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Evgeni Vasiukov
Number of games in database: 1,668
Years covered: 1952 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2414 (2409 rapid, 2465 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2580
Overall record: +661 -304 =683 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      20 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (331) 
    B40 B53 B31 B50 B30
 Ruy Lopez (156) 
    C92 C91 C78 C97 C67
 French Defense (88) 
    C00 C02 C18 C11 C16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (86) 
    C92 C91 C97 C95 C94
 Caro-Kann (54) 
    B12 B14 B18 B15 B10
 Pirc (36) 
    B08 B07 B09
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (197) 
    B42 B60 B43 B32 B40
 King's Indian (83) 
    E94 E67 E60 E92 E62
 Modern Benoni (63) 
    A56 A57 A60 A58 A61
 Dutch Defense (54) 
    A81 A87 A85 A88 A86
 Sicilian Kan (47) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C65 C64 C92 C78 C68
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Vasiukov vs Taimanov, 1965 1-0
   Vasiukov vs Van Wely, 2002 1-0
   Vasiukov vs Razuvaev, 1972 1-0
   Vasiukov vs S Giterman, 1960 1-0
   Vasiukov vs Alburt, 1972 1-0
   Vasiukov vs Uhlmann, 1962 1-0
   Vasiukov vs I Chikovani, 1963 1-0
   Vasiukov vs Razuvaev, 1980 1-0
   Vasiukov vs A Matanovic, 1970 1-0
   Alburt vs Vasiukov, 1967 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1967)
   Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors) (2011)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   World Senior Teams +65 (2015)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   13th European Individual Senior Championship (2013)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   World Seniors Championship (2005)
   USSR Championship (1974)
   USSR Championship 1964/65 (1964)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship (1965)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Evgeny Vasiukov by keypusher
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1973 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1969 by suenteus po 147
   Moscow 1959 by suenteus po 147
   Sicilicide Ideas beating the Sicilian by tak gambit

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(born Mar-05-1933, 82 years old) Russia
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Evgeni Andreyevich Vasiukov was born in Moscow, USSR. Awarded the IM title in 1958 and the GM title in 1961, he was Moscow Champion in 1955, 1958, 1960, 1962 (jointly), 1972 and 1978. His best tournament result was 1st in 1974 at Manila. He won the 1995 World Senior Chess Championship. Vasiukov is also a FIDE Senior Trainer.

Wikipedia article: Evgeni Vasiukov

 page 1 of 67; games 1-25 of 1,668  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Vasiukov vs Kholmov 0-136 1952 Krasnodar,C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. Vasiukov vs Korchnoi ½-½19 1953 MinskB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. Vasiukov vs Petrosian 0-130 1954 RigaB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
4. Kan vs Vasiukov  ½-½31 1954 URS-chTB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
5. Vasiukov vs Aronin  ½-½28 1954 URS-chTB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. V Zagorovsky vs Vasiukov  0-137 1954 Moscow-chA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
7. Vasiukov vs Korchnoi ½-½30 1954 YerevanC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
8. Vasiukov vs G Uusi  ½-½18 1954 Moscow-chC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. Tal vs Vasiukov ½-½88 1954 RigaA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
10. Korchnoi vs Vasiukov  1-036 1954 RigaE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. Averbakh vs Vasiukov  ½-½42 1954 URS-chTE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. Vasiukov vs Chistiakov  0-142 1954 URS-chTC00 French Defense
13. Vasiukov vs Taimanov 1-043 1954 URS-chTC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
14. Lisitsin vs Vasiukov  ½-½24 1954 URS-chTE90 King's Indian
15. Vasiukov vs Suetin  1-069 1954 URS-chTC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. A Khasin vs Vasiukov  ½-½34 1955 Moscow-chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
17. Lipnitsky vs Vasiukov  1-041 1955 URS-chT finA15 English
18. Flohr vs Vasiukov 0-133 1955 Ch MoscowA15 English
19. Vasiukov vs Chistiakov  ½-½24 1955 Moscow-chC12 French, McCutcheon
20. Vasiukov vs A Arulaid  1-042 1955 URS-chT finC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
21. Antoshin vs Vasiukov  0-155 1955 Moscow-chA16 English
22. S Pimenov vs Vasiukov  ½-½19 1955 URS-ch 1LD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
23. Korchnoi vs Vasiukov 1-043 1955 LuganskA56 Benoni Defense
24. Vasiukov vs Kotov  ½-½65 1955 Ch URS 1/2B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Lilienthal vs Vasiukov  ½-½42 1955 Ch-URS ,1 02A56 Benoni Defense
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  keypusher: Honza Cervenka: <None of V's games from there seem to have made the CG database.> I am just preparing a file of Vasiukov's missing games. They will be in the database soon.>

Hurrah and thanks!

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  IMlday: Excellent! :-) Chess artists are worth celebrating!
Aug-31-06  sitzkrieg: < I do recall that both Stein and Vasyukov were playing 1.e4 e6 2.d3, and that I, 13, was plenty impressed>

Stein's game not in database?

