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Sergei Tiviakov
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Number of games in database: 1,300
Years covered: 1985 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2593 (2648 rapid, 2689 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2699

Overall record: +453 -183 =616 (60.8%)*
   * 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:
 Sicilian (281) 
    B22 B23 B90 B43 B40
 Ruy Lopez (83) 
    C77 C65 C86 C63 C85
 French Defense (76) 
    C07 C05 C10 C03 C06
 Caro-Kann (72) 
    B18 B17 B10 B16 B19
 French Tarrasch (62) 
    C07 C05 C03 C06 C09
 Sicilian Najdorf (39) 
    B90 B93 B92 B94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (182) 
    B32 B30 B36 B22 B51
 Queen's Indian (140) 
    E17 E12 E15 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (94) 
    E32 E20 E38 E34 E42
 Scandinavian (82) 
 Sicilian Dragon (62) 
    B36 B70 B77 B75 B34
 English, 1 c4 e5 (32) 
    A20 A28 A22 A25 A29
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Tiviakov vs Anand, 2012 1-0
   M Parligras vs Tiviakov, 2008 0-1
   Kamsky vs Tiviakov, 2006 0-1
   Tiviakov vs Lahno, 2012 1-0
   Tiviakov vs T Roussel-Roozmon, 2009 1-0
   Tiviakov vs G Sargissian, 2004 1-0
   Macieja vs Tiviakov, 2008 0-1
   Tiviakov vs J Rivera Rodriguez, 2007 1-0
   Nijboer vs Tiviakov, 2004 0-1
   Tiviakov vs T Rahman, 2003 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dutch Championship (2006)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Dutch Championship (2007)
   Bratto Festival (2007)
   6th United Insurance (2003)
   15th Unive Open (2011)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2006)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2011)
   Wroclaw Chess Festival (2010)
   Tata Steel Group B (2012)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   Politiken Cup (2009)
   European Union Championships (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   adichess' B00 - C19 by adichess
   LJ.Davison's favorite games by LJ.Davison
   Bind by kefchess
   Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack (C86) by fref
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1996 by suenteus po 147
   2004 Wijk Aan Zee (Group B) by gauer
   Scandinavian Prep by TheBeluga
   2000 Corus (Group B) by gauer
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1994 by suenteus po 147
   Madrid 1994 by suenteus po 147

   Tiviakov vs S Alavi (Jan-27-17) 1-0
   Tiviakov vs Arman Hakemi (Jan-26-17) 1-0
   Nikoloz Tsomaia vs Tiviakov (Jan-25-17) 0-1
   Tiviakov vs Ali Rastbod (Jan-24-17) 1/2-1/2
   C Schoppen vs Tiviakov (Dec-30-16) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-14-1973, 44 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Netherlands)

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International Master (1990); Grandmaster (1991).

Sergei Tiviakov was born in Krasnodar, Russia on February 14, 1973. He learned to play chess at age 5 and as a junior, won both the U-16 and the U-18 categories of the World Youth Championships. He is currently living in Holland and was part of the Dutch team that took first place in the 15th European Team Championship (2005). Tiviakov turned in many other strong performances in 2005, including 8.5/9 at the Gausdal Classics event and 8/9 in Neiva, Colombia. These victories caused his FIDE rating to increase by nearly 100 points, finally peaking at 2699 on the October list, his career high. In 2006 he won his first Dutch championship with a dominating 9/11 score, finishing a point and a half ahead of Ivan Sokolov. Tiviakov won the European Individual Championship (2008).

He finished 2011 by coming =2nd at the Groningen Chess Festival (2011) with 6.5/9, and started 2012 by coming =4th in the Tata Steel Group B (2012), with 8/13, these performances being par for his rating. In April, he scored 7.5/9 at the Cuca International Tournament in Luanda, Angola and then followed up with a reasonably solid 5.5/8 in the Nakhchivan Open and followed up with an equally solid 6/7 and equal 2nd placing in the 4th Rheinland-Pfalz Open held in June in Altenkirchen, Germany. He won the 2012 Commonwealth Championship played in Chennai with 9.5/11, came =3rd at the Kolkata Open (2012) and yet still lost 8 rating points for the two events. Won the DYTM Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah Kuala Lumpur Masters 2013 with 9/10. Joint runner-up at the PokerStars IoM Masters (2014). Won the Kavala International Open 2015.

Wikipedia article: Sergei Tiviakov

 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,300  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N Gavrilov vs Tiviakov  ½-½70 1985 Kazan opE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
2. Kamsky vs Tiviakov  0-168 1986 DaugavpilsB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
3. Sakaev vs Tiviakov  ½-½39 1986 SochiJ-BE17 Queen's Indian
4. Tiviakov vs V Belikov  1-038 1986 SochiJ-BB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
5. Tiviakov vs Khmelnitsky  1-037 1987 URSB01 Scandinavian
6. E Maljutin vs Tiviakov  0-130 1987 Riga opB72 Sicilian, Dragon
7. Tiviakov vs G Gogoladze  ½-½42 1987 Riga opB32 Sicilian
8. Tiviakov vs H Odeev  1-031 1987 RigaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. Tiviakov vs R Dautov  ½-½10 1989 GMA opB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
10. Tiviakov vs V Arbakov 1-064 1989 GMA Grand Prix qualifierB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
11. Anand vs Tiviakov 0-158 1989 MoscowB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. Tiviakov vs Shirov  ½-½24 1989 USSR 48/279 (Tiviakov,S)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
13. Tiviakov vs Kupreichik  1-042 1989 Moscow GMA-opB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Tiviakov vs D Kljako 1-031 1989 Imperia opB06 Robatsch
15. Psakhis vs Tiviakov  ½-½33 1989 Moscow GMA-opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Tiviakov vs Goldin  ½-½60 1989 GMA opB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. Tiviakov vs Miles  ½-½33 1989 Moskva (GMA) 47/198B19 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. Petursson vs Tiviakov  ½-½61 1989 Moscow GMA-opE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
19. Kholmov vs Tiviakov  0-156 1989 GMA opB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
20. Tiviakov vs Gavrikov  0-156 1989 GMA opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. Tiviakov vs G Timoshenko  1-048 1990 Cheliabinsk-AC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
22. Tiviakov vs D Norwood  ½-½9 1990 Ch World (juniors)B06 Robatsch
23. Anand vs Tiviakov  ½-½16 1990 OakhamB32 Sicilian
24. Tiviakov vs Kramnik ½-½32 1990 Sochi (Russia)B33 Sicilian
25. Kramnik vs Tiviakov 1-040 1990 Sochi (Russia)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Jan-29-10  whatthefat: <Sem: A really strong player, but watching him roam the Univé tournament hall last year I felt he qualified for a job in the Ministry of Silly Walks.>

Caught in action:

Jan-31-10  Sem: <whatthefat> Aha, thanks! Well, what we do not see in this photo is that - somewhat like John Cleese entering his Ministry office -he lets his body (read: stomach) precede his head, which comes a split second behind. Come to think of it, the only one I have ever seen doing something similar was British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, although Hurd's posture was much stiffer. When he rounded a doorway the whole body seemed to suddenly move 90 degrees, taking the head along on its way. I used to wonder whether his policy towards foreigners was similarly rigid.
Jan-31-10  veigaman: This guy seems to be very good person and polite at least it is what i think after reading some of his interviews.
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  wordfunph: happy birthday GM Sergei Tiviakov!
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  Tabanus: GM Tiviakov ended 2nd today in Fajr Open (Iran), behind GM Konstantine Shanava:

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  Tabanus: 8th today in the II Lublin Union Memorial (Poland) 9-18 May 2010:

Jun-30-10  fref: He has been 1 ELO point away from reaching the 2700 milestone.
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  Tabanus: 2nd in the 4th Leiden Chess Tournament (Holland) 9-18 July 2010:

Jul-20-11  Albertan: Tiviakov wins 5th Leiden Chess Tournament
Nov-08-11  Karpova: Tiviakov wins the 1st Panama Chess Open 2011 (11.03-11.07):

Time control: 90 minutes per player for the entire game, with the addition of 30 seconds per move from move one.

Tiviakov scored 7.5 points with a performance of 2704.

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  HeMateMe: I love the photos at the end, where the winners are sort of surrounded by the "trophy" girls. Chess needs more trophy presenters!
Dec-20-11  Birthday Boy: Bogotá 2011 – Frigid and uncaring

When you look at my photo reports sent from all over the world, you might think how nice it is to be a chess-player: You see the world, visit exotic countries and win tournaments. Unfortunately, sometimes it is neither nice nor easy, it is a hard work, and it is not uncommon to have to suffer through very difficult playing conditions.

Unfortunately, my last tournament in Bogotá, Colombia, was one of the most deplorable experiences I have ever played in, and my trip there was almost non-stop suffering, despite the lovely city.

