Sergei Movsesian

Sergei Movsesian (Armenian: Սերգեյ Մովսիսյան; born 3 November 1978) is an Armenian chess player. He was awarded the title Grandmaster by FIDE in 1997. He was a member of the gold medal-winning Armenian team at the 2011 World Team Chess Championship in Ningbo.[1]

Sergei Movsesian
Czech Republic
Born (1978-11-03) 3 November 1978 (age 42)
Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (1997)
FIDE rating2647 (March 2021)
Peak rating2751 (January 2009)
Peak rankingNo. 10 (January 2009)

Movsesian played for the Czech Republic for most of his career.[2][3] Later he represented Slovakia, which offered him citizenship. On December 30, 2010 Movsesian started to represent his ancestral country of Armenia.[4][5]


In 1998 Movsesian won the Czech Chess Championship. In 1999, he reached the quarterfinals of the FIDE World Chess Championship, held in Las Vegas, and lost to Vladimir Akopian by a score of 1½–2½.[6] Movsesian competed in the FIDE World Championship also in 2000, 2002 and 2004.

In 2002 and 2007 he won the Slovak Chess Championship. In 2002 Movsesian also became the European blitz chess champion in Panormo, Crete.[7]

He won international tournaments in Sarajevo, Bosna (2002 and 2007, both outright), at that time a strong closed GM tournament;[8] 2007 Czech Coal Carlsbad Jubilee tournament in Karlovy Vary[9] (joint with Ruslan Ponomariov); Mikhail Chigorin Memorial in Saint Petersburg in 2007; and the Wijk aan Zee Corus B tournament in 2008, a full point ahead of Nigel Short and Etienne Bacrot.[10] At the 2008 European Individual Chess Championship, held in Plovdiv, Movsesian finished in a tie for 2nd–10th places. He won the playoffs to take the silver medal.[11] In the 2013 edition of the same event he tied for 1st–8th with Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Romanov, Alexander Beliavsky, Constantin Lupulescu, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Hrant Melkumyan, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexey Dreev and Evgeny Alekseev.[12] Movsesian was part of the Armenian team that took the bronze medal in the 2015 World Team Championship in Tsaghkadzor.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Movsesian has been living in the Czech Republic since 1994.[9] In 2003 he married WGM Petra Krupková.[14] He is now married to WGM Júlia Kočetková. He can speak eight languages.[15]


  • Movsesian, Sergei; Klima, Lukas (2009). Czech Open: Pardubice Phenomenon. Caissa Hungary. ISBN 978-80-86725-08-6.


  1. ^ "World Team Ch. – Armenia gold, China silver, Ukraine bronze". 2011-07-27. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Chess News - Navara beats Movsisian in CEZ Chess Trophy 2011". Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  3. ^ "2002 in Review - International Events". Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  4. ^ Player transfers in 2010. FIDE.
  5. ^ "53rd Torneo di Capodanno in Reggio Emilia - Round Three". Chessdom. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  6. ^ Crowther, Mark (1999-08-16). "The Week in Chess 249: FIDE World Chess Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  7. ^ Crowther, Mark (7 October 2002). "TWIC 413: European Rapid & Blitz Championship". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Chess News - Movsesian wins Bosna 2007 in Sarajevo". 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  9. ^ a b "Čez Chess Trophy 2011 - Players". Prague Chess. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Aronian and Carlsen share first at Corus". Chessdom. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  11. ^ "Plovdiv: Playoffs of the European Individual Championships". ChessBase. 4 May 2008. Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  12. ^ Crowther, Mark (2013-05-16). "14th European Individual Championships 2013". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  13. ^ Silver, Albert (2015-04-29). "World Team: China takes gold, Ukraine silver". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  14. ^ "Sergey and Kateryna tie the knot". ChessBase. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  15. ^ Interview by Ilya Odesskij. (in Russian).

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