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Vladimir Malakhov
V Malakhov 
Number of games in database: 1,424
Years covered: 1992 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2685 (2648 rapid, 2630 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2732

Overall record: +464 -135 =495 (65.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 330 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (196) 
    B30 B40 B54 B53 B91
 English (77) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A16
 Reti System (56) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Slav (45) 
    D12 D11 D10 D15 D14
 French Defense (32) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04 C10
 French Tarrasch (30) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (162) 
    D15 D10 D12 D11 D13
 Sicilian (155) 
    B32 B27 B30 B22 B56
 Ruy Lopez (64) 
    C67 C65 C60 C92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (48) 
    D30 D31 D37
 Queen's Pawn Game (48) 
    A40 A50 D02 D00 E10
 Robatsch (34) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Malakhov vs Areshchenko, 2005 1-0
   Svidler vs V Malakhov, 2009 0-1
   D Bubalovic vs V Malakhov, 1996 0-1
   V Malakhov vs Movsesian, 2012 1-0
   V Malakhov vs V Milov, 2006 1-0
   J Rowson vs V Malakhov, 2003 0-1
   V Malakhov vs Bacrot, 2002 1-0
   Eljanov vs V Malakhov, 2009 0-1
   E Shaposhnikov vs V Malakhov, 2007 0-1
   V Malakhov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2005 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Club Cup (2008)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   Black Sea Countries Final (2012)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   Politiken Cup (2007)
   World Cup (2009)
   2nd Milk Tournament (2003)
   Russian Club Cup (2006)
   Politiken Cup (2009)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   D15 Slav: Chameleon [Black] by chess.master
   1996 WYCC (open) U-18 by gauer
   A43 by dionisio54
   1992 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer
   1994 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer
   1993 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer

   🏆 French Team Championship
   V Malakhov vs E Safarli (Jun-05-18) 1/2-1/2
   S Fedorchuk vs V Malakhov (Jun-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   V Malakhov vs P Bailet (Jun-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   H Hamdouchi vs V Malakhov (Jun-02-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Kosten vs V Malakhov (Jun-01-18) 0-1

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(born Nov-27-1980, 38 years old) Russia
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Grandmaster Vladimir Malakhov first made a name for himself by winning the World Under-14 Championship in 1993. Since then he has steadily improved his Elo rating, reaching the coveted 2700 mark once in April of 2004 and again since April of 2009. He is also a part-time nuclear physicist.

He has had many successes in the European and World Championships. He placed second in both the EU-ch 4th (2003) and 10th European Individual Championship (2009). In the FIDE World Championships of 2000 and 2004, he reached the second round. He was more successful in the next FIDE cycle: his eleventh place at the FIDE World Cup (2005) earned him a berth in the 2006 Candidates when top rating seeds Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik declined to enter. He was eliminated from the cycle after he lost his first Candidates' match to Alexander Grischuk. In the World Cup (2009) Malakhov reached the semi-finals after eliminating Pavel Eljanov, Wesley So, and Peter Svidler before being defeated by Ruslan Ponomariov in the rapid tiebreaks. The latter result qualified him for participation in the World Cup (2011); there he lost in the first round to Argentine GM Ruben Felgaer after drawing the classical games and losing the 25 minute rapid game tiebreaker 1.5-0.5. He placed equal 1st in the GM Vladimir Petrov memorial A rapid tournament held in Latvia in February 2013. He came =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), scoring 8/11 and qualifying for the World Cup (2013). He defeated Canadian champion player, GM Eric Hansen, in the first round and French GM Laurent Fressinet in the second round but was eliminated when he lost to Italian-American GM Fabiano Caruana in the third round. In October 2013, he played boards 3 to 5 (based at 5) for his team Malachite, helping it to win silver in the European Club Cup (2013).

Fascinating interview in 2010 with Malakhov:

