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Andrei Sokolov
A Sokolov 

Number of games in database: 1,385
Years covered: 1978 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2490 (2565 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2645
Overall record: +389 -186 =789 (57.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 21 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (253) 
    B93 B90 B33 B32 B30
 Ruy Lopez (145) 
    C92 C95 C78 C84 C80
 French Defense (94) 
    C07 C03 C05 C11 C10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (74) 
    C92 C95 C84 C89 C96
 Sicilian Najdorf (63) 
    B93 B90 B92
 Caro-Kann (52) 
    B10 B17 B18 B13 B12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (231) 
    B81 B83 B80 B40 B45
 Queen's Indian (119) 
    E15 E12 E14 E13 E16
 Sicilian Scheveningen (105) 
    B81 B83 B80 B82 B84
 Nimzo Indian (79) 
    E39 E34 E20 E32 E21
 Sicilian Taimanov (55) 
    B45 B48 B46 B47
 English (54) 
    A17 A13 A15 A14 A18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Sokolov vs Salov, 1983 1-0
   R Fontaine vs A Sokolov, 2007 0-1
   A Sokolov vs A V Kharitonov, 1990 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Kasparov, 1988 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Karpov, 1986 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Naiditsch, 2015 1-0
   A Minasian vs A Sokolov, 1999 0-1
   A Sokolov vs S Milliet, 2015 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Portisch, 1989 1-0
   A Sokolov vs A Kekov, 1989 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (1982)
   USSR Championship (1984)
   French Championship (2003)
   Metz Open (2001)
   French Championship (2005)
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   URS-ch sf Mykolaiv (1983)
   Montpellier Candidates (1985)
   Moscow Championship (1982)
   Geneve Open (2001)
   Latvian Championship (1989)
   Geneve Open (1996)
   French Team Championship (2011)
   Greek Team Championship (2006)
   Bad Woerishofen Open (2001)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 104 by 0ZeR0
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Montpellier Candidates 1985 by Benzol
   Belfort World Cup 1988 by suenteus po 147
   WCC Index [Sokolov-Yusupov 1986] by Hesam7
   Bugojno 1986 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 TCh-FRA Top 12
   M Ragger vs A Sokolov (Jun-26-21) 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Z Varga (Nov-16-19) 1/2-1/2
   A Sokolov vs J M Lopez Martinez (Nov-15-19) 1/2-1/2
   F Lisko vs A Sokolov (Nov-14-19) 0-1
   A Sokolov vs D Gibicar (Nov-13-19) 1-0

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(born Mar-20-1963, 60 years old) Russia (federation/nationality France)
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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. His peak ranking was No. 3-4 in the world in January and July 1987 (in both cases, tied with Artur Yusupov). In Candidates matches he beat Rafael Vaganian (+4 =4 -0), pipped Yusupov (+4 =7 -3) in 1986, but lost the Karpov - Sokolov Candidates Final (1987) (+0 =7 -4) to Anatoly Karpov. 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: 2023-05-03 08:05:02

