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Vladimir Tukmakov

Number of games in database: 2,495
Years covered: 1962 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2540 (2532 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605
Overall record: +945 -375 =1093 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 82 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (176) 
    E60 E97 E63 E94 E73
 Queen's Indian (97) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (96) 
    E00 A46 A41 A40 D02
 Sicilian (92) 
    B32 B42 B97 B83 B96
 Grunfeld (65) 
    D97 D85 D76 D78 D93
 Ruy Lopez (62) 
    C93 C95 C78 C98 C72
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (344) 
    B62 B67 B22 B57 B83
 Grunfeld (145) 
    D85 D86 D97 D80 D94
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (82) 
    B62 B67 B64 B66 B68
 Slav (69) 
    D17 D10 D18 D12 D15
 Queen's Indian (69) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
 English (56) 
    A14 A15 A16 A13 A10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Tukmakov vs Korchnoi, 1970 1-0
   Tukmakov vs D Norwood, 1990 1-0
   V Doroshkievich vs Tukmakov, 1970 0-1
   A Kapengut vs Tukmakov, 1963 0-1
   J Kleinert vs Tukmakov, 2000 0-1
   Szabo vs Tukmakov, 1970 0-1
   Kasparov vs Tukmakov, 1982 1/2-1/2
   Tukmakov vs Karpov, 1973 1/2-1/2
   V Syrtlanov vs Tukmakov, 1998 0-1
   Tukmakov vs A Elfert, 2000 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Czechoslovak Championship (International) (1977)
   Vilnius (1978)
   Hoogovens-B (1992)
   URS-ch54 First League Kuybyshev (1986)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Madrid (1973)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   Las Palmas (1978)
   Yerevan Zonal (1982)
   Reykjavik (1976)
   Ukrainian Championship (1966)
   Hastings 1972/73 (1972)
   Ukrainian Championship (1962)
   Ukrainian Championship (1963)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1983 by Benzol
   Madrid 1973 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 Razuvaev Memorial
   A Zatonskih vs Tukmakov (Aug-10-13) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-05-1946, 77 years old) Ukraine

[what is this?]
Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov was born in Odessa (Ukraine). He became a GM in 1972. He scored most of his best tournament results in the 1970s, including 2nd after Robert James Fischer at Buenos Aires (1970), 4th= with Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian after Anatoly Karpov, Leonid Stein and Vasily Smyslov at Moscow (1971) and half a point behind Anatoly Karpov at Madrid (1973).

Tukmakov participated in 14 USSR championships between 1967 and 1989, scoring approximately 50%, and finishing second at the USSR Championship (1970) and 50th USSR Championship (1983). He played on the USSR team at the 1984 Thessaloniki Olympiad.(1) He captained the victorious Ukrainian team at the 36th Olympiad (2004) in Calvia, Spain. He is a FIDE Senior Trainer.

(1) source:

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Tukmakov

 page 1 of 100; games 1-25 of 2,496  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Zilber vs Tukmakov  1-0291962Riga USSR Championship semifinalA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Tukmakov vs M Klimenok  1-0411962Riga USSR Championship semifinalB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. A Vitolinsh vs Tukmakov 1-0341962Riga USSR Championship semifinalB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
4. Y Nikolaevsky vs Tukmakov  1-0341962Ukrainian ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
5. Tukmakov vs Stein  0-1161962Ukrainian ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
6. V Adler vs Tukmakov  0-1791962Ukrainian ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
7. N Levin vs Tukmakov  0-1401962Ukrainian ChampionshipA26 English
8. Tukmakov vs A Kostiuchenko  0-1301962Ukrainian ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. A Makarov vs Tukmakov  1-0341962Ukrainian ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Tukmakov vs V Berezhnoi  1-0511962Ukrainian ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. S Levitsky vs Tukmakov  0-1291962Ukrainian ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
12. Tukmakov vs V Zurakhov  1-0601962Ukrainian ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. V Shiyanovsky vs Tukmakov  0-1521962Ukrainian ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
14. Tukmakov vs Gufeld  0-1301962Ukrainian ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. Y Sakharov vs Tukmakov  1-0391962Ukrainian ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. Tukmakov vs Y Kots  ½-½191962Ukrainian ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. M Levin vs Tukmakov  ½-½421962Ukrainian ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
18. Tukmakov vs R Ermakov  1-0341962Ukrainian ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
19. Savon vs Tukmakov  1-0251962Ukrainian ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
20. Tukmakov vs E Lazarev  1-0761962Ukrainian ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
21. M Ankerst vs Tukmakov 0-1291962URS-YUGB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
22. I Nemet vs Tukmakov  0-1371962URS-YUGB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
23. Tukmakov vs I Nemet  1-0661962URS-YUGB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Tukmakov vs M Ankerst  ½-½651962URS-YUGB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Tukmakov vs I Nemet  1-0371962URS-YUGA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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May-17-11  wordfunph: IM Liu Wenzhe once asked GM Vladimir Tukmakov, an authority on the openings, what he thought of the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings. He told Liu that the book was written for children!

