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B Sambuev 
Bator Sambuev
Number of games in database: 230
Years covered: 1998 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2540 (2471 rapid, 2526 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2566
Overall record: +120 -61 =45 (63.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      4 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (12) 
    E94 E99 E98 E92 E80
 Grunfeld (11) 
    D91 D70 D87 D90 D82
 English (10) 
    A15 A13 A17 A14
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    D02 D05 A46 A40 A41
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E55 E53 E41 E54 E44
 Reti System (7) 
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (40) 
    C07 C01 C18 C02 C11
 King's Indian (14) 
    E92 E70 E97 E63 E67
 French Tarrasch (13) 
    C07 C05 C09
 French Winawer (11) 
    C18 C16 C17 C15
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A45 A40 D05 D02 E00
 Queen's Indian (6) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Demmery vs B Sambuev, 2010 0-1
   B Sambuev vs Morozevich, 2013 1-0
   A Calugar vs B Sambuev, 2011 0-1
   P Gelis vs B Sambuev, 2011 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   PWC Toronto Open (2009)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   It (open) St. Petersburg 300 (2003)
   56th Russian Championships (2003)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2011 Canada Day open by gauer
   2010 Ch elite pom by gauer
   2010 Montreal open by gauer
   2008 Guelph Winter Pro-Am by gauer
   2010 Pere Noel by gauer
   2011 Hart House Reading week by gauer
   2010 Toronto open by gauer

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(born Nov-25-1980, 35 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Canada)

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In 2011, GM Sambuev won the Canadian Championship (tied for 1st-2nd with Eric Hansen and won the 2 game rapid tie-breaker match) after he moved to Montreal in 2007 to teach chess. He won Zonal 2.2 (Canada) to qualify for the World Cup (2013) but was knocked-out by Alexander Morozevich of Russia in the 1st round tie-breaks after he managed a surprise win in the regular time control. At the Chess Olympiad (2012) he represented their top board (in 9 of 11 games played, he registered 3 wins and 6 losses) and has confirmed his invitation to again represent Canada at the Chess Olympiad (2014) (+5-3=2 on 4th board). In 2012, he won the Canadian Championship outright with 8½/9 and also tied for 1st-2nd with Leonid Gerzhoy in the 2011 Ontario open.

He tied 1st-2nd at PWC Toronto Open (2009) with Joshua E Friedel. He tied 1st-3rd with Merab Gagunashvili and Anton Kovalyov in the Quebec 2010 Invitational and won the Ont. 2010 Open and Eastern Ont. 2010 Open respectively with 5/6 and 4½/5. He won the Hart House Winter Holiday open tournament outright with 4½/5 in 2010. After giving a Friday night simul for the city in 2011, a perfect run of 5 straight wins in a Winter (swiss) open tournament in Hamilton saw him edge out Nikolay Noritsyn , Artiom Samsonkin and visiting Wesley So along the way. In 2012, he and Noritsyn tied for 3rd-4th in Guelph's Winter Open, and he has won both the Ottawa and Kitchener (the latter is now known as the Riedstra memorial tournament) Winter Opens, each time with a perfect streak of 5 straight wins in the rounds. He has also scored well in the GTCL, EOCA and SWOCL series of weekend tournaments & league standings hosted in Ontario.

On international stages, after the 2013 World Cup, Bator also tied for share of 14th-24th at the Isthmia open in Greece.

Video: Michael Dougherty and Bator engage in analysis at the 2013 Canadian open: ; Daniel's analysis: of England vs Canada at the 2014 Olympiad.

(1) (Canadian zone site), (2) (Greater Toronto Chess League - GTCL), (3) (Eastern Ont. Chess Association - EOCA), (4) (South-west Ont. Chess League - SWOCL), (5) (Canadian open), (6) (Isthmia open), (7) (Washington Times article), (8) .

