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Alexey Dreev

Full name Alexei Sergeyevich Dreev
Country Russia
Born 20 January 1969
Stavropol, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster (1989)
Peak rating 2711 (July 2011)

Alexey Dreev (Russian: Алексей Дреев; born 20 January 1969) is a Russian chess grandmaster. His career peak Elo rating is 2711, attained in July 2011.

While being a promising young chess talent, he was for a period coached by the world-class chess trainer Mark Dvoretsky.


Dreev was World Under-16 Champion in 1983 and 1984, and the European Junior Champion in 1988. In 1989 he became a grandmaster, won a strong tournament at Moscow +5 =5 −1 and made his first appearance in the Russian Championship.

In the 1990-1993 world championship cycle he qualified for the Candidates Tournament at Manila 1990 Interzonal, but lost his 1991 round of sixteen match to Viswanathan Anand in Madras (+1 =5 −4).

Then in the FIDE World Championship Tournaments, firstly at Groningen 1997, he reached the quarter finals where he lost to Boris Gelfand. In the next four FIDE World Championship tournaments he was knocked out at the last sixteen stage: at Las Vegas 1999 by Michael Adams, at New Delhi 2000 to Veselin Topalov, at Moscow 2001 to Viswanathan Anand, and finally at Tripoli 2004 to Leinier Dominguez.

His best performance in the Russian Chess Championship was in 2004 at Moscow when he finished third (+4 =5 −2). This tournament was won by Garry Kasparov.

His best tournament victories were at the Biel chess tournament (+5 =8 −0) and at the Corus chess tournament (+9 =4 −1), both in 1995). In 2007 he won the 5th Parsvnath Open in New Delhi. Dreev won the Magistral Casino de Barcelona round-robin tournament in 2008. In 2011 he came first in the Cento Open.

Dreev won the European Rapid Chess Championship of 2012 in Warsaw.

In May 2013 he tied for 1st-8th with Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Romanov, Alexander G Beliavsky, Constantin Lupulescu, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Sergei Movsesian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Hrant Melkumyan and Evgeny Alekseev in the European Individual Chess Championship. He competed in the Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromsø, where he reached the third round and was eliminated by eventual runner-up Dmitry Andreikin. Dreev knocked out Sergei Azarov and Wang Hao in rounds one and two respectively. In October 2013 Dreev won the 3rd Indonesia Open Chess Championship in Jakarta.

He has represented Russia in five Chess Olympiads between 1992 and 2004, with the Russian team winning gold medals in 1992, 1994, and 1996, and silver in 2004. His combined score from those events was +15 =23 −6 (60.2%).


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