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Alexander Grischuk, born Oct 31, 1983, is a Russian Grandmaster from Moscow. He reached the semifinals of the 2000 FIDE world championship at the age of 16. In 2002, he took 2nd at the Corus Chess Tournament. In 2004, he was 2nd in the 2004 Russian Championships, behind Kasparov. In 2006, he won the World Blitz Chess Championship. In 2007, he qualified for the World Chess Championship Tournament in Mexico City by winning Candidates' matches against Vladimir Malakhov and Sergei Rublevsky. His peak Elo rating has been 2732. His current Elo rating is 2726.