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V Mikhalevski 
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Victor Mikhalevski
Number of games in database: 495
Years covered: 1990 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2565 (2639 rapid, 2506 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2632
Overall record: +212 -118 =159 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      6 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (48) 
    E00 A40 A41 A46 E10
 Catalan (34) 
    E04 E06 E01 E05 E08
 King's Indian (31) 
    E97 E94 E71 E91 E96
 Slav (31) 
    D11 D17 D12 D15 D10
 Modern Benoni (15) 
    A57 A64 A62 A73 A59
 Semi-Slav (14) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (68) 
    C80 C77 C67 C82 C69
 Grunfeld (52) 
    D85 D80 D91 D86 D76
 Ruy Lopez, Open (39) 
    C80 C82 C81
 English (31) 
    A15 A16 A13
 Sicilian (13) 
    B22 B30 B52 B50 B76
 Four Knights (9) 
    C48 C49 C47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Lengyel vs V Mikhalevski, 1993 0-1
   R Ziatdinov vs V Mikhalevski, 2005 1/2-1/2
   V Mikhalevski vs K Miton, 2008 1-0
   J Berkvens vs V Mikhalevski, 2000 0-1
   V Mikhalevski vs R Gardner, 2012 1-0
   Akobian vs V Mikhalevski, 2011 0-1
   V Mikhalevski vs Short, 2012 1-0
   F Vallejo Pons vs V Mikhalevski, 2008 1/2-1/2
   V Mikhalevski vs M Acosta, 2011 1-0
   V Mikhalevski vs Azmaiparashvili, 1995 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Open (2008)
   Spring North American FIDE Invitational (2006)
   Edmonton International (2012)
   Zurich Chess Club 200th Anniversary (2009)
   World Open (2007)
   2nd Queenstown Chess Classic (2009)
   Oslo Chess International (2011)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   Israeli Championship (2004)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   SPICE Cup 2008 by Black Pawn

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(born Jul-08-1972, 42 years old) Belarus (citizen of Israel)

[what is this?]
Victor Mikhalevski was born in Gomel, Belarus but currently resides in Israel. He was twice Israeli champion under 20, in 1991 and 1992. He was awarded the GM title in 1996. In 2002 he placed 1st at the 1st International tournament in San Salvador, El Salvador with 7.5 out of 9 points. In 2007 he won the Calvia International Open and in 2010 the Calgary International Chess Classic.

Wikipedia article: Victor Mikhalevski

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 496  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs V Mikhalevski  1-048 1990 Ch JuniorsC53 Giuoco Piano
2. Sherzer vs V Mikhalevski  1-029 1991 Ch World (juniors)C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. V Mikhalevski vs Baburin  ½-½13 1992 Biel A75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
4. V Beim vs V Mikhalevski  1-058 1992 ISR-chA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
5. V Neverov vs V Mikhalevski  1-043 1993 Groningen Chess Festival; GM openD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
6. Korchnoi vs V Mikhalevski  1-036 1993 Beer ShevaD85 Grunfeld
7. B Lengyel vs V Mikhalevski 0-122 1993 BudapestC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. V Mikhalevski vs S Savchenko  0-141 1993 Groningen Chess Festival; GM openD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. A Chernin vs V Mikhalevski  1-042 1993 BeershebaA28 English
10. A Berelowitsch vs V Mikhalevski  1-045 1993 Groningen Chess Festival; GM openC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. D Gurevich vs V Mikhalevski  1-035 1993 Beer ShevaA13 English
12. Sax vs V Mikhalevski  0-139 1993 Benasque opC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
13. Psakhis vs V Mikhalevski  ½-½27 1993 Beer ShevaE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
14. Gulko vs V Mikhalevski  1-041 1993 Beer ShevaD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. V Mikhalevski vs V A Loginov  1-052 1993 BudapestE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. V Mikhalevski vs I Sokolov  0-133 1994 LeeuwardenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Vaisser vs V Mikhalevski  0-133 1994 EU-Cup finalD85 Grunfeld
18. V Mikhalevski vs Sutovsky  1-031 1994 Tel AvivE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
19. V Mikhalevski vs Y Kruppa  0-173 1995 Platonov memA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. V Mikhalevski vs Azmaiparashvili 1-040 1995 SloveniaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. V Mikhalevski vs Skembris  0-151 1995 Agios Nikolaos openD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Romanishin vs V Mikhalevski  0-139 1995 Bad EndbachD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
23. A Finkel vs V Mikhalevski  1-051 1995 It (cat.11)C26 Vienna
24. Van der Wiel vs V Mikhalevski  ½-½61 1995 Leeuwarden 64/321C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. V Mikhalevski vs Kupreichik  0-160 1995 Bad EndbachE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 496  PGN Download
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Jan-02-06  THE pawn: It's not really like he saved the world. One thing's for sure though, he loves to play in Quebec:

and that's the last tournament results I found where he played.

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  TheAlchemist: After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.a3 Bxc3 6.Qxc3 b6 7.Nf3 Bb7 8.g3 d6 9.Bg2 Nbd7 10.O-O Qe7 11.b3 Ne4 12.Qc2 f5

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13.Ng5! was Mikhalevski's new move, he first played it against Gennady Tunik in Beer Sheva 1996. Play went 13...Ndf6 14.Nh3 etc.

A similar example of the Ng5 manoeuvre is:

A Jakab vs L Eperjesi, 2001

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  TheAlchemist: A correspondence game between Bertino and Podkrajsek from 2001 went:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.Qb3 Qe7 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 Bb7 8.g3 d6 9.Bg2 Nbd7 10.O-O O-O 11.b3 Ne4 12.Qc2 f5 13.Ng5 Ndf6 14.Nh3 d5 15.f3 Nd6 16.c5 bxc5 17.dxc5 Nb5 18.Bb2 a5 19.e3 Rfb8 20.Nf2 Na7 21.e4 dxe4 22.fxe4 fxe4 23.Nxe4 Nxe4 24.Bxe4 Bxe4 25.Qxe4 Qxc5+ 26.Rf2 Re8 27.Rc1 Qd6

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A mistake. Correct was 27...Qe7! A thunderbolt now follows:

28.Bxg7!! Kxg7 29.Rf7+ Kxf7 30.Qxh7+ Kf6 31.Rf1+ Ke5 32.Qh5+ Ke4 33.Re1+ Kd4 34.Rd1+ Ke3 35.Qg5+ Kf3 36.Rf1+ Ke4 37.Re1+

And Black resigned in view of 37...Kd4 38.Qc1 Qa6 39.Qe3+ Kd5 40.Qe5+ Kc6 41.Rc1+ Kb6 42.Qxc7+ Kb5 43.Rc5#

Apr-20-07  CFMEU: Currently in Australia. Played in the Sydney International Open and finished equal second 7/9
Jul-08-07  BIDMONFA: Victor Mikhalevski


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  Karpova: He won the Calvia International Open with 8.0/9 and a performance of 2876!

Congratulations to you for your brilliant performance!

Spraggett was the runner-up with 7.0/9.

Several players followed with 6.5/9 like Kuzubov, Godena and Arakhamia-Grant!

Top seed Vallejo-Pons disappointed with 5.5/9 and 26th place.

Oct-28-07  Nikita Smirnov: What a good perfomance in Calvia!
Jul-08-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Victor!
Nov-03-08  timhortons: id e mailed daniel freeman of these photo that i got of grandmaster mikhalevski during the canadian open

i gave you the freedom to use it if you want for posting here.

Nov-03-08  timhortons: daniel freeman thanks for posting it.

at the canadian open id tried to take a snap of IM noritsyn of canada but the guy gave me a stern look that i back off humiliated.

he is a very nice guy at icc, a regular observer of nakamura game and a pleasant kibitzer, but things got different in that situation.

I compose my self gather a deep breath and stay in the corner.Id seen grandmaster mikhalivski get inside a hall, i go near him and ask if i could take a shot, he smiled and pose, i take 3 pics and these is the best one.

Nov-03-08  unsound: <timhortons> Nice photo. (And I really like that shot you've got on flcikr of the presidents cup--the frame's so crowded it gives it tons of atmosphere.)
Nov-04-08  timhortons: <unsound>, that photo belongs to manny ygpuara, kadsawy of kuwait chess and me cover the tournament, manny ygpuara of filipino kuwait chess association are feeding us news from time to time.

i hope 2009 could gather as much grandmaster to montreal, ill be taking more video and photo and make friends with them at icc.

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  wordfunph: GM Victor Mikhalevski once participated a tourney in the Philippines, i think it was PGMA Cup in 2007..

Happy Birthday GM Mikhalevski!

Jul-08-09  Don Cossacks: <wordfunph>Nope it was on 2006
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  wordfunph: <Don Cossacks: <wordfunph>Nope it was on 2006> ahhh....i wasn't sure. Thanks for the correction <Don Cossacks>..maybe you are GM Mikhalevski!
Jul-08-09  timhortons: happy bday gm mik!

one of the nicest GM.

Aug-04-09  jon01: Here are some cool pictures of Mikhalevski and Shirov taken in Canadian Open 2009.

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  Tabanus: Winner of the Calgary International Chess Classic (Canada) 20-24 May 2010:, congratulations!

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  wordfunph: happy bday gm mikhalevski!
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  PhilFeeley: I guess he's a quiet, unassuming guy; no controversial or rude behaviour 'a la Gormally or Kasparov. So he doesn't get much commentary. But I love the fact that he plays in Canada regularly. He's currently playing in the 7th Edmonton Internatonal (, and I wish him well.
Jun-27-12  King Death: <PhilFeeley> A lot of the IMs and GMs that I played or met when I was active were the same way. Personalities like Walter Browne were the exception not the rule in my experience. You wouldn't have known for example away from the board that Larry Christiansen was anything special, not that I knew him well but he seemed like a decent guy. Back in the mid 70s it was obvious he was going places, even before he got the GM title. The kid had a great eye for tactics.
Jul-01-12  HeMateMe: Looking at the photo, the guy looks happy, well adjusted and normal.

Are you SURE he's a chess champion?

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  OBIT: He looks like Seth Green (the comic guy guy on The Big Bang Theory), except with less hair:

Aug-20-12  mccarthpm: doesnt Q takes q just win easliy??
Jul-08-13  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Mikhalevski!
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