Alexander Shabalov

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Alexander Shabalov
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Alexander Shabalov at the 2002 U.S. Chess Championships
Country  Soviet Union
 Latvia
 United States
Born (1967-09-12) September 12, 1967 (age 48)
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2538 (February 2016)
Peak rating 2645 (July 1998)[1]

Alexander Shabalov (Russian: Александр Анатольевич Шабалов, Aleksandr Anatolyevich Shabalov; Latvian: Aleksandrs Šabalovs; born September 12, 1967) is an American chess grandmaster. He is a four-time winner of the United States Chess Championship, with his most recent title coming in 2007.

In 2009 Shabalov shared first place with Fidel Corrales Jimenez in the American Continental Chess Championship.[2]

He was born in Riga, Latvia, and like his fellow Latvians Alexei Shirov and Mikhail Tal he is known for courting complications even at the cost of objective soundness. As of the January 2013 rating supplement Shabalov had a United States Chess Federation rating of 2657, ranking him 18th best among American chess players.

Shabalov regularly lectured chess players of all ages at the House of Chess, a store that he ran at the Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, until it closed in mid-2007.

Notable games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander Shabalov FIDE rating history, 1986-2001 at OlimpBase.org
  2. ^ "Continental Absolute Chess Championship Americas 2009". Chessdom. 2009-08-04. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Patrick Wolff
United States Chess Champion
1993 (with Alex Yermolinsky)
Succeeded by
Boris Gulko
Preceded by
Boris Gulko
United States Chess Champion
2000-2001 (with Joel Benjamin and Yasser Seirawan)
Succeeded by
Larry Christiansen
Preceded by
Larry Christiansen
United States Chess Champion
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Hikaru Nakamura
Preceded by
Alexander Onischuk
United States Chess Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Yuri Shulman