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Alexander Lastin
Number of games in database: 367
Years covered: 1995 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2518 (2516 rapid, 2478 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2659

Overall record: +124 -60 =175 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 8 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (71) 
    B90 B30 B42 B80 B32
 French Defense (22) 
    C07 C05 C03 C00 C10
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C92 C78 C84 C95 C64
 French Tarrasch (14) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (13) 
    C92 C84 C89 C93 C91
 Sicilian Najdorf (13) 
    B90 B96 B93 B97
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (24) 
    D12 D11 D17 D10 D15
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B12 B18 B17 B11 B14
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C84 C78 C90 C92 C91
 Semi-Slav (20) 
    D45 D44 D47 D43
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C84 C92 C90 C91 C94
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E54 E47 E34 E20 E32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Lastin vs K Maslak, 2008 1-0
   A Lastin vs S V Ivanov, 2004 1-0
   I Smikovski vs A Lastin, 2006 0-1
   A Danin vs A Lastin, 2010 0-1
   A Lastin vs Tseshkovsky, 1995 1-0
   A Lastin vs E Paehtz, 2008 1-0
   A Lastin vs K Maslak, 2009 1-0
   A Lastin vs D Reinderman, 2003 1-0
   A Lastin vs K V Chernyshov, 2001 1-0
   A Lastin vs S Yuferov, 1999 1/2-1/2

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Championship (2002)
   61st Russian Championship Higher League (2008)
   62nd Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   Russian Superfinals (2008)
   Russian Team Championship (2008)
   59th Russian Championship (2006)
   President's Cup (2008)
   Moscow Open (2008)
   It (open) St. Petersburg 300 (2003)
   56th Russian Championship (2003)
   3rd Aeroflot Festival (2004)
   Russian Team Championship: Higher League (2009)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   57th Russian Championship Qualifier (2004)
   European Club Cup (2010)

   🏆 Doroshkevicha Mem Open
   A Lastin vs M Oganian (Dec-04-12) 1/2-1/2
   A Muromtsev vs A Lastin (Dec-03-12) 1-0
   A Lastin vs A Zakharov (Dec-02-12) 1/2-1/2
   G Tunik vs A Lastin (Dec-01-12) 1/2-1/2
   A Lastin vs M Karmov (Nov-30-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Oct-30-1976, died Jan-23-2015, 38 years old) Russia

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Hailing from Zheleznovodsk, Alexander Lastin achieved both FM and IM titles aged 19, and the Grandmaster title at age 20. He was ranked in the world’s top 100 from October 2000 to July 2004 and in October 2008 he achieved his peak rating so far of 2651, ranking him 67th in the world at that time.

A frequent high finisher in the Russian Cup tournaments from 1997 to 2000, GM Lastin achieved significant successes in Russian Championships, including equal fourth in Elista in 1996 behind Alexander Khalifman, Alexey Dreev and Semen I Dvoirys; second behind Peter Svidler in Elista in 1997, third in the knockout tournament of 1999, second on countback behind Alexander Motylev in 2001 in Elista, before breaking through for the title in Krasnodar in 2002.

Other notable results include equal first place with Evgeny Najer in the It (open) St. Petersburg 300 (2003), first place in the V.K. Doroshkevich Memorial Open in Belorechensk in May 2007, equal second behind Viacheslav Zakhartsov in the 2005 Voronezh Open, equal first (second on countback behind Farrukh Amonatov) in the 2007 Voronezh open, first in the 2006 Moscow Open (with a 2810 performance) and equal second behind Artyom Timofeev in the Moscow Open (2008).

