Alexander Motylev

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Alexander Motylev
Alexander Motylev.jpg
Full name Александр Анатольевич Мотылёв
Country Russia
Born (1979-06-17) 17 June 1979 (age 35)
Yekaterinburg, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2698 (July 2014)
(No. 72 in the January 2012 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2710 (July 2009)

Alexander Anatolyevich Motylev (Russian: Александр Анатольевич Мотылёв; born 17 June 1979) is a chess grandmaster, the current European champion and a former Russian champion.

He learnt how to play at the age of four and a half years and at age six took part in group instruction sessions. By the time he was eleven, Motylev was a Candidate Master. Around this time, he was also gifted at football, a sport for which he had major aspirations. Made aware of his split loyalties by his chess coach, Motylev's physical education teacher advised him to concentrate on chess and this proved to be good advice, as he went on to become national junior champion at both under 16 and under 18 level.

In 2001, he shocked the chess world with a surprise win of the Russian Championship, but in the years that followed, his indifferent form lead to both good and bad results. In 2002, he was invited to take part in the prestigious Russia vs Rest of the World match in Moscow and in the company of the world's elite players, scored only 1/6. In 2003, he won the Corsican Open at Bastia (ahead of a strong field including van Wely, Sasikiran and Tiviakov). In 2004, he swept to a comfortable victory at the Tomsk qualifier and then performed well in the Russian Superfinal. In the latter contest, a fighting draw with Kasparov saw him finish strongly, level with leading grandmasters Svidler, Morozevich and Bareev (behind Kasparov, Grischuk and Dreev). In 2005, he finished second at the 2nd Sanjin Hotel Cup (after Harikrishna, who he defeated) and in the same year, qualified again for the Russian Superfinal, this time by taking 3rd place at Kazan. In 2006, he was the joint winner of the Corus "B" Tournament at Wijk aan Zee with Magnus Carlsen. In June 2009 he won 10th Poikovsky Karpov tournament (category 18, 2694) in Poikovsky, Russia.[1]

In regular team events, he played for Russia in the 2001 World Team Championships and contributed a 2/3 performance, helping the team to a silver medal. At the European Team Chess Championship of 2005, his own sub-50% score and the whole team effort was far less convincing, as the Russians crashed to a 14th place finish.

He won the 2014 European Individual Chess Championship.

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Preceded by
Sergey Volkov
Russian Chess Champion
2001
Succeeded by
Alexander Lastin