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Valery Salov
Number of games in database: 763
Years covered: 1978 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2644
Highest rating achieved in database: 2715

Overall record: +228 -125 =362 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 48 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (38) 
    E15 E12 E17 E18 E13
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    A46 A41 E00 A45 D02
 King's Indian (32) 
    E97 E83 E80 E62 E63
 Nimzo Indian (29) 
    E32 E46 E41 E21 E49
 English (25) 
    A13 A14 A16 A15 A19
 Slav (23) 
    D12 D11 D17 D10 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (99) 
    B62 B81 B89 B33 B82
 Queen's Indian (60) 
    E12 E17 E15 E16 E13
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E32 E41 E20 E52 E46
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C76 C67 C64 C60 C65
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (22) 
    B62 B65 B63 B64 B60
 Bogo Indian (22) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Timman vs Salov, 1991 0-1
   E Grant vs Salov, 1983 0-1
   Huebner vs Salov, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Salov vs Korchnoi, 1997 1/2-1/2
   Salov vs Karpov, 1998 1-0
   M Trosman vs Salov, 1978 0-1
   Sax vs Salov, 1989 0-1
   Salov vs Short, 1989 1-0
   Karpov vs Salov, 1994 0-1
   Salov vs J M De La Villa Garcia, 1987 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Salov - Timman Candidates Semifinal (1994)
   Hoogovens (1997)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   3rd Euwe Memorial (1989)
   Dos Hermanas (1997)
   55th USSR Championship (1988)
   Amsterdam (1996)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Hoogovens (1998)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1987 by suenteus po 147
   Skelleftea World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   99_Lev Polugajevky Tourn. Buenos Aires 1994 by whiteshark
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1992 by suenteus po 147
   Linares 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Linares 1993 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1997 by suenteus po 147
   Linares 1992 by suenteus po 147
   New York 1996 (Chess-in-the-Schools Festival) by Phony Benoni
   Amsterdam 1996 by suenteus po 147

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(born May-26-1964, 53 years old) Russia
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Russian Grandmaster Valery Salov was born in Wroclaw, Poland. Awarded the IM title in 1984 and the GM title in 1986, he was World under 16 Champion in 1980 and European Junior Champion in 1983-84. He finished 1st= with Alexander Beliavsky in the 1987 USSR Championship [rusbase-1] but lost the play-off match (+0, =2, -2) so gaining the Silver Medal. He became a Candidate in 1988 but lost to Jan Timman (+0, =5, -1). At the 1988 USSR Championship he finished 3rd= with Artur Yusupov, behind Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.

Wikipedia article: Valery Salov

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 763  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Trosman vs Salov 0-1371978BeltsyB33 Sicilian
2. V Vepkhvishvili vs Salov  0-1341978Ch SU \\B33 Sicilian
3. Salov vs V A Loginov  1-0291979USSRB42 Sicilian, Kan
4. Z Gofshtein vs Salov  0-1401979Ch URS (select)E52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
5. Salov vs N Popov  ½-½411979Ch URS (select)B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
6. Salov vs D Godes 0-1361979Ch URS (select)B06 Robatsch
7. Yurkov vs Salov 1-0141979'Trud' Club Candidate Masters TtB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. Salov vs Luchinkin 1-0371979C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Salov vs G Sobolev  1-0631980USSRB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. V Osnos vs Salov  ½-½321980Leningrad-chA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
11. Salov vs M D Tseitlin  0-1321980USSRB06 Robatsch
12. F Pripis vs Salov  1-0661980Ch URSB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
13. M I Nepomnishay vs Salov  1-0571980Ch URSA17 English
14. Ehlvest vs Salov  1-0411981Ch World Yunior's ( under 20 )E52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
15. Salov vs H Kuijf  1-0411981Ch World Yunior's ( under 20 )B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
16. Salov vs H Kuijf  1-0411981EU-ch jrB40 Sicilian
17. Salov vs A Kuzmin ½-½231981URS-46chE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
18. C Hansen vs Salov  ½-½431981EU-ch jrB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. Salov vs O Cvitan  0-1361981Ch World Yunior's ( under 20 )E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
20. Salov vs Z Sturua  ½-½341981Tallinn (Estonia)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. T Karolyi Jr. vs Salov  ½-½231981EU-ch jrE12 Queen's Indian
22. Salov vs G Siegel  ½-½371981Groningen (Netherlands)A19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
23. Salov vs V Malaniuk 0-1221981TallinC78 Ruy Lopez
24. Salov vs A Sokolov  ½-½301981EU-ch jrA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
25. F A Cuijpers vs Salov ½-½411981Groningen (Netherlands)B83 Sicilian
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May-19-12  Call Me TC: Did Giddins explain why Salov's nose was out of joint?

From Dirk Jan Ten Geuzendam 's <Linares! Linares!>:

<The same cannot be said of another grandmaster who settled in Linares. With its two grandmasters, Linares was the strongest chess town in Spain for a while. Even Madrid and Barcelona couldn't boast more than one grandmaster each. Ljubojevic had Valery Salov for company after Salov changed Leningrad for Linares with the help and support of Rentero. Rentero offered him an apartment, paid him a monthly fee and made several promises. He promised to set up a chess school for talented young people and he promised to find a job for Salov's wife. He should not have made these promises. Not much headway was made with the chess school and a job for Mrs.Salov wasn't easily found either. To Salov, this breach was unacceptable. That he didn't have to work for his monthly fee gave him no satisfaction whatsoever. He only asked Rentero to keep his word. To anyone who listened to Salov it was clear that a break would be inevitable. After three years in Linares and three years of waiting for his chess school, Salov evacuated his apartment and moved to Madrid.> Mention is then made of the discarded plaques.

Jan-06-13  Everett: <Jim Bartle: "...because of the incredible number of shallow remarks, banalities, cheap rhetoric and plain disinformation produced by some WC candidates that are readily parroted by the journalists and maliciously thrown right into the face of a defenceless chess public." A role now having been assumed by chessgames kibitzers.>

Like Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln, sharing some truth but leaving out enough to hoodwink those who want an easy story/answer.

Feb-21-13  seventhirty: Where is he living right now? What is he doing?
May-26-13  Howard: Salov was certainly a rapidly rising star as a teen, for he won the World-Under-16 championship in 1980---Chess Life had a brief story and picture of him at the time. He also--most impressively--placed in the top 6 in the 1988-9 World Cup series which meant he was automatically seeded into the 1991 World Cup series....except that collapsed after just one tournament (held in Iceland) jointly won by Karpov and Ivanchuk.

However, what is Salov doing NOW ?

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  Abdel Irada: <manipulation of databases has largely replaced traditional thinking>

It has?

Okay, brain, your pink slip is in the mail.

I'm replacing you with a database. The upfront expense is high, but it'll pay for itself in six months in saved keeping-a-brain-quasifunctional costs.

I recommend returning to school to retool your skills. If you work hard and apply yourself, perhaps you can find work as a database in some system where only a small one is needed.

Of course I know the difficulties of being obsolete. That's why as a reward for your nearly half-century of service, I am giving you a generous severance package that over your predicted lifespan averages almost 27 cents a day.

Well, good luck out there. And if you ever need anything, don't hesitate to call my people.

May-26-13  Eopithecus: I don't think there has ever been a GM as vulgar as him.
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Salov!
May-27-13  Eggman: <<However, what is Salov doing NOW?>>

Salov, born in 1964, entered the world's top 10 in 1988, aged 24. By January of 1995 (FIDE published just two rating lists a year in those days), Salov was tied for 3rd (with Anand and Kramnik) in the world rankings, and the following month he faced Kamsky in FIDE's World Championship Semi-final match. In the 10-game match, Kamsky dominated Salov 5.5-1.5. Within a year of this crushing defeat, Salov was out of the top 10 for good.

Wikipedia notes that Salov "has not played any FIDE rated tournaments since January 2000."

Comments above suggest that Salov may have rejected modern chess as being overanalyzed, and would have preferred to play Fischerandom.

May-27-13  Fiona Macleod: If there are "Writers of the No" (see Enrique Vila-Matas's "Bartleby & Co."), then there must be "Chessplayers of the No" also: those who, like Melville's Bartleby, suddenly just stops playing because they "prefer not to" anymore.
Jul-08-13  AsosLight: Little Rubinstein.
Feb-24-14  madlydeeply: Finegold made an lovely little Salov vid! Thanks dood!

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  Caissanist: Salov has a Facebook page with his current out-there conspiracy theories (mostly in Spanish, with a few in English), pretty similar to Fischer's in RJF's final years: .
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Valery Salov.

This guy was a great grandmaster. Too bad he left chess.

May-26-16  Petrosianic: Aren't all grandmasters great?
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  TheFocus: I am a Grandmaster of NICE, but it does nothing for my chess playing.
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  gmarkzon: It is a tragic figure -> Valery Salov.
Apr-02-17  belgradegambit: Looking at the full Wikipedia page and his Facebook page shows he's completely bonkers.
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  saffuna: <Looking at the full Wikipedia page and his Facebook page shows he's completely bonkers.>


"The Babylonian Satanists?"

And I thought something was mssing with Salov when he only claimed Kasparov was on top just because his seconds developed good openings.

Apr-02-17  Howard: Yes, I remember that claim of Salov's. He said that in Inside Chess back around 1995.

To some extent, he was probably right I suspect.

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  saffuna: It's a claim that could be tested by using a set of Informants, assuming that the evaluations in the analysis can be accepted as accurate.

Look at Kasparov's record and when he gained the advantage (in the open, later, in the endgame). and compare it to Karpov, Salov, and some other top playrs, a couple of 2600 players, a couple of 2650 players, etc.

Of course that would only demonstrate if Kasparov really did win primarily in the opening phase, not that others worked out the moves. But it would be interesting.

Apr-02-17  Howard: Keep in mind, however, that the games in the Informant are only a sampling of actual games played. For example, decisive games appear much more frequently than draws.
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  saffuna: Aren't most of the important games by players like Kasparov, Karpov and Salov in the Informants. In any case I would think they are a representative sample.

Your point about draws makes it more difficult, though.

I guess you could go to a database for all the games, but where are you going to get the evaluations at move 15, move 25, etc.?

Apr-02-17  morfishine: <Eggman> On your comment: <...Salov may have rejected modern chess as being over-analyzed and would have preferred to play Fischerandom>

Thats the path I've taken: I only play Chess960


May-26-17  cunctatorg: Russian chess could make use of a Valery Salov nowadays but ... they have not such a player!...
May-26-17  Howard: Exactly what has Salov been up to the last 15 years, or so ? Why did he give up chess ?
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