Alexander Onischuk

Alexander Onischuk (Ukrainian: Олександр Васильович Оніщук, romanizedOleksandr Vasylʹovych Onishchuk; born September 3, 1975) is a Ukrainian-American chess grandmaster. He competed in the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2000 and 2004, and in the FIDE World Cup in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Alexander Onischuk
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Alexander Onischuk plays a game for the U.S.
CountrySoviet Union (until 1991)
Ukraine (1991–2001)
United States (since 2001)
Born (1975-09-03) September 3, 1975 (age 44)
Sevastopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (1994)
FIDE rating2649 (January 2020)
Peak Elo rating2701 (July 2010)


Originally from Ukraine, Onischuk immigrated to the United States in 2001. He represented Ukraine in the Chess Olympiad in 1994, 1996 and 1998, and has played for U.S. in this event since 2004. Onischuk won the U.S. Chess Championship in 2006.

Onischuk finished second, after Magnus Carlsen, in the Grandmaster Tournament at the Biel Chess Festival in 2007. He scored 5½/9 points like Carlsen, but lost in the tie-breaker match held after the regular rounds finished.[1]

In the fall of 2012, Onischuk became the head coach at Texas Tech University.[2] Under his coaching, the Texas Tech University Chess Program has won the 2015-2016 Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship and qualified five times for the Final Four.


  1. ^ "Biel 09: Carlsen beats Radjabov and Onischuk, wins Biel". Chess News. 2007-08-03. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  2. ^ "Texas Tech Today". Retrieved 2014-07-22.

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Preceded by
Hikaru Nakamura
United States Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Alexander Shabalov