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Alexander Motylev
Number of games in database: 1,883
Years covered: 1993 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2641 (2700 rapid, 2618 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2710

Overall record: +531 -186 =732 (61.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 434 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (468) 
    B90 B48 B42 B32 B33
 Ruy Lopez (220) 
    C67 C78 C65 C95 C69
 French Defense (124) 
    C02 C11 C18 C10 C05
 Sicilian Najdorf (99) 
    B90 B94 B91 B99 B97
 Sicilian Taimanov (83) 
    B48 B46 B45 B47 B49
 Caro-Kann (81) 
    B12 B18 B10 B11 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (107) 
    D12 D11 D10 D16 D17
 Sicilian (90) 
    B32 B22 B31 B30 B51
 Caro-Kann (76) 
    B12 B18 B11 B13 B10
 Petrov (64) 
    C42 C43
 Semi-Slav (64) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47 D48
 King's Indian (52) 
    E97 E92 E63 E94 E71
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Motylev vs A Iljushin, 2000 1-0
   H Grooten vs Motylev, 2003 0-1
   Motylev vs Bareev, 2005 1-0
   Motylev vs B Savchenko, 2007 1-0
   Motylev vs Koneru, 2006 1-0
   Motylev vs M Godena, 2010 1-0
   Motylev vs D Gochelashvili, 2016 1-0
   Motylev vs Shirov, 2009 1-0
   Motylev vs A Tari, 2014 1-0
   Motylev vs Carlsen, 2007 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group B (2006)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   Karpov Poikovsky (2009)
   European Championship (2014)
   2nd Sanjin Hotel Cup (2005)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Chigorin Memorial (1999)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   Russian Championship (2003)
   European Championship (2017)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   European Championship (2001)
   European Championship (2009)
   Gibraltar Masters (2015)

   🏆 European Individual Chess Championship
   J Baum vs Motylev (Mar-10-23) 1/2-1/2
   Motylev vs H H Celik (Mar-09-23) 1/2-1/2
   M Fromm vs Motylev (Mar-08-23) 1/2-1/2
   Motylev vs Y K Erdogmus (Mar-07-23) 1/2-1/2
   Motylev vs C Burcu (Mar-05-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jun-17-1979, 43 years old) Russia
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Born in Yekaterinburg (his father is Anatoly Motyliov), Motylev learned to play chess when he was 4 and became a Candidate Master by the time he was 11. He became a GM in 2000.


<Youth> He has won the Russian under 16 and under 18 championships.

<National> Motylev won the 2001 Russian Championship. Placed 3rd in the Russian Championship Higher League (2013), thereby qualifying for the Russian Championship Superfinal (2013). He was second on tiebreak behind Vladislav Artemiev at the Russian Higher League Championship 2015, this placement earning him qualification to the Russian Superfinal to be held in August 2015.

<Continental and World Cup> He scored 7.5/11 at the European Championship (2011), placing 26th on tiebreak and qualifying for the World Cup (2011), where he unexpectedly lost in the first round to Ukrainian GM Yuri Drozdovskij, succumbing to the Armageddon blitz tiebreaker after drawing the classical games and the rapid and blitz game tiebreakers. Motylev won the European Championship (2014), a full point ahead of his rivals with 9/11 (+7 -0 =4), thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2015) where he defeated Boris Grachev in the first round only to fall to Anish Giri in the second, thereby bowing out of the Cup tournament.

At the European Rapid (2021) he finished in a three way tie for first with Paulius Pultinevicius and Alexander Motylev.

Standard Tournaments

He was =1st (5th on tiebreak) at the 3rd Dubai Open in 2001 and won the Corsican Open at Bastia in 2003. In 2005, he was equal first with Emil Sutovsky (who won on countback) at the Aeroflot Open (2005), second at the 2nd Sanjin Hotel Cup (behind Pentala Harikrishna). In 2006, he was the joint winner of the Corus "B" Tournament at Wijk aan Zee with Magnus Carlsen ( He placed outright 2nd at the category 18 Karpov Poikovsky (2013). Motylev participated in the Gashimov Memorial (Group B) (2014), the 2nd tier of a tournament inaugurated to commemorate the late Azeri grandmaster. He came outright second with 5.5/9 behind Pavel Eljanov in the category XVII 10-player round robin event.

