Alexander Onischuk

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Alexander Onischuk
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Alexander Onsichuk plays a game for the U.S.
Full name Олександр Онищук
Country United States
Born (1975-09-03) September 3, 1975 (age 41)
Sevastopol, Crimea
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2667 (March 2017)
(No. 76 in the January 2012 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2701 (July 2010)

Alexander Onischuk (born September 3, 1975) is an American chess grandmaster.


Originally from Ukraine, he immigrated to the United States in 2001. He was the 2006 U.S. Chess Champion. He is currently the sixth-ranked American grandmaster, behind Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Ray Robson, and Gata Kamsky.

Onischuk participated in International Chess Festival Biel 2007, where he placed second after Magnus Carlsen. He scored 5.5/9 like Carlsen, but lost in the tie-breaker match held after the regular rounds finished. Onischuk has competed six times in the Chess Olympiad for the United States team from 2004-2014.

In the fall of 2012, Onischuk became the head coach at the 2-time reigning national collegiate chess champion [1] Texas Tech University.

Under his coaching, the Texas Tech University Chess Program has won the 2015-2016 Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship and qualified three times for the Final Four.

Children- Philip Onischuk born 2003.


  1. ^ "Texas Tech Today". Retrieved 2014-07-22. 

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Preceded by
Hikaru Nakamura
United States Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Alexander Shabalov