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Maxim Matlakov
Number of games in database: 679
Years covered: 2001 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2707 (2679 rapid, 2685 blitz)

Overall record: +199 -50 =248 (65.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 182 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (34) 
    D12 D11 D16 D18 D15
 Reti System (29) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Grunfeld (27) 
    D85 D78 D70 D91 D82
 King's Indian (25) 
    E81 E67 E62 E63 E84
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    E00 A45 A40 A46 E10
 English, 1 c4 c5 (21) 
    A33 A34 A32 A31 A30
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (61) 
    B40 B47 B48 B31 B30
 Slav (36) 
    D12 D11 D10 D15 D16
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C67 C78 C92 C91 C93
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D38 D31 D37 D30 D39
 Sicilian Taimanov (23) 
    B47 B48 B49 B45
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    D02 E10 A46 E00 A41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Matlakov vs B Bok, 2015 1-0
   M Matlakov vs Mamedyarov, 2013 1/2-1/2
   Negi vs M Matlakov, 2014 1/2-1/2
   M Matlakov vs B Bok, 2016 1-0
   M Matlakov vs M Yilmazyerli, 2016 1-0
   M Matlakov vs Wei Yi, 2015 1-0
   M Matlakov vs B Bok, 2015 1-0
   M Matlakov vs T Sanikidze, 2015 1-0
   M Matlakov vs Lu Shanglei, 2015 1-0
   M Matlakov vs P Lombaers, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   GRENKE Chess Classic (Open) (2017)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Aeroflot Open (2015)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   World Junior Championships (2011)
   67th Russian Championship Higher League (2014)
   European Individual Championship (2016)
   Qatar Masters (2015)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   28th European Club Cup (2012)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   European Club Cup (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2005 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer

   M Matlakov vs M Annaberdiev (Apr-17-17) 1-0
   H Melkumyan vs M Matlakov (Apr-17-17) 0-1
   A Heimann vs M Matlakov (Apr-16-17) 1/2-1/2
   M Matlakov vs Kulaots (Apr-16-17) 1/2-1/2
   M Matlakov vs J Stocek (Apr-15-17) 1-0

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(born Mar-05-1991, 26 years old) Russia
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IM (2007); GM (2009); World U18 Champion (2009).


<Youth> Matlakov was 3rd in World U12 Championship in 2003, 8th in World U14 Championship in 2004, 3rd in World U14 Championship in 2005, and 10th in World U18 Ch 2008 before winning the U-18 World Championship in 2009.

<Continental and World> He came =2nd (6th on tiebreak) at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) with 8/11 and qualified for the World Cup (2013). He defeated Dutch GM Jan Smeets in the first round but was eliminated when he lost to Azerbaijani GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the 2nd round tiebreaker. Placed =5th at the European Individual Championship (2015) with 7.5/11, thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2015), where he was, however, eliminated in the first round by Azeri GM Gadir Guseinov.

Standard Tournaments

Matlakov placed 2nd in FINEC GM (Russia) in January 2009, 2nd in the NWAPA Rector Cup (Russia) in February 2009, 1st in Gipslis Memorial (Riga, Latvia) March 2009 where he gained his first GM norm, (1), (2) 1st in St. Petersburg Championship in May 2009, 1st in the Najdorf Memorial B (Poland) in July 2009. (3) In October 2013, he was =1st (3rd on tiebreak) at the Chigorin Memorial (2013). His 2nd and 3rd GM norms were acquired at the Mazovian Chess Festival - Open B in Warsaw in July 2009 and when he won the World U18 Championship. (1), (4) In February 2014, he tied for first with Alexander Moiseenko in the Moscow Open - A (the premier division in the event). (5) Runner up to Dmitry Jakovenko in the Russian Cup Final knockout tournament in November 2014. (6) Runner up to Dmitry Kokarev at the Gubernators Cup Ugra 2014 in November. (6a). =3rd at Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) behind Hikaru Nakamura and Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (6b)

Team Events

Matlakov was the most successful member of the Russian team that was unsuccessful in the China-Russia Match (2015), scoring 4/5 (+3 =2) against his opponents in the Chinese team.

He won individual silver playing board 5 for St Petersburg in the European Club Cup (2013). (7) This result also lifted him into the 2700 rating range for the first time. Previously in the 2011 and 2012 ECC, he has won team gold and team silver respectively. (8)

He has played in the Russian Premier League since 2010, and with the St Petersburg team since 2011. He won team gold in 2013, team silver in 2012, team bronze and individual silver in 2011, team bronze in 2014 and team and individual bronze in 2015. (9) He played for the ŠK Rapid Pardubice team in the Czech League in 2012, 2013 and 2014, winning team silver on each occasion. (10)

In 2015, he played in the French Top 12 League and is playing for the Zhejiang team in the Chinese League.

