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Vadim Zvjaginsev
V Zvjaginsev 
Number of games in database: 994
Years covered: 1990 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2661 (2606 rapid, 2601 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2688

Overall record: +228 -80 =487 (59.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 199 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (154) 
    B40 B50 B53 B30 B31
 English (36) 
    A18 A16 A15 A11 A13
 Caro-Kann (32) 
    B12 B10 B18 B13 B17
 English, 1 c4 e5 (26) 
    A29 A22 A21 A28 A20
 French Defense (25) 
    C00 C02 C07
 King's Indian Attack (19) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (119) 
    B32 B27 B47 B83 B30
 Queen's Gambit Declined (56) 
    D37 D38 D31 D30 D36
 French Defense (51) 
    C11 C09 C07 C03 C13
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    E00 D02 A40 A46 E10
 French (24) 
    C11 C13 C10
 Orthodox Defense (21) 
    D63 D55 D61 D53 D60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Cifuentes vs V Zvjaginsev, 1995 0-1
   V Malakhov vs V Zvjaginsev, 2004 0-1
   V Zvjaginsev vs Zhang Pengxiang, 2006 1-0
   V Zvjaginsev vs Khalifman, 2005 1-0
   V Zvjaginsev vs Topalov, 1995 1-0
   V Zvjaginsev vs S Slugin, 2008 1-0
   V Zvjaginsev vs Y Vovk, 2008 1-0
   V Zvjaginsev vs B Bok, 2015 1-0
   V Fedoseev vs V Zvjaginsev, 2014 0-1
   V Zvjaginsev vs A Shariyazdanov, 2005 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   67th Russian Championship Higher League (2014)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   European Club Cup (2011)
   Aeroflot Open (2003)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2007)
   28th European Club Cup (2012)
   62nd Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   59th Russian Championship (2006)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   European Club Cup (2016)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Z is for Zvjaginsev by iron maiden
   Biel 1995 by suenteus po 147
   KERESOV's favorite games by KERESOV
   Tilburg Fontys 1998 by suenteus po 147
   k0mi's favorite games by k0mi
   "E4 for the Creative Attacker" by fredthebear

   V Zvjaginsev vs S P Sethuraman (Jan-28-17) 1/2-1/2
   A Stefanova vs V Zvjaginsev (Jan-28-17) 1/2-1/2
   V Zvjaginsev vs D Fridman (Jan-28-17) 0-1
   N Steinberg vs V Zvjaginsev (Jan-28-17) 1-0
   V Zvjaginsev vs E Shachar (Jan-28-17) 1-0

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(born Aug-18-1976, 40 years old) Russia
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Vadim Viktorovich Zvjaginsev was born in Moscow on August 18, 1976. As a youth he studied chess under Artur Yusupov, and won the European Under-16 Championship in 1992. Two years later he became a grandmaster, and has since been consistently rated in the world's top 100 players, though he has not yet managed to break through to the very highest level of professional chess.

Zvjaginsev has taken part in four of FIDE's knockout world championships, having his best result in 1997, when he reached the fourth round before being eliminated by Alexey Dreev. He has also played for Russia in three Olympiads (1994, 1998 and 2004). Other career highlights include two Essent victories, in 2000 and 2002, and joint second at Poikovsky 2006.

