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Bator Sambuev
B Sambuev 
Number of games in database: 280
Years covered: 1998 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2522 (2471 rapid, 2526 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2566

Overall record: +138 -69 =50 (63.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 23 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 E80
 Grunfeld (11) 
    D91 D87 D70 D90 D85
 English (11) 
    A15 A13 A17 A14
 Sicilian (9) 
    B62 B87 B82 B23 B57
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E53 E55 E41 E54 E44
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (47) 
    C07 C18 C01 C02 C05
 French Tarrasch (16) 
    C07 C05 C09
 French Winawer (15) 
    C18 C16 C15 C17
 King's Indian (14) 
    E92 E70 E97 E99 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A40 A45 E00 D02 D05
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E39 E42 E20 E46 E32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Wiebe vs B Sambuev, 2011 0-1
   S Demmery vs B Sambuev, 2010 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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   PWC Toronto Open (2009)
   11th Edmonton International (2016)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   56th Russian Championships (2003)
   It (open) St. Petersburg 300 (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 Montreal open by gauer
   2010 Pere Noel by gauer
   2008 Guelph Winter Pro-Am by gauer
   2010 Toronto open by gauer
   2011 Hart House Reading week by gauer

   N Kumar vs B Sambuev (Mar-01-17) 1-0, rapid
   B Sambuev vs R Gonzalez (Mar-01-17) 1-0, rapid
   B Sambuev vs L Dominguez (Mar-01-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Y Quesada Perez vs B Sambuev (Mar-01-17) 1-0, rapid
   G Della Morte vs B Sambuev (Feb-22-17) 0-1

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(born Nov-25-1980, 36 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 280  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. A Korotylev vs B Sambuev  1-0401999RUS-chT 1 ligaE17 Queen's Indian
4. B Sambuev vs I Odesskij  ½-½481999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
5. I Doukhine vs B Sambuev 0-1551999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. B Sambuev vs A Granovskiy  ½-½511999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)A58 Benko Gambit
7. B Sambuev vs S Slugin  0-1491999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. D Krasnikov vs B Sambuev  0-1421999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)B26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
9. B Sambuev vs E Dragomarezkij  0-1311999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)A30 English, Symmetrical
10. K Alagulian vs B Sambuev 1-0231999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)C00 French Defense
11. A Riazantsev vs B Sambuev  ½-½501999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)E12 Queen's Indian
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 S Zagrebelny  0-1302001Memorial E Geller opE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
24. B Sambuev vs Savon  1-0332001RUS-CupA53 Old Indian
25. B Sambuev vs V Kazakov  1-0422001White NightsE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
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Kibitzer's Corner
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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.

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  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?
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  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..
Aug-11-13  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..
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  mini cooper s: congrats for checkmating morozevich.
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  mini cooper s: he looks chinese?
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  chancho: Wesley has played this guy:

search "sambuev v so"

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  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.

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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