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Konstantin Sakaev
Number of games in database: 965
Years covered: 1974 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2596 (2575 rapid, 2628 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2672

Overall record: +266 -97 =440 (60.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 162 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (74) 
    D15 D17 D12 D11 D18
 Queen's Indian (56) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16 E13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (48) 
    D37 D30 D35 D38 D39
 King's Indian (41) 
    E97 E94 E81 E60 E99
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    E00 A46 E10 D02 A41
 Nimzo Indian (35) 
    E32 E20 E25 E39 E38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (149) 
    B90 B92 B23 B80 B22
 Sicilian Najdorf (62) 
    B90 B92 B93 B94 B97
 Slav (55) 
    D12 D10 D17 D18 D11
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    D02 A45 A46 E00 D00
 Semi-Slav (24) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44 D48
 French Defense (22) 
    C11 C02 C03 C14 C01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sakaev vs Kramnik, 1989 1-0
   Sakaev vs V Belov, 2003 1-0
   Sakaev vs D Langier, 1992 1-0
   Sakaev vs Delchev, 2001 1-0
   Sakaev vs Kharlov, 1996 1-0
   Erenburg vs Sakaev, 2005 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Sakaev, 2001 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Sakaev, 2008 0-1
   Sakaev vs A Lastin, 2005 1-0
   Sakaev vs Fedorov, 2005 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Keres Memorial Open (1998)
   St. Petersburg Championship (1995)
   President's Cup (1998)
   European Championship (2003)
   European Championship (2007)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2008)
   Dortmund Open-A (1992)
   Aeroflot Open (2004)
   World Cup (2005)
   European Championship (2006)
   Elista Olympiad (1998)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   European Championship (2009)
   Chigorin Memorial (2017)

   🏆 Russian Championship Higher League
   I Lysyj vs Sakaev (Jul-05-22) 1/2-1/2
   Sakaev vs Zvjaginsev (Jul-04-22) 1/2-1/2
   V Zakhartsov vs Sakaev (Jul-03-22) 1/2-1/2
   Sakaev vs I Grigorjev (Jul-02-22) 1-0
   Dandar Shoboev vs Sakaev (Jun-30-22) 0-1

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(born Apr-13-1974, 48 years old) Russia
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Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev has been World U16 Champion (1990); USSR Junior Champion (1990); World U18 Champion (1992). Sakaev was awarded the IM title in 1990 and the GM title in 1992. In 1999, he won the Russian championship. Competed in the World Championship Knockout contests of 1999, 2000, 2001-2 (round 3) and 2004 (round 3). Also competed in the World Cups held in 2005 (placing 16th), 2007 and 2009 (round 3).

Sakaev represented Russia as a reserve at the Olympiads of 1994, 1998 and 2000, winning a team bronze and 2 team golds respectively, and placing 4th for his board in 1998 and 2000. In 2001, he won individual gold and team silver playing for Russian in the World Team Championship.

He played in the European Club Cup from 1996 until 2006 inclusive, and from 2008 until 2010 inclusive. During this time he won 3 individual silver medals in 2000, 2004 and 2010; a team silver in 2000; and 2 team bronzes in 1996 and 2006. His greatest team successes were in the Russian Premier League in which he played from 1992 until 2010 inclusive, except for 1994, 1996 and 1998. His medal tally in the Russian League was 2 individual and 4 team golds, 2 individual and 3 team silvers, 2 individual and 4 team bronzes, most of these medals being won while he was with St Petersburg (1999-2003; 2009-2010) and Ural Sverdlovsk (2004-2007). In 1991, he won individual and team gold playing 2nd reserve for the USSR in the World U26 Team Championship. He also represented Russia in the 2004 Russia-China summit matches.

In January 2005, Sakaev reached his peak rating - 2677 - and his peak world ranking - 27.

A chess author and theoretician, he wrote:

- <Expert's Guide to the 7.Bc4 Gruenfeld>

- <Latest Trends in the Semi Slav: Anti-meran> (with Semko Semkov) and

- <How to Get the Edge Against the Gruenfeld>.

