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Vadim Zvjaginsev
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Number of games in database: 1,858
Years covered: 1989 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2617 (2585 rapid, 2556 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2688
Overall record: +438 -129 =836 (61.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 455 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (270) 
    B40 B50 B30 B31 B53
 Caro-Kann (71) 
    B10 B12 B18 B13 B17
 King's Indian Attack (70) 
 English (58) 
    A15 A16 A18 A13 A17
 French Defense (52) 
    C00 C02 C07 C03 C05
 English, 1 c4 e5 (44) 
    A28 A21 A20 A29 A22
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (188) 
    B32 B30 B27 B45 B47
 Queen's Gambit Declined (92) 
    D37 D31 D38 D30 D35
 French Defense (74) 
    C11 C09 C07 C03 C02
 Queen's Pawn Game (69) 
    A46 E00 D02 A40 E10
 French (33) 
    C11 C13
 Pirc (32) 
    B07 B09 B08
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Cifuentes Parada vs Zvjaginsev, 1995 0-1
   V Malakhov vs Zvjaginsev, 2004 0-1
   Zvjaginsev vs R Vasquez Schroeder, 2013 1-0
   Zvjaginsev vs S Slugin, 2008 1-0
   Zvjaginsev vs P Zhang, 2006 1-0
   Zvjaginsev vs A Evdokimov, 2011 1-0
   Zvjaginsev vs Y Vovk, 2008 1-0
   Zvjaginsev vs B Bok, 2015 1-0
   Zvjaginsev vs Khalifman, 2005 1-0
   Zvjaginsev vs Topalov, 1995 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Open (1994)
   Loosdorf Open (1993)
   Hoogovens Open (1995)
   Groningen Candidates (1997)
   European Club Cup (2011)
   Russian Championship (1996)
   European Club Cup (2012)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2007)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   European Team Championship (1997)
   European Championship (2010)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Gibraltar Masters (2017)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Who is this chap? by fredthebear
   Z is for Zvjaginsev by iron maiden
   Biel 1995 by suenteus po 147
   KERESOV's favorite games by KERESOV
   Tilburg Fontys 1998 by suenteus po 147
   KGA Zvjaginsev’s Games C33-C39 by oldhorse
   Karpov Poikovsky 2001 by Tabanus
   Karpov Poikovsky 2002 by Tabanus

   🏆 Russian Team Chess Championships
   Zvjaginsev vs B Grachev (May-10-23) 1/2-1/2
   Khismatullin vs Zvjaginsev (May-09-23) 1/2-1/2
   V Zarubitski vs Zvjaginsev (May-07-23) 1-0
   A Grebnev vs Zvjaginsev (May-04-23) 1/2-1/2
   E Klimentov vs Zvjaginsev (May-03-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-18-1976, 47 years old) Russia
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Zvjanginsev won the European under-16 championship in 1992. Two year later, he tied for first place in the Reykjavik Open with Hannes Stefánsson and Evgeny Pigusov.

In 1997, at the FIDE World Championship, which took place in Groningen, he single-handedly knocked out most of the U.S. contingent. In consecutive rounds, he defeated Joel Benjamin, Gregory Kaidanov and Yasser Seirawan, before losing to fellow Russian GM Alexey Dreev in round 4. In the same year Zvjanginsev won the Vidmar Memorial in Portorož.

In 2000, he was first at Essen (ahead of Dreev and Klaus Bischoff) and triumphed there again in 2002 (this time ahead of Leko). At the Mainz Chess Classic in 2003, he finished joint second behind Levon Aronian, repeating his placing the following year. At the Russian Championships of 2005, he took 3rd place at the Kazan qualifier and finished joint 4th at the Superfinal. In 2006, he tied for 2nd at the Poikovsky Karpov Tournament, behind Alexei Shirov.

In 2002, Zvjanginsev took part in the Russia vs Rest of the World match, held in Moscow.

He won the Russian Cup knockout tournament in 2011 by beating Denis Khismatullin in the final. In the 2013 Chigorin Memorial in Saint Petersburg, Zvjanginsev tied for 1st–11th with Pavel Eljanov, Dmitry Kokarev, Maxim Matlakov, Alexander Areshchenko, Denis Khismatullin, Oleg Korneev, Dragan Solak, Sanan Sjugirov, Ivan Bukavshin and Ildar Khairullin. In the 2016 Aeroflot Open, he tied 3rd-10th with Vladimir Fedoseev, Gata Kamsky, Daniil Dubov, Mateusz Bartel, Sanan Sjugirov, Maxim Matlakov, and Mikhail Kobalia.

