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Andrei Sokolov
A Sokolov 
 
Number of games in database: 1,038
Years covered: 1975 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2492 (2565 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2645

Overall record: +266 -142 =618 (56.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 12 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (184) 
    B93 B90 B32 B30 B33
 Ruy Lopez (115) 
    C92 C95 C82 C84 C67
 French Defense (80) 
    C07 C03 C09 C11 C10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (61) 
    C92 C95 C84 C96 C89
 Sicilian Najdorf (49) 
    B93 B90 B92
 Caro-Kann (48) 
    B10 B17 B18 B13 B12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (172) 
    B83 B81 B80 B40 B46
 Queen's Indian (92) 
    E15 E12 E14 E16 E13
 Sicilian Scheveningen (78) 
    B83 B81 B80 B82
 Nimzo Indian (58) 
    E20 E39 E34 E48 E32
 Sicilian Taimanov (46) 
    B46 B45 B48 B47
 English (38) 
    A17 A15 A13 A14 A18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Sokolov vs Salov, 1983 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Naiditsch, 2015 1-0
   R Fontaine vs A Sokolov, 2007 0-1
   A Sokolov vs Kasparov, 1988 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Karpov, 1986 1-0
   A Sokolov vs S Milliet, 2015 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Portisch, 1988 1-0
   A Sokolov vs A V Kharitonov, 1990 1-0
   A Sokolov vs S Siebrecht, 2001 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Karpov, 1987 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Cappelle la Grande (2009)
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   Montpellier Candidates (1985)
   French Championship (2005)
   French Championship (2007)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   French Team Championship (2011)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   Cappelle la Grande (2007)
   28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012)
   Bundesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   European Club Cup (2005)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   French Team Championship (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Belfort World Cup 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Montpellier Candidates 1985 by Benzol
   Bugojno 1986 by suenteus po 147
   WCC Index [Sokolov-Yusupov 1986] by Hesam7

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 French Team Championship
   A Sokolov vs T Dionisi (Jun-05-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Sokolov vs M Apicella (Jun-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   M Lagarde vs A Sokolov (Jun-02-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Sokolov vs Naiditsch (Jun-01-18) 1-0
   A Bellaiche vs A Sokolov (May-31-18) 1/2-1/2

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ANDREI SOKOLOV
(born Mar-20-1963, 55 years old) Russia (federation/nationality France)
PRONUNCIATION:
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Andrei Yurievich Sokolov was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1984. He became a Candidate in 1985. He was World Junior Champion in 1982, USSR Champion in 1984 [rusbase-1] and joint Moscow Champion in 1981 [rusbase-2] with Valentin Arbakov. In Candidates matches he beat Rafael Vaganian (+4 =4 -0), pipped Artur Yusupov (+4 =7 -3) in 1986 and then met Anatoly Karpov in the Karpov - Sokolov Candidates Final (1987). Sokolov lost this match (+0 =7 -4) and since then he has failed to repeat his earlier successes.

Wikipedia article: Andrei Sokolov

Note: there's also an IM named Andrei Sokolov, aka Andrejs Sokolovs

Last updated: 2017-09-14 07:28:06

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,038  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-0321975BakuB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
2. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-0411978Team TournamentB83 Sicilian
3. A Sokolov vs I A Novikov  1-0321980SochiB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
4. A Greenfeld vs A Sokolov 1-0281981EU-ch jrE12 Queen's Indian
5. A Sokolov vs Dvoirys  ½-½401981MoscowB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. Hjartarson vs A Sokolov  ½-½191981EU-ch jrB83 Sicilian
7. A Sokolov vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½181981Moscow-chB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
8. A Sokolov vs Vasiukov  ½-½631981Moscow-chB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. Vyzmanavin vs A Sokolov  ½-½311981Moscow (Russia)E20 Nimzo-Indian
10. A Sokolov vs Gulko  ½-½421981Moscow chC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. A Sokolov vs D Michiels  1-0271981EU-ch jrB10 Caro-Kann
12. A Sokolov vs C Hansen  1-0591981EU-ch jrB01 Scandinavian
13. J Delaney vs A Sokolov 1-0461981EU-ch jrE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. J M Hodgson vs A Sokolov 0-1361981EU-ch jrB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
15. A Sokolov vs Antoshin  1-0491981Moscow-chC41 Philidor Defense
16. A Sokolov vs Lutikov 0-1461981URS-ch sfB41 Sicilian, Kan
17. P Pandavos vs A Sokolov  0-1611981EU-ch jrB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. Psakhis vs A Sokolov 0-1821981Moscow chE17 Queen's Indian
19. Vaganian vs A Sokolov  1-0571981Moscow chA07 King's Indian Attack
20. Razuvaev vs A Sokolov  ½-½151981Moscow-chE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
21. M Wiedenkeller vs A Sokolov  ½-½401981EU-ch jrB83 Sicilian
22. A Sokolov vs I Stohl  1-0411981Groningen 33/323B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
23. A Sokolov vs F A Cuijpers  1-0681981EU-ch jrB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
24. A Sokolov vs Bronstein ½-½331981Ch MoscowC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
25. A Sokolov vs M L Condie  ½-½421981EU-ch jrC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,038  PGN Download
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Sep-09-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mateo: <pacelli: Sokolov's fall from grace is generally attributed to his drinking woes. He took his loss to karpov in 87 badly, and simply never fully recovered and took to the bottle.> This is exactly what told me a russian GM.
Oct-01-09
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  Eggman: <<"... pipped Artur Yusupov ..." Some fascinating language in the bio. I'm not entirely sure what to make of that.>>

Quoting the Collins Concise English Dictionary, to "pip" means to "defeat (a person), especially when his success seems certain (often in pip at the post)." This is particularly appropo, as Yusupov led their match by 2 with just 4 to play, but then Sokolov scored 3.5/4 to clinch it.

Mar-20-10
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  wordfunph: Happy Birthday GM Andrei "Curly Hair" Sokolov!!!
Mar-20-10  kurtrichards: <Sokolov's fall from grace is generally attributed to his drinking woes.> GM Vladislav Tkachiev fell asleep during one of his games drunk.

Let's drink to that, Andrei! Happy birthday!

Mar-20-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <kurtrichards: <Sokolov's fall from grace is generally attributed to his drinking woes.> GM Vladislav Tkachiev fell asleep during one of his games drunk.

Let's drink to that, Andrei! Happy birthday!>

lol!

Mar-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday!
Mar-20-11  PeterB: Andrei Sokolov played Kevin Spraggett in a Candidates' match in Canada in 1988, but lost the match when he left his queen en prise. He hasn't done much since then!
Mar-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Isn't there a Sokolov who was a Russian physicist and also a strong chess player, IM level? Could this be the same guy?

I seem to remember reading something about a guy like that who emigrated/escaped from the USSR in the 70s or 80s and went to live in Israel.

Apr-05-11  dx9293: No, HeMateMe, this is the fallen meteor Andrei Sokolov, who was once ranked World No. 3 and was one step away from reaching a World Championship match with Kasparov. However, he lost his Candidates Final to Karpov in 1987 and never really recovered.
Apr-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <PeterB: Andrei Sokolov played Kevin Spraggett in a Candidates' match in Canada in 1988, but lost the match when he left his queen en prise. He hasn't done much since then!>

After the phase in which games were played at normal time controls, they then played a succession at progressively faster rapid games, culminating in G/15 (I think). Small wonder one of the players hung their queen in a rapid game-I'd like to see anyone play up to their normal strength with all that nervous tension and so much in the balance. At least when Smyslov qualified from one of his Candidates matches in the 1983 cycle, it was a simple spin of a roulette wheel!

<HeMateMe: Isn't there a Sokolov who was a Russian physicist and also a strong chess player, IM level? Could this be the same guy?>

The physicist was: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei...

Apr-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  pawn to QB4: No, there really was a physicist named A.Sokolov: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arseni.... Not heard of him as a chess player though.
Apr-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Ah, thanks for the info! I'm trying to think of one of these guys, an immigrant from the USSR to Israel, who played Kasparov in a simul, in Israel. He was a famous dissident (though not a physicist) who was also a strong chess player.

I think Kaspy played 5 such guys, IM level players, in an exhibition simul, about 15 years ago.

Apr-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <HeMateMe> Natan Scharansky

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natan_...

Apr-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: thanks, <keypusher>, spot on data.

Here's a bit of the wiki entry:

" Natan Sharansky was born in Stalino, Soviet Union on January 20, 1948 to a Jewish family. He graduated with a degree in applied mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. As a child,< he was a chess prodigy.> He performed in simultaneous and blindfold displays, usually against adults. At the age of 15, he won the championship in his native Donetsk.[1] When incarcerated in solitary confinement, he claims to have played chess against himself in his mind. Sharansky <beat the world chess champion Garry Kasparov> in a simultaneous exhibition in Israel in 1996.[1]"

Perhaps he would have been a physicist, had it not been for his human rights work, which killed any chance of having a normal life in the USSR.

I was searching the net for "chess + physicist", couldn't find this name.

May-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Eggman: Quoting the Collins Concise English Dictionary, to "pip" means to "defeat (a person), especially when his success seems certain (often in pip at the post)." This is particularly appropo, as Yusupov led their match by 2 with just 4 to play, but then Sokolov scored 3.5/4 to clinch it.>

LOL. Does that dictionary have " propos" in it?

Mar-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday Andrei Sokolov!
Mar-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <Oct-30-03 Eggman: Sokolov lost in the first round of the following candidates in 1988 to heavy underdog Kevin Spraggett. I believe Sokolov was 25 years old at that time. I don't know how active he still is; in any event he is currently the 7th ranked player in France.>

1988-89 Candidates Matches:
Kevin Spraggett upset his Soviet opponent Andrei Sokolov who relied on the old technology, the celebrated card files of Moscow's Central Chess Club. The trouble was there were virtually no Spraggett games on file!

happy birthday GM Andrei Sokolov!

Mar-20-14  Paraconti: Happy Birthday Sokolov, one of the great chess comets!
Mar-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 51st birthday to GM Andrei Sokolov.
Mar-30-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Quite a mobile bunch, the participants of Biel izt (1985). Sokolov played for the Soviets then.

Again, it would be nice if the bio could demarcate the years where a player was associated with other Federations than their current one.

Nov-24-15  siggemannen: I found this short interview with Sokolov during the Montpellier Candidates tourney: http://tournoidescandidatsmontpelli...

Click on the small video on the left to see it

Nov-24-15  siggemannen: The main page provides some really nice pictures of the players
Mar-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Andrei Sokolov.
Jul-28-17  Eagle41257: He's been living and playing for France since 2000.
Nov-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: The pronunciation on this page stresses the first o, but Wikipedia puts the stress on the last o.
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