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Alexander Riazantsev
A Riazantsev 
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Number of games in database: 1,413
Years covered: 1995 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2638 (2668 rapid, 2497 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2720

Overall record: +252 -132 =495 (56.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 534 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (98) 
    D30 D37 D38 D31 D35
 Slav (83) 
    D10 D15 D12 D11 D17
 Queen's Indian (72) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16
 King's Indian (68) 
    E73 E71 E60 E80 E81
 Semi-Slav (58) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 Grunfeld (54) 
    D85 D90 D82 D91 D92
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (179) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B11
 French Defense (86) 
    C11 C04 C01 C16 C07
 Nimzo Indian (56) 
    E54 E21 E32 E39 E46
 English (54) 
    A13 A18 A14 A17 A16
 Queen's Pawn Game (53) 
    D02 A45 A46 E00 D00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (42) 
    D37 D31 D30 D38 D35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Cordova vs A Riazantsev, 2020 0-1
   A Riazantsev vs N Maevsky, 2010 1-0
   A Riazantsev vs Ni Hua, 2010 1-0
   P Maletin vs A Riazantsev, 2014 0-1
   A Riazantsev vs D Kokarev, 2009 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs A Riazantsev, 2007 0-1
   A Riazantsev vs D Bocharov, 2016 1-0
   L Draskovic vs A Riazantsev, 2015 0-1
   Jakovenko vs A Riazantsev, 2016 0-1
   A Riazantsev vs J Christiansen, 2017 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Team Championship (2010)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   European Club Cup (2011)
   Moscow Open (2008)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2008)
   Russian Championship Higher League St Petersburg (2004)
   Cappelle-la-Grande Open (2006)
   French Team Championship (2011)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2014)
   European Championship (2011)
   European Championship (2012)
   European Championship (2014)
   European Championship (2010)
   European Championship (2005)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   T L Petrosian vs A Riazantsev (Dec-30-22) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   A Riazantsev vs D Kadric (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   P Ponkratov vs A Riazantsev (Dec-30-22) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   A Riazantsev vs S Zhigalko (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   A Riazantsev vs R Mamedov (Dec-30-22) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born Sep-12-1985, 37 years old) Russia
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Grandmaster. Came 2nd in the 2008 Moscow Open. Riazantsev qualified for the World Cup (2011) by coming 21st (on tiebreak) in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011) he scored 7.5/11. In the first round he defeated Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein, but lost in the 25 minutes rapid-game tiebreaker of the second round to compatriot GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. His strong result (7.5/11) at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) qualified him for the World Cup (2013), but in an upset, he lost in the first round to Argentine GM Ruben Felgaer and was eliminated from the tournament. Placed outright 2nd in the powerful 67th Moscow Blitz Championship (2013) with 13.5/19, a point behind the outright winner Sergey Karjakin. Won team silver playing board 6 for Malachite in the European Club Cup (2013). Riazantsev was the clear winner of the Russian Superfinals (2016) with 7/11, ahead of Alexander Grischuk, Evgeny Tomashevsky, and Peter Svidler.

Riazantsev was one of the world's top Juniors (U20) and peaked as a Junior in January 2004 when he was ranked #14 in the world. In July 2006, he became one of the top 100 ranked players in the world when his rating reached 2622, and has remained a top 100 player for most of the time since. His peak rating to date was 2720 in July 2012 when he was ranked #27 in the world, which is his peak ranking to date.

Riazantsev is one of Grischuk's seconds and has a PhD in Biology. He was also coach of the women's team Yugra.


