Alexander Areshchenko

Alexander Areshchenko (Ukrainian: Олександр Арещенко, romanizedOleksandr Areshchenko; born June 15, 1986) is a Ukrainian chess player. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 2002. He has competed in the FIDE World Cup in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2015.

Alexander Areshchenko
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Areshchenko at the Ukrainian championship 2014
Born (1986-06-15) 15 June 1986 (age 34)
Luhansk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (2002)
FIDE rating2687 (April 2021)
Peak rating2720 (November 2013)


In 2000, Areshchenko won the Under 14 division of the World Youth Chess Championships, held in Oropesa del Mar, Spain, ahead of future super-grandmaster Wang Yue.[1] He won the Ukrainian Championship in 2005.[2] In 2007 he tied for 2nd–4th with Hikaru Nakamura and Emil Sutovsky in the 5th GibTelecom Chess Festival.[3]

In 2009 he tied for 1st–4th with Koneru Humpy, Evgenij Miroshnichenko and Magesh Panchanathan in the Mumbai Mayor Cup, which he won on a tiebreak.[4] In the same year, he tied for first with Boris Avrukh in the Zurich Jubilee Open tournament and again won the event on a tiebreak.[5]

In 2011, Areshchenko tied for 1st–5th with Yuriy Kuzubov, Parimarjan Negi, Markus Ragger and Ni Hua in the 9th Parsvnath Open tournament.[6] The following year, he won the Chigorin Memorial[7] and the Botvinnik Memorial tournaments,[8] both held in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 2015, he tied for 1st-5th places with Nils Grandelius, Martyn Kravtsiv, Baadur Jobava and Richárd Rapport in the Masters tournament of the 22nd Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival.[9][10] In 2016, he won the 20th Open International Bavarian Championship in Bad Wiessee, Germany.[11]

Playing for Ukraine, Areshchenko has won the team bronze medal at the World Team Chess Championship in 2011 and 2013, and an individual silver medal in the European Team Chess Championship in 2007.

Sample gameEdit

1.e4 c5 2.Ne2 d6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 e5 5.c3 Be7 6.d4 cxd4 7.cxd4 O-O 8.Nbc3 a6 9.O-O b5 10.a3 Bb7 11.Be3 Nbd7 12.h3 Re8 13.g4 Nb6 14.b3 Rc8 15.Rc1 Nfd7 16.Qd2 d5 17.Nxd5 Nxd5 18.Rxc8 Qxc8 19.exd5 e4 20.Nc3 Bxa3 21.Nxe4 Qa8 22.Nc5 Bxd5 23.Bxd5 Qxd5 24.Nxd7 Qxd7 25.b4 a5 26.bxa5 Qd5 27.Qd3 b4 28.a6 h5 29.Bf4 hxg4 30.hxg4 Ra8 31.Re1 Bb2 32.Re4 b3 33.Qf3 Bxd4 34.Bc1 Qc6 35.Ba3 b2 36.Bxb2 Bxb2 37.Qe2 Bf6 38.a7 g5 39.Qe3 Kg7 40.Rb4 Qd7 0-1


  1. ^ Crowther, Mark (30 October 2000). "TWIC 312: World Youth Championships Oropesa del Mar". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  2. ^ Boytsun, Olena (5 September 2005). "Areshchenko wins the Ukraine Championship". ChessBase. Retrieved 10 May 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Akopian wins GibTel Masters in Gibraltar". ChessBase. 4 February 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Zaveri, Praful (15 May 2009). "Areshchenko triumphs in Mayor's Cup – Jai Ho Mumbai!!". ChessBase. Retrieved 10 May 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Areshchenko wins Zurich Jubilee on tiebreak". ChessVibes. 16 August 2009. Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "9th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament". Chessdom. Retrieved 17 January 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Doggers, Peter (5 November 2012). "Areshchenko wins strong Chigorin Memorial on tie-break". ChessVibes. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Alexander Areshchenko wins Botvinnik Memorial 2012". Chessdom. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Nils Grandelius wins Abu Dhabi Masters Chess Championship (Video)". Chessdom. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  10. ^ Shah, Sagar (3 September 2015). "Grandelius wins Abu Dhabi Masters 2015". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  11. ^ Fischer, Johannes (8 November 2016). "Alexander Areshchenko wins strong open in Bad Wiessee". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 16 June 2017.

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