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Alexander Areshchenko

Areshchenko at the 2013 Chess World Cup
Full name Олександр Арещенко
Country Ukraine
Born June 15, 1986
Luhansk, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2720 (November 2013)

Alexander Areshchenko (Ukrainian: Олександр Арещенко) (born June 15, 1986 in Luhansk, Soviet Union) is a Ukrainian chess Grandmaster and former Ukrainian Champion, a title he won in 2005.


In 2000, he won the U-14 World Youth Chess Championship that took place in Oropesa del Mar, Spain, ahead of future Super Grandmaster Wang Yue. In 2007 he tied for 2nd-4th with Hikaru Nakamura and Emil Sutovsky in the 5th GibTelecom Chess Festival.

In 2009 he tied for 1st-4th with Humpy Koneru, Evgenij Miroshnichenko and Magesh Panchanathan in the Mumbai Mayor Cup, which he won on a tiebreak. In the same year, he tied for first with Boris Avrukh in the Zurich Jubilee Open tournament and again won the event on a tiebreak.

In 2010, he tied for 2nd-7th with Alexey Dreev, Ivan Sokolov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin and Konstantin Sakaev at the Chigorin Memorial Tournament.

In 2011, Areshchenko tied for 1st-5th with Yuriy Kuzubov, Parimarjan Negi, Markus Ragger and Ni Hua in the 9th Parsvnath Open Tournament.

Sample game

1.e4 c5 2.Ne2 d6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 e5 5.c3 Be7 6.d4 cxd4 7.cxd4 O-O 8.Nbc3 a6 9.O-O b5 10.a3 Bb7 11.Be3 Nbd7 12.h3 Re8 13.g4 Nb6 14.b3 Rc8 15.Rc1 Nfd7 16.Qd2 d5 17.Nxd5 Nxd5 18.Rxc8 Qxc8 19.exd5 e4 20.Nc3 Bxa3 21.Nxe4 Qa8 22.Nc5 Bxd5 23.Bxd5 Qxd5 24.Nxd7 Qxd7 25.b4 a5 26.bxa5 Qd5 27.Qd3 b4 28.a6 h5 29.Bf4 hxg4 30.hxg4 Ra8 31.Re1 Bb2 32.Re4 b3 33.Qf3 Bxd4 34.Bc1 Qc6 35.Ba3 b2 36.Bxb2 Bxb2 37.Qe2 Bf6 38.a7 g5 39.Qe3 Kg7 40.Rb4 Qd7 0-1