Alexander Grischuk

Александр Игоревич Грищук (Russian)

Alexander Igorewitsch Grishchuk (Russian Александр Игоревич Грищук, scientific transliteration Aleksandr Igorevič Griščuk, one often meets the English form Grischuk, born October 31, 1983 in Moscow ) is a Russian chess grandmaster.


Grishchuk comes from a family of intellectuals, his parents are physicists. His chess talent was heavily promoted in the 90s. In 1992 he took part in the World Youth Championships U10 in Duisburg, where he was runner-up behind Luke McShane. As a child, he continued to play in important national and international youth tournaments ( as in 1995 in Verdun at the Youth European Championships U12, where he finished sixth ), but in addition also enhanced in tournaments of adults. As early as 1998 he took part in the championship of Russia among adults. His scored 5 points from 11 games Been a respectable result.

In 1999, he scored the first outstanding results: He won the Chigorin Memorial in St. Petersburg and was nominated for the Russian national team, for whom he participated at the European Team Championship in Batumi ( 3, -0 = 6). 2000 awarded him, 16 - year, FIDE the title of Grand Master. More success followed in the same year, he won Ruslan Ponomariov with in Tórshavn and arrived at the FIDE World Cup in New Delhi to the semifinals, where he lost to Alexei Shirov. On the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, he played solid and successful again: ( 5 -0 = 5). Grishchuk studied at the Moscow Sports University.

His success at the FIDE World Cup could kick him in the circle of elite players: he took part in 2001 in Linares, where he landed on the shared second place (winner was Garry Kasparov ). In 2002 he was in Wijk aan Zee second behind Evgeny Bareev and tied for first at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow. In the rapid chess Grand Prix in Dubai in 2002, he finished second behind Péter Lékó, where he lost the final. In 2004 he won the elite tournament in Poikowski together with Sergei Rublevsky. In the FIDE World Championship in Tripoli in the same year he reached the quarterfinals, where he lost to eventual champion Rustam Kasimjanov in the rapid games. In the same year he was a Russian vice-champion in Moscow behind Garry Kasparov. In September 2006, in Rishon LeZion Grishchuk won the FIDE World Cup in speed chess by tag battle against Peter Svidler. At the Candidates tournament from May 26 to June 13, 2007 in Elista Grishchuk be qualified by race victories against Vladimir Malakhov ( 3.5:1.5 ) and Sergei Rublevsky ( 5,5:3,5 after Tie ) for the tournament for the World Championship in September 2007, in which he did not make it past the eighth and last place. In August 2007, he won the heavily-stocked blitz chess championship in Moscow with 17 points from 19 games. In March 2009 he won the elite tournament in Linares with 8 points from 14 games after scoring against the same number of points Vasyl Ivanchuk. In December 2009 he won the final of the Russian Cup in Moscow with 6.5 points from 9 games.

In 2011, he was both the candidates tournament and chess World Cup to the finals and was each second. In 2012 he was in Astana for the second time after 2006 world champion in blitz chess. In the above inaugural world championship in chess, he came in at number 5

Grishchuk is among the critics of the classical reflection control in chess. By his own admission, he can only be motivated for such tournaments, when it comes to high stakes, otherwise he prefers blitz and rapid chess.

He is married to the Grandmaster Natalia Zhukova and has a daughter.

Grishchuk is also a good poker player who participates both in tournaments as well as playing online. His preferred variants are Omaha Hold'em and Texas Hold'em.