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Alexander Lastin
  
Number of games in database: 357
Years covered: 1995 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2518 (2516 rapid, 2478 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2659

Overall record: +120 -59 =170 (58.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 8 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (69) 
    B90 B30 B42 B77 B63
 French Defense (22) 
    C07 C05 C03 C10 C00
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C92 C78 C93 C95 C97
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B96 B93 B97
 French Tarrasch (14) 
    C07 C03 C05 C09 C06
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (13) 
    C92 C88 C89 C91 C84
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (25) 
    B12 B14 B19 B18 B17
 Slav (24) 
    D12 D11 D17 D15 D10
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C88 C78 C84 C90 C92
 Semi-Slav (19) 
    D45 D43 D47
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C88 C84 C92 C90 C94
 French Defense (13) 
    C07 C18 C15 C06 C08
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Lastin vs K Maslak, 2008 1-0
   A Lastin vs S Ivanov, 2004 1-0
   I Smikovski vs A Lastin, 2006 0-1
   A Danin vs A Lastin, 2010 0-1
   A Lastin vs E Paehtz, 2008 1-0
   A Lastin vs Tseshkovsky, 1995 1-0
   A Lastin vs Timman, 2008 1-0
   A Lastin vs K Maslak, 2009 1-0
   A Lastin vs S Yuferov, 1999 1/2-1/2
   A Lastin vs Konstantin Chernyshov, 2001 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Championships (2002)
   62nd Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   61st Russian Championship Higher League (2008)
   59th Russian Championship (2006)
   It (open) St. Petersburg 300 (2003)
   Russian Team Championship (2008)
   3rd Aeroflot Festival (2004)
   President's Cup (2008)
   Russian Team Championship: Higher League (2009)
   56th Russian Championships (2003)
   Russia Team Championship (2004)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   58th Russian Championship Semifinals (2005)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2007)
   European Club Cup (2010)

RECENT GAMES:
   A Lastin vs M Oganian (Dec-04-12) 1/2-1/2
   A Muromtsev vs A Lastin (Dec-03-12) 1-0
   A Lastin vs A Zakharov (Dec-02-12) 1/2-1/2
   G Tunik vs A Lastin (Dec-01-12) 1/2-1/2
   A Lastin vs M Karmov (Nov-30-12) 1/2-1/2

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ALEXANDER LASTIN
(born Oct-30-1976, died Jan-23-2015, 38 years old) Russia

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Hailing from Zheleznovodsk, Alexander Lastin achieved both FM and IM titles aged 19, and the Grandmaster title at age 20. He was ranked in the world’s top 100 from October 2000 to July 2004 and in October 2008 he achieved his peak rating so far of 2651, ranking him 67th in the world at that time.

A frequent high finisher in the Russian Cup tournaments from 1997 to 2000, GM Lastin achieved significant successes in Russian Championships, including equal fourth in Elista in 1996 behind Alexander Khalifman, Alexey Dreev and Semen I Dvoirys; second behind Peter Svidler in Elista in 1997, third in the knockout tournament of 1999, second on countback behind Alexander Motylev in 2001 in Elista, before breaking through for the title in Krasnodar in 2002.

Other notable results include equal first place with Evgeny Najer in the It (open) St. Petersburg 300 (2003), first place in the V.K. Doroshkevich Memorial Open in Belorechensk in May 2007, equal second behind Viacheslav Zakhartsov in the 2005 Voronezh Open, equal first (second on countback behind Farrukh Amonatov) in the 2007 Voronezh open, first in the 2006 Moscow Open (with a 2810 performance) and equal second behind Artyom Timofeev in the Moscow Open (2008).