Wikipedia article: Konstantin Sakaev

Last updated: 2018-03-16 06:09:54

 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,006  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sakaev vs J Hervir  0-1321974EU-ch M corrA04 Reti Opening
2. Kamsky vs Sakaev 0-1451986Sochi Juniors (U16)B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
3. Belikov vs Sakaev  0-1331986Sochi Juniors (U16)B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
4. Sakaev vs Tiviakov  ½-½391986Sochi Juniors (U16)E17 Queen's Indian
5. Shirov vs Sakaev 1-0351986Sochi Juniors (U16)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Sakaev vs V Akopian  0-1391986Sochi Juniors (U16)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Sakaev vs D Burmenko  1-0181986Sochi Juniors (U16)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A Faas vs Sakaev  0-1251987URSB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. Smirin vs Sakaev 1-0571989URS-chT U18B83 Sicilian
10. M Ulybin vs Sakaev  ½-½181989URS-chT U18B56 Sicilian
11. Sakaev vs Brodsky  1-0231989URS-chT U18E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. Sakaev vs Kramnik 1-0211989URS-ch U18A85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
13. Sakaev vs E Maljutin  0-1631990URS-ch U20D21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. Sakaev vs S Polgar  1-0481990IndonesienD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Kramnik vs Sakaev  ½-½161990URS-ch U20B83 Sicilian
16. Rublevsky vs Sakaev  ½-½131990URS-ch U20D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
17. Sakaev vs Belikov  ½-½301990URS-ch U20D49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
18. Topalov vs Sakaev  ½-½331990Wch U16E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. Sakaev vs Kharlov  ½-½491991URS-ch U26D85 Grunfeld
20. Sakaev vs Timoshenko  ½-½321991URS-ch U26E20 Nimzo-Indian
21. Sakaev vs Brodsky  1-0391991URS-ch U26E25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
22. G Vescovi vs Sakaev  ½-½291991WchT U26A07 King's Indian Attack
23. Y Kruppa vs Sakaev  0-1651991URS-ch U26B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
24. Sakaev vs Kramnik ½-½161991URS-ch Young MastersC11 French
25. A Aleksandrov vs Sakaev  ½-½461991Wch U18E92 King's Indian
 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,006  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-15-03  PinkPanther: This guy disgusts me, look at how many extremely short draws he's been getting recently.
Sep-15-03  Sylvester: It says that 36.77% of the games in the database are draws. Does anyone know about what the percentage is for tournament games with players in the 1400-2100 range?
May-22-05  skakmiv: Sakaev is number 30 on the FIDE rating list. Now who is this guy?
May-22-05  Ziggurat: <Now who is this guy?> There is a recent interview with Sakaev at
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here are some mates and wins from Konstantin's games:
Jul-10-05  Knight13: I'm gonna call this guy the "Drawmaster" since he gets lots of dang ol' draws.
Jul-10-05  Rocafella: How clever <|o:>
Dec-07-05  PinkPanther: Who is going to make a webpage about Sakaev?? LOL
Feb-14-06  dimradil: isn't he the same GM that gives live commentary on during major events ? i like his comments, they're very clear/instructive
Apr-12-06  Halldor: Easy puzzle - White (Sakaev) to play. Solution below.

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36. ?

I saw this puzzle in the Danish Skakbladet magazine (2004/1) and found the position interesting. I was first looking for something deep but then the solution came as a surprise... - as I said, easy!

This could well be added to the chess puzzles from the games of Konstantin Sakaev at

See the solution in the game:

[Event "Bundesliga 0304"]
[Site "Germany"]
[Date "2003.11.01"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Sakaev, Konstantin"]
[Black "McShane, Luke J"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D86"]
[WhiteElo "2655"]
[BlackElo "2619"]
[PlyCount "75"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 c5 8. Ne2 Nc6 9. Be3 cxd4 10. cxd4 Qa5+ 11. Bd2 Qd8 12. Be3 Qa5+ 13. Bd2 Qd8 14. Bc3 O-O 15. Qd2 Bd7 16. O-O Rc8 17. Rac1 a6 18. Bb3 e6 19. d5 exd5 20. Bxg7 Kxg7 21. Bxd5 f6 22. Nf4 Qe7 23. h3 Rfd8 24. Qe3 Kh8 25. Qb6 Be8 26. Rb1 Rb8 27. Rfc1 Rd6 28. Qb2 Ne5 29. Rc3 Bc6 30. Bxc6 Nxc6 31. Nd5 Qxe4 32. Nxf6 Qe5 33. Ne4 Re6 34. Ng5 Re7 35. Nf3 Qf6 36. Rxc6 Qxb2 37. Rxb2 Rd8 38. Rcb6 1-0

The text is the first move I considered, but the tricky thing is to see that Black can't win back the piece by taking on c6 after the exchange of queens so White wins a piece.

Apr-13-06  BIDMONFA: Konstantin Sakaev

SAKAEV, Konstantin

Apr-22-06  Nikita Smirnov: I am reading his book he did in 2003 with Semko Semkov "The Queens Gambit Accepted" and I really like this book very much.I like Sakaev's style of analysing the position.When I am reading I always remmember Botvinnik.
Apr-21-08  DarthStapler: The modern day Schlecter?
Apr-13-09  wordfunph: GM Sakaev's greatest victory was against Vlad Kramnik in 1989.

GM Sakaev, happy birthday!

Apr-21-11  Sho: Player of the Day: April 21, 2011.

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