Wikipedia article: Vadim Zvjaginsev

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 994  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kulaots vs V Zvjaginsev  0-145 1990 Ch Yuniors, LeningradC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
2. Kramnik vs V Zvjaginsev 1-030 1990 URS-ch U20C41 Philidor Defense
3. V Zvjaginsev vs Svidler 0-163 1990 Chj-URSD80 Grunfeld
4. V Zvjaginsev vs A Shariyazdanov  ½-½53 1991 URS-ch U18A33 English, Symmetrical
5. Svidler vs V Zvjaginsev 1-039 1991 URS-chJB07 Pirc
6. Morozevich vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½19 1991 Moscow GMC78 Ruy Lopez
7. V Zvjaginsev vs Chekhov 0-117 1991 Moscow7 opE12 Queen's Indian
8. V Zvjaginsev vs Savon  ½-½69 1991 Moscow7 opE12 Queen's Indian
9. V Zvjaginsev vs Svidler  ½-½26 1992 St.Petersburg URUSOA15 English
10. V Zvjaginsev vs V Mezentsev  1-029 1992 RUS-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Svidler vs V Zvjaginsev 0-157 1992 St.Petersburg URUSOB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. Razuvaev vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½24 1992 Moscow Tal memD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. V Zvjaginsev vs M Krasenkow  ½-½36 1992 Tal Memorial MoscowD80 Grunfeld
14. V Zvjaginsev vs Oral  1-029 1992 EU-ch U16E92 King's Indian
15. Svidler vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½26 1992 St.Petersburg UURSOA80 Dutch
16. V Belikov vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½22 1992 RUS ChA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
17. V Zvjaginsev vs Y Shulman  1-030 1992 URS-ch U18E91 King's Indian
18. Svidler vs V Zvjaginsev 0-166 1992 St.Petersburg UURSOB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
19. V Zvjaginsev vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½77 1993 Rostov opA57 Benko Gambit
20. R Schweda vs V Zvjaginsev  0-144 1993 StockerauA13 English
21. V Zvjaginsev vs A J Whiteley  1-022 1993 Cappelle op 9thD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. V Zvjaginsev vs V Beim  ½-½23 1993 Berliner Sommer 11thA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
23. V Zvjaginsev vs W Humer 1-040 1993 Loosdorf opB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
24. V Zvjaginsev vs Kharlov  0-136 1993 Rostov opA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
25. G Timoshenko vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½26 1993 Berliner Sommer 11thB40 Sicilian
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 994  PGN Download
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  Ron: Analysis of the Zvjaginsev-Pengxiang game here:

Jul-21-07  notyetagm: <Whitehat1963: Found it. Please, <> can you upload this game:

[Event "CHN-RUS Chess Summit"]
[Site "Ergun CHN"]
[Date "2006.08.13"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Zvjaginsev,V"]
[Black "Zhang Pengxiang"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2675"]
[BlackElo "2622"]
[EventDate "2006.08.10"]
[ECO "C00"]

1. e4 e6 2. f4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. c3 Bd7 6. Na3 f6 7. g3 c4 8. b3 Qa5 9. b4 Qb6 10. d4 a5 11. b5 Na7 12. Rb1 f5 13. Nd2 Bxa3 14. Bxa3 Nxb5 15. Bb2 a4 16. Ba3 g6 17. g4 Qd8 18. Rxb5 Bxb5 19. h4 Nh6 20. gxf5 Nxf5 21. Nf3 Qd7 22. Kf2 O-O-O 23. Bh3 h6 24. Qb1 Rdf8 25. Qb4 Rf7 26. Qa5 Ba6 27. Rb1 Ne7 28. Bd6 Nc6 29. Qb6 g5 30. Rg1 Re8 31. hxg5 hxg5 32. Nxg5 Rxf4+ 33. Ke3 Rh4 34. Bxe6 Rxe6 35. Nxe6 Rh3+ 36. Ke2 Rh8 37. Rg7 Nxd4+ 38. Qxd4 1-0>

A panel of Russian chess experts voted this superlative effort by the Z-man as the <2nd(!)> best game played in all of 2006, second only to the famous Topalov-Aronian Corus 2006 double exchange sac on the same square game. And I think the Z-man's game came up only 1(!) point short in the voting.

Sep-05-07  percyblakeney: Zvjaginsev keeps playing the Schliemann, won against Ovetchkin after drawing Shomoev with it in the Russian Championships and hasn't lost in over a year.
Sep-05-07  centercounter: <percyblakeney:>
<[Event "4th GM March"]
[Site "Taiyuan CHN"]
[Date "2007.07.09"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Zvjaginsev,V"]
[Black "Zhang Pengxiang"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2658"]
[BlackElo "2649"]
[EventDate "2007.07.04"]
[ECO "C00"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6>

Zvj blundered on move two! Everyone knows 2. Na3 is correct. :P

Sep-05-07  percyblakeney: <Zvj blundered on move two! Everyone knows 2. Na3 is correct>

Lately he has been playing 2. d3 instead :-)

