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Konstantin Sakaev
Number of games in database: 656
Years covered: 1986 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2594 (2616 rapid, 2623 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2672
Overall record: +187 -79 =334 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      56 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (57) 
    D15 D12 D17 D11 D13
 Queen's Indian (36) 
    E12 E15 E17 E13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (34) 
    D37 D38 D30 D31 D39
 King's Indian (31) 
    E97 E81 E94 E60 E92
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E32 E20 E39 E25 E46
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    A40 A46 E10 E00 D02
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (84) 
    B90 B92 B22 B80 B54
 Slav (41) 
    D15 D17 D12 D19 D14
 Sicilian Najdorf (36) 
    B90 B92 B97 B93 B94
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E46 E48 E52 E34
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    D00 D02 A45 A46 E00
 Semi-Slav (15) 
    D43 D45 D47 D46 D49
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sakaev vs Kramnik, 1989 1-0
   Sakaev vs D Langier, 1992 1-0
   S Erenburg vs Sakaev, 2005 0-1
   Sakaev vs Kharlov, 1996 1-0
   Sakaev vs A Lastin, 2005 1-0
   Sakaev vs V Belov, 2003 1-0
   Sakaev vs Kramnik, 1991 1/2-1/2
   A Volokitin vs Sakaev, 2001 0-1
   Sakaev vs T Nabaty, 2010 1-0
   Sakaev vs Radjabov, 2009 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   61st Russian Championship Higher League (2008)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   Russia Team Championship (2004)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2007)
   57th Russian Championship Qualifier (2004)
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   58th Russian Championship Semifinals (2005)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   European Clubs Cup (Men) (2003)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   European Club Cup (2010)

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(born Apr-13-1974, 42 years old) Russia
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World U16 Champion (1990); USSR Junior Champion (1990); World U18 Champion (1992). Sakaev was awarded the IM title in 1990 and the GM title in 1992. In 1999, he won the Russian championship. Competed in the World Championship Knockout contests of 1999, 2000, 2001-2 (round 3) and 2004 (round 3). Also competed in the World Cups held in 2005 (placing 16th), 2007 and 2009 (round 3).

Sakaev represented Russia as a reserve at the Olympiads of 1994, 1998 and 2000, winning a team bronze and 2 team golds respectively, and placing 4th for his board in 1998 and 2000. In 2001, he won individual gold and team silver playing for Russian in the World Team Championship.

He played in the European Club Cup from 1996 until 2006 inclusive, and from 2008 until 2010 inclusive. During this time he won 3 individual silver medals in 2000, 2004 and 2010; a team silver in 2000; and 2 team bronzes in 1996 and 2006. His greatest team successes were in the Russian Premier League in which he played from 1992 until 2010 inclusive, except for 1994, 1996 and 1998. His medal tally in the Russian League was 2 individual and 4 team golds, 2 individual and 3 team silvers, 2 individual and 4 team bronzes, most of these medals being won while he was with St Petersburg (1999-2003; 2009-2010) and Ural Sverdlovsk (2004-2007). In 1991, he won individual and team gold playing 2nd reserve for the USSR in the World U26 Team Championship. He also represented Russia in the 2004 Russia-China summit matches.

In January 2005, Sakaev reached his peak rating - 2677 - and his peak world ranking - 27.

A chess author and theoretician, he wrote:

- <Expert's Guide to the 7.Bc4 Gruenfeld>

- <Latest Trends in the Semi Slav: Anti-meran> (with Semko Semkov) and

- <How to Get the Edge Against the Gruenfeld>.

