Alexey Dreev

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Alexei Dreev
Alexei Dreev grandmaster.jpg
Full name Alexei Sergeyevich Dreev
Country Russia
Born (1969-01-20) 20 January 1969 (age 46)
Stavropol, Russia
Title Grandmaster (1989)
FIDE rating 2628 (June 2015)
(No. 46 in the January 2012 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2711 (July 2011)

Alexey Dreev (Russian: Алексей Дреев; born 20 January 1969[1]) is a Russian chess grandmaster.[2] His career peak Elo rating was 2711, attained in July 2011.

Dreev was World U-16 Champion in 1983 and 1984, and the European Junior Champion in 1988.[2] In 1989 he became a grandmaster, won a strong tournament at Moscow +5 =5 −1 and made his first appearance in the Russian Championship.[2]

In the 1990–1993 world championship cycle he qualified for the Candidates Tournament at Manila 1990 Interzonal, but lost his 1991 round of sixteen match to Viswanathan Anand[2] in Madras (+1 =5 −4).

Then in the FIDE World Championship Tournaments, firstly at Groningen 1997, he reached the quarter finals where he lost to Boris Gelfand. In the next four FIDE World Championship tournaments he was knocked out at the last sixteen stage: at Las Vegas 1999 by Michael Adams, at New Delhi 2000 to Veselin Topalov, at Moscow 2001 to Viswanathan Anand, and finally at Tripoli 2004 to Leinier Dominguez.

His best performance in the Russian Chess Championship was in 2004 at Moscow when he finished third (+4 =5 −2). This tournament was won by Garry Kasparov.

His best tournament victories were at the Biel chess tournament in 1995 (+5 =8 −0), and at the Corus chess tournament also in 1995 (+9 =4 −1). In 2007 he won the 5th Parsvnath Open in New Delhi.[3] In 2011 he came first in the Cento Open.[4]

In May 2013 he tied for 1st–8th with Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Romanov, Alexander G Beliavsky, Constantin Lupulescu, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Sergei Movsesian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Hrant Melkumyan and Evgeny Alekseev in the European Individual Chess Championship.[5] In October 2013 Dreev won the 3rd Indonesia Open Chess Championship in Jakarta.[6]

He has represented Russia in five Chess Olympiads between 1992 and 2004, with the Russian team winning gold medals in 1992, 1994, and 1996, and silver in 2004. His combined score from those events was +15 =23 −6 (60.2%).[7]

While being a promising young chess talent, he was for a period coached by the world-class chess trainer Mark Dvoretsky.

In 2007 he wrote the book My One Hundred Best Games (in short-list of "Chess Book of the Year"). Then followed the books The Moscow&Anti-Moscow Variations. An Insider's View (2010) and The Meran and Anti-Meran for Black. An Insider's View (2011).

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  1. ^ Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 98, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6 
  2. ^ a b c d Hooper, David; Whyld, Kenneth (1992), The Oxford Companion to Chess (2 ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 115, ISBN 0-19-280049-3 
  3. ^ Crowther, Mark (2007-01-22). "TWIC 637: 5th Parsvnath Open". London Chess Center. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Crowther, Mark. "The Week in Chess: 1st Cento Open 2011". Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Crowther, Mark (2013-05-16). "14th European Individual Championships 2013". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dreev wins Indonesia Open 2013". ChessBase. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Chess Olympiad record of Alexei Dreev at, retrieved 13 March 2013
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