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Ruslan Vladimirovich Shcherbakov
Number of games in database: 303
Years covered: 1988 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2527 (2439 rapid, 2486 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2580

Overall record: +79 -50 =116 (55.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 58 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (19) 
    E32 E42 E59 E34 E54
 Sicilian (18) 
    B51 B52 B31 B30 B90
 English (13) 
    A14 A15 A13 A11 A18
 King's Indian (12) 
    E97 E91 E94
 Slav (11) 
    D17 D11 D15 D10 D16
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A41 D02 A50 D00 E00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (59) 
    B30 B32 B31 B67 B23
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D31 D30 D39 D36 D35
 Modern Benoni (12) 
    A70 A65 A62 A79 A67
 Reti System (11) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (11) 
    B67 B65 B63 B61 B60
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (10) 
    D27 D20 D24
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Suetin vs Shcherbakov, 1991 0-1
   V Vepkhvishvili vs Shcherbakov, 1991 0-1
   Shcherbakov vs B Savchenko, 2010 1/2-1/2
   Kramnik vs Shcherbakov, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Kholmov vs Shcherbakov, 1997 0-1
   Shcherbakov vs Jakovenko, 2001 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Championship (1996)
   Russian Championship (2003)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   Shcherbakov vs M Petrosyan (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz
   Shcherbakov vs Volodar Murzin (Dec-30-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Shcherbakov vs Tsog-Ochir Tengis (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz
   Shcherbakov vs T Batchuluun (Dec-30-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   S Novikov vs Shcherbakov (Dec-30-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born Sep-14-1969, 50 years old) Russia

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International Master (1989); Grandmaster (1992); FIDE Senior Trainer (2014).

Last updated: 2019-09-13 09:42:56

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 303  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M I Sorokin vs Shcherbakov  1-0401988Borzhomi U20A13 English
2. Piskov vs Shcherbakov 1-0531988URS-chTD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
3. Y Kruppa vs Shcherbakov  0-1401988URS-chTB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
4. Shirov vs Shcherbakov  ½-½561988Borzhomi U20D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. A Dreev vs Shcherbakov 1-0491988Borzhomi U20D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
6. Shcherbakov vs Khenkin  0-1381988Borzhomi U20A14 English
7. Smirin vs Shcherbakov  ½-½441988Borzhomi U20B83 Sicilian
8. Shcherbakov vs Shabalov  1-0381988URS-chTA04 Reti Opening
9. Shcherbakov vs L A Janjghava  0-1531989URS-qual U20D85 Grunfeld
10. Shcherbakov vs G A Timoshenko  0-1481989CheliabinskE12 Queen's Indian
11. Kholmov vs Shcherbakov  ½-½161989CheliabinskA06 Reti Opening
12. M Brodsky vs Shcherbakov  0-1511989URS-qual U20B58 Sicilian
13. Sveshnikov vs Shcherbakov  0-1461989CheliabinskB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. Shcherbakov vs A M Galliamova  1-0271989CheliabinskE15 Queen's Indian
15. Bagirov vs Shcherbakov  1-0361989Spring opA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Kramnik vs Shcherbakov ½-½351989Chigorin Memorial-BB58 Sicilian
17. Shcherbakov vs Kramnik  ½-½251990RSFSR-chA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
18. Kharlov vs Shcherbakov  ½-½211990RSFSR-chD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. A Vitolinsh vs Shcherbakov  0-1521990Soviet UnionB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
20. Kharlov vs Shcherbakov  ½-½201990Cheliabinsk-BB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. Shcherbakov vs M I Sorokin  ½-½321990RSFSR-chD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Shcherbakov vs M Magomedov  1-0441990ChelyabinskD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. Shcherbakov vs G Timoshchenko  ½-½2619902nd Soviet Club Cup qual group 1D02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Smagin vs Shcherbakov  1-06019902nd Soviet Club Cup final AD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. V Vepkhvishvili vs Shcherbakov  0-1321990Open TetevenA47 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-29-05  Knight13: He drew Kramnik twice. Not bad.

Player of the Day.

