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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 B K Asanov  1-01021992Wch U12B07 Pirc
2. F Felecan vs V Malakhov 1-0241992Wch U12A20 English
3. V Malakhov vs T Soponyai  1-0311992Wch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
4. S Halkias vs V Malakhov  0-1401992Wch U12A70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
5. G Bakhtadze vs V Malakhov  0-1421992Wch U12B32 Sicilian
6. V Malakhov vs A Gershon  ½-½541992Wch U12B83 Sicilian
7. V Malakhov vs M Labollita  1-0371992Wch U12A48 King's Indian
8. V Malakhov vs A M Berescu  1-0521992Wch U12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. D Mitev vs V Malakhov  0-1271992Wch U12B01 Scandinavian
10. V Malakhov vs M Ab Rahman  1-0291992Wch U12A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. V Malakhov vs N Praznik  1-0191993Wch U14C01 French, Exchange
12. E van den Doel vs V Malakhov  0-1591993Wch U14A40 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Leitao vs V Malakhov  0-1401993Wch U14A50 Queen's Pawn Game
14. R Svicevic vs V Malakhov  0-1421993Wch U14B06 Robatsch
15. V Malakhov vs P Simacek  1-0641993Wch U14B01 Scandinavian
16. G Bakhtadze vs V Malakhov  0-1561993Wch U14A07 King's Indian Attack
17. A Gershon vs V Malakhov  0-1511993Wch U14B06 Robatsch
18. V Malakhov vs R Bates  ½-½481993Wch U14B54 Sicilian
19. V Malakhov vs Acs  ½-½621994Wch U14C47 Four Knights
20. V Malakhov vs M D Tseitlin  1-0421994Groningen opB08 Pirc, Classical
21. E Shaposhnikov vs V Malakhov  0-1471994Wch U14A40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. V Malakhov vs Geller  ½-½241994St PetersburgC46 Three Knights
23. A Shneider vs V Malakhov 1-0271994Groningen opA50 Queen's Pawn Game
24. V Malakhov vs A Lukin  0-1671994St Petersburg opB40 Sicilian
25. P Blehm vs V Malakhov 1-0441994Wch U14B06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 57; games 1-25 of 1,424  PGN Download
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  chancho: He kind of looks like Alexey Shirov wearing glasses.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <Resignation Trap: Is there anybody who thinks Malakhov has a chance against Alexander Grischuk in his upcoming match in Elista?>

Always mindful of Sam Goldwyn's admonition regarding predictions ("Be very careful when making predictions, especially about the future ..."), I am now prepared to respond to your query:

... no chance at all.

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  Peligroso Patzer: A fine effort by Malakhov at 15 years of age is featured as today’s GotD:

D Bubalovic vs V Malakhov, 1996

Malakhov, who is almost exactly ten years older than Carlsen (with an extra three days thrown in), was quite the sensation as a young teenager (for example, World Under-14 Champion at the age of 12). He has become a strong GM, but never quite completely fulfilled his early promise. He was, of course, recently eliminated from the FIDE Candidates by Alexander Grischuk's solid performance in their match.

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  Troller: Malakhov is playing in the open Politiken Cup in Denmark now. Strangely, there is no page for the tournament on Top entries are Malakhov, Sargissian, Krasenkow and Nielsen among a total of 18 GMs.

Live relay begins at 13.00 CET.

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  micahtuhy: Here is the thing about Malakhov, he is the only player that was in the Candidate matches for Mexico City that ISN'T a professional player! His profession is that he is a scientist, I forget whether it was within chemisty or physics, and the vast majority of his time and effort goes into his work. For him, chess is only his hobby. So, a rating such as his when he does not cosistently work on his chess is freaking amazing.
Nov-27-07  Riverbeast: <He has become a strong GM, but never quite completely fulfilled his early promise>

I don't know how you can say that anyone who achieves a 2700+ rating 'hasn't fulfilled his promise'. Most players in the world would love to 'underachieve' like that

Dec-02-07  Petrosian63: BTW how tall is Malakhov?
Oct-24-08  Cactus: +7 -0 =0 in the Euro Club Cup (2008) so far. All his games have been crushings.
Aug-02-09  Everett: In Alburt's opening book for black, he borrows liberally from Malakhov's Sicilian Dragon games. Apparently he's pretty well versed in it.
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  Tabanus: Analysis starts here :)

Carlsen knocked him out from the FIDE World Cup (2005) (round 6) but needed blitz games. He was then eliminated by Gata Kamsky in round 7.

Dec-01-09  ontocaustic: Go malakhow du can wins so!
Dec-01-09  ontocaustic: malakhow know you came to do it you can be the chosen of our god and not so he has many phillip islanders behind in his backing but you have the anilatilling thoughts of phsix to make you special and in fear your rippled opopent still god will htat you do uses your wise of chess and your experence to show so back to the philipens
Dec-02-09  Billy Vaughan: Congratulations Malakhov, for beating the kid who beat Chucky and Kamster the Hamster. Wonder if he can beat Svidler.
Dec-02-09  prensdepens: Congratulations!
Dec-02-09  batongol: Congrats! Malakhov..

From a Wesley So Fan!!!

Dec-02-09  Nf3em: Congratulations GM Malakhov! You showed them you are tough despite on and off play ... btw, I like your style!
Dec-02-09  rusticbull: Congratulations, Malakhov! (GM Wesley Fan)
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  dunkenchess: Congratulations! Malakhov...

From a Wesley B. So Fan!!!

Dec-02-09  Winter: Congratulations Vladimir!

Hope you continue your ascent to the top of the ladder. Win if possible... Good luck!

A GM Wesley So follower...

Dec-02-09  zanshin: Congratulations Vladimir! It takes a lot of talent to be a super GM as well as a physicist.
Dec-02-09  ashalpha: A very good performance Mr. Malakhov, I hope you go further in the World Cup. :-) Congratulations!
Dec-02-09  pulsar: Congratulations, Vladimir! You played excellently; here's to hoping you'd advance further in WCC!
Dec-02-09  spawn2: Job well done! Am sure Wes learned something from his games with you. Til your next meeting. Good luck!
Dec-02-09  jaimenarin: Congratulations Vladimir!keep it up to the top...from Wesley So fan.
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  dunkenchess: Mr. Malakhov now is your time. Show em what you've got. Mr. Ponomariov and Mr. Svidler may well give you a hard time. Just go and win!
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