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Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov
Number of games in database: 900
Years covered: 1967 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2517 (2410 rapid, 2454 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585
Overall record: +244 -179 =429 (53.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      48 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (139) 
    B22 B21 B40 B33 B67
 French Defense (75) 
    C02 C01 C18 C16
 Caro-Kann (42) 
    B14 B13 B12 B10 B15
 Robatsch (32) 
 Scotch Game (31) 
 Petrov (19) 
    C43 C42
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (160) 
    B30 B32 B33 B45 B40
 Semi-Slav (116) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44 D48
 Queen's Gambit Declined (41) 
    D30 D31 D35 D39 D37
 English (22) 
    A13 A12
 Sicilian Taimanov (16) 
    B45 B47
 Catalan (16) 
    E04 E02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sveshnikov vs R Shcherbakov, 1991 1-0
   A Evdokimov vs Sveshnikov, 2003 1/2-1/2
   Geller vs Sveshnikov, 1978 0-1
   Kholmov vs Sveshnikov, 1986 0-1
   Sveshnikov vs Short, 1992 1-0
   Sveshnikov vs J Stocek, 2000 1-0
   Kholmov vs Sveshnikov, 1999 0-1
   Ulibin vs Sveshnikov, 1988 0-1
   Sveshnikov vs Igor Ivanov, 1976 1-0
   Sveshnikov vs A Kveinys, 1996 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   13th European Individual Senior Championship (2013)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   Petrosian Memorial (2004)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Cappelle la Grande (2009)
   USSR Championship (1973)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   56th Russian Championships (2003)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   World Cities Team Championship (2012)
   Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   c3 sicilian by rpsingh4
   Sveshnikov by Justs99171
   Hastings 1977/78 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1981 by suenteus po 147
   french study by jake1

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(born Feb-11-1950, 65 years old) Russia (citizen of Latvia)

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Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer Sveshnikov was born in Cheliabinsk, Russia. He is best known for the work he did on the Sicilian-Sveshnikov (formerly known as the Sicilian Lasker-Pelikan) together with Gennadi Timoshchenko: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5

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He maintains a unusual opinion, in that he is against the handing over the gamescores believing that the chessplayers should have the right to decide themselves what to do with them (e.g. write a book with exclusive gamescores) and not give future opponents unnecessary advantages.

Wikipedia article: Evgeny Sveshnikov

 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 904  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Sveshnikov vs Bagirov 0-122 1967 USSR ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
2. M Steinberg vs Sveshnikov  1-048 1967 USSR ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
3. Adorjan vs Sveshnikov 0-132 1967 HUN-RSFSRB33 Sicilian
4. Sveshnikov vs Adorjan  1-020 1967 HUN-RSFSRC45 Scotch Game
5. Sveshnikov vs Alburt  ½-½61 1968 Ch URS (students)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. Tseshkovsky vs Sveshnikov 1-022 1968 URS-ch U26B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. Ribli vs Sveshnikov  1-060 1969 HUN-URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
8. Adorjan vs Sveshnikov  ½-½23 1969 BudapestB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. Sveshnikov vs Ribli  0-151 1969 HUN-URSB06 Robatsch
10. Sveshnikov vs Adorjan  1-054 1969 BudapestB06 Robatsch
11. Sveshnikov vs Gulko  ½-½72 1972 OdessaB06 Robatsch
12. Sveshnikov vs V Tukmakov  ½-½48 1973 USSR ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
13. Sveshnikov vs Korchnoi 0-155 1973 USSR ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
14. Sveshnikov vs Petrosian 0-141 1973 USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
15. Sveshnikov vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½54 1973 URS-ch sfB06 Robatsch
16. Sveshnikov vs Stein 0-129 1973 URSB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. Sveshnikov vs Taimanov 1-028 1973 USSRB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Sveshnikov vs Savon  ½-½30 1973 USSR ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. Sveshnikov vs Keres  ½-½75 1973 USSR ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
20. Smyslov vs Sveshnikov  ½-½28 1973 USSR ChampionshipA12 English with b3
21. Sveshnikov vs Tal  ½-½41 1973 RigaB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
22. Sveshnikov vs Averkin  1-061 1973 USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
23. Sveshnikov vs E Paoli 1-016 1973 PlovdivB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. Taimanov vs Sveshnikov  ½-½55 1973 USSR ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Sveshnikov vs Rashkovsky  ½-½36 1973 USSR ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 904  PGN Download
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Nov-15-08  kramputz: No big deal, after e5 move the Knight back to Nf3. Black move e5 is anti-positional anyway. Nb5 is a lousy place for the Knight.
Feb-11-09  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Sveshnikov!
Feb-12-10  stanleys: Better later than never: Happy Birthday
Evgeni Ellinovich!

Very nice article by Sveshnikov himself with a lot of interesting photos:

Feb-13-10  HeMateMe: Everytime I see that name, I'm reminded of the Kalishnikov rifle, the sturdy AK-47, the weapon of choice of third world soldiers.

