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Vadim Zvjaginsev
V Zvjaginsev 
Number of games in database: 1,073
Years covered: 1990 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2633 (2593 rapid, 2669 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2688

Overall record: +252 -87 =535 (59.4%)*
   * 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 (38) 
    A18 A15 A16 A13 A11
 Caro-Kann (37) 
    B12 B10 B18 B13 B11
 King's Indian Attack (31) 
 French Defense (26) 
    C00 C07 C02
 English, 1 c4 e5 (25) 
    A29 A21 A22 A28 A20
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (126) 
    B32 B27 B45 B47 B83
 Queen's Gambit Declined (61) 
    D37 D31 D38 D35 D30
 French Defense (59) 
    C11 C09 C07 C03 C13
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    E00 A40 D02 A46 E10
 French (27) 
    C11 C13
 Sicilian Taimanov (25) 
    B45 B47 B48 B46
Repertoire Explorer

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 S Slugin, 2008 1-0
   V Zvjaginsev vs B Bok, 2015 1-0
   V Zvjaginsev vs Khalifman, 2005 1-0
   V Zvjaginsev vs Topalov, 1995 1-0
   V Zvjaginsev vs A A Kharitonov, 2006 1-0
   V Zvjaginsev vs I Lysyj, 2014 1-0
   V Zvjaginsev vs R Vasquez Schroeder, 2013 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   67th Russian Championship Higher League (2014)
   4th Karpov It (2003)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   62nd Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   European Club Cup (2011)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   28th European Club Cup (2012)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2007)
   Russian Team Championship (2018)
   European Club Cup (2016)
   European Individual Championship (2013)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Z is for Zvjaginsev by iron maiden
   Who is this chap? by fredthebear
   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
   GM Nigel Davies DVD "E4 for the Creative Attackr by fredthebear

   🏆 Russian Higher League
   D Khismatullin vs V Zvjaginsev (Jul-05-18) 1/2-1/2
   V Zvjaginsev vs S Sjugirov (Jul-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Sarana vs V Zvjaginsev (Jul-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   V Zvjaginsev vs Ivan Popov (Jul-02-18) 1-0
   D Paravyan vs V Zvjaginsev (Jun-30-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-18-1976, 42 years old) Russia
[what is this?]
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 43; games 1-25 of 1,073  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kulaots vs V Zvjaginsev  0-1451990Ch Yuniors, LeningradC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
2. V Zvjaginsev vs Svidler 0-1631990Chj-URSD80 Grunfeld
3. Kramnik vs V Zvjaginsev 1-0301990URS-ch U20C41 Philidor Defense
4. Svidler vs V Zvjaginsev 1-0391991URS-chJB07 Pirc
5. Morozevich vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½191991Moscow GMC78 Ruy Lopez
6. V Zvjaginsev vs Chekhov 0-1171991Moscow7 opE12 Queen's Indian
7. V Zvjaginsev vs A Shariyazdanov  ½-½531991URS-ch U18A33 English, Symmetrical
8. V Zvjaginsev vs Savon  ½-½691991Moscow7 opE12 Queen's Indian
9. Razuvaev vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½241992Moscow Tal memD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Svidler vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½261992St.Petersburg UURSOA80 Dutch
11. Svidler vs V Zvjaginsev 0-1661992St.Petersburg UURSOB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
12. V Zvjaginsev vs Y Shulman  1-0301992URS-ch U18E91 King's Indian
13. V Zvjaginsev vs V Mezentsev  1-0291992RUS-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. V Zvjaginsev vs Svidler  ½-½261992St.Petersburg URUSOA15 English
15. Svidler vs V Zvjaginsev 0-1571992St.Petersburg URUSOB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. Belikov vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½221992RUS ChA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
17. V Zvjaginsev vs Oral  1-0291992EU-ch U16E92 King's Indian
18. V Zvjaginsev vs Krasenkow  ½-½361992Tal memorialD80 Grunfeld
19. V Zvjaginsev vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½771993Rostov-on-Don OpenA57 Benko Gambit
20. G A Timoshenko vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½261993Berliner Sommer 11thB40 Sicilian
21. V Zvjaginsev vs W Humer 1-0401993Loosdorf opB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
22. V Zvjaginsev vs Beim  ½-½231993Berliner Sommer 11thA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
23. R Schweda vs V Zvjaginsev  0-1441993StockerauA13 English
24. V Zvjaginsev vs A J Whiteley  1-0221993Cappelle op 9thD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. V Zvjaginsev vs Kharlov  0-1361993Rostov-on-Don OpenA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,073  PGN Download
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Dec-19-06  Whitehat1963: How does one go about getting a game placed on this site? I'd like to see the game above on here. I played through it, and it's truly excellent. I'd like to see some analysis on it.
Dec-19-06  Karpova: Try this one:
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Dec-20-06  Whitehat1963: <Karpova> Thanks! How long does it usually take?
Dec-20-06  Whitehat1963: Some comments about the game mentioned above:

