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Alexander Shabalov

Alexander Shabalov at the 2002 U.S. Chess Championships
Country Soviet Union
Latvia
United States
Born September 12, 1967
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2645 (July 1998)

Alexander Shabalov (Russian: Александр Анатольевич Шабалов, Aleksandr Anatolyevich Shabalov; Latvian: Aleksandrs Šabalovs; born September 12, 1967) is an American chess grandmaster. He is a four-time winner of the United States Chess Championship, with his most recent title coming in 2007.

In 2009 Shabalov shared first place with Fidel Corrales Jimenez in the American Continental Chess Championship.

He was born in Riga, Latvia, and like his fellow Latvians Alexei Shirov and Mikhail Tal he is known for courting complications even at the cost of objective soundness. As of the January 2013 rating supplement Shabalov had a United States Chess Federation rating of 2657, ranking him 18th best among American chess players.

Shabalov regularly lectured chess players of all ages at the House of Chess, a store that he ran at the Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, until it closed in mid-2007.

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