Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Vasily Borisovich Malinin
Number of games in database: 51
Years covered: 1967 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2179 (2025 rapid, 1937 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2280
Overall record: +20 -20 =11 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

Repertoire Explorer
Most played openings
D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense (4 games)
C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall (3 games)
A40 Queen's Pawn Game (3 games)
A58 Benko Gambit (3 games)
D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav (2 games)
D02 Queen's Pawn Game (2 games)
B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening (2 games)
B33 Sicilian (2 games)
C34 King's Gambit Accepted (2 games)
B01 Scandinavian (2 games)

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Vasily Borisovich Malinin
Search Google for Vasily Borisovich Malinin
FIDE player card for Vasily Borisovich Malinin

(born Apr-26-1956, 63 years old) Russia

[what is this?]
Malinin was born in Petrozavodsk*. He is both a GMC (2002) and a GM (2003).

*Wikipedia article: Petrozavodsk

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 51  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Malinin vs D B Gurevich 1-0411967KievA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. V Malinin vs Lavrentiev  0-1541983corres USSRC18 French, Winawer
3. W Bunjaner vs V Malinin  1-0361986URS ch-18 sf corrC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
4. V Malinin vs V Savinov 1-0361988LeningradA58 Benko Gambit
5. V Malinin vs A Andreev 1-0321989LeningradA58 Benko Gambit
6. V Malinin vs D Zagorskis 1-0301989corrD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
7. V Malinin vs M K Zimmermann 1-0101990WT/M/GT/271C34 King's Gambit Accepted
8. H Bernard vs V Malinin  ½-½351990WT/M/GT/271C59 Two Knights
9. V Malinin vs U Schuster  ½-½261990WT/M/GT/271E30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
10. V Malinin vs Hans-Gerd Schmidt 1-0321990WT/M/GT/271B33 Sicilian
11. K Siedler vs V Malinin  1-0481990WT/M/GT/271C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
12. V Malinin vs A Rott  0-1521990WT/M/GT/271E86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
13. C Pantaleoni vs V Malinin ½-½461990WT/M/GT/271B01 Scandinavian
14. K Gustavsson vs V Malinin  0-1341990WT/M/GT/271D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
15. D Molzahn vs V Malinin 0-1101990WT/M/GT/271C58 Two Knights
16. A Gonzalez Freixas vs V Malinin 0-1161990WT/M/GT/271C44 King's Pawn Game
17. V Malinin vs Sliwa 1-0431993Konstantinopolsky mem corr9398B33 Sicilian
18. V Malinin vs N Razvaliaev 1-0201994Ch URS team corr.C34 King's Gambit Accepted
19. S G Simonenko vs V Malinin 0-1211994corr Tch10-SUB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. M Svenn vs V Malinin  ½-½572002ICCF - corrD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
21. V Malinin vs P Kauppala 0-1402002ICCF - corrA80 Dutch
22. Savon vs V Malinin  0-1302002SudakD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
23. Karjakin vs V Malinin 1-0202002Sudak UKRC45 Scotch Game
24. M Stoeckert vs V Malinin 1-0382004ICCF Email - corrA40 Queen's Pawn Game
25. V Malinin vs J Clemente  0-1472004ICCF Email - corrC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 51  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Malinin wins | Malinin loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-17-05  alexandrovm: what is the story of this guy? I`m just been a little curious since I saw the special game of today, where he made such a beautiful game.
Aug-17-05  PaulLovric: <alexandrovm> you think that game was good? check this out then:

[Event ""]
[Site "Leningrad"]
[Date "1988"]
[Round ""]
[White "Malinin"]
[Black "Savinov"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 .c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Nf3 ...g6 8.g3Bg7 9.h4 00 10.h5 Nbd7 11.hxg6 hxg6 12.Bh3 Re8 13.Qc2 Rb8 14. Be3 Nxd5 15.Qxg6 fxg6 16. Be6+ Kf8 17.Nxd5 Rxb2 18.Ng5 Nf6 19.Nf4 Qa5+ 20Kf1 Bxe2+ 21.Kg1 Reb8 22 Bf7 Rb1+ 23.Kh2 Ng4+ 24.Kh3 Rxh1+ 25.Rxh1 Nxf2+ 26.Bxf2 Bg4+ 27.Kxg4 Rb4 28.Kf3 Qa3+ 29.Be3 .Qa8+ 30.Bd5 Qa5 31.Nfe6+ Kg8 32.Nc7+ e6 33.Bxe6+ Kf8 34 Nh7+ Ke7 35.Bg5+ Bf6 36.Bxf6# 1-0

mind blowing finish. malinin is past it now though approx 2410 elo

Aug-17-05  PaulLovric:
Aug-18-05  alexandrovm: thanks for the information guys. So, he is russian.
Oct-01-05  aw1988: Why isn't V B Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989 a notable game?
Apr-06-06  Mameluk: Story of this guy is a bit strange to me, just check this So what, we all have our bad days. I would just mention he made GM norms in the same tournaments as Karjakin or Areshchenko, so Ukrainian chess system is great and we should not attack it.
Jul-27-09  Gryz: I agree aw1988. I think Malinin deserves these two games to be declared notable games. They are 2 of my favorite games ever.

V B Malinin vs V Savinov, 1988
V B Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989

Is there a way to propose a game as a notable game ? Or is the decision done by some automated process ?

Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: He's born 26 April 1956. ICCF GM in 2002. GM title in 2003, rating peak 2524 in 2004

Found no picture.

Apr-01-13  Gryz: He, I just found a webpage describing the life of Vasily Malinin.

Google's translate actually makes an understandable story of it.

Became a police officer. Got medals. Then studied law. Got a degree. Then taught law and became a law professor. Wrote more than 170 works, co-authored 5 books.

Played some chess for fun. Became a GM. :)

Supposedly he was the last Chess Champion of the USSR. As the USSR ceased to exist the next year.

Very interesting story. This guy maybe deserves a little more visibility. We could at least copy his picture. (I'm sure there's no copyright. It looks like a photo taken for an identity-card or something).

Apr-01-13  Gryz: My mistake. Malinin was not regular champion of the USSR, he was the correspondence-chess champion.
And if I understood correctly, the last correspondence championship was held between 1995 and 1999. (My guess, as the previous one ran between 1994 and 1999). Funny, to see the last champion of the USSR, almost 10 years after the country fell apart.
Jun-29-14  smurph: Becoming a Grandmaster at 47 is some story.Who else has done that over the board (not honorary).
Jun-29-14  Olavi: Juraj Nikolac Also some World senior champions, who didn't have the title previously, got it awarded, at least Janis Klovans. That's somewhere in between, probably the performance in the tournament (and only one tournament) wasn't really on GM level.
Aug-20-14  ColeTrane: Benko Gambit Fully Accepted. Malinin Variation
Jul-26-15  ljfyffe: Malinin scored 7 out of a possible 14 points in the ICCF World Cup IX Final (1998-2001), including two draws.
Sep-14-15  goetzaholic: I woud never play Benko Gambit against him
Jul-03-16  siggemannen: I love how casually they glance over his chess merits in that article :) Guess most here wouldn't mind "enjoying chess" and becoming a GM after 50
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: His Polish wiki page: with some material/sources how he got his (otb) GM title.

[<Very suspicious>, to paraphrase it with Ben Finegold]

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: He is world's lowest rated GM now, at 2138.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC