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Alexey Vyzmanavin
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Number of games in database: 734
Years covered: 1980 to 1997
Highest rating achieved in database: 2620

Overall record: +260 -108 =332 (60.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 34 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (49) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16
 Semi-Slav (42) 
    D45 D43 D47 D46 D44
 King's Indian (34) 
    E81 E80 E83 E87 E69
 Orthodox Defense (31) 
    D58 D61 D55 D50 D56
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    A41 A45 A40 A46 A50
 Grunfeld (21) 
    D87 D85 D86 D90 D80
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (88) 
    B33 B42 B43 B31 B32
 Queen's Indian (58) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E14
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B17 B12 B10 B14 B11
 Sicilian Kan (33) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E32 E54 E21 E20 E42
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    A46 E00 D02 A45 A41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Vyzmanavin vs Ehlvest, 1984 1-0
   Vyzmanavin vs V Ruban, 1989 1-0
   Vyzmanavin vs M Sorokin, 1985 1-0
   Vyzmanavin vs V S Zhidkov, 1985 1-0
   Vyzmanavin vs Mikhalchishin, 1989 1-0
   Vyzmanavin vs Beliavsky, 1984 1-0
   Vyzmanavin vs Ivanchuk, 1986 1/2-1/2
   Vyzmanavin vs Bronstein, 1981 1-0
   Vyzmanavin vs J Emms, 1993 1/2-1/2
   M Sion Castro vs Vyzmanavin, 1993 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Moscow Championship (1984)
   Pinsk URS-ch qual (1986)
   Moscow-B (1987)
   Helsinki Open (1992)
   URS-ch57 (1990)
   Tal Memorial (1992)
   Lvov Zonal (1990)
   Goodricke op 3rd (1992)
   Chelyabinsk-A (1991)
   USSR Championship (1984)
   USSR Championship (1991)
   GMA World Cup Open (1989)
   Bern Open (1993)
   GMA Baleares Open (1989)
   European Team Championship (1992)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1990 by suenteus po 147
   Intel Rapid Chess Grand Prix 1994 - Moscow by amadeus
   Intel Rapid Chess Grand Prix 1994 - Paris by amadeus

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(born Jan-01-1960, died Jan-06-2000, 40 years old) Russia

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During the early part of his career, he regularly played in the Moscow Championships and in 1981, with an Elo rating of 2200, finished sixth, ahead of several strong grandmasters including David Bronstein, Yuri Razuvaev, Artur Yusupov, Alexey Suetin, Rafael Vaganian and Evgeny Vasiukov. He went on to win the event in 1984 and 1986.

Qualifying as a grandmaster in 1989, he went on to tie for first place at the 1990 USSR Championship in Leningrad (the title going to Alexander Beliavsky on tie-break). He placed 5th-9th the following year at the final (58th) Soviet Championship, held in Moscow. These championship successes contributed to his selection for the national team and this included participating at the 1992 Manila Olympiad. Playing reserve board 2, he scored +3 =6 −0, helping the Russian team to the gold medal.

Among his international tournament successes were wins at Nałęczów 1986 and Tashkent 1987. He shared first place at Moscow 1988 (with Razuvaev, Gregory Kaidanov and Lev Psakhis) and won at Sochi 1989 (ahead of Joël Lautier and Alexander Khalifman). There followed his victory at the 1990/91 edition of the Rilton Cup in Stockholm and further success at the Gelsenkirchen 1991 tournament, where he won ahead of Vasily Smyslov. He surprised the chess world at Leon in 1993, by placing second behind tournament victor Leonid Yudasin and thereby restricting Anatoly Karpov to a share of third prize (with Veselin Topalov and Peter Leko).2

As a player of rapid and blitz chess, his reputation was that of a 'speed demon', competing at the PCA rapidplay events of the 1990s and frequently outplaying his more illustrious opponents. At the Moscow event in 1994, he reached the semi-final, narrowly losing out to Vladimir Kramnik, having already beaten Alexei Shirov and Viktor Korchnoi.

Vyzmanavin's highest Elo rating was 2620 and he ceased playing around 1997.

Vyzmanavin's early death, aged 40, was officially described as being caused by a heart attack. He lived alone, but had been out with friends in Moscow on 6 January 2000 (the Russian Christmas) and his body was discovered some six days later. There were also reports of poverty and depression. Grandmaster Alexander Baburin believes that Vyzmanavin had a serious drinking problem, which had worsened following the breakdown of his marriage.

Wikipedia article: Alexey Vyzmanavin

Last updated: 2022-09-10 20:30:19

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 765  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G A Ageichenko vs Vyzmanavin  0-1341980Moscow-chA07 King's Indian Attack
2. V Vulfson vs Vyzmanavin 0-1301981Moscow Championship (First League)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. V Arbakov vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½391981Moscow Championship (First League)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. V Baikov vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½421981Moscow Championship (First League)B40 Sicilian
5. S Kalinitschew vs Vyzmanavin  0-1531981Moscow Championship (First League)B42 Sicilian, Kan
6. Vyzmanavin vs Vasiukov ½-½531981Moscow ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
7. A Kremenietsky vs Vyzmanavin  0-1481981Moscow ChampionshipA21 English
8. Vyzmanavin vs Razuvaev  ½-½101981Moscow ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Suetin vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½171981Moscow ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
10. Yusupov vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½761981Moscow ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
11. Vyzmanavin vs Vaganian  1-0661981Moscow ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. N Andrianov vs Vyzmanavin  1-0441981Moscow ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
13. V Arbakov vs Vyzmanavin 1-0441981Moscow ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
14. Psakhis vs Vyzmanavin 1-0511981Moscow ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. Vyzmanavin vs S Gorelov  1-0271981Moscow ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Gulko vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½131981Moscow ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. Antoshin vs Vyzmanavin  1-0371981Moscow ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. Vyzmanavin vs Chiburdanidze  1-0651981Moscow ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
19. Vyzmanavin vs A Panchenko  1-0511981Moscow ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
20. S Makarichev vs Vyzmanavin ½-½721981Moscow ChampionshipA17 English
21. Vyzmanavin vs A Sokolov  ½-½311981Moscow ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
22. Vyzmanavin vs Bronstein 1-0451981Moscow ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. S Gorelov vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½231982URS Young Masters-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Kupreichik vs Vyzmanavin  1-0341983URS-ch sf MinskB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
25. Vyzmanavin vs Salov  ½-½331983URS-ch Young MastersE46 Nimzo-Indian
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Jul-22-03  brulla: Who is this??
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  Honza Cervenka: See
Jan-01-07  BIDMONFA: Alexey Vyzmanavin


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  plang: Vyzmanavin was a strong player who is not that well known. I was just looking to Bologan's notes to his 1997 win over Vyzmanavin at Savastopol (not in this database). Bologan's quote: " This would be one of Vyzmanavin's last serious tournaments. After this, he made one more effort to return to serious chess, but by that time he no longer had any real grip on life; he sank into despair, fell apart - and then the madness overcame him.." Does anyone know more about him?
Nov-26-08  Karpova: Maurice Ashley: <"He's a dangerous one, the V-man, looking like a cat, ready to pounce.">

From "The New York Times" - "Fast, Furious, Chess, ESPN Style" by Rick Bragg, 1994.06.28:

Nov-26-08  Karpova: Jude Acers reported on January 25, 2000:

<Moscow, Russia. A. Vyzmanavin dies ..... Another great young world chess federation (FIDE) 2600+ ELO player has died amidst reported poverty, depression. Alexey Vyzmanavin, age 40, died of apparent natural causes while living alone, his body not being found for six days. Mr. Vyzmanavin, a legendary competitive demon in Moscow "blitz" chess parks was USSR co-champion in 1990. Well known worldwide, he won "serious money" in long forgotten Kasparov "PCA" events. Mr. Vyzmanavin had not played in two years.>


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  GrahamClayton: Winner of the following tournaments:

Naleczow 1986, Tashkent 1987, Moscow 1988 (=1st), Sochi 1989 and the Rilton Cup in Stockholm, 1990.

Jan-01-09  dx9293: Another talented and tragic figure in chess history.


Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: it is a sad story... all these players dying early. Well, at least we still have NN! I MEANT STRONG PLAYERS why do they die early??
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  Benzol: <WhiteRook48> As I've mentioned elsewhere 2008 has seen the passing of a number of well known players, Bobby Fischer, Bukhuti Gurgenidze and Bob Wade are among the list and I'm sure there must be others. Perhaps there should be some sort of memorium to them.
Jan-01-09  cornflake: What a tragic end to such a strong GM. I had no idea he was dead. In the 1990's he was an awesome blitz player- super strong.
Sep-25-09  SetNoEscapeOn: <plang>

<Does anyone know more about him?>

I do, now. Until today, I had never heard of him before. I have the first Intel Grand Prix DVD (also known as "Grandmaster Series #10), and he was definitely a monster at quick chess.

In the first Intel Grand Prix event ever held (of 8 total), a 16 player knockout rapid event, he managed to defeat no less a player than Alexey Shirov in his first match. This was the decisive game:

Shirov vs Vyzmanavin, 1994

The very next round, he downed Victor Korchnoi by displaying impressive resourcefulness in a completely lost position:

Korchnoi vs Vyzmanavin, 1994

Finally, Kramnik disposed of him in the semifinal- although only in the Armageddon game after Vyzmanavin inexplicably offered a draw in a completely won position (when he had white and had to win). But just imagine! He was still playing when players like Short, Shirov, Adams, Smirin, Kamsky, Timman, and Kasparov himself had all already been sent packing.

So it was very unpleasant for me to come to this page, just trying to find out who the man is, and learn of his death under such unfortunate circumstances.

Sep-25-09  dx9293: What did Bologan once say? Something to the effect that "there are more than ten people who know how to play chess!"
Mar-28-10  wordfunph: GM Vyzmanavin died of stroke in Moscow although he wasn't discovered for several days after that.
Feb-24-13  stanleys: One genius of blitz versus another, Vyzmanavin playing Arbakov

Sep-25-14  The17thPawn: Had never even heard or seen this guys name then I stumble upon him through the opening explorer QGD Lasker Variation. Will have to check out his games he has some impressive victories.
Jan-01-15  Caissanist: Chessgames could probably make a whole year of POTDs just from great Russian players nobody has ever heard of.
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  plang: Vyzmanavin was rated #29 in the world on the 1/1/93 rating list and remained in the top 45 until late 94
Jan-01-21  siggemannen: The story of this guy is heartbreaking. I wish there was someone there or something that could be done
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  Messiah: A couple of years ago I gave the final position of Hjartarson vs Vyzmanavin, 1984 to kids in the club, to let them figure out how Black wins. It is nice to learn that Alexey Borisovich is not forgotten.

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