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Sergey Volkov
S Volkov 
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Number of games in database: 891
Years covered: 1991 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2631 (2597 rapid, 2584 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2696

Overall record: +348 -166 =299 (61.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 78 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (105) 
    E20 E25 E46 E42 E24
 Slav (63) 
    D10 D12 D11 D14 D15
 King's Indian (52) 
    E92 E91 E94 E67 E97
 Queen's Gambit Declined (48) 
    D31 D35 D30 D38 D37
 Grunfeld (41) 
    D97 D85 D91 D94 D70
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A40 A41 E00 A50 A46
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (179) 
    C11 C12 C05 C02 C06
 Slav (158) 
    D15 D10 D12 D11 D13
 French (87) 
    C11 C12 C00 C10 C13
 French Tarrasch (53) 
    C05 C06 C03 C07
 English, 1 c4 e5 (28) 
    A21 A29 A20 A22 A28
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    D02 D00 A50 A40 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Volkov vs B Socko, 2014 1-0
   S Volkov vs Yifan Hou, 2008 1-0
   S Volkov vs B Savchenko, 2006 1-0
   S Volkov vs C Balogh, 2007 1-0
   Nijboer vs S Volkov, 2005 0-1
   S Volkov vs O Kanmazalp, 2015 1-0
   S Volkov vs A Minasian, 2009 1/2-1/2
   S Volkov vs Nakamura, 2004 1/2-1/2
   Rublevsky vs S Volkov, 2001 0-1
   S Volkov vs O Badmatsyrenov, 2015 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Rilton Cup (2013)
   Rilton Cup (2016)
   56th Russian Championships (2003)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   6th Aeroflot Festival (2007)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Dubai Open (2010)
   Aeroflot Open (2005)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   61st Russian Championship Higher League (2008)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   13th Dubai Open (2011)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   European Individual Championships (2013)

   S Volkov vs Sundararajan (Apr-17-17) 1/2-1/2
   A Pijpers vs S Volkov (Apr-16-17) 1-0
   S Volkov vs Adrian Gschnitzer (Apr-16-17) 1/2-1/2
   L Yankelevich vs S Volkov (Apr-15-17) 1/2-1/2
   S Volkov vs M Meinhardt (Apr-15-17) 1-0

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(born Feb-07-1974, 43 years old) Russia
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Grandmaster (1998). Russian Champion in 2000. Peak rank 50, peak rating 2659 in July 2007. (1)

Sergei Volkov (Сергей Волков) won the Chigorin Memorial in 1999 (shared with Shirov), in 1998 and in 2009 with 7/9. =2nd at the European Individual Championship of 2002. =1st at the 2005 Rilton Cup and 1st in the 2011 Rilton Cup. Won 2nd International Livigno Chess Open in 2011 and placed 2nd at the 2013 Dubai Open. Won the 8th Beirut International Open 2015 with 8/9.

Played in the European Club Cup for the years 1998, 2000-2003, 2005-2008. His best result was a team and individual silver in 2002 when he played for the Mikhail Chigorin St. Petersburg club.

He is a well-known specialist of the MacCutcheon Variation of the French Defense.

(1); Wikipedia article: Sergey Volkov %28chess%29

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 891  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Rublevsky vs S Volkov  1-036 1991 SmolenskC05 French, Tarrasch
2. S Volkov vs Sutovsky  0-137 1991 juniorsE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. S Volkov vs A Shariyazdanov  1-050 1991 URS-ch U18D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. S Volkov vs Rublevsky  0-129 1993 Moscow ch jrD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Vasiukov vs S Volkov  1-052 1995 Moscow opC00 French Defense
6. S Volkov vs I Ibragimov  1-039 1995 Moscow opD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. Kholmov vs S Volkov  ½-½58 1995 Moscow opC11 French
8. Tseshkovsky vs S Volkov  0-135 1995 Novgorod opC11 French
9. G Timoshenko vs S Volkov  ½-½45 1996 Petrov memC11 French
10. Chekhov vs S Volkov  1-034 1996 Alekhine opD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. S Volkov vs Aronian  1-055 1996 RUS-Cup2D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
12. S Volkov vs Aronian  1-043 1996 RUS-Cup3D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
13. Savon vs S Volkov  1-046 1997 SochiD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. S Volkov vs V Malakhov  1-050 1997 Minsk opA44 Old Benoni Defense
15. M Brodsky vs S Volkov  ½-½19 1997 Minsk opC11 French
16. Kharlov vs S Volkov  0-131 1997 Minsk opD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. S Volkov vs Ponomariov 0-138 1997 RUS-Cup6A57 Benko Gambit
18. S Volkov vs Kharlov 0-154 1997 RUS-Cup7A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
19. R Shcherbakov vs S Volkov  1-051 1997 Russian Cup 9th LegD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. S Volkov vs Dreev  0-167 1998 RUS-chD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. S Volkov vs Y Yakovich  1-026 1998 RUS-chE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
22. V Zvjaginsev vs S Volkov 1-037 1998 Russian CupC02 French, Advance
23. Rublevsky vs S Volkov  1-071 1998 RUS-chC06 French, Tarrasch
24. S Volkov vs Zhong Zhang  0-132 1998 OlympiadA80 Dutch
25. S Volkov vs S Ionov  1-067 1998 RUS-chE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 891  PGN Download
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Sep-12-05  aw1988: Zvjaginsev is a crying shame. He is probably one of the most dramatic players...
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  acirce: <Bareev wins 58th Russian Individual Championship>

Another loss for people who trust Chessbase for chess news.