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  whiteshark: More Vadim Zvjaginsev pictures:
Sep-12-07  Resignation Trap: Don't forget this photo for our Annual Swimsuit Issue: .
Feb-02-08  percyblakeney: Zvjaginsev's best result this far is his win in Essen 2002, with Leko in second place. Only two of his six wins are in this database at the moment but I just uploaded the rest. A position from his game against Korchnoi, after Zvjaginsev's 22. ... Ng2-e3:

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The PGN will soon be available in the database, but until then it can also be found here:

[Event "4th Borowski GM"]
[Site "Essen GER"]
[Date "2002.05.19"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Korchnoi,V"]
[Black "Zvjaginsev,V"]
[WhiteElo "2635"]
[BlackElo "2645"]
[ECO "D43"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Qb3 Nf6 5. Nf3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 b5 7. Qd3 Nbd7 8. e4 b4 9. Na4 Qa5 10. b3 c5 11. e5 Nd5 12. Bd2 Be7 13. Rc1 cxd4 14. Nxd4 Bb7 15. Qg3 O-O 16. Bh6 g6 17. Bxf8 Bxf8 18. Be2 Bh6 19. Rc2 Nf4 20. O-O Bxg2 21. Qxg2 Nxg2 22. Nc6 Ne3 23. fxe3 Bxe3+ 24. Kg2 Qd5+ 25. Bf3 Qd3 26. Rb2 Qb5 27. Re1 Bg5 28. Rd1 Nb6 29. Nd4 Qe8 30. Nxb6 axb6 31. Bxa8 Qxa8+ 32. Nf3 Bf4 33. Kf2 Qe4 34. Re2 Qf5 35. h4 h6 36. Rg1 g5 37. hxg5 hxg5 38. Ree1 Kf8 39. Nd4 Qh3 40. Rg2 Qh4+ 41. Ke2 Bxe5 42. Nf3 Qe4+ 0-1

Feb-13-08  Resignation Trap: A photo of Zvjaginsev from 1990: .
Aug-18-08  ravel5184: Hipy papy bthuthdth thuthda bthuthdy!
Sep-05-08  Prugno: Everyone always knew Zviaginsev was an incredibly creative player, but what he did today against Kiriakov at the Russian championship qualifier (link: seems to beat his previous exploits.

I doubt I had ever seen the manouevre 6. h4, 7. Rh3 and 8. Rg3 in a French Defence before. And two draws like this, according to the ridiculous Bilbao scoring system, are worth less than one win!

Sep-05-08  zoren: actually this maneuver is pretty common in some other lines of the French, but in this particular position, you are right! it seems completely outlandish and creative ;)
Sep-20-09  The17thPawn: Always loved to see the Z man in action but that big vein running down his forehead when he's concentrating looks uber intimidating. It's like watching Arnold flex during his competition days:)
Mar-22-10  VladimirOo: Do you know some players aliking Zvja's style, chaos board maker?


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  ganstaman: <VladimirOo> I like some games of: Ivan Cheparinov

He did come up with the opening here, after all: Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008

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  Tabanus: 4th place in San Juan GM (Spain) 24 July - 1 August 2010:

Nov-15-11  plimko: Zvjaginsev is the top seeded player in Russian Cup 2011

Official site

On 'Scacchi Internazionali'

Nov-20-11  plimko: And Zvja won the Russian Cup. He beated Khismatullin in the final: 1.5-0.5

This is the decisive game, with a didactic endgame R+p vs. R:

