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Pavel Eljanov
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Number of games in database: 1,599
Years covered: 1995 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2672 (2630 rapid, 2602 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2765
Overall record: +447 -211 =609 (59.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 332 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (106) 
    D12 D15 D11 D17 D10
 King's Indian (75) 
    E97 E94 E60 E91 E92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (52) 
    D37 D38 D30 D31 D39
 Queen's Indian (51) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16 E14
 Queen's Pawn Game (50) 
    D02 E00 A41 D00 E10
 English (48) 
    A15 A13 A16 A14 A10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (127) 
    C67 C65 C78 C69 C92
 Sicilian (102) 
    B33 B30 B32 B45 B31
 Caro-Kann (77) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B11
 Queen's Indian (51) 
    E15 E17 E12 E14 E16
 Grunfeld (50) 
    D85 D91 D90 D78 D87
 Nimzo Indian (47) 
    E32 E20 E21 E46 E48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Gelfand vs Eljanov, 2009 0-1
   Eljanov vs Jakovenko, 2013 1-0
   M Matlakov vs Eljanov, 2013 0-1
   B Adhiban vs Eljanov, 2017 0-1
   Eljanov vs Karjakin, 2013 1-0
   Eljanov vs Onischuk, 2006 1-0
   Eljanov vs Y Vovk, 2011 1-0
   A Panchenko vs Eljanov, 1996 0-1
   Z Kozul vs Eljanov, 2005 0-1
   Jakovenko vs Eljanov, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ukrainian Team Championship (1999)
   8th Ukrainian Team Championship (2000)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005)
   Corus Group B (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Isle of Man Masters (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   World Cup (2015)
   Rubinstein Memorial Open-A (2001)
   European Championship (2014)
   European Championship (2005)
   Dubai Open (2004)
   MrDodgy Invitational 3 (2022)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

   🏆 Julius Baer Generation Cup
   So vs Eljanov (Aug-30-23) 1-0, rapid
   So vs Eljanov (Aug-30-23) 1-0, rapid
   Eljanov vs So (Aug-30-23) 0-1, rapid
   G Sargissian vs Eljanov (Aug-28-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   N Huschenbeth vs Eljanov (Aug-28-23) 1-0, rapid

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(born May-10-1983, 40 years old) Ukraine
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Pavel Eljanov was born in Kharkiv, USSR (now Ukraine) and was awarded the Grandmaster title in 2000.


Eljanov was joint 3rd in 6th European Individual Championship (2005) and =11th in the European Individual Championship (2013), the latter qualifying him for the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Sabino Brunello in the first round and Russian GM Dmitry Jakovenko in the second round. However, he was eliminated in a grueling third round when he lost by 3.5-4.5 to former compatriot GM Sergey Karjakin in the blitz tiebreaker of the third round. He scored 8/11 and placed =2nd at the European Individual Championship (2014), thereby qualifying for the World Cup 2015. He was =1st (2nd on tiebreak) at the Ukrainian Championship (2014). His =5th with 7.5/11 in the European Individual Championship (2015) would have been enough to qualify for the World Cup had he not already qualified in the 2014 EICC. At the World Cup (2015), Eljanov defeated Rinat Jumabayev, Alexander Ipatov and Alexander Grischuk in successive rounds, each time winning both standard time games without resorting to tiebreakers, ie: a 6-0 result in the first three rounds. He defeated Dmitry Jakovenko in the Round of Sixteen (fourth round) to proceed to the quarter final where he defeated Hikaru Nakamura by 1.5-0.5. He met Sergey Karjakin in the semi final but lost in a tense see-sawing tiebreaker, the ultimate result of their match being 2.5-3.5.


He was runner up to Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at the Open Internacional D’Andorra 2003 and winner of the 2005 Canadian Open, the Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005), the category 15 Montreal Empresa International (2006), the category 18 Bosnia (2009) tournament (with 7/10, ahead of Wang Hao and Borki Predojevic on 5.5/10), and Corus Group B (2007) with 9/13. Requiring a win in the last round to win the Aeroflot Open (2006) outright, Eljanov lost. His strongest results yet were at 2009 European Team Championship (see below) and at the Category 20 FIDE Grand Prix (2010) tournament in Astrakhan, Russia, in which he took outright first with 8/13 and a 2809 performance. He continued his good form at the 2010 Politiken Cup in Copenhagen, winning outright with 8.5/10, in the process lifting his ELO to 2761, and his ranking to number 6 behind Carlsen, Topalov, Anand, Aronian and Kramnik. He held his own as top board for his team in the 26th European Club Cup 2010 (his team coming in first), and in the Olympiad, but scored poorly in the Croatian Team Championships and in the Tal Memorial (2010), and posted mediocre to poor scores in the Bundesliga, the Russian Team Championships 2011, and the French Top 12 competition, losing nearly 70 ELO points. He temporarily arrested his decline in form at the Ukrainian Championship (2011) when he emerged undefeated to take outright second with 7.5/11 (TPR 2777), however he lost his first round contest at the World Cup (2011) to compatriot GM and prodigy Yaroslav Zherebukh in the 25 minute rapid game tiebreaker. His excellent result at Aeroflot Open (2012) where he scored 6.5/9 to come equal first (3rd on tiebreak) partially restored his fortunes.

2013 saw a boost in his stocks, starting the year with 1st place at the Reykjavik Open (2013) and following with outright first at the powerful (category 18) 14th Karpov International (2013) in September. In October, he won the Chigorin Memorial (2013) on tiebreak from 10 other players who also scored 7/10. In 2014, he participated in the newly inaugurated Gashimov Memorial (Group B) (2014), a category 17 event that is the 2nd tier of an event commemorating the late Azeri grandmaster, and won outright with a score of 6/9. The following month, in July, his results turned around at the 15th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament (2014) where he only scored 3.5/9. In December 2014, he scored 6/9 to place =7th at the powerful Qatar Masters (2014).

In March 2015, Eljanov placed =2nd at the Reykjavik Open (2015) with 8/10, half a point behind the winner Erwin L'Ami. The following month he was equal second at the Capablanca Memorial (2015). In July 2015, he suffered a mild lapse of form with .5/10 at Biel (2015).

Olympiads and Team matches:

In 1999, Eljanov was a member of the Ukrainian national youth team, which won the U-16 Chess Olympiad in Artek, Ukraine. He has represented Ukraine at the 2004 (1st reserve), 2006 (board 4), 2008 (board 3), 2010 (Board 3) and 2014 (board 3) Olympiads, winning two team golds as a result of Ukraine's wins in 2004 and 2010, and an individual bronze in 2014. His strongest result yet was at the 17th European Team Championship (2009), where he scored 6/8 with a 2823 performance rating. He held his own as top board for his team in the 26th European Club Cup 2010 (his team coming in first), but scored poorly in the 2010 Croatian Team Championships.

He plays for the Economist-SGSEU-1 club of Saratov, which was first in the European Club Cup (2009) and in the European Club Cup (2010). He also plays in the Israel Chess League where he helped his club Ashdod Elit to second place in March 2012. In the 2013 Ukrainian League, he helped his team - the Law Academy of Kharkiv - to first place with a perfect (team) score of 9/9. In the Macedonian League, he played top board to help his team Alkaloid, Skopje to a gold medal in the 2013 season, when it won 7/7 matches by an overwhelming margin in each round, never scoring less than 5/6. In 2013, Eljanov also played in the Icelandic league. In 2014 he played in Israel's national league. He also played board 2 for the Denizsu Aquamatch Satranç Gençlik Ve Spor Kulübü in the Turkish Super League, helping his team to 4th place out of 13. He played top board for USV Dresden in the 2014-15 Bundesliga, which came 8th in the 16 team competition. He is also playing in the 2015 Ukrainian League. He represented Ukraine on board 3 at the FIDE World Team Championship (2015), helping his team win silver.


Eljanov is also an excellent rapid player as exemplified in his equal first (second on tiebreak) with Ian Nepomniachtchi at the Ordix Open (2008) ahead of leading exponents in the rapid game like Hikaru Nakamura. He won the Rector Cup Rapid 2014 with 8.5/11. Also in 2014, he competed in the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) and in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014), scoring a rating neutral 9/15 in the former without unduly troubling the leader board, and a similarly effective 12.5/21 result in the latter.