Wikipedia article: Konstantin Sakaev

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 656  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kamsky vs Sakaev  0-145 1986 SochiJ-BB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. Shirov vs Sakaev 1-035 1986 Sochi (Russia)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Sakaev vs Tiviakov  ½-½39 1986 SochiJ-BE17 Queen's Indian
4. Sakaev vs Akopian  0-139 1986 SochiJ-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Sakaev vs Kramnik 1-021 1989 Ch URSA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
6. Sakaev vs M Brodsky  1-023 1989 URS-chT U18E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. Smirin vs Sakaev  1-057 1989 URS-chT U18B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
8. Sakaev vs Zsofia Polgar  1-048 1990 IndonesienD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Topalov vs Sakaev  ½-½33 1990 A.Kotov memorialE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. Rublevsky vs Sakaev  ½-½13 1990 SochiD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
11. Kramnik vs Sakaev  ½-½16 1990 Sochi (Russia)B83 Sicilian
12. Kharlov vs Sakaev  0-161 1991 Sao Paulo opC02 French, Advance
13. Sakaev vs K Lerner  0-123 1991 URS-ch58E20 Nimzo-Indian
14. Y Dokhoian vs Sakaev  ½-½24 1991 URS-ch58E15 Queen's Indian
15. Ulibin vs Sakaev  1-040 1991 URS-ch58B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. Sakaev vs M Brodsky  1-039 1991 URS-ch U26E25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
17. Sakaev vs G Timoshenko  ½-½32 1991 URS-ch U26E20 Nimzo-Indian
18. Sakaev vs Dreev  ½-½53 1991 Ch URSD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Sakaev vs Eingorn  ½-½52 1991 URS-ch58E00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Sakaev vs Kramnik ½-½16 1991 Ch URS (young masters)C11 French
21. Tal vs Sakaev  ½-½29 1991 URS ch 53/93 [Sakaev,K]A04 Reti Opening
22. A Kuzmin vs Sakaev  1-041 1991 URS-ch58E15 Queen's Indian
23. Y Kruppa vs Sakaev  0-165 1991 URS-ch U26B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
24. R Shcherbakov vs Sakaev  ½-½11 1991 URS-ch58A05 Reti Opening
25. G J de Boer vs Sakaev  0-168 1991 Groningen opE00 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 656  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-15-03  PinkPanther: This guy disgusts me, look at how many extremely short draws he's been getting recently.
Sep-15-03  Sylvester: It says that 36.77% of the games in the database are draws. Does anyone know about what the percentage is for tournament games with players in the 1400-2100 range?
May-22-05  skakmiv: Sakaev is number 30 on the FIDE rating list. Now who is this guy?
May-22-05  Ziggurat: <Now who is this guy?> There is a recent interview with Sakaev at
Jul-10-05  WTHarvey: Here are some mates and wins from Konstantin's games:
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  Knight13: I'm gonna call this guy the "Drawmaster" since he gets lots of dang ol' draws.
Jul-10-05  Rocafella: How clever <|o:>
Dec-07-05  PinkPanther: Who is going to make a webpage about Sakaev?? LOL
Feb-14-06  dimradil: isn't he the same GM that gives live commentary on during major events ? i like his comments, they're very clear/instructive
Apr-12-06  Halldor: Easy puzzle - White (Sakaev) to play. Solution below.

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36. ?

I saw this puzzle in the Danish Skakbladet magazine (2004/1) and found the position interesting. I was first looking for something deep but then the solution came as a surprise... - as I said, easy!

This could well be added to the chess puzzles from the games of Konstantin Sakaev at

See the solution in the game:

[Event "Bundesliga 0304"]
[Site "Germany"]
[Date "2003.11.01"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Sakaev, Konstantin"]
[Black "McShane, Luke J"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D86"]
[WhiteElo "2655"]
[BlackElo "2619"]
[PlyCount "75"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 c5 8. Ne2 Nc6 9. Be3 cxd4 10. cxd4 Qa5+ 11. Bd2 Qd8 12. Be3 Qa5+ 13. Bd2 Qd8 14. Bc3 O-O 15. Qd2 Bd7 16. O-O Rc8 17. Rac1 a6 18. Bb3 e6 19. d5 exd5 20. Bxg7 Kxg7 21. Bxd5 f6 22. Nf4 Qe7 23. h3 Rfd8 24. Qe3 Kh8 25. Qb6 Be8 26. Rb1 Rb8 27. Rfc1 Rd6 28. Qb2 Ne5 29. Rc3 Bc6 30. Bxc6 Nxc6 31. Nd5 Qxe4 32. Nxf6 Qe5 33. Ne4 Re6 34. Ng5 Re7 35. Nf3 Qf6 36. Rxc6 Qxb2 37. Rxb2 Rd8 38. Rcb6 1-0

The text is the first move I considered, but the tricky thing is to see that Black can't win back the piece by taking on c6 after the exchange of queens so White wins a piece.

Apr-13-06  BIDMONFA: Konstantin Sakaev

SAKAEV, Konstantin

Apr-22-06  Nikita Smirnov: I am reading his book he did in 2003 with Semko Semkov "The Queens Gambit Accepted" and I really like this book very much.I like Sakaev's style of analysing the position.When I am reading I always remmember Botvinnik.
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  DarthStapler: The modern day Schlecter?
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  wordfunph: GM Sakaev's greatest victory was against Vlad Kramnik in 1989.

GM Sakaev, happy birthday!

Apr-21-11  Sho: Player of the Day: April 21, 2011.
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