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Vadim Milov
Number of games in database: 665
Years covered: 1990 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2605 (2623 rapid, 2519 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2705

Overall record: +216 -107 =200 (60.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 142 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (97) 
    E49 E41 E43 E48 E46
 Slav (40) 
    D10 D12 D11 D13 D15
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A45 A40 A41 A50 E00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (26) 
    D35 D30 D31 D06 D37
 Grunfeld (26) 
    D85 D94 D91 D86 D87
 King's Indian (23) 
    E70 E73 E75 E83 E77
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (123) 
    B42 B43 B40 B22 B30
 Sicilian Kan (60) 
    B42 B43 B41
 King's Indian (40) 
    E94 E63 E71 E60 E62
 Queen's Gambit Declined (27) 
    D38 D37 D30 D35
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A40 A45 D02 E10 A46
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E32 E51 E42 E41 E58
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Milov vs O Renet, 2002 1-0
   V Milov vs Chiburdanidze, 2002 1-0
   Anand vs V Milov, 1997 0-1
   Galego vs V Milov, 2007 1/2-1/2
   P Smirnov vs V Milov, 2005 0-1
   Korchnoi vs V Milov, 1994 0-1
   V Milov vs Judit Polgar, 2001 1-0
   V Milov vs J Eriksson, 2000 1-0
   Anand vs V Milov, 2005 0-1
   V Milov vs N Guliyev, 2005 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   XVI Carlos Torre Memorial (2003)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   XVII Torre Memorial Knockout (2004)
   11th Ordix Open (2004)
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   President's Cup (2008)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   34th World Open (2006)
   World Cup (2009)
   XXIV European Club Cup (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Biel 1995 by suenteus po 147
   Biel 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Biel 2000 by suenteus po 147
   Intel Rapid Chess Grand Prix 1994 - Paris by amadeus
   1992-(-3) World Junior chess championship by gauer

   V Milov vs E Shtembuliak (Dec-20-15) 1-0, rapid
   A Bodnaruk vs V Milov (Dec-20-15) 0-1, rapid
   V Milov vs A Rakhmanov (Dec-20-15) 0-1, rapid
   S Savitskiy vs V Milov (Dec-20-15) 0-1, rapid
   V Milov vs E Mirzoev (Dec-19-15) 0-1, rapid

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(born Aug-01-1972, 44 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Switzerland)

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Vadim Milov was born in Ufa*. Following the collapse of the USSR he relocated to Israel, before finally settling in Switzerland in 1996. He was Swiss Champion in 2015. He has been the highest-rated Swiss player for many years and has been ranked as high as 22nd in the world (on the FIDE rating lists of July and October 2004). Recent tournament successes include joint first places at Santo Domingo 2003, Geneva 2004, and the U.S. Open of 2005. He also won the Corsica Masters International Rapid (2005) by defeating Viswanathan Anand in the finals, and the 2007 Chicago Open after defeating Yury Shulman in an Armageddon tiebreaker.

*Wikipedia article: Ufa

Wikipedia article: Vadim Milov

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 665  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Milov vs Rublevsky 1-041 1990 SochiD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. E Maljutin vs V Milov  0-135 1990 URS-ch U20B30 Sicilian
3. V Milov vs Kramnik 0-135 1990 Ch URS (juniors)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. V Milov vs Bronstein  1-040 1991 Rishon le ZionE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
5. V Milov vs V Beim  0-128 1991 Rishon Le ZiyyonB07 Pirc
6. V Milov vs G Michelakis  0-128 1992 Wch U20E20 Nimzo-Indian
7. V Milov vs Z Gofshtein  ½-½39 1992 ISR-chB06 Robatsch
8. V Milov vs P H Nielsen  1-045 1992 Wch U20E25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
9. V Milov vs E Porper  1-040 1992 ISR-chD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Y Stisis vs V Milov  0-141 1992 ISR-chB32 Sicilian
11. E Kahn vs V Milov  0-141 1992 Wch U20D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. V Milov vs B Annakov  1-066 1992 Wch U20A81 Dutch
13. B Alterman vs V Milov  0-175 1992 ISR-chD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
14. J Hickl vs V Milov  1-036 1993 Zillertal opA00 Uncommon Opening
15. F Braunberger vs V Milov  0-150 1993 Ticino opA34 English, Symmetrical
16. V Milov vs L Espig  ½-½33 1993 Berliner SommerA53 Old Indian
17. V Milov vs V Arbakov  1-034 1993 Biel MTO opE20 Nimzo-Indian
18. F Unzicker vs V Milov  0-153 1993 Budapest FS09 GMD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. Hertneck vs V Milov  1-043 1993 Zillertal opD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. V Milov vs P Vezzosi  1-055 1993 Ticino opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. V Milov vs Hoi  1-042 1993 Berliner SommerB06 Robatsch
22. V Milov vs R Soffer  ½-½45 1993 Budapest FS09 GME25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
23. S Smagin vs V Milov  1-030 1993 Heraklio opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. V Milov vs Tseshkovsky  1-040 1993 Biel MTO opB07 Pirc
25. R Shcherbakov vs V Milov  1-038 1993 Paris-chE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 665  PGN Download
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Nov-06-05  Poisonpawns: Good job from Milov in winning Corsica Masters 2005 and totally destroying Anand in the finals.
Nov-06-05  mrbasso: totally destroying Anand?
He was totally lost in game 4.
19.Rac1 => finito
Nov-06-05  PinkPanther: <mrbasso>
The same could be said for Anand about the second rapid game.
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  Chnebelgrind: An unbelievable effort of Milov. He not only defeated Anand but also Judit Polgar and the winner of Dortmund 2005 Arkadi Naiditsch. Milov has very strong nerves. I remember a game of the FIDE WC V Milov vs Judit Polgar, 2001 where I didn't believe that he would come through.
Nov-06-05  Udit Narayan: It doesn't seem like anything will stand in his way from reaching the 2700 mark.
Nov-13-05  DutchDunce: Criminey. Any thoughts of bringing this guy up for Mainz 2006? With a 4-1 lifetime record vs. Vishy, he could be the most dangerous opponent of all.
Nov-13-05  ughaibu: DutchDunce: That's a good nostalgic word, thanks.
Jul-06-06  BIDMONFA: Vadim Milov

