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Valery Salov
Number of games in database: 761
Years covered: 1978 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2644
Highest rating achieved in database: 2715

Overall record: +227 -125 =361 (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 E19 E13
 Queen's Pawn Game (35) 
    A46 A41 A45 E00 D02
 King's Indian (32) 
    E97 E83 E63 E80 E67
 Nimzo Indian (29) 
    E32 E46 E41 E21 E39
 English (26) 
    A13 A14 A16 A15 A10
 Slav (23) 
    D11 D12 D17 D10 D14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (98) 
    B62 B81 B89 B82 B33
 Queen's Indian (60) 
    E12 E17 E15 E16 E13
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E32 E41 E52 E20 E46
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C76 C67 C60 C65 C64
 Bogo Indian (22) 
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (22) 
    B62 B63 B65 B64 B60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Timman vs Salov, 1991 0-1
   E Grant vs Salov, 1983 0-1
   Salov vs Korchnoi, 1997 1/2-1/2
   Huebner vs Salov, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Salov vs Karpov, 1998 1-0
   Sax vs Salov, 1989 0-1
   Salov vs Short, 1989 1-0
   Salov vs Karpov, 1994 1-0
   Salov vs J Horvath, 1983 1-0
   Karpov vs Salov, 1994 0-1

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
   Linares 1993 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1992 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1997 by suenteus po 147
   Linares 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Linares 1992 by suenteus po 147
   New York 1996 (Chess-in-the-Schools Festival) by Phony Benoni

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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 761  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Vepkhvishvili vs Salov  0-1341978Ch SU \\B33 Sicilian
2. Yurkov vs Salov 1-0141979'Trud' Club Candidate Masters TtB23 Sicilian, Closed
3. Salov vs Luchinkin 1-0371979C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. Salov vs V A Loginov  1-0291979USSRB42 Sicilian, Kan
5. Z Gofshtein vs Salov  0-1401979Ch URS (select)E52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
6. Salov vs N Popov  ½-½411979Ch URS (select)B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
7. Salov vs D Godes 0-1361979Ch URS (select)B06 Robatsch
8. V Osnos vs Salov  ½-½321980Leningrad-chA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
9. Salov vs G Sobolev  1-0631980USSRB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Salov vs M D Tseitlin  0-1321980USSRB06 Robatsch
11. F Pripis vs Salov  1-0661980Ch URSB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. M I Nepomnishay vs Salov  1-0571980Ch URSA17 English
13. Salov vs A Sokolov  ½-½301981EU-ch jrA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
14. Salov vs G Siegel  ½-½371981EU-ch U20A19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
15. Salov vs V Malaniuk 0-1221981TallinC78 Ruy Lopez
16. F A Cuijpers vs Salov ½-½411981EU-ch U20B83 Sicilian
17. Ehlvest vs Salov  1-0411981Ch World Yunior's ( under 20 )E52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
18. Salov vs H Kuijf  1-0411981EU-ch jrB40 Sicilian
19. Salov vs H Kuijf  1-0411981Ch World Yunior's ( under 20 )B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. C Hansen vs Salov  ½-½431981EU-ch jrB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. Salov vs A I Kuzmin ½-½231981URS-46chE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
22. T Karolyi Jr. vs Salov  ½-½231981EU-ch jrE12 Queen's Indian
23. Salov vs O Cvitan  0-1361981Ch World Yunior's ( under 20 )E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
24. Salov vs Z Sturua  ½-½341981Tallinn (Estonia)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. Salov vs Short  1-0391981Ch World Yunior's ( under 20 )B06 Robatsch
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Jul-08-13  AsosLight: Little Rubinstein.
Feb-24-14  madlydeeply: Finegold made an lovely little Salov vid! Thanks dood!

Jun-22-15  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.

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  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.?

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  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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  offramp: He had to pay that fine he was dodging all the time.
Jun-28-17  Howard: Huh? What fine ?