Wikipedia article: Alexander Lastin

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 367  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vasiukov vs A Lastin  ½-½531995Moscow opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
2. A Lastin vs Balashov  ½-½311995Moscow op2C00 French Defense
3. Chekhov vs A Lastin  1-0381995Moscow op2D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Smyslov vs A Lastin  0-1621995RUS-chB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
5. A Lastin vs Tseshkovsky 1-0401995RUS-chB08 Pirc, Classical
6. A Lastin vs Grischuk  1-0431996Moscow-chC45 Scotch Game
7. A Lastin vs M Turov  ½-½311996RUS-ch U20B12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. V Malakhov vs A Lastin  1-0771996RUS-ch U20B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
9. Solozhenkin vs A Lastin  ½-½441996Russian ChampionshipB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
10. A Lastin vs O Korneev  ½-½371996Russian ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. A Shariyazdanov vs A Lastin  ½-½71996Russian ChampionshipA81 Dutch
12. A Lastin vs Epishin  ½-½611996Russian ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
13. A Lastin vs Pigusov  1-0311996Russian ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
14. A Shchekachev vs A Lastin  1-0481996Russian ChampionshipA10 English
15. I Zakharevich vs A Lastin  0-1231996Russian ChampionshipA81 Dutch
16. A Lastin vs K Aseev  1-0411996Russian ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
17. Kharlov vs A Lastin  ½-½311996Russian ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
18. A Lastin vs Goldin  1-0461996Russian ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
19. A Lastin vs Bareev  ½-½71996Russian ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. A Lastin vs L Reutova 1-0271997RUS-Cup5B10 Caro-Kann
21. Fedorov vs A Lastin 1-0371997RUS-Cup4B12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. Kholmov vs A Lastin  ½-½401997RUS-Cup5B40 Sicilian
23. A Lastin vs Kholmov  1-0391998RUS-Cup08C45 Scotch Game
24. M Turov vs A Lastin  1-0171998RUS-Cup06B08 Pirc, Classical
25. A S Moroz vs A Lastin  ½-½121999Marganets itC42 Petrov Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-18-05  aw1988: His play is Lastin a long time, hopefully.
Mar-25-05  WTHarvey: Here are some crucial positions from Lastin's games not shown here:
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  Benzol: <aw1988> LOL. OK if we're getting into puns how about Lastin, first out.
Aug-26-05  lentil: lastin was russian champion in 2002
Mar-17-06  Catfriend: I know I'm stealing a pun used long ago as a GOTD title, but - Lastin, first out:)
Oct-30-06  BIDMONFA: Alexander Lastin

LASTIN, Alexander

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  whiteshark: Happy birthday, Sascha.

May your wishes come true.

Oct-04-08  DiscoJew: How bout this one, "You might out last him, but keep him away from your wife" I just couldnt resist
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  parmetd: lol benzol thats a good one. Amazing for a high profile GM this guy has no profile.
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  lost in space: What happened to his rating between July and September 2011? He lost nearly 100 ELO points?! Does anyone knows why/what happened?

Jan-23-15  Beholder: Chesspro reports that he died today. RIP.
Jan-23-15  Beholder: Also here:

And somebody already edited his wiki page.

Jan-23-15  NBAFan: Really tragic news. RIP
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  WannaBe: Way too young. =(
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  plang: He hadn't played since 2012 - was he ill?
Jan-23-15  Prugno: Amen. There is a very disturbing trend of strong and relatively young Russian GMs fading away and dying prematurely in the last few years.

Vyzhmanavin, S. Kiselev, Chuprov, last year Kharlov, now Lastin... unfortunately I keep feeling that all these departures might be caused not only by natural factors but also by sadder situations such as depression, alcoholism or maybe even suicide.

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  plang: Unless you know what the cause of death was such speculation seems improper
Jan-23-15  Illogic: <plang> He had played in a rapid event as recently as October, Note the rating changes in <lost in space>'s link
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  HeMateMe: No one be 'lastin forever!
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  perfidious: It was a surprise to learn of Lastin's passing just now.

In the late 1990s, I recall his frequently finishing high in Russian championships, usually ahead of more widely publicised players, but not getting into the international arena very often.

May-24-15  falso contacto: Rest in peace.
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  zanzibar: An in-depth remembrance of him:

(in Russian)

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  zanzibar: This site indicates he died after a long illness:

<В пятницу, 23 января, на 39-м году жизни после тяжёлой продолжительной болезни скончался российский гроссмейстер Александр Ластин , сообщает официальный сайт Российской шахматной федерации (РШФ).>

His rating decline at the end of his life is suggest the same.

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  zanzibar: Here is a 2013(?) interview of him on youtube:

You can use CC and auto-translate to get the gist of it in English.

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  zanzibar: For those who want a fun example of his style of play... look at White's move 40 in this game:

A Lastin vs V Milov, 2003

Not exactly one to steer the ship towards calm positional waters when adventure beckons on distant shores.

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