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Vladimir Epishin
Number of games in database: 867
Years covered: 1980 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2534 (2620 rapid, 2527 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2675

Overall record: +308 -113 =405 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 41 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (54) 
    E97 E94 E61 E66 E62
 Queen's Indian (49) 
    E15 E17 E12 E13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (45) 
    D37 D38 D35 D31 D30
 Slav (42) 
    D11 D15 D12 D10 D17
 Semi-Slav (33) 
    D45 D46 D47 D44
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E46 E42 E48 E22 E47
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (114) 
    B42 B43 B40 B22 B82
 Caro-Kann (63) 
    B18 B17 B12 B14 B10
 Sicilian Kan (63) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    E00 A40 A45 A46 A41
 Queen's Indian (30) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E16
 Grunfeld (29) 
    D85 D91 D97 D92 D80
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Adams vs Epishin, 1992 0-1
   Beliavsky vs Epishin, 1991 0-1
   R Kempinski vs Epishin, 2001 1/2-1/2
   Epishin vs Gheorghiu, 1993 1-0
   M Salami vs Epishin, 2001 0-1
   Adams vs Epishin, 1993 0-1
   Sveshnikov vs Epishin, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Epishin vs Polugaevsky, 1993 1-0
   Epishin vs de Firmian, 2005 1-0
   Epishin vs Van der Wiel, 2001 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bratto Festival (2007)
   Hastings 2003/04 (2003)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Leiden (2013)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   57th Russian Championship Qualifier (2004)
   Reykjavik Open (2004)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Cappelle la Grande (2006)
   58th Russian Championship Semifinals (2005)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   GRENKE Chess Classic (Open) (2017)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1990 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1992 by suenteus po 147
   Reggio Emilia 1990/91 II by suenteus po 147
   Ter Apel Klooster 1992 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 22nd Stuttgart Open
   Epishin vs R Dudek (May-27-17) 1-0
   Patrick Hoeglauer vs Epishin (May-27-17) 1/2-1/2
   Epishin vs I Neyman (May-26-17) 0-1
   N Bueter vs Epishin (May-26-17) 0-1
   Epishin vs S Schork (May-25-17) 1-0

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(born Jul-11-1965, 52 years old) Russia
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Born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Vladimir Epishin was awarded the Grandmaster title in 1990. He won the St. Petersburg championship twice. In 1989, he won the U.S. Open and in 2002 he won the Neckar International Open.

He was one of Anatoly Karpov 's seconds from 1987 to 1996. A variation of the Benko Gambit is named the Epishin Variation after him: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 g6 6.Nc3 Bxa6 7.Nf3 d6 8.g3 Bg7 9.Bg2 Nbd7 10.Rb1:

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 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 867  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Genin vs Epishin  0-1491980Leningrad ZenitC02 French, Advance
2. A Shashin vs Epishin  1-0471980Leningrad-chE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Oll vs Epishin  0-1371983Yaroslavl U20C15 French, Winawer
4. Epishin vs S Zagrebelny 1-0421983Yaroslavl U20E52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
5. Epishin vs Vyzmanavin  1-0321985Omsk-chE15 Queen's Indian
6. Epishin vs I Naumkin  1-0211985Omsk-chE17 Queen's Indian
7. Dreev vs Epishin 0-1261986Tallinn (Estonia)D92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
8. Epishin vs Yermolinsky  ½-½191986Memorial G.AgzamovD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Ivanchuk vs Epishin 1-0701986URS-ch U20E00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Vaisser vs Epishin  0-1401986URS-ch sfA52 Budapest Gambit
11. Epishin vs Y Kruppa  ½-½461986URS-ch sfD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Epishin vs Dreev  ½-½441986SevastopolA13 English
13. Epishin vs Yurtaev 0-1381986Memorial G.AgzamovB50 Sicilian
14. Epishin vs Y Dokhoian 0-1371986USSRA08 King's Indian Attack
15. Epishin vs Glek  1-0571986URS-ch U20A04 Reti Opening
16. Barsov vs Epishin  1-0461986Agzamov memD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
17. Azmaiparashvili vs Epishin  ½-½401986It cat 8D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
18. Epishin vs Y Kruppa  ½-½261987UzhgorodE15 Queen's Indian
19. Epishin vs V Osnos  1-0391987Leningrad-chE00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Epishin vs E Vladimirov  ½-½521987Tashkent Hodzhaev memD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Tseshkovsky vs Epishin  ½-½321987Tashkent Hodzhaev memC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
22. Epishin vs Savon  1-0371987URS-ch otborE12 Queen's Indian
23. Epishin vs Barsov  1-0381987Tashkent Hodzhaev memE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
24. E Vladimirov vs Epishin 1-0291987?B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
25. G Timoshchenko vs Epishin  ½-½771987Tashkent Hodzhaev memD98 Grunfeld, Russian
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Mar-30-06  Bobak Zahmat: <BIDMONFA> Nice website, but isn't this a bit waste of time since has great content?
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  offramp: Also part of a second's duty is to go to the board, stop the clocks and say, "Okay. I think my boy's had enough."
Mar-31-06  Bobak Zahmat: What are you talking about?
Sep-27-06  RonB52734: This evidently is a picture of Epishin: I wonder if acirce actually saw this face in his dream? :)
Jun-12-07  midknightblue: Epishin was at the HB Global a couple years ago. He is a very large man. Perhaps the worlds expert on the sicilian Kan. I am always interested in his lates Kan games. I noticed he was in an OKELLY just yesterday
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  whiteshark: Happy Birthday, GM Epishin!
Mar-23-09  slomarko:
Mar-23-09  JoseMacuteJr: GM Epishin plays sicilian Kan. Is Kan similar to Paulsen? Anybody?
Mar-23-09  slomarko: yes similar
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  JointheArmy: There's a story a I heard on the now defunct website WCN. I vaguely remember this, so it's not entirely accurate, but here it is.

