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Alexander Motylev
Number of games in database: 1,351
Years covered: 1993 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2641 (2700 rapid, 2618 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2710

Overall record: +354 -129 =571 (60.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 297 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (285) 
    B90 B48 B42 B33 B30
 Ruy Lopez (152) 
    C67 C78 C69 C65 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (75) 
    B90 B94 B91 B97 B99
 French Defense (62) 
    C11 C02 C10 C18 C07
 Sicilian Taimanov (54) 
    B48 B46 B45 B47 B49
 Caro-Kann (47) 
    B12 B18 B11 B15 B10
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (97) 
    D12 D11 D10 D16 D17
 Sicilian (83) 
    B31 B32 B30 B22 B51
 Caro-Kann (69) 
    B12 B18 B11 B10 B13
 Petrov (63) 
    C42 C43
 Semi-Slav (61) 
    D45 D44 D43 D47
 King's Indian (39) 
    E92 E97 E94 E71 E63
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Motylev vs A Iljushin, 2000 1-0
   H Grooten vs Motylev, 2003 0-1
   Motylev vs D Gochelashvili, 2016 1-0
   Motylev vs Bareev, 2005 1-0
   Motylev vs B Savchenko, 2007 1-0
   Motylev vs Koneru, 2006 1-0
   Motylev vs A Tari, 2014 1-0
   Motylev vs Glek, 2016 1-0
   Motylev vs Shirov, 2009 1-0
   Motylev vs Carlsen, 2007 1/2-1/2

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group B (2006)
   Karpov Poikovsky (2009)
   European Individual Championship (2014)
   2nd Sanjin Hotel Cup (2005)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Russian Championship (2003)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2017)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2008)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   V Nozdrachev vs Motylev (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz
   Motylev vs A Timofeev (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz
   Harsha Bharathakoti vs Motylev (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz
   Motylev vs M Bluebaum (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz
   M Kobalia vs Motylev (Dec-30-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born Jun-17-1979, 41 years old) Russia
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Born in Yekaterinburg (his father is Anatoly Motyliov), Motylev learned to play chess when he was 4 and became a Candidate Master by the time he was 11. He became a GM in 2000.


<Youth> He has won the Russian under 16 and under 18 championships.

<National> Motylev won the 2001 Russian Championship. Placed 3rd in the 66th Russian Championship Higher League (2013), thereby qualifying for the Russian Superfinals (2013). He was second on tiebreak behind Vladislav Artemiev at the Russian Higher League Championship 2015, this placement earning him qualification to the Russian Superfinal to be held in August 2015.

<Continental and World Cup> He scored 7.5/11 at the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), placing 26th on tiebreak and qualifying for the World Cup (2011), where he unexpectedly lost in the first round to Ukrainian GM Yuri Drozdovskij, succumbing to the Armageddon blitz tiebreaker after drawing the classical games and the rapid and blitz game tiebreakers. Motylev won the European Individual Championship (2014), a full point ahead of his rivals with 9/11 (+7 -0 =4), thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2015) where he defeated Boris Grachev in the first round only to fall to Anish Giri in the second, thereby bowing out of the Cup tournament.

Standard Tournaments

He was =1st (5th on tiebreak) at the 3rd Dubai Open in 2001 and won the Corsican Open at Bastia in 2003. In 2005, he was equal first with Emil Davidovich Sutovsky (who won on countback) at the Aeroflot Open (2005), second at the 2nd Sanjin Hotel Cup (behind Pentala Harikrishna). In 2006, he was the joint winner of the Corus "B" Tournament at Wijk aan Zee with Magnus Carlsen ( He placed outright 2nd at the category 18 14th Karpov International (2013). Motylev participated in the Gashimov Memorial (Group B) (2014), the 2nd tier of a tournament inaugurated to commemorate the late Azeri grandmaster. He came outright second with 5.5/9 behind Pavel Eljanov in the category XVII 10-player round robin event.

Team Events

In October he was first reserve for his team Malachite in the European Club Cup (2013), scoring 4/5 and helping his team to win silver.

Sources and references

The FIDE database and Wikipedia article: Alexander Motylev

Last updated: 2018-06-16 18:28:10

 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,351  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Abashev vs Motylev  1-0361993RUS-sfE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. Kasimdzhanov vs Motylev  1-0501995Wch U16A04 Reti Opening
3. M Turov vs Motylev  1-0511996RUS-ch U20B22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Motylev vs V Malakhov 1-0311996RUS-ch U20B22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. Motylev vs J Stocek  ½-½581996Komercni Banka OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. M Turov vs Motylev  0-1431997RUS-ch U20B22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. Motylev vs V Malakhov 0-1311997RUS-ch U20B01 Scandinavian
8. Razuvaev vs Motylev  1-0441997RUS-Cup01 Chigorin memE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. M Turov vs Motylev  0-1651998RUS-ch U20B30 Sicilian
10. V Malakhatko vs Motylev  ½-½421998Swidnica op rapE97 King's Indian
11. A Rustemov vs Motylev  1-0461998RUS-chE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
12. Motylev vs Tiviakov  0-1401998RUS-chB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. K Aseev vs Motylev 1-0421998RUS-chE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
14. Landa vs Motylev  ½-½211998RUS-chA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
15. A Y Potapov vs Motylev  0-1421998RUS-chE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
16. I Yagupov vs Motylev  ½-½291998RUS-chB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
17. Motylev vs Grischuk  0-1291998RUS-chB30 Sicilian
18. P Tregubov vs Motylev  1-0431998RUS-chE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. Motylev vs Danil Kuzuev  1-0491998RUS-chB40 Sicilian
20. Motylev vs A Karpatchev  ½-½541998RUS-chC45 Scotch Game
21. Motylev vs Ulibin ½-½431998RUS-chC05 French, Tarrasch
22. Motylev vs P Jirovsky 1-0291998Wch U26 (Men)B75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. I Polovodin vs Motylev  ½-½151999Geller MemorialA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
24. Iskusnyh vs Motylev  ½-½281999Geller MemorialE97 King's Indian
25. Motylev vs A Loginov  1-0301999Geller Memorial (Cup Russia)A00 Uncommon Opening
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Jan-04-07  suenteus po 147: <Rolfo> I'm not saying Motylev isn't any good or doesn't deserve to be at Corus. He earned his spot fair and square. I'm just saying that his recent performance hasn't been inspiring.
Jan-04-07  Rolfo: Of course he deserves his invitation, great for him.
Jan-21-07  sitzkrieg: If my memory is correct he ended above Carlsen (not on points but on individual score or SB or something) and the organisers decided to give a wildcard to Carlsen for the A group anyway.
Jun-05-09  returnoftheking: Motylev in the lead in the Karpov tournament. He won a miniature against MTEL winner Shirov.
Jun-09-09  frogbert: unofficially, motylev is above 2700 after today's win - i think that's a first for him. congratulations!