MILOV, Vadim

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  Peligroso Patzer: In addition to the tournament successes listed in Milov's bio, he was equal first at the World Open last month but lost a tie-break game to Gata Kamsky.
Aug-05-06  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of crucial positions from Vadim's games:
Oct-01-06  WTHarvey: Vadim Milov jumped from #98 to #47 on the Oct FIDE rating list with a gain of 37 rating points for the quarter.
May-29-07  Resignation Trap: Milov won the 2007 Chicago Open this weekend: after defeating Yury Shulman in an Armaggedon tiebreak game.
Aug-01-07  geraldo8187: alright, i do share a birthday with a famous chess player
Jun-04-08  jon01: He is apparently going to join the "2700 Club".
Jun-05-08  percyblakeney: Milov is around a hundred points ahead of Pelletier even if it was the latter that was given the Swiss Grand Prix spot. Milov shared first with Karpov in Biel 1996 but never plays in top tournaments nowadays. He is a member of the 2700 club at the moment and will maybe get more invitations to strong events.
Jul-08-08  waustad: After +1 in the World Open, his rating will take a serious hit. Losses to people rated 300-400 points lower can't help.
Jul-11-08  jon01: He was beaten by IM Justin Sarkar in World Open.
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  sisyphus: Vadim Milov gave a simul in Arlington, Virginia, yesterday. It was after he finished with the match with Rybka hosted by IM Larry Kaufman.

He said he was born in the Urals. There were no good coaches there, and when he left the Soviet Union at 18, he was "not a very good player".

He's a quiet guy, a little shy, and sometimes intense. His playing style strikes me as smooth and patient.

The word on the street is that he doesn't get along with the Swiss Chess Federation. Maybe that's why Pelletier gets more high-profile invitations.

Oct-18-08  Daodejing: Milov won against Rybka



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  sisyphus: To be fair, Milov won last month's Rybka match 4.5 - 3.5, though most games were handicapped.

Rybka scored 1.5/2 (both games with Black) at even strength. GM Milov scored 1.5/2 (both games with White) receiving odds of a pawn. And he scored 2.5/4 receiving Exchange odds.

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  wordfunph: <jon01: He is apparently going to join the "2700 Club".>

2705 during the July 2008 FIDE Rating List..

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  Penguincw: Happy 42nd birthday to GM Vadim Milov.
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  diagonal: First national Swiss Champion title for Vadim Milov. He beat Alexandra Kosteniuk in a rapid play-off 1.5:0.5 to win the <Swiss Chess Championship 2015>, played alternatively as closed round robin all-play tournament in the even years and as an (international) Open with swiss system in the odd years.

In 2014 at his first participation, Milov took the bronze medal, then Pelletier won. Milov is certainly aiming / ready to get a spot in the national Swiss Team (relationship between him and the federation sometimes had been difficult in the past)

Congrats to the title! A portrait will follow. Milov peaked as no. 22 of the world and was also - as mentioned above - a member of the magic ELO 2700+ club, but soon afterwards disappeared from the radar of the very best, dropped out later narrowly of the top hundred (there are plenty strong players today with a rating constantly higher than 2600 but lower than 2700), still a very busy Open participant: A chess professional - who has to win prizes to eat and pay mortgages or rent.

The gap (loss) of a few dozen rating points can make the difference between regular invitations to closed (super)tournaments and 'banishment' to the chancier and less rewarding world of the Open circuit, the fate of so many professional chess players just one step beyond the very best.