In team competitions, he took team and individual silver medals at the 1997 European Team Chess Championship. At the 1994 Chess Olympiad, while still only an International Master, he helped the Russian second team obtain a team bronze medal. In the 1997 World Team Chess Championship Zvjanginsev won two gold medals, team and individual playing second reserve board. With the main Russian team, in 1998 and 2004, he contributed respectively to team gold and team silver medals at the Chess Olympiad.

Wikipedia article: Vadim Zvjaginsev

Last updated: 2023-08-18 07:57:49

 page 1 of 75; games 1-25 of 1,858  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zvjaginsev vs I Kogan  1-0561989Moscow opD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Zvjaginsev vs S Yuferov  0-1541989Moscow opE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
3. V Bukhtin vs Zvjaginsev  0-1291989Moscow opD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Zvjaginsev vs D Losev  ½-½421989Moscow opA40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. K Kulaots vs Zvjaginsev 0-1451990URS-ch U20C36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
6. Zvjaginsev vs A Ivanov  ½-½281990URS-ch qualD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Zvjaginsev vs A Kudriashov  ½-½441990URS-ch qualE92 King's Indian
8. Kramnik vs Zvjaginsev 1-0301990URS-ch U20C41 Philidor Defense
9. Zvjaginsev vs B Kantsler  1-0521990URS-ch qualA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
10. Zvjaginsev vs S Guliev  0-1451990URS-ch qualD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Zvjaginsev vs Svidler 0-1631990URS-ch U20D80 Grunfeld
12. Zvjaginsev vs R Irzhanov  1-0311990URS-ch U20E92 King's Indian
13. Zvjaginsev vs Svidler  0-1141990URS-ch U20D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
14. Zvjaginsev vs V Muratov  1-0301991Moscow6C02 French, Advance
15. Zvjaginsev vs T Grabuzova  1-0521991Russian Winter opA10 English
16. Morozevich vs Zvjaginsev  ½-½191991Moscow GMC78 Ruy Lopez
17. Zvjaginsev vs V Orlov  1-0421991URS Junior ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Zvjaginsev vs Fridman  ½-½421991URS Junior ChampionshipD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. Zvjaginsev vs Y Shabanov  0-1341991Russian Winter opD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Svidler vs Zvjaginsev 1-0391991URS Junior ChampionshipB07 Pirc
21. Zvjaginsev vs I Makarjev  ½-½401991URS Junior ChampionshipE91 King's Indian
22. Zvjaginsev vs O Romanov  ½-½491991URS Junior ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
23. Zvjaginsev vs Savon  ½-½691991Moscow7 opE12 Queen's Indian
24. Zvjaginsev vs E Buddensiek  1-0411991Moscow7 opE92 King's Indian
25. Zvjaginsev vs A Shariyazdanov  ½-½531991URS Junior ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
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Jul-21-07  Ron: Analysis of the Zvjaginsev-Pengxiang game here:

Jul-21-07  notyetagm: <Whitehat1963: Found it. Please, <> can you upload this game:

[Event "CHN-RUS Chess Summit"]
[Site "Ergun CHN"]
[Date "2006.08.13"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Zvjaginsev,V"]
[Black "Zhang Pengxiang"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2675"]
[BlackElo "2622"]
[EventDate "2006.08.10"]
[ECO "C00"]

1. e4 e6 2. f4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. c3 Bd7 6. Na3 f6 7. g3 c4 8. b3 Qa5 9. b4 Qb6 10. d4 a5 11. b5 Na7 12. Rb1 f5 13. Nd2 Bxa3 14. Bxa3 Nxb5 15. Bb2 a4 16. Ba3 g6 17. g4 Qd8 18. Rxb5 Bxb5 19. h4 Nh6 20. gxf5 Nxf5 21. Nf3 Qd7 22. Kf2 O-O-O 23. Bh3 h6 24. Qb1 Rdf8 25. Qb4 Rf7 26. Qa5 Ba6 27. Rb1 Ne7 28. Bd6 Nc6 29. Qb6 g5 30. Rg1 Re8 31. hxg5 hxg5 32. Nxg5 Rxf4+ 33. Ke3 Rh4 34. Bxe6 Rxe6 35. Nxe6 Rh3+ 36. Ke2 Rh8 37. Rg7 Nxd4+ 38. Qxd4 1-0>

A panel of Russian chess experts voted this superlative effort by the Z-man as the <2nd(!)> best game played in all of 2006, second only to the famous Topalov-Aronian Corus 2006 double exchange sac on the same square game. And I think the Z-man's game came up only 1(!) point short in the voting.

Sep-05-07  percyblakeney: Zvjaginsev keeps playing the Schliemann, won against Ovetchkin after drawing Shomoev with it in the Russian Championships and hasn't lost in over a year.
Sep-05-07  centercounter: <percyblakeney:>
<[Event "4th GM March"]
[Site "Taiyuan CHN"]
[Date "2007.07.09"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Zvjaginsev,V"]
[Black "Zhang Pengxiang"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2658"]
[BlackElo "2649"]
[EventDate "2007.07.04"]
[ECO "C00"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6>

Zvj blundered on move two! Everyone knows 2. Na3 is correct. :P

Sep-05-07  percyblakeney: <Zvj blundered on move two! Everyone knows 2. Na3 is correct>

Lately he has been playing 2. d3 instead :-)

Sep-12-07  whiteshark: More Vadim Zvjaginsev pictures:
Sep-12-07  Resignation Trap: Don't forget this photo for our Annual Swimsuit Issue: .
Feb-02-08  percyblakeney: Zvjaginsev's best result this far is his win in Essen 2002, with Leko in second place. Only two of his six wins are in this database at the moment but I just uploaded the rest. A position from his game against Korchnoi, after Zvjaginsev's 22. ... Ng2-e3:

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The PGN will soon be available in the database, but until then it can also be found here:

[Event "4th Borowski GM"]
[Site "Essen GER"]
[Date "2002.05.19"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Korchnoi,V"]
[Black "Zvjaginsev,V"]
[WhiteElo "2635"]
[BlackElo "2645"]
[ECO "D43"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Qb3 Nf6 5. Nf3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 b5 7. Qd3 Nbd7 8. e4 b4 9. Na4 Qa5 10. b3 c5 11. e5 Nd5 12. Bd2 Be7 13. Rc1 cxd4 14. Nxd4 Bb7 15. Qg3 O-O 16. Bh6 g6 17. Bxf8 Bxf8 18. Be2 Bh6 19. Rc2 Nf4 20. O-O Bxg2 21. Qxg2 Nxg2 22. Nc6 Ne3 23. fxe3 Bxe3+ 24. Kg2 Qd5+ 25. Bf3 Qd3 26. Rb2 Qb5 27. Re1 Bg5 28. Rd1 Nb6 29. Nd4 Qe8 30. Nxb6 axb6 31. Bxa8 Qxa8+ 32. Nf3 Bf4 33. Kf2 Qe4 34. Re2 Qf5 35. h4 h6 36. Rg1 g5 37. hxg5 hxg5 38. Ree1 Kf8 39. Nd4 Qh3 40. Rg2 Qh4+ 41. Ke2 Bxe5 42. Nf3 Qe4+ 0-1

Feb-13-08  Resignation Trap: A photo of Zvjaginsev from 1990: .
Aug-18-08  ravel5184: Hipy papy bthuthdth thuthda bthuthdy!
Sep-05-08  Prugno: Everyone always knew Zviaginsev was an incredibly creative player, but what he did today against Kiriakov at the Russian championship qualifier (link: seems to beat his previous exploits.

I doubt I had ever seen the manouevre 6. h4, 7. Rh3 and 8. Rg3 in a French Defence before. And two draws like this, according to the ridiculous Bilbao scoring system, are worth less than one win!

Sep-05-08  zoren: actually this maneuver is pretty common in some other lines of the French, but in this particular position, you are right! it seems completely outlandish and creative ;)
Sep-20-09  The17thPawn: Always loved to see the Z man in action but that big vein running down his forehead when he's concentrating looks uber intimidating. It's like watching Arnold flex during his competition days:)
Mar-22-10  VladimirOo: Do you know some players aliking Zvja's style, chaos board maker?


Mar-28-10  ganstaman: <VladimirOo> I like some games of: Ivan Cheparinov

He did come up with the opening here, after all: Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008

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  Tabanus: 4th place in San Juan GM (Spain) 24 July - 1 August 2010:

Nov-15-11  plimko: Zvjaginsev is the top seeded player in Russian Cup 2011

Official site

On 'Scacchi Internazionali'

Nov-20-11  plimko: And Zvja won the Russian Cup. He beated Khismatullin in the final: 1.5-0.5

This is the decisive game, with a didactic endgame R+p vs. R:

[Event "Russia Cup 2011"]
[Site "Magnitogorsk/Russia"]
[Date "2011.11.20"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Khismatullin, Denis"]
[Black "Zvjaginsev, Vadim"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D37"]
[PlyCount "144"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 d5 3. Nc3 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 Nf6 6. e3 O-O 7. Nf3 c5 8. Be2 Nc6 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. O-O Be6 11. Rc1 Rc8 12. Ne5 Bd6 13. Nxc6 bxc6 14. Qa4 c5 15. Bg3 Qb6 16. b3 Bxg3 17. hxg3 a5 18. Qb5 Qxb5 19. Bxb5 Rb8 20. Rfd1 Rfd8 21. Be2 g6 22. f3 h5 23. Kf2 Rdc8 24. Rd2 Rb4 25. Ba6 Ra8 26. Bd3 Rc8 27. Rdc2 Kf8 28. Nb5 Nd7 29. Nd4 Kg7 30. Nxe6+ fxe6 31. a4 c4 32. bxc4 Ne5 33. Be2 Nxc4 34. Ra1 Kf6 35. e4 Rb2 36. Rac1 Rcb8 37. exd5 exd5 38. Bxc4 dxc4 39. Ke3 Rxc2 40. Rxc2 Rb4 41. Kd4 Rxa4 42. Rb2 Rb4 43. Ra2 Rb5 44. Kxc4 Rg5 45. g4 hxg4 46. f4 Rh5 47. g3 Rh3 48. Ra3 a4 49. Kd5 Rh5+ 50. Kc6 Ra5 51. Kb6 Rd5 52. Kc6 Ra5 53. Kb6 Ra8 54. Kb7 Rd8 55. Kc6 Kf5 56. Re3 a3 57. Rxa3 Ke4 58. Kc5 Rd3 59. Ra6 Rxg3 60. Rxg6 Kxf4 61. Kd4 Ra3 62. Rf6+ Kg3 63. Ke4 Kg2 64. Rb6 Rf3 65. Rb2+ Rf2 66. Rb1 g3 67. Ke3 Rf1 68. Rb7 Kg1 69. Ke2 g2 70. Rh7 Rf8 71. Rg7 Re8+ 72. Kd3 Rh8 0-1

Jan-02-12  Xeroxx: Is this guy a winner?
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  Troller: <Jan-02-12 Xeroxx: Is this guy a winner?>

Not currently. In the Chigorin Memorial, he did manage to win against a 2221 and a 2043, but has losses against a 2400 and a 2356, drawing a 2399 in between. Rating loss 18.8 after just 5 rounds - I wouldn't want to share a room with him at the moment.

Aug-18-13  FairyPromotion: I consider this man the follower of Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov, and Viktor Kupreichik. Maybe these players never made it to the elite, but their best games are much more pleasing to the eyes of most fans, than the games of most other super GMs. Just look at his notable games, espeially the top 4. I'm sure they would make most 2700+ GMs jealous. Thanks GM Zvjaginsev!
Mar-13-14  Whitehat1963: Agree, <FairyPromotion>. I'm a big Z-man fan. I also think the opening move Nh3 will be one of his odd little legacies.
Sep-17-14  Capacorn: <FairyPromotion: I consider this man the follower of Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov, and Viktor Kupreichik. Maybe these players never made it to the elite, but their best games are much more pleasing to the eyes of most fans, than the games of most other super GMs. Just look at his notable games, espeially the top 4. I'm sure they would make most 2700+ GMs jealous. Thanks GM Zvjaginsev!>

Well said. I discovered Vadim only today. Consider me an instant fan. Anyone in the spiritual vein of Nezhmetdinov is all right by me! This is the kind of chess I dream of....

Mar-09-16  JohnBoy: I've always loved the play of Z-man. He seems to be ready, willing, and able to have fun over the board. Let's hope he makes it into the top 50.
Oct-25-21  JohnBoy: Here I am, back after 5y. Z-man had dropped out of the top 100. I love your game, dude. The March of time spares no one.
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