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Sergei Movsesian
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Number of games in database: 2,497
Years covered: 1985 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2649 (2677 rapid, 2632 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2751
Overall record: +730 -224 =877 (63.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 666 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (406) 
    B90 B30 B43 B56 B50
 Ruy Lopez (133) 
    C78 C65 C77 C91 C84
 French Defense (132) 
    C02 C07 C17 C10 C11
 King's Indian Attack (100) 
    A07 A08
 Caro-Kann (83) 
    B12 B18 B10 B11 B17
 Sicilian Najdorf (76) 
    B90 B91 B92
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (416) 
    B48 B46 B47 B22 B40
 Slav (207) 
    D15 D12 D10 D11 D14
 Sicilian Taimanov (137) 
    B48 B46 B47 B45 B49
 King's Indian (123) 
    E94 E69 E67 E61 E62
 Queen's Pawn Game (74) 
    E00 D02 A45 A46 E10
 Sicilian Scheveningen (67) 
    B80 B81 B83 B84 B85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Movsesian vs M Panarin, 2010 1-0
   Movsesian vs Adams, 2009 1-0
   Movsesian vs U Boensch, 1999 1-0
   S K Bru vs Movsesian, 2001 0-1
   Movsesian vs N Miezis, 2008 1-0
   Movsesian vs K Piorun, 2010 1-0
   Movsesian vs O Sikorova, 1994 1-0
   Movsesian vs V Babula Sr, 1996 1-0
   Movsesian vs R Damaso, 1998 1-0
   Movsesian vs I Chirila, 2010 1-0

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?]
   Czech Championship (1998)
   Groningen Open (1998)
   Corus Group B (2008)
   European Championship (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   World Junior Championship (1997)
   Cappelle-la-Grande Open (1998)
   Bundesliga 1998/99 (1999)
   Elista Olympiad (1998)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   Bundesliga 2019/20 (2019)
   Nova Gorica Open (2000)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1997 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   KIA-white by jeta
   KIA-white by nbabcox
   1993 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer
   Chess Olympiad 2010 - team Slovakia - men by 810609
   1994 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer

   🏆 Bundesliga
   J L Pajeken vs Movsesian (Oct-22-22) 0-1
   N Grandelius vs Movsesian (Oct-09-22) 1/2-1/2
   Movsesian vs A Huzman (Oct-08-22) 1-0
   Van Wely vs Movsesian (Oct-07-22) 1-0
   Movsesian vs D Ozen (Oct-06-22) 1-0

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(born Nov-03-1978, 44 years old) Armenia

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IM (1995); GM (1997); Czech Champion (1998); Slovak Champion (2002 & 2007).


Sergei Mushegovic Movsesian (born in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, USSR) is a Grandmaster – since 1997 - of Armenian descent, a citizen of Slovakia and used to play for the Czech republic and for Slovakia before resuming playing for Armenia in 2011.


<Junior> Movsesian came 3rd in the World Junior Championship of 1997

<National> He won the Czech Championship in 1998, the Slovakian Championship in 2002 and 2007.

<Continental> He was =2nd at the European Individual Championship (2008).

<World> Movsesian was seeded directly into the second round of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999) in Las Vegas, where he defeated Goran Dizdar, Peter Leko , and Alexei Fedorov in the preliminary rounds before losing in the quarter final to Vladimir Akopian. In the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000) held in New Delhi, he was again seeded directly into round 2 where he defeated Viorel Iordachescu before losing to Jaan Ehlvest in round 3. He qualified for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02) in Moscow, defeating Vadim Malakhatko in round one before losing to Zurab Azmaiparashvili in round 2. In FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) in Tripoli, he beat Konstantin Landa and Peter Acs , before being defeated by Veselin Topalov in round 3.

The World Cup (2005) and World Cup (2009) saw Movsesian bowing out in the first round to Mark Paragua and Yu Yangyi respectively, while the World Cup (2011) saw him defeat Women's World Champion Yifan Hou in the first round, before losing to Hungarian GM Judit Polgar. He finished with 7.5/11 in the European Individual Championship (2013), qualifying for the World Cup (2013), where he lost to Jon Ludvig Hammer in the first round match.

