Alexander Motylev

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Alexander Motylev
Alexander Motylev.jpg
Motylev at Mainz, 2008
Full nameAlexander Anatolyevich Motylev
Born (1979-06-17) 17 June 1979 (age 40)
Sverdlosk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (2000)
FIDE rating2641 (April 2020)
Peak rating2710 (July 2009)

Alexander Anatolyevich Motylev (Russian: Александр Анатольевич Мотылёв; born 17 June 1979) is a Russian chess grandmaster. He was Russian champion in 2001 and European champion in 2014. Motylev is also Sergey Karjakin's trainer and one of the coaches of the Russian national team.[1]


He learnt how to play at the age of four and a half years and at age six took part in group instruction sessions. Motylev became a Candidate Master at eleven years old.[2] 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.[2][3]

Motylev was the runner-up in the 1998 European Junior Chess Championship, won by Levon Aronian.[4]

In 2001, he won the Russian Chess Championship and played for the national team in the World Team Chess Championship, where he contributed to the team silver medal scoring 2/3.[5] In 2002, he was invited to take part in the Russia vs Rest of the World match in Moscow and, in the company of the world's elite players, scored 1/6. In 2003, he won the Corsican Open at Bastia, ahead of a strong field including Loek van Wely, Krishnan Sasikiran and Sergei Tiviakov.

In 2004, Motylev won the Tomsk qualifier[6] and in the Superfinal of the 57th Russian Championship he finished fourth, behind Garry Kasparov, with whom Motylev drew, Alexander Grischuk and Alexey Dreev.[7] In 2005, he tied for first in the Aeroflot Open.[8] Later that year, Motylev finished second at the 2nd Sanjin Hotel Cup, behind Pentala Harikrishna, whom he defeated, and qualified again for the Russian Superfinal, this time by finishing equal third in Kazan.[9]

In 2006, he was the joint winner of the Corus B Tournament in Wijk aan Zee with Magnus Carlsen. Motylev finished second, behind Ian Nepomniachtchi, in the Aeroflot Open 2008.[10] In June 2009, he won the 10th Anatoly Karpov International Tournament (pl) (category 18, 2694) in Poikovsky, Russia.[11]

Motylev won the 2014 European Individual Chess Championship in Yerevan with 9/11 and a rating performance of 2872, the best performance in the event's history.[12] In April 2014, he took clear second place, behind Pavel Eljanov, in the B tournament of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Şəmkir, Azerbaijan.[13] In July of the same year, he participated in the Biel Grandmaster Tournament and scored 3.5/10 (+1=4-5), finishing last.[14]

He placed equal first (second on tiebreak) in the 2015 Russian Championship Higher League with 6.5/9 and qualified for the Superfinal.[15] In the latter he scored 4/11, tying for 11th-12th place with Ildar Khairullin and placing last on tiebreak.[16] In 2017 Motylev won the Russian Rapid Chess Championship in Sochi.[17]

Personal life[edit]

His father Anatoly is a FIDE Master.[18]


  1. ^ "Motylev and Potkin appointed coaches of Russian national team". Chessdom. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b Vladislav Tkachiev (3 August 2011). "A sketch in bright colours (interview 2011)". WhyChess. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  3. ^ Interview at (subscription required)
  4. ^ "European U20 Championship 1998" (in Italian). Italian Chess Federation. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  5. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "Motylev, Alexander - World Team Chess Championship". OlimpBase. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  6. ^ Kryakvin, Dmitry. "Winners of the Russian Higher Leagues". Russian Chess Federation. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Super Final R11: Kasparov wins title by 1½ points". ChessBase. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Aeroflot Open: Sutovsky winner on tiebreak". ChessBase. 24 February 2005. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  9. ^ Crowther, Mark (12 September 2005). "TWIC 566: 58th Russian Championship Semi-Finals". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Nepomniachtchi wins Aeroflot Open 2008". ChessBase. 2008-02-22. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Motylev wins 10th Karpov Poikovsky". ChessBase. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  12. ^ "2014 Euro-Ch: Motylev wins with record result". ChessBase. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  13. ^ Silver, Albert (30 April 2014). "Gashimov Memorial B: Eljanov and Motylev shine". ChessBase. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  14. ^ Crowther, Mark (25 July 2014). "47th Biel Chess Festival 2014". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  15. ^ McGourty, Colin (7 July 2015). "Artemiev earns showdown with Russia's best". chess24. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Tomashevsky and Goryachkina Become Champions". Russian Chess Federation. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Alexander Motylev Is Russian Rapid Champion". Russian Chess Federation. 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  18. ^ Анатолий Терентьев: На волне памяти. Воспоминания... Часть 9 (in Russian)

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Preceded by
Sergey Volkov
Russian Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Alexander Lastin