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Ruslan Shcherbakov
Number of games in database: 249
Years covered: 1988 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2516 (2545 rapid, 2501 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2580

Overall record: +73 -46 =110 (55.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 20 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E42 E34 E55 E48
 King's Indian (12) 
    E97 E91 E94
 Sicilian (11) 
    B52 B97 B51 B31 B90
 Slav (11) 
    D17 D11 D12 D15 D10
 English (10) 
    A14 A13 A15 A11
 Grunfeld (7) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B30 B32 B23 B67 B65
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D31 D30 D35 D37 D39
 Modern Benoni (11) 
    A65 A70 A79 A67 A61
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (9) 
    B67 B65 B63 B61
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (8) 
    D27 D20
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    D02 A46 D01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Suetin vs R Shcherbakov, 1991 0-1
   V Vepkhvishvili vs R Shcherbakov, 1991 0-1
   R Shcherbakov vs B Savchenko, 2010 1/2-1/2
   Kholmov vs R Shcherbakov, 1997 0-1
   Kramnik vs R Shcherbakov, 1989 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   56th Russian Championships (2003)

   🏆 Russian Team Blitz
   R Shcherbakov vs V Fedoseev (Oct-07-16) 0-1, blitz
   R Shcherbakov vs B Savchenko (Oct-07-16) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   R Shcherbakov vs D Dubov (Oct-07-16) 1-0, blitz
   P Ponkratov vs R Shcherbakov (Oct-07-16) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   E Alekseev vs R Shcherbakov (Oct-05-16) 1-0, rapid

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(born Sep-14-1969, 48 years old) Russia

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International Master (1989); Grandmaster (1992); FIDE Senior Trainer (2014).

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 249  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Shirov vs R Shcherbakov  ½-½561988Ch URS (juniors)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. M Sorokin vs R Shcherbakov  1-0401988Borzhomi U20A13 English
3. Dreev vs R Shcherbakov 1-0491988Borzhomi (Georgia)D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. R Shcherbakov vs Shabalov  1-0381988Nabereznye ChelnyA04 Reti Opening
5. R Shcherbakov vs Khenkin  0-1381988BorzhomiA14 English
6. Piskov vs R Shcherbakov 1-0531988URS-chTD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
7. Y Kruppa vs R Shcherbakov  0-1401988URS-chTB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
8. Smirin vs R Shcherbakov  ½-½441988Borzhomi U20B83 Sicilian
9. R Shcherbakov vs A Galliamova  1-0271989C07E15 Queen's Indian
10. Kramnik vs R Shcherbakov ½-½351989Sochi (Russia)B58 Sicilian
11. R Shcherbakov vs G Timoshenko  0-1481989CheliabinskE12 Queen's Indian
12. Kholmov vs R Shcherbakov  ½-½161989CheliabinskA06 Reti Opening
13. M Brodsky vs R Shcherbakov  0-1511989URS-qual U20B58 Sicilian
14. Sveshnikov vs R Shcherbakov  0-1461989CheliabinskB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Bagirov vs R Shcherbakov  1-0361989Budapest Spring-opA07 King's Indian Attack
16. R Shcherbakov vs M Magomedov  1-0441990ChelyabinskD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. R Shcherbakov vs Kramnik  ½-½251990RSFSR-chA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
18. Kharlov vs R Shcherbakov  ½-½211990RSFSR-chD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. R Shcherbakov vs G Timoshchenko  ½-½261990URS-chTA48 King's Indian
20. Kharlov vs R Shcherbakov  ½-½201990Cheliabinsk-BB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
21. S Smagin vs R Shcherbakov  1-0601990URS-chTD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. V Vepkhvishvili vs R Shcherbakov  0-1321990Open TetevenA47 Queen's Indian
23. R Shcherbakov vs M Krasenkow  1-0231991ChEt 02E97 King's Indian
24. R Shcherbakov vs Balashov  ½-½121991KatowiceA14 English
25. Suetin vs R Shcherbakov 0-1441991Warszawa 51/153 (Sherbakov,R)B20 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-29-05  Knight13: He drew Kramnik twice. Not bad.

