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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: +914 -354 =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 (171) 
    E60 E97 E94 E73 E67
 Queen's Indian (96) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (95) 
    E00 A46 A40 A41 D02
 Sicilian (81) 
    B42 B32 B97 B83 B96
 Grunfeld (61) 
    D97 D76 D85 D78 D93
 Queen's Gambit Declined (60) 
    D37 D30 D31 D35 D39
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (333) 
    B62 B67 B22 B57 B83
 Grunfeld (140) 
    D85 D86 D97 D80 D94
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (81) 
    B62 B67 B64 B63 B69
 Slav (66) 
    D17 D10 D18 D15 D11
 Queen's Indian (66) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
 English (56) 
    A15 A14 A16 A13 A11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Tukmakov vs Korchnoi, 1970 1-0
   Doroshkievich vs V Tukmakov, 1970 0-1
   V Tukmakov vs D Norwood, 1990 1-0
   A Z Kapengut vs V Tukmakov, 1963 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
   Reto Buerge vs V Tukmakov, 1997 0-1
   V Tukmakov vs Razuvaev, 1983 1-0
   S Guliev vs V Tukmakov, 1993 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1970)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Madrid (1973)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   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)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2006)
   USSR Championship (1971)

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

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(born Mar-05-1946, 72 years old) Ukraine

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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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Vitolinsh vs V Tukmakov 1-0341962URS-ch sfB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
2. V Tukmakov vs M Ankerst  ½-½401962URS-YUG2B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. I Nemet vs V Tukmakov  0-1371962URS-YUG2B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
4. M Ankerst vs V Tukmakov  ½-½471962URS-YUG2C47 Four Knights
5. M Ankerst vs V Tukmakov 0-1291962URS-YUG2B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
6. V Tukmakov vs M Klimenok  1-0411962URS-ch sfB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. V Tukmakov vs I Nemet  1-0371962URS-YUG2A45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. J I Zilber vs V Tukmakov  1-0291962URS-ch sfA07 King's Indian Attack
9. V Tukmakov vs I Nemet  1-0661962URS-YUG2B98 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. V Tukmakov vs A Goikhman  0-1391962URS-chTC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. A Zakharov vs V Tukmakov  1-0241962URS-chTB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
12. V Tukmakov vs V Faibisovich 1-0581962URS-chTB32 Sicilian
13. A Vitolinsh vs V Tukmakov  ½-½381962URS-chTC77 Ruy Lopez
14. V Tukmakov vs A Butnorius  ½-½611962URS-chTC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
15. A Z Kapengut vs V Tukmakov 1-0201962URS-chTB07 Pirc
16. A Dubinsky vs V Tukmakov  ½-½151962URS-chTC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
17. V Tukmakov vs A Vooremaa  0-1401962URS-chTB03 Alekhine's Defense
18. V Tukmakov vs V A Tokarev  ½-½501963UKR-chB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
19. Y Nikolaevsky vs V Tukmakov  1-0211963UKR-chE60 King's Indian Defense
20. V Tukmakov vs Y Kots  0-1301963UKR-chB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. V Berezhnoi vs V Tukmakov  0-1431963UKR-chE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
22. V Tukmakov vs R Romanovsky  ½-½361963UKR-chC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. I Platonov vs V Tukmakov  0-1281963UKR-chB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
24. Zamikhovsky vs V Tukmakov  0-1511963UKR-chE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
25. V Tukmakov vs J Rotstein  1-0451963UKR-chC41 Philidor Defense
 page 1 of 96; games 1-25 of 2,398  PGN Download
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  WTHarvey: Here are a few puzzles from Vladimir's early games not given here:
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  Greginctw: do you compile all those puzzles? If so thanks for doing that.
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  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

Nov-27-11  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>..

Jun-01-12  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

Dec-03-12  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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