Milov is to some extent an example of a strong grandmaster who could claim at the absolute highest level only for a few years, but remains with his patience a powerful player, winner or co-winner of a couple of the strongest Chess Open Festivals of the World.

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  diagonal: Biography of a Chess Professional

Milov, Vadim, Grandmaster born in Ufa, Russia (1.8.1972). Became an Israeli citizen in 1991, living in Tel Aviv, later moving to Switzerland, he got the Swiss passeport finally.

GM since 1993, all three GM norms made within one year: Biel Open 1993, Berlin Summer Open 1993, Budapest GM 1993.

• Russian Junior Champion in 1988 and 1989

• Silver Medalist at World Junior Championship in Buenos Aires 1992 (joint with Pablo Zarnicki who won on tie-break, 1.5 points ahead of a shared third crowd)

• Swiss Chess Champion in 2015 and Bronze Medalist at National Swiss Championship in 2014 (then Vadim Milov’s first participation)

Major achievements (selection):
Won or shared first at Biel Open 1993 (playing for Israel, clear first as IM, achieving GM norm), Zürcher Weihnachtsopen (Nova-Park Open) 1993 (1.-6. and first on tie-break, winning as a GM), Bad Ragaz ’Grand-Prix Suisse Final’ (closed round robin) 1994, <Biel GM Invitation 1996> (joint with then Fide World Champion Anatoly Karpov), above Ehlvest, Andersson, Almasi, Lautier, Glek, Portisch, Tukmakov, Romanishin, Onischuk, and Miles, who was sole last of twelve players), Isle of Man (Monarch Assurance) Open 1995 (1./5., as 4. on tie-break behind winner Julian Hodgson, Miles, and Sadler), Groningen GM Invitation 1998 (joint with Sergei Tiviakov), Australia Open Championship 1999 (clear first), Biel Open 1999 for the second time (1-0 vs. Yehuda Grünfeld in the first final game, normal time, according to System Swiss Chess Tour), Aeroflot Open, Moscow 2002 (as shared 1./5. finally on fifth position, Gregory Kaidanov won this first edition of the Aeroflot after an extra play-off battle), Santo Domingo Open (Great Nazir Atallah Cup) 2003 (Milov won the event after making the highest progressive score, nine players finished on 7.5/10), North American Open in Las Vegas 2003 (1.-6. (3.), Alexander Shabalov won on tie-break), First Ashdod Chess Festival / Israel International Open Chess Championship 2003 (1.4., Alexander Huzman best on tie-break), Dos Hermanas Open 2004 (clear first), the traditional U.S. Open Chess Championship played in Phoenix, Arizone 2005 (shared with Joel Benjamin, over 500 players), <Corsica Masters (Rapid), Bastia and Ajaccio 2005> (swiss system in the preliminaries, followed by knock-out modus, mix of players invited and qualified from the Open, Vadim Milov beating Vishy Anand in the final, Anand had won this event previously five times in a row), Chicago Open 2005 (1./4., with Igor Novikov winning the title on a speed playoff game over Milov), Chicago Open 2006 (1./4., this time as first, defeating Kamil Miton in a speed playoff game), Chicago Open 2007 (1./2., again as first, defeating Yuri Shulman in an Armageddon tiebreaker), World Open in Philadelphia 2006 (1./9. nine players tied for first place, among them Gata Kamsky who was winning after play-off), San Marino Open 2006 (Milov won on tie-break from Varuzhan Akobian), Morelia Open 2007 (winning on tie-break with shared Ivan Cheparinov), Gibraltar (then Gibtelecom) Festival 2009 (shared 1./2. with Peter Svidler, who won the play-off). Milov also won many Open Festivals in Switzerland: eg. in Geneva, Lausanne, at the Winterthurer Schachwoche or at the Baden Stadtcasino.

A participant in the FIDE World Chess Championships in 1999, 2001 and 2005. A participant in the 1994 Olympiad for Israel and in 2000 for Switzerland. In the Swiss Team Chess Championship, he plays on board 1 for the Schachgesellschaft Luzern.

<Biggest success>: Biel 1996 co-winning with Anatoly Karpov

Corsica Masters in 2005, beating Vishy Anand in the final

Best ELO rating: 2705 in 2008 (list of July). Best ELO ranking: 22th in 2004 (list of July and list of October)

Source: DIE SCHACHWOCHE, chess weekly, Switzerland (doesn't exist any longer), THE WEEK IN CHESS (TWIC) by Mark Crowther, and FIDE homepage

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  perfidious: <diagonal....The gap (loss) of a few dozen rating points can make the difference between regular invitations to closed (super)tournaments and 'banishment' to the chancier and less rewarding world of the Open circuit, the fate of so many professional chess players just one step beyond the very best....>

True, though these players remain more than tough enough--take it from someone who sat across from such formidable opponents on occasion, back in the day.

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