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Valentin Arbakov
V Arbakov 
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Number of games in database: 351
Years covered: 1966 to 2003
Highest rating achieved in database: 2500
Overall record: +137 -120 =82 (52.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 12 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (21) 
    E80 E84 E81 E77 E71
 English, 1 c4 c5 (12) 
    A30 A32 A34 A31 A33
 English, 1 c4 e5 (11) 
    A25 A20 A21 A27
 Queen's Indian (11) 
    E12 E17 E15 E16
 English (8) 
    A14 A11 A15 A12 A16
 Sicilian (8) 
    B32 B20 B45 B33 B93
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (50) 
    B90 B93 B67 B40 B84
 Modern Benoni (19) 
    A57 A58 A61 A65 A59
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    E10 A46 A45 E00 D02
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C63 C95 C78 C89 C90
 Sicilian Najdorf (13) 
    B90 B93 B92 B95
 Benko Gambit (13) 
    A57 A58 A59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Arbakov vs Vyzmanavin, 1981 1-0
   V Arbakov vs Kupreichik, 1996 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Noviki-B (1990)
   Staufer Open (1996)
   Staufer Open (1999)
   Groningen Open (1993)
   Oberwart Open (1994)
   Bad Ragaz (1994)
   Katowice Open (1990)
   Moscow Championship (1988)
   Staufer Open (1995)
   Wuerzburg Open (1996)
   Belavenets Memorial Open (1991)
   Russian Championship (2001)
   Berliner Sommer (1994)
   46th URS-ch selection (1978)
   Belgorod GMA-qual (1989)

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(born Jan-28-1952, died Nov-30-2003, 51 years old) Russia

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Valentin Mikhailovich Arbakov was Moscow champion in 1981 (=Andrei Sokolov) and 2001. He became a Grandmaster in 1994 and was a very strong blitz player. Finished 10th at the 54th Russian Championship. Won Budapest Spring Festival in1990, Noviki Budapest in 1990, 1992 Stari Dojran, Portz Open in 1994, Tula in 2002 and in 2003 the 7th Voronezh International Chess Festival. Also 2nd at Cheliabinsk in 1989.

Wikipedia article: Valentin Arbakov

Last updated: 2022-08-21 22:58:12

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 351  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karpov vs V Arbakov  1-0441966Vladimir tt-jrC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. V Arbakov vs M Umansky  0-1311968USSR Junior ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. Romanishin vs V Arbakov  1-0461968USSR Junior ChampionshipC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
4. V Arbakov vs G Agzamov  1-0361968USSR Junior ChampionshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
5. V Arbakov vs I Kalinski  1-0301977USSR Championship qualificationB89 Sicilian
6. I Ivanov vs V Arbakov  1-0381977USSR Championship qualificationE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
7. Klovans vs V Arbakov  1-0351977USSR Championship qualificationC16 French, Winawer
8. S Zhukhovitsky vs V Arbakov  0-1401977USSR Championship qualificationC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. V Arbakov vs K Lerner  0-1391977USSR Championship qualificationB32 Sicilian
10. Bronstein vs V Arbakov  0-1441978Moscow ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. V Arbakov vs D Gurevich  0-1491978URSC12 French, McCutcheon
12. V Arbakov vs V Lipman  0-1241978Moscow ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
13. Razuvaev vs V Arbakov  1-0311978Moscow ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
14. V Arbakov vs Vasiukov  0-1461978Moscow ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
15. V Arbakov vs N Rashkovsky ½-½54197846th URS-ch selectionE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
16. I Ivanov vs V Arbakov  0-133197846th URS-ch selectionB33 Sicilian
17. Gavrikov vs V Arbakov  0-154197846th URS-ch selectionB08 Pirc, Classical
18. R Korsunsky vs V Arbakov 1-035197846th URS-ch selectionB01 Scandinavian
19. V Arbakov vs A I Petrushin  1-064197846th URS-ch selectionE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
20. V Arbakov vs V Vorotnikov  ½-½64197846th URS-ch selectionD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. V Arbakov vs S Palatnik  0-147197846th URS-ch selectionA00 Uncommon Opening
22. V Arbakov vs V Peresipkin  1-040197846th URS-ch selectionD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
23. V Faibisovich vs V Arbakov  1-031197846th URS-ch selectionB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. S Yuferov vs V Arbakov  0-135197846th URS-ch selectionA61 Benoni
25. D Leibovich vs V Arbakov  1-051197846th URS-ch selectionC48 Four Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-10-04  Vischer: In Searching For Bobby Fischer, Pandolfini says Josh shouldn't keep playing speed chess. "It ruined Arbakov (Arbarkov, Arpakov, Arparkov, something like that, I'm not sure exactly what he said) and It'll ruin you. Was this the person he was talking about? what happened with speed chess ruining him or whatever?
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  Hanada: <Visher> Not sure if he is the same guy but I found this:

The blitz legend of Sokolniki
05.04.2003 Do you know GM Valentin Arbakov? He is a living legend in chess circles, well known for his for his proclivity for alcohol as well as for his dominance at blitz chess. You generally find him at the Sokolniki Park chess club in northeast Moscow in 1984. There will tell you about the time he beat Mikhail Tal in a blitz tournament, as the Moscow Times reports

... seems to be the same guy. I have seen that movie 10 times and I didn't remeber hearing that. Nice catch.

