|Full name||Alexei Sergeyevich Dreev|
20 January 1969 |
|FIDE rating||2628 (June 2015)
(No. 46 in the January 2012 FIDE World Rankings)
|Peak rating||2711 (July 2011)|
Dreev was World U-16 Champion in 1983 and 1984, and the European Junior Champion in 1988. In 1989 he became a grandmaster, won a strong tournament at Moscow +5 =5 −1 and made his first appearance in the Russian Championship.
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 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. In 2011 he came first in the Cento Open.
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. In October 2013 Dreev won the 3rd Indonesia Open Chess Championship in Jakarta.
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%).
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).
- Alexey Dreev-Gata Kamsky Kazakhstan 1987 Ponziani opening 1-0 56 moves.
- Alexey Dreev-Viswanathan Anand Candidates match game 3 1991 Queen's Indian defence 1-0 46 moves.
- Loek van Wely-Alexey Dreev World cup 2005 Semi-Slav defence 0-1 91 moves.
- Alexander Morozevich-Alexey Dreev Russian Superfinals 2007 Sicilian defence 0-1 49 moves.
- Sam A Schmakel-Alexey Dreev Millionaire Chess 2014 Slav defence modern line 0-1 39 moves.
- Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 98, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6
- Hooper, David; Whyld, Kenneth (1992), The Oxford Companion to Chess (2 ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 115, ISBN 0-19-280049-3
- Crowther, Mark (2007-01-22). "TWIC 637: 5th Parsvnath Open". London Chess Center. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
- Crowther, Mark. "The Week in Chess: 1st Cento Open 2011". Chess.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- Crowther, Mark (2013-05-16). "14th European Individual Championships 2013". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- "Dreev wins Indonesia Open 2013". ChessBase. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- Chess Olympiad record of Alexei Dreev at olimpbase.org, retrieved 13 March 2013