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Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov
V Tukmakov 
Number of games in database: 2,398
Years covered: 1962 to 2007
Last FIDE rating: 2540
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605

Overall record: +915 -353 =1053 (62.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 77 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (169) 
    E97 E60 E94 E73 E62
 Queen's Pawn Game (101) 
    E00 A40 A41 A46 D02
 Queen's Indian (95) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E19
 Sicilian (84) 
    B42 B36 B97 B83 B96
 Catalan (59) 
    E06 E04 E08 E01 E09
 Grunfeld (57) 
    D97 D76 D85 D78 D73
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (343) 
    B66 B67 B22 B56 B50
 Grunfeld (141) 
    D85 D86 D80 D97 D94
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (81) 
    B66 B67 B62 B64 B68
 Slav (67) 
    D17 D15 D19 D10 D11
 Queen's Indian (67) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
 Ruy Lopez (53) 
    C95 C80 C61 C77 C82
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Tukmakov vs D Norwood, 1990 1-0
   V Tukmakov vs Korchnoi, 1970 1-0
   Doroshkievich vs V Tukmakov, 1970 0-1
   Kasparov vs V Tukmakov, 1982 1/2-1/2
   V Tukmakov vs A Elfert, 2000 1-0
   Korchnoi vs V Tukmakov, 1971 0-1
   V Tukmakov vs Razuvaev, 1983 1-0
   V Tukmakov vs Speelman, 1994 1-0
   Reto Buerge vs V Tukmakov, 1997 0-1
   Sax vs V Tukmakov, 2001 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1970)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   Madrid (1973)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   50th USSR Championship (1983)
   Hastings 1968/69 (1968)
   Moscow (1971)
   Las Palmas Interzonal (1982)
   Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2007)
   USSR Championship (1973)
   USSR Championship (1967)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1983 by Benzol
   Madrid 1973 by suenteus po 147
   Las Palmas Interzonal 1982 by Tabanus
   KID with g3 by tibone

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(born Mar-05-1946, 71 years old) Ukraine

[what is this?]
Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov was born in Odessa (Ukraine). He became a GM in 1972. He scored most of his best tournament results in the 1970s, including 2nd after Robert James Fischer at Buenos Aires (1970), 4th= with Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian after Anatoly Karpov, Leonid Stein and Vasily Smyslov at Moscow (1971) and half a point behind Anatoly Karpov at Madrid (1973).

Tukmakov participated in 14 USSR championships between 1967 and 1989, scoring approximately 50%, and finishing second at the USSR Championship (1970) and 50th USSR Championship (1983). He played on the USSR team at the 1984 Thessaloniki Olympiad.(1) He captained the victorious Ukrainian team at the 36th Olympiad (2004) in Calvia, Spain. He is a FIDE Senior Trainer.

(1) source:

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Tukmakov

 page 1 of 96; games 1-25 of 2,398  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J I Zilber vs V Tukmakov  1-029 1962 URS-ch sfA07 King's Indian Attack
2. V Tukmakov vs M Klimenok  1-041 1962 URS-ch sfB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. A Vitolinsh vs V Tukmakov 1-034 1962 URS-ch sfB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
4. V Tukmakov vs I Nemet  1-037 1962 URS-JUG2A45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. I Nemet vs V Tukmakov  0-137 1962 URS-JUG2B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
6. V Tukmakov vs I Nemet  1-066 1962 URS-JUG2B98 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. M Ankerst vs V Tukmakov  ½-½47 1962 URS-JUG2C47 Four Knights
8. V Tukmakov vs M Ankerst  ½-½40 1962 URS-JUG2B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. M Ankerst vs V Tukmakov 0-129 1962 URS-JUG2B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
10. V Tukmakov vs A Butnorius  ½-½61 1962 URS-chTC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. A Zakharov vs V Tukmakov  1-024 1962 URS-chTB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
12. V Tukmakov vs A Vooremaa  0-140 1962 URS-chTB03 Alekhine's Defense
13. A Vitolinsh vs V Tukmakov  ½-½38 1962 URS-chTC77 Ruy Lopez
14. V Tukmakov vs A Goikhman  0-139 1962 URS-chTC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
15. A Z Kapengut vs V Tukmakov 1-020 1962 URS-chTB07 Pirc
16. V Tukmakov vs V Faibisovich 1-058 1962 URS-chTB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
17. A Dubinsky vs V Tukmakov  ½-½15 1962 URS-chTC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
18. V Tukmakov vs Kostiuchenko 1-044 1963 UKR-chB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
19. V Faibisovich vs V Tukmakov  ½-½46 1963 URSC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. V Tukmakov vs E Lazarev 0-136 1963 UKR-chB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
21. V Shiyanovsky vs V Tukmakov  1-072 1963 UKR-chB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
22. V Tukmakov vs Y Sakharov  0-153 1963 UKR-chB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. V Tukmakov vs B Kogan  ½-½41 1963 UKR-chB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
24. Y Nikolaevsky vs V Tukmakov  1-021 1963 UKR-chE60 King's Indian Defense
25. V Berezhnoi vs V Tukmakov  0-143 1963 UKR-chE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
 page 1 of 96; games 1-25 of 2,398  PGN Download
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Feb-28-05  WTHarvey: Here are a few puzzles from Vladimir's early games not given here:
Feb-28-05  Greginctw: do you compile all those puzzles? If so thanks for doing that.
Mar-01-05  Albertan: An interesting story concerning Tukmakov is this. He played in the Canadian Open in Edmonton back at the beginning of the 90's. After a few rounds as he notched win after win he began playing the higher-rated Canadian players in the event. Apparently all the top-rated Canadians had planned their openings together:they chose to play the Queen's Gambit. In response Tukmakov chose to play the Blumenfield Counter-Gambit:Opening Explorer After that game, all the top Canadians played the Blumenfeld against Tukmakov.However GM Tukmakov knew the opening better as he won all the games he played a White (except one in which he gave up a draw to Canadian Deen Hergott) Deen Hergott