Source: Chinese School of Chess by Liu Wenzhe

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  ketchuplover: Due out 4-16-12 is Modern Chess Preparation:Getting Ready for Your Opponent in the Information Age
Dec-18-11  wordfunph: thanks <ketch>!

here's the book description..

<Opening, middlegame and endgame are the three universally recognized stages of a game of chess, but what about the art of preparation? Winning starts with planning before the game, teaches legendary chess trainer Vladimir Tukmakov in this enlightening and entertaining work on a neglected subject.

Exploring and understanding, prior to the game, the strengths and weaknesses of your next opponent and being aware of your own strong points and shortcomings, are a key to success. Tukmakov describes how planning has become a systematic process, how methodical preparation works, and which critical steps you have to take.

The role of the computer in preparing for a game has grown tremendously, and Modern Chess Preparation explains how it is used by top players to get organized for success. But you will also learn the limitations on the use of chess engines and databases and how disastrous it can be to overly respect them and rely on them. A separate chapter is devoted on how to prepare for all-important games, games that will decide a tournament, a match or a even an entire career. Modern Chess Preparation is about more than just opening preparation. It also teaches you how to immerse yourself in order to find the best approach to the game. With powerful anecdotes and many instructive high-level games, Tukmakov explains how, as a competitive chess player, you can organize your homework, focus your efforts, and arrive at a viable game plan.

Vladimir Tukmakov is a chess grandmaster and a former national champion of Ukraine. In his active career he won many tournaments as well as gold medals in international team competitions. He is universally acknowledged as an outstanding chess trainer and coach.>

this is the book i've been looking for ages, cheers to GM Tukmakov!

Mar-15-12  brankat: Wishing You a Happy Birthday!
Mar-15-12  wordfunph: "The courageous struggle."

- GM Vladimir Tukmakov (when asked what he valued most in chess)

Happy Birthday GM Tukmakov!

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  Stonehenge: He was actually born on the 5th of March :) I changed the bio.
Mar-16-12  wordfunph: uh ohh :(

gracias amigo <Stonehenge>..

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  ketchuplover: Profession:ChessPlayer-Grandmaster at Work is now available via new-in-chess.


Jun-01-12  wordfunph: thanks <ketchup>..

Profession: Chessplayer: Grandmaster at Work by Vladimir Tukmakov

Dec-03-12  parisattack: I'll have to get this book; thanks <ketchuplover> and <wordfunph>.

Around 1970 or so the guessing game was who would be the next Soviet Super GM - Karpov or Tukmakov...

Jan-16-14  cro777: GM Vladimir Tukmakov, after his active career, became an esteemed chess coach. He is new coach and second of GM Anish Giri. Tata Steel Chess 2014 is Giri's first event with Tukmakov.
Jan-21-14  EvanTheTerrible: And the event has been a mighty success for Giri.
Sep-19-14  Mudphudder: 2400 games on this site?!!!!
May-11-15  zanzibar: 2400 games and they're still missing this gem from him:

<Tukmakov--Zilberman, Nathan R (UKR-ch Kiev 1966) 25 C05 1-0>

Lombardy uses this game anonymously, introducing it with <"The second player's penchant for originality gets him into trouble">.

I often differ with Lombardy's analysis (of course I have engines, he didn't back in 1972). Sometimes I differ with his lack of analysis. For instance in the game mentioned at White's 17th move:

(White to play - premoves: 15...c4 16.b5 Na5)

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Now White has a subtle move to find to win, a move I find impressive but Lombardy doesn't even comment on.

Here's RUSbase's version of the game (I should submit it to <CG> for game 2401):

[Event "Ch Ukraine"]
[Site "Kiev (Ukraine)"]
[Date "1966.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tukmakov Vladimir B (UKR)"]
[Black "Zilberman Nathan R (KYR)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C05"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]
[Remark ""]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 f6 8.Nf4 Qe7 9.Nf3 fxe5 10.Ng6 hxg6 11.Bxg6+ Kd8 12.Bg5 Nf6 13.dxe5 Kc7 14.O-O Bd7 15.b4 c4 16.b5 Na5 17.Re1 Qd8 18.Qd4 Be7 19.exf6 gxf6 20.Bf4+ Kc8 21.Bf7 e5 22.Nxe5 fxe5 23.Qxe5 Bc5 24.Qxd5 Qb6 25.Rad1 1-0