<The best game of August: Zvjaginsev – Zhang Pengxiang

There were eight judges to vote for the best game of August: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Michal Krasenkow, Evgeny Gleizerov, Sergey Ivanov, Sergey Soloviov, Andrei Deviatkin and Vladimir Barsky. On the whole, our experts marked that the level of the games didn’t impress them indeed. Perhaps, the columnist forgot how to find masterpieces. However, let’s wait a little with hasty conclusions. Both the intricate struggle and Zvjaginsev’s fantasy and skill helped Vadim’s victory over Zhang Pengxiang become the winner of the contest. This game collected 3 first places (Krasenkow, Ivanov and Gleizerov), 1 second and 1 third. All in all, it came out the best game of the month in an undisputable manner. Sergey Ivanov: “Zvjaginsev played in his best style without taking a breath! Everything was excellent: the original and skilful opening, positional exchange sacrifice, gradual raising of the threats and “flapping” the opponent’s position by unexpected maneuvers (the mere move 30.Rg1!! seems to be brilliant)”. Sergey Soloviov: “Zvjaginsev’s glorious sacrifice of exchange is not evident. That’s why it looks like to be even more impressive”. Evgeny Gleizerov: «Vadim Zvjaginsev scored a victory in his own style. On the one hand, the opening was quite unpretentious. On the other hand, having played 2.Na3, the Russian chessplayer made Zhang Pengxiang invent moves himself. Both positional pawn and exchange sacrifices impress indeed. One can say that they were obvious. In fact, such sayings are absolutely groundless. To tell the truth, it was very difficult for White to appreciate the consequences of the sacrifice and to bring himself to play in this way”. The glorious game Gelfand – Aronian finished second overall. Vladimir Barsky awarded it with the first place. It also received 3 second and 1 third place. Evgeny Gleizerov: “Gelfand – Aronian. White’s 10th move is not only a strong novelty but also the beginning of well thought-out plan. Boris carried it into effect with the classical clearness and accuracy”. The fabulous encounter Nataf – Vachier-Lagrave took the third place. It managed to collect 1 first place (Kovalevskaya), 1 second and 2 third places. It is the only game that was mentioned in all lists. To be honest, taking into account it’s favorable appreciations, it doesn’t yield to the winner at all. Sergey Ivanov: “I am sure that both these games (Zvjaginsev – Zhang Pengxiang and Nataf – Vachier-Lagrave) can be considered to be candidates for the title of the best game of the year”. When one analyses them, he experiences fantastic pleasure!>

Dec-20-06  Karpova: <Whitehat1963: <Karpova> Thanks! How long does it usually take?> Takes quite long at the moment. I submitted a game on 6-Dec and it's still not in the database.

<There were eight judges to vote for the best game of August: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Michal Krasenkow, Evgeny Gleizerov, Sergey Ivanov, Sergey Soloviov, Andrei Deviatkin and Vladimir Barsky. On the whole, our experts marked that the level of the games didn’t impress them indeed.> Those experts talk like that about players like Aronian, Gelfand or Zvjaginsev? Except for Krasenkov none of them had ever been near 2700. Krasenkov reached it once but then did everything to lose rating points.

Dec-20-06  Whitehat1963: <Those experts talk like that about players like Aronian, Gelfand or Zvjaginsev? Except for Krasenkov none of them had ever been near 2700. Krasenkov reached it once but then did everything to lose rating points.>

How good does one have to be to appreciate the work of others, regardless of the field?

Dec-20-06  Karpova: Sergey Soloviev for example - his rating is 2134 according to FIDE

Do you think he would be able to play like Aronian or Gelfand?

Dec-20-06  Mameluk:

This Soloviov wrote a book about Shirov and is quite well known. Dvoretsky would never play as Aronian or Gelfand, too. Or should they vote for their own games?

Dec-20-06  Karpova: <Or should they vote for their own games?> Probably. I mean if they are so strong that Aronian's or Gelfand's level of play doesn't impress them...
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  tamar: Zvj played the Vienna Gambit against Balashov today. I like the tetris-like center pawns that frustrate Black's normal development.

Position after 20 Rae1

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Jul-05-07  percyblakeney: Zvjaginsev entertaining with a King's Gambit against Wang Hao in Taiyuan:

[Event "4th GM March"]
[Site "Taiyuan CHN"]
[Date "2007.07.04"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Zvjaginsev,V"]
[Black "Wang Hao"]
[WhiteElo "2659"]
[BlackElo "2638"]
[ECO "C36"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. d4 Nf6 6. Bxf4 Qe4+ 7. Qe2 Qxe2+ 8. Bxe2 Nd5 9. Bd2 Be7 10. O-O c6 11. c4 Nf6 12. Nc3 O-O 13. Bd3 Rd8 14. Rae1 Be6 15. Ne2 Nbd7 16. Nf4 Nf8 17. Bc3 Bd6 18. Nxe6 Nxe6 19. Bf5 Nc7 20. Ba5 Nfe8 21. Ng5 g6 22. Bh3 b6 23. Bc3 f6 24. Ne6 Nxe6 25. Bxe6+ Kg7 26. g4 h6 27. Kg2 a5 28. d5 c5 29. h4 g5 30. hxg5 hxg5 31. Bf5 Nc7 32. Bc2 Rf8 33. Rf5 Rae8
34. Rxg5+ Kf7 35. Bg6+ Kg8 36. Bxf6 1-0

Jul-05-07  suenteus po 147: Is this a rapid event in which they are playing?
Jul-06-07  percyblakeney: <Is this a rapid event in which they are playing?>

Doesn't seem to be rapid, the tournament is mentioned here:

Jul-06-07  suenteus po 147: <percyblakeney> Thanks for the link!
Jul-09-07  percyblakeney: Zvjaginsev keeps doing well in Taiyuan, 2800+ performance after five games, in the latest he won after playing an unusual Sicilian (but not the Na3 thing):

[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 3. Qe2 Nc6 4. c3 Nf6 5. g3 Be7 6. Bg2 d5 7. e5 Nd7 8. d3 b5 9. h4 Rb8 10. O-O O-O 11. Bf4 c4 12. d4 b4 13. Qc2 bxc3 14. bxc3 Qa5 15. Ng5 g6 16. Nd2 Nb6 17. a4 Bd7 18. Ra2 Rb7 19. Rfa1 Rfb8 20. h5 Na8 21. hxg6 hxg6 22. Ndf3 Kg7 23. Bh3 Rh8 24. Kg2 Qd8 25. Rh1 a5 26. Raa1 Nb4 27. cxb4 axb4 28. a5 b3 29. Qd2 Nc7 30. a6 Ra7 31. Nxf7 Kxf7 32. Bg5 b2 33. Bxe7 bxa1=Q 34. Bxd8 Qxh1+ 35. Kxh1 Rxh3+ 36. Kg2 Rh5 37. g4 1-0

Jul-12-07  percyblakeney: The Z-man is +3 after 7 rounds in Taiyuan, having beaten also Ni Hua (2681) with black.
Jul-17-07  percyblakeney: Zvjaginsev is still undefeated in 2007 after having finished Taiyuan with the best score, gaining more than 15 points. In the last round he played the Schliemann against Wang Hao and got a slightly better position but not enough to win:

[Event "4th GM March"]
[Site "Taiyuan CHN"]
[Date "2007.07.14"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Wang Hao"]
[Black "Zvjaginsev,V"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2624"]
[BlackElo "2658"]
[EventDate "2007.07.04"]
[ECO "C63"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O d6 7. Nc3 Be7 8. Bc4 Na5 9. Qd3 c6 10. a4 Nxc4 11. Qxc4 Qd7 12. h3 Qe6 13. Qxe6 Bxe6 14. Ng5 Bc4 15. Rd1 h6 16. b3 Bg8 17. Nf3 Bh7 18. Re1 O-O-O 19. Ba3 Rhe8 20. Rad1 b6 21. Re2 a6 22. Ne1 d5 23. Bxe7 Rxe7 24. f3 Kc7 25. Nd3 dxe4 26. Nxe4 Nxe4 27. fxe4 Rd4 28. Rde1 a5 29. Re3 b5 30. c3 Rd8 31. Ra1 1/2-1/2

Jul-17-07  Ziggurat: <Zvjaginsev is still undefeated in 2007>

Going undefeated for over half a year with such openings is no mean feat! (I like his openings, BTW.)

Jul-17-07  percyblakeney: <Going undefeated for over half a year with such openings is no mean feat! (I like his openings, BTW.)>

Indeed, Zvjaginsev is often entertaining, and his latest loss seems to have been more than ten months ago. A pity he's never invited to the top tournaments, it would be interesting to see how that would turn out. In 2002 he faced a couple of the eight World Championship candidates, and it ended up like this:

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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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