Wikipedia article: Alexander Lastin


 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 357  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vasiukov vs A Lastin  ½-½531995Moscow opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
2. A Lastin vs Balashov  ½-½311995Moscow op2C00 French Defense
3. Chekhov vs A Lastin  1-0381995Moscow op2D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. A Lastin vs Tseshkovsky 1-0401995RUS-chB08 Pirc, Classical
5. Smyslov vs A Lastin  0-1621995RUS-chB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. A Lastin vs M Turov  ½-½311996RUS-ch U20B12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. A Lastin vs Grischuk  1-0431996Moscow-chC45 Scotch Game
8. V Malakhov vs A Lastin  1-0771996RUS-ch U20B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
9. Kharlov vs A Lastin  ½-½311996RUS-chB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
10. A Lastin vs L Reutova 1-0271997RUS-Cup5B10 Caro-Kann
11. Fedorov vs A Lastin 1-0371997RUS-Cup4B12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. Kholmov vs A Lastin  ½-½401997RUS-Cup5B40 Sicilian
13. A Lastin vs Kholmov  1-0391998RUS-Cup08C45 Scotch Game
14. M Turov vs A Lastin  1-0171998RUS-Cup06B08 Pirc, Classical
15. A Lastin vs Donchenko 0-1261999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)C35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
16. A Moroz vs A Lastin  ½-½121999Marganets itC42 Petrov Defense
17. S Ljukin vs A Lastin  1-0421999Marganets itB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. Cherniaev vs A Lastin  ½-½311999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)C90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. A Lastin vs Y Privalov  0-1411999Marganets itB06 Robatsch
20. A Lastin vs A Deviatkin  ½-½121999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
21. A Lastin vs G Arzumanian  1-0331999Marganets itD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. A Lastin vs V Novichkov  1-0261999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. A Bets vs A Lastin  0-1461999Marganets itA81 Dutch
24. S Slugin vs A Lastin  ½-½261999Ch Moscow, Moscow (Russia)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. N Kushch vs A Lastin  1-0401999Marganets itD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 357  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-18-05  aw1988: His play is Lastin a long time, hopefully.
Mar-25-05  WTHarvey: Here are some crucial positions from Lastin's games not shown here: http://www.wtharvey.com/last.html
Mar-25-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <aw1988> LOL. OK if we're getting into puns how about Lastin, first out.
Aug-26-05  lentil: lastin was russian champion in 2002
Mar-17-06  Catfriend: I know I'm stealing a pun used long ago as a GOTD title, but - Lastin, first out:)
Oct-30-06  BIDMONFA: Alexander Lastin

LASTIN, Alexander
http://www.bidmonfa.com/lastin_alex...
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Aug-13-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Happy birthday, Sascha.

May your wishes come true.
http://www.moscowchessopen.ru/2008/...

Oct-04-08  DiscoJew: How bout this one, "You might out last him, but keep him away from your wife" I just couldnt resist
Oct-05-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  parmetd: lol benzol thats a good one. Amazing for a high profile GM this guy has no profile.
Apr-24-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  lost in space: What happened to his rating between July and September 2011? He lost nearly 100 ELO points?! Does anyone knows why/what happened?

http://ratings.fide.com/id.phtml?ev...

Jan-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Beholder: Chesspro reports that he died today. RIP.
Jan-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Beholder: Also here: http://www.chess-news.ru/node/17944

And somebody already edited his wiki page.

Jan-23-15  NBAFan: Really tragic news. RIP
Jan-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Way too young. =(
Jan-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: He hadn't played since 2012 - was he ill?
Jan-23-15  Prugno: Amen. There is a very disturbing trend of strong and relatively young Russian GMs fading away and dying prematurely in the last few years.

Vyzhmanavin, S. Kiselev, Chuprov, last year Kharlov, now Lastin... unfortunately I keep feeling that all these departures might be caused not only by natural factors but also by sadder situations such as depression, alcoholism or maybe even suicide.

Jan-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Unless you know what the cause of death was such speculation seems improper
Jan-23-15  Illogic: <plang> He had played in a rapid event as recently as October, Note the rating changes in <lost in space>'s link
Jan-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: No one be 'lastin forever!
Mar-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: It was a surprise to learn of Lastin's passing just now.

In the late 1990s, I recall his frequently finishing high in Russian championships, usually ahead of more widely publicised players, but not getting into the international arena very often.

May-24-15  falso contacto: Rest in peace.
Dec-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: An in-depth remembrance of him:

http://ruchess.ru/news/report/aleks...

(in Russian)

Dec-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: This site indicates he died after a long illness:

<В пятницу, 23 января, на 39-м году жизни после тяжёлой продолжительной болезни скончался российский гроссмейстер Александр Ластин , сообщает официальный сайт Российской шахматной федерации (РШФ).>

http://www.championat.com/other/new...

His rating decline at the end of his life is suggest the same.

https://www.newinchess.com/Lastin__...

Dec-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Here is a 2013(?) interview of him on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DR...

You can use CC and auto-translate to get the gist of it in English.

Dec-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: For those who want a fun example of his style of play... look at White's move 40 in this game:

A Lastin vs V Milov, 2003

Not exactly one to steer the ship towards calm positional waters when adventure beckons on distant shores.

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