<Rapid> In July 2013, Movsesian won the Czech Open 2013 with 7.5/9.

Standard Tournaments:

Movsesian’s early successes include 1st at Pardubice in 1995, Hamburg 1997, and Groningen 1998. He was a quarter finalist in the 1st FIDE World Cup (before it became part of the World Championship cycle), won Sarajevo outright in 2002 with 6/9 and in 2007 at the 37th Bosna Chess Tournament (2007) with 6.5/9. He came second in the 14th International GM Tournament at Salona in Croatia in 2006 behind Vladimir Malakhov, won the Czech Coal Carlsbad Tournament (2007) in Karlovy Vary with 4.5/7 on count back against co-leader Ruslan Ponomariov and also won the Mikhail Chigorin Memorial in Saint Petersburg in 2007 on countback from Alexei Gubajdullin. Other successes include winning Corus Group B (2008) with 9.5/13, one point ahead of Nigel Short and Etienne Bacrot , finishing =1st at the Gibraltar Masters with 7.5/10 and in January 2011 came =3rd at the category 18 Reggio Emilia (2010) with 5/9 (+1 -0 =8) behind the co=leaders Francisco Vallejo Pons and Vugar Gashimov who finished with 6/9. He scored 7/10 (+5 -1 =4) at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2012), placing =6th. In August 2012, he won the Master Tournament in the Biel Chess Festival (2012) and in January 2013, he placed =3rd place behind Richard Rapport and Arkadij Naiditsch with 8.5/13 at the Tata Steel Group B (2013).

Movsesian started 2014 with a solid par-for-rating 7/10 (+5 -1 =4) at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014), placing =10th. In November 2014, he scored 6/9, placing =7th at the Qatar Masters (2014). He also scored 7/10 at the Reykjavik Open (2015). His score of 6.5/9 at Teplice in Czechia in June 2014 earned him shared 5th place. He was second behind Viktor Laznicka at the 26th Czech Open 2015 held in July and August 2015.

Team competitions:

Despite his impressive results in classical tournaments and in age, national, continental championships and world championship cycles, Movsesian’s forte is in team competition.

<Olympiads> He represented the Czech Republic at the Olympiads of 1998 and 2000 on boards 3 and 1 respectively, and then went on to represent Slovakia on board 1 in the Olympiads of 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010 before returning to his native Armenia to represent that country on board 2 at the 40th Istanbul Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul. There, despite a generally sub-standard performance, he came through to win the critical game against Hungarian board 2 Zoltan Almasi in the last round to secure team gold for Armenia. He played board 3 for Armenia in the Tromso Olympiad (2014).

<National Team Events> He has played in the European Team Championships four times: twice for the Czech republic in 1997 and 1999, and twice for Armenia in European Team Championship (2011) and the European Team Championship (2013). He participated for the first time in the World Chess Team Championship (2011) that were held in Ningbo in China in July due to Armenia being nominated by the FIDE President as the tenth team to participate. (3) Playing on board 2, he and his team mates took full advantage of the opportunity to win team gold, while Movsesian won bronze for his efforts on the second board, scoring 6/9 with a TPR of 2824. He played board 2 for Armenia at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013) and board 3 for that country in the FIDE World Team Championship (2015), where he won team bronze.

<European Club Cup> Movsesian has participated in the ECC since 2000 (apart from 2005). He played for ŠK Bosna Sarajevo in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008 during which time he won 2 team golds, a team silver, an individual gold, two individual silvers and an individual bronze. He’s also played for Corpora Lipovec (2003), ŠK Pardubice (2006), and OSG Baden-Baden (2009). He has been a member of the Sankt Petersburg team from 2010 to 2014, winning team gold and team silver in 2011 and 2013 respectively and individual bronze for board 4 in 2013. His overall result for the period from 2000-2014 was +40 =45 -8 for a 67.2% result.

<National Leagues> The ultimate mobile team player, Movsesian has played in the national club championships of Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, French, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Iceland, Russia, Slovakia and Spain.

With the exception of 2007, he has played in the Russian Premier League since 2006 on each occasion with the team Sankt Petersburg. During this time he has won team gold (2013); individual gold (2010 & 2012); team silver (2010 & 2012); individual silver (2008); team bronze (2011 & 2014); and individual bronze (2006 & 2013).

With the exception of 2009, Movsesian has played in the Czech Extraliga every year since 1996 inclusive. In 1996, he played with the ŠK Sokol Kolín club, and then moved to the ŠK Rapid Pardubice team, for whom he has played since. His team medal tally in 18 years of playing in the Extraliga has been 4 gold 4 silver and 1 bronze. His individual medal tally is not known at this stage. (1)

He played with the powerful ŠK Bosna Sarajevo in Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the periods from 2002-2005 and 2007-2008, winning 5 gold and 1 silver medal, and at least one individual gold, one individual silver and two individual bronzes. (2)


In 2003, he played and won a 6 game match in Iceland against (now) 11 times Iceland Champion Hannes Hlifar Stefansson by 4.5-1.5. In June 2011 he played another six game match, this time with David Navara, this time losing by 2.5-3.5.

Rapid and Blitz

Movsesian scored 9/15, 2 points from the lead, at the World Rapid Championship (2014). He won the 26th Czech Rapid (2015) that was staged the day after the Czech Open 2015 wound up.


He is married to WGM Petra Krupkova.

Ratings and rankings

Movsesian's peak rating was 2751 in January 2009 when he was ranked #10 in the world, that being his peak ranking to date.

Sources and references

Live rating:; Wikipedia article: Sergei Movsesian

(1); (2); and (3)

Last updated: 2021-03-03 11:12:11

 page 1 of 100; games 1-25 of 2,497  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Movsesian vs G Kuzmin 1-0201985?D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
2. Movsesian vs P Jacek 1-0231992Mlada Boleslav opB30 Sicilian
3. Movsesian vs J Svatos  1-0391992Pardubice opB01 Scandinavian
4. Movsesian vs R Kirilov  1-0331992Pardubice opB03 Alekhine's Defense
5. Movsesian vs P Freisler  ½-½411992Pardubice opB03 Alekhine's Defense
6. Movsesian vs A Raetsky 1-0371992Pardubice opC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
7. Rublevsky vs Movsesian  ½-½501992Pardubice opA48 King's Indian
8. M Zurek vs Movsesian  0-1341992Pardubice opA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. I Sotnikov vs Movsesian  ½-½351992Mlada Boleslav opD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
10. Movsesian vs A G Panchenko  ½-½261992Pardubice opB30 Sicilian
11. M Zurek vs Movsesian  1-0421992Mlada Boleslav opD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Movsesian vs A Scetinin 0-1391992Mlada Boleslav opC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
13. Z Adamek vs Movsesian  0-1201992Mlada Boleslav opB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
14. Movsesian vs S Chloupek  ½-½341992Mlada Boleslav opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
15. V Buturin vs Movsesian  1-0381992Mlada Boleslav opE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
16. Movsesian vs M Jacek 1-0201992Mlada Boleslav opB30 Sicilian
17. J Nun vs Movsesian 1-0421992Pardubice opB50 Sicilian
18. Movsesian vs V Vepkhvishvili  1-0341992Ch Georgian 52thB06 Robatsch
19. M Pinc vs Movsesian  0-1291993Mlada Boleslav opA55 Old Indian, Main line
20. Smejkal vs Movsesian  1-0321993Mlada Boleslav opA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
21. Movsesian vs R Dolezal Jr 1-0261993Mlada Boleslav opC77 Ruy Lopez
22. J Rigo vs Movsesian  ½-½491993Mlada Boleslav opA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Movsesian vs T Lanchava  1-0481993Mlada Boleslav opB06 Robatsch
24. A Pugachov vs Movsesian  1-0211993Mlada Boleslav opA53 Old Indian
25. Movsesian vs J Suran  1-0261993Mlada Boleslav opB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
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Jan-27-09  Billy Vaughan: Yay, a picture!
Jan-27-09  KingG: Considering how strong this guy is, it's quite amazing that in 2001 Kasparov was playing a clock simul against 4 members of the Czech national team(including Movsesian), and won 5.5-2.5, with 1.5-0.5 against Movsesian(and he was lucky it wasn't 2-0).

Kasparov vs Movsesian, 2001
Movsesian vs Kasparov, 2001

The other players on the team were Zbynek Hracek, Vlastimil Babula, and Tomas Oral(the only one to win a game against Kasparov).

Feb-01-09  Billy Vaughan: Movsesian didn't win, but I think he acquit himself nicely with joint second and +2 in a cutthroat field.
Feb-01-09  Phoenix: <Movsesian didn't win, but I think he acquit himself nicely with joint second and +2 in a cutthroat field.>

I would agree with that. He was the only player who had 4 wins, which was only second to Karjakin's 5.

I hope he gets some more top invites.

Aug-06-09  SgtPepper: Yesterday I played in the same tournament as Movsesian. It was rapid tournament in Olomouc. It is an honor for me to play in the same tournament as him. :-)
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  OhioChessFan: <It is an honor for me to play in the same tournament as him. >

You may not be in his league but at least you were in his tournament.

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  tpstar: Movsesian has 35 games in the database using the Giuoco Piano as White, making him one of the few elite players who air out the Italian Game. Interesting that he does well against 3 ... Bc5 but has a negative score against 3 ... Nf6.

Repertoire Explorer: Sergei Movsesian (white)

Dec-26-10  810609: Good news for our Armenian friends, bad news for Slovak chess fans.

Sergei Movsesian (24th on November FIDE rating list) decided to switch federations and send request to represent Armenia ("land of his fathers", as he called it). Reasons are difficult relationships with Slovak chess federation and incompetence of president of our federation.

I can understand his decision (president of federation is notoriously difficult to deal with, to say it politely), but how can we allow this to happen...

Dec-27-10  plimko: <Sergei Movsesian (24th on November FIDE rating list) decided to switch federations and send request to represent Armenia>


Dec-27-10  plimko: Ah, OK
Dec-29-10  810609:

Not sure how many of you can speak Slovak :-), but in short first link is official announcement of president of Slovak chess federation that negotiations between Slovak and Armenian chess federations finished and Movsesian´s request to switch federations was accepted.

However, he still remains citizen of Slovakia.

Jul-24-11  Armchessratings:
Sep-09-12  twinlark: Congratulations to GM Movsesian for his fine win against Almasi to secure gold for Armenia, the first time he's played for his native country.
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  Honza Cervenka: Sergei's olympic performance +2-2=6 was nothing special but both of his wins against Grischuk and Almasi were crucial for Armenia's victory in whole event.
Nov-03-12  waustad: Happy B'day!
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  Penguincw: Happy 35th birthday to Sergei Movsesian.
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  ketchuplover: He's an Olympiad survivor so far
Apr-18-16  sonia91: <(born Nov-03-1978, 37 years old) Armenia (federation/nationality Slovakia)> It should be "(born Nov-03-1978, 37 years old) Georgia (federation/nationality Armenia)"
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  Penguincw: Sergei Movsesian wins the Teplice Open with a score of 7/9 (+5,-0,=4), finishing ahead 7 players on tiebreaks, and another 12 by half a point.

Also gained a nice 6.4 rating points to move from 2660 to 2666.4 (#89 to #75 live).

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  Penguincw: Sergei Movsesian wins the Pardubice Czech Open with a score of 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3), edging out 9 other players by half a point.

Nov-03-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Sergei Movsesian.
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  fm avari viraf: During my frequent participation in the Hastings International Chess Congress, England, I was introduced to Movsesian by my friend Mr Stewart Reuben who was then the Organising Secretary of FIDE & then took us to a nice Restaurant for dinner. We had a smoked Duck, my favourite Prawns, etc. with a delicious deserts. The memories still linger in my mind.
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  offramp: Mushegovic is also the website of the Icelandic Government's Musical Hermitage.
Jun-23-18  ChessHigherCat: Of all the possible photos, I don't understand why <CG> had to choose the embarrassing moment when Movsesian was caught by the security cameras in an attempt to steal a king.
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  perfidious: Poor bugger. (laughs)

Guy can obviously play a little, though.

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