He married Ukrainian WIM Olena Dvoretska in April 2009, and is a qualified lawyer. An interview with him is at

Ratings and rankings:

Eljanov made it to the world's top 100 in October 2004 when he was rated 2613, and has remained in the top 100 since then. He first made it to the 2700 rating mark in July 2007, and has rated above 2700 continuously since April 2013. His highest rating and ranking to date were in September 2010 when he was rated 2761 and ranked #6 in the world.


Wikipedia article: Pavel Eljanov; Live ratings:

Last updated: 2018-05-10 06:25:32

 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,599  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Kushch vs Eljanov  1-0391995Yalta opA30 English, Symmetrical
2. Ponomariov vs Eljanov  ½-½521995Ukrainian Ch U-12 FinalB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. Eljanov vs S Kislov  0-1681996Polanica Zdroj opA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
4. R Shcherbakov vs Eljanov  1-0461996Polanica Zdroj opD85 Grunfeld
5. A Panchenko vs Eljanov 0-1251996Yalta opB20 Sicilian
6. G Tunik vs Eljanov  1-0551996Yalta opD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
7. I Varitski vs Eljanov  1-0241996Yalta opB42 Sicilian, Kan
8. Eljanov vs S Perun  0-1711996Yalta opD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
9. Eljanov vs D Stets  1-0561996Yalta opE91 King's Indian
10. Eljanov vs A Pirozhkov  1-0341996Yalta opE97 King's Indian
11. Eljanov vs T Vasilevich  0-1671996Yalta opA16 English
12. Timoshenko vs Eljanov  ½-½481996Yalta opB32 Sicilian
13. A Czerwonski vs Eljanov  0-1601997Polanica Zdroj opD85 Grunfeld
14. Eljanov vs A Kogan  0-1491997EUCup Gr7A04 Reti Opening
15. Eljanov vs Fedorchuk  1-0541998UKR-ch U20A04 Reti Opening
16. Eljanov vs M Manojlo  0-1321998UKR-ch U20A28 English
17. A Tsepotan vs Eljanov  ½-½551998UKR-ch U20D85 Grunfeld
18. A Korobov vs Eljanov  1-0351998UKR-ch U20D85 Grunfeld
19. Eljanov vs N Belichev  0-1401998UKR-ch U20A04 Reti Opening
20. N Cherkasov vs Eljanov  0-1271998Polanica Zdroj opB30 Sicilian
21. O Kalinin vs Eljanov  1-0371998Polanica Zdroj opA14 English
22. Eljanov vs R Khaetsky  1-0391998UKR-ch U20A30 English, Symmetrical
23. O Budnikov vs Eljanov  0-1631998UKR-ch U20B22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. J Zezulkin vs Eljanov  1-0401998Polanica Zdroj opB30 Sicilian
25. Miroshnichenko vs Eljanov  1-0321998Polanica Zdroj opB30 Sicilian
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  perfidious: <twinlark>: In 1988, a friend organised a round robin dubbed the John Fanning Memorial, in which said player participated. We played at Boston College, a game or two per week-fun stuff.
Oct-16-13  The Last Straw: Eljanov has the highest live rating of all players of Ukraine. Congratulations!!
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  Stonehenge: Condolences on the loss of your father, Vladimir Elianov.
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Eljanov!
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  Sally Simpson: Thought I'd pop on here and say hello.

"Hello You."

This chappie has just gone 1-0 up on Nakamura in the ¼ finals of the World Cup.

The previous post to this one was back in May.2015 when someone wished him a Happy Birthday.

Four posts before that in May 2013 someone else wished him a Happy Birthday.

Shall we all promise to visit this thresd on May 10th 2016 and wish him a Happy Birthday.

Sep-23-15  Jambow: Well here I am, impressive run for sure and a great game vs. Nakamura. <SS> I make no promise but if he continues to play anything like his recent form they will come, I did.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Jambow,

Just read the BIO, he's a qualified lawyer so we have to be careful what we say.

I wonder if during the negotiations for that 3 move draw...

Eljanov vs W So, 2013 went:

"Do you promise to take the draw, the whole draw and nothing but the draw."