 page 1 of 57; games 1-25 of 1,424  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Malakhov vs M Labollita  1-0371992Wch U12A48 King's Indian
2. V Malakhov vs A M Berescu  1-0521992Wch U12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. D Mitev vs V Malakhov  0-1271992Wch U12B01 Scandinavian
4. V Malakhov vs M Ab Rahman  1-0291992Wch U12A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
5. V Malakhov vs B K Asanov  1-01021992Wch U12B07 Pirc
6. F Felecan vs V Malakhov 1-0241992Wch U12A20 English
7. V Malakhov vs T Soponyai  1-0311992Wch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
8. S Halkias vs V Malakhov  0-1401992Wch U12A70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
9. G Bakhtadze vs V Malakhov  0-1421992Wch U12B32 Sicilian
10. V Malakhov vs A Gershon  ½-½541992Wch U12B83 Sicilian
11. V Malakhov vs P Simacek  1-0641993Wch U14B01 Scandinavian
12. G Bakhtadze vs V Malakhov  0-1561993Wch U14A07 King's Indian Attack
13. A Gershon vs V Malakhov  0-1511993Wch U14B06 Robatsch
14. V Malakhov vs R Bates  ½-½481993Wch U14B54 Sicilian
15. V Malakhov vs N Praznik  1-0191993Wch U14C01 French, Exchange
16. E van den Doel vs V Malakhov  0-1591993Wch U14A40 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Leitao vs V Malakhov  0-1401993Wch U14A50 Queen's Pawn Game
18. R Svicevic vs V Malakhov  0-1421993Wch U14B06 Robatsch
19. V Malakhov vs D Sermek  ½-½601994Groningen opB40 Sicilian
20. V Malakhov vs U Atakisi  1-0451994Wch U14B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
21. A Ryskin vs V Malakhov  1-0571994St Petersburg opA50 Queen's Pawn Game
22. S Y Shipov vs V Malakhov  1-0571994Groningen opA43 Old Benoni
23. G Kuzmin vs V Malakhov 0-1451994Moscow rapidB27 Sicilian
24. S Yuferov vs V Malakhov 1-0231994St Petersburg opA50 Queen's Pawn Game
25. V Bach vs V Malakhov  ½-½461994Groningen opB27 Sicilian
 page 1 of 57; games 1-25 of 1,424  PGN Download
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May-05-10  Don Cossacks: Some pictures:

Jul-24-10  sleepkid: Somehow I don't think his current FIDE rating is 2107. Chessgames might want to fix that.
Aug-15-10  Cercatore: Current FIDE rating: 2107
Highest rating achieved in database: 2732

Error, or he lost 600 elo points?

Sep-05-10  polarmis: Apart from the slight error in the current FIDE rating :) it's also not true to say that Malakhov's main line of work is as a physicist. He's a professional chess player, though perhaps a slightly eccentric one! I just translated this very interesting recent interview:

Nov-27-10  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!! Vladimir Malakhov!!!
Dec-29-10  HolyKnight: Yea my hobby is nuclear physicist to.
Feb-18-11  kevins55555: OMG This is the highest decrease of FIDE Rating in the world lol! He decreased 600 points! ♙♘♗♖♕♔∞▢
Feb-18-11  Keith Dow: Yes, and the biggest bounce back!

4120787 Malakhov, Vladimir
Federation Russia
FIDE title Grand Master
Rating: 2714
B-Year 1980

Individual Calculations
March 2011 None
January 2011 Available
November 2010 Available
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Feb-26-11  rapidcitychess: What's up with this guy's rating? 2700 to 2100 seems weird.
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  hedgeh0g: <Part-time> nuclear physicist?
Jun-30-11  nisarg1: No, he's a part-time chess player according to non-chess sources: he's got a Ph.D. and is said to play chess for hobby.
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  Troller: Unless he has begun working as a phycisist again he should be considered a professional chess player, at least according to his own words at the last World Cup.
Jun-30-11  polarmis: <nisarg1>, see the interview above. "Non-chess sources" can't really be more reliable than his own words.
Sep-21-11  Catfriend: <My my, googled your username and it looks like Malakhov is not the only scientist. Have you ever met <User: Catfriend; ? :)>

Catfriend? :) I'm not a physicist! I'm a mathematician!

Nov-27-11  talisman: happy birthday and good luck in the next world cup!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Malakhov is now in a three-way tie for first at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) with 6.5/8.

Tomorrow, he faces co-leader Vladimir Akopian with black.

Mar-28-12  twinlark: It's good to see this very interesting player regain his form after a 2 year slump.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Malakhov finished with a bronze after tie breaks, with 8/11.
Sep-12-12  waustad: He had a nice win today against Jobava in the Black Sea Countries Final. For the moment you can find info here:
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday!
Apr-09-13  paavoh: A good quote by <polarmis> on that interview, worth repeating here... and perhaps on other player forums too ;-)

"What rating, in your opinion, guarantees that a player will be able to make a living from chess?

<Only above 2700. I’d particularly warn young chess players with a rating of 2550-2600 from becoming professionals, because they’ll face certain problems. Firstly, because chess isn’t as rich a sport as e.g. football, and secondly, because at that level there’s a huge amount of competition. For that group of players the reply to the question of whether they should continue to devote all their time and energy to chess should be “no”. If there’s a chance of achieving success in other spheres of life, then they absolutely should take it. And even child prodigies should bear that in mind.>"

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  Penguincw: Happy 33rd birthday to Russian GM Vladimir Malakhov.
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  Domdaniel: Vladi Malakhov, part-time nuclear physicist and 2700+ GM, may well be the smartest person in the world...
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  sonia91: He won the St Petersburg Summer 2016 rapid event with 8.5/11 on tiebreak over Evgeny Alekseev, Alexander Morozevich and Maxim Matlakov:
Jun-01-18  ketchuplover: Apparently he had a 93 game unbeaten streak. Just read it in the Ding Liren forum.
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