for full list, see

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  tamar: Bon Mot!
Jun-13-09  stanleys: Motylev singing (with Efimenko)

Jun-17-09  Raskolnikov: Happy birthday, Alexander!
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  wordfunph: Happy birthday, Alexander!
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  swordfish: Yes, what a happy 30th this must be for Motylev, coming off his win at the Karpov tournament. I wonder why he's not player of the day.
Jun-17-09  Raisin Death Ray: Congrats for winning the Karpov tournament!

BTW, who are you? :)

Jun-29-09  frogbert: and now i can congratule motylev with <officially breaking 2700> in the july list, as poikovsky has been included and rated just before the release of the new list.

congratulations! :o)

Sep-06-09  percyblakeney: Motylev isn't doing well in the Russian Championship. He is 2710 but has a minus score after five rounds (two losses with white), in spite of only playing opponents rated in the 2500s.
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  Tabanus: But he did well in Aeroflot Open (2010)!

Jun-17-10  Don Cossacks: Happy Birthday comrade:D
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  Penguincw: Oh.It's not his birthday today.But he's player of the day.Interesting.
Jan-17-12  Shams: I've been mentally pronouncing his surname Mott-Lee-Ev but that's not right, is it. Mott-Y-Lev, I guess?
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  Penguincw: < "The 250-euro daily Piet Zwart Prize in this section of the tournament was awarded to Russiaís Alexander Motylev for his victory in 40 moves with white from a Scandinavian opening against Hollandís Sergej Tiviakov." >

Congratz. :)

Jun-30-12  Jason Frost: <Shams> Mot-i-liov, with middle i a bit harder/throatier than regular i.

By the way, anyone know why he's playing Chinese league over Russian higher league?

Mar-18-14  Conrad93: 9/11 at the Euro-Ch.

He gained 28.8 points according to ChessBase and ChessVibes, which puts him at 2684. Making him number 61 in the world. He is currently number 99.

Apr-11-14  Conrad93: Hoping to seem enter the top 50, even if he is a bit old.
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  Penguincw: Happy 35th birthday to Alexander Motylev.
Jun-17-15  sonia91: Happy 36th birthday!
Nov-01-15  zanzibar: Could some editor please update his bio to reflect the fact that he's a GM?

His FIDE card lists him as achieving GM in 2000.

* * * * *

Also, there's an interesting line in the Sozin-Scheveningen which brought me here:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8. f4 Nc5 9.Qf3 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.Be3 Qc7 12.g4 b5 13.g5 Nfxe4 14.Nxe4 Bb7 15.Nxe6

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And now if 15...fxe6 (vs. 15...Nxe6) White can play the interesting 16.Nxc5 instead of 16.Bxc5 and put his queen on the block as Motylev did in the following game:


[Event "Russia"]
[Site "Russia"]
[Date "1994.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Motylev, Alexander"]
[Black "Sotnikov, Igor"]
[Result "1-0"]
[BlackElo "2340"]
[ECO "B86"]
[EventDate "1994.??.??"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8. f4 Nc5 9.Qf3 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.Be3 Qc7 12.g4 b5 13.g5 Nfxe4 14.Nxe4 Bb7 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Nxc5 Bxf3 17.Nxe6 Qb8 18.Rxf3 d5 19.Bxd5 Rf5 20. Bb3 Kh8 21.Bd4 Bf8 22.g6 Qe8 23.Re1 Rd8 24.Kf1 Qc6 25.Rh3 h5 26.Re5 Rxd4 27.Rxh5+ 1-0


As far as I know this is the first game with this dynamic play. My version comes from <MillBase>, I don't think <CG> has it.

The first game I could find with the earlier setup move of 15...Nxe6 being played I found on chess-db:

Erik Sobjerg vs. Axel Stephan

(Denmark, 2265) 0 - 1 (Germany, 2228)

Event: Chiasso op2, 1991, Lipnitzky Variation, Sicilian (B90) >

In this game White played 16.Bxc5, which makes a good game, but not quite as dynamic as the line where White exchanges the queen for minor pieces. Golubev should be mentioned as a player who has used the line several times.

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  wordfunph: <Motylev owes $508 million to Russian Credit bank>

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