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 53)
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster
FIDE rating2528 (May 2021)
Peak rating2645 (July 1998)[1]

Alexander Anatolyevich Shabalov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Анато́льевич Шаба́лов; Latvian: Aleksandrs Šabalovs; born September 12, 1967) is an American chess grandmaster and a four-time winner of the United States Chess Championship (1993, 2000, 2003, 2007). He also won or tied for first place seven times in the U.S. Open Chess Championship (1993, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016).

He was born in Riga, Latvia, and like his fellow Latvians Aleksejs Shirov and Mikhail Tal, he is known for courting complications even at the cost of objective soundness.

In 2002 he tied for first place at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow with Gregory Kaidanov, Alexander Grischuk, Aleksej Aleksandrov, and Vadim Milov. In 2009 Shabalov shared first place with Fidel Corrales Jimenez in the American Continental Chess Championship.[2]

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.

In 2015 he was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame.

In 2019, Shabalov won the 23rd annual Eastern Chess Congress.[3]

In 2020, Shabalov won the 52nd annual Liberty Bell Open.[4]

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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "23rd Annual Eastern Chess Congress November 2019 United States of America FIDE Chess Tournament report". ratings.fide.com. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  4. ^ "52nd Annual Liberty Bell Open February 2020 United States of America FIDE Chess Tournament report". ratings.fide.com. Retrieved 2020-06-16.

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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