Pavel Eljanov

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Pavel Eljanov
Pavel Eljanov 2017 (crop).jpg
Eljanov playing in the Shamkir Chess 2017
Full nameПавло Володимирович Ельянов
Born (1983-05-10) 10 May 1983 (age 39)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (2001)
FIDE rating2695 (September 2022)
Peak rating2765 (March 2016)
RankingNo. 43 (September 2022)
Peak rankingNo. 6 (September 2010)

Pavel Eljanov (Ukrainian: Павло Володимирович Ельянов, romanizedPavlo Volodymyrovych Elyanov; born 10 May 1983) is a Ukrainian chess grandmaster. He has won two team gold medals and one individual silver medal at the Chess Olympiads.[1]

He acted as a second for Boris Gelfand in the World Chess Championship 2007,[2] Candidates Matches 2011[3] and World Chess Championship 2012,[4] for Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2013,[5] and for Mariya Muzychuk in the Women's World Chess Championship 2016.[6]


In 1999, he was a member of the Ukrainian national youth team, which won the Under-16 Chess Olympiad in Artek, Ukraine.[7] In 2007 Eljanov won the B group of the Corus Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands with a score of 9/13 points.[8] This result enabled him to qualify for the category 20 tournament Corus A group of 2008. In the latter he scored 5/13 points.[9]

He won the 2009 Bosna Chess Tournament (pl), a six-player double round-robin tournament in Sarajevo, with a score of 7/10 points.[10] In the same year Eljanov played in the GM Rapid event of the Richard Riordan Chess Festival at the 18th Maccabiah Games.[11]

In May 2010, he won the Astrakhan stage of FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010 scoring 8/13.[12] In August 2010, he won the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen.[13] In the September 2010 FIDE World Rankings Eljanov had a rating of 2761, making him number 1 in Ukraine and number 6 in the world.

In February 2012, he tied for 1st–3rd with Mateusz Bartel and Anton Korobov in the 11th Aeroflot Open.[14] In February 2013, Eljanov took first place on tiebreak in the strong Reykjavik Open. Later that year, in September, he won the 14th Anatoly Karpov International Tournament (pl), a category 18 round-robin event in Poikovsky, Russia.[15][16] In the following month he won another strong open tournament, the Chigorin Memorial.

In April 2014, he won the B tournament of the Gashimov Memorial in Şəmkir, Azerbaijan. In the FIDE World Cup 2015, Eljanov knocked out Rinat Jumabayev, Alexander Ipatov, Alexander Grischuk, Dmitry Jakovenko and Hikaru Nakamura to reach the semifinals. Here he was defeated in rapid tiebreaks by the eventual winner, Sergey Karjakin. This result enabled Eljanov to qualify to play in the FIDE Grand Prix series 2017. In 2016, he won the Isle of Man International tournament in Douglas edging out Fabiano Caruana on tiebreak after both scored 7½/9 points.[17]

In July 2021, he won the 48th International Dortmund Schachtage Deutschland Grand Prix, scoring 6/9.[18]

Personal life[edit]

His father was International Master Vladimir Eljanov.[19] In April 2009 Eljanov married WIM Olena Dvoretska.[20] He has a daughter born in 2011.[21]

Eljanov graduated from the National University “Yaroslav the Wise Law Academy of Ukraine”.[22]


  1. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "Men's Chess Olympiads: Pavel Eljanov". OlimpBase. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Boris Gelfand: 'There are not enough places for everyone'". ChessBase. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Eljanov Pavel". Chess Network Company. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  4. ^ Doggers, Peter (6 June 2012). "Boris Gelfand: "I was by no means inferior in this match" (interview, part 1 of 2)". ChessVibes. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  5. ^ Crowther, Mark (2014-11-25). "World Chess Championship closing ceremony: Putin speaks and Carlsen receives his prizes". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  6. ^ Silver, Albert (2016-03-06). "Women's WCh. G3: Change of tactics, but draw". ChessBase. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  7. ^ 5th World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad: Artek 1999 OlimpBase
  8. ^ "Standings of grandmaster group B 2007". Tata Steel Chess. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Standings of grandmaster group A 2008". Tata Steel Chess. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Bosna Chess Tournament 2009". Chessdom. 2009-05-20. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  11. ^ "The Week in Chess 767". Retrieved 2017-08-07.
  12. ^ "Eljanov Wins Astrakhan Grand Prix". Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  13. ^ "Politiken Cup 2010: Eljanov reels it in". ChessBase. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Aeroflot Open – Mateusz Bartel comes out on top". 2012-02-16. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  15. ^ "Poikovsky Final: Eljanov at the top". ChessBase. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  16. ^ Crowther, Mark. "14th Karpov GM Poikovsky 2013". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  17. ^ Crowther, Mark. " IoM Masters 2016". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2017-08-07.
  18. ^ "Chess-Results Server - 48. Internationale Dortmunder Schachtage". Retrieved 2021-07-18.
  19. ^ Savinov, Misha (2006-02-14). "The Great Chess Market". ChessBase. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  20. ^ Karlovich, Anastasiya (9 November 2009). "New chess family: GM Pavel Eljanov and WIM Olena Dvoretska". ChessBase. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  21. ^ Peterson, Macauley (2015-09-27). "Pavel Eljanov, World Cup standout". chess24. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  22. ^ Karlovich, Anastasiya (12 July 2010). "Interview with Pavel Eljanov". ChessBase. Retrieved 24 September 2015.

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