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Alexey Borisovich Vyzmanavin
Number of games in database: 707
Years covered: 1980 to 1997
Highest rating achieved in database: 2620

Overall record: +252 -105 =311 (61.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 39 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (48) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16
 Semi-Slav (40) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D46
 King's Indian (34) 
    E81 E80 E83 E69 E87
 Orthodox Defense (30) 
    D58 D61 D50 D55 D56
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A41 A45 A40 A46 A50
 Bogo Indian (21) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (85) 
    B33 B42 B43 B31 B32
 Queen's Indian (55) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B17 B12 B10 B14 B11
 Sicilian Kan (32) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E32 E54 E20 E21 E46
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A46 E00 A45 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Vyzmanavin vs M I Sorokin, 1985 1-0
   Vyzmanavin vs Ehlvest, 1984 1-0
   Vyzmanavin vs V Ruban, 1989 1-0
   Vyzmanavin vs Zhidkov, 1985 1-0
   Vyzmanavin vs Beliavsky, 1984 1-0
   Morozevich vs Vyzmanavin, 1994 0-1
   Vyzmanavin vs Ivanchuk, 1986 1/2-1/2
   Vyzmanavin vs Kramnik, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Korchnoi vs Vyzmanavin, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Shirov vs Vyzmanavin, 1994 0-1

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1990 by suenteus po 147
   Intel Rapid Chess Grand Prix 1994 - Moscow by amadeus
   Intel Rapid Chess Grand Prix 1994 - Paris by amadeus

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(born Jan-01-1960, died Jan-06-2000, 40 years old) Russia

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GM Alexey Borisovich Vyzmanavin achieved the International Grandmaster title in 1989 and tied for first in the U.S.S.R. Championship the following year [rusbase-1]. These and other successes earned him a spot on the Russian Olympiad team in 1992. He retired from competitive play in 1997 and suffered a fatal heart attack less than three years later.

Wikipedia article: Alexey Vyzmanavin

Last updated: 2018-03-06 13:13:05

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 707  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G A Ageichenko vs Vyzmanavin  0-1341980Ch URSA07 King's Indian Attack
2. V Vulfson vs Vyzmanavin  0-1301981Moscow (Russia)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. N Andrianov vs Vyzmanavin  1-0441981Moscow (Russia)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. V Arbakov vs Vyzmanavin  1-0441981Ch MoscowA30 English, Symmetrical
5. Vyzmanavin vs A N Panchenko  1-0511981Ch MoscowC15 French, Winawer
6. Yusupov vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½761981Moscow (Russia)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. A Kremenietsky vs Vyzmanavin  0-1481981Ch MoscowA21 English
8. Antoshin vs Vyzmanavin  1-0371981Moscow (Russia)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. Vyzmanavin vs Gorelov  1-0271981Moscow (Russia)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Vyzmanavin vs Vaganian  1-0661981Moscow chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Vyzmanavin vs Chiburdanidze  1-0651981Moscow (Russia)E90 King's Indian
12. Vyzmanavin vs Razuvaev  ½-½101981Moscow (Russia)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Psakhis vs Vyzmanavin 1-0511981MoscowB42 Sicilian, Kan
14. Vyzmanavin vs Bronstein 1-0451981Ch MoscowA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Vyzmanavin vs Vasiukov ½-½531981Ch MoscowA44 Old Benoni Defense
16. Suetin vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½171981Ch MoscowB32 Sicilian
17. Vyzmanavin vs A Sokolov  ½-½311981Moscow (Russia)E20 Nimzo-Indian
18. Gulko vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½131981MoscowE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
19. S Makarichev vs Vyzmanavin ½-½721981Ch MoscowA17 English
20. Vyzmanavin vs Bagirov  ½-½261983MinskE46 Nimzo-Indian
21. Vyzmanavin vs E Ubilava  ½-½431983Ch URS (select)A13 English
22. M Gurevich vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½421983Ch URS (young masters)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
23. Balashov vs Vyzmanavin  1-0321983MinskB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
24. Kupreichik vs Vyzmanavin  1-0341983MinskB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
25. Vyzmanavin vs Salov  ½-½331983Ch URS (young masters)E46 Nimzo-Indian
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Jul-22-03  brulla: Who is this??
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  Honza Cervenka: See
Jan-01-07  BIDMONFA: Alexey Vyzmanavin


Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Vyzmanavin was a strong player who is not that well known. I was just looking to Bologan's notes to his 1997 win over Vyzmanavin at Savastopol (not in this database). Bologan's quote: " This would be one of Vyzmanavin's last serious tournaments. After this, he made one more effort to return to serious chess, but by that time he no longer had any real grip on life; he sank into despair, fell apart - and then the madness overcame him.." Does anyone know more about him?
Nov-26-08  Karpova: Maurice Ashley: <"He's a dangerous one, the V-man, looking like a cat, ready to pounce.">

From "The New York Times" - "Fast, Furious, Chess, ESPN Style" by Rick Bragg, 1994.06.28:

Nov-26-08  Karpova: Jude Acers reported on January 25, 2000:

<Moscow, Russia. A. Vyzmanavin dies ..... Another great young world chess federation (FIDE) 2600+ ELO player has died amidst reported poverty, depression. Alexey Vyzmanavin, age 40, died of apparent natural causes while living alone, his body not being found for six days. Mr. Vyzmanavin, a legendary competitive demon in Moscow "blitz" chess parks was USSR co-champion in 1990. Well known worldwide, he won "serious money" in long forgotten Kasparov "PCA" events. Mr. Vyzmanavin had not played in two years.>


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  GrahamClayton: Winner of the following tournaments:

Naleczow 1986, Tashkent 1987, Moscow 1988 (=1st), Sochi 1989 and the Rilton Cup in Stockholm, 1990.

Jan-01-09  dx9293: Another talented and tragic figure in chess history.


Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: it is a sad story... all these players dying early. Well, at least we still have NN! I MEANT STRONG PLAYERS why do they die early??
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  Benzol: <WhiteRook48> As I've mentioned elsewhere 2008 has seen the passing of a number of well known players, Bobby Fischer, Bukhuti Gurgenidze and Bob Wade are among the list and I'm sure there must be others. Perhaps there should be some sort of memorium to them.
Jan-01-09  cornflake: What a tragic end to such a strong GM. I had no idea he was dead. In the 1990's he was an awesome blitz player- super strong.
Sep-25-09  SetNoEscapeOn: <plang>

<Does anyone know more about him?>

I do, now. Until today, I had never heard of him before. I have the first Intel Grand Prix DVD (also known as "Grandmaster Series #10), and he was definitely a monster at quick chess.

In the first Intel Grand Prix event ever held (of 8 total), a 16 player knockout rapid event, he managed to defeat no less a player than Alexey Shirov in his first match. This was the decisive game:

Shirov vs Vyzmanavin, 1994

The very next round, he downed Victor Korchnoi by displaying impressive resourcefulness in a completely lost position:

Korchnoi vs Vyzmanavin, 1994

Finally, Kramnik disposed of him in the semifinal- although only in the Armageddon game after Vyzmanavin inexplicably offered a draw in a completely won position (when he had white and had to win). But just imagine! He was still playing when players like Short, Shirov, Adams, Smirin, Kamsky, Timman, and Kasparov himself had all already been sent packing.

So it was very unpleasant for me to come to this page, just trying to find out who the man is, and learn of his death under such unfortunate circumstances.

Sep-25-09  dx9293: What did Bologan once say? Something to the effect that "there are more than ten people who know how to play chess!"
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: GM Vyzmanavin died of stroke in Moscow although he wasn't discovered for several days after that.
Feb-24-13  stanleys: One genius of blitz versus another, Vyzmanavin playing Arbakov

Sep-25-14  The17thPawn: Had never even heard or seen this guys name then I stumble upon him through the opening explorer QGD Lasker Variation. Will have to check out his games he has some impressive victories.
Jan-01-15  Caissanist: Chessgames could probably make a whole year of POTDs just from great Russian players nobody has ever heard of.
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Vyzmanavin was rated #29 in the world on the 1/1/93 rating list and remained in the top 45 until late 94
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