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Beliavsky, Alexander

Alexander Genrikhovich Beliavsky (Belyavsky) was born on Decmber 17, 1953 in Lviv, USSR.  After finishing school, he did not qualify for the University Law Faculty, but was accepted in the Sports College as chess was considered a sport in the USSR.  Beliavsky said that helped him prolong his chess career.  He is a Grandmaster (1975) from Slovenia who won the World Junior Championship in 1973, held in Teesside, England.   He was the 3rd USSR player to win the World Junior Championship, after Boris Spassky in 1955 and Anatoly Karpov in 1969.  In 1973 he took last place in the USSR championship.  The next year, he won it.  He tied for first place (with Tal) at the USSR Championship in 1974, and won the USSR Championship in 1980, 1987, and 1990.  In 1983, he lost against Kasparov in the quarterfinals for the World Championship.  In 1997 he lost to Nigel Short in the FIDE world championship knockout matches.  He is currently ranked number 91 in the world (FIDE rating is 2645) and the oldest person among the world's top 100 active  players.

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