Team Events

In October he was first reserve for his team Malachite in the European Club Cup (2013), scoring 4/5 and helping his team to win silver.

Sources and references

The FIDE database and Wikipedia article: Alexander Motylev

Last updated: 2021-12-19 21:37:54

 page 1 of 76; games 1-25 of 1,894  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Abashev vs Motylev  1-0361993RUS-sfE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. Motylev vs O Karpeshov  0-1791993RUS-sfC15 French, Winawer
3. Motylev vs E Kovalevskaya  ½-½431994St Petersburg op2B32 Sicilian
4. Motylev vs A Terekhov  1-0611994St Petersburg op2B15 Caro-Kann
5. Motylev vs A Galkin  ½-½561994St Petersburg op2B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
6. Motylev vs V Genba  0-1731994St Petersburg op2B01 Scandinavian
7. Motylev vs A Dokutchaev  0-1301994St Petersburg op2C10 French
8. H Stevic vs Motylev  1-0771995Wch U16B22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. Motylev vs S Volkov  0-1291995RUS-sfC11 French
10. Motylev vs R Klimentov  ½-½161995RUS-chTB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Motylev vs A Minskiy  ½-½211995RUS-chTB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
12. Motylev vs Bastrikov  1-0211995RUS-sfC11 French
13. Motylev vs G Kopjonkin  ½-½551995RUS-chTB57 Sicilian
14. Motylev vs A Panchenko  ½-½651995RUS-sfB89 Sicilian
15. Motylev vs M Suleimanov  1-0391995Armavir opC41 Philidor Defense
16. Motylev vs A Mokriak  1-0301995RUS-chTC47 Four Knights
17. Motylev vs V Terentiev  ½-½81995RUS-sfA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Motylev vs L Moreda  1-0781995Wch U16B12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. Motylev vs R Leitao  1-0381995Wch U16B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
20. Kasimdzhanov vs Motylev  1-0501995Wch U16A04 Reti Opening
21. Motylev vs A Pihlajasalo  1-0621995Wch U16C24 Bishop's Opening
22. Motylev vs E Dervishi  ½-½331995Wch U16C47 Four Knights
23. Motylev vs A Mastrovasilis  1-0341995Wch U16B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
24. Motylev vs E Hoossen  1-0401995Wch U16B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
25. Motylev vs P Gomolla  1-0441996Komercni Banka opC42 Petrov Defense
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Jun-09-09  frogbert: unofficially, motylev is above 2700 after today's win - i think that's a first for him. congratulations!

for full list, see

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  tamar: Bon Mot!
Jun-13-09  stanleys: Motylev singing (with Efimenko)

Jun-17-09  Raskolnikov: Happy birthday, Alexander!
Jun-17-09  wordfunph: Happy birthday, Alexander!
Jun-17-09  swordfish: Yes, what a happy 30th this must be for Motylev, coming off his win at the Karpov tournament. I wonder why he's not player of the day.
Jun-17-09  Raisin Death Ray: Congrats for winning the Karpov tournament!

BTW, who are you? :)

Jun-29-09  frogbert: and now i can congratule motylev with <officially breaking 2700> in the july list, as poikovsky has been included and rated just before the release of the new list.

congratulations! :o)

Sep-06-09  percyblakeney: Motylev isn't doing well in the Russian Championship. He is 2710 but has a minus score after five rounds (two losses with white), in spite of only playing opponents rated in the 2500s.
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  Tabanus: But he did well in Aeroflot Open (2010)!

