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Vladimir Potkin
Number of games in database: 785
Years covered: 1997 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2599 (2621 rapid, 2564 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2684
Overall record: +186 -97 =338 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      164 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (56) 
    B22 B90 B30 B40 B80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (38) 
    D37 D35 D31 D38 D30
 French Defense (36) 
    C02 C11 C05 C18 C07
 Nimzo Indian (35) 
    E53 E54 E56 E32 E57
 Slav (34) 
    D10 D15 D11 D12 D16
 King's Indian (26) 
    E90 E60 E73 E61 E62
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (101) 
    B46 B48 B47 B40 B22
 Semi-Slav (73) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D46
 Sicilian Taimanov (66) 
    B46 B48 B47 B49
 French Defense (56) 
    C11 C01 C16 C02 C07
 Slav (36) 
    D12 D11 D16 D15 D10
 French (17) 
    C11 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Y Erturan vs Potkin, 2001 0-1
   A Moiseenko vs Potkin, 2003 0-1
   Potkin vs F Vallejo Pons, 2011 1/2-1/2
   Potkin vs M A Tabatabaei, 2015 1-0
   Potkin vs A Rychagov, 2012 1-0
   Potkin vs B Savchenko, 2011 1-0
   Potkin vs Shirov, 2011 1-0
   Potkin vs Zhou Jianchao, 2010 1-0
   D Wagner vs Potkin, 2013 0-1
   F Graf vs Potkin, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bad Wiessee (2003)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   Russian Chess Championships Higher League (2012)
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   Tata Steel Group B (2012)
   World Cup (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   62nd Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championships (2013)

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(born Jun-28-1982, 33 years old) Russia
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Grandmaster since 2001 and occasional second to Levon Aronian. Potkin won the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), qualifying him for the World Cup (2011). He defeated US GM Yury Shulman, Latvian-Spanish GM Alexey Shirov and countryman GM Nikita Vitiugov in the first three rounds to progress through to the Round of Sixteen to face former recent Candidate and countryman Alexander Grischuk. He won the first game, but Grischuk leveled the classical match to force their contest to a tiebreaker which Grischuk won in the first pair of rapid tiebreakers. In 2012, he placed =1st in the Russian Superfinals (2012), but ultimately came 5th following the Russian Superfinals (Tiebreak) (2012) used to determine the final placements.

Photo:; ICC handle: Porter

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Potkin

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 785  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Nikolaev vs Potkin  ½-½23 1997 St Petersburg White Nights opE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
2. Potkin vs Sadig Mehtiyev  0-132 1997 White Nights opC05 French, Tarrasch
3. M Turov vs Potkin  1-066 1998 Chigorin memA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Kholmov vs Potkin  ½-½29 1998 Chigorin memD05 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Potkin vs Radjabov  0-154 1998 Moscow Kasparov CupC06 French, Tarrasch
6. Potkin vs Chekhov  ½-½26 1999 RUS-Cup03 (Geller mem)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. Kiriakov vs Potkin  1-041 1999 Geller Memorial (Cup Russia)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. K Landa vs Potkin  1-043 1999 Geller MemorialC18 French, Winawer
9. Radjabov vs Potkin  1-072 1999 EU-ch U18D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. Potkin vs N Kabanov  ½-½26 2000 KB Czech OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. Potkin vs K Aseev  ½-½51 2000 Chigorin MemorialB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Potkin vs Jiri Nun  1-054 2000 KB Czech OpenB15 Caro-Kann
13. M Spal vs Potkin  0-129 2000 KB Czech OpenC01 French, Exchange
14. S Ivanov vs Potkin  1-018 2000 Chigorin MemorialD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Stefansson vs Potkin  ½-½38 2000 KB Czech OpenC18 French, Winawer
16. Potkin vs G Prakken 1-033 2000 KB Czech OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
17. Potkin vs V Neverov  ½-½25 2000 KB Czech OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Y Kruppa vs Potkin  ½-½23 2000 Chigorin mem opD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. J Claesen vs Potkin  0-138 2000 KB Czech OpenA08 King's Indian Attack
20. Potkin vs V Burmakin  ½-½49 2000 Chigorin MemorialB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
21. Akobian vs Potkin  0-135 2000 Pripis memE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
22. Potkin vs R Eynullayeva  ½-½48 2000 Moscow-chC05 French, Tarrasch
23. A Filipenko vs Potkin  ½-½45 2000 KB Czech OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
24. V Malaniuk vs Potkin  0-153 2000 Chigorin MemorialE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. V Popov vs Potkin  0-161 2000 KB Czech OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-29-06  BIDMONFA: Vladimir Potkin

POTKIN, Vladimir

Apr-13-07  bauernfresser: He frequently works as second for Levon Aronian.
Apr-11-08  zoren: this guys rating shot up, maybe because with his cooperation with aronian
Jun-05-08  Xeroxx: the brother of pol potkin
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: He's going to play in the 2009 Queenstown Classic.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: He ended 3rd today in the quite strong Open Rohde tournament (France), see

Feb-13-10  HeMateMe: potkin is a dead ringer for a young bill clinton. uncanny resemblance. See chess base photo.
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: his ICC handle is "Porter"..
Dec-11-10  falso contacto: holds karjakin to a draw with black.
Dec-12-10  HeMateMe: Judo black belt, when not playing chess and locking up oligarchs.
Mar-26-11  kevins55555: Go to That page is very useful.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: This player is doing pretty well.

Vladimir Potkin 6/7 (+5 -0 =2) [view games]

So far,unshared first place.

Mar-28-11  falso contacto: this might be the potkin who seconded aronian. I can remeber an interview on chesscafe.
Mar-28-11  zoren: <falso contacto> Yes he is the same Potkin. Apparently their cooperation has helped Potkin a lot since their cooperation started when Potkin was only ~2490-2500 FIDE.
Apr-02-11  Ezzy: Potkin is the 2011 European champion winning on tiebreak with 8.5/11
Apr-04-11  Don Cossacks: Congratulations GM Potkin!
Apr-08-11  polarmis: Here's an interview with Potkin. He talks about how he won the European Championship, coaching Nepomniachtchi and cheating in chess:

p.s. <falso contacto>, yes it's the same Potkin: In the latest interview he also talks about working with Aronian.

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  wordfunph: Potkin-Grischuk WCC tiebreaker games today, will he make it against monster Grischuk?

maybe 25% chance..

Jun-28-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Potkin!


Jul-29-14  zanzibar:

Bio stats + photographs from Dubai 2014.

More fiery hair color than other photos I've seen.

Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: His name is an anagram of DRANK VOMIT.
Feb-26-15  Mr. V: <offramp: His name is an anagram of DRANK VOMIT.> No, in fact, it's not.
Feb-26-15  schweigzwang: Spoilsport.
Feb-27-15  Mr. V: <Spoilsport.>

Lol, well if he wants to do it, he should at least get it right!

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Vladimir Potkin! He's had a decent performance so far, scoring +1 at Tata Steel (Group B) (2015), Aeroflot Open (2015) and the European Individual Championship (2015).
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