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Alexander Moiseenko

Alexander Moiseenko, Warsaw 2013
Full name Олександр Моісеєнко
Country Ukraine
Born May 17, 1980
Severomorsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2726 (September 2011)

Alexander Moiseenko (Ukrainian: Олександр Моісеєнко; born May 17, 1980) is a Ukrainian chess Grandmaster and the 2013 European champion. He was a member of the gold medal-winning Ukrainian team at the Chess Olympiads of 2004 and 2010.


Born in Severomorsk to a Ukrainian family, he moved with his family to Kharkiv, Ukraine, when he was nine. Moiseenko won the World Championship for boys Under-16 in Spain in 1996, and was awarded the International Master title. He improved his standard steadily over the next several years. He placed 2nd at the Ukrainian Junior Championship, Kharkiv 1998, with 7/11. In the European Junior Chess Championship of 1998, held in Mureck, he scored 6.5/9 for a shared second place.

He tied for first place in the 1999 Ukrainian Chess Championship in Alushta. In the Ukrainian Grandmaster event of 1999, he finished clear first with 10/13, earning a Grandmaster norm. He then tied for first place at Orel 1999 with 8/11. In the Krasnodar Kuban event of 1999, he won with 7.5/11. This set of excellent results earned him the Grandmaster title. He was second in the Ukrainian Junior Championship at Kharkiv 2000 with 7.5/11.

In 2003 Moiseenko scored 8.5/13 at the European Individual Chess Championship in Istanbul for a shared 4-11th place. This qualified him into the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004 in Tripoli. In the latter, he defeated Sergey Dolmatov in round one by 1.5-0.5 to advance. In round two, he defeated Victor Bologan by 2.5-1.5 in playoffs. He was knocked out in round three by Vladimir Akopian by 0.5-1.5.

At the 2003 Guelph International Pro-Am, he scored 6.5/9 for a shared 3rd-5th place. In the same year he won the Toronto Chess'n Math Association Futurity with 8.5/10 and the Canadian Open Chess Championship in Kapuskasing with 8/10. The next year at the same site, he defended his title in that championship, shared with Dimitri Tyomkin, on 8/10. He won the 2004 Guelph International Pro-Am with 7.5/9. He shared 2nd-3rd places at the Montreal International 2004 with 7/11. In the 2005 Canadian Open Championship in Edmonton, he scored 7/10 in an elite field, for a shared 12-27th place. He won the Quebec Open in Montreal 2006 with 8/9, and shared 3rd-9th places at the 2006 Canadian Open Championship in Kitchener with 6.5/9. In 2006 he also won the Cappelle-la-Grande Open with 7,5/9.

In 2007 Moiseenko won the Artic Chess Challenge in Tromsø scoring 7.5/9, half point ahead of Kjetil A. Lie, Vugar Gashimov and Magnus Carlsen.

Moiseenko tied for first, with 6.5/9, in the 2008 Canadian Open Championship in Montreal, and he also won the 2008 Edmonton International tournament, with 7/9, ahead of former U.S. champion Alexander Shabalov.

In 2014 he was joint winner with Maxim Matlakov of the Moscow Open.

Team competitions

Moiseenko has played for Ukraine at the Chess Olympiads six times, at the World Team Chess Championship four times (2005, 2011, 2013, 2015), at the European Team Chess Championship five times (2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013).

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