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Alexander Beliavsky

Beliavsky at the 35th Chess Olympiad, Bled 2002
Full name Alexander Genrikhovich Beliavsky
Country Soviet Union (until 1991)
Ukraine (1991-1994)
Slovenia (since 1994)
Born December 17, 1953
Lviv, Soviet Union, now Ukraine
Title Grandmaster (1975)
Peak rating 2710 (July 1997)

Alexander Genrikhovich Beliavsky (sometimes transliterated as Belyavsky; born December 17, 1953) is a Soviet, Ukrainian and Slovenian chess grandmaster.

Beliavsky was born in Lviv, USSR, now Ukraine. Since 1994, he lives in Slovenia and he plays for the Olympic team there. He is noted for his uncompromising style of play and for his classical opening repertoire, including openings such as the Queen's Gambit, Ruy Lopez, French Defence and the Two Knights Defence.


Beliavsky won the World Junior Chess Championship in 1973 and the USSR Chess Championship four times (in 1974, 1980, 1987 and 1990).

In the 1982-84 World Chess Championship cycle, Beliavsky qualified for the Candidates Tournament once, losing to eventual winner Garry Kasparov in the quarterfinals of the 1983 Candidates matches.

In tournaments, he was first equal at Baden 1980, first at Tilburg 1981, second equal at Tilburg 1984, joint winner at Wijk aan Zee 1984 and joint second at the same event a year later. At the second Russia (USSR) vs Rest of the World match in 1984, he was the top scorer for the victorious Soviet team, defeating Yasser Seirawan 2-0 and Bent Larsen 1½-½. Beliavsky won the Vidmar Memorial four times: in 1999, 2001, 2003 (with Emil Sutovsky) and 2005. In 2013 he tied for 1st-8th with Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Romanov, Hrant Melkumyan, Constantin Lupulescu, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Sergei Movsesian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexey Dreev and Evgeny Alekseev in the European Individual Chess Championship, thus qualifying for the Chess World Cup 2013.

Beliavsky is also a first-class endgame study composer, having published about fifty studies, many together with Leopold Mitrofanov. He won six first prizes in composition tournaments.

He is also a chess coach and in 2004 was awarded the title of FIDE Senior Trainer.

In November 2009, he was the oldest person among the world's top 100 active players, but as of October 2011 he is no longer in the top 100.