Tukmakov was interviewed in 2000.The interview can be read at:

Tukmakov served as captain of the winning Ukrainian Men's team at the 36th Chess Olympiad:

Tukmakov talks about the Kramnik-Kasparov match and other chess matters in an interview at:

Vladimir Tukmakov is one of the greatest players of all time at refuting an unsound attack. He certainly proves it here. Have a look at Sax- Tukmakov: Sax vs V Tukmakov, 2001

Tukmakov participated in 13 USSR championships between 1967 and 1987, scoring approximately 50%, and coming in second in 1970 and 1983. In 1984 he played on the USSR Olympic team. Tukamkov is one of the few trainers in the chess world with a certification from the FIDE:

Jan-03-06  LancelotduLac: Tukmakov's deep positional understanding made him a serious force to be reckoned with in mid to late 70s. He went on to become an even more impressive coach than he was competitor, now serving as head coach of Ukraine's team, the current Olympic champions.
Premium Chessgames Member Many thanks to User: Honza Cervenka for providing an enormous number of Tukmakov games to add to our collection.
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  Benzol: Once again <Honza> we're indebted to you. Many thanks for your on going contributions.


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  ray keene: tukmakov is a high quality player and his games will form a most useful study resource here!
Mar-15-06  BIDMONFA: Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov

TUKMAKOV, Vladimir B.

Mar-15-07  Laskerfan82: Glad to see him as player of the day. I will always remember how my former coach IM Ilya Botvinnik spoke with great reverence about Tukmakov. To translate one of his comments (our lessons were in Hebrew): "Tukmakov was a very strong Grandmaster. VERY strong."

Analyzing Tukmakov's games games is rewarding for the aspiring student. Many of them are strategically rich. His best games are from the late 1970s through the mid 1980s.

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  brankat: Happy Birthday Vladimir Borisovich!
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Vladimir!
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  amadeus: Khanty-Mansiysk 2010:
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  wordfunph: Newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda presented the results of the Chiburdanidze-Tukmakov game (USSR Championship 1st Division): Many Time Prize Winner of the USSR Championships GM Vladimir Tukmakov Lost to a 17-year-old Girl! The psychological effect on Tukmakov resulted in his losing seven games in a row!

happy 65th birthday GM Tukmakov!

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov !
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Tukmakov!
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  wordfunph: IM Liu Wenzhe once asked GM Vladimir Tukmakov, an authority on the openings, what he thought of the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings. He told Liu that the book was written for children!

Source: Chinese School of Chess by Liu Wenzhe

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  ketchuplover: Due out 4-16-12 is Modern Chess Preparation:Getting Ready for Your Opponent in the Information Age
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  wordfunph: thanks <ketch>!

here's the book description..

<Opening, middlegame and endgame are the three universally recognized stages of a game of chess, but what about the art of preparation? Winning starts with planning before the game, teaches legendary chess trainer Vladimir Tukmakov in this enlightening and entertaining work on a neglected subject.

Exploring and understanding, prior to the game, the strengths and weaknesses of your next opponent and being aware of your own strong points and shortcomings, are a key to success. Tukmakov describes how planning has become a systematic process, how methodical preparation works, and which critical steps you have to take.

The role of the computer in preparing for a game has grown tremendously, and Modern Chess Preparation explains how it is used by top players to get organized for success. But you will also learn the limitations on the use of chess engines and databases and how disastrous it can be to overly respect them and rely on them. A separate chapter is devoted on how to prepare for all-important games, games that will decide a tournament, a match or a even an entire career. Modern Chess Preparation is about more than just opening preparation. It also teaches you how to immerse yourself in order to find the best approach to the game. With powerful anecdotes and many instructive high-level games, Tukmakov explains how, as a competitive chess player, you can organize your homework, focus your efforts, and arrive at a viable game plan.

Vladimir Tukmakov is a chess grandmaster and a former national champion of Ukraine. In his active career he won many tournaments as well as gold medals in international team competitions. He is universally acknowledged as an outstanding chess trainer and coach.>

this is the book i've been looking for ages, cheers to GM Tukmakov!

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  brankat: Wishing You a Happy Birthday!
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  wordfunph: "The courageous struggle."

- GM Vladimir Tukmakov (when asked what he valued most in chess)

Happy Birthday GM Tukmakov!

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  Stonehenge: He was actually born on the 5th of March :) I changed the bio.
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  wordfunph: uh ohh :(

gracias amigo <Stonehenge>..

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  ketchuplover: Profession:ChessPlayer-Grandmaster at Work is now available via new-in-chess.


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  wordfunph: thanks <ketchup>..

Profession: Chessplayer: Grandmaster at Work by Vladimir Tukmakov

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  parisattack: I'll have to get this book; thanks <ketchuplover> and <wordfunph>.

Around 1970 or so the guessing game was who would be the next Soviet Super GM - Karpov or Tukmakov...

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