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Anton Kovalyov

Kovalyov at the Figuera de Foz tournament in 2009
Country Argentina
Born March 4, 1992
Kharkiv, Ukraine
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2644 (February 2014)

Anton Kovalyov (born 4 March 1992 in Kharkiv) is a Ukrainian-born Argentine and Canadian chess grandmaster.


Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Kovalyov moved to Argentina in 2000, where he learned how to play chess and under the guidance of Pablo Ricardi and Oscar Panno he soon became one of the best players of the country. In 2007 he moved to Montreal, Canada, with his family.

In 2004, he finished equal first at the Pan American Under-12 Championship and thanks to this result he was awarded the title of FIDE Master.

In 2008 Kovalyov played for the Argentine team at the 38th Chess Olympiad. At the FIDE congress held during the competition he was awarded the grandmaster title.

In 2010 he won the Quebec Invitational Championship in Quebec, Canada. He won the Quebec Junior Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

He switched to the Canadian Chess Federation in 2013. Kovalyov played for Canada on the top board at the 2014 Chess Olympiad.

At the 2015 American Continental Chess Championship he scored 8 points out of 11 finishing in a tie for third with other five players, with whom he played a rapid playoff and managed to earn a spot in the Chess World Cup 2015. In the latter he knocked out Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Sandro Mareco in round one and two respectively, then he was eliminated by Fabiano Caruana in the third round.