Sergei Movsesian

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Sergei Movsesian
Country Georgia
Czech Republic
Born (1978-11-03) 3 November 1978 (age 39)
Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2635 (July 2018)
Peak rating 2751 (January 2009)
Peak ranking No. 10 (January 2009)

Sergei Movsesian (Armenian: Սերգեյ Մովսիսյան; born 3 November 1978 in Tbilisi) is an Armenian chess Grandmaster who played for the Czech Republic for most of his career.[1][2] Later he represented Slovakia which offered him citizenship. On December 30, 2010 Movsesian started to represent his ancestral country of Armenia.[3][4] He was a member of the gold medal-winning Armenian team at the 2011 World Team Chess Championship in Ningbo.[5]


Movsesian’s early victories include Pardubice 1995, Hamburg 1997 and Groningen 1998.[6]

He won the Czech Chess Championship in 1998.

In 1999, Movsesian reached the quarterfinals of the FIDE World Chess Championship in Las Vegas, and lost to Vladimir Akopian 1.5–2.5.[7]

In 2002 and 2007 he won the Slovak Chess Championship. In 2002 Movsesian also became the European Blitz Chess Champion in Panormo, Crete.[8]

He won international tournaments in Sarajevo, Bosna (2002 and 2007, both outright), at that time a strong closed GM tournament;[9] 2007 Czech Coal Carlsbad Jubilee tournament in Karlovy Vary (joint with Ruslan Ponomariov); Mikhail Chigorin Memorial in Saint Petersburg in 2007; and the Wijk aan Zee Corus B tournament in 2008, a full point ahead of Nigel Short and Etienne Bacrot.[10] At the 2008 European Individual Chess Championship, which was held in Plovdiv, Movsesian won the silver medal.[11] In the 2013 edition of the same event he tied for 1st–8th with Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Romanov, Alexander Beliavsky, Constantin Lupulescu, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Hrant Melkumyan, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexey Dreev and Evgeny Alekseev.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Movsesian has been living in the Czech Republic since 2004.[13]

In 2003 he married WGM Petra Krupkova.[14] He is now married to WGM Júlia Kočetková.

He can speak eight languages.[15]


  • Movsesian, Sergei; Klima, Lukas (2009). Czech Open: Pardubice Phenomenon. Caissa Hungary. ISBN 978-80-86725-08-6. 


  1. ^ "Chess News - Navara beats Movsisian in CEZ Chess Trophy 2011". Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  2. ^ "2002 in Review - International Events". Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  3. ^ Player transfers in 2010 FIDE
  4. ^ "53rd Torneo di Capodanno in Reggio Emilia - Round Three". Chessdom. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "World Team Ch. – Armenia gold, China silver, Ukraine bronze". 2011-07-27. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "The chess games of Sergei Movsesian". Chessgames. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  7. ^ Crowther, Mark (1999-08-16). "The Week in Chess 249: FIDE World Chess Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Crowther, Mark (7 October 2002). "TWIC 413: European Rapid & Blitz Championship". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Chess News - Movsesian wins Bosna 2007 in Sarajevo". 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  10. ^ "Aronian and Carlsen share first at Corus". Chessdom. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  11. ^ "Plovdiv: Playoffs of the European Individual Championships". ChessBase. 2008-05-04. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  12. ^ Crowther, Mark (2013-05-16). "14th European Individual Championships 2013". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Čez Chess Trophy 2011 - Players". Prague Chess. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Sergey and Kateryna tie the knot". ChessBase. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  15. ^ (in Russian) Interview by Ilya Odesskij,

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