My friend was playing at the Canadian Open and goes outside at night in the cold only to see GM Epishin. He's smoking and asks him if he knew who won the FIDE KO tournament in Libya. When my friend told him Kasimdzhanov won and Adams was one move away from winning, he said, <Kasimdzhanov is World Champion?> Then he shook his head, put out his cigarette and walked away.

Mar-24-09  JoseMacuteJr: I find it quite confusing in Kan and Paulsen openings. Up to the 10th move they are becoming similar to Taimanov and Scheveniningen, then we have the new one - svesnikov. American books mentioned Paulsen while most of those from europe mention Kan. ???
Mar-25-09  jetskyindian: Per Chessbase: "Epishin called the arbiter while pressing on his side of the clock. Anish tried to press down on the lever, but did not have a chance against the burly Russian GM."

Nice behavior Mr. Epishin, using your size against a little kid. Were you abused as a child? If I were arbiter I would disqualify you and ban your rear end so fast it would make your head spin. I would also report the incident to police - though they probably couldn't do anything - and write a letter to FIDE and recommend the strictest disciplinary action possible.

I hope you never get invited to another chess event in your life. You have absolutely zero place in the public chess world. Do us all a favor and GET OUT.

Mar-25-09  lorker: well, if he was really such a bad guy as <jetskyindian> and chessbase would like us to believe, why would Epishin agree a draw when his opponent only had 14 seconds left. People shouldn't believe the biased reports coming from chessbase. Epishins behavior doesnt seem so bad if you think about it, and it was only a blitz tournament, and his opponent had been moving in an unsporting manner.
Jul-11-10  wordfunph: GM Vladimir Epishin's Quotes..

"Top players do not play gambits because they are too risky. Top players prefer safe draws."

"Anand is stronger than Kamsky, but Anand has psychological problems."

"GM Vladimir Kramnik is a hard worker, but his problem is that he enjoys having fun, including a preference to drink."

"One should spend three times as much time studying one's own games than that of others since there are simply too much information around nowadays to study other people's games."

"Karpov is quite capable of winning the world title back from Kasparov."

happy birthday GM Epishin!

Jul-11-10  wordfunph: "Epishin, even with his rating of 2667, was the kind of man I felt an instinctive pity for: he was a step beyond plump, his hair was disheveled, his clothes were old and unwashed, and his heavy glasses slid down his nose like wax on a candle."

- J.C. Hallman

Jul-11-10  talisman: happy birthday vladimir..."we want more quotes".
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  whiteshark: Epishins Erben -->
Jul-19-10  Remizatorul: Nice pics gallery here... and here too...
Nov-10-10  SvetlanaBabe: My favourite chess player.
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  whiteshark: Vladimir Epishin is the winner of the third edition of the Festival “Land of the Elimi”, which was held in Erice (TP) July 25 to 29, 2012. The Russian GM lost only half a point in seven rounds and claimed the gold with 6,5/7.

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Jul-11-13  brainzugzwang: < wordfunph: GM Vladimir Epishin's Quotes ... "GM Vladimir Kramnik is a hard worker, but his problem is that he enjoys having fun, including a preference to drink." >

That's rather funny. Forgive me if I'm wrong here, but I seem to recall a Chess Life report on a New York Open around 1989 or '90 or so -- I believe Khalifman won, and a bunch of young -up-and-coming Soviets were in it -- where these young guys, including Epishin, found a club with a couple rounds to go in the event that was especially hospitable to Russians.

The CL report went on to say that none of them was in much shape to play the day after, most taking quick draws, and whoever drew Epishin that round was lucky because, well, it wasn't a pleasant sensory experience to sit across the table from him that morning. Anyone who can further enlighten, or correct, the story, please do so.

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  Penguincw: Happy 49th birthday to GM Vladimir Epishin.
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  MissScarlett: < At 9, [Kamsky] beat a 18 year old boy: it was Epishin, now trainer of Karpov's team.>

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  john barleycorn: A nice finish against the 12 year old Kamsky (game is not in this database)

<Epishin, Vladimir - Kamsky, Gata 1-0 B38 Leningrad-ch
1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bg7 5. e4 Nc6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Nc3 d6 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O Bd7 10. Qd2 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bc6 12. f3 a5 13. Kh1 Nd7 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. f4 Nc5 16. Bf3 a4 17. Rad1 Qa5 18. Qe3 Qb4 19. e5 Bxf3 20. Rxf3 Qxc4 21. f5 dxe5 22. Rh3 Rad8 23. Qxe5+ Kg8 24. Nd5 f6 25. Qxe7 Rd7 26. fxg6 h6 27. Rxh6 Qxd5 28. Rh8+ Kxh8 29. g7+ Kh7 30. gxf8=Q+ 1-0>

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of course, 26....Rxe7 is followed by 27.Nxe7+ Kg7 28.Rxh7

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