May-11-15  Retireborn: <z> That game is in Informator (presumably where Lombardy got it from) but it is annotated very superficially (by Yudovich) and the strength of 17.Re1 attracts no praise there either. 21.Bf7 does get a ! though.
May-23-15  TheFocus: <In Dortmund, as well as in Leningrad and in Sochi, I played pretty well, but clearly I did not score high enough. It was something new: usually I had more points than I deserved. It seemed that I had matured as a chessplayer. My positional understanding got deeper, my opening knowledge had grown, and in general my game had become more balanced and versatile. At the same time, I had the feeling that something was important was gone for good. The mental tension that previously had never left me during the game was now replaced by a calm and sober view of the position. I was not sure if it was for better or for worse> - Vladimir Tukmakov, writing in Profession:Chessplayer.
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  SteinitzLives: Bought his new book on Bluffing and Calculated risk in chess, real enjoyable.

He has a unique take on the subject and deals with it as some who see chess as more science than art might not be all that comfortable with. Tukmakov and most of the rest of us seasoned tournament players (especially when we observe Naka or Carlsen's games) know what he is writing about, and it is about time someone took this subject head on, and he does, giving great historic perspective, and many modern games too.

A most useful and instructive read. Lots of diagrams, so the 1800+ player won't need the chess set out for most of the game or fragments he provides as examples.

Mar-05-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Vladimir Tukmakov.
Jan-29-17  diagonal: Wesley So partners with veteran player and successful coach Vladimir Tukmakov, aged 71:


<Twenty or thirty years ago, the experienced specialist could identify a famous player just by his moves without knowing their names. All the best players were bright individualists.

Now the group portrait of the chess elite looks quite different. As a rule, everybody is a universal player without real weaknesses but without real individual features at the same time.

There is an absolute authority in chess whose opinion nobody can ignore. The name of this authority is Computer. He is much, much stronger than any human being and he can prove it in practice. Every chess player accepts this reality.

The Machine became the universal trainer for all the players at the same time. As a result, we have very few bright individualists now.


My aim is to make the playing abilities of my pupil as balanced and harmonious as possible, and to save his chess individuality at the same time. It is a very hard task, I know, but I believe that chess is still a human game. To be the best, you should remain true to yourself> (unquote)

Feb-08-17  cro777: Tukmakov started to work with Anish Giri just before the annual tournament in Wijk aan Zee 2014. They parted after the Candidates Tournament in 2016.

Tukmakov began working with Wesley So more than seven months ago on a trial basis. Wesley’s decision to ask Tukmakov to be his coach was bolstered by his first place at the London Chess Classic 2016.

Wesley So: "Right now I have only one coach I work with. So far we have not made this public, but I can tell, it's Vladimir Tukmakov. We've been working together for six months and I am going to keep him for at least another year. We work online, on Skype.

We work on endgames, on the games of top players, even old classics like Kasparov, Karpov.

We make plans and strategies about what I should play against this player or that. Tukmakov also gives me valuable experience and insights that sometimes are new to me. How this or that player will react. Also this London Chess Classic is different from others. We knew the colours and pairings beforehand, more than a month in advance. When I came here I already had general ideas.

I work a lot on different areas, I try to eliminate my weaknesses. I look at the games I have lost and try to find the reason why I lost. And try to avoid making the same mistakes in the future, both technical and psychological. I used to be affraid to play against certain peaple, but once I got rid of this fear, I play better." (New In Chess, 2017/1)

Vladimir Tukmakov: "I assess Wesley’s chess potential as very high. But to reach the very peak in chess you need to have special additional abilities also. Good health, strong character, skill to survive in the conditions of constant stress – just to mention some of them… I sometimes see a shortfall of basic knowledge. The computer and different chess programs partly compensate for this disadvantage. I consider his originality as a much more important factor."

Mar-05-19  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster.
Mar-05-19  Momentum Man: The biography of this man says he came in second at the Buenos Aires tournament of 1970, to none other than Fischer!

My friends, this is quite an achievement!

Congratulations to Grandmaster Tukmakov.

I think being player of the day is a slightly smaller achievement ;)

Mar-05-19  Momentum Man: @cro777,

Thank you for sharing that post.

How amusing that Mr. So considers Karpov, Kasparov to be "old classics"!

Whatever happened to J.R. Capa being "old classics"? ;)

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  alexmagnus: This is why I always had issues with the phrase "modern record" in historical context. "Modern" is too arbitrary.
Apr-03-21  cro777: Tukmakov's modern chess formula.

Things disappear without our permission!

Tukmakov:"The arrival of computers dramatically changed the game... I must confess today it is not that same chess with which I immediately and eternally fell in love many, many years ago."

Vladimir Tukmakov: "Modern Chess Formula: The Powerful Impact of Engines"

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