Aleksander Goloshchapov

International Grandmaster
Professional Coach

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About me

Biography and sports achievements

Biography and sports achievements

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 I was born on January 25, 1978 in Kharkov (Ukraine). At the age of 8 I started playing chess.
1988-1990 Winner of numerous children and youth tournaments.
1990 Winner of International youth chess festival in Riga - Latvia
1991 Obtained the title of Candidate Master of Sports.
1992 2nd place in Ukrainian Championship U14
         9th place in European Championship U14 - Rimavská Sobota, Czechoslovakia
1993 Winner of International youth tournament in St. Petersburg - Russia
1994 Winner of youth festival “The Pearl of the Caucasus” – Essentuky, Russia
1995 2nd place in Bratislava Open tournament – Slovakia
         1-3 places in Mlada Boleslav Open tournament – Czech Republik
         2nd place in Sevastopol IM round-robin – Ukraine
         Obtainted the title of International Master at the age of 17
         Started a long-term cooperation with the honored trainer of Ukraine Alexander Vaisman.
1996 Champion of Ukraine U18 & U20
         10th place in World Championship U18 – Menorca, Spain
1997 3rd place in Ukrainian Championship U20
         2-8 places in TVP Piatka Open – Swidnica,Poland
1998 2-8 places in Chigorin Memorial (1st stage of Cup Russia) – St. Petersburg, Russia
1999 1-8 places in 3rd stage of Cup Russia – Tula, Russia
         2nd place in 6th stage of Cup Russia – Nizhnij Novgorod, Russia
         3rd place at finals of Cup Russia (robin 13 cat.) – Ekaterinburg,Russia
         Obtainted the title of International Grandmaster at the age of 21
2000 5-7 places in Zonal tournament 1.9 – Ordzhonikidze, Ukraine
         1st place on the first board at Serbian 2nd league - Novi-Sad, Serbia
         3rd place in “Golden Cleopatra” chess festival – Cairo,Egypt
2001 Winner of "Alushta Spring" tournament –Ukraine
         Started to collaborate (within 3 years) with unique Judit Polgar as a sparring partner
2002 Sole winner of Dubai Open (ahead of 43 GMs; performance - 2775!) - UAE
2003 Winner of Le Touquet Open - France.
2004 Winner of GM round-robin – Mulhouse, France
         2-13 places in Dubai Open – UAE
         2-3 places in Miskolc GM robin – Hungary
         3-7 places in Essent Open – Hoogeveen, Netherlands
         2-7 places in 19th Le Touque Open - France
2005 2-7 places in Essent Open – Hoogeveen, Netherlands
2006 3rd place in Cappelle la Grande Open (624 players, 112 GMs) – France
         3-6 places in Essent Open – Hoogeveen, Netherlands
         Graduated from Kharkov Institute of Physical Education and received a master's                   degree in coaching.
2008 9 out of 15 (opponents average 2567) at first German Bundesliga 2007/08

Training career

Training career

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     By the beginning of my training career I had accumulated a certain amount of coaching ideas, methods and approaches inherited from a highly experienced mentor and the honored trainer of Ukraine – Alexander Vaisman.
In 2002 I began to train children from the Belgian club Eynatten. My students became champions and got awards in youth championships in Belgium.
     My first great coaching experience took place in 2006, when I started training talanted 13-year-old Indian Parimarjan Negi. It was our intensive collaboration that gave Parimarjan a new boost to develop his skills even further and led him to achieving the desired goal of obtaining the GM title in June of the same year. Parimarjan scored his final GM norm in the grandmaster tournament in Satka (Russia) and being only 13 years, 5 months and 22 days old, he became the second-youngest grandmaster in the history of chess.
     In 2007, being a team member, I helped Michael Gurevich to prepare for his candidates match against Peter Leko as well as started working with a young Indian chess player S.P. Seturaman. This experience turned my life around and I totally went into coaching.
     Over the years of professional work as a coach I have developed my own methods of coaching, and the success of my students did prove its high efficiency.
     I have prepared 6 International Grandmasters, 4 International Masters, champions and winners of World, Asian and National youth championships. Vaibhav Suri became an International Grandmaster at the age of 15, while S.P. Sethuraman, as a member of the Indian team, won bronze medal at 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromso (Norway, 2014)
     In 2015 I was awarded the highest trainer's title of FIDE Senior Trainer.