A funny anectode from a tournament Svishnikov competed in:

[In the above picture from 1978, Sveshnikov is playing in Cienfuegos, Cuba. In the ChessPro article he recalls that the country was idyllically beautiful, like a scene from the "Bounty" sand, palm trees, swimming in the sea. "We were warned to look out for sharks in the bay, so one player stood watch while the others swam. I was in the water with the young< Artur Yusupov> when suddenly I felt a terrible pain. Artur rushed to my assistance and then he started screaming in pain. We had stepped on sea urchins! Artur had 30 spines in his foot and still had a game to play on that day. We were taken to the hospital for treatment, which consists of disinfecting the wounds with iodine. The spines are left in the foot, where they dissolve after two weeks." In Cienfuegos Sveshnikov took the first place, Yusupov came third. "Second place went to the American< Larry Christiansen>. At the closing we all received our cash prizes, the Soviet participants in pesos, the Americans in dollars. I suggested to Larry that we exchange his second prize for my first, but he waved his arms and screamed 'No, no, no!' We were able to exchange our pesos at the embassy, but we had to pay a tax to the state, in my case seven thousand dollars. <And that in a country where an automobile cost $1,500. So I paid up for five Ladas!">]

Feb-13-10  miguelito: capablanca in memoriam 1979 , no 1978, sveshnikov gano con 11/13 .
Feb-16-10  stanleys: As Sveshnikov explains, just before making this picture, he was told that he had a cancer.He writes :"I made this pic for my children"
Feb-16-10  Dravus: Sveshnikov is correct. Players should have rights to their games. In chess, intellectual property was never a better term. It's all there on the chessboard, the personalities, highlights and all.
Feb-16-10  whatthefat: I like Sveshnikov's namesake opening, but his views on assigning IP rights to players seem ludicrously impractical for a whole host of reasons. To name just a few:

(1) How could it ever be reasonably enforced? Either top-flight games would have to be made confidential (i.e., the loss of chess's primary purpose, which is to entertain), or else players would simply not be permitted to play something played before and would be expected to be aware of all other players' rights. And how is a player sitting at Linares to be aware of an opening innovation made the week before in an obscure Open by a 1500 player, or in an online correspondence game?

(2) At what point in the game would copyright be applied? Since 1.e4 has been played before, can it no longer be played again? Or are we interested only in innovations from some arbitrary point onwards? If applied strictly, chess would very quickly dry up. Or is it okay to mimic another game so long as the entire score is not identical? The rule rather loses its effectiveness, but even in that case there are problems, e.g., what if the opponent walks into a 4 move checkmate? Can the aggressor deliver mate, or must they play something else? And what of transpositions?

(3) What is to prevent players from selling their rights to other players? Leading players could create monopolies on openings by enlisting large teams of seconds to play critical lines and then sell the rights on to the leading player.

Feb-16-10  Dravus: Royalties should be paid by media, not individual players (unless they are doing something commercial with it beyond competing in a regular tournament game), for reproducing a player's "unique" positions, I suppose. You can listen to Elton John with friends, but if you use it at your ballet or dance studio, you have to pay a royalty. A chess position has been likened to a box score, with no copyright. But it is quite easy to see how a composer should have protection for his composition should it be borrowed in a publication. But enforcement would be hard, and perhaps a player should be paid only $3 per game (or per position) per issue for its reproduction.
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  offramp: He is a dead ringer for Roman Polanski.
Jun-16-10  bharatiy: I got this link from Susan's blog. nice interview.
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Latvian champion 2010 (as he was in 2003):, congratukations!

Jul-25-10  BIDMONFA: Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov


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  Tabanus: He was 5th yesterday in Miguel Najdorf Memorial (Poland) 17-25 July 2010:

Sep-27-10  HeMateMe: When I saw this name in the Olympiad, I thought maybe its a common name in Russia, or, perhaps he is a cousin of the man who's name is on an opening...but it is the same Sveshnikov of old.

Who is he playing for here?

Apr-02-11  Everett: This GM has one of the most straightforward opening repetoires in the history of the game.

Opens e4 and plays the following against the 5 major responses:

Alapin Sicilian
French Advance
Panov-Botvinnik Caro-Kann
Petrov Modern Attack

The first two fit together very well.

Nov-03-11  rapidcitychess: He's playing in the European team championship, apparently.
Feb-11-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Sveshnikov!
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  Penguincw: Happy 62nd birthday Sveshnikov!
Feb-11-12  jurado96: great all or nothing player happy birthday from 8000 miles away
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  wordfunph: "I can confidently say that the move 2.c3 has fed me and my family for almost 40 years."

- GM Evgeni Sveshnikov

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  waustad: <HHM>He's often played for Latvia. There is also another player with the same last name on the 2010 team.
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  Penguincw: Happy 64th birthday to GM Evgeni Sveshnikov.

<He maintains a unusual opinion, in that he is against the handing over the gamescores believing that the chessplayers should have the right to decide themselves what to do with them (e.g. write a book with exclusive gamescores) and not give future opponents unnecessary advantages.>

So does he mean the fans can't view the gamescores (only the results)?

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  offramp: I'd like to know what happens to chess gamescores. I never see them for sale on places like eBay. But people obtain and collect them. Where from?
Dec-15-14  Conrad93: I have been playing 2. c3 for the past few months. Very few people are aware of the Na3-Nb5 idea, so I get lot of easy wins.

Great player and a great writer! Definitely worth the 30 bucks I spend.

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