Alex Onischuk

Alex Onischuk(b. 1975)

U.S. Chess

Hall of Fame

Inducted 2018







Born in Ukraine, Alex Onischuk immigrated to the United States in 2001. One of only nine American players to have attained a FIDE rating of 2700, he has competed in every U.S. Chess Championship since 2004. In 2006, Onischuk won the U.S. Chess Championship, and he has either tied for or taken second or third place seven times (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2017). He has represented the United States in six Chess Olympiads (2004-2014) and seven World Team Championships (2005-2019). Onischuk also played Board One on the U.S. gold medal-winning team at the 2013 Pan-American Team Championship. In 2012, he became the Head Coach and Director of the nationally-recognized chess program at Texas Tech University.

Notable Games

Spectrum Studio
Alex Onischuk at the 2016 U.S. Chess Championship
Courtesy of the Saint Louis Chess Club
Austin Fuller
Alex Onischuk Competes in the Playoff for the 2017 U.S. Chess Championship
Courtesy of the Saint Louis Chess Club


4/4/2018: KCBD — Texas Tech Chess falls in Final Four; coach heads to Hall of Fame

4/3/2018: Everything Lubbock — Texas Tech Knight Raiders Place Third in Final Four of Chess

3/18/2018: Daily Toreador — Coach to be inducted to Chess Hall of Fame

3/10/2018: Everything Lubbock — Texas Tech Chess Coach Selected for Hall of Fame

3/9/2018: Texas Tech Today — Chess Coach Selected For Hall of Fame

3/9/2018: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal — Texas Tech chess coach selected for national hall of fame