Jul-29-05  Cecil Brown: He writes the 1.d4 d5 page at

Sep-16-05  strifeknot: <Player of the Day.>

And again today! How often does this happen? (I'm fairly new here.)

Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <strifeknot> Random number generator... This player's id number in the database is 21383
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  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Ruslan's early games:
Jan-03-06  biglo: Born 14 September 1969 near Great Novgorod, USSR. He attended a chess school run by GM Panchenko. In 1990 he was the coach for the Russian team in the Soviet youth team championship (players included Kramnik). In 1989 he became an IM and in 1992 he became a GM.

In 1992/93, Hastings +7-1=3, 1st place

In the 1994 Russian team championship, he achieved 1st place in the Kadyr team playing on the 1st board.

Jan-21-06  Ludamad: <<Player of the Day.>

And again today! How often does this happen? (I'm fairly new here.)>


Jan-21-06  BIDMONFA: Ruslan Sherbakov


Jan-21-06  kidster: Players of the days should have bios
Feb-23-06  jperr75108: A popular guy with
Feb-23-06  Caissanist: Hmm, I wonder how many times, say, Kasparov or Fischer or Capablanca has been player of the day? Methinks that the random number generator has a tiny little bug somewhere.
Sep-02-10  BobCrisp: Has he retired?
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: In a way, yes.

Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Author of

<the triangle system Noteboom, Marshall Gambit + other Semi Slav Triangle lines" - Everyman Chess 2012. 448 pages

Grandmaster Ruslan Scherbakov presents an opening system for Black based on the Semi-Slav Triangle - an ambitious way to fight the ever-popular Queen's Gambit. Black's weapons include the Noteboom Variation - a dynamic counterattack which takes White out of his comfort zone and offers Black the chance to dictate the game from the outset. Scherbakov also examines options for Black against the aggressive Semi-Slav Marshall Gambit, as well as White's quieter tries such as the Exchange Variation, various defences of the c4-pawn and the Catalan approach. Scherbakov has over 20 years of experience studying and playing these opening variations, which have been tried and tested successfully at grandmaster level and are ideally designed for players who want to challenge White in the opening.

* Written by a renowned Semi-Slav Triangle expert

* Packed with new ideas and critical analysis

* Explains typical plans and tactics for both sides

< Ruslan Shcherbakov is a Grandmaster and a former Russian Junior Champion. He has more than 20 years of training experience, has worked with many leading young players and since 2005 has been coaching Olympic and two-time European Champion Kateryna Lahno. He is a renowned opening theoretician and a regular columnist at>


005 Bibliography

006 Introduction

009 <Part One: The Noteboom Variation>

012 1) 5 e4

025 2) 5 Bg5

037 3) White Plays an Early g2-g3

054 4) 5 a4 Bb4: Various Deviations

071 5) On the Road to the Main Line

080 6) 8 axb5: Introduction and 11 d5

101 7) Approaching the Main Line

107 8) The Main Line with Qc2

138 9) The Main Line with 15 Nd2

161 10) The Main Line with 15 Re1

194 < Part Two: The Marshall Gambit >

196 11) 4...Bb4 and Other Deviations

211 12) 4...dxe4 5 Nxe4 Bb4+ 6 Bd2 Qxd4 7 Bxb4 Qxe4+ 8 Ne2

226 13) 8 Be2: Various 8th Moves

237 14) 8 Be2 c5

248 15) 8 Be2 Na6 9 Bd6

268 16) 8 Be2 Na6 9 Bc3

282 17) 8 Be2 Na6 9 Ba5!?

328 <Part Three: Anti-Triangle Systems >

329 18) The Triangle Stonewall

355 19) 3 Nf3 c6 4 Nbd2

363 20) 3 Nf3 c6 4 Qc2

391 21) 3 Nf3 c6 4 Qb3

426 22) White doesn't Protect c4

442 Index of Variations

Sep-14-13  naufallabs: Happy birthday
Sep-12-14  BIDMONFA: Ruslan Shcherbakov

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Sep-13-19  jinkinson: How do you spell his last name? On this site it is spelled with two h's, but there are at least two sources where it is spelled with only one: (The latter is the archived version of the now-offline link included in the bio on this page.)

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