth team chess Olympiad, returning in 2016 to score 6/8 for their same seat on the Russia WYCO team and 6.5/9 at the 2015 WYCO on 2nd board.

In February 2018, he participated in the Aeroflot Open. He finished forty-ninth out of ninety-two, scoring 4.5/9 (+1–1=7).4 In March 2018, he competed in the European Individual Chess Championship. He placed twenty-second,5 scoring 7.5/11 (+4–0=7). In July 2019, Sarana won the Russian Championship Higher League with a score of 6.5/9 (+4–0=5), qualifying for the Superfinals of 71st Russian men's Chess championship. In the Superfinal, he finished 9th with a score of 5/11(+1-2=8).

In 2019, Sarana shared first place with Alexandr Predke in the Russian Championship Higher League (second on tiebreak) with a score of 6½/9 (+4–0=5). With this result he qualified for the Superfinals of the Russian men's Chess championship for the second year in a row.

At the European Championship (2019) he went (+2 -0 =4)

He took part at the Russian Blitz Championship 2021 where he finished clear second.

Further reading: (1) (finished with a team silver), (2) , (3) (finished with a team silver), (4) (finished with a team bronze).

Wikipedia article: Alexey Sarana

Last updated: 2022-01-26 20:16:03

 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,086  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Sarana vs N Shukh  0-1192012Moscow Open AB27 Sicilian
2. A Zenzera vs A Sarana  1-0342012Moscow Open AD80 Grunfeld
3. A Sarana vs Y Rakhimgaliyev  0-1602012Moscow Open AC78 Ruy Lopez
4. M Lugovskoy vs A Sarana  1-0552012Moscow Open AB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
5. A Sarana vs A Elfert  1-0432012Moscow Open AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Sanghoon Lee vs A Sarana  1-0482012Moscow Open AA20 English
7. A Sarana vs Konstantin Egorov  0-1702012Moscow Open AC41 Philidor Defense
8. K Shevchenko vs A Sarana  0-1332012Moscow Open AB33 Sicilian
9. A Bolychevsky vs A Sarana  0-1442012Moscow Open AD85 Grunfeld
10. Kasparov vs A Sarana  1-0442012Junior simulD80 Grunfeld
11. A Smirnov vs A Sarana  ½-½562012Corporation Centre Cup AD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. A Sarana vs A Kopylov  0-1462012Corporation Centre Cup AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. A Sarana vs P Martynov  0-1412012Chigorin MemorialE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
14. V Dyakov vs A Sarana  0-1382012Chigorin MemorialB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
15. A Sarana vs I Duzhakov  0-1602012Chigorin MemorialC18 French, Winawer
16. I Kosov vs A Sarana 0-1352012Chigorin MemorialD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
17. A Sarana vs M Al Sayed  0-1332012Chigorin MemorialB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. B Radkov vs A Sarana  0-1312012Chigorin MemorialD05 Queen's Pawn Game
19. A Sarana vs E Mirzoeva  1-0912012Chigorin MemorialB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
20. A Sarana vs E Timofeeva  1-0792012Chigorin MemorialA55 Old Indian, Main line
21. K Alekseenko vs A Sarana  1-0542012Chigorin MemorialB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. A Sarana vs Dvoirys  ½-½412013Polugaevsky MemE15 Queen's Indian
23. Iskusnyh vs A Sarana  1-0242013Polugaevsky MemE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. A Sarana vs P Ponkratov  0-1262013Corporation CupC18 French, Winawer
25. A Sarana vs P Maletin  0-11032013Dombai OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,086  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-19-14  Galion: Congratulations for first GM norm :)
Feb-21-14  siggemannen: This guy seems to be on the rise
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to Sarana for his upset: A Sarana vs S Zhigalko, 2015.
Feb-02-16  BIDMONFA: Alexey Sarana

SARANA, Alexey

Mar-04-16  Shams: Would Sarana not normally be the female version of this surname, and Saran the male?
Jun-11-17  sonia91: He became a GM thanks to his performance at the European Individual Chess Championship (2017), where he gained 24,2 rating points. His live rating is now over 2500. He already had the norms:
Jul-06-17  sonia91: Now officially a GM, see FIDE card.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Congrats to Alexey for winning the 2018 Russian Higher League!
Aug-10-18  fisayo123: He also won the Eurasian Open with a round to spare.

Here he talks about his triumph in the Russian Higher League:

I wish him luck in the Russian Championships!

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: GM Alexey Sarana won the Russian Higher League tournament, scoring 6.5/9, tied for first with Grigoriy Oparin.

Oct-10-18  belkinsupprt: Such a nice games
Dec-29-18  ketchuplover: Drawn goes Naka!
Dec-29-18  ketchuplover: Down goes Yu!
Mar-27-19  wordfunph: <He scored 7.5/8 for his Russian team's 4th board at the 2014 World youth team chess Olympiad>


Jul-07-19  sonia91: He finished =1st in the Russian Higher League (2019), 2nd on tiebreak, and qualified for the Russian Championship Superfinal for the second year in a row.

This year Sarana gained 14.5 rating points in the tournament and broke into the top 100 in the live ratings.

Oct-11-19  diagonal: Many thanks, <sonia91>, hope you will come back soon, your profound contributions to Chessgames are missed.

Congratulations Alexey Sarana on an exciting game today with the Champ, Magnus Carlsen: A Sarana vs Carlsen, 2019

Oct-13-19  cro777: "In Round two of the FIDE Grand Swiss the young Russian talent Alexey Sarana tested the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen. Pushing a pleasant position out of a prepared Sicilian line, Sarana secured a draw from a position of strength against the tournament's top-seed. His opening preparation provided a late opening novelty in the Sicilian that reduced the position to a rook and minor piece endgame." (

Sarana-Carlsen. Position after 24.g3

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Sarana’s preparation ended here. The players blitzed out their first 22 moves.

Sarana was born in Moscow. Since 2018 he has been studying at the Ural State Mining University in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation.

At the Russian Team Championship Premier League 2019 in Sochi he played for the chess club Sima-Land Oblast Sverdlovsk. His team, headed by Anatoly Karpov, won the bronze medal.

Apr-03-20  Gottschalk: Smashing Movsesian in a unusual Sicilian variation A Sarana vs Movsesian, 2018

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