Sep-12-05  iron maiden: <aw1988> I was rooting for Zvjaginsev to qualify too. A pity.
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  acirce: I may have to apologize to Chessbase. I hear from a couple of Russian speaking persons that this event actually seems to have had the status of an official championship (and at the same time a qualifier to the "superfinal" championship in December). But it sounds odd and I don't know for sure.
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  TheAlchemist: <acirce> Odd Lie? :-)
Dec-19-05  Dim Weasel: <aw1988> <iron maiden> Superfinal is beginning and Zvjaginsev is there after all.
Feb-07-06  BIDMONFA: Sergey Volkov

VOLKOV, Sergey

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  biglo: Sorry Chess Games but says his rating in April 2008 is 2633 not 2035
May-03-08  kasp: Yes. His current rating is 2633 and he finished 3rd at European Individual Championship. Strong player!
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  Tabanus: With 7.0/9 Volkov today won the Chigorin Memorial 2009. Congratulations!

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  Tabanus: Parimarjan Negi participated (27th place), and the first to break the news in English was

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  Tabanus: Volkov won the Chigorin Mem. also in 1999 (shared with Shirov) (0 games in database) and 1998 (2 games).

Strong player!

Feb-07-10  kurtrichards: <Sergey Volkov, born February 07, 1974> He lost his game against Inarkiev at Moscow Open 2010 today. Inarkiev is in no mood to give the birthday boy Sergey a present. Happy Birthday,Sergey! Beat Ernesto at Aeroflot.
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  eternaloptimist: well, i see that kurtrichards also noticed that volkov lost on his birthday. that's too bad. inarkiev had to win to tie for 1st place so u can't blame him for not agreeing to a draw w/ him.
May-02-10  asianwarrior: Highest rating achieved in database is 2659. Current FIDE rating is 2045. What happened to him?
May-02-10  Don Cossacks: < asianwarrior: Highest rating achieved in database is 2659. Current FIDE rating is 2045. What happened to him?>That's obviously an error.His rating is 2612 as of May 1.
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  Tabanus: Placed 5th in the 9th Al Saleh Open (Yemen) 2-8 June 2010:

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  Tabanus: 3rd in the 2nd Rethymno Open (Crete, Greece) 13-20 July 2010:

Jan-06-11  Don Cossacks: He won Rilton Cup ahead of Naiditsch,Macieja and Berg. Shimanov (also of Russia) landed on an impressive second place.
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  wordfunph: Sergey Volkov wins the 2nd International Livigno Chess Open 2011

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  wordfunph: GM Sergey Volkov is a well-known specialist of the MacCutcheon Variation of the French Defense.

Source: Chess Evolution March 2011

Mar-27-12  waustad: FIDE has 6 players with this name, though 2 have slightly different spellings of the first name when transliterated to latin characters. No wonder the script looking up ratings was confused.
Jan-03-14  notyetagm: S Volkov vs B Socko, 2014

16 ?

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16 ♗d3-g6!! <trapped pieces: h6-queen>

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My fav move so far of 2014, Volkov's 16 ♗d3-g6!!, which gives White a slight advantage according to <STOCKFISH DD>:

<<<<0.4 16. Bg6>>> hxg6 17. g5 Qh7 18. h5 Kf8 19. hxg6 Qg8 20. Nxd5 fxg6 21. Nc7 Bb7 22. Qg3 Ke7 23. Nxe8 Qxe8 24. e4 Nc6 25. d5 Nce5 26. f4 Nc4+ 27. Kd1 Kf7 28. Qd3 Ba6 29. Qf3 Nf8 30. a4 Nd6 31. e5 Nf5

-0.24 16. Kd1 Qd6 17. h5 Ba6 18. Qe2 Bxd3 19. Qxd3 Nc6 20. g5 Ne7 21. Bd2 Nf8 22. e4 Ne6 23. e5 Nxf4 24. Bxf4 Qd7 25. Ke2 Rac8 26. Rag1 cxd4 27. cxd4 Qa4 28. Rc1 Rc4 29. Rxc4 dxc4

-0.26 16. Qf1 Qd6 17. h5 Nf8 18. g5 Nc6 19. Kd1 Ne6 20. Nxe6 Bxe6 21. Qg2 Bd7 22. Qh2 Qxh2 23. Rxh2 Na5 24. Rb1 cxd4 25. cxd4 Rac8 26. Bc2 Nc4 27. e4 dxe4 28. fxe4

-0.32 16. g5 Qd6 17. h5 Ba6 18. Qe2 Bxd3 19. Qxd3 Nc6 20. Kc2 cxd4 21. exd4 Nf8 22. g6 fxg6 23. hxg6 Nxg6 24. Nxg6 Qxg6 25. Qxg6 hxg6 26. Bf4 Rac8 27. Rhg1 Kf7

<<<Stockfish DD 64 SSE4.2, 284.76 sec, depth 25>>>>

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  diagonal: Happy birthday to Sergey Volkov, thrice winner of the Chigorin Memorial (Open) at St. Petersburg, and the Russian Champion in the year 2000 (Volkov is born the same day as legendary Mark Taimanov, today turning 90).

slight correction @ <Volkov won the Chigorin Memorial also in 1999 (shared with Shirov)> Volkov won joint with Grischuk: and

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Sergey Volkov.
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