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.
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)
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)
(1) http://ratings.fide.com/title_appli...; (2) Gipslis 2009: http://chess-results.com/tnr25635.a...; (3) Najdorf 2009: http://www.poloniachess.pl/najdorf2...; (4) World U18: http://chess-results.com/tnr27464.a...; (5) http://open.moscowchess.org/news and http://chess-results.com/tnr123307....; (6) http://www.theweekinchess.com/html/...; (6a) http://ratings.fide.com/view_source...; (6b) http://ratings.fide.com/tournament_...; (7) http://euro2013.chessdom.com/indivi...; (8) http://www.olimpbase.org/playersc/b...; (9) http://www.olimpbase.org/playersru/...; (10) http://www.olimpbase.org/playerscz/...; (11) http://ratings.fide.com/top_files.p...
Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/
Wikipedia article: Maxim Matlakov
Last updated 15 September 2015