Happy 4th of July, at any rate!

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  offramp: Hey, <Howard>, can you have a look at Fahrni vs Burn, 1911 (kibitz #5) and Panno vs Najdorf, 1968 (kibitz #7) and O Castro vs Ulf Andersson, 1976 (kibitz #3) and Benko vs Reshevsky, 1975 (kibitz #18) and Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1957 (kibitz #41) ?
Jun-29-17  Howard: Mr Offramp, could you please clarify what you're referring to ? Sounds like you're keeping track of certain comments that I've been making.
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  offramp: <Howard: Mr Offramp, could you please clarify what you're referring to ? Sounds like you're keeping track of certain comments that I've been making.>


Firstly, you asked why that nitwit Salov had to give up chess. I said: <He had to pay that fine he was dodging all the time.> This is a reference to the song Valerie, most famously sung by St Mary Whitehorse.

And YES, I have read your posts! And some of your posts ask ME to remind YOU to do things. I have written the things you want me to remind you to do on a scrap of paper, but I spilled tea on it, and I was worried that someone would throw it away, so I made a post HERE reminding you to do all the things that you wanted to be reminded about. Does that clarify things?

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  WorstPlayerEver: https://kevinspraggettonchess.wordp...

Some parts are posted here before, but there's some additions.

Jun-30-17  Howard: Yes, it does "clarify things"---thanks.

As far as I can see, I did follow through on the Benko-Reshevsky '75, as well as the Panno-Najdorf games, as you can see by my follow-up posts.

Granted, I do forget to follow through on things, sometimes. Please remind me, in fact, to make sure I get that new smoke detector installed in my place before the 4th of July is over.

Enjoy the holiday !

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  Ron: Here is a an interview that Salov gave in 2015, recently reprinted.

This from the interview seems un-intentionally comedic to me:

<Salov: Here's another interesting moment in the chess history. Have you ever noticed the letter pattern: who was the world champion in the first quarter of the 20th century? Emmanuel Lasker. He was a champion for 27 years. And there were two more Laskers, his brother and Edward Lasker. Quite a lot of Laskers, don't you agree? Then, in the middle of the century, everyone was beginning with the letter B: Botvinnik, the world champion, Bronstein, the candidate who drew him, and Boleslavsky, who lost to Bronstein. Everyone on B. And in the latter part of the century, everyone's names were beginning with K: Korchnoi, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Kamsky, there are also Carlsen, Karjakin, Caruana [in Russian, Carlsen and Caruana are also spelled with K]. Look at the pattern: K, B and L. You should pay attention to that, because everything begins with these small details. You have to learn to concentrate on them.

Surov: These players you named are among the eleven who should be disqualified, am I right?

Salov: To tell you the truth, we have decided not to disqualify Korchnoi. Viktor Lvovich is very old, we should spare him and exclude him from the list. Though he was complicit in a big way, too.

Surov: I'm writing down the list. Lasker, Botvinnik, Bronstein...

Salov: No, no, we have only K's and A's in our list. Among the K's, there are Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, also Khalifman from St. Petersburg, the well-known chess organizer Raymond Keene, Bessel Kok also made it. It was too late for Campomanes to make the list though...

Surov: ...the late Campomanes. Yes, he's in a different list now.

Salov: We also added Anand and Carlsen. By the way, Carlsen is a very interesting figure in the chess world; I think Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi once said in an interview for your site that he couldn't understand the non-chess methods Carlsen used to win.

Surov: He said that numerous times.

Salov: Carlsen is very interesting, we're studying him as well. We also added Caruana. How many are there?

Surov: Nine. You haven't mentioned Karjakin.

Salov: No, we don't touch Serezha Karjakin.

Surov: He's not good enough?

Salov: Serezha can sleep well, but he should be careful, he should understand where he is and what games he's about to enter.>

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  WorstPlayerEver: The first champ was Steinitz and what do you know, Salov? His name begins with an 'S'. Selective... aye?
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