May-08-04  Tigran Petrosian: This guy is a freakin blitz genius.
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  Benzol: Valentin Mikhailovich Arbakov
Born 28th January 1952
He was joint Moscow champion in 1981.
Sep-06-05  Daodejing: From an interview with Alexander Rustemov:

"Student life in a big unfamiliar city was difficult. In order to get more money for food I started playing blitz in Sokolniki Park. As I was an 18-year-old youngster without an Elo or a reputation, the Moscow masters eagerly accepted my offers to play a couple of games. That was how I earned my living.

Soon nobody wanted to play against me for stakes; I kept coming to the park, but was idle for most of the time. One day a new opponent arrived – an unspectacular man in a worn, baggy T-shirt, who was apparently experiencing a hangover. The local hustlers introduced him as a fairly good player, and we sat at the board. To my greatest surprise, I lost 2-8 in the first 10-game match. The next day I sought revenge, but lost with a similar margin. This is how I met Valentin Arbakov (shown here), an outstanding blitz player.

At his peak he used to beat many masters with 1 minute against 5! I have never seen such speed and technique as displayed by Arbakov. It was a big shock, and I was forever hooked on blitz."

Nov-08-05  Daodejing: I think Arbakov died in 2003 or 2004.

Can anybody confirm?


Dec-16-05  stanleys: Yes it's true.GM Arbakov died in 2004
Jan-28-06  BIDMONFA: Valentin Arbakov

Arbakov, Valentin M.

Feb-03-07  oneguy: I met him once in one of the World Open. (it was either 94, 95 or somewhere there). He was IM at that time. I saw him play hundreds of blitz games against many opponents. He was giving GMs (GM Blatny for example) time odds (2 to 4) and crushing him 90% of games! Unforgettable memory! Marvelous end games. Incredibly fast. Game after game he managed somehow to win even drawn end games (example Rook end games with just a pawn up -- or sometimes equal pawns!). I was there with a lighter everytime he needed to light a cigarette. I played him a few games too. He crushed me with 5 to 1 time odd (I was around USCF 2100 at that time). Pandaofini says blitz ruined Arbakov? I wish my chess was ruined like his too!
Aug-23-08  whiteshark: <Mensch, auf deinem Niveau spielt Eröffnung keine Rolle.>

-- GM Arbakow zu einem ca. 2000er-Spieler, der die Eröffnungsphase einer Turnierpartie analysieren wollte. :D

and with kind regards to the famous World Team

Feb-02-11  wordfunph: <oneguy: I met him once in one of the World Open. I was there with a lighter everytime he needed to light a cigarette.>


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  Everett: How many people "make it" in chess anyways? Perhaps blitz suited him just fine.

Wonder what ruined Pandolfini's chess.

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  Gottschalk: [Event "Riga"]
[Site "blitz"]
[Date "1979.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tal, M."]
[Black "Arbakov, V."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C89"]
[PlyCount "54"]
[EventDate "1979.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. Bxd5 cxd5 13. d4 Bd6 14. Re3 Qh4 15. h3 f5 16. Nd2 f4 17. Nf3 Qh5 18. Re1 Bxh3 19. gxh3 Qxh3 20. Ng5 Qh4 21. Nf3 Qg4+ 22. Kf1 Qh5 23. Bd2 Qh3+ 24. Kg1 Rf6 25. Nh4 f3 26. Nxf3 Rxf3 27. Be3 Bh2+ 0-1

Sep-01-18  gars: In his book "For friends and Colleagues" Dvoretsky mentions a game in which Steinberg had a superior position aganist V. Arbakov, who sacrificed his Queen and won. Would anyone please publish this game here? Thanks a lot.
Sep-01-18  whiteshark: <gars: In his book "For friends and Colleagues" Dvoretsky mentions a game in which Steinberg had a superior position aganist V. Arbakov, who sacrificed his Queen and won. Would anyone please publish this game here? Thanks a lot.> I've checked the cb Megabase 2018, but no hit, sorry.

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