Pavel Eljanov was born on 10th May 1983 in Kharkiv, then located in the Ukrainian SSR in the Soviet Union. In his career, he won two gold medals, 2004 and 2010, in the Chess Olympics games while playing in a team and one silver medal in the Chess Olympics while playing as an individual. He has also been a second in several competitions, such as Boris Gelfand, the Candidate matches in 2011, the World Chess Championship of 2012, Chess Championship in 2001, the World Championship of 2013, Magnus Carlsen, and in Women’s World Chess Championship of 2016.
He became a professional chess player in 1995 until 2021. He attained the grandmaster categorization in 2001. His peak ranking was 6th September 2010, when he was ranked top 10 worldwide.
Eljanov is among the best Ukrainian chess players. They began their career and a young age and participated in and won a lot of tournaments at the national level. He gained much popularity as a chess player worldwide by winning the grandmaster title in 2001 when he was still a teenager.
Eljanov has mentored many players who have participated in the world and international tournaments, such as Mariya Muzychuk, Magnus Carlsen, and Boris Gelfand.
Pavel is among the best players in Ukraine. He has won many local tournaments in Ukraine and other tough tournaments outside the country, such as the Aeroflot Open (11th), Reykjavik Open in 2013, and Anatoly Karpov 14th International Tournament.
In 1999, in the under 16 Chess Olympiad held in Artek in Ukraine, he was among the national youth team that won. In the Corus Tournament that was held in Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands, he scored 9 out of 13 points and was able to win the B group in 2007. Through this victory, he was able to get into category 20 of the Corus group A in 2008, where he scored 5 of 13 points.
His career did not stop there; in 2009, Eljanov participated in a six-man, two-round competition hosted in Sarajevo. The competition was known as the Bosna Chess Tournament.
He emerged victorious after winning the tournament with 7 points out of 10. Also, in the same year, 2009, he participated in the eighteenth Maccabiah Games held in the Richard Riordan Chess Festival in the GM rapid.
With a score of 8 out of 13, he won the Fide Grand Prix 2008-2010 stage of Astrakhan on 10th May 2010. Won the Politiken Cup in the August of the same year in Copenhagen. It was in this year that he became more popular in the world. He was ranked position one in Ukraine and six in the whole world. He had a rating of 2761 in the FIDE World Rankings.
Other than chess, Eljanov was also committed to academics. He has a degree from the Yaroslav the Wise Law Academy of Ukraine, a National University. He was motivated to play chess by his father, Vladimir Eljanov, an International Master. Eljanov was married to Woman International Master, Dvoretska in April 2009, and by 2011, they had a daughter who was born 2011.
Pavel began playing chess from a tender age. He drew a lot of inspiration from his father, an international chess master in those days. He began by participating in the local tournaments in Kharkiv in Ukraine. He gradually started to compete in higher competitions until he qualified to compete in the national youth team of Ukraine in 1999 in the under 16 competitions, and they won.
He became a chess grandmaster in 2001 while he was still young. Also, He won the B group in the Corus tournament in 2007. Besides, he won the Robin Tournament by 9/13 points in 2008.
In 2010 he was ranked as the number one chess player in Ukraine and position 6 in the whole world. FIDE rated him as 2761.
He also participated in among the toughest tournaments and won. Such tournaments were the 11th Aeroflot Open and Reykjavik Open.