Beliavsky at the 35th Chess Olympiad, Bled 2002
|Full name||Alexander Genrikhovich Beliavsky|
|Country||Soviet Union (until 1991) |
Slovenia (since 1994)
|Born||December 17, 1953|
Lviv, Soviet Union, now Ukraine
|FIDE rating||2519 (July 2019) |
(No. 181 on the November 2011 FIDE ratings list)
|Peak rating||2710 (July 1997)|
Beliavsky was born in Lviv, USSR, now Ukraine. Since 1994, he lives in Slovenia and he plays for the Olympic team there. He is noted for his uncompromising style of play and for his classical opening repertoire, including openings such as the Queen's Gambit, Ruy Lopez, French Defence and the Two Knights Defence.
In tournaments, he was first equal at Baden 1980, first at Tilburg 1981, second equal at Tilburg 1984, joint winner at Wijk aan Zee 1984 and joint second at the same event a year later. At the second Russia (USSR) vs Rest of the World match in 1984, he was the top scorer for the victorious Soviet team, defeating Yasser Seirawan 2-0 and Bent Larsen 1½-½. Beliavsky won the Vidmar Memorial four times: in 1999, 2001, 2003 (with Emil Sutovsky) and 2005. In 2013 he tied for 1st-8th with Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Romanov, Hrant Melkumyan, Constantin Lupulescu, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Sergei Movsesian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexey Dreev and Evgeny Alekseev in the European Individual Chess Championship, thus qualifying for the Chess World Cup 2013.
He is also a chess coach and in 2004 was awarded the title of FIDE Senior Trainer.
Beliavsky shares the record for having defeated the most undisputed world champions. He has defeated nine - every undisputed world champion since Vassily Smyslov except Bobby Fischer - a record he shares with Paul Keres and Victor Korchnoi.