Michal Krasenkow[ edit ]

Michal Krasenkow (born 14 November 1963) is Polandīs strongest chess player after World War II.

He was born in Moscow (formerly Mikhail Krasenkov). Master of applied mathematics (1985).
His first notable successes date back to the 80s: he became a national master of the USSR in 1982, an International Master in 1988 and an International Grandmaster in 1989. In 1987 he became Champion of Georgia and in 1990, team champion of the USSR (with "Tigran Petrosian Chess Club", Moscow)

In 1992 Krasenkow emigrated to Poland. Since 1996 he represents that country at international competitions. Two-times champion of Poland (2000, 2002). 12-time winner of Polish team championships (1991,1993,1994,1995,1997 and 1998 with "Stilon" Gorzow Wielkopolski, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 with "Polonia" Warsaw). European Cup winner (1997, with the Russian team "Ladia" Azov) and silver medalist (2001, 2003 with "Polonia Plus GSM" Warsaw). Representant of Poland at European team championships and Chess Olympiads since 1996 (European team championships: Pula 1997 - 3rd place on Board 1, Batumi 1999 - 2nd place on Board 1).

He participated in all FIDE k.o. World Championships since 1997. Best results: Groningen/Lausanne (1997/98) - 5th round qualifier (last 9); Las Vegas (1999) - 3rd round qualifier (last 32); Tripoli (2004) – 4th round qualifier (last 16).

Major tournament victories: Moscow (1992, Mikhail Tal Memorial) - I-III places (tied), New York (1997) - I-II, Vilnius (1997, Vladas Mikenas Memorial) - I, Shanghai (2001, Tan Chin Nam Cup - category 16) - I-III.

Important tournament victories: Budapest (1989) - I-II places (tied), Vienna (1990) - I-VI, Gausdal (1991) - I-II, Katowice (1992) - I-II, Metz (1993) - I-III, Pardubice (1993) - I-V, Las Palmas (1993) - I-II, Pardubice (1994) - I-II, Stockholm (1994/95) - I, Stockholm (1995/96) - I, Asti (1996) - I, Reggio Emilia (1996/97) - I, Buenos Aires (1998) - I-V, Cutro (1999) - I, [Shanghai (2000) - I-II, Barlinek (2001) - I-III, Kavala (2001) - I-II, Bad Wiessee (2001) - I-IV, Wijk aan Zee (2002, tournament “B”) – I, Budapest (2004) - I.

Runner-up in major tournaments in Hastings (1993/94, behind John Nunn), Polanica Zdroj (1995, behind Veselin Topalov), Pamplona (1998/99, behind Alexander Morozevich), Lviv (2000, FIDE Category 17 tournament - behind Vassily Ivanchuk). Polanica Zdroj (1998, Category 17 tournament) - III-VI places.

In 2000 Krasenkow crossed the extra-class threshold of 2700 rating points, obtaining 2702 in July and October rating lists. He was ranked Nr 10 in the world at that time.

Krasenkow achieved notable successes in the so-called rapid chess: USSR Cup (Tallinn, 1988) - I-II places (tied), European Championships (Gijon, 1988) - IV-VII, GMA tournament (Murcia, 1990, with more than 100 Grandmasters participating) - V-VI, USSR Cup (Lviv, 1990) - I, CIS Cup (Moscow, 1991) - I, Russian Open Cup (Moscow, 1997) - I.

Blitz: champion of Poland (1999, 2001).

Krasenkow wrote several books on chess theory:
"The Open Spanish". London, Cadogan Books, 1995
"The Sveshnikov Sicilian". London, Cadogan Books, 1996

Krasenkow plays aggressive, spectacular chess. He has won many "best game" awards.


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