Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

V Malakhov 
Vladimir Malakhov
Number of games in database: 1,268
Years covered: 1992 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2693 (2721 rapid, 2672 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2732
Overall record: +439 -125 =446 (65.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      258 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (182) 
    B40 B30 B54 B50 B53
 English (69) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A16
 Slav (47) 
    D12 D11 D15 D10 D14
 Reti System (41) 
    A04 A06 A05
 French Defense (31) 
    C05 C07 C08 C03 C04
 French Tarrasch (29) 
    C05 C07 C08 C03 C04
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (173) 
    B27 B35 B36 B22 B66
 Slav (138) 
    D15 D10 D12 D11 D13
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C67 C65 C92
 Sicilian Dragon (49) 
    B35 B36 B74 B70 B38
 Queen's Gambit Declined (48) 
    D30 D31 D37
 Queen's Pawn Game (31) 
    A50 A40 D02 D00 E00
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Malakhov vs Areshchenko, 2005 1-0
   Svidler vs V Malakhov, 2009 0-1
   D Bubalovic vs V Malakhov, 1996 0-1
   E Shaposhnikov vs V Malakhov, 2007 0-1
   Eljanov vs V Malakhov, 2009 0-1
   V Malakhov vs P H Nielsen, 2003 1-0
   V Malakhov vs E Shaposhnikov, 2001 1-0
   A Minasian vs V Malakhov, 2006 0-1
   V Malakhov vs W So, 2009 1-0
   V Malakhov vs Bacrot, 2002 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   XXIV European Club Cup (2008)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   2nd Milk Tournament (2003)
   Black Sea Countries Final (2012)
   World Cup (2009)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Politiken Cup (2007)
   Russian Club Cup (2006)
   Aeroflot Open (2005)
   Politiken Cup (2009)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Chinese Team Championship (2016)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   A43 by dionisio54
   1996 WYCC (open) U-18 by gauer
   1992 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer
   D15 Slav: Chameleon [Black] by chess.master
   1994 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer
   1993 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer
   maestro37's favorite games 2 by maestro37

   Jinshi Bai vs V Malakhov (Sep-24-16) 0-1
   Yinglun Xu vs V Malakhov (Sep-23-16) 1/2-1/2
   Ding Liren vs V Malakhov (Jun-25-16) 1/2-1/2
   V Malakhov vs Yu Yangyi (Jun-24-16) 1/2-1/2
   Zhou Jianchao vs V Malakhov (Jun-23-16) 1/2-1/2

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Vladimir Malakhov
Search Google for Vladimir Malakhov
FIDE player card for Vladimir Malakhov

(born Nov-27-1980, 35 years old) Russia
[what is this?]
Grandmaster Vladimir Malakhov first made a name for himself by winning the World Under-14 Championship in 1993. Since then he has steadily improved his Elo rating, reaching the coveted 2700 mark once in April of 2004 and again since April of 2009. He is also a part-time nuclear physicist.

He has had many successes in the European and World Championships. He placed second in both the EU-ch 4th (2003) and 10th European Individual Championship (2009). In the FIDE World Championships of 2000 and 2004, he reached the second round. He was more successful in the next FIDE cycle: his eleventh place at the FIDE World Cup (2005) earned him a berth in the 2006 Candidates when top rating seeds Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik declined to enter. He was eliminated from the cycle after he lost his first Candidates' match to Alexander Grischuk. In the World Cup (2009) Malakhov reached the semi-finals after eliminating Pavel Eljanov, Wesley So, and Peter Svidler before being defeated by Ruslan Ponomariov in the rapid tiebreaks. The latter result qualified him for participation in the World Cup (2011); there he lost in the first round to Argentine GM Ruben Felgaer after drawing the classical games and losing the 25 minute rapid game tiebreaker 1.5-0.5. He placed equal 1st in the GM Vladimir Petrov memorial A rapid tournament held in Latvia in February 2013. He came =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), scoring 8/11 and qualifying for the World Cup (2013). He defeated Canadian champion player, GM Eric Hansen, in the first round and French GM Laurent Fressinet in the second round but was eliminated when he lost to Italian-American GM Fabiano Caruana in the third round. In October 2013, he played boards 3 to 5 (based at 5) for his team Malachite, helping it to win silver in the European Club Cup (2013).

Fascinating interview in 2010 with Malakhov:

 page 1 of 51; games 1-25 of 1,268  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. F Felecan vs V Malakhov 1-024 1992 Wch U12A20 English
2. V Malakhov vs T Soponyai  1-031 1992 Wch U12B06 Robatsch
3. S Halkias vs V Malakhov  0-140 1992 Wch U12A61 Benoni
4. G Bakhtadze vs V Malakhov  0-142 1992 Wch U12B32 Sicilian
5. V Malakhov vs A Gershon  ½-½54 1992 Wch U12B83 Sicilian
6. V Malakhov vs M Labollita  1-037 1992 Wch U12A48 King's Indian
7. V Malakhov vs A M Berescu  1-052 1992 Wch U12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. D Mitev vs V Malakhov  0-127 1992 Wch U12B01 Scandinavian
9. V Malakhov vs M Ab Rahman  1-029 1992 Wch U12A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
10. V Malakhov vs B Asanov  1-0102 1992 Wch U12B07 Pirc
11. E van den Doel vs V Malakhov  0-159 1993 Wch U14B27 Sicilian
12. Leitao vs V Malakhov  0-140 1993 Wch U14A50 Queen's Pawn Game
13. R Svicevic vs V Malakhov  0-142 1993 Wch U14B27 Sicilian
14. V Malakhov vs P Simacek  1-064 1993 Wch U14B01 Scandinavian
15. G Bakhtadze vs V Malakhov  0-156 1993 Wch U14A04 Reti Opening
16. A Gershon vs V Malakhov  0-151 1993 Wch U14B27 Sicilian
17. V Malakhov vs R Bates  ½-½48 1993 Wch U14B54 Sicilian
18. V Malakhov vs N Praznik  1-019 1993 Wch U14C01 French, Exchange
19. V Malakhov vs A Lukin  0-167 1994 St Petersburg opB40 Sicilian
20. Sutovsky vs V Malakhov  ½-½83 1994 GroningenB27 Sicilian
21. A Sorin vs V Malakhov  0-164 1994 Groningen opA50 Queen's Pawn Game
22. P Blehm vs V Malakhov 1-044 1994 Wch U14B27 Sicilian
23. V Malakhov vs A Graf  ½-½47 1994 Groningen opC47 Four Knights
24. V Malakhov vs A Leroy  1-052 1994 Wch U14B54 Sicilian
25. L Totsky vs V Malakhov  0-154 1994 St Petersburg opB20 Sicilian
 page 1 of 51; games 1-25 of 1,268  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Malakhov wins | Malakhov loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  SamAtoms1980: Malakhov went 3-1, drawing four, in the Russian Team Championships (2010), including 3˝ points in the last 4 rounds. Way to go Malakhov!
May-05-10  Don Cossacks: Some pictures:

Jul-24-10  sleepkid: Somehow I don't think his current FIDE rating is 2107. Chessgames might want to fix that.
Aug-15-10  Cercatore: Current FIDE rating: 2107
Highest rating achieved in database: 2732

Error, or he lost 600 elo points?

Sep-05-10  polarmis: Apart from the slight error in the current FIDE rating :) it's also not true to say that Malakhov's main line of work is as a physicist. He's a professional chess player, though perhaps a slightly eccentric one! I just translated this very interesting recent interview:

Nov-27-10  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!! Vladimir Malakhov!!!
Dec-29-10  HolyKnight: Yea my hobby is nuclear physicist to.
Feb-18-11  kevins55555: OMG This is the highest decrease of FIDE Rating in the world lol! He decreased 600 points! ♙♘♗♖♕♔∞▢
Feb-18-11  Keith Dow: Yes, and the biggest bounce back!

4120787 Malakhov, Vladimir
Federation Russia
FIDE title Grand Master
Rating: 2714
B-Year 1980

Individual Calculations
March 2011 None
January 2011 Available
November 2010 Available
Click to view All previous periods

Feb-26-11  rapidcitychess: What's up with this guy's rating? 2700 to 2100 seems weird.
Mar-15-11  hedgeh0g: <Part-time> nuclear physicist?
Jun-30-11  nisarg1: No, he's a part-time chess player according to non-chess sources: he's got a Ph.D. and is said to play chess for hobby.
Jun-30-11  Troller: Unless he has begun working as a phycisist again he should be considered a professional chess player, at least according to his own words at the last World Cup.
Jun-30-11  polarmis: <nisarg1>, see the interview above. "Non-chess sources" can't really be more reliable than his own words.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Catfriend: <My my, googled your username and it looks like Malakhov is not the only scientist. Have you ever met <User: Catfriend; ? :)>

Catfriend? :) I'm not a physicist! I'm a mathematician!

Nov-27-11  talisman: happy birthday and good luck in the next world cup!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Malakhov is now in a three-way tie for first at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) with 6.5/8.

Tomorrow, he faces co-leader Vladimir Akopian with black.

Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: It's good to see this very interesting player regain his form after a 2 year slump.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Malakhov finished with a bronze after tie breaks, with 8/11.
Sep-12-12  waustad: He had a nice win today against Jobava in the Black Sea Countries Final. For the moment you can find info here:
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday!
Apr-09-13  paavoh: A good quote by <polarmis> on that interview, worth repeating here... and perhaps on other player forums too ;-)

"What rating, in your opinion, guarantees that a player will be able to make a living from chess?

<Only above 2700. I’d particularly warn young chess players with a rating of 2550-2600 from becoming professionals, because they’ll face certain problems. Firstly, because chess isn’t as rich a sport as e.g. football, and secondly, because at that level there’s a huge amount of competition. For that group of players the reply to the question of whether they should continue to devote all their time and energy to chess should be “no”. If there’s a chance of achieving success in other spheres of life, then they absolutely should take it. And even child prodigies should bear that in mind.>"

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 33rd birthday to Russian GM Vladimir Malakhov.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: Vladi Malakhov, part-time nuclear physicist and 2700+ GM, may well be the smartest person in the world...
Aug-31-16  sonia91: He won the St Petersburg Summer 2016 rapid event with 8.5/11 on tiebreak over Evgeny Alekseev, Alexander Morozevich and Maxim Matlakov:
Jump to page #   (enter # from 1 to 5)
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2016, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies