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Valentin Arbakov
Number of games in database: 136
Years covered: 1966 to 2003
Highest rating achieved in database: 2500

Overall record: +34 -64 =28 (38.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 10 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (10) 
    E71 E86 E60 E66 E80
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A30 A31 A32
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A20 A27 A25
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E12 E17 E15
 French Defense (4) 
    C11 C12 C02 C19
 Modern Benoni (4) 
    A70 A60 A56
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B84 B90 B67 B93 B52
 Modern Benoni (7) 
    A57 A65 A61
 Sicilian Najdorf (6) 
    B93 B90
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C72 C95 C84 C78 C91
 English (5) 
    A15 A17
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (4) 
    D26 D20 D27
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   V Arbakov vs Vyzmanavin, 1981 1-0
   V Arbakov vs Kupreichik, 1996 1-0

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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.

Wikipedia article: Valentin Arbakov

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 136  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karpov vs V Arbakov  1-0441966Vladimir tt-jrC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. Igor Ivanov vs V Arbakov  1-0381977URS-ch otborE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
3. V Arbakov vs Vasiukov  0-1461978Moscow-chA56 Benoni Defense
4. V Arbakov vs V Vorotnikov  ½-½64197846th URS-ch selectionD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. V Arbakov vs D B Gurevich  0-1491978URSC12 French, McCutcheon
6. Igor Ivanov vs V Arbakov  0-133197846th URS-ch selectionB33 Sicilian
7. V Arbakov vs Bronstein  ½-½51197846th URS-ch selectionC19 French, Winawer, Advance
8. V Arbakov vs Chekhov  ½-½351979Moscow-chA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
9. Tseshkovsky vs V Arbakov  ½-½741980URS-ch48 sfB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Vaganian vs V Arbakov  0-1401981Moscow chA44 Old Benoni Defense
11. Razuvaev vs V Arbakov  ½-½151981Moscow-chE17 Queen's Indian
12. Chiburdanidze vs V Arbakov  1-0361981Moscow-chB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
13. Vasiukov vs V Arbakov  1-0471981Moscow-chB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
14. Bronstein vs V Arbakov  1-0621981Moscow-chA27 English, Three Knights System
15. V Arbakov vs Suetin ½-½181981Moscow-chB20 Sicilian
16. V Arbakov vs Yusupov  0-1561981Moscow-chC24 Bishop's Opening
17. V Arbakov vs Vasiukov  1-0421981KrasnoyarskD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. V Arbakov vs Vyzmanavin  1-0441981Moscow-chA30 English, Symmetrical
19. V Arbakov vs Antoshin 0-1441981Moscow-chC41 Philidor Defense
20. Gulko vs V Arbakov  ½-½401981Moscow-chA44 Old Benoni Defense
21. V Arbakov vs Psakhis  0-1591981Moscow-chE12 Queen's Indian
22. V Arbakov vs E Vladimirov 0-164198115th Soviet Team-ch lower groupD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. V Arbakov vs I Polovodin  ½-½181983URS-ch sfC55 Two Knights Defense
24. V Arbakov vs E Vladimirov  0-1381983URS-ch sfE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
25. V Arbakov vs Chekhov  0-1421983URS-ch sfD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 136  PGN Download
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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!
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  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

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  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.>


Apr-14-13  Everett: How many people "make it" in chess anyways? Perhaps blitz suited him just fine.

Wonder what ruined Pandolfini's chess.

Jan-28-17  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.
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  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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