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 230  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. B Sambuev vs M Turov  1-037 1998 Chigorin memA15 English
2. B Sambuev vs A Korotylev  1-034 1998 Goldberg memA17 English
3. B Sambuev vs E Dragomarezkij  0-131 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)A30 English, Symmetrical
4. D Krasnikov vs B Sambuev  0-142 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)B26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
5. B Sambuev vs I Ibragimov  1-049 1999 Novgorod OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
6. A Riazantsev vs B Sambuev  ½-½50 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)E12 Queen's Indian
7. K Alagulian vs B Sambuev 1-023 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)C00 French Defense
8. V Grechihin vs B Sambuev  0-143 1999 Novgorod OpenE97 King's Indian
9. B Sambuev vs I Odesskij  ½-½48 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
10. B Sambuev vs D Yevseev  0-133 1999 Novgorod OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. B Sambuev vs V Popov ½-½63 1999 Novgorod OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. A Korotylev vs B Sambuev  1-040 1999 RUS-chT 1 ligaE17 Queen's Indian
13. I Doukhine vs B Sambuev 0-155 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. A Lugovoi vs B Sambuev  1-078 1999 Novgorod OpenE92 King's Indian
15. B Sambuev vs S Slugin  0-149 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. B Sambuev vs A Granovskiy  ½-½51 1999 Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)A58 Benko Gambit
17. V A Loginov vs B Sambuev  1-030 1999 Novgorod OpenE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
18. B Sambuev vs M Makarov  0-140 2000 Chigorin MemorialA04 Reti Opening
19. A Goloshchapov vs B Sambuev  ½-½21 2000 Chigorin MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
20. V Burmakin vs B Sambuev  1-039 2000 Chigorin MemorialA04 Reti Opening
21. B Sambuev vs V Yandemirov  1-051 2000 Chigorin MemorialA15 English
22. J Geller vs B Sambuev  0-155 2000 Chigorin MemA07 King's Indian Attack
23. A Isajevsky vs B Sambuev  0-145 2001 Chigorin mem openA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. E Vorobiov vs B Sambuev  ½-½29 2001 White NightsC07 French, Tarrasch
25. S Zablotsky vs B Sambuev  1-049 2001 Chigorin mem openA04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 230  PGN Download
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Mar-30-09  Hugh the Drover: If there are about 170 countries, then Sambuev's being 859th in the world averages out to a top five amidst all countries, or at least in any given country. He should stay on the incline, while Steve Nash has over a decade in the NBA.
Mar-30-09  dumbgai: Right, because only one country in the world plays basketball right? You're smart.
Apr-23-09  timhortons:

Sambuev wins canadian tourney!

Sep-08-09  timhortons: gm Sambuev will be playing at 89TH montreal open chess championship! ill just post further info later about this tourney.
Sep-12-09  timhortons:

winning the sheerbrooke tourney!

GM sambuev is making the most of his professional chess life in canada!

Sep-14-09  Layson: Quite an anti-climatic moment at the Montreal Open this week-end. During the fourth round, Sambuev, with a perfect score, played against IM Jean Hebert in a game that in all likelihood would decide the winner of the tournament.

The result? Death by cell phone on move 10, leaving a room full of disappointed spectators.

Sep-14-09  timhortons: My weekend night job make me too tired to be around the tournament site all the time.

hello <layson>, did you witness it? did the indefatigable tournament director mr bernard ouimet call the foul and take point away from bator sambuev?

i was around during the opening ceremony, i even got a chance to take the photo of IM jean herbert and saw in person the pretty WGM salome melia.

GM bator sambuev just not lucky, in quebec open chess championship i think hes the one who raised the issue against GM kasparov.CORRECT ME IF IM WRONG:)

Sep-14-09  Layson: Yes I was there. GM Sambuev was late for his game, and arrived at the tournament site in a rush. This is presumably the reason why he didn't take the time to double-check that his cell phone was off.

I was under the impression the Jean Hebert was willing to play on, as in a renewed quest to become a GM, he could most definitely use a few more top-level games. But the tournament director was strict on the rule.

Sambuev afterwards forfeited the tournement, which was the rather sad rule of thumb for the tournament. Top seeds Sambuev, Lawson, Schleiffer and Castellanos all withdrew from the tournament following upsetting losses.

Sep-14-09  timhortons: <Top seeds Sambuev, Lawson, Schleiffer and Castellanos all withdrew from the tournament following upsetting losses.>

wow! i feel bad for IM castillanos.

IM noritsyn didnt do well also.

cheers to mr ouimet for upholding the rules! i remember him at TIM, where before the game start hes advising the GM,s and spectator to turn there cellular off.

<layson> are you familiar with these boy Jiang, Louie F.? his a fide master and last tourneo de montreal, me and him set side by side observing naiditsch and bacrot, amazing coz among the juniors hes present every afternoon just to watch the chess bigtimes play there games.

Jiang, Louie F. maybe is 12 year old, maybe 14, he finished 3rd, just below IM hebert and WGM melia.


Sep-16-09  timhortons:

GM Bator Sambuev lost his 4th round game of the Montreal Open to IM Jean Hébert on move 9, when his cellphone rang.

Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: He recently won the 2011 Canadian Closed Championship, played this past week in Guelph, Ontario. Congratulations!

A couple of his games (the rest can be seen at

[Event "2011 Canadian Closed"]
[Site "Guelph"]
[Date "2011.05.09"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Samsonkin, Artiom"]
[Black "Sambuev, Bator"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteTitle "IM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Source "MonRoi"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. exd5 exd5 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Qe2 Be7 8. dxc5 O-O 9. Nb3 Re8 10. Bxd7 Nbxd7 11. O-O Nxc5 12. Nxc5 Bxc5 13. Qd3 Qb6 14. c3 Ng4 15. Qf5 Qg6 16. Qxd5 Bxf2 17. Rxf2 Rad8 18. Qb5 a6 19. Qb3 Nxf2 20. Kxf2 Re2 21. Kxe2 Qxg2 22. Ke3 Re8 23. Kf4 h6 24. h4 h5 25. Ne5 Qh2 26. Kf3 Rxe5 27. Qc4 Qh3 28. Kf2 b5 29. Qd4 Qh2 30. Kf3 Qe2 31. Kg3 Re4 32. Qd8 Kh7 33. Qd2 Rg4 34. Kh3 0-1

[Event "Cup Tatran"]
[Site "Guelph"]
[Date "2011.5.11"]
[Round ""]
[White "Noritsyn"]
[Black "Sambuev"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "C02"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. a3 Nh6 7. b4 cxd4 8. Bxh6 gxh6 9. cxd4 Bd7 10. Nc3 Nxb4 11. Be2 Rc8 12. Rc1 Nc6 13. O-O a6 14. Nb1 Bg7 15. Nc3 Na5 16. Rb1 Qc6 17. Rc1 O-O 18. Bd3 Qb6 19. Rb1 Qd8 20. Ne2 f6 21. exf6 Rxf6 22. Ng3 Be8 23. Re1 b5 24. a4 Qb6 25. axb5 axb5 26. Ne5 Nc4 27. Nf3 Bg6 28. Rb3 Rcf8 29. Qe2 Qa5 30. Reb1 Nd6 31. h3 Qa7 32. R1b2 Kh8 33. Ra2 Qb6 34. Rab2 Rxf3 35. gxf3 Bxd3 36. Rxd3 Nc4 37. Rb1 Bxd4 38. Kg2 Ne5 39. Rdb3 Ng6 40. Qxb5 Qd8 41. Ne2 Be5 42. Kf1 Qg5 43. f4 Nxf4 44. Rg3 Qf5 45. Rf3 Qe4 46. Rbb3 Rc8 47. Rbe3 Qf5 48. Rxe5 Qxe5 49. Rxf4 Rg8 50. Qa4 Qh5 51. Qa3 e5 52. Qf3 Qg6 53. Rf5 Qa6 54. Qe3 Re8 55. Kg2 d4 56. Qf3 Qg6+ 57. Ng3 e4 58. Rf8+ Kg7 59. Qf5 Rxf8 60. Qd7+ Kg8 61. Qxd4 Re8 62. h4 Qg4 63. Kg1 Qe6 64. Qe3 Qf6 65. h5 Qf3 66. Kh2 Qxe3 67. fxe3 Kf7 68. Kh3 Kf6 69. Kg4 Ke5 70. Ne2 Rg8+ 71. Kh3 Rg5 72. Ng3 Kd5 73. Kh4 Rg8 74. Kh3 Rf8 75. Kg4 Ke5 76. Ne2 Rf3 77. Nd4 Rxe3 78. Nc6+ Kd5 79. Ne7+ Kc4 80. Nf5 Rf3 81. Nxh6 Rf8 82. Nf5 Rxf5 83. Kxf5 e3 0-1

May-17-11  nolanryan: where in russia was she born?
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <nolan> GM Sambuev is a "he"..
Sep-03-12  Everett: Getting harder to tell nowadays
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  OhioChessFan: We can put a man on the moon but can't remember to turn a cell phone off?
Sep-03-12  Everett: Not only that, we can wire-tap, spy, and even drop bombs on US citizens <legally!> and call others savages at the same time.

BTW, what's the rule on "vibrate" mode? Also a DQ?

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  GrahamClayton: Sambuev came to Canada for the 2007 Canadian Open in Ottawa, and liked the city so much that he now lives there, and has taken out Canadian citizenship. He has won over 70 Swiss-format tournaments since then.
Aug-11-13  Mikhail Tal fan: i can't believe he crushed Morozevich..
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sihlous: Crushed? The computer analysis with the live feed had Moro better until he played 40...Qxf3.
Aug-11-13  Mikhail Tal fan: it's sad , nevertheless, i hear rumor about his health deteriorating or something..
Aug-11-13  mini cooper s: congrats for checkmating morozevich.
Aug-11-13  mini cooper s: he looks chinese?
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Wesley has played this guy:

search "sambuev v so"

Mar-14-15  ketchuplover: He apparently said "Never trust any opening book"
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  Penguincw: Bator Sambuev beats Andrew Peredun, and after 6 rounds, he leads the Canadian Chess Championship all alone with 5/6.

In R7, he'll face Eric Hansen with black.

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