[Event "Russia Cup 2011"]
[Site "Magnitogorsk/Russia"]
[Date "2011.11.20"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Khismatullin, Denis"]
[Black "Zvjaginsev, Vadim"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D37"]
[PlyCount "144"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 d5 3. Nc3 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 Nf6 6. e3 O-O 7. Nf3 c5 8. Be2 Nc6 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. O-O Be6 11. Rc1 Rc8 12. Ne5 Bd6 13. Nxc6 bxc6 14. Qa4 c5 15. Bg3 Qb6 16. b3 Bxg3 17. hxg3 a5 18. Qb5 Qxb5 19. Bxb5 Rb8 20. Rfd1 Rfd8 21. Be2 g6 22. f3 h5 23. Kf2 Rdc8 24. Rd2 Rb4 25. Ba6 Ra8 26. Bd3 Rc8 27. Rdc2 Kf8 28. Nb5 Nd7 29. Nd4 Kg7 30. Nxe6+ fxe6 31. a4 c4 32. bxc4 Ne5 33. Be2 Nxc4 34. Ra1 Kf6 35. e4 Rb2 36. Rac1 Rcb8 37. exd5 exd5 38. Bxc4 dxc4 39. Ke3 Rxc2 40. Rxc2 Rb4 41. Kd4 Rxa4 42. Rb2 Rb4 43. Ra2 Rb5 44. Kxc4 Rg5 45. g4 hxg4 46. f4 Rh5 47. g3 Rh3 48. Ra3 a4 49. Kd5 Rh5+ 50. Kc6 Ra5 51. Kb6 Rd5 52. Kc6 Ra5 53. Kb6 Ra8 54. Kb7 Rd8 55. Kc6 Kf5 56. Re3 a3 57. Rxa3 Ke4 58. Kc5 Rd3 59. Ra6 Rxg3 60. Rxg6 Kxf4 61. Kd4 Ra3 62. Rf6+ Kg3 63. Ke4 Kg2 64. Rb6 Rf3 65. Rb2+ Rf2 66. Rb1 g3 67. Ke3 Rf1 68. Rb7 Kg1 69. Ke2 g2 70. Rh7 Rf8 71. Rg7 Re8+ 72. Kd3 Rh8 0-1

Dec-15-11  Antiochus: [Event "Jurmala Cto.juv.CEI"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1992.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Vadim Zvjaginsev"]
[Black "M Feigin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A43"]
[WhiteElo "2415"]
[PlyCount "49"]
[EventDate "1992.??.??"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 exd5 4. cxd5 d6 5. Nc3 g6 6. e4 Bg7 7. Nge2 Ne7 8. Bg5 h6 9. Be3 f5 10. g4 fxg4 11. h3 Nd7 12. Nf4 Qb6 13. Ne6 Qxb2 14. Nxg7+ Kf7 15. Bd2 Kxg7 16. Rb1 Qa3 17. Rb3 Qa5 18. Nb5 Qd8 19. Bc3+ Ne5 20. Nxd6 $3 Qxd6 21. Qa1 Kf6 22. hxg4 $1 g5 23. f4 $3 gxf4 24. Bxe5+ Qxe5 25. Rxh6+ 1-0

Jan-02-12  Xeroxx: Is this guy a winner?
Nov-01-12  Troller: <Jan-02-12 Xeroxx: Is this guy a winner?>

Not currently. In the Chigorin Memorial, he did manage to win against a 2221 and a 2043, but has losses against a 2400 and a 2356, drawing a 2399 in between. Rating loss 18.8 after just 5 rounds - I wouldn't want to share a room with him at the moment.

Aug-18-13  FairyPromotion: I consider this man the follower of Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov, and Viktor Kupreichik. Maybe these players never made it to the elite, but their best games are much more pleasing to the eyes of most fans, than the games of most other super GMs. Just look at his notable games, espeially the top 4. I'm sure they would make most 2700+ GMs jealous. Thanks GM Zvjaginsev!
Mar-13-14  Whitehat1963: Agree, <FairyPromotion>. I'm a big Z-man fan. I also think the opening move Nh3 will be one of his odd little legacies.
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  Capacorn: <FairyPromotion: I consider this man the follower of Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov, and Viktor Kupreichik. Maybe these players never made it to the elite, but their best games are much more pleasing to the eyes of most fans, than the games of most other super GMs. Just look at his notable games, espeially the top 4. I'm sure they would make most 2700+ GMs jealous. Thanks GM Zvjaginsev!>

Well said. I discovered Vadim only today. Consider me an instant fan. Anyone in the spiritual vein of Nezhmetdinov is all right by me! This is the kind of chess I dream of....

Mar-09-16  JohnBoy: I've always loved the play of Z-man. He seems to be ready, willing, and able to have fun over the board. Let's hope he makes it into the top 50.
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