May-14-07  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Evgeni's OTB games:
Jun-03-07  BIDMONFA: Evgeni Vasiukov


Aug-27-07  Resignation Trap: A very recent photo of Vasiukov (left) with Yuri Balashov (middle) and Anatoly Bykhovsky (right) : .
Mar-04-08  Resignation Trap: Vasiukov turns 75 tomorrow.
Happy birthday Evgeni!
Mar-05-08  stanleys: Happy birthday Mr Vasiukov!
Wishing you good health and all the best!

An article about him at

Some nice games by Vasiukov:

Mar-05-08  Resignation Trap: Another article about him with more games: .
Mar-11-08  Resignation Trap: A photo of Vasiukov from 1974: .
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  Chessical: Started playing chess when 15 years old - in 1948.

1954 - Master of Sports of the USSR.
1957 - International Master.
1961 - International Grandmaster.
1962 - Soviet grandmaster.

Twice world student champion: France, 195, Sweden, 1956.

The world senior champion - Germany, 1995

Russia veterans champion at rapid chess, 2006 and 2007.

Mar-05-09  WhiteRook48: uh-oh. His record is 666. Hope he's not the beast
Aug-01-09  myschkin: . . .

".. Since Vasiukov never placed near the top in Soviet Zonal competition, he was unable to earn an opportunity to play in an Interzonal tournament, where he might have done well in the mixed-strength fields featured there, as he excelled in similar circumstances in regular International tournaments. .."


Pic (2009):

Fide card:

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  wordfunph: During the World Championship Match Tournament at Moscow and The Hague in 1948, a lot of youngsters in the Soviet Union became interested in chess. One day one of them walked into a House of Pioneers in Moscow and asked to learn chess. He barely knew the moves and, at fifteen years of age, he was considered a late starter. In fact, he was told he was too old to expect much in the way of mastery. However, he did not become discouraged and slowly made progress. In 1954 he became a master and in 1961 an international grandmaster. His career was not brilliant in the manner of Fischer's or Tal's, but he was always a very dangerous opponent --- in the 26 international tournaments in which he has played, he took first prize 11 times.

- GM Lubosh Kavalek (on GM Evgeni Vasiukov)

Source: Chess Life & Review 1975

Mar-09-11  Lovuschka: A pity that one of Vasiukov's best games is missing here, against B Lebedev in Moscow 1960.

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  OhioChessFan: Second behind Korchnoi: Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors) (2011)
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday POTD!
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  Interbond: <Lovuschka> Some weeks ago I sent this game from 1960 against Lebedev to Chessgames in pgn but it is not in the database yet. I also sent some other games ,but none are in the database. I found the game against Lebedev commented in A. Koblenz "Lehrbuch der Schachtaktik" Band 2. I guess we can call the game "swashbuckling" after black made the opening mistake 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nd7 4.Bc4 h6?
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  twinlark: <interbond>, <Lovuschka> admin have explained the delay in recent weeks on their main forum at chessforum. It seems they have a major backlog.

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  Interbond: <twinlark> Ok thanks!
Nov-28-14  Rhialto: Like most chess players he peaked around age 30 (a depressing thought for me, since I have yet to break 2200 USCF and just hit 30 myself) - according to chessmetrics he reached #11 in the world for a few months in 1962, ahead of many more famous players.

But he is still remarkably strong for a man born in 1933. He plays a lot on ICC, only 5-minute games, where he is usually around 2000-2100 (for people who don't know ICC, the 5-minute ratings are very "deflated" compared to both ICC blitz and classical FIDE/USCF ratings; most IMs are 2100-2200 I think, and most GMs are 2200-2400 - if they play 5 at all which many don't).

He plays very aggressively and opens with a lot of dubious gambits - for instance I remember he beat me a few times with black after 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d5?! 3.ed Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qa5 5.d4? Bg4 tricking me into a very favorable (for Black) Scandinavian; after the second defeat I thought for a few minutes and realized 5.Bb5! is the hole in this little scheme, and won the next time he tried it. Playing him is always pretty entertaining.

Mar-05-15  gars: One must be a very strong player to win with the black pieces a Pirc against Nezhmetdinov and a Scilian against Keres, as Vasiukov did in the 1961 URSS Championship. Happy Birthday, Grandmaster!
Mar-05-15  NBAFan: Vasiukov is still playing actively in Senior Chess Championships and ranking high at the ripe age of 82!
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  fm avari viraf: During the Asian Chess Championship 1977, I played many blitz games with him. But there was a lot of confusion amongst the people as who was Vasiukov between us as there was a lot of similarity. Being a wrestler and a weightlifter myself,I had a good built with fare complexion & he too had a similar looks but the only difference was he used to wear glasses & spoke Russian. The sweet memories still linger in the precinct of mind.
Mar-05-15  Skakalec: Happy birthday Grandmaster Vasiukov.
Watched him some 30 years ago, in Pula, destroying some yugoslavian IM in blitz (5 min) winning every time until IM said (with the hands) that the difference is to big :-).I'm still watching him on ICC and enjoy his play. I was first aware now that he is 82!
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