Player of the Day.

Jul-29-05  Cecil Brown: He writes the 1.d4 d5 page at

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  strifeknot: <Player of the Day.>

And again today! How often does this happen? (I'm fairly new here.)

Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <strifeknot> Random number generator... This player's id number in the database is 21383
Sep-16-05  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Ruslan's early games:
Jan-03-06  biglo: Born 14 September 1969 near Great Novgorod, USSR. He attended a chess school run by GM Panchenko. In 1990 he was the coach for the Russian team in the Soviet youth team championship (players included Kramnik). In 1989 he became an IM and in 1992 he became a GM.

In 1992/93, Hastings +7-1=3, 1st place

In the 1994 Russian team championship, he achieved 1st place in the Kadyr team playing on the 1st board.

Jan-21-06  Ludamad: <<Player of the Day.>

And again today! How often does this happen? (I'm fairly new here.)>


Jan-21-06  BIDMONFA: Ruslan Sherbakov


Jan-21-06  kidster: Players of the days should have bios
Feb-23-06  jperr75108: A popular guy with
Feb-23-06  Caissanist: Hmm, I wonder how many times, say, Kasparov or Fischer or Capablanca has been player of the day? Methinks that the random number generator has a tiny little bug somewhere.
Sep-02-10  BobCrisp: Has he retired?
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: In a way, yes.

Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Author of

<the triangle system Noteboom, Marshall Gambit + other Semi Slav Triangle lines" - Everyman Chess 2012. 448 pages

Grandmaster Ruslan Scherbakov presents an opening system for Black based on the Semi-Slav Triangle - an ambitious way to fight the ever-popular Queen's Gambit. Black's weapons include the Noteboom Variation - a dynamic counterattack which takes White out of his comfort zone and offers Black the chance to dictate the game from the outset. Scherbakov also examines options for Black against the aggressive Semi-Slav Marshall Gambit, as well as White's quieter tries such as the Exchange Variation, various defences of the c4-pawn and the Catalan approach. Scherbakov has over 20 years of experience studying and playing these opening variations, which have been tried and tested successfully at grandmaster level and are ideally designed for players who want to challenge White in the opening.

* Written by a renowned Semi-Slav Triangle expert

* Packed with new ideas and critical analysis

* Explains typical plans and tactics for both sides

< Ruslan Shcherbakov is a Grandmaster and a former Russian Junior Champion. He has more than 20 years of training experience, has worked with many leading young players and since 2005 has been coaching Olympic and two-time European Champion Kateryna Lahno. He is a renowned opening theoretician and a regular columnist at>


005 Bibliography

006 Introduction

009 <Part One: The Noteboom Variation>

012 1) 5 e4

025 2) 5 Bg5

037 3) White Plays an Early g2-g3

054 4) 5 a4 Bb4: Various Deviations

071 5) On the Road to the Main Line

080 6) 8 axb5: Introduction and 11 d5

101 7) Approaching the Main Line

107 8) The Main Line with Qc2

138 9) The Main Line with 15 Nd2

161 10) The Main Line with 15 Re1

194 < Part Two: The Marshall Gambit >

196 11) 4...Bb4 and Other Deviations

211 12) 4...dxe4 5 Nxe4 Bb4+ 6 Bd2 Qxd4 7 Bxb4 Qxe4+ 8 Ne2

226 13) 8 Be2: Various 8th Moves

237 14) 8 Be2 c5

248 15) 8 Be2 Na6 9 Bd6

268 16) 8 Be2 Na6 9 Bc3

282 17) 8 Be2 Na6 9 Ba5!?

328 <Part Three: Anti-Triangle Systems >

329 18) The Triangle Stonewall

355 19) 3 Nf3 c6 4 Nbd2

363 20) 3 Nf3 c6 4 Qc2

391 21) 3 Nf3 c6 4 Qb3

426 22) White doesn't Protect c4

442 Index of Variations

Sep-14-13  naufallabs: Happy birthday
Sep-12-14  BIDMONFA: Ruslan Shcherbakov

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