Jun-17-10  Don Cossacks: Happy Birthday comrade:D
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  Penguincw: Oh.It's not his birthday today.But he's player of the day.Interesting.
Jan-17-12  Shams: I've been mentally pronouncing his surname Mott-Lee-Ev but that's not right, is it. Mott-Y-Lev, I guess?
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  Penguincw: < "The 250-euro daily Piet Zwart Prize in this section of the tournament was awarded to Russia’s Alexander Motylev for his victory in 40 moves with white from a Scandinavian opening against Holland’s Sergej Tiviakov." >

Congratz. :)

Jun-30-12  Jason Frost: <Shams> Mot-i-liov, with middle i a bit harder/throatier than regular i.

By the way, anyone know why he's playing Chinese league over Russian higher league?

Mar-18-14  Conrad93: 9/11 at the Euro-Ch.

He gained 28.8 points according to ChessBase and ChessVibes, which puts him at 2684. Making him number 61 in the world. He is currently number 99.

Apr-11-14  Conrad93: Hoping to seem enter the top 50, even if he is a bit old.
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  Penguincw: Happy 35th birthday to Alexander Motylev.
Jun-17-15  sonia91: Happy 36th birthday!
Nov-01-15  zanzibar: Could some editor please update his bio to reflect the fact that he's a GM?

His FIDE card lists him as achieving GM in 2000.

* * * * *

Also, there's an interesting line in the Sozin-Scheveningen which brought me here:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8. f4 Nc5 9.Qf3 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.Be3 Qc7 12.g4 b5 13.g5 Nfxe4 14.Nxe4 Bb7 15.Nxe6

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And now if 15...fxe6 (vs. 15...Nxe6) White can play the interesting 16.Nxc5 instead of 16.Bxc5 and put his queen on the block as Motylev did in the following game:


[Event "Russia"]
[Site "Russia"]
[Date "1994.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Motylev, Alexander"]
[Black "Sotnikov, Igor"]
[Result "1-0"]
[BlackElo "2340"]
[ECO "B86"]
[EventDate "1994.??.??"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8. f4 Nc5 9.Qf3 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.Be3 Qc7 12.g4 b5 13.g5 Nfxe4 14.Nxe4 Bb7 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Nxc5 Bxf3 17.Nxe6 Qb8 18.Rxf3 d5 19.Bxd5 Rf5 20. Bb3 Kh8 21.Bd4 Bf8 22.g6 Qe8 23.Re1 Rd8 24.Kf1 Qc6 25.Rh3 h5 26.Re5 Rxd4 27.Rxh5+ 1-0


As far as I know this is the first game with this dynamic play. My version comes from <MillBase>, I don't think <CG> has it.

The first game I could find with the earlier setup move of 15...Nxe6 being played I found on chess-db:

Erik Sobjerg vs. Axel Stephan

(Denmark, 2265) 0 - 1 (Germany, 2228)

Event: Chiasso op2, 1991, Lipnitzky Variation, Sicilian (B90) >

In this game White played 16.Bxc5, which makes a good game, but not quite as dynamic as the line where White exchanges the queen for minor pieces. Golubev should be mentioned as a player who has used the line several times.

Aug-23-19  wordfunph: <Motylev owes $508 million to Russian Credit bank>

May-01-21  joddon: He should be Ian Nepopatchichi s second for Carslen tournament...he would perfect to train the senses that become dull under pressure from Carslen inauthentic uninventive incentive attacks while playing....losing time he won't have enough time on his clock to counter bad maneuvering of pieces.....thats why Motylev is perfect trainer...he has strange ideas which help Ian.
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  perfidious: <joddon….(Motylev) would [be] perfect to train the senses that become dull under pressure from Carslen inauthentic uninventive incentive attacks while playing.....>

Yeah, Carlsen is the most boring player ever.

Have you taken up the cudgels and joined <messiah> in the vaudeville act <dumbass and dumbasser>?

Dec-16-21  Albertan: Motylev is the top-ranked player in the European Rapid Championship which takes place between December 17th-19th in Poland.For more information about this event go to:

The European blitz chess tournament will be held at the same time as the Rapid tournament. GM Jan Krzysztof Duda is the top-rated player in the World European Blitz Chess Championship.

The official website for both events is:

Dec-20-21  Albertan: GM Alexander Motylev is the new European Rapid Champion:


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