Sep-24-15  paavoh: Great run for Eljanov in the World Cup so far, also gaining over 34 ELO points in the process. Let us see how it will end... Good Luck!

Jumabayev 2606 1 b +3.5
Jumabayev 2606 1 w +3.5
Ipatov 2625 1 w +3.7
Ipatov 2625 1 b +3.7
Grischuk 2771 1 b +5.8
Grischuk 2771 1 w +5.8
Jakovenko 2748 ½ b +0.4
Jakovenko 2748 ½ w +0.4
Nakamura 2814 1 w +6.3
Nakamura 2814 ½ b +1.3

Sep-24-15  schweigzwang: Oh, he's injured Jakovenko twice now; the second time was fatal.
Nov-17-15  AzingaBonzer: Eljanov is still on a hot streak, it seems. He stopped Richard Rapport cold at the ETC (Rapport had previously been going on 3.5/4.)
Jan-18-16  Wavy: Shak is Eljanov's bestfriend now after the gift that Shak gave to Eljanov in Tata Masters.
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  offramp: I think he looks a lot like Rėti, but with glasses.
Jan-30-16  Mr. V: I always thought Richard Reti looked more like Jimmy Fallon.
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Eljanov!
Jul-07-16  posoo: oooooo delicioso, dis man is VERY atractive - kudos for all your good play, handsome one!
Jul-07-16  Mr. V: <posoo> Oh come now, he is fine but not VERY attractive.
Oct-11-16  diagonal: a portrait of Pavel Eljanov, nice and easy to read:
Oct-13-16  diagonal: Won or shared first (selection): Alushta (closed) 2000 joint first (playing together with his father Vladimir); Biel MTO Open 2004, 1st-5th (Bauer won on tie-break); Amsterdam ACT Open 2005; Montreal Empresa-A (closed) 2006; Corus, Wijk aan Zee - B 2007; <Sarajevo, Bosna (GM Invitation) 2009> (ahead of 2./3. Wang Hao and Predojevic, six players), then considered his best individual result so far:;

<Astrakhan FIDE Grand Prix> stage 2010, clear first; Copenhagen, <Politiken Cup (Open) 2010>, clear first; Moscow Aeroflot Open 2011, 1st-3rd (Bartel won on tie-break); <Reykjavik Open 2013>, 1st-3rd, won on tie-break above So and Amin; <Poikovsky, Karpov Tournament 2013> (ahead of 2. Motylev, 3. Inarkiev, ten players), St. Petersburg Chigorin Memorial (Open) 2013 1st-11th (!), won on-tie-break; Shamkir (Gashimov Memorial) - B 2014; <Douglas, Isle of Man (Open) 2016>, 1st-2nd, won on tie-break above Caruana (in a strong field including the three (US) top ten players Nakamura, Caruana, and So, plus amongst others Shirov, Leko, Adams, and Hou Yifan)

A member of the national team who won the <gold medal at the 2004 and 2010 Chess Olympiads>.

His highest rating and ranking to date were in September 2010 when he was rated 2761 Elo and <ranked sole #6 in the world> (behind leading Carlsen, Topalov, Anand, Aronian, and Kramnik).

His father, Vladimir Eljanov (1951 – 2013), was an International Master.

May-10-18  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster. Appreciate your wonderful play over the last years.
May-19-21  Albertan: Law Academy (Kharkiv) wins Ukrainian Team Championship

GM Eljanov was a member

Jul-19-21  Albertan: Pavel Eljanov wins Deutschland Grand Prix:

Dec-13-21  Albertan: 27th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival brings together 195 players from 49 countries.

GM Eljanov is one of the participants in the event:

More information can be found here:

Feb-28-22  fabelhaft: Eljanov recently reported on Twitter that the part of Kharkiv where he is living just was hit by Russian missiles, with dozens of civilian casulaties. He also posts a photo of an armed GM Timoshenko getting ready for battle. We'll never forgive and forget, Eljanov ends his message.
Feb-28-22  fabelhaft: In 2004 Eljanov played on the board beside Karjakin when Ukraine won gold in the chess olympiad in Calvia, and at best he was #6 in the world.
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