Ratings and rankings

Matlakov was one of the top Juniors (U20) in the world, peaking at #7 in November 2011 when he was rated 2632. Soon afterwards in May 2012, he joined the world top 100 for the first time, rated 2668 when his inaugural top 100 ranking was #85. He has been a top 100 player since then. His peak rating was 2700 in November and December 2013, and January 2014 when he was ranked #48, #50 and #50 respectively. His peak ranking to date was world #46 in April 2015 when he was rated 2699. (11)


ICC: Maxbet


(1); (2) Gipslis 2009:; (3) Najdorf 2009:; (4) World U18:; (5) and; (6); (6a); (6b); (7); (8); (9); (10); (11)


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Wikipedia article: Maxim Matlakov

Last updated 15 September 2015

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 679  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Matlakov vs S Kulidganian  1-048 2001 EYCC B10C26 Vienna
2. P Kruglyakov vs M Matlakov  ½-½85 2001 EYCC B10B06 Robatsch
3. M Matlakov vs V Savanovic  1-050 2001 EYCC B10A06 Reti Opening
4. V Lilov vs M Matlakov  0-120 2001 EYCC B10B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
5. M Matlakov vs I Chirila  1-054 2001 EYCC B10A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
6. M Matlakov vs E Safarli  1-057 2001 EYCC B10A00 Uncommon Opening
7. V Onischuk vs M Matlakov  1-028 2001 EYCC B10B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. P Lichmann vs M Matlakov  0-129 2001 EYCC B10B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
9. M Matlakov vs D Benidze  0-135 2001 EYCC B10B40 Sicilian
10. M Matlakov vs D Drozdova  1-043 2001 Chigorin mem openC41 Philidor Defense
11. S Kravtsov vs M Matlakov  0-138 2001 Chigorin mem openB20 Sicilian
12. M Matlakov vs A Feoktistov  ½-½80 2001 Chigorin mem openB01 Scandinavian
13. M Matlakov vs V Kuporosov  0-146 2001 Chigorin mem openB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
14. A Rakhmanov vs M Matlakov  1-077 2001 Chigorin mem openD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. M Matlakov vs Y Melnikova  ½-½48 2001 Chigorin mem openB06 Robatsch
16. P Malysheva vs M Matlakov  ½-½53 2001 Chigorin mem openB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. M Matlakov vs Oleg Evstratov  0-146 2001 Chigorin mem openB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
18. I Gromova vs M Matlakov  0-128 2001 Chigorin mem openD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. V Vulfson vs M Matlakov  1-060 2003 St Petersburg - MoscowD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. M Matlakov vs V A Loginov  ½-½73 2004 77th St. Petersburg ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. D Yevseev vs M Matlakov 0-161 2004 77th St. Petersburg ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. M Matlakov vs A Lugovoi  ½-½23 2004 77th St. Petersburg ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
23. S Ionov vs M Matlakov  ½-½31 2004 77th St. Petersburg ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. M Matlakov vs D Feofanov 1-042 2004 77th St. Petersburg ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
25. V Yemelin vs M Matlakov  1-040 2004 77th St. Petersburg ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
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Nov-12-09  BIDMONFA: Maxim Matlakov


Nov-12-09  Budo: I Hatem

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  Tabanus: IM Maxim Matlakov, Russia, born 5 March 1991. Now rated 2587,

IM in 2007. GM soon! ICC: Maxbet

Placed 3rd in World U12 Ch 2003, 8th in World U14 Ch 2004, 3rd in World U14 Ch 2005, 10th in World U18 Ch 2008, 2nd in FINEC GM (Russia) Jan. 2009, 2nd in NWAPA Rector Cup (Russia) Feb. 2009, 1st in St. Petersburg Ch May 2009,

1st in Gipslis Memorial (Riga Latvia) March 2009:,

1st in Najdorf Memorial B (Poland) 18-26 July 2009:,

World U18 champion November 2009:

He has good results also in Chigorin Memorials (rapid and classical).

Biography: (in Polish)

Pictures: (RUS U14 champion)

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  Tabanus: Placed 4th in World Junior Ch (Poland) 2-17 August 2010:

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  Penguincw: Matlakov is now in a three way tie for first at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) with 6.5/8.

Tomorrow, he has black against Nikita Vitiugov.

Dec-03-13  AsosLight: Maxim silently reached the high echelons of chess and I am positive that he can grow more!
Jul-20-15  sonia91: Maxim had the best individual result among the Russians in the China-Russia Match (2015) with a score of 4/5 (including a win over Wei Yi!) and a performance of 2894.
Jul-25-16  sonia91: He is currently playing in the Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky; I think this is his first strong round-robin tournament ever.
Jan-12-17  sonia91: He reaches a new peak rating in the Jan 2017 list: 2701.

Recently he tied for 1st with Alexander Riazantsev, taing the silver on tiebreak, in the European Rapid Championship:

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