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Andrei Sokolov
A Sokolov 
 
Number of games in database: 1,011
Years covered: 1975 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2518 (2565 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2645

Overall record: +259 -139 =601 (56.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 12 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (178) 
    B93 B90 B32 B33 B30
 Ruy Lopez (113) 
    C92 C95 C82 C67 C78
 French Defense (79) 
    C07 C10 C09 C03 C11
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (60) 
    C92 C95 C96 C84 C89
 Caro-Kann (50) 
    B10 B17 B14 B18 B12
 French Tarrasch (46) 
    C07 C09 C03 C05 C04
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (171) 
    B81 B80 B83 B40 B46
 Queen's Indian (90) 
    E15 E12 E14 E13 E16
 Sicilian Scheveningen (78) 
    B81 B80 B83 B82 B85
 Nimzo Indian (54) 
    E20 E39 E48 E32 E34
 English (38) 
    A17 A15 A13 A14 A18
 Sicilian Taimanov (38) 
    B46 B48 B47 B45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Sokolov vs Salov, 1983 1-0
   R Fontaine vs A Sokolov, 2007 0-1
   A Sokolov vs Karpov, 1986 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Kasparov, 1988 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Lautier, 1989 1-0
   A Sokolov vs A V Kharitonov, 1990 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Smyslov, 1985 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Karpov, 1987 1/2-1/2
   A Sokolov vs H Frauensohn, 1992 1-0
   Timman vs A Sokolov, 1986 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   French Championship (2005)
   Cappelle la Grande (2009)
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   Montpellier Candidates (1985)
   French Championships (2007)
   French Championships (2006)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   Cappelle la Grande (2007)
   28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Budesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   French Team Championship (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Montpellier Candidates 1985 by Benzol
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Belfort World Cup 1988 by suenteus po 147
   WCC Index [Sokolov-Yusupov 1986] by Hesam7
   Bugojno 1986 by suenteus po 147
   WCC Index [Sokolov-Vaganian 1986] by Hesam7

RECENT GAMES:
   T Heinz vs A Sokolov (Oct-16-16) 1/2-1/2
   P Tregubov vs A Sokolov (Jun-09-15) 1-0
   A Sokolov vs P Velten (Jun-07-15) 1/2-1/2
   A Sokolov vs Naiditsch (Jun-06-15) 1-0
   V Hamitevici vs A Sokolov (Jun-05-15) 1/2-1/2

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ANDREI SOKOLOV
(born Mar-20-1963, 54 years old) Russia (federation/nationality France)
PRONUNCIATION:
[what is this?]
Andrei Yurievich Sokolov was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1984. He became a Candidate in 1985. He was World Junior Champion in 1982, USSR Champion in 1984 [rusbase-1] and joint Moscow Champion in 1981 [rusbase-2] with Valentin Arbakov. In the Candidates matches he beat Rafael Vaganian (+4, =4, -0), pipped Artur Yusupov (+4, =7, -3) in 1986 and then met Anatoly Karpov. Sokolov lost this match (+0, =7, -4) and since then he has failed to repeat his earlier successes.

Wikipedia article: Andrei Sokolov

Note: there's also an IM named Andrei Sokolov, aka Andrejs Sokolovs


 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,011  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-032 1975 BakuB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
2. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-041 1978 BakuB83 Sicilian
3. A Sokolov vs I Novikov  1-032 1980 SochiB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
4. Vyzmanavin vs A Sokolov  ½-½31 1981 Moscow (Russia)E20 Nimzo-Indian
5. A Sokolov vs Dvoirys  ½-½40 1981 MoscowB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. Hjartarson vs A Sokolov  ½-½19 1981 EU-ch jrB83 Sicilian
7. A Sokolov vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½18 1981 Moscow-chB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
8. A Sokolov vs Vasiukov  ½-½63 1981 Moscow-chB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. A Sokolov vs Gulko  ½-½42 1981 Moscow chC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
10. A Sokolov vs D Michiels  1-027 1981 EU-ch jrB10 Caro-Kann
11. A Sokolov vs C Hansen  1-059 1981 EU-ch jrB01 Scandinavian
12. J Delaney vs A Sokolov 1-046 1981 EU-ch jrE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
13. A Sokolov vs Lutikov 0-146 1981 URS-ch sfB41 Sicilian, Kan
14. J M Hodgson vs A Sokolov 0-136 1981 EU-ch jrB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
15. A Sokolov vs Antoshin  1-049 1981 Moscow-chC41 Philidor Defense
16. Vaganian vs A Sokolov  1-057 1981 Moscow chA04 Reti Opening
17. P Pandavos vs A Sokolov  0-161 1981 EU-ch jrB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. Psakhis vs A Sokolov 0-182 1981 Moscow chE17 Queen's Indian
19. Razuvaev vs A Sokolov  ½-½15 1981 Moscow-chE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
20. M Wiedenkeller vs A Sokolov  ½-½40 1981 EU-ch jrB83 Sicilian
21. A Sokolov vs I Stohl  1-041 1981 Groningen 33/323B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
22. A Sokolov vs F A Cuijpers  1-068 1981 EU-ch jrB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
23. A Sokolov vs Bronstein ½-½33 1981 Ch MoscowC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
24. A Sokolov vs M Condie  ½-½42 1981 EU-ch jrC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. A Sokolov vs T Karolyi Jr.  1-047 1981 EU-ch jrB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,011  PGN Download
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Apr-19-09  number 23 NBer: <pipped Artur Yusupov> Some fascinating language in the bio. I'm not entirely sure what to make of that.
Jul-23-09  kap54: I thought the same thing. Is that British for "eked it out against?"
Sep-09-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mateo: <pacelli: Sokolov's fall from grace is generally attributed to his drinking woes. He took his loss to karpov in 87 badly, and simply never fully recovered and took to the bottle.> This is exactly what told me a russian GM.
Oct-01-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: <<"... pipped Artur Yusupov ..." Some fascinating language in the bio. I'm not entirely sure what to make of that.>>

Quoting the Collins Concise English Dictionary, to "pip" means to "defeat (a person), especially when his success seems certain (often in pip at the post)." This is particularly appropo, as Yusupov led their match by 2 with just 4 to play, but then Sokolov scored 3.5/4 to clinch it.

Mar-20-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Happy Birthday GM Andrei "Curly Hair" Sokolov!!!
Mar-20-10  kurtrichards: <Sokolov's fall from grace is generally attributed to his drinking woes.> GM Vladislav Tkachiev fell asleep during one of his games drunk.

Let's drink to that, Andrei! Happy birthday!

Mar-20-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <kurtrichards: <Sokolov's fall from grace is generally attributed to his drinking woes.> GM Vladislav Tkachiev fell asleep during one of his games drunk.

Let's drink to that, Andrei! Happy birthday!>

lol!

Mar-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday!
Mar-20-11  PeterB: Andrei Sokolov played Kevin Spraggett in a Candidates' match in Canada in 1988, but lost the match when he left his queen en prise. He hasn't done much since then!
Mar-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Isn't there a Sokolov who was a Russian physicist and also a strong chess player, IM level? Could this be the same guy?

I seem to remember reading something about a guy like that who emigrated/escaped from the USSR in the 70s or 80s and went to live in Israel.

Apr-05-11  dx9293: No, HeMateMe, this is the fallen meteor Andrei Sokolov, who was once ranked World No. 3 and was one step away from reaching a World Championship match with Kasparov. However, he lost his Candidates Final to Karpov in 1987 and never really recovered.
Apr-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <PeterB: Andrei Sokolov played Kevin Spraggett in a Candidates' match in Canada in 1988, but lost the match when he left his queen en prise. He hasn't done much since then!>

After the phase in which games were played at normal time controls, they then played a succession at progressively faster rapid games, culminating in G/15 (I think). Small wonder one of the players hung their queen in a rapid game-I'd like to see anyone play up to their normal strength with all that nervous tension and so much in the balance. At least when Smyslov qualified from one of his Candidates matches in the 1983 cycle, it was a simple spin of a roulette wheel!

<HeMateMe: Isn't there a Sokolov who was a Russian physicist and also a strong chess player, IM level? Could this be the same guy?>

The physicist was: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei...

Apr-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  pawn to QB4: No, there really was a physicist named A.Sokolov: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arseni.... Not heard of him as a chess player though.
Apr-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Ah, thanks for the info! I'm trying to think of one of these guys, an immigrant from the USSR to Israel, who played Kasparov in a simul, in Israel. He was a famous dissident (though not a physicist) who was also a strong chess player.

I think Kaspy played 5 such guys, IM level players, in an exhibition simul, about 15 years ago.

Apr-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <HeMateMe> Natan Scharansky

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natan_...

Apr-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: thanks, <keypusher>, spot on data.

Here's a bit of the wiki entry:

" Natan Sharansky was born in Stalino, Soviet Union on January 20, 1948 to a Jewish family. He graduated with a degree in applied mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. As a child,< he was a chess prodigy.> He performed in simultaneous and blindfold displays, usually against adults. At the age of 15, he won the championship in his native Donetsk.[1] When incarcerated in solitary confinement, he claims to have played chess against himself in his mind. Sharansky <beat the world chess champion Garry Kasparov> in a simultaneous exhibition in Israel in 1996.[1]"

Perhaps he would have been a physicist, had it not been for his human rights work, which killed any chance of having a normal life in the USSR.

I was searching the net for "chess + physicist", couldn't find this name.

May-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Eggman: Quoting the Collins Concise English Dictionary, to "pip" means to "defeat (a person), especially when his success seems certain (often in pip at the post)." This is particularly appropo, as Yusupov led their match by 2 with just 4 to play, but then Sokolov scored 3.5/4 to clinch it.>

LOL. Does that dictionary have " propos" in it?

Mar-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday Andrei Sokolov!
Mar-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <Oct-30-03 Eggman: Sokolov lost in the first round of the following candidates in 1988 to heavy underdog Kevin Spraggett. I believe Sokolov was 25 years old at that time. I don't know how active he still is; in any event he is currently the 7th ranked player in France.>

1988-89 Candidates Matches:
Kevin Spraggett upset his Soviet opponent Andrei Sokolov who relied on the old technology, the celebrated card files of Moscow's Central Chess Club. The trouble was there were virtually no Spraggett games on file!

happy birthday GM Andrei Sokolov!

Mar-20-14  Paraconti: Happy Birthday Sokolov, one of the great chess comets!
Mar-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 51st birthday to GM Andrei Sokolov.
Mar-30-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Quite a mobile bunch, the participants of Biel izt (1985). Sokolov played for the Soviets then.

Again, it would be nice if the bio could demarcate the years where a player was associated with other Federations than their current one.

Nov-24-15  siggemannen: I found this short interview with Sokolov during the Montpellier Candidates tourney: http://tournoidescandidatsmontpelli...

Click on the small video on the left to see it

Nov-24-15  siggemannen: The main page provides some really nice pictures of the players
Mar-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Andrei Sokolov.
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