 page 1 of 56; games 1-25 of 1,386  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-0411978Team TournamentB83 Sicilian
2. A Sokolov vs I Novikov  1-0321980Junior Selection TournamentB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. A Sokolov vs Ehlvest  1-0311980Junior Selection TournamentB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. A Sokolov vs Salov  1-0421980Junior Selection TournamentC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. I Efimov vs A Sokolov  1-0361980Junior Selection TournamentE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
6. Wojtkiewicz vs A Sokolov  1-0301980Junior Selection TournamentB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. A Sokolov vs N Andrianov  ½-½331980Junior Selection TournamentC42 Petrov Defense
8. A Sokolov vs A Veingold  1-0321981TallinnB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. V Arbakov vs A Sokolov  0-1511981Moscow Championship (First League)E12 Queen's Indian
10. A Sokolov vs Y Zotkin  ½-½421981Moscow Championship (First League)B44 Sicilian
11. V Vulfson vs A Sokolov  0-1301981Moscow Championship (First League)E52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
12. A Sokolov vs S Gorelov  1-0411981Moscow Championship (First League)B33 Sicilian
13. V Leonidov vs A Sokolov  0-1321981Moscow Championship (First League)E46 Nimzo-Indian
14. A Sokolov vs Salov  ½-½661981Bukhara JuniorsC67 Ruy Lopez
15. S Nadyrkhanov vs A Sokolov  ½-½431981Bukhara JuniorsE12 Queen's Indian
16. A Sokolov vs P Korzubov  1-0481981Bukhara JuniorsB89 Sicilian
17. A Graf vs A Sokolov  1-0311981Bukhara JuniorsE15 Queen's Indian
18. A Sokolov vs Dvoirys  ½-½40198115th Soviet Team-ch finalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
19. A Sokolov vs Suetin  0-1411981Moscow ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
20. A Sokolov vs Bronstein ½-½331981Moscow ChampionshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
21. A Panchenko vs A Sokolov  1-0411981Moscow ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
22. A Sokolov vs Antoshin  1-0491981Moscow ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
23. A Sokolov vs Yusupov ½-½1151981Moscow ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
24. A Sokolov vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½181981Moscow ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
25. A Sokolov vs N Andrianov  1-0381981Moscow ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
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  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!
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  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.
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  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:

Apr-05-11  pawn to QB4: No, there really was a physicist named A.Sokolov: Not heard of him as a chess player though.
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  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.

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  keypusher: <HeMateMe> Natan Scharansky

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  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.

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  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 "à propos" in it?

Mar-20-12  brankat: Happy Birthday Andrei Sokolov!
Mar-20-12  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!
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  Penguincw: Happy 51st birthday to GM Andrei Sokolov.
Mar-30-15  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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Andrei Sokolov.
Jul-28-17  Eagle41257: He's been living and playing for France since 2000.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: The pronunciation on this page stresses the first o, but Wikipedia puts the stress on the last o.
Mar-27-19  Granny O Doul: sok-o-LOFF is how I remember Filipp Frenkel pronouncing the name. Not that that settles it but he seemed pretty sure of himself.
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  plang: A.Sokolov's peak was short but in 1986-87 he was ranked 3rd in the world (after Kasparov and Karpov) in 1/1 87, then 4th in 7/1/87 and then faded. After his match loss to Karpov in the Candidates he seemed to lose interest in competing for the WC.
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  MissScarlett: In pictures from the late 80s, he bears a certain resemblance to Bob Dylan, with his afro-style big hair.
Nov-17-22  Peinalkes6: Most underrated player in history. You would think that being number 3 behind Kasparov and Karpov would at least give you a place in chess history
Nov-17-22  stone free or die: He has a website (in French):

I really dig his profile picture there!

This tidbit, translated, should go in the bio above:

<Le 88e Championnat de France Nancy, du 11 au 23 août 2013>

Here's some of his favorite games:

* * * * *

This addresses <Peinalkes6>'s post a little:

<What happened to Andrei Sokolov? Miscellaneous
Andrei Sokolov was a prominent player in the mid-80s, managing to reach the Candidates Final in 1987, where he lost to Karpov. En route, he shared first in the Candidates Tournament in Montpellier then crushed Vaganian and beat Yusupov in his Candidates matches. He first reached the top 10 in July 1986 and was ranked as high as 3rd in 1987.

But his career swiftly declined. In 1988, less than a year after his Candidates final, his ranking had plummeted all the way to #24 and he would never return to the top 20. That year, he was eliminated in the first round of the next Candidates cycle by Kevin Spraggett. By 1993, he was out of the top 100.

It seems somewhat astonishing that someone who got to such heights would become irrelevant so quickly. He was the same age as Kasparov, he was only 24 when he reached the Candidates final. And as far as I know, he had no major illnesses or forced inactivity affecting his game, it just seemed as if an elite player stopped being elite at record speed. Maybe you could argue that he was never really top 5 standard and benefitted from a purple patch, but to fall out of the top 20, top 50 and top 100 so soon?

Now, he's hardly even remembered. I would guess that if the surname Sokolov was brought up, people are more likely to think of Ivan Sokolov.

Wonder what happened, I can't really think of an analogous situation in chess history.>

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