Wikipedia article: Alexander Riazantsev

Last updated: 2016-11-07 21:04:23

 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,490  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Riazantsev vs Navara  1-0471995EU-ch U10D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Grischuk vs A Riazantsev  1-0591995Moscow op2C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
3. A Riazantsev vs I Cheparinov  1-0221995EU-ch U10E81 King's Indian, Samisch
4. A Riazantsev vs A Kornev  ½-½461995Moscow op2E81 King's Indian, Samisch
5. A Riazantsev vs V Belov  0-1631996Volgograd opE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. Timoshenko vs A Riazantsev  ½-½171996Yalta opC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
7. E Vorobiov vs A Riazantsev  ½-½221996RUS-Cup2C19 French, Winawer, Advance
8. A Riazantsev vs Filippov  0-1221996Petrov memD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. A Riazantsev vs V Moskalenko  ½-½271996Minsk opA90 Dutch
10. A Riazantsev vs V Popov  1-0741996Petrov MemorialA81 Dutch
11. A Galliamova vs A Riazantsev  1-0401996Petrov MemorialE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. A Riazantsev vs Balashov  0-1391996Petrov MemorialE20 Nimzo-Indian
13. A Yegiazarian vs A Riazantsev  1-0391996RUS-Cup2A45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. A Riazantsev vs Navara  1-0431997Wch U12D85 Grunfeld
15. A Kapustin vs A Riazantsev  0-1501997Petrosjan mem U18A48 King's Indian
16. G Sargissian vs A Riazantsev 0-1561997Kasparov CupC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
17. A Riazantsev vs V Akobian  0-1331997Kasparov CupA07 King's Indian Attack
18. A Riazantsev vs V Osnos  ½-½361997RUS-Cup01 Chigorin memE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
19. Beshukov vs A Riazantsev  1-0601997RUS-Cup01 Chigorin memA07 King's Indian Attack
20. A Riazantsev vs A Galkin  ½-½221998RUS-CupD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
21. A Riazantsev vs A V Kharitonov  0-1491998RUS-CupE12 Queen's Indian
22. Brodsky vs A Riazantsev  ½-½391998RUS-CupC03 French, Tarrasch
23. V Zakhartsov vs A Riazantsev  0-1611998RUS-CupC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
24. Beshukov vs A Riazantsev  1-0541998RUS-Cup02A07 King's Indian Attack
25. M Gagunashvili vs A Riazantsev  ½-½291998EU-ch U14A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
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Nov-11-05  Eastfrisian: <lopium>: 12.09.1985.
Nov-11-05  lopium: Thanksxz Eastfrisian !
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  tamar: Interesting interview with Riazantsev this month at

Riazantsev was a enormously talented junior who chose to pursue his education rather than focus just on chess.

A contemporary of Navara, he had two early victories over him in under 10 and under 12 competitions.

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  Gypsy: <tamar> Thx for posting the interview; an intelligent young man.
Sep-12-06  BIDMONFA: Alexander Riazantsev


Feb-05-08  Karpova: GM Riazantsev was Karpov's trainer during GorenjeTournament (2007)
Sep-07-09  Knight13: Currently in the lead 62nd Russian Championship Higher League (2009) with 4/4.


Sep-12-09  Open Defence: <Riazantsev was a enormously talented junior who chose to pursue his education rather than focus just on chess.

> and now he has returned to chess full time ?

Dec-24-09  waustad: He is not doing well at all in the Russian Superfinal this year.
Apr-12-10  Jason Frost: Had a monster tournament at the Russian Team Championships finishing second out of all participants by performance rating.
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Winner of Biel Masters 17-30 July 2010:, congratulations!

Jul-31-10  Don Cossacks: Congratulations Alexander!
Jul-23-11  qqdos: Congratulations Alexander again! This time for winning the Chess Infomator award for Most Important Theoretical Novelty in Volume 109/341, votes confirmed in Volume 110, for the move 12.Nf5!N in his 2010 game at Poikovsky against Karjakin (E15). He was a bit unlucky to lose the game, having set the scene, with a powerful major-piece assault, for a brilliant shot, 33.Bf8!!
Oct-07-11  PhilFeeley: < Tabanus:

Winner of Biel Masters 17-30 July 2010:, >

Winner? He wasn't even entered. Great feat!

Mar-14-13  IndigoViolet: Grischuk's second in London. Never heard of the cat before.
Mar-14-13  dx9293: <IndigoViolet>

Riazantsev was an ENORMOUS talent who was regarded as having World Champion potential in his very young days, but he decided to go to school instead of going full-out in chess.

It is fitting that he is coaching Grischuk actually, as he has a similar profile, but Grischuk became a professional.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Natalia Pogonina: Interesting facts: while Alexander doesn't play that often, he is nonetheless rated 2700+. Riazantsev is not only Grischuk's second, but a coach of our women's team. Also, he has a PhD in Biology.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Riazantsev.
Dec-31-15  alfamikewhiskey: 18 Dec 2015 was a very productive day ELO-blitz-wise for Riazantsev: +79,6 (now #22 on the live rating in this discipline)
Oct-24-16  iking: round 8 leader .. keep on Alex.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: Seems to be winning the Russian Championship now.
Nov-01-16  sonia91: He won the Russian Superfinals (2016) and no kibitzing? No update of his bio?!
Nov-01-16  Open Defence: that may be why he looks so sad in that pic
Dec-17-16  sonia91: The reigning Russian champion just won the European Individual Rapid Championship 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia:
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  Messiah: P Ponkratov vs A Riazantsev, 2017

A Riazantsev vs P Ponkratov, 2019

P Ponkratov vs A Riazantsev, 2022


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