See full article here:

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday GM Tiviakov!
Feb-15-12  Shams: David Hyde Pierce the clear choice to play Tiviakov in the screen version of his life.
Mar-18-12  shivasuri4: Sergei Tiviakov, representing SC Eppingen,was upset by German GM Appel Ralf of SV Wattenscheid in the 2011-12 Bundesliga. Playing the black side of an Indian Game (A46), he was beaten in 48 moves after succumbing to heavy queenside pressure on move 32, when he blundered a piece.Tiviakov fought on for a few more moves, but threw in the towel in light of impending heavy material loss.
Mar-20-12  shivasuri4: Tiviakov bounced back today by winning against IM Olaf Wegener of SC Hansa Dortmund in a 38 move game of the Amsterdam Variation of the Sicilian.Though Tiviakov was the one under heavy time pressure, Wegener made a number of inaccuracies starting from move 29.Wegener resigned when pawn promotion was imminent.
Apr-14-12  Albertan: GM Tiviakov defeated WC Anand in the Bundesliga today.Here are the moves from the game:The opening was the Moscow variation of the Sicilian Defense:

[Event "Schachbundesliga 2011/2012"]
[Date "2012.04.14"]
[Round "14.1"]
[Board "1"]
[White "Tiviakov, Sergei"]
[Black "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteClock "01:49:00"]
[BlackClock "00:39:00"]
[WhiteElo "2647"]
[BlackElo "2817"]
[WhiteClub "SC Eppingen"]
[BlackClub "OSG Baden-Baden"]
[PlyCount "99"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7 7. c4 e5 8. Qd3 h6 9. Nc3 Nf6 10. O-O Be7 11. a4 b6 12. b3 Ra7 13. Rd1 Bc8 14. Ba3 Rd7 15. Nd2 O-O 16. Nf1 Bb7 17. Ne3 Re8 18. Ncd5 Nxd5 19. Nxd5 Bxd5 20. Qxd5 Qa8 21. Qxa8 Rxa8 22. Rd5 f6 23. Rad1 Rad8 24. g3 g5 25. f4 gxf4 26. gxf4 Kf7 27. Kf2 exf4 28. Kf3 Ke6 29. Bc1 Rc8 30. Bxf4 Bf8 31. h4 Rc6 32. h5 Rb7 33. Be3 Rb8 34. Bd4 Rc7 35. Rg1 Bg7 36. Rg6 Rf7 37. Be3 Rd7 38. Rf5 Rf7 39. Kg4 Bf8 40. Bxh6 Bxh6 41. Rxh6 Rg7+ 42. Kf4 Rf8 43. a5 Rg1 44. axb6 Rb1 45. b7 Rxb3 46. e5 dxe5+ 47. Rxe5+ Kd6 48. Rf5 Ke6 49. Rh7 Rd8 50. Rd5 1-0

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  Jim Bartle: Tiviakov's highest ELO was 2699? Must be frustrating.
Feb-14-13  waustad: Happy 40th b'day.
<whatthefat>Is this what you have in mind?
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  PhilFeeley: This guy sure gets around:

Aug-05-15  jrofrano: Sergei Tiviakov is the eigth GM as part of my new series called the GM Spotlight!

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  diagonal: Tiviakov, the Traveller: Sergei somehow manages to (i) travel to the most exotic places in the world, (ii) win or co-win the open tournaments staged there, and (iii) send the chess community a huge batch of photos he has taken during his stay with illustrated reports from the corresponding events (btw.: there are hundreds of his games, played in swiss system tournaments, missing in the cg. database).

Tiviakov is certainly one of the strongest sub-2700 ELO players just one step beyond the very best, mostly a top hundred / ELO 2600+ player since the early 1990s, his peak ranking is no. 14/15 of the world in July - December 1995; a decade later, in October - December 2005, ranked as no. 20, he has been one ELO point away in his career from reaching the (today) notorious 2700 milestone.

Sergei Tiviakov, born in Krasnador in 1973, settled to Groningen in 1997. Member of the Smyslov school. IM since 1990. GM since 1991. Winner of the European Individual Chess Championship in 2008 and always dangerous for anyone....

Happy birthday, Sergei Tiviakov!

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  The Chess Express: Wow, this guy looks like a hitman.
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  OhioChessFan: He does have that look of a criminal mastermind opposing Jason Bourne. Leather jacket, perfectly wrapped scarf, academic's glasses...
Aug-16-16  thegoodanarchist: He is a <chess> hitman, as Adams found out here:

Adams vs Tiviakov, 1990

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