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Bator Sambuev
B Sambuev 
Number of games in database: 289
Years covered: 1998 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2543 (2472 rapid, 2526 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2566

Overall record: +143 -70 =51 (63.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 25 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    D05 D02 A46 D04 A41
 King's Indian (13) 
    E94 E99 E91 E98 E92
 English (12) 
    A15 A13 A14 A17
 Grunfeld (11) 
    D91 D70 D87 D85 D82
 Sicilian (9) 
    B82 B62 B90 B87 B23
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E55 E41 E53 E54 E44
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (48) 
    C07 C18 C01 C02 C11
 French Tarrasch (16) 
    C07 C05 C09
 French Winawer (16) 
    C18 C17 C15 C16 C19
 King's Indian (14) 
    E92 E70 E97 E61 E67
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A45 A40 E00 A46 D02
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E39 E42 E20 E46 E32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Demmery vs B Sambuev, 2010 0-1
   D Wiebe vs B Sambuev, 2011 0-1
   B Sambuev vs Morozevich, 2013 1-0
   E Hajiyev vs B Sambuev, 2010 0-1
   P Zhao vs B Sambuev, 2011 0-1
   B Sambuev vs V Prahov, 2012 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   PWC Toronto Open (2009)
   11th Edmonton International (2016)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   It (open) St. Petersburg 300 (2003)
   56th Russian Championships (2003)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

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

   🏆 Varennes Open
   Lenderman vs B Sambuev (Oct-08-17) 1/2-1/2
   B Sambuev vs O Ruiz Sanchez (Oct-08-17) 1-0
   M Cazelais vs B Sambuev (Oct-07-17) 0-1
   B Sambuev vs L Perez Rodriguez (Oct-07-17) 1-0
   B Sambuev vs Charaf Bassel (Oct-06-17) 1-0

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(born Nov-25-1980, 37 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. 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 again won the Canadian zonal in 2017 for a 3rd time since 2007 (only 6 such events were held between the period of 2007-2017) when a previous Canadian champion Noritsyn became runner-up this time once tiebreaks decided the winner of this cycle(12).

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 and league standings hosted in Ontario.

On other stages, after the 2013 World Cup, Bator also tied for share of 14th-24th at the Isthmia open in Greece and signed up for the Edmonton International(9) in June, 2016. He won the 2016 Carnavale de Québec in February (ahead of Hansen, Thomas Roussel-Roozmon, Steve Bolduc, Aman Hambleton, etc) and scored 5.5/9 behind winner Evgeny Bareev (equal with Razvan Preotu, ahead of John Fedorowicz with 5/9) at the 2015 Kitchener masters' tournament. At the 2014 Gatineau open, Jean Hebert and Sambuev drew in the 2nd last round to lead the tournament and placed 2nd at the Championnat Ouvert du Québec(10).

Team play

Nearing the end of 2016, he (as well as Thomas Roussel-Roozmon, who do not live near Toronto's suburbs) signed on as a free-agent of the Toronto Dragons(11) professional chess league (other players include: Gergely Szabo, Razvan Preotu, Nikolay Noritsyn, Kaiqi Yang, Arthur Calugar, Michael Song, Shiyam Thavandiran and Raja Panjwani on their team).

At the Chess Olympiad (2012) he represented Canada's top board (in 9 of 11 games played, he registered 3 wins and 6 losses) and confirmed his invitation to again represent them at the Chess Olympiad (2014) (+5-3=2 on 4th board).


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

References / Sources

(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),


(9) (Edmonton International),


(11) (also see for details),

(12) (or with 2017 Canadian zonal results).

Wikipedia article: Bator Sambuev

Last updated: 2017-08-14 04:50:42

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 289  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Sambuev vs A Korotylev  1-0341998Goldberg memA17 English
2. B Sambuev vs M Turov  1-0371998Chigorin memA15 English
3. I Doukhine vs B Sambuev 0-1551999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. B Sambuev vs A Granovskiy  ½-½511999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)A58 Benko Gambit
5. B Sambuev vs S Slugin  0-1491999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. D Krasnikov vs B Sambuev  0-1421999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)B26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
7. B Sambuev vs E Dragomarezkij  0-1311999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)A30 English, Symmetrical
8. K Alagulian vs B Sambuev 1-0231999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)C00 French Defense
9. A Riazantsev vs B Sambuev  ½-½501999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)E12 Queen's Indian
10. A Korotylev vs B Sambuev  1-0401999RUS-chT 1 ligaE17 Queen's Indian
11. B Sambuev vs I Odesskij  ½-½481999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
12. B Sambuev vs V Popov ½-½631999Novgorod OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. V Grechihin vs B Sambuev  0-1431999Novgorod OpenE97 King's Indian
14. B Sambuev vs I Ibragimov  1-0491999Novgorod OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
15. V A Loginov vs B Sambuev  1-0301999Novgorod OpenE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
16. A Lugovoi vs B Sambuev  1-0781999Novgorod OpenE92 King's Indian
17. B Sambuev vs D Yevseev  0-1331999Novgorod OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. J Geller vs B Sambuev  0-1552000Chigorin MemA07 King's Indian Attack
19. V Burmakin vs B Sambuev  1-0392000Chigorin MemorialA04 Reti Opening
20. A Goloshchapov vs B Sambuev  ½-½212000Chigorin MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
21. B Sambuev vs M Makarov  0-1402000Chigorin MemorialA04 Reti Opening
22. B Sambuev vs V Yandemirov  1-0512000Chigorin MemorialA15 English
23. B Sambuev vs Savon  1-0332001RUS-CupA53 Old Indian
24. B Sambuev vs S Zagrebelny  0-1302001Memorial E Geller opE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. B Sambuev vs V Kazakov  1-0422001White NightsE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
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Jun-21-16  BIDMONFA: Bator Sambuev


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  TheFocus: "Bator up!"
Jul-02-17  gauer: Nikolay Noritsyn (black, and on turn to play) continued 1 ... h2 2 Rh8 d2 3. a7 d1={upside-down {♖}ook}:

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Bator Sambuev, and both provide a short discussion. Both tied with 8 points after 9 rounds, and a tie in a 15-minute rapid match saw 2 subsequent games (including this finale) go 1.5-0.5 to the GM's way. IM Noritsyn was unbeaten in the 1st 9 regular regulation-time rounds, leading at 6/6 before ceding 2 draws and including a win to this cycle's champion in the Canadian zone. Congratulations are deserved both to Bator, along with an excellent effort to the runner-up!

Aug-13-17  zborris8: <Nikolay Noritsyn (black, and on turn to play) continued 1 ... h2 2 Rh8 d2 3. a7 d1={upside-down ♖}ook:>

No. Congratulations are NOT in order for Bator. Video replay shows that he should have been disqualified for CHEATING!

He hid the queen in his left hand, under the table, which forced Noritsyn with seconds left, to play the upside down rook upon promotion. Arbiters didn't notice the cheap trick, and forced Noritsyn to play the rook "as a rook" and not as a queen.

Cheating 101: Bator Hides the Queen

Aug-13-17  savagerules: He put the queen in his hand at the 8 minute mark, so it's very unlikely he knew 7 minutes later that this tactic would work, more like a nervous habit of his. His opponent should have stopped the clock and got the arbiter to get a queen. I remember a story about Walter Browne who when the opponent was ready to queen a pawn with seconds left and reached for the queen on Browne's side of the board, Walter threw the queen across the room and the opponent flagged while figuring out what to do next.
Aug-16-17  markz: WOW, just noticed this Botor is a cheater!
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  Dionysius1: I don't think Bator Sambuev was able to put a man on the moon!
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  tamar: I think the truth is Bator realized in the brief moment that White was searching for a Queen to promote to, that it must be one of two pieces in his hand, and tried to get it back on the table, but was too late.

This is excusable, as he was also under stress trying to queen his own pawn.

What is not so excusable is his silence when the arbiter says the rook must remain a rook as he points to the Queen Sambuev had just deposited back onto the table.

Aug-28-17  markz: <tamar: This is excusable, as he was also under stress trying to queen his own pawn.>

The video showed Bator was very well prepared for queening his own pawn. Which means he knew exactly what he was doing. He deliberately hided his opponent's queen, which is just a known trick particularly in blitz games. He took advantage of the stupid fide rules, and stupid Canadian arbiters. Shame on Bator, and shame on Canadian Chess Federation.

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  tamar: <markz> I agree that Sambuev was doing a sharp practice twirling the Queen and another piece under the table while black pawns got near to queening.

But it appears from the video he tried to get the Queen back on the board once he saw Noritsyn vainly stretching his arm and then grabbing a rook.

So at most he was attempting to gain a few seconds by confusion, but gained the whole point when the arbiters did not notice amid the hubbub him shoving the Queen back onto the table.

I could still believe he had forgotten he had the Queen in his hand, except for the fact when the second arbiter stands right behind him and points to the Queen as available.

His excuse later that he did not know it was a Queen in his hand falls flat, because he would have the memory of depositing the pieces in that exact spot.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Be sure you always carry two extra Queens with ya 😊
Sep-04-17  dumbgai: One of the dumbest FIDE rules (and there are a lot of contenders):

"When a player places an inverted (upside‐down) Rook in the promotion square and continues the game, the piece is considered as a Rook, even if he names it as a “Queen” or any other piece. To put an inverted Rook on the promotion square is not considered as an illegal move. The Arbiter has to intervene and put the Rook in its correct position on the square and he may penalize the player according to the Article 12.9."

Unreal. FIDE is a joke and so is Sambuev.

Sep-04-17  scholes: There was a gap of only two three seconds between his opponent using the inverted rook and arbiter intervening. Just in time he placed the rook while still hiding behind his hand. He clearly knew that he had black queen in his hand.

I cannot believe this cheater is allowed to play World Cup. I do not know what he is used to cheat Wei Yi in the first game.

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  offramp: I think that was fiddling with the pieces in his usual way but the spectre of sharp practice entered this head and the succumbed.
Sep-04-17  Nietzowitsch: <I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.>

― F.Nietzsche

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  WorstPlayerEver: If you can't chuckle about this, then you have never won any friggin thing in your entire life.
Sep-04-17  starry2013: I agree with dumbgai, markz and scholes and there's no doubt a shadow does hang over him.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Hose 11 gives mud
Sep-05-17  markz: I so glad this cheater Sambuev lost!
Sep-05-17  N0B0DY: It is already clear that his fifteen minutes of fame exceeded to 15 minutes.
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  john barleycorn: At least, he got his 15 minutes <NOBODY> else of us did. His place besides Dzingis Khan is reserved.
Sep-05-17  markz: <john barleycorn: At least, he got his 15 minutes <NOBODY> else of us did. His place besides Dzingis Khan is reserved.>

Yeah, someone said Sambuev is from Mongol. Khan always enjoyed to play queen by hand ;-)

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  whiteshark: And finally here's Sambuev's post <tournament> interview:

* World Cup (2017)

Sep-05-17  Arconax: <markz: I so glad this cheater Sambuev lost!>

The incident you refer to points to bad sportsmanship, but calling him a cheater is a bit excessive, <markz>.

Sep-05-17  dehanne: With a different haircut he could be a Kim Jong Un lookalike.
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