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Alexander Grischuk
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Number of games in database: 3,270
Years covered: 1992 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2777 (2784 rapid, 2765 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2810
Overall record: +445 -182 =781 (59.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1862 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (274) 
    B90 B30 B31 B48 B46
 Ruy Lopez (217) 
    C67 C78 C84 C92 C65
 French Defense (107) 
    C02 C11 C10 C18 C05
 Queen's Gambit Declined (106) 
    D37 D38 D30 D39 D31
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C84 C92 C95 C91 C99
 Queen's Pawn Game (66) 
    A45 D02 E00 E10 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (268) 
    B90 B30 B51 B33 B92
 Ruy Lopez (192) 
    C65 C67 C84 C78 C89
 King's Indian (151) 
    E60 E97 E90 E81 E71
 Sicilian Najdorf (109) 
    B90 B92 B97 B91 B94
 Grunfeld (83) 
    D85 D80 D78 D86 D90
 Queen's Pawn Game (77) 
    A45 D02 A46 A40 E10
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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 Bareev, 2001 1-0
   Grischuk vs Fressinet, 2000 1-0
   Grischuk vs A Filippov, 2014 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs Grischuk, 2008 0-1
   Jobava vs Grischuk, 2009 0-1
   Svidler vs Grischuk, 2013 1/2-1/2
   Gelfand vs Grischuk, 2014 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)
   World Championship Tournament (2007)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)
   11th Ordix Open (2004)
   ICC Open (2016)
   Levitov Chess Week (2019)
   Corus Group A (2002)
   World Cup (2011)
   ACP Cup (2013)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   MrDodgy Invitational 3 (2022)
   Reykjavik Open (2000) Speed Chess Championship 2017/18 (2017)
   FIDE Moscow Grand Prix (2002)
   World Cup (2005)
   World Cup (2019)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)

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   Match Grischuk! by docjan
   Match Grischuk! by amadeus
   Legend Grischuk by Gottschalk
   FIDE Grand Prix 2019 by Penguincw
   Defesa Índia do Rei by Gerareis
   Cannes World Cup Rapid 2001 by KingG

   🏆 Levitov Chess Week Rapid
   Grischuk vs Mamedyarov (Sep-22-23) 1-0, rapid
   Svidler vs Grischuk (Sep-22-23) 1-0, rapid
   Gelfand vs Grischuk (Sep-22-23) 1-0, rapid
   Grischuk vs Aronian (Sep-22-23) 0-1, rapid
   Grischuk vs Kramnik (Sep-22-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Oct-31-1983, 39 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 Championship (2003), outright second in the Russian Championship (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 Yulyevich Smirin, Grigory Yuryevich Serper, Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest and Vladislav Ivanovich 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 Mashrukovich 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 contested the third leg at FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015) and the fourth at FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015) where he scored in the middle of the field on both occasions, results not enough to trouble the leader board.

<World Championship cycle 2016> Grischuk has qualified for the World Cup (2015) by rating. He needs a top 2 finish in that even to qualify for the Candidates. He made heavy weather of it in round one when he was paired with number 122 seed Yusup Atabayev, with whom he drew the standard games, as well as the two sets of rapid game tiebreakers before finally overcoming his younger opponent in the blitz tiebreaker. In round two, Grischuk again won in the tiebreakers, this time against Vladimir Fedoseev but lost the third round to Pavel Eljanov to exit the tournament.


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 Vladimirovich 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. His performance since then has been uneven, gradually slipping below the 2800 mark. At the category 22 Norway Chess (2015) event in Stavanger in June, Grischuk placed =5th with 3.5/9 (+1 -2 =5), shedding 10 rating points.

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. In 2015, Grischuk participated again in both the World Rapid Championship (2015) and the World Blitz Championship (2015), this time reversing his fortunes from the previous year. In the former he scored 9/15 to place =26th and lose rating points while in the latter he came from behind to win with 15.5/21, defeating amongst other the defending champion Carlsen.


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, 2013 and 2015 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, 2009 and 2010 and more recently for his Malakhit Ekaterinburg team where he helped his team to a silver medal in the Russian Team Championship (2013) picking up a gold medal for board 2 (5/6: TPR 2980). His performance in the Russian Team Championship (2014) for his team Malachite earned him the team and individual gold (for board 2), raising his rating to an equal all time high at that time of 2792. In the Russian Team Championship (2015) team, he scored another individual gold medal.

He has also played in the Bundesliga and in the Spanish Club Championships.

Ratings and Rankings

Grischuk entered the top 100 at the age of 16 in July 2000 and he has remained in the top 100 since that time. He had been one of the world's top Juniors (U20) since before that time, eventually achieving world #1 Junior in the second half of 2003 when he was rated 2732 and also ranked world #6 in the third quarter and world #7 during the last quarter of the year.

He entered the world's top 10 in January 2003, and has been in the top 10 continuously since May 2013, and in the top 20 in the world for almost the whole period since April 2002.

April 2002 also marked the date when he first crossed the 2700 mark, where he has remained. Grischuk's highest standard rating to date was 2810, achieved for the first time on 1 December 2014 when he reached an official ranking of world #3, the second time he had attained that ranking, the first time having been in May.


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%9313; Live rating:; Lengthy online interview:; and Wikipedia article: Alexander Grischuk

Last updated: 2018-05-08 11:19:32

 page 1 of 131; games 1-25 of 3,270  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ganguly vs Grischuk  ½-½701992Wch U10E68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
2. L Pliester vs Grischuk 1-0271992Leiden opC18 French, Winawer
3. Grischuk vs R Simons 1-0151992Wch U10C70 Ruy Lopez
4. H I Geanta vs Grischuk 0-1361992Wch U10C02 French, Advance
5. McShane vs Grischuk 1-0341992Wch U10C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
6. Grischuk vs B Mohsin  1-0411992Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
7. Grischuk vs Bacrot 1-0311992Wch U10B01 Scandinavian
8. Grischuk vs L Aronov 1-0411992Wch U10C50 Giuoco Piano
9. Grischuk vs G Tatarliev 1-0241992Wch U10C10 French
10. Grischuk vs N Das  1-0301992Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
11. Ganguly vs Grischuk  0-1711993Wch U10B08 Pirc, Classical
12. Grischuk vs Bacrot 0-1311993Wch U10C42 Petrov Defense
13. Grischuk vs M Sebenik  1-0291993Wch U10B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
14. T Purevdorj vs Grischuk  0-1561993Wch U10B06 Robatsch
15. Grischuk vs S Azarov  1-0551993Wch U10C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
16. Grischuk vs S Guliev 0-1181993Wch U10C42 Petrov Defense
17. Grischuk vs M Szymanski  1-0521993Wch U10C07 French, Tarrasch
18. Q Li vs Grischuk  1-0271993Wch U10E88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
19. M Nedobora vs Grischuk  1-0361994Moscow opE61 King's Indian
20. Grischuk vs L Hua 1-0681994Wch U12B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. Z Minjun vs Grischuk  1-0251994Wch U12C05 French, Tarrasch
22. G Kafka vs Grischuk 0-1211994Wch U12B06 Robatsch
23. Grischuk vs R Markus  1-0301994Wch U12C42 Petrov Defense
24. N Siegel vs Grischuk  0-1511994Wch U12E92 King's Indian
25. Grischuk vs S Azarov  1-0341994Wch U12C42 Petrov Defense
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May-22-19  john barleycorn: <wordfunph: ...

My "wish ko lang" seems very effective. ...>

Yeah, whenever no jetlag troubles you, you are not too bad in the "wishing lottery" hahaha Grischuk could have decided it in the "classical" section already.

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  ketchuplover: down goes naka!
May-24-19  john barleycorn: <ketchuplover: down goes naka!> charge it to gravity
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  Diademas: The picture on this page must be at least 15 years old.
May-24-19  john barleycorn: <Diademas: The picture on this page must be at least 15 years old.>

yup, his hair is cut shorter which is the typical reaction before losing it.

Jun-05-19  wordfunph: wishing GM Grischuk the best of luck!
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  Messiah: The most notable games of him are also disappeared.
Jul-31-19  whiteshark: [Biographer] <Other

Grischuk is married to GM Natalia Zhukova.>


His Russian wiki-page states:

"He [Grischuk] <was> married to a Ukrainian chess player, Grandmaster Natalia Zhukova[5]. Now married to Catherine Lagno[6][unauthorized source?]"

The allegedly 'unauthorized source' ( is an interview with Kateryna Lagno which went:

"Does your husband help you during the tournament? - Ekaterina was asked a question at a press conference. <Her husband is Aleksandr Grischuk>; during the game days in London, he is included from home to comment on the games on the Chess24 website, and viewers often hear baby screams at the same time.

<Of course>," smiled the heroine. - <My husband helps me a lot.>

PLS ALSO UPDATE Kateryna Alexandrovna Lagno 's profile


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  Messiah: wow does he marry all the WGMs over there?
Sep-16-19  malt: Well done Alexander !.
Jan-09-20  Whitehat1963: This year may be the last chance for perennial top-20 players like Grischuk, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Jakovenko, and Radjabov. They are likely only a few more years away from a gradual decline in skill like that which crept up on the likes of Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Morozevich, Leko, Kamsky, Svidler, Adams, and Shirov.

All of these players I’ve just lost continue to retain formidable talent, but the gradual decline in their Elo ratings, coupled with the ascension of the likes of So, Giri, Caruana, MVL, axing Liren, Rapport, and others means that the venerable old-timers will no longer be invited to the most important tournaments and championship-qualifying events.

Frankly, I’ll be a bit sad to no longer see Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, and Ivanchuk battling it out at events like Tata Steel. But that’s just the way it is. And it won’t be very long before the current group of players in the top-20 start clinging by their fingernails to their own championship opportunities. Of the current top-20 players, only two are under 25 years old.

Mar-25-20  Whitehat1963: Doing a great job of not losing any games at the Candidates Tournament. Unfortunately, he’s not doing a great job of winning!
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  offramp: I think he's got a big old Russian cob on.
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  MissScarlett: Grischuk's first banter blitz:
Jul-09-21  cplyakap: His best is 2810, not 2797. Please edit that.
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  beatgiant: <cplyakap>
It says "Highest rating achieved <in database>" which I assume means it's automatically derived from rating notations in the game scores.

If so, someone would need to find a game he played while rated 2810, and edit the score to add that information.

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  Diademas: Grischuk's rating was 2810 from December 2014 to February 2015. He played the FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015) with this rating. So any of his games from there would do, like this one: Kasimdzhanov vs Grischuk, 2015

I am not capable of, or entrusted to, edit the score.

Dec-05-21  Method B: An interview with Grischuk in russian with english subtitles:
Jun-30-23  VerySeriousExpert: Here is a game
Bukayev Yury V. - Grischuk Alexander I.,
Moscow Junior Championship, 1993: . It's a start.
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  Sally Simpson: The bio needs updating. As posted above (in 2019) Alex is now married to Natalia Zhukova.
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  MissScarlett: <An interview with Grischuk in russian with english subtitles...>

At 1.21.30: <Q: Do you have pets?

A: I used to have a dog called Zyova. His name was Zeus. [...] we called him Zyova. He was thirteen years younger than me. He already died, naturally. I loved him immensely, immensely. I was incredibly happy when my parents took it. In fact, I always dreamt of having a brother or a sister, but it wasn't meant to be. He was a brother to me. I don't have a dog, any more. It was enough, I guess.>

That might be just about the saddest thing I've ever heard.

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I cannot understand what he has done here.

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  Messiah: I mean, according to the coverage, he still had 25 seconds on the clock. Still, 48...Nf2?? is an incredible blunder. I am not even certain that the game notation is correct, the move discussed is so immensely weird.
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  Williebob: I can understand why you would say, "I cannot understand", but really what is there to understand, <Messiah>? We want to be inside Alexander's head at that moment, I suppose.
It was a very rare and admittedly obvious but also daring-looking blunder from such a top GM, when a calm move was required to maintain the winning position. It can happen to *almost* everybody...
Among the greatest players, who made the fewest blunders, and of those, whose blunders were the least forehead-slapping? Are we counting competitive rapid or blitz games too? For classical chess, I would seed Kasparov at the top of the list.
Sep-06-23  Cassandro: <Williebob: I would seed